Installing a new garage door is an investment that will add value to your home. If serviced and maintained correctly, it will last for years to come. However, garage doors are mechanical items that are used numerous times throughout the day, making them prone to wear. How do you know whether it would be better to repair your garage door or replace it altogether?

There are a lot of variables in play when undertaking this decision. To help make it easier for you, we’ve created a quick guide which will help you know exactly when you should replace your garage door, and when you should repair it.

When you should repair your garage door

Here are the situations where it’s best to repair your garage door.

Malfunctioning sensors

If your sensors malfunction, it’s not the end of the world. Issues with sensors are actually very common. Most of these issues happen because of problems with their connection to a power supply. For example, the cause of a faulty sensor could simply be a small misalignment. This is easily fixable by a garage door service expert.  

Bent panels

If your panels are beginning to crack, there’s no need to replace your door just yet. A lot of the time this is just a simple cosmetic issue, meaning it’s a quick and easy fix. If, however, bent or cracked panels are left, they could develop further and turn into a complicated repair job.

Small areas of rotting wood

Although the site of rotting wood may be daunting, it does not mean it’s the end of your garage door’s life. If you notice the wood rotting in a small area of your door, it can easily be repaired. 

Cracked/damaged paint

If you’ve been using the same garage door for a long time, the paint will eventually crack. However, this has very little effect on your garage door’s ability to do what it does. If you’re up for the adventure, you could easily repaint your garage door yourself.

When you should replace your garage door  

Here are the situations where it’s best to replace your garage door instead of attempting to repair it.

Warped doors

A warped garage door is a big problem as it will affect the door’s ability to open and shut fully. This will compromise your security and could lead to further damage of other parts, such as your garage door motor. If your garage door is warped or misshapen, it’s best to replace it.

Less energy efficient garage doors

As technology has advanced so has the efficiency of garage doors. Naturally, some older models will be less energy efficient than newer ones. If you notice that your garage door is not very efficient and is allowing a lot of heat to escape from your home, it would be a good idea to upgrade your garage door to a more modern model.

A property resell is on the horizon

If you have an older garage door and are considering selling your property soon, it would be a good idea to upgrade your garage door. Replacing your older garage door with a newer one can help improve the resale value of your home, among other benefits.