Despite its hanging in there through life’s ups and downs, it’s time to replace your garage door. A new garage door can improve the look of your entire home, but what should you expect to pay?
Garage door installation — not including an opener — costs about $2,300, on average, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI. But the cost of your new garage door will vary depending on where you live, the size and type of door you choose and who installs it.
Keep reading to find out how much a garage door should cost, the factors that affect cost and tips to make it more affordable.
How to plan your garage door installation
1. Have a goal in mind. Is your current door malfunctioning and you need a full replacement, or are you hoping for a better price when you sell your house? Your reason for buying a new garage door should guide style choices and how much you spend.
2. Hire the right installer. Compare quotes from at least three garage door installers, including a chain like Lowe’s or Home Depot, to make sure you’re getting a good deal, McGrath says. Make sure the price includes parts, labor and disposal of the old door.
The best installers are licensed and insured and warranty their work, says Linda Anderson, owner of Coast Garage Door Co. in Seaside, Oregon. Ask for examples of past projects and make sure they follow local building codes.
3. Think about the weather. Extreme hot or cold, high winds and corrosive coastal air take a toll on garage doors. Talk to your installer about the garage door materials and hardware that make sense for your climate.
4. Keep it simple. An garage door with windows, custom colors or keypad locks may seem exciting but will cost more. Aim for a door that matches the look of your house. Simple, durable doors are generally the most affordable.