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Old 11-17-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Currently remodeling a house and am interested in restoring the 70s garage door for a couple of reasons: 1). It's in decent shape w/ windows so a new one is not necessary and 2). You pay a premium now for a wooden door, so why not use the one I've got?

Anyway, because of a relocation of the interior door from the house to the garage, we will have to have the tracks higher than the door opening--plus, the tracks completely need replacing anyway from wear and tear. I received a quote of around $600 to replace the track and rollers and to install the motor we already have. This sounds absolutely ridiculous to me.

Could someone bring me back down to earth with an idea of what it should reasonably cost to do this?

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Not even worth it. Majority of the doors from the 70's were made of Masonite and Popular wood. You are best to replace the whole works, including the door.

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I agree!
They will have to do the exact same amount of labor to install a new one and you would then have a mantaince free door for many years.
Why would anyone want a wooden door?
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Does the $600 include the cost of new track, rollers and miscellaneous hardware?
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I have seen some very high end wood doors from that era that I would do my best to keep in service. Be prepared to pay a hefty price if you hire it out though.
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find out what the hardware costs. it may be more than you think. and remember, the guy needs to make a living. but perhaps you can diy.
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oh. new garage doors are freaking expencive. to replace mine, with the same basic door. would be over $1200, just for the door !
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I have seen some very high end wood doors from that era that I would do my best to keep in service. Be prepared to pay a hefty price if you hire it out though.
I have too, but it depends on the neighborhood. Majority of those in Tract developments, or where built for middle class income neighborhoods from the late 60's to early 80's, they used the cheapest stuff for doors & windows, including garage doors.

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