Things To Consider When Installing A New Garage Door

Do I need a new garage door?

A new garage door is a home improvement project where the investment is worth the return.  But before you run around shopping for a new garage door, there are a few things that you may want to consider.  

Evaluate the current condition of your existing door.  Garage doors are built to last.  If your garage door is in good working condition and is located on the back of your property, spending the money on a new garage door may not be a wise decision.  Depending on the material, all your garage door may need is a fresh coat of paint or varnish.   

If you own a home where the first thing that you notice is the garage door, then the garage door is part of the home’s curb appeal.  With this style of home, the garage is often used as the primary entrance.  In which case, a garage door remodel may be what your property needs.

What are my style options?

When shopping for a new garage door, style and material choices will be abundant.  You have high-end to budget-friendly options to choose from for your garage door needs. 

Your first decision will be what types of garage door best suits your needs and the style of your home.

A sectional door is made of horizontal panels hinged together and fitted with rollers.

You can lift the door manually or with a motorized garage door opener.  Options include different shapes, including square and arched.   There are various decorative styles to choose from, including contemporary or traditional, and each style is available with or without windows.  Sectional doors are also designed carriage/swing style, meaning that they look like swing-style doors but work as sectional doors.

Swing-style doors

(carriage style)operate like French doors.  Typically they are made of wood and hang from jambs on hinges.  These types of doors add curb appeal.  The pro with swinging doors is that they are more energy-efficient because they seal well.  The con is that they require more room to open and are more time-consuming to operate manually.  You can automate swing doors, but keep in mind that it is more expensive to do so.

Once you decide on the style of the garage door that you want, the options for materials seem endless.

What materials work best?

When considering what materials will work best for your home, you will want to consider the elements.  In the long run, it may be worth spending more money on your new garage door if you live in a region with extreme weather.  Faulty garage doors can cause flooding, threaten your home’s energy efficiency, and provide access to burglars.

Steel doors are made up of galvanized steel. Steel doors can be painted and are available with or without insulation. The downside of steel doors is that they can be dented and are subject to corrosion.

Fiberglass doors are made from layers of fiberglass that are bonded to a steel frame and filled with polyurethane insulation. Fiberglass doors are less subject to denting and do not rust but can break upon impact.

Aluminum frame doors are fitted with aluminum panels; translucent glass panels may be used in place of aluminum panels, and they admit daylight without compromising privacy. Aluminum doors eliminate rusting, but they are easier to dent.

Wood doors are made with layers of wood to prevent warping. There are different wood options available. Wood doors can be factory-stained or painted and finished on-site. The beauty of wood doors is undeniable. They are eco-friendly and strong as they will not dent or break as easily as steel doors. Wood doors are not as energy-efficient; they are more costly and require regular maintenance.

Wood composite doors have a wood frame covered with sheets of fiberboard. Cores are filled with polystyrene insulation. Some models offer higher-density fiberboards. Composite doors include realistic details to simulate a real wood door. They do not require maintenance like natural wood doors and can give your home curb appeal at half the cost.

Vinyl doors are built upon steel frames and are filled with polyurethane insulation. Vinyl doors look similar to fiberglass doors. They are incredibly durable and are difficult to dent or break. Vinyl doors require little maintenance.

How much can I expect to spend?

From adding curb appeal to securing your belongings, or acting as a front entrance, garage doors get a lot of use.  You have many options when shopping for the perfect door; however, the options all impact the total cost of a new garage door.  

The average cost for a new garage door is between $500 and $2,000, with most homeowners spending around $1,000 on a new door and installation.

What can I expect my return to be?

According to, installing a new garage door has a near-perfect return at 97.5% because it improves both a home’s beauty and functionality. 

With such a high return rate, you may not want to cut corners when choosing your new garage door.  The price of return will justify the money that you invest.