Troubleshooting Your Garage Door

3 Important Reasons To Hire A Professional For Your Garage Door Installation

Have you nearly finished building a garage addition to your home? Are you considering tackling the final part, the installation of the garage door, on your own? Although you may well have had a hand in the actual building of your garage, the door itself is another matter. It can be tempting to try to finish the door installation yourself so that you can brag to other people that you built the whole thing on your own. However, there are several reasons why you'll want to leave this last step to a professional. A few of these reasons include:

Avoid injury: A garage door is heavy and can be extremely difficult and unwieldy to get into place. But perhaps the most dangerous part of a garage door installation is the addition of the spring or springs. In order to support the weight of the door, the motor requires the assistance of one or more strong springs. These springs are under extremely high tension when in place, a fact that makes them hazardous to put in. If the spring slips or breaks during the install, the pieces could go flying in unpredictable directions. This could cause serious injury to yourself and damage to your new garage. A professional will know how to minimize this risk so that injury and damage can be avoided.

Save money: Because of the safety reasons outlined above, many garage door manufacturers won't sell parts directly to homeowners. Understandably, they don't want to deal with the liability issues involved or the potential lawsuits that might be filed as a result of any injury. Garage door installation kits that you find online may be incomplete or otherwise misrepresented. In order to get all of the garage door pieces, you may have to order from several sites and hope for the best. By the time you tally up your total costs for doing this, it's likely that you could've saved money by simply hiring a professional in the first place.

Save time: Not only can it take a long time to find all of the necessary garage door parts, if you are even able to do so, it's unlikely that you've ever done anything like this before. Since the installation instructions are likely written with professionals in mind, you may find yourself consulting multiple online how-to videos over and over again just to figure out how to do a particular thing. Where a garage door installation professional should be able to complete the install in a matter of hours, this project could take you many weekends to actually be able to finish.