Get an 'In-Person' Quote
Ordering a garage door over the phone or online is asking for trouble. Every garage is a little different, and a knowledgeable salesperson will check details like opening size and shape, headroom and side clearance, and even help you make design decisions. And if somethingdoes go wrong, there won't be any question about whose fault it is. So make sure you get a salesperson to come to your house and check out the situation before ordering a door. A new 16-ft. door will cost anywhere from $800 to $8,000.
Beware of Wood Doors
Real wood doors look fantastic when they're new. But unless you're willing to devote time and money to maintenance, they won't look good for long. Natural finishes last a few years before they need recoating. And if you wait too long, you'll have to sand off all the finish and start over to get your door looking new again.The good news is, you can get the look of wood for a fraction of the cost, and avoid the maintenance nightmare as well. The least expensive option is embossed steel with a faux wood-grain finish (less than$1,000). From a distance, these doors look remarkably similar to real wood. If you're willing to spend more ($2,500 and up), consider a garage door with a wood composite overlay or a fiberglass skin. Composites offer the look of real wood with the longevity and stability of plastic.
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