Typically, garage doors are installed when a home is built or during a past renovation; they are usually neglected until they are broken or unsafe to operate. Therefore, there are some common things to look out for that may indicate it is time to consider replacing your residential garage door before it is too late.
Rust or Rot- These are the two “R’s” to look out for on your garage door and hardware, Rust or Rot. If you have a wooden garage door it is important to inspect the panels to make sure they are not rotting. Once they start to rot the structural integrity of the panel is diminished and creates a safety hazard.
If you have a metal garage door, inspect the interior and exterior of the panels to ensure there is no rust- once rust starts on the panel it will gradually get worse over time. Whether you have a wood garage door or steel garage door you should also inspect the bottom of the metal tracks; in Canada, a very common issue is the bottom of the vertical tracks rusting. If you have one or multiple of these rust or rot issues you may want to consider having a new residential garage door installed.
Age- Residential garage doors have a typical lifespan of 10-15 years. Therefore, it is very important to know the age of your garage door. Once a garage door reaches an age of 10-15 years people usually experience several issues and repairs: from broken springs, noisy operation, not operating properly, worn out hardware and more. Therefore, if you know the age of your garage door you can pre-emptively stop these repairs from happening by replacing the whole garage door system, saving you costly repairs.
New Look/ Modernize- A very simple reason why someone may want to change their residential garage door is to upgrade their home. We often have people calling us when they have other renovations happening within their home and they have decided to replace their garage doors to give their home a new look. By installing a new garage door you can upgrade or change the exterior look of your home, while gaining the newest garage door and garage door opener technology.
Energy Efficiency- With a lot of people working from home, many individuals are starting to turn their garage into livable space; whether that be an office, gym, workshop, yoga studio, art studio etc having the right garage door is very important. Since the garage is being used all year round it is very important to make sure the garage door is insulated. At Candoor, we offer steel insulated garage door doors ranging in insulation value of 10-18! And have multiple options for polystyrene insulated garage doors or polyurethane insulated garage doors.
Major Repairs- Just like any piece of equipment, when garage doors get old, they require repairs to keep them running. If your residential garage door needs major repair, it may be a good idea to weigh the option of replacing the whole garage door system. Sometimes, for a small upcharge you can get a better bang for your buck and piece of mind by putting your money towards a new garage door opposed to repairing your old one.
Call us at 1 (866) 341-3253 or contact us online for a free consultation about the status of your residential garage door and free estimate for a new garage door installation.