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How Much Does a Garage Door Cost?
There are many types and styles of garage doors to consider. The door you choose, the material used, customization to the door, opening adjustments, and the labor or DIY installation will affect the price.
One important consideration when deciding which style of doors to install and how much to spend is that most homeowners recover 100% of their investment through increased home value. A garage door installation is thus an excellent investment in your home.
If you are replacing an existing door, expect to pay around $1,200 on average if things like the frame can be reused. However, if you are installing a new door, costs will range from $2,700 to $6,000, depending on the type and style of door that you choose.
Electric door openers, screens, and installation could also increase the price.
Sizes of Doors
Just like garages come in different sizes, so do the types and sizes of doors. If you are installing a single door for a single-car garage, expect costs to range from $500 to $2,500. A double door, though, will cost $750 to $4,000, and two single doors will cost $1,100 to $4,700 on average.
If your home has a three-car garage, expect costs to range from $1,300 to $7,000 depending on whether you choose one double and one single door or whether you opt for three single doors for the garage.
Types of Doors
There are four or more fundamental types of doors:
Classic wood – these usually come in hemlock, cedar, and mahogany. These are also the most expensive but look great and last longer than some other types.
Steel – these are the least expensive and most common. Consider getting foam insulation with an R-value of at least 12.
Vinyl – these have recently increased in popularity because they look better and do not dent as readily as steel. You can also buy them to look like natural wood.
Wood composites – these are rising in popularity because they’re easier to customize with paint and others.
Fiberglass – this is becoming the “gold standard” material for many doors. It resists shrinking and warping and is very low maintenance, as well as having an appearance that resembles wood.
Styles of Doors
There are basically four styles:
Swing-up – this is a one-piece door that swings out and then up. These doors cost $750 to $2,500 on average.
Roll-ups – this is the most popular because it is a sectional and easily worked by remote. They cost $850 to $3,000 on average.
Side-Hinged – these are not as well-known as others but great for overhead storage because they swing out from the center and save space overhead. They cost $470 to $7,200 on average.
Tilt-Up – these doors move in one piece at a hinge rather than moving up and in. They cost $470 to $7,700.
Popular Garage Door Customizations
Windows in the top or third panel of the garage door are the most popular customization made to doors and typically come with frost or tinting for privacy. These windows add natural light inside the garage and look fabulous.
You might want to consider making your garage door resemble a horse stable, barn doors, or French doors with all shatter-resistant glass. Getting the barn doors that swing to the side rather than roll up are quite unique. Of course, these can get very expensive, but the style adds tremendous curb appeal.
There are also many different types of screens you can consider adding, which can add $50 – $1200 to your door, but these will keep out the bugs.
Insulation is a crucial consideration when the garage is attached to the house since it helps save energy. If you are buying steel, fiberglass, or vinyl, consider buying or adding a higher R-value. It will save you money on energy over the years. Insulated doors cost between $800 and $1330. High R-value doors can be found at a local home center in the $1700 range.
Garage Door Installation Options & Costs
If you have the tools, time, knowledge, and a couple of good friends willing to help, you can do a garage door install yourself. However, too many things can go wrong with a garage door installation, and some of those might even void your warranty.
Some new garage door sales will offer “free installation” as a part of the sales price. Checking similar doors with other dealers will give you an indication if the installation got built into the price. Otherwise, expect to pay $200 – $500 for an installation, depending on the size of the door. A single door is a little cheaper to install than a double door.
Garage door installations as a DIY project can take two or three people approximately eight or nine hours to complete. However, professional installers will usually charge you ten hours to install. That’s generally two technicians working for five hours. For a single door, figure $500 – $800 and around $1000 – $1200 for double doors.
Garage Door Openers
Garage door openers have three basic opening drives, belt, screw, or chain. Wall-mounted is also an option for torsion spring setups and saves space overhead. Most modern door openers are now belt-driven because it is much quieter than the old chain or screw models.
Openers can range in price from $150 to upwards of $500 before installation. We have an entire guide dedicated to the price of garage door opener installation, check it out.
There are some innovations, such as smart and green technologies that are worth paying a little more for initially. Likewise, if you are buying a new door and trying to keep the same opener, make sure the old opener can handle the weight of the new door.
Some new doors come with only one electric opener, so you may need to purchase another. Also, garage door openers often come with assembly and installation videos. If you have the tools and time, DIY is an option.
One final note: if you’re considering adding an epoxy floor to your garage, check our cost guide for materials and prices before you get estimates so you know what the difference between epoxy and “epoxy paint” is.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
- National Association of Realtors, 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, https://remodelingdoneright.nari.org/RemodelingDoneRight/media/Assets/2019_Remodeling_Impact_Report.pdf
- Garaga, How much does a residential garage door cost?, https://www.garaga.com/information/faq/garage-door-cost