How much does it cost to install a garage door?
According to DIYOrNot.com, it should cost between $500 and $800 to install a single new garage door. They demonstrate that the average homeowner can usually tackle such a project in a nine hour time span and a professional will be able to complete it in roughly five hours. Should it be a DIY project? Not really, most housing experts point out that it is a two-person job, requires advanced carpentry skills, and even knowledge of household electronic systems.
For this discussion we will assess the costs of installing a new garage door using professional services.
The typical costs will include:
- Locating a contractor - there are many professional overhead garage door companies. It is always advisable to contact at least three different agencies and request a bid or quote for the work. Be sure that each quote includes the costs for a few different types of doors, any installation fees, and the cost of wiring the electronic openers. Standard prices range from:
- Single tilt-up models - $400 to $700 installed;
- Single roll-up models $800 to $1000 installed;
- Custom roll-up models - $1200 to $2000; and
- Solid wood custom models - $2500 to $3000.
- Door styles - in addition to the styles just mentioned, it is important to also consider additional features such as windows across the top of the door to provide light inside of the garage, the use of steel or wood frames to give decorative doors added security and stability, and insulation which can reduce energy costs in the attached garage by an impressive 15 to 20%; and
- Openers - not all automatic garage door openers are alike. The prices will range from $150 to $300 installed and should come with the option for secure automatic openers that add no more than $50 each to the total cost of the project.
Additional considerations and costs
- Widths - in addition to doors coming in a range of styles, they can be found as double-width and single-width styles. There are some serious considerations when opting for one over the other. For example, if a homeowner decides to use a single door that covers the entire opening of a two-car garage they will have to make serious structural modifications to the entry way;
- Lighting - many homeowners also opt to install some exterior lighting at the same time as the new door. This is because they have the licensed electrician on the site, and asking for more than a single task usually reduces overall costs;
- Steel entry doors - when a garage is being fitted with new doors, it is also a good idea to consider a separate single 3x68 exterior door with half-glass and locksets too. These may require some carpentry, but they are a good way to allow for some flexibility in the choice of larger garage door, and can ensure that the homeowner will have more than a single way in or out of the structure. The average costs for such a feature range from $250 to $1000 each.
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