Five Signs That You Should Replace Your Garage Door

A homeowner may know his or her garage door is older, but how can a person tell when it’s time to replace it? The following are five signs to look for that indicate it’s time to replace a garage door.

Chipped or Broken Areas of the Door
A homeowner who takes a close look at the garage door may see the wood beginning to splinter or break at its edges. This is a major sign that the garage door is starting to fall apart. Also, a homeowner should examine the bottom edge of the door. If the portion of the door that sits on the garage floor is beginning to tear or break away from the body of the door that is a sign that the garage door needs to be replaced. A garage door that is falling apart presents risks to the members of a household.

Loose or Broken Cords/Wires
This is another sign that a garage door needs to be replaced. In fact, if this is the case a homeowner should avoid operating the door. These cords/wires play an important part in the safe operation of a garage door. If they are loose or broken, that means that the door may not have the proper support to do its job safely. By replacing the garage door, a qualified technician can make sure that all of the cords/wires are connected in the appropriate manner.

A Shaky or Unstable Garage Door
A homeowner may notice that when the garage door is in operation it seems to be shaking and unstable as it goes up or down. This means that some part of the door is off balance and not working properly. A door that is working properly goes up and down in a stable, even manner. If a garage door is not operating smoothly, then a replacement is likely the solution.

A Garage Door that Hesitates
When an owner pushes the button on a garage door it should operate without hesitation. If a garage door hesitates when the button is pushed or it starts to go up, and then goes back down there is a problem with the system. Aside from being an inconvenience, this sort of faulty operation can be dangerous. The operations of a garage door must be reliable so children, cars and other objects won’t suffer injury.

A Garage Door that Rests Unevenly
Sometimes a homeowner will notice that his or her garage door doesn’t sit evenly on the ground. Part of the garage door may be slanting upward while the other end sits on the garage floor. A garage door that sits unevenly on the ground cannot operate properly. A garage door that is working properly rises and lowers evenly and its edge rests evenly on the garage floor. An unevenly balanced garage door needs to be replaced. Here are some things that can happen when a garage door sits unevenly on the ground:

  • Too much pressure is placed on the springs of one side of the garage door.
  • Animals such as mice and snakes can enter the garage through the gap beneath the door.
  • The temperature of the garage is affected by the gap beneath the garage door.

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