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How to Decide When to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door

How to Decide When to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door

No one wants to make an unnecessary investment in their home, such as purchasing a new appliance — not when a good repair is the best alternative over full replacement. Your garage door is no different. While a new garage door holds the power to transform the look and feel of your home and its curb appeal, you can often avoid the investment of a new model with residential garage door repair.

As you make your decision between repairing or replacing, here are a few things to consider:

Wear and tear: Your garage door can completely transform the exterior of your home, enhancing curb appeal and complementing the rest of your home’s architecture. When wear and tear starts to show up on your garage door it takes away from the beauty of your home. Needing a single replacement panel is an example of a time when you should choose home garage door repair over a full replacement. But if multiple panels begin to fade or rust, or if multiple panels need replacing, that may be a good sign you should consider replacing your garage door completely.

If you have a wood model, look for warping and cracking. These are tell-tale signs you should consider a garage door replacement. The age of your garage door should play a part in in your decision to replace. If it’s only five years old, you should be able to go with residential garage door repair. If your garage door is more than 15 years old, it’s time to shop for a replacement.

Damage: Damage is different than wear and tear in that it occurs due to a specific incident, such as a collision with a vehicle or high winds. A garage door includes many different parts that allow it to operate seamlessly, and significant damage to these parts can make your door unsafe — with the cost to repair exceeding the cost to replace.

Be sure to review your insurance options if you experience garage door damage. Homeowner’s or car insurance may cover a portion of the replacement cost, depending on the nature of your damage and how it occurred.

Operation: Has your garage door completely stopped working altogether? This could be any number of issues. If it was working fine yesterday but has stopped operating today, the fix may be straightforward and simple. However, if your garage door has been struggling for some time and its non-operation feels like the culmination of a long-term problem, the issues may be more significant — and one that necessitates a full replacement.

Residential garage door repair is only a phone call away. At Ole and Lena’s, we offer a range of overhead door services, as well as a team of experienced technicians who can make recommendations on home garage door repair or replacement. We’re always open, honest and realistic when making recommendations about what’s best for your home. When you need residential garage door repair or replacement in the Twin Cities area, get in touch with the team at Ole and Lena’s.

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