How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Garage Door?

by Team HomeServe
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Garage Door Replacement Costs at a Glance

  • Average total cost: $260 and $2,300 (CAD 340 and CAD 3,000
  • Garage-door opener cost: $350 (CAD 450)

If your garage door has seen better days, it might be time to replace it. A garage door is such a big part of the front façade of your home, so installing a new one might give your house the facelift it needs to boost curb appeal.

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Now, you may be considering garage door installation costs. Check out this cost guide to help you estimate the amount you may pay.

How Long Do Garage Doors Last?

The average lifespan of a well-maintained garage door is 30 years, while the opening mechanism averages 12 years. The material determines how long the door is going to last. For example, wood garage doors are likely to rot over time, while a metal door is going to end up with its fair share of nicks and scratches. You are going to find that choosing a new garage door requires due diligence.

Yes, you can install a garage door yourself. However, it can be a large and cumbersome task. You should probably leave the job to the pros because they’re fully equipped to take it on. Experts can get the job done quickly and correctly the first time. This is especially important if you want garage door openers installed as well.

A garage door should be replaced when it has aesthetic or functionality issues — like when it no longer opens and closes with ease.

Cost to Replace a Garage Door

Forbes estimates that the average cost to install a new garage door is $1,200 (CAD 1,600), with a typical range between $260 and $2,300 (CAD 340 and CAD 3,000). Several factors determine how much you are going to pay, including the door sizes, types and material. You'll want to consider the labor costs as well.

If you want an automatic opener, you can expect a garage door opener to cost around $350 (CAD 450).

Garage Door Installation Costs

The cost to install a garage door varies. Some of the things that can affect the cost of a garage door installation include removing the old door, hauling it away, labor and the new door itself. If you purchase the new door through a different contractor, then you will incur the installation, removal and haul away fees.

Garage Door Styles

There are several types of garage doors on the market. Their prices are determined by their size, type and material.

Steel Garage Door

Based on data from HomeGuide, a steel garage door is the most affordable, costing between $650 and $3,300 (CAD 840 and CAD 4,300).

Aluminum Garage Door

Aluminum tends to be rust-resistant and can cost about $400 and $2,600 (CAD 520 and CAD 3,400).

Wood Garage Door

If you pick a wood garage door, including composite doors, the range is $450 to $5,000 (CAD 590 to CAD 6,500). Wood doors are the heaviest and most expensive option.

Fiberglass Garage Door

Fiberglass is known to be rot- and rust-resistant and has a price range of $600 to $3,000 (CAD 780 to CAD 3,900).

Vinyl Garage Door

Vinyl doors are lightweight and low-maintenance. If you have children, this is a great choice that costs between $650 and $2,300 (CAD 840 and CAD 3,000).

How Many Garage Doors Do You Need?

The number of doors you are going to need depends on the number of cars you can park in your garage. There are one-, two- and three-door options.

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Cost Factors

These factors determine the cost of a garage door replacement:

  • Door type
  • Door size
  • Windows
  • Insulation
  • Special features
  • Supplies

A door replacement is necessary when repairs won’t do the trick and bring the door back to good working condition. You might also want a garage door replacement if you would like to change the look of your house (like new paint or siding color or architectural style), as it can add to your home’s curb appeal.

Labor Costs

The labor costs of a garage door installation or replacement depend on the level of the professional you hire. If you complete this as a DIY project, there is no labor cost. If you hire a professional, the costs vary by city and region. So, the best way to get an idea is to request an estimate from a few contractors.

Insulated Garage Door Costs

The cost of an insulated garage door ranges from $700 to $2,300 (CAD 900 to CAD 3,000) for a single door, according to Fixr. One benefit of an insulated door is the extra durability. An insulated garage door keeps heat out during the summer months and keeps it in during the winter months. This may encourage you to use your garage more often and even keep it organized.

Garage Door Customization

There are several ways to customize a new garage door, including windows, panels and hardware. Customizing the door is a great way to further enhance your home's curb appeal. Plus, a custom garage door is how you integrate it into the design of your property. For instance, carriage-style doors are recommended for older homes since they complement the vintage design.

Garage Door Maintenance

To get the most out of your garage door, you'll want to keep it well-maintained.

  • Listen for odd noises
  • Test the door's balance
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Check the cables
  • Inspect the rollers

If you do not have the time to complete maintenance regularly, hire a professional to do it for you.

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.