Frustration and just simple lack of time can make it difficult for homeowners to get enthusiastic about doing household repairs and/or replacements, but when it comes to home repair, the garage door should be a top priority. Garage doors provide security into your home, increase your property value and help to provide curb appeal. So if there are any issues, it may be time for a new door. Here are four signs that it’s time to replace your current garage door.
One of the most common reasons many homeowners decide to install a new garage door is constant repairs. Although it’s perfectly fine to replace parts occasionally, over time you may end up investing more in parts than the cost of a replacement and eventually, the parts you continually replace will end up causing damages to other parts of the garage door. So, if you are constantly calling a repair service, it’s time to invest in a new garage door.
If you hear clinking, banging or squeaking sounds when opening or closing the garage door, it could be caused by a variety of reasons, some of which only require simple repair. For example, grinding or squeaking may mean the moving parts of the door simply need lubricated. However, if you hear loud popping or grinding noises, it could be due to something more serious, such as bad springs, which can be dangerous should the springs give out. If you hear any type of unusual noise coming from the garage door, it’s best to contact a professional repair company to determine if the problem is mild enough for simple repairs or if you will need a new door.
Speed Has Slowed Down
Unfortunately, age causes everything to slow down, including garage doors. When you push the open or close button on the remote, it should only take a moment for the door to open or close. If it is starting to take longer than normal for the door to open and close, it may be due to damages or simple age, but the best solution is to contact a local repair company to inspect the door to determine if it is a minor problem or if you should install a new door.
An old, outdated and damaged garage door can do more than negatively affect the curb appeal of your home, it can also be dangerous. Newer garage doors are much safer; they are available with extra safety features to provide better protection against break-ins and they come with a wide range of features, such as pet doors. Although the look of garage doors is important, safety is even more important. Outdated garage doors pose a significant safety risk, especially if there is damage to the door or its working components. Replacing your garage door will ensure your family is safe and improve the curb appeal of your home, so if the door is over ten years old, it may be time to replace it.
Old, damaged garage doors can also have a significant impact on your energy bills. Older doors typically have less insulation than newer options, which can cause an increase in your energy bills. If you notice higher energy bills, damages to the door and its moving parts or if the garage door is over ten years old, it is recommended that you contact a local repair service to inspect the door as well as moving parts to determine if you should consider installing a new garage door.
For more information on the benefits of new garage doors, contactWayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement.