Whether you are looking to replace an old garage door or outfitting a new house, one of your primary concerns will always involve costs. A majority of the homeowners have little to no experience buying garage doors and therefore have no idea about the garage door service costs involved.
Moreover, garage door costs can vary widely. You can spend as much as a thousand dollars for a high-end professionally installed garage door, to a few dollars to cover a basic car space.
Here’s a fact that may surprise you: replacing a garage door can be a great investment. Car spacing stands as one of the top home improv
ement projects you can do to get the biggest benefits while looking at cost versus value.
For example in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, an upscale garage door replacement project at the cost of $3,111 saw a resale value of $2,462, showing a 79.1% return on your investment.
Stats and facts
In a new study on Dasma, the approximate cost of an upscale garage door replacement service during the homeowner upscale project was $2,810 on equipment worth $3,304. It can get up to 85% return on investment upon revaluing.
How much does a garage door installation cost anyway?
Installing a new garage door at your home can cost anywhere between $500 and $800. The surveyors demonstrate that on average a homeowner can tackle a project in a nine-hour time span while a garage door service professional will be able to finish the job in five hours.
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Should it be a ‘Do it yourself’ project? Not really, since many house experts claim garage fixing is a two person job, requires advanced carpentry skills and sufficient knowledge of household electronic systems.
We will now assess the costs of installing a new garage door using professional services.
The usual costs include:
- Looking for a contractor: you will find several professional garage door service companies. It is always advisable to contact at least three to four different agencies and request a bid for the work. Make sure that each quote includes the prices for a few different types of doors, installation fees and cost of wiring the electronic openers, etc. The standard prices range from single tilt up models for $400 – $700 to solid wood custom models for up to $3,000.
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- Door styles: It is important to consider additional features such as the windows across the top door to provide natural light inside the garage, the use of steel frames to enhance the look and provide stability, and insulation which can reduce energy costs of the garage space by 15% to 20%.
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- Openers: All garage door openers are not the same. The installation prices range from $150 – $300 and should come with automatic openers that add no more than fifty bucks to the total cost of the project.
Cost of the opener
Most modern garage doors come with an opener. But be sure to check and install one if needed. Buying an extra set of remotes and batteries, and setting openers for the operation will typically cost anywhere from $100 – $400. This will add to the overall cost of garage door installation.
In certain cases where the new door is much heavier than the old one, the old garage door opener won’t be able to handle the additional weight. Keep this factor in mind when shopping for a garage door.
Double widths – Along with other styles, doors can be found in single width and double width styles as well. There are serious considerations when selecting one over the other. If a homeowner, for instance, decides to use a single door to covers the entrance of a two car garage, he/she will have to make serious structural modifications to the entryway.
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Lighting – When installing a new garage door, some owners prefer adding brand new lighting to their garage. This is because they usually have a licensed electrician on site and asking them to do more than one task can reduce overall costs.
Do it yourself
Mark, a family blog owner at yeadadshome.com, talks about installing a garage opener by yourself. In case you’re reasonably handy, replacing a garage door opener can be done in almost half a day.
It took him around 3 hours to do the job with a bunch of screwdrivers, crescent wrenches, wire strippers, a lever, cordless drill and a step ladder. It helps if you’re only replacing an opener since some of the brackets can be reused, saving some time.
Stores that sell openers can help you find someone who can install them. This is a backup option when you don’t have the required tools or hours to handle the work. “If I didn’t have time to do it, I would have found someone who does this a lot to put ours up,” says Mark.
All in all
The moment your garage door starts malfunctioning, you might consider installing an upgraded door. It is a smart investment.
Additionally, it brings you a solid return on investment through the redesigning and construction elements; upping resale value, while improving the overall functionality and appearance of your home’s exterior. It also ensures the protection of both the contents of your garage and your home.