When Should You Repair or Replace a Garage Door?
If you’re like most Long Island homeowners, you probably don’t give much thought to your garage door. You assume that when you hit the button on the remote or keypad, the door will open or close on demand.
But, as with any mechanical object, a garage door can fail to function correctly. A door system contains a variety of parts such as the opener, springs, cables and pulleys. An issue with any of these items and a host of other potential problems may require you to make an important decision: should you repair or replace your garage door?
Common Garage Door Problems
What can go wrong with a garage door? Here’s a list of some of the more common garage door problems:
- The door won’t open or close.
- The door opens too slowly or drops too quickly when closing.
- You hear strange noises while the door is operating.
- You notice damage to one or more of the panels.
- The door opens slightly and then closes immediately.
- The door appears to be sagging.
Depending on the nature and severity of the issue, you may need to make repairs to the damaged area or consider a full garage door replacement.
When to Repair a Garage Door
You can resolve many common garage door problems without having to replace the door. For example, if you try to open the door and nothing happens, a simple battery replacement in the opener’s remote-control unit may rectify the issue.
If you notice an imbalance on one side of the door, replacing a worn spring will often provide the solution. If a snapped or frayed cable is affecting the door’s operation, a cable upgrade can have it working properly again in no time.
Does your garage door have a damaged panel? A ball or other object that strikes the door or an accidental vehicle collision can create a dent or scratch. Most residential garage door manufacturers offer individual panels for sale that allow you to swap out the damaged unit without having to replace the entire door.
When to Replace a Garage Door
As your garage door ages, it’s likely to require more frequent maintenance and repair work. Replacing the entire garage door system is typically more cost-effective than paying for expensive repairs over and over again. Also, a door will often exhibit telltale signs that it’s wearing out, such as loud noises or slower opening and closing.
These symptoms tend to get worse with time.
If your door hasn’t been working properly for a while and is at least 10 years old, you should strongly consider an upgrade. If you have a household full of kids and pets, a new door can also offer a host of essential safety features you won’t find in older door systems. And if you’re looking to sell your home, replacing an aging garage door can enhance its curb appeal and boost its resale value.
Contact A Better Door Co., Inc. for more expert advice regarding when to repair or replace the garage door on your Long Island home.