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To Fix or Not to Fix: Navigating the Garage Door Dilemma

The humble garage door – often overlooked, yet undeniably crucial for home security and convenience. But when your trusted garage door starts to show signs of wear and tear, a familiar question arises: do you opt for a repair or do you invest in a new one?

As a garage door installer and repair company, we know this situation all too well, and whilst when you contact us we will assess the situation on site and advise of the best situation and solution, we do know that many people up and down the country will be having this exact dilemma right now, so we thought we would write a little blog and look at both options and offer some industry advice about what you should do.

Assessing The Situation: A Close-Up Look

Before diving headfirst into what you need to do and making a final decision, you really need to work through a thorough assessment of your garage door’s condition. Here are some things to look for or consider.

Visible Damage: Look for dents, cracks, warping, or rust on the door panels. Extensive damage suggests the door might have reached its lifespan.

Operational Issues: Does the door open/close unevenly, make strange noises, or require excessive force to operate? These could be signs of worn-out parts or failing mechanisms. Early warning signs should never be ignored, because they can often indicate things may get worse in the future.

Hardware and Springs: Inspect the hinges, rollers, and springs for signs of wear, rust, or damage. These components are vital for smooth operation, and their deterioration can compromise safety and functionality.

Weighing Up Your Options: Repair vs. Replace

Once you have a clearer picture of the situation, consider the following factors to determine the best course of action.

Repair:

Cost-effective: Repairs are generally cheaper than replacing the entire door, making them a viable option if the damage is limited. Always get an idea of how much a repair should cost though, as this will give you an early ball park figure and allow you to work through your options.

Time-efficient: Repairs can often be completed within a day, which can often lessen any disruption to your daily routine or mean that you need to make room for a brand-new garage door to be installed.

Suitability For Minor Issues: If the problem lies with specific components like springs, cables, or rollers, a skilled and local garage door technician can address them effectively and get things working like new.

However, like any aspect we look at, there are limitations that need to be considered when opting for a repair:

Recurring Issues: If the door has a history of frequent repairs, it might be more cost-effective to replace it in the long run.

Extensive Damage: Trying to patch up a severely damaged or warped door might compromise its security and functionality and again in the long run, will probably only mean you need to replace the door at some stage anyway.

Outdated technology: If your door lacks newer features like insulation or automation, a replacement might offer an opportunity to upgrade to a much more reliable, easy to use and energy efficient option.

Replace:

Enhanced Security: A new door, especially one with modern features like reinforced materials and secure locking mechanisms, can significantly improve your garage’s security.

Increased Energy Efficiency: Modern garage doors generally boast improved insulation, contributing to better temperature regulation in your garage and potentially reducing energy bills, especially if you are using your garage for more than just storing your car or household items.

Property Price: A new door can elevate the look of your entire house, especially if the old one is visually unappealing or no longer aligns with your style preferences. And if you are trying to sell your home or might be in the near future, a new garage door really can not only aid the sale, but add value to your property.

So, are there any considerations to look at when thinking about a new garage door?

Higher Upfront Cost: Replacing your entire garage door is a more significant investment than when compared to repairs. But as we discussed previously, you need to weigh up the cost of the repairs and how long they are likely to keep the door working, compared to buying a new door upfront.

Installation Time: While generally relatively quick, installing a new door will take longer than a repair, requiring temporary adjustments to your daily routine or needing you to clear enough room to make the installation possible.

Matching Existing Style: If your house has a specific architectural design or style, finding a replacement door that seamlessly integrates might require additional effort and potentially higher costs.

So, What Next? Seek Expert Guidance From A Local Garage Door Company

Consulting a reputable and qualified local garage door specialist is crucial, regardless of your initial thoughts about what way to go, repair or replace. They can assess the situation professionally, providing valuable insights into the extent of the damage, potential repair options, and the suitability of replacement.

Additionally, they can offer estimates for both repair and replacement, allowing you to make a financially informed decision.