Should I Replace or Repair My Garage Door?

Garage Door Installation, Repairs & parts in Kent, Washington

Your garage door was a sound investment into your home, and you’re looking to keep it that way. However, if you’ve found that you’re running into some issues with it, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. 

Deciding whether to repair or replace your garage door can be tricky when you’re not a professional yourself. 

It goes without saying that if the cost to repair your door outweighs the cost of a new one, it may be better to replace it. If you don’t fit into that category, here are a few factors to keep in mind.

How Bad Is The Damage?

One of the reasons you may be looking to replace or repair your garage door is because it’s suffered some damage. If the damage falls into the cosmetic column, such as a chipped door or broken handle, then you should schedule a repair. 

Some homeowners begin to panic when their garage door suddenly stops working. If your garage door is fairly new, this may be good news. The problem is most likely isolated, and won’t be difficult to fix. 

Another common issue that arises is that the garage door begins to feel heavier than normal. Your garage door is equipped with springs that work to help lift the door day in and day out. These springs help the lift motor to lift the garage door and also work as a backup plan in case you lose power in your home. 

If you sense that your garage door has become significantly heavier, this may mean that the springs have started to wear out. They are no longer able to bear the weight they did at the time of installation. While a weakened spring isn’t going to cause your door to collapse, it shouldn’t be ignored. On the bright side, a spring replacement is quick and easy.

When to Replace Your Garage Door

Structural damage is one of the biggest reasons to consider replacing your garage door. Damage to a single panel can be panel can easily be repaired, but damage to several panels shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’ve accidentally backed your car into your door, or it was affected by a natural disaster, replacement is the best option. 

Another reason to replace your garage door is if your current one is old, and you have young children. Older garage doors aren’t fitted with child safety features and can put your little ones at risk. Newer garage doors can detect when a person is crossing through the door and surrounding area, and force it to stop immediately. These doors can also tell if they have come into contact with an object while closing and will open again.

Contact The Doorman Service For Your Garage Door Needs

If you’re looking for a new garage door, don’t hesitate to contact The Doorman Service. We’re dedicated to providing our customers with professional garage door service. With over 40 years of service under our belt, we aim to leave every customer feeling satisfied.

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15 thoughts on “Should I Replace or Repair My Garage Door?”

  1. I like how you mentioned that one of the reasons to replace your garage door is that there is damage done to the structural integrity of it. My wife and I are thinking of looking for an installation specialist because we’re considering getting a new garage door since our current one retracts really slow and looks old and outdated. It seems like a good idea for us to think about hiring a reputable professional to install our new carport entryway so that it can operate as best as possible.

  2. I had no idea that a garage door that has become heavier than usual may indicate that there is an issue with the torsion springs. After I noticed the other day that my garage door started to feel heavier when I tried opening it when I got home. With that considered, I shall then hire a repair technician to assess the damage first and provide the right solution for it.

  3. This is some really good information about how to repair a garage door. I like that you pointed out that the first thing you need to do is to see how damaged everything is. That is great for me to understand because my parent’s garage door has been having issues with closing all of the ways.

  4. It’s good to know that if garage doors become heavier, then the springs might be worn out. I’m thinking of having my garage door repaired since it always has a hard time opening now. It seems like a smart idea to hire a professional to fix my garage door so it’s done right.

  5. A garage door accidentally lowering because of malfunctioning sensors or a major component fails. This injury can be avoided by keeping an eye on children and educating them on the possible hazards of playing around garage doors or running underneath garage doors.

  6. I can totally relate to the part where you mentioned that homeowners panic as soon as their garage doors refuse to operate. Ours stopped working last night and I’m worried since it poses a security threat to our family. I just hope that I can easily talk to professionals who can decide if we need repair services or new garage doors.

  7. Thank you for helping me to understand that if your garage door is getting heavier then your springs might be wearing out. Would it be a good idea to replace the entire door or just the springs when you have this problem? If you are going to be spending the money, it might be a good idea to get a new garage door while you are it.

  8. Overhead garage doors, whether they roll up in sections or swing up in one piece, operate on spring tension. The door moves on metal tracks on the garage walls, and a heavy spring or springs provide the power. I think this idea will work. Great idea you shared here.

  9. Love the tip on safety for children. This is too true as my brother’s old home had a wickedly old garage door that always made me nervous for his little ones. I can’t recommend updating your old garage door enough…don’t think about the money – think about the safety of your loved ones if nothing else. {curb appeal isn’t such a bad benefit either} Thanks for the post!

  10. This is a very informative article and it highlights perfectly when a garage door should be replaced for example if you have young children. Thank you for sharing!

  11. We have recently started our new garage door repair company and came across this article. Really appreciate you taking the time to educate us on this! Found it very helpful on how in depth you went on explaining when to replace your garage door and checking for damage/the many signs of damage you may see in your garage door. This article very helpful and informative!
    Garage door repair is not an exciting topic to write about, but you did excellent on keeping it entertaining. Thanks so much

  12. My sister has been having problems with her garage door and it is missing some panels. I thought I would help her look into it. I had no idea that older garage doors get heavier through time is new information. I also liked the suggestion that replacement is wise if it is an older garage door since newer ones can detect a person moving through the door.

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