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25 Solutions to Your Garage Door Questions

Updated: Jan 21

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1. How much does a new garage door cost?

   New garage doors typically cost between $900 to $8,500 based on size, material, and design.

We surveyed the top 50 garage door companies and found that 80% of them charged over $2800, and up to $3487 for a 16 foot wide residential garage door with a 7 foot height.

If you're thinking about getting a new garage door and wondering about the cost, here's a friendly breakdown from what we've seen out there:

  • For most folks, a new garage door is going to cost somewhere between $900 and $8,500. This price range can swing quite a bit based on how big your door needs to be, what it's made of, and any special design features you choose.

  • We took a peek at prices from the top 50 garage door companies and here's the scoop:

  • The majority (like 80% of these companies) usually charge between $2,800 and $3,487 for a standard 16-foot wide, 7-foot high door. This seems to be the sweet spot for most homeowners looking for a good quality door without breaking the bank.

  • On the more affordable end, about 20% of the market offers doors in the $900 to $2,799 range. These are your more basic, budget-friendly options.

  • If you're in the mood to splurge or want something really unique, there are doors above $3,487. These are typically the high-end, custom designs and make up a smaller part of the market.

Our Same exact 2 Car Garage model cost only $2337 Installed!

2. What are the differences between belt drive and chain drive openers?

   Belt drives are quieter but pricier; chain drives are louder but more cost-effective.

    A client once complained about her noisy chain drive opener. She switched to a belt drive, and the difference was night and day—quieter mornings and a more peaceful home environment, and it was right within her budget.

3. How long does a garage door typically last?

   A garage door typically lasts 15-30 years, depending on maintenance and material.


4. Can I paint my garage door? If so, what type of paint should I use?

   Yes, you can paint it. Use exterior acrylic latex paint for best results.

    A client transformed her garage door with a bold blue acrylic latex paint, significantly enhancing her home's facade. The right paint not only revives your door but also protects it from the elements.

5. What are the signs that my garage door springs need to be replaced? How much does it cost?

   Signs include uneven lifting, loud noises, or difficulty opening the door.

As of January 2024, we asked 50 different Garage Door companies how much they charge for Spring replacements. The lowest price was 280.00 for a one car garage, and the highest price was 897.00. For a Two Car Garage The lowest price was 297.00 and the highest price was 1150.

We charge only 537. for a complete 20,000 lifecycle spring set. This includes a complete system tuneup service and maintenance as well as free annual maintenance every two years!

6. How do I perform basic maintenance on my garage door?

   Lubricate moving parts, check balance, and inspect for wear annually.

   An annual ritual for me is to lubricate and inspect my garage door. This simple act, learned from my father, keeps it running smoothly, preventing costly repairs down the line.

7. What should I do if my garage door won't open or close?

Check power sources, the giant spring coils, remote batteries, and door sensors first.

  Once, a clients garage door refused to closed. They had tried everything and it turned out to be a spider nest blocking the sensor— a simple fix! Often, the solution to door issues is more straightforward than you might think.

8. How can I make my garage door more secure?

Enhance security with a smart opener built-in security camera and motion-detecting lights.

   After a neighbor's home was burglarized via the garage, I upgraded their door with a smart opener camera setup, Liftmaster model 87504 and added motion-sensing lights. This really made them feel better about their homes security.

9. What is the best material for a garage door (e.g., steel, wood, aluminum)?

   Steel is durable, wood is nearly indestructable if it is hit with a car. Both have aesthetic appeal.

A client, torn between wood and steel, chose steel for its low maintenance and durability. The choice reflects your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences, as each material offers distinct advantages. Contrary to belief, garage doors are not made of aluminum. The reason they feel so lightweight is because they have a balanced cable and spring system.

10. How do I choose the right garage door opener for my door?

    Base your choice on door weight, size, and noise preference.

Helping a client with a heavy wooden door, we opted for a high-power opener, 1 3/4 horsepower. For Smaller doors its a good idea to use a 1/2 horsepower. It's crucial to match the opener's strength to your door's requirements for efficient and smooth operation.

11. What are the benefits of an insulated garage door?

    Insulated doors improve energy efficiency and reduce noise.

A client noticed their adjacent room was always cold. We Installed an insulated garage door and changed that, making the space more comfortable and reducing their energy bills.

12. How can I reduce the noise of my garage door?

    Lubricate moving parts and consider a belt drive opener for less noise.

A friend's noisy garage door disrupted her home office. Regular lubrication and switching to a belt drive opener made her workspace peaceful again, showcasing the impact of simple upgrades.

13. What is the process for installing a new garage door?

    Installation involves removing old doors, setting new tracks, and alignment.

A neighbor attempted a DIY installation but faced alignment issues. Professional installation ensures safety

 and proper function, a lesson learned the hard way.

14. How do I reset my garage door opener?

    Unplug the unit, wait, and then reprogram the remote controls.

After a power surge, a clients opener malfunctioned. The simple reset procedure restored its functionality, saving me a call to the technician.

15. What are common problems with garage doors and how can I troubleshoot them?

    Common issues include noisy operation, uneven movement, and remote malfunctions.

