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Finding the Right Garage Door

Signs Your Garage Door Needs Repair or Replacement

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs Your Garage Door Needs Repair or Replacement

When you are a homeowner, one of the components of your home that you always count and rely on is your garage door (as well as your garage door opener). Many homeowners take it for granted that their garage door will always be functional, and they don’t think about committing to routine maintenance and observation of their garage door’s performance. However, just like any other mechanical system, your garage door could malfunction or break down. In order to be proactive about your garage-door service, repair, and replacement needs, get to know some of the signs that your garage door is in need of some work. Then you can call for garage-door services before your garage door breaks down completely. Your Energy Bills Have Skyrocketed Usually, if your electric bill goes up a great deal in any given month, you will blame the overuse of your air conditioner or other heating and cooling appliances. These are not always the culprits of increases in your energy bills, though. A malfunctioning garage door may draw more power than it normally would. It can draw so much power to make a noticeable impact on your monthly energy costs. Additionally, if you have an older garage door opener (approximately ten years old or more), the opener may also be drawing more energy than a newer model would. Over the years, it may require more and more power to function. There Is a Signal Delay or Your Garage Door Operates Slowly Electronic devices sometimes do not work properly or have issues with the signals between devices and remotes. However, generally speaking, garage doors and their remotes have little to no delay between when you push the button and when the door responds. If you begin to notice that there is a consistent signal delay between the openers and the garage door, this could be an indication that there is a short in the system or that the electrical components are failing. You may also find that you need to hit the open or close button several times before the opener responds. If a simple battery change does not resolve the issue, then you likely will need to call a garage-door repair service to take a look and either fix or replace the system. Now that you know more about a few of the signs that your garage door needs repairs and service, you can be sure that you keep an eye on the system and call a company such as Howard’s Overhead Doors Inc. for help before your garage door stops working...

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How To Familiarize Yourself With Garage Door Operation And Garage Door Spring Repair

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Familiarize Yourself With Garage Door Operation And Garage Door Spring Repair

Ah, the garage door—that commonly taken for granted door that opens and shuts your garage. It was there when you bought the house, and you probably have not given it a second thought, really. Yet, what happens when the door suddenly does not work as it once did? How familiar are you with how a garage door works? A better question to ask is, are you familiar with garage door spring repair? The following tips and helpful information will get you started on garage door and garage door repair basics. Get Some Help Some garage doors are a lot heavier than they look. If you are doing this repair without the help of a technician or garage door expert, enlist another adult or a teenager to assist you. Your helper will need to be the one holding the door in position while you remove and replace the springs. Open the Door All the Way Up It will be much easier to remove damaged or dysfunctional springs if the garage door is open (i.e., all the way up). Your helper will need to stand on a very stable ladder and hold the door in the open position while you climb a second ladder to remove the springs. If the door is especially heavy such that it has two or more springs supporting it, be sure to get a second helper to hold the door on the opposite side. While on Your Ladder, Remove and Replace One Spring at a Time If you have exposed springs (i.e., springs that are not encased in vinyl or plastic sheathing), then you will have to carefully turn one spring around while gently wiggling the spring’s end out of the connecting holes. There should be one hole at the top of the spring and one toward the bottom or middle of the door. You will notice that the ends of the spring are pushed and coiled through these holes. Only remove one spring at a time (if you have more than one spring). Then be ready to quickly install the new spring by threading the ends of the coil through these holes. Repeat this process for any remaining springs, all while your helper holds the door up. When All Springs Are Safely Replaced, Let the Door Go Once you have safely replaced all of the garage door springs, your helper may let go of the garage door. It may bounce forward a little or not move at all. Try closing and opening the garage door to make sure the springs are working. If it begins to fall, get out of the way! Check and repeat your installation steps to see what went wrong and try again. When the door behaves as a garage door should, you have successfully installed your springs. For more information and help, consult a garage-door...

