The Cost of Replacing Garage Doors

Last updated 30th September 2020

Replacing garage doors can cost between £300 to £5000, this will depend on what type and size of garage door you decide to choose. Check out our price guide to discover the cost of garage doors in more detail.

Cost of Having Your Garage Replaced

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How Much Does a Garage Door Cost?

The cost to replace a garage door will depend on a number of factors including the size of the door being replaced, the style and materials of the door (timber, steel, aluminium, PVC etc) and the complexity of the job. There are a number of garage doors on the market to choose from: Up and over, sectional, rollers, and side sliding or round the corner, as well as side hinged.

Most garage doors have the option of being electronically operated.

The cost of garage doors range between £300 - £5000 for the door, adding between £150 - £1000 if electronically operated, and an additional £150 - £250 per person a day in labour charges, to have them installed professionally.

Garage Door Replacement Prices

In many cases when purchasing a new garage door the supplier will fit the door for you, with the cost of installation included in the quote. As a guide, the cost breakdown for a single garage door replacement is as follows:

Door Type Average Cost
Up and over £750
Roller £1000
Sectional £1100
Side hinged £1700
Round the corner £2200


For larger than single doors, obscurely shapes openings or double doors you can expect the price to increase, with bespoke garage doors costing considerably more than off-the-shelf models.

Supply Costs

The cost of purchasing a door by itself, without installation costs, are roughly as follows for a single-width door:

Door Type Cost of Purchase
Up and over £300 - £2500
Roller £500 - £1500
Sectional £700 - £3000
Side hinged £800 - £3000
Round the corner £1500 - £5000


To make the door electric you will need to buy additional components, which will cost an addition £150 - £1000.

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The average cost of having a garage door replaced, based on a mid-range up and over garage door with electronic openers – Total cost: £1100

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Waste Removal
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Labour Costs and Time Frames

Typically speaking you can expect your garage door installation to take between 3 – 6 hours, with electric and specialist doors taking longer to install than traditional or manual doors.

Due to the nature of the work and the size of the items, it’s likely your door will be installed by a team of two garage door contractors, with a rate of between £150 - £250 a day each.

What Does Replacing a Garage Door Entail?

Replacing a garage door is not an easy task; it is physically demanding and requires precision when being installed; in most cases it is best to seek the help of a professional with adequate training to minimise risk to yourself and your property and give peace of mind that the door has been installed correctly and safely.

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Door installation contractors typically charge between £150 - £250 a day for their time, working in teams of at least two, and typically complete the work within a few hours.

Disconnect the Garage Door Openers, Springs and Cables

Once the door is in position, the first step to replacing a garage door is disconnecting anything the door itself is attached to; door openers should be detached first as otherwise the door may be locked into position or could cause damage to the unit if moved.

Next should be the springs, which need to be carefully handled to avoid accidents. Finally, the connecting cable can be cut; the door is now, effectively, free standing.

Removing the Door

The door should be carefully lowered into the closed position before any attempt to manoeuvre it away from the frame takes place. As the door is no longer connected it will be at its true weight – So only capable and competent persons should attempt to move the door to avoid injury and accidents.

Once the door is in the lowered position it can be removed from its location; if it is an up and over door this will involve lifting the door in its entirety from the doorway. Roller and sectional doors can be removed slat by slat.

Removing and Replacing the Frame

Roller and sectional doors do not require a door frame to operate, however, the other types of door do. If your current frame is in good enough condition and is of good quality its possible to reuse the existing one

Existing frames should be checked to ensure there is no structural damage and that they are still in the correct positioning. Even if your current frame is in good condition you may opt to replace your existing one anyway to match your new door.

Installing the New Door

Before the door is inserted the necessary hinges and springs need to be attached; the door will then be positioned on the frame (or attached to the rollers) and can be connected.

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Your garage door contractor will then make any necessary adjustments to the tension within the springs and connect it to any electronic operating mechanisms and ensure everything is working smoothly.

Cost Affecting Factors of Replacing a Garage Door

As with most home improvement projects, there are a number of factors that can cause variables within the cost of work:

Size of the Door

The width and height of the door can play a role in the overall cost of the new garage door; atypical sized doors need to be replaced with custom-made doors which will be significantly more costly than off-the-shelf, standard sized doors.

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Accessibility

Access to the site and work area will have an impact on the overall cost of the work; if your garage is full of items that impede work it will take longer for the job to be completed and, ultimately, cost you more in labour charges. Before the garage door is replaced you should make as much space as possible within your garage and working area.

