Keeping your car and belongings in your garage safe is dependent on a working garage door. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to leave or enter your house and having to fight with the door that should be automatic. When your door doesn't work properly, you will need to decide if you want to invest in the repairs needed or simply buy a new door. Here are things to consider as you make the decision for garage door repair or replacement.
Increase Curb Appeal
The garage door is part of the aesthetics to your house and among the first things people see when driving by. If you are looking to sell your home, you do not want a garage door that looks like it is falling apart. In addition, many homeowners' associations have rules set for the state of your house. If your door only needs a new coat of paint, a couple panels replaced, or basic repairs to the pull system, it is worth investing in repairs. However, if you see rust, warping, or many panels needing replacement, it is going to be a better financial decision to replace the door completely.
Age of the Door
Just like other aspects of your home, garage doors do not have a limitless lifespan. Most doors are sold with a warranty, so if you just replaced the door, check with your policy to see what protection you have. If your door is found to have defects, you will want to make sure you do not void the warranty by making repairs on your own. However, if your garage door is older than ten years, it is a better idea to simply replace your door altogether.
Normal wear and tear is easy to repair on a garage door, but damage is different. Damage to your garage door can be due to a vehicle collision or weather. Prior to making any repairs or deciding on a replacement, contact your insurance policy. Your homeowners' insurance company may cover all repairs for weather damage, while a car insurance policy may cover property damage done by another driver. Finally, most policies will help with the cost of replacement of garage doors if you are not at fault for the damage.
Operation of the Door
The final deciding factor on replacement or repair should be on how the door is operating. If the door stopped working all of a sudden, you will definitely want to check if a repair is possible. However, if you have fought with your garage door for a while, then it is time to replace the door.