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Repair or Replace: Know When it’s Time For a New Garage Door

While garages primarily protect your vehicle and belongings, they’re also your home’s first impression. Next time you stand inside your garage, keep your eyes and ears peeled. You may notice tell-tale signs of damage that can easily be fixed, or it might be time for a new garage door entirely.

Current Garage Door Checklist:

  • Listen for noise: is your garage door making a squeaking, rattling, or grinding sound?
  • Look for damage: are your garage doors scratched, broken, or rusted? Does the wood appear warped or cracked?
  • Check the security: is your locking mechanism no longer working?
  • Evaluate safety: does your door seem to fall heavily while closing? Does it continue closing when objects are underneath it (instead of auto-reversing like it’s supposed to), putting you or your valuables in harm’s way?

If you answered “yes” to any of the checklist questions above, it may be time for a new garage door. Not only will a new door improve your home’s safety and security, but it will also boost your curb appeal, potentially save you money on your energy bills, and increase your property value.

New Garage Door Buying Tips:

  • Determine a budget: garage doors can range in price. With so many styles to choose from, find the upgrade that works best for you.
  • Choose the right material: depending on your city’s climate and your personal design vision, choose between versatile wood, steel, and vinyl, or glass and fiberglass options.
  • Decide on a style: do you want flat, flush panels or a two-toned carriage house style door complete with decorative hardware? NationServe offers a range of panel styles and window and hardware options depending on the door style you choose.
  • Consider your home’s exterior: match your new door with complementary colors or window accessories. Certain door models come with Wayne Dalton’s TruChoice Color System, allowing you to customize the color of your door by choosing from over 6,000 colors. Match your door to anything you like—your house trim, front door, or even your siding.

Check out NationServe’s Buying Guide for more helpful tips on how to decide what garage door is the best fit for you.

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