Only when something goes wrong do you realize your garage door is something you can’t live without. You wonder if you can fix the problem on your own or whether it’s time to get a new door. In other words, you have questions. Possibly some of the same frequently asked questions you’ll find below.
Why is Your Garage Door So Loud?
Age is the likely culprit. As garage doors grow older parts begin to break down and the door starts making noise. Age isn’t the only reason, though.
- Rusty moving parts. Keep your garage door system well lubricated to reduce noise and maintain longevity.
- Misaligned tracks. Wheels will rattle around and screech if they meet resistance from a bent track.
- Cracking weather strip. The strip of rubber at your garage door’s base cushions the door when it closes. You are more likely to hear the door’s thud with a damaged strip.
Can You Fix That?
Always consult a specialist before you attempt to fix a garage door. While they may seem harmless, garage doors are extremely heavy. If they collapse, they could cause serious injury.
That said, there are many maintenance activities you can do on your own. They include:
- Tightening nuts and bolts. Hardware can come loose over time which can affect performance.
- Inspecting roller tracks. Use brake cleaner to keep your door moving smoothly.
- Checking cable for frays. Avoid accidents by calling a technician if any cables are showing signs of wear.
- Performing a safety test. Check the door’s electronic eye, its balance, and its auto-reverse feature to ensure all are working properly.
Should You Invest in an Insulated Garage Door?
Even budget-conscious buyers should consider investing in an insulated garage door. Managing your garage temperature can be beneficial to your vehicle and your wallet.
- Protects vehicles. By stabilizing ambient temperatures, an insulated door minimizes wear and tear due to heat and cold.
- Lowers energy costs. Insulated doors make life easier for your HVAC system, which can run more efficiently.
- Helps operation. Insulated doors muffle the sound of the garage door opening and closing.
How Long is Your Garage Door’s Lifespan?
This question often encompasses the full garage door system, including the garage door spring, rollers, track, opener and more. Some components, like the spring, you will likely replace more than once before you need a new door.
- Garage door: 30 years
- Garage door spring: 10,000 cycles or 4 to 14 years, depending on use
- Garage door opener: 10 to 15 years
They seem simple, but some garage door systems are complex. Whether you want to replace or repair your garage door, reach out to a certified technician like Bayside Garage Doors online, or call (813) 433-7395 to weigh your options and select the service that’s best for you.