If you’re having problems with a damaged garage door, such as a broken panel, a door that is out of balance or a door that won’t open or close correctly, you have to ask the question, “Should I repair it or should I replace it?” Naturally, if your garage door repair cost exceeds the replacement cost, the door should be replaced. If not, however, there will be a few factors to consider.
Cosmetic Damage to Garage Door
This is the most basic form of damage like chipped paint, a cracked panel, or fading, that doesn’t affect the operation of the door. This type of damage may be the result of age or weather, as well as the occasional impact on the door. With cosmetic damage, it is usually more cost-effective to repair. However, if your door is close to 10 years old or more, or you are experiencing other types of repair issues, you should strongly consider a replacement. A custom door may be a better match for your home and even enhance its overall curb appeal. It is important to note that a new garage door offers one of the highest returns on investment of all common renovations.
Structural damage like a warped door could be caused by severe weather or multiple seasons of extreme temperature conditions. You will need to replace these doors, as your garage door opening system will struggle to work properly with a warped door. This is a good opportunity to replace your old wooden door with a new steel door, galvanized to prevent rust. If you like the wooden look, there are composite doors with steel cores and wood cladding, as well as steel doors with very realistic wood-grain finishes available.
If you have a situation where your door is stuck, opens or closes too loudly or too slowly, or only opens intermittently, the decision to repair or replace will depend on the extent of the problem. If you just need to replace the torsion springs but the rest of the system and the door itself are in good shape, you may want to stick with a repair. If you have multiple repair issues, especially with an older door, this may be a good opportunity for replacement.
Whether you decide on repair or replacement for your garage door, Midlothian Garage Doors is here to help! We have a selection of beautiful new garage doors to choose from in a wide variety of styles, and we’re sure to find one that’s right for you.
If it turns out that a repair is the way to go, our highly trained staff are friendly, efficient and can get the job done at a competitive rate. We’re also more than happy to assess your situation and help you determine whether repair or replacement is best.