The type of garage door you choose for your home will be key to enhancing curb appeal and will have an impact on the appearance and value of your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, the national median cost of a garage door replacement project is $2,300 and you will recover 87% of your investment if you sell your home, making it one of the highest percentage of recovered costs. If your garage door is on the front of your home it will take up almost 20% of your homes front exterior, making a worn down or outdated garage door a liability. Garage doors also need to function correctly, as homeowners use their garage door for entry to their homes more than any other, including the front door.
Types of Residential Garage Doors
Swing out, carriage-house doors or sliding barn doors are good if you would like to keep the ceiling in the garage clear or if you like the way they look. Roll up doors are the most popular option but the space needs to be measured properly. Measure the space between the top of the garage door opening and the ceiling or overhead framing. Fourteen inches of headroom is required with standard tracks. Lower-headroom tracks are available for about $100. There are also tracks available for unusually high walls or cathedral ceilings.
How to Choose a Garage Door to Be Installed on Your Home
You need to choose a door that will suit the style of your home. Swing-out doors are best suited for a Craftsman bungalow as they have the faux strap hinges on the sides and a pair of handles with a deep groove in the center that were characteristic of the garage doors behind early Craftsman homes. Contemporary and traditional doors both feature panels, trim, and other details. Doors that are actually frame-and-panel construction are sturdier than those that are more decorative that are often glued or nailed on. Doors that have glass panels along the top look inviting and can bring light into the garage and roll-up doors that have frosted plastic or shatterproof glass give a modern look.
Pros & Cons of Different Garage Door Materials
While wood doors require repainting or refinishing they do provide an authenticity that other materials can only copy. They can be made in whatever size you need and are less likely to become dented. To keep maintenance low, steel is a good alternative and it is inexpensive compared to other materials. The only maintenance required is to touch up scratches as soon as possible to avoid rust. Steel is also more likely to dent from a basketball striking it. You can get a door that has a fiberglass overlay that will protect it from dents and it won’t rust. Aluminum doors were once very common but have been replaced largely by sturdier versions made of heavy-duty and dent-resistant laminated panels. They are rust-proof and rugged but quite pricey. Lighter weight aluminum doors are less expensive as they have aluminum frames and panels made of other materials, like high-density polyethylene, making them lighter and a better choice if you have a wider door because it will put less strain on the garage door opener.