In the United States, 76% of homes have garages.
Garages don’t just protect our vehicles, they also increase the value of our homes. For a lot of homes around the country, the one thing they share in common is that at some point they will need a new garage door. Since garage doors go up and down on a regular basis, this wear and tear over time can cause damage. Eventually the garage door will have to be replaced.
When You Need a New Garage Door
Barring any accidents or natural disasters, there are some warning signs your door will give you, tipping you off that action needs to be taken. As a garage door ages the chances that it will need to be replaced go up. In order to prevent any damage to the garage, your vehicles, or belongings, you need to know what to look out for. Here we will present the top five signs that your garage door is going to need to be replaced.
1. Air Moves Freely Through
Often manifesting as a strong breeze that comes through the garage door, the most common spot for the draft to enter is under the door, but it can also enter around the sides and even the top. This can be a big problem for homes with attached garages.
Those who have an attached garage run the risk of their energy bill going up because garage doors play a part in making sure your home maintains its temperature, and with the heat in the West Houston area a hot garage will mean that your air conditioner is going to have to work overtime.
Whether attached or unattached, cold or hot air flowing into the garage can damage chemicals, aerosols or paints stored in there. If temperatures are extreme enough, even a vehile can run the risk of damage. A nice, functional garage may not necessarily be temperature controlled, but it should protect against the worst weather extremes.
2. Water Penetrating the Garage
If your garage door no longer keeps rain out, it’s a sign that you might consider getting a new one. Water damage is not always something that appears in the course of a single day, but over time water can degrade the wood around the door, and can even cause damage to the foundation.
If left unchecked, water damage will cause you to replace more than just a door. While many of us don’t do extensive inspections of our garages, moisture is free to do damage over long periods of time which can lead to rotting wood, sagging walls, and a whole host of other problems.
Water penetration in an attached garage can even cause damage to your home. In areas that have torrential rain, like the Houston Texas area, the effects can be even worse. If you notice water entering your garage, consider replacing or repairing the door as soon as possible.
3. Cracked or Warped
If the exterior or interior of your garage door appears cracked, you may have to replace it. Another key structural issue occurs when the door appears to bow or be warped. Either condition means that the structural integrity of the door has been compromised.
A cracked garage door panel will ruin your garage door’s ability to insulate the garage. You may not feel air blowing through it, but cracks can allow water in which can rust out the door and cause water damage to the items in your garage.
A garage door that won’t shut like it’s supposed to, or is difficult to operate, can be caused by a warped door. Warped doors can cause the garage door to fall out of it’s tracks and you don’t want to run the risk of dealing with a fallen garage door, it is scary and can result in both serious bodily injury and major property damage!
4. Consistent Problems
If your garage door comes off of the track once, it could be the sign of a bigger problem. If it continues to do so even after a repair, it means that you need a new garage door.
This is true of any garage door issue that continues to happen again and again. Over time the cost of having your garage door repaired can exceed the cost of getting a new one – depending on what size your garage is and what kind of door you are going to purchase.
If you have had your garage door fixed, and it continues to have issues, consider hiring Ohana Garage Doors to replace it. As professional contractors, we can get your door replaced in no time.
5. Old Garage Door
Most garage doors will last at least 10-20 years. But depending on the brand, the environment, and the damage they receive through regular wear and tear, they sometimes don’t make it that long. If your garage door is getting old and worn out, consider replacing it with our high quality garage doors before having to deal with any more issues.
Right now you may only need a garage door repair but remember that age will eventually catch up with the door and sooner or later it will need to be replaced.
The Garage Door
Having an operational garage door that you’re able to open and close without any effort is convenient and helps protect your vehicles, tools, and other belongings. As long as everything is working fine, a garage door is an asset to the home.
When things aren’t going well and the garage door becomes a huge hassle; that’s when it’s time to get it repaired or changed.
If you need a new garage door and live in the West Houston area, contact Ohana Garage Doors. We can get your problem fixed or your door replaced before you lose money to high energy bills or unexpected water damage.