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How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Garage Door?

A new garage door can do a lot to enhance your home’s curb appeal. But replacing a garage door can be costly: the average garage door installation cost is about $1,104. Yikes! 

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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 dig into some of the main variables in garage door replacement costs, so you can plan and budget for this important home improvement project. 

What Does a Garage Door Replacement Cost? 

If you don’t have a home warranty, garage doors range in cost from $600 to $4,100 or more, depending on: 

  • Garage door size
  • The materials that the garage door is made of
  • The workmanship involved in crafting and installing the garage doors
  • Local labor costs in your area
  • Any prep work that must be done before the new door can be installed 

Pro tip: If you live in a community with a homeowners association, you may be required to install a specific kind of garage door in order to comply with the bylaws. It’s wise to check with your homeowner’s association before undertaking a garage door replacement project.  

How Do Different Styles and Materials Impact Garage Door Installation Costs? 

Homeowners can choose from several types and styles of garage doors, including: 

  • Swing-up or tilt-up doors. These doors are one solid piece that swings up from the floor and pulls into the ceiling: 

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  • Swing-out doors. These doors open outwards from the center, much like a gate: 

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  • Roll-up or sectional doors. Roll-up doors may be the most popular type of garage door. They open from the bottom and slide into a track along the ceiling: 

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  • Sliding doors.These doors open to the side by sliding along a track: 

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Garage doors can be single-layeror 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 longer and can provide much more insulationwhich is a key consideration based on your location and climate variables. If your garage is detached, insulation may not be a concern for youBut if your garage is attached to your home, a well-insulated garage door can help reduce energy costs and potentially save you money in the long run. 

The materials that a garage door is made of can also greatly impact its overall cost. The most expensive doors are custom-made, top-grade wooden doors made of redwood, hemlock, cedar, or mahoganyFor example, a single, fully loaded, high-end, ten-foot-wide wooden garage door can cost $10,000 or more. Fully loaded doors often include features like windows, shatterproof glass, trim and panels, and multiple colors. More expensive styles include carriage doors, French doors, and walk-through doors, while roll-ups and tilt-ups are typically less expensive.  

Less expensive options include wood composite, which can be painted, as well as vinyl, which resists denting and looks good on most homes. Wood composite garage doors cost about $950 to $3,700 for a 16’x7’ door, although there are high-end wood composite door options that 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? 

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No matter the price, a garage door should last around 30 years or more with the proper maintenance. If you need a door with insulation, look for its R value – the higher the R value, the better the insulation. A typical attached garage needs a door with an R value of 12 or higher. 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 tGarage Door Installation Costs

Most contractors will need about two to five hours to replace a garage door, and labor costs will depend on the local labor costs in your area, as well as 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 some may charge a fee for this service so be sure that you are on the same page with your contractor before they begin work. 

Do You Need a New Garage Door OpenerToo? 

If your current garage door opener still works, and the weight of your new garage door is comparable to your existing 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 

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Can you replace a garage door yourself? Technically, yes: 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 an easy 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 (or others) trying to maneuver it properly. 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 when replacing your garage door, make sure you leave this job to the pros. It’ll save you a lot of time, hassleand potentially serious injury. 

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