Things to Consider Before Garage Door Replacement07/27/2013 Back To Blog
Deciding whether you need garage door replacement is a big and perhaps tricky decision because you don't want to spend money for unnecessary replacements, nor jeopardize the good functioning of the system. You need to read and learn more about the mechanism of your garage doors and inspect well before you make up your mind, so that you can be sure the system will work fine and you won't throw away money.
Do you really need garage door replacement?
It's a tricky question, which must puzzle you and you will definitely need to check the whole mechanism before you make any changes. Think that if the system is ancient, you may need to change the entire mechanism because the current one lacks in security provision and safety features. If you just need garage door panel replacement, you will be saving a lot of money.
Check the parts
You must check whether the panel is problematic or you decided to replace it because the opener doesn't work properly. It may be the case that you just need garage door opener replacement or to change some other parts of the mechanism and not the panel.
If you do need to replace the panel, you should think hard before you select the material. You should consider the weather conditions of your location because high humidity will be catastrophic for wooden doors and eventually your pocket. The most common choice is aluminum overhead doors because they are more resistant and durable. The selection must be also based upon your budget and whether you need an insulated door or whether the garage door is part of your house or situated elsewhere.
Be aware of the surprises
New panels don't always come alone. You may get carried away with the new beautiful garage doors and pick something completely different for your home. That's completely acceptable except that you will have to open your wallet widely, if the characteristics of the new door don't match the traits of the previous one. In this case, you may need to replace existing garage door components to make sure the springs can lift the heavier panel and the horsepower of the opener is sufficient.