If you’re in the market looking to replace your current garage door due to old age, damage or simply because you’re looking to remodel the exterior of your home, there are several buying garage door tips that you may want to consider.

After all, comparing all your options will help you make the right choice and get you the right deal for you and your family.

Garage Door Exterior Look:

You will have to consider the style of the garage door you want to buy. There are several companies out there that manufacture different models and different styles of garage doors, and you can find them in your local hardware store or from the manufacturer itself. They start from your basic model to your premium model, as with anything in life, the more complex and fancier the garage door, the more you’re going to end up paying for it!.

You’ll also want to consider the color of your new garage door. You want to make sure that it matches with the exterior walls of your home, the choice of colors available in today’s market are plentiful, gone are the typical black and white models that were always sold in the past. And if you don’t happen to find the right color for your door, or don’t want to spend money on buying a new garage door, you can always repaint it too.

Door Insulation:

If you live in a very cold climate, you’ll definitely want to think about your garage door insulation. If like me, you use your garage for storage, then you’ll want doors that are not insulated. However, if like some home owners, you use your garage as a make shift office or an extra room, you’ll definitely want to think about door insulation. When purchasing your door, look at the R-rating, this will tell you how thick the insulation is on your door. Simply put, the higher the rating, the more insulated your garage door is.


When buying garage doors, it’s important to also know whether you want windows in your garage doors, is it because you want them to bring in more light into your garage or do want it plainly from a decoration perspective?. It’s cheaper to buy doors without any windows in them, but buying doors with windows in them does add to the curb appeal of your home, and will allow more natural light to penetrate, thus saving you some money from an electricity perspective.

Torsion Spring Designs:

In terms of safety, one of the most common accidents that home owners face is when the springs on their garage doors break. Before purchasing the door, check out the design of the springs that open and close your door, when doors are shut and the springs are wound, they could injure a person because of the force it takes to hold the door close. Some manufacturers enclose these springs in steel tubes to avoid any injuries, if the spring breaks, it will stay in that tube and won’t penetrate outside the cylinder.


As with any mechanical product you buy, a manufacturer’s warranty is always included. Usually manufacturers of garage doors offer anywhere between five to ten years warranty, and you’ll want to get these warranties if you have a problem with the door after buying it. Alternatively, if you have a home warranty, that might also cover any repairs needed to your door as well.

Material Cost:

The price of your door will definitely depend on the type of material used to make it. Most manufacturers offer the choice of making the doors in fiberglass, steel or wood, and each of these materials will change the pricing of the door. Premium wood will be the most expensively made product, followed by fiberglass and then steel, which is more economical. You can also get cheap, non-insulated wooden garage doors as well.

Buying garage doors will involve answering several questions as well as what you would like to buy in the form of style, material and other important factors, but answering these questions will help you make the right decision.