How to Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Garage

Knowing when to replace your garage.

If you have had a garage for a while, you might be wondering if you should begin replacing it.

Most garages will last at least 10 years, if not more.

Often, homeowners will choose to replace certain elements of the garage rather than the entire garage structure.

Here a few ways to know if it’s time to start looking into a replacement garage.

The Roof is Caving or Cracking

If your garage roof is sinking, or pieces of it are falling off, you should certainly look into replacing the roof. Just like with your home, an old roof can be dangerous to you and your family.

A metal roof is a great option for a garage. They are durable, long lasting, and resistant to inclement weather.

It is not Structurally Sound

If your garage seems to be unsound structurally, for example, if the foundation is coming apart or the siding is falling off, you might want to replace the garage entirely.

Particularly if the garage is unsafe for you and your family. A good idea would be to hire an inspector to come and inspect the garage for safety and structural damages. A second set of eyes is never a bad thing. The inspector will be able to tell you if the structure needs replaced entirely or if you are able to replace just certain parts of the garage.

Severe Damage

If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, flooding or extreme weather conditions your garage may be subject to more damages than people who don’t.

Major damage, such as flooding or wind damage, might force you into replacing the entire thing.

If you believe that your garage is structurally sound, and you don’t need to replace the entire garage, here are a few common garage elements that might need replacing.

The Door

This is the most common question among garage owners, according to Google. “How do I know when it is time to replace my garage door?”

The answer is:

If you’re unhappy with how it looks, or you need to update it because you plan to sell your home soon.

If it’s poorly insulated, pinches your fingers, doesn’t reverse on contact with an object or doesn’t have other modern garage door features.

The Floor

Typically, garage floors are very durable. By nature, they need to be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. But, if your garage has been standing for a long time or has been damaged by a disaster such as a flood, you may want to replace the floor.

If your concrete is cracking, or there are other substantial safety issues, you should replace the flooring.

Check out these 5 cool garage flooring ideas for some inspiration.

The Siding or Brick

If your garage siding is falling off, or the bricks are starting to fall, you might consider replacing them. This is a simpler alternative to replacing the entire garage. You might consider this even if you simply want to update the curb appeal of your garage.

There are many great, modern ways to update the exterior of your garage.

Replacing your entire garage can be time-consuming and costly, but if you believe that it is posing a safety issue, it is well worth the time and money. In many cases, you may only need to replace certain parts of the garage. Regardless, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Trust your instincts and do your research before making a final decision.