Getting the Best Deals on a Garage Door Replacement

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Many people are surprised to learn that garage door replacement is a terrific home improvement investment. According to Remodeling magazine, homeowners who replace a garage door can realize a surprising 84 percent return on investment (ROI). That's a better ROI than a bathroom or kitchen remodel can generate, at least in terms of national averages.

In fact, of the 22 remodeling projects tracked in the 2010-1011 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report , the only one that actually showed a bigger ROI than in last year's report was garage door replacement.

The national average cost for a mid-range garage door replacement was $1,291, while the resale value of that upgrade was $1,083. The specifics of this garage door replacement are as follows:

  • Remove and dispose of the old 16 x 7 ft. garage door and tracks
  • Install a new four-section garage door and new galvanized steel tracks
  • Reuse the existing garage door opener
  • The new door is uninsulated embossed steel with a double coat of baked-on paint, galvanized steel hinges, and nylon rollers, carrying a 10-yr. limited warranty

Note, however, that upgrading with a higher priced garage door (costing $3,545) has an ROI of 69.8 percent ($2,476). Still, only siding and window replacement provide a better return at the resale time.

When shopping for a garage door replacement, you should be concerned about the style (click here for information on styles) and materials (click here for more on garage door materials).

If you're interested in an environmentally responsible garage door replacement, take a look at this article for suggestions. You will also want to find the best possible contractor to install your garage door replace. The article How To Find a Good Garage Door Repair Technician should help you in that effort.