Garage doors are generally bulky and massive; thus, property owners tend to take advantage of them by expecting them to function for a lifetime even when neglected.
However, some homeowners are more concerned about the doors’ condition, which is why they treat it with importance, like all the other appliances in their home.
Nevertheless, the same question stands for everybody: how long does an overhead garage door last before the first repair?
Neglected doors generally last 15 years; however, garage doors that are appropriately kept with regular maintenance and tune-ups can last for longer.
Despite this fact, some people continue to neglect their doors, resulting in more costs from replacing the whole garage door system.
To know more, below are a few things about overhead garage doors.
It is important to note that different parts of the garage door system also have different lifespans.
A garage door’s lifespan depends on the material used, how often the door is used, and how it is maintained.
Generally, a door can last between 15 to 30 years before a significant replacement is needed.
An opener’s lifespan mainly depends on the amount of usage, but typically, automatic openers can last between 10 to 15 years.
A spring’s lifespan is measured in cycles, which is the opening and closing of the door, and a standard spring typically lasts up to 20,000 cycles, while tension springs only last a minimum of 5,000 to 10,000 cycles.
If only used a maximum of two times a day, a 10,000-cycle spring can last up to 14 years.
Thus, if used more, the lifespan of the spring shortens.
Garage doors with automatic openers can be controlled using a transmitter, a mounted wall button, or manually.
A normal door operation generally runs smoothly, with no delays in the controls, the door’s travel to open and close, and the safety features’ activation.
Moreover, there will be no unnecessary noise, like squeaks and clicks, that can be heard during opening and closing.
Wear and Tear
As the largest and heaviest moving part of the house that is used daily, the garage door is bound to develop wear and tear damages over time.
Garage doors typically weigh between 60 kilos to 180 kilos, and although there are parts that are designed to lift the weight, they can only last for so long.
Aside from the heavy lifting, garage door systems undergo constant friction through operations, and inadequate lubrication can result in damages that will need replacements.
However, the system’s biggest enemy will indeed be the natural elements from intense weather patterns that weaken various parts, causing the incapacitation of the whole system.
These combined will incur minor but accumulative damages to the system that will worsen if not properly kept.
Damaged Parts and its Manifestations
When it comes to damages, not all parts have the same manifestations, making it easy for the diagnosis and repair of the issue.
Below are the different parts of the garage door system and their manifestations when damaged:
Transmitters are the portable remote control that homeowners can use to navigate the door from a distance.
When the transmitter is damaged, the control will not function.
In case the transmitter is not working, it would be best to try changing the batteries.
If it is still not working, then it might be best to use the wall-mounted control button for the time being.
Springs are the doors’ main lifters, and when damaged, the door usually presents with different manifestations.
When the springs are defective, the door is usually slower when opening, faster when closing, and heavier to lift manually.
There are also instances when only one spring on one side of the door is damaged, resulting in an uneven door.
Aside from the springs, cables assist in lifting and lowering the garage door, which means it also undergoes constant tension.
Defective cables are more noticeable as fraying can be detected on them.
Tracks and Rollers
The rollers attached to the door glide on the tracks to help guide the door’s position during its opening and closing.
When there are problems with the tracks and rollers, the door will usually look excessively shaky during its operation.
Moreover, there will be squeaking noises heard when the rollers are not well-lubricated.
To avoid shortening the lifespan of garage doors, maintenance and tune-ups should be performed regularly.
Moreover, expert technicians should fix defects as soon as possible to mitigate the damage to the whole system.