It’s not always safe to trust the price tag of a new garage door. What you see is not always what you pay. Don’t get alarmed, by the way! Nobody is trying to cheat you. It’s just that garage door prices include much more than solely the door itself. And it’s always the little things we hardly take into account which make the difference to the actual (and final) cost. Of course, everyone knows that buying a new door is a big investment. But whether or not you are on-budget is good to know what will be included in the final cost.
Which garage door you choose?
Okay, the price tag of each garage door tells you how much this particular door costs. But there is a mountain of difference between prices with the cost ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousands. Why is that? It has to do with:
- The size
Let’s face it. It is one thing getting one-car door and it’s another thing getting a two-
When talking about garage door style, we mainly talk about its type and the way its panel is constructed. And so, there will a difference between carriage, roll up, one-piece, and sectional doors. And then the panel might be flat or raised underlying how much work has been done on the door. The more work, the more money.
As a rule of thumb, the most posh and thus expensive options are wood and glass garage doors followed by steel, composite, and then aluminum doors.
The construction of the door simply indicates whether or not it is insulated. So, you will pay less for a single layered door, which is actually not insulated. If you prefer energy efficient doors, you mainly have two options: getting a double or triple layered door. The more layers, the higher the energy efficiency but also the price.
These would include special doors, like windload garage doors or doors made for hurricane prone areas. Since they are made with sturdier materials and are tested and certified, they usually cost more.
6 more factors that will influence garage door prices
- You will most likely need a new garage door opener and that will be an extra expense.
- Each door must have some extra hardware, like handles for example.
- Check with your region if there are applicable local taxes.
- Never underestimate the importance of some necessary repairs before installing the new door. You might need to fix the frame, for example, and this will be an additional cost.
- Most companies will charge you extra to remove and dispose the existing door.
- And don’t forget the cost for garage door installation.
Think about future garage door maintenance expenses too
Although you cannot avoid the extra expenses when it comes to the actual garage door, don’t take things for granted. For instance, wood garage doors cost a lot but if you get a cheaper metal door and start adding insulation, hardware, and other features, it will get expensive too. And one more thing: think about the future. Take into account maintenance expenses. Sometimes, it comes cheaper to invest in a more expensive door today but know that is a low-maintenance option. So, it’s actually a combination of factors which shape the final price and all you have to do is consider them all before you buy.