Door Type

The type of door you choose, as well as the quality of door and material will have a large influence over the cost of your garage door replacement. Standard-sized single-skinned steel doors are considerably cheaper than timber doors of the same size, or even bespoke doors. Consider your budget and home aesthetic before committing to the work and get quotes from multiple sources to ensure you’re getting a good deal.

Additional Costs

Some additional extras that you may wish to include with your garage door purchase include:

Door Handles Cost

Whilst most doors will come with a handle pre-installed, you may wish to choose a different one more in keeping with your style and to add a touch of uniqueness to your door. Handles can be purchased from as little as £12 each.

Operator Motor Costs

Operator motors are essential if you want your garage door to be electronically activated. Starter kits can be purchased from £150 - £1000 depending on the quality and functions, but the installing should not be taken lightly and you may wish to contact a professional to install them for you.

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Key Fobs Costs

Whilst your garage door operator will come with key fobs, you may find yourself in need of additional copies; particularly if multiple people need access to the garage space. Universal fobs can be purchased from as little as £3, but you will need to check with your motor manufacturer for compatibility.

Safety Sensors Cost

Safety sensors can be installed on your garage door to ensure that there are no obstructions beneath the door during closing. If the sensors detect an obstruction they will automatically reverse the door and stop it from closing. They are particularly sought after by parents of young children and pet owners. Sensors can cost as little as £65 and will help prevent damage to your property and loved ones.

Keypad Entry Cost

Ideal in settings where multiple people need access to the garage space where remote operating is not practical. Keypad prices begin at roughly £60.

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Security Lights Cost

Security lights can be a good addition to garages where street lighting is poor to help you guide your car into your garage or if you are working outdoors during the darker hours. Some security lights are motion activated as well so can act as a deterrent to trespassers, adding to your home security. Security light costs range between £15 - £80 each on average.

Door Seals Cost

A necessary purchase for weatherproofing your garage, door seals can cost as little as £30 for 2m and help to prevent against heat loss and damp.

Benefits of Replacing a Garage Door

There are a lot of benefits to replacing your old garage doors:

Security

Replacing garage doors can offer your property more security, with key locks, deadbolts and alarm systems all available to be connected to your garage door.

Kerb Appeal and Aesthetic

In many cases garages are located to the front of the home, and so, are on display. By replacing or upgrading your garage doors you can increase the kerb appeal of your home by matching the doors with your home aesthetic.

Convenience

Upgrading your garage door can be just as much about convenience as it is aesthetic. Roller and sectional doors take less invasive space to operate than traditional canopy up and over doors, allowing more space on driveways, and electric doors offer the convenience of remote operation.

Weatherproofing

Garages are not just used for cars; they are often used as additional home storage or are converted into home studios and gyms, and as such should be weatherproofed accordingly. By ensuring your garage door is a good fit, and with the option of insulated garage doors in some cases, you can benefit from a warm living space without the fear of damp causing issues to your building or your belongings.

Increased Property Value

All of the above factors can play a role in increased property value and peace of mind to prospective property buyers.

Installing a New Garage Door

In some instances you may wish to have a new garage door installed on your property, either by relocating a garage door or by having a new garage built as part of an extension.

Building a New Garage

Building a new garage can be a costly experience, with prices estimated between £10,000 - £30,000 depending on the size of the garage space and amenities, covering work from foundations to electrics to plastering and door installation, but does offer the opportunity to design your garage to match your desired functionality exactly.

If you’re considering adding a garage to your property it may also be worth considering a double story extension to optimise space in your property, as large expenses such as roofing costs will already be part of your existing budget, or even utilising some of the additional space gained by adding an additional bathroom to your home.

Relocating a Garage Door

The original garage door will need to be carefully removed and the hole closed; this usually involves hiring a contractor to complete the task at a reasonable cost of roughly £1000 for materials and labour, including excavation of the new garage door site.

A new garage door can range from anywhere between £300 - £5000 depending on the style and opening mechanisms, though if you’re working to a budget and the existing door is in good condition, you could reinstall it at the new desired location.

Keep in mind you will need a new frame for the door, which cost in the region of £100 or more; whereas a new door will come with the frame. You will also need to factor in labour cost of roughly £200 for installation by a professional.

Converting an Existing Room into a Garage

It is also possible to convert a living space into a garage through a similar as door relocation and may be suitable if, for example, there is little parking available near your home – But be aware of possible negative equity! - eliminating ‘living’ space within your home may decrease your property value.

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You can expect this work to be completed in the region of £2500 including labour and materials, though it may be more if items like radiators and lighting need to be relocated.

What Garage Door Should I Buy?

With so many options available on the market you should consider your garage space, access and functionality when choosing new garage doors.

