Being a homeowner it seems like there is always something that needs repairing. Eventually, you reach a point where you need to decide if you want to continue repairs or decide whether it’s time for something new. Your Neighborhood Garage Door team has some questions that might help you decide what to do.
Are You Frequently Repairing Your Door?
If your garage door seems to be in need of repair all the time, it could be a sign it’s time to start thinking about a new garage door. Many things are easy to repair, other things are more difficult. If you are unsure about how to fix your door yourself, give us a call and we can check your door and make some recommendations.
Is Your Door Too Heavy to Pick Up Manually?
You may notice your door seems to be struggling to raise or lower. Solutions could be as easy as using a good garage door lubricant on the rollers, hinges, and tracks. A little lubricant can solve a lot of problems.
Disconnect the red emergency door cord and try lifting your door manually. If it seems very heavy, your door may be ‘out of balance.’ You might have a torsion spring problem if it feels like it weighs more than 10 pounds. An ‘out of balance door’ is a serious problem that will cause premature wear of your entire system and requires special tools. Only a professional attempt should attempt a torsion spring repair.
Have Your Panels Gotten Damaged?
If a panel of your garage has gotten damaged, repairing or replacement can be fairly easy. Usually, a new panel can be found to match and it can be replaced by a professional. For more than one damaged panel, talk to a professional who can inspect your door and make recommendations.
Other Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door
If your door is having serious cosmetic problems you may want to get a new door. Over time doors can get weathered and fade from all the weather exposure. A new garage door can add 3% to 5% to the value of your home and is one of the easiest and fastest ways to upgrade your home.
If your garage door has been extremely damaged a new door may be necessary. Damage caused by someone hitting the garage door with a vehicle, or damage from high winds need a professional inspection.
Like everything else, technology has made significant changes with garage doors. They are harder to break into and offer increased safety. Some even have an app you can put on your smartphone that alerts you every time your garage door opens or closes.
Call Us If You Have Any Questions or Need Help
Your Neighborhood Garage Door team is always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have. We have seen a lot of problems over the years and always look forward to helping anyone in our community. So don’t hesitate to give us a call, that’s what we are here for.