Maintaining the condition and proper operation of your garage door helps ensure safety while entering or exiting the building, and improves the security of your home. Damage, wear, and other issues can cause problems with garage doors, repairs for which may vary but are essential to restore the function of your door.
Garage Door Location
Garage doors are as common in commercial and apartment facilities as they are in single-family homes, though they may vary in style and size. Servicing a garage door at a home costs an average of $134 while scheduling, accessibility, and working conditions at other buildings may influence repair rates that average $156 for apartments and $189 for business locations.
Correcting Problems with Door Operation
Whether manual or automatic, problems with the basic operation of garage doors can pose an inconvenience as well as a safety hazard. Problems with controls, openers, springs, and sensors may prevent your door from opening, repairs for which cost about $144. Similar issues can keep a door from closing properly, and cost about $123 to repair. Your technician can troubleshoot a number of potential problems with the hardware, opener motor, and electronic controls of your door system to isolate and resolve problems with operation.
Repairing Issues with Tracks and Hardware
A number of parts are required to open and close garage doors smoothly, and damage that occurs to door and track hardware can keep your door from operating correctly. If the track that guides your door up and down is bent, it may be impossible to fully open or close the door. Your contractor may be able to simply straighten bent tracks while in place, but removing tracks for repair or installing replacement sections may make for a more substantial project. Repair prices vary with the extent of damage, but average $154. In some cases, garage door rollers may come of their tracks, with repairs often related to the condition of the track. Your technician may charge around $133 to reset rollers, with repair rates influenced by the condition of rollers and brackets, as well as any related repairs to the track or door.
Types of Garage Doors
Popular residential garage door styles include sectional roll-up doors and one-piece tilting doors. Roll-up doors operate on a track system, while tilting or swinging doors are opened and closed with springs. Roll-up doors consist of several door segments hinged together, and though they have several components to consider, are often easier to access for service and repairs-- costs for which average $128. The construction and functionality of tilt-up doors are simple, but working with a heavy, single panel door can complicate some repairs, which may cost around $172.
Garage Door Material
Garage doors are commonly constructed of wood, steel, fiberglass, and aluminum. While repair techniques for hardware, tracks, and controls are somewhat universal, methods for correcting damage to the door itself vary with construction materials. Some small dents, rust, rot, and holes can be repaired in place, while more extensive damage may require installing replacement panels to restore the door’s condition. The nature of repairs and availability of matching replacement parts may influence repair rates, which average $192 for wood doors, $134 for steel, $148 for fiberglass, and $176 for aluminum.
Planning for Garage Door Repairs
Garage door repairs can be made efficiently by an experienced professional, restoring the condition and function of your door and giving you confidence in its safety, durability, and reliability. Consider the type, size, material, and condition of your door as you plan for service, and discuss repair options with your contractor. Understanding the issues you have with your door can help you plan and budget for a thorough repair.