SAN JOSE — When purchasing a replacement garage door, smart choices can help you make the most of your investment. Here are a few tips:

Consider money-saving alternatives. A high-end, carriage-style wood door can cost more than $10,000. For a fraction of that price, you can Get a metal door with the same design that provides a nearly identical look.

Invest in an insulated door. An insulated door is essentially two single-panel doors with a piece of foam inserted between them. For a slightly higher cost, you’ll essentially get double the durability and longevity of a single-panel door, so it’s well worth the additional investment.

Consider customized door track options. Most garages utilize a standard garage door track, but if your garage’s ceiling is taller than average, you may benefit from a customized track design. By increasing the radius of the track, you can get more clearance, smoother door operation and a cleaner overall look.

Consider a powder coated door track. Few homeowners realize they can customize the look of not only their garage door but their door track as well. With powder coating (a color application that’s more durable than paint), you can alter the color of your standard metal door track to one that complements your garage door.