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How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Garage Door?

Replacing a garage door isn’t cheap!  Garage door replacement costs can vary depending on the type and style of door you buy. Find out how much a garage door installation costs.

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A new garage door can do a lot for your home’s character and charm. But replacing a garage door isn’t cheap; the average garage door installation cost is about $1,104. 

Of course, garage door installation costs 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.

What Does a Garage Door Replacement Cost?

If you do not have a home warranty, garage doors range in cost from $600 to $4,100 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 have a homeowners association, you may be required to install a specific kind of garage door in order to maintain a neighborhood aesthetic.

How Do Types and Styles Impact Garage Door Installation Costs?

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 from which a garage door is made can also greatly impact its cost. The most expensive doors are custom-made, appearance-grade wooden doors made of redwood, hemlock, cedar, or mahogany. A single, fully loaded, high-end, ten-foot-wide wooden garage door can cost $10,000 or more. Fully loaded doors include features like windows, shatterproof glass, trim and panels, and multiple colors. Expensive styles include carriage doors, French doors, and walk-through doors, while roll-ups and tilt-ups are the cheapest.

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 $950 to $3,700 for a 16’x7’ door, although a high-end wood composite door can cost as much as $10,000 or more. 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 $600.

How often do garage doors need to be replaced? No matter the price, as long as you provide the right maintenace, a garage door should last around 30 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 Garage Door Installation

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 your garage door replacement costs 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 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 $200 to $500 on average.

Garage Door Installation Is a Job for the Pros

Can you replace a garage door yourself? 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, because the springs and wires in garage door hardware are under a lot of tension, and they can cause serious injury if not handled properly. 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 the right help.

Garage door installations can range from as little as $730 to more than $10,000, depending on the type of door you choose, but the average cost is about $1,104. 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. 

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