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Guide To Preparing Your Garage Door For The Summer

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guide To Preparing Your Garage Door For The Summer

With all of the added summer activity, your garage door is going to get a workout. It is essential for the safety of you and your family to inspect the door, top to bottom. You need to be sure it doesn’t have any worn out parts that might snap when the door is opened. Clean the Door’s Surface Be sure you don’t use a power washer on the door or harsh chemicals because you could damage the surface of the door as well as the seals. Use a mild soap, such as car-washing or dish-washing detergent and water. The interior and exterior should be washed using a soft brush, sponge, or cloth. If you see any signs of rust on a steel door, you could have moisture damage. You will want to sand the rust and apply a primer rich in zinc. Follow up with a high-quality exterior paint. It is also advisable to wax the door every six months for added protection. You can use a high-quality car wax for the job. Lubricate all Moving Parts You can prevent a lot of the rattles and clanks during the summer if you lubricate all of the moving parts of the garage door. You will want to lubricate the screws, chain, hinges, and pulleys. You should avoid WD40 oil for lubrication because if can damage the moving parts. Not only is WD40 a magnet for dust and dirt, it also removes any other garage door lubricant you may be using. Diagnose Door for Loose Parts Check the entire door for any loose nuts or screws. However, if you see one with a red head, use caution because these are under tension. You should have a professional check the red heads. Diagnose the Springs The springs should be kept rust-free to help prevent breakage. The springs have high tension, and some come in a protective tube so you won’t need to worry about them. You can pull the emergency release on the door while it is closed to check the tension on the springs. Raise the door to waist-high to see if it closes. If it does, you need more tension. However, if it flies up on its own, the springs are too tight. Your goal is to keep the door at your waist. It is advisable to contact the professionals for garage door service if you suspect a problem with the springs. These are a few simple tips you should perform to get your summer off to a good start. After all, you don’t want to be in a hurry and have a door land on your...

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3 Creative Garage Door Ideas To Spice Up Your Home’s Exterior

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Creative Garage Door Ideas To Spice Up Your Home’s Exterior

Your garage doors are a part of your home’s overall appearance, and they can either blend in with the rest of your garage or make your property really stand out in positive ways. Here are 3 creative garage door ideas that you can use for new garage door replacement to give the exterior of your home the upgrade it needs. Arch appeal If your home doesn’t have a lot of texture (large windows, enclosed porch, etc), then it can look like a square box with little personality from the outside. You can help remedy this by installing garage doors with an arched or domed top. This curved garage door style helps break up the straight lines of your home while adding a contemporary flair to your garage. To really make the arch in your garage doors stand out, paint your doors a very contrasting hue to the rest of your garage and home, such as deep red, rich brown, or even black. Streamline appeal If your home has a contemporary look with straight, architectural lines and you want garage doors to match, opt for glass garage doors with horizontal panels in them. The clean cut of the doors mixed with the glass material helps to give your garage doors a modern appeal that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you want to jazz up your doors, opt for framing in bright hues, such as green, black, or white. Vintage appeal  Homes that have a cottage or Victorian appeal may seem out of place with a modern garage door installed in them. You can remedy this by installing old-fashioned carriage doors for your garage door replacement project instead of traditional doors. While these open like traditional doors do rather than raising up like a garage door, you can have equipment installed to allow the doors to open automatically for your convenience. Opt for an arched style in your doors to give them an elegant look, or a classic rectangular design for a traditional appeal. If you are replacing your home’s garage doors and you want to think outside the box, look at the exterior of your home for inspiration. Your home’s basic or even extreme appearance can appear more fluid with the right garage doors complementing your style. If you are having trouble choosing a style of garage door based on your budget or home’s design, a garage door installation expert or a home decorator can help you make the right decision for your needs. Contact a company like A AAA Allstate Door Company for more...

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Garage Door Not Closing? Its Photo Eye May Be To Blame

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Not Closing? Its Photo Eye May Be To Blame

