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Is it time for a new garage door?
Here are some important things to know about replacing your garage door
A new garage door returns about 84% of it's value when it's time to sell your home.
While we always do our best to keep your old door in top working condition, there comes a time when you may be considering a new or upgraded door. The cost of repair and the inconvenience of a malfunctioning door make a new door a smart investment. It will also improve the appearance of your home exterior and ensure that the contents of your garage and entrance into your home are protected.
Installing a new door is a big job. Some homeowners are up for it, but if you can't manage the heavy lifting, electrical work, and disposal of the old door, a garage door professional may be the right choice.
We can walk you through everything you need to consider.
How Much Will I Spend on a New Door?
The range for a new residential garage door is extensive. While homeowners report an average cost of a new door and installation at $1,064, the cost can be anywhere between $200 for a low-end single door to over $4,000 for two or more doors, plus installation. When getting a quote, make sure the total price includes new tracks and the associated connectors. You can save some money by doing the installation yourself, but be sure to consider the work involved. The weight of some doors poses a significant risk of personal injury without the proper manpower and tools to do it right. Be sure to ask your retailer about maneuvering the door safely and choose an appropriate door for your ability.
Energy efficiency should not be overlooked when considering which door to choose. Insulated doors can have a significant impact on lowering your utility bills if your garage is attached to your home. Check the R-value of the door you are considering. Higher R-values will better insulate your garage from external heat or cold, and will also reduce outside noise. Look for polystyrene or polyurethane foam in the construction of the door.
Some other factors that can improve your door are pinch resistance and tamper resistance.
Make sure your contractor also includes the cost of of electrical wiring, installing new tracks, and removing and carrying off the old door panels and parts.
And, of course, the style and material of your new door, plus the opener, will have an impact on the final cost.
Basically, it will cost much less to install a steel door with no opener than a custom wood door with one, but be sure to ask questions. The industry is always improving with high-tech doors and new techniques to improve energy efficiency as well as improving the appearance of the interior surface of your door. Also consider that more expensive doors tend to be more durable and retain their value better.
Location can also be a factor. While the national average for a new door is $1,064, the average for Kansas City is $943.
It's not uncommon for additional costs to pile up so be sure to get a good quote in advance. There could be additional charges for resizing the opening for the door or reframing the exterior. Make sure a professional inspects your home for signs that additional repairs or maintenance will be needed down the road so that you can fix the issues before the new door is installed. Some things to look for include:
Electronics are another consideration when determining cost. Sensors are an important safety feature and keep the door from closing on your foot or crushing a pet or child. And how many of us would be locked out of our home if the electric motor that raises our door failed to operate properly?
Garage Door Types and Customization.
We've detailed a few different types of garage door materials and styles to help you make a comparison. You are making a significant investment in your home and an important consideration is the longevity of the door you select. More durable construction materials can have higher costs but they can last far longer than doors made of less durable materials. Do you have children who play basketball near the door? Is parking tight in your garage? Consider the dings that may be coming! You should look for a door that will function smoothly and look appealing for at least ten years. SIngle layer doors are the most affordable up front but they are prone to dents and dings and won't stand up to a gentle touch from a bumper. Heavy doors with thick insulation can withstand the wear and tear of every day life but you will pay more up front.
In the Kansas City area, you typically see roll-up doors, but you have some other options:
Windows are another consideration for your new doors. They can quickly turn an ordinary door into something stunning and they can improve the interior of your garage space by letting in natural light. For best light, windows are usually places in the top sections of your door and the trim and panels can be widely customized. Some companies offer shatterproof glass, frosted overlays for a modern touch, or old-fashion looks.
Color. Don't forget this important component. You want your home to look good from the street and in many cases the garage door is the biggest feature on the front of your home. Basic doors tend to come in basic colors but partially or fully customized doors can be made to match your home nicely.
And, finally, warranty. Custom doors typically come with a lifetime warranty. Carefully consider the warranty package being offered with your door to determine the value.
Today, most new doors come with an electric opener but be sure to check. Extra remotes and programming the opener can add anywhere from $100 to $400 to the cost, so ask questions. Usually your old opener can work with your new door, but if your new door is heavier (which is often the case with a custom door), you will need to upgrade to one with a bigger motor.
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