Real Dangers of Old Garage Doors

A woman is unlocking and opening a garage door

A functional and sound garage door is priceless. An old door that’s starting to show signs of something wrong can put you in a precarious spot. If a garage door or tension spring goes out at the wrong time, it could potentially cause harm to you or your car. If it’s not operating properly, it can also make for a less secure space. The garage door is a very heavy piece of machinery attached to the home. It’s best to work with an expert to decide how to make sure it’s safe and sound.

Is your garage door showing signs that something is wrong?

The biggest issue with an older garage door is that they can very abruptly stop working. If a spring or two breaks, it can be incredibly dangerous. If this happens, you might hear a loud rumbling as the spring immediately unwinds. If you’re in the garage when it happens, you definitely know it has occurred. It’s not a fun situation to be in. A garage door can weigh more than 300 pounds and the spring provides the opener the ability to handle all that weight! It’s best to try and get ahead of an issue.

Like many mechanical parts, the garage door can show signs early on that something is going to happen. An issue can also occur randomly. You should consider replacing your garage door every 10 to 12 years. Normal wear and tear happens over time. The door begins to loosen up over time, making a break-in more likely.

It’s also a great idea to have an annual check up with a garage door expert. It doesn’t take much time and can help determine whether everything is functioning properly.

Go with your gut. If your garage door starts to make strange noises or acts differently, there might be an issue on the horizon – if not already. It’s important to observe and investigate your garage door at least once a year. Check the bolts, rollers and springs to make sure they don’t look too worn. You should lubricate all moving parts at least once per year.

New technology is available all of the time. Your garage door might be older and outdated. Is there a better and more functional garage door out there for you? The answer might be yes.

The garage door is the largest entrance into your home. It’s a smart idea to make sure it’s operating properly, if not just for peace of mind. If you think your garage door is getting older or needs some repairs, give us a call. If you purchased your home and do not know how old the garage door is, we can help you with that too. We are happy to help. It’s what we do!

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