How Much Does it Cost to Install Garage Door

Other than keeping the car safe from weather exposure and prolonging its optimal condition, a garage also increases the chances of preventing auto-thefts. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates nearly three quarters (3/4) of a million vehicles in the United States were stolen – making auto-thefts one of the most lucrative crime rackets in the country. The garage door is the homeowner’s first line of defense against crafty vehicle robbers. However, there is more to the value of garage than the security it provides.

According to latest statistics in the home improvement (remodeling) industry, upgrading or replacing old garage doors contributes to the property’s resale value by up to 76.9 percent. As of 2017, it is considered the 5th most valuable mid-range investment after attic installation/upgrade, entry door replacement, veneer installation, and kitchen renovation.

National Average Cost

There are at least three things to consider when it comes to estimating the national average cost of garage door. These are the garage door itself, the price of getting a garage door installed by a professional, and the overall cost for important improvements (e.g. garage door openers).cost to get your home's garage door installed

Professional job

Expected cost: $400 to $3,500

Most experts would advise homeowners to let professional contractors handle garage door projects. Considering that most garage doors are electronically operated, it goes without saying that these jobs are a bit complicated even for highly skilled homeowners. In fact, it requires at least 2 people for a teamwork effort that entails more than one field of expertise (e.g. advanced carpentry skills + knowledge of home electronics).

One of the greatest advantages of hiring professionals is that it only takes an average of 5 hours to complete the installation of garage doors. By comparison to the do-it-yourself (DIY) alternative, it will take an average of 9 hours up to an entire day to complete the task depending on the level of skill. The comparative delay may be attributed to the lack of manpower and expert coordination.

Garage door type

The cost of a garage door is largely determined by its material variety. As it happens, there is more to the price that determines its overall value. In order to have a keener choice assessment, one can review the table below.

MaterialCostAdvantagesDisadvantagesInsulation Value
Aluminum & Glass$1,500 to $2,000• Lighter than steel
• More affordable than steel
• Modern aesthetics
• It is rust-proof
• Glass is vulnerable
• Very poor insulator
Steel$750 to $3,500• Lighter than wood
• Relatively easy to maintain
• Excellent insulation
• Steel can get dented
• Unsafe in poor electrical setup
• Relatively poor aesthetics for domestic setting
• It is noisy to open
R-6 to R-17
Wood$400 to $700 (low-cost)
$1,200 to $4,000 (premium quality)
• High property resale value
• Traditional aesthetics
• Possesses design/style versatility
• Safer electrical insulation
• Heavier than steel and aluminum
• It attracts termites
• Costly maintenance
• Relatively few automated types
R-3 to R-6
Composite Wood$1,200 to $2,200• Better insulation than wood
• Relatively more durable than wood
• Environmentally friendly material
• Easier maintenance than wood
• Sometimes more expensive than wood and steelR-5 to R-8
Vinyl$900 to $1,500• Many are sold at lifetime warranties
• Somewhat cheaper than other materials
• It is very durable and maintenance-free
• It is rust-proof
• Not ideal for cold climate
• Requires light-colored and specialized paint
• Lacks design/style versatility
R-4 to R-12
Fiberglass$1,100 to $1,800• Resists moisture, insect and change of humidity
• Cheaper than premium wood
• Low-maintenance or maintenance-free
• Very ideal for coastal environment
• Not ideal for cold climate
• Tends to easily corrode in time
R-4 to R-12

Smart Buying Tips

There are many things to consider when it comes to choosing the right garage door to purchase. However, the most basic criteria can be narrowed down to two fundamental factors: security and energy efficiency. Judging from the type of garage door featured earlier, certain circumstances make these materials either advantageous or detrimental to one’s home condition.

Security and durability

Several manufacturers have produced specialized garage doors and components that can withstand hurricanes. Based on the analysis of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the complete destruction of the attached garage is often directly responsible for the collapse of the house’s support structure. Aside from choosing the type of garage door featured on the table, it is also important for consumers to examine the garage door’s wind-load requirement, especially in areas that are prone to hurricanes.

Energy and insulation

Not only does the material integrity and properties of a garage door provide protection against external elements, it is also instrumental in determining the temperature of the interiors. As featured in the previous table, each material has its own R-value – the precise industrial standard of thermal resistance. Increased R-value not only keeps the interiors intact, it also significantly reduces the energy requirement needed to keep the interior temperatures well-adjusted.

An insulated garage door is a type of entry that significantly reduces the passage of external heat and cold into the garage interiors. Considering that the garage can either be attached or detached from the house, these are the ideal R-values one should take note:

  • Attached (insulated): 12
  • Detached (insulated): 10
  • Detached (no insulated): 6

Garage Door Openers

It is important to understand that the garage door itself only accounts for a portion (though significant) of the overall price of getting a garage door installed. Another key component of the budget is the price of garage door openers. While it is important to deem garage openers as mere additions, these enhancements significantly increase the door’s mechanical performance in relation to its capacity to provide security. These days, it seems unthinkable for one to open garage doors manually, especially given the need for a more efficient vehicular entrance and exit.

