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Things To Consider Before Garage Door Installation

Things to Consider Before Garage Door Installation

Many of our customers have never purchased a new garage door before. When it comes time to replace your garage door, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve done your research, so you don’t waste time or money. Many Sacramento homeowners ask us for a garage door replacement because their garage door is beyond repair or outdated. No matter what the reason, LMS Garage Doors is always happy to help. In this article, we discuss things to consider before garage door installation.

Garage Door Replacement

Replacing your home’s garage door is one of the most cost-effective home improvements homeowners can make. In fact, those who replace their garage door will likely see up to a 4% increase in home value. Before selecting your new garage door, consider the following.

1. Price

Garage doors do not have to be a costly purchase. A single car garage door costs less than $500, and a lower-end garage door costs about $100. They then rise in price depending on the size, material, insulation levels, and additional features. A two-car garage installed by a professional is usually between $1,500 and $3,000.

2. Dimensions

Measure the opening in your garage before you start looking for a new garage door. Even if the best garage door company is planning on building it for you, consider the dimensions so that you can get an idea of how much it’ll cost. The saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true. You don’t want to pay for the cheapest garage door, but you also don’t want to break the bank replacing it. 

3. Material

The next move is to choose the best material for you. The material you choose has an impact on the appearance, durability, and maintenance requirements of your door. Steel, aluminum, wood, and composite wood are the four major types of materials.

Steel Garage Door

Steel is the most common material because it offers the most color, insulation, and affordable garage door choices. Modern steel doors can have wood grain patterns to give the appearance of wood without the upkeep. They can also be painted to match the color of your home’s exterior. Steel is also a very long-lasting choice since it does not warp or crack. Most doors are made of hot-dipped galvanized steel with a baked-on primer, which means they will not rust or need regular repainting. The most significant disadvantage of steel is that it can dent—and when it does, it is not easy to fix. Find a lower gauge steel door to help alleviate this. If you have a low gauge and thicker steel, then you are less prone to denting. Steel doors of high quality are usually at least 24 gauge.

Aluminum Garage Door

If you want a more modern-looking door, aluminum is a good option. A striking aesthetic is created by combining an aluminum frame with frosted or transparent glass or acrylic panels. It is also rust-proof and extremely light. Aluminum, on the other hand, is more prone to dents than steel.

Wood Garage Door

Wood has a truly distinctive appearance and is difficult to beat for superior curb appeal. While they are more expensive and need more maintenance, they can be easily painted or stained to achieve the exact look you want. Wooden doors are less prone to damage and can be fixed more quickly. Furthermore, when properly cared for, they have expected longevity.

Composite Garage Door 

Since it is sturdy and low maintenance, composite wood is an ideal alternative to real wood. To combine the advantages of steel with the appearance of wood, these doors often have a steel interior and a fake wood composite overlay.

If you’ve decided on your size and material, you can decide whether you want to buy a ready-made door or get one custom-made to your specifications. Many retailers have online resources for assembling the perfect garage door.

4. Insulation

Is it necessary to insulate your garage door? Yes! Insulation is an additional layer of protection against wasted energy if the garage is connected to the home. This is particularly relevant if your garage has a space above it.

When shopping for a new garage door, you can come across the following insulation options:

  • Doors with a single sheet provide no additional insulation.
  • Polystyrene insulation in double-layered door
  • Polystyrene or polyurethane insulation is used in triple-layer doors. Polyurethane is a liquid that spreads and hardens to provide more insulation than polystyrene, which is cut to suit the door panel.

Any type of insulation has an “R-value.” The better the insulation, the higher the R-value. Insulation not only improves energy efficiency but also reduces noise, increases security (by making the door stronger), and increases longevity.

5. Garage Door Style & Features

Although the material you select will ultimately determine your design, there are other features to consider, such as curtains, hardware, and paneling, which can all contribute to the elegance of your garage door. Many garage door companies are installing carriage-styled doors, and glass garage doors are the current style. Consider doing something different than your neighbors so that your home stands out. At LMS Garage Doors, we will use a 3D model of your home to show you how the new garage door will look on your home. Our customers love this option because they’re able to picture exactly what their new garage door will look like. 

Smart home automation is becoming increasingly popular. You can now turn on your lights, HVAC system and open/close your garage door from your smartphone. Specialized AV, a company specializing in audio and video services, explains that the opener is linked to your WiFi. Additionally, you’ll get alerts that your garage door is open, turn on the lights, and open the garage door. 

If you need garage door services in the Greater Sacramento area, contact LMS Garage Doors today!