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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How To Keep Your Mechanic Shop Warm This Winter

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

If you are like many mechanics, you probably dread working in your cold shop during the winter months. Outdoor shops can get extremely cold, and it can be difficult and expensive to heat these types of structures. Luckily, there are ways that you can help keep it as warm as possible. Follow these tips so that you can stay more comfortable in your shop when the temperatures plunge. 1. Seal Your Garage Doors Or Install New Ones There is a good chance that your commercial garage doors are allowing a lot of cold air into your structure. Check the seals around your garage doors, and replace them if necessary. Also, consider using caulk to seal up any cracks that might be letting cold drafts in. If possible, you may also want to consider installing new garage doors on your mechanic shop. Newer garage doors are very energy efficient and are designed to keep cold air out when the door is shut. Although it will be a little bit of an investment, it could be worthwhile to keep your shop warm during the winter. Plus, new garage doors typically come with warranties and are designed to last, so you shouldn’t have to worry about making the change again any time soon. 2. Insulate Your Building Even metal buildings can be insulated, and even a little bit of insulation can help keep your building warm during the winter months. Consider installing fiberglass insulation, or look into spray foam options that will spray into even the smallest of cracks and crevices. 3. Keep Your Doors Shut If you run your mechanic shop like many people do, you probably leave your garage doors open for most of the day while you’re working. Although it might be convenient to be able to pull vehicles in and out of the shop without having to fuss with the doors, doing so will allow all of the cold air and wind into your shop. When the temperatures plunge, consider keeping your garage doors shut when they aren’t in use. Although it might be a bit of a hassle to have to open and close them throughout the day, it’s a small price to pay to protect yourself and your employees from the harsh wind and elements. Keeping a mechanic shop warm when it’s cold outside isn’t easy, but there are steps that you can take to make for more comfortable temperatures, such as keeping an eye on your commercial garage doors. Give these tips a try, and you’re sure to stay more comfortable this winter...

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Tips For Knowing When To Call A Garage Repair Technician

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

When you have a garage door, you would like to think that it is always going to function with perfection and that you are never going to have to worry about it. The sad part is, that may not always be the case and you might not always be able to handle the repairs on your own. Take a moment to review the following tips so you have an easier time spotting garage door problems that should be handled by a professional. Springs Are Rusting The tension springs on a garage door are very dangerous if they are not handled properly. If you were to try to remove old rusty tension springs and you do not do everything perfectly, you might find yourself in a lot of trouble as the springs can snap and cause bodily harm. Therefore, this might just be one of those repairs that are best left to the professionals. The Rail Is Bent Even the smallest of bends in a garage door rail can cause the door to refrain from opening or closing properly. Since one of the last things you probably would want would be for the garage door to suddenly refuse to open so you can get your car out, you need to have this problem resolved as soon as possible. While you might think that you will be able to bang out the bent sections on your own, you might go a little too far with it and end up creating the worse problem. After all, you will want the professional technician to check out the rails to make sure that they can even be repaired instead of having to replace them. The Lock Is Broke Sure, you can continue to lift and close a garage door without a functioning lock. However, do you really want to run the risk of criminals being able to just walk right into your garage? If the lock is jammed or completely broken off, you will want to hire a professional garage door technician to replace it. This way, you will know that the replacement lock is the right one for your door and that it is being put in properly. With these things in mind, you should have no trouble figuring out whether it is time to call for professional help (such as those found through Lipe Brothers Garage Doors). After all, the last thing you want is to sit back and do nothing, as the condition of your garage door will only get...

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Adding Or Replacing A Garage Door Opener? Important Things To Consider

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

If your garage door is outdated and doesn’t have an automatic system, consider replacing it to make life easier. There are a lot of different benefits associated with replacing the garage doors, or at least by updating or adding a garage door opening system. If the cables look rusted and the door doesn’t always open and close properly, you’ll want to consider updating the system for your own safety. Here are a few things to consider when you are deciding what upgrades to choose. Efficient Insulated Doors If you’re choosing new garage doors, insulated doors are the best option. This is going to help with energy efficiency if the garage is attached to your home, and it can help regulate the temperature in the space if the garage isn’t attached. This will also help keep moisture out of the space, which can damage items in the garage, including the door cables. Insulated doors also help muffle and deter outside noises from coming in. Belt Instead of Chain Does the current garage door opener rumble the house, or are you afraid of getting an opening system that will be loud? Look for systems that work with a belt instead of a chain. The motor will pull a silent belt to open and close the door, and this is going to be very discrete. If the cables are rusted or old, you may want to have those replaced. Security If you have a security system throughout your home, have the new garage door or operating system hooked up to it. If you don’t have a security system, you can still have an exterior keypad added outside the garage door, so someone can get in if they don’t have an opener. You also may want to find a wireless system that allows you to open and close the door online. A garage door opening system is ideal if you want to pull in and out of the garage without having to hassle with parking, unlocking doors, and dealing with the weather. Replacing the system or adding one is going to add value to the home, and it’s going to be a great selling feature in the future. Talk with a garage door repair and installation company, such as AA Garage Door Co., to see what size of door you’ll need, and to find out what type of materials will be best for your home and for the climate where you...

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