Garage doors can last a long time. However, you should be on the lookout for signs that your garage door needs replacing. In this article, we’ll discuss how to know when to replace your garage door.

Your garage door has fungi, mold or mushrooms growing on it.

That’s a clear sign that your door is rotting. When the rotting gets to the nuts, bolts and hinges, you could have an unstable and potentially dangerous garage door on your hands. Keep an eye out for signs of mold, fungi or mushrooms – aka rot – so you can monitor this situation closely.

There are chipped or broken areas of the garage door.

If the wood is beginning to splinter or break at its edges, that’s a clear sign that your door is in need of replacement. You should examine the bottom edge of the door. If the portion of the door that sits on the garage floor is beginning to tear or break away from the rest of the door, then your garage door puts you and your family at risk. Get it replaced.

You have loose or broken cords and wires.

If you have loose or broken cords or wires, you should not operate the door at all. The door is unsafe to use. Get it replaced as soon as possible. The cords and wires play an important part in the safe operation of a garage door and if they are loose or broken, they don’t have the proper support to do their job safely. When replacing the door, the technician will make sure that the cords and wires are connected appropriately.

Your garage door is shaky or unstable.

If you notice when the door is in operation that it seems to be shaking and unstable as it goes up or down, then you should consider replacing your door. Why? It means that some part of the door is off balance and not working properly. A garage door needs to operate smoothly. If not, replacement if your safest option.

Your garage door makes excessive noise when opening or closing.

If you hear excessive noise when operating the garage door, that’s a sure fire sign that something is wrong with it. Excessive noise can come from multiple sources. It could be the motor having issues, the door could be unbalanced, the springs could need replacements or it could be something else equally as serious. At this time, it’s important to call in an expert and consider replacing the door entirely.

Your garage door hesitates when you operate it.

When you push the button on a garage door, it should operate without hesitation. If a garage door hesitates when the button is pushed or starts to go up and then goes back down, then you have a problem with your system. Not only is this inconvenient, it’s dangerous. Your door should operate reliably or you are not safe.

Of course, there are other signs that your garage door needs replacement. We went over some of the basics. If you have any of these problems, we suggest you contact Texas Garage Repair. We are available 24/7 at 512.518.6606. Give us a call and our technicians will be glad to help.