When Should I Replace My Garage Door?

Even premium garage doors will eventually need to be replaced, even though it may not be at the top of a homeowner’s list when it comes to renovation. If you’re in the midst of trying to decide whether to repair or replace, keep these tips in mind so you can make the right choice.

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The Problem Is Consistent

This is the first thing to look for when it comes to replacing a garage door. If there’s just one issue that can be easily identified, then it’s likely not the time to replace your garage door. Doors that break down one day or have a single panel that’s been damaged are usually quick fixes that don’t warrant the cost of a new garage door. However, if your door is old or if the damage is everywhere, then the cost to repair will likely exceed the cost of replacement.

There Are Safety Issues

Many old doors weren’t built with child-safety features in mind, and this can be a real problem for homeowners. Even if you don’t have children, the people who move in after you may want those additional precautions taken. Child safety features ensure that the door will stop automatically if it senses a human presence under the descending door, and have saved lives from brutal accidents. You may be able to retrofit your door for less, but some aren’t so easily altered.

The other major event that may happen with your garage door is a break-in. While new doors don’t eliminate security risks entirely, they can make it harder to compromise.

General Tips

If you’ve noticed that your garage door hasn’t quite been up to the task of opening and closing for some time, it’s usually a sign that you need to replace it. If the garage door works perfectly one day and then stops moving the next, then you can usually get it repaired. People may also choose to replace their doors based on the amount of energy it takes to open and close. Older garage doors (especially those for two or three-car garages) take up a lot of energy. If you think that your power bills are largely affected by your garage door, it may be time to replace the door for a more energy efficient solution.

Aladdin Doors Kane County can help you decide if you need to repair or replace your garage door, so give us a call today for more information on our professional replacement and repair services. The good news is that replacing your garage door is usually a smart investment in terms of your home’s resale value, which means you get more than just increased safety and convenience when you choose to replace.

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