What Determines How Much a Garage Door Costs?
Whether your garage door breaks, is old and outdated, or just doesn’t look the way you’d like, the time will come when you decide to buy a new garage door. But the big question on everyone’s mind when faced with this purchase is: how much do garage doors cost?
The price of a garage door depends on several factors and can range anywhere from $200 for the most basic single door to more than $4,000 for top-of-the-line doors on multi-car garages.
Home Advisor lists the national average cost of a new garage door and its installation as $1,063 and indicates the majority of people pay somewhere between $740 and $1,417. However, this is simply an average price and does not reflect the many factors that go into determining the price of your garage door.
The construction and appearance of the door are the two main components you need to take into consideration when choosing a garage door and greatly affect the price. These two categories can be broken down further, as follows, to help you determine exactly what you want and need and how much it is going to cost:
Construction of the Garage Door
The construction of your door needs to be the first thing you consider when purchasing a garage door in order to ensure that it’s well-suited to meet all of your needs. The majority of people use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home, so it’s essential that you find a door that is functional and a good match for your family, home, and climate.
Size and Shape
The size of your garage and garage opening play a large determining factor in the cost of your garage door and the best-suited designs and materials. Generally, the bigger your garage door is, the more it is going to cost, both because the door itself requires more material to make and because bigger doors are more challenging to transport and install.
Door size also needs to be taken into consideration as you evaluate which design and material best suit your needs and fit your budget. Different door styles require different amounts of sideroom and headroom, which may make them more practical for garages of a certain size, and more expensive styles and materials might not be financially viable for larger doors, depending on your budget.
For example, if you only have a small, one-car garage, you may be able to splurge on a more expensive solid wood door or customized swing-up door. If you have a two- or three-car garage that requires multiple doors and covers a large portion of the front or side of your home, you may need to choose a more economical and lightweight material or less costly design.
What Materials Are Available?
There are several materials from which garage doors can be made, each offering its own set of benefits and drawbacks that should be carefully considered when purchasing a new garage door. Steel is the most commonly used and generally least expensive option, but affordable doors made from vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, wood, and wood composite are also available.
A 16-by-7 double door made out of steel can cost as little as $750 but reach as high as $3,500, all depending on the quality and construction of the door, but this material is generally considered the most economical choice for a garage door.
Steel doors can be single-, double-, or even triple-layer and may or may not be insulated, depending on your specific needs, budget, and preference. They are extremely durable and tend to be relatively low-maintenance in comparison to a material like wood.
Some drawbacks to steel are that it can be more challenging to repair and will dent, though the lower gauge you choose (e.g., 24-gauge as opposed to 28-gauge) the thicker and more resilient your door will be. Steel is also much heavier than aluminum or fiberglass, which can require a more powerful opener.
Aluminum is a lightweight material ideal for garage doors and is a good choice for larger doors because it helps reduce the strain placed on your springs and opener. Often the panels in aluminum doors are replaced with frosted glass for a more modern look, and rust-resistant aluminum is the perfect solution for those living in a more humid environment.
The downsides to aluminum are that it can break and bend more easily than other, more sturdy materials, and both it and glass, which it is often paired with, are poor insulators.
A top-of-the-line aluminum door is going to cost more than its steel counterpart, but more affordable options can be found without sacrificing the quality of the door. The price of a 16-by-7 double garage door made out of aluminum usually costs somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000.
3. Wood & Composite Wood
Wood is one of the most aesthetically pleasing choices for a garage door and offers a generous amount of flexibility for custom door design, though the higher price tag often reflects its popularity and curb appeal.
Wooden doors are most commonly made of woods that are resistant to moisture like cypress, cedar, mahogany, and redwood, but they will still need to be sealed and refinished regularly, requiring more maintenance than most other garage door materials.
Composite wood is a cheaper and more lightweight alternative to solid wood doors that is still attractive and can be painted or stained to achieve the same natural wood look. Aside from costing less, composite wood is more eco-friendly, made largely from recycled materials, and more water-resistant, making it less likely to rot, shrink, or crack than doors made of solid wood.
