If you have been having problems with your garage door, it might be time to replace it. However, it can sometimes be difficult knowing when you just need repairs or you actually need a new garage door. Aside from a garage door that is especially old or isn't functioning at all, you should pay attention to the following signs that you need to replace the garage door.
It Has Noisy Operation
Many garage doors will make a lot of noise, which can be quickly remedied by spraying some lubricant oil on the springs and tracks. However, if you have tried this, tightened all the bolts and springs, and are still having trouble with noise, it might be due to age, the tracks, or the door itself. When these areas of a garage door are having troubles that are causing a lot of noise, it is typically easier to just get a new door. Getting new tracks installed is a lengthy process, and not entirely worth it unless you also have the benefit of an updated garage door.
Your Door Doesn't Have Modern Safety Features
Newer garage door systems also have a lot of updated features that you might be missing. For example, if you have a much older door, it might not have a sensor that knows when a person or object is obstructing its path. The door will continue opening or closing regardless of what is in the way. This not only puts your belongings at risk if they are too close to the door when it opens or closes but can put children and pets at risk as well. In this case, you should update the garage door to one that has some of the newer safety features. You might also want a new garage door with other features, such as better insulation or upgraded efficiency features.
Part of the Door Are Sagging
You should also consider replacing the garage door if parts of it are sagging. This occurs more often with older doors, especially those made of wood. Unfortunately, since it can happen to large sections at a time, repairing it is often more work than just replacing the door. When part of the door is sagging, it causes gaps between the door and the frame, which can take away from its insulating properties and thus increase your monthly energy bills. Consult a garage door professional when you notice sagging of the garage door to determine if it should be repaired or replaced.