In terms of cost and effort, installing a new garage door is not a small project. Estimating the cost, though, is a challenge, because there are so many variables. How big is the door? What type of materials is it made of? Has it been customized? And, of course, where you live plays a role. In this post, we look at the cost to install a new garage door in Arizona.
Please understand that these are estimates. To know how much your new garage door will cost, call Independent Garage Door. We provide free, no-obligation estimates.
The Average Cost to Replace a Garage Door in Arizona
While the national average to replace a garage door comes in at just under $1,100, Arizonans pay a little less. In the Phoenix area, you can expect to pay between $900 and $950 for garage door installation, on average. The average price range is much broader, starting at around $600 and going up to a little under $2,000.
One reason for geographical variations in the cost of labor, which varies widely according to where you live. Smaller, rural areas tend to have lower labor rates. Bigger cities, of course, pay more for just about everything – including hourly rates for contractors. Finally, where you live also dictates the cost of shipping, taxes, and the availability of materials.
What Else Affects Garage Door Price?
Probably the greatest impact on cost is the size of your garage door. A new door for a one-car garage starts at around $300. Two-car garage doors start at around $450. Again, these are starting costs. Prices can climb to $4,000 and higher depending on materials.
Other cost factors include:
- Electrical wiring
- Installing a new garage door opener if necessary
- Installing or repairing tracks
- Removal and disposal of your old garage door
- Replacing springs, hardware, etc.
You may also need to replace your garage door insulation. Look for materials with a high R-value, which offers better insulation against noise, heat, and cold.
Garage Door Materials
The material your garage door is made of also impacts price. Higher quality materials last longer because they hold up better against wear and tear. And, while you’ll pay less for a single-layer door, these models are much less durable and offer no insulative properties.
In order of least to most expensive, garage door material options include:
- Steel: This is the most common and least expensive type of garage door. If you want a well-regulated temperature inside a garage with a steel door, look for insulation with an R-value of at least 12.
- Vinyl: A bit more expensive than steel, vinyl garage doors are popular due to their appearance and dent-resistant properties. They also tend to require less maintenance, especially compared to their wooden counterparts.
- Wood composite: Made mostly from recycled materials, this eco-friendly option usually needs to be painted. It’s much less expensive than custom wood, although higher than vinyl and steel.
- Custom wood: The most common wood types used for garage doors are cedar, hemlock, and mahogany. While custom wood doors are the most expensive option, people choose them because they’re so aesthetically pleasing.
Customizing Your Garage Door
You have numerous customization options for your garage door. Customizing, of course, adds to the price. But many homeowners feel the extra cost is worth it because it improves the home’s appearance and often adds resale value.
Garage door customization options include:
- Windows: This may be the most popular customization option. With the right placement and style, you can take a fairly ordinary garage door and completely transform its appearance. They also allow natural light to flow into the garage.
- Panels and trim: This is a mid-range customization option that can make a big difference in the look of your garage door. You can also choose decorative trim and panels that actually reinforce the door, making it both stronger and more visually appealing.
- Full customization: Choose different colors, trims, panels, finishes, and more to create a completely unique garage door.
You can also choose just a basic garage door without windows or any other customizations. Even these come in a variety of colors, styles, and materials, so you aren’t relegated to a one-size-fits-all garage door.
Talk to a Professional
In our DIY world, it’s common for homeowners to tackle some home improvement projects themselves. And while we tip our metaphorical hat to you, this isn’t always what’s best.
At the very minimum, you want to talk to a garage door pro to determine which parts need to be replaced and whether any repairs are necessary. For example, your tracks could be warped or loose. The metal cables connecting the door and springs may be frayed or just worn out. Your new door may even be too heavy for your existing garage door opener.
Serving Phoenix and the West Valley, Independent Garage Door Repair always offers free estimates. Call 602-465-2338 to schedule your free consultation.