While you might find a cheaply built wooden door for less than $700, you should expect to pay anywhere from $1,200 to more than $4,000 for a quality 16-by-7 double wooden door. Composite wood doors of the same size generally cost between $1,200 and $2,200.
An increasingly popular material used for garage doors, fiberglass is a unique substance that is malleable and easily made to look like a variety of different materials. It offers a great deal of flexibility in design and appearance and won’t rot, warp, or rust.
Fiberglass doors are lightweight and usually consist of two layers of fiberglass mounted on a steel frame. The only major downsides to fiberglass are that it can yellow with age and is susceptible to breaking when subject to extreme cold or severely impacted.
A 16-by-7 fiberglass double garage door will typically run between $1,100 and $1,800, depending on how many layers the door is, whether it’s insulated, and the style and finish of the door.
If you have kids (or just tend to be rough on your garage door), then vinyl might be the choice for you. Vinyl doors are constructed in a similar manner to fiberglass doors but are considerably more durable and require less maintenance. They do not, however, come in as wide a variety of colors and designs.
Vinyl is lightweight, putting less strain on your opener, generally a long-lasting material, dent-resistant, and holds up well in humid and coastal climates. The one major disadvantage of vinyl is its appearance. It often lacks the curb appeal of other materials, sometimes appearing to be made of plastic. Lighter colors of vinyl are also best, as darker colors tend to fade.
A 16-by-7 double garage door made from vinyl is usually runs from around $900 to $1,500. When possible, vinyl doors should always be viewed in person before purchasing to ensure they look the way you expect them to.
4 Types of Doors
There are four main types of garage doors found on homes today. The different models require different hardware, openers, and installation processes, which is reflected in the pricing. The most common door design is the roll-up or paneled garage door, but swing out doors have seen a comeback in recent years. Other options include the swing-up and slide-to-the-side doors.
Roll-up garage doors are both the most common and popular style of door and lend themselves to the use of an automated opener more easily than any other door model. Also referred to as sectional garage doors, they fold as they lift until they are parallel to the garage ceiling, running on a track and requiring a certain amount of headroom in order to clear the ceiling when opening and closing.
Because they are so widely used and easy to automate, the price of roll-up garage doors are considered the standard and most quoted and installed type of door, as in the materials section above. Any garage door company should be able to install this style of door, and it comes with the widest range of choices for color, size, material, and other customizable elements.
2. Swing Out
Also called carriage house style doors, swing out garage doors do exactly as their name implies. They consist of two doors that open outward from the center of the garage door opening and have seen a recent resurgence, though the newer version of this traditional door often use an automated opener. This style of door is useful in keeping ceiling space clear for storage and is commonly used in garages with little headroom.
Swing out garage doors are often made of wood, which increases the average price for this type of door, but they can be made from other materials as well. One other price component to consider with swing out doors is that the cost for an automatic opener is significantly more than it is for a standard roll-up garage door, and not all garage door companies sell or install this type of door.
If carriage house doors are not in your price range or you do not have the adequate amount of outward clearance they require, there is decorative hardware available that will give your standard roll-up door the carriage-style look.
Swing-up garage doors are not as commonly used as roll-up doors but are a more traditional door model that offers many benefits to homeowners. They do not require a track and only have one spring, making maintenance more straightforward than other styles.
Sometimes referred to as one-piece garage doors, swing-up doors do not have panels and are easier to decorate and operate by hand. They do need more outward clearance than your traditional roll-up door, but their lack of track means they leave more available space in the garage when closed.
Swing-up doors tend to be more expensive that their sectional counterparts, but the extra headroom and attractive style options can make them well worth the investment.
Sliding garage doors are a unique design that require no space for outward clearance and take up no additional space within the garage. This style door is mounted on a track that runs across the opening of the garage and can consist of either one door that slides all the way across or two that slide apart from the center.
The downside to this model is that it only works on homes with a significant amount of extra space on one or both sides of the garage, enough to accommodate at the full length, or at least half, of the door.
