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Is Fixing a Garage Door Yourself a Good Idea?

If you’re a relatively handy person with some DIY skills, you might be thinking to yourself,” How hard is it to service a garage?” Indeed, the idea of pouring your own foundation or handling an overhead door installation can be thrilling. The free plans to build a garage that are available all over the Internet can also make it look very easy to accomplish your own major garage building and repair tasks. But unless you’re already experienced in how to fix a garage foundation or have experience with garage door springs, you should leave most tasks up to a professional. Repairing an overhead garage door or installing one is definitely a task you should never do yourself. Find out why you should leave the overhead door installation to an expert and what you can safely do yourself.

Injury Risk

There’s a very serious risk of injury when repairing or installing overhead garage doors because of their weight. Even a very lightweight door weighs hundreds of pounds, so you cannot simply lift and hold the equipment in place as you install it. Experimenting with boxes and frames to hold up the door can also put you at risk since only professional lifts and frames are secure enough to keep a garage door from falling.

Even if you’re just trying to repair a damaged spring or adjust the fit of the door, it can come loose unexpectedly. The springs themselves are also highly dangerous even when the door is still in place. Each spring has thousands of pounds compressed into it, so it can release unexpectedly and harm you or the rest of the garage door. This is why almost every list of garage safety tips starts with a warning to stay away from the springs unless you’re a professional.

Damage to the Garage

Not only will mistaken garage door repairs lead to potential injury, they’ll also damage the structure of your garage and anything stored in it. Fixing your own garage door may make it seem like it’s working properly only for you to discover a leak or long-term abrasion issue months after your attempted repair. Why spend more later on extensive repairs when calling for a professional upfront can save you thousands of dollars? DIY garage door repairs generally cost a lot more in the long run that you can save upfront. Don’t forget to consider the cost of tools and equipment when considering a do-it-yourself repair. Few homeowners have all of the tools necessary to properly repair a garage door, and trying to use a common wrench or hammer will only increase the chances of injury or damage to the structure.

Garage Organization Plans

Repairs and changes to the interior of the garage are a lot safer than anything involving the door. You’re free to reorganize your garage or add new shelving and other structures as long as they’re well away from the door so they don’t interfere with its operation. If you do need to add structures or make changes near the edges of the door, bring in a repair technician to help guide you through what’s safe and what should be avoided.

Don’t delay on getting the repairs you need to keep your garage door working smoothly. A malfunctioning garage door wastes energy and prevents you from making full use of your garage.

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Kristen Mangum
Kristen Mangum
Friendly customer service. Bought a hard to find remote for an old garage door opener. Opener has 3 buttons so I can program both doors to it. Easy to find location right off 29th St.
Robert Ballinger
Robert Ballinger
Great people
Betsy Chronister
Betsy Chronister
I was given a very fair quote. A week later a tech came and installed. Then came back to install lock. Tech was very professional and polite. Spen time with me making adjustments to my liking. I totally recommend Overhead door to my fellow Okies.
Hendrix Morrow
Hendrix Morrow
Overhead Door did a great job. They got me on the schedule the next day and fixed my spring in 30 minutes or less. Joe was great, professional, and courteous. Awesome service, and he didn't tell me I needed extra materials like the previous garage door people that quoted me $575. Overhead Door told me a price over the phone and it didn't change. I'd recommend them every time.
Sandy Molleda Molleda
Sandy Molleda Molleda
A very good place for a new garage door and a new remote.
John Ehrhardt
John Ehrhardt
Pleased with their services. Coil spring broke and door stopped working. Spoke to Ron, and less than 24 hrs later the technician had us up n running again. These guys did exactly what they promised to do, with no nonsense. I like that.

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