The New American Front Door (Your Garage Door)
Do you remember the last time you used the front door? Don’t worry you’re in good company. For most residents, especially in Florida, the garage door is the front door. Walk around the neighborhood on the weekend and you will often see folks hanging out and chatting with friends and neighbors in front of the garage with the door wide open. In fact, some people don’t even bother to answer the front door when the bell rings. They will open the garage door instead.
In many ways, the garage door is more convenient than the front door even if you park the car in the driveway. You press the button and like magic the door opens. It’s a completely hands-free operation! No fumbling for the front door keys either. The garage door is usually in a more convenient part of the house too like near the kitchen which is ideal when bringing in groceries or grabbing a quick snack after arriving home. Also, you don’t have to worry about your kids losing the key to the front door anymore. They simply enter the garage door code when they get home from school.
A survey of garage door use found that nearly 70 percent of homeowners indicated they use the garage door instead of the front door. Not surprisingly, a Chamberlain Group and Park Associates study discovered that the garage door opener was the most frequently used device among smart home users.
Needless to say, the garage door has a busy life. The average garage door will cycle up and down approximately 1,500 times per year. And this constant use can put a strain on the entire system including the springs, rollers, motor and other components. Over time these parts will begin to wear. It’s a given. This can result in a variety of issues including a sudden failure that may lock you in or out of the garage.
However, never attempt to repair a garage door yourself as it could result in serious injury or death.
To prevent premature failures, prolong the garage door life and save money on unexpected repairs, we recommend all homeowners have an annual garage door maintenance and safety inspection. A professional garage door maintenance and repair technician will perform a multi-point visual inspection and perform a down force pressure test to ensure the garage door and opener is operating smoothly. In addition, the technician will inspect and lubricate opener chains and rollers, tighten bolts and screws, and rebalance the garage door, if necessary. The technician will also let you know if any parts need to be repaired or replaced. Your garage door works hard so reward it with an annual check-up. Your wallet will thank you too.
Safeway Garage Doors, Inc.
3888 Industry Blvd., Ste. 5, Lakeland, FL 33811