Types of garage door include:

Up and Over

One of the most popular designs on the market, the solid door can be made of a number of material and come in a canopy or retractable style, usually overlapping the driveway with a third of its length when open. Up and over doors are quick to install and maintain and are generally the cheapest option on the market, with prices starting from £300.

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They are available to purchase in a variety of sizes to suit most homes and have few mechanical failings. The main disadvantage of up-and-over garage doors is that they are space consuming, overlapping the connecting driveway which can limit the external parking space.

Sectional, Rollers, and Round the Corner

Rather than a solid door, these styles consist of a number of connected slats that take up minimal room when opened and do not protrude onto driveway spaces. Sectional doors sit similarly to up-and-over when open, rollers are compacted towards the roof of the garage in a roll and round the corner doors run on tracks along the inside of the garage space.

Prices for these types of door typically start at around £700, £500 and £1500 respectively. Roller and sectional doors are perfect for space saving, still offering ceiling space for lighting and storage. Round the corner doors offer unimpeded ceiling space but do require some space around the walls of the garage when they are open.

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Because these doors consist of individual panels it means that repairs can be undertaken on affected areas without having to replace the whole door. The main disadvantage of these doors is that they can be costly, particularly if your garage door is an irregular shape or size.

Side Hinged

Effectively double doors, side-hinged garage doors are latched to the sides of the frame and open from the middle outwards. Also available as an insulated model to keep the garage space warm.

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Side hinged doors offer a traditional aesthetic and are popular due to the array of materials they are available in, as well as the option of insulated doors – meaning they are perfect for garages that also function as a living space, such as an office or home gym. Side hinged doors start in the region of £800. Disadvantages of side hinged doors include their limited width, with a maximum of 9 foot, and are considered less secure than roller or sectional doors.

Garage Door Materials

In the majority of cases, many garage doors can also be configured to be electronically operated, though this usually comes with an additional cost ranging between £150 - £1000 depending on the mechanisms needed, the size and the weight of the door.

Most garage doors are available in a variety of materials and finishes, including:

Timber

A solid timber door is appealing for traditional, stylised homes. It can be painted or stained, but does require regular maintenance as without it they can be prone to rotting and warping.

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Steel

The most popular choice for garage doors. Low maintenance, durable and affordable, steel doors can be painted according to your taste and can be finished with a wood-like texture.

Fibreglass

Fibreglass doors, sometimes known as GRP (glass reinforced plastic) doors, are light weight and can be painted to match your home aesthetic. Fibreglass is a poor insulator but is good for costal locations due to its salt-water resistance.

Vinyl

Typically insulated with polyurethane insulation, vinyl doors are durable and less prone to breakage and denting upon impact than thinner steel or aluminium doors. They are similar in appearance to fibreglass doors but generally available in a smaller range of colours on the market.

Composite

Offering similar strength to steel but with the aesthetic of wood, composite doors are widely available on the market and can be decorated according to your needs. Composite doors are less prone to rotting than wooden doors and offer good insulation due to the mixed materials used in construction.

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Aluminium

Lighter than steel and less expensive, aluminium doors are known for maintaining a long-lasting finish, but are less durable than steel.

It goes without saying that the chosen material for your garage door will have an influence on the overall price of the product, with single-skin steel being the cheapest and solid timber being more costly. It’s advised that you shop around before committing to a purchase to ensure you get a good deal and at a budget you can afford.

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Insulated Garage Door Costs

Insulated garage doors are increasingly popular choices, particularly where garage spaces are being used as multifunction rooms.

Typically speaking, sectional, roller and side-hinged are popular garage door choices as they can be purchased with inbuilt insulation between the door skins, as well as seals (usually made of rubber) to close the remaining gaps between the door and the frame.

Insulation plays an important role in helping to retain heat and lower your home energy bills. Properly insulating your garage also means the area is less prone to damp and the damage that comes along with it to both your property and your belongings.

On average, you can expect an insulated garage door to cost nearly double the price of its non-insulated counterpart. As an example, a single-skin, single-width uninsulated roller garage door can be purchased for around £500, whereas the comparable double-skin, single-width insulated version will cost roughly £950 to purchase.

Electric Garage Door Costs

Electrically operated garage doors are popular for a number of reasons.

  • They are convenient to use, with many electric doors coming with a choice of remote control, keypads or push buttons, as well as some models being able to operate via mobile phone applications – meaning that the garage can be opened without having to leave the car in many cases when parking.
  • Electric garage doors are easy to use and do not require physical interaction, making them a good option for those less physically able to open them manually.
  • They are also considered more secure than manually operated garage doors as they cannot be opened without access to the locking operator.

