If your garage door is looking old and outdated, it may be time to consider a replacement. A damaged or decades-old garage door can not only affect the appearance and resale value of your home, but it could also impact its energy efficiency and the safety of you and your loved ones.
The national average cost of a garage door replacement is $1,188, according to HomeAdvisor, but the price you pay will likely vary depending on where you live, as well as the size, material and style of the garage door.
- Garage door replacement versus repair.
- What factors contribute to garage door replacement cost?
- Types of garage doors.
- Is it possible to DIY a garage door replacement?
Garage Door Replacement Versus Repair
Some garage doors can last decades when they’re properly maintained, but there are instances where a full replacement may be required over a repair. “If your garage door breaks often or needs frequent repairs, it may be time to replace it altogether,” says Mallory Micetich, home care expert at Angi.
Here are some factors that may influence your decision:
- Damage. While peeling paint may only require minor repairs, signs of significant damage, such as physical damage from a car or a storm, may call for a full replacement.
- Age. Garage doors can last up to 30 years, according to HomeAdvisor, but they will eventually show signs of wear and tear. Garage doors are constantly exposed to the elements and parts may eventually crack or warp. Moisture and temperature changes can also cause the door’s springs and opener to not work properly.
- Trouble opening or closing. If your garage door is becoming harder to open or close without manual assistance, then upgrading to a new door may be the best option.
- Safety issues. Garage doors are heavy. Not only can a faulty door hurt you or your loved ones, but it can also cause damage to your house or expose you to a potential break-in.
- Rising energy bills. Garage doors are a key part of optimizing your home for energy efficiency. A properly sealed and insulated door can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If you notice your energy bills slowly starting to rise, your garage door could be to blame.
- Boost curb appeal. “Garage door replacements have a return on investment of nearly 94%, so replacing it can actually increase the value of your home if you plan on selling soon,” Micetich says. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2022 Cost vs. Value Report, upgrading the garage door ranked number one when compared to 21 other home remodeling projects.
What Factors Contribute to Garage Door Replacement Cost?
Micetich explains that materials and labor are the biggest contributors to the garage door replacement cost. The exact cost of the project also depends on the size, material and style of the garage door. Also, if you choose to include insulation, resize an existing door or add customizations, then the cost of the project will go up.
For example, Micetich says that single-car garages typically cost around $1,000, while two-car garages cost closer to $1,200. For labor, homeowners can expect to add an additional $300 or so to the total. “You should also consider your location when creating a budget for your project. Expect to pay more if you live in an area with a high cost of living or if you don’t live near a garage installer,” Micetich says.
According to HomeAdvisor, professionals typically price per project, including the door, labor, tracks and hardware. While the design and material may increase the cost, it won’t affect how long the job takes or the required labor.
You may also need a permit if you plan to make structural changes or install new electrical. If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association, there may be strict requirements for materials and designs.
Types of Garage Doors
Homeowners have several options when it comes to the type of garage door and the material it’s made from. “There are styles that fit every budget, from affordable options like standard panel or roll-up garages, to luxury styles like carriage door garages,” Micetich explains.
Here’s a breakdown of how much garage doors cost, on average, by style, according to HomeAdvisor:
- Standard panel: $550
- Tilt-up: $850
- Roll-up: $950
- French doors: $3,750
- Glass roll-up: $3,800
- Walk-through: $5,250
- Carriage doors: $5,500
The material and design you choose can also have a significant impact on the cost of the project. Here are some common materials and their costs, based on HomeAdvisor information:
- Wood: $1,300
- Aluminum: $1,250
- Steel: $1,300
- Fiberglass: $1,500
- Vinyl: $1,700
- Wood composite: $2,300
- Faux wood: $2,500
Some materials, like wood, may require lots of maintenance and repairs over the years. Keep these additional costs in mind when choosing garage door materials.
Is It Possible to DIY a Garage Door Replacement?
Garage door installation is a labor-intensive project so unless you have experience, it’s better to leave this job to a professional. Not only are garage doors heavy and dangerous, but the tracks must be installed correctly, the springs need to be wound and the opener should be in the right position. “Bring in a pro who can get the job done correctly to avoid harming yourself, your house or your new garage door,” Micetich advises.