Replacing a garage door isn’t cheap! The average cost to replace a garage door can vary depending on the type and style of door you buy. Let AHS help you plan your budget.
A new garage door can do a lot to contribute to your home’s character and charm. But replacing a garage door isn’t cheap; the average cost to replace a garage door is $1,073. Of course, this cost will vary depending on the type and style of door you buy, whether you need to repair or replace the hardware that allows the door to open and close smoothly, and even whether you need to resize the doorway or reframe the exterior. Let’s take a look at garage door replacement costs, so you can plan your budget for this important home improvement project.
The Cost of the New Garage Door Itself
If you do not have a warranty, garage doors range in cost from $200 to $4,000 or more, depending on their size, the materials from which they’re made, the workmanship involved in crafting and installing the doors, where you live, and how your house is designed. If you live in an HOA, you may be required to install a specific kind of garage door in order to maintain a neighborhood aesthetic.
Types and Styles of Garage Doors
Homeowners can choose from several types and styles of garage doors, including:
- Swing-up or tilt-up doors. These come in a solid piece that swings up from the floor and pulls into the ceiling.
- Swing-out doors. These open outwards from the center, much like a gate.
- Roll-up or sectional doors. Roll-up doors may be the most popular type of garage doors. They open from the bottom and slide into a track along the ceiling.
- Sliding doors. These open to the side by sliding along a track.
Garage doors can be single-layer, or they can have multiple layers with insulation inside. Single-layer doors are the cheapest, but they’re also the least durable and offer the least insulation against the elements. Double- and triple-layer doors are more expensive to buy and install, but they’ll also typically last much longer and can provide much more insulation. If your garage is detached, insulation may not be a concern for you; if your garage is attached to your home, however, a well-insulated garage door can help you keep down your energy costs.
The materials of which a garage door is made can have a huge impact on its price. The most expensive doors are custom-made wooden doors made of hemlock, cedar, or mahogany. A solid mahogany or cedar garage door with windows in its top panels can cost $3,500 for an 8’x7’ door, or $5,000 for a 16’x7’ door.
Less expensive options include wood composite, which can be painted, and vinyl, which resists denting and looks good on most houses. Wood composite garage doors cost about $1,200 for a 16’x7’ door. Steel garage doors are the cheapest, though they dent easily and need the most insulation to regulate the temperature inside a garage. Homeowners can get a 16’x7’ steel garage door for as little as $750.
No matter the price, a garage door should last a minimum of five to 10 years. If you need a door with insulation, look for its R value – the higher the R value, the better the insulation; the typical attached garage needs a door with an R value of 12. Other features you may want to look for include pinch resistance, which can keep you or your children from getting fingers and other extremities caught in the door, and tamper resistance, which can help prevent break-ins.
Other Factors that Contribute to the Cost of Your New Garage Door
Most contractors will need about two to five hours to replace a garage door, and labor costs will depend on the complexity of the services needed – for example, if you need to bring in an electrician to wire up a new garage door opener, that can increase the cost. Other factors that can increase the cost of your garage door replacement can include the cost of replacing the tracks, springs, brackets or metal cables that allow the door to open and close smoothly. If you need to resize the doorway, or reframe the exterior, that can boost the cost, too. Most contractors will dispose of the old door, but they may charge a fee for this service.
Do You Need a New Garage Door Opener?
If your current garage door opener still works, and your new garage door isn’t much heavier than your old door, then you may not need a new garage door opener. However, if your new door is heavier, then you should get a new garage door opener, too. Installing a garage door opener will cost about $330 on average.
Installing a Garage Door Is a Job for the Pros
Home improvement stores sell garage doors that you may be able to install yourself, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a garage door replacement is a DIY job. Replacing a garage door can be dangerous; for example, the springs and wires in garage door hardware are under a lot of stress, and can cause serious injury if not handled appropriately. The door itself is also heavy and unwieldy, and you could easily hurt yourself trying to maneuver it. Even if you don’t hurt yourself, installing your own garage door can easily take you nine hours or longer, unless you have experience with the task and experienced help.
Garage door installations can be very affordable, or they can be expensive, depending on the type of door you choose. Whatever you decide to do about replacing your garage door, make sure you leave this job to the pros. It’ll save you a lot of time, hassle, and potentially serious injury. If you're specifically having issues with your garage door opener, as an American Home Shield® customer, that component of your garage may be covered. Refer to your contract for details. If you're not a customer, now may be a good time to join the 1.7 million homeowners with coverage.