A new residential garage door is a long-term investment. When it looks shabby or it doesn’t perform efficiently, should you repair or replace it? As your garage door is both a dominant feature on your home and an important safety and security feature, there are several factors to consider.
What is the Cost of Repairing vs. Replacing Your Door?
As with many home improvement projects, price can be an issue. When you price a garage door in a big box store, you will find that the prices start at just a couple hundred dollars for the simplest styles, but prices can range into the thousands for high style, high quality doors. Seeing if you can repair your door before buying a new one is a reasonable approach.
Angie’s List offers the following guidelines for expected costs to repair or replace operational parts,
- Repair garage door springs $200
- Open garage door cable $150-$200
- Bad garage door track $150-$150.
- Realign sensors on garage door opener $50-$75
The estimated prices vary by location, but if you need multiple replacement parts, adding a new door might be reasonable. If your door does not raise and lower efficiently, the problem could be with the opener or with the springs and other mechanical parts of the door. Upgrading the opener can improve functionality, while offering you new security features.
How Does Your Residential Garage Door Impact Your Curb Appeal?
The appearance of your door adds to the curb appeal of your home. Even doors that are resistant to scratching, chipping, or denting can show wear over time. Because doors are made with panels, you may be able to replace just one section of the door. Alternatively, you can repaint it to cover worn areas. If the door is badly dented, a garage door company may be able to remove the dents or improve the appearance; you can even find tips online for doing this. If your repairs still look obvious, you should consider replacement, especially if you are planning to sell your home.
Garage door replacement continues to be one investment in your home that offers a large rate of return. In the 2016 Cost vs. Value survey done annually by Remodeling Magazine, you can recoup 91% of the value of adding a new garage door. Even if you select a high-end door that costs between $1,000 and $2,000, your out of pocket costs will be the equivalent of $100 to $200.
How Much Energy Are You Losing Through Your Garage Door?
While any door or window represents an energy sucking break in the envelope of your home, an insulated door can block hot or cold air from entering your home and reduce your heating or air conditioning bills. In addition, an insulated door can block sound from the street and neighborhood. You can recoup some of the savings with a do-it-yourself installation kit, but adding insulation to one side of your door cannot compare with a factory sealed insulating door. Buying a new insulated door will not offer a windfall of savings, but will save you money in the long run, while looking and performing better than a DIY project.
For a good assessment of whether to repair or replace your residential garage door, contact Overhead Door today.