Should My Garage Door Be Repaired or Replaced?

A garage door is a major entryway to most homes; how it functions is vital for proper safety, security and of course -- convenience! Once a garage door is out of balance, won't close correctly or makes odd noises, it's time to get it back to working order -- but, how? As homeowners, it's important to be logical about your home and budget. An honest professional will provide a free estimate and recommend a repair or installation, but educating yourself about what type of damage warrants a repair or replacement is a great first step in the process. 

A garage door is a complex system involving numerous interconnecting parts. With that being said, it can be difficult to pinpoint what is causing your garage door to function poorly. It can also be simple to identify, but expensive to repair! If you have an older garage door with multiple issues, it's probably time to replace it. Here are some things to consider:

Surficial Damage

Garage doors aren't invincible. If your door has damage such as chipped paint or a crack in the panel -- things that don't stop your door from functioning properly -- a repair is likely all you need. An in-home inspection will typically include a technician manually checking the garage door and opener. A technician may find that your overhead door is having spring or track issues, which will result in repairing or replacing those parts -- not the whole door. It may just be that your garage door needs a new roller or hinge replacement; these are relatively low-cost repairs, so it helps to have a professional identify the problem (be it big or small). Cosmetic damage caused by things like extreme weather is more cost-effective to repair, rather than replace; however, if your garage door is over 10-years-old, it might be time to install a new one!

Structural Damage

So, what constitutes needing a new garage door altogether? The short answer is: it comes down to safety and functionality. If there are multiple things wrong with your door, like strange noises and a shifty, unbalanced door, it's probably time to replace it. Sometimes the cost of numerous repairs will be more than replacing the entire garage door system. Installing a new garage door has a lot of benefits to consider! If your garage is attached to your home, a new garage door will provide excellent insulation to reduce heating and cooling expenses. Garage door replacement is also one of the top projects to deliver the most resale value (and it's only increasing). Taking these factors into consideration helps to put the benefits of a new door into perspective. 


Hamburg Overhead Door Is Here to Help

Bringing in an honest expert is a great first step! Hamburg Overhead Door provides free consultations to homeowners looking to step up their garage door. Our technicians will help determine what the problem is and recommend a solution with a firm idea of the cost. It takes a lot of hard work to become Western New York's largest garage door company, and we take that title very seriously! If you're looking to fix or replace your garage door, contact Hamburg Overhead Door for an easy, stress-free process.