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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 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 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 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 Ashburn garage door professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing craftsmanship. He is an expert with Garage door openers. He knew all about the garage door opener and the height of my garage doors and everything just by a picture. Go nowhere else, his price is competitive and his work is PERFECT !
All Door Installation Inc.All Door Installation Inc.
Ruby M.
Solved our garage door issues!
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Nag C.
Top Choic Garage Doors was awesome in getting my garage door back on track. Very quick response when inquired, showed up on time as communicated, had complete knowledge on what he was doing, also educated me about the dynamics happening there. Will definitely recommend Top Choice Garage Doors.
Top Choice Garage DoorsTop Choice Garage Doors
Tom H.
Did a great job on replacing my garage door
Ronald's Garage Door RepairRonald's Garage Door Repair
Smriti S.
He responded right away and fixed the garage door for a reasonable price
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Raj B.
Ronald was great! He identified and resolved another issue with the garage door, and also helped install the smart door opener. Thanks to him it took only 15 minutes to install pair and get it up and running. Hopefully I don’t have to, but if needed will absolutely call him for garage door issues.
Ronald's Garage Door RepairRonald's Garage Door Repair
Gary L.
Daystar dis an excellent job replacing my garage door opener. Terrific value .
Daystar Garage DoorsDaystar Garage Doors
Joe A.
Very quick & professional to attending the issue we had with our garage door. Highly Recommend!!!
Daystar Garage DoorsDaystar Garage Doors
Thumbtack Customer
Ronald did a fantastic job troubleshooting and resolving the issue we were having with our garage door. He explained what he saw and what he needed to do to resolve the issue. Great job! I will call Ronald again if I need help with our garage doors.
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Jonathan W.
Hasan was quick to communicate and went above and beyond in my garage door spring replacement. Great service and great value.
786 Garage Doors786 Garage Doors
Thumbtack Customer
Ronald was came on time within a day and fix my garage door and realignment the garages. I really appreciate his work and prompt service. I would like to recommend him to all my friends
Ronald's Garage Door RepairRonald's Garage Door Repair
Mourya G.
Olaniyi from Upstream Garage door LLC replaced my noisy, chain-based Garage motor with a quite, belt-based one. He did it in about 45 mins. He is very responsive, punctual and humble, he did it at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Olaniyi for your garage repairs/replacements.
Upstream Garage Door LLCUpstream Garage Door LLC
Therese V.
Just super! Called day before at 6pm and he came at 8am next day and finished replacing springs and cables to my double door garage door in an hour without any fuss. Excellent job! Definitely will use again and recommend highly!!
Ronald's Garage Door RepairRonald's Garage Door Repair
Rus G.
Outstanding workmanship, and the repairman takes great pride in his quality of work. The owner also went above and beyond the installation and cleaned up the garage door wiring. A+++
Daystar Garage DoorsDaystar Garage Doors
Billy K.
Ron did a great job replacing the garage door springs. He is extremely professional, very responsive to the initial request for service and was punctual - hire Ron. You will not be disappointed.
Ronald's Garage Door RepairRonald's Garage Door Repair
Zi S.
Great quality of work and great value. He is very professional and skillful. He provided all the information I need to make the decision and set up appointment with me and install a brand new door for me in two days. I highly recommend him if you ever need to replace a garage door!
Ronald's Garage Door RepairRonald's Garage Door Repair
Mike H.
Quick response to my request. Offered the best price and gave good advice about garage maintenance. Was able to work around my schedule and came out quickly to repair my garage door. Fixed the issue very quickly and efficiently. Haven’t had any issues since the completion of the project. Will definitely call again if any other issues arise.
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Nitin P.
Samantha and Clayton were very patient with me for more than a couple of months as I went back and forth on selection of garage doors, pricing, and timing. They did an excellent job, have competitive pricing and for the work done nice and neat.
JR Garage Door and ServicesJR Garage Door and Services
Thumbtack Customer
Eric was right on time, told me what was wrong with my garage door, and how he was fixing it. He also put some grease on the springs, which I wasn't even expecting. He's fast and efficient. Thanks Eric!!
A Garage FixtA Garage Fixt
Eleanor R.
Hired Ronald to install a garage door for my mom. He was a gentleman and did a wonderful job for her and went above and beyond. Punctual, reliable, and great price. If we had more garages, we’d gladly work with him again! Keeping his number for next time. (I accidentally hit 4 stars, meant to give him the top rating. I think I fixed it??)
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Melissa W.
Ronald was great! Very professional, responsive, and honest. Things that are hard to come by these days. We are more then happy with his service and he had our garage door up and running in no time! Would recommend him to all our friends and family.
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John J.
Purchased a new home in August and needed to update the track and garage door opener to accommodate a car lift. Ronald was one of the first to contact me and provided a very reasonable estimate. Ronald arrived promptly for both the inspection appointment and the installation. He was courteous and knowledgeable. There was never any attempt to change his pricing even with a little bit of unexpected work on my wiring. He did a fantastic job in the installation and I couldn’t have been more satisfied. Ronald will definitely be my garage door guy moving forward and I would highly recommend him to all. Thanks Ronald!
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Thumbtack Customer
We had a issue with the garage door around 11 PM EST and we did not know how to fix. Googling revealed Thumbtack and i sent a message about the requirements. Ronald responded very fast and that led me to hire him since he could be at my home early the next day at 10 AM.He came and did an awesome job and even fixed the alignment issues which were there from the time we bought the house and he lubricated everything and made sure that it is working perfectly.Right price and I would HIGHLY recommend him to fix any garage door issues.
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Janet A.
Angel Ramirez provided excellent service. His workmanship is impeccable. He explained all of the bells and whistles of our new system and cleaned up afterwards. His pricing is more than fair and I will suggest his services to anyone who needs a new opener and/or garage door. Thank you Angel.
All Door Installation Inc.All Door Installation Inc.
Parag M.
Ronald showed up in the scheduled time frame today. He was here to assess and provide a quote for my garage door which got damaged while backing car out. He ended fixing it. Instead of replacing the bottom panels he fixed the dents which saved me a big amount. I will definitely recommend him.
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