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Five Practices For Garage Door Safety

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Practices For Garage Door Safety

Few things make your day-to-day life more convenient than automated garage doors do. But as is so often the case, convenient or novel solutions often create safety concerns. Be sure to employ these five practices, so that you and your family can enjoy the benefits of automated garage doors, without putting your home or family at risk.   Do Not Leave the Door Partially Open When operating the garage door, allow it to open or close completely. While many people leave the door halfway open to allow children or pets to enter and exit the building, this also provides criminals with easy access to your home. Additionally, when the door starts moving again, it may be in the opposite direction that you predicted. This can lead to property damage or injuries. Turn the System Power Off when Traveling If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, turn the unit off or disconnect it from the power source. This provides additional security against would-be burglars and allows you to lock the door from outside. Do Not Let Your Children Play with the Door Children are often gravitationally drawn to automated garage doors and their control mechanisms. When doing so, they will press the control button to close the door, and then race to escape the garage before the door closes. Far from harmless play, such games can lead to serious injuries and broken garage doors. Prevent younger children from operating the door at all, but instruct older children on the safe and proper operation of the door, in case of an emergency. Keep the Inside Door Locked Many people make the mistake of keeping the interior garage door unlocked. This means that anyone who manages to access the garage can access the interior of your home. Keeping the interior door locked is a slight inconvenience, as you will have to use your house key to enter the home, but it also provides an additional layer of protection for your home and family. Protect Your Remote Control Even if you keep your interior door locked, a remote garage door opener provides access to any valuables stored in your garage. In light of this, you must treat it as though it were a set of keys to your home. Keep your remote in a secure place (or on your person) at all times. Do not leave your remote control in a parked car.  ...

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What Kind Of Garage Door Protects My Home From Hurricanes?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Kind Of Garage Door Protects My Home From Hurricanes?

If you live in a location that is likely to be hit by hurricanes, you should consider getting a garage door that is designed to be resistant to strong winds. Otherwise, a hurricane will be more likely to damage the belongings you store in your garage. A significant portion of the damage caused by hurricanes is tied to the garage door. If the strong winds can breach the door, it can cause pressure that can rip the roof off of the home. If the winds aren’t as strong, a poorly reinforced garage door can still lead to tears in the home that can allow water to get inside. In many locations, it is required by building codes to have a garage door resistant to hurricanes. But even if this isn’t the case, you should still use a garage door resistant to hurricanes if your home is constructed in a vulnerable area. The Importance Of Passive Reinforcement System Storm garage doors are engineered with wind load reinforcement systems, which are known as passive reinforcement systems. The system is engaged simply when the garage door is locked. This is useful if you need to leave your home in a hurry since you simply need to flip a latch. They do not require any advanced setup. They are tested to be more resistant and safer than ordinary doors.  If your existing garage door is not already engineered with wind load reinforcement systems, and a storm is coming, you will need an active system and will eventually need to replace the door. Selecting The Right Garage Door Before choosing a garage door, conduct research into the wind load requirements for your area. This will be essential when selecting the right type of garage door and determining whether you might need active reinforcement. Supplementing Your Garage Door With An Active System Active systems are also necessary to protect your garage door. These need to be installed before a high-wind event. Their effectiveness is based on how strong the door is, since they are meant to primarily be supplementary. One example is a brace made out of aluminum that are installed through the header of the door and into floor mounts drilled into a concrete floor. Moving To A New Home If you move to a new home that already has a garage door, make sure to have it inspected to verify that it is rated to be reinforced against hurricanes. If not, you must have it corrected. If you already have a garage door, your two options are to either purchase an entirely new door or to purchase a garage door reinforcement kit. Contact a company like Caspersen Garage Doors for more...

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Garage Door Replacement: 4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Garage Door

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Replacement: 4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Garage Door