Installing this type of door will also cost more than your standard roll-up door but is considered one of the most secure designs and offers an appealing aesthetic that can make it a valuable investment.
Hardware Is Important Too!
When buying a garage door, people are often so concerned with the door itself that they never stop to think about all of the hardware that comes along with it.
In order for a garage door to function properly, it has to have all the necessary parts and pieces, which can vary greatly in quality and design. Make sure you know what kind of rollers will be installed, the type of springs your new door requires, if it runs on tracks, and what other equipment might need to be installed.
The more hardware necessary for your door that you do not already have installed, the more the installation is likely to cost.
To Include Insulation or Not?
Most people think that an insulated garage door is a good thing, but in many cases it is actually an unnecessary expense. The placement of your garage, the climate in which you live, and the intended use of your garage all need to be considered before deciding whether or not you need an insulated door.
The term R-value is used when talking about insulation and refers to how well a garage door will keep in heat, so the higher the R-value, the better insulated and typically more expensive a door is going to be. Different materials also tend to have different insulation capabilities, which is important to consider when comparing materials and their prices.
Aluminum and glass doors offer little to no insulation at all, while vinyl and fiberglass can range anywhere from R-4 to R-12. Wood offers natural insulation between R-3 and R-6, with composite wood offering slightly more, between R-5 and R-8. Steel has the widest range of insulation possibilities, with options available anywhere between R-6 and R-17.
The climate of the area in which you live needs to be a consideration when determining what type of insulation, if any, you need for your garage door. People living in moderate climates that do not experience extreme high or low temperatures will not reap as much benefit from insulating as those who do. There are also different kinds of insulation available depending on whether you are looking to keep hot air in during the frigid winter months or hot air out in the heat of the summer.
While garage door dealers may try to convince you otherwise, paying more for insulation is not always in your best interest. In fact, the federal Energy Star program recommends against insulating your garage if it will mainly be used for storing your car, as well as other materials such as lawn chemicals and paint, because of the toxic fumes that can be trapped in.
So unless you want to use your garage as an extra room or living space, you are probably better off spending less on garage door insulation and investing more in making sure the walls between your garage and the rest of the house are properly insulated.
Garage doors are not just functional, they also contribute to the aesthetic of your house. Installing a new garage door has been proven to add value to your home, with a return on investment of as much as 90%.
There are several factors that play into the appearance of your garage door that can also impact the price, including the style, addition of windows, color options, and decorative hardware.
Style and Design
Garage doors can account for as much as a third of a house’s front facade, meaning that the look of your garage door can drastically impact the overall appearance of your home. When choosing a new garage door, it is important to consider your home’s architectural style and pick a door that compliments it well.
Personalizing your garage door will add to the cost, but there is a broad price range for different design features and more than one way to attain any given look. Even if you don’t have a large budget for your new door, it doesn’t mean you have to make sacrifices in style.
Depending on the material from which your door is made, there are plenty of design options to give you the exact look you want without having to break the bank. Faux wood finishes and decorative detail work can turn even the most basic steel door into something much more eye-catching. There are even DIY options available if you want to purchase a more basic door and spruce it up later yourself.
Windows are a functional design feature that can completely change the appearance of your garage door and transform the look of your home. They also allow natural light into your garage, making it feel less dreary and cave-like.
There are countless options when choosing the right windows for your garage, including the size, shape, style, and placement, and you should base your decision on what best fits your home and needs. You want to find windows that match the style of your home and garage door, enhancing the overall appearance.
Adding windows to your garage door will increase the price, but it will likely increase the value your new door adds to your home as well. And there are window options spanning a broad range of prices, making them a viable option for almost any budget.
Color Options Beyond Neutral Tones
Garage doors come in all different colors, though the type of material you choose for your door may limit the options you have for painting or staining your door. The color of your door is a perfect way to enhance the look of your home or add an extra touch of personalization, but how does the color affect the price?
Most garage door companies offer doors in a variety of colors, depending on the material from which they are made and the style of the door. Standard colors like white, cream, tan, or brown will generally not add to the cost of your door, but you should be prepared to pay more for custom colors or specialty finishes.
