Garage Door Care Survey Results and Giveaway – win a $25 Visa gift card

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Garage Door Care Survey

Harris Poll recently conducted a survey for the International Door Association (IDA), which is a trade association consisting of over 2,000 door and access system dealers and installers worldwide. The IDA commissioned the survey because they want homeowners to consider maintenance of their garage door the same way they consider maintenance of their smoke alarms and cars — as a necessity for the overall care and safety of their home. They also want me to share the results of their survey with my readers. And thanks to the International Door Association, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card to a reader of my dad blog. BTW, check out the Garage Door Care site to learn about how garage doors work, garage door safety and garage door maintenance.

Home and vehicle maintenance and safety are two things you don’t neglect. You diligently change the batteries on your smoke alarms in the spring and fall. You don’t neglect oil changes for your car. But when was the last time you thought about maintenance on the heaviest moving appliance in your home — your garage door? If you are like most of the homeowners recently surveyed by Harris Poll, you rarely, if ever, perform routine maintenance on your garage door (I’m guilty!). And that can lead to inconvenience, or even injury.

Here are some results of the garage door maintenance survey:

  • 82% of Americans who own a house with a garage/garage door may be taking the maintenance of the largest and heaviest moving object in their home for granted
  • 54% have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer
  • 47% have never had a garage door professional inspect or service their garage doors
  • 34% admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features of their garage doors and/or garage door openers
  • 27% say that their garage door’s hinges and rollers have never been lubricated
  • 12% say that they are not at all sure when their garage door’s hinges and rollers were last lubricated

Garage Door Care Giveaway

Thanks to the International Door Association (IDA), a reader of my dad blog will win a $25 Visa gift card. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, April 11th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).

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[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by the International Door Association (IDA), but they are not the administrators of the sweepstake on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. I will receive something for hosting this contest. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]

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63 thoughts on “Garage Door Care Survey Results and Giveaway – win a $25 Visa gift card

  1. Here’s my garage door tip. Listen to your garage door as you open and close it. If it sounds like it is straining, lubricate the hinges and rollers. You can buy the spray lubricant at Walmart.

  2. Make sure there is nothing blocking the laser or that you stop and start the garage from opening.. it ruins the motor.

  3. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.

  4. Never try to force the door open, there is a reason why it not opening on it’s own and if you force it, you may cause more damage.

  5. I definitely keep up on the garage door lubrication. I do it when the time changes to make it easy to remember.

  6. Can’t say I really have a great tip. We just powerwash the outside every now and then because we get moss buildup toward the north end of the door.

  7. We do lubricate in the fall. There are some tips I need to follow up on. Not sure what the reason is for some of them.

  8. In the comments area on the giveaway post, share a garage door care tip

    i dont have a garage door,but if i did?..i may have a car too

  9. Make sure the garage door is functioning correctly- most have a ‘stop’ now that will stop if an object is between the bottom of the door and the ground.

  10. Garage door tip – If you have children, you should take time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.
    thank you

  11. I agree with Melissa about having a safety sensor. We had a dog trigger our sensor one time when he ran into our garage as the door was going down. It is good to have the sensor to prevent people, animals, or cars from getting hurt. The only downside is you cannot close the garage door and run out before it closes because the sensor will trigger it open again. My second tip is to have a garage pin pad outside. If you ever get locked out of the house or leave the house through your garage, you can use the code on the pad in front of the garage to operate it.

  12. Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Test the reversing feature after any adjustment.

  13. I cheated and looked on the site because I dont have a garage and did not know any tips.
    Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.

  14. Keep all hinges and rollers lubricated and never try to fix it yourself,but call a professional or you might just wind up purchasing a new garage door.

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