High-quality, well-maintained garage doors are extremely resilient. In fact, many garage doors can last up to 30 years. Automatic garage door openers, however, have a slightly shorter lifespan, needing to be replaced every 10-12 years.
Perhaps your garage door has run its course. Or, maybe your garage door is in fine condition, but you’re looking to boost your curb appeal and try an entirely new look. Or, you could be looking for something more weather resistant. Whatever the case, you’ve determined it’s time to start anew. What are your next steps and when should you get the job done?
Schedule a Tune-Up
Think your garage door is on the fritz, but not sure if it needs to be replaced? Get a professional opinion. A garage door technician will assess the functionality and condition of your garage door. Once they’ve made their assessment, they can help you determine whether a garage door can be salvaged, or if it’s more cost effective to install an entirely new door.
Planning Your Garage Door Replacement
If you’ve decided that your door does need to be replaced, then it’s time to start planning the project with your garage door professional. You’ll determine your budget, the type of material you want to use, and the style. Then, you’ll want to schedule the installation.
You can replace your garage door at any time of year, but some seasons have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look.
Fall and Winter
With wind, rain, and snow, winter is by far the least popular time to have a garage door completely replaced. If you’re in the Portland, OR, area, you know, too, that fall time in the Pacific Northwest can be unpredictable, with lots of potential for heavy rainfall.
As garage door professionals in the Pacific Northwest, we receive a lot of urgent requests during this time of year. We’ll install a garage door at any time of year, but if possible, recommend waiting until springtime to launch into a full replacement project.
Spring and Summer
Spring and summer are the best times of year to get your garage door replaced. By this time, the colder, rainier months are behind us. Materials can be safely exposed to the elements, and the inside of your garage – and all that you have stored in it – are protected from harsh weather conditions, too.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Spring and summer can be very busy seasons, so it’s best to be proactive when scheduling your installation. You’ll want to schedule a consultation to have your current garage door inspected and then work with a professional to plan your replacement. By scheduling your installation early on, you’ll be able to beat the rush.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA areas and would like to schedule a consultation, we’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us at any time, and we look forward to helping you with any of your garage door needs.