Cost to Replace a Garage Door

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Having a built-to-last garage door is a good commodity for any house. There are many types and designs to match a home, but some locations require the doors to have special features that coincide with the weather and other environmental considerations. Note that the cost of replacing a garage door depends on the location, type of door, design, material, size and features.

Cost

  • The cost of replacing a garage door is about $800, and that includes hiring a professional to do it for you. The price will be roughly $500 dollars to perform self-installation. However, this method should only be attempted if you have prior experience in garage door installation. The extra $300 for professional installation will ensure that the garage door is installed properly. Your location may play a factor in the final cost.

Types

  • There are various types of garage doors, each with their own features and designs. Wood is more expensive than steel or aluminum, but more can be done with it as far as design is concerned. Vinyl doors are made to look like wood, but have much less chance of deterioration and the colors won't fade. Roll-up doors are often used in industrial settings, such as storage places, and are made from aluminum and steel.

Features

  • While it is fine to have a manual garage door, an automatic is more convenient. Automatic garage doors are opened by remote, and these can be purchased separately or together. A manual door can also be converted into an automatic. Automatics are safer for people who come home at night and don't want to get out of their car and open the door manually. They are also helpful in stormy weather, when it is potentially dangerous to do it yourself.

Uses

  • Garages are not just used to store cars and tools. Many people use their garage for recreation or sleeping quarters. Insulation is an important asset if you spend a lot of time in the garage. Getting adequate insulation is easy if you don't already have it. According to Calfinder's homepage, "...the door should have a 1 inch to 2 inch paneled insulation between the panels." This can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

Designs

  • There are not only many types of garage doors, but also designs. An attractive garage is a necessary commodity for an attractive house. One popular design, according to Calfinder's home page, is the "carriage door style". "Made to open just like a standard door, the front actually appears as though two-doors open outward." Some people choose the older style of the carriage door, while others prefer it to be modernized.

Conclusion

  • When considering replacing your garage door, remember that it is best to hire a professional to do it for you unless you have prior experience in garage door installation.

References

  • Photo Credit "Carriage Drive" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Jan Tik (Jan Tik) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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