Monthly Archives: February 2011

Garage Door Isn’t Behaving

Troubleshooting garage door problems isn’t anyone’s favorite weekend activity, but it’s a task that pretty much every homeowner has to deal with at one point or another. Probably the most common issue you’re likely to encounter with your garage door is that it doesn’t close correctly. Maybe it stops and starts, or goes all the way down only to bounce back up. Or, it might not close at all, and you have to tug with all your might to get it to close manually. No matter what the scenario, it is more than inconvenient! Fortunately, in the majority of cases, there’s a relatively easy answer to be found, with an associated quick fix.

Problem 1 – Blocked Sensors

If you have an electric garage door and it’s simply not responding to the door opener, either for opening or closing, then check for the simplest problem first: blocked sensors. On the roof of your garage, usually in the middle of the tracks that the garage door runs on, is an electric sensor that receives the waves from your garage door opener, and that also senses potential obstructions in the path of the garage door, in which case it will keep the door from closing to prevent possible harm or injury. That’s a great safety mechanism, but it’s also relatively easily disturbed. Check to make sure that there isn’t any debris or some obstruction that has worked its way in front of the sensor, either keeping it from receiving the door opener waves or making it think that something is in the path of the door. Remove anything that could potentially be blocking the sensor and, while you’re at it, give it a wipe down with a rag to make sure that an accumulation of dust and dirt isn’t the issue.

Problem 2 – Lack of Lubrication

If you find that your garage door is indeed correctly responding to your garage door opener, but is simply refusing to shut properly (maybe it’s descending very slowly, getting stuck or making a terrible noise every time it opens or closes), it may be in adequately lubricated. Especially during cold weather times, or if you live in an older home that hasn’t been receiving the tender loving care that it needs, the joints, gears and mechanisms that operate the garage door can get dry and rusty, causing them to stick, jam, moan and complain. Simply purchase some lubrication specifically formulated for these situations (be careful not to choose a product that could make the problem worse by gumming up the joints; try Genie lubricant, or if in doubt, ask the salesperson at your hardware store) and apply it generously to the affected areas.

Problem 3 – Misalignment

If you’ve unblocked the sensor and lubed up the garage door, but it still isn’t behaving, then you may want to check and see if you have some misalignment problems. If you live in a climate that is subjected to extremes of hot and cold, then it’s more than possible that the metal brackets and tracks that hold the door in place and allow it to open and close have expanded and contracted in accordance with the climate, which can eventually cause misalignment. If these elements get misaligned, you’ll have a hard time getting that door to close. Check and repair as needed, which may involve replacing certain parts.

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Anatomy of a Garage Door

Here’s the inside look of a sectional door:

1. Torsion Spring
Counterbalances door’s weight so that it can be lifted easily. 

2. Track
Guides door up to ceiling and back.

3. Roller
Rides inside track. Steel ones are noisy; nylon is quieter.

4. Hinge
Connects horizontal sections.

5. Section

6. Lock Bar
Engages with track to prevent door from opening.

7. Weatherstripping
Seals door edges against air infiltration.

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Friday Funny: Funny Garage Door Story

At least I think it’s funny. Probably funnier if you were there.

So, this guy’s renting a room from a classmate.  He has a garage door opener that he occasionally has a bit of trouble using – nothing major. He’ll just double click it and the door starts up or down then for some reason stops and he then has to repeat the process.  Sometimes he almost drives thru the garage door thinking it should be open by now.

So last night, he came home at 1:30 AM from work and hit the garage door remote and nothing.  He stopped before plowing into the door and hit the remote again. It rises about 8″ and then begins to go back down.  Weird, he’s sure he didn’t double click, so he hit it again. It stops. He hits it again and it begins to rise just to suddenly stop and begin to go back down.  

Now he’s wondering, “what the heck?”. This thing is definitely not working and he’s going to have to call and wake up his friend to let him in.  He tries it one more time and it begins and continues to open up.  YEAh!

Inside he see’s someone moving – which scares the poop out of him considering its 1:30 in the morning!

Low and behold it’s his friend looking terrified back at him! She had just gotten home from her job and couldn’t figure out why in the world the garage door kept trying to open so she kept hitting the button to close it!

