How old is the garage door on your home? Does your garage get very cold during the winter and very warm during the summer? If your garage door is quite old, it likely does not have the same insulating factors that are included in the manufacturing of the garage doors manufactured today. So, how do you know if your garage door needs to be replaced? Does the hardware need to be replaced if you replace the garage door? Go to my blog to find out all about the features included in the design of today's garage doors. Hopefully, you will find everything you need to determine if your garage door is in need of replacement.
Garage door openers are not complex mechanisms, but it is essential that they are in good working order. While they do last a long time, there may come a time when you need to have yours replaced. Here are some signs that it is time to replace the garage door opener.
Your garage door makes a lot of noise
A common reason to upgrade your garage door opener is if it makes a lot of noise. It may not be something as simple as lubricating the mechanisms. If you have an older garage door and opener, it might still use a chain drive mechanism to open and close. This will look similar to a bicycle chain and be located close to the motor unit. If you see this type of mechanism, you should upgrade your garage door opener to a newer model. The newer types of mechanisms, including a belt drive and screw drive, are much quieter when the door is opening and closing.
You need a safety reversal feature
This feature is another one that is only on the later models of automatic garage doors. Older garage door openers put your children and pets at risk since the door can close on top of them if they are in the way. However, the later models of automatic garage door openers will include a safety reversal feature. If the garage door sensor picks up on an obstruction in the way of the garage door's path, it will stop closing and go in the opposite direction. If you move the obstruction and push the button again, the door will then close all the way. This can save a lot of injuries and is an important feature to have.
You don't have a rolling code
Another reason to get a new garage door opener is if your remote control has a fixed code. This means someone could stake out your home and figure out the code you enter, which would give them access the next time you are not at home. However, newer garage door openers come with a rolling code. This means the code changes every time you use the garage door opener, so they are not able to duplicate the code. They would not be able to get into your garage without the actual remote in hand.
Your garage doesn't have battery backup
You should also consider replacing your garage door opener if you don't have battery backup. This is an excellent feature to have if the power goes out in your area. You will still be able to operate the garage door, even if you have a power outage. This might be necessary if you are locked out of your home without a house key as you typically enter your home through the garage. You will still be able to get into your home even during a power outage. It also lets you close the garage door if it was open during the outage, which could be a security risk. Talk to a garage door repair professional for more information.Share