Garage doors are not exactly an everyday purchase, are they? The number of times you buy a garage door in your life will almost certainly be in single digits, unless you’re a builder or property developer, or you like to move house a lot!
Like any infrequent purchase, deciding to spend money on a garage door can leave you with lots of unanswered questions. And let’s not beat around the bush – one will be at the top of your mind.
How much is this thing going to set you back?
The good news? It’s probably a lot less than you think – as we’re about to reveal.
Hit me with it: what’s the damage?
Garage doors come in many forms, which is great news for you, because it means there’s plenty of styles and types to choose from, and they’ll all inform your budget.
If we consider the prices for entry-level doors, let’s look at the most common styles you’ll probably choose from.
- Up and over: the type of garage door with which you’re probably most familiar. These start at around £800.
- Roller: becoming far more commonplace these days, roller garage doors are convenient, save space and start from around £1,500.
- Sectional: similar to roller doors in their space-saving ability and convenience, sectional garage doors start at around £1,800.
- Side-hinged: still a great choice if you need quick, convenient access to your garage, side-hinged doors usually begin at £1,450.
Like anything in life, you’ll end up paying more for your garage door if you opt for a well-known brand, but there are other elements which will impact the price.
For instance, if you need a specific colour or style, that may raise the cost of the garage door. This is particularly the case if you go for a bespoke design (but it does mean you’ll have something entirely unique, as a result).
Why pay more for a garage door?
There’s no doubting that you can pay a fair bit less than the prices above if you shop around, but there’s several reasons you should invest properly in your garage door.
Firstly, a fairly priced garage door will offer better security and peace of mind than a cut price door. That counts for an awful lot, regardless of what you’re using the garage for.
You’re also more likely to get a long warranty. As noted previously, you don’t expect to buy many garage doors in your life, therefore it makes sense to buy one that’s going to last and be looked after by the manufacturer should anything go wrong.
Lastly, the rate of break-in success with cheaper garage doors is far higher, because they’re not as well built and simply don’t have the security features which keep thieves out.
Paying for safety
Garage doors need to be secure, easy to use and aesthetically pleasing, but they need to be safe, too.
The Machinery Directive is a set of guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which helps manufacturers ensure their powered garage doors operate safely.
Depending on the type of garage door you buy, it’ll probably fall into this directive and will need to comply. If the manufacturer has skipped this step or not paid full attention to it, the door could be dangerous.
When it comes to insurance, your premium can sometimes be impacted by the type of garage door you have, but this is admittedly rare. Regardless, a more secure garage door (which you’ll only get from spending a little extra), is obviously a good idea for your peace of mind.
Better = built to last
Generally speaking, the more you pay for a garage door, the better it’ll be and, in turn, the longer it’ll last.
How long should a garage door last? If you spend wisely and pick the right installer, you can expect anywhere between 10-20 years of use.
There are so many other elements which can impact the price of a garage door, including smart home hub access and GSM options, but the more you pay, the more functionality you get. With that in mind, if you have any queries about your own garage door purchase, just get in touch with the Horizons team.