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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
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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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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 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: