3 Tips For Staying Safe With Your Garage Door

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Your garage door is an integral part of your home. You depend on it to open and close in the middle of winter and the heart of summer. However, there are certain things that you need to do to make sure your garage door is in peak operating condition at all times. To make sure you are safe and secure when going into and out of your garage, check out the following tips for where to look for trouble. Old Springs Need to be Replaced The springs are one of the most vital components of your garage door assembly. Over the course of time, the springs are going to wear out and become a major hazard to your safety. Older garage doors need to have their springs inspected by a licensed garage door repair company and replaced as needed. If there are two springs, replace both of them at the same time. You don’t want to take any risks with the other one going out and the door still injuring someone. This will help extend the life of your garage door and minimize damage. Inspect the Cables Take a look at the cables that are holding the spring system in place. If you notice that the cables are worn, fraying or look like they might snap at any time, you need to get them replaced to prevent the garage door from slamming down on you or someone you love. With the tremendous amount of spring tension associated with the cables, it isn’t something you want to try replacing on your own. Think Twice About Using the Old Track If you plan on having a new garage door installed, you need to have the track replaced at the same time. Even though you might think there is nothing wrong with using the old track and saving a few bucks, you need to think twice. Your new door might not fit on the old track, causing a number of problems for you. Things such as the doors’ weight, section thickness, amount of headroom needed, location and other factors are pivotal. It takes the door and the track working together to ensure maximum performance and safety for all parties. By taking the time to go through the aforementioned areas of concern, you can prevent any major injuries from occurring to you or your loved one. Don’t put your health and safety on the line; turn to a garage door professional...

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Prep Your Garage Door For Winter With These Practical Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Many folks take their vehicles to the mechanic or call an HVAC technician to check the heating system before winter arrives, but some homeowners are unaware that a garage door can also benefit from seasonal maintenance. Is your garage door equipped to handle snow flurries and chilly breezes? Will it open easily when you return home on an icy day? Don’t wait until winter to find out if your garage can handle the cold. Contact a garage door company (such as Quality Door Service) to learn more about these three maintenance tips. Examine Weatherstripping Weatherstripping, also referred to as seals and astragal, surrounds each edge of a garage door. Over time, weatherstripping can crack or break – and that’s not something you want to happen during the winter. Winter’s chilly temperatures drive some creatures to warmer spots, and cracked weatherstripping provides enough open space for creepy crawlers to sneak into your home. In addition to attracting insects, you may also find that the condition of your home’s weatherstripping affects your energy costs. There are numerous types of weatherstripping, including vinyl and felt, so ask a garage door specialist to help you pick the right material for your home. Lubricate Metal Heat causes metal to expand, but cold weather makes it contract. Your garage door probably contains metal springs and ball bearings, and it may also have some other important parts that are fully or partially constructed from this durable material. When your springs and bearings shrink, the shrinkage can affect the performance of your door. Depending on how severe the temperatures get in your area, a garage door expert may recommend lubricating all of the metal pieces in your garage or swapping out some of the parts. Remove Rust Water encourages rust development. If you have a small amount of rust now, it may expand when it comes in contact with wet snow or freezing rain. Rust is a cosmetic concern for some homeowners, but this reddish-brown debris can also affect the performance of your garage door. Rusted parts may lock up or break apart, making it difficult for you to open or shut your door. Some rust can be removed easily with a scrub brush and a combination of common household products. Talk to a garage door company before you attempt to remove rust on your own, as some cleaning supplies may also remove the paint on your door. Don’t let blustery winds or heavy snow keep you stuck inside this winter. Make an appointment with a reputable company that specializes in garage door maintenance and repairs before winter weather...

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Choosing The Garage Door That’s Best For Your Home

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

Your garage door takes up a lot of area in your home’s façade. Therefore, your selection of garage doors has potential not only to affect your entry and exit, but also your home’s overall curb appeal. Select a garage door that best complements both your home and your lifestyle. Settle on a Style A standard garage door consists of several panels that simply enclose the interior. Such doors work well if you’re color coordinating with the home’s exterior. A basic upgrade is selecting a door with a row of glass panes. This lets light into your garage while also breaking up the expense of paneling of a longer garage door. Arched garage doors are an attractive option for classically styled homes. The doors themselves can be arched, or you can have a set of arched transom windows installed above traditional doors. Several creative options are also available. For instance, you can choose doors with architectural details that match your home. For instance, if you have a country-style house, a garage door that resembles a barn door is a charming addition. If you want to create more airy appeal, opt for a garage door with more panes of glass. Choose a Color Color is an important factor in your garage door selection. One option is to match the trim. For example, if you have a Victorian or other historically styled home, a garage door that matches the trim adds cohesion to the look. If you have a larger garage door, it might be better to select a color that matches the exterior cladding of the home. This allows the door to blend with the overall façade of your house. If, however, you’d like to get creative, consider adding a garage door in a statement color. For instance, deep red conveys a welcoming look. Navy lends the exterior a hint of class. Eggplant is almost as neutral as brown, but just a little more artistic. Select a System Garage doors typically come in one of three systems – belt, chain or screw drive. A belt drive utilizes a reinforced belt to pull open the door. Belt-driven doors requires more of an up-front investment. However, the belt drive construction reduces vibration, providing a quieter operation than the other two opener types, according to Bob Vila. A chain drive works similarly to a belt drive except the mechanism uses a chain. As such, the opening can be a little noisier. Nonetheless, a chain-driven mechanism is both dependable and economical. The screw drive uses a threaded steel rod to move the door. Screw drives are low maintenance and quieter than chain drives. Would you like a paneled garage door in white with a chain drive opener? Or would you prefer one in eggplant with glass panes and a belt drive opener? Your garage door can complement your home as well as your daily routines....

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Blinking Garage Door Light: The Cause & What To Do About It

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Did your garage door light suddenly start blinking in a consecutive manner? Sometimes blinking can be fixed with a simple repair, but it can also mean that the door has major problems and you need to hire a specialist. In this article, discover the possible reasons why garage door light blinks and what can be done to fix the problem. What Can Lead to a Blinking Garage Door Light? One of the common reasons for a garage light to blink is when it is trying to give you the signal that the opener needs to be reset. You can tell if the opener is the problem by attempting to open or close the door with it. If nothing happens when you press the button on the opener, you can simply reset the sensors. You don’t need any professional skills to reset the sensors because all you have to do is unplug the garage door for about a minute and plug it back up. Another reason why a garage door light may blink is from a problem with the motor. If you have light blinking and a stalled door, it may be that the motor has overheated. You can allow the motor to cool off to see if the light will stop blinking and the door will function properly. There can also be a short in the wires that connects the door opener to the motor wires. Wire problems will need the attention of a specialist before they can be fixed. What Does it Cost to Hire a Professional to Repair a Garage Door? Most homeowners pay an average of $200 to get their garage door repaired. However, you can pay as little as $100 for a minor repair or up to $500 if the problem is complex. The overall price for the repair will depend on what is causing your garage door light to blink and how easy it is to fix. The labor fee charged by the specific garage door specialist hired for the job will also have an effect on the price. Make sure the problem with your garage door light blinking is fixed in a timely manner so further problems won’t develop. Your garage door is automatically programmed to blink the light when problems arise, so find out what is causing it. Get in touch with a garage door specialist like Unifour Door Systems LLC so he or she can inspect and repair the...

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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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