Staying Safe Around Garage Doors

When one of my children was playing with our garage doors a few years ago, we heard a piercing scream that we will never forget. She had gotten her fingers pinched in the side of the door, and we knew that we had to help her--and fast. Because of our quick actions and first aid, we were able to take care of the problem. After we returned home, I started thinking about ways to keep our kids safe around garage doors. This blog contains loads of helpful information about maintaining your garage doors, looking after your curious children, and preventing serious injury.

How Do You Know When You Need Garage Door Replacement?


Your garage door serves many purposes. It helps to protect items that are stored in the garage, while also helping to insulate your home. If your garage door is no longer working for you or meeting your needs, it may be time to think about a garage door replacement. Here are a few of the most common signs that now may be the right time to replace your existing garage door. 

Your Garage Door Is Not Opening or Closing Due to Damage

If your existing garage door has a large dent in it or is otherwise damaged, it may be unable to fully open or close. In these cases, replacing the garage door may be needed to ensure that the door is able to function and offer you the security a garage door should provide you. 

Your Existing Garage Door Is Rotted, Rusted, or Warped

As a metal garage door ages, it can start to rot. As a wood garage door ages, it can start to rot or warp. While some minor garage door issues can be repaired, rusting, rotting or warping cannot be repaired. As such, this is a tell-tale sign that your garage door needs to be replaced. 

Your Heating and Cooling Costs Are Increasing

A garage door helps to insulate your garage, which is usually connected to the rest of your home. As your garage door ages, it can lose its ability to keep heated or cooled air in and outside air out. When this happens, your heating and cooling costs increase. If you have an old garage door and notice your heating and cooling expenses are unexpectedly increasing, replacing your garage door may put an end to high energy bills. 

Your Current Garage Door Takes Away From the Curb Appeal of Your Home

If your garage is located on the front of your home, your garage door may be something that visitors and passersby see when they drive by your home or arrive at your home. Having a garage door that adds to the curb appeal of your home, instead of taking away from it, is important. If your garage door does not match the aesthetic of your home or looks worn and run down, replacing the door can increase your home's curb appeal. 

If your garage door is damaged and will not open or close, if your metal or wood garage door is rusted or rotted, if your garage door is not insulating your home well, or if your garage door is taking away from the curb appeal of your home, it may be time to replace the garage door. Reach out to a professional garage door installer to learn more about the process. 


12 December 2022