Your garage door is a focal point on your home and can add to its curb appeal. Besides contributing to your home’s value, your garage door is also a convenience to you and your family and adds a sense of security to your home.
Since your garage door is such an important part of your home, you want to make sure you take care of it so it stays in good condition for as long as possible. Inspecting your garage door monthly and testing the safety sensors will show you if any parts are not working properly. Doing maintenance and quickly addressing any repair needs will only make the life of your garage door and its opener longer.
Whether you are moving into a new build or own an older home, it’s important to know the lifespan of your garage and its opener.
Garage Door Lifespans
There are different components to your garage entry than just the door. The two parts of the garage door mechanism you should keep an eye on are the door itself and the torsion springs.
The garage door panels and frame are the parts you’re probably the most familiar with. These pieces weather the elements outside to keep your cars and other belongings safe. The torsion springs are the pieces that make the garage door open and close.
An aluminum or steel garage door will last 20 years or more. A wooden door can last about the same amount of time if you are taking proper care of it. The torsion springs work for anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 cycles. A cycle is one opening and closing of the door. This typically means eight to 12 years, depending on how often you open and close your garage door.
These estimates are not definite timeframes for the longevity of your garage door’s parts. If you live in an older home, you should have records on when the garage door was installed and what maintenance has been done on it since it was installed. If you regularly take care of your garage door, it will last longer than a door that receives no maintenance or repairs.
When the parts of your garage door are not working properly, it is probably time to replace your garage door.
However, you may choose to replace your garage door even when it is still working fine. If it’s time to sell your home, you might choose to upgrade your garage door. Installing a new garage door is a home improvement project with one of the highest ROIs (returns on investment). Putting in a new garage door makes your home more appealing and adds to its value.
Garage Door Opener Lifespans
Your garage door opener gives you and your family more security and benefits. If any member of your household forgot their house key, they could use the garage door opener to get inside safely.
Like the door itself, your garage door opener is an important part of the entire mechanism. The opener actually has a similar lifespan to the other parts of your garage door — it should last about 10 to 15 years. Also, like the other parts of your garage door, this lifespan depends on several factors like how often you use the opener and how often you repair it.
There are other reasons for replacing your garage door opener besides its age. There is new technology that makes your garage door smarter and adds extra convenience. You can link the opener to an app on your smartphone, giving you the option of opening and closing the garage door even when you are not at home.
If you leave home in a hurry but forget to close the garage door, you don’t have to choose between going back and wasting more time or risking having it open all day.
If your garage door or opener isn’t working properly, no matter how old it is, you should call in a garage door professional as soon as possible. A garage door and opener is a great thing to have, but it can pose a potential danger when it’s not working properly.
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When your garage door isn’t working properly, Quality Garage Door will diagnose the problem and get it fixed fast. We offer a wide range of products when you’re in the market for a new garage door or opener. We carry products from the top manufacturers in the world, giving you the peace of mind of knowing you’re making an investment in your home that will pay for itself down the road.
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