To Repaint or Not to Repaint…That is the Question!

Is it worth it to paint that old wood or metal garage door when it still functions well?  When you just don’t like the aesthetic, it can be a hard decision to repaint or just go ahead and replace the system to a more modern look.

That is why we decided to lay out the pros and cons, to better help you decide if you should worry about repainting your garage door or just go ahead and replace it.




Repaint of Replace

The most important question when it comes to replacement is not appearance, it is safety. Whether your door is made of wood or metal, you want to make sure that all pieces of your door are in good working order.  If your wood door is a bit worn and faded with time, what is behind the door may be an even bigger issue.

You may observe several rusted parts if the hardware system is also as old as the door.  Especially those parts installed at the bottom of the door will be susceptible to rust. If you find that is the case, you should seriously consider changing the complete garage door system.

If you have a “sandwich” garage door (two outside wood surfaces sandwiched around a mineral wool insulation or a polystyrene panel), then you can be sure that the inner layer has absorbed a substantial amount of moisture. Also, wood doors will become heavier over time as they absorb moisture.

Remember that wood must breathe. Otherwise, it quickly deteriorates. If it is a solid wood door or one covered with solid wood, even if it has been covered in varnish, will spit.  You should be aware that wood must maintain a certain level of moisture to prevent it from happening.


Time commitment

It does take quite a bit of time to complete, but repainting a garage door is a relatively easy job. Your first step will be making sure that your new paint color matches the original unless you are planning on changing paint colors, then you need to make sure that the new color matches the color palette.

Ensure you have sufficient time to do the job correctly is important, and you will also need to consider the weather when creating your painting schedule. Remember to plan enough drying time based on the quality and type of paint, the level of humidity, and the ambient temperature both on the interior and exterior of the garage. A poorly re-painted door will look much worse than having a door that needs to be repainted.

Wait for good weather before starting! Don’t try tackle the job of painting in full sun or in the rain.  You need it to be dry, and the temperature needs to be between 60F and 75F (15C and 25C). You will want to prepare the surface with a quality primer if you are completely changing the color or if your door has traces of rust on it because the primer will allow the paint to adhere properly.

If you have a metal door that has no dents or deep scratches and is in good repair, you can hire an exterior painter to do the work for you.


Cost of a replacement door

It can cost around $1000 for a single garage door used to park a regular sized car. If your garage door opener works well and is fairly new, it can easily be reconnected and reused on your new garage door, saving you money!

Replacing sounding better than repainting? Go ahead and contact us. We are garage door professionals. We understand door systems inside and out, and we are able to give an explanation of your choices and advice without ruining your budget. If you prefer, we can easily send you a quote by email.