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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
Caroline O.
Dan came, fixed the problem that was incorrect about my garage door and now my doors are working. He was knowledgeable about my garage doors.
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
Raoul F.
D.L Garage did a great job in keeping appointment and giving honest clear options for garage door repair. Did the work same day and fixed the problem on an old garage door. Would recommend this company anytime.
D.L. Garage Door ServicesD.L. Garage Door Services
Krissy M.
Great choice for garage door repair/replace.
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
Walid f.
The technician was very exceptional and didn't hard sell me, but pointed out a few things that I need to learn. Afterwards I was shocked at how quiet my garage door was after the tune-up. Thank you, Spark Garage Door Services!!! Outstanding! Will definitely be recommending Spark Garage Door Services to others!!
Spark Doors ServicesSpark Doors Services
Sunish t.
Install garage door opener for me. Great work.
Ice garage doors servicesIce garage doors services
Sarah A.
Garage door not installed, need an electrician first. No outlet for opener
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
Ruth d.
Great guys - thank you for making my garage door open !
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
Victoria A.
Very professional. Derreck was very knowledgeable about garage doors. He came out before our scheduled date to measure my old door and to make sure I had the correct new garage door size. Derreck was on time and he worked efficiently. Once he installed my garage door and opener he explained all the safety details so that I will know how to be safe. I would recommend him to family and friends.
D.L. Garage Door ServicesD.L. Garage Door Services
Brad L.
I highly recommend using D.L. Garage Door Services. They were professional and efficient.
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Mike K.
Couldn't be happier with the way my garage doors turned out. Gene and his crew are true craftsman.
Mike M.
Blair with Old Forge Garage Door was great! He completed the installation in the time promised for a great price. He made it all look easy and went above and beyond to ensure I was happy with his work. I would highly recommend them for any garage door installation or repair. Thanks!
Old Forge Garage Door ServicesOld Forge Garage Door Services
Maria z.
I got exactly what I asked for at a great value. My new garage door looks great!
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
Mikielle E.
Tony was super responsive in repairing our garage door. He did an excellent job! Would highly recommend.
Ice garage doors servicesIce garage doors services
Steve K.
Dan did a great Job, very quick. Like 5 mins for Garage Door spring replacement. Thanks
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
Deborah F.
Tony was quick to contact me and remedy my garage door situation. He is very fair with pricing and honest.
Ice garage doors servicesIce garage doors services
Brian H.
Please do yourself a favor and hire Blair for any of your garage door needs. He went above and beyond what was required. Very helpful installing a new opener to a door that was hacked up and installed poorly.
Old Forge Garage Door ServicesOld Forge Garage Door Services
Gabrielle S.
Leon Garage Doors,, what can I say. I was very happy with the care and time he took to do a great job. He provided me great advice about my aging garage door opener (the model in the house I just discontinued but the motor is running well) and worked hard to get the door fixed. He explained what he was doing and it was superior work...again with care. The best part is he was very reasonable in pricing too.
Leon Garage Doors, LLCLeon Garage Doors, LLC
Dylan B.
I contacted Dan on a Thursday to come out and get a quote for a new garage door, and he said he would come out the following Monday. Unfortunately, there was a massive snowstorm in the forecast so Dan reached out on Friday to reschedule. We rescheduled for Thursday of the same week, and he showed up right on time. Dan took measurements for the new door and explained the three different options that were available to me. There was no pressure to make sure I got the most expensive door, which was great. I told him I would discuss with my wife, and we decided later that day and gave Dan a call back. Dan was able to order the door that day, but it would be about 6 weeks until it came in, which was no problem. 6 weeks later, I got a call to schedule the removal of my old door and installation of the new door. Dan's colleague was the one who did the removal/installation and I am very satisfied with how it turned out. I would recommend Dan the Garage Door Guy to anyone looking for any work involving your garage.
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
Isaac K.
D.L was amazing. He was very responsive, understanding and professional. Also the price was very reasonable. It was a pleasure working with him. He did a great job replacing my garage door. Highly recommend!
D.L. Garage Door ServicesD.L. Garage Door Services
Emily Ann L.
Our garage door broke & within minutes of selecting Carmen’s business through the app yesterday evening, he replied for us to call him. We called him, described what was broken & he had availability the very next day. Carmen came out prepared with the equipment he needed and our door was fixed in little more than 1 hr. Very prompt & professional service! Would certainly use him again & recommend him to others.
All Garage Door ServicesAll Garage Door Services
Anthony P.
Blair was great. He discussed my options with me and helped me make the right decision. He did not try to push an expensive replacement on me. He was able to repair my existing door and serviced my opener. I would highly recommend Old Forge for any work that is needed on your garage.
Old Forge Garage Door ServicesOld Forge Garage Door Services
Robbin G.
I read the other reviews about Dan and they were all on point! He is the ultimate professional, who shows up on time, works quickly, explains the work that needs to be done, and makes recommendations on how to keep the garage door working smoothly. I would 100% recommend Dan and make him the only choice!
Dan the Garage Door Guy LLCDan the Garage Door Guy LLC
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