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5 Signs You Need A New Garage Door For Your Seattle Home


old metal garage door with peeling paint.


Your garage door is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make for your home. Selecting the perfect door takes careful thought and even some budget planning. One of the biggest questions homeowners think about is when to get a brand new garage door.

It’s hard to know when the right time is to make this big investment. Here are five signs to watch for that will help you know when to start the process.

1. You’re Making Costly Repairs

No one likes making repairs to their home. Even if you take time to budget for them, emergency situations still happen. The more repairs you make on your garage door, the less money you have for other things.

If you find that you’re calling your local company more often than you’d like, it’s time to consider buying a newer door. Your system has a certain lifespan just like other appliances. Garage doors last an average of 10-15 years.

The more you use your door, the more the parts have normal wear and tear.

2. The Door Has Some Panel Damage

Another sign to watch for when thinking about a new door is the amount of damage it has. Over time your door can sustain both minor and severe damages. If you have any panel damage, there’s a good chance your door isn’t working as smoothly as it should.

Watch your door as it moves up and down. If the door shakes or looks off-balance, you should get a replacement immediately. Bent and damaged panels also cause a safety issue. It’s best not to use your door until the door is fixed. Most older models can’t have replaced panels but a technician can install a new door instead.

3. There’s Excessive Noise When the Door Opens and Closes

Sometimes a noisy door just means that certain parts need a replacement or adjustment. It also means that some parts need more lubrication to run smoothly. However, there are times you might deal with excessive noises like grinding, squealing, or banging when the door goes up and down. These are signs that there is something wrong with your door.

If you hear these warning signs, call your local garage door company right away. There’s a good chance it’s time for a new door. A smooth working door will run without any of these noises.

4. Your Energy Bill Is Higher Than You’d Like

Have you noticed a sudden increase in your electric bills? Perhaps you’ve done everything you can to conserve energy throughout your home and the bills are still increasing. The reason is probably your garage door. The garage is the last people think to check for conserving energy.

If your door is not completely sealed, the heat and air are escaping through little cracks that aren’t properly sealed. Another area to consider is the insulation quality in your garage. New models are more energy-efficient and will help cut your energy bills.

5. You Want to Increase Your Property Value

Your garage door is often an important focal point for your home. The attractiveness of your property speaks volumes about you and your home. A newer model will also add curb appeal to your home.

If you have an outdated model, consider upgrading to a stylish new model that compliments your home. This will add style and functionality to your home as well. Updating the exterior of your home is a great long-term investment with many benefits.  

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We hope these 5 signs give you an idea of when to consider a new garage door purchase. The team at Sevan Locks and Doors would love to hear any questions you have about new garage doors. Our friendly staff would love to help you with anything you need. Call today for service!

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