Typically speaking when purchasing a new garage door it will come with the option of being electronically operated and will be included in the purchasing cost. In the event you are converting a pre-existing door, you can expect the cost of mechanisms to be in the region of £150 - £1000 depending on the system and technical specifications you have chosen.

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Garage door opener kits can be purchase online from as little as £150 for a ceiling mounted belt drive, transmitters and wall-mounted push button, but you should make sure that they are suitable for your door wright, size and type before purchase.

To have these professionally installed would cost in the region of £50 - £150 depending on the complexity of the job, and you should note that all electronically operated garage doors should conform to European Safety standard BS EN 13241.

Can I Replace a Garage Door Myself?

Whilst the technical answer would be yes, it’s not advised.

Garage doors are equipped with multiple moving parts and mechanisms that can be hazardous to work with, such as tension springs and rails and professional garage door contractors undergo specific training to enable them to deal with the doors safely whilst minimising risk.

This is particularly important as garage doors are balanced when properly in place and the removing aspects of the door mechanisms alters this – which could lead to a serious, or even deadly, accident if improperly managed.

Garage doors are inherently large, bulky items which can weigh more than they appear to and should only be handled by those physically able to manoeuvre them safely and with adequate knowledge to do so. Even though you may be able to remove a garage door yourself, it is not a job to take lightly and should be left to the professionals.

Garage Door Maintenance

Maintenance is an important part of homeownership and garage doors are no exception to this. A properly maintained garage door ensures proper functionality and safety of use, as well as visual appeal.

Here are some examples of garage door maintenance you might encounter:

Noisy Garage Doors

You may find that your garage door is noisier than expected whilst in operation. This could be because some of the nuts and hinges have loosened or your railings are in need of lubrication. Check for obvious loose nuts and bolts and tighten where appropriate.

You can clean the tracks of the door with a damp cloth to remove debris that may be causing issues, but if lubrication is needed, specific garage door lubricants (lithium-based grease) can be purchased from around £10 for 500ml. Do not use oil to lubricate your doors.

Garage Doors Are Not Opening

You might find that your garage doors are no longer responding to remote control activation; this could be down to just needing a change of batteries in your controls. New batteries can cost as little as £1 each, though if the problem persists you may need to hire a professional to check for underlying issues.

Garage Doors Are Looking Worn

Much like a decking will need re-oiling, garage doors can also require decorative maintenance to ensure they are as visually appealing as possible. Depending on the material of the door, paints can cost as little as £18 per litre and will give worn doors an instant face-lift. In metal garage doors you should check for rust spots and address them properly by sanding, priming and repainting to make sure the damage doesn’t spread.

Door Balance

In some cases your garage door may become imbalanced and the springs may need to be replaced in order for your door to function properly. Garage door springs can be purchased starting from around £35 each, and it’s recommended that both sides are replaced at the same time, but you should also hire a professional to install them.

Garage Door Repair Costs

Despite adequate maintenance sometimes it is necessary to repair aspects of a garage door that are no longer working correctly. Here’s a list to give you some idea of the sort of repair work that might be required on your door:

Replacement Roller Door Straps

Due to the integrated safety features of roller doors, it is not uncommon for the straps responsible for holding the door in place when extended to snap and cease functioning. Replacement straps can cost between £15 - £40 and can be replaced by a competent person with the relevant DIY skills and knowhow.

Manual Locks

In some cases it’s necessary to replace broken garage doors locks. A basic, manual locking system can cost as little as £5 and can be a suitable DIY job to complete, and can be fitted on a number of door types including up and over and roller doors.

Track Issues

If your door is opening unevenly you may find you have issues with your door tracks, which may have shifted due to loose-fitting bolts or the door itself may be misaligned with them. It’s important that misaligned tracks are rectified as they play an integral part in keeping your door secure and pose a serious risk of injury if not working properly.

New door tracks cost in the range of £15 to upwards of £100 to purchase depending on the type needed but are essential in the operation of your door.

Broken Door Springs

It’s inevitable that springs connected to garage doors will eventually break through wear and tear, whether they are extension springs or torsion springs, though how long it will take generally depends on the frequency of use and quality of materials. You should hire a professional to install new springs for you due to the nature of the work, with materials starting at £70 for a new pair of tension springs.

Electrical Problems

If you have identified an issue with the electronic controls of your garage door you should try to assess where the issue is occurring. If wall-mounted button activation is working but remote control isn’t, then it’s likely an issue with the batteries inside.

If neither are working you may find that the issue lies in the motor controlling the door movements, which should be addressed by a professional as an incorrectly serviced garage door can cause health and safety issues.

New motor kits can be purchased from as little as £150 for a budget set-up, with more complex or high-range motorisation costing up to £1000.

