We don't have a particularly large garage, and we do anything we can to try and conserve space. The old garage door had quite a wide swinging hinge, which meant there was a large area where we could not store anything. We have recently switched to a slimline garage door, which rolls up overhead and has a much smaller profile overall. Not only do we have more space, but the new garage door also looks great and has made the whole garage look nicer. This blog is all about new options for garage doors with slimline profiles and modern styling.
Garage doors will eventually need maintenance and repairs, as springs and chains and other such parts wear out over time. However, while a quick fix or tightening of the track or connectors can correct certain problems with a door, there are also times when it's good to consider getting a new door, along with a new opener, altogether. Note a few factors to consider so you know when it's time to replace your home's garage door.
Leaning to one side
If a garage door is leaning to one side so that it doesn't close evenly, you may need to tighten the tracks along the doorframe, or the door itself may need an alignment. However, this can also mean that a wood garage door has warped over the years, or a metal door has been dented due to a collision, being unevenly weighted, or other such damage. If the track is level and the door is not misaligned, it's time to replace it.
The garage has been broken into
If someone has broken into your home's garage, it's time for an upgrade to the door. A swing-out door with a small, cheap lock can be easy for a thief to pry away from the entryway so they can slip inside, and an old aluminium rollup door might also be easy for them to pry open a few feet or meters, so they can get inside the garage. An older opener may also be worn, with rusted chains or springs, so that it's easy to push the door against its stopping mechanism. Upgrade to a thick security door with a heavy-duty lock and new opener that will be tough for a thief to get around.
It's overly heavy
A secure door doesn't need to mean a heavy door; materials like vinyl and PVC can be very secure and difficult to bend or break, while being very lightweight. A strong steel door may be made of a thin steel skin that is backed by a foam insulator, for added security and to help keep cold air and summertime heat out of the garage. This door will be lighter than a wood door or one made of thick steel. If your garage door hesitates or obviously struggles to move when you open or close it, or if you're constantly having to realign it or adjust the tracks because its weight is pulling it out of position, it's time to upgrade to a lighter yet very secure garage door.Share