A garage door can last between 10 and 20 years on average. Of course, your door’s lifespan will largely depend on how well you take care of it. So that you can get the most out of your garage door, here are some things you should never do.
#1. Allow Children to Play on the Door
Kids are naturally fascinated by the raising and lowering of garage doors, and often wish to hang onto them. Your garage doors are not meant to handle the extra weight of even a very small child and could suffer torsion spring damage as a result. Not only that, but it is also unsafe for your child, as he or she could fall off and become seriously injured.
#2. Continuously Open and Close the Door
Your garage door opener will operate thousands of times before it gives out. Even so, it isn’t intended to perform all those openings at once. Opening and closing your door multiple times in a row may burn out your motor or cause additional wear and tear on other parts. This is also something kids tend to do, but some adults have a fascination with operating their garage door and will do this as well.
#3. Try to Force a Stuck Door Open
Your door may become stuck because of damaged panels, worn railing, or problems with the opener. If your door will not open completely, do not try to force it up or down. Doing so could cause more serious damage than what you are already facing. Contact our team instead so that we can look at the matter right away.
Avoiding these three things will help your garage door last if possible, while requiring fewer repairs. If you do experience problems with your garage door, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.