Fun times! What’s your story?

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Garage Door As A Ball Catcher

When home improvements are being made, especially around the outside of the house, many people fail to remember one simple improvement that can perk up the surroundings and make a house look newer.

The door to your garage is the very item that can be repaired or replaced to complete any home project. Through years of coming and going in and out of the garage, the door can sustain much damage. Whether the damage is in the form of dents, scratches, unsightly peeling paint, or broken windows, repair is the answer to such an eyesore.

Every family seems to have a child who just loves to play ball and use the garage door as its catcher. While the door may be a handy alternative to a real person, the damages a hard ball can cause to a garage door are immense. Another common problem homeowner’s encounter with their garage doors is a broken or worn out spring. In the event of a broken spring, opening and closing the door to your garage may be nearly impossible, especially in the case of a broken spring.

A smart solution to garage door abuse is to contact a professional contractor. There are several companies that continue to deliver quality and experienced garage door repair and replacement to their customers. Some of the services they offer are repairs to broken springs, broken cables, tracking problems, repairs, installation, as well as door opener installation and repair.

You will find that all types of doors can be repaired if they aren’t too far gone. If this is the case then replacement is definitely in order. Whether you choose steel, carriage, wood, or composite doors, a modern garage door provider has the right product and repair service for every homeowner.

If you are a homeowner looking to repair or replace a dented and abused garage door, look no further than a garage door specialist in your area.

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Get Qualified Help!

Installing a garage door isn’t a thing that could be carried out without having the qualified help of someone who is specialized and experienced in it. A garage door professional will have sufficient hands on experience to correctly install or repair your garage door.  Improper installation of a garage door could create a hazardous situation.

 Kids or tiny pets or animals could be caught under the closing door or get themselves hurt while closing the door. It must be closed correctly. Give ample time for closing when using a remote control transmitter or push button and look carefully for a complete shutdown. The opener must be given particular attention while using the door. If the door feels heavy and more energy is necessary to open the door than usually, there may be a problem with the balance or proper adjustment of the door. Realizing the issue, a professional technician should be contacted to analyze and fix the issue. Self adjustments or just keeping it heavy may possibly trigger much more hazardous circumstances in the end. A stronger garage opener is not necessarily the answer as maintaining the appropriate adjustment and balance of the door is the proper remedy. 

Garage doors are normally installed with sensitivity sensors. These doors are equipped with this powerful safety measure, as if there’s some barrier or blockage while door operations, it will revert back. This would be to sense any obstruction or presence of somebody. If it doesn’t move in reverse direction upon obstruction, the sensitivity sensors must be either adjusted properly or proper servicing should be scheduled, otherwise this could result in a really dangerous scenario. The safety reverse feature is set up for each and every garage door. 

If a remote control function is set up on the door, then this remote control unit must be kept with extreme care, as putting it in the incorrect place or in wide open access to everybody not only will it result in loss, but it may cause damage at the same time. Kids need to be educated accordingly not to play with remote control unit as inappropriate and inadequate usage or careless handling can cause serious harm not simply in terms of parts and material loss, but it might also open the access to possible burglars. A secured enclosure is advised to hold the remote unit secure and in control. 

There’s a unique function in remote-controlled units. The frequency continues rolling and following each usage, the door remote unit adjusts the frequency, thus this altering frequency cannot be pre recorded by thieves, who sometimes after recoding the frequency might gain access to your garages. This is referred to as Rolling Code Technology. Most remote control transmitters are available with this feature.

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Got Wood?

Some things do come back in style if you wait long enough. Think hip-hugger pants, shag carpeting and, yes, even wood garage doors. The wood garage doors of the 1970s are back in a big way. It’s one of many design trends that have come and gone.

The first revolution in garage door materials happened in the 1980s, when raised panel steel doors replaced wood ones. They continue to dominate the market today, mainly because they’re economical and low-maintenance. But for certain homes — especially custom homes or those with an Old World look — a big expanse of cold steel just won’t do. Frequently the garage door is a major part of the front of a home and people are finding that they can do something more interesting.

For this reason, wood has become the most popular option. But these aren’t the humble wood doors of two decades ago. For example, 1st United Door Technologies offers wood doors in a carriage-house style that has an old-fashioned craftsman look. Made of the finest wood, they offer a much richer appearance and you can expect to pay four times or more what you would for steel doors.

