The average garage door should last from 15 to 30 years. Although, construction quality materials, maintenance and local temperatures can cause this to vary. Automatic garage door openers usually provide 10 to 15 years of reliable service. The longevity of key components such as springs, rollers, and cables are based on usage.
Take note, though: Measured for 20,000 cycles, torsion springs will need to be replaced every seven years if the door is operated four times a day. The springs can last considerably shorter or longer depending on how often your specific household opens and closes (counts as one cycle) the door each day.
Why You May Want to Consider Replacement
Here are five reasons to ditch your old garage door:
Return on Investment
In the event the door is more than 20 years old or in disrepair, then you may want to consider ditching it – especially if you plan to list your home for sale. In its annual Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling magazine reports the average return on investment for a replacement garage door is 98.3 percent at resell. This makes it the most cost-effective home improvement project. Look for an insulated model constructed in high tensile strength steel with two coats of factory-applied paint.
It’s Damaged Beyond Repair
If someone accidentally backs into the door, it may need to be replaced. In situations such as these, it’s best to have a repair professional assess the damage, and make the final determination on whether repair or replacement is needed. Replacement is typically always required if two or more sections are broken or the door has fallen off its tracks. You may also want to consider a new garage door if the existing one repeatedly needs to be repaired.
You’re Unhappy with Its Overall Appearance
The garage door can account for as much as 40 percent of your home’s facade. An outdated door that doesn’t accurately represent your style or compliment the architecture may detract from home curb appeal. One of the greatest benefits to a new door is its ability to instantly turn this around. There are many models of garage doors that may appeal to you, including carriage house, contemporary and full-view glass. You can also customize it using windows and decorative hardware.
The Old Garage Door Lacks Modern Features
There is full range of exciting new designs, features and thermal-resistant garage doors. If you prefer to share the space as a workshop, auto shop or fitness area, then you’ll want to consider insulation. Insulation is also ideal if there are sleeping quarters directly above the garage. Benefits include reduced energy bills, street noise, and humidity. Batt insulation, foam board insulation, and reflective insulation are the most popular types. Smart garage door openers are available as well.
Extending Garage Door Longevity
With regular garage maintenance, extending the longevity of the door, opener and their components is not only possible, but probable. The International Door Association (IDA) provides a checklist detailing which safety tests and projects should be completed each month. As you, or a service professional are completing these tasks, use quality products such as white lithium grease or silicone-based lubricant – please don’t use WD-40 – on all moving parts. Every six months, check the door’s weatherstripping for wear or damage, and replace as needed.