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Should I Repair Or Replace My Garage Door?

When a problem arises with our trusty garage doors, most of us will naturally look into a repair as the first option. When looking into the possibility of a repair, it’s definitely worth keeping the cost in mind. If the repair cost approaches the price of a new garage door, the door should naturally be replaced. Like-wise if the door is older or not in great shape, you’re likely better off putting your money toward a new door as the cost may not be that much different. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few potential problems that could arise and whether it’s worth repairing or replacing your garage door.

 

Cosmetic Damage

Cosmetic damage includes superficial damage that might not necessarily affect the operation of the garage door but looks bad and can de-value your home. Things like chipped or faded paint, dents, rot or rust could qualify as simple cosmetic damage. This might be the result of prolonged exposure to the elements as well as any impacts the door may have faced over the years. In most cases, cosmetic damage cannot be repaired unless a simple paint job will suffice.  Depending on how bad the door makes your home look, this alone may be a good reason to consider replacing the door.  Any warped wooden doors could be replaced with more modern, galvanized steel units. For those of you who prefer the wood look, we stock a range of steel doors with realistic wood grain finishes.  If you don’t mind the additional maintenance, nothing looks quite like a real stain-grade wood door and we have many beautiful options to choose from.

 

Structural Damage

Occasionally, damage may be more than skin deep. What may look like cosmetic damage to the untrained eye could actually be more serious structural damage. If you are seeing cracks, splits, or bends in the door sections this is often a sign the door should be replaced.  Other components such as rollers, springs, cables and hinges are not very expensive and are likely easily repaired.

 

Problems with Functionality

If your garage door is sticking, opening too slowly or making too much noise your decision on whether to repair or replace it should depend on the extent of the problem. Any issue affecting a garage door’s functionality should be looked into by a trained professional. A professional opinion could end up saving you money and headaches in the long run. A trained eye will be able to isolate the problem area and suggest the best course of action. The problem might be solved with a few simple adjustments, or it could be stemming from a multitude of issues in which case a replacement could usually be considered.

 

If you’re still unsure of whether to repair or replace your garage door, we’re more than happy to assess any issues you may be facing and help you determine which path to take. Our experienced staff will do their utmost to ensure your complete satisfaction. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

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“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

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Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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Signs It Might Be Time For a New Garage Door Opener

Being that they’re fairly simple and reliable devices, many homeowners tend to disregard their importance. With new models being released on a yearly basis offering increased convenience, safety and security among other features, it might be worth considering a new garage door opener. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of a few reasons as to why you may want to consider a newer model, even if your current garage door opener is still working fine.

Energy Efficiency

Many modern garage door openers are designed to operate using less power – especially those with Direct Current motors.  Often these openers are also designed to go into sleep mode after a few minutes to drop the energy draw way down.  Some even have built-in LED lighting which is more efficient and will last the lifetime of the opener.  No more changing burned out light bulbs.

Increased Safety

Garage door openers manufactured after 1993 are required by law to be equipped with a reversal mechanism, for added safety. This safety feature makes use of two sensors that transmit an invisible beam of light to one another. If something obstructs this beam while the opener is in operation, the door will immediately stop closing and reverse its current path.  A new garage door opener is highly recommended if your current one lacks this key safety feature.

Increased Security

Since older garage door openers worked using fixed codes, anyone with a similar or specialized remote control could open someone else’s garage door. Considering most garages have access to the rest of the house, this flaw poses a significant security threat. To counter this, new garage door openers make use of “rolling codes” which change the communication code used between your remote and the opener every time the garage door is remotely operated, selecting from over 100 billion possible codes each time. If you’re currently using a fixed code door opener, the increased security alone might make upgrading to a new garage door opener worth the money invested.

Old Openers Are Often Noisy (So are cheap new openers)

Traditional garage door openers utilize a chain drive system and AC (alternating current) motors. Even when properly maintained and service these openers can still cause quite a racket. Thanks to advances in technology, newer openers are available with DC (direct current) motors that operate way quieter.  The difference in noise produced can be substantial and this alone is often what prompts people to upgrade their opener.  Some are belt driven which also helps to make them a little quieter.

New Technology For Our Connected World

Many newer openers have built-in wifi which allows the opener to connect to your internet router.  Once connected you can download a free app for your phone or tablet that will allow you to operate or monitor your door from anywhere in the world you have an internet connection.  This can be handy to let in a friend or service person.  These openers can also be incorporated with many home automation/security systems that have become very popular in the last decade.

