How Long Will Your New Garage Doors Last?

Before installing a new garage door it is worth stopping to consider likely maintenance issues and at what point repairs might become necessary.

There is more to caring for doors than just looking after the surface finish – in particular the opening mechanism will need to be maintained in good working order.
It’s easy to overlook the fact that the door panel itself, because it is the largest and most obvious part, is just one of many parts. Garage door opening mechanisms hold quite a few parts (springs, rollers, etc.) that need to all function smoothly together – otherwise the door will cease to open and close correctly.

When it comes down to it, a garage door system is only as strong as its’ weakest part and even if a small, apparently trivial, component breaks then the functioning of the whole door can be at stake. So how long then is it reasonable to expect your own garage door parts to last?

The longevity of garage door parts is rated in “cycles” where a cycle is a single opening and closing action. The number of cycles that might occur each day will clearly vary since some folk seldom use their garage door while others might use extensively, especially if it serves as an alternative main entrance.

A reasonable approximate average is 3 cycles per day which equates to about 1,100 cycles each year. Cheaper garage door components are typically rated to last 5,000 cycles which provides you an average limit of five years before repairs will be required.

Thus you can very easily figure out the length of time, depending on your own particular usage patterns, before you might need to start hunting for a reputable garage door repair company.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. By simply insisting on having only parts tested for a higher number of cycles you should expect that your new garage door will operate flawlessly for literally a lifetime. Remember, for everything garage doors call Retrak. We are your Denver, Colorado garage door sales, service, and repair experts.