Knowing when it’s time to replace your garage door is important, and homeowners should familiarize themselves with the signs of wear and tear and degradation. Garage doors safeguard your car, your possessions and limit access to your home. They are and invaluable part of the safety and security of your family. When you notice one or more of the following symptoms, start planning for garage door replacement.
If a garage door has broken suspension cords, pulleys, tracks or the edges are beginning to splinter and crack, the door’s life has almost run its course. Damaged parts might not always be apparent during an inspection, but if the door will not stay up, shakes when in use or will not move smoothly on the tracks, you should call a professional to diagnose the problem and offer a solution. If it isn’t repairable, a replacement might be your only option.
If your garage doors were smashed by a vehicle, deeply scratched from a falling tree branch or dinged by bicycles and basketballs, you should consider replacement, especially if you are moving anytime soon. A shiny new door will attract buyers, whereas an old, decrepit door will not contribute to curb appeal.
Garage doors and openers are constructed with built-in safety features to prevent doors from closing on a small child or pet, or inflicting damage to vehicles. If the door no longer adheres to these standards, you may have to consider a replacement of at least your door opener. An injury to a family member could cost thousands in medical bills, and an injury to a guest could expose you to homeowners insurance liability.
When the lock is compromised, your garage door poses a threat to home security. In 2010, 9 percent of all burglars entered the victim’s home through the garage. If the door has broken glass panes or is flimsy enough to easily break through, consider investing in a sturdy steel garage door.
No Weather Protection
You might not care if your sports equipment is exposed to subzero temperatures, but what about your vehicle? If your garage door does not possess adequate insulation, your car will sit through long winter nights with basically no protection from the elements. This puts the vehicle at greater risk of a dead battery. A warm engine has a higher success rate of starting car batteries, even ones with a weaker charge. A garage door with a high insulation rating can also lower your home’s utility bills, making winter less expensive for your budget.
Consult with Accent Garage Doors if your current garage doors do not meet operational, aesthetic, safety and security standards. You will receive the highest-quality products and personalized advice on whether or not it’s time to replace your garage doors.