As with other design elements of your garage door, you want to choose a color that matches your home. Whether you want a natural look that blends in with the front facade or a complimentary color that creates an eye-catching contrast between the door the rest of the house, never underestimate the impact that the color of your garage door can have on the appearance of your home.
Another way to enhance the style and add personalization to your garage door is with the addition of decorative hardware. For minimal cost, you can give a simple steel door a more classy look, or you can further enrich the appearance of natural wooden doors by adding complimentary embellishments.
Popular decorative elements include knockers, handles, hinges, straps, studs, and clavos and can be used in any combination. Depending on the type of door you choose, these elements can be both functional and decorative or strictly for decoration only.
Other Factors to Consider
Aside from the construction and look of the door, there are a few other things you need to keep in mind when purchasing a new garage door. These factors may not greatly affect the price, but they’re still important to consider in order to make sure your garage door meets your daily needs.
Safety has long been a point of contention surrounding garage doors and openers, so there are safety factors that need to be kept in mind when selecting and installing your door. Depending on where you live and who is going to be using your door, there are a few safety features to consider that could be a worthwhile investment.
Many people do not realize that garage doors are highly susceptible to wind damage, more so than any other exterior opening on your home. If you live in an area that experiences high winds or is prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, you will want to make sure your garage door is properly outfitted to withstand the elements. “Storm-ready” doors have a passive reinforcement system built in that will provide extra fortification without any additional preparation in the event of a storm.
If you have children or just want an added level of protection against injury when operating or working on your garage door, buying a garage that is pinch-resistant and tamper-resistant might be a good option for you.
Pinch-resistant doors are designed to prevent your hands and finger from being pinched between the panels of your garage door as it closes. This is handy when you have young children, but is equally beneficial for people of all ages.
Doors that are tamper-resistant are equipped with specialized bottom brackets that prevent the tension in the garage cables from loosening. This reduces the risk of injury caused by garage parts under tension coming loose.
Garage Door Openers
It is important to note that the cost of buying and installing a new garage door usually does not include a new garage door opener. If you need to replace your opener as well, this will be a separate purchase, though a much less costly one than the door itself. Fortunately, most companies that install garage doors also sell and install garage door openers, so you could still have everything installed together to simplify the process.
Why DIY Usually Won’t Fly
A large part of the cost of buying a new garage door is having it installed, so people often think they can save money by installing their new door themselves. This, however, is usually not a wise decision, unless you have professional experience.
DIY might be all the rage for certain projects, but others require professional training and expertise, including installing a garage door. Trying to do the installation yourself will likely cost you more money in the long run due to expensive repairs and could even result in serious injury.
Garage door companies commonly receive calls from homeowners in need of professional assistance to fix installations gone wrong, which usually result in bills higher than what the person would have paid to have the door installed in the first place.
A garage door system is made up of many parts, all of which must be properly placed and fully functioning in order for the system to work as it should. Even one small piece out of place can cause a major issue, and with something as costly as a garage door, that kind of risk is just not worth it.
Injury is another reason it is critical that someone who has experience with garage doors install yours. Garage doors can be extremely heavy and cause serious damage if they fall. More than 2,000 people are injured by falling garage doors annually, and there are at least 1,600 injuries per year related to people attempting to work on their own garage doors instead of hiring a professional technician.
A garage door is a major investment, and you want to make sure it is properly installed so that you can enjoy the full benefits of your new door, knowing it’s working safely and efficiently. So when you are ready for your new garage door, make sure you hire a company you can trust to give you quality service for an affordable price.
Mr. Garage Door is a full-service garage door company, providing garage maintenance, repair, and installation services in several major cities across the United States, and we are proud to offer our customers 5-star customer service backed by a 100% Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee. We understand the importance of your garage door and put our expertise to work for you, so you can receive the service you need for a price you can afford.
And remember, Mr. Garage Door does far more than just install doors. We provide excellent repair and maintenance service as well, allowing you to make sure your garage door lasts as long as possible.