Maintaining your garage door is an important part of keeping your home safe, secure, and energy-efficient. It is likely the largest and most heavy piece of moving equipment in your home, and keeping an eye on how it’s functioning can ensure you keep your family safe. But how do you know when to simply repair your garage door or actually replace it? Here’s what we recommend.
When to Replace your Garage Door
1. For aesthetic reasons
If your door has become rusted, scratched, warped or damaged on multiple panels, or you are simply ready for an update to your garage door’s appearance, it makes sense to replace the entire door. To help you see what a new door might look like, you can use online tools like Sears’ garage door designer, that gives you the option to “try on” various garage door styles, colors, hardware and windows.
2. Due to major damage
If you’ve had a high-impact accident from forces such as high winds or a vehicle, where damage has been done to the garage door panels, springs and/or the garage door opener, you will likely need to replace it, especially because a damaged door can present a serious safety hazard.
There are multiple factors to consider when selecting a new door, one of which is whether to go with an insulated or uninsulated garage door. Read our related article about garage door insulation and how to decide which is right for you.
When to Repair your Garage Door
1. When it makes unusual noises
Your garage door mechanisms – the springs, rollers and hinges – can become squeaky through normal use over time. Using a spray-on lubricant specifically recommended for garage doors can often do the trick. But if the noise persists or sounds more serious than simple squeaking, we recommend calling a professional technician to perform a safety inspection.
2. When the cable is frayed
If you notice fraying on the cable, do not attempt to replace yourself. These cables are under significant tension, and high spring tension can cause serious injury and even death.
3. When the door does not open or close smoothly.
Most garage doors come standard with plastic rollers that tend to break or chip over time, causing them to get stuck in the tracks or become noisy. You may benefit from replacing your rollers with ultra-quiet nylon ball-bearing rollers that deliver years of quiet and smooth operation.
4. When only one panel is damaged
If damage to your garage door is isolated to only one panel, you do not need to replace the entire door. Ask your Sears professional technician about low-cost garage door section replacement. We can replace most makes and models of garage door sections.
With the amount of use our garage doors get, it is a good idea to schedule regular maintenance tune-ups in order to protect your garage door investment. Our Sears technicians can perform a cost-effective, 20-point safety inspection and tune-up to insure all of your garage door parts are tightened and functioning properly. Contact us today and ask about our current repair specials.