(BPT) — Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.
Newly released survey results show that you’re probably not alone with your maintenance concerns. The online survey was conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the International Door Association (IDA), the world’s largest association of professional garage door and access systems dealers and installers, and its consumer website GarageDoorCare.com. It reveals that 82 percent of Americans who own a house with a garage/garage door may be taking the maintenance of the largest and heaviest moving object in their home for granted. Consider this:
— 54 percent have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer.
— 47 percent have never had a garage door professional inspect or service their garage door(s).
— 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features of their garage door(s) and/or garage door opener(s).
— 27 percent say that their garage door’s hinges and rollers have never been lubricated.
— 12 percent say that they are not at all sure when their garage door’s hinges and rollers were last lubricated.
GarageDoorCare.com outlines the things home-owners can do on their own to maintain their door’s operation, such as semi-annual lubrication of a garage door’s hinges and rollers.
But there are other tasks, such as making sure that a garage door system is properly balanced or reversing, that homeowners may feel more comfortable leaving to professionals.
A broken garage door can be an inconvenience in terms of access. But a broken and falling garage door or busted spring can be downright dangerous.
Regular and proper maintenance is the answer. He suggests that homeowners think of garage door maintenance in the same manner they think of regular oil changes for the family autos or annual furnace inspections — scheduled tasks that ensure devices continue to perform safely and efficiently.