Maintaining and repairing one’s garage door is an important aspect in keeping a healthy home. First, a garage door that works properly keeps important items safe and secure such as the family vehicle, pets, and other important belongings. Second, and far from most homeowner’s knowledge, it also keeps electricity bills at bay as it prevents the cool air from air conditioning units from escaping during the summer. It also helps retain the heat during winter. Third, it makes for a more polished and beautiful house from the outside. What’s a great garden if the garage door is in utter chaos?
When it comes to garage door repair and maintenance, it would be helpful to know the factors affecting the cost of this service so you can set a budget for it. Here’s a list to provide ideas to do just that:
- What is it made of?
A wooden garage door’s maintenance and repair are different from those made of steel or metal. Wooden ones need an additional coat that prevents water damage as well as control for pests that target wood. On the other hand, metal ones need to be properly lubricated in the hinges and should be painted regularly to avoid rusts.
The smart thing to do is to adjust accordingly as to where one lives. Does it rain more? Does it snow half the year? These answers should dictate the decision of the homeowner in the long run.
In general, wooden garage doors may be more beautiful but are harder to maintain versus their steel counterparts.
2. How often is it maintained?
Maintenance should be scheduled accordingly with a professional. However, if a homeowner waits until something is wrong, costs can start to skyrocket. It is much harder to reverse or repair damages when it comes to garage doors due to its many complicated parts.
Worse, some may need total replacement due to years of neglect. That is why it is important to schedule a regular maintenance visit from professionals. A great strategy to make this more workable is by scheduling it together with other maintenance works such as pest control and cable check-ups. Another way to do so is to schedule at least a month before another season begins as garage doors expands or contracts depending on the season and how hot or cold it is.
3. Who maintains it?
Professionals may be more expensive but their expertise can save several precious dollars in the long run instead of going for amateurs or people who just have a working knowledge of garage door repair and maintenance.
These professionals don’t just get the job done, more so, they provide important advice that can help homeowners do some reparative work on their own. They also can give the right items to purchase that will work well for their garage doors. Furthermore, they can go straight to the source of the problem to avoid repetitive repair work.
In the end, smarter decisions and a more preventive approach will ultimately lead homeowners to have a more cost effective and efficient way to maintaining their garage doors.