Monthly Archives: April 2010

Garage Door Opener Not Working?

When your garage door opener suddenly stops operating properly, the explanation and solution are usually pretty easy to deal with.

Here are the most common problems, along with the most likely repairs for each.

For adjustments and repairs that aren’t self-evident, check the owner’s manual or contact a professional.

Garage door opener does not operate with either the remote or the wall switch.

The power source has probably been disrupted. Make sure the motor unit is plugged in. Check the circuit breaker, fuse or GFCI.

Garage door won’t close all the way.

The close limit switch needs adjusting. If not, see if the door is binding when raised and lowered manually.

Garage door reverses immediately after hitting floor.

The close limit switch probably needs adjusting.

Garage door reverses before hitting floor.

The close force probably needs adjusting.

Garage door does not open completely.

The limit switch may need to be moved toward motor unit.

The garage door opens, but the motor won’t stop running.

The limit switch probably needs to be moved away from the motor unit.

The garage door won’t open or close with remote control.

There are several possible solutions: (1) Move closer to the door (you might be out of range); (2) Make sure that the antenna on the motor unit is hanging down; (3) If the door functions fine with the wall switch, replace the battery in the remote; (4) Reprogram the remote.

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Garage Door Tips for Renovators

If you are renovating your home, it is quite likely that at some point you’ll decide to improve on the garage doors.

Those doors do, after all, make up a large share of the visible section of your house, and naturally you want them looking their best. Maybe you’re adding an entire garage to your home, or completely rebuilding one. Maybe you have a garage, but the garage door is totally decrepit and in need of a replacement from scratch. Maybe you have a perfectly serviceable door, but you’d like to investigate improving it.

If you fit any of those descriptions, you’ll find a few tips on how to fix up your garage door.

Replacement or Upgrade

Suppose you’ve moved into a house with a working manual garage door, and you’d rather have an automatic door

. You have two options: live with the existing doors or adapt the existing garage doors by adding an automatic opener. Maybe even a third option. A new garage door and opener!

Adding an external motor to open and close your existing garage doors is unlikely to get you the smooth performance of a newly installed garage door. You will have something that is perfectly acceptable for normal use. It will also be less expensive than starting from scratch. Finally, it will be in keeping with the style of the rest of your home, assuming that the previous occupants had at least a little consideration for the appearance of the building.

New Garage Doors for an Old Garage

What about a second scenario? Your home has a garage, but the garage door is useless. It’s not uncommon to move into a house where the garage has been used as a storeroom, and find that the garage door hasn’t been opened for years. In such a situation the garage doors’ mechanism is likely to be rusted and the garage door is unusable.

Fortunately, it isn’t hard to replace a garage door on an existing garage. Garage door installation professional will often offer to dispose of your old garage door, and offer you a selection of new doors to choose from. You also don’t need to worry much about non-standard sizes and shapes of garage. It is now possible to obtain doors for any shape of garage – this may involve custom garage doors, but if you are guided by a professional, you will not find that to be much of an inconvenience.

Don’t Settle for Your Neighbors Garage Door

If you’ve got a house that you want to renovate, it’s quite likely that you have some strong ideas about how you’d like to make it look. Don’t let your garage doors get in the way of that. In other words, don’t settle for doors which look as though they are just the ‘standard model’. Be adventurous, and dare to demand something that compliments the look you are planning for your home. Many different designs are available today and made in almost any design you can imagine with a variety of materials including steel and wood, the two most common materials.

So dream a little before you invest in your garage door.

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Many homeowners like the look of wood garage doors but are apprehensive about the extra cost involved with the material.

There are many positive aspects of utilizing this beautiful and natural material for your garage door.

Types of Wood

Most wood garage door manufacturers  recommend opting for a sturdy hardwood material for your doors. This will help your entry to stand the test of time and last for years to come. Popular natural materials include pine, mahogany and most popular, cedar.

