A garage door can significantly improve the security and appearance of your property. Since a new garage door is a significant investment and will be a prominent part of your home for years, there are a few things to consider before deciding. Whether you are replacing your garage door or installing one for the first time, spend extra time and consider the following factors to help you make the best choice possible.

Opener

If you are replacing the door and planning to retain your existing opener, consider buying a new opener to go with the new door. Why? Because your old opener will eventually break, especially if it is beyond its prime. Replacing it simultaneously as the door would likely save you money on labor, and you could even be able to get a price on the new door and opener as a bundle. Furthermore, the most recent opener models are equipped with rolling code technology, which changes the security code each time you operate the door. It is an excellent security feature that prevents hackers from stealing the opener’s code and accessing your garage.

Insulation

Almost any garage door can come with insulation regardless of the material. However, suppose you want to save money on energy bills. It is worth paying the extra money to upgrade from a non-insulated (or polystyrene-insulated) to a polyurethane-insulated door. Polyurethane has a greater R-value than other insulation materials, which means it is better at preventing heat loss. Garage doors with polyurethane insulation are rated from R-9 to R-18—and the higher the number, the more effectively they insulate. Triple-layer, polyurethane-insulated doors are the most efficient since they feature thicker insulation and an extra layer. 

Material 

Garage doors come in various materials, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Steel is the most popular material for garage doors because it is reasonably priced, durable, low maintenance, and versatile in terms of style. Aluminum has many of the same properties as steel. It is less expensive and lighter than steel but is more prone to denting. Wood is classy in looks and a better insulator than steel and aluminum. However, it needs to be maintained and refinished regularly. If you want both the strength of steel and the looks and texture of wood, then go for wood composite. If you live in a coastal area, fiberglass may be the best choice as it is more resistant to salt-water corrosion than other garage door materials.

Mechanism 

Garage doors are available in different mechanisms. Sectional garage doors are the most popular, with hinges that allow the panels to bend and move parallel to the garage ceiling. Slide-to-the-side doors turn to one side and run parallel to the wall instead of the ceiling. They are unusual, but they are ideal for garages with low ceilings. Side-hinged doors have hinges on the sides instead of the sections’ middle. Instead of moving up or to the side, they swing open. Tilt-up doors do not have segments like the other types. Instead, they have one solid panel that tilts up and into your garage.

Cost

Garage doors come at all possible price ranges. The final garage door installation cost is influenced by several factors: door size, door construction, decorative hardware, and opener type. It is beneficial to consult with garage door professionals to establish which features are required and which ones are excessive while staying within your budget

Garage door installation near me

The garage door can make or break the look of your home. Whether you are upgrading an old door or purchasing a brand new one, we can help make the process easier. At Palms Garage Doors, we have what it takes to help you select and install the garage door that perfectly complements the look of your home. We specialize in garage door maintenance and garage door opener installation. We also provide on-site consultations throughout the Greater Bay Area to give you the most accurate new garage door cost. Contact us today at (833) 833-3361 for more information.

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