3 Signs That Your Garage Door Needs Attention

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs That Your Garage Door Needs Attention

Your garage is an integral part of your home. It gives you a place to store your belongings and also a secure place to park your car at night. You want to make sure that your garage is secure from potential harmful factors such as extreme weather conditions and break-ins. Your garage door is the first line of defense when it comes to keeping unwanted factors out. That is why it is important to properly maintain your garage door. In order to do that successfully, you must be able to identify when problems pop up. Here are three signs that your garage door needs attention. Your garage door does not close all the way. You need your garage door to close securely so that you can feel that your car and other belongings are safe from the outside elements and possible theft. Your garage door should close all the way and open all the way when you run it. If you find that it is jammed and does not close or open all the way, then your garage is vulnerable to invasion from external factors. There might be an issue with a spring or a motor. Investigate carefully and do not force the door shut manually, as this might cause it to break. The door groans and grinds when you run it. You should be familiar with the normal noises that your garage door makes when you operate it. If your garage door is not functioning right, then it is probably going to make strange noises when you use it. If the motor that runs your garage door is under stress, then it is likely to make a groaning sound every time you run it. If parts of the motor are rubbing together, then it may also make a grinding noise as well. If the moving parts are to blame, then there might be some screeching as well. The door is running off its tracks. Your garage door may be running off its tracks. When this happens, then your garage door may not close all the way. The springs may be out of balance, or other parts of the mechanism that moves the door may be stripped. This kind of problem requires careful consideration, because any number of factors can contribute to pulling the garage door off the tracks. It could be a simple fix, or it could require a professional service to address it. Contact a service like AR-BE Garage Doors and Openers to learn...

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Garage Door Showdown: Steel, Aluminum, Or Vinyl?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Showdown: Steel, Aluminum, Or Vinyl?

Choosing a new garage door for your home involves several considerations that include the style of the door, the opener, and the type of insulation. One of the most important decisions is the material of the door. Steel, aluminum, and vinyl doors are all popular partly because of the durability of these materials. But how do the three materials stack up against each other? Steel:  Highly Durable, Expensive Steel doors won’t rust or dent unless a poorer quality of steel was used in the door’s construction. The density of the material makes steel a decent natural insulator so a good choice if you don’t plan to use additional insulation in your door. Steel is also very low maintenance as to cleaning and repairs. The main downside of steel doors is the cost. You don’t want to bargain shop when it comes to steel garage doors because a lower price also means a lower quality of steel was used, which negates the point of buying a steel door in the first place. If steel is within your budget, purchase a high quality door that will last you decades and the initial price will pay off in the end. Steel doors are one of the best overall garage doors available as the material suits a wide range of climates and uses. Aluminum: Cost-Efficient, Dents Aluminum doors have several qualities in common with steel doors with a lower price tag. Low maintenance and rustproof, aluminum doors are also lightweight, which makes for easier manual raising and lowering. The one point where aluminum does fall behind steel is in denting. An aluminum garage door can be easily dented during a windstorm with projectiles. The dents might be fixable with a hammer, but you also might have to call in a garage door repair person for larger dents. Aluminum doors are a good choice in areas with wet climates since the material doesn’t rust, but that doesn’t experience frequent high winds. Aluminum is also a good choice for overhead garage doors. Vinyl: Durable, Hard to Modify Vinyl doors are durable, cost-efficient, and resistant to both rust and wind damage. The doors are available in a wide range of colors that won’t chip off over time because the door itself is dyed. The vinyl material isn’t well insulated on its own but serves as a good barrier when an insulating material is used between two sheets of vinyl.  A potential downside to vinyl is an inability to change the color easily without replacing the actual door. And while vinyl doors are durable, the door is more susceptible to denting damage than a steel door. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Mid-South Door...

