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A garage door is one of the most noticeable features of a home’s exterior. It can add to curb appeal, upgrade security and make life easier. If garage door replacement is on the home improvement list, remember that the right update can deliver a significant return on investment. Here are 5 tips on selecting the garage door that’s right for your home.

1. Cost: There are basically 4 different materials to choose from in garage doors and they have their own price points. Your budget may determine whether you opt for steel or aluminum, which is generally less expensive than wood or composite wood doors.

2. Insulation: Garages are usually not heated and cooled. They can become hot boxes or ice boxes, depending on the season. This can affect a home’s energy-efficiency. Upgrade to an insulated door and the return on investment will be seen on monthly utility bills.

3. Security: A garage door needs to keep out more than intruders. What are the most severe climate conditions in your area? Homes in high-wind or heavy snowfall areas need a stronger door. Who wants to step outside after a major storm only to find their garage door caved in or a block away?

4. Automation: Including an upgrade to an automated garage door opener not only adds to a home’s value, it also enhances security and quality of life. Even carriage-style garage doors can be equipped to operate automatically.

5. Customization: Customizing a garage door may be more affordable than you think. Professional installers offer a variety of options to transform a stock door into an architectural statement. Inserting windows, upgrading hardware or selecting a custom color paint job are features that may lie within reach of even the strictest budget.

Did you know? Garage doors are the number one upscale project. The national average for the cost of a garage door is $3,140 and has a recouped cost of 90.1%!
– Source: Door + Access Systems Spring 2016

To get started on your garage door replacement project, contact Smokey’s Garage Door. Our experienced installers are ready to assist you in selecting the right door and performing all the heavy lifting to get it installed right.

33 Responses to “5 Tips for Garage Door Replacement”

  1. Derek Dewitt

    My wife and I just got a new home but we aren’t quite happy with how the garage door looks. I like that you mention how homes in high-wind areas need a stronger door. We’ve already had quite a few storms here so we’ll have to find a real durable door to use. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ashley Turns

    My husband and I are looking for a new garage door to install since our last one was damaged by a storm. So I appreciate you letting us know that getting an insulated gate could help save on our energy bills. Since we definitely want to stay very efficient with our energy bills, we’ll make sure that we install a garage door that is properly insulated.

  3. Scott Adams

    I like that you talked about choosing a door that will be able to keep snow out of the garage. I have been looking for a garage door to put in my new home. I can see how it would be good to have one that keeps cold weather out, because it snows a lot where I live.

  4. Derek Dewitt

    My wife and I are thinking about replacing our garage door soon before winter, but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you mention how the temperature in the garage can affect energy bills. We’ll have to get an insulated model that can keep the garage warm this year so we can hopefully save more money. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mark Finch

    My garage door is starting to malfunction. At times, it will stop midway from closing or opening. I am afraid that it may start to seize. I know that when a door seizes, it means that damage is too severe for me to attempt a repair on my own. this could be the time for me to replace it. I like how you recommend upgrading to an insulated door. I like how it can help me save on energy cost in the long run. I imagine a professional garage door contractor can give me more information on replacing my garage door.


      Thanks for your comment, Mark! We’re glad you were able to get some good information from our post. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call.

  6. Garagegeek

    Our garage door sometimes opens just a little bit and then stops and you need to wait and keep pressing the button on the opener for up to 3 minutes. It gets really frustrating at times. Is there a way we can fix this ourselves or do we need to call a guy?


      Please feel free to give Smokey’s Garage Door a call with your questions!

  7. Michael Robinson

    Thank you so much for all the information listed here on garage door replacements. My wife has been begging me recently to get a new garage door that fits our home better and so I need to know what the cost would be like. From reading here, it seems like depending on the material that you choose, the cost will vary — hopefully, it is not too expensive! Thanks again!

  8. Deb Pearl

    I have been thinking about getting a garage for a while and I think I should get one soon, but I don’t know what to look for for a door. That is a good idea to get an automated door. That would enhance the security and would definitely help with quality of life! If I got an automated door it would make it really easy to get in and out of my home! Thank you for the tips!

  9. Dan Moller

    I’m always afraid of going home late at night only to find our garage door is unable to close fully (happened before) so I’m looking for ideas on what could such a malfunction and what are the possible solutions to repair it. I suppose this could be a problem that could be fixed with a little bit of tinkering. Even though it seems like a simple process, a lot of things could go wrong with attempting the repairs on your own which could compromise the security of your own home. In which case, it only makes sense to hire a company that works around the clock especially in cases when the doors malfunction during the wee hours of the day.

  10. Kayla

    I didn’t know that the right update on a garage door can deliver a significant return on the investment. My dad is thinking if he will replace or repair our garage door because my mom ran over it with her car last night. My uncle suggested having our garage door replaced and shared with him. It says that garage door that is the number one upscale project.

