I’m not big on shopping. I usually do my research (think about the product, lol) right before I go running into the store to find it, pay for it, and run back to the car. The least amount of time thinking about the thing I need, the better. I’ve followed this “strategy” for as long as I can remember and have applied it to everything from renting my last apartment to buying socks. But now that I own my home, I had to take a little more time and research things like garage doors before I went and ordered anything. What can I say, these are big purchases and I don’t want to waste money I could have gotten a deal on.
First off, you can’t just go into a store and pick up a new garage door like you’re buying a new pair of socks. You need to know the size of your door opening, what style would fit in with your home’s architecture, if you want a garage door opener system or will you open it manually, and your budget. Oh, and don’t forget about the warranty. So I did what any sensible person would do, I Google searched to find all my answers. Here’s a run down on what I did to find the best garage door price.
16′ x 11″ Garage Door Prices: $400 – $800 (for a good one)
This is the most common garage door opening, so if you have a track home (you know the houses cookie cutter houses that look alike), this is the garage door size you should looking for.
$400 – $600: A general rule of thumb while searching was that anything under $400 was terrible. It looked and felt like a big sheet of aluminum foil that would blow in if you breathed on it. But, for about $400 to $600, you can find a sturdy garage door that will fit your needs. It might not be the most contemporary design, but it will get the job done. I picked up my door for about $520.
$600 – $800: Now, if you want a stylish garage door with better insulation, you should start looking in the $600 – $800 range. You’ll be able to find a well insulated door that keeps cold out during winter, and the heat out during summer. Plus, you’ll have better materials (various woods and steel) and styles to choose from. As long as you don’t do anything crazy, like driving your car into the door, you should be able to keep this for the next 15 years or more with proper maintenance.
So, in the end it really depends on your tastes and needs; Personally, I just needed something that was reliable, and would hold well over the years with proper maintenance. $520 dollars got me a generic looking garage that fit the overall architecture of my house.
I’ve had friends that went ahead and got the expensive doors, oak to be precise, and they look beautiful. Sure, they spent a few hundred more dollars than me, but the doors fit in perfectly with their custom homes.