When Should I Replace My Garage Door?

If you have lived in your home for a while here in Houston, you know conditions can cause wear and tear on a garage door. Everything from the weather (both humid summers and the occasional freeze), to daily use, to bumps and dings, can cause your garage door to not look as good or to work as well as it used to. If this is your garage door, at some point you will start asking yourself, when should I replace my garage door? So we have laid out some things to consider when replacing your garage door.

Considerations for Replacing Your Old Garage Door

When it comes to deciding if you should replace your garage door, there are some things to consider.


  • Age: Generally Replace After 10-15 Years.
  • Cosmetic Damage: How bad is the damage such as chipped paint or cracked panel.
  • Structural Damage: If it has a bad warp to the door, it’s time to replace it.
  • Functionality and Cost: If the door is too slow or not opening all the way, is the cost of repair higher than replacing it?
  • Energy Efficiency: One way to save money on energy bills is to install garage doors with insulation.

Age Of the Garage Door

Like anything else, things wear down and get more costly the older they get. This is also the case for garage doors. 1-2 years old are usually covered under warranty. Usually, nothing breaks down within the first 5 years. From 10-15 years, parts can start to wear down. When approaching 15 years and older, the springs and parts can get harder to find and more expensive. When it starts to seem like it will cost more to repair than to replace your garage door, the best thing to do is just to go ahead and replace it.

Cosmetic damage

One of the most common types of damage for garage door units is a cracked panel. If it’s just one panel that is damaged, you could just repair the garage door panel instead of buying a new door. However, if it’s more than one panel then it may be worth investing in a new door.

Another issue is chipped paint and fading. Fading does not interfere with the normal functioning of your garage door unit, it just affects the appeal and appearance. Chipped paint, however, could expose the metal underneath and allow the door to rust. The prime reasons behind cosmetic damage are aging, adverse weather conditions, and the occasional impact on the garage door. In general, this type of damage can be repaired at a low cost, but as stated before, if your garage door is inching its way to 15 years of its life or more, your Houston garage door experts here at Spectrum Overhead recommend replacing the garage door. It just makes sense as you are probably going to have to replace the door anyway soon, and you do not want twice the cost.

Structural damage

The most common example of structural damage is a warped door, and in most cases, it is caused by extreme temperature or severe weather conditions like Houston summers. With your garage door warping, your door may perform its operating normally. Depending on how bad the warpage is, it could be better to find a replacement for this unit. One replaces the old wooden door with the latest steel door models; they are designed to prevent rust from becoming an issue. However, if you are still in love with the wooden look, it is better to look for composite doors that have steel cores and wooden overlays.

Energy Efficiency

Your garage is one big space that can be a barrier between your home and the Houston heat. Yet if you have an older, non-insulated garage door, or have cracks in the door, garage door window, or weather stripping, more of that hot air is getting into your garage and making your AC work harder to cool your home. This is especially important if you happen to have a bedroom or other room above your garage. Builders of many older homes were more aggressive in installing insulation within the shared wall between a garage and the rest of the house, but not the ceiling – especially above a garage. If you are looking for ways to cut your energy costs, replace your old garage door with an energy-efficient door, you will immediately discover that your room above the garage is far more comfortable in both the hottest and coldest months.

Budget Considerations

In case your garage door is making too much noise or operating slower than its usual speed, the decision about whether to replace your garage door often comes down to the level of the problem compared to the budget you have to spend. Often repairs may seem the cheaper way to go, but if you have to keep repairing it because one thing breaks after another, it might be cheaper in the long run to replace the garage door. If you are not sure which is better for you, the professionals at Spectrum Overhead Door, your Houston garage door experts, can go over your situation with you and help lay out your options.

If you are in Houston, TX, or the surrounding areas, we provide a free consultation and estimate on door installation or garage door repair. Spectrum Overhead Door has been providing the Houston area with award-winning garage door installation services since 2006.  Call 281-748-9542 to schedule an appointment today!

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  1. JB

    thanks for this great information!

  2. Derek McDoogle

    I liked that you mentioned one of the most common types of damage for garage door units is a cracked panel. I think in general, that after 10 years of usage and depending on the weather where you live you need to either change or repair your garage door. Thank you for the tips on how to cut energy costs by replacing your old garage door with an energy-efficient door.


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