According to an article posted by Today in 2003, researchers found that the average lifespan of a garage door is 30 years – but only if you take good care of it.
And this is true, most garage panels are sturdy and can last for a long time – often longer than you plan to live in the home!
However, there are many reasons why you might want to consider a new garage door instead of relying on an older one. Some garage doors are poor at insulation, which will lead to increased heating and cooling costs for your home. It only takes a few years for these expenses to add up.
Another important thing to consider is that some garage doors older than 1993 may not have auto-reversal mechanisms installed. These doors are unsafe and should be replaced immediately.
If you’re considering a garage door replacement, you might also want to look at it as an investment and not a cost. A 2016 realtor report found that garage doors have an 87% return of investment – one of the highest ROI’s of any home renovation.
If you do plan on keeping your current door for as long possible, make sure that you perform frequent tune-ups and safety inspections to keep it functional.