What Factors Affect the Cost of a New Garage Door?
Learn about the 5 main factors that influence the cost of a new garage door.
If you’re in the market for a new garage door, you may be wondering how much you need to budget for the job. Well, it all depends on what you want in a new garage door. The cost of a garage door can vary from $400 to $4,000 or even more, depending on the following factors.
The first factor that will affect the amount of cash you have to lay out for a new garage door is the size of the door. One-car garage doors are obviously less costly than two-car garage doors simply because they are smaller and have lower material costs. Standard size doors will also cost less than specialty sizes (and shapes) simply because you can purchase them direct from a factory rather than having to place a special order.
Among doors of the same size, the construction of the door makes a huge difference in price. On the low end you have plain, single-faced steel garage doors which run around $400. Add more features such as insulation, thicker steel, or windows and your costs will obviously go up. Wood garage doors are generally more expensive than steel doors, and again you have a range of prices based on the quality of the materials used, from pressed wood doors for around $600 to solid wood doors for several thousand dollars.
The more architectural elements you add to your door, the more it will cost. If you are buying a factory door, you can choose from available window, panel, and trim options without increasing costs too much. But if you are ordering a custom door, you will have to consider the increased labor costs that will come with every additional embellishment. At Dynamic Garage Door, we can add the exact elements you require, including windows, wood trim, and custom hardware.
Another factor that can impact the cost of a new garage door is whether or not you also need to purchase a new garage door opener, and the cost of that opener. For example, if you are switching from boring roll-up garage doors to authentic swing-open carriage style garage doors, you will naturally need to install a different type of garage door opener. If you are sticking with a roll-up opener, you may want to upgrade to a different type of opener for improved reliability or for reduced noise. The four types of roll-up garage doors openers you can choose from include chain drive, belt drive, screw drive, and direct drive. Direct drive is the quietest technology but also one of the most expensive.
Finally, don’t forget to consider the cost of installing your new garage doors. This is definitely a task for the pros. Depending on the specifics of the job, it may cost $200 to $500 but this investment is well worth it, considering the fact that expert installation is essential for getting the best performance and the most service life out of your new garage door.