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Who repairs garage doors?

Garage door repair is a specialized job, which is typically handled by a garage door repair service. Professional garage door repair technicians can test or repair a garage door system and fix cosmetic blemishes on doors. Common requests include help with jammed or inoperable doors, slow or erratic doors, unusual sounds, dents or scrapes on the door, and general system testing. Garage door repair professionals can work on single-car, double-car and RV-size garage doors.

How much does it cost to get a new garage door?

A new garage door can add serious curb appeal, not to mention myriad home safety benefits. The cost of a new garage door will vary based on the type of garage door you want and the materials it will be made of. You can purchase a new garage door and have the pros install it for you, but proceed with caution as many installers won’t guarantee their labor if you didn’t purchase the garage door through their company. A new door (without installation) may cost anywhere from $200 to $4,000 or more, depending on size, brand and materials. Here are some examples of average new garage door costs, including installation:  

  • Raised-panel, insulated,16x7 garage door: $1,100
    • Without insulation: about $900
  • Raised-panel, insulated, 8x7: $700
    • Without insulation: $550
  • Carriage-house 16x7 garage door with stamped-steel design: $1,500
  • Carriage-house 8x7 garage door with stamped-steel design: $1,000
    • A carriage-house garage door is a barn-style door with handles and hinges; it looks like it pulls out in the style of a barn door but is actually a roll-up.
  • Carriage-house 16x7 garage door with steel and faux-wood overlay: $3,500
  • Carriage-house 8x7 garage door with steel and faux-wood overlay: $2,000–$2,200
  • Solid-wood cedar or mahogany 16x7 garage door with window in top panels: $5,000
  • Solid-wood cedar or mahogany 8x7 garage door with window in top panels: $3,500

How much should it cost to replace a garage door cable?

If your garage door is not opening or has become jammed, you may need to replace the garage door cables. Unless you have the proper tools and know-how, this is a job best left to a professional due to the weight of the garage door and the extreme tension of the springs. The cost of repair will vary depending on your location, the length of the cables you need, and the time it takes the pro to do the replacement.

From a big-box store, basic garage door cables can run between $8 and $20, depending on the product. Your pro may charge you a different cost if they provide the cables. Your cables may not need to be replaced if they have simply come off the track, but broken cables will need to be completely removed and replaced. In either instance, the pros will need to secure or take down the door; unwind the springs; reset or replace the rollers, cables, and drums; and then wind the springs once more. For example, a pro could reset cables that have come off the track for $129.99. The average national cost for a garage door repair specialist is $80 - $110 per hour and the typical cost to replace a broken garage door cable is anywhere from $130 to $200.

How much is it to replace a garage door panel?

Replacing a garage door panel can add significantly to the cost of a garage door repair. Panels run horizontally on sectional roll-up garage doors. They may be made of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass or steel. Garage door panels can become damaged from hail and other extreme weather, dents and dings, car accidents, and age. When deciding if you want to replace a garage door panel, it’s helpful to compare the potential repair cost to the cost of a new garage door. Panel replacement requires a pro with the proper tools as well as the new parts. With parts and labor you could be paying more than $500 for one new panel. In comparison, a new garage door may cost $800-$1,200 (on average) with installation. If there is a possibility your garage door was structurally compromised when the panel was damaged, have the pro assess whether it’s better to completely remove and replace the door, rails and framework to ensure your home’s safety. It may also be better to completely replace your door if it is severely rusted or dented; if the paint is peeling and fading; if the door model is outdated or you can’t find replacement panels; or if the panels or rails are structurally compromised.

How much does it cost to install a new garage door opener?

Your new garage door opener cost will vary based on the model you purchase and how long installation takes. Typically, installation pros charge by the hour, although if the pro is also selling the garage door opener they may have a flat fee for the product with installation. The national average for new garage door opener costs (with installation) is between $390 and $650, although the national average cost for the opener purchased alone may be in the $150-$300 range. The three most common types of openers are chain-drive, screw-drive and belt-drive. The chain-drive costs the least but makes the most noise. The belt-drive is typically the quietest and the most expensive. You can expect to pay about the same amount for installation for any of the three styles. The lifespan of a garage door opener is approximately 10 years, depending on quality. A pro may provide opener repairs for the cost of their service call fee or they may charge a flat fee, such as $100 for opener repair. Here are some examples of new garage door opener average costs, including installation:

  • Contractor-grade garage door opener with installation: $300.
  • Chain-drive opener with installation and one remote: $350.
  • Belt-drive opener with installation and two remotes: $400
  • Top-of-the-line opener with ¾-horsepower battery backup, belt drive and nearly soundless operation: $475
    • The majority of higher-end garage door openers are “smart” products and will connect via app to your smartphone for remote access.

