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Your home is pushing twenty years old and as you’re admiring the new roof you replaced last year, you think to yourself: How long is the old, reliable garage door going to last? One of the most important aspects of your home is the garage door. It serves so many purposes: protection, security, curb appeal, and adds value to your home. So, how long can you expect your garage door to last and, more than that, how can you extend its life?

Warranty

Most manufacturers warranty new garage doors for about 3-5 years, depending on the type of door you buy.  Manufacturers like CHI Overhead Doors warrant their parts, such as springs and other hardware, for 1-3 years as well. Warranties are great when the unexpected happens, and you have to replace an important part.

Lifespan

Most experts estimate garage doors should last between 15-30 years. However, that range is a best case scenario estimate. The true life span of your garage door depends on its type, material, quality, and age. If your home is pushing 30 years old, it’s most likely time to think about replacing your door.

Maintenance

This is important and, if done correctly, will extend the life of your garage door. It’s always a good idea to have an expert come do a maintenance check, which includes:

  • Checking the bottom seal
  • Balancing the door (springs)
  • Lubing and tightening moving parts
  • Applying grease (not spray) to the motor rail
  • Making proper adjustments to the garage door opener

See our blog, Cleaning and Maintaining Garage Doors for specifics on garage door maintenance.

What about wood doors?

Wood garage doors do require a bit more supervision than aluminum or steel, but can last just as long if properly maintained. Maintenance includes sanding, painting, and finishing the door to protect it from heat, weather, and general wear and tear. Read our blog, Wood Doors Advantages and Disadvantages, to learn more about whether or not to invest in a wood garage door.

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