If your door is seriously damaged, it not only looks ugly, but it can also affect the overall function of your door. If your door has major dents or is deformed badly enough that it can’t open or shut, you’ll want to replace your door. Any missing or loose insert panels or rotted wood that makes it unable for the hinges and screws to stay attached to the door is a safety concern as well as an aesthetic one. If the lower section of the door is damaged so severely that it sits unevenly on the floor, you should replace the entire door. Missing or broken door sections increases the likelihood that you’ll have pest issues, and it makes it easier for thieves to get in as well.
Major Wear and Tear
Some problems that occur from wear and tear can easily be fixed with repairs, but if your door is experiencing problems from major wear and tear, it’s generally best to replace the door. When the hinges, rollers, cables, and springs all start to fail at the same time, and repairs don’t seem to be effective, it’s likely that the door has lived out its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
Keeping something in good shape requires a little investment into maintenance and repairs, and garage doors are no different. However, even if you’ve been vigilant about having your door inspected and repaired when needed, your door will eventually need to be replaced. If your door needs substantial, expensive repairs and is 10-15 years old or more, it’s generally best to invest the money that you would have spent on repairs into a new door instead. Repair costs on older doors quickly add up and may not be a smart financial decision because you may have to replace the door soon anyway.
If your door is very loud when it opens or closes and vibrates a lot, there are a few potential causes to consider. The rollers could be rusted or out of the tracks, springs or cables may be broken, or the door could be loose or experiencing broken hinges. Many of these problems indicate that your door is worn out and should be replaced.
Malfunctioning Safety Features
Safety features that no longer work are a major reason to replace your door. The sensors keep pets, children, and others safe by automatically reversing the door. If these and other safety features aren’t working correctly, you should replace the door for your family’s safety.
If your doors panels don’t fit snugly or the door can easily be opened manually, or with another garage door opener, your home’s security is at stake. New doors are stronger and have multiple levels of security to make sure you stay safe.
Finally, if you want to boost your curb appeal or home value, replacing your garage door is a great way to do that. To learn more about general garage doors in Alpharetta, contact IDC Garage Door today.