Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Garage Door help
Old 10-01-2007, 10:18 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
saluki9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,032
Garage Door help

This forum has been a huge help to me as I have transformed myself from a happy and careless condo dweller into a soon to be broke owner of a 40 year old nightmarehome

I have put off replacing my garage door, but the 1970's styling along with the rotting parts is really getting to my wife.

So I have a quote, which seems high to me, I thought I would ask the more seasoned homeowners here. It's a Raynor door, steel (r12 insulation value), new tracks and hardware, and install for $1800 which includes removing and disposal of the old door. This is for a 2 car garage (one door) with windows.

Is that in the right ballpark?
__________________

__________________
saluki9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-01-2007, 10:28 AM   #2
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 113
New construction I am paying $1400 for two all steel single doors. Thanks for the reminder I need to call them today with CC info. The sizes on mine are not standard 9 wide 8 tall which required special ordering. Bought mine through Overhead door Overhead Door Systems | Residential Garage Doors. They have a good reputation in my area. $1800 for a double door does not sound way out of line for replacement. I would get another quote to set your mind at ease.
__________________

__________________
boutros is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 11:12 AM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,614
Quote:
Originally Posted by saluki9 View Post
It's a Raynor door, steel (r12 insulation value), new tracks and hardware, and install for $1800 which includes removing and disposal of the old door. This is for a 2 car garage (one door) with windows.

Is that in the right ballpark?
Yes, that's a good price. Does it include re-installation of your existing opener? You'd probably want them to do that as well, as there can be issues (clearance for the actuating rail, binding of the door, etc) and if one company does it all, there's no finger pointing.

Also, you may need to decide if you want them to put the handles on the outside (so many folks now have openers that many installers don't put the handles on the outside in order to achieve a "cleaner" look). I had them put the handles on mine.
__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 12:34 PM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,194
If you don't put handles on the outside, then sometime when there's a power outage, someone will close the door with her fingers between the panels, and get them severely pinched.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 12:44 PM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
On a side note, how often and what do you use to keep the squeaks down on the track, spray dry silicon spray on the rollers and tracks??
__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 01:34 PM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,614
Quote:
Originally Posted by FinanceDude View Post
On a side note, how often and what do you use to keep the squeaks down on the track, spray dry silicon spray on the rollers and tracks??
I think white lithium grease is the lube of choice for this application. The spray-on stuff is easy to use.
__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 02:41 PM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,250
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
If you don't put handles on the outside, then sometime when there's a power outage, someone will close the door with her fingers between the panels, and get them severely pinched.
OR... the end chopped off like my mom did!!!!
__________________
Texas Proud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 03:59 PM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by saluki9 View Post
So I have a quote, which seems high to me, I thought I would ask the more seasoned homeowners here. It's a Raynor door, steel (r12 insulation value), new tracks and hardware, and install for $1800 which includes removing and disposal of the old door. This is for a 2 car garage (one door) with windows.
Is that in the right ballpark?
Holy cow, fly them out here when you're done. I'll still be ahead on local prices.

Have you asked what happens to the steel shell when a basketball hits it at full force, followed shortly by two teenagers? Of course you may not have that problem, but wood handles that situation a lot better... admittedly at a lower insulation value.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
If you don't put handles on the outside, then sometime when there's a power outage, someone will close the door with her fingers between the panels, and get them severely pinched.
Another vote here for handles. I've had too many torsion bars & springs break to live without them.

Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
I think white lithium grease is the lube of choice for this application. The spray-on stuff is easy to use.
I used that for years, but the last couple garage-door repair guys have recommended any ol' silicon spray. Apparently the grease is prone to attracting dirt and gunking up.
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 04:20 PM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nords View Post
Holy cow, fly them out here when you're done. I'll still be ahead on local prices.


Quote:
Have you asked what happens to the steel shell when a basketball hits it at full force, followed shortly by two teenagers? Of course you may not have that problem, but wood handles that situation a lot better... admittedly at a lower insulation value.
That'swhy I have a TWO-SIDED steel door, windproof up to 80 mph............can't find a teenager warranty though.........
__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 06:00 PM   #10
Full time employment: Posting here.
DRiP Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 546
I just put in a nice new door, brand new tracks, hardware, etc.