To help prevent damage of property and injuries, manufacturers usually fit garage doors with photo eyes. This is a safety feature that works by using a beam, which when interrupted, breaks the garage door circuit, something that keeps the garage door from closing. However, this safety feature can become a nuisance  especially if there is a problem with the photo eye. In such cases, it will keep the door from closing even when there is nothing in the way. Here are tips that will come in handy in helping you deal with a garage door photo eye problem. A dirty eye Dirt on one of the garage door photo eye sensors could cause your garage door not to open. This is because dirt usually interferes with the transmission and reception of the emitted beam. It will therefore give a something-is-in-the-way illusion and hence may cause the breaking of the garage door’s circuit. If this is the case, cleaning the sensors will be enough to fix your garage door problem. To do so, all you will need is a damp cloth. Use it to remove any traces of cobwebs and dirt on the sensors. When doing so, take care not to scratch the sensor glass because any scratches can also interfere with the transmission of the beam, something that may complicate your garage door problems. Alignment problem If cleaning the garage door sensors doesn’t work, then you are possibly dealing with an alignment problem. This is because improperly aligned photo eye sensors can cause the garage door to be on a circuit-break-mode since the beam of light emitted on one end won’t reach the other end – same effect as when there is something obstructing the garage door. To get your door working again, loosen the bolts and screws of the pivot bracket supporting one of the sensors. This should make it possible for you to move the bracket around. Try adjusting it slightly – up-down and in-out movements will do – until the sensors’ lights come back on. If they do, secure the pivot bracket in place by tightening its bolts and screws. That should be enough to get your garage door working again. However, if this still doesn’t solve your problem, then your garage door photo eyes may be having a wiring problem. Cut photo eye wires may be causing the system to malfunction. There is also the possibility that your garage door sensors might have been installed at different heights, a problem that simple pivot bracket adjustments cannot solve. In such cases, contacting a garage door installation company is...

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Call Your Garage Door Contractor If You Notice These Three Issues

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Call Your Garage Door Contractor If You Notice These Three Issues

Your garage door often doesn’t require much in the way of regular maintenance, but when it suffers a problem of any type, it’s best to involve a professional to get the door working properly again. Garage door contractors are acutely aware of the safety risks of working with a door and know how to get the job done correctly without complicating it or leading to an injury. The average person doesn’t have these skills and, as a result, could become gravely injured simply by approaching the repair job in the wrong way. Here are three garage door issues that you might experience and why they call for the help of a contractor. Broken Door Spring The heavy spring located above the inside of the door is responsible for helping you open and close the door with ease, given the door’s heavy weight. When it breaks, you’ll no longer be able to use the door. The concern with this spring is the high degree of tension that it’s under. Removing a broken spring can be dangerous in case some tension remains, but mounting the replacement spring in place requires setting the tension — which can be extremely hazardous to someone who doesn’t know what he or she is doing. Upon seeing that your spring is broken or actually hearing it break, stay away from the door until your contractor can fix the issue. Rollers Off Their Tracks It’s possible for some of the garage door rollers to slide off their tracks. This can be a significant problem because there’s a risk that the door could collapse to the floor. Given that garage doors often weigh between 100 and 200 pounds, you’d be likely to suffer a serious injury if the door fell onto you. Your garage door repair contractor will use specific tools to secure the door while he or she lifts it back onto the tracks. The contractor can then assess the reason for the problem and fix it — it could simply be a matter of tightening loose hardware. Fraying Door Cables Through repeated use, the cables that help raise and lower your garage door can become worn to the point of fraying. When you spot this problem, it’s best to avoid using the door until your contractor can arrive. Frayed cables can still help hold the door, but if a cable snaps, the repair job instantly becomes more complicated. Your repair person will be able to carefully replace the cables so that they’re no longer a problem. If you notice any of these issues or have further questions, contact a local garage repair company like Garage Doors Of Naples...

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How To Tell When A Garage Door Should Be Replaced

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Tell When A Garage Door Should Be Replaced

Are you debating on whether you should replace your malfunctioning garage door or invest in multiple repairs? Although damaged garage door parts can usually be replaced, it might be time for you to get rid of the door altogether. Below, learn a few helpful things that can help you decide if it is time to get a new garage door or not. The Garage Door Moves in an Erratic Manner If your garage door sometimes open and close in a smooth manner, but suddenly begins to jerk at other times, you might have a serious problem. For instance, the torsion springs might be damaged and causing the door to function in such an erratic manner. Damaged torsion springs are a serious problem because they can snap loose when you least expect it to happen, which might result in a bad injury if anyone is standing near them when it happens. Basically, the torsion springs keep the garage door moving smoothly and supports the weight of it. The torsion springs can be replaced, but it might be a good idea to get a new door if there are other serious problems as well. Loud Noises Come from the Garage Door You might need a new garage door if it begins making loud noises due to the door having dents. The dents are likely preventing smooth movement of the door up and down the tracks. It is also possible that the tracks are damaged along with the door having dents. Garage door tracks can be replaced, but it won’t fix the noise problem if the dented garage door is not replaced as well. The need to replace a dented garage door depends on the severity of the problem, such as how large the dents are and where they are located. Getting a New Garage Door Installed There are many options for you when it comes to replacing your garage door. You should be able to find a door that is within a reasonable budget, depending on what you want. For instance, you can get a brand new garage door that is made out of a soft wood or aluminum for as little as $400 and up. A sturdier door that is made of steel is estimated at $750 and up. The size of door that you need will also play a role in the overall price. Get your new garage door installed as soon as you are able to! Click here for more information on garage door...

