Most Common Garage Door FAQs

Most Common Garage Door FAQs

Our customers often come to us with questions about their garage doors, whether that’s about maintenance, repair, materials, style, or technology used to enhance garage doors. We’ve decided to compile some of the most frequently asked questions into a blog article, so maybe the answer to your burning question can be found on this page.

How long do garage doors last?

This will depend partly on the quality of the garage door, how often it is used, and how well it is maintained throughout its lifespan. The average garage door can last anywhere between 15-30 years. If you maintain it properly and arrange regular garage door tune-ups, then you can extend the lifespan of your garage door. Find out more about when it is time to replace your garage door.

How long does it take to install a new garage door?

The answer to this will vary depending on the size of the garage door and whether it is manual or electric. It can take just a few hours or anywhere up to a full day to finish installing your new garage door.

What happens to my old garage door?

If you’re having a new garage door installed, you might wonder what happens to your old one and whether you have to dispose of it yourself. Most installation teams will remove your garage door and dispose of it for you, with the aim of recycling or reusing as many parts as possible. Some companies may charge an additional fee for this service, but many do not. You can also choose to dispose of the door yourself if you want to try to sell it.

Do I need to replace my garage door for an electric one?

In most cases, you will be able to simply upgrade your manual garage door to an electric one. The mechanisms and power can be added to your garage and its door by a professional installation team. The company will be able to survey your garage to confirm whether it is suitable for an electric opener. Some older models of garage door may not be compatible with these accessories, however.

If you have a question about your garage door or about our products and services that hasn’t been answered here, then feel free to get in touch with us online with your question and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Beat the Heat with a Cool Garage Door

Beat the Heat with a Cool Garage Door

When the warm weather arrives, we’re all about keeping our homes cool to give us a respite from the heat. But, one thing a lot of people forget about is how to keep their garage cool. If your garage is attached to your house, then this could be a major way that unwanted heat is getting into your home. Or, if you or your kids spend time in the garage, then you’ll want to keep it cool and comfortable.

You might not want to install air conditioning in your garage because you don’t spend as much time in it compared to your home, but there are other ways you can help to keep your garage cool when the temperatures rise. Your garage door plays a big part in keeping cool air in and hot air out. If your garage door isn’t cutting it, then here are a few ways you can upgrade it to keep your garage cooler.


An insulative garage door isn’t just for keeping your garage warm in winter, it also helps to keep the hot air out in the summer. Having your garage door properly insulated or buying an insulative garage door can help to keep your garage cool inside.

Cooling materials

The material you choose for your garage door can make a difference to how cool your garage is inside. Metals like steel and aluminum are poor insulators, but they can have insulation added to them. Fiberglass is another popular choice for garage doors, but is not a good insulator. Wood is generally a better insulative material than steel and fiberglass.

Light colored paint

Even a seemingly cosmetic change can make a difference to the internal temperature of your garage. If your garage door is a dark color, then it will absorb the heat more readily. The same way as we feel hotter if we wear black clothes on a sunny day. If your garage door is dark, then painting it a lighter color will help it to reflect the heat rather than absorbing it.

Proper maintenance

Any damage to your garage door can lead to gaps that let the heat in and the cool air out, so it doesn’t matter how insulative your garage door is if it hasn’t been maintained well. Make sure you get a regular tune-up for your garage door to make sure there is no damage or faults, and to make sure the weather proofing around the door is intact to keep it all sealed up.

Is it time to upgrade your garage door for summer? Contact us at Carolina Garage Door for garage door services and products in The Piedmont Triad.