Life Expectancy of a Garage Door

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As long as your garage door can go up and down from day to day, it’s likely that you’ll give little thought to it. However, a time is surely coming when you’ll have to either repair or replace it because it would have stopped working properly or completely. So, when might that day come or how long should your garage door last?

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to tell. This is because the life expectancy of your garage door depends on a number of factors. They include product quality, how many times it opens and closes, and how often you perform maintenance on it. However, the typical lifespan of garage doors is at least 30 years while it’s opener can endure a good 10 to 15 years.

Life Expectancy of Garage Door Springs

Probably, you may have to replace your garage door springs several times before your entire product bowing out completely. Springs are built to last for a particular number of cycles rather than the length of time. For instance, torsion options can go up to 15,000 to 20,000 rounds while their tension counterparts can only endure between 5,000 and 10,000.

This means that you should expect your springs to wear out quickly if your family is big enough to be going and coming through the garage throughout the day. If you’re living alone and do spend quite some time before opening and closing your car’s home place, then you’re lucky on that budget.

Extend Your Garage Door’s Life Expectancy

Your garage door, just like your car, is likely to last considerably longer if only you took time and effort to maintain it properly. To extend the lifespan of this important investment, consider doing the following:

  • Lubricate it. Use good quality oil to lubricate the door’s springs, hinges, and rollers. For the best results, apply a very light coat of the lubricant. Do so once every month.
  • Clean it. It’s not difficult to clean your garage door. Performing regular washes of both of the door’s sides with water and a mild detergent are all it takes. Make sure that you don’t miss the photo eyes because even slight specks of dust or dirt can be enough to reduce the door’s performance.
  • Check and replace worn out or failing parts. You should regularly perform a thorough inspection of the various components of your garage door.
    • Check for signs of wear and tear at least once annually.
    • Tighten loose bolts and replace frayed wires and cables.
    • Ensure that the electric eyes at the door’s base are functioning properly and causing the door to open and reverse when something moves through the opening.
    • The garage door opener should reverse and open in case the door hits anything as it closes
    • More importantly, never ignore strange noises that come out when the door moves.