Common Problems with Garage Doors

Common Problems with Garage Doors

Determine If It’s Time to Call for Garage Door Repair We all rely on our garage doors to close securely and open smoothly every time we use them. However, it’s not uncommon for these doors to malfunction. Unfortunately, when they do, they cause a lot of stress and frustration. A garage door that sticks close can stop you from taking your car out in the morning and going to work. A door that closes unexpectedly can damage your vehicle or cause injury. The list can go on and on. Luckily, there are also plenty of ways to prevent such situations from happening in the first place. One of them is to look for signs of troubles and fix them as soon as they appear. The Door Sticks Open or Close If your garage door is automatic, check the switches, sensors, and batteries of your remote control. These are some of the most common things that can cause your door to stick open or close. Uneven door panels and obstructions in the wheel track can also cause a door to stop working. All springs and cables must be inspected as well. Loud Noise When Operating Loud squealing, grinding, and screeching noises coming for your garage door can signal the lack of lubrication or the presence of dirt and debris on the tracks. These are problems you can easily fix yourself. All you have to do is clean the tracks and then apply oil or grease to increase lubrication. The Door Falls Too Quickly When Coming Down A falling garage door can cause severe injury to people who are using it....
Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

How to Avoid Frequent and Expensive Garage Door Repairs Garage doors are one of the things in our homes that we often take for granted. Since maintenance is not on the average homeowner’s “to do” list, chances are that your garage door hasn’t been passed through a maintenance process in years. Continuing to ignore your garage door needs will eventually lead to expensive garage door repairs, not to mention a lot of stress and frustration from your side. However, it’s never too late to pick up the phone and call a professional garage door maintenance service provider, or better yet, put on a pair of gloves and do some maintenance on your own. Give all latches, hinges, tracks, and rollers a good squirt with a penetrating solvent such as WD-40 or a citrus-based solvent. Lubricate the bearings on torsion-spring openers or the pulleys on extension-spring opening mechanisms. You can also wipe a little oil on the torsion spring in order to protect it from corrosion. This is also a good time for inspecting the condition of the springs. If extensive signs of rust are visible, then you must definitely have them replaced. WARNING! Under no circumstances you are allowed to replace torsion springs on your own. The process is highly dangerous and can cause severe injury, even death. Wipe down all the parts that you’ve sprayed with the solvent and then apply a light oil such as a 3-in-1 lubricant. The oil will protect the parts from corrosion and make all the mechanism work smoother. If any of the hinges or rollers seem stuck, consider applying some kerosene into...
Choosing the Right up-and-over Garage Door for Your Needs

Choosing the Right up-and-over Garage Door for Your Needs

Information about Different Types of up-and-over Doors a Garage Door Supplier Has to Offer Most garage doors are composed of the door itself, an opener, and an assembly of joints, track, springs, hinges, and cables. There are many factors to consider when looking to purchase a garage door system. From purchasing the right type of opener and installing the needed features, to choosing the perfect material, one may have to invest a bit of time and effort when buying a door. Today, we will focus on choosing the right type of garage door operating mechanism. Here’s what a garage door supplier may have to offer. Canopy Up-and-Over Like the name states, this type of garage door forms a canopy when open. The most popular size is eight feet wide, but you can very well order a custom sized one. Canopy garage doors offer durability, longevity, ease of installation, and reliability. They are a great choice for homeowners who are looking for a durable and affordable garage door. Just keep in mind that, if you order a custom size canopy garage door, you have to make sure your garage door supplier gives you the additional framing necessary for doors bigger than eight feet wide. Retractable Up-and-Over This is one of the most common types of garage door mechanisms. The reason for their popularity is the fact that they are very easy to adapt to almost any type of opener. Furthermore, they are well known for their reliability. Since there are no cables involved, the system requires little to no maintenance at all. The smart engineering behind the retractable garage door...