How to Tell If You Should Repair or Replace a Garage Door

How to Tell If You Should Repair or Replace a Garage Door


When your garage door starts to wear out, outright replacement may not always be the best choice for a homeowner. Regular garage door inspections are important to not only ensure your doors function at peak efficiency, but to also extend their lifespan. But how can you determine when your garage door requires replacement or when repair services would be a better alternative?
In this article, we take a look at some common garage door issues to help you determine whether you need a repair or replacement.

When to repair your garage doors

1. Garage door is uneven
Have you stopped your garage door half-way through opening and noticed that one side hangs unevenly? This is an obvious sign of an imbalanced door. Similar to a heavy door, sagging or uneven garage doors are a result of a spring that has been worn out and requires replacement. A simple replacement by a qualified professional would restore the garage door to balance.

2. Garage door seems heavy
Springs are an important mechanism in your garage door that are placed within the lift motor to help manoeuvre it. If you notice that your garage door struggles to lift, it may be that the springs have started to wear and lose strength. If so, the lift motor will undergo far more significant wear and tear from continual reopening and closing. A professional can quickly solve this problem by replacing the springs at an affordable rate.

3. Garage door suddenly stops working
Sudden garage door breakdowns don’t always necessitate a brand-new replacement. In fact, the solution for this common issue usually lies in simply checking and replacing your garage door batteries. If issues persist after replacing the battery, the problem may then likely be due to a broken spring, a form of misalignment, or a dead motor lift. In any case, your garage door repair person should be able to identify and fix the issue relatively quickly.

When to replace your garage doors

1. The age of the door
Depending on construction quality, daily usage, maintenance, and local climate conditions, the average lifespan of a garage door should last between 15 to 30 years. If your door has a minor issue and is only a few years old, it makes sense to opt for repair services. However, if your garage door is very old, problems with its functioning will only likely become more frequent and it may then be an apt time to replace that old worn-out garage door.

2. Improve your home’s value
In aiming to improve the exterior appearance of a home and to give it better curb appeal, a garage door can make a significant difference and influence how successful a sale of a home can be. It has been estimated that most garage doors take up around a third of your home’s façade and can therefore have a sizeable effect on transforming the look of one’s home and add value to its sale price. Leaving your garage door in a bland, weatherworn, or unattractive state that doesn’t complement the rest of your home could mean that you miss out on the opportunity to maximise curb appeal. Alternatively, changing this simple feature can produce a sound return on investment upon sale.
Therefore, if you plan on selling your home and your garage door is an eyesore visually as well as problematic functionally, it may be time to consider a value-adding replacement.

3. Increased repair costs
If you have increasingly frequent repairs, you might want to weigh the repair bills against the cost of purchasing a new garage door. In this situation, it would be better to invest your money in replacing the whole door, rather than spending continual and possibly frequent amounts of money on repair or maintenance. Look back over the last few years and add up the total amount spent on garage door repairs. If the number of repairs or tallied cost seems excessive, you should definitely consider if you are better off upgrading to a new door.

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