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4 Reasons to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door Before Christmas

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door Before Christmas

An outdated garage door in need of repair or replacement can cause a number of problems. Your electric-powered door might freeze in place and need to be pulled open or shut by hand, or you may notice squeaking, creaking, or grinding sounds coming from the door or its motor. When your garage door fails to close completely, cold air may drift in through the cracks, resulting in a higher-than-usual electric bill for your family. However, with the hectic holiday season rapidly approaching, you may be hesitant to schedule garage door maintenance for any of these issues. Here are four excellent reasons to go ahead and contact a garage door specialist before Christmas arrives.  You Want to Sneak in Presents Sometimes Santa needs a little help from you or your significant other. After a late night of shopping, it can be difficult to sneak the presents inside if your garage door rumbles and creaks loudly whenever you open it. A garage door specialist can examine your door to determine the cause of its loud noises, then recommend a solution that fits your budget. The repair may be as simple as replacing a small part or adding some lubrication to the door’s rollers, or you may need a completely new door. Generally, though, you can expect the specialist to make a quick, basic repair.  Weather is Cold During the Holiday Season If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you might reconsider your wishes after you discover how cold your home gets when you have issues with your garage door. A garage door that fails to close properly provides a perfect place for cold air to gather. It may also attract insects and other critters who want to escape the cold weather. Even if your door closes all the way, there may be other issues that cause heat to escape from your home. If your garage’s perimeter is in need of weatherstripping, cold air can easily enter your garage. A contractor who specializes in garage door maintenance can insulate and seal your garage door, so you can enjoy the beauty of winter weather without experiencing the chill.  You Plan to Host Family Gatherings Do you have enough room for your loved ones to park their vehicles when they stop buy to sing Christmas carols or feast on a holiday dinner? If a broken garage door is currently keeping you and members of your household from parking your own vehicles in the garage, your guests may be forced to find a spot in the yard or on the street. This could be dangerous for elderly visitors.  If your elderly guests have to walk through piles of snow or travel across patches of ice to reach your front door, it could put them at risk of slipping and falling. If you repair your garage door before the holiday season, you can let senior citizens park in the driveway and enter the home through your garage to minimize the amount of time they spend walking on potentially dangerous surfaces outside. You Might Be More Tired Than Usual As the holidays approach, you may find that you feel more tired than you do during the rest of the year. This can occur if you have seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. You may also feel...

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Having Problems With a Frozen Garage Door? Here’s How to Fix 3 Major Issues

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Problems With a Frozen Garage Door? Here’s How to Fix 3 Major Issues

You might often expect your garage door to operate flawlessly year-round. However, plunging temperatures and the ice buildup that often comes with it can make it surprisingly difficult to open and close your garage door. If you want to avoid these problems this winter, then you’ll want to take a look at more information for preventing a frozen garage door. Dealing with Ice Formation Cold weather combined with moisture often equals ice formation on a variety of surfaces, especially those that happen to be cold and metallic. So it’s no wonder that your garage door can get stuck thanks to ice buildup. In most cases, nature’s icy grip can be broken with just a push of your garage door opener button or with a little old-fashioned elbow grease. If the door refuses to budge, however, you’ll need to liberate it with the help of a heat gun or hair dryer. Carefully aim the heat gun at the frozen air until the ice thaws. Be careful not to overheat the door surface, as this could leave behind burn marks. If you don’t want to use a heat gun, you can use a small bottle of de-icing solution. Spray the solution on the frozen area and wait until the ice thaws. Don’t forget to clear any leftover water or ice that happens to fall on to the garage floor. Leaving any water or ice behind could create a slip-and-fall hazard for yourself and others. Dealing with Hardened Lubricant It’s not just ice formation that can give your garage door a hard time. Cold temperatures can also cause old lubricant to harden, making it more likely for your garage door to jam up due to a lack of proper lubrication. It can also leave your garage door’s moving parts exposed to rust and corrosion. To tackle this issue, you’ll need to remove the old, hardened lubricant. Use paint thinner and a few old rags to dissolve and wipe off the old lubricant. Use an old toothbrush to scrub old lubricant out of hard-to-reach areas. Wipe away any leftover grease with a clean cloth. Next, replace your old lubricant with one that’s capable of surviving cold temperatures relatively intact. Silicone-based spray lubricants are ideal for this task, thanks to its water resistance and durability under low-temperature situations. Make sure to lubricate all of your garage door’s metal moving parts, including hinges, metal rollers and tracks. Overall, you should lubricate your garage door’s moving components at least twice a year to prevent corrosion and other problems Dealing With a Broken Seal Moisture can collect on the weatherstripping seal along the bottom of your garage door and freeze, leaving the door stuck to the ground until the ice thaws. You could try to chip away at the ice with a flat shovel or ice scraper, but you’ll risk damaging the seal, which may have become fragile due to age and cold weather. Using a heat gun might melt the seal. Your best bet is to use de-icing solution to slowly melt away ice buildup along the bottom of the door. To prevent the seal from getting stuck again, you can sprinkle a small amount of table salt along the area where the garage door meets the ground. Keep in mind you’ll need to apply the...

