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The Top Remodeling Project of the Year: Garage Doors

Choosing a high-quality garage door that makes a great first impression is worth the money.


Photo by Overhead Door

For the past seven years, garage door replacements have been ranked as a top-five remodeling project. Both recent and long-term trends indicate that “curb appeal” projects generate higher returns on investment than work completed in the interior of the home.

If you’re in the throes of a log home renovation (or thinking about it), choosing a high-quality garage door that makes a great first impression is worth the money, even if you’re not in the re-sale market. But with styles ranging from Mission to Carriage House, how do you choose?

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Overhead Door has made it easy with “DoorView,” an interactive software tool that lets you visualize what your home would look like with one of their scores of garage door options. Just download the app (currently for the iPhone/iPad; Android version coming soon), upload a photo of your existing garage door and use the app to see what each door would look like on your home. Once you make your selection, send an email, and a distributor will contact you.

No matter how you shop, keep these 4 garage door tips in mind:

1. Price

Steel doors for a two-car garage start at about $300; stock wood/Masonite garage, $550; semi-custom wood doors range from $1,500-3,000; and custom doors can reach five digits.

2. Construction

Garage doors typically come in three options: single-, double- and triple-layer construction. Single-layer doors are not insulated and are good for those on a tight budget. Double-layer doors offer polystyrene board and a thin back cover in addition to an outer skin, increasing energy efficiency and sound-proofing. Triple-layer doors provide the maximum energy efficiency, soundproofing and structural integrity, but expect to pay a premium.

3. Installation

Be sure to ask if installation is included in the price.

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4. Maintenance

Wood is a natural choice for log homes, but will require consistent care. Steel is strong, light and won’t warp or crack; and it can be fabricated to mimic the look of wood. Fiberglass is light, but it tends to break easily — especially in colder climes — requiring replacement.