Garage doors are durable and built to last, but that doesn’t mean forever. So, how do you know when it is time to replace your old, existing garage door with a new garage roller door or sectional garage door?
If you are paying attention, there are often signs that it may be time to replace your current garage door. The following are some of the most common signs that we see in the garage door industry.
Sign #1 – Extremely Slow to Close or Open
When you operate your garage door with an automatic opener, it should run smoothly and efficiently. Signs the garage door opener is struggling includes increased operation noise from the powerhead. If your door has not been serviced lately, the garage door may be unbalanced. This can greatly shorten the lifespan of your garage door opener. This will result in you waiting longer each time you press your garage door remote for the door to open.
Whilst calling the garage door repairman to service the door can help, over time this will become less effective.
Sign #2 – You are Afraid to Open the Garage Door as it is Too Noisy
Garage doors should open and close with minimal noise. In fact, people in your house should barely hear the garage door opening. The Merlin MR855MYQ roller opener is normally just louder than the garage door when installed by a garage door repairman. Rated at 57DB, this is just below normal conversation levels (60DB).
If your neighbors can hear the garage door opening or closing, it’s a clear sign the door is struggling. Newer Taurean and B&D roller doors have special features that allow them to open and close without making any noise.
Sign #3 – Current Garage Door Appears Worn and Torn
Garage doors are put through a lot. They must withstand harsh changes in temperature, high winds, rains and even floods, not to mention operating thousands of times. Over time, this could cause your garage door to appear old, ragged and worn down.
If you notice your garage door starts to appear worn and torn, it may be time to upgrade to a newer make and model. While you could paint it or purchase replacement parts, over time the garage door will just keep falling apart. This can lead to a vicious cycle of constantly buying replacement garage door parts, with spiraling costs. Constantly calling the Garage Door Repairman can quickly lead to spending more than what a new door costs. It is financially better to purchase a new one when you notice the door is starting to wear down.
Sign #4 – Lacking in Modern Safety Features
A lot has changed over the years in terms of safety features for garage doors. There are now better, more secure locking mechanisms, such as the B&D Auto-Lock, as well as protective barriers that enhance the stability of the door. All Panelift garage doors are fitted with safety features such as Pinchfree hinge designs and protected wheel tracks to prevent fingers being trapped.
Taurean Novataur doors feature the TauraEdge roller door track, which are the safest roller door tracks in Australia. The rolled over design of the door tracks ensure your pets or children will never cut themselves on the metal.
Older garage doors may not have these safety features and it can be difficult to retrofit parts. Upgrading to a new garage door, like the Panelift Icon, will enhance the safety and security of your home.
Sign #5 – Constantly Needs to be Repaired
Routine maintenance is normal on your garage door, as most manufacturers recommend an annual service for warranty. However, if you notice your garage door is constantly breaking down, it may be time to replace it. Replacing your garage door will save you money, as you won’t have to keep calling the Garage Door Repairman.
After looking at these signs, if you believe you are in need of a new garage door let Wholesale Garage Doors help you. We sell all major brands of roller doors and panel lift doors at wholesale prices. Call Wholesale Garage Doors today to learn more about our garage door products or to receive a free quote.