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Garage Door Survey Results

April 29, 2014 By · 139 Comments

How many of you have a garage? Chances are you are constantly using it without ever thinking of it either going out or what happens if it breaks one time. I know I didn’t, at least not until the day I went to pull it down from inside the garage and the metal door fell off the track and smacked me in the head. I immediately dropped to the ground, thankfully none of the kids were hurt but it did quite some damage to me, my neck, back and head hurt for quite some time…I got lucky. Not everyone else gets lucky like that, even if I did deal with some horrible pain.

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Many people don’t even realize that with a simple little maintenance they can save themselves a lot of bills later on. A simple squeak of the wheel may mean it needs WD40 but if it isn’t done it can mean having to replace a wheel or the entire track later on.  Here are a few statistics for you:

“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.  And that can lead to inconvenience, or even injury.

The International Door Association (IDA), a trade association comprised of more than 2,000 door and access system dealers and installers worldwide asked Harris Poll to conduct a survey on their behalf of homeowners with garages.  The IDA would hope that homeowners consider maintenance of their garage door the same way the consider maintenance of their smoke alarms and cars – as a necessity for the overall care and safety of their home.”

  • 54 percent have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer
  • 47 percent have never had a garage door professional inspect or service their garage door(s)
  • 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features of their garage door(s) and/or garage door opener(s)
  • 27 percent say that their garage door’(s) hinges and rollers have never been lubricated
  • 12 percent say that they are not at all sure when their garage door’(s) hinges and rollers were last lubricated

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  1. Carla D. says:

    I learned that it is better to have your garage door inspected rather than not at all. Never heard of these type of door inspections but good to know.

  2. Debbie Ritenour says:

    I learned that You should 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.

  3. Debbie Ritenour says:

    The tip I learned from the website is to remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. Service should be performed by a trained service technician.

  4. Saundra McKenzie says:

    I learned that I can follow a Maintenance checklist and do some of the stuff myself before calling in a professional.

  5. Saundra McKenzie says:

    Do a Monthly door balance test .

  6. Kathie Craig says:

    I learned that garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor as added measures of safety to prevent entrapment. My system does not have these features, so replacement of my automatic operating system is recommended.

  7. Kathie Craig says:

    The tip that I found was: Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks semi-annually.

  8. Melissa Douglass says:

    I learned that you should have annual maintenance done on your garage door!

  9. Jennifer Finn says:

    Most people dont have a safety check done on their garage door

  10. I learned that roughly half of people surveyed have never had their garage door inspected/serviced by a professional.
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  11. I didn’t even realize “garage door maintenance professional” was even a job title until this article!

  12. I need to do a monthly mechanical test on my garage door.

  13. stephanie scales campbell says:

    47% of people have never had there garage doors inspected or services

  14. Veronica R says:

    I had no idea that I needed to have my garage door check and inspected!

  15. Jessie C. says:

    Learned that 47 percent have never had a garage door professional inspect or service their garage door(s)

  16. Jessie C. says:

    My tip is to schedule professional check regularly.

  17. jen peak says:

    Our landlord doesn’t believe in maintenance, so heaven only knows when any maintenance was last done, but I learned that there is such a thing as garage door maintenance. I never thought about it before

  18. jen peak says:

    I love the garage door keypad we installed

  19. Mandy Robinson says:

    The tip that I learned is that you have to make sure you have electricity or another way to get into your house. This has never happened to me but it could because I don’t always take a key with me.

  20. Mandy Robinson says:

    You need to do a mechanical test monthly. I don’t do this but I should!
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  21. Deb Jackson says:

    I learned you should have it inspected………..who knew?

  22. Deb Jackson says:

    My tip is to be extra careful with children and have a separate door/key for entering the house.

  23. Lisa Brown says:

    I read: 12 percent say that they are not at all sure when their garage door’(s) hinges and rollers were last lubricated; I would fall into this category.

  24. Lisa Brown says:
  25. Lisa Brown says:

    Check springs, tracks and wheels, they age fast and need repair and maintenance regularly.

  26. Megan Kelley says:

    I learned that 34% of people never personally check their garage door safety features.

  27. Jean Potter says:

    check the safey features regularry!

  28. Sandra K VanHoey says:

    I think doing a monthly visual inspection is very good. That way you can spot small problems before they become big problems. Thank you for the tips

  29. 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features

  30. I learned that we should think of garage door maintenance in the same manner we think of regular oil changes for the family autos or annual furnace inspections .

  31. Wendy Rozema says:

    I learned that 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features of their garage door(s) and/or garage door opener(s)

  32. Kristy Graboski says:

    Garage door system is properly balanced or reversing—-Never think about doing that sort of thing. But, will keep all the information in mind!

  33. Kristy Graboski says:

    Shared on FB———https://www.facebook.com/kristy.graboski/posts/10203174107168949?stream_ref=1

  34. Kristy Graboski says:

    Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

  35. Most people have never had their garage door tested for safety . Wow!
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  36. We had our garage door looked at because it wouldn’t close properly. It’s a good thing we did. It hadn’t been installed properly!
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  37. I learned that a garage door needs to be maintanced twice a year by lubricating it.

