Do I Really Have to Replace My Garage Door?

If your garage door is starting to get old and beat up, you might be wondering whether to replace it or wait a few more years.

How long can I wait before calling a technician?

Can the problem be fixed with minor repairs, or do you just need to start anew entirely? Here are a few tips that can help you determine whether or not you need a new garage door.

Is your garage door more than 15 years old?

How old is your current door? Although estimates for how long a garage door should last can vary, most experts agree that a garage door should be replaced when it’s between 15 and 30 years old.

If your door is in that range or older, or you have never replaced it, you might consider getting a new one.

What Kind of Material Is It?

The lifetime of the door will largely depend on what material it is made out of.

Wooden Doors

A wooden door is due for replacement if you start noticing rot, moisture damage, cracks, or gaps. While the finishing on wood is designed to protect it from the elements, there comes a time when not even a new coat of paint can protect your garage door.

Metal Doors

A steel door, on the other hand, isn’t going to rot. However, unless specially treated, it may begin to rust over time. It can also pick up various dents and dings. While some of these can be popped out (on an uninsulated door), eventually the marks and scratches will accumulate. In most cases they will be purely cosmetic, but serious damage can prevent the door from operating. Eventually the best strategy will be simply to replace the door.


Of course, there are problems that may be apparent no matter what type of door you have. Sagging and warped doors need to be completely replaced, as do doors with significant damage to the track, frame, or springs. You should replace your garage door if it has been damaged in a major storm or from vehicle collision.

Energy Efficiency

Even if your door is perfectly functional, you may want to have it replaced if it is not energy-efficient. A poorly insulated garage door can drain energy from your home, making it harder to cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This both harms the environment and raises your energy bills. Replacing an older model with an insulated garage door is a great investment that can help your wallet in the long run.

You don’t need to replace your garage door very often, but it’s important to get a new one as soon as the old one no longer meets your needs. A new garage door can help your home look better and be more efficient.


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