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.
While your garage door can last for several years, its lifespan can be affected by factors like poor maintenance, frequent repairs, and extreme weather conditions. You may have to install a new garage door if you notice signs such as the door shaking when opening or closing, noisy door, excessively sagging door, the door opening then immediately reverses, and if the door is an older model.
Apart from the above signs, why should you consider installing a new door?
With time, your older garage door may malfunction due to wear and tear. For instance, the springs may be faulty, the tracks, rollers, and hinges may be poorly lubricated, there could be poor door balance due to excessive sagging, or there could be a faulty connection between the control panel and the garage door. These issues will compromise the security integrity of your door and leave you vulnerable to break-ins.
Some outdated garage doors may not have modern security systems like photoelectric sensors. The sensors use infrared beams that detect movement. For instance, if a person's leg comes across the path of the infrared rays, the sensors will be triggered, and the door will automatically stop closing. This feature will help you avoid any accidents, especially if you have children and pets in your home.
Furthermore, modern garage doors give you extra security by allowing you to monitor your door through your smartphone. If a burglar manages to crack your code and break in, you will immediately receive an alert on your phone.
Help You Conserve Energy
Your garage door plays a significant role in your home's energy conservation. The capacity of your garage door to resist heat flow is referred to as the R-value. When the value is higher, your door has greater insulating power and won't leak hot or cold air easily.
By installing a better-insulated door, you will conserve energy both in summer and winter. Heat usually flows from warmer to cooler areas. Therefore, during winter, the heat in your garage door will escape to other cooler areas, such as the surrounding outdoors. The lost heat will have to be replaced by your heating system. Conversely, the heat gained by your door during summer will have to be removed by your cooling system.
A properly insulated garage door will reduce heat flow during the summer and winter. Hence, your HVAC system will not strain to replace lost heat or remove gained heat, which will help you conserve energy and avoid costly energy bills.
To learn more, reach out to a garage door installation service, such as JTM Garage Door Service LLC.Share