How Much Does it Cost to NOT Get a New Garage Door?
Sure, you’ve got it on the back burner of things to look at when you have time, or maybe not. Replacing the garage door is something that most of us will only ever do once or twice. So, unlike something like replacing the furnace filter, you have no real schedule for replacing the door.
In fact, aside from the obvious signs, like it just fell off its rollers, no one really knows when it’s time to replace their garage doors.
But fear not. We have come up with a single way that you can use to decide when you need a new door.
When the Door Starts Costing You More to Keep Than to Replace
If you have an old garage door that still works relatively well, we’re sure you’re thinking “Ha! If that’s how you decide on a new door, then I’m fine because my door doesn’t cost me anything!”
Or Does It?
Even if your door goes up and down faithfully on cue and you’ve never had to pay to repair or maintain it, it could be costing you a lot of money. On the other side of the equation, the cost of buying and installing a new garage door is probably less than you think.
With those two factors in mind, here’s how your garage door could be costing you more money than it would cost to replace it.
1. Extra Heating & Air Conditioning
If your older garage door is uninsulated, it could be a drain on your budget without you knowing it. An attached garage with an uninsulated door can cost you money in two ways.
First, with cooler air getting into your garage in winter, and warmer air doing the same in summer, that air eventually gets into your home. When it does, you face higher energy costs (and we’re not even talking about the environmentally responsible side to all of this) year-round to heat and air condition your home.
And if that’s not enough to convince you, your heating and air conditioning equipment must work harder to keep your home comfortable. That means more maintenance costs, more new filters, and needing new equipment sooner than later.
2. Safety Concerns
Your garage door is the only thing between a burglar and everything you keep in your garage. And garages are one of the most popular ways for burglars to get into your home. How ‘costly’ would you say it was to be the victim of a break and enter that happened because your garage door was old and easily broken into?
3. Lower Curb Appeal
We know you’ve heard this one before, but you’re not selling your home, so who cares about curb appeal and how does it cost you anything?
Your garage door is likely the largest single visual feature of your home. As such, it can greatly influence the look of your home and landscape. Anything you do to your home, from new windows to mowing the lawn every week, affects the home’s curb appeal. But if the largest single feature of the home is old and worn, you won’t get the full value of anything else you do to keep your home looking its best. You’ll just have new windows on the house with the shabby garage doors.
4. Untimely Breakdown
If you’ve ever been late for an appointment because your garage door won’t open, or it didn’t open when you arrived home on a dark and stormy night, you know how lucky someone is if they’ve never had to go through those situations. But the longer you keep that old door, the closer the moment is when you suffer an untimely breakdown.
So how does that cost you? When you are forced to replace your door and/or door opener, not only might you be without your garage door, but you’re more likely to make compromises on the new door and opener to get them installed sooner than later. Compromises that can cost you later.