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Have you ever stopped to look at your garage doors? Although most people don't think twice about how they appear, the fact of the matter is that garage doors can take up quite a decent amount of outdoors space, making your home look terrible. I took a good, hard look at my garage doors a few weeks back, and then I started making some changes that helped them to look better alongside the rest of my home. Read this blog to understand how to use your garage doors to improve the outer appearance of your home. After all, every detail counts.




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Signs Your Old Wooden Garage Door Needs To Be Replaced

by Sheila Berry

If your garage has an old wooden door, you may wonder if it may be time to finally replace it with a newer one. If so, look for the following signs that your old garage door needs to be replaced.

Cracks in the Wood 

Over time, the wood in your garage door is subjected to the stress of moving up and down, as well as from wind and impact from knocking into it or even bumping it with your car's bumper. After a while, this stress takes its toll on the wooden door, leading to the formation of cracks.

When your garage door starts cracking, this can lead to a couple of problems. First, the cracks allow moisture to penetrate deep into the wood where it can deteriorate the material further and lead to rot. Second, cracks in your garage door allow an exchange of air between the interior of your garage and the outdoors. Especially if your garage is climate-controlled, this can lead to higher energy bills to heat and cool your garage.

Door Sags at the Bottom

Another sign that your old wooden door is ready to be replaced is when you notice that it sags at the bottom. After years of use and exposure to adverse climate conditions, the wood starts to weaken. Eventually, the wood in your garage door is unable to withstand its own weight. Because of this, the center of the door will start to drop, creating the sagging section that you may see.

Garage Door Is Hard to Open or Close

If your door has become hard to open or close without having to force it, this is another sign that it is time to replace it. Whether because the door is starting to sag, or it has become misaligned with the tracks, the difficulty with moving it may only get worse. Every time you force the door open or closed, this puts additional stress on the already cracked and weakened wood. Eventually, you may end up cracking the door, or it may become stuck in one position because it has become so misaligned that it does not reposition itself back into the tracks.

If your garage's old wooden door is showing any or all of the signs above, it is time to have it replaced. Contact a contractor who offers garage door installation services to discuss your options for replacing the old door with a newer one that is both durable and more energy efficient.