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How Much Do Steel Garage Doors Cost?

Steel garage doors are a standard option for newly constructed homes as well as for garage remodels and renovations. Garage doors constructed from steel are coated to resist corrosion from humidity and exposure to salt. The steel panels are typically painted by the manufacturer to coordinate with a home's exterior finish. The variety of styles of steel garage doors means there is an option for nearly every architectural style of home.

The Costs 

Average cost per steel garage door:

  • Minimum = $749
  • Maximum = $1,673

Homeowners planning to install a new steel garage door should plan for some additional costs in addition to the garage door unit. The cost of supplies such as fasteners and lubricants adds an average of $125 to the cost of the project. The average cost per hour to install a steel garage door is $36. Some garage door manufacturers stipulate that the door's warranty is only valid if the door is installed by factory-authorized technicians. These technicians charge an average of $41 per hour for garage door installation. 


Steel garage doors come in a range of sizes ranging from 7-foot wide by 8-foot tall for a single car garage all the way to 16-foot wide by 7.5-foot tall to accommodate two cars entering and exiting the garage simultaneously. Steel garage doors are typically constructed with stainless steel. The interior side of the garage door may be insulated by the manufacturer or by a handyman after the garage door is installed.


Homeowners can select different styles of steel garage doors to suit their needs for function and appearance. Each style of garage door may come with or without windows. Added features such as windows may increase the cost of the garage door. Many manufacturers offer steel garage doors for residential use including Amarr, Ankmar Garage Doors, Arm-R-Lite Door, Artisan Custom Doorworks and more. The types of steel garage doors include:

  • Retractable: This type of door opens outward at a pivot point and requires a large amount of space outside for the opening process. Space inside the garage is optimized for larger vehicles.
  • Sectional: This door is composed of multiple panels that lift upward one at a time and then roll back on the tracks. This is the most popular type of steel garage door.
  • Canopy: When this door is opened, about one-third of its height hangs outward as the opener lifts it up on the track.
  • Carriage Style: This type of steel garage door opens outward and does not use openers.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Steel Garage Doors

The primary advantage of selecting a steel garage door is its low maintenance requirements. A steel garage door does not need to be painted or sealed to maintain its strength. Steel is resistant to winds and precipitation. Steel garage doors are lightweight and can be manually operated if needed. Steel is not prone to pitting or rotting. Steel garage doors are available in a range of colors and styles, including with or without windows.

While there are many advantages to selecting a steel garage door, there are a few disadvantages to this material. Steel is prone to denting if struck by a heavy object. Some homeowners find that steel garage doors are not as aesthetically pleasing as garage doors made from other materials. Steel has poor energy-efficiency ratings and may lead to higher utility bills as it allows heat to penetrate the garage in the summer and cold air to come in during the winter. These garage doors are more expensive than fiberglass or aluminum garage doors.

Last updated on May 17, 2016

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