Why Winterize Your Garage

The first day of fall is here, bringing with it cool temperatures and falling leaves. And before you know it, temperature will drop even more as fall becomes winter. It’s a great time for sledding and enjoying the white scenery, but it is also a time when proactive homeowner-ship really starts to pay off. There are many things you can do before winter arrives to help make this winter a warm, and economical one for your family. It’s a good idea to clean out your gutters to allow that snow to melt away properly, and seal any cracks or holes in your home before winter to keep the cold air out. But what about you garage? Why winterize your garage?

Forgotten Space
The fact of the matter is, the garage is a notorious for being forgotten when it comes to winter prep. But it is a large space that actually has a big impact on the temperature of your home. If your garage isn’t insulated, the temperatures can easily reflect outside temps rather than your cozy inside temperatures. Your garage doesn’t need to be as warm as your home, but as one of the largest points of entry it’s a good idea to keep it above freezing. This will save you the hassle of fixing broken pipes or other damage caused from freezing temperatures. Plus a warmer garage will mean you’re less likely to lose precious heat from your home. Another way you can winterize your garage is by insulating your garage door as well as the walls.

Keep it Dry
Besides keeping cold air out of your garage, you want to keep winter moisture out as well. This will help you avoid tracking water, mud, and other unwanted messes into your home. It will also help avoid any water damage, mildew, or mold growth in your garage. One way to make sure your garage is sealed is by replacing or upgrade the weatherstripping on your garage door. Overtime your weatherstripping may become cracked, broken, or just worn out. When you replace it, it’s best to choose a good quality weattherstrip to keep moisture out as well as pests! For help installing your new weatherstripping, call the garage experts at The Garage Door Man.

Take Care of Repairs
If your garage door has any damage that needs to be repaired, it’s best to take care of it while you’re winterizing your garage.  Take a good, hard look at your garage door. Are there any cracks or holes that need to be filled? Are any of the hinges bent or loose? Is the track clean and free of debris? Is there any rust or damage to any of the hardware? It’s important for any and all of these issues to be taken care of as soon as possible, and especially before winter arrives. This will help you to extend the life of your garage door, as well as keep your garage and home warmer this winter.

For the best of the best when it comes to garage door repairs and maintenance, contact The Garage Door Man. If you’re looking perfectly functioning, secure, and beautiful garage door, look no further!

3 Reasons to Fear Broken Garage Door Springs

Your garage door springs, also known as torsion springs or coils, handle all the heavy lifting for you.

Without these coils, you would have to lift the full weight of the door yourself, and find a way to hold it in the open position. The wear and tear of regular opening and closing causes the coils to weaken and, eventually wear out or break.

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Most coils are rated for about 10,000 cycles. So, if you use your garage door 10 times a day, the springs will last less than three years. Use it twice or three times each day and you may stretch that lifespan to 10 years – but only if you have all the mechanical components inspected and serviced regularly by a professional garage door company.

Let those torsion coils reach the point of failure, however, and you may have bigger problems on your hands.

No. 1: Getting Trapped when a Garage Door Spring Breaks

Most customers don’t know they have a problem until their door suddenly won’t open more than a few inches.

If that happens, you – and your vehicle – will be trapped on the other side until you can have the repairs done. This can prevent you from getting to work or from getting the kids to school on time.

And, of course, you will have to stick around to wait for the repair technicians, rather than being able to schedule the service appointment at your convenience.

No. 2: Injuries or Damage from Broken Torsion Springs

The torsion coils hold a massive amount of tension so, if they break, that energy is released explosively.

If you’re lucky, a breaking spring will make a huge BOOM and that’s it. But, in some cases, the heavy metal wire coil can snap into smaller pieces that fly through the air. These projectiles can do heavy damage to your vehicles and the items stored in the garage.

If you, a family member or pet is nearby when the break occurs, someone could be seriously injured or even killed by the shrapnel.

No. 3: Big Repair Bills for Fixing a Broken Garage Spring

When you monitor and maintain your garage door’s mechanical parts, you can anticipate the need for repairing or replacing components. If you ignore your door and let nature take its course, your repair needs will come largely as a surprise.

