Many people stuff their garage to the brim, filling that space with as much storage as possible, and then ultimately forgetting about those items. While it’s a great spot for that, problems can arise if the garage becomes over cluttered and those items begin to damage the garage door.
Garage door repairs can get out of control if you let them compile. Routine garage door maintenance and simple fixes could avoid an emergency, but unfortunately, hasty decisions, coupled with inadequate research can turn into high-cost service invoices.
The following tips can help you avoid garage door headaches. Here are five different ways to keep car garage door repair costs low.
Invest in Quality
Two garage door elements dictate costs:
- Door materials
- Quality parts
Chances are, your garage door is as old as your home and quite possibly outdated and inefficient. Consider better overhead garage door materials when replacing or upgrading your door. You should also replace the other parts when you are doing an overhaul to your door.
Always choose a garage door company offering quality materials and parts to save in the long-term. Cheap parts equal poor material and build quality. You’ll replace cheap parts often, creating a money sink.
Maintenance and Tune-Ups
Take time to check the garage door’s parts for wear and tear.
A simple lube job can extend the life of the garage door by preventing friction. This gives you enough time to research a quality garage door pro for the larger repairs.
DIY the “Easy Stuff”
Garage door parts are quite simple and inexpensive. You’re paying for the service when having the overhead door repaired. You can save a great deal of money by ordering parts and fixing small issues yourself.
DIY fixes could include:
- Re-bending or replacing misaligned tracks
- Swapping a damaged spring
- Re-aligning the safety sensors
Most parts range from $50 – $100 at hardware stores. You can find many garage door repair tutorials through blogs and YouTube. Be careful if you DIY, as garage doors are quite heavy and dangerous as you swap parts.
Become Educated about Garage Door Repairs or Replacement
As expected, nefarious people prey on distressed homeowners. Garage door scams are common during emergencies and natural disasters.
- Outrageous service pricing
- Unnecessary repairs
- Costly, overpriced parts
Be wary of home repair red flags from individuals you can’t verify. Educate yourself about garage door workings to know if their quote is legitimate. Make repairs a priority, but don’t forgo due diligence else you may spend way more than expected.
You advertise what’s in your home every time you open the garage door. Unbeknownst to you, are the prying eyes of potential intruders. The garage is a common entry point for burglars.
Burglars can cause costly damage to the door as they force their way inside. Avoid this by keeping watch and using quality garage door materials. A home security system can deter this costly occurrence, too.
Call Us when Garage Door Repairs are Too Much
Don’t have the elbow grease and patience to complete your DIY repairs? Does it look like your garage door repairs are going over budget? It’s time to call us.
We’ve provided North East Illinois with top-notch garage services for over 16 years. We’d love if you become our next, satisfied customer.
Give us a call, 847-625-999, or fill out our Contact Form. We’ll repair your garage door or garage door opener the right way, the first time.