Should your Garage Door be Replaced?

Written by Michael Dryer on . Posted in Garage Doors and Operators

 

 

Garage doors are designed to last many long years. Products are available to help maintain the operation and beauty of garage entries, with a bit of annual maintenance. Many homeowners only think to replace garage doors when something happens that makes it necessary, such as being hit with a car or lawnmower.

Even without accidental damage, garage doors do suffer wear and tear over time, especially from the elements. Waiting too long to replace worn out doors and openers can create a serious safety hazard. Doors and openers that are worn cease to operate properly, and accidents can occur.

Energy efficiency is yet another reason to upgrade existing garage doors. Over time, the seals that help stop air loss around the garage doors weaken and wear out. Once these seals become too worn, air loss begins to occur, which creates an expensive power concern. For old doors that do not have insulation, replacing them with new, well insulated doors is an investment in energy conservation that can pay for itself in energy savings over the life of the door.

Signs to look for that a garage door is at the end of its useful life include lack of insulation and modern safety features, air seals that are torn and worn out, and dents and breaks in the door. Fiberglass garage doors will often fracture upon impact. If this happens, the door’s safety is compromised. When the door is in the full overhead open position, part of the door could fall off due to the fracture and cause serious damage to nearby items, and even more serious injury to anybody standing under or near it when the break occurs.

Likewise, garage doors with considerable dents also pose a safety risk as misshapen doors can interfere with the smooth operation of automatic door openers. If any part of a metal garage door is dented outward, or inward, in such as way that it makes contact with the ceiling or any other object or portion of the opener mechanism, malfunctions will occur.
In this event, the door should be fully closed then detached from the automatic opener until a garage door service can install a replacement.

Safety is an important consideration with garage doors. Because they are heavy and are usually hung from overhead, the risk of a door, or part of a door, falling and causing property damage or injury to people and pets should be carefully avoided. If an existing door’s safety features falter, it should not be used and must be replaced. Every garage door must have safety sensors that automatically reverse and raise the door if anything is in the doors way going down.

While garage doors can last many years with regular maintenance, safety concerns are the number one reason to replace old doors. Of course aesthetic style and energy efficiency are also important. However, if a door shows signs of dangerous wear and tear, getting a replacement garage door should not be put off.
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Comments (11)

  • metal garage

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    Wow! It’s so attractive and beneficial too. Does this metal really works for resistance? How about temperature control? I heard of that metal cant reflect back their absorbed heat, what about that? As such I’m worried for my products inside the storage system, which can be rotten by heat. So, Is their any way to deal with this, pl reply as now I’m in favor for metal door and I’m willing to replace it.
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    Sana.

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  • Dee

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    I’m a homeowner and have tenants renting my home. The home was only 3yrs old when it was rented out. The tenants reported that the garage door is damaged and has to be replaced. The tenants reported that the tracking came off track and buckled rendering the garage door to bend.
    If in the event that their story is true is it my responsibility to purchase a new one out of my pocket or should they be responsible for some or all of the expenses of the door. They are reporting that a new door is going to cost me $800.
    Please inform!

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    • Michael Dryer

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      Hi Dee! Without really knowing what happened it’s hard to say who is at fault. If the garage door has been working for three years and then decides to fall off, that would seem hard to understand. In most cases that I see, the tenent did something that caused the door to malfunction, such as closing the door on an object or kids grabbing the door as it’s going up. I would see if a reputable company come out and take a look at it, sometimes you can see what could of happened. Other then that, I would see if the tenent would split the difference.

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  • Evette Wide

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    Thank you for the post. I am always looking for good information that I can pass along to others with the same interests.

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  • garage door

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    great site i think its awesome how you make the real effort to make this easy for the consumer to get an idea of what kind of things they should be looking out for and how to make such a difficult decision on something that makes a big difference on there home.

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  • garage door

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    we use your product in the phoenix Arizona area

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  • Tomi Edmondson

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    This is actually very interesting, when do you update your website?

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