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5 Telltale Signs You Need a New Garage Door

  • Slow Response: If your electric garage door hesitates or opens very slowly after you click the opener, it may be time to consider purchasing a new door.
  • Excessive Noise: Grinding, crunching, or squeaking noises when your garage door operates can indicate a serious issue. While some problems may be fixed with maintenance, an old door might need a complete replacement.
  • Sagging Door: Minor sagging can be fixed by tightening brackets and bolts. However, severe sagging often means the entire pulley system needs replacement, and buying a new door might be more cost-effective.
  • Visible Damage and Rust: Exposure to harsh weather can cause rust and visible damage over time. If your garage door shows significant weathering, it’s a sign to invest in a new door to maintain functionality and improve your home’s market value.

While you might not realise it, your garage door has to stand up to a lot of punishment, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve started to notice some signs of wear and tear. 

While it’s not always easy to let go of something that’s served us so well over the years, an old and faulty garage door can be both a pain and a danger to the owner, so it’s best to know when to cut your losses and purchase a new one.

And this month, that’s exactly what the team here at Associated Garage Doors are going to help you with. Here are 5 telltales signs that you need a new garage door.

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No garage door should fly open or slam closed, but you don’t want to be sitting in your vehicle forever after you’ve clicked your opener, waiting for something to happen.

An electric garage door should respond right away without hesitation and open smoothly and promptly.

If your garage door delays its opening and then proceeds very slowly, perhaps it’s time to consider purchasing a new garage door.


Another problem associated with faulty garage doors is the grinding, crunching, grating and squeaking noises they make when they open.

This can be due to a wide variety of factors, such as loose tracks that need tightening, but if it’s a very old garage door, the chances are the whole mechanism needs replacing. 

If your garage door is making a lot of noise as it draws back, don’t ignore it, as this could prove to be very dangerous if left for too long.


A sagging garage door is a common problem that many people will have to deal with.

If your garage door is only sagging a little bit, you will only have to tighten up the brackets and bolts. However, if the sagging looks much more severe, then you will probably need to get the entire pulley system replaced.

Given how expensive that might be, you might be better off by simply purchasing a new door.

Rust or visible damage

Our garage doors have to put up with some pretty bad weather here in the UK.

Whether it’s rain, hail, snow or extreme heat, your garage door has to put up with it all, and there’s only so much that a regular maintenance schedule can do for an old mechanism. 

If your garage door has accumulated some rust or other visible weathering over the years, then it might be time to consider purchasing another one. 

You want to improve your home’s market value

First impressions are extremely important in the property world, so if you want to sell your home, it needs to have kerb appeal.

That is, your home needs to look great from the street, and if you have an old, rusty garage door, that might not be too easy. 

So, by purchasing a new, great-looking garage door, not only will you have made an excellent improvement to your home, but you could also greatly improve its market value.

Think it’s time for a new garage door? Associated Garage Doors are a family-run business, providing a personal and tailored service to each of our clients throughout Kent, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead, Hastings and beyond. We also offer a stunning range of front doors and composite doors

Whether you’re looking for a new garage door or a new front door, Associated Garage Doors offer a free, no-obligation survey and quotation, so you can be secure in the knowledge that you’re getting a fair price from us.

For more information, simply get in touch.

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