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Is Your Home’s Garage Door Safe? Check These 3 Things

Posted by on 11-11-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Home’s Garage Door Safe? Check These 3 Things

Garage doors operate thanks to a system of springs, pulleys, and cables that are carefully balanced. The system is what allows the door to be easily closed or opened with a little bit of manual force or an electric motor. In order to prevent an injury from occurring while using a garage door, there are 3 safety mechanisms in place. You should check on them to ensure that they are in proper working order. Spring Safety Cables Your garage door’s springs require tension to operate. That is because they counterbalance your garage door’s weight, allowing you to lift the door even though it is very heavy. If a spring breaks without any safety mechanism in place, it can potentially fly through the air and cause a serious injury. The safety cables will help contain the springs if they become disconnected or break. Checking the safety cables is easy to do on your own. Find the springs running parallel to your garage’s ceiling, and look for a steel cable that is running through them. One end of the cable should be connected to a metal bracket that is attached to the ceiling, with the other end of the cable connected to a metal bracket on your garage door. These brackets should not be twisted or bent. Cables that are connected via an S-hook should not have any signs of straightening out. Motion Sensor A garage door will stop closing and immediately reverse if anything crosses the path of the motion sensor. It helps prevent the garage door from accidentally closing on your car, or even children that are in the path of the door. You can also check this safety mechanism on your own. Locate the infrared sensors near the lower part of the vertical track. Close your garage door and roll a small object, like a ball, across the sensor’s path. You should see the door stop immediately and go in reverse. Pressure Sensor The pressure sensor works in a similar way to the motion sensor. If any object stops the door from closing because of pressure applied to the door, it will cause the door to stop and immediately reverse. This includes objects in door’s path, as well as jams in the track. You can check the pressure sensor by putting an item in the path of the door that doesn’t block its infrared beam, like a chair. A working pressure sensor will cause the door to go into reverse when it comes in contact with the chair. If you notice that any one of these safety mechanisms are not working correctly, you could need a replacement part. Contact a local garage door repair technician and have them replace the garage door part for you. Click here for more information about the parts you might...

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Two Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Garage Door

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Garage Door

Although you may think it’s a minor issue, knowing when to replace your garage door is actually a pretty big deal.  It’s important for the safety of your family, since a garage door that’s in bad shape could become unhinged and strike a friend or loved one.  It’s also important for the overall value of your home, since a faulty garage door will most likely be seen as a detriment to any potential home buyers if you put your house on the market.  If you’re unsure about whether or not your garage door is in good condition, use this information to determine the warning signs that it may be time to replace your door as soon as possible. Your Energy Bills Increase The first sign that you may need a new garage door could be something that you never thought of: higher energy costs.  As your door ages, it may start to warp, or the weather stripping that surrounds the top, sides and bottom could begin to peel away.  This allows more indoor air to seep outdoors, as well as lets more outside air into your home.  The result could be unmanageable energy costs that you can’t seem to get to the bottom of. Rather than risk spending the better portion of your monthly budget on energy bills, check your doors to determine if they are the culprit.  Look for holes, tears and gaps that could be letting your indoor air escape.  If you find these symptoms, have your garage door replaced right away.  Be sure to select a door that is well insulated, and that is sealed on all sides. Cracked And Peeling Paint Garage doors that feature cracked and peeling paint are much more than an eyesore; they could also be an accident waiting to happen.  When the paint on your garage door begins to peel away, it’s easy to believe that a fresh coat of paint will bring it back to life, but this may cause more problems later on. The paint on your garage door is likely covered by an invisible seal that is designed to keep the elements from destroying the door material.  If sunlight, rain and snow are able to penetrate this shield and attack the paint, these same elements could also cause your garage door to rot, putting it at serious risk of collapsing. Don’t ignore the signs that your garage door is in trouble.  When any of these symptoms appear, contact a garage door professional, like America’s Garage Doors LLC, so you can find out your options for purchasing a new...