How much does garage door repair cost?

When a garage door goes off the track, the spring breaks, the door is dented or the garage door opener is on the fritz, a professional garage door repair specialist can help. The cost to have a garage door fixed varies, but the national average cost of garage door repair is $70-$110. The extent of the damage and the size and material of the door will affect the final cost. A garage door repair company generally charges a national average of $80 for a service call, which includes the first hour of labor and service, such as testing and inspecting the garage door and opener. Apart from labor, the garage door repair costs hinge on buying replacements parts. For example, a new spring costs an average of $60. Expect to pay several hundred dollars, though, if the door is beyond repair; a new garage door ranges in price from $200 to $4,000, and most homeowners spend an average of $800-$1,200.

How do you fix a broken garage door?

Garage door problems don’t have to mean the end of the world. Garage door repair is typically a one-day process and can be done for only a few hundred dollars. Common garage door repair requests include fixing slow or erratic garage doors, addressing strange sounds coming from the garage door or motor, fixing cosmetic damage such as dents or scrapes, repairing broken doors that are stuck open or closed, and troubleshooting inoperable doors.

The two main garage door operating mechanisms are sectional roll-ups or tilt-ups. Garage door repair services can fix single-car, double-car or RV-height doors. Your garage door may be made of wood, steel, aluminum, masonite, vinyl, fiberglass or another material. The type of garage door repair you need really depends on the type of garage door you have and the issue at hand. Garage door repair pros often charge a flat service call fee to diagnose the problem and provide an estimate. For customers who choose to have the repair done, the service call fee may be applied to the first hour of labor (including time to make the diagnosis). If your garage door is under warranty, the repair may be free of charge.

