Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door?

Posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Cressy Door and Fireplace sees and solves a lot of problems with garage doors often without replacing them. Unfortunately, after years of hard use, some garage doors have simply suffered too much wear and tear. There may be some safety issues too.

If you are curious whether or not you should attempt to have your door repaired or replaced, here are some tips for understanding when it is most likely time to replace your garage door.

YOU MAY WANT TO REPLACE YOUR GARAGE DOOR IF:

  • You are unhappy with the door’s appearance.
  • You are moving soon and wish to increase the resale value of your home.
  • Current door has issues:
    • Poorly insulated
    • Sections can pinch fingers
    • Door won’t reverse on contact

SIGNS YOUR GARAGE DOOR MAY BE BEYOND FIXING

  • Broken Sections affect a door’s structural integrity and can invite rodents, insects or burglers. Be aware of the following potential issues.
    • Loose or missing insert panels
    • Deformed or dented sections causing a poor fit
    • Rotted wood
    • Misaligned panels
  • Excessive vibration when opening or closing the door is not good. Some causes may include:
    • Rusted rollers
    • Rollers may have popped out of the tracks
    • Springs and cables may be broken or out of adjustment
    • Door may have broken or loose hinges
  • Noisy Operation
    • Rollers and hinges haven’t been lubricated
    • Uneven side to side tension on the door
    • Worn shaft bearings on the opener
  • Cameras / Safety Eyes Not Functioning. Some signs include:
    • Doors close when you press the remote and there is an obstruction
    • LED sensor lights are not on
    • Garage door won’t reverse on contact

HERE’S A QUICK SECURITY CHECKLIST FOR YOUR GARAGE DOOR

  • Assure panels fit snugly in the opening and can’t be spread easily from the frame to expose side latches or the top trolley release.
  • Garage door can’t be opened easily with moderate force.
  • Garage door is poorly insulated.

To arrange for an examination of your garage door and opener, and to receive professional answers to any of your questions about repairing or replacing your system, Ask Cressy.