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Homeowner’s Guide to Getting a New Garage Door

Posted by on 7-07-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Homeowner’s Guide to Getting a New Garage Door

It’s not every day that you need a new garage door, and many buyers don’t know where to start. Here is a guide for how to choose, install, and maintain a new garage door.  Choosing a Garage Door The most popular garage door is called a sectional door, where each of the sections has its own set of rollers. However, there are other options, such as folding and carriage doors. The material is an important part of the look and functionality of your door. Steel, wood, and aluminum frame doors are all viable options for a strong garage door. You might also look at special features, including storm-readiness.  Installing Your Garage Door There are two tricky parts to installing a new garage door. Always keep your manufacturer’s instructions for installing a garage door, since they will also show you how to take it down when you’re done. If you no longer have the instructions for your old garage door, you may need to contact the manufacturer or have a technician take a look at it.  When installing your new garage door, it’s important that all of the attachments are measured correctly, so that your tracks align with one another. An uneven set of tracks can cause the entire structure of the door to be compromised. This is why a professional garage door installation is a good idea; they will be able to remove the old door and install the new one with the correct measurements and spacing.  Maintaining Your Garage Door Once your new garage door is in place, there are several things that you can do to keep it running smoothly. Keep the tracks free of debris; you may need to clean them with a soft cloth about twice a year. If there are any dents in your tracks, be sure to straighten them out with a rubber hammer. If parts of the track start to stick, you can use a bit of oil or grease to lubricate the tracks.  The rollers and pulleys also need to be cleaned and lubricated on a regular basis. Dust can get trapped in the sides of the rollers, and you can clean it out with a pipe cleaner. Be sure that all of the bolts are fastened securely; having a loose bolt can place too much pressure on your tracks and cause them to buckle. A little bit of maintenance goes a long way in protecting your brand new garage door.  For assistance, talk to a professional like Bear Valley Builders and Garage...

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Do You Need to Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Need to Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

Garage door openers are not complex mechanisms, but it is essential that they are in good working order. While they do last a long time, there may come a time when you need to have yours replaced. Here are some signs that it is time to replace the garage door opener. Your garage door makes a lot of noise A common reason to upgrade your garage door opener is if it makes a lot of noise. It may not be something as simple as lubricating the mechanisms. If you have an older garage door and opener, it might still use a chain drive mechanism to open and close. This will look similar to a bicycle chain and be located close to the motor unit. If you see this type of mechanism, you should upgrade your garage door opener to a newer model. The newer types of mechanisms, including a belt drive and screw drive, are much quieter when the door is opening and closing. You need a safety reversal feature This feature is another one that is only on the later models of automatic garage doors. Older garage door openers put your children and pets at risk since the door can close on top of them if they are in the way. However, the later models of automatic garage door openers will include a safety reversal feature. If the garage door sensor picks up on an obstruction in the way of the garage door’s path, it will stop closing and go in the opposite direction. If you move the obstruction and push the button again, the door will then close all the way. This can save a lot of injuries and is an important feature to have. You don’t have a rolling code Another reason to get a new garage door opener is if your remote control has a fixed code. This means someone could stake out your home and figure out the code you enter, which would give them access the next time you are not at home. However, newer garage door openers come with a rolling code. This means the code changes every time you use the garage door opener, so they are not able to duplicate the code. They would not be able to get into your garage without the actual remote in hand. Your garage doesn’t have battery backup You should also consider replacing your garage door opener if you don’t have battery backup. This is an excellent feature to have if the power goes out in your area. You will still be able to operate the garage door, even if you have a power outage. This might be necessary if you are locked out of your home without a house key as you typically enter your home through the garage. You will still be able to get into your home even during a power outage. It also lets you close the garage door if it was open during the outage, which could be a security risk. Talk to a garage door repair professional for more...

