7 Reasons For A New Garage Door

When should you consider a new garage door installation instead of a garage door repair one more time? At Garage Door Legacy, we recommend servicing your garage door once a year. This should cover lubricating parts, balance, and alignment, and inspecting all hardware so we can repair and replace any damaged or worn-out parts.

Sometimes, however, we meet doors that make us think, ‘Maybe a garage door replacement would be a better option here. After all, a garage door is one of the most important features of a home. Not only does it provide security for your automobile and other belongings, but it also occupies 30-40 percent of your home’s visible exterior from the front. That means potential curb appeal and, if you are selling the house, the increased value of the property.

7 Reasons For A New Garage Door
7 Reasons For A New Garage Door

1. Old Age

The average residential garage door should last 15-30 years, depending on what it’s made of and its usage. If you are not the first owner of the house, most garage doors have the date of manufacture on the label affixed at the back of it.

If garage doors have passed the 15-year mark and are starting to cause repeat problems, it may be time to get a new one. This is where the debate of paint or replace comes in. Sure, it may still work fine, but does it still match the rest of your neighborhood or does it stands out like a sore thumb? If your garage door looks antique and it wasn’t on purpose, it’s time to consider a new door.

A door that old may also lack the safety and efficiency features that come with modern garage doors. For instance, they didn’t start putting safety sensors that stop the door from closing if they detect pets, children, or someone under the door until a few years ago.

Besides, new garage doors provide amazing insulation to keep cold out and maintain heat inside. They come with bottom seals, sealing joints, and weather strips that may have yet to be there in the old door or were worn out.

2. Need for an Upgrade

The days we used to get out of the car to open the garage door manually are long over. But, interestingly, most homes still have these manual garage doors because, let’s face it, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.  But if you are tired of this manual work and have been admiring the neighbor’s automatic garage door, this is the best time for a garage door installation.

Burglars have also become a real problem for homeowners- It may be a good idea to install a garage door that’s compatible with all the modern security features.

And again, if your garage door stands out in the middle of the neighborhood because of its archaic state, getting a new one will enhance your home’s curb appeal. A new garage door may be all it takes to make your home look as new as the rest if your area has recently been developed.

3. Frequent Breakdowns

Consider a new installation if you keep calling a garage door services company to come and fix this or that. A good garage should do with a yearly service and last you the next twelve months without issues.

Frequent breakdowns and garage door repairs mean the garage door has run its course, especially when the repair costs start adding up. Instead, get a new door installed and save yourself the headache and fear of a malfunctioning door.

4. Unsightly Appearance and Wear

With proper service and maintenance, a garage door can perform perfectly for over a decade. Over this period, however, there will be bumps and dents from cars and balls, rust will develop after heavy rains, the paint will chip, and the material will deteriorate.

Some doors even start sagging, and you will notice wear and tear on the hinges and other parts. Eventually, your garage door will look so unsightly that two layers of fresh paint won’t be able to fix it.

The best thing to do in such a case is to install a new garage door, especially if that one has served you long enough.

5. Fast or Slow Closing

A garage door doesn’t open or close as fast as regular doors. However, it should start moving at a normal pace once you open it, manually or with a remote. If the door starts taking longer than usual to open or shuts way too fast, this indicates serious internal damage.

Any issue with opening and closing should be checked immediately because it poses several dangers. For instance, the garage door can crush down on your car or family member if it’s not opening or closing the right way.

More often than not, this is not an issue you can repair. The best thing is to replace the door.

6. Loud, Weird Noises

Every garage door makes some noise when opening, but it’s not loud enough to notice or bother you. On the other hand, damaged parts and internal issues cause the door to grind, scrape, creak, and squeal loudly when moving.

This should be a source of concern because a garage door should be fairly quiet. In some cases, the cause of the noise can be sorted by oiling or aligning the parts. If this doesn’t work, consider a new garage door installation.

Sometimes you will also notice shaking accompanying that noise, which indicates that your parts are completely worn-out.

