The Lowdown on Garage Doors

February 1st, 2014

People keep their money in banks or in vaults and their jewelry in safety deposit boxes. It’s natural to safeguard valuable possessions somewhere protected with strong doors that can’t be pried open by anyone unauthorized. That’s why people keep their keep cars in the safety of the garage. But what good is a garage without a good door?

What is it?

The garage door is one large door (or several panels) that opens either manually or with the help of an electric motor. It is made up of two parts: the door itself and the garage door openers.

In the Beginning

The first documented existence of garage doors was in 450BC when chariots were stored in a structure protected by gates. Their first appearance in America was in the 20th century. Since then, the popularity has increased and almost all American homes are installed with one. Their usefulness and convenience cannot be overstated.

The Sad Truth

The garage door is, arguably, the most important door in the house, and one that is most seen by people. However, it is possibly the most neglected part of the home. As the famous saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

However, this door, which we usually take for granted protects our cars from damage and thieves and also, in a way, protects your home with your family in it. That being said and with the stakes so high, homeowners should take time and make sure theirs is efficient and doing what it’s supposed to do.

Tips and Tricks

Taking care of your garage door isn’t a complicated task. You just need to ask yourself a couple of questions every now and then.
1. How old is it?
2. Is there water damage? Are there any cracks?
3. Does the door come back up after closing it?
4. Are there any unusual noise coming from it when you open/close it?

Once you identify the problem, you can now determine the fix – repair or replace.

Hefty costs for replacing your garage door can be avoided if you regularly check their efficiency. You can also avoid accidents and keep your home and your family safe. Here are a few simple tips.

• Before driving away, always make sure that the door has completely closed. Make sure there is no one trying to get in or out while it is closing.
• Install the wall switch out of reach of small children.
• They need to be lubricated properly. Do this at least once or twice a year. While you’re at it, check all the hinges, screws, nuts and bolts.
• Conduct a safety check every 30 days.
• All the members of the family should be briefed on how to use it.

Always remember that prevention is always better (and less expensive) than cure. Keep your garage doors in good working condition and keep your car, your home, and most especially your family safe.

Did You Know?

• The word garage officially became a dictionary word in 1902. It came from the French word garer meaning to shelter.
• The inventor of the overhead door was C.G Johnson. He did it in 1921. 5 years later, he also invented the world’s first automatic garage door.
• The most common colors for it are white, blue, and brown.
• Modern models now have insulation that can save a lot of energy (and hundreds of dollars in electric bills!), especially in summer and winter.
• Real estate agents all agree that a fully functional and beautifully designed garage door can increase the market value of your home.
• The most recent models work even if power is out.

Garage Door Service

February 1st, 2014

In today’s society, most families tend to use their garage as their main entry point into the house. We usually tend to forget that a garage door revolves around a fairly complicated mechanical system. There are nearly 300 parts in a standard garage door. All these parts work independently of each other and to safely open and close the garage door. If any of these parts happen to fail to perform their function, or if their extended usage causes them to function improperly, it could potentially result in the damage of your entire door or its opening system.

Importance of garage door service

Just like any other type of machine, these types of doors also need servicing. What most people don’t know is that these doors and their opening systems have been there for quite some time. Over the years, they have gradually evolved to what they are now. This means that technicians who used to do earlier types of repairs have also changed and adapted to the new technologies. Servicing of these doors mainly involves the repair and maintenance of their systems. They have various working parts that come from a wide range of manufacturers. Technicians have to be familiar with the inner workings of these systems. In addition, qualified technicians possess the necessary skills and expertise to offer good services. They are licensed, insured and experienced.

Factors involved

Regardless of whether you are in need of just a simple door system repair or want a new automatic door installed, you need to find qualified technicians. Otherwise you can end-up incurring more damage and expenses. Maintaining your door and opener is very important if you want to ensure that it operates smoothly, quietly and that it is highly are reliable. In addition, servicing your doors ensures that you retain a valid warrant. The following are some of the other factors involved with garage door service:

Door services

One has to look for technicians who offer a wide range of services, some of which include sales, installations, repairs and servicing. Regardless of whether it is a quick repair or a custom design, you need to hire technicians who will efficiently and effectively do the job you want.

Sales and installation services

As a homeowner, you can choose to totally replace your doors and openers or simply have them repaired. In certain types of installations, removing the entire door is unavoidable.

Servicing and repair

The technicians a homeowner hires have to be able to perform servicing on all types and models of doors and openers, including the ones that are highly advanced. Some of aspects involved in door servicing include the use of sliding bypass doors, solid one-piece doors and overhead section openers. In addition, there could be also the replacement of broken cables, springs, hinges, pulleys and rollers. As for the gears found in the doors, they usually need to be replaced occasionally together with the circuit boards and safety sensors.

Preventive measures

This means that homeowners should practice proper maintenance procedures and have regular tune-ups of their doors and opening systems to avoid any damages or injury. This is a form of self-servicing.

Garage Door Repair

February 1st, 2014

Most modern garage doors and openers are made from top quality materials. The construction process involved in making them is also quite complex. However, it is a well-known fact that with any kind of technological system or device, something can always go wrong. If your door or opener fails to work, it is important that you immediately try and investigate the cause of the problem. It could be a broken part, a jammed up transmitter signal or something interfering with the door openers frequency. The following some of the aspects involved in garage door repair:

Spring repair

Trying to fix the spring on your door can at times prove to be very difficult and in some cases dangerous. A poorly done spring repair can lead to damage in the openers or the doors themselves. It can even lead the person doing the repairs sustaining injuries. If you are not well-conversed with the repairs, tools and procedures, it is advisable that you hire professional technicians.

Torsion spring replacement and repair

The torsion springs found on the doors are under a high amount of tension and it can be extremely dangerous for a person who has no experience in garage door repair. A torsion spring is a crucial component of the doors opening ability and its lift power. Their tightness makes their replacement somewhat hazardous. Qualified technicians can repair torsion springs fairly quickly, safely and efficiently.

Cable repair

Just like the springs found on the doors, the repair or replacement of the door cables responsible for pulling the door up and down involves quite a complex process and can be dangerous for non-professionals. If you happen to notice a broken cable, make sure that you have it repaired as soon as possible.

Bent or broken roller repair

A roller replacement involves a complex process and usually includes the use of specialized tools. It usually means unbolting and then tilting the hinge bolts, sliding the roller out and finally replacing it. If you intend to perform such a repair on your own, it is important that you remember that your doors weight needs to be supported throughout the entire process.

Misaligned, bent or rusted track repair

In case one of your two garage door tracks happens to get misaligned, it is important that you remember that there is more to fixing it than just hammering it straight. In reality, if you try to straighten the track while it is still in place, it will lead to further damage to your opening system. When it comes to this type of garage door repair, it is best you hire professionals.

Preventative measures

Another crucial component is having preventive measures. Having regular inspections and maintenance checks will help to keep your doors in the proper working condition. This will also help to save you on costs that would arise in future due to emergency repairs. The best way to practice preventive measures is to have qualified technicians inspect your doors from time to time. In addition, it is best you immediately address any door issues that you see.