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Should I repair or replace my garage door?

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

Curb appeal

If you want to add curb appeal to your home, a new garage door can be an easy way to do it. Garage doors are often the first thing people see when they drive up to your house—they're big and prominent parts of the exterior. A new door will make your home look more like one that's been updated recently and less like one that has seen better days.

But don't act too quickly! Before rushing out and buying yourself a shiny new garage door, consider whether repairing or replacing is best for your situation. It may seem like replacing is always better, but repairing might actually save you money in the long run by extending the lifespan of your existing door frame and other components (if they still work well).


Having a garage door that isn’t properly functioning can be incredibly frustrating. If your garage door is broken or damaged in any way, you may wonder whether it’s better to repair or replace it. There are a few factors to consider when deciding which option is right for you:

  • How long has the problem been occurring?

  • What does the cost of replacement vs. repair look like?

  • How much time do I have to get this fixed?

Repairing your garage door instead of replacing it will save money if the problem isn't too severe and if it's an issue that can be resolved quickly. If repairing your garage door doesn't seem like an option, then replacement might be worth considering; however, if possible we recommend getting repairs done first before moving forward with replacement as they are almost always less expensive than installing new doors (and often faster!).

Noise control

A noisy garage door is not only annoying, but it can be very costly to your health. Garage doors are typically made of metal and are therefore generally quite loud when opening or closing. If you have a garage attached to the main house (as most garages are), the noise from your garage door may echo through the home during normal use. Especially if you live in an area with strict noise ordinances or close neighbors that are sensitive to sound, this can be a serious problem for homeowners.

A noisy garage door may be repaired by replacing one or more components like rollers, springs and cables—or it might just need lubrication at various points along its travel path. However, these repairs often don't last long before they become noisy again due to corrosion caused by exposure over time under certain weather conditions like rain or snow melt water dripping down onto the tracks where they meet each other inside the track housing unit (THU).

Energy efficiency

  • Energy efficiency: A new door may be more energy efficient than your current one.

  • Insulation: When compared to a repaired door, a new door may have better insulation, as well as more of it.

This is important because doors with better insulation can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This means you’ll have to use less energy heating and cooling your home—saving you money on utility bills!


The cost of repair or replacing your garage door will depend on the damage, but it's likely to be less than you'd think. The average cost of a new garage door with installation is around $2,000—and if you don't have any experience with DIY projects, this may seem like an overwhelming number. However, when we factor in potential savings from avoiding future repairs and maintenance costs over time (not to mention the convenience of being able to use your garage), we think it's worth the investment.

In some cases where your garage door has sustained significant damage or requires extensive repairs that are outside of its original warranty period (eight years for most doors), replacing it may be cheaper than repairing it. It's also important to note that most replacement doors come with an additional 10-year warranty (as compared with four years for most repair jobs).

If you're looking into buying a new door or just replacing parts inside your current one (such as springs or rollers), consider getting quotes from local professionals before making any final decisions about whether repairs are going to work out for you financially—because sometimes even small changes can add up quickly!

A simple repair may be better than wholesale replacement.

  • A simple repair may be better than wholesale replacement.

Replacing a garage door can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful. If your garage door is in good condition but needs some maintenance, repairs are often the best option. This is especially true if you have an older model of garage door that uses manual rollers or tracks instead of electric rollers and tracks. Manual rollers are more difficult to install than modern ones but they're also less expensive—and because they don't rely on electricity, they'll last longer than electric versions!

  • You save money by doing it yourself (DIY).

If you have a DIY-inclined mindset and enjoy working with tools then replacing your own garage door might not seem like such a daunting task after all (it's really not as complicated as it seems). A DIY job like this can save you hundreds of dollars over hiring someone else to do it for you—and those savings add up over time when compared against paying someone else each year for servicing work or even just for repairs at regular intervals throughout 4 years' worth of ownership


Ultimately, the decision of whether to repair or replace your garage door will depend on the condition of your existing door and the price of replacing it with a new one. If you’re looking at a broken spring or a minor dent, then repairing is probably the best option: it will cost much less than a replacement and can keep things working for years to come. On the other hand, if your garage door is older and in need of multiple repairs, then it may be time to look into replacing it with something newer. When you do this, you can even get a custom design that makes sense for your home's aesthetic and improves its curb appeal in an instant!

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