Most of us hardly spend a few minutes a day in our garage, so is it really necessary to renovate a garage? Yes, it is – a modern garage with a trendy design can transform the look of your home completely. So how much does it cost to renovate a garage?
A typical garage remodeling or renovation costs anything from $8,000 to $10,000. This includes the cost of the garage door replacement, flooring, installation of windows, insulation and so on. But not all garage renovations should cost that much – you can get a simple renovation done for less than $1,500.
Here are some of the things you can do to renovate a garage.
Repair the Garage Flooring
Repairing the garage flooring is perhaps the most expensive part of the garage renovation, but it’s something that has to be done, especially if the flooring has been badly damaged by wear and tear over the years. It takes time to replace the flooring and the labor charges are likely to be high. Your building contractor hires concrete specialists for the job who use a polyurethane-based coating to repair most of the damage that has been caused due to flaking, cracking, pitting, staining, etc. One of the easiest things you can do is to add durable carpets to prevent wear and tear on the garage floor.
Insulate the Garage Door
Most garages are not insulated and this could be one reason why your electric bills are so high. To make your home more energy efficient, ensure that your garage door is properly insulated. Insulating the garage door helps to minimize damage due to humidity as well. Among the options available to you are foil insulation which uses polyethylene and insulation that uses polystyrene panels, which have a more attractive appearance.
Add Windows to the Garage
Adding windows to the garage makes brings natural light to the garage and makes it look less like an enclosed space. Windows make your garage more livable. However, care must be taken to ensure that the windows are strong enough to withstand any attempted break-ins.
Repair or Replace the Garage Doors
The garage door has probably been damaged because of years of opening and closing. It doesn’t cost much to repair a garage door – under $1,000; but for a more permanent solution, it is better to have it replaced entirely. There are garage door specialists who handle the garage door repair or replacement. They repair or replace the hinges, rollers and the track and remove the debris that has collected on the track over many years. Also, get the garage door spring replaced – that can make a huge difference to the smooth operation of the garage door.
Organize the Garage Better
There are several things you can do to improve the look and feel of the garage such as installing shelves or cabinets, using containers, making the garage your home-based recycling center, etc.
Renovating the garage doesn’t cost much, but it transforms the look and of your home. Insulating the garage door can do a lot to lower your heating and cooling bills and saves you money in the long run. Do contact your contractor for more information on this.