When a torsion spring breaks, it will break other parts of the system. Coils, rollers and even the metal panels of the door itself may require replacement. And the bill for that will be much higher than an annual inspection and occasional professional repair.

When you maintain your garage door, just like any other major system in the home, you can plan – and budget – for the time when you’ll need a new one. When you don’t, your repair bills will be both unexpected and costly.

Utah’s Garage Door Man understands how important regular inspections and maintenance are for extending the life of your garage doors. Schedule us for an annual service call and we can help you avoid these unpleasant surprises. We provide garage door sales, installation, maintenance and repair for customers in the Salt Lake City area and throughout Northern Utah. Contact us today for help with repairing (or preventing) broken garage door springs.

Troubleshooting a Noisy Garage Door

If you have a noisy garage door, it can certainly be an annoyance. But, even if you aren’t particularly bothered by the creaking or squeaking, it may be trying to tell you something.

To determine whether your noisy door requires the services of a garage door repair company, you can do a little troubleshooting on your own.

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Inspecting Mechanical Garage Door Components

Although you can do some basic maintenance tasks yourself, some parts of your garage door need to be hands-off, even for the most handy homeowner.

Start by taking a look at the hardware, including nuts, bolts and fasteners. If any of them are loose, they can clatter and vibrate. Tighten any that have become loose, but be careful of tightening anything too much. Overtightening the hardware can create more problems than loose nuts and bolts.
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Now, take a look at the rollers. Depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines, you can – and should – periodically lubricate the rollers to keep them free from rust. This will also help keep them quiet. If they appear worn or overly rusty, however, it may be time to have them replaced.

Next, open and close the door while paying attention to the torsion springs, the hinges and the pulleys. If any of these components seems to be the source of the noises you hear, it’s time to pick up the phone.

These components, when worn or in need of repair, can cause big problems and potential dangerous conditions. But working on these parts is definitely off-limits for anyone other than an experienced door repair contractor.

Troubleshooting Your Garage Door Openers

If the mechanical parts of the door seem to be in good working order, move on to the automatic opener system.

Because automatic garage door openers come in a variety of brands and styles, it is important to locate the owner’s manual for yours. Most brands make their documentation available online so, even if you don’t have the paperwork that came with the system originally, you should be able to download it easily on line.

The easiest way to troubleshoot the opener is to (carefully) stand on a ladder so you can watch – and listen to – the mechanisms in action. If the sounds you’re hearing are coming from the system’s belt or motor, it’s time to call a repair professional. Otherwise, if the system fails, you may be stuck with a non-working door.

When a Noisy Garage Door Needs Immediate Attention

It’s important to call a professional repair company if you notice a problem with the springs, rollers or pulleys. Likewise, a problem with the opener will also require professional attention.

The critical safety features of the door – including the motion and pressure sensors – must be in good working order at all times. This is the only way to ensure that kids, pets and vehicles don’t get crushed.

Plus, if the safety sensors fail at any time, your door will not operate. And, although they aren’t usually related to noise, loose hardware and other mechanical problems can cause the safety sensors to become misaligned or otherwise fail.

The Garage Door Man is your locally owned and operated expert in garage ad overead door repair, sales, service and installation. If you have noticed a strange noise or any failing component, contact us today. We can inspect your door and opener and make recommendations for may needed repair. Don’t risk your family’s safety. Contact us today to schedule your noisy garage door inspection.

4 Reasons You Need a New Garage Door this Spring

If a new garage door sounds like a luxury you can’t afford right now, you haven’t met some of the newest technology.

 

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For many homeowners, a new door for the garage can pay for itself much more quickly than they imagined – both financially and practically. If you choose to invest in a new door for your garage this spring, you can expect a boost in your home’s value, security and comfort.

No. 1: A New Garage Door Improves Home Value

Installing a garage door is one of the wisest investments you can make in your home.

The cost is significantly lower than many other upgrades you can make, so it’s easier to work into the budget. This is also one of the best home upgrade investments for recovering your cost. In fact, the increase in your home’s value may be almost as much as the cost of the new door

No. 2: Upgrading Your Garage Door Boosts Curb Appeal

Because this architectural feature is one of the most noticeable on your home, updating and upgrading the door to your garage can significantly increase the aesthetic value of your home.