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How to Align Garage Door Sensors

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Align Garage Door Sensors

A garage door sensor that is off by just a small fraction can cause the entire door to close improperly. Fixing the garage door sensor is a fairly simple process that you can do yourself. The sensors will need to be re-aligned for regular maintenance as they get bumped and thrown out of alignment over time. Here is a simple set of instructions that can teach you how to realign your garage door sensor. To complete the following task you will need these tools: String A level A screwdriver Access to the electrical panel box Then take these steps: Start by turning off the power to the garage by turning the switching inside the electrical panel. This will prevent the garage door from getting triggered while you are adjusting the sensors and possibly coming down on you. Take a screwdriver and loosen the screws that hold the sensor securely in place, but do not remove them all the way. Just loosen the screw enough to be able move the sensor into the correct align position. Repeat the step on the other sensor afterwards. Take a piece of string and tie it to one end of the sensor on the right side and the other to the sensor on the left side. Make sure that the string is tied securely in place and is not loose. There should be no slack in the string line and it must be pulled tight from one end to the other. Using the string as a guideline, adjust the sensors until the string is completely straight and the sensors are re-aligned. To check to the string and make sure that it is straight, use a level. Once you have the sensors level and aligned, tighten the screws in each sensor to secure it back into place. Turn back on the power to the garage at the electrical box by flipping the switch back to the one position. Test the garage door to make sure that the door closes properly. If the door stops when it reaches the sensors then you know that the alignment is slightly off and must be re-adjusted. If you cannot get your garage door alignment working properly, call a garage door installation professional for some help. A professional repair technician can assist you in tuning up your garage door springs, rollers, and tracks to keep the door operating a maximum...

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Diagnosing Commercial Garage Door Problems by the Sounds They Make

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Diagnosing Commercial Garage Door Problems by the Sounds They Make

When you have a business building that must offer a large entry and exit point for vehicles, the commercial garage door in place is one of the most valuable features you have. Of all of the different forms of commercial overhead doors, one of the most common is the sectional steel door design, as it is highly durable and can be connected to an automatic opener as well. If the sectional steel door that you have in your building starts to make a lot of racket, there is a good chance that something is wrong. Here are a few of the most common noises these doors can make and what they could possibly indicate. Grinding Noises from Overhead Grinding noises from any mechanic thing is rarely ever a good thing and if this is the noise you hear from your commercial garage door, you can guarantee that something is wrong. Likely what you are hearing is the sound of gears grinding against one another, which is actually a problem with the garage door opener and not the door itself. Check to make sure the power to the unit is off and open the main housing cover to see if something may be caught between the gears. Loud and Screeching Squeals Loud squeals and screeches are usually related to the action of metal rubbing against another metal surface. This could have basically two different causes, one more serious than the other, but still an easy fix for a professional in most cases. The first thing you should check is to make sure all moving parts of the sectional door are well lubricated. Moving parts include the steel rollers that follow the track up when the garage door is opened and the hook and ring torsion system. Pops, Clanks, and Bangs Older steel sectional doors are infamous for making a lot of noise when they are in motion. These noises will usually come across as loud bangs and pops, and may even sound like the garage door is going to fall down. What you are hearing is the sound of metal components shifting against each other. This kind of movement is only possible with loose connections, and therefore, it is a good idea to tighten every piece of hardware you can find on the door and assess all connections. When you have a commercial garage door that refuses to be quiet, you should take note, pay attention, and try to figure out what is going on. Talk to a repair specialist such as if you have problems tracking down the source of the...

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Your Garage: The Most Vulnerable Room In Your House

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Garage: The Most Vulnerable Room In Your House

