So your garage door has been acting up lately, and now you have to decide whether it is time to repair your existing garage door or to get a new one entirely. There are a couple of different factors to consider such as the age of the garage door, the condition, and the amount of money you want to spend.
The Age of Your Garage Door
Many of us use our garage door at least twice a day, if not more. All of that wear and tear does play a role in the degradation of your garage door. Typically, you will want to replace your garage door by the time it is 15 years old. However, if you use it more frequently than average you should look at replacing it earlier than that. If your garage door is this old, you need a replacement. It will be faster, cheaper, and easier to get a brand-new door.
The Condition of your Garage Door
Your garage door needs to remain in as good a shape as possible, and over its lifetime it may end up being damaged in one way or another. If you take minor damages to your door, you should consider repairs. As long as the damage is isolated on a single panel, repairs will be the best option. However, if your door has taken damage to multiple panels it may be time for an entire replacement. Some examples of this type of damage would include:
- Stress cracks in the back of the panel
- Cars bumping into the door
- Tree limbs falling on your door
In these cases, replacement is going to be your best bet.
If your door has only suffered minor damage repairs are far more cost-effective. In fact, the average garage repair costs somewhere in the $150-$350 range depending on the amount and severity of the damage. If you do need a replacement, it will yield a higher cost. So if your garage door has suffered only minor damage, get it repaired. If the damage is severe, you will need to get it replaced.
When deciding whether to repair or replace, make sure to keep these factors in mind. If there is any question, feel free to reach out to Barton Overhead Doors! We will make sure to find the most efficient and affordable option for you and your home.