Should I Repair or Replace My Garage Door?

Garage doors can last a really long time. Theoretically, with proper maintenance and regular garage door repair when necessary, garage doors can last for nearly 30 years, but most openers need to be replaced around fifteen years for a variety of reasons.

When you're trying to decide whether to simply repair your garage door or go for a full garage door replacement, it can be tough and a significant investment of your time. Below are a few questions that you can ask yourself to help make the right decision for your family.

How Old Is My Door?

This is the first and most important question to ask yourself when deciding to repair or replace. If your garage door is approaching the 30-year mark mentioned above, there's a good chance you'll need to replace it. If your garage is newer but experiencing problems with the opener or something else, you could repair it, but you'll have to weigh the cost of increased garage door repairs — cosmetic and structural — till you hit the 30-year mark. Like everything else, your garage door will deteriorate and start to show its age, which can affect your home's overall resale value if you decide to move.

Do You Want to Upgrade?

Garage door technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 15-20 years, so if you're considering whether to simply do a garage door repair or opt for a full garage door replacement, consider the benefits of investing in the latter. Not only will you most likely have a warranty attached to your new door, but you could also take advantage of new insulation and energy-saving features. Or maybe you've decided to work from home more and would like to turn your garage into a home office. Having a new garage door that allows you to better regulate the temperature can turn that into a reality.

Is It Damaged?

If your garage door has received any kind of structural or cosmetic damage recently, the choice to do a garage door repair is a given. The primary function of a garage door is to protect your belongings and allow you a convenient way to park your vehicle, so if it's not doing that job, something has to be done. Examine the overall cost of repairs though; if it's more than half of the cost of a brand new door, you might be better off investing in a garage door replacement.

To learn more about garage doors, visit a company near you.