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3 Tips For Painting A Steel Garage Door

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Painting A Steel Garage Door

A garage door can last for a long time. The average garage door has about a 20 year lifespan, though you may need to replace a spring or repair your automatic garage door opener during that time. However, your door will begin to deteriorate aesthetically long before it reaches the end of its useful life. With constant exposure to the elements, the paint will begin to fade, crack, or even peel off. Of course, this isn’t a good reason to replace a perfectly useful door, but you will have to find a way to spruce it up if you want to keep your curb appeal. Luckily, you can paint your steel door yourself, if you want to. Take a look at some tips that can help you get through the process. Plan Like any exterior painting job, you need to make plans for painting the garage door ahead of time. Don’t do it on the spur of the moment because you just noticed that the paint was peeling. The wrong weather can affect the quality of your paint job. You don’t want to start painting and have your hard work ruined by rain a few hours after you start – check the weather reports first. It’s best to paint in the fall or the spring if possible, when the temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold. Extreme heat or cold could affect the paint and prevent your door from looking its best.  Plan to paint in the morning so that you’ll be able to finish and clean up while it’s still light out. Prep Before you begin to paint the door, you’ll have to prepare it for the paint. That means scraping off any peeling paint and sanding away any rough spots. If you find dents or holes, you’ll want to fill them in – the new paint will highlight them otherwise, and they’ll be much more obvious that they were before. You should also check carefully for rust. Once you’ve scraped, sanded, and filled, you’ll need to tape off the door to prevent getting any paint where it doesn’t belong. Apply painter’s tape to the seals around your garage door and to the trim to protect these areas against any out-of-control strokes with the paintbrush. Before you begin, you’ll also want to put a drop cloth underneath the garage door – you definitely don’t want to try to clean spilled paint off of your driveway. Make sure that you opt for cloth and not a plastic drop cloth – if you do spill paint, the plastic will become slippery and unsafe. You need an absorbent material instead. Paint Because you’re working with a steel door, you’ll need to start with primer. When purchasing primer, make sure that the packaging indicates that it’s for outdoor use. Start with a brush to capture the sunken surfaces on the garage door, then use a roller for the flat and wide panels. Make sure that you give the primer time to dry thoroughly. If you’re having trouble choosing a paint color, a good rule of thumb is to paint the garage door in the same shade as the house. This does two things – it keeps the garage door from standing out too much, and it can make your home appear...

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Four Things To Consider When Choosing Your Garage Door Material

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things To Consider When Choosing Your Garage Door Material

