Getting a new garage door installation is a significant home improvement project. The cost of the job depends on the size, material and style of the door. Other factors include the choice of installation methods, insulation and customizations. Typically, professional installers remove the old door and haul it away, install the new door and connect it to a wall-mounted opener. They also install a manual release for occasions when the electric mechanism fails.
Most homeowners choose sectional garage doors, which consist of four or more horizontal panels joined on hinges that let them roll up on overhead tracks. They are available in a range of styles to complement major, well-recognized American architectural styles (Cape, Colonial, Victorian, ranch) as well as European style (French country, Spanish, Mediterranean).
The Ultimate Guide to Garage Door Installation: Step-by-Step Process and Tips
The most common types of garage doors are manufactured from steel. They are often painted to match the house’s exterior color and may be either insulated or non-insulated. Most feature a layer of stamped, 24- or 25-gauge galvanized steel that’s protected from corrosion with a baked-on primer and top coat. Some are made of composite materials.
Some custom features can significantly increase the cost of a door, such as windows, patterns, door frames and decorative hardware. However, minor modifications to the existing door are much less expensive. For example, replacing a basic door handle with one that has a key lock can reduce the cost by $100 or more.