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5 Reasons You Should Reconsider Garage Door Repair DIY & Hire a Pro

08/12/2019

Thanks to the Internet, you can learn how to do pretty much any job yourself — including garage door repair. But here’s the thing: Do you really want to? Garage door blogs and YouTube videos make a lot of this stuff look easier than it really is — especially if you’re not handy with tools. At the very least, the job probably more of a pain than you realize. And it’s possible you could damage your garage door or seriously hurt yourself. Here are 5 reasons why you might want to consider calling a garage door professional for that repair after all.

Experience is Everything

We know you’re the superior fix it guy (or girl) who’s great with tools. But keep in mind a garage door isn’t a leaky toilet or a clogged sink. Garage doors are complicated feats of engineering with lots of intricate parts and counterweights each operating cohesively. Sure, it seems simple but that’s only because it works so well. If you don’t have a deep understanding of the mechanics that cause that door to function, you’re probably better off leaving the repair to someone who does.

Think About Safety

A garage door weighs several hundred pounds. We don’t think about it very much but it’s a serious safety issue. Look at the stats. Every year, hundreds of people are seriously injured trying to repair their doors by themselves. Many of these injuries result from doors that aren’t repaired properly. The job may look fine at first but then comes crashing down unexpectedly. It’s something to consider — especially if you have pets or kids to think about.

Think About What You’d Rather Be Doing

Whoever wrote Murphy’s Law probably repaired garage doors for a living. “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong,” is the garage door professional’s mantra. This is especially true for homeowners who attempt a DIY repair. You may get it right eventually — but only after hours of frustration and swearing.

Ask yourself what you’d rather be doing? Think about watching the game, reading a book in a hammock, taking the kids to the park. The list is endless. Leave the job to a professional.

DIY Doesn’t Necessarily Save Money

Most people DIY their own garage door repairs to save money. Unfortunately, it often doesn’t work out. Something gets screwed up along the way. They damage critical parts of their garage door that cost even more in repairs. If you don’t know what you are doing, it could actually cost you more in the long run because of what you break in the process.

Liability

You also have to think about our own liability if you repair your door yourself and something ends up breaking as a result. If someone is injured — say a neighbor kid or a delivery person — you could legally be held liable for the injury. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Tips for Sacramento Exterior Door Installers

If you understand basic carpentry, installing an exterior door in your Sacramento home shouldn’t be much trouble. Most of the job can be completed with basic hand tools. Make sure you accurately measure the size of your old door. Most are standard but there can be some variations. In order to get accurate measurements, be sure to remove any interior trim. Once you remove the old door, pay close attention to the condition of the framing and subflooring in the sill area. You’ll need to cut out and replace any rotted wood. For thinner doors, the sill area may need to be built up to compensate.

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