When it’s time to replace your garage doors, there are many factors to consider. Possibly the most important one, however, is the door’s material. Garage doors are made from steel, wood, fiberglass, aluminum or a combination of materials. The best type for your home will depend on your answers to the following four questions. Are There Kids Around? For many people, children are a joy. There’s no denying, however, kids can cause quite a bit of damage to a home. The garage door in particular may be subjected to hits from baseballs, basketballs, skateboards, vehicles, and other assorted paraphernalia. If you don’t want your garage door looking like the crater-filled surface of the moon after a year or two, then you’ll want to choose a material that can stand up to this type of abuse. The best choice here would be either wood or a wood composite. Metals such as steel and aluminum are vulnerable to denting. If you have your heart set on a steel door, get one with the lowest gauge available. The thicker the steel, the more resistance it’ll have to errant fly balls. What is the Garage Used For? If you’re going to be using the garage for anything other than storing vehicles, tools or excess household items, then you’ll want to consider which material offers the best insulation. You’ll also want to consider this issue if the wall connecting the garage to the home is not well insulated, as heat and air conditioning is likely escaping out of the home and through the garage. Wood is the best at preventing external temperatures from creeping into the home. However, insulated steel is the best at conserving energy and preventing it from oozing out of the home. Do You Live Near Salt Water? If you live within one mile of the ocean or other body of salt water, then you’ll want to take special care when choosing your garage door. Although living near the ocean can be a beautiful and calming experience, the salt in the water creates a corrosive environment that destroys garage doors. Steel and wood doors are particularly susceptible to damage from salt water. Wood in particularly may fall prey to rot and mold due to the higher than normal levels of humidity in the air. On the other hand, garage doors made from fiberglass are very resistant to the corrosive nature of salt water. Aluminum is not 100 percent resistant, but the decay rate is very slow as long as the aluminum is not in contact with any other type of metal. If an aluminum garage door is made with other metals and placed in a saltwater environment, it will degrade much faster. Are You Selling Soon? A garage door can have a major impact on the curb appeal of your home, representing up to 30 percent of its appearance. Homebuyers are often deluged with choices and will make split decisions on sometimes arbitrary factors just to narrow the field. If your garage door makes your home look old and worn out, potential buyers may turn up their noses. By far, wood is the most visually appealing material, especially when it is stained in a natural color. It often adds warmth and elegance to a home that may entice traditionalists to come...

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4 Ways Winter Weather Can Affect Your Garage Door

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways Winter Weather Can Affect Your Garage Door

There’s a good chance that your garage door has performed flawlessly over this past summer. As you prepare your home for the winter weather ahead, however, you should also consider how the season’s colder temperatures will affect how your garage door operates. Here are a few ways your garage door reacts to cold temperatures, as well as ways you can mitigate those effects. Shrinking Metal Components During exceptionally cold temperatures, you might start having trouble opening and closing your garage door. This is usually due to the metal tracks, hinges and other components shrinking due to the cold weather. Metal, along with a host of other materials, is subject to thermal contraction and expansion as the metal loses and gains heat energy – the colder it gets outside, the more metal contracts. Unfortunately, these contractions can cause the various metal components to lose their alignment and jam up when opening or closing the door. To get your garage door moving again, you’ll need to lubricate the springs, hinges, tracks and other metal components. Silicone-based lubricants are preferable when lubricating these moving parts, since heavier lubricants like axle grease can harden in cold weather, as explained in the next section. Hardened Lubricant While attempting to lubricate your garage door’s moving parts, you may encounter old grease that’s been hardened due to cold temperatures. This can also cause your garage door to jam up and, if left unchecked, allow rust and corrosion to form on vulnerable areas that would normally be covered in lubricant. Fortunately, dealing with hardened lubricant is a relatively simple task you can undertake on your own: Start by removing the old grease with paint thinner or another similar solvent capable of breaking down and dissolving grease. Use an old toothbrush to work the solvent into various nooks and crannies. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any leftover grease and solvent. Make sure all of the surfaces are completely clean before applying your new lubricant. Apply your silicone-based lubricant on all of the metal components that were recently cleaned. It’s actually recommended that you lubricate your garage door at least every six months, to ensure that it performs well year-round. Cracked Weatherstripping Cold temperatures also come with relatively dry winter air. It’s a combination that can easily cause rubber to become dry and brittle, especially if it’s several years old. It’s not out of the ordinary for rubber seals and weatherstripping to turn brittle and disintegrate under winter weather conditions. Without anything to help block drafts from coming through, your garage area becomes even more vulnerable to the cold. Check your weatherstripping for cracks, tearing and breakage on a regular basis and replace it as needed. It’s usually not recommended to attempt to restore moisture to rubber weatherstripping by lubricating it, as certain lubricants can break down and eventually destroy the rubber material. Be wary of ice and snow buildup on the weatherstripping, as this can cause the garage door itself to stick shut. Sluggish Garage Door Opener Extreme cold can cause the garage door opener’s electric motor to run sluggishly and perhaps even stop working at all. Keep in mind that some units aren’t designed to deal with temperatures that regularly dip below freezing, which could be a problem if you live in northern climates where...

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