  38. Tip: check the balance of your door by disconnecting it from the automatic door opener.

  39. Laura J says:

    I learned how important it is to have maintenance done on your garage door! I actually had my spring break last fall…and we did have someone out and checked out the whole thing too. But, he also said how important it is to have it checked to make sure it keeps working well!

  40. Laura J says:

    One tip is to do the Monthly door balance test! Close your door…and unhook from opener. Try to open…it should lift with little resistance! If not, you might need to get it balanced.

  41. Ashley Tucker says:

    I learned that it’s very important to have regular maintenance done on your garage door.

  42. meredith says:

    Wow I learned that 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features

  43. miranda says:

    I learned to do monthly tests

  44. miranda says:

    My tip is to keep the door unobstructed

  45. amy stonger says:

    I learned that 27% of homeowners say that their garage door’s hinges and rollers have never been lubricated

  46. Leah Shumack says:

    I learned that I can find a professional from the site.

  47. I learned that garage doors need TLC oo!

  48. Laura J says:

    Do a monthly visual inspection! If something doesnt sound or look right, call a technician

  49. Cindy Loo says:

    I learned to do a monthly door balance test! Don’t think I’ve EVER done one, better get to that right now!

  50. Danielle K says:

    I learned how to do the monthly balance test

  51. Danielle K says:

    The tip I learned is to make sure you always have another way into your house
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  52. Megan Swinney says:

    Do monthly tests..

  53. Danielle C says:

    I learned that the hinges and rollers need to be lubricated regularly!

  54. R Smith says:

    We just bought new house and garage door is so not up to par!

  55. Elaine Isaacs says:

    Use Something like WD40 To keep the hinges oiled and working great.

  56. kristy balser says:

    I learned that I should never try to repair my door myself

  57. I learned that it could be just as beneficial for homeowner to hire, at a nominal fee, a garage door maintenance professional to perform a garage door safety check to ensure that all is in order.

  58. Sky Evans says:

    I learned that you need to have another way into the house.

  59. Sky Evans says:

    My tip is to always check for weak spots.

  60. Allison S. says:

    82 percent 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.

  61. 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features

  62. I learned that 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features, which is a bit shocking.

  63. I never realized that I, along with many other people (47%), have never had a garage door professional inspected or service their garage door.
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  64. My tip is for those with manual garage openers – use WD-40 to lubricate all mechanisms to help things work properly.
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  65. Samantha Daleo says:

    I learned that 54 percent have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer.

  66. I learned that a garage door should be inspected regularly

  67. My tip is to keep your garage clutter free

  68. Karrie Millheim says:

    I learned 47 percent have never had a garage door professional inspect or service their garage door(s)

  69. Sherri says:

    I learned that 54 percent have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer

  70. Sherri says:

    I thought this was interesting… I didn’t know to do this:
    With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the door’s photo eyes so it “breaks the beam.” The door should reverse

  71. Angela P. says:

    Wow.. this is interesting. I learned that 54% of the people surveyed have never had their garage door checked by an installer or safety professional. To be honest, it’s something I never really thought of before, but is definitely important.

  72. Serge B says:

    I learned that garage door’(s) hinges and rollers should be lubricated

  73. I learned that I am very negligent when it comes to caring for my garage door. I am one of the 47 percent have never had a garage door professional inspect or service their garage door.

  74. Have your garage door balanced monthly.

  75. Dominique says:

    I learned I definitely need to do more preventative maintenance on my garage door! Thanks!
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  76. June Ebinger says:

    You should never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables.

  77. You should never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables! (*I* wouldn’t do that!)
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  78. Georgia Beckman says:

    Ummmm, color me naive, but it never occurred to me that the mechanisms should be lubricated. (red all over) And our garage door is a MESS! I will be calling someone to come out this week.

  79. Georgia Beckman says:

    Do a monthly “door balance” check. This needs to be done by disconnecting the automatic opener & lifting the garage door to make sure it opens smoothly.

  80. It’s a god idea to check your springs and tracks regularly to notice changes that you might need to call a technician in for.
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  81. amanda whiltey says:

    i learned you need to do a monthly test. therefor my door is not ready to go.

  82. I learned that I can find a professional from the site. Good to know, since I never thought about having my garage door inspected.

  83. Garage door spring are under tremendous pressure, so you should never try to work on them yourself, as you could be seriously injured or worse.

  84. Deborah says:

    I read “”An annual garage door and opener inspection performed by a professional can help make certain that a home’s garage door operating system continues to function as it’s meant to.”

  85. kathy dalton says:

    never try to repair cables and springs and do a monthly visual inspection

  86. Deborah says:

    Test the safety feature monthly!

  87. Nancy P says:

    I never knew that you need to get your garage door inspected!! Yikes!

  88. Nancy P says:

    I learned to be sure you have another way into your house if your power goes out because garage doors run on electricity!

  89. lissa crane says:

    I learned many facts but the one that surprised me the most isthat 54 percent have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer! I never realized how dangerous that is!

