There’s no denying that professionally-fitted garage doors are very sturdy and stand up to all kinds of tests from the elements. They make it easy to access a garage and keep it secure at all times.
However, like many parts of your home, your garage door is a long-lasting item, but it’s not something that will last forever. Accidental damage and lack of maintenance are often the main reasons why some people end up with broken garage doors.
Have you discovered that one section of your garage door has become broken? If so, you might be wondering whether that section is repairable or if you need an entire new door. The answer will depend on the extent of the damage and the cost of the repair.
Is Your Garage Door Stuck Part-Way Open?
If your garage door only opens to a certain point and gets stuck, the first thing you should do is close it. There are two reasons why that makes sense:
You don’t want to damage your garage door any further;
You want to keep the contents of your garage secure until you get the door repaired or replaced.
There could be many reasons why your garage door is getting stuck. For example, the issue could be something as simple as worn rollers and bearings. Or, it could be something more substantial such as rail tracks that are out of alignment.
The Case for Repair
When you’ve got an obviously damaged garage door, and the problem seems to be coming from one section, should you get it repaired? As with many things in life, you must weigh up the cost of repair versus replacement.
The good news is that the vast majority of garage door damage is repairable because the causes are usually down to failed yet inexpensive parts. For instance, the worn rollers and bearings mentioned earlier are an affordable repair.
In some cases, you may even need some simple maintenance to repair seemingly damaged sections of garage doors. And in other cases, such as dirty photo eyes sensors, a few minutes of cleanings some parts will return your garage door to its usual operation.
The Case for Replacement
Of course, there are times where it may not make economic sense to spend money repairing damaged sections or components of garage doors. One consideration to make that will probably be the deciding factor is the age of your garage door.
The general consensus is that garage doors have a lifespan of around 25 years. If your garage doors are of an older vintage, you may find it most cost-effective to get it replaced for a new one.
Why? Firstly, some parts may be specific to your particular garage door and if they don’t get manufactured anymore, those parts will be almost impossible to source. Secondly, damaged panels might be hard to find that are identical to yours.
And last but not least, an old garage door probably won’t have the advanced safety and security features offered by modern ones.