3 Signs Your Wood Garage Door Is In Need Of Repair

One of the benefits that comes along with choosing a wood garage door for your home is that this type of door often allows for easy repair to damaged areas rather than requiring you to repair or replace the entire door. However, to truly make the most out of this benefit, you need to learn to spot potential problems with your garage door in their earliest stages. Being on the lookout for the following three warning signs can help you to accomplish this goal.

Door Becomes Increasingly Difficult To Open Or Close

Wood naturally expands and contracts with changing temperatures and can easily retain moisture if it is not properly sealed. This can lead to a variety of issues including the growth of mold and mildew within the wood. If your wood door has become increasingly difficult to open and close, this could indicate that the seal on your wood is no longer intact, and it could result in your door swelling. If this happens, it is important to have your door sanded and stained by a garage door repair contractor in order to reestablish an effective barrier against moisture damage. Reacting quickly to this problem will help to prevent excess damage to the door. 

Wood Shavings Along The Edge Of The Door

Wood garage doors are susceptible to damage from termites. The key to minimizing the damage caused by these pests is to catch an infestation before it is able to spread throughout the door. A failure to catch this type of damage in its early stages will almost always result in the need to replace the entire door. That is why it is so important to keep your eyes open for what looks like wood shavings along the bottom edge of your door. These shavings are the result of termites feasting on the inside of your garage door and will signal the need for immediate attention from a knowledgeable contractor. 

Dark Spots In The Wood

Dark spots on the face of your wood garage door can indicate the growth of mold and mildew deep within the wood. If left untreated, this type of damage can spread throughout the door and result in the need to purchase a whole new garage door. That is why you should always contact a garage door repair contractor to inspect your door if you notice any changes to the coloring of your door rather than simply attempting to paint over this discoloration. 

Talk to a garage door repair contractor for more information.