Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team gets calls from people asking whether or not they should replace their garage door. Sometimes the decision is pretty easy. Other times it may be more difficult to decide whether it needs replacement or not. If you are debating whether you need to buy a new garage door our team has some tips that may help.
What is The Best Garage Door Material For Your Home?
Sometimes it helps to have a feel for what is ‘normal.’ An aluminum or steel garage door has a life expectancy of about 20 years. A wooden garage door can last about the same if properly maintained.
Additional Questions to Ask:
- Have you been experiencing problems with your garage door?
- How are the panels holding up?
- Have they gotten bent, broken, or dented?
- Is the frame still strong and sturdy, or is it starting to show signs of rotting or decay?
- With any of these problems you don’t have a lot of options other than replacement.
The other part of your garage door that’s not as visible is the torsion spring. This is usually found on the inside header of your garage. The torsion spring carries the heavy lifting and closing your garage door. Depending on how much you use your garage, it is expected to last 8 to 10 years.
Who Will Install The New Door?
If you are someone that enjoys projects there are some problems that are inexpensive repairs you can fix yourself. Tightening screws, lubricating tracks and hinges, cleaning and painting the door can resolve many problems. New weather seals or new rollers are also jobs that can be done by DIY’ers.
A New Garage Door Adds Value to Your Home
With most homes garages take up 25% to 30% of the front of your home. A new garage door can add 3% to 5% to the value of your home. Pick out a garage door that fits your home, as well as your budget.
Materials to Consider
Several material choices are available for doors. They all have advantages and disadvantages.
- The most popular metal for garage doors is steel. It is economical and available in several thicknesses. It is a poor insulator for temperature and noise.
- Aluminum is lighter than steel, but, is a poor insulator and more likely to dent than steel.
- Wood or wood composite garage doors are a lower cost option, with a painted wood door being the lowest cost. Garage doors to be stained cost more. Wood is a good insulator; but needs more maintenance than other material choices.
- Fiberglass doors are very lightweight but fade from the weather. Being non-corrosive it’s an excellent in salt water environments.
Choosing a garage door that’s heavier than your current door may cause you to need a new garage door opener as well. If you are trying to save money, choose a new door of similar weight.
Decide on Insulation
An insulated garage door can save you money on energy. It keeps the temperature of your garage moderate, reduces your energy usage, and gives you the opportunity to use your garage for purposes other than housing your car.
Pick The Right Style
Choose a style that compliments your house. Show your home off at its best, it may increase your home’s sell-ability later.
Upgrade Your Technology
Technology improvements have given garage doors better security with ‘smartphone’ app or computer capability. Also, many cars now have HomeLink that programs your garage door opener right into your car. There is no struggling with lost remotes or batteries going out.
If you have any questions, give your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team a call. We are here to help and can answer any questions you might have regarding your garage door.