In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the primary signs that your garage door might require repair. For many areas of minor damage, those that don’t require a full-on replacement, professional repair can return your garage door to a like-new state for an affordable cost.
At Crawford Door Sales, we’re happy to offer commercial and residential garage door repair services for any such occasion. Today, we’ll go over several other possible areas where repair is generally the way to go, and can help return your garage space to the safety and convenience levels you expect.
Slow Opening or Closing
In part one of our series, we discussed several causes of garage doors that simply won’t open at all – this area is a bit less significant, but still worth concern. If your garage door opens and closes far too slowly, here are some of the possible reasons why:
- Age: Older garage doors may have worn down torsion springs or other components that need replacement. In some cases, however, garages with enough age will simply need to be replaced altogether.
- Lubrication: A well-lubricated system will open and close smoothly, so check to see if any of your parts are not lubricated well.
- Programming: Certain garage door openers are programmed to open and close slowly, generally with safety in mind. Check your owner’s manual to see if there’s a way to change your setting to a quicker speed.
- Temperature: If you’ve noticed this slowing during a cool period or especially during the winter, this could be the temperature slowing down your operation. This is especially common if you have not insulated your garage door.
Rot or Other Panel Damage
Panels are the outward-facing element of your garage door, and as such they’re more prone to issues like rot or other damage that can take place. High winds plus various elements may lead to cracking, warping, decay or even rot, and vehicles may dent them if they make contact.
Damaged panels are not only an aesthetic problem – they can also damage your door’s ability to limit heat or cool transfer, and also make you far more vulnerable to theft. Finally, it’s much more likely that unwanted animal invaders will make their way in through damaged panels.
Home Value Increase
Are you thinking about selling your home sometime in the near future? Even if not, are you looking for ways to raise your property’s value, perhaps to refinance a mortgage? If so, an attractive garage door plays a big role in what real estate pros call curb appeal, or the way your home looks from the outside. If your door has even minor aesthetic damage, repairing it may raise your home value by a significant margin.
For more on the signs that garage door repair is in your future, or to learn about any of our garage door installation or other services, speak to the staff at Crawford Door Sales today.