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What is the average life expectancy of a garage door?
Saturday, June 20, 2020
How long does a garage door last?
You can expect a garage door to last 20 to 35 years, with an average of 30 years. Factors that affect lifespan are level of usage, maintenance and lubrication, and weather exposure. The opener has a shorter life: 10 to 15+ years, with a 12 year average.
Also, see our blog posts Why do I have to hold down the button to close the garage door? and How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe? and What does a home inspector check on an electric garage door?
Here’s a bar graph comparing life expectancy of a garage door to other doors in a house.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
Here’s links to a collection of some of our blog posts about GARAGES AND CARPORTS:
• What are the common problems when a homeowner converts a garage to conditioned living space, such as a family room?
• What are the code requirements for fire separation between an attached garage and the house?
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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