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5 Reasons To Go With Commercial Garage Doors For Your Business

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Go With Commercial Garage Doors For Your Business

Your business may feel like a second home to you, but should it really look like a home to your customers? In order to maintain a professional atmosphere, it is important to keep the look and feel of your building business-like in certain areas. That is particularly true when choosing the garage doors for your business. Here are 5 reasons that you should choose commercial garage doors for your business. 1. Commercial doors are specially designed to be bigger. While most residential garage doors are fairly uniform in size depending on how many cars are expected to fit in the enclosure, commercial doors can be designed to fit your specification. They are generally taller than residential doors. And they can be made to fit any size and type of equipment that you can think of driving through them. If you are thinking, “I am not going to be driving a semi-truck through my garage,” will you ever have one delivering merchandise to your storefront? Opting for a taller door will make it easier for you to get deliveries in and out of your business. 2. Commercial doors are designed for frequent use. Because they are built to rugged specifications, commercial garage doors are able to stand up to being opened and closed frequently and often much more quickly than residential doors. 3. Commercial rolling steel doors have fewer moving parts. If you are looking for a simple garage door that will be easy to operate and maintain, rolling steel doors are a great option. Because they are not built in separate sections like sectional or residential garage doors, they will have fewer joints and moving parts that will need to be replaced every few years, and they are also easier to repair than sectional or residential doors. This is due to the fact that they can be easily removed completely from the door frame, repaired, and put back up in one piece. 4. Commercial doors are designed with your business in mind. Depending on the type of business you own, there are special features that commercial garage doors offer that can be helpful, such as reinforced steel, shatterproof glass, and fire resistance.  5. Commercial doors don’t have to be boring. There are many different styles of commercial garage doors available on the market today. Rolling steel may be the most common type for warehouses, but there are also sectional, glass, and decorative models available as well. Because of this, you can get the commercial garage door that fits your business’s style as well as its workload. For professional commercial doors, contact a company such as Shank...

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Four Reasons To Consider A Cellphone Operated Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Reasons To Consider A Cellphone Operated Garage Door Opener

Some of the advancements that are offered on the amazing cellphones that are available today have made life much easier for everyone. Alarms, calculators, games, email, and even social media accounts can all be controlled using a device that originally just allowed someone to connect with someone else while they were on the go. Fortunately, creators are always developing new and amazing things that can be controlled using your cellphone. Another great product allows your garage door opener to be controlled by your cellphone. Use the following guide to learn a few of the benefits of having a cellphone-operated garage door opener on your home. Never Lose Remote One of the biggest downfalls of a garage door opener is that the remote is often lost accidentally. When this happens, you will find yourself searching through your car, purse, or even your home to try to find it. Just about everyone knows where their phone is every minute of every day so that you do not have to worry about not being able to open your garage door when you need to. If your phone is dead or you break your phone, the app can be downloaded onto another phone and you can access your account to open your door with ease. Remote Operation If you have a guest coming to stay with you for the weekend but find yourself stuck at work later than planned, you can open the garage door remotely to allow the visitor into your garage and into your home, if the door to your home is unlocked. Remote Alerts If someone tries to get into your garage door while it is locked, the garage door opener will send an alert to your phone letting you know that someone is trying to get into the door. This could cut down on the chances of someone gaining access to your home without your permission.   Easy Installation The garage door opener can be installed on any garage door. It is installed the same way traditional garage door openers are installed and can be maintained in the same fashion. The only difference between the two is the inner workings that allow it to be operated by your phone rather than a garage door remote. A consultant for a company that offers cellphone-operated garage door openers can come to your home and help you learn about the many options that are available to you. You can learn about the cost for the devices and what the installation process entails.   To find out more about garage door openers, visit a website such...