Architectural Feature

The benefits of wood doors include the fact that they are highly customizable and unmatchable in their natural and rich appearance. Many high-end architecture firms select these types of materials for the homes they build.

Wood can be shaped and carved, glass features can be added, and the entire piece can be custom-made for your home from start to finish. This allows your home to have a unique feature that will surely boost the value of the property.

Tips for Maintaining a Natural Garage Entry

To keep up the healthy appearance of your natural entry, be sure that there is adequate water drainage outside and inside the entrance. This helps to prevent standing water from collecting at the base and causing the natural material to rot. Another great way to prevent weathering and damage from the elements is to apply a coat of sealant at least once a year. This will protect the entry from wind, rain, snow, and extreme temperatures.

A good, experienced installer will make sure to compensate for the expansion and compression of the natural material when they perform the initial installation. Every two years you may wish to repaint or re-stain the exterior to keep the material looking fresh and new and preserve its natural beauty.

As with any car entry, you will need to keep an eye on the tracks and hinges that operate the door, keeping all moving parts well lubricated and all nuts and bolts tightened. Springs and all metal parts should be free of rust for smooth operation.

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happy easter…

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The American Home: Garage Doors

In the last few years, garage doors have experienced a major transformation in their role on the American home. Today’s garage doors do a lot more than go up and down.

They deliver style. They can help sell your home in a difficult market. They can save energy and protect your house from powerful winds. They don’t need to be affected by power outages anymore. They can even tell you when you’ve forgotten to close them.

Does your garage door do any of that? If your door is 10 years old or older, it probably doesn’t. Want a reason to replace your garage door?

Here are 10 little-known facts about today’s new garage doors.

1. Add a unique style to your home’s appearance.

Does every home on your street have the same garage door? A new carriage house garage door can differentiate your home and greatly increase its curb appeal. Today’s trendy looks range from hundreds of different styles of carriage house doors, contemporary doors and even raised panel doors in unique finishes and colors.

2. Help sell your home.

Replacing your garage door could increase your home’s asking price anywhere from one to four percent, according to a 2006 nationwide study of real estate agents by Stratamark Research. In a tough housing market, you can differentiate your home by upgrading the one item that can comprise up to a third of your home’s front facade

3. Save energy.

Today’s garage doors offer insulation options that can save energy in both winter and summer. The federal government agrees. In 2006 and 2007, the IRS granted a tax credit to homeowners who replaced their garage door with a qualified insulated door.

4. Protect your home from powerful winds.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and strong wind storms can reduce your home to rubble. Wind experts now recognize the critical role played by the garage door in protecting your home from high winds. Code-approved, wind-resistant garage doors are now widely available. In many wind-prone areas, these doors are not just helpful; they’re mandated by the building code.

5. Withstand power outages.

The garage door is now used more than the front entry door, according to the 2007 Perfect Home Survey. Since most doors are now automated, how will you get in your home during a power outage? Thanks to garage door opener battery backup systems, your door can keep operating even when power is gone.

6. Tell you when you’ve left it open.

An open garage, especially at night, is an invitation to thieves and vandals. Today’s garage door openers offer in-house monitors that alert you when you’ve left your door open – a security tool that provides peace-of-mind.

7. Operate at the touch of a fingertip.

Exterior keypads are rapidly growing in popularity. The latest keypad models offer fingerprint-recognition technology that eliminates the need to remember codes and offers fast and easy secure access.

8. Replace your front door.

A recent nationwide survey of consumers reveals that 71 percent of homeowners use their garage door to enter and exit their home every day. In today’s fast-paced society, the garage door is the new front door for the American home. The garage door is more convenient, and it commands more attention than the front entry door.

9. Reflect your personal style.

Are you into a sleek modern look or the quaint charm of yesteryear? Today’s garage door manufacturers are producing hundreds of distinct varieties that were not available 10 years ago. Why settle for a door that looks like every other door on your street?

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