On average, garage doors have a lifespan of 10-30 years depending on how often you open and close your garage.
You’re busy, and wear and tear on your garage door may not be something on the forefront of your mind. You work hard, but so do your garage doors. The daily tasks of consistently opening and closing will slowly create a substantial amount of wear and tear on your garage door hardware.
With enough use, you will eventually need new garage doors. New doors can be extremely expensive based on type.
The good news: you can increase the lifespan of your door with consistent maintenance and an occasional garage door repair. Maintaining and repairing your garage doors regularly can make them last much longer than doors that do not receive attention.
Considering the high cost of brand new garage doors, caring for the ones you already have through garage door repair will be the most cost-effective option.
Let’s dive into exactly what to expect when you open your wallet for garage door repair:
Based on the style of garage door you have, it will naturally affect the cost of the materials needed to repair it. The most affordable repairs are those done on a single-wide sectional door. Solid wood doors and custom roll-up doors are at the more expensive end of the spectrum.
The materials for your specific door can usually be found from the manufacturing company of your door maker. Repairs for dents, friction, sounds, broken cables, and broken springs can be relatively cheap or expensive depending on the company you use to repair them.
Let’s explore the details of some of these costs:
1. Torsion springs: These can only be ordered from the internet or your repair company and cost anywhere from $60-$100 per spring. Most doors have two springs, and it is recommended to replace both of these during your garage door repair.
2. Extension springs: This type of spring is the more affordable option with springs available at your local hardware store for $28-$68 a piece.
3. Cables: Worn or frayed cables break all the time. These are available online or through your manufacturer anywhere from $20-$40.
4. Pulley system: If your garage pulley is no longer functioning, you should be able to replace it anywhere between $12-$60.
5. Garage panel replacement: These can be a little more expensive based on the type of door you have. Ideally, you only need to replace one panel every so often. If you can spot repair your panels, it will be $250-$800 per go.
6. Panel repair: If you don’t need to replace the entire panel, garage door repair panel work is $400 for wood and $179-$289 for aluminum. If you have a fiberglass door it can cost around $200.
7. Openers: Openers are used constantly and can die out on occasion. Technically the openers should last for 7-10 years. If the opener gives up before those cycles, it can cost you anywhere from $400-$700 to have it professional replaced.
8. Door track repair: Sometimes the door isn’t broken and all the hardware is functioning properly, but the door may have come off its tracks. In this case, you can call in your garage repair pros to put your garage back on track. This service is usually around $169-$289 depending on the type of door.
9. Balance and re-alignment: Sometimes you can stop problems in your door’s tracks by balancing and realigning those tracks. Your garage pros can give you a quote customized to your area and garage door type.
Whether it’s routine maintenance, general testing or other small issues, there are many options available to you for garage door repair. Many companies have a set rate, won’t charge you extra, and are even available this week!
You can gather quotes from a variety of companies in your area. The quotes should be in a similar price range. If they aren’t, ask why. Ask the company for all options available on each product.
Some companies might be trying to sell you springs or cables that are guaranteed for different time lengths and will raise the labor cost and installation, while others might use manufacturer springs that will be cheaper in price.
Get a detailed report of the labor cost on every aspect of the garage door repair you’ll need. Repair labor costs can vary based on type, material, and brand. Labor costs run the gambit based on the work that needs to be done.
Maybe your door is operating just fine, but you hate the way it looks.
A fresh coat of paint or a new finish can make your door look brand new without having to actually replace your garage doors. You can do it yourself by utilizing any of the many DIY guides and YouTube tutorials online and save yourself major bucks.
You can also hire someone to reface your garage. If you have wood doors, replacing them can be extremely expensive. Find a company that can refinish yours for a fraction of the cost.
New wood doors can sometimes be upwards of $7,000. Consider having your doors refinished or repainted. Depending on their condition, refinishing can be anywhere from $300-$1500.
The key to refinishing your garage doors is to not wait too long. Sometimes waiting will allow enough damage to be done to the doors and will make a full replacement necessary.
Continue maintaining your wood throughout its life for easy refinish and repainting updates. Using the right products to keep your wood fresh is important, and can also help deter termites and other wood-loving bugs from making homes in your wooden garage doors.
While repairs and maintenance will cost you a little right now, it will save you in the long run. Quarterly or Bi-Annual check ups and paying close attention to your garage door operation can help you catch problems before they get bigger.
If your garage needs a visit from the garage doctors for a new spring, cable, or pulley, contact Capital City Garage Doors.
Contact us now to get a free quote today on the potential cost of your garage door repair.