The headliner is part of a car that is easy to ignore until they begin sagging or making unusual noises.
The most common reason a headliner goes bad is that the glue gradually becomes ineffective due to heat, UV rays, or age.
In some cases, the headliner only needs a touch-up, while others will require replacing entirely.
The cost of a repair or replacement varies considerably depending on the type of vehicle and the fabric used.
As a rough guide, a car headliner replacement costs, on average, between $150 and $300.
The headliner is not only there for appearance’s sake. Beneath the headliner, foam isolates the car from the outside environment, providing you with a quieter ride and a better-regulated cabin temperature.
In other words, what may initially seem like a simple fix for the headliner could end in a complete replacement if the headliner and all its components are bad.
Whatever your situation is and whichever result you are looking for, this guide will cover everything from small touch-ups to total replacement.
Let’s get started with the guide!
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Fixing Or Replacing A Headliner
You should first consider whether you should repair only a part of the headliner or replace it completely.
This depends mainly on the state of the headliner. For example, if your headliner is sagging in one part while the rest is in good condition, it will be more economical to fix it.
On the other hand, if there are several bad spots or the overall quality is diminished, a replacement is certainly the best option.
DIY Headliner Repair
It is highly possible that all you need to do is a quick repair.
There are different types of repairs depending on how good a finish you want and how much time and money you are prepared to spend.
For example, a sagging headliner can be fixed by simply pinning or using a staple gun to repair the problem.
While this solution is simple and cheap, the result is unlikely to be aesthetically pleasing. If you only use your car to get from A to B and don’t care how it looks, this might be the option for you.
A more polished repair involves more time and effort but will result in a more visually appealing headliner.
The best way to repair a headliner is to start from the corner nearest the sagging point and work your way toward it.
When you have done that, be sure to inspect the foam. If everything looks good, you can simply add a high-quality headliner glue and put everything back together.
If you find the foam or any other part of the headliner looks bad, it is probably best to replace it entirely.
Professional Repair And Replacement Cost
For the best results, you should leave the work to the professionals, especially if you are replacing the whole headliner.
The complexity of a headliner replacement depends on the car model. As such, the cost will also vary greatly.
In general, bigger cars will be more expensive as more material and work will be required.
Not only does the car model affect the price due to its size, but also its layout. Some car models have modules that must be covered with the headliner, complicating the process.
For example, a car with a panoramic roof may need more time to install a new headliner, even though the material cost is lower.
In addition to the labor, the cost of the material must be considered. An aftermarket BMW M4 Alcantara headliner package will cost you about $2500.
However, this is a premium price with exclusive material. The usual price for a headliner replacement is $150 to $300, including labor.
You should also consider whether or not the pillars should be replaced. This is mostly done for aesthetic reasons.
Depending on the material, you can expect to pay $5 to $10 per yard. Based on the size of the headliner, you will need 2 to 6 yards of material.
When it comes to labor rates, they also depend on many factors, including where you live and if it is a dealership or an independent shop undertaking the work.
A headliner replacement will take, on average, 1 to 3 hours.
A headliner visually enhances the interior of a car but also provides sound isolation, resulting in a quieter and more comfortable ride.
You have several options when repairing a headliner. A quick fix will do the job, but the result will not be as good as a professional repair or a replacement.
Generally, if only a small part of the headliner is sagging and the overall condition is good, a simple repair will suffice.
A good headliner repair includes applying high-quality headliner glue and reattaching the headliner to the roof.
On the other hand, if you hear noise from the roof or the general condition of the headliner is diminished, a replacement is the best way to go.
If your headliner is sagging and you are looking for a quick and cheap fix, you can simply pin it to the roof or use a staple gun. This will not be the prettiest fix, but it is the cheapest one.
A professional job will cost $150 to $300, including labor. If you decide to do it yourself, you could save a lot of money as the material is relatively cheap, only $5 to $10 per yard.
The biggest factors that affect the price of a headliner replacement or repair are the car model and the material used.
In the end, a fresh headliner will give new life to your car and improve your driving experience.