Garage doors are designed and built to withstand the daily wear and tear of the elements, but like anything else in a home, there comes a time where replacement is necessary. There are, however, times where it may be more obvious than others and before making a rash decision to spend the time and money and going through a garage door replacement in Rancho Cordova, you want to make sure you know that your door actually requires a replacement.
Here are some of the telltale signs to look for to know whether or not you need a garage door replacement in Rancho Cordova.
Cracked or peeling paint
If your home has a wooden garage door, you know that every so often you have to refinish and repaint it in order to protect it from the elements and keep it looking good. Over time, however, the paint or stain can break down, causing the wood to rot and discolor or fade quicker when exposed to the sun and UV rays.
If you inspect your garage door and come to find that there are cracks or holes in the door, or moisture has wicked up at the bottom, it’s definitely time to replace it.
Dents, dings and scratches
If your home has a metal garage door, over time it can possibly acquire some dents and small dings. While small ones can be taken care of quite easily by pushing out the dings from the inside, if you are unable to get rid of the dings after attempting to push them out, you may need to replace that section or possibly the entire door.
Bent or sagging sections
Over time, wood garage doors have a tendency to sag or bend if not maintained regularly. When the door is closed, if you notice that there are large gaps under the ends of the door, it’s time to replace it. Replacement is needed for a few reasons.
First, if there are gaps in the door this allows bugs, small animals and other unwanted pests to venture into the garage and make a home for themselves amongst your belongings. Secondly, those gaps can allow for the hot or cold air to seep in which can affect the temperature of both the garage as well as your home. Lastly, the door, as well as the moving parts, can become greatly damaged if it is moving up and down and there are gaps or bends in it. That can make it a much more expensive replacement.
Rise in energy costs
Older, worn down garage doors may not be well insulated or have the proper weather stripping to keep out the elements which can greatly effect your energy bills. A better insulated garage door can keep the garage and any room attached to it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. If you notice your bills are higher and aren’t sure why, check the garage door: it’s more than likely time for a replacement.
The door is hard to open or close
It’s obvious, but it must be said. Garage doors have a simple task of opening and closing. If this simple task is becoming increasingly difficult, it may be time for a replacement. Check all of the moving parts on the door as these can become worn down over time, but if you check the different parts and the door is still giving you trouble—it’s time for a replacement.