Most people replace their garage door because they don’t like the way it looks, or because it no longer works, or perhaps because they want to install an automatic door opener. As a house flipper, your reasons may be all of the above. Whatever your reason, consider these three things before you replace the garage door of your flip.
It can bring a good return on investment
According to Remodeling magazine, replacing your garage door can fetch a substantial return on investment—to the tune of almost 94 percent. It can also help improve the resale value of your property. A win-win.
A new garage door can help save money for your potential homebuyer, since older garage doors with inefficient seals and failing insulation could make HVAC systems work harder and cause energy bills to increase. If maintained properly, a new garage door can last a homeowner about 10 to 20 years.
You can choose from a variety of materials.
You’ve got lots of options when it comes picking a material for the garage door of your flip. Four of the most common materials used are steel, aluminum, wood, and composite wood. Steel is a versatile material and offers many choices in the way of insulation, color, and price. Aluminum is rust-resistant and ideal for flips in humid climates.
If you’re looking for a garage door that can be molded to create unique designs, wood can be the perfect choice. Be aware, though, that wood doors can require more maintenance to keep them from rotting, cracking, and shrinking—depending on climate. You might also consider using composite wood, which is resistant to moisture, is insulated, and can be stained or painted.
Replacement costs vary
The cost to replace the garage door of your flip can depend on the size of the door and the material from which it’s made. However, the average cost of replacement is around $3,900, Remodeling magazine suggests.
For instance, a 16-by-7-foot garage door can range in price between $750 and $4,000—wood doors of this size can range between $1,200 and $4,000, and aluminum ones can run between $1,500 and $2,000. Always be sure to get estimates from at least three professionals, and don’t hesitate to request references and photos of their recent work.