When to Get a New Door for the Garage

A garage door can help to keep out the wind, rain and sun. It can also work to keep out pests, rodents and even unauthorized human visitors. However, garage doors cannot last forever. How do you know when it is time to replace your current one?

What Is the Door’s Physical Condition?

If your garage door has cracks, signs of water damage or signs of pest damage, it is a good idea to get it replaced as soon as possible. It may also be a good idea to replace the door if it doesn’t make good contact with the ground. In the event that the paint is chipped or faded, it may be possible to fix those issues with a new coat of paint. Putting on a new coat of paint may also add a layer of protection against the elements that may help the door last for a longer period of time.

How’s the Weather?

Components around the home may need to be replaced more frequently during periods of extreme weather. Frequent temperature swings, exposure to excess moisture or long periods of sunshine can all work to degrade a garage door. While some garage door materials will hold up better than others, most doors will need to be replaced every 20 years or so even if they have been maintained. Those that haven’t been maintained well may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

Garage Doors Can Increase a Home’s Value

Having a new garage door installed can improve the value of your home in a variety of different ways. In addition to looking good, you can make your home safer as well as easier to heat and cool. That alone may make it easier to sell compared to the state of your home today.