I have been involved in numerous garage door lawsuits where many different reasons for an injury have occurred. Having been retained as expert witness for both plaintiff and defense, several common factors have been observed. In many cases, unqualified individuals have attempted to repair or install garage doors. They have lacked the knowledge, skills or even the basic required tools to perform the work safely and properly. I have been hired as an expert by garage door manufacturers and installers to defend claims that they are not responsible for alleged product defects. In most cases, the components that failed, failed as a result of abuse or improper installation on the part of the end user. As stated above, the installation of many garage doors is not appropriate for an untrained person.
Dallas Police Liutenant Barry Payne of the North Central Patrol Division was quoted as saying: "Citizens must realize when they leave a garage door opener in their car in their driveway, it is like leaving a key to their house outside where everyone will know where it is. The solution is simple: Park in the garage, or dont leave a garage door opener in the car in the driveway. I cant say it any clearer than that. Actually, this home invasion could have been avoided in three different ways: the family could have parked their car in the garage, they could have parked outside of the garage, yet removed the garage door opener from the vehicle, OR they could have securely locked the door going from the garage to the home.
When you shop around for a new garage gate, each manufacturer will vouch that their product is the best. Dont be tempted by catchy advertisements or unrealistic promises. Always keep in mind that your new garage gate should last for at least 10-20 years, depending upon the usage rate and maintenance frequency. Steel garage gates are most common. Lower costs, ease of maintenance, and a variety of available designs make steel garage doors the obvious choice. In general, no painting is required, though you can have a garage gate painted if you wish. You can also get a variety of designs, such as, raised panels, flush panels and so forth. As most garages share an interior wall of a home, insulation inside the garage door can help in cutting down your heating/cooling expenses.
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