Contractor Tips Blog

Oct
19

Can a Cracked Garage Door be Repaired?

Posted in Garage Doors

When does damage to your garage door mean replacement? Not all garage door cracks or dents require a complete door replacement. In some cases, a garage door repair can be completed to extend the life of the garage door. However, there are times when garage door replacement is needed for safety.

Metal Garage Door Damage

Dents and cracks in steel or aluminum garage doors are common. Dents can be caused by backing into the door or items like basketballs bouncing off the door. Cracks are more serious. These can be caused from a serious impact to the door or stress cracks from age.

Dented panels on metal garage doors can often be replaced individually. Cracks can be mended, and in some cases, the panel can be replaced. However, it is important to determine the cause of the crack; if it is due to wear and tear, it may be best to replace the entire door.

Wooden Garage Door Cracks

Wooden garage doors often become cracked due to exposure to the elements or damage from impact. Some wooden door panels with cracks can be replaced, but if a crack occurs on a solid wood garage door, you may need to replace the entire door. A deep crack can impact the integrity of the structure of the door, creating a safety issue.

If you have a dent or crack in your garage door, it is best to have it inspected by a professional. In some cases, it may be able to be repaired. For older garage doors, it may be best to replace the entire door as more problems are likely to occur. Your garage door professional can advise you of the options to make the best decision.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Oct
25

Does Your Garage Door Need a Spring Replacement?

Posted in Garage Doors

One of the most common garage door repairs is on the spring or springs that controls the opening and closing of the garage door. These springs take the brunt of the weight and allow for easier movement of these heavy, awkward doors. However, they do have a limited amount of use and do need replacement more frequently than most other garage door components. So, how do you know when it is time to replace your garage door spring?

Unfortunately, there is not a quick and simple answer for when any spring on a garage door will need replacement. They are like timing belts or chains in vehicle engines – they work, until one day they don’t. For cars, they recommend timing belts be replaced as preventive maintenance – having one break can ruin the engine in some vehicles. The same can be true for garage door springs. They should be replaced when they have put on the recommended “miles” or cycles to prevent them breaking and causing damage.

While each type of spring and manufacturer may be different, the average garage door spring is good for about 10,000 cycles. Depending on how often you use your garage door, that could mean about five years, give or take a year. Some springs have extended lifespans, with 60,000 or more cycles, giving you longer between replacements.

The best way to stay on top of your spring and other maintenance for your garage door is to schedule routine tune-ups once or twice a year. This will help ensure everything is kept lubricated and in good working order, which can extend the life of your spring and opening system. Your garage door service tech can let you know when it is time to replace your spring to prevent unexpected failure.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

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