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Garage Door Problems: Learn to Recognize Them

If your garage door squeaks, you might think it's nothing to worry about. However, a squeaky garage door can be dangerous, especially if it falls. A year ago, my garage door began to squeak whenever I opened and closed it. I ignored the problem and continued to use the door. One day, the door collapsed on my car as I backed out of my garage. Although my car sustained a lot of damage, I was very thankful to be alive. I contacted a garage door specialist the same day. The contractor informed me that my door's springs had given out. After the repairs, the contractor offered sound advice on how to recognize problems in my garage door and what to do about them. I started this blog to help other homeowners stay safe as well. Please, don't ignore your garage's problem, even if it's small.


3 Biggest Reasons Not To DIY Your New Garage Door Installation

Are you thinking about building a new garage for your home? Do you already have a garage but it either needs a new door or one was never installed in the first place? If you're an avid DIY enthusiast, your first instinct might be to install the garage door yourself. Simply looking at a garage door, they don't seem to be all that complicated at first glance. But there are a number of reasons why you should actually hire a professional to install the garage door and leave your DIY skills to other tasks. Some things to consider include:

Safety: Although it may not seem overly complicated, a new garage door installation can actually be quite dangerous. Not only must you contend with the often-heavy pieces of the door itself, but you must also contend with the motor and the garage door spring. With a garage door, a strong spring is used instead of a counterweight to neutralize the door's weight so that even a very heavy door will seem very light and easy to open. Due to the strength of the spring involved, adding this part to a garage door installation can be quite dangerous. If you don't know what you're doing, the spring can easily slip out of your grasp, potentially causing serious damage or injury to anything or anyone nearby.

Time: Due to safety concerns, many garage door manufacturers make it all but impossible for the average person to purchase a brand new motor and installation kit. In some cases, you may be able to assemble a seemingly whole kit by buying several supposedly new or definitely used pieces off of auction sites, but you may find that the pieces don't actually fit together once you start the installation. Instead of wasting days or weeks in this manner on this new garage door installation, save time by hiring a professional who can get everything installed in an appointment lasting just a few hours.

Money: Although you might think that you'd be saving money by not having to pay a professional for your new garage door installation, the truth is that you could wind up spending more money this way. Not only is there the potential for high repair or hospital bills due to an errant garage door spring, the cost of assembling a working garage door piecemeal from different online sites and auctions may be deceptively expensive. You could find yourself having to buy the same parts over and over again because they don't quite fit together. Instead of getting stuck with a bunch of parts you can't use, just hire a professional to take care of everything for you.