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Ready for A New Garage Door?

Ready for A New Garage Door?

Garage doors can last a long time if they are looked after properly, but it will eventually be time for you to buy a new one. If your garage door is broken or damaged, then there will be the question of whether to replace it or repair it. But, there are plenty of reasons you would want a new garage door other than your current one being broken. Here are a few of those reasons.

It’s getting old

Perhaps your current garage door is simply past its prime and doesn’t work like it used to. It has become worn and inefficient, and it needs fixing on a regular basis. Your old garage door could even become unsafe to operate with time. If your garage door is more than 15 years old, it may be time to consider a new one.

You fancy a change

Maybe there’s nothing physically wrong with your garage door. It still works fine, but you’re just bored of seeing the same old door every time you come home. So, you might buy a new garage door just to update the style of your home, opting for a different color, a different material, or a garage door with windows, for example.

For better functionality

New garage doors have great technologies that may not have been available when you bought your current garage door. You could install a garage door opener that you can control form your smartphone, for example, so you can start opening the door as you approach your driveway.

Newer garage doors also tend to be more secure as they are more difficult to break into. So, buying a new garage door could help to keep your home or commercial property safe. On top of this, new garage doors are much more efficient than old ones, helping to keep the warmth in and the cold out through proper insulation.

Selling your home

If you are selling your home, then buying a brand-new garage door can be a big selling point. This will help to attract more buyers to your home and can even help bring in a higher price. For most homes, the garage door is one of the first things you see when you approach the front of the house, so it is really important for first impressions of your home. Figures show that you could recoup up to 76.9% of your project costs when installing a new garage door for resale.

If you’re in any of the above situations and are looking to buy a new garage door, then contact us for quality products and installation services in North Carolina around the Piedmont Triad area.

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Common Causes of Broken Garage Door Springs

Common Causes of Broken Garage Door Springs

If your garage door is making excess noise or not functioning properly, one of the most likely culprits for this is the garage door springs. They are a part of your garage door that experiences wear and tear with every use of the door, so they need a lot of care and attention.

To help you avoid the problem of damaged and broken garage door springs, let’s look at some of the most common causes of springs breaking, other than regular wear and tear, so that you know some key things to avoid and look out for.

Build-up of rust

If your garage door springs become rusted, then they will be weaker and will experience more friction from every day use than healthy springs. This will cause them to wear down quicker, significantly reducing their lifespan. To help prevent the build-up of rust, we recommend applying lubricant to the springs every couple of months and making sure your garage door is properly weather-proofed to reduce exposure to rain.

Incompatible springs

If your garage door has been installed with the incorrect springs or if they have been installed incorrectly, then they are likely to break sooner rather than later. Make sure that you have your garage door installed and maintained by a professional and reputable company to avoid issues such as these.

Poor maintenance

Your garage door springs, and all the other parts that make it up, will need routine inspection and maintenance to ensure they remain functional over a long lifespan. Perform visual checks on your garage door springs regularly and arrange for routine maintenance whenever it is needed.

How to spot damaged springs

How can you tell if your springs are damaged or might break when conducting your visual checks? Here are a few signs to look out for:

  • A stretched-out spring experiencing lack of tension
  • Separation in the spring
  • Rust or corrosion
  • Visible wear and tear

You may also be able to spot damage in the way that your garage door functions, for example, if it opens in a jerky manner or won’t open all the way, or if it makes excess noise when opening or closing.

If your garage door springs do break, then check out this blog to help you know what to do when that happens. You can also contact us directly for help with garage door repair or maintenance around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.