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When is it Time to Replace a Garage Door?

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Sometimes it’s easy for garage doors to not be a priority for home repairs. Drafty windows, plumbing problems, and new appliances are common issues that are usually addressed first, and that’s understandable. However, it’s not a good idea to let too much time go before getting a new garage door.

You should make garage door maintenance and inspection a regular habit, and pay particular attention to the door’s structure and operation. Rollers, hinges, tracks, and every little part that helps the door roll up and down or slide or swing out need to be kept lubricated. They should also be routinely checked for any loose items. If they falter or fail in any way that needs to be addressed before a bigger problem develops.

Any time that substantial damage has occurred, a replacement garage door may be in order. Vehicular accidents, impact from storms, or anything that has created splintering, cracking, or the door no longer closing evenly, needs immediate attention. If the door is multi-paneled and only one panel has suffered damage, it may be more cost effective to just replace that part instead of the entire garage door. Whether or not you need an entirely new door though, always check to see if cables or springs have been compromised, or if the garage door sensors stop operating correctly. Those are serious safety hazards that should not be delayed in replacing.

Of course there are other reasons to also consider changing your garage door. It’s a good time to look into garage door costs if you’re increasing curb appeal for selling or renting out, needing a stronger door to better fit the garage’s usage or increase insulation, or simply upgrading or renovating. Depending on your home insurance, your premium may be lowered for making repairs or improvements to the garage.

Garage door repairs or replacement can seem daunting, but we’re here to help. We have affordable garage doors for every style and budget, and will work with you to install the door that best fits your needs. Contact Preferred Window & Door today to schedule a consultation!

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