How Much A Garage Door Repair Will Cost You

A garage is an incredibly convenient feature for a home to possess, providing extra storage space, a secure way to enter and exit your home, and, of course, a covered area to store your car — until it isn't. So picture this. You're rushing to leave the house, get in your car, and go to open your garage door, but it won't budge. If you're lucky, it may be an issue with the battery of your garage door opener remote, but it may also be a sign that your garage door needs to be repaired.

Luckily, most garage door repairs aren't too complicated or expensive — the average repair cost is less than $210, which is significantly cheaper than a complete replacement. However, you'll probably want to move quickly with repairs, as your car might be stuck inside until you can fix it. Naturally, the price you'll end up paying varies significantly depending on the type of repair needed, so doing your research ahead of time can help you shop around for a fair quote.

Garage door spring repair

If your garage door doesn't open when you press the button on the opener, your first course of action will likely be to open it manually. If it doesn't budge, the problem is likely with the springs. The repair could be as simple as lubricating and rewinding the springs or as involved as replacing them entirely.

While the cost of springs is relatively low — $30 to $100 for the spring itself and an additional $20 to $50 for extension springs — the repair can be pretty complicated. So make sure to call a professional if you feel like you may worsen your garage door troubles with a DIY repair. Depending on how much needs to be replaced, materials and labor costs range from $120 to $350. Luckily, once this is replaced, you won't have to worry about it for another 7 to 14 years. If the springs only need tuning up, this should cost anywhere from $40 to $80.

Fixing a dented garage door

Another common issue may not be with the functionality of your garage door, but with its appearance. Whether you were pulling into the driveway and misjudged how close you were or are working on a project that ended up damaging the garage door, a large dent is never pleasant to look at. Depending on the severity, some dented doors will still open and close just fine, but some may not even be operational.

The cost of this repair depends on a few variables. One of the more important factors is, of course, how bad the dent is. The repair likely won't be too complicated if it's just a tiny dimple. However, if there's a significant concave in the door, entire panels may need to be replaced. Or, if you have a single panel door, the entire door. The final variable is what material the door is made of. Fiberglass repairs are the cheapest and typically range from $100 to $200. Next is metal, which is a little pricier at $150 to $250 — especially if you're dealing with panel replacements. Last is wood, which is nearly impossible to repair, and will almost always need to be replaced — this can cost anywhere from $200 to $300.