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Home Buyers Guide – Garage Door Checks

Prospective buyers of a new home tend to focus only on the house itself, meaning the garage is often overlooked. This is a common mistake amongst new homeowners who end up with a garage which requires costly repairs. Our experts here at Wessex Garage Doors have put together a guide for home buyers to ensure all the necessary garage door checks are carried out for a safe, fully functional door.


In most homes, the garage door is one of the largest entrances to the property, and without the correct security measures in place it can be one of the most vulnerable. No matter what style of garage door you have, its main purpose should be to protect your garage, its contents and your home. There are a few simple steps you can take to enhance the security of your garage door and deter potential intruders:

  • Extend your house alarm or have a new alarm system fitted in your garage
  • Use automatic door openers
  • Install good quality padlocks or garage door defenders
  • Service and maintain your garage door regularly

Safety Features

If it is not operating correctly, the heavy weight of a closing garage door can cause some serious damage to you, a member of your family or the contents of the garage. Safety is of paramount importance, which is why it is strongly recommended that you consider some of the innovative safety features on the market today to ensure your garage door is safe to use. These include:

  • Automatic Stop and Reverse Function
  • Infrared Obstruction Sensors
  • Finger Protection
  • Guided Safety Tracks
  • Torsion Spring with Integrated Safety Device

Problems to look out for

In an existing garage setup, there are issues you must keep an eye out for as they can develop into rather costly repairs if overlooked. These include:

  • Asbestos
  • Damp
  • Rust

Particularly for automatic garage doors, you must address any electrical issues with motorised door openers as faulty mechanisms can be extremely unsafe.

It can be difficult for the untrained eye to spot life-threatening problems such as asbestos. Therefore, if you suspect your garage door might be suffering from such a dangerous issue, it is crucial that you hire the expertise of a professional to ensure it is dealt with safely.

Help Is Available!

Here at Wessex Garage Doors we prioritise your safety, which is why our trained team of garage door engineers are available to quickly repair any damage or fault, so your (new) garage door is in top working order as quickly as possible. If it turns out door is beyond repair, we also supply and install a comprehensive range of garage doors so you can find the most suitable design for your individual requirements, taste and budget. Simply contact our expert team today for further information – 0800 9981 376.

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