Is it safe to repair a garage door yourself?

Is it safe to repair a garage door yourself?

When you come across an issue in your home, most often than not you'll want to get the toolbox out and do some DIY. Whilst this is often a good idea to save some money, it could potentially make the situation worse.

Repairing a garage door yourself isn't a particularly bad idea, it just isn't a good one! They're incredibly tricky to deal with and if you don't fully understand what you're doing, you'll quickly regret starting this job yourself.

We've put together the reasons why getting your toolbox out for this job isn't such a great idea:

Safety

Garage doors are lethal and anyone with no experience opens themselves up to a variety of possible injuries, including the garage door falling on them (they're heavy), the mechanism spring flying at you due to tension, or even trapping fingers.

If you're not a professional, it's really easy to cause yourself or family member's injuries. However, if you're confident you can carefully take the garage door off without suddenly breaking the tension of the springs, it could save you some money.

Damage & Quality

Most garage door parts are very easy to break. If you're a newbie to garage doors, you'll want to be extra careful and there isn't a lot of room for trial and error like most DIY tasks. Most of the parts need to be carefully pressurised and are under a lot of tension, making it more likely to cause damage to other garage door part or even yourself.

You'll likely want to make sure that your garage door is repaired to the highest possible quality to ensure that it will last for years to come. Even though the costs are quite relative to the garage door, It's not that expensive to get a professional to come and repair your garage door.

Time

If you're feeling confident enough to take on the task, you should take your time and make sure you don't rush. It can be incredibly tricky. You'll want to do your research around the specific garage door you have to make sure you fully understand what your issue is. The last thing you want is to replace a complicated part, and it may not be the cause of the problem.

When is it time to invest in a new garage door?

There are some obvious signs that it's time to invest in a new garage door. If you have an older garage door that is looking like it has seen better days, some repairs and paint might not cut it.

Here are some of the common reasons UK households replace their garage doors:

  • They want to use their garage as an extra room (needing more insulation)
  • They need to give their home a facelift
  • The garage door is really hard to open
  • Your garage door is no longer secure

Whatever your reason may be, it's always better to carefully consider what you're going to be using the space for in the future. This will help guide your decision making on this.

We've even put this helpful article together around the best questions to ask yourself when buying a new garage door.