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Cost to Repair a Garage Door

The cost to repair a garage door depends largely on the problem and the type of door. Some problems, such as debris in the tracks, are fairly inexpensive fixes while broken panels or faulty cables can cost a lot more. Certain types of garage doors are also more expensive to fix.

National Repair a Garage Door Costs

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National Repair a Garage Door Costs
Average reported cost $207
Number of Cost Profiles 17355 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $52
Maximum reported cost $500
Most homeowners spent between: $160 to $216

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Overhead garage doors involve several moving parts, all of which are subject to wear and tear. The doors use spring tension to operate, and broken springs are one of the most common failures in this type of door. Other elements to the moving system include hinges, rollers and the track itself. Debris can get caught in the track or it can be dented. These are both easy fixes or about an hour's worth of labor from a garage repair specialist. Average hourly labor is usually around $85, but can be lower or higher depending on location.

There are two types of overhead garage door systems: roll-up doors and doors that swing up in one piece. Roll-up doors frequently have one center-mounted torsion spring, and these definitely need to be repaired by a professional. The reason for this is that the tension in these springs is extreme and could easily cause an injury if attempts are made to remove it. Typically, the replacement of springs or cables in a garage door takes two to three hours of labor, so the price could easily be close to $300.

There are two main types of garage doors: insulated steel doors and wooden doors. Usually, insulated steel doors need to be completely replaced if damaged; however, they are usually hardier. Wooden doors tend to be composed of panels. Custom wooden doors are the most expensive type of garage door to repair or replace.

Some garage doors also have glass panels at the top of the door, and these are subject to cracks or breaks through various incidents. Glass repair is likely to involve replacing the entire panel and is worth at least an hour's labor.

Most garage door repair companies charge at least an hour's labor no matter the problem, so expect to pay whatever their minimum price is for any repair.

Last updated on May 17, 2016

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