  90. lissa crane says:

    Lub the wheels regularly! This can prevent many dangers and keep everything working the way it is supposed to!

  91. Teresa says:

    I learned that there is an order to the tests and related maintenance and that it should be performed the correct order.

  92. Teresa says:

    Not a true horror story but I finally saved enough money to get a garage door opener purchased and installed and not long after, a lightning strike blew it up!

  93. jennifer horn says:

    An annual garage door and opener inspection performed by a professional can help make certain that a home’s garage door operating system continues to function as it’s meant to.

  94. Diana Hatch says:

    I’ve never done a monthly mechanical test bus sounds like a good idea!

  95. Birdiebee says:

    An annual garage door inspection by a professional can assist in making sure the door is working properly without disruption.

  96. Birdiebee says:
  97. Birdiebee says:

    One tip is to do a monthly visual inspection to make sure that springs, rollers, pulleys, etc. are not showing signs of wear.

  98. Stacy D. says:

    12 percent say that they are not at all sure when their garage door’(s) hinges and rollers were last lubricated

  99. latanya says:

    I learned you should do monthly garage door inspections.

  100. latanya says:

    With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the door’s photo eyes so it “breaks the beam.” The door should reverse.

  101. meredith says:

    I broke the garage door by backing into it – I wouldnt recommend that!

  102. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    I learned you need to do a monthly door test.

  103. Bobbie Smith says:

    I learned that you should do a monthly maintenance on your garage door, we have never done this, but will probably now

  104. Angie Ukena says:

    I learned to do monthly door tests

  105. Matthew P says:

    I learned that most people do not lubricate their garage door hinges and rollers

  106. Hannah Jurgelis says:

    I learned that you should get you garage door inspected.

  107. Wes Hovorka says:

    Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

  108. Wes Hovorka says:

    I learned you should have it inspected

  109. Angela Saver says:

    I learned that the spring of the garage door is under extreme pressure so you should never try to work on them or you can get injured badly!

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  110. Dusty Schnur says:

    I learned that 34% of people have never used the safety features on their garage door.

  111. Angela Saver says:

    A tip would be to check the reversing mechanism monthly by placing a piece of wood in the center of the garage door opening where the door should touch the floor, then push the button to close the door. If the door does not reverse when it touches the wood, then you need to have it repaired by a professional!

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  112. Claire says:

    Do a Monthly door balance test .

  113. Ashley Fryer says:

    I learned that you should never try to change the springs!

  114. Ashley Fryer says:

    A tip is that you should always grease or oil your tracks to keep them rolling smoothly.

  115. Chastidy says:

    I learned that I should have my garage door looked at before its too late 🙂

  116. Sky Evans says:

    I clean my garage door.

  117. Mary Diehl says:

    I learned you should have your garage door checked out regularly just like your furnace or an oil change so that it keeps on working properly.

  118. Miz Vickik says:

    I learned that 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features.

  119. wen budro says:

    I learned that you should have your garage door inspected annually in order to be safe.

  120. wen budro says:

    My tip is to keep a written record of your visual inspections and maintenance of your garage door.

  121. I learned that it is best to get a garage door test done monthly, to make sure everything is working right, so you decrease the chances of having a huge fix in the long run.
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  122. wen budro says:
  123. Sherry Fowler says:
  124. Sherry Fowler says:

    always grease the tracks

  125. i learned that 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features too and also that 27 percent say that their garage door’(s) hinges and rollers have never been lubricated

  126. Stephanie Shipley says:

    I learned that over half of people haven’t had a professional perform a safety check on their garage door and opener.

  127. Stephanie Shipley says:

    My tip is once you park your car in your garage and are sure there is enough room for the garage door to close without hitting it, hang a tennis ball on a string from the garage ceiling so it comes just to your windshield. This way, you don’t have to worry about *thinking* you pulled up far enough until you hit the button to close the door and it closes on your car . This happened to my grandmother a while back after she got a new car and it wasn’t pretty afterwards!

  128. kelly mcgrew says:

    i like the tip to keep the hinges, bolts, etc lubricated. also keep it free of debris and garbage, if it can’t close properly that may mess up the alignment i would think.

  129. Semi annual lubrication tests are somerhing you should do, my tip!!

  130. Statistically more than half of garage door owners have never had a professional inspect their doors.

  131. kathy dalton says:

    agod tip is to always make sure that the rollers are lubricated

  132. Chrissy R. says:

    I learned that there are professionals who will inspect garage doors. As a new home owner, I had no idea that that was even a thing!

  133. Melinda Stephens says:

    I learned that you should do a semi-annual lubrication of a garage door’s hinges and rollers.

  134. I learned that service should be done by a trained professional

  135. Gianna says:

    A garage door needs to be maintanced twice a year by lubricating it.

  136. Gianna says:

    Yes, everything is in working order.

  137. Angela R Higdon says:

    I need to have my doors inspeccted and fixed…one doesn;t work and I have no idea why!

  138. Angela R Higdon says:

    Never try to fix your own garage door! Call a professional!

  139. Corey Olomon says:

    I had never heard of getting your garage door inspected before!

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