The one room in a house that most homeowners neglect to secure properly is the garage. No matter how safe you feel your neighborhood is, it is always vulnerable to thieves. In fact, thieves often case the better neighborhoods because they have more and better items to steal: Securing Your Garage Door Newer garage door openers are more secure than older ones, because it is harder to break the codes, since they are ever-changing. However, older garage door openers are vulnerable to thieves with “code grabbers,” devices that can steal your code signal from the air for later use opening the door. Most garage doors have locking mechanisms, but thieves have no problem releasing those. It’s best to use a padlocked or door bolting system to secure your door when you are away from home and even at night when you are sleeping. Using a simple C-clamp to secure your door when you are away for extended periods of time is a cheap and effective method. Securing Your Garage Windows and Service Doors If a thief can’t get in through the garage door, he will likely look for a window or service door. Most garage windows and service doors are out of site of the street and provide an open view of the items worth stealing inside your garage. First, block the view through your window with light-filtering film or with curtains or shutters. Second, install extra security locks on the windows such as bolts that go through the frame into the wall, and be sure to engage those locks as necessary. Service doors should be steel with quality deadbolts and even perhaps additional quality slide bolts on the inside. Securing Your Entry Door The entry door from your garage to your home should be just as secure as your front door. A steel or solid-core wood door with a quality deadbolt will keep burglars from entering your house once they get into your garage. It’s worth your security to take a few extra seconds to unlock that door when you get home. Other Tips and Tricks Securing your garage with locks and bolts is great, but you also must break habits that can make your home vulnerable. Homeowners often just give burglars the “keys to the kingdom” by leaving their car keys inside the car once they enter the garage. Once the burglar has your keys, it’s open season on you and your possessions. Get rid of the garage door opener that clips to your visor and never leave it inside your car. Buy one that hooks onto your keychain instead, and always keep your keys with you. Don’t leave your garage door open. This gives thieves an open look into your garage. You don’t know how much the items in your garage are worth until they are gone. If you can see that your garage is not secure, take steps to secure it right away before there is a problem. If you’re not sure about the security of your garage door, call a trusted local garage door installation and repair professional and make an appointment for an assessment. Replacing a garage door opener and installing security locks is much less expensive than replacing everything in your garage or home, and your family’s safety is...

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3 Tips To Maintain Your Garage Door Spring

Posted by on 5-05-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Maintain Your Garage Door Spring

Although it might seem like a very simple component, your garage door spring is one of the most important parts of your garage door. Without it, your garage door wouldn’t be able to open or close, and it would hang from its opener in a very awkward and unsafe fashion. Luckily, the garage door spring is one of the easiest parts of your garage door to maintain, so follow these simple maintenance tips. Then, you can keep your garage door spring in excellent condition, which will help your garage door last longer without the need for a costly repair or replacement. 1. Inspect Your Spring Regularly Close your garage door, and stand on the inside so that you can see the components of your garage door assembly. Along with taking a peek at the other components of your garage door, you should take a close look at your spring. Make sure that it is not rusty and that it appears to be fully intact, with no damage. It’s also smart to inspect your garage door from the other side to make sure that it is hanging evenly and that it is opening and closing smoothly; if it isn’t, then it could be due to a problem with your spring. 2. Get Rid of Rust If you do notice small amounts of rust accumulating on your garage door spring, use a piece of fine grain sandpaper to carefully sand it away. This is not a good idea if your garage door spring is heavily corroded, but getting rid of small amounts of rust can help you make your garage door spring last longer without any added damage. 3. Lubricate the Spring All of the moving parts of your garage door should be carefully lubricated on a regular basis, including the spring. You can apply any lubricant that you have in your garage or that you can find at a home improvement store, but make sure to use it sparingly. Otherwise, it could attract dirt and dust, which could cause your garage door to “stick.” If you follow these easy maintenance tips, you should have no problem taking care of one of the most important components of your garage: the spring. If you notice any major problems with your garage door spring, however, it is important to call a garage door repair professional to come out and repair it for you. Then you can help keep your garage door in good, safe, working condition. Contact a company like AAA Garage Door, Inc. for more...

