Whether they’re building a house or looking to upgrade their current home, budget is the primary consideration for most people when buying a garage door. Several factors affect the price of the garage door itself, and you’ll have to factor in installation fees, too. In this post, we’ll break down the features that affect your new garage door’s total price and cost of installation.

Signs You May Need a New Garage Door

Your family’s garage door is opened and closed roughly 1,500 a year, so you can imagine the level of wear and tear your door is subjected to. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know when a garage door replacement—rather than repair—is necessary. Answer these questions to inform your decision:

  • Is there damage that compromises the effectiveness of the door?
  • Is there damage that doesn’t allow the door to open or close?
  • Is there damage to multiple panels?
  • Is the door 10–20 years old?
  • Is there excessive noise or vibration when operating the door?
  • Does the door open much slower than when it was first installed?
  • Has your garage door ever slammed or fallen shut unexpectedly?
  • Are you concerned about the security of your garage?
  • If your garage is heated, have you noticed an increase in energy bills?
  • Are you concerned about the amount of energy your garage door uses to operate?
  • Do you want to update your home’s appearance?

If you answered “yes” to more than one of these questions, it may be time to consider a new garage door. However, if a new garage door simply isn’t currently in the cards, it’s worth consulting a professional to see if the door can be repaired.

Factors Affecting Garage Door Price

Including the cost of installation, the average cost of a new garage door is around $1,200, but several factors can cause that number to increase or decrease.

Garage door size. As expected, a double garage door will cost more than a single.

Garage door material. Common material choices for garage doors include fiberglass, steel, and wood, while aluminum and glass are less commonly used. Each material comes with benefits and drawbacks, so make sure to research things like price point, R-value, lifespan, and weight before deciding.

Garage door type. This typically refers to the way the door opens and closes. Sectionals, which roll along the ceiling of the garage door, are the most common, but there are plenty of other options to choose from, including bi-fold, sliding, and single panel doors.

Garage door accessories. Accessories, like windows, handles, and fancy openers, come with a higher price point.

With all these considerations playing a role, the best way to nail down a concrete estimate for your new garage door installation is to get a quote from a professional. Since 1972, American Door Works has been serving Central Minnesota with superior garage door installation, service, and repairs. Contact our team to get a quote on your new garage door.