Backup Power Supply

Another drawback of garage door openers of the past was their inability to operate during power outages. This could be a minor or a major problem depending on what your current situation with alternate parking availability is. More modern garage door openers can now be equipped with backup batteries/power supplies which will automatically detect a power outage and allow your garage door opener to continue functioning as normal.

If you’ve decided to upgrade your current garage door opener, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our range of garage door openers. If you’re unsure on which unit best fits your needs or need some additional advice, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include:

4 Different Garage Door Styles to Choose From

Whether you’re building a new home or upgrading your current unit, there’s a ton of different garage door options to choose from. Don’t let this overwhelm you! Here at The Door House we’ve compiled a short list of our most popular types of garage doors to give you a better idea of what we’ve got available and to help you make a more informed decision.

Traditional Steel Garage Doors

Traditional Steel style garage doors deliver excellent value for money thanks to their durability and affordable price. Our steel garage doors come in a variety of designs, including short, mid or long panel designs and are constructed from premium quality materials for a virtually maintenance free final product. Quality doors will feature triple layer construction with a steel skin on the outside AND the inside with insulating material inside.  Stay away from entry-level products with no insulation, or with minimal insulation with a vinyl (think wallpaper) back.  Not only is the insulating value lower, but the quality drop is huge.  Definitely not worth it for the sake of saving $50-$100 on a door.  We include full exterior weather-stripping and a bottom “U” shaped arctic grade weather seal with all our doors. No matter how subtle or bold the statement you want to create with your garage door, our range of finishes have you covered.

Contemporary Garage Doors

A contemporary garage door is a great way to match your garage door style with your modern house style. Contemporary garage doors tend to have a minimalist design and often feature high-tech materials such as glass panels encased in aluminum frames, or premium flush or grooved galvanized steel.  All our contemporary garage doors come with full perimeter weather seals to keep out cold and protect from the elements.

 

Carriage Garage Doors

With the retro look coming back into fashion, carriage-style garage doors are becoming a more popular choice. This style aims to replicate the style of old carriage houses but often fit in perfectly even with more modern, contemporary houses. Traditionally, carriage doors swung open sideways but nowadays modern carriage doors are able to roll up and fold open using automatic openers, while still offering that old world charm. All our carriage style garage doors are constructed out of premium grade steel, insulated and come with full perimeter seals; including an arctic grade “U” shaped bottom seal. Our carriage style garage doors are virtually maintenance free and come in a variety of finishes from painted steel to simulated stained finishes to emulate the appearance of a real wood stained door without the required ongoing maintenance of wood.

 

Wooden Garage Doors

Traditional wooden garage doors complement a variety of architectural styles and can add a sense of warmth and beauty to any home. Our modern wooden garage doors are constructed out of your choice of stain grade, high durability wood species. Doors can be supplied finished or unfinished depending on your choice and all wooden garage doors are insulated to protect your home from the elements.

 

Ultimately, the choice of garage door style lies within you, the homeowner. Whether you’ve got your mind set on a particular style or still need a bit of assistance to finalize your decision, we’re here to help. Whatever your budget or idea may be, we’ll help you make your home look beautiful!

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
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Repair or Replace a Garage Door Opener?

It goes without saying that everything we use on a daily basis is subject to wear and tear, and garage door openers are no exception. Eventually, our ever faithful garage door opener will succumb to its ailments and leave us having to face the decision of whether to repair or replace the entire unit. Thankfully, if you have a fairly modern unit that’s been kept in good condition, a simple repair would usually suffice but it’s still worth digging a little deeper to explore all your options. For example, if the same problem has occurred in the past:  you might want to consider installing a newer, more reliable garage door opener. Or perhaps the unit is fairly new: this might indicate a low quality or poorly maintained garage door opener. In any case, it’s worth taking the following into consideration before deciding on your best course of action.

How Old is Your Opener?

The first thing you should be considering when deciding whether to repair or replace your garage door opener is its age.  Manufacturers say the average life expectancy of an opener is 15-20 years.  Since new openers are inexpensive, if the unit is over ten years old then it might not be worth repairing and it may just be time for an upgrade. If it’s newer, then it’s more likely a repair will be worth it.  In either case, it’s advisable to consult a professional garage door opener technician to help you determine the best course of action; this could end up saving you time and money in the long run.  A simple phone call to a knowledgeable technician describing the symptoms you are experiencing should be enough for him to give you a fairly good idea of the likely cost to repair or replace your opener.

How Much Will it Cost?

