Are you in the market for a new garage door? Or are you wondering if you really need a new garage door? We hope that this article gives you a few things to think about, and will give you a solid starting point to make the best decision for your individual situation.
Repair or Replace: What Makes the Most Sense?
- Is your garage door working? If your garage door has suddenly stopped working, a qualified door technician can usually trouble-shoot your problem quickly and get your door working again in one visit.
- Is your garage door working but not the way it used to? If your door opens and closes very slowly, stops and starts for no apparent reason, or has started making loud noises while operating, you need to schedule an inspection by a door repair expert. Again, these types of problems are usually repairable with a minimum of fuss.
One important thing to keep in mind: garage door problems generally don’t go away or get better all on their own. Ignoring the problem usually leads to a costlier repair bill, and may increase the risk of injury to your family or pets.
- Is your garage door damaged or just plain ugly looking? These are probably the top reasons for garage door replacement. If your door has one or more badly damaged panels, or is warped, cracked or worn out due to age, weather effects, or other damage, replacement may be the best way to go.
- Are you planning to repurpose your garage? Many folks have remade their garages into home gyms, rec rooms, guest quarters, hobby rooms, you-name-it. In these cases, replacing the traditional door with something more suitable to the new use of the old garage may make more sense.
Traditional garage doors are a common entry point for many home burglaries. If your new room will be furnished with expensive electronic goodies such as stereo equipment or a big screen television, adding a more secure pedestrian door might be the way to go. Likewise, a new home office or guest quarters would probably be better served with something other than a traditional garage door.
- Are you planning on selling your home? As any good real estate professional can tell you, curb appeal can be a huge factor in getting your home sold faster and at a better price. What’s more, a new garage door is actually one of the best remodeling choices you can make. Depending on the style and type of construction materials, a new door will commonly return about 75 percent of your investment when it comes time to sell.
In the meantime, one of the better-insulated newer garage doors can help you slash your utility bills by reducing energy loss by up to 75 percent.
If you have questions or concerns about the best approach to take, we can help you make sense of it all and we’re just a phone call away. Affinity Garage Door can help homeowners repair or find and install the perfect garage door for your home.