A new garage door is one of the essential parts of home improvement that you can’t skimp on. It not only lets your car in and out of your garage, but it also provides security to your home. A good garage door will be strong, sturdy, and able to take anything that’s thrown at it – sometimes literally. How much does a good garage door cost? It’s very much dependent on what you need for your home. Here’s what you should be looking for in a garage door, and how much it will cost to have installed.
How Much Does A Garage Door Cost?
As you can imagine, the cost of a garage door varies, depending on the style you choose and the features you need. You’ll also need to factor in installation costs.
As a guide, Fixr has provided a cost breakdown for an average garage door. The door itself will cost you around $1,320 to $2,100, depending on the model you choose. The installation costs are around $500 to $800. If you have a garage door opener installed too, that will cost around $300 to $350 extra. At the very least, you’re looking at spending around $1,820 on your new garage door.
What You Need To Consider Before Buying A New Door
Now you’ve got a basic cost in mind, you’ll need to think about what your door will need to include. Here are a few basic pointers you’ll need to start with:
Security: Your garage door needs to be secure enough so that no one can get in it unless they’re authorized to do so. At the very least that means you’ll need a key to get in, but keypads and automatic openers are good for this too.
Aesthetics: Your garage door needs to blend in with the rest of your home. The color and style should complement what you already have in your home, so it looks perfectly in place. Thankfully, there are thousands of styles out there so you should find something that works for you.
Opening devices: There are different devices you can use in order to open your garage door. You can manually open it, but there’s also a variety of remote opening options that could work for you.
Opening style: There’s more to modern garage door designs than the general ‘up and over’ model. You can get sectional doors, shutter doors, and more. You can choose the model that works the best with your home and driveway, to make it easier for you to enter your garage.
Buying A Garage Door Opener For Your Garage
Many modern garage doors are designed to work with garage door openers. These will open the door for you, so you can get into your garage without ever having to exit your car. They’re perfect when the weather is cold, and you don’t want to exit your warm car to go open the door.
There are several different types of garage door openers that you should consider. Some come as remote control style devices, that you press a button on and they’ll open your door for you. Others are automatic and hang in your car, and so will open your door for you as you pull up to it.
With modern door openers, they’ll use rolling codes to open it. That means that every time you open your garage door, the system will come up with a new code that your opener will use to open it the next time. If you’re using an older model now, you may want to think about changing it as they don’t use this system, so they aren’t as secure.
A Secure Garage Door
When buying a garage door, security is vital. It’s one of the main entrances into your home, especially if the garage is attached to the home itself. That’s why you’ll want to keep some security tips in mind.
Firstly, ensure that you have good lighting around the garage if you don’t already. It’s worth investing in motion sensor lights, as they’ll come on when you come near the garage. They’re helpful when you come home when it’s dark, and they’ll scare off any would-be criminals.
Next, ensure that no one can get into your door unless you want them to. If it’s a manual door, keep track of who will have keys to it. If you want keypad entry, ensure the code only goes to people who live in your home. Buy modern automatic openers as discussed above, and only give remotes to those who need them.
Finally, think about the design of your garage door. You can buy models that contain windows, which offer several benefits. They’ll look good, and let light into your garage when you need it. However, consider that they will offer people a view of what’s in your garage. If you get them, consider buying drapes or covers that block what people can see when you’re not there.
Other Costs In Getting A New Garage Door
There will be other costs you’ll need to consider when you get your new garage door. These will vary depending on your, your home and your needs. For example, in some cases there may need to be work done to the garage itself, to allow the new door to fit in. Maybe the doorway will need to be widened, in order to accommodate the door. In other cases, the garage door will be bought in conjunction with other home improvements, such as a new front door and windows.
Before you buy your garage door, talk with your garage door provider to decide what you will and won’t need. They’ll be able to advise you on what’s needed, and how much you’ll be looking at paying.
As you can see, there’s a lot of different factors that you need to take into account when pricing up a new garage door. Take your time choosing, and be aware of all the different aspects you need to take into account.