A garage door is a meaningful investment that can add or take away value from a home depending on its condition. So how do you know whether an issue is enough to warrant a full replacement or if it can be repaired? In this blog, we will help you answer the question, should I repair or replace my garage door?
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Consider The Age Of The Door
Consider the age of your garage door. If it is fairly new but has suffered minor damage, it is almost always more cost-effective to opt for a repair rather than a replacement service.
Alternatively, you may think that your old garage door can be easily fixed but wear and tear after years of use may have caused more damage than you think and it is more likely to need replacement. Also, older garage doors are less likely to have modern features that will benefit you, such as child safety measures, automated features and theft-proof locks. Investing in a new door could be worth the time and money considering its long term benefits.
Length Of The Issue
If your garage door has been met with a sudden issue unexpectedly, this is actually less cause to worry than an ongoing issue. A random problem is likely to have a minor cause that can easily be spotted either by you or a professional that can be fixed almost as quickly as it turned up.
However, if it is a nagging issue that has been going on for a while, the hundreds of heavy lifts that it has withstood are likely to have caused irreversible damage that will need a replacement.
The Type Of Problem
This is closely related to the previous factor. Perhaps you have noticed that your garage door feels stiffer and heavier than usual, or that one side of it is sagging. You may instinctively think that these indicate long term damage that needs replacing, but actually minor problems like this can usually be easily fixed as long as they are spotted early. Most of the time, these types of problems are caused by the springs in the mechanism getting worn, which is no wonder considering the weight they withstand. This is a cheap fix, but remember to always replace the springs on either side of the door even if only one seems worn to keep them evenly balanced.
Bigger problems to do with the lifting mechanism being damaged that poses a safety risk to you, or a damaged lock that problematises the security of your property, are more likely to require a full replacement.
Is There Is Only A Small Amount Of Damage?
Hitting your garage door is always a worrying experience, but if there is only a small amount of damage to one panel, it is often cheaper to repair the single panel than replace the entire door. Also, most minor dents can be repaired by a professional in no time.
However, if more than one panel has been subjected to major damage, it is usually more cost-effective to replace the entire door than attempt a repair.
It’s difficult to decide whether you should repair or replace your garage door as there are many factors to consider. At Gold Coast Door Centre, we can help you with any aspect of garage door maintenance, whether you decide you need our help to repair or want to browse our selection of new doors. Contact us today on 07 5535 5100 to get a free quote.