3 Things That Tell You To Upgrade Your Garage Door

Is it time to upgrade your garage door and opener? How do you know when it's time to invest in a replacement? Here, you'll find a few tips that can help you determine if it's time to bid your old garage door a fond farewell.

Attached Garage or Detached?

Is the garage attached to your home or detached? If it's attached, you'll want to be sure that the garage door is insulated and in good condition. The garage door will prevent a lot of energy loss if it's made well and is insulated.

If the garage is detached, efficiency isn't too much of an issue if you aren't trying to heat or cool the garage. Yes, you want it to keep out the elements, but it's not going to cost you a small fortune if it isn't insulated.

Repair Attempts

How many times have you had to fiddle with the garage door to keep it opening and closing the way that it should? If you find that you're spending more time working than you expected to keep it functioning, it's time to look into upgrading it.

Really, you shouldn't have to do much to take care of your garage door and opener. As long as everything is kept clean and you aren't abusive, it should just work. If it doesn't and you're constantly fixing it – get rid of it.

Safety Features

Garage door openers are equipped with safety features that weren't always required or even available. If your garage door opener isn't equipped with a stop feature at the base of the door, you must upgrade the opener.

The stop feature requires small sensors to be installed at the opening of the garage door – roughly a foot off of the ground. When someone or something is near the sensor, the garage door shouldn't close – it should automatically reverse and go to the full-open position. If your garage door opener isn't equipped with this feature, today is the day you should talk with your local garage door expert about upgrading the opener. Don't wait until something happens to do something to prevent it.

If you still don't know if it's time to upgrade your garage door or opener, talk with your local garage door installation expert for assistance. He or she will be able to inspect your door and make recommendations that will benefit you now and for many, many years to come.