How to Know Whether to Replace or Repair Your Garage Door

The garage door – it's the silent guardian of your automotive treasures, the portal to your DIY haven, and sometimes, the bane of your existence. When it starts grumbling and groaning, refusing to budge or sporting unsightly dents, the question inevitably arises: repair or replace? There are various types of garage doors, whether that’s electric, up and over, wooden or sectionalIn this blog post, we'll explore key considerations to help you make an informed decision tailored to your specific needs.


 

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1. Assess The Damage

Before diving into the repair versus replacement debate, conduct a thorough assessment of your garage door's condition.Take a moment to reflect on the challenges your garage door faced, the repairs it underwent, and the way it has served your home. This introspection sets the stage for making informed decisions about its future. Look for:

  • Visible Damage: Check for dents, cracks, or warping in the door panels.
  • Operational Issues: Pay attention to any strange noises, jerky movements, or difficulties in opening and closing.
  • Hardware and Springs: Inspect the hinges, rollers, and springs for signs of wear or damage.
  • Weather Stripping: Check if the weatherstripping is intact and effectively sealing the door.

2. Don’t ignore the little things

A minor fault isn’t always a reason for immediate concern, however, if you notice something is not quite right with your garage door it’s definitely worth giving it a further inspection. This could be things like your garage door opening and closing more slowly than normal or it making an unusual noise during operation.

Although small at first, these problems can quickly worsen, and could even cost you a whole new garage door because of a relatively minor fault that wasn’t looked after. Give our team a call and we can attend if you notice any unusual creaking, banging or vibrating noises or performance issues as soon as possible.

3. Consider the Age of Your Garage Door

The lifespan of a garage door depends on various factors, including the quality of materials and regular maintenance. Older doors are more likely to need replacement than newer ones. On average, a well-maintained garage door can last 15 to 30 years. If your door is nearing the end of its lifespan and exhibiting issues, replacement might be a more cost-effective long-term solution.
 

4. Energy Efficiency and Technology Upgrades

Advancements in electric garage door technology have introduced features like insulation and smart capabilities. Smart features include, mobile control from a remote or smartphone, fingerprint scanner or keypad for extra security. If your existing door lacks these features, a replacement could enhance your home's energy efficiency and security. Insulated doors, for instance, can help regulate temperature and reduce energy costs.

5. Prioritise Safety & The Importance of Security

Garage doors serve as a primary entry point to your home. Safety is always paramount. If your door is showing signs of compromise in terms of security – whether due to malfunctioning locks or weakened structural integrity – prioritising a replacement is crucial for your family's safety.

Tailoring Your Decision to Your Needs

In the repair versus replace debate, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Each situation is unique, requiring a thoughtful evaluation of factors such as damage severity, age, costs, energy efficiency, curb appeal, and security.
One of the main reasons for considering a replacement garage door is if your existing one becomes damaged, either through force or rusting and wear and tear. In this case, your garage door can lose its integrity and replacing it may be the best option.
At Power Doors, we have a dedicated team of garage door specialists with over 25 years of experience in the trade from garage door servicing & repairs to a new garage door installation or replacement, our dedicated team of experts can help you make the right choice. Contact us today to discuss garage door repair options, available in glasgow, ayrshire, Stirling, Helensburgh & more.
Our team will always look to attempt a repair on your garage door before proposing a new replacement. In certain situations where a new garage door is recommended, we are here to talk you through all the options available to you as well as the best possible solutions for your home. A new, strong and reliable garage door will add a lot of value to your home.