1. PREPARE FOR NATURAL CHANGES IN THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
If you prepare for degrading parts and structure, you’ll catch them early. Rust, erosion and other natural occurrences are some of the ways your garage door can falter over the years. Inspect your garage door often, so these gradual processes don’t disrupt your life.
Natural causes compromise your garage door as a solid barrier between your car or storage and the outside world. Ground erosion progresses over the years, forming an opening at the bottom of your garage space. The specifications that made the door solidly reach the ground when it was installed will have changed if erosion has worn away the pavement. You can catch this change before it requires serious work by evaluating your garage’s shape on a regular basis.
2. BENEFIT FINANCIALLY
Coil springs, brackets, hinges, bearing plates and more have a limited lifespan. But replacing a coil spring is a simpler and less expensive process than installing a completely new garage door. A study by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry shows the estimated average cost of furnishing a new garage door is $2,300. Taking care of the minor repairs over the years will help your garage door last for a long time. This small investment will produce big returns.
Disrepair can escalate to the point that you must have a professional remove your existing garage door and install a new one. Whether you store tools or your vehicle inside your garage, keep them from sustaining collateral scratches or blows. Scraping your car with the garage door due to poor sensors can be confusing for your insurance claims, too.
3. MAINTAIN PEACE OF MIND
Whether you are leaving to pick up your children or inclement weather is on the way, you will want your garage door to function smoothly so you can come and go as you please. Gain confidence in your garage door by checking that it is up to standards and will help you arrive on time for your appointments. Do not risk the possibility that the garage door could get stuck, the opener could stop working or the safety sensors could give out.
Regular inspection boosts your certainty that your home is a protected and well-maintained area. Working through a maintenance checklist will leave you with satisfaction that each part is in good repair and ready for another year or more of movement.
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
1. SAFETY FROM INJURY
Even residential garage doors weigh several hundred pounds, and if the tension continues to work in the garage door, you will not need to lift the whole weight. The rolling motion makes for an accessible opening, so with supported garage doors, safety is a matter of keeping the parts in order. However, many people have reported injuries due to garage door malfunctions.
Past regulations on garage doors were less safe and resulted in many accidents. Now, measures exist like reverse activation and reopening and closing if there was a failure to close fully. The Consumer Product Safety Commission published proposals for residential garage doors to protect users from injury, and garage door manufacturers have made great strides for homes to have a smooth and safeguarded system. However, you need to take extra care of these added features so they can continue to shield you and your loved ones from worrisome incidents.
Further protect your family by explaining precautions they can take to avoid injury. Educate your children on the dangers of faulty garage doors. Also, let them know the different signs that signal maintenance is necessary. They can help you evaluate the garage door’s shape and remind you when it is time for the annual checkup.