Troubleshooting Your Garage Door

A Look At Getting A New Garage Door Installed On Your Home

If your garage door is several years old, it may be time to replace it before it finally wears out. A new door will freshen the appearance of your home and the door might even be safer or more energy efficient depending on the model you buy. Here's a look at getting a new garage door installed.

Choose The Type Of Door

The first step is to choose your new garage door. Steel doors are very popular because they're durable and last a long time. Steel doors come in a range of styles so you can get what's best for you when it comes to the amount of insulation, color, and window configuration. There are other options too such as wood, fiberglass, and vinyl. Since all parts of your old door are removed, you don't have to buy the same type of door again if you want to try something new.

Remove The Old Door

Taking off an old garage door requires removal of the door, track, spring, and opener. Tension is relieved from the door and then the door is taken apart by the panels. Next, the track is unscrewed and the spring and opener removed. Ask the installer in advance how disposal of the old door will be handled. The installer will probably haul the parts away, but if you have to get rid of them yourself, you might get the parts picked up free by a metal collector that sells daily finds to a recycler.

Install The New Garage Door

Putting in a new door is dangerous DIY work since a garage door spring is under a lot of tension. Plus, a garage door is heavy and difficult to work with. It's best to let a professional install the door and do any repairs it may need in the future. The new garage door will have a new track and other moving parts so any problems you had with sticking and squeaking will be solved. When you get a new door, it's a good time to get a new opener too, especially if yours is old. You can integrate a new opener into your home's automation system, but even if you don't, a new opener will probably have more convenience and safety features than your old opener.

Care For Your New Door

A new garage door should last for many years, but it requires regular maintenance to work its best. Keep the track cleared of debris by wiping it out occasionally. Check for loose screws and tighten them when needed. You may also want to wash the door occasionally to keep dirt off of it so it maintains its bright appearance.