Garage door repair can be an economical alternative to replacing the entire door, but it’s important to carefully consider the economics and safety of your particular situation before making a final decision.
When to Consider Repairs
- Damaged Panel – If your garage door is in fine shape except that one panel where the neighbor kid crashed his bike into it two summers ago, and now it’s getting rusty, replacing the damaged panel makes good sense. If you have multiple damaged panels, count the cost.
- Door Seems Heavy – Garage door springs have to have their tension adjusted periodically, and they eventually wear out. When the springs aren’t working right, the balance of the system is thrown off, and the door seems heavier than usual. It’s an easy repair, if you get on it quickly. If you let it go too long, it may damage your garage door opener.
- The Door Suddenly Stops Working – If your door seems fine and then suddenly stops working, the problem is often something that can be repaired, like a broken opener, bad adjustment in the track or wheels on a sectional door, or a problem with the lifting arms on a solid panel door.
- Slow, Jerky, or Uneven Opening – These may be signs of reparable problems like maladjustment, corroded track or debris in the track or wheels, or possibly the tension rods that help the door stay square and not bow need adjustment or replacement.
When to Replace Your Garage Door
- Widespread Damage – If your door got hit by the neighbor’s falling tree instead of their kid’s bike, you probably have damage on multiple panels. If the door is rusted or dented over a widespread area, you may find that it’s more economical to replace the door than to repair.
- Cracking, Warping, or Bowing – In general, these are conditions where trying to repair will not produce acceptable results. Because these are all signs of significant degradation of your door, it’s probably best to replace the door to ensure your home’s security and your family’s safety.
- You Hate Your Door – Do you like the appearance of your garage door? Do you like the way it operates? Do you have a solid panel door and wish you could just raise the door a little for some fresh air while you’re working at your bench? Do you groan to yourself when you drive up to the house and look at your garage door? These are all good signs that, even if your door can be repaired effectively, that might not be the best choice for you.
Still Not Sure?
If your garage door is behaving badly, and you’re not sure whether it can be repaired, the first step is to have it inspected by a licensed and qualified garage door service. The Garage Door Man offers new door installation, garage door repair, and emergency service calls to get you and your garage door back on track.