Looking for a ball-park of what I can expect to pay for a replacement
garage door. Currently have swinging steel door that shows some wear
and rust. Want to move up to panel steel door, new track, and opener
(options such as panel windows and outside key code entry would be
nice but not essential). Price should include hauling away old door.
Current garage door is 7 x 16 feet. My area is a little expensive Ann
Arbor, Michigan so I expect to pay a little more.
Any experience and tips on buying door and sizing up contractors would
be helpful. Also, any experience with nationwide store installation
such as Sears, and Home Depot would also be welcome.
Thanks in advance,
3 words: Wayne Dalton doors. See if they are in your area and get an
estimate from them. The best garage doors out there as far as I could see
and they make a really neat opener that goes above the door. If they have a
showroom take a look. Home Depot or Lowes may carry them but if there is a
Wayne Dalton store near you it will probably be cheaper installed thru them
based on pricing I got from Home Depot or Lowes (forgot which).
Maybe an installer around you will chime in soon, but until then...
Go ask a few neighbors which company put their door in, and if they
liked the work that was done. Did they clean up their mess when they
finished, were they reasonable, pleasant, and professional (there
wasn't any beer missing from the fridge, was there? ;) )
I won't get on my soap-box about any particular company today, so I'll
just say that "word of mouth" is one of the best ways to find a
reputable company that will make you a happy customer.
As far as Sears/Home Depot goes, I'm pretty sure they sub their door
installs to local companys, so you should still end up with a pleasant
experiance. I doubt that either of those companys will tolerate a
sub-contractor that causes them repeated problems.
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