Most homes are designed to incorporate double garage doors in their construction. In many cases contractors and builders install contractor grade garage doors to save money and reduce the cost to the homeowner. Choosing a cheap door is probably not a very good decision. Using garage door pricing to judge the quality of a garage door does to some degree make sense.
Deciding what garage door you will need will depend on where you live and what weather conditions your home will have to endure. If you live in an area that has long cold winters with heavy snow then you should be looking for a garage door with a high R-value and that is relatively maintenance free. Look for a steel garage door that is constructed using at least 25 gauge steel with 2 inches of polyurethane foam sandwich in between. In most cases a door of this quality will allow you to heat or cool your garage without breaking the bank. A well insulated garage will allow you to climb into your warm vehicle on the coldest morning. In addition you will be able to use your garage based workshop year around. Some people are interested in garage doors that are constructed of wood. Wooden garage doors are very beautiful to look at and depending on the type of panel construction will be very secure. Garage doors constructed entirely of wood are possible but do not have the strength and durability of a steel frame panel garage door.
However, you can achieve all the beauty of a wood door by using a steel framed door that is over laid with Cedar. Wooden garage doors will require a regular routine of intensive maintenance that includes staining and/or painting. A wood garage door can also be expensive.
The bottom line is when looking at garage doors, it really is penny wise and pound foolish to purchase and install a relatively inexpensive garage door. A quality garage door will make your home more secure and energy efficient and add great curb appeal.