Many key home components tend to offer some signs and indicators when they’re wearing down and require replacement, and the garage door is no exception. What are some of the possible red flags that your garage door might need to be replaced, and how immediate an action do they typically require?

At Crawford Door Sales, we’re proud to offer a wide range of commercial and residential garage door services to clients around Sandy and Murray, including garage door installation of numerous garage door materials – wood, steel, glass and more. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some of the most notable, telltale signs that your garage door might be nearing the end of its lifespan and require replacement.

Garage Door Replacement Signs

Impaired Functionality

Naturally, one of the most notable signs that your garage door requires replacement is if it no longer functions as intended. If the door doesn’t open or close all the way, does so in halting fashion or makes loud noises during operation, there’s a good chance something is wrong with its internal components – and these problems will typically only get worse over time. 

While some minor issues can be addressed through repairs, if the door continues to malfunction in these ways even after repairs, it’s likely time for a new one. Struggling garage doors can also be a potential safety hazard, so it’s important not to ignore them and seek professional assessment as soon as possible.

Strange Noises

In other cases, the signs of a worn-down garage door will be audible rather than visual. As we noted above, strange noises during operation can be indicative of a problem with internal components – and these noises may only grow louder or more frequent over time. Often, it’s the opener that experiences issues first, as it is responsible for most of the heavy lifting. 

If you notice squeaking, grinding or other strange sounds coming from your garage door opener, it’s a good idea to seek professional advice on whether it requires repair or total replacement. In some cases, the cost of repairs may be close enough to that of new installation for the latter option to be more financially viable.

Slow Movement

Have you begun to notice that your garage door is moving slower than it used to? Or, on the flip side, that it has begun opening and closing faster than usual? These issues can also be a sign of garage door problems – often related to the torsion springs or other mechanical components responsible for smooth operation. 

As with impaired functionality, these are issues that may first be addressed through repair, but may ultimately require full replacement if they continue to occur.

While none of these signs on their own necessarily mean that your garage door needs replacement, the combination of multiple factors often points in that direction. In part two of this series, we’ll go over even more potential red flags for a worn-down garage door, including visible damage and rising energy costs.

At Crawford Door Sales, we’re proud to offer a wide range of commercial and residential garage door services to clients around Sandy and Murray, including installation, repair, and maintenance. Trust us for all your garage door needs – contact us today to learn more!

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