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Garage Door Security Tips

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Security Tips

An attached garage, although convenient, can also be a security concern. Overhead garage doors, whether manual or automatic, can’t be secured in the same manner as regular doors. Breaches in security can lead a vandal or thief to try to gain access to your home through the garage. The following tips can help you better secure your garage door. Tip #1: Roll the Code Opt for an automatic opener with a rolling code feature. This security features means the remote transmits a new code to the opener each time it is used. The opener is programmed with millions of codes, so it’s unlikely that a thief can use a code grabber or other device to crack your opener’s code sequence. Tip #2: Skip the Remote Another option is to skip the remote opener option completely. Instead, have the garage programmed to use a keypad and PIN numbers. Just make sure that the PIN number isn’t handed out, and change it periodically to keep it safe. Tip #3: Opt for Metal Metal garage doors can be more than wood doors, since they are harder to break through or splinter. There are metal security garage doors available that are reinforced, making break-ins even harder. You can find metal doors that emulate the aesthetic beauty of wood, if you prefer the appearance of a wood door. Tip #4: Skip the Windows Windows can be a bad idea on a garage door. Not only do they provide an easy entry point for a thief, they also give the whole neighborhood a view of the items inside your garage. If you must have windows, make sure they are equipped with shatterproof glass or plastic. Frosted windows are also a good choice. These let in light while still blocking prying eyes. Tip #5: Vacation Safety Your home is at the most risk when you are away. Disconnect your automatic opener to make it more difficult for a thief to force open the door. Some garage door systems also have an opening on the track that allows you to install a padlock. Once the lock is installed, the door rollers are blocked and the door can’t be opened. Tip #6: Secure All Entrances Although it seems obvious, make sure your remote opener isn’t left in the vehicle where it can be stolen. If you use an opener, opt for a key fob model so it is always with you. Also, make sure you lock the entrance door to the home at all times. If your garage door is breached, a locked entrance door may at least keep the thieves out of your home. For more tips on securing your garage door, contact a company like Howard’s Overhead Doors...

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Garage Door?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Repair or Replace Your Garage Door?

If your garage door isn’t working properly, then obviously you want it fixed. Choosing to repair a garage door isn’t always the best choice, and sometimes completely replacing it can actually be more cost effective. However, it can sometimes be difficult to determine when replacing a door is the best decision. If you aren’t sure which choice is best in your case, then here are some aspects of the problem to consider: The age of your garage & the door If your garage has been around for a long time and the door has never been replaced, then it may be time for a new one. This will also depend on several factors, including whether or not obvious signs of wear are present, such as rust and broken parts, and also whether you suspect that your garage door is the cause of a recent energy usage increase. Your garage door could be causing wasted energy due to inefficiency, forcing your HVAC system to work overtime. A new energy-efficient garage door could quickly reverse the problem. On the other hand, if your garage door has been replaced within the past 10 years or less, then it might be a waste of money to buy a new one. If the purchase was so recent that the warranty is still in effect, then you need to contact the manufacturer and file a claim. Any necessary repairs or replacement will be free after any possible deductibles. Regular maintenance Garage doors require regular maintenance in order to function properly at all times. Pricey garage door equipment isn’t necessary under normal circumstances. Simple items like lubricant, detergent, screwdrivers, and a few additional tools are usually all that are needed. If you regularly maintain your garage door, then replacement may not be necessary. Repairing the door may be something as simple as replacing a common part or even the remote, but each situation is different. Of course, even with regular maintenance, garage doors eventually need to be replaced. Once a professional diagnosis and recommendation have been made, you can then decide how to best return your garage door to its original level of functioning. Consider scheduling an appointment with Garbers Of Richmond Inc to have your garage door inspected. Determining the best way to fix your garage door malfunction problem doesn’t have to be a difficult decision. If you plan on selling your home soon, then you might opt for the most economical short-term fix. However, if you plan to remain in your home indefinitely, then you will need to choose the most effective way to repair and maintain your garage door long-term. This will ensure maximum performance for years to come....