If you are in need of a new garage door installation, now is the perfect time to think about the different options available. From materials to styles, you have some decisions to make. You can either choose a garage door similar to the one you had or upgrade to a brand new look with special features. Here are some choices to make when having your garage door replaced. Material One of the first choices to make when deciding on your new garage door is to choose what material you want. The material choice can depend on many factors, such as cost, security, and where you live. Some materials are ideal for certain weather conditions and climates, such as vinyl being good in extreme weather conditions. Vinyl doesn’t rust like other materials, so if you live in a coastal area that is prone to water and salt damage, you don’t have this extra worry. Steel is another good choice for extreme weather since it can handle humidity and rain. If you want a high-security garage door, choose a material like metal or steel. For classic styles, there are wood garage doors. Wood garage doors are good because they improve your home’s curb appeal. If you want a wood-garage appearance and a durable material, fiberglass is a good option, or you can choose aluminum for a budget-friendly and stylish door. Style There are also many styles of garage doors to choose from. This gives you the opportunity to get creative and choose an impressive and beautiful garage door for your home. You can go with a traditional style that has raised panels or choose carriage house panels (these panels are recessed and look like old barn doors that used to house horse-drawn buggies). Some garage door styles are flush without any raised details, which offer a modern look to your garage. For certain vintage styled homes, short raised panels are available. These types of panels are ideal if you have a colonial-style home or a Victorian one. Windows You can also make the decision to get a garage door with one or multiple windows. There are some benefits and drawbacks to using windows. On the plus side, windows provide natural light inside your garage and can add to the overall appearance of the door. Unfortunately, they can also put you at risk, depending on the type of windows. Some garage windows are large enough for someone to break it and get inside the garage, so keep this in mind. Choose higher windows for security purposes. If you want to increase both curb appeal and security, consider having faux windows painted on top of the doors. This metallic paint looks like natural glass, but you won’t have to worry about people peeking into your garage! Additional Features You can also choose from other features, such as the type of hardware you want. You may want a garage door that utilizes a keypad so you can enter a code to open the door instead of using a garage door remote. There are also doors that have home automation, where you can control it with your smartphone, along with other home security...

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A Guide To Choosing Your Best Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide To Choosing Your Best Garage Door Opener

Garage door remotes will generally last about 10 to 15 years, but can last much longer if maintained properly. The key to a dependable garage door starts with a great garage remote. No matter how great your garage door is, you want to back it up with a quality remote that is tailored to meet both your and your garage door’s needs.In an effort to purchase the best garage door remote, you need to understand the difference horsepower options, safety features, and the three main types available. Here are some things to consider to help you get started on your search for the perfect garage door remote.   Horsepower Typically, you have three types of horsepower to choose from on a garage door remote. The various horsepower includes the 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, and 3/4 HP. If you have a single car garage with a lightweight garage door, you should have no problem using the lesser horsepower. The benefit to using a garage door remote with only 1/3 HP is that it is the cheapest of the three. For a typical double door garage of medium weight, you should opt for the 1/2 HP garage door remote. If you have an oversized garage door that requires even more horsepower, you are going to want to purchase a remote with 3/4 HP. Not only does this have a lot more horsepower than the others, but it is designed to last longer as well.  Safety Features Because garage doors are the largest opening to your home, you want to make sure they have the right safety features installed on them. Even the garage door remote may contain some safety features to help secure your door better. Many garage door remotes have wi-fi capabilities that allow you to control your garage door remote using your smartphone. This adds a whole other level of security to your home. You also want to make sure you have a battery backup to your remote so that you can still open and close your garage door even if you lose power for some reason. If you really want to make sure your home is secure, look for a garage door remote with the rolling code technology. This allows the remote to cycle through constantly so that hackers cannot steal your garage door remote code.   Garage Door Remote Type You have three options when it comes to what type of garage door remote you want. You can choose a visor clip, a key chain, or a remote transmitter. The visor clip is a convenient way to keep up with your garage remote but if your car gets broken into, the thief will have access to your home. If you prefer the key chain remote, you want to be careful not to lose your keys or else you may not have access to your garage. The remote transmitter looks similar to a TV remote. The transmitter can be hidden in your vehicle so that it remains in a convenient location, but you want to make sure you don’t lose it somewhere in the car.  For further assistance, contact local garage door repair professionals, such as those from M & M Garage Doors and...

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Three Garage Door Repair Jobs You Can Perform Yourself

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Garage Door Repair Jobs You Can Perform Yourself

