Should I repair or replace my garage door?

Garage Door, Residential Garage Door

One of the most common questions that we get asked from North Texas homeowners is, “My garage door is damaged. Should I repair it or replace it?”

Garage doors are an essential element of the modern home. They are designed to make life easier. But as with any mechanical system, problems can – and do – arise with modern garage doors. To avoid immediate and inconvenient changes to your daily routines and keep your home and family safe and protected, you need to make sure that you have a perfectly working garage door. Well, then, when your garage door is damaged, is it a more sensible decision to repair it, or is replacement the way to go?

The answer is:

If your garage door repair costs are far more than installing a new door would cost, you should consider a replacement. If not, however, it would be a good idea to consider a few things, such as:

Cosmetic damage

Chipped paint and a cracked or fading panel may look very unsightly, but they do not affect the garage door’s operation at all. Cosmetic damage is largely a result of your door’s age, inclement weather, and vehicle damage. Luckily, any type of cosmetic damage is generally a quick and affordable fix.

While a new coat of paint can go a long way toward hiding your garage door’s cosmetic imperfections, if it is 10+ years old, it has likely passed its lifespan, and there may be a ton of issues that will continue to add up in repair costs. This is where a replacement will provide you with more value. It is important to note a new garage door installation yields the second-highest ROI of all home renovations, so you can recoup the cost of a new door through increased home value.

Structural damage

Severe weather or extreme temperature conditions can cause structural damage to the heavy, powerful moving parts of your garage door. A garage door with a damaged structure will struggle to work properly, no matter how many times you bring in a professional to fix it. So, an issue with your garage door’s structure will likely require a total replacement.

A structurally damaged garage door will also be unbalanced and cause further issues with the tracking mechanism and motor. Therefore, if you notice structural damage in your garage door (such as warped doors), replace your door as quickly as you can, as a new garage door is still a lot more affordable than an entirely new door system.

Functionality

If your garage door is stuck on its tracks, makes loud noises, or opens too slowly, the decision to repair or replace will depend on the extent of the issue. If the problem is sudden and isolated (for example, the issue is with the garage door springs, but the rest of the garage lift mechanism looks good), a repair will be a more cost-effective option. However, if there are multiple issues with the door’s lift mechanism, this may be a good time for a replacement.

How much does a new garage door cost?

If you are thinking of replacing your garage door, you are probably wondering how much a new garage door costs in North Texas.

Depending on the material, style, size, and quality you choose, the average cost to install a standard single car garage door ranges from $600 to $1,500, while a standard two-car garage door averages $800 to $1,500. This includes the cost of hiring a professional garage door installer and the price of a new door and all the supporting parts (such as connectors, fasteners, adhesives, and new tracks for the door to move along).

However, if you are replacing your old garage door and all the supporting parts are working correctly, you will only need to pay for the new garage door, which would cost you anywhere between $300 and $1,100, plus about $200 – $400 in labor charges.

The Importance of Hiring a Professional

Most homeowners tend to struggle with whether they should take on garage door projects themselves and save some money, or have garage door experts handle the projects for them. Although you can repair or install a garage door yourself, especially with a YouTube video as a guide, we recommend you contact a reputable garage door professional as attempting to repair or replace a garage door can be dangerous for even the most experienced DIY homeowner.

For one, garage door springs are incredible amounts of tension, and they can cause potentially fatal injuries or significant property damage if not handled properly. At 400 pounds, the door itself is super heavy and unwieldy, and you could easily hurt yourself trying to maneuver it.

With powerful motors and delicate electrical systems, garage doors are also more complicated than you think, and even if you do not get hurt, taking on a garage door project yourself will probably take more time to complete than hiring garage door professionals to take on the project. Plus, if your work is subpar in any way, all of the interacting systems will likely break down in the future, leading to even more costly repairs or replacements.

Garage Door Repair and Replacement in North Texas

The security and safety of your North Texas home depend on the smooth operation of your garage door. Should you find yourself in need of garage door repair, call the garage door experts at Reliable Garage Door Repair. If you are considering a new garage door installation, however, we have a selection of attractive, durable, and low-maintenance garage doors from industry leading manufacturers in a wide variety of styles, and we are sure to find one that is right for you.

Give us a call at (469) 778-4241 to speak with our garage door pros. And don’t forget to check out our blog for more helpful tips!

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