Knowing when to choose garage door repair or replacement

Replace old garage doorsYour garage door protects your car and your belongings, keeps heat from leaking out of the garage, and ensures that wildlife stays outside where it belongs. Watch for these signs of a failing door to know when it’s time to invest in a replacement to maintain the safety of your home.

Excessive Noise

Loud grinding, rattling, whirring, or clicking when your garage door opens and shuts can be a sign that something serious is going on. Take a moment to listen when you pull into the garage. If you hear anything unusual, call a professional garage door repair company. Noises could be a sign of failing parts or a potentially dangerous structural situation.

A Lack of Balance

Over time, the springs that hold up your garage door experience wear and tear. Changing temperatures and daily use put a strain on the metal, and often one will start to give out before the other. If the door begins to rattle as it opens and shuts, try opening it manually and closing it halfway. A door that stays put when you let go is fine, but if it starts to fall, you’re dealing with spring problems. This should be addressed right away to avoid the safety hazards that result from spring failure.

Visible Damage

Garage doors that are bent or are developing cracks and holes in the surface don’t seal properly, resulting in spaces that compromise the integrity of the garage. What seems like simple cosmetic damage could in fact be a sign of extensive rot underneath, a problem that can eventually lead to complete door failure.

Wasted Energy

Any of these problems can result in higher utility bills. If you suddenly find yourself paying more for electricity with no apparent change in use, check the garage door. You may discover gaps or cracks that are letting heat out, or the door might not be closing all the way. Look for wear and tear on the weather stripping at the bottom of the door as well. A higher electric bill could also be a sign that the insulation on the door is beginning to fail, making it more difficult for your home heating system to maintain a comfortable temperature.

If you need garage door repair or replacement to address these issues, you can rely on the Overhead Door Company of Portland, OR. Our services include installation of brand new, top-of-the-line garage doors made from quality materials in modern styles that add curb appeal to your home. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to request a free quote.