When Is It Time For A Garage Door Replacement?
Garage doors are crucial for security, as it’s the only panel protecting your valuable vehicles and items from intruders and the weather. When things go wrong with your garage door, sometimes they can be fixed by repairs or maintenance, but to fully preserve your garage and its contents, replacing the door is the best preventative measure to ensure things perform properly.
A secure garage door can be a significant investment to your property, as it can increase the overall value of your home. We’ve made a list of some signs that you need to look out for to see if it’s time to replace your garage door.
Visible Signs of Wear and Tear
Over the lifespan of your garage door, it is not uncommon for it to pick up bumps, scrapes or knocks. Although most of these can be patched up or repaired, it is important to visually inspect springs, hinges and joints, as well as the panels itself to ensure the security or integrity of the garage door has not been breached.
Having a damaged garage door can make it look shabby and run-down, bringing down the value of your property. If the signs of wear are too much, you might want to consider a new door. Unrepaired springs can also be dangerous.
Strange or Persistent Noises
Garage doors are supposed to be closed and opened thousands of times, although it will never be a quiet door, it’s important to look out for strange or reoccurring noises, such as squeaks, bangs or knocks when operating. Most of the time, it will just be the result of lubrication, however if it persists then it may be a bigger issue and a new door may be required.
As the panels are hinged individually and travel on a track, a sectional garage door is quieter and smoother than most garage doors. There is less stress placed on fixings and balancing springs and this significantly increases the door’s lifespan.
Compared to any other door in your property, the garage door will most likely be the heaviest, and therefore will not open as fast as a regular one. However, if the door takes far too long to open, this could suggest mechanism failure or internal joint issues.
If this occurs on a regular basis, it is not worth waiting as the problem may only get worse, so you may have to consider replacing and upgrading your garage door soon.
Too Old or Outdated Design
Even though garage doors can last decades with proper maintenance, sometimes harsh weather or just general wear and tear can cause the door not to be as secure as it once was when new. Outdated designs could potentially expose weak points in the security and could bring down the property value if it does not match the rest of the house.
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