Some consumers are on a budget and are looking for the least expensive options when they buy a garage door. One place you can save some money is buying a manual door instead of an automatic one, but should you? Naturally the automatic door is very convenient, especially if you live in a cold or rainy climate. But for people who trying to save money, a manual garage door can be a valid option.
When it comes to automatic garage doors, they are exactly the same except for the opener. A decent garage door opener is only a costs a few hundred bucks, and then there is the installation. As a rule, the garage door opener should not be a do it yourself project unless you have done it before. The fact is a professional can do it in a fraction of the time an amateur can do it. But if you are handy, you can save $100 – $200 by doing it yourself.
Another factor is the cost of maintenance. Garage door openers are fairly maintenance free. They rarely break down and simply oiling it a couple of times a year can add to its lifespan. All openers are made to withstand heat and cold damage, and it won’t hurt them if they get wet every once in a while.
Keeping your door balanced is another aspect of maintenance. A door that is not balanced will add wear and tear on the engine, but again, it takes a long time for a garage door to become unbalanced.
On the other hand, if you do not live in a place where weather is a factor, a manual door is a viable options. Another good thing about manual doors is security. Garage door openers are pretty save, but if you live in a high crime area or you store a lot of very expensive stuff in your garage, you might want to padlock your door, and only a manual door will allow that.