7. To Update Your Home

According to this year’s Cost vs Value Report by Remodeling Magazine, a new garage door installation has the highest ROI of any home improvement project, including the kitchen. You can expect to get back up to 93.8% of what you spent on the door, and it will play a massive role in attracting buyers to your house.

If you plan to sell your house, replacing your old garage door with a new one is now the best way to increase property value. Sure, garage door installation is not the cheapest endeavor, but it might just be worth it.

How to Make your Garage Door Installation Successful

Speaking of cost, garage door installation costs around $2300 on average, according to NARI. This is not a small amount, so it’s important to ensure you get it right the first time. After all, this garage door will keep your stuff safe for the next two decades or so.

Your best bet would be to hire a reputable and qualified company like Garage Door Legacy for professional installation. We will inspect the space, understand your needs, and advise accordingly. On your part, however, these are the steps you need to take when considering a garage door installation.

Steps when considering garage door installation
Steps when considering garage door installation

Choose a garage door that compliments your home exterior and color

We have talked about how garage doors should match the look of the neighborhood. This doesn’t mean we all get the same garage door or the same color though. Your garage door should complement your house’s exterior first and foremost.

If your home is contemporary, a colonial-looking garage door just won’t do. Furthermore, if your garage door will have windows, be careful about their shape and color in relation to how the rest of your windows look like.

Additionally, the color of your garage door should go well with the house’s exterior colors. We often advise copying what is on the main doors or the color that looks best. For this, you can use an online visualization tool to get a better picture of what colors and designs work with your house.

Go for a wind-rated garage door

In our area, we can experience strong winds and heavy rains on occasion, so a wind-rated garage door is vital. Nearly 80% of residential floods and wind damage start from the garage door. A wind-rated garage door will not only protect your house and belongings from wind and water, but it will also last longer.

Check out the warranty details

Before buying the garage door or hiring a garage door company, inquire about the warranty. Some manufacturers provide longer warranties, but it also depends on the kind of door you select. For instance, a wooden garage door may have a shorter warranty than a steel door.

Consider the insulation value of the garage door

The R-value of a garage door refers to how energy efficient and insulating it is. The higher the value, the better. This may not matter if you live in California and other places with moderate temperatures, but if your region gets really cold or hot, the door insulation will matter.

The insulation value can raise your heating and cooling bills significantly, especially if there’s a room above the garage. It’s, therefore, crucial to consider this fact before making the purchase.

Consider the garage door opener

The new generation of garage door openers is modern, smart, and efficient. They use sensors, Wi-Fi, and other such features to open the door from a remote location. This is especially useful if you have more than one garage door in your home.

Also, when selecting an opener for garage doors, we need to make sure it’s compatible with the new door and features a safety reversing system. The safety reversing system is essential as it forces the door to reverse its course if it detects an obstacle while closing.

Final Thoughts

The decision to replace your garage door lies sorely on you. We understand garage door installation is a big and costly decision. If you are not sure if it’s the right move, we can help. Our professional team here at Garage Door Legacy will come and inspect your garage door thoroughly and help you make that final decision. Contact Garage Door Legacy today for garage door installation services.

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FAQ

The cost of a 16×7 garage door installation can range from $800 – $1,400 for a basic steel door installed, but it could go up to $3000 or more for a more high-end door made of wood or composite materials. It’s also important to note that additional costs such as additional hardware or accessories will also be added to the final cost. It’s always best to get a quote from a professional garage door installer for an accurate estimate.

The time takes to install a garage door can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours for a professional to install a standard 16×7 garage door. This includes time for the removal of the old door, preparing the opening, installing the new door and any necessary hardware, and testing the door to ensure proper operation.

It’s worth noting that some more complex or custom installations might take longer. Also, if there are any issues or complications that arise during the installation process, it can take longer to complete.

A tilt-up garage door is typically considered the easiest type of garage door to install. This type of door is hinged at the top and lifts up and out as it opens, rather than rolling up on tracks. Tilt-up doors are also known as “up-and-over” doors, and they are relatively simple to install because they do not require any special tracks or complicated mechanisms.

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