Is that the sound of the L or your garage door squeaking?

So you’ve moved out of your Wrigleyville apartment into a condo or home, and now you can finally park your car in your own personal garage rather than on the street.  But now you'll need to understand all of the things that can go wrong in a house -- including your garage door.

Whether you’ve chosen the suburbs or downtown actually matters when it comes to maintaining the health of your garage door. Your Victorian home on the North Shore is probably built with a wooden garage door. These types of doors are characterized by a decorative style and often have windows. While still popular today, wood doors will rot over time if they are not maintained properly. 

If you live in a newer home, your garage door may be made of aluminum or steel. Builders choose these options because they are less likely to rust. And Chicago garage constructers know that your home will need to sustain snow, sand and sleet! Maintaining these types of garage doors is simple, though some people prefer the aesthetics of other materials. 

Whatever your door is made of, chances are at some point you'll need to deal with the garage door opener.  They work fine day after day, but sooner or later you'll have a problem.  The door won't open, or it will open partway and close again.  Or it will make enough noise to wake the neighbors.  For these and other common garage door problems, take a look at Angie's List's Chain Drive Garage Door Openers infographic.

No experience maintaining garage doors and no time in the day to fix them? Angie’s List offers member reviews and rating on Chicago garage door repair companies. 

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Children or pets that try to duck under partially open garage doors can get injured if the door closes without warning.
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