If you are in the process of building a home of your own or getting ready to undergo extreme home renovations, there’s nothing wrong with taking on some of the work on your own. However, there are a few technical jobs that should be left to the experts.
When it comes to repairs that involve your garage door system, there are many specific reasons why you need to select a garage door professional. We’ll explain below why trying to handle it on your own is the wrong choice to make.
Think about your safety and that of your family members
Thinking about wood garage doors for a moment, it’s worth being aware that they can be extremely heavy based on the type of material they are manufactured from and when they were built. For those who have double garage doors (which are 16’ or 4.9 m wide), this weight goes up significantly. And if you haven’t done proper maintenance? The weight increases a bit more. It all adds up.
If you didn’t know this, the garage door of your home is the largest moving part in the entire building. This can lead to accidents, unfortunately. Hundreds of individuals are injured when attempting to repair their own garage door each year. This is often because of a broken spring or lifting cables that fail. If you are interested in getting a real feel for the weight of a door, consider this: A single door which includes a steel exterior (a 9’ or 2.7 m) wide door with a thickness of 1¾” (45 mm), the door itself might weight around 130 to 175 lb. (60 to 80 kilo). Now, for those of you with a double door, the weight can also double and range anywhere from 260 to 350 lb (110 to 160 kilo). While this can lead to a nasty accident for a do-it-yourselfer, when you have a garage door specialist, that person can reach your home and immediately determine any dangers associated with the door and what needs to be done to work safely.
Don’t ignore the importance of professional experience
Chances are, you don’t actually have a full understanding of how your garage door system operates. You need to understand exactly how the various hardware components work together and how the counterweight system is responsible for helping you lift your door with one hand easily. If you don’t have that knowledge, you need a professional. So, take your hand off the tools and call a local business with experienced technicians who ensure the work is done right the first time.
A garage door technician learns their trade out in the field. Learning the tricks of the trade makes this person an expert on repair and installation of garage doors in any kind of location or condition. Having this experience will ensure the technician can balance your door correctly, make sure it is weathertight, and that no door components are pressed against each other which can lead to early wear and tear.
Keep peace of mind in the long term
If you attempt a repair of your garage door system on your own, there is a risk that you might not complete the repair or that you might carry out the repair in an improper manner. This can lead to the problem reoccurring later on or can even make the problem more severe than it started. This applies to all repairs, but especially when repairing an electric garage door opener.
When you select a professional with a great reputation when it comes to garage door repair in your location, you are selecting someone who is able to guarantee their work done on the door and the parts that are used. In many cases, this is a year long guarantee. The reason this is possible is because these experts are dedicated to providing a precise job that meets your requirements. An expert does things right the first time, which is how every good employee should operate.
Save plenty of time and even money
If you speak to a well-established and experienced garage door specialist in your area, they will have a grasp on what they are saying to you and will be capable of explaining what is happening. Garage door repair isn’t something that can be learned with the snap of your fingers. When you go with an expert technician for your repairs, you will have extra time to do other things that might be more important to you. In addition, the expert with years of experience will understand how to pinpoint a problem and get the job done quickly and efficiently. The largest single goal of this person is to ensure that you have long‑term operation of your garage door.
When it comes to the money side of things, you might be considering DIY repairs on your garage door opener or door itself because you believe it will be less expensive than hiring a professional. However, this can actually backfire on you. If you attempt a repair and something goes wrong, it can lead to invalidating your manufacturer’s warranty or causing significant damage to your door.
Your garage door expert will not only have the ability to provide repairs more quickly than you, this person will also have proper insurance which covers both damage to your home and personal injury.
The responsibility side of any accidents
Another reason that you should make sure to hire an expert for your garage door repairs is based on the source of responsibility if something is done the wrong way. If you run into major trouble while attempting to repair your garage door, that leaves you liable. There is no reason to take on that risk when you aren’t required to do so. Instead, put your trust in technicians who are qualified and know everything about garage door systems.
Don’t wait, contact us today
You can get in contact with us toll‑free at 508-966-0242 for any door or door opener repairs. We have a full understanding of openers and garage doors through years in the business. We can help you make the best decision based on what your needs are, and we’ll do that while keeping your budget in mind. We are also able to email you a quotation. You can also visit us at our showroom if you prefer.
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