Following the best maintenance practices, a garage door will typically last between 15 and 20 years. If you want a better idea of when you need a garage door replacement, look out for the following signs that your door is nearing the end of its lifespan.
- Your door has become very noisy. Your garage door will make some noise, even if barely noticeable. There are simply too many moving pieces working together for it to be truly silent. However, sharp, loud noises, like creaking or banging, could be an early sign that the mechanism is starting to falter. Keep a close ear on your door as it opens and closes, and be on the lookout for any noisy developments.
- The door itself is moving slower than usual. If you’ve noticed that your door is taking longer to fully open and close, a mechanical failure may be imminent. Loss of speed is often the result of damaged springs. On the other hand, if the door is struggling to operate (for example, it pauses at certain points before continuing), the roller tracks may be to blame. In either case, it’s best to get a garage door replacement right away to prevent further damage.
- It needs frequent professional repairs. You should never hesitate to contact professionals to help maintain your garage door. However, if you find yourself calling for help to address frequent or recurring problems, your door is likely past its prime and should be replaced. If you need to address the same problems repeatedly, there’s only so much a professional fix can do to keep things running. Eventually, it will need to be replaced, so do so sooner and save yourself the headache.
At Doors by Nalley of Lake Norman, Inc., we specialize in garage door replacement for residential and commercial buildings. Let our experts take the stress out of repairs and replacement so you can focus on the important things in your life. Contact us today and learn more about how we can be your door to quality.