A new garage door can be a great way to spruce up your home. In fact, it can give as high as 95% ROI for your home’s overall value! Of course, it’s also a big project, so you have to know all the details before you go ahead and schedule the work.
One of the most common questions is, “How much does a new garage door replacement cost?” And while there will be varying rates – depending on the size of your door and frame, whether you want a certain material and style, and if you will add high-tech features – there are ballpark rates that can help you get a sense of the total cost.
Let’s explore some of the main considerations in a garage door replacement project, so you can plan and budget your very own home upgrade!
What costs are involved in garage door replacement?
The typical labor costs for garage door installation runs about $200 to $500 per door. That’sThat’s solely labor – no costs yet for the materials.
Aside from labor, the average cost of a garage door replacement usually range between $600 to $4,000 upward, depending on these factors:
- Actual garage door size (the bigger, the more door coverage you need)
- Materials the garage door itself is made of
- Any customization when building and installing the garage doors
- Labor rates in your area
- Any additional repairs required before the new garage door unit can be installed
Garage Door Material
Garage door materials differ in functionality as well as cost. Some are more premium than others. Here are some commonly used materials for garage doors and what you can expect cost-wise if these are installed :
- Wood – $700 to $1,800
- Steel – $600 to $2,000
- Faux Wood – $900 to $4,000
- Aluminum – $700 to $2,000
- Fiberglass – $1,000 to USD2,000
- Vinyl – $1,000 to $2,600
If you’re planning to splurge on material, you’ll be relieved to know that installing a standard steel door will take pretty much the same time as if you’re putting a custom wooden unit. So no added charges for labor hours.
But take note that if you live in a community where there is a specific style of architecture, you may need to comply with what garage door material is required. So it’s best to check with your homeowner’s association before purchasing a new unit.
Garage Door Style
Aside from material, garage doors come in various styles. Here are their approximate costs:
- Roll-up – $400 to $1,500
- Glass roll-up – $700 to $7,000
- Basic Panels – $700 to $800
- Tilt-up – $500 to $1,200
- Carriage – $1,000 to $4,000
- French – $2,000 to $5,500
As you can see, the more luxurious and intricate the style is, the more it will require from your budget. Roll-ups and tilt-ups are typically more cost-effective than others.
Wood is usually expensive, and it lends itself to the more expensive styles, such as carriage and French-style garage doors. A single wooden garage door, fully loaded with windows, shatterproof glass, and trimmings that measures 10-feet wide, could cost $10,000 or more!
Garage Door Insulation
There’s also the cost of insulation. The usual rates are around $50 to $500 add-on. Single-layer garage doors are the most affordable, but they will also give you the least amount of insulation. It’s fine if your garage is detached from the home and if you live in a more temperate climate.
But if you live in an area with periods of harsh climate, and your garage area is attached to the home, you might want to invest in a double- or triple-layer garage door. Since insulated garage door units will run you $200 to $600 more than non-insulated, you are definitely spending more. But remember, even if you are investing a significant amount on the new garage door installation, you actually end up saving on energy costs in the long run.
If your new garage door has the same material and style as your previous one, then your existing garage door opener might still work. But if your new door is heavier, it might be best to upgrade your opener as well. This will cost you around $200 to $500, depending on the motor capacity.
Garage Door Replacement: Leave it to the Pros
As we’ve mentioned, your garage door adds so much value to your home. It’s not just about securing your garage area, but also making sure that you can go in and out of the garage daily with ease. And it boosts curb appeal, too!
Now, with all these garage door installation costs we’ve discussed, you may be considering a DIY project to save on budget. And you can probably do that because home improvement stores offer easy-to-install products!
But if you want the best results, you’d best leave garage door replacement to professional technicians. Dismantling the old garage door can be risky with the springs and cables holding a lot of tension. Aside from that, the door is hefty and unwieldy – any mistake could cause serious injury.
The good thing about installing new garage doors is that there’s an option for every budget. The entire project can range from $750 to more than $10,000 – it’s completely up to you to decide what material, what style, and what features to get!
If you want to know more about your garage door replacement cost and options, talk to us today!