Garage doors are one of those things in your home that you don’t really think about until it starts making obnoxious noises. When your garage door starts making funky noises listen to it. Schedule an appointment with a garage door pro to go out and inspect your door. They’ll identify any fixable problems or let you know if it’s time to replace the door. If you’ve already replaced your garage door in the time that you’ve lived at your particular location you may be asking how long do garage doors last? That’s a good question whether you’ve replaced a door before or if it’s the first time you’ve had to consider doing so. Read on to learn more about how long garage doors last and what affects their durability.
How long do garage doors last?
As with most appliances in your house, garage doors eventually reach the end of their operable lifespan. How long the door lasts depends on a variety of factors but most manufacturers claim that garage doors will last about 15-30 years.
What affects a garage door’s lifespan?
The four main factors in a garage door’s lifespan are construction quality, installation quality, maintenance, and local climate conditions.
- Construction quality
- Installation quality
- Local climate conditions
Garage doors have many moving parts and damage to any part can create a snowball effect weakening other parts of the door. That’s why it’s important to work with a company that uses quality parts, especially in areas with harsh summers or winters. Poor quality parts and installation will cause problems sooner and may be more noticeable during extreme temperature swings. Maintenance is also a major factor, we know homeowners often overlook maintenance until a noticeable problem arises. If it’s difficult to schedule garage maintenance on your time, schedule semi-annual tune-ups by a garage door technician instead. A garage door tech can efficiently provide necessary maintenance and identify potential points of weakness in your door.
The lifespan of Other Garage Door Parts
As with your garage door, other parts also break or wear out. How long they last depend on the amount of use they get, quality, maintenance, and climate conditions.
- Automatic garage door opener – lasts about 10-15 years
- Torsion springs – 20,000 cycles
- Extension springs – 10,000 cycles
Other parts of the door you’ll want to watch for are the cables, pulleys, brackets, hinges, and tracks.
When you have a technician out to your house to inspect or service your garage door, ask them for tips on maintenance you can do from time to time. We provide some recommendations in another blog post, but it’s best to get specific tips for your garage. This is particularly true for maintenance on your garage door opener, some opener systems need lubrication while others don’t.
Call Heritage Garage Door for New Garage Doors
Heritage Garage Door has been a family-owned and operated business since 1989. We offer garage doors from the biggest and most trusted manufacturers in the business. Explore your options on our website and contact us when you’re ready to discuss garage door replacement.
Heritage Garage Door operates in Southern California.