You and your family will enjoy the upgrade, but so will your neighbors. And, when it’s time to sell your home, you will have an easier time attracting buyers who appreciate the improved curb appeal.

No. 3: A New Garage Door Saves Money on Power Bills

The insulating properties of the latest materials and design can translate to lower power bills. Improved insulation in the garage means less drain on your home’s heating and air conditioning systems. You will also enjoy increased indoor air comfort, and fewer temperature swings during the weather extremes that are common to Northern Utah.

No. 4: New Technology Makes Your Door Much Safer

Safety is a priority for every family – and homeowner. Improved safety technology means your home is better protected against intruders. But it’s the other type of safety that makes the investment worthwhile: human safety.

Advanced technology reduces the chances of equipment failure and accidents. Safety sensors prevent the dangerous weight of the door from coming down on kids, pets and cars.

Utah’s Garage Door Man is northern Utah’s local expert for sales, installation, repair and maintenance. We are locally owned and operated, and highest rated for customer satisfaction. We are located in American Fork UT, but we serve customers throughout the Salt Lake City area, including Draper, Sandy and West Jordan.

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and price estimate for your new garage door installation.

DIY Garage Door Repair: Good Idea or Terrible Idea?

When you need a garage door repair, you may be tempted to try the do-it-yourself method – especially if you’re the handy homeowner type.

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But, no matter how tempted you may be, some parts of this equipment must be handled by a professional garage door contractor. Otherwise, you risk costly damages or even a serious injury.

Typical Garage Door Repair Problems

When the door to your garage fails, the problem may be something as simple as broken cable or roller wheel, or even a dead battery in your opener remote. But it may also be something as dangerous and complex as a broken torsion spring.

Because sensitive electronic components control the operation of the equipment, a faulty obstacle sensor or photo eye may be to blame for your problems.

Many customers experience problems with automatic opener systems, especially if their system is older. Although your problem may be as simple as a popped breaker, the issue may just as easily be located in the drive system.

DIY Garage Door Repairs You Should Never Do

The biggest DIY garage door repair no-no involves the torsion springs. This means no do-it-yourself tightening, adjusting or even lubricating. A worn spring can suddenly snap if mess with it all, even to apply lubrication.

Because a falling door can cause significant injury and damage to your vehicle, call a professional for any problems with roller wheels, tracks or cables.

To ensure the safety of your family and pets, don’t attempt to repair electronic sensors or any part of your automatic opener system. If something goes wrong, the equipment may fail, leaving you stranded inside or out. But the bigger concern is that a faulty sensor could result in 2,000 lbs. of door falling on your vehicle or a family member.

DIY Garage Door Repairs You Can Do

The best DIY work you can do for your door isn’t repair at all – it’s maintenance.

If you are proactive about maintaining your door, you can avoid many major repairs. That starts with a monthly visual inspection of all its moving parts. Look for any rust that may be developing, because this is the best early warning of problems to come- especially on the torsion spring(s). Also look for any noticeably worn parts or frayed cables.

Open and close the door, watching the roller wheels to see if they are moving straight in the tracks. If they wobble, they’re due for tightening. Check all the screws and fasteners to verify that they are tightly secured. Finally, clean the photo eye sensors and test the safety features of your equipment.

Professional garage door maintenance is another important step for extending the life of your door. You can’t maintain certain components without the necessary specialty tools. Having annual maintenance from a professional will also help prevent catastrophic (and damaging) failure.

In Northern Utah, the Garage Door Man provides expert sales, installation and maintenance of doors and automatic opener systems. Contact us to schedule a professional inspection and periodic maintenance. Don’t risk a dangerous DIY garage door repair on your own.

Innovations in Garage Door Opener Technology

Today, the garage door opener industry has gone high-tech.

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Sure, you can still get the familiar keychain fobs you know and love. But you can also choose from a variety of features and equipment designed to improve safety, security and convenience for you and your family.

Suffice it to say, these aren’t your grