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    Average cost of a garage door


    Summary: How much does a garage door cost, average garage door installation cost and average garage door prices and costs.



    So your garage door is beginning to look rather battered or it's falling off its hinges. Maybe you fancy an automatic door to save you the bother of getting out of your car after the long drive home? But where do you begin?


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    Garage door (Materials) £200 - £1000 2013 Get quote
    Garage door (Labour & materials) £400 - £1500 2013 Get quote

    Costs to consider

    Well, cost will probably be your starting point. The costs depend on what kind of door you choose. Garage doors come in different materials, including fibreglass, steel, aluminium, UPVC and wood. A simple wooden door will be the cheapest alternative. At the top end of the market are bespoke glass doors. As a rule of thumb the more windows you have the more expensive the overall price.

    Now you have to ponder aesthetics against durability and safety. Think through the pros and cons of each material. Will the door stand up to the wear and tear the elements inflict as the years roll by? Wooden doors will require re-painting or varnishing in the future. Aluminium doors are prone to denting. Is your garage connected to the house and therefore subject to your energy conservation? You wouldn't want to lose heat through the door and hike up your heating bills. In that case weigh up whether you need an insulated door.

    Secondly how big is your garage doorway? The size of door needed is another factor affecting the price.

    As well as materials, you should spend time deciding what kind of mechanism suits your garage. Most modern doors are 'up and over,' meaning they lift up over the car, nicely tucked out of the way. Guess what, there are different types!

    Canopy garage doors are the most common. They are easy to erect and tend to be the most economical type. But if your garage door is wider than 8 feet the canopy is not suitable. The next option up is the retractable garage door. This is similar to a canopy but retracts totally into the garage space. If you have a garage requiring double doors then it will have to be retractable.

    There again, why not treat yourself to automated doors? This will not necessarily mean putting in a new door, as existing canopy and retractable doors can be fitted with an electric mechanism. While this is a common upgrade and quite feasible for most households, occasionally the layout of your garage will make it impossible. Talk to your dealer before splashing out. Again there are a wide range of electric and automated mechanisms. The Internet is a good method of browsing different models and their costs.

    Of course you are not just buying a door, you also want it to open. So you are going to need all those accessories like tracks, rollers, springs, hinges and other bits of hardware. Therefore, when calculating your spend, remember to add in the cost of all that equipment.

    Now you have to ponder aesthetics against durability and safety. Think through the pros and cons of each material.

    As well as materials, you should spend time deciding what kind of mechanism suits your garage.

    Canopy garage doors are the most common. They are easy to erect and tend to be the most economical type.


    Factors to consider

    Make sure you have figured out the necessities of installation. You wouldn't be the first person to DIY a garage door, only to find his car wouldn't fit through the aperture. There are different ways to install a door taking up differing amounts of space. Talk it through with the manufacturer or industry rep first.

    There are some health and safety issues to automatic doors. The risk exists of an electric door striking, trapping or crushing. There have even been fatalities. The Department of Health and Safety issue guidelines which are available online. There again a reputable dealer or installer should be able to supply professional advice.

    Another factor is security. For many people the garage is a way into their house. Consider the locking mechanism on your door of choice. Think too about the strength of the door panels. Could a knife crack them open? Ask the manufacturer or installer for advice.

    So, will you fit a garage door yourself or hire a professional? Doing it yourself is probably the cheaper option. However, if you do a poor job there are likely to be maintenance and repair jobs later on that might undermine the savings of your DIY efforts. Also there are the safety considerations of electric doors, as mentioned before.

    If you decide to hire a trade fitter, he will have installation fees. You will need to add this to your budget on top of the door and equipment costs. Most reputable installers should be happy to do a free survey and quote. Incidentally, the DHF Garage Door Installer & Distributor is one of the major trade organisations in the industry with information about finding accredited professionals, safety guidelines and all things garage door-related.

    If you decide to hire a trade fitter, he will have installation fees. You will need to add this to your budget on top of the door and equipment costs.



    Author: C J Mills Google+



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