When your garage door is in need of some repair, it’s important to be very discerning about whether you decide to handle the job on your own or hire a professional. Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew; some garage door-related jobs, especially those related to the door’s springs, can be highly dangerous and lead to injury if not handled correctly. Fortunately, there are a number of garage door repair jobs that are safe to handle yourself and easy to accomplish even without experience. Here are three jobs that you shouldn’t shy away from tackling. Replace The Weather Stripping The rubber weather stripping that runs along the bottom of your garage door is integral to keeping unpleasant elements outside of your garage. It will need to be replaced when it becomes torn or split. In most cases, you’ll be able to replace the rubber component without having to remove the aluminum bracket that holds it in place. Pull the old weather stripping out, or if it’s stubborn, use a utility knife to cut it into manageable sections. Buy a replacement piece, cut it to size by measuring the exact width of your garage door, and then carefully slide the new piece of rubber into place in the aluminum bracket. Deal With A Noisy Door A garage door that rattles and bangs while it’s moving might sound alarming, but in many cases all that’s needed is a series of small repair tasks can have the door working optimally once again. Noisy garage doors are often the result of hinges and rollers in need of lubrication and hinges that are loose. Tackle the latter job by using a ratchet or wrench to tighten each mounting bolt, and handle the former job by using a silicone-based spray lubricant to coat the inside of the hinges and rollers. Within a few short minutes, your garage door should be much less vocal as you operate it. Replace The Insulation Pad Not all garage doors have insulation pads, but those that do will keep your garage from developing extreme temperatures in the winter and summer. An old pad will often need to be replaced when it absorbs water through the bottom — often when the door’s weather stripping has failed. Remove the old pad by unscrewing it and then carefully folding and disposing of it. Buy a replacement kit, and mount the new pad so it mimics the old one’s appearance — you’ll essentially just have to screw the pad into place, secure it with the provided straps, and ensure the bottom is covered in the protective plastic to avoid it being exposed to the elements. If you fear that a garage door repair is too demanding or dangerous, contact a company like Doors Unlimited rather than attempting it on your...

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Large Crack In Your Vinyl Garage Door? Repair It With These Quick Tips

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Large Crack In Your Vinyl Garage Door? Repair It With These Quick Tips

If your vinyl garage door develops a large crack that allows insects and even cold air to seep inside the room, you can repair it yourself. If you don’t repair the crack, it can quickly spread throughout the door and permanently damage it. In addition, thieves can use a crowbar or other tools to break open the crack and enter your garage. Here’s what you need to buy to repair your garage door, and tips to get the job done fast. Purchase Mastic Liquid Sealant Mastic liquid sealant is used to repair damage to surfaces or products made with a number of materials, including aluminum, concrete, steel and vinyl. The sealant forms a strong, flexible bond that won’t warp or chip after application. Because garage doors must be flexible and tough enough to withstand the strong forces of heavy rains, winds and snow, mastic sealant is the best choice for your repairs. To apply and use the sealant effectively, you need to buy one large plastic spatula and one smooth rod dripless caulking gun. The spatula smooths out the sealant as you apply it over the crack. The smooth rod dripless caulk gun uses a special spring and device that lets you control the amount of sealant that comes out of the container, which is very important to your repairs. You don’t want to apply too much sealant over the crack, or it can make your garage door look gunky and unattractive after it dries.  After you obtain your supplies, you can get started on the repairs. Repair the Crack Before you repair the crack in the garage door, clean the area thoroughly with a broom to remove cobwebs, dirt and lint. Use a damp rag to clean away any oil and grease spots that coat the area surrounding the crack. As with any sealant, mastic sealant adheres better to clean surfaces. Give the garage door about an hour to dry completely.  Now, follow the directions below: Place the mastic sealant into the caulk gun, then test the pressure of the gun by applying a thin layer of sealant to an old board. If necessary, adjust the pressure of the gun’s spring so that it releases the sealant slowly. Position the tip of the caulking material over the top of the crack. You want to apply the sealant to the crack from top to bottom to avoid mistakes. Apply the sealant. Fill in the crack completely. Use the spatula to spread and smooth out the sealant until it covers every part of the crack. Wet the spatula with cold or warm water as you go along to keep the sealant moist during the application. Give the sealant 48 hours to cure or harden properly. Your garage door is now sound, safe and strong again.  If the crack in your garage door reopens, or if the door develops new problems, contact a specialist such as Garage Doors Of Naples Inc for additional...

