When Is It Time To Replace Your Garage Door?

When it comes to garage doors, you will want to make sure that your garage door not only works great but it functions great too. If it has started to show signs of wear and tear, it may be time for a replacement. While replacing your garage door may be somewhat expensive, not replacing it can lead to some serious consequences like door failure and even the risk of the door falling.

There are many reasons why you should consider replacing your door, and these reasons include:

Cosmetic Reasons

Over time the weather can wreak havoc on your door. The paint may have been chipped or faded, and the door may have dents or bumps in it, making it look unsightly. If you are bothered by the way your door looks, you should have it replaced. If you do plan on moving anytime soon, you should also have the door replaced if it has cosmetic issues. A potential homebuyer may not be as interested in your house if they see it needs some work. Replacing your garage door can help give the home curb appeal and help to ensure potential homebuyers that they do not have to replace the garage door themselves.

Lack of Insulation

When you live in an area that has cold winters, you will want to make sure that your garage door is insulated properly. Many doors are not, and depending on what kind of door you have, it can be hard and expensive to insulate that door. Instead of dealing with this problem, you can get a garage door replacement that is already insulated. This can help to ensure that your garage does not get too cold.

Broken Sections Of Your Garage Door

If you have any broken sections on your garage door, you will want to get it replaced. This can include missing or loose insert panels, deformed sections that fit poorly, rotted wood, misaligned panels, and panels that do not sit all the way on the floor. These broken sections of panels can cause your door not to work well. Not only is it a risk of damage for your vehicle, it also creates the risk of someone breaking into your garage. You also run the risk of rodents and insects getting you’re your garage. Immediate replacement is necessary if you have any broken sections of your door.

Excessive Vibration

If you go to open and close your garage door and it vibrates, this can be a sign of several different problems, including an issue with your rollers being rusted, rollers being out of the tracks, broken springs and cables, springs, and cables out of adjustment, and loose hinges. This can cause the door to eventually not work at all. While you may be able to get these problems fixed, if there are a lot of problems or the door is very old, you may want to consider a replacement.

Noisy Operation

If your door is getting louder when it is opened and closed, there may be issues with the rollers and hinges, issues with worn shaft bearings, uneven tension, and more. If you have a noisy operation, you should have an expert out to look at your door. If the door is very noisy and it does not look like an easy fix, your best bet is to go ahead and replace the door.


The age of your door is going to play a factor in whether or not you need a new garage door replacement in Richmond. If your garage door is under ten years old, chances are you will not need to get it replaced unless it has a severe problem. If you have a door that is over ten years old that is continuously causing you trouble or has other issues, you should get it replaced. You do not want to keep throwing money away on repairs when you could just get a new one that will last you for many years. The older a garage door is, the more susceptible it is going to be to issues.

Security Issues

If your door has poor security, you need to replace it as soon as possible. Older garage doors can be pushed in easily. They can also be pulled up when the tracks are bad, or there is an issue with the doors latching properly.  An intruder could easily break into your garage, and if your garage is attached to your home, they can gain access. Having a new garage door is your first line of defense when it comes to break-ins. New doors have multi-layer stronger panels where a person will have a harder time gaining access to your garage. There are also a wide variety of security features that you can include with your new garage door. Your new doors will fit snugly so that they cannot be pushed it, unlike your old garage doors.

If you think that it is time for a new garage door replacement, call Commonwealth Garage Door today. They can help you find the best door that will give your property curb appeal and function properly. A properly functioning garage door offers you peace of mind and safety.