These days, your garage door is one of the most important tools in your homeownership arsenal. It lets you come and go as you please, and it keeps your home secure from intruders. According to a recent survey, many homeowners feel that their garage doors are the least reliable aspect of their homes.

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The good news is that repairing your garage door is a fairly straightforward process, provided you have someone who knows what he’s doing on the job. Choosing a professional to handle the task is also a good idea because there are certain items you should never attempt to repair yourself without first consulting an expert.

Garage door repair and installation is a big job that needs to be done right, and it should be. We all pride ourselves on being handy in the home, but things beyond our capabilities need to be fixed when they go wrong.

While many people think they can handle the job, others may not realize that there are a lot of small parts and screws involved in making repairs. That can make it difficult for first-time repairmen to get the job done correctly.

There’s no better time to call in a professional than during a storm or after an ice storm. When you’re at work, and your garage door isn’t working properly, it’s easy for things to get messed up.

You’ll want someone who knows what they’re doing immediately when you have an emergency. It’s not always worth the price to wait for someone else to show up — especially if you have time before the storm is expected to hit or after the ice has melted.

Garage doors can also present problems during power outages, letting water in and posing a danger to your family until they can be repaired by professionals. The last thing you want is to be stuck inside your house while it’s raining outside.