Was $700 for one car garage, so seems you are not too far off. Do it, and breath easier, I know I did.
__________________
DRiP Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 10:59 PM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Goonie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North-Central Illinois
Posts: 3,198
I had the Overhead Door guys here about 6 weeks ago to install a new steel (inside and out) insulated door....single car (9'x7'). No opener....handle on the outside. New door and track with installation, and removal/disposal of the old door and track was $920.
__________________
Goonie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2007, 11:15 AM   #12
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
saluki9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,032
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nords View Post
Holy cow, fly them out here when you're done. I'll still be ahead on local prices.

Have you asked what happens to the steel shell when a basketball hits it at full force, followed shortly by two teenagers? Of course you may not have that problem, but wood handles that situation a lot better... admittedly at a lower insulation value.

Well Nords, I'll be in Oahu in early December. Let me see if I can bring one in my checked baggage

I have a long time before I have to worry about teenagers. Right now I'm more worried about insulation value considering what my heating bills were last winter.

Ok, so it seems like $1800 isn't that bad of a deal. Now I just need to decide whether I scratch the windows and save $350?
__________________
saluki9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2007, 01:21 PM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,015
Quote:
Originally Posted by saluki9 View Post
... Now I just need to decide whether I scratch the windows and save $350?
Sounds like a lot of $$ for windows that IMHO detract from the appearance of most garage doors -- I've never understood why the mfg even offers them...
__________________
Achiever51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2007, 03:37 PM   #14
Full time employment: Posting here.
My Dream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 829
Keep in mind that there are usualy 2 sizes of double garage doors, the 14" and the 16'. Average price difference starts at around $150.00 to $400.00 depending on quality and options.
__________________
My Dream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2007, 03:40 PM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Quote:
Originally Posted by Achiever51 View Post
Sounds like a lot of $$ for windows that IMHO detract from the appearance of most garage doors -- I've never understood why the mfg even offers them...
Screw the windows, why give the young kids in the neighborhood a target to aim baseballs at? For $350,you can out a LOT of nice lights in the garage.........and use CFL's too..........
__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2007, 06:15 PM   #16
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
On sale at lowes the next few weeks, in the current sale flyer on lowes.com

Reliabilt® 850 Series Insulated Steel Carriage House Style Garage Door

Financing* Free Insulation Upgrade*

$659.96 - $1303.94 thru Oct 14

•25-year limited warranty
•Affordable carriage house styling
•Decorative handles and decorative strap hinges included
•Smooth vinyl-back construction
•Durable and reliable operation
•Child-safe, finger-protecting door panels
•Available through Special Order
Available in sandtone, almond, or white and with optional window designs.
*See offer on this page for details.
Installed without windows 8 x 7 $659.96 add to shopping list
Installed without windows 9 x 7 $678.07 add to shopping list
Installed without windows 16 x 7 $1046.78 add to shopping list
Installed with windows 8 x 7 $788.73 add to shopping list
Installed with windows 9 x 7 $806.84 add to shopping list
Installed with windows 16 x 7 $1303.94 add to shopping list
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2007, 11:27 PM   #17
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by saluki9 View Post
Right now I'm more worried about insulation value considering what my heating bills were last winter.
Ok, so it seems like $1800 isn't that bad of a deal. Now I just need to decide whether I scratch the windows and save $350?
I think you've answered your question-- I bet garage-door windows don't have a very high R-rating.

Are these the windows that a burglar would look through to figure out if the cars are in the garage and whether there are any pit-bull feeding bowls?
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2007, 08:47 AM   #18
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,352
Go ahead and get the windows, most are double glazed.

Nifty trick I tried. Get a little aquarium and attach to inside of windows. Get a Fresnel lens and put one little shark fish in the tank. The lens will make it seem like a 15 ft Great White is in your garage.

Scares off burglars.
__________________

__________________
OldAgePensioner is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Door-To-Door Ed Jones "Advisor"?? Goonie Other topics 4 03-17-2007 06:15 PM
Front Door - Costs and installation? vvsonikvv Other topics 15 12-24-2006 06:09 PM
Warren Buffet the Billionaire Next Door crazy connie Other topics 26 11-29-2006 11:01 AM
another millionaire next door chuck FIRE and Money 3 06-28-2006 06:33 AM
Garage Door Replacement gwix98 Other topics 16 05-21-2006 12:33 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:10 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.