Garage Doors for Every Taste

July 19, 2013

Simple Steps that will Save Money On Garage Door Repairs

Garage doors and automatic openers are something most people don’t think about until they stop working. Keeping your car or other equipment in the garage helps to prevent theft while keeping your items in a clean and convenient location. However, when your garage door won’t open and you don’t have time to call a repair man to come and look at your garage door, here are a few steps to take when you need to leave and your car is stuck in the garage.

Most garage doors use spring tension (torsion springs) to operate. This means that there are springs attached to the metal frame of the garage door that expand when the door is opening, and compress when the door is closing. These systems are fairly simple to repair when the problem is minor, however if these few steps aren’t effective you will need the assistance of a garage door professional. The first thing to look at when your garage door isn’t working properly is to examine the metal tracks the door slides on. Sometimes, these tracks become loose and need to be tightened in order to work. Look for any areas where the frame may be loose and tighten the bolts where the door is hinged together. If tightening the frame doesn’t solve your problem, then proceed to step two.


Many garage door problems are related to the tracks. When these tracks are loose or off center, they can cause problems opening or closing the door. Once you have checked the tracks for any loose bolts, make sure the tracks are properly aligned. The tracks lining both sides of the wall should begin and end at basically the same spot. If the tracks are not aligned correctly, repair them by tapping the tracks carefully back into their original positions. Most garage doors have several hinges, screws, and bolts that can also become loose- make sure they are all tightened as well.

Garage door openers rely heavily on the tracks and springs for proper use. If no part of the tracks are loose or unaligned then there might be buildup of dirt or grease within the tracks. Sometimes dirt and grease can form deposits on garage doors that cause the rollers to get stuck and prevent the door from opening or closing properly.  Using a general household cleaner, clean the rollers thoroughly and then cleanse the tracks, focusing on any areas that look like dirt or grease has built up on. (Note on Grease: Do NOT use WD40! It acts like a dirt magnet and can drip onto your car - ruining the paint job!).

If you were unable to fix your garage door by tightening, cleaning, or aligning the frame, you may need to hire the services of a garage door specialist in your area.

July 12, 2013

Home Break-Ins Rise in the Summer - One Way to Avoid Them

Yes, unfortunately it happens every summer - good folks take off for a much needed vacation. Only to return to an unwanted mess, missing items or worse. All across the country there are increased reports of burglars using garage doors to enter homes. Some are simply left standing open... many more are not locked!!

Want to avoid a possible break in? Close and Lock your garage door - especially when going on vacation!
It only takes a minute, but will save you time and money in the long run.

Now.... go enjoy the beach!

July 1, 2013

Is there a Monster in your Garage?

Do you hear horrible sounds coming from your garage every time someone uses the garage door? Does your garage door wake you up when used? Or do you worry that the sound is annoying your neighbors whenever you push the remote button?

Whatever is causing your garage door to sound like a monster, it’s best to figure out the cause and put a stop to it before you end up the least popular house on the block – or before something goes wrong and someone gets hurt.

What’s making all that noise?

No garage door or opener runs absolutely silently, but there is a difference between normal function and a monster. As with any machine with gears and moving parts, there are a number of things that can be causing a particular type of noise or malfunction. Depending on the model and how it’s installed, even some brand-new garage doors and garage door openers can make a surprising amount of noise.

One of the most common causes of garage door noise is friction. As garage door opener mechanisms age, their parts can lose their lubrication and noisily grind against each other. Bolts and screws can loosen, and parts may wear out and need replacement. Any of these normal elements of wear and tear will cause your garage door opener to get a little louder. Same with the hinges and rollers on the garage door itself. While this doesn’t necessarily signal a particular problem, it can be annoying and inconvenience. But some causes of garage door noise, especially in older models or those that have sustained damage, will need attention quickly before they become a safety concern.

Can I fix it myself?

In many cases you can simply apply a lubricant to the moving parts. Lubricants specially made for garage door openers are available, but any good silicone based lubricant will work. (Note: Please don’t use WD-40! While it will help silence the monster – it tends to attract additional dirt and can drip on your car). Then, double check that all the nuts and bolts are secure and tighten any in need.

When should I call a professional?

You should contact a professional garage door company if you’re in doubt about proceeding, or if the parts to your garage door or opener need replacement. If your garage door opener is older than 1993 and is starting to act up, it’s best to have it replaced. Modern garage door openers run quieter, and are built to higher standards than those constructed before that time.

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