  11. Scott

    I like that you talked about how you can get a custom paint job on a garage door to make it match your home. I have been looking for a new garage door to put in my home. I can see how it would be nice to get one painted. That way I could make it match the rest of the neighborhood.

  12. Larry Weaver

    My current garage doors are acting pretty faulty, despite doing all I could to try to fix them. Thanks for the tip look into steel or aluminum doors in order to save money. I think that I will contact a professional in getting my garage doors replaced.

  13. Jordan

    I’ve been wanting to get some garage door repairs done for my parents home. I’m glad you talked about security being something to look for with a garage door service, and I think that would be smart. I’m going to have to look for some good garage door repair services and see what we can find! Thanks!


      Feel free to give us a call at Smokey’s Garage Door; we’re happy to help!

  14. Roger Middleton

    I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to look for a garage door that is insulated to avoid an increase in cost on your utility bills. My wife and I have been wanting to get a new garage door installed on our home to make it look a lot nicer. We’ll have to start doing some research and start looking into an insulated one, hopefully, we can find a professional that can install it easily.

  15. Marc

    Thanks a lot for mentioning how you need to consider the climate conditions in your area when choosing the best garage door for your home. It is important to remember that thinking about this can help you find a material that is durable and can provide the safety you need in your home. My son ran his bike against our aluminum garage door yesterday and we need to replace it, so I wanted to know what to look for in the best one for our house.

  16. Jeremy Thompson

    Upgrading my garage door might not be a bad idea as updating to an automated garage door would also mean a better home value as you’ve mentioned. Personally, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time as I would love the convenience as much as possible. That said, I’ll probably talk with my son in a bit about the plan so that he can get me some professionals for aid. Thanks for the helpful guide on garage door services and repairs!

  17. Hannah Neilson

    Thank you for saying that you would want to consider an insulated garage door due to the energy efficient nature of the door. Finding something that will help keep heat in your garage would probably save you a lot of money on your energy bill. My brother is looking for a new garage door after his son ran his new car into their old door, so he’ll have to see if he should consider a new insulated one.

  18. Hannah Neilson

    I agree that you would want to consider if a garage door is insulated. It would be good to consider this because it would help you save money on your energy bill. My brother needs help finding a garage door, so he’ll have to consider the insulation first.

  19. Scott

    I hadn’t thought about how you can choose a specific color of the garage door to make it match your home. I have been looking for someone to install a garage door in the home I just built. I can see how it would be smart to get one that is gray because I plan to paint the rest of my house light gray.

  20. Scott Adams

    I like that you talked about making sure your garage door is strong enough to survive a snow storm. I have been looking for a new door to put in my house. I can see how it would be nice to have one with decent strength because it does snow often in my area.

  21. Oscar O'Malley

    I like that you mentioned that steel or aluminum doors will run less expensive than wooden garage doors. My garage door stopped working a couple days ago, so I’m looking into replacement options. Thanks for the information–I’ll be sure to keep it in mind when I meet with a professional technician.


      Give us a call with any service needs and questions you may have!

  22. Gary Puntman

    I actually wasn’t aware there are 4 different materials to choose from for your garage door. I live in a really hot climate, so I would love to know which material would be best. I’m afraid aluminum might get too hot from the sun. I want to make sure I choose whichever option will help the most with keeping my garage and home as cool as possible during the summer months.

  23. Jenna Hunter

    I appreciate your advice to consider insulation and security when getting a new garage door to make sure that you are getting the right one for the climate you live in and that will make you feel safe and secure. I just moved into a new house and the garage door currently doesn’t work so we will need to get a new one installed. I will keep your advice in mind and make sure to get one that will stay intact in bad weather and keep out the cold or heat from the outside.

  24. James Anderson

    It’s great to know that professional installers offer various options to transform a stock door into an architectural statement. I am looking to find a garage door spring repair company as it appears that my spring isn’t working the way that it used to. I’ll have it checked by an expert and at the same time ask if the spring or any other part of my garage door can be customized to fit my needs and preference.

  25. Millie Hue

    My husband told me that we should replace our garage door already because he had a hard time closing it last night when he got home. Since we are replacing it, we thought of looking for a garage door with additional features. I like that you talked about choosing one that has more security features since it will not only keep the intruders away, but it can also protect your home from severe weather conditions. Thanks for the tips!

  26. Sutton Turners

    I like how you said that garage doors need to keep out intruders. Our garage door is getting old and we are thinking about getting a new, durable one. I appreciate the tips for replacing your garage.

  27. Burt Silver

    I like what you said about insulation and how a garage can become a hot box or an ice box. It snows a lot where I am from and our garage has been so cold because our garage doors don’t insulate at all. We’re looking into getting better garage doors to insulate the garage better so that our winters are warmer in there. We’ll have to look into what our options are for that.

  28. Hannah Neilson

    Thanks for the tip about considering if a garage door is insulated. It would be good to consider this because it would show that they are qualified as well. My husband and I are looking for a garage door, so we’ll have to find one that is insulated.