Choosing Between Garage Door Repair and Replacement

At Overhead Door Company, our top priority at all times is maintaining your garage quality and safety in a cost-effective way. While garage door repair is our specialty, we won’t recommend any kind of repairs unless they’re absolutely necessary – and on the other side of this equation, we won’t push repairs on you when the more prudent move is replacing the garage door altogether.

This is a common theme when it comes to garage door issues: To repair or replace? There are plenty of situations where either side is the correct call, and this depends on the age of the door, the severity of the issue and a few other factors. Here are some broad damage types to  consider, plus some basic factors in whether you should be looking at repairs or replacement for your garage door.

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Aesthetic Damage

The simplest and most common form of garage door damage is simple cosmetic concerns, from chipped paint or cracked panels to fading colors or small dents. These kinds of damage, often caused by natural wear-and-tear or some harsh weather, generally do not affect the way the door works, but merely how it looks.

If your door is on the newer side and is experiencing this sort of damage, repair is usually the way to go – it’s low-cost and not something you should have to do repeatedly. If the garage door is over 10 years old, on the other hand, you might want to consider replacement based on elements like curb appeal and long-term value. This is an area where the precise cost of repairs will play a big role in your final decision, and our pros are happy to guide you in the right direction.

Structural Damage

In other cases, damage to a garage door is structural in nature. Examples here include bending, warping or major dents that actively impede the door’s ability to open or close properly.

While repairs are absolutely possible for these issues on newer doors, this is often a moot point for one simple reason: These issues are far less common on newer doors, and far more frequently-seen on older models that are already nearing the end of their lifespan. In these cases, replacement with a modern alternative can be the way to go.

Functional Issues

Finally, if the door’s issues cause it to be stuck or undergo other functional issues, the decision comes down to the precise nature of the issue. Is the door opening and closing extremely loudly? This is often due to a friction or lubrication issue that can be resolved easily without replacement, as is the repair of a single component like a torsion spring that might have gone faulty while the rest of the door is in great shape. If multiple areas are an issue or cannot be repaired, however, replacement could be necessary.

For more on choosing between garage door repair and replacement, or to learn about any of our garage door services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.