Should You Repair or Replace your Garage Door? 

Occasionally, a garage door malfunctions. The problem may cause your garage door to stop working altogether, or it may simply be an annoyance. Either way, you’re faced with a decision: Should you replace your garage door or repair it?

Here are a few common reasons you should replace your garage door, as well as common reasons for repair in order to help determine which course of action is best for you and when it’s best to consult a professional.

Cosmetic damage is one of the primary reasons homeowners choose to replace their garage door. Your garage door may be old and therefore warped, rusted, and otherwise shoddy in appearance. Often, an outdated garage door that is showing its age should simply be replaced. While you may be able to dress it up, so to speak, with new paint, any temporary fix will be just that. It’s better to be proactive and replace it.

Another common reason people replace their garage door is physical damage. Most often, physical damage comes from impact- whether from Mother Nature (in the form of falling tree limbs) or from vehicles. This impact results in dents in the door’s exterior, which can compromise the integrity of the door as well as its mechanical parts, like the track and spring mechanism. For this reason, a physically damaged garage door poses a significant safety threat and should be evaluated by a professional, and likely replaced.

The most common reason that people choose to repair their garage door is that it stops working. Usually this happens suddenly and is an easy fix. While some homeowners choose to trouble shoot the problem themselves, a garage door professional can typically determine the problem and repair your garage door quickly.

Another common reason for repair is due to spring tension. This problem may cause a garage door to feel “off” or “heavy.” While it can be concerning, the repair is simple, involving re calibration of the springs, making your garage door feel new again.

Consult a Professional
Sometimes there are issues with no certain answers. When that happens, it’s important to call in a professional to make the final decision. Safety, for example, is important. Occasionally, an unsafe door can be repaired, while sometimes it needs to be replaced. A damaged panel may also fall into this gray area of uncertainty. Just as a dent, a simple scratch that turns to rust can reduce the door’s integrity. If the dent or scratch is only on one panel, it may make sense to simply replace that one panel, rather than to replace the whole door.

In these situations, the only way to determine the seriousness of the problem and whether or not repair is possible at all is to consult a professional.

There are many benefits to replacing your garage door, but there are also many times in which repair is your best option. Some repairs are simple and easy, but ultimately whether or not you feel they are worth your time depends upon your priorities. If you are unsure about when and how to repair your garage door – or whether or not to replace it entirely – talk to an expert.

Have you repaired or replaced your garage door recently? What factors contributed to your decision?

John Halverson works for Overhead Door Co. of Clearwater , a garage door repair company. While they engage in both garage door replacement and repair, John usually lets the client take the lead in decisions like this.

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