3 Signs You Should Repair Or Replace Your Garage Door
Your garage door, just like all other exterior parts of your home, will degrade over time with age due to weather exposure. Further, the complexity of garage door openers means that there is a range of different mechanical problems that they can suffer from as well. Understanding some of the most common symptoms of a garage door that is in dire need of repairs or replacement can help you determine when you should get in touch with a garage doors contractor about inspecting your system to figure out next steps.
1. Noisy Operation
The first sign of mechanical issues with your garage door that will likely manifest is an increased amount of noise coming from your door while it opens or closes. This is in excess of the usual rattling of the chain and tracks as the door moves. Any grinding, screeching, or other irregular sounds can indicate that something is wrong or bent out of place. The most likely culprits lie with your tracks, your springs, or the door opener itself, all of which are essential to the operation of your garage door. This is not a problem that you should ignore, as it represents components of your garage door are experiencing increased wear and are thus likely to fail at some point in the near future – which could cause your garage door to stop functioning completely, or even come slamming down suddenly.
2. Slow Movement
Another clear sign that your garage door is not operating properly and may require repairs or even a complete replacement is if you find that the door opens or closes extremely slowly. This can happen when the motor in the opener begins to burn out, and indicates that your opener and all attached components have likely suffered a great deal of wear and age, making other malfunctions more likely in the near future.
3. Visible Wear
Finally, while not a practical indication that your garage door is no longer working properly, you should keep an eye on the condition of the door itself. While flaking paint can be easily replaced, signs of physical damage – such as dents, scratches, and cuts, or signs of rust or wood rot – can drastically reduce the overall curb appeal of your home. This can reduce the potential list value of your home, and reduce the likelihood of potential buyers being interested in your home which is something to keep under consideration if you want to sell your home at any point in the future.