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Garage Door Selection: Protecting Your Family and Possessions
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By: Chris Jackson Email Article
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Garages have been around for over a century now and have come a long way since the very first car owners starting storing their cars in carriage houses next to their horses. The importance of having a separate building to store automobiles became apparent quickly after affluent people became tired of their vehicle smelling like manure and livestock. The first real garages were large buildings built as separate structures, and stored around 100 cars. However, after the automotive boom began to build momentum these structures became insufficient to store everyone’s cars.

The modern garage was born as an independent storage space dedicated to storing and preserving people’s automobiles. Over time the structures took on more uses in people’s lives; from workshops, to home offices, to general storage spaces, garages became not only important for cars, but also important for a whole host of other reasons. Because of this natural progression the quality and performance of garages, garage door openers, and garage doors became more important.

While most new homeowners appreciate remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, hardwood floors, and new appliances, the importance of the garage is often overlooked. This can be a costly mistake, especially if the home is in a part of the country with extreme weather conditions. Homeowners would be wise to ensure that their garage door is installed and serviced by a local garage door company familiar with local weather conditions and issues common to that area.

Extreme weather can cause garages to malfunction, break, and even trap someone inside creating a potentially deadly situation. If garage doors and openers are installed by an inexperienced technician, the garage door can malfunction and result in serious damage to vehicles or even injury to people. With extreme heat garage doors and openers made of cheap materials can warp and break while in use, creating a dangerous situation. If the garage door opener breaks in extreme heat a singles person could be trapped inside and unable to manually open the door. Even with safety mechanisms built into modern garage doors, it is possible for someone to become trapped if the wrong spring breaks.

For these reasons it is important not to overlook the selection of the garage door, garage door opener, and garage door company that will be used. For new construction it is typical for developers to use their own suppliers, so it is wise to do independent research on this company and insist on a new option if the garage door company seems suspect.

In addition to danger, choosing the wrong garage door supplier could be extremely costly. Garage door repair costs can be in the hundreds of dollars and beyond, depending on what needs to be repaired. The best policy is to do research on multiple local garage door companies and garage door manufacturers. You can begin by searching for local garage door companies, then noting which products they carry and install. Once an initial list of local companies is made you can read reviews of those companies and research the manufacturers they work with. Once you have identified a good local company and a few quality manufacturers you are on your way. A good garage door dealer will be able to help you select the right options for your individual needs and budget.

Written by Chris Jackson, a writer for a garage door repair company in the Chicagoland area.

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