Answers to Your Garage Door Repairs & Replacement Cost Questions

Garage door on the fritz or looking a little haggard? Don't let your garage door bring down your home's value. Whether your door is dented or cracked, sagging, or simply dating your home's overall look, add instant curb appeal with a secure, energy-efficient, and stylish garage door.

For most homeowners, a garage door is the largest opening to their home, so making sure it's in tip-top shape is key to maintaining a safe, energy-efficient home. Whether you're in the market for a new garage door to replace a broken or damaged door, a quieter garage opener, or if you simply need a garage door spring repaired, we can connect you with the experts to help troubleshoot and manage your garage door repair process. Here's what to expect when planning a garage door repair.

How Much Is a New Garage Door?

A new garage door can range in price from $200 for a single door all the way up to $4,000 for two or more doors. The average homeowner spends about $1,063 on the door and installation. Keep in mind the the price for installing a new garage door will vary based on the type of door, garage door opener, new tracks, adhesives, connectors, and fasteners. Remember to factor in labor for the total cost of a garage door if you plan on getting it installed by a professional.

How Do I Pick a New Garage Door?

Depending on your home's needs, there are a number of things to consider when selecting a new garage door, including size, materials, style, and cost. Many homeowners spend between $740 and $1,417 installing a garage door. Here are the top factors to keep in mind when choosing a new garage door.

Cost of Materials

The cost of the actual garage door varies based on the construction of the product. (Learn more about garage door materials below.) Make sure to also budget for unexpected supplies such as springs, hardware, and garage door openers. If the size of your new garage door is different than the original, you may need additional lumber, paint, and other materials for exterior reframing and touch-up. There may also be fees for disposing or recycling your old garage door.

Labor Expenses

If you just need to replace or reprogram a garage door opener, tech-savvy homeowners may feel comfortable adding that to their DIY list. However, installing a new garage door is something that is best left to a professional. The sheer weight of the door makes it tricky to maneuver, and installing the high-tension springs correctly is crucial to the garage door's function. An expert garage door installer will have the tools, safety knowledge, and experience to successfully install your new garage door, making the labor expenses totally worth it.

Style Requirements

Depending on the style and age of your home and homeowner association regulations, the style and color of garage doors will vary. Do your research on the best types of garage doors for your location before making the investment.

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What's the Best Material for a Garage Door?

As with all residential entry doors, the sky's the limit as far as style and color within a variety of materials. While most doors can be painted and customized with window panels, the actual material of the garage door is where the value comes from. Invest in a door that fits your budget and your lifestyle, but keep in mind that the lower the cost, the likelihood of a shorter lifespan. Here are the top materials to look for when shopping for a garage door:

Wood

A solid wood door creates stunning curb appeal and is a classic choice for period-specific homes like Craftsman, Colonial, and midcentury. Common woods used in doors are cedar, hemlock, and mahogany. Due to the craftsmanship and natural materials of these doors, they're typically on the top end of garage door materials options. Keep in mind wood garage doors are subject to the elements and regular maintenance is required.

Vinyl

If you're looking for low-maintenance garage doors, check out vinyl door options. Available in a rainbow of colors and nearly limitless styles, vinyl doors are known for their durability. If you live in a coastal region, vinyl might be the best choice for your home due to its ability to resist rust. Standard maintenance typically entails a scrub with soap and water, which you can do when you're washing your car in the driveway.

Steel

When shopping for steel garage doors, keep in mind the R-value as that can vary significantly. Steel doors can be insulated or uninsulated. The better the insulation, the higher the R-value — and likely the price. Available in a broad range of designs and R-values, steel garage doors can be painted to match your home's style. Standard maintenance includes regular checks for rust spots that may need to be sanded, primed, and painted.

Glass

Glass garage doors are steadily growing more and more popular. Though seen most frequently in commercial use, some homeowners are opting to use them in residential use for the ultra-modern home. Tempered glass panels are typically transparent or obscured and inset in aluminum frames. You'll want a professional to install this door to ensure an airtight seal. Standard maintenance includes cleaning the glass panels with soap and water as well as periodic checks on the aluminum frames to look for any sort of corrosion.

How Do I Choose An Energy-Efficient Garage Door?

As you select a garage door material, keep in mind the R-value of the garage door. The higher the R-value, the more insulated it is. Save on future energy bills and invest in the energy efficiency of your home with a well-insulated garage door. Look for doors with polystyrene or polyurethane foam to muffle noise and limit outside air from entering the garage.

Can I Install My Own Garage Door?

Installation of garage doors varies by brand and situation and typically requires the skill of a handyman or general contractor to manage the awkward, heavy components. It is not recommended to install a garage door on your own. The skill level, tools, and manpower a professional brings to the table will make hiring a contractor to install your new garage door a smart solution.

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My Garage Door Just Needs a Quick Fix. What Do I Do?

If your garage door is fine structurally, but maybe it is dented, has a broken window, creaks, won't open or close, or if you just want to upgrade your garage door opener, you might be able to repair it on your own. Keep in mind that sometimes a "quick" DIY project turns into a panicked call for help to a professional. Know your limits and don't be afraid to call a pro. Here are some common garage door problems:

Dented Garage Door

If your aluminum garage door has a couple of dings or dents in it, you'll have to decide if it's worth the expense to repair or replace the panels. Depending on the age of your garage door, it might be best to replace. The risk you run with replacing a panel is color matching — due to bleaching from the sun, a new panel on your garage door might be super obvious and replacing the whole door may be the best solution.

Out-of-Balance Garage Door

As time progresses, cables and springs on garage doors become loose and can become out of balance. Springs provide the lift that opens the door as well as the resistance that keeps it from crashing down on your car. Due to the heavy nature of garage doors and the tension in the springs, it's best to leave this repair to a seasoned professional.

Garage Door Opener

If your garage door electronics are in need of an update and you're comfortable with light electrical work, you might be able to replace a garage door opener or mount a keyless entry pad on the outside of your garage door. With seemingly endless options including quiet motors, smart garage door opener systems with Bluetooth-enabled speakers, smartphone monitoring and control, rolling codes, and encrypted radio signals, the technology available in garage door openers could make hiring a professional to do the job the easiest, stress-free option.

How Much Does a New Garage Door Opener Cost?

A garage door opener is oftentimes not calculated in the cost of a garage door replacement, but if you're already replacing your garage door, you may as well spring for a quieter garage door opener. The average cost to install a garage door opener is roughly $325; however, expect to pay between $193 and $457. The average cost of a garage door opener alone is $150 to $300, depending on the type of opener.

What Do I Do with My Old Garage Door and Parts?

Never toss your old garage door and parts on the curb. If you're using a professional to install your new garage door, ask them to include disposal in the cost of their bid. Many states have recycle programs — check with your local recycling program to make sure you're disposing of the materials properly.  If you're feeling creative, you can even salvage some of the parts by repurposing your garage door into some hip wall art, a rustic bench, or a modern headboard.

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