Many people assume that a garage door will last for as long as the homeowner wants, which is not the case. Like everything from consumer electronics to appliances and vehicles, garage doors have an age, and how well they age depends on a number of factors. On average, manufacturers claim that a garage door will last for up to 15 years; some may even claim up to 30 years.
That said, if you maintain a garage door properly and professionally from the time it is first installed, it helps extend its service life exponentially. On the other hand, neglect would obviously mean that a garage door wouldn’t be able to last more than a decade.
So, given the factors discussed above, how long can you expect your garage door to last? Well, let’s discuss it in detail below.
Determining Garage Door Life Expectancy
What is your definition of the word ‘worn out’? For everyone, worn out will mean something different. One instance of this is that some people will insist on getting their garage door replaced if the Torsion Spring breaks or has been found to be worn out. Other people will be happy to get the spring replaced and get a few more years out of the garage door.
Now keeping that in mind, it is not hard to see why stating how long a garage door will last can be tricky. That said, there are a couple of additional factors to consider too.
Important Factors Worth Considering
Sure, regular maintenance and replacing worn-out parts help to extend the life of a garage door, but nothing lasts forever, so you will have to purchase one. But the question is, what factors would you consider to determine if a garage door has crossed the proverbial line?
The door looks God awful – That’s certainly one reason to consider replacing the garage door. Often broken or Damaged Panels or ones that are showing wear and tear like cracking, rusting, or wrapping can’t be easily fixed. So, it may be time to replace the garage door.
Too many failures at the same time – If your garage door is at a point where it is operating unreliably, and you need to spend a lot of money getting them repaired with no results, it is time to get rid of it. From a financial standpoint, a new garage door will save you money in this case.
A Damaged Garage Door – Often, vehicular collision, bad weather, and other elements can end up damaging the garage door to the point where getting it fixed isn’t the best idea. Also, there could be damage to the garage door, which isn’t visible but is making the door a hazard; in this case, a replacement is highly merited.
Your choice to replace a garage door will depend, as you can see, on several factors. Everyone is different, so don’t wait for an expert to tell you if the garage door should be replaced.