How Long Should a Garage Door Last?


Your home is most likely the biggest investment you will ever make, and as such, you want to protect the value of that investment for as long as you own it. Few people however consider how their garage door influences the value of their home until it becomes a problem. But just like a roof that has a very specific lifespan, so does your garage door. And you want to do what you can to extend the life of your garage door.

How Long Should a Garage Door Last?Ask the average person how long their roof should last and they can tell you 25-30 years. Ask them how long should a garage door last or how much does a garage door cost; and you’ll most likely hear “I don’t know.” In fairness, the answer depends on the type of door and it daily usage.

The average garage door should operate without trouble for about 10 years. Unfortunately, in planned subdivisions, the garage doors are often picked by the builder for reasons related more to cost than performance. That may mean the quality of the door, its components and the installation may cause you to have problems earlier.

Other important factors in determining how long your garage door will last include the type of spring, the number of times it is opened per day as well as the weight of the door.

Most garage door manufactures distribute 10,000 cycle springs with their doors, meaning the spring is intended to function properly a minimum of 10,000 times. If your door opens and closes 3-5 times a day, the lifespan of your garage door will be 7-10 years. If the spring is too small for the weight of your door, you may have problems sooner.

At Custom Door & Gate, we are your local garage door service professionals.
We’ve been installing and repairing garage doors in the Raleigh, Fayetteville and Greenville areas since 1989. We know the ins-and-outs of both residential garage doors
and commercial garage doors
and can help you find the door that’s right for your home or diagnose your garage door issues.

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