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Friday, June 13, 2014

Let's talk garage doors a minute...

We're finally at the point where I'm needing to pick out the garage doors and honestly it is completely stressing me out.  Garage doors are a prominent part of the facade and set the tone of the house, especially if they are front facing.  I didn't want to spend too much money, but I also didn't want to settle since this was going to be a long term investment.

We wanted to go with a local company, so we met with Mount Garage doors.  Julie works with her husband and she was incredibly helpful with explaining the options of all the different styles of doors.

I took this picture in and told her I wanted this exact door.  I had my heart set on a carriage style door and was crossing my fingers it was within our price range.  

She knew exactly what door I was talking about and this is the door we ended up getting.  It's the Carriage house 5300 series from C.H.I overhead doors.  We were originally quoted $1918 a door including install, but when Julie called the sales rep they were able to extend a sale and we got them for $1740 a door.   I like the clean look without the hardware, but in case I change my mind the door does come with hardware. 

Here's the two other less expensive options that I was considering when comparing prices.

There were a few things that I considered when picking out our garage door:  Maintenance, reliability, durability and cost.   The door I choose is completely maintenance free and will never need to be painted or stained.  Custom wood doors ($4000 and up) will need to be stripped, stained and sealed every few years.  We could have gone with a slightly less expensive door ($1544, for the one above), but the finish was not smooth and they are not true carriage style doors.   The less expensive doors were also not heavily insulated.  They had a foam backing that was cheap and could be easily damaged.  With two small kids and the thought of many bikes and sporting equipment going in and out of the garage I wanted doors that would last.

I ultimately spent more than what I had planned, but I also got the exact door that I wanted.  That's what happens when you go on your own to pick out a door and your husband doesn't give you a spending limit.  

Here's another picture of the doors.  This was definitely a splurge on my part, but totally worth it!  
I can't wait to see them on the house!

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