Your garage door gets a lot of use over the course of a year. Every day it's probably raised and lowered several times, and that use will cause wear and tear over time. Eventually, enough damage will be done that the garage door won't operate properly anymore and will either need to be repaired or replaced.
Here are the top signs that you need to have a new garage door installed.
The Door Won't Move
The biggest and most obvious sign that you need a new garage door is when the door won't move at all. It seems stuck in place – either open or closed and no matter how often you hit the remote or try to manually open or close it, it won't move.
There could be a number of reasons for this. It could be that the cables that power the door are worn down or broken. The gearbox for the garage door opener might be broken or worn out. Even the remote control itself might need to be replaced.
The door itself might not move because of faulty or worn-out springs and pullies.
The Door Makes Loud Noises
When a house door squeaks, it means the hinges need to be oiled or replaced, and the same is true with a garage door. If you are hearing loud or strange noises not normal to the opening or closing of the door, then it's a good sign that the door needs to be repaired or replaced.
Take a listen to the door. What do these noises sound like? If it's a grinding or rumbling sound it could be the springs are the problem. If you hear a popping or cracking sound, it could mean that the door is out of alignment.
The Garage Door Is Off Its Tracks
The garage door will need to be replaced if it has gotten off its tracks. There could be numerous reasons for this. You could have hit the door with your car. There may have been shifting of the house due to minor earthquakes or floods, or simply worn out rollers could cause this problem.
While you could potentially repair a garage door that has fallen off its tracks, it could be best to replace it.
Along the same lines, an unbalanced balance garage door will put strain on the tracks and springs that can cause the door to bow and eventually come off the tracks. The door won't close properly or could have an appearance of sagging. For more information on new garage door installation, consult a resource in your area.