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When Is the Right Time to Change a Garage Door?

Whether you use your garage to protect your vehicle or store tools, you’ll typically open and close your garage door multiple times a day.

Naturally, this can lead to wear over time, so if you notice any faults with your garage door then the time may have come to get a replacement. If your garage door is damaged, not only will the contents of your garage be exposed to any poor weather, but your home will also be vulnerable to potential intruders.

But when is the right time to change your garage door? The team at SWR Home & Outdoor is here to help by detailing the signs that indicate your garage door needs replacing.

Signs you need to replace your garage door

Difficulty opening and closing

While it’s expected that a garage door will open a little more slowly than a normal door, if you’re having real difficulty operating yours then this is a sure sign that some parts aren’t functioning as they should be.

Similarly, if your garage door is closing at a dangerous speed then, as well as posing a safety risk, this indicates that there may be damage to the springs or cables.

Wear and tear

Your garage door is exposed to the elements 24/7, so you can safely assume it will experience its fair share of wear and tear. From rust and corrosion to dents and scuffs, if your garage door is looking a little worn then you might want to upgrade its look with a garage door replacement. 

It’s also important to visually inspect your garage door components – such as the hinges, springs, cables and tracks – every once in a while to look for any visible signs of damage that might be preventing proper function.

Outdated style

Garage door technology has changed massively over the years, and what was once a secure and modern design may no longer be so. Not only that, but an older garage door can make your home stand out in the wrong way by giving it an outdated appearance, which may even reduce property value and kerb appeal.

When you upgrade to a new garage door, you know you’re receiving the most modern products available and making a smart investment in the style and appearance of your property.

Unusual noises

Have you noticed a squeaking or grinding noise when operating your garage door? Although most of the time this is indicative of a lack of lubrication, there are some occasions when unusual noises might hint at a deeper issue.

Perhaps your garage door is improperly aligned or some nuts and bolts have become loose – whatever the case, this may prevent your garage door from functioning properly and require a replacement.

Constant repairs

While many broken garage doors can be fixed, if you’re having to repeatedly arrange repairs then these costs can soon mount up. There comes a point when it’s no longer cost-effective to have your garage door repaired and a replacement might be the more economical option.

By opting for a new, improved garage door, you’ll likely end up saving money in the long run as this will require less frequent repairs.

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How much does it cost to replace a garage door?

There is no easy answer to the question of garage door replacement cost, as it varies dramatically depending on a number of factors, like:

  • Size: Naturally, the larger your garage door, the more materials are required and, consequently, the higher the price.
  • Additional features: While features like automation and insulation are highly sought-after, they also lead to a higher price point. However, they may increase your property value and lead to you recouping this cost.
  • Material: Most garage doors are either made from wood or steel. As steel is easier to mass produce, it typically costs less than a wooden garage door.
  • Supplier: It’s important to choose a trusted garage door supplier who you can rely on to give you a fair price. As a local, independent business, you can always count on the team here at SWR Home & Outdoor to be honest to a fault and offer the best price available.

If your garage door has seen better days, why not invest in a garage door replacement from SWR Home & Outdoor?

With such a wide selection of styles available from some of the country’s leading manufacturers, you’re sure to find a product that suits your needs. We’ve been operating across St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden and the wider Hertfordshire region since 1989 – simply get in touch with us to arrange a free consultation.

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