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What Signs can I look for to know when I should be Replacing My Garage Door?

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Q: What signs can I look for to know when I should be replacing my garage door?

A: Over time, garage doors do wear out and need to be replaced for various reasons. Some of the signs to look for are:

1. The door is damaged and doesn't close properly.

Our Canadian weather can play a factor in damage caused to your garage door - or maybe you've accidentally backed into the door with your car (oops!) - whatever the cause, if you notice light coming into the garage where it shouldn't be (like in between the door panels), you'll want to get a new door.

2. There's been an increase in your energy bills, but rates haven't increased.

Gaps and small openings around the garage door can cause cooled and heated air from inside the home to escape - and also allow outdoor air into the garage. This can cause your furnace or air conditioner to run more often when the air inside your garage gets inside your home.

3. The door is difficult to open and close.

If the automatic opener is having difficulties raising and closing your door (and you're having an equally hard time opening and closing it manually), it often indicates the door is warped and needs to be replaced.

4. The door is excessively noisy whenever it is opened or closed.

There can be a number of causes for noisy doors, including normal wear and tear and even aging. New garage doors are designed to be quieter and open and close much more smoothly.

5. You notice signs of mold, mildew, or rotted sections on your wooden garage door.

Wood requires annual maintenance to keep it properly sealed and protected from the elements. If you neglect to do this, the wood will rot - not to mention promote mold and mildew growth (yuck!).

6. Your door is missing the features you desire.

Modern residential doors have many new features, like weather stripping, insulation, bottom rubber seals, and safety features your current door may be lacking. Plus, our new doors have added technology features, like our mobile app that allows you to open and close the garage door from just about anywhere!

7. You're renovating or remodeling your garage.

If you're changing what you'll be using your garage for, like converting part of it into a game room or a place to work out, you may want to upgrade your garage door to make sure your new renovations are properly protected by a study doors that will keep the weather out.

8. You’re preparing to sell your home.

A new garage door will not only add curb appeal to attract potential buyers but can also increase the value of your home, so you can list it at a higher sales price!

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