Your garage door should be sturdy enough to protect your house from the elements while also keeping criminals out of your home. Investing in this area of your home may improve the appearance of your property and possibly enhance its selling value in the long run. You may want to consider replacing your garage door if it is no longer as secure and aesthetically pleasing as it used to be. You may save money by repairing a portion of the door to make it more efficient, which could help you save on your utilities. Whatever scenario you find yourself in, alternatives are available to enhance or update your garage door system. Determine when to replace your garage door by following these basic guidelines.





Factors To Consider



A garage door can function for many decades if it is maintained properly. The following are some variables that can assist you in determining the life expectancy of a garage door:





Construction Quality



It’s possible that the person who installed your garage door didn’t do a quality job or used cheap parts. Garage doors that are made of substandard materials or that have been installed improperly will not last as long. Instead, contact a reputable expert to have a garage door professionally installed.








You should keep your garage door in good working order by lubricating the moving components with oil. Rust is prevented from tainting these metallic components via the use of lubrication. Clean your door with a light detergent and water to remove any dirt that has accumulated on the surface. For information on how to clean the material of your garage door, check with the manufacturer.





Preventive Maintenance



Make an appointment with your local garage door company for an annual preventative maintenance visit. During this appointment, a professional will check your garage door for any damaged components. Replacing certain components of your garage door system, such as a garage door opener or a tension spring, may extend the life of the whole system.





Local Climatic Conditions



Extreme heat or cold may cause damage to your garage door, which can be costly to replace. Consider how the material of your garage door will function in the climate of your house. Wooden garage doors, for example, are prone to warping when exposed to damp conditions. Vinyl garage doors are also susceptible to the effects of ultraviolet light.





Loud Garage Door



When it opens and shuts, a garage door should be relatively quiet as it moves up and down. Due to dirt or debris, older doors tend to create noise. While some of these noises are inconsequential, others may indicate that your door is in need of repair or replacement. Ignoring these problems for an extended period of time may cause irreversible damage to your garage door and possibly cause the door opening to become damaged.




Besides the noise from your door, the garage door opener may also make some noise, particularly if dirt or dust surrounds the chain. Upgrade your garage door opener to one that operates more smoothly, such as a belt-drive system with an alternating current motor.








The function of your garage door is to open in order for you to get access to your house and shut for you to maintain your privacy. If your garage door is giving you problems when you try to use it, you should get it inspected to see what is causing the problem. Invest in a door that allows for a seamless transition from outside of your house to the interior of your home. Also available for replacement are the garage door opener and many other components of the system, so a total door replacement may not be the answer.





Common Garage Door Issues



Opener Failure:



An outdated garage door opener poses numerous safety risks. The automatic reversing function may not operate properly if a person or item is in the path and a broken garage door opener may potentially expose your garage to burglars. Not to mention, many thieves know how to disable an outdated garage door opener and let themselves in without you knowing.




Broken Remote:



The motor unit may have failed. If the garage door opener motor burns out, you will need to replace it. You may also try replacing the batteries in your remote or getting closer to the door.




Faulty Photo Eye:



The photo eye triggers the auto-reversal. Even the tiniest impediment, such as dust, may prevent the photo eye from working properly. If your garage door doesn’t fully open or shut, you may need to replace your photo eye.








No garage door will open or shut the second you press the button on your remote control. You should, on the other hand, be able to detect an issue with how quickly it opens and closes. If your garage door begins to move considerably more slowly than it did when you originally purchased it, or if the response time is severely delayed, it may be time to consider replacing the door.





Curb Appeal



Change your garage door to improve its look! A new, updated door adds value to your property and sets it apart from others on the block, particularly if your old one has chipped paint or rotted panels.




Consider how your garage door blends with the rest of your home. A garage door is a large part of your home’s exterior and maybe a focal point. You can even upgrade your garage door with a smart garage door opener that links to your smartphone.





Garage Door Installation And Repairs



Now that you have determined the factors that go into deciding when to replace your garage door, G.P. Construction provides a broad range of services, our reputation as a garage door company is well-established. We have a wide range of options, from elaborate customized doors to conventional doors and even metal doors for storage units and other structures. Our Custom Garage Doors are always built to the highest possible standards and fitted with only the highest-quality Garage Doors available on the market. Visit our contact page to request an estimate!