When to Repair vs. Replace Your Garage Door
A garage door can be a big investment you make in your home’s curb appeal, and you therefore want your investment to be long-lasting. This means regular maintenance and cleaning, as well as having your garage door repaired as soon as problems crop up. But how do you know when it becomes more cost-effective to […]
A garage door can be a big investment you make in your home’s curb appeal, and you therefore want your investment to be long-lasting. This means regular maintenance and cleaning, as well as having your garage door repaired as soon as problems crop up. But how do you know when it becomes more cost-effective to have your door replaced? Here are some tips on knowing when a repair versus a full-on replacement is in order.
When to have your door repaired
Your door suddenly stops working
In such cases, the solution is usually something simple. An experienced garage door specialist will be able to identify and fix the problem quickly—be it a slipped cable or loose screw.
Your door feels heavy
This is usually because the springs in your garage door opening system have lost their tension. A simple replacement will get your garage door working like new again. This could also be caused by a garage door system that simply needs cleaning.
Damage to just one panel
Depending on the type of garage door that you have, you might be able to replace just one panel of your door. This is something to consider in cases when cosmetic damage might be restricted to just one portion of your garage door.
When to replace your door
Major cosmetic damage
If your garage door has major rusting, scratches, or cracks, especially on two or more sections of your door, it might be well-worth your money (and your garage door specialist’s time) to have your garage door replaced completely. This is especially true if your garage door is already years old. Other forms of major cosmetic damage that might call for a garage door replacement include warping of a wooden door, damage due to vehicles or high winds, or an overall worn-out appearance.
Major hardware damage or wear
Garage door spring mechanisms, track systems, and openers do simply wear out over time. If it’s been years since you replaced your door, and performing a garage door repair would involve replacing multiple parts of the garage door opening system, it’s best to replace the door completely.
Your current door is inhibiting your lifestyle
A new garage door can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, make maintenance much simpler, and effectively protect what’s inside your garage door from the outside elements. If you aren’t enjoying these benefits with your current garage door, a new door could be well worth the investment.
Putting your house on the market
Are you considering selling your home soon? If you’re stuck on the decision between getting a garage door repair versus a replacement, and both options seem feasible, you might be best opting for the replacement. A new garage door adds significant curb appeal and increases the market value of your home, making your investment well worth it.