Bad and inclement weather is never a good thing for anyone. Unfortunately, it does happen and it happens far more often than any of us would like. There are usually many things that need to be repaired or replaced after a storm or other natural disaster. Your garage door and other parts of your home will likely be first on your list. Your garage door has a special value, though as it protects the rest of your home and your vehicles. That just makes it all the more important and pressing that you get it done quickly. So what do you do? Well, don’t just call up any old contractor or garage door repair service, for starters. You might be in a rush to get things done, but that does not mean that you should rush to get it done.
Take Pictures Of Your Garage Door & Contact Your Insurance
At the first light after the storm and as soon as it is safe to do so, assess the damage. Take pictures of your damaged garage door and, if possible, what caused the damage. Hurricanes and tropical storms have a tendency to throw things at your house with high winds. As do tornadoes and other wind storms. So if a tree is in your garage, take a picture of it. Your insurance company is less likely to argue with you over the damages. From there you can start considering who you want to repair your garage door. Your insurance company will likely be picky about who does this, so you’ll have to choose wisely.
Dos & Don’ts Of Picking A Garage Door Repair Service
Your garage door might need to be replaced and that is the first thing to remember. At the very least, parts will need to be replaced. Garage door rollers, garage door springs, garage door openers and garage door panels are just a few of the common pieces. Do make sure that all damaged garage door parts are replaced. Do not try to get your entire garage door replaced if it does not need it because your insurance company will refuse to pay. From there you will need to look at a select list of contractors for the job.
First, let’s go over the ones you want to avoid. Any garage door repair company that does not have good references or local references should not be hired. Do not hire a garage door repair service that only accepts cash payments. Never make a final payment to a garage door repair company until the work is completely finished. Don’t hire just anyone to do the job and do not do the job yourself. Every state and county have building codes that your garage door needs to adhere to. If they want a payment before garage door repair or replacement material is on site, hire someone else.
Always verify the business name and address of the garage door repair service you hire after a major storm. A lot of people want to take advantage of people just like you. Never hire the first garage door company you talk to. Get at least three bids on the garage door repair work that needs to be done. Do hire a real garage door repair and installation service. Not someone going door to door looking to repair garage doors.