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Garage Door Buying Guide (page 7 of 9)

Garage doors can take up the bulk of your home's facade and be a big part of the curb appeal. Before you buy, learn about the options, cost and how well they are insulated.

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    Composite wood
    This sandwich-type construction features a strong, insulating core of polystyrene wrapped in composite wood: panels made from wood fibers and weatherproof resins. Many manufacturers use recycled wood fibers for the panels, providing a bit of green factor.

    Molded with grain patterns, composite wood can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Unlike wood, however, composite doors won't split, crack or rot. Composite doors come factory finished, or can be custom stained or painted.

    Heads up: Nearly as costly as real wood.

    Insulating value: R-5 to R-8.

    Cost for a 16-by-7-foot double door: $1,200-$2,200.

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