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Problems to Look for When Your Garage Door Won’t Open or Close

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Problems to Look for When Your Garage Door Won’t Open or Close

If your garage door is stuck shut or won’t close properly, there are a few problems that could be causing this. Some are minor and won’t require any repairs while others are a bit more serious. When you go out to investigate, figuring out the type of problem you are having can help you find the source; your garage door and opener have many components, but analyzing the problem can actually be a quick process. When Your Door Opener Doesn’t Move If you press your garage door opener’s remote or wall switch and nothing happens (e.g., it makes no sounds and makes no attempt to move), the best place to start is by looking at your garage door opener itself. There are a few components here that could be causing the problem: The motor: If the motor makes no noise, it may not be receiving power. Check the power cables to make sure it is plugged in, then check your circuit panel to make sure the breaker for that circuit hasn’t tripped. Reset it if necessary, then try again. The remote: Your remote could be out of battery or the channel switches could have been moved out of place. Check your remote channel settings against what is currently displayed on the motor to make sure they match. The sensors: Two sensors on either side of the door face each other and prevent the door from moving if anything interrupts the signal. If the sensors aren’t aligned properly, the door will not close. You may also have an obstacle in the way; if everything looks clear, make sure there is no light glaring into the sensors. Strong sunlight, for example, can fool the sensor into thinking there is an obstacle. When Your Door Moves Partially A door that won’t open or close all the way could be physically blocked from doing so. This is often the case if your door tries to move but you hear clunking or grinding sounds. Garage doors and their tracks need to be aligned carefully to make sure they can open and close smoothly. Warped doors: Doors of certain materials, like wood, can warp over time if they aren’t properly maintained. As the door warps, it puts pressure on the door tracks because its shape has changed. Though a warped door is not impossible to fix, consider the cost of repairs versus a new set of doors, perhaps made of material that is more resistant to moisture. Track alignment problems: Sometimes the tracks themselves can come out of alignment. As you try to open and close the doors, watch the tracks closely. If they shake or rattle, or if the wheels inside press against the sides, the tracks themselves may need to be realigned. Blockage in the tracks: Dirt and debris buildup in the tracks can prevent the wheels from moving properly, which will stop the door from moving past the blockage. Take a flashlight and look up and down the tracks on both sides to make sure the wheels have a clear path. When Your Door Falls Closed If you’ve tried closing your garage door and it seems to fall to the ground rather than being set down gently, you could have a broken or worn tension spring. These are designed to bear most...

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Remove Rust From A Metal Garage Door And Protect It In The Future

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remove Rust From A Metal Garage Door And Protect It In The Future

After you have a metal door installed on your garage, it can become rusted if it is exposed to moisture for extended amounts of time. Learn how to remove rust with the following steps and protect it from further damage with a rust inhibiting spray. Use The Following Materials sponge scrub brush metal cleaner soapy water water hose hand or electric sander low and fine grit sandpaper tack cloth vinyl tarp rust inhibiting spray mineral spirits lint free cloth Clean The Door Secure the door so that it doesn’t accidentally open while you are cleaning it. Remove surface dirt from the door by wiping it off with metal cleaner and a damp sponge. Follow up with soapy water. If stains are embedded in the metal, loosen them with a natural bristle scrub brush. Apply consistent pressure to the stained areas as you move the brush back and forth. Rinse the door off well with a water hose after it is clean. Wait for the surface to dry.  Remove Rust Remove rust spots from the door by attaching a piece of low grit sandpaper to a hand sander or electric sander and moving it across the metal surface. Press down firmly on the sander as you move it back and forth. After the rust has been eliminated, lightly sand the same areas with a piece of fine grit paper. Remove debris that was left behind by the sandpaper by rubbing a tack cloth over them. The cloth has a sticky surface that will pick up small particles. Apply Rust Inhibiting Spray Lay a vinyl tarp in front of the door. Apply a rust inhibiting spray to the surface of the door. To do this, stand back from the door several inches and apply the product evenly as you move it over the door’s surface in straight lines. The spray will dry clear after a couple hours. A new coat of spray will need to be reapplied each year to keep the metal protected. If any spray gets onto the ground or windows on the door, remove it with a lint free cloth the has been dipped in mineral spirits. Wipe each surface off with a damp cloth when finished. Keep your garage door maintained and prevent additional damage in the future by spraying it off with a water hose whenever it becomes dirty. Surface stains can be removed with metal cleaner, soapy water, and a sponge.  For more information, contact Kaufman Overhead Door or a similar...

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