Garage Doors for Every Taste

October 31, 2012

Garage Doors are Just like your Car

You know when your car is due for a tune up and oil change, but what about your garage door? Just like your car, garage doors need tune ups and inspections, and for many of the same reasons.
You've heard the phrase "Pay me now or pay me later" when it comes to car repairs... the same can be true about your garage door.

You probably don't think much about your garage door until it won't open. Garage doors can weigh hundreds of pounds and are used almost daily, meaning parts eventually wear out. A routine inspection can help keep it running smoothly, and more importantly, safely.

Typically a tun up and inspection costs around $100 and may well save hundreds more by catching those small problems before they become big ones.

If you have children and/or pets, you especially need to make time for regular maintenance. A garage door inspections should be done regularly. It will include things like checking the springs, lubricating the door and also checking the little sensors that send the door back up if something is in the way. This is really important if you have children or pets.

What about Do-It-Yourself  Maintenance?  There are some things you can do to keep your garage door operating smoothly on your own between inspections. Try lubricating the tracks with a small amount a silicone spray (never WD40). If you live in a very cold climate - adding a lubricant like petroleum jelly to the bottom of the rubber door seal can help keep it from sticking to the ground when the temperatures drop below freezing.  Caution: avoid contact with springs and cables and never take bolts out or hardware off your door. Because of the high tension involved with garage doors, serious injuries can occur if handled improperly. When in doubt, call out a qualified professional.

Don't forget: A well-running and good-looking garage door also adds curb appeal and the value of your home.

Time for your garage door tune-up???

October 26, 2012

Selecting a New Garage Door Opener

Today's garage door openers are not inexpensive. Many cost upwards of $400 and have some fairly sophisticated electronics included. So, a garage door opener is not a product you want to buy without doing some research.

There is great variety in openers and there are a few important details you will want to pay attention to before purchasing and having one installed. Most openers will work with any variety of doors, but it is still important to do your research. While you may not want to look into various models, remember that whatever choice you make you will have to live with for years. It is better to not be saddled with a product you are not happy with. Here are three tips to look at when purchasing a new door opener.

Chain vs. Plastic vs. Belt

Different garage doors can operate with may different openers. As with anything installed in your home, the choice is yours regardless of the type of door you have. Just a few things to look at here. A chain drive opener can be incredibly noisy because it includes a metal chain that is pulled along a metal track. Most new models have plastic tracks, which decrease the noise quite a bit. The ultimate in quiet is the belt drive. With a belt drive, a large rubber belt replaces the old chain making it quite and smooth. Vibrations are dampened by the rubber belt too.

Learn about the motors

Motors are really important on a garage door opener. They guide your door up and down and you want them to last a long time. In general, DC (Direct Current) motors are more cost effective because they use less electricity. DC motors also allow for more speed control than AC motors. 
Put Safety First
Modern garage door technology includes electronic sensors. These will stop and reverse your garage door opener if an object is sensed below the door. This makes it less likely a pet, child or car will become trapped under the door. Garage doors can weigh quite a bit and can cause damage and/or injury if they fall. Please note that these sensors are a required safety feature on new garage doors.
Please remember, the Pros at Precision Door are here to help you in any questions.

October 18, 2012

Why Precision Created the "Garage Door Overhaul"

Why did Precision Created the "Garage Door Overhaul?  

Garage Door is now our front door! Most of us have garage doors and they are the largest and most used openings in your home and they need to function properly for your safety and security. But, we usually don’t think about them much until they stop working. Often this begins a series of visits from garage door repairmen fixing each breakdown as it occurs.

At Precision Door Service we asked: Why not completely fix that broken door right the first time and do it in such a way that means you will have fewer problems, fewer return visits, lower costs and will never have to worry about it again?

The Precision Door Service “Complete Garage Door Hardware Overhaul”.

This unique service is designed to make your garage door system worry free.
We will replace ALL the key working parts of the garage door with long lasting, commercial grade parts and provide you (the Homeowner) with a Transferable Lifetime warranty on both the parts AND the labor. It protects your door against breakage due to natural wear and tear, improper installation and any manufacturer defects.

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