When comparing the cost involved between a repair or an upgrade, you may also want to consider some of the benefits newer openers offer.  For many, the biggest upgrade is that many of the new openers are very quiet – especially the belt drive units with DC (direct current) motors.  It often doesn’t cost much more to upgrade to one of these quiet units.  Some even come with wifi built-in so you can operate your door with your smartphone from anywhere you have a connection.  f you’d like to enjoy a more modern and accessible technology like remote operation, then an upgrade might be a better option.

Personal Choices

At the end of the day, deciding whether to repair a garage door opener or replace the unit as a whole boils down to personal choice and budget. What you might have thought to be a major issue could be a simple inexpensive repair. In the same way what you may have thought was a simple fix could actually end up costing almost the same as replacing the entire opener. As mentioned above, getting in touch a trained garage door opener repair technician is highly advisable. At The Door House, our team of experts is happy to guide you through the choices and even advise you on the best steps to take to avoid a repeat scenario in the future. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include:

Signs You Need a New Garage Door

A new garage door is something that can drastically improve the appearance of your home. Aesthetics aside, you probably use your garage door at least several times a day, meaning it should be working properly and efficiently. While replacing your garage door may seem like another unnecessary expense at first, when you stop and think about it, the price pales in comparison to the total investment you’ve made in building or buying your home. Not to mention an upgrade is a great investment for those looking to gain an immediate and significant return. Here are some signs it just might be time.

Mounting Repair Costs

A garage door needs to be functional. Like anything usable, wear and tear over time is only natural. Cables, rollers, springs and weather-stripping are relatively inexpensive to replace. However, if problems keep re-appearing and you’re constantly having to spend more and more money making the same repairs, it might be worth replacing the whole unit altogether.  Typically, if you find the door sections are bent, dented, rusted or not structurally sound, it will not be worth the cost to repair the door and you should be looking at replacement.

It’s Not as Reliable As it Used to Be

Garage doors are heavy and require a significant effort (man or machine) to open or close. As the garage door components and the door opener motor wear over time the weight of a garage door combined could result in an accident or injury, so safety is also at play here. A door that doesn’t reverse when the safety sensor has been triggered, or has a habit of not shutting completely could not only act as a safety hazard but also expose your house to burglars and is a potential security risk. If your garage door begins showing signs of struggling or forgets to shut completely, it might mean it’s time to get a replacement.

It Moans and Groans

Let’s be honest, the loud, grinding, banging sounds that old garage door systems make aren’t music to anyone’s ears.  A noisy garage door could indicate that a particular component needs lubricating, repairing or replacement.  The issue could be minor, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Apart from being inconvenient and unpleasant to listen to, sounds can act as early warning signs of things to come and like we mentioned above; a sudden failure can result in an accident. If your garage door is constantly sending out audible warnings, it might be another sign that you need a replacement or at the very least you should get in touch with a professional company for a check-up and service.

It’s Out of Style

Styles come in and out of fashion and garage doors are no exception. Taking up nearly 40% of the average home’s façade, it’s safe to assume that your garage door is one of the first things people notice about your house. Even real estate agents admit that homes with attractive garage doors sell quicker than those without. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home anytime soon, a new modern garage door will immediately boost your property’s value. In fact, the 2018 Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs value study rated the return on investment of upscale garage door replacements at more than double those of other popular remodeling projects including a master suite addition and backyard patio.  Year after year, this report has shown garage door upgrades to be one of the most cost effective remodeling projects for homeowners interested in a high return on investment.

It’s Becoming a Money Pit

A poor quality, poorly maintained garage door can end up costing a small fortune in the long run. If you spend a lot of time in your garage and notice it’s getting colder, don’t be so quick to blame it on the harsh Canadian winter – there may be underlying issues with your garage door’s insulation or weather proofing. Additionally, maintenance costs should not get to the point where they’re becoming a burden.  If you find yourself constantly forking out money on repairs to your garage door, or facing ever-increasing heating bills, it might another sign that it’s time for a full-on replacement.

It Lives in the Past

Last but not least, modern garage door technology has advanced leaps and bounds over the doors of yesteryear. With features like remote operation via smartphone apps and smart sensors, it might be time to start enjoying the benefits and conveniences of the latest technology that comes with newer models.  Security is vastly also improved over older door opener models.

Ready to Make the Change?

If after reading this you find that your door is in need of significant attention, it may be time to seriously consider replacing your current garage door. They are often much less expensive than people think.  Get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions and help you choose the right garage door or electric opener for your needs.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include: