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For many home and business owners, deciding whether to repair or replace your doors is a tough decision, one that must be considered and informed. While a broken garage door or severely dented roller shutter will undoubtedly need replacing, there are several other, less obvious problems that can occur in a wide variety of both domestic and commercial doors that make it difficult to establish whether they are fixable or not. Below, we’ve provided a breakdown of the different issues that can occur with most types of door to help you decide whether to fix or ditch your doors. 
 
Repair: 
 
Sudden Break Downs 
No matter what type of door you’re having problems with, whether it’s a seceuroglide garage door or insulated sectional doors, a sudden breakdown may cause you to assume that your door has stopped working and will consequently need replacing immediately. However, many sudden breakdowns are caused by one isolated issue; this means that because it has only just occurred, your door won’t have suffered extensive damage over several years and should thus be easily fixable. 
 
If you experience a sudden breakdown, the best thing to do is to call an expert who can analyse the problem quickly and professionally. While you may think that tackling the issue yourself is the less expensive option, you could end of causing more damage to your already faulty door, costing you far more in the long run. 
 
Here at Zenith Doors, we specialise in the repair and maintenance of both domestic and industrial doors and offer emergency call outs meaning no matter when the problem arises we’ll be there to fix it! 
 
Isolated Damage 
If your door has been damaged, you will need to get it repaired as quickly as possible to ensure this damage remains localised and does not spread and cause other issues in its vicinity. However, fixing a damaged door is usually only viable if the damage is isolated. 
 
For instance, if one panel of your garage door has been dented, the easiest solution would be to swap this panel out for a new one, keeping the rest of the door intact. If more panels have been destroyed, the cost of replacing each panel individually would likely outweigh that of a new door, which in this case, would be the most cost-effective solution. 
 
Whatever damage your door has suffered, make sure that you deal with it quickly and efficiently by enlisting the help of a service person to avoid further problems. 
 
Broken Springs 
If you have a retractable door, the likelihood is that it will contain a spring mechanism. In the case of electrically powered doors, not only do these small instruments provide essential support which enables a motor to lift the full weight of a heavy door, but they also act as a safety precaution in case power is lost and you have to open your door manually. 
 
If you notice a cranking sound when your door is in operation, or it feels particularly heavy when you try and lift it, this could indicate that the springs are starting to wear down. As such, they will need to be repaired or replaced to ensure your door remains fully functional and is easy to use. While you may want to try and fix the springs yourself, we do not recommend this, especially in the case of electrically powered doors. Get in touch with a team of door professionals like us here at Zenith Doors, who can replace your springs instantly. 
 
Replace: 
 
Considerable Damage 
As mentioned above, if your doors have experienced considerable damage that is both severe and widespread, a replacement will be the most cost-effective option. While you may be a little disgruntled with the fact that you have to splash out on a new door, there are positive of an unforeseen replacement. 
 
For example, if you are replacing your garage door, this may present the opportunity for you to update the look of your garage and select a more contemporary design that suits your taste better. If you’re struggling to decide which garage door you like best, visit our blog or advice on how to choose the right door for your garage. 
 
Alternatively, those in search of industrial door replacements will have the chance to choose from a wide range of different doors with better functionality, improved security features and even automation, all of which could significantly improve the look and practicality of your business premises. 
 
Old Doors 
While in the past, a squirt of oil and a lick of paint may have done the trick, if your doors are old and you have been putting off replacing them, it could be time to take the plunge and invest. Whether it’s fitting your business with a new shopfront shutter or updating your warehouse rapid roll doors, replacing your doors will serve to give your home or business a new lease of life. 
 
Burglary 
A burglary is never nice to experience at your business or home, and whether the trespassers have done any physical damage to your door or not, that feeling of insecurity is sure to stay with you. As such, replacing your door may be part of a broader effort to improve the security of your home or business, with the opportunity to install extra security features such as additional locking systems always available with us here at Zenith Doors. 
 
We hope this information has proved helpful in determining whether to repair or replace your doors. However, if you’re still unsure and would rather speak us to directly, give us a call today on 0800 0181 550 or fill out our online enquiry form with any questions you have about the door in question. Whether it’s your garage door or industrial entrance, we can provide expert advice to help you make the right choice to repair or replace. 
 
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