5 Common Garage Door Myths

We spend a lot of our time talking with our customers and answering their questions about garage doors and garage door openers. They ask a lot of great questions, but we’ve noticed a recurring theme: there is a lot of false information about garage doors and garage door openers floating around out there. Today, we want to take on five of the most common misconceptions we get asked about so you know what’s real and what’s fake. Here are the top five garage door and garage door opener myths:

  1. You don’t need a garage door opener: this one always makes us laugh. While it may seem unnecessary to you now, think about how you’ll feel when it’s 20 degrees and snowing outside…and you have to get out of your car to manually open your garage door because you thought you didn’t need an opener. They also serve an important safety purpose. If you are coming home late, the last thing you want to do it get out of your car all alone and try to open your garage door up manually.
  2. You can fix torsion springs yourself: this is one myth we hope goes away very soon. Not only is this wrong, but it’s downright dangerous as well. There are many garage door maintenance tasks that homeowners can do on their own, like cleaning the door, oiling certain parts and doing a DIY inspection. However, torsion springs are under extreme tension and should only be adjusted by trained professionals. Attempting to do this one on your own to lead to serious injury, like loss of a limb, or even death.
  3. Garage doors and openers aren’t dangerous: while huge advances have been made in garage door and garage door safety equipment in the past 20 years, these are still high-powered pieces of heavy machinery that are under significant amounts of tension. They have to be treated carefully, with respect, and not as toys.
  4. Garage door insulation is expensive and doesn’t work: while some garage door companies and retailers do try to inflate the numbers and pump up the R-value, insulation actually is extremely effective and can reduce the amount of heat lost through the garage door by over 70 percent. This keeps the garage more temperate and stops cold air from creeping in to your home and forcing you to crank up the thermostat. And garage door insulation technology has come a long way since it was first introduced. It is now very affordable and comes standard with many doors.
  5. Garage doors never require maintenance: also false. Like any other large piece of equipment that you use every day, garage doors require maintenance and occasional repairs. Garage doors are under immense strain, but with some preventative maintenance they can last for a very long time. You can follow us on our social media accounts for a new garage door maintenance tip every Monday.

If you have any questions about what’s true and what’s false with garage doors, give your local garage door installation and repair experts a call! In the greater Tulsa area—including Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs, Bartlesville and more—you can call us at (918) 234-3667. In the Oklahoma City area, you can call us at (405) 525-3667. In Southern OKC—including Moore, Norman and more—call (405) 848-6700. In Edmond or Stillwater, call (405) 348-2000. Find us on social media—we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also go to the “free quote” section on our website to get started on an estimate today!