This is What’s New in Garage Doors

Depending on your home’s design, your garage door may be one of the first elements people see when they pull in the driveway. If your garage door has…


Depending on your home’s design, your garage door may be one of the first elements people see when they pull in the driveway. If your garage door has seen better days, perhaps it’s time to consider replacing it. Installing a new garage door can recoup an estimated 76.9% of project costs when you sell your home, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report.

If you’re in the market for a new garage door, here’s a look at what’s new when it comes to materials and technology.

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1. Garage door styles have probably come a long way since you last bought one. No matter what your home’s style, there’s a garage door that will complement it. Some are sleek, some have carriage-house doors and intricate detailing and all types of garage doors can include windows, whether frosted, clear, rectangular or arched. You’ll have choices.

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2. Today’s garage doors require little maintenance as they are built with materials that withstand the elements and will look great for years, according to U.S. News and World Report. You’ll find garage doors made of steel, fiberglass composites, wood and aluminum.

3. When shopping for a new garage door, be sure to have a budget in mind as you can easily spend several thousand dollars. Remodeling magazine notes the average national cost of a garage door replacement is about $3,300, although you can pay as little as $400 for a no-frills door you install yourself.

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4. If your garage is attached to your home or if it is used for a workshop or any kind of living space, it needs to be energy efficient and many of today’s doors fit that bill. If heat loss is a concern, look for a garage door with polyurethane foam insulation, as it is the best insulator on the market, according to Garaga, one of the leading manufacturers of garage doors. Also, pay attention to door’s exterior weather stripping, which is made of PVC. The weather stripping’s quality can be measured by its flexibility at below freezing temperatures, and garage door manufacturers note you get what you pay for when it comes to weather stripping.

5. Today’s garage doors use the same technology you may use to control your thermostat and your house lights. Custom Door and Gate notes technology available in garage doors today allows you to set a daily schedule that will open and close the door throughout the day, apps that let your monitor your garage while you’re away and you can even link it to other smart devices like your Nest thermostat.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.