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Garage Door Giving You Problems? 3 Quick Ways To Get It Moving Again

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Giving You Problems? 3 Quick Ways To Get It Moving Again

Have you been getting stuck outside because your garage door is sticking? Or, maybe it’s making strange noises when it opens and closes? If either of these scenarios sound familiar, your garage door may need some maintenance. Don’t worry. In most cases, you’ll be able to take care of the maintenance by yourself. Here are some common issues you may encounter, as well as simple instructions for taking care of the problem. 1. Door Keeps Getting Stuck in One Spot If your garage door keeps getting stuck in the same place or it seems to slip each time it gets to a particular spot, you may have a build-up of grease and dirt on the tracks. If you haven’t washed your tracks in a while – or you’ve never washed them – a thorough washing may solve the problem. Directions Fill a bucket with warm water. Add ¼ cup each of grease-cutting dish detergent and lemon juice. Close your garage door so that you have access to the entire length of track on both sides of the garage. Use a scrub brush to scrub the tracks. Wipe them clean with a wet cloth. Allow the tracks to air dry before using your garage door. Repeat the process once a month to keep your garage door opening properly. 2. Door Is Making Strange Noises Garage doors naturally make noises when they open and close. However, if your door is making strange sounds – such as clanging or grinding – there may be some loose bolts or damaged tracks. Close your garage door and inspect the tracks. Look for loose or missing bolts and tighten or replace them, as needed. Also look for sections of bent or damaged tracks. Try to bend them back into place. However, if you can’t bend them into place, you’ll need to have them replaced. A garage door technician will be able to take care of those repairs for you. 3. Door Doesn’t Close All the Way If your garage door isn’t closing all the way, or it reverses as soon as it gets close to the garage floor, there may be something blocking the sensors. The sensors on each side of the garage send beams back and forth to each other. If something is in the way or blocking the beam, the sensor will send a signal and the garage door will either stop or reverse. Check the area around the sensors. Move any items that might be blocking the beam and then try your door again. If the problem persists, you’ll need to have a technician come out and inspect your door. With regular maintenance, your garage door should operate properly. However, if you run into additional problems, be sure to have a technician come out to your home. To learn more, contact a garage door maintenance company like Rogers Overhead Door...

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3 Possible Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Possible Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open

Having an electrical garage door can be very convenient. However, that convenience can turn into frustration when the garage door refuses to open. The solution for your garage door opening problems can be simple or it can be complex, depending on what is causing it to malfunction. Here are three possible reasons why your garage door won’t open. 1. Problems with the garage door remote One of the most common reasons a garage door won’t open is because there is an issue with the garage door remote. You should try changing the batteries in the remote. If this solves your problem, then you can rejoice with the ability to open your garage door again. However, if changing the batteries doesn’t fix the problem, there could be other issues with the remote. At this point, you should see if you can open the garage door using the system control panel on the wall in your garage. If it doesn’t open, then your problem is not with the remote at all. But, if it does open, then it could mean you need to clean the battery contacts or the eyes on the remote and the receiver. 2. A broken torsion spring The torsion spring is what helps lift all of the weight of your garage door when it is opened. If you went through all of the troubleshooting with the garage door remote and you found that it wouldn’t open even by using the wall-mounted control switch, then you could likely have a broken torsion spring. Without a functioning torsion spring, there is nothing to help the mechanical garage door opener lift the bulk of the garage door. You can replace torsion springs yourself, but many people opt to call a garage door repair professional in their local area. If you are in doubt about your ability to replace the broken torsion spring, then it is best to contact a professional to do the job. 3. The garage door has come off the track Another problem that can cause your garage door not to open as it should is if it has come off the track. In order for the garage door to open, the rollers on the garage door have to be fitted correctly on the tracks. If they become misaligned, then the garage door won’t open or close as it is meant to. Fixing the garage door track alignment can be a do-it-yourself job if you know what you are doing. The important thing is to know when you are in over your head and call a professional, like those at Garage Doors Of Naples Inc, to come help you...

