I know what you’re thinking… Who doesn’t want to save money when hiring a professional, right? Both our money and time are precious commodities not to be taken for granted or wasted, and our lives are often complicated enough, so we don’t need any more hassles, especially not when something that we need goes wrong and needs fixing!
I’m with you there. I recently moved into a newly-renovated home, my dream house, and needed the garage to be extended. Simple enough task, one would think… but the job of first getting the old garage door repaired then getting a new garage door custom-designed, manufactured, and installed turned into a nightmare! Believe me, when I say that choosing the right garage door services is important cannot be overstated enough!
So hopefully to avoid the epic saga I endured, I’ve put together a few helpful tips on what to look for when your garage door needs servicing, how to save money in doing so, and the kind of garage door service you want to hire in the first place.
Ready? Buckle up, here we go!
1. How do I know when my garage door needs to be serviced?
The garage door is the largest, heaviest moving object in your household that is used an average of 1500 times a year. That’s a lot of mileage and inevitably, either through general wear and tear over time or more immediate damage, it’s highly likely that it will need to be repaired or replaced at some point in your lifetime.
As a heavy mechanical object, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with your garage door and needing garage door services to resolve. You should know before you call a garage door technician what kind of trouble you’re having and what may be needed. There are a few things on your garage door to look out for when this happens.
- Springs: examine torsion springs to ensure they have the right level of tension.
- Cable: check the cable for signs of fraying and replace anything that looks worn.
- Roller: look for signs of bending or breakage.
- Door sections and panels: search for signs of disrepair, which can impact the garage door opener as well.
- Garage door opener: use for opening and closing several times to ensure the door is balanced.
By being clear about what the issue is, you can save money and time by conveying this to the technician when you contact them. One of the market leaders in the garage door services field is Up and Down Garage Doors who offer a wide range of garage door services for any and all requirements, providing the highest standards at the lowest prices in the current marketplace.
2. How do I get the right garage door service for my needs?
Once you’ve realized that you’re going to need the services of a garage door professional technician, the next inevitable question is which one do you choose?
When you hire a professional to do a job, you want to ensure that not only can that professional do the job that you require of them, but that you get the most value for money in terms of service and workmanship.
Firstly, make sure your garage door technician is both qualified and capable of the work needing done. Secondly, ensure that said technician is either local or has multiple mobile units on the go, saving you time and money. Thirdly, be sure whether you want garage door replacement or repair and how much you’re willing to spend.
Don’t be afraid to ask your potential garage door technician any of these questions, that’s their job and any good garage door service will be more than happy to set your mind at ease.
3. Do I repair or replace my garage door?
When you need to call a garage door service technician, inevitably it’s going to come down to either garage door repair or replacement, and the latter is obviously the costlier option but not always necessary, so you need to be sure what exactly is the problem and get an objective opinion from a qualified, expert professional.
You don’t always need to replace a malfunctioning garage door. It might just be an isolated problem with the springs or opening mechanism or roller that can be resolved and fixed without a wholesale replacement. Ensure you talk to your garage door technician about what he feels is the problem and whether it can be merely repaired.
It’s important to trust the opinion of the garage door technician you hire, but at the same time, don’t just accept everything at face value; do some research and see for yourself whether the problem can be resolved without having to pay more than you need to buy wholesale door replacement.
The aforementioned Up and Down Garage Doors are just such a garage door services provider that you can trust and will also listen to their customers’ needs and concerns, keeping you informed and consulted at every stage of the process.
Hopefully, I’ve provided some useful tips about getting your garage door serviced and how you can save money and time in doing so.