Do you have an old, damaged, or broken garage door? Maybe you’ve been considering either replacing or repairing your door for a while but are unsure which would achieve the best and most cost-effective results. We’re here to help you. Today, we’ll be discussing several signs that suggest you should repair or replace your current garage door.

1. Your door has noticeable dings and dents.

Dents in your door can greatly detract from the curb appeal of your home. Sometimes dents can be removed. Other times, your entire door may need to be replaced.

2. Your wood door has cracks, holes, peeling paint, or is beginning to rot.

If your garage door is showing any of these signs, you may want to consider replacing it. If wooden doors aren’t maintained and refinished regularly, they can begin to deteriorate. UV rays from the sun can cause fading over time. The paint and finish can also wear down, and the wood may begin to rot. Moisture infiltration into holes or cracks can result in serious and irreversible damage.

3. Your door is old.

If you have an older garage door, it may not be well insulated. This is especially problematic if your garage is attached to your home. Insulated garage doors will improve your overall energy efficiency and lower your energy bills by keeping the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

4. Your door is beginning to sag.

If your door sags, it likely needs to be replaced. Wood doors especially can begin to sag over time if not properly maintained. Once your wooden door starts to sag, it usually means it’s beginning to rot and deteriorate, and there’s not much you can do to fix it. If your door isn’t made of wood and is sagging, have a professional come out and inspect it to determine the source of the problem and the best action to take.

5. Your door shakes or makes a lot of noise when operating.

If your door doesn’t run smoothly when opening and closing, chances are there are some broken parts that need to be fixed or replaced.

6. Your door has broken parts, wires, or cords.

Some parts that break can be easily replaced. If the bottom section of the door is damaged, however, your entire door probably needs replacing. If the wiring is malfunctioning, it could lead to serious injury due to the tremendous force that can be exerted as the door closes. Make sure you contact a professional to inspect and repair your system if this is the case.

7. Your door is very difficult to open and close.

Over time, the parts that allow your door to operate smoothly can wear out. If it’s harder than it should be to open and close your door, something isn’t right. Have your door professionally inspected, or you will be putting extra stress on it that could cause greater damage.

8. Your door won’t open or close on its own, or it has a slow response time.

Your door should begin operating within a couple of seconds after you press the button on your opener. If there is a delay, something is wrong with either your door or your opener. A number of issues may cause your door not to operate at all on command. Make sure nothing is blocking your door, preventing it from opening or closing. If not, contact a professional.

If you are unsure whether you should replace or repair your garage door, contact WD Door, and we’ll inspect your system for you. We will diagnose the problems and present you with detailed pricing up front so you know exactly what to expect.

Contact us for all your broken garage door needs! We provide both residential and commercial garage door service to Ankeny, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ames, and many of the surrounding areas.