For many homeowners, their garage door is their primary means by which they leave and enter their home, and they find that they rarely go through their front door. This means that over time a great deal of strain is put on their garage door, as well as the mechanisms that open and close it. When this wear-and-tear begins to show in a garage door, homeowners will often wonder how they will know when their garage door can be repaired, and what signs will indicate that their garage door is in need of replacement. Here are a few of the ways you can tell that it may be time to consider new garage door installation in Minneapolis.
If you have noticed that your garage door seems to be working harder than it used to, and you have been experiencing problems with it, you may decide to replace it rather than have it repaired if it looks outdated, worn, or shabby. Over time, it is not uncommon for garage doors to become dented, cracked, and damaged in various ways, which can cause it to reduce your home’s curb-appeal. Additionally, if your garage door is several decades old, its style and design may simply not fit in with your home’s décor, or your personal design preferences. If this is the case, it could be in your best interest to have your garage door replaced rather than spend money maintaining and repairing a garage door that is outdated and detracts from the look of your home.
Inefficient Safety Features
Once your garage door begins to show signs of age, it may be best to consider having it replaced rather than repaired if it does not have proper safety features. If you garage door is ten years old or older, it may not have been built with the sensors that come on modern garage doors that will sense when something is in the path of the garage door closing, and will prevent the garage door from closing on the object. This is a vital feature to have, particularly in homes with small children, as it prevents someone from being injured by a garage door closing on them.
High Maintenance Costs
As you begin to encounter problems with your garage door, whether it is working slow, makes strange noises, or periodically does not open, you will want to weigh the cost of repairs against the cost of replacement. Particularly if your garage door is more than ten years old, you will want to keep in mind it age, and not put too much money into a garage door that may soon need to be replaced. If you have spent even a third of the cost of replacement on repairing an old garage door, it is time to consider having it replaced.
Watching your garage door can give you a good idea of its condition. If your garage door opens slowly, with jerking movements, and/or it appears to have trouble opening, then it is likely nearing the end of its operational life. These signs indicate that its parts and mechanisms are wearing out, and your garage door may soon stop working altogether. It would then be in your best interest to prepare to have it replaced.
Being the primary means by which many people enter their homes, garage doors see a great deal of use and will require occasional maintenance and repairs. However, eventually, you may want to consider the cost of repairs compared to the benefits of replacement, and consider having your home’s garage door replaced. Contact us to learn more about how to tell when your garage door can be repaired, and when you should consider having it replaced.