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Three Things To Know About Insulating Your Garage Door

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things To Know About Insulating Your Garage Door

Just as home that’s properly insulated can prevent the interior heat from escaping, insulating your garage door can help you increase the energy efficiency of your home. While some high-end garage doors offer a significant degree of insulation, it’s possible to have a standard door insulated. This project consists of strapping large, plastic-covered sheets of insulation to the inside of the door. Although your door will become bulkier, the insulation won’t impact its movement and — provided the insulation is properly wrapped — won’t release insulation fibers into the garage. Here are three things to know if you’re considering garage door insulation.  It’s Beneficial Throughout The Year While many people think of insulated garage doors as simply being worthwhile during the winter months, the reality is that adding insulation to the door will benefit your home throughout the entire year. During the winter, the insulation will prevent the cold outside air from entering your garage and, in turn, finding its way into your home. Then, in the summer, the insulation will help prevent the hot air from flowing into the garage. Regardless of the season, the insulation will keep the undesired air outside your garage, which will prevent it from entering your home every time you open the door to the garage. It Cuts Down On Noise Whether you spend time working in your garage or your living room is nearby, you might notice excessive noise coming from passing motorists on the street or even kids playing in a nearby yard. An insulated garage door is an effective way to block this noise. The layers of insulation form a noise-resistant barrier that provides an effective solution for helping your home stay quieter. This is especially desirable if you live on a street with a significant amount of traffic. You Can Do The Work Yourself While it’s always ideal to hire a garage door service to install the insulation for you, you can also consider doing the work yourself if you’re comfortable with basic projects around the home. Many home improvement stores sell insulation kits that include the plastic-wrapped insulation, the retaining straps and even the hardware to mount everything in place. All you have to do is cut the insulation to the correct size, stretch the retaining straps into place horizontally across the door and use screws and a screwdriver to hold the straps in place. Some duct tape will help to secure any loose edges and, provided you match the tape’s color to the color of the plastic wrap, the job will be neat and...

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When Garage Door Openers and Remotes Fail: How to Decipher What the Problem Is

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Garage Door Openers and Remotes Fail: How to Decipher What the Problem Is

The more complex garage door remotes are, the more problems they tend to have when they fail. If your garage door remote suddenly stops working, it may not be your garage door opener that needs repair. Here is how you can figure out if the problem is your garage door opener or the remote. Deciphering Problems with Your Opener Something as simple as a plug that is not plugged in all the way can be the problem when your opener does not work. Surprisingly, if your garage door opener has an attached light, the light may still go on and off even if the opener itself does not seem to be functioning. To test the opener, do the following: Check the plug for the opener. Pull the plug all the way out, plug it back in, and test the opener. If it still doesn’t work, plug the opener into a different outlet using an extension cord. If it works in any other outlet, the problem is with your connection and not with the opener. If the opener still does not work when you plug it into several other outlets, there is a power issue inside the opener (or there is a problem with the remote). Using the manual opening switch inside your garage can help you determine if the problem is with the opener itself or with the remote control. When the manual switch does not work with the opener plugged into other outlets, then the problem is definitely with the opener itself. Testing the Remote Control When you use the remote control, the remote is operating on a radio frequency that signals your brand and model of door opener. This is why it is not uncommon for neighbors to find that their garage doors are open or closed when they do not remember leaving the doors that way. Other neighbors with the same garage door opener and remotes can open and close your doors. Likewise, the openers can get jammed up by other makes and models of garage door openers because the radio frequencies are interfering. If your neighbors have recently installed a garage door opener and then your opener suddenly doesn’t work, you may want to check this out with them. Otherwise, there are less complicated ways to test the efficacy and functionality of your garage door opener remote: Stand closer to the door opener. Sometimes these remotes are constructed to only send signals a short distance. Change the batteries in the remote if you have a) never changed them, or b) cannot recall when you changed them last. Get a duplicate remote and check to see if the new duplicate remote works. (The electrical circuitry in the original remote may be shot.) If none of the above seem to be the problem, then call in a professional from a company like Zook Garage Door...

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Garage Door Maintenance Doesn’t Have To Get You Down

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Maintenance Doesn’t Have To Get You Down

