Purchasing a home will likely be the largest investment you’ll ever make and you’ll want to maintain its value for as long as you own it. You may be surprised to learn that your garage door does a lot to influence the value of your home. When our garage door starts to cause problems, it can negatively affect the value. Just like the roof on your home, the garage door has a lifespan too. If you were to ask random people how long a roof should last, they would probably tell you anywhere around 25-30 years but will have no clue if you ask then the same about their garage door. To their defense it’s a hard question to answer because it will all depend on how often the garage door is used and what kind of door it is.
What is the Life Expectancy of My Garage Door?
An average garage door should last for about 10 years. However, if your home is part of a planned subdivision, the garage doors that are installed are done with cost in mind rather than performance, so the quality of the door or its components won’t be the best and you may have problems sooner. The type of springs your garage door is working with will be another factor in the length of time it will last along with the weight of the door and the number of times it is opened every day. You will probably have to replace the garage door springs before the door itself.
Lifespan of Garage Door Springs
Garage door springs are supposed to last for a number of “cycles”, instead of a certain length of time. Torsion springs last 15,000 to 20,000 cycles and tension springs last 5,000 to 10,000 cycles. A “cycle” refers to each time your garage door rises and falls. The actual opener itself will most last between 10 to 15 years. If you are using your garage door a lot you will have the springs wearing out more quickly and if you don’t use your door that much then the springs will last longer. Most garage doors on the market today are made with 10,000 cycle springs. This means that the door is designed to function the right way 10,000 times. If your garage door is opened 3-5 times a day you can expect your garage door to work for about 7-10 years. It’s important that the right springs are used for the weight of the door because you may experience issues earlier it they are not.
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Like a car, your garage door will last longer if you take care of it so it’s a good idea to know how you can extend the lifespan of your garage door. Keep the garage door clean, lubricate the springs, rollers and hinges every three months or so and do an inspection once a year to replace failing or worn parts. AAA Action Garage Doors are your local garage door specialists and can help you with anything related to your garage door. Contact us to diagnose any problems you’re having, whether it’s a repair, maintenance or replacement.