A garage door offers security and protection, for both your car, your belongings and your home as a whole. But even the best garage door will eventually need to be replaced. This can be a stressful experience, especially if you’re not prepared, which is why we’ve created this blog post.
At Garage Door Repair Man, we have been providing garage door replacements and garage door repairs for over 35 years and pride ourselves on going the extra mile for all of our customers. We are more than happy to dedicate our years of experience and expertise to helping others online, and providing a fountain of knowledge that may come in handy one day!
Our ultimate guide to garage door replacement will equip you with everything you need to know about replacing your garage door. From when it’s time to replace your current door to how much it should cost, we have you covered.
Reasons You May Need A Garage Door Replacement
There are many reasons why you may need a garage door replacement. While they can differ on a case by case basis, it is highly likely that if any of the following applies to your own garage door, you may need to consider calling an engineer and requesting a quote.
If your garage door lets you down a lot, and you often need to call a technician, then it may be time for a replacement. This is because there is likely something wrong with the door that cannot be repaired – whether this is due to old age, or due to a hidden fault. Investing in a new garage door will save you time and money in the long run, as you will no longer be paying for frequent repairs and waiting for someone to come out and fix it.
Strange noises are often an indication that there is something wrong with your garage door. While there may be a problem which can be fixed, it is also often the case that it is time for an upgrade. This is because it may be a symptom of an underlying problem, or a consequence of age and use. Persistent noises can be grating and inconvenient, and so for your own peace of mind and sanity it is often easier to invest in a replacement.
Outdated Model Or Style
Like we said in the beginning, even the best garage doors eventually need replacing. This is because the mechanism is subject to wear and tear, and will no longer be as efficient over time. You often need to replace an outdated model or style when it is no longer fit for purpose, and can no longer perform as you need it to. Plus, and we’ll get to this in a second, a new door will mean that your house has more curb appeal if you were to put it on the market.
Old, damaged or broken garage doors can pose a serious security risk. This is because they are much easier to get inside of, which can lead to criminals breaching your garage and, in the absolute worst case scenario, your home. To avoid this kind of situation, it is best to upgrade, and invest in a garage door replacement that keeps yourself, your family and your belongings safe and sound. This especially applies to those who still have a manual garage door – electric models are typically a lot safer.
Damaged Beyond Repair
This likely goes without saying, but if your garage door is broken or heavily damaged, it will need to be replaced as soon as possible. Any holes, large dents or gaps can be manipulated by thieves and compromise the security of your home. They can also compromise the integrity of your garage door, and pose a safety risk when it is in operation.
If your garage door no longer looks its best, it may be time for a replacement. Sometimes dents and marks cannot be fixed, and this can transform the overall appearance of your home. Your garage door should complement your house, and add to your neighbourhood, rather than being an eyesore. If this is the case, a garage door replacement is likely your best option.
We alluded to this earlier, but a garage door typically increases the value of your home. This means that if it is an old model, or in disrepair, it is no longer doing so and so should be replaced. In this same vein, if you are looking to sell your home – why not replace your garage door? A newer model will provide a unique selling point that guarantees interested parties, making your house a hot commodity on the property market.
What To Look For In A New Garage Door
There are a few things that you should look for in a garage door, which means that your final choice should be well informed. Below are just a few of the things that you should be considering, and which should influence your final decision.
Possibly the most important thing to consider when buying a new garage door is its type. The most popular types are as follows:
- Canopy Door
- Retractable Door
- Sectional Door
- Roller Door
Each of these can be remote control operated. The garage door type you choose is determined by a number of factors, including the amount of space that you have to play with.
Garage door insulation is great at cancelling out noise and at retaining heat. This is a huge benefit, especially for your bills. It can also be a great additional feature if you intend to use your garage for something other than storing your car; a home gym or office would be much more comfortable with insulation.
Colour And Material
The colours and materials available to you will largely depend upon the style and type that you choose. However, it’s important to choose a colour that complements your home, purely for the aesthetic value. For example, a rustic style home would suit a wood or wood-stained effect door. A dark shade can also be really handy, as it is good for concealing any scuffs or dirt marks. The material that you choose will influence the cost of your garage door, and the kind of maintenance that it requires. It will also impact longevity and durability – for example, an aluminium roller door may dent more easily, while a wooden door may be prone to rot.
Suitable For Your Home
The biggest thing that you have to consider is whether your new garage door is capable of replacing your old one: is it suitable for your home? You need to take into account the size of your garage, both the width and height of the door, and the depth of the garage itself. This is so that you choose a door, and accompanying mechanisms, that fit properly and can operate effectively. If you are at all uncertain about whether a garage door replacement is suitable for your home, you should contact your chosen engineer; they will be able to visit the property and advise you accordingly.
How Much Does A Garage Door Replacement Cost?
The cost of a new garage door is extremely subjective, and depends on multiple factors. The price you are quoted will depend on:
- The material type (e.g, upvc / aluminium / steel)
- The type of garage door you want
- The size of your garage
At Garage Door Repair Man, we are committed to fair and honest pricing. This means that we will never overcharge, and will always complete a quality of work that goes above and beyond your expectations. This is why it’s so important to choose a business with a good reputation, and plenty of positive testimonials – so you know that you’re in safe hands.
How To Install A Garage Door Replacement
We often get asked, “can I install a new garage door myself?” While this is possible, it is not something that we advise. This is because it can be dangerous if done incorrectly, as the door could malfunction – possibly injuring someone, and definitely compromising the security of your home.
With this in mind, the best way to install a garage door replacement is to contact a qualified professional (such as ourselves!). This is because they have the tools and skills necessary to complete the job in a safe and timely manner, adhering to all relevant codes and regulations.
To find a garage door installation service near you, you can: ask friends and family for recommendations, visit YELL or conduct some of your own research. Take some time to find the best fit for your needs, and remember that the cheapest option isn’t likely to be the best. Investing in professional services now almost guarantees that your new garage door will work properly and last for a long time.
Garage Door Replacement With Garage Door Repair Man
Replacing your garage door can sound like a big, difficult and expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. Approaching the right business, and equipping yourself with the best information, will make the whole process quicker, easier and a lot less draining – both emotionally and financially.
Our engineers are positioned across the Midlands, covering from Sheffield to Leceister, and from Stafford to Nottingham, as well as Derby and many more areas. So, if you are looking to replace your garage door, or are in need of garage door repairs, then look no further than Garage Door Repair Man. With a wealth of experience and expertise in all kinds of garage doors, we are confident that we can help.
Contact us today by sending a message on our website or phoning 0800 542 7652. If you are in a state of emergency, please contact our emergency engineer directly on 07957 353 228. And if you are interested in more practical advice on your garage door, then be sure to check out our other informational blog posts!