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Someone Breaking Into Garages In Your Neighborhood? Make Sure Everything At Home Is Protected

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Someone Breaking Into Garages In Your Neighborhood? Make Sure Everything At Home Is Protected

If there have been some garage break-ins in your neighborhood, you need to keep yours protected just in case they hit your home. The people breaking in can be sneaky and hard to catch, and there are many levels of security you need to add. To keep your garage in one piece, follow the tips below. Secure Windows Someone could can easily slip through your garage door windows if they are not locked up tight. Put security bars on the outside of the windows, as well as secure window locks inside. Put shutters, blinds, or curtains on the windows so the thief cannot look inside to see if you have anything to steal. You can also apply an opaque or translucent film to the glass. If you have older windows, consider having them replaced with polymethyl methacrylate windows (a rigid plastic material), which are much stronger than regular glass. Secure Garage Door Go inside your garage and look up at the track. You should see small holes on the track. If you are not going to be at home or to secure the door at night, place a bolt in one of these holes. This will disable the door so the thief cannot open it from the outside. This works well because the rollers roll on the track when the door is opened or closed, and the screw will not allow the rollers to roll.   Secure Release Chain If you have an overhead garage door, it has a release handle that is on a chain between the garage door and opener, and the thief could use a coat hanger to reach in and pull the chain down to open the door. To keep this from happening, use a cable tie to secure the chain onto the track. Secure Garage Door Opener If you have an older garage door opener, you should replace it. This is because they only use one code. The thief could use a piece of scanning equipment that scans the opener to easily find this code. The newer openers use a rolling code technology so the garage door remote transmits a different code each time you press the remote. There are billions of code combinations so the thief would have a very hard time getting it, even if they used the most advanced equipment. For more security tips, talk with Jayton Door Corporation. No matter how tricky the thief tries to be, if you take these steps, they will not have a chance getting into your...

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Garage Door Upkeep: 3 Tasks To Include In Your DIY Monthly Maintenance Inspection

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Upkeep: 3 Tasks To Include In Your DIY Monthly Maintenance Inspection

Your garage door is an important part of your home’s security and is among the largest moving components of the home. Therefore, it needs to be maintained so that it can work properly. This can be done with basic routine maintenance. According to the International Door Association (IDA), the three monthly things that you should check or do in terms of garage maintenance are visual inspection, lubrication and balance.  Read on to learn more about performing each of these maintenance tasks yourself. 1. Garage Door Visual Inspection When it comes to the visual inspection of your garage door, it includes all of the door’s working parts – not just the door itself. You need to inspect the springs, tracks and all other hardware to ensure that they are all still in good shape and functioning properly. For the tracks, they should be wiped out or vacuumed on a monthly basis to ensure there is no unnecessary build-up of debris that could cause your garage door to not operate appropriately. Keep an eye out for tracks that are out of alignment.  For the cables, look for any frayed wires or rust. For the rollers, inspect for signs of wear, such as rust and “play” in the wheel. If any of the garage door hardware looks like it has been damaged or may not be working as it should, consult with a professional repair expert. It can be dangerous to try to mess with these types of repairs on your own. This is especially true with the torsion and extension springs that have a high amount of tension on them. 2. Garage Door Lubrication All moving parts of your garage door should be well lubricated during your garage door monthly maintenance routine. This includes anything from springs and chains to rollers and bearings. According to The Washington Post, you should use a light oil or a silicone lubricant on hinges, bearings and rollers. However, it should never be applied to any plastic parts or pieces of the garage door. Bob Vila says standard engine oil works, but grease should never be used since it could cause premature wear and the halt of a working garage door. 3. Garage Door Balance To check that your garage door is properly balanced, you need to first close the door completely. You should then use the door release handle so that you can manually operate your garage door. Now, manually lift your garage door several feet off the ground. This should be easy to do and should not require struggle on your part. If it can stay open on its own, then it is considered well balanced. If it cannot, you may want to contact a professional technician for adjustment. If you feel like your garage door is old and worn, it may be time for a new one. Alternatively, if you are updating the exterior of your home, a new garage door may be in the cards. Whatever the case may be, consult with a garage door installation expert to find the perfect door and obtain a quote for installation. Contact a company like Garage Door Systems Inc to get...

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