If your garage door works well, even if it happens to be a bit old, you might not think that it needs to have anything done to it. After all, if it isn’t broke, why fix it? Your door might be made from wood or metal, and though it works fine, it might look a little worse for wear. Therefore, you might be thinking about painting the door. Of course, you probably painted the door last year, too, and the looks just don’t seem to be holding up. Are you going to paint the garage door again, or is there another solution that could be better for you? It is time to consider a few things.
The Age of Your Garage Door
This is the first thing that you want to think about whether your garage is made from metal or from wood. It is not always just about the appearance of the garage door, but the safety that it provides. In fact, this should always trump the aesthetics. You want to look at the hardware system and if this is as old as the door, then you might want to have the whole system changed out. If you notice that it has a lot of rust on it, getting a new system is going to be a good idea.
Some doors, particularly wooden doors, are going to get heavier over time. This is because they absorb moisture. The wood needs to have a certain level of moisture or it is going to split. Wood is going to need to have space to breathe. Keep in mind that sandwich doors, which have two outside wood surfaces and mineral wool insulation or a panel of polystyrene will also retain moisture. This could cause some rusting.
How Long Will the Painting Take?
One of the other factors that you are going to need to think about with your garage door is the amount of time that you are going to spend on it. How long is it going to take you to paint? Sure, the painting may not be a difficult job, but do you really want to keep spending a weekend out of each year doing it?
You need to make sure that you are doing the job right, too. This means that you need to have the weather cooperate with you. You don’t want to paint when it is too moist or cold outside. Ideally, it will be dry and between 60F and 75F (15C and 25C). In some cases, you are going to need to prep the surface first, and you might need to add more than one coat. This could take a lot longer than you think.
What Will a New Door Cost?
What to Do Next?
Now that you can see that getting a new garage door might be the better option for you, it is time to get in touch. You can contact us, we have the knowledge and the qualifications needed to ensure that you get the perfect door for your needs. We are professionals who can provide you with all of the information you need when it comes to garage doors. We can send you a quotation by email if you would like.