As it happens, automated garage door openers are sold separately from the garage door units themselves. While the cost of garage doors may influence the choice of garage door openers, the key factors that restrict the options are the interior layout, dimensions and the weight of the garage door itself. One may examine the following top 5 products in 2017 in the table below:

Garage Door OpenerCostAdvantagesDisadvantagesMaximum dimensions, weight & power capacityMechanical Specifications (Drive and Mount)
Chamberlain WD1000 WF$250 & Free Shipping• Open and close anywhere via the internet
• Battery back-up in case of power outage
• Can lift large doors
• Additional extension kit for 8- to 10-feet doors• Dimensions: 7 x 20 feet
• Weight: 550 lbs
• Power: 1-1/4 HP
• Drive: Belt
• Mount: Ceiling
Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax Belt$209 & Free Shipping• Simple mounting
• Quiet electric motor drive
• Additional extension kit for 8- to 10-feet doors• Dimensions: 8 x 14 feet
• Weight: 500 lbs
• Power: 3/4 HP
• Drive: Belt
• Mount: Ceiling
Chamberlain WD832KEVG Belt Whisper Drive$178 & Free Shipping• Open and close anywhere via the internet (Note: Gateway sold separately)
• Smooth and quiet electric motor drive
• Round-the-clock internet application for mobile control• Dimensions: 8 x 16 feet
• Weight: 550 lbs
• Power: 1/2 HP
• Drive: Belt
• Mount: Ceiling
SOMMER Direct Drive 1042V001$228 & Free Shipping• Small and compact remote control
• No vibrations
• No chain noise
• 1 remote control per door• Dimensions: 7 x 16 feet
• Weight: 550 lbs
• Power: 3/4 HP
• Drive: Chain
• Mount: Ceiling
Liftmaster 8500 Elite Series$310 & Free Shipping• Simple installation
• Only requires limited space
• Additional lighting
• Very loud sound when locked• Dimensions: 12 x 16 feet
• Weight: 550 lbs
• Power: 1/2 HP
• Drive: Jack shaft
• Mount: Wall

Other Enhancements

The price of getting a garage door installed may increase if one includes a number of enhancements. One can extensively increase the home’s resale value by exploiting the market potential of an awesome garage. Apart from the technologically advanced garage door openers, there are other additions worth considering for consumers who have extra budget.

Driveways: $800 to $18,000  

The driveway may be paved from several types of materials: concrete, asphalt, clay, gravel, and pavers. When it comes to investing in this type of addition, it is important to understand that the success of this endeavor rests on certain prerequisites. Take note of the following requirements prior to paving driveways:

  • Excavation: $150 to $400
  • Tree removal: $48 per hour
  • Stump removal: $68
  • Grading: around $1000

Lighting: $2.40 per bulb

While some garage doors have built in lighting fixtures, consumers should take note of replacing existing lights with LED. 60 watts is sufficient to power the interiors for a relatively lower energy requirement.

Garage door screen: at least $22

A garage can be used as an extra space for certain events held at home (e.g. barbecue). At other times, a garage may function as a lounge in the absence of a porch at the front yard. This could mean leaving garage doors open while considering the interiors protected outdoor elements. Garage door screens make these aesthetic open-air luxuries possible.

Garage door seal: $15 to $179

A garage door can hardly be considered insulated without insulation kits. These foam panels help protect electrical outlets from cold air entering the garage. Most importantly, they can be installed via DIY.

Garage Door Brands

As mentioned earlier, one of the most significant modifiers for the exact cost of garage doors is the particular choice of material. Hence, consumers can make the most out of the value of their investment by purchasing from the best manufacturers in the country. The most notable producers in the United States have more than 70 years of experience distributing building components.

There are at least 5 brands that exemplify excellence not only in terms of the quality of materials they sell but also the kind of customer service they render to their customers. This table lists the following renowned trademarks in the United States for the last half-century:

Brand nameDistribution CoverageHeadquartersEarliest HistoryRecent Awards & Recognition
AmarrNationwide: 75 door centers
International: 3000+ independent dealers
Winston-Salem, North Carolina1951• Consumers Digest (“Rising Stars: Exceptional Values in Steel & Wood Garage Doors.”): "Best Buys" (2016)
• Houzz: "Best of Houzz Design Award" (2016)
Clopay49 distribution centers across North America (the United States and Canada)Cincinnati, Ohio1859 (with Benard Seinsheimer Corporation)• BUILDINGS: "Money-saving Product" (2015)
• Houzz: "Best of Houzz Design Award" (2017)
• Pro Remodeler: "Top 100 Products of 2017" (2017)
Martin Doors80 countries (including the United States and Canada)Salt Lake, Utah1936• Angie's List: "Super Service Awards" (2015)
Raynor40 countries (including the United States and Canada)Dixon, Illinois1944• DASMA: "Advertiser of the Year Award" (2013)
• Professional Door Dealer: "Best of Business" (2012)
Wayne Dalton35 branches in the United States and 4 branches in CanadaMount Hope, Ohio1954• BUILDER: "No.1 Quality Garage Door" (2017)
• BUILDER: "Most-Used Brand" (2016)

1 thought on “How Much Does it Cost to Install Garage Door”

  1. I wasn’t sure how much it would cost to replace our garage door, so thanks for this. I like the single roll up models the most, so I guess I can expect to pay around $1,000. That’s doable, especially when our garage door is this old!


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