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When to Upgrade or Replace Your Garage Door

23, Dec 2021 in Maintenance & Repairs

There comes a time that a garage door needs to be upgraded. What you may not know is that the lifespan of garage doors and openers is not as long as people estimate. If your garage door is more than 15 years old, you may notice that it’s not working like it used to and will soon need to be replaced. Assessing your garage door and opener based on the below criteria will give you a good idea about whether you should consider replacing your home’s garage door.

Damage from wear and tear
Eventually, time is always going to catch up to your garage door. The gradual wear and tear of regular usage is going to deteriorate your door and its parts, and opener over time. For garage door openers, 8 – 10 years is generally the typical lifespan whereas a garage door is generally 15 – 20 years. Factors such as lack of regular maintenance, exposure to harsh weather conditions or poor workmanship can dramatically shorten the lifespan of your garage door and opener. 

The door has signs of damage
While this may be a no brainer, it is still important to not ignore when your garage door or opener has been damaged as it can compromise the performance and safety of your door. If it is not closing properly, has broken springs or cables, track misalignment, or has been physically damaged by a vehicle for example, this cannot be ignored. Such problems are a safety risk for you and your family as you can be harmed directly by the door or be burgled from lack of security.

Your door is dated
It is also important to consider if your garage door is dated, whether it be its technology or its aesthetics. If your door is mediocre regarding its performance or just looks unpleasant, it is time to upgrade. Replacing a garage door can increase the value of your home so it is well worth your while to consider updating your garage door.


It is important to be able to recognise when it is time to replace your garage door. Failing to do so can cause inconvenience and even be unsafe for you and your family. To learn more about updating your home’s garage door, visit our showroom or book an assessment with our expert team today.

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