Reviews for Smyrna garage door professionals
Andrea T.
He was great and will always be my go to garage door guy!
1st Sergeant Garage door Service1st Sergeant Garage door Service
Tonita B.
Absolute Doors did a great job fixing our garage door. We were able to make an appointment quickly and Gavin was able to assess the situation and fix it on the spot! We will definitely use them for any future needs we may have related to garage doors!
Absolute DoorsAbsolute Doors
Bryce B.
Absolute Doors is top notch. The workmanship, professionalism and quality it's phenomenal. Highly recommend AD for your home garage door project!
Absolute DoorsAbsolute Doors
Craig M.
Great guy to work with. Got my garage door back running properly
LYFT Garage Doors & OpenersLYFT Garage Doors & Openers
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos was excellent. Checked the garage door, gave his honest and genuine opinion, tuned up the door which helped cut down the noise by half.
Alpha Door CorpsAlpha Door Corps
Leann S.
Wonderful job. Was really in a bind. He came same day and fixed the garage door. Thank you.
Genesis Overhead DoorsGenesis Overhead Doors
Byron M.
This company did a great job of repairing my garage door. When I contacted them. They responded promptly and took care of the issue the same day. I would have never imagine I could get this kind of service the same day! If you need garage repairs, I would recommend you contact O.S Garage Door Solutions. They do fantastic work!
O.S. Garage Door SolutionsO.S. Garage Door Solutions
Joniece H.
Had a very positive experience with Balanced Garage Doors team. My garage door clicker stopped working despite the wall control still functioning. Given that my garage opener was original to the house (built in the 90s) I wanted to replace the entire opener. Balanced Team walked me through my options, trade-offs and installed in the same day at a fair price. Highly recommend and would use again.
Balanced Garage DoorsBalanced Garage Doors
Emily B.
Ben showed up on time, diagnosed the issue and fixed it. Couldn’t have been more pleased to have a working garage door again.
O.S. Garage Door SolutionsO.S. Garage Door Solutions
Kihumba N.
When my garage door suddenly failed in the late hours of the day, Mr. Ben responded to my call for service immediately, traveling more than 20 miles to my house. His quality of work and level of customer service were beyond excellent. I recommend him without hesitation to anyone who needs a reliable and honest personal for garage door services.
O.S. Garage Door SolutionsO.S. Garage Door Solutions
Whit Y.
He was at my house within 2 hours of my online request to quote and ultimately repair my garage door. A straight shooter with a fair price.
Barnes Garage Door ServicesBarnes Garage Door Services
Chris D.
Gavin arrived promptly and was very knowledgeable about the problem with my garage door and patient with thoroughly explaining it to me. Efficient repair at a fair price—highly recommended.
Absolute DoorsAbsolute Doors
Melissa S.
Quite honestly one of the best experiences with a contractor. Gavin and Absolute Garage Doors were timely, professional and absolutely easy to work with! They helped me narrow down my preferences, scheduled the work immediately, and completed the project and every detail - right down to a spotless cleanup. Before leaving, they made sure I was completely happy with my new garage doors. Highly recommend...really couldn’t be happier with the whole experience!
Absolute DoorsAbsolute Doors
Christien L.
Ben takes a lot of pride in his work. It’s clear he has extensive knowledge of the garage door industry. From assessment to execution to less than 2 hours.
O.S. Garage Door SolutionsO.S. Garage Door Solutions
Sophia B.
We just moved into a new home ... and of course the garage door stopped working a few days in :-) Gavin responded quickly and came to the house within hours. He explained what was wrong and gave me an honest estimate on the spot. He’s not only professional, but courteous and an all round positive person. I am planning to work with him again in the future, when we’re ready to replace our “charming” but aged garage door. Thanks so much for your excellent service!
Absolute DoorsAbsolute Doors
Ahmad A.
Amazing job. Responds to messages quickly. Came same day. He went above and beyond the job of replacing the coil. He went on to lubricated the intended garage door and the other one without extra cost.
O.S. Garage Door SolutionsO.S. Garage Door Solutions
Syleah A.
Had a sensor issue with one of my garage doors. Dallas was vert responsive, early to our scheduled appointment, and identified and fixed the issue within 30mins. I very much appreciate people who operate with this level of professionalism! Would highly recommend.
LYFT Garage Doors & OpenersLYFT Garage Doors & Openers
Kathryn K.
Josh showed up right at the promised time and assessed what work would be needed on the garage. He explained all of the options we had and provided recommendations without being pushy. Once we settled on replacing the garage door mechanism, he was able to replace it within the hour and even helped make sure it was connected to the wifi! He was quick and was wonderful to talk to! Would highly recommend him to anyone!
Balanced Garage DoorsBalanced Garage Doors
Thumbtack Customer
Great, quality work from a friendly professional! We had our controller arm detach from our garage door and not only did Jay offer a competitive price but he was out the same day we requested service (on a Sunday!). Jay fixed our door and also did quality, preventative work to ensure we don't have the problem again. Would highly recommend him and will use again!
Small Jobs, Inc.Small Jobs, Inc.
Charlie B.
Highly recommend Criag and his team! We had them install 2 new garage door openers to replace our very old existing openers. Craig is very responsive and helpful. Great value for the work done. Went above and beyond to cleanup any messes and even hauled off the old opener units.
LYFT Garage Doors & OpenersLYFT Garage Doors & Openers
Rashida S.
I haven't received services from Craig yet, but his professionalism, responsiveness, and willingness to investigate my concern and give me an honest assessment has earned a future customer should I ever need a repair in the future. Craig took the time to speak with me by phone and walked me through several potential causes and solutions for my garage door concern. Thanks again, Craig.
LYFT Garage Doors & OpenersLYFT Garage Doors & Openers
Edward M.
Absolute Doors far exceeded all of my expectations and I would immediately turn to them if I were to have any additional garage needs. Everyone at this company, from the person answering the phone to the contractors (Gavin to be specific---remember this name!!) work hard to make sure the job goes smoothly.‎ This was the only company that truly listened to my desires and made sure to explain all possible options and limitations that could lie ahead. I felt like I was working with a trustworthy, courteous and hardworking person (Gavin!!!!). In the end, I felt like I couldn't have made a better decision. Absolute Doors is the real deal!! Thank you!!!!
Absolute DoorsAbsolute Doors
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