When to repair and when to replace your garage door

If you’re constantly paying for garage door repairs, you have to ask yourself, “is it better to repair or replace?” Certainly, if the cost of repairs is more than a new door, the answer is obvious. Still, as garage doors are an investment, sometimes a few repairs and maintenance are all they need—it’s just a matter of knowing which to choose.

The experts at Overhead Door of Winnipeg offer full services in repairs, installation, and maintenance of garage doors. They share when to repair and when it’s better to invest in a new garage door:

Repair: wear and tear

Basic damage such as chipped paint, fading, or a cracked panel isn’t reason enough for a replacement. Visually it may be unappealing, but if your garage door still functions otherwise, it’s more cost-effective to repair. Even single damaged panels are easily removed and replaced, and at low expense. Once you’ve handled the touch-ups, consider updating the look. A little paint or a new stain can go a long way in making an old door look new and boost curb appeal in turn.

Repair: garage doors that feel heavy

If your garage door feels heavy and has difficulty opening, it’s likely because of a worn-out spring or weakening tension. Garage doors typically run on two types of spring systems: torsion springs or extension springs. When the springs are damaged or weakened, it causes unnecessary strain on your door. Replace them quickly to avoid the springs breaking and creating much more costly repairs. Use caution because at any given time, these springs are under extreme tension, so it’s always best to leave the repairs to an experienced professional.

Replace: a sagging or bent garage door

Sagging or bent garage doors can be caused by severe weather, lack of maintenance or damage from a vehicle backing into it. If the sagging is just to one side, it may just be that the springs are worn on that side. In that case, call a professional to replace the springs and realign the door tracks. Otherwise, it’s best to replace the door. Not only is it a safety risk to yourself, but it also affects your home’s safety. Raised gasps where the door doesn’t seal, creates easy access for intruders to break in.

Replace: if your door is over 15 years old

Excessive repairs are one reason to replace, but so is a garage door that is already older. With the advancement in garage door features and security, yours is likely outdated. If you’re planning to sell, potential buyers are going to notice a dated garage door. Newer styles have improved security measures, better insulation, and more attractive architectural features. Even paint has its limit when the overall design of garage doors has changed. Garage doors have significant ROI benefits, according to Remodeling Magazine, so a replacement will always be a worthwhile investment.

Garage Doors in Winnipeg and Garage Door Repair in Winnipeg

Overhead Door has over 80 years of garage door experience, from installations to repairs and maintenance. Customer service and satisfaction are their top priority, and they pride themselves on their skills and services to ensure just that. Whether you need emergency repairs or help to install a new door, Overhead Door is the company to call.

Contact them now for a free estimate on your new garage door!

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