Ideally your garage door will be in great working condition at ALL times. But in reality, this isn’t always the case.
It’s very easy for your garage door to get damaged. This post looks at some common sources of garage door damage.
We’ll also look at some ways you can prevent your garage door from being damaged.
Rats and Mice
They say there is probably 1 rat or mouse for every human on earth. Think about that for a second. Shudder! If this is true, that means there are over 7 billion rats and mice!
Even if that isn’t true, I’m sure we all know rats and mice are EVERYWHERE. Especially in and around our homes. Rats and mice enjoy your garage! Usually it’s an easy room to access from the outside, and it offers protection from the elements.
Rats and mice love chewing on things, including wooden garage doors and cables, both garage and electric!
The damage for your garage door is not just cosmetic, but weakening the door and creating holes. The rats and mice can then use these holes to get in and out of your garage more easily.
When it comes to eating through wires and cables, this can pose a fire hazard as well as problems with your garage door support if a cable is rendered useless.
What can you do about rats and mice in your garage?
Some tips for keeping rats and mice out of your garage:
- Don’t keep trash in your garage. Rats and mice like hiding in and under trash, and eating it!
- Get a cat! Cats love eating rats and mice (yuck!) but also can chase them away!
- Get traps and check them regularly. This can help reduce the rat population in your garage. You can do this yourself, or hire a pest control to spray regularly and set/change your traps.
Hitting Your Garage Door
Another form of garage door damage is the door getting hit, especially with big force.
This generally happens when a car crashes or runs into your garage door. It can also happen if you use your garage as a workshop or workout studio with heavy weights and tools. One small mishap can have a large object hitting your door and damaging it.
How to Prevent Damage to Your Garage Door
A few things can help reduce the chances of your garage door being hit:
- Make sure the garage and surrounding area is well lit. When you get can see better, less accidents happen.
- Don’t allow teenagers to drive the car in and out of the garage. Let them start on the street!
- Create a barrier or reinforcement while you work in your garage so there is less chance of the main door being hit by something.
Rodents and general human accidents are the biggest contributors to damaged garage doors. We hope this post helped you think about a few ways you can improve the chances your garage door stays safe and protected!
Having your garage door serviced at least annually can help catch any problems or damage before they turn into a bigger problem!