A garage door is no longer just a bland addition to your house, and the garage is not just a place where you enter and exit your vehicle. Over the years, it’s become another expression of personal design tastes, and a more important component to how you use your home. Since there’s a greater aesthetic and practical value to it, there’s many options to having the door that perfectly suits you. Here are the things you need to consider, in estimating garage door prices:
Purpose: Is this a door for a newly built home or annex, or a replacement? Is it for curb appeal to help attract buyers or renters, or just for your own appeal?
Garage Type: Is the garage attached or not, and is it a single family or multi-unit dwelling?
Windows: If you prefer your door to include windows, take into account the number of them, the style, whether or not they will be insulated, and the transparency. There are several degrees between an entirely clear and an entirely private surface, as well as etched and decorative features to the glass.
Insulation: Insulation should be strongly considered if the garage is attached to the house, connected to rooms or apartments actively being used, or if the garage is also functioning as a workshop, craft room, or play area.
Design: Do you prefer something that complements your house’s facade, or provides a unique contrast? Designs are often only limited by your imagination. Popular ones include traditional vinyl, wood grain finishes, the classic rail and stile, steel that mimics other looks, and the carriage door. Other questions to answer are how you want the door to open, either by swinging outward, rolling up, or sliding, and if you want a singular or multiple garage door panels.
Decorative Features: Knockers, handles, hinges, and trims will add to the cost.
Material: The type of material is a huge economic factor. Wood composite is a cheaper alternative to wood garage doors, with other options being fiberglass, steel, vinyl, and aluminum.
Damage Risks: What are the most common risks of potential damage to the door? Weather elements, rambunctious kids and/or pets, insect infestations, rust? Assessing the likelihood of damage should be factored into what kind of material and possibly what style you choose.
Size: A typical door measures between 8×7 to 10 x7 feet, with double doors usually being 12 x7 to 16 x 7 feet.
Custom Features: Factor in any custom extra, such as a special color, or details that may not be standard within styles.
Color/Finish: Staining or paint?
Opener: Will your door require a chain, belt, or screw drive?? Keep in mind that the chain is the noisiest, and the belt is the quietest. Also, don’t forget about the kind of garage door opener you prefer, which ranges from keyless, remote, and smart control.
We have an extensive variety of garage doors and features to meet design preferences and budgets. We’ll work with your needs to install the door that you want. Contact Preferred Window & Door today to schedule a consultation!
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