Homeowners deal with the new versus repair question all the time. Garage doors are no different – a new garage door installation is not a trivial expense. There are a few things to consider when it comes to replacing or repairing your garage door:
Damage to The Garage Door System
Damage to a garage door system can range from some slight paint peeling to major, structural damage than can pose safety hazards. If the damage to your door is minor, maybe a dent in one or more panels, cracks or paint issues, a repair may be a cost-effective solution. For many homes, the garage door accounts for a large percentage of what your home looks like from the road, having a direct impact on curb appeal. So repairing some dings and paint issues can be money well spent.
Major damage to structural components, which can pose safety hazards, can be more expensive and need to be weighed against the cost of replacement. A broken spring can be a routine repair, but if there is additional damage to the system, the repair cost may begin approaching replacement cost. In this case, the homeowner will want to factor in the age of the garage door in making their decision. Sawtooth can evaluate your situation and provide an estimate for repair versus replacement.
Age of Garage Door
Garage doors last between 15 and 30 years on average depending on many factors including usage, climate and quality of components. If your garage door is in that range, you may want to consider replacing the door rather than repairing for anything other than minor repairs. Remember, a new garage door has an excellent return on investment for home upgrades.
Of course, cost is always a factor. A $200 repair versus a $2000 new door may be an obvious decision. But the cost must also be weighed against the age of the door and the cost to replace. Once again, your local garage door experts can provide pricing guidance and advice on how best to proceed.