Dear Homeowners: Prepare For Your Garage Door Duties With Our Checklist
There are many parts of being an adult that you are not prepared for as you grow up. For instance, your math classes tend to cover the finer points of trigonometry and calculus. However, you won’t learn about skills like planning car payments or setting up a monthly budget. Your English classes might have taught you the ins and outs of Shakespeare’s famous plays, but it’s less likely that you learned how to write a business report or prepare a cover letter. One thing that is very tough is learning to manage your home. Vents can gather dust and debris, the undersides of fridges and other large appliances can be a haven for mold and dust, and taking care of a front lawn or backyard can be surprisingly exhausting. However, we often learn through experience and catch up on these skills as we get older. We learn to pay our bills, manage our finances, live up to expectations at work, and so on. However, there are a few responsibilities that you should get up to speed on ASAP. For instance, residential garage doors require a homeowner’s attention. If you’re a Mississauga resident who’s just finished unpacking their boxes and settling into the life of a homeowner, you may be curious as to what’s expected of you. No worries; we’ve prepared this handy checklist of garage door duties and responsibilities to help you get acquainted.
Just Starting Out? #1: Make an Appointment to Check Everything Out
Every year, you head to the doctor and get a check up. You’ve probably heard a million times that catching a health problem early is better than waiting for it to develop into something potentially worse. But did you know that the same principle applies to your garage doors? When you first move into your home, everything might look fine at a glance. However, even small problems that lurk beneath the surface can later become more complicated (and more expensive to repair). Therefore, you should be prepared to have an expert look at your garage doors. You can start the process by scanning for any obvious signs of damage or listening for any of the signs that indicate issues beneath the surface. If you encounter any of these red flags, don’t fall into the trap of thinking “it’ll fix itself” or “it must be normal”. A new homeowner has enough to worry about besides racking up huge garage bills from neglect!
#2: Picking an Expert You Can Trust
Mississauga is host to many companies that specialize in repairing and installing garage doors. The key is finding someone who you can trust. Earlier, we mentioned that treating your garage’s doors can be a similar process to treating your health. There’s another similarity between you and your garage: you want to pick someone who will charge fair prices, is experienced, and trustworthy. If you were looking for a family doctor or medical specialist, would you pick someone who offered suspiciously low prices and came across as shady? Of course not! Instead you would look for someone who offered fair deals and had years of experience under their belt. Finding the right company before you run into a catastrophe is important, as it prevents you from making any decisions while you’re under a lot of stress.
#3: Scheduling Regular Maintenance and Repairs
If you go to a check up and you get a clean bill of health, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook in terms of doctor’s appointments. You should be sure to take a similar approach for repair and maintenance on your garage doors. This is especially true in locales like Mississauga, where the weather can turn extreme during certain seasons. In 2014, residents of southern Ontario saw record rainfalls, were buried under inches of snow, and dealt with freezing temperatures. Spring and summer bring their own dangers too. The warm weather of spring thaws out winter’s icy roads and snowy yards, introducing a great deal of moisture to the delicate mechanisms of your garage door. Furthermore, summer weather in southern Ontario is notoriously hot and humid. Needless to say, these conditions can wreak havoc on your doors. A smart homeowner has the garage door pros on speed dial, so that they can have regular maintenance carried out. This attitude means that these homeowners rarely have to deal with sudden, catastrophic failure. Someone who has just bought a home often has to learn this lesson through experience, unless they have this handy checklist nearby!
#4: In Case of Catastrophe
Even when a homeowner handles everything perfectly, there is still the risk of a garage door breaking. At that point, there are a few options open to you. Is it better to repair the broken components of the door, or have a new one installed altogether? How old is the door – is it near the end of its lifespan, or is it in good shape otherwise? Having an expert consult you with these decisions will prevent you from spending more than necessary on a garage door disaster.
Moving into a new home can be very overwhelming. Many people feel confused and unprepared when they purchase their first home. There are many tasks they have to figure out themselves. A DIY approach is appropriate for some of them (for instance, if someone wants to clean out the nooks and crannies in their home or mow their front lawn). However, for other duties, professionals are needed. Your garage doors are one of the potentially dangerous spots in your home that need the attention of an expert. If you need service on your doors, or a free quote on repair or installation, call us today at 1 888 244 4171 and we’d be more than happy to assist you!