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How Much do Garage Doors Cost to Replace?

If your garage door stopped working you might be wondering how much do garage doors cost to replace. There are many factors that go into the final cost of replacing your garage door. The team here at New York Gates has put together this guide to help figure out how much your new garage door will cost.

How Do I Know If I Need A New Door?

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If your garage door stops working then don’t worry. Many people think that they need to purchase a new door but it’s pretty easy to repair only the parts that are causing the problem. Even if you’ve damaged your garage door, most of the time you can replace only the damaged panels.

However, there are times when it’s time to get a new door such as:

  • You’re getting ready to put your home on the market and want to update your home’s curb appeal with a new door
  • You’ve damaged your door and the cost to repair the panels is greater than the cost of buying a new door
  • You can’t find panels to match your current door
  • You need to have an insulated door
  • You want a less noisy door

Another reason you might want to buy a new door is if you have an old door and want a newer, more efficient door. 

Different Types of Garage Doors

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  • Sectional door: This is the most popular type of residential door and is made up of panels connected by hinges that roll up along a track parallel to the ceiling
  • Roll-up door: This is a more common commercial door and is made up small sections of steel that roll up onto a drum at the top of the door opening
  • Sliding door: This door is like a sectional door but it slides along the wall of the garage instead of overhead
  • Side-hinged or swing outdoor: These swing out more like a gate
  • Tilt-up canopy doors: These doors are a solid piece and tilt up like a canopy out past the home when opened 
  • Tilt-up retractable door: These are like the canopy doors but have a separate frame so that they can tilt up and into the garage

The type of door you’ll want depends on your needs and how your garage space is set up. Most homeowners typically want an overhead door for their garage as they are the most versatile and cost-effective.

Other Garage Door Options

There are a few other options that will impact the overall cost of your new garage door. Doors come in wood, vinyl, steel, aluminum, and fiberglass with steel being the lowest cost and wood being the most expensive. The style of door will also make it more expensive such as if you want a more elaborate carriage house door. 

A higher insulation grade will also impact the cost. If you need new tracks or other parts then you can expect parts and labor to cost more. 

Do You Need A New Opener?

If you’re replacing your garage door, you also need to see if you should replace your garage door opener. Most openers will work with the new door you choose. However, if your opener is more than 15 years old then you should upgrade to ensure your opener has all the safety features required by law. There are a few main types of openers to choose from and the one you choose can impact the cost of your garage door repair costs.

Chain Drive Opener

These openers operate by a chain that’s similar to a bicycle chain. The chain rotates along the rail and moves the trolley up and down. These are the most common type of openers and are cost-effective. The one downside is that they are noisy during operation.

Wall Mount Opener

These mount on the wall on the side of your garage door. These are a great option if you have cathedral ceilings or don’t have the ceiling clearance needed for a traditional opener. They are the quietest openers available on the market and come with all the latest features. The one downside is that they are also the most expensive opener.

Belt Drive Opener

These operate similar to a chain drive opener but instead of a chain moving down the rail, it’s a belt. Since it’s not metal on metal, these openers are quiet. If you have a room above or adjacent to your garage and need something quiet, then these are a great choice. They are a bit more expensive than a chain drive opener.

Screw Drive Opener

These operate by a giant threaded rod that rotates down the rail to move the trolley. They are strong, last a long time, and are a good choice for heavy, reinforced doors. They have a noise level and price point somewhere between a chain drive and a belt drive opener

Can I Install My Garage Door?

Replacing a garage door is an extensive job, especially if you need new tracks. A garage door can weigh up to 400 pounds and is an awkward weight. We have seen quite a few injuries from homeowners trying to do the job themselves. Replacing your garage door is one job we encourage you to leave to the professionals to ensure it’s done safely and correctly. 

How Much Do Garage Doors Cost to Replace?

The average cost to replace an overhead garage door runs anywhere from $700-$1,400 for a basic steel door and up to $4,000 for a higher-end double door. This includes the average of 5 hours of labor that it takes to replace a garage door. All of the options discussed above, such as whether or not you’re getting a new opener, can make this number go up. 

Call Us for A Quote

New York Gates can come out and give you an estimate so you can see how much your new door will cost. Our team can help you out in Brooklyn and surrounding areas. Call us today so we can help you out.

New York Gates is the leading security gate and commercial garage door supplier and installer in New York City. We service all the 5 boroughs of NYC. 


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