Garage door repair work can require specialist skills and knowledge to safely complete, and whilst the temptation may be there to repair the door yourself, if in any doubt you should hire a professional who is trained specifically to handle garage doors.

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Garage door specialists typically charge between £150 - £250 a day for their time, and depending on the severity and complexity of the issue may take up to a day to identify and rectify any issues found.

Does my Garage Door Need Replacing?

Whilst the decision to replace a garage door is ultimately down to the homeowner, there are definite indicators that a garage door is past its prime and might need replacing.

Increased noise levels during operation can not only be irritating, but can be an indicator that the door itself is not functioning correctly; whilst you may be able to rectify this for relatively cheap, with lager issues it may be more cost effective to replace the door as a whole rather than patching up issues. Noise can also have an impact on living conditions as well, particularly if you have living space above the garage.

It may be time to replace your existing garage doors if they are slow to open or fail to function; this can be an indicator that the tracks or motors are no longer running optimally; a new garage door, fitted by a professional, will work to peak performance and will be covered by warranty should anything malfunction.

You may also want to change the type of garage door you have installed, from manual to electric or from one style to another to optimise your space or change the visual impact of your garage.

Similarly, technology is advancing and new security systems are available on the market; replacing your old, outdated locks with newer models can give peace of mind to homeowners that their property is secure and safe.

Cost of Removing a Garage Door

Sometimes it is necessary to remove a garage door, whether you’re having it replaced with a different door or converting your garage into a living space. It’s recommended that garage door removal be undertaken by a professional with the relevant experience and knowledge to do so safely.

Although each garage door is different, the removal process is similar.

Remove Electric Openers

If you have an electric garage door the first thing that will need to be disconnected is the garage door opener, which would otherwise impede the removal. The garage door will need to be in a closed position whilst the operator is being disengaged, according to your manufacturer instructions.

Remove the Springs

Springs will then need to be disengaged. Depending on the type of door you have they will either be extension springs, located above the upper tracks on both sides of the door, or torsion springs which are attached directly above the door when closed.

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Extension springs can be removed by a competent person by opening the garage door, securing it in place with pliers or locking clamps and loosening them.

Tension springs can be highly dangerous and incorrect release of them can cause serious injury – so it’s advised that these are removed by a professional.

Remove the Cables

Once the springs have been loosened the door cables can be cut, and the pulley assemblies and springs removed.

Lower the Door

The clamps can now be removed and the door should be carefully lowered – Keep in mind that at this point the door is no longer connected to supports and the weight of the door will need to be manoeuvred carefully to avoid accidents or injuries.

Remove the Door

Once the door is in the lowered position it can be removed from the doorway.

Waste Removal

In most cases where a garage door is being replaced the company that is installing the new door will remove the existing door, usually free of charge or with the removal cost included in the quote. In the case that you are removing the door yourself, some recycling centres will accept garage doors – however, you may have difficulty getting it there.

It may be necessary to break the door down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Some local authorities will take unwanted garage doors from your property with an average cost of around £100; though you may find a local scrap merchant or collection agency for cheaper.

FAQs

Almost all garage doors can be converted to operate electronically, with conversion kits starting at around £150 for basic models, up to £1000 for more advanced operators including finger print recognition technology, keypads and sensors.
Whilst it may be possible, it isn’t recommended. Garage doors are incredibly heavy and operate on a number of dangerous components that can cause serious injury or even death if mishandled.
This comes down to preference and how you want your garage space to function. Up and over garage doors are easier on your budget but more contemporary designs such as roller and round the corner can be more aesthetically pleasing.
Insulated garage doors are more costly than non-insulated to purchase and install, however, they provide better noise cancellation and help to retain heat within your home, which would lower your monthly outgoings. Insulated garage doors are also preferable if you intend to use your garage space as a multifunction space such as home gym or office.
A good, credible installation company will remove the door both from the garage and from site, with the cost usually included in the quote given, It’s best to check whether the door will be removed from site before you agree to the installation and whether there are additional fees for the service.

How to Find and Hire a Contractor to Replace a Garage Door

Seeking a reliable professional to complete work for you can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task, but it’s important that you get multiple quotes from various companies before committing to the work to ensure the best value for money and best service available.

If you have friends or family that have recently had their garage doors replaced ask them if they would recommend the company they used and if there were any issues – Alternatively, you can use our quote form to find tradesmen in your area and get comparable quotes online.

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http://www.garagedoorsblog.co.uk/
https://www.thespruce.com/garages-4127947
https://www.self-build.co.uk/building-a-garage-planning-costs-and-design/
https://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/powered-gates/safety.htm

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