Breaking Down Replacement Costs
Of all home renovations or repairs you may be considering, a garage door replacement is one of the best decisions to make when comparing the cost to the advantages.
A new garage door can add significant value to your home, enhance its appearance, provide a much-needed sense of security, and even provide energy-saving benefits. In addition, compared to other home repair or replacement projects, it’s a relatively quick process and, in some cases, even be performed by you, the homeowner.
But what does it cost?
Well, there are several factors and decisions you need to consider to nail down the final costs, but the general range for a typical garage door replacement in the United States is approximately $750 to $1600, with a national average cost of about $1200—including labor and materials.
What To Know About Garage Door Replacement Costs
Garage door installation prices depend on several factors, including removing existing doors, upgrading manual to automatic, labor costs, added features, and location. Here are some of the most common items that determine the cost of replacing a garage door.
The cost of installing a garage door depends on several factors, such as removing any existing doors, switching from manual to automatic operation, labor, and any add-on features you may want. However, here are a few things to keep aware of when planning for the cost of a garage door replacement:
- Materials: In addition to the door itself, there are components such as wires, pulleys, tracks, braces, springs, and motors to keep in mind. An automatic garage door with remote operation costs a little more than a manual one.
- Labor: Depending on your geographic region and any specific aspects of your desired door, the labor cost might be as high as $500, but, on average, a typical installation tends to run around $300. Since labor expenses are determined by how long it takes to complete installation, the type of door doesn’t generally matter.
- Automatic Openers: An automatic garage door opener typically costs $225 to $525 to install, with additional remotes costing between $20 and $60. To enable restricted access without a remote, secure keypads can be put on the garage’s exterior.
- Electrical Parts: For some installations, it may be necessary to install wires and outlets in a garage if there are no electrical fixtures already there. Circuit installation could run between $500 and $800 on average, with an additional $100 to $185 for any outlets.
- Locks: Homeowners can often have the option to install a lock on certain types of automatic garage doors. This allows the garage door to be opened only from within the house. However, on average, adding a lock can raise the price between $100 and $300.
- Fees and Removals: The cost to remove an existing door is usually included in an installer’s quoted price, but you’ll want to double-check just in case. Also, note that there could be permit and inspection fees involved, and you’ll want to be sure who pays for what and when.
- Insulation: Garage doors can help homeowners save energy by reducing the temperature changes in an area attached to their homes. Insulation for garage doors costs between $50 and $500, and insulated garage doors typically cost $200 to $600 more than their non-insulated counterparts.
- Resizing: If the garage door needs to be higher or broader to accommodate an oversized vehicle or boat, you may also need to consider resizing your garage door. Depending on the size and complexity of the job, this could add anywhere between $500 and $5000 to your total costs.
- Customization: Some homeowners may wish to customize their new garage door to match the rest of the house’s design. This can increase garage door replacement costs from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Custom options many choose from include windows, trim, custom wood designs, and shatterproof or frosted glass.
Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Door Replacement
While garage door replacement is a fairly straightforward process in most respects, here are a few questions (with answers) that often come up:
1) How long does it take to remove and replace a garage door?
Installation time depends on door size, complexity, weather, and more. Your garage door replacement technicians should be able to provide you with an estimate after your initial visit.
Your garage door replacement specialist will first remove the old door and check the condition of the remaining components. For example, the new doors may require new tracks, springs, cables, and rollers—and may need a new opening mechanism. Next, they will test your new garage door system for safety and effective operation after installation. Overall, this process can take four to six hours if there are no unforeseen complications.
2) How often should a garage door be replaced?
The average lifespan of a garage door is about 30 years, but this is only when properly maintained. Other factors, such as extreme weather, heavy use, and physical damage, can shorten this lifespan.
Many experts say that a heavily-used door that experiences harsh environmental conditions, such as in Northern Indiana, should be replaced closer to every 10-20 years, depending on how often it needs repairs.
3) Can you install a new garage door on the old tracks?
Note that the old track may not fit a different brand or kind of door. This is because thickness and weight determine the door’s track type, and if a new door is even a few pounds heavier than the previous one, the tracks may not be able to support it, posing a safety risk.
To ensure the long life and maximum performance of your door, it is highly recommended that you only use the track specifically designed for your new garage door.
Satisfaction and Safety With Hostetler & Askew Door
At Hostetler & Askew Door, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. So reach out to us, and we’ll send one of our garage door installation specialists to check out your current garage door, discuss replacement choices, and review all available options. They will also get a quote underway and help find the best garage door solution for your budget.
For experts you can trust, Hostetler & Askew Door is ready to help. Get a quote now!