Terratone carriage stamp door

Terratone carriage stamp door

Your home is pushing 20 years old, as you’re admiring the new roof you replaced last year, you wonder how long the ole, reliable garage door is 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, just how long can you expect a garage door to last?

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. But, that depends on the type of garage door you have, the material it’s made of, the quality and the age of the garage door. 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 following:

  • bottom seal
  • balance of the door (springs)
  • lube and tighten moving parts
  • apply grease (not spray) to the motor rail
  • make proper adjustments to the garage door opener

(See Cleaning and Maintaining Garage Doors.)

What about wood doors?

Wood garage doors require a bit more maintenance than aluminum or steel, but can last just as long if properly maintained. Maintenance includes, sanding, painting, and finishing to protect it from heat, weather, and general wear and tear. (See Wood Doors Advantages and Disadvantages.)

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