Complete Guide for Vinyl Garage Doors – Prices, Pros, Cons and Pricing Factors

Vinyl garage door cost starts at $900 for a basic, single-car door without windows or insulation. Premium vinyl garage door prices range to $5,000 for a multi-layer, insulated, garage door with designer windows and specialty glass. Average cost is around $2,400.

Two-car vinyl garage door cost is $1,700 to $9,000 with an average of $4,700 installed.

Vinyl garage doors, also called PVC or plastic garage doors, are available with a variety of features and options that can increase the cost such as insulation and windows. Some vinyl garage doors feature wood-look vinyl cladding and trim on the exterior and a steel frame on the interior.

In this post we’ll provide the details about vinyl garage doors and the factors that will increase the price. All of the costs are based on a single-car, sectional, garage door.

Vinyl Garage Door Costs

The chart below gives an overview of vinyl garage door costs and the features you can expect in each price category.

Vinyl Garage Door Prices
Budget Level Price Door Size Construction
Low Price $900 – $1,500 Standard Standard Frame
Average Price $1,500 – $3,000 Standard Steel frame
High Price $3,000 – $5,000 Standard or Oversized Steel Frame
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Factors That Increase Vinyl Garage Door Prices

Here are details on features and options available on vinyl garage doors and how much they can increase the overall cost.

Vinyl Garage Door Feature Comparison
Budget Level Insulation Windows Glass Wind/Impact
Low Price No No No No
Average Price Yes or No Standard Clear, Frosted New or No
High Price Yes Standard or Designer Thermal, tempered, safety, mirrored Yes or No

Door Size

Standard, single-car, garage door sizes are 8, 9, or 10 feet wide by 7 or 8 feet tall but over-sized or specialty garage doors are available at up to 20 feet wide by 16 feet tall, or more.

Two-car garage doors are about 16 feet wide and 7 or 8 feet tall and typically cost just less than double the price of a single-car door.

Vinyl Garage Door Construction

Basic vinyl garage doors are constructed of a single layer of vinyl on a frame. A basic one-layer door without windows or insulation will be at the lower end of the price range or between $900 and $1,500.

Vinyl garage doors in the middle price range usually are constructed with a steel frame or steel channels that add strength to the door and support the exterior vinyl layer. These doors are available with, or without insulation and windows, and will cost between $1,500 and $3,000.

Some manufacturers make multi-layer vinyl garage doors with a steel frame, a steel interior layer, and a thick vinyl skin on the exterior of the door. These doors often include a layer of insulation between the steel and the vinyl.

An example of this type of vinyl garage door construction is The Overhead Door Company’s Durafirm Collection which includes a layer of polyurethane insulation and provides an R-Value of 11.75. With windows, the door costs between $3,000 and $4,500. Some doors with custom options exceed $5,000 for a single garage door and $8,000 for a double or 2-car garage door. 

Insulated Vinyl Garage Doors

Haas Insulated Aluminum 5000 Series garage doors

Vinyl garage doors are available with or without insulation. The insulation is usually a layer of polyurethane that is foamed-in-place between the exterior and interior layers of the door where it expands and fills all of the crevices between the layers. The polyurethane then hardens and can provide an 8 to a 15 R-Value, depending on the insulation thickness and the style of the door.

A door insulated with an average amount of polyurethane insulation will cost between $1,000 and $2,500 more than a non-insulated vinyl garage door.

Vinyl Garage Doors with Windows

Adding standard windows to the garage door can increase the cost by as little as $500. Designer or specialty windows often include muntins to create a specific architectural style or metal grilles to replicate the look of wrought iron and can increase the overall cost by $1,500 or more.

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The type of glass selected for the garage door windows can also increase the cost.  Plain, clear glass will likely be included in the cost of the windows. Patterned, etched, frosted, tinted, or obscure glass will add somewhat to the cost but thermal, safety, tempered, and mirrored glass will add  $1,000 to $2,000 more.

Decorative Hardware

Another garage door feature is decorative hardware, like hinges and handles. If you select a raised panel door, you might not want any hardware, but if you want to create the look of a carriage house style door you would add decorative hardware.

A decorative hardware kit for a garage door can cost anywhere from $50 and up to $500, or more, depending on the style and material of the hardware.


Vinyl garage doors are not painted. The composite material used to make the vinyl for the door has color added before the door is made. Vinyl doors are generally available in several standard colors only such as white, cream, tan, and gray.

Some manufacturers of garage doors offer custom-colored vinyl doors but expect to pay a premium price for custom garage doors.

Wind Load and Impact Resistant Garage Doors

If you live in an area with the potential for high wind events like hurricanes, straight line winds or tornadoes, or where there is the potential for wind-driven hail and debris, you might want to consider a Wind Load and Impact Resistant garage door.

Did you know? In some areas of Florida and Texas, you need a wind load door to meet building codes. Your garage door retailer or contractor should make you aware of this requirement.

Wind load and impact resistant doors are reinforced with upgraded hinges, heavy-duty door jambs and brackets, and commercial-grade U-bars, and generally include a layer of steel on the interior. The added cost for these garage doors is about $750 to $1,500.

Wayne Dalton’s Specialty Vinyl Model 8700 garage door is available in a wind load option called  WindSafe. The door costs between $2,500 and $4,500 depending on features selected.

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Vinyl Garage Doors – Pros and Cons

Like steel but without rust: A vinyl garage door is comparable to a steel door in price, but provides a few benefits that steel can’t offer. For instance, vinyl will not corrode or rust. This is particularly important in coastal regions where the salt air will rust steel. Vinyl is also resistant to humidity and damage from wind-driven sand as well as to dents and dings.

You might also prefer vinyl to steel in regions with freezing weather if you salt your driveway or if your vehicle brings home salt deposits from the roadways. Eventually, salt on the garage floor can migrate to steel and cause rust if it gets beneath the coating on steel garage doors.

Colored not coated: Vinyl is made with a composite that has the color mixed into the material, the color goes through-and-through, so if the garage door is scratched, it won’t be as noticeable as with a painted door.

Choose your color carefully: On the other hand, vinyl cannot be painted so the color cannot be changed. And a vinyl garage door probably isn’t the best choice for very cold climates or climates with wide temperature swings which, over time, can cause the vinyl to become brittle.

What Is the Difference Between Steel and Vinyl Garage Doors?

Steel doors are sometimes coated with a layer of vinyl with steel panels beneath the coating. Vinyl doors are made with solid-vinyl or PVC panels. Only the frames of the door are steel.

Garage Door Opener Costs

When you purchase a new garage door, you might want to replace your garage door opener. This ensures that the opener is compatible with the new garage door.

Garage door openers cost between $200 and $500 depending on the features you want. Genie makes a variety of 1 to ¼ HPC DC Motor belt-drive openers with battery back-up and Smart technology in the $300 price range.


Who Makes the Best Vinyl Garage Doors?

The top-rated vinyl garage doors are made by the Overhead Door Company, Wayne Dalton and Clopay.

How Long Do Vinyl Garage Doors Last?

At least 12 to 20 years with proper maintenance.

How Is a Vinyl Garage Door Maintained?

A vinyl garage door needs very little maintenance. Occasionally wash the door interior and exterior with a mild liquid soap such as a dish-washing soap. Use a sponge, cloth, or soft bristle brush and rinse well. Do not use any abrasive cleaners as they can damage the surface.

Inspect the operation of the door every 6 months making sure it’s operating smoothly, and the parts are in alignment. Check for wear or rust on the moving parts including door rollers, lift cables, and ball bearings. Check the chain or belt to see if it is loose. If you can, make any repairs yourself or hire a garage door contractor.

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