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Garage Door Replacement Cost In 2022

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Garage Door Installation Cost: Why have the costs to replace & install garage doors skyrocketed?

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The recent rise in garage door replacement cost has been the most dramatic the garage door industry has ever seen. There are a few contributing factors, but one major fundamental reason, supply and demand.

Garage doors are made of steel, and steel is a commodity that is traded based on the prediction of future market conditions. 

 March 15 2020 (pre COVID-19)  the American steel index was trading at $539.14, it peaked May 9th 2021 at $1955.22, as of today (3/9/2022) it is still trading at $ 1,830.73. So steel has tripled in cost, and garage doors are made of steel. 

The reason the cost of steel rose is because the steel mills incorrectly predicted a decrease in demand due to COVID-19. For about 2 weeks they were right. Everything came to a screeching halt. 

However,  with  families spending all of their time and home instead of taking vacation people started spending that money on home repairs instead. 

So we had steel mills that had stopped production, factories of garage door manufactures with fewer employees due to COVID and a huge demand for doors this drove the cost up.

So, Is Replacing Garage Doors still A cost Effective solution?

Steel cost has tripled causing the cost of garage doors to double in just a years time. Buying a garage door for under $1,000.00 appears to be a thing of the past. With the cost being that high it leaves many homeowners wondering if it is even worth replacing. Honestly, it depends.  It depends on your individual situation. Our professional opinion remains though that replacing a garage door is still a good move.

The cost of garage doors had remained at a relatively low cost (when you compare them to other home improvement projects) for a long time. 

We rely on our garage doors multiple times a day every day, and they remain a good investment in your home. 

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A garage door replacement is still one of the highest return of investments when it comes to home repair. For people looking to improve curb appeal or sell their home, a new garage door is still a wise decision.  

Garage doors have come a long way in recent years with many modern designs that will greatly improve your home. 

Garage Door Replacement Cost VS Garage Door Repair Costs

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when it comes to replacing or repairing your garage door the decision is on you.  A good garage door company will take the time to walk you through all the options and the costs associated with each one, explain them in detail so you can make an educated decision.

Some times the situation will be dictating the decision more than the cost. For example if you have a broken garage door spring and your cars are trapped in the garage. 

In cases like this it may be smart to get the repair done temporarily and see if your garage door company will give a discount on the cost of replacing the door. 

When considering whether you should buy a new garage door or repair your existing door there are a few questions you should ask yourself. How long do you plan on staying in your home? Do you plan on doing any exterior improvements in the future? What is the overall condition of your current door and how old is it? Lastly, what is your budget?

If you plan on being in your home  for a long time and you have an old wood door or a basic non-insulated builder grade garage door replacement should definitely be heavily considered. Especially if you do not perform regular maintenance.  

The garage doors cost should not be the only thing you consider when weighing repair vs replacement. Warranty is something to think about too. Under a repair only the parts replaced will be warrantied by a garage door company, with a replacement garage door every part of the door will be under warranty. 

How much does a single garage door cost?

A single garage door refers to the width of the door. They can range from 8ft wide to 10ft wide. Most common sizes are 8ft wide and 9ft wide. The most common height is 7ft tall. The height can vary as well though depending on ceiling height. Garage door sections most commonly are 21″ or 18″ tall so you could have a 6′ 9″ door or even a 6′ 6″ door. Basically any size from 6′ and up in 3″ increments.

Single car Garage Door Installed Starting at $1,000.00*

Single garage door traditional raised panel

*Prices are affected by factors such as, insulation, windows and panel design.

Carriage House Garage Doors

You can get all the benefits of a new look without all the maintenance of a real wood carriage house garage door with this popular option. 

Carriage House Garage Doors Are A popular Garage Door Replacement Choice

An affordable and popular option for a big upgrade is a stamped steel carriage house garage door. These doors have a bead board design stamped right into the steel. Just by adding windows, or lights, as they are sometimes called , and hinges and handles give your home a big upgrade in appearance for a reasonable cost. 

How much does a Double garage door Cost?

Double garage doors are for 2 car garages with 1 door. There are 2 common sizes for these garage doors. Most likely if you have a double door it is a 16′ x 7′.  The other standard size for double doors is 18′ x 7′.

Double Garage Door Installation starting at $2,200.00

Standard raised panel double garage door

What is included when replacing A garage door?

When having a garage door replaced there are certain expectations a home owner should have. A new garage door installation should include, new garage door panels, tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and all parts associated with the spring system. In addition to these basic parts a new door should include the outside trim or weather stop.

Last but not least, if you have an automatic garage door opener  installed your door should have a strut attached to the top. A strut is an I shaped piece of steel that screws to the top of the door. It offers extra support since every time your automatic opener is used it pulls on the top section of the door. 

Your garage door installation cost should also include the take, down haul away and disposal of your old garage door. If your old door is made of wood, you may pay extra for this service since it is heavier and since garage door companies have to pay disposal fees to dump these doors. 


Garage door Installation Cost Summary

So as you have probably gathered there is a lot that goes into the cost of a garage door. Mainly, the materials, size and design options. However, where you live can affect the price as well as cost of living therefore wages can vary greatly. In a major metropolitan area  garage doors can cost between $1,000 and $4,000 for common designs and options. 

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