Why should you estimate the cost for your house garage door replacement?
A new garage door can do a lot to contribute to your home’s character and charm. Replacing your old garage door can increase the value of your home, add to its curb appeal and make it more attractive to potential buyers.
Once you make the commitment to replace the garage door of your home, you need to know how much of an investment you require for this home improvement.
A garage door replacement cost estimate helps you organize your home improvement project and effectively manage milestones and costs. You can create a realistic budget and get quality work at a fair price. It’s also the best way to ensure that you don’t stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of your project.
Keep in mind that the garage door replacement cost calculator will include the old door removal and disposal costs.
What is the average cost to replace your home’s garage door?
The average cost for replacing a garage door is $1,200 , though it can range from $600 to $2,700 .
This price typically includes the cost of the door, labor, new tracks for the door to move on, and associated materials such as adhesives, connectors, fasteners, etc. Having said that, the total cost to replace a garage door varies according to a range of factors..
What are some of the garage door replacement cost factors?
Some of the factors that affect the overall cost of replacing a garage door are as follows:
Homeowners may choose from different types and styles of garage doors, including:
Swing-up or tilt-up doors: These doors come in a solid piece, and swing up from the floor and pull into the ceiling.
Swing-out doors: As the name suggests, these doors open outwards from the center, much like how gates open.
Roll-up or sectional doors: These popular types of garage doors open from the bottom and slide into a track along the ceiling.
Sliding doors: These doors open to the side. They slide open smoothly along a track.
Apart from these types, garage doors can be single-layer or have multiple layers. The former are the cheapest. They’re also the least durable and offer minimum insulation against the harsh elements of nature.
Double- and triple-layer doors, on the other hand, may be more expensive to buy and install, but they offer a good amount of insulation and last much longer. Insulation is very important, especially if you have a detached garage. Even if your garage is attached to your house, a well-insulated garage door will go a long way in keeping down your energy costs. When getting a door with insulation, look for its R value – the higher the R value, the better the insulating properties will be. Most homeowners opt for a door with an R value of 12 for an attached garage.
The materials you choose for your new garage door can have a huge impact on its overall cost. Custom-made solid wood garage doors (made of hemlock, cedar or mahogany) are the most expensive.
Keep in mind that a solid mahogany or cedar garage door with windows can cost anywhere between $3,500 (8'x7' door) to $5,000 (16'x7' door).
There are less expensive options such as a wood composite or faux wood doors, which can be easily painted and mimic a solid wood door in looks. There are also vinyl garage doors that resist any kind of denting and complement most houses.
A wood composite garage door will cost you approximately $1,200 (16'x7' door) . You also have the option of using steel garage doors. Although they are one of the cheapest choices on the market ($750 for a 16'x7' door) , they do dent easily and need the most insulation in order to regulate the temperature inside the garage.
No matter which garage door you choose, it should serve you at least five to 10 years.
A typical garage replacement will require about two to five hours of labor. Of course, the labor costs will depend on the complexity of the services needed. For instance, if you bring in an electrician to wire up a new garage door opener, that will definitely increase your renovation cost.
Other factors that can impact your garage door replacement costs include the cost of replacing the tracks and any requirement for new springs, brackets or metal cables.
If you need to resize your doorway or reframe the house’s exterior, you should be prepared to shell out more money. Also, the disposal of the old door may be chargeable.
If you are looking at an automatic garage door opener, know that the price typically ranges from $150 to $300 installed.
You may think that you can replace your garage door as a DIY project, but a professionally installed door goes a long way in adding value to your house. A shoddy replacement could also lead to extensive repairs and maintenance down the road. So it’s definitely best to hire a professional for this job.
Where you live and how your house is designed will help determine the type of door you need and affect what the door replacement cost will be.
Other factors that may increase your replacement cost include any add-on features. If you are looking for pinch or tamper resistance to help keep you or your children’s fingers getting caught in the door, for example, or any other safety feature.