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Thinking about a New Garage Door? 5 Signs It’s Time


An attractive and well working garage door is important. It’s one of the biggest factors in determining the value of your home. It’s also important for peace of mind, convenience, and that cozy contented feeling of owning a beautiful home. And most homeowners replace their doors at least once in their lifetime. Is this the right time to install a new garage door? Here are 5 signs it might be a great idea!

Your Garage Door is Louder Than Usual

Noise is one sign you might want to consider investing in a new door. No garage door is absolutely silent, but they shouldn’t wake up the whole neighborhood either. There are things you can do to quiet your garage door like oiling the hinges, tracks, and springs. You can also tighten down the brackets of your garage door to reduce rattle. But overtime as your door wears out, it will continue to get louder. You might just want to bite the bullet and install a brand new garage door.

Your Garage Door Opens Slowly

Does your garage door open slower than usual? It’s a sign the parts are wearing out. Of course, it might just be that your battery is running low or you’ve got a drain in power supply. There are other repair issues that could affect its speed. But it might just be that you need a new door.

Your Garage Door is Ugly

Garage doors are the single largest street facing feature on your home. They absolutely affect not only the appearance of the house but its overall worth too. Curb appeal is important. And while a new paint job might do wonders, some appearance issues like splintering, missing panels, or warping can only truly be fixed by installing a whole new door.

Your Garage Door is Unsafe

Older doors can be serious safety issues, especially if you have pets or young children. There are safety mechanisms that are important to their safety. In fact if your door is older than 1993, it might not even have some of them. If your door slams shut instead of slowly closing or if it fails to reverse if something’s underneath it, it really should be replaced for the safety of the entire family.

You’re Considering Moving

Planning to move? You might think that old garage door is somebody else’s problem, but if you want the best resale value for your property, you’ll consider installing a new garage door. A new door has one of the highest Return on Investments for all home improvement projects, virtually dollar for dollar. What you spend on a new door you’ll accrue in property equity, like money in the bank.

How Long Should a Garage Door Spring Last?

A 10,000 cycle springs on a garage door should last about 7 to 9 years, assuming you use the door about 4 times per day. If you use it more often, you should expect 4 to 6 years of solid use. Sometimes springs can break quicker than that — even within a year if they are not properly installed. That’s why we always recommend having a professional install your garage door springs. Not only are springs extremely dangerous because they are under incredible tension, but proper installation is essential to getting the best use for your investment. If you need help with your garage door springs, call us. We offer 24/7 emergency garage door service to the Sacramento area.