If you have a garage door that’s giving you trouble, you may be stressing about whether to repair your existing door or purchase a new one. At DC Garage Doors Inc, we offer both repair and installation services in Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit County in Utah. We want to help you make the smartest decision about which option is best, so here is a quick guide to help you decide. Whatever you choose, our small father-son operation can make it happen on time and for less money.
When to Schedule Garage Door Repair
In today’s economy, saving money where possible is important. Here are several situations that would warrant a cheaper repair instead of a costly replacement.
1. Only One Panel Is Damaged
When damage is limited to only one panel, repair is the most cost-effective option. However, if you fail to replace the panel promptly, the damage can spread and lead to more expense.
2. The Door Suddenly Stops Working
Often, a garage door that works one day and not the next can be caused by something as simple as a dead remote battery. If a battery replacement doesn’t correct the issue, you should have reputable garage door contractors come take a look at the opener system.
3. The Garage Door Seems Heavy or Crooked
If your garage door seems to be struggling more than usual or is out of alignment when it closes, these issues can normally be corrected by switching out the springs.
4. Sensors Have Failed
When the garage door’s safety sensors are no longer sensing obstructions, you should schedule a repair appointment right away. Having functioning safety sensors is actually the law!
When to Plan for Garage Door Replacement
Installing a new garage door can be a big expense, depending on the type of door you choose. Here are some situations where it is necessary to spend the extra money on a new door.
1. Multiple Panels Are Damaged
If your garage door has more than one damaged panel, the whole door should be replaced. Not only is it costly to replace multiple panels, but it also can lead to door misalignment and even more repair costs.
2. The Door Has Been Damaged for a Long Time
Repeated use of a damaged garage door can lead to irreparable damage. If you’ve been putting off repairs for a while, you may be better off scheduling a garage door replacement from the start instead of trying to repair the excessive damage.
3. You Want to Save Money on Your Energy Bill
Older garage doors are often lacking in proper insulation. A new garage door will better seal off your home from the weather and help you save money on your energy bill.
4. You Want to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Because they take up a large percentage of the facade of a home, updating your garage door can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal and increase the purchase price of your home if you decide to sell.
If you are still unsure about whether you should repair or replace your existing garage door or if you know what you need and are ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you!