For most homes, the garage can cover as much as 30 per cent of the exterior of a home. Garages are often one of the first things others see when they visit a house, and can make a large difference in perception of the home. Prices for a quality garage differ based on how large the garage is and who is building it.
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If the homeowner only wants to replace the garage door to give the garage section of the house a new look, prices typically fall between £260 and £455 for aluminium framework versions as of 2010. Stained wood or panelled garage doors tend to cost more, between £520 and £1,300 depending on the quality and designed of the wood. Installation can add as much as £487 to the overall cost.
Garage Door Openers
Not all garage units include garage door openers. These are often sold separately, and if they break they must be replaced separately from the garage door motor. The average garage door opener costs between £84 and £195. Garage remotes are typically around £13 per unit.
If a contractor is building the garage, a good rule of thumb for cost is about £26 per square foot. For the smallest garages that only have enough room for one vehicle, this works out to about £5,200 to £6,500. Two car garages tend to be about 380 square feet, which works out between £8,450 and £11,050. A larger double car garage with room for a workbench and storage space can cost significantly more, and can reach up to £19,500 or £22,750 with added space, materials and insulation.
If the homeowner builds the garage themselves, prices fall considerably. The most simple single car garage can cost around £1,950 to £3,250 with the right materials. Kits to build these garages fall between £3,250 and £9,100 and more for higher quality materials.
Building a garage often requires landscaping work of some sort. A concrete driveway, for instance, can cost several thousand dollars if it needs to be installed along with the garage. Flower beds and walkways leading around the garage can also cost several hundred dollars or more. The garage must also be painted and periodically washed, which can cost several hundred additional dollars every several years.
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