Add value to your home by properly replacing an existing garage door or installing a new one. A garage door that you swing open by hand, however, will date your home. The ideal garage-door system includes an electric door opener with a remote control, so you never leave your car when returning home in bad weather or after dark.
Material and Labor
As of late 2009, the average price of an eight-foot wide by seven-foot high door is roughly £325. This is the ballpark price for a new steel door with triple insulation. Tracking adds about £97 to the cost and a remote adds about £130. Average price of a garage door with tracking in 16-foot wide fibreglass or masonry models can run more than £1,170, including installation. Labor is typically £130 or more.
Check classified ads in newspapers and online to find garage doors at a fraction of the retail price. Builders may have leftover garage doors. A homeowner remodelling a garage into a room may sell the used garage door. Buy new tracking if the old is bent, but ascertain that a used door doesn't end up costing more than a new model if you must buy tracking and repair the door surface. Aluminium, fibreglass and masonry-type doors can occasionally be found in 16-foot wide sizes for about £455 in classified ads. Winter months are a good time to find deals.
Think Long Term
Don't purchase a highly dented or warped garage door at any price. It will devalue your home. Even if it's hidden from kerbside, large flaws ruin the appearance of that side of your house. If you decide to sell your home, potential buyers will notice defects, especially if the garage door is in prominent view. Garage doors with several windows cost more. Masonry doors or fibreglass doors cost more than metal slat-type doors designed for utility versus beauty.
Dangers of Skimpy Tracking
Never install a heavy wooden or metal garage door on thin metal tracking. Use heavy-gauge tracking designed for roll-up garage doors expressly made to support a door's specific weight. The door can easily fall and injure or kill someone, damage your car and ruin the door. Pay for professional installation of tracking, unless you are highly experienced at such projects.
Metal Doors Vs. Other Choices
Metal doors tend to get dented over time. Fibreglass or masonry doors have a much better appearance in the long run. Metal doors can rust around the edges or rust around garage-door window panes. Avoid placing a metal door made of steel or aluminium in the front of your house. It will look cheap when the newness wears off.
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