Does your garage door shudder when it opens? Does it hang crooked? Or do you want to upgrade the aesthetic look of the front of your home? There are many reasons to replace your garage doors. Damaged doors can be very inconvenient and also lower the value of your home. But before you buy a new garage door there are a few things you should consider.
1. Get an In-Person Consultation
Unless you plan to DIY the entire garage door process, you are probably going to work with a garage door seller and/or installer. Whoever is going to install your garage door, make sure they come to your property before they give you a price quote. Having a garage door salesman on your property ensures that they will give you options that work for your home.
2. Consider Insulated Doors
Although a bit more expensive, insulated garage doors can keep your garage’s interior less cold in the winter and less warm in the summer. Depending on what you store in your garage, an insulated door might save money by keeping your property at better temperatures. You definitely should consider insulated doors if your garage is attached to your home. Insulated doors pay for themselves in utility bill savings after a year, especially in New England where the weather can be very extreme month to month.
3. Don’t DIY Your Installation
Many homeowners are tempted to install their garage doors themselves. And even the most skilled DIY carpenters and home improvers should be wary of installing their own garage door. First, although you save some money on installation, garage doors require many specialized tools that you probably won’t have on hand. Unless you are planning to start a garage door installation business, there is no point in owning these tools. Installing a garage door can also be dangerous, and it is best to leave it to professionals.
4. Consider Auxillary Factors like Windows & Nylon Rollers
Adding windows to a garage door can completely change the style of the door. When adding windows, consider getting insulated glass to keep your garage well insulated. Many homeowners also buy nylon rollers to minimize the sound of the garage door opening and closing. It helps to have preferences when designing your new garage doors.
At Merrimack Valley Glass & Door we sell and install garage doors as well as parts. If you live in Northern Massachusetts near Newburyport and are considering getting a new garage door or repairing your current door, you should contact us.