Few things are more frightening than a garage door that suddenly doesn’t work the way that it always has. The best way to avoid this problem is to check your garage door and opener for problems at least once a month. That way you can tell you have a problem long before it’s something that irreparably damages your garage door. Check the Tracks and Springs Homeowners often overlook the tracks and springs of the garage door, even though they’re right there in full view. That tends to happen with things that you look at all the time. Make it a special point to really look at the tracks to see if there is debris built up in them. If there is, that debris can very easily derail the door when it’s opening or closing, which is a costly problem. Brush out any debris and check to see if the tracks are off kilter or wobbly at all. For the springs, make sure they’re attached at each end and watch them when you raise and lower the door to see that they’re functioning properly. Check the Lubrication All of the moving parts in your garage door need lubrication to keep working the way that they should. Engine oil is the right lubricant for the job. You need a drop or two on each of the rollers, which helps to lubricate the bearings as the door moves. Add a drop or two of oil to the hinges and springs as well, so that they continue to move freely. Check the Balance The balance on your garage door is extremely important. It’s one of the things that your installer tested once he was finished installing the door, and it’s something that you should check periodically. Unhook the door from your automatic garage door opener for this test. Close the door completely and then open it until it’s only about three feet from the garage floor. Let the door go. The door should stay balanced right in the position in which you left it. If the door continues rising or closes itself, then it is not balanced properly and needs repair. Check the Sensitivity Setting of the Opener An important safety feature of your door’s opener is that when it encounters resistance while closing the door, the opener immediately reopens the door. To test this, put a brick or spare piece of lumber in the spot where the door usually touches the garage floor. Close the door. The opener should reverse the door as soon as the door touches the object on the floor. If it doesn’t, then you need to contact a technician who can correct the problem for you. Whether you need help with maintenance or you need a new garage door, contact an expert today who can figure out exactly what you need. For professional garage door services, contact a company such as Jayton Door...

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Single, Double-Wide And Triple Wide Garage Doors: What Do You Need?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Single, Double-Wide And Triple Wide Garage Doors: What Do You Need?

If you are looking to remodel or rebuild your garage, chances are that you are trying to decide what kind of garage door you want and/or need. Middle class families with two wage-earners in the house often have two cars, but will your garage house them both? What if you have extra recreational vehicles that you want to store in your garage? Well, that is when you begin to look at the width of garage doors to see what you need and how you plan to build your garage around them. Single Doors If you go with single wide doors, you will need at least two if you plan to park both of your cars in the garage. You could also create a double garage, two separate garage stalls in one building. Collectors of antique or rare cars often choose to build a garage this way so that they do not have to find off-site self-storage space for their collectible vehicles. If you also plan on storing a boat, snowmobile, jet skis or other recreational vehicles, then you may want to put three stalls and/or three single doors in your garage. Double-Wide Doors Most homeowners prefer a double-wide garage door. It makes it easier to store two cars in the same space because they don’t need two separate garage door openers and a double-wide garage has a little extra room all around for the storage of bicycles and lawn equipment or tools. The only drawback is that you will not have any room for any recreational vehicles unless you do not plan to store them in a garage or you plan to park a car outside all year long. Triple-Wide Doors These massive garage doors really do exist, but you will need a commercial garage door opener or two garage door openers working together to open this type of door. Additionally, your garage will have to be a custom construction job, one which some contractors may charge extra to build. Still, it does allow you more than enough room to store two cars and a boat or whatever other vehicles you have for fun. If you want to get a really good idea of how wide these doors are, measure a mid-sized sedan from front to back and double that length. Then you will know if this type of garage door is too much for your needs or just right. For more information, check out companies like America’s Garage Doors...

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3 Ways To Give Your Home A Fresh New Look

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Give Your Home A Fresh New Look

Perhaps you don’t feel very excited about your home’s appearance anymore.  If so, here are 3 ways to give your home a fresh new look that you might want to consider.  1. Spruce Up Your Kitchen  Replacing your kitchen cabinets with new ones is an excellent way to help spruce up your kitchen. Depending on what type of cabinets you get, it can completely transform the look of your entire kitchen. If you are already content with the cabinets that you have, you might want to think about possibly replacing your kitchen countertops as this can also give your kitchen a whole new look.  If it’s not currently in your budget to get new kitchen cabinets or countertops, you can always go ahead and repaint the walls in your kitchen. This is also a fantastic way to transform your kitchen and it’s very affordable as well. If your kitchen happens to be on the small side and you would like to make it appear larger, make sure to use either light or bright colors such as sage green or violet. It’s also very important to use good quality paint. Cheap paint tends to have a dull, chalky look to it which will make your kitchen appear smaller.  2. Get A New Garage Door Having a new garage door installed is an excellent way to give your house a brand new look. With so many different garage doors available to choose from, you are sure to find one that both you and your entire family will love. You may want to think about possibly getting an automatic garage door opener installed if you don’t already have one. This makes getting in and out of your garage when you’re leaving your home to go places much faster and easier. Contact a company like Kaufman Overhead Door to learn more about garage door sales. 3. Hire A Landscaper  If you are like most people, you probably enjoy having your yard look as nice as possible. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find the time to be able to work on your yard and keep it looking its very best. That is why you may want to consider hiring a landscaper. Due to the fact that they are experts at lawn care and landscaping, they can make your yard look as good as new in nearly no time at all.  There’s no doubt that being able to take pride in your home is a wonderful feeling. Hopefully these tips will help to ensure that you have a home that you and your family love for many more years to...

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