Catch These Problems Before Your Garage Door Fails Completely

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Your garage door is a complicated array of cables, pulleys, and springs configured to make the heavy garage door easy to open and close. When adjusted properly, you can lift a solid wooden garage door by yourself. When things break, that door won’t budge. Any problems should be worked on by a garage door repair company because of the hazards caused by the high-tension springs. You can still inspect the system regularly and call when you find a problem. Here is what to look at and the problems you might find. The Heart of the Garage Door Mechanism At least two high-tension springs are used to counterbalance the weight of the garage door. When working correctly, these springs allow you to open and close the garage door manually, even though it may weigh hundreds of pounds. When the springs become old and lose their strength, or if one breaks, the door will be too heavy to lift by you or the garage door opener. Inspecting the Garage Door Springs Look for the two springs near the ceiling. One end of each spring will be connected to a bracket mounted on the ceiling. Check that the connection is not bent or showing signs of pulling away from the bracket. The other end of each spring connects to a pulley through which runs a braided metal cable. Check the connection to the pulley to make sure nothing is bent or stretched. Make sure the pulley is not broken. Look for any signs of fraying on the metal cable going through the pulley. When the garage door is up, the springs should also have tension. If they sag, they may be old and losing their strength. Look for a braided metal cable running through the center of each spring. One end of this cable connects to the ceiling bracket and the other to a metal rail at the top of the garage door. This is a safety cable and needs to be there to prevent the springs from flying through the garage should they break. If you see any signs of sagging springs, frayed cables, broken pulleys, bent connectors or missing safety cables, contact your garage door specialist to fix the problem. Inspecting the Garage Door Look at the rollers on the edge of the garage door. These should roll freely and sit in the metal rail that extends from the garage floor up and over the ceiling. Note any rollers that are frozen or out of the rail. These can cause the garage door to jam when going up or coming down. You can try lubricating the rollers with silicone spray if they stick. Rollers that won’t stay in the track may mean the roller needs to be replaced, or the track is bent. Spray a little silicone lubricant on the garage door hinges if they appear corroded. If you find...

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Enhancing Energy Efficiency: Getting A Threshold Seal To Your Residential Garage Door

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

With the cost of energy increasing, inefficiencies can lead to costly bills and energy wasted. Did you know that a new and energy efficient garage door can reduce overall energy loss by up to 71%? No matter how energy efficient your garage door is, the gap between the floor and the garage door still causes a lot of energy loss throughout the entire year. To solve this problem, install a threshold seal. Installing the Threshold Seal The threshold seal is installed to your garage floor in order to create a perfect seal between the floor and garage door — goodbye, air gap! Most experts recommend installing a adjustable height threshold to lower and raise the vinyl seal against the bottom of the garage door, which can compensate for door sag and all installation errors. Installing a threshold seal is relatively easy. Follow these steps: clean and dry the area where the threshold seal is to be installed.  slide the threshold seal under the gap of the garage door, and make an outline of where it should be to ensure a tight seal. apply the recommended adhesion to the garage floor. You may even have to fasten the threshold seal in place with nails. Adhesion must be applied at temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal effectiveness. wipe away any left over adhesion. keep the garage door closed for at least 24 hours. This continuous pressure will encourage the adhesive to form a tighter bond with the garage floor. Additional Benefits That Can Be Reaped You’ll be surprised at how much more energy efficient your garage door will be once the threshold seal has been installed. The cost of installing a threshold seal will seem minimal in comparison to the savings that you’ll enjoy from reducing energy loss. On top of improving the overall energy efficiency of the home, the threshold seal will also: create a barrier against leaves, dirt, snow and water, which may ultimately seep into your garage and create a mess. keep pests like insects and rodents out. maintain the internal temperature of your garage. Have you ever noticed that your garage is the first place in the home to get cold during the winter months? If you love to work in the garage, installing a threshold seal will lead to a more comfortable garage environment. Conclusion Threshold seals can be applied to all types of garage doors regardless of their design or the type of materials that they are made from. They are easy to install, inexpensive and effective, making them a worthwhile investment for your home. If you would prefer to have yours professionally installed, however, then contact a company like Academy Door & Control...

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