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Before Replacing Garage Door Panels, Consider Installing An Insulated Garage Door

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The typical garage door repair isn't too expensive. Home Improvement Educator places the average garage door repair somewhere between $200 and $300. This average, however, doesn't reflect how expensive certain repairs can be. It's low partly because it includes simple fixes, such as adjusting openers and realigning sensors. Replacing broken garage door panels, in particular, can cost a lot more than $300. If your garage door's panels need to be replaced, you might want to have a new insulated door installed instead of replacing the damaged panels.

Replacing Panels is Expensive

When garage door panels sustain more damage than a minor scratch or dent, they need to be replaced. If you don't replace the broken panels, water may get inside them and cause further damage, and your home's value will suffer when you sell your house.

Replacing even a single panel can be a pricey endeavor. According to Home Improvement educator replacing just one

  • 9-foot panel costs anywhere from $250 to $500
  • 16-foot panel costs between $400 and $700
  • custom or designer panels can run as high as $1,000 or more

If multiple panels are damaged, the price of replacing your garage door's broken panels will only increase. For instance, assume two of your garage doors' panels are damaged. Replacing these would cost you

  • between $500 and $1,000 if the door is 9 feet wide
  • between $800 and $1,400 if you have a 16-foot garage door
  • $2,000 or more if you have a custom or designer door

Installing Insulated Garage Doors Costs Only Slightly More

The price of a new, insulated garage door will vary, depending on where you are and the quality of the door. In many cases, though, an insulated garage door costs about as much as or only slightly more than replacing two or three panels.

For instance, a 16-foot double-walled steel garage door sells for between $750 and $3,500, Angie's List says. A 16-foot insulated garage door made of composite wood costs between $1,200 and $2,200.

Compared to the price of replacing two panels of a garage door that's 16 feet wide, these prices aren't extreme. If you don't have a custom or designer door, replacing two panels would cost more than an inexpensive double-walled steel garage door that was $750. If you have a custom or designer garage door, getting two new panels may cost just as much as a new composite wood door that's insulated.

If three panels need to be replaced, the price of the job only increases -- and it only makes more sense to put that money towards a new, insulated door.

Saving Money on Energy

Installing a new, insulated garage door also has another benefit. It will provide insulation. Even if you don't heat or air condition your garage, hot air escapes through it in the winter, and cold air in the summer. The door is, after all, 9 or 16 feet wide. That's a lot of surface area to not insulate.

Each month, you'll be saving money on energy because less heat or cold will be lost through your garage door. A single month's savings may seem insignificant. When added up over the life span of a garage door, though, little savings each month will add up to a significant amount.

If you have garage door panels that need to be repaired, check out a website like or talk with a garage door service provider in your area about the benefits of installing a brand new, insulated garage door. You might find that springing for a new door makes better financial sense than replacing the busted panels. A service provider will be able to walk you through both options and help you decide which makes the most sense for you.