If your garage door isn't working right, the first thing on your mind is usually to get it fixed so you can gain access and restore security. However, having a broken garage door fixed isn't always the best option. Depending on the situation, sometimes it's better to take the opportunity to have it replaced. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you make the decision to repair or replace your garage door.
Is the Damage Severe or Expensive to Fix?
A garage door that suffers severe damage, such as a hit by a car or large tree limb, will rarely ever look as good as it once did. Even if the mechanical parts are fixed, the door will be dented or cracked. This can make your whole house look like it's in disrepair. In this case, it's better to get a new door.
Additionally, while severe damage isn't always visible, your bank account will see it just fine. If it turns out that you not only need a new spring but also new tracks and a new cable, it's a good idea to just start with a brand new door. The cost of all of the repairs will add up to almost the same thing.
Is the Door Old and Inefficient?
Older garage doors typically have no insulation. This is fine for a detached garage that isn't under climate control, but if it's attached to your house, the old door is costing you money due to its inefficiency. Replacing that door with a new, insulated one is a good idea even if repairing it would be cheap, because you'll make up the investment through lower power bills.
Is the Damage Minor?
If the damage is minor and won't cost much to repair, it's usually best to go ahead and have it fixed. Garage door tracks and even spring replacement don't cost all that much on their own – it's when a door is old enough to have multiple problems that replacement becomes the better bet.
Is the Existing Door Fairly New?
Newer doors are insulated, and as long as they haven't been dented or otherwise obviously damaged, they look great. These doors also have all of the modern safety features. Having a fairly new door fixed makes sense, because a new one won't be a significant improvement.
Call Us for Garage Door Repair and Installation
Whether you need garage door repair or installation, we're ready to serve you. Door Power in Chanhassen, Minnesota has a staff of four full-time technicians with more than 60 years of combined experience. We strive to do the job right the first time, every time. Our technicians don't work on commission, and we don't use any subcontractors. Call us to get a quote today!