Many people do not pay so much attention to their garage doors, but when these get broken, they are going to gnash their teeth out of frustration. What they do not know is that they may be in some way responsible for their malfunctioning garage doors. They may have inadvertently caused damage to their doors. Here are some possible ways owners invariably contribute to their own garage door problems.
Crashing into a garage door
Sometimes, when people are in a hurry to get to work, they tend to drive carelessly. Backing up on the garage is a common problem especially on those homes where the drive way is short. This accident also occurs frequently during winter because sometimes cars slide backwards and crash into the garage because of the slippery ice. Whenever this happens, it is better to call garage door repair right away to assess the damage. Strong impacts will not only dent the garage door, it may also cause the garage mechanism to fail.
Not closing the garage door all the way
Many people think it’s fine to open a garage door partially so they can let their pets in and out of the house though it. The truth is it could damage the garage door, specifically the spring. The reason why owners can easily lift open the heavy garage door is because of the spring located on the garage ceiling. When the garage door is closed, the spring can relax, but if it is left partially open, the spring will have to bear the weight of the garage door for a long time. Soon it will snap, and when that happens, the garage door will become slow, erratic and will not close fully.
Neglect and lack of maintenance
Garage doors need maintenance. This home amenity has so many mechanical parts that need to be checked from time to time. However many owners are too busy to spend even a few hours to check if everything is working great. Many don’t even notice if their garage door is opening slowly or if it’s making weird clunking sounds, until it’s too late. The worst part is that they may blame the garage door for failing instead of blaming themselves for negligence. Doors that have been neglected may develop more than one problem, so it is better to call a garage door repair company.
Trying to repair the garage door themselves
It’s the height of confidence when a garage owner thinks that because garage door repairmen can fix their doors, they can do it, too. Too much confidence is not always good, especially unfounded confidence. It will be like a non-doctor trying to operate on a patient. Everyone can guess what will happen, more damage. Garage door parts could be misplaced, not returned to their proper place or broken. When garage doors start showing symptoms of wear and tear or other malfunctions, it is better for the owner to call a garage door repair company than trying to repair it themselves.
Garage doors are sturdy constructions, but they still need care. They are not immune to the owner’s negligence. A well-maintained garage door would need less repair work. It could last a long time, saving its owners a lot of money.