When it’s time to replace your garage door, you may wonder just how much you’ll have to spend. The price of garage doors depends on their individual features, so a utilitarian steel garage door will cost significantly less than a pair of carriage house-style wooden doors.
Following are some frequently asked questions about the costs associated with new garage doors:
What’s the most economical garage door?
The most affordable garage doors are typically made of steel or aluminum and come in standard colors, like white, beige or silver.
Pros: Low cost ($200 to $500)
Cons: Little aesthetic appeal; may dent easily; lack insulation
Are vinyl garage doors inexpensive?
Depending on the size of your garage, a vinyl door could cost an average of $1,200.
Pros: Resistant to dents; color won’t fade
Cons: Difficult to paint, if you decide to change your home’s color scheme; lack insulation
How much are wood garage doors?
Wood doors may cost anywhere from $1,500 to several thousand dollars, for custom doors that match an architectural style. (Wood composite doors, which include some manmade materials, offer a look similar to wood at a slightly lower price).
Pros: Can be custom-stained on-site; can result in a higher sale price for upscale homes
Cons: Require more maintenance than other materials; may rot or splinter without proper care
Does an insulated garage door cost more than an uninsulated door?
The short answer? Yes. However, insulated doors may also make your home more resistant to drafts, reducing heating and cooling costs.
Pros: Reduce drafts and temperature extremes inside garages
Cons: Higher cost
Do windows increase the price of garage doors?
A few small windows in a residential garage door will likely increase the cost somewhat, but not significantly, unless the window is a custom shape. Commercial glass garage doors, like the ones seen in automotive centers can easily cost upwards of $3,500.
Pros: Allow natural light into garages
Cons: Higher cost; glass may break under force
When considering which garage door is best for you, think about associated costs, such as installation, routine professional maintenance, and remote openers. A new high-quality garage door that’s well maintained likely won’t need to be replaced anytime soon, whereas an economy model could be dented and malfunctioning in a matter of weeks.