Just as wood is beginning to catch on, the next wave of garage doors is already approaching. If you have a steel garage door, there are ways to ramp up its curb appeal. You can select different patterns or textures and install windows; and there’s always the do-it-yourselfer’s best tool: paint. But if you want your garage door to be a focal point rather than something to disguise, wood may just be worth its price tag.

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Earliest of Garage Door Openers

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Garage Doors Are the “Face” of Your Garage

The automobile—and a place to put it—has become a necessity of modern life, but that wasn’t the case when most historic homes were built. Creating a garage that offers the amenities you want without disrupting the period character of your home can be a tall order. The good news? Today, there are more options than ever to ease the burden.

Since doors are the “face” of your garage, choosing them is one of the most important design decisions you’ll have to make. If your garage is prominently placed in relation to your house, the style of the doors can have a major impact on your curb appeal. Pulling architectural elements from your house and replicating them on garage doors will go a long way toward striking a harmonious balance between garage and house.

The easiest way to blend house and garage is to match up their color schemes. If the design of your garage door isn’t a great fit for the age of your home, a complementary color scheme can at least help it blend in. Conversely, if you have a gorgeous traditional-style door to highlight, creative coloring (for example, painting the bracing elements on a carriage-house door the same color as your home’s trim) can give it a huge boost. Paint isn’t the only option—if your house has a handsome solid-wood entry door, choose a garage door with a similar stain.

If you select all-wood garage doors, you’ll be able to completely customize paint and stain colors to match your house, but cost and maintenance are the trade-offs: Wood doors can be twice as expensive as steel ones, and they need to be repainted or recoated every few years. Steel doors typically come prepainted, but today’s manufacturers tend to have a good basic range of color choices. If you don’t like any of the options, it is possible to custom-paint steel garage doors yourself using acrylic latex exterior paint.

For full integration between the garage and the house, you’ll need to go beyond just color. The next step? Look to your home’s windows and doors. Many traditional-style garage doors on the market today feature a row of top lights, and coordinating those windows to the ones already on your house will create a strong connection. If your windows are classic six-over-six double-hungs, for example, choose a door with multi-paned top lights. Also consider the shape of the windows—if your windows have arched upper sash, replicate that shape in the top lights.

When it comes to copying doors, construction and hardware are the key details. Board-and-batten, raised-panel, and rail-and-stile door profiles are all available in garage-friendly forms; the right stain can make the garage door a carbon copy of the entry door. And don’t forget the hardware—while purely decorative, details like hefty ring pulls or forged strap hinges can confer instant period style.

If all else fails, replicate the kind of door that would have appeared on outbuildings during the period when your house was built. For most historic homes (especially those dating to the 19th century), the go-to template for garage doors is the carriage house. Carriage houses typically featured swing-out wooden doors, often with a diagonal brace on the bottom half. For older or more primitive houses, you might take another step back to stable doors, distinguished by cross-bucks on the bottom.

Overhead folding doors that replicate the appearance of carriage house and stable doors are available for homeowners who want all the modern conveniences wrapped in a period package.

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Save Energy With Garage Door Sealers

Your garage can be susceptible against the constant attack from external elements including water and mud from roads, road salt, and even the auto fluids and oils that could have leaked from your vehicles.

The damages causing will be both physical and energy related costs. As we know, your garage is likely to consume electricity like any other rooms of your home. The lights, garage door openers, ventilation will always consume power. The usage of sealers with various kinds of doors can reduce this power consumption.

These sealers are a perfect addition to your garage door as they can help withstand regular wear and tear that these doors face over a period of time. This means less garage door repair. The best part is that they are durable and are less expensive. The sealers can aid you to reduce the cost by consuming less electricity. Many of the garages are building right next to homes to reduce the heat inside it by saving large amount of energy costs. This problem doesn’t arise if sealers are used.

The sealer in your garage door will ensure the garage will stay cooler even during summer season. The insulations must be good to make sure the gas line never get freeze and oil doesn’t get thicker. This can be followed when good insulation tactics are given. Using sealers is a perfect way going about doing this.

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