Garage doors that fail to open and close properly can result in injury or death to you, children, pets and others. They can also cause damage to occur. For emergency or quick services, call (718) 980-2937. It’s best to prevent a garage door from malfunctioning than to replace one outright; however, there are times when replacing your garage door is best. New garage doors offer many benefits for the home. Either way, you want your current door working in a proper manner to avoid injury, death, damage and expensive costs.
Common Garage Door Issues
Malfunctioning sensors, grinding noises, squeaking noises, malfunctioning hinges, loose springs, broken rollers, jerking movement when opening the garage door and frayed cables may be a nuisance, but they can make opening and closing a garage door dangerous. These common issues can cause a garage door to fall on people and animals. Garage doors can weigh anywhere between 130 and upwards of 400 pounds. This can prove fatal depending upon the issue and from what height the door fell. It’s vital to have a garage door fixed immediately if any of these signs or others appear.
Regular maintenance is needed to keep a garage door functioning properly, and it saves money to do so. As with other home repairs, fixing your garage door saves so many other issues in the long-run. Garages do more than store cars and keep belongings. They provide an entryway into the home and help to keep the rest of your home in good condition. Your garage door needs to function properly for the garage to accomplish its intended purposes. For instance, fixing your garage door helps to protect your home from burglaries, guards against pests, lowers cooling and heating costs, lowers the amount of electricity used and helps to keep your home cleaner.
The garage is one entryway for the home. However, it is extremely enticing to burglars. This is especially true if your garage door is broken because they can gain entrance all-the-more-easier. Your garage can be dark when you enter it. Burglars prefer darkened areas so that they won’t be caught. They also want a private method of entry into the home for the same reason. This means that a garage needs added protection. A garage door that shuts properly and can otherwise be secured will effectively keep burglars out. Call (718) 980-2937 to help protect your home from burglars.
Pests are known to enter through the garage and make their homes there, or they will venture into the home if they are able to. The primary pests that will enter the garage are bugs. They can be ants, cockroaches or termites. Once they’re in your garage, they’re difficult to get rid of. Mice are known to take up residence in the garage as well. They are particularly troublesome to get rid of. They will gnaw holes into various materials, including the walls, to make their nests. There, they gather different materials for their nests, and they will also leave their urine and fecal matter in these nests. This means that even if they are removed from the premises, they or others will seek out that nest because of the smell it emits. This also attracts snakes and other animals that prey upon rodents. A garage door that shuts properly will drastically reduce the amount of pests in the garage.
Cooling and Heating Costs
During the year, the outdoor air temperature fluctuates. Garages are usually insulated, but that insulation does little good if the door does not shut all the way or the door, itself, is not insulated from the temperatures outside. This causes the inside of the garage to nearly match outdoor temperatures, which impacts the temperature on the inside of the home. On a hot day, the garage can heat up the rest of the home by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This is enough to keep an air conditioner running around-the-clock, depending upon the temperature it’s set at. Likewise, this can occur on cold days and cause the heater to be on all the time. Fixing a broken garage door or having a new garage door installed helps to reduce heating and cooling costs.
New garage doors are sometimes equipped with energy-efficient windows. These help to preserve indoor air temperatures, but they allow for natural lighting to enter the garage so that excessive amounts of electricity can be saved. Garage lighting often requires a lot of electricity. Reducing this need in the garage helps to reduce overall monthly costs.
Keeping the garage clean also means keeping the rest of the home clean. Broken doors allow water, dirt and other debris to enter the garage, which can and will enter the home as well. Fixed and new garage doors help avoid these contaminants to keep the rest of the home in good condition.
There are many things you can do for your home, but some are essential. Fixing or replacing your broken garage door is a must. Contact (718) 980-2937 for your NY Metro area, Long Island and Brooklyn NY garage door services.