Should you hire a handyman to install a garage door you buy yourself? Perhaps you…
Are you thinking to yourself, “Do I need a new garage door?” When is it time you stopped struggling with your garage door and said to yourself, enough is enough! It’s true; a broken or wonky garage door can be easy to ignore; you might be reminded of it as you leave for work and as you come home, but as soon as you’re on your way it’s once again out of sight, out of mind.
However, the longer you live with an inadequate garage door, the higher the chance that you’ll be more trouble for yourself. Not only is a broken garage door unsafe, but it also poses a security risk, and can even be an eyesore to your curb appeal. With that said, when is enough, enough? Let’s find out.
Shuttering & Shaking Garage Door
A garage door in good working order should operate smoothly and, other than the opener motor, soundlessly. Doors typically use pulleys and bearings. When they get out of alignment or become damaged, they’ll shake the door as it opens and closes, making a lot of noise in the process. Once a garage door starts making this noise we’d suggest, at the very least, getting it repaired so things don’t get worse.
Sagging Garage Door
Whether your door is made of wood, metal, or a composite material, it shouldn’t sag. A sagging door is indicative of structural problems, whether that’s how it fits and hangs in its frame, or whether the door itself is falling apart. If your door is sagging, it might be more advantageous to go for a full replacement and exchange the track hanger kit in the process.
Not What it Used to Be
Sometimes a door is simply a bit long in the tooth! Whether the style of the door no longer matches your house (maybe it’s been through some renovations over the years), or you just want to switch things up. There’s nothing wrong with switching out your garage door for something more stylish, modern, or timeless. A brand-new garage door can have an instant effect on your curb appeal, so it’s definitely worth considering.
Rotted or Damaged Wood
As we said previously, where there is wood, there can be rot. Whether the garage door itself is rotting away, or the wooden frame that the track hanger affixes to has seen better days, it’s best to have a professional come in to replace what needs to be replaced.
Won’t Close or Open, or Difficult to Operate
If you fear there’s an issue with your opener or sensor, then we recommend you call in a professional as soon as you can. When a garage door won’t open or close properly, it poses an immediate safety risk. In many cases, your garage is also an entry point into your home. When you can’t rely on your garage door, you introduce a big security risk to your home.
Second Guessing Your Garage Door? Don’t Sweat it!
We hope you’re more informed than you were about your garage door before reading this. However, if you’re still not sure what’s going on with your garage door, or how severe your problem is, we have one suggestion; call us! We’ll inspect your garage door, suggest a repair, or encourage a replacement. Above all, we’ll be honest in our feedback.