Is It Time to Replace the Garage Door02/23/2014 Back To Blog
Even the most prudent and well organized homeowners, who never miss a service, can ever escape the need for garage door replacement. There comes a time when the mechanism cannot serve you anymore the way it used to, especially when the new technologies have progressed a lot and the need for reinforced home security has increased. Garage door parts will only last a specific period of time, which will be long if you take good care of them, but there will be a certain time that you will need to replace them with new ones. After all, your garage door is responsible for your protection and you wouldn't want to take your chances.
When it's time for door replacement
Of course, garage door panel replacement is a rare situation unless you had a serious accident. Panels usually last for many years, but their materials will start wearing down over time mainly due to the weather conditions. Don't forget that it is constantly exposed to the elements and extreme temperatures may affect both the mechanism and the material. Wood specifically is very sensitive, but aluminum overhead doors may wear out, too, especially if they are not taken care of regularly. Doors, which are never cleaned, and erosion, dust and mildew penetrates their skin and enters into the material will die sooner. Panels will also be affected by dents created from car accidents and lack of garage door repairs.
When it's time to replace the parts
Each one of them has its own life cycle, but their lives would also depend on the frequency of repairs. Apart from consulting the manual for the exact information of life expectancy, you should take notice of the flexibility of garage door springs and the effectiveness of openers and cables. If the door comes off the tracks often, you should check whether they are bent. Mechanical parts may rust and, in this case, you should replace them. You must remember that essential parts, like the springs, must be changed before they snap and the openers must be updated for elevated security and safety.