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How Long Does a Garage Door Last? Lifespan and Factors That Affect Durability

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It’s normal to want to change things up in your life. Renewing your wardrobe, trying to cook a new meal in the kitchen, experimenting with a new haircut – these are all great.

What you don’t want to be constantly changing or replacing, however, is your garage door. You want that to last a long time, because you’re paying good money for it.

How long, then, should a garage door last? And what are some of the factors that affect durability and lifespan?

Here, The Garage Door Guys, Adelaide’s champion team of garage door experts, delve into everything you need to know.

Average lifespan

Garage doors generally last between 15-30 years. Why the massive discrepancy? Here are some factors at play:


Material is possibly the biggest factor in garage door durability. Some materials are sturdier and more durable than others. Cars made out of duroplast (a hard plastic made from recycled cotton), like the East German Trabant was, aren’t going to last as long as cars made from iron and steel. That’s probably why they don’t make Trabants anymore… thankfully.

Garage door materials are the same. Steel and aluminium garage doors are more resistant to the elements than, say, wood-frame doors, which is why they’re commonly used as a garage door material. Fibreglass, while less commonly used as garage doors, are generally less sturdy.


How well are we maintaining our garage doors? This is another factor that influences how long they’ll last. By getting an annual garage door service, you’re extending the life of your garage door, ensuring that all of its essential parts are functioning smoothly. Don’t let your garage door sit and rot away!


It’d be remiss of us not to mention the effect of weather on your garage door. Adelaide is blessed with blisteringly hot summers and rainy, chilly winters, which creates an absolute beating on your door – so it’s best to go for a sturdy door material like steel or iron when updating your garage door.


So, you’ve checked off everything on your list, but who’s making the thing? Some garage doors are simply better engineered than others, and this is directly thanks to your garage door manufacturer. The Garage Door Guys are accredited stockists of B&D garage doors, which are designed and manufactured in Australia to the highest standards.

If you’re after a garage door that complements your home, lasts forever, requires minimal maintenance and offers exceptional value for money, get in touch with The Garage Door Guys. We’re Adelaide’s best retailers of high quality garage doors, whether you’re looking at roller doors, sectional doors or something completely custom-designed. We also specialise in maintenance and repair, offering full-scale garage door services. Get in touch with the team for the best garage doors in SA!

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