There are a few different types of damage that may take place to a garage or its components over time. You might deal with a smaller issue like a dent or paint chip, or perhaps a larger one like a door that’s come off its tracks or has a broken spring.

At All Star Garage Doors, we’re here to help. One of the biggest questions we get from our clients: Does my garage issue require a repair of some kind, or should I simply replace the entire door? We can help with either area, and we can also assist you with determining which of these options is most economical and makes the most sense for your home. Let’s break this down by the various types of damage you might run into with your garage door.

Cosmetic/Aesthetic Issues

The most common type of damage that can take place to a garage door comes in the basic aesthetic realm. We’re talking things like cracked panels, fading colors or smaller dents in the door. In general, this category encompasses anything that affects the way the door looks, but doesn’t mean much in terms of its functionality. It’s often the result of basic weather damage or age-related wear and tear.

In most cases of aesthetic issues, repair is the way to go – especially if your door is on the newer end and has been installed in the last few years. If your door is over 10 years old, on the other hand, you might be in the range where replacement makes sense due to both your current issues and future planning. New garage doors definitely offer fantastic increases in curb appeal, so they’re a good consideration if you’re thinking about listing your home on the market in the near future.

Functional Problems

On the other side of the coin comes functional garage door issues, which describe those that affect the way your door operates. The most common of these is a stuck garage door, but others include doors that are too noisy, slow, or won’t open all the time.

Deciding whether to repair or replace here generally comes down to the level of damage involved. If it’s just an issue of replacing springs or some other small component of the door, repair is simple enough and far more cost-effective. But if there are multiple major issues or the door is older, replacement might be the way to go.

Structural Damage

In between the two areas above is structural damage, which refers to significant physical damage that may or may not affect the functionality of the door. One example is a warped door, which generally does affect functionality and will require a replacement. But this category might include areas like larger dents, for instance, and the choice here will just come down to the final cost figure and how much the dent bothers you.

For more on whether to repair or replace your garage door, or to learn about any of our garage door services, speak to the pros at All Star Garage Doors today.