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  • Why Your Garage Door is Not a DIY Job

  • They say that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself… This is correct in certain situations that do not apply to DIY (“do it yourself”) work. That being said, there are plenty of situations where a professional should be the person you trust for a given project. Your garage door repairs and/or installation are prime examples of these types of projects.


    In today’s world, it’s easy to find DIYers online who claim that you never have to rely on a professional as long as you have your own two hands. While an admirable idea, this is a lofty goal if you don’t have the right tools or years of experience to approach the project in question. When it comes to garage door installation or repair, you risk thousands of dollars in repairs as well as serious hazards to your garage and personal safety.

    It’s worth noting that your garage doors are likely the largest moving parts of your home. Overhead doors are known to weigh upwards of 400 pounds, so any parts that are missing or misaligned could resort in a messy situation. Several parts of your garage doors are also under very high tension. If you accidentally release the tension while attempting to make your own repairs, you don’t just risk a serious injury – you also risk death.

    Say you are pretty handy and have completed home improvement projects before; while you think you may be able to handle some of the tasks required in a garage door installation, there’s a good chance you forget to include one of the smaller parts or fail to install it properly. Garage door systems are surprisingly complex and only operate when all of the parts are placed exactly where they belong and work correctly. DIY installation could result in your door falling of the tracks, damaging your door, garage and more.


    Many turn to DIY work to save money, but a faulty repair job may end up costing you way more than what you would have spent on a garage door service in the first place. Licensed garage door technicians have the experience, tools, and access to parts that the regular homeowner simply doesn’t have. If you think there’s anything wrong with your garage door, it makes financial and safety sense to contact a garage door professional.

    This all being said, there are still various maintenance tasks that are safe to do on your own, as long as you use the right tools and complete them at the recommended frequency. At your next maintenance appointment with your garage door technician, ask them what you can do to keep things running smoothly on your own. Your trusted technician can tell you what is safe for DIYers, and what’s best to leave to the professionals.


    Please don’t hesitate to contact our team by calling (804) 403-7278, or by visiting our website. It’s our pleasure to serve your garage door needs, and keep you and your family safe!