Since garage doors are so large in size, they can make a big impact on curb appeal and the overall look of the exterior of your home. If your garage door is old, is dented, or has peeling or cracking paint, it is in your best interest to replace it. But, replacing a garage door does require a sizeable financial investment, so it is not a home improvement project that should be done on a whim. If your garage door needs to be replaced, consider the following things before purchasing a new garage door:


Garage doors are available in several different types of materials, so it is important to know your options before making a purchase. Many people love the look of a wood garage door, and wood garage doors are available in a variety of styles from simple to ornate. However, if you're interested in a wood garage door, it is important to note that they do require regular maintenance. Most garage doors are made of steel, and this option is very popular because steel garage doors are the least expensive type of garage door available. You can also opt for an aluminum garage door, which is low maintenance and is not at risk for rusting or corroding.


For most people, the overall price of a home improvement project is a major factor. Unlike some things that can be purchased at a home improvement store, garage doors are typically ordered from a garage door company. So, the total cost of a garage door includes the price of the door itself as well as the installation charge. Before buying a new garage door, contact several garage door companies in your area to get written price quotes.


Most garages are attached to the home, so security is something that should be taken seriously. While most people have a garage door opener, it is still important to purchase a garage door that has manual locks. This way, if your power goes out or your garage door opener fails, you will be able to lock the garage door manually in order to keep your garage and your home safe and secure. 

Energy Efficiency 

In this day and age, it is possible to purchase a garage door that is highly rated for energy efficiency. An energy efficient garage door will help keep your garage from getting too hot or too cold, which can help prevent your house from becoming too hot or cold. Very energy efficient garage doors also close very tightly, which will block out rain and melting snow from seeping into your garage.