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Three Cool Ways To Decorate Your Garage Door

Posted by on 5-05-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Cool Ways To Decorate Your Garage Door

Are you sick of staring at your ugly garage door with its strips of ancient peeling paint and ugly stains and scuffs? Why not do something about it by decorating it in a fun new way? The following ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways you can transform your garage door. Some of these ideas are DIY, while others will require specialized experience. Garage Door Murals Your boring old garage door can get an instant fashion upgrade with a highly-detailed and colorful garage door mural. There are a variety of companies that offer these items, many of which will paint specific scenes according to your taste. Garage door mural images include scenes as diverse as: Souped-Up Cars Parked in Your Garage Beautiful Women Movie Scenes Favorite Sport Team Logos Talk to your neighbors before getting a mural that might be offensive. For example, while a beautiful woman mural could look great on your garage door, it may not look so cool to neighborhood families with children. If you’re looking into a mural, but would like it on a new garage door, contact a professional garage installment company like Howard’s Overhead Doors Inc. for options and details. Paint With Your Children Painting offers your children a wide range of physical and emotional benefits, such as improving their fine motor skills, boosting their creativity, and helping them express their emotional problems in a constructive manner. Take advantage of these benefits by designing and painting a colorful and imaginative scheme across your garage door. Start by stripping the door of any chipping paint that may be hanging around and paint several coats of a single background color. While you are waiting for the coats to dry, you and your children should draw up your garage door design on a piece of paper. Let your children come up with the idea and add your own cool details to integrate yourself in the process. Now, paint your images across the door, encouraging your children to experiment with cool new design ideas. Decorate with Magnets Magnets are a relatively inexpensive and fun way to decorate your garage door. It’s also another child-friendly decoration method that will integrate your child into your home design process. While you can buy any number of magnets at the most stores, you can also create your own. Designing your own magnets helps you implement your own personalized style. By now, you should have a pretty good idea of how you want to decorate your garage door. When you’re done, take some cool pictures and share them online. Perhaps you’ll influence a friend to decorate their garage door in a whole new...

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Insulate Your Garage Door For Better Comfort Inside Your Home

Posted by on 5-05-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Insulate Your Garage Door For Better Comfort Inside Your Home

Do you have an attached garage? If you want to make your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and quieter all year long, get your garage door insulated. It’s a small detail, but it can actually reduce your energy bills and act as a sound barrier between you and the world outside. Here’s what you should know. Do You Really Need To Insulate The Door? If your garage is attached to your house, the garage door is probably the biggest opening to your house – which means it’s also the single biggest place for heat to seep in on hot days and warmth to leak out on cold days. Either way, you’re paying for the extra energy it costs to keep your garage cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The quickest way to tell for certain if your garage door can use some insulation is to step through the house door that leads into the garage on a particularly cold or hot day. Is there a noticeable shift in temperature between the garage and the rest of your house? If so, you need to insulate your garage door. Understand The Importance Of “R-Values” Before You Choose Your Insulation. The R-value of a material tells you how resistant that particular substance is to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation is going to work when it comes to climate control inside your garage.  Typically, garage door insulations have R-values from 5 to 10. If you live in a temperate climate where the weather doesn’t get particularly hot or cold, you can do fine with a lower R-value. However, if you live anywhere with an intense summer or a brutally cold winter, pick insulation with a higher R-value for your increased comfort. Insulation with higher R-values also control sound better, so if you live on a noisy street, pick insulation with a higher R-value for better ambient noise control inside your home. You Have Several Easy Choices When It Comes To Insulation. There are a lot of types of insulation available, but the 3 easiest ones to apply to the inside of your garage doors are: Foam Board Insulation – Foam board comes in rigid panels that are typically made from polystyrene. They’re easy to cut and usually have an R-value of 3.8 to 5 per inch of thickness (which means that you can increase the R-value simply by layering or buying thicker foam board. Batt Insulation – Batt insulation is the type of blue insulation that you commonly see rolled around pipes. It’s highly flexible and has an R-value of 3.5 to 4 per inch of thickness. As a bonus, it’s also designed to be fire retardant. Reflective Insulation – Reflective insulation is a type of foam board that’s faced with foil. The foil acts as an additional moisture barrier, which can be very useful if you live in a rainy or generally humid climate. It also has a higher R-value, which can be as much as 7.7 per inch of thickness. If you’re reasonably handy, you can tackle the job as a DIY project, or you can hire a garage door company to handle the job for you. Either way, whether you’ve got a new garage door or an old one,...

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