garage door repairOwning a home with a garage doesn’t just add a world of convenience to your life (no more brushing the snow off your car on those cold winter mornings!) — it also adds tremendous value to your home.

In fact, one Florida State University study has shown that having a garage can make a home worth as much as 13% more than it would be worth without one! A slight majority of home buyers prefer to look at houses with two-car garages; an additional 20% want a garage that can hold three cars or more.

But once you have your dream home and your dream garage, it can be tough to know when you should have your garage door repaired or maintained.

Are your questions about professional garage door repairs going unanswered? Find out with this list of the three most common questions about garage door problems, along with their answers:

Do I always need to replace both springs?

During a garage door servicing, you might be told that one of the door’s torsion springs is broken. It’s always recommended that you replace both of the door’s springs, even if the other isn’t necessarily broken — this is because garage door springs typically break within about six months of one another. Replacing both of the door’s springs now will save you the hassle of calling in another garage door repair in a few months.

Why should I replace my garage door?

If you garage door is no longer functioning, it’s likely time for a replacement. In addition, it’s advisable to replace the garage door if it has been damaged by an outside force. Sometimes, a garage door needs to be replaced simply because it’s old or outdated. However, replacing your garage door is well worth the cost — a new garage door boasts an amazing 84% return on investment, as it helps boost your home’s curb appeal in a huge way.

What is R-value — and why does it matter?

The R-value is the measurement of thermal resistance to heat flow — basically, how well the garage door insulates the garage’s interior from the outside. By investing in a garage door with a higher R-value, you’ll be benefiting from reduced energy costs, meaning this door can help pay for itself over time.

Have even more unanswered questions about repairing or replacing garage doors that weren’t answered here? Feel free to ask us by leaving a comment below.