A client frequently faced an unevenly moving door. It was a misaligned track, a common issue. Knowing what to look for can save time and prevent frustration.

16. Are there smart garage door openers and how do they work?

   Smart openers offer remote access and features like scheduling and alerts.

   Expanded Opinion: Smart garage door openers are a game-changer in home automation. A friend installed a Wi-Fi-enabled opener, allowing them to monitor and control their garage door from anywhere. This technology not only offers convenience but also enhances security. With features like remote access, scheduling, and real-time alerts, homeowners can ensure their garage is secure at all times. Particularly beneficial for busy or tech-savvy homeowners, these openers integrate seamlessly with smart home systems, offering a level of control and peace of mind that traditional openers can't match.

17. What safety features should I look for in a garage door system?

   Look for auto-reverse mechanisms, motion detectors, and manual controls.

Safety features in garage doors have become more sophisticated and crucial than ever. An incident where my relative's garage door auto-reverse feature prevented an accident with a pet highlighted the importance of these mechanisms. Modern garage doors should include features like auto-reverse, which stops and reverses the door if it encounters an obstacle, motion detectors to enhance security, and manual controls for use during power outages. In homes with children, pets, or heavy foot traffic, these safety features are not just additions but necessities. They provide an extra layer of protection and assurance for the safety and well-being of your family.

18. How often should a garage door be serviced?

   Service your garage door annually for balance, springs, and moving parts.

Regular servicing of your garage door is crucial for its longevity and safe operation. A friend religiously services their door each year, and this proactive approach has helped in early detection of wear and tear, preventing more significant issues down the line. Annual servicing should include checking the door's balance, inspecting springs for wear and tension, and lubricating all moving parts. This not only ensures the smooth operation of your door but also safeguards against potential accidents. Neglecting maintenance can lead to more serious problems, resulting in costly repairs or replacements.

19. Can I install a new garage door myself?

   DIY is possible but professional installation is recommended.

While the DIY approach might seem appealing, installing a garage door requires precision and expertise. A colleague attempted a self-installation, only to face significant alignment and operational issues. Professional installers not only bring the necessary experience but also ensure that all safety measures are correctly implemented. They can guarantee that the door is balanced, tracks are aligned, and the opener is correctly set up. Opting for professional installation can save you from potential hazards and future malfunctions, ensuring your door operates safely and efficiently.

20. What is the difference between torsion and extension springs?

   Torsion springs are above the door, extension springs on the sides.

Knowing the difference between torsion and extension springs is vital for any homeowner. Torsion springs, located above the door, offer better balance and durability, making them suitable for heavier doors. Extension springs, found on either side of the door, are more commonly used in residential settings and are suitable for lighter doors. Each type has its own maintenance and safety considerations. Understanding these differences is crucial for proper maintenance and ensuring the longevity and safe operation of your garage door.

21. How do I program a new remote for my garage door opener?

   Press the learn button on the opener, then the button on the remote.

Programming a new remote for your garage door opener is typically straightforward. A neighbor recently added a remote, and the process was quick and easy, instantly enhancing their access convenience. Most openers have a 'learn' button that, when pressed, allows you to sync new remotes. This small upgrade is significant for improving daily functionality and convenience, allowing multiple family members or visitors easy access to your garage.

22. What are the latest trends in garage door design?

   Current trends include smart features, bold colors, and modern designs.

Garage door design trends are constantly evolving. A friend's recent installation of a garage door with integrated smart features and a bold, modern color scheme is a testament to these trends. Homeowners are now looking for doors that offer both aesthetic appeal and technological advancements. From smart connectivity for enhanced security and convenience to contemporary designs and colors that complement the architectural style of the home, garage doors are becoming a focal point of home design.

23. How do I align the sensors on my garage door?

   Align sensors by adjusting until the lights indicate proper alignment.

Proper alignment of garage door sensors is crucial for the door's safe and efficient operation. Misaligned sensors can cause the door to malfunction.

A friend once had an issue where their garage door wouldn't close, which was quickly resolved by realigning the sensors. Regularly checking and adjusting these sensors ensures that they correctly detect obstructions, preventing the door from closing on objects, pets, or people.

24. Can I convert my two single garage doors into one large door?

   Converting requires structural changes; professional help is recommended.

Expert Opinion: Converting two single garage doors into one large door can dramatically change your home's appearance and functionality. This transformation, as seen in a neighbor's recent renovation, requires structural modifications and professional expertise. Such a conversion not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also improves usability. However, it's crucial to consult with professionals to ensure structural integrity and proper installation, as this is a significant alteration to your home's facade.

25. What are the warranty options for new garage doors and openers?

   Warranty options vary; typical coverage is 1-3 years for openers, up to 10 years for doors.

Our Warranty is 15 years on every installation, including springs!

Understanding the warranty options for your garage door and opener is key to ensuring long-term satisfaction and protection. A relative recently benefited from their opener's warranty, which covered unexpected repairs. Different manufacturers offer varying terms, typically ranging from 1-3 years for openers and up to 10 years for doors. A comprehensive warranty can provide peace of mind and protect against unforeseen expenses, making it an important consideration when purchasing a new garage door or opener.

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