In today’s DIY culture, you might be tempted to handle different repair tasks around your home by yourself for the glory of not hiring and paying a professional to do the job. After all, it’s far too easy to jump on YouTube, watch a quick tutorial, and make a run to your local Home Depot. A big ‘but’ comes with this do-it-yourself attempt on your garage door. Attempting to handle a garage door repair yourself might not only result in an expensive mistake, but it could also turn out to be a physically dangerous one.
Garage doors are among the biggest reasons for home injuries that lead to hospitalization. Every year, around 30,000 injuries are due to garage door accidents according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Because cables and springs are under intense pressure, trying to repair them yourself could lead to a severe injury or even death.
When it comes to any reason for needing garage door service, hiring a professional is always the smart way to go. Aside from that, professional garage door technicians know how to extend your garage door’s lifespan. You have the obvious safety factors behind hiring a professional garage door company to service your garage system, but there are several other reasons why it’s important to invest in an industry expert:
1. You Risk Making the Issue Worse
You can’t substitute qualified garage door repair training with a YouTube video. You might think you know what you’re doing and it’s as simple as following along with the video, but you can easily make a critical mistake that could result in a pricey problem that’s worse than what you originally had.
2. Home Security
Many individuals store valuables in their garage, such as expensive:
- Valuable Personal Items
If your garage door has a faulty security system, it becomes vulnerable to intruders. Routine inspections and maintenance could prevent issues with your garage door security system.
3. Value & Aesthetics
Normal wear and tear could damage the parts of your garage door silently without you even realizing it. A quality professional understands what to look for externally and internally to catch a small problem before it leads to a more substantial decline later. They can ensure your garage door is in good working condition which adds to your home’s overall property value and general curb-side aesthetic.
4. Routine Garage Door Service Means Longevity
Like with any other mechanical system, automatic garage doors aren’t any different. They require servicing and maintenance to keep them functioning. Your garage door won’t last very long if it has:
- Unlubricated parts
- Unaligned tracks
- Malfunctioning safety sensors
- Loose bolts
Your garage door springs have a lifespan of around 10,000 uses and they require continued lubrication. If you don’t properly maintain the springs, your door’s lifespan could be seriously decreased.
5. You Could Compromise your Garage Door
You may think you did a sufficient job repairing your garage door, but you could be wrong. For example, if your garage door “almost” closes all the way, it might look right, but this could create issues. If the door doesn’t close down to the weatherstripping, you risk wasting any insulation you have in the door resulting in higher cooling and heating costs since heat can escape or enter your home through the garage door.
For routine maintenance service, emergency repairs, or a free estimate on a new garage door or door opener, contact Smokey’s Garage Door today.