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.