Garage Door Replacement Costs
Your garage door opening system has many moving parts that must work together properly in order work. These parts are also prone to wear and tear due to the sheer weight of the door itself, and constant use. It is possible that you may need to replace some parts every few years, but you need to make sure you are getting a fair price. Here are some price-points for common parts that may need to be replaced.
Garage door springs are typically $200-$300. The springs are one of the most integral parts of your garage opening system. Garage doors can weigh hundreds of pounds, and the springs are what bear the brunt of this weight as the door opens and closes. The sheer amount of weight they are constantly dealing with makes them very prone to breaking. Check your springs and make sure the coils are closely knit, if there are gaps then the springs are too worn and should be replaced. The cost is worth it because you should not do this by yourself. Garage door springs are incredibly powerful, and if you do not know how to replace them properly then you can get seriously injured. Be sure to have both springs replaced at the same time, to ensure the wear is kept as even as possible, and that this is done by a garage door repair company.
Torsion Spring Conversions
This will cost you around $300 usually, and consists of upgrading your garage opener from an extension spring system to a torsion spring system. Extension springs are used in older garages and placed along the top of the track that the door follows on its way up and down. These are very prone to breaking because they fully extend when the door is in the down position. A torsion system uses a spring coiled around a bar and relies more on a set of cables to lift the door, making them less likely to break.
Replacing a broken cable costs around $200. These are what the springs are attached to in order to actually lift and lower the door. Just like the springs, the cables also endure a large amount of stress which can make them prone to snapping. It is recommended here as well that you call a professional because repairing these do involve springs, which can cause injuries.
A new track will typically cost you around $150. This is what the door slides up and down to open or close as the springs act on the cables. The track needs to be in good condition in order for the garage opener to work properly, otherwise, your door may not lower or go up. The track itself may often be left to the professionals to work out any dents or deformities that have been created. The rollers attached to the garage door, though, can often be replaced by the homeowner. These are like small wheels on the side of the door that fit on the track to help slide the door.
Garage Door Openers
These run from $200-$400 depending on the unit you choose to install. This is the piece that pulls everything together by telling beginning the process of opening and closing the door. These can be a little more expensive than other parts due to the electronics and installation costs because it is the piece that drives everything. These will not require replacing as much as other, however, even though the electronics may wear out eventually.
The average cost for this major piece is about $1,000, but you may end up spending more depending on the material that you choose, and how many installations that you install. If you want your system to last awhile, avoid wooden garage doors unless you need the high insulation it offers because their weight wears down the previous elements much faster. If you go with steel or fiberglass, you spend more in order to get them insulated to keep your car warm in the winter.