When you move into a new home, it is a really exciting time. It can be busy with a lot of things to do, and a lot of questions to ask the previous owners. One thing that can be forgotten about is asking about the garage door. As homeowners, we rely on the garage door to just be there and work well for us, but it could be near to the end of its life, without you even realizing it. Generally, a garage door can last, with maintenance, for around fifteen years. But how long has the garage door been there in your new home?
If you haven’t been able to ask the questions to find out your garage door age, then how can you work it out? There can be some stickers on the sides of garage doors, from the original manufacturer, where you can find out the date that the door was made. However, these aren’t always present, aren’t always clear and legible, and in some cases, will be from a manufacturer that no longer exists. So although looking for them should be a first point of call, there are some other aspects to think about, to help you to figure out the age of the door.
Garage Door Age
Many new garage doors will come with a warranty. These can vary, but as a rule, are around three years long. If you have been given the details of the garage door warranty, then the chances are that it is still pretty new and under warranty, so your questions are answered. However, the usage does come into play, as this will determine how long a door will last. Think about your usage, as well as what the previous owners would have used it for, and then you could work out if it is time to be replaced, or if there is plenty of life in it yet.
The lifespan of a garage door will also depend on the construction and the quality of the door. Does it already look quite damaged and in need of maintenance, or is it solid and working well? The local climate can also play a part in how well the door works too. For example, hot climates can cause some damage if the garage faces the sun. Prolonged periods in the sun can cause parts of the door to heat up and expand. This can throw off the balance of the door, which is something that is very unsafe if left. So when thinking about the condition of your door as you determine the age, this is something to consider.
Garage Door Lifespan
When a garage door is taken care of, then the majority of them will last at least fifteen years, if not longer. Garage door openers will face some general wear and tear, but as a rule, should perform reliably for around ten years, if not more. Another element that impacts how long a garage door works for is the torsion and the springs. These are the elements that impact how smoothly you can open and close a garage door. So getting to grips with your garage door, and seeing how well it is working generally, can give you an idea of how old it is.
If you think that the garage door in your new home is ready to be replaced, then give us a call today. We have a team of experts ready to take your call and answer your questions, to determine the right fit for your home.