As we all know, they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true. Except, that happens all the time. With the plethora of information available to us, how do we know what is a fact and what is a fiction when it comes to our garages? Common sense is a good start, but reading below can be extremely helpful too. Here are five common garage myths debunked.
Myth #1: Garage doors don’t require maintenance
False. Your garage door raises hundreds, maybe even thousands of times each year and all the wear and tear means you need to look after it. Take a couple of minutes when each season changes to do a quick evaluation of your garage and garage door. Look at the door rollers, springs, hinges, panels, weatherstripping, and motor. Check your garage walls and floors for signs of water damage. Keeping on top of maintenance regularly can help avoid major problems in the future.
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Myth #2: I can do all the garage maintenance myself
This is both true and false. Homeowners can (and should) perform basic checkups and maintenance such as tightening nuts and bolts on hardware and oiling tracks, hinges, springs, and cables. Replacing some garage door parts can be a breeze for the experienced DIYer, but considering how much you rely on your garage, it may be best to call in the professionals. Maintenance you should never do yourself includes replacing torsion springs, fixing door panels, and installing new garage door tracks or motor mechanisms.
Myth #3: A noisy garage door is completely normal
Absolutely not. When your garage makes noises that’s a sign that something is wrong. If the automatic garage door opener is over 10 years old and rumbles as it struggles to raise the door, it may be time to consider replacing it with a quiet-lift model. If the door is crashing into the ground when it closes, replace the weatherstripping at the bottom of the door for added cushion and have your torsion springs checked and tightened by a professional.
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Myth #4: I can put any garage door I want on my house
Not really. Garage doors don’t just differ in materials and style; they also differ in R-value (insulation level), wind resistance, and impact resistance. Depending on where you live, there may be minimum requirements for these. Your local garage door specialist will know what is necessary for your area. Even if there aren’t specific requirements, you should still invest in a more durable material and matching the style to the aesthetic of your home.
Myth #5: My garage doesn’t need insulation
Even if the only thing you keep in your garage is your car, some insulation from heat and cold is necessary. If your garage is too cold, snow and water tracked in on your car can freeze and cause damage to your garage floor. Many water pipes also run through the walls that divide your home and garage, meaning an uninsulated garage could increase your chances of a burst pipe in winter. Protecting against heat is also important as temperatures can climb to over 20 degrees higher than the outside air.
There are a lot of myths lumped in with the facts about garages and garage door maintenance. If you are unsure of what needs to be done in your garage or how to do it, call the professionals at Sear Garage today.