Should You Repair or Replace Your Garage Door?
In many cases, a garage door can be repaired back to perfect working order quite affordably and very quickly. There are times, however, when it’s best to replace your garage door. How do you know when to repair and when to replace? Let’s take a look.
Common Garage Door Repairs
Garage doors usually need repairs every so often as they are mechanical and it’s natural that mechanical, moving parts wear out or become damaged. Common repairs include:
- Replacing torsion/extension springs, hinges, brackets, rollers, or cables
- Repairing a bent or damaged track
- Correcting doors that are off track or crooked
- Repairing or replacing garage door openers
- Replacing weather strips or seals
- Regular tune-ups or maintenance
Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door
If the repairs are more intensive or costly then it may be time to replace your garage door. You should consider the following factors when deciding whether it’s time to repair or replace.
Garage doors can be damaged by the weather, vehicle accidents, rust, and a whole list of other things. If the damage is severe, it may be impossible to repair.
It may be time to replace your garage door if it needs to be repaired frequently. This could be the same repair, such as fixing the track or rollers, or perhaps there’s just always something new that needs to be fixed. By replacing it with a new door, you can prevent the need for numerous, costly repairs.
No Safety Features
New safety features are an excellent reason to replace your garage door, especially if you have young children in the home. Using motion detection, the door can stop or even reverse motion if something is below or passes in front of the door as it’s closing. This can prevent unnecessary injuries.
Not Energy Efficient
New garage doors and garage door openers are much more energy-efficient than ones even just a few years old. If your system is older and facing repairs anyway, it could be time for an upgrade.
The Age of the Door
As a garage door ages, it will naturally need more repairs. If it is getting older and has needed repairs lately, you can replace your garage door and avoid the need for future repairs due to mechanical failure.
If the cost of the necessary repairs is higher than replacing the door, it makes more sense to choose a new one. Even if the repairs aren’t more than a new door, but are still quite high, the benefits of replacing it could outweigh paying for the repairs.
Call the Garage Door Doctor at (281) 855-9300 or (281) 578-7659 for fast garage door repair service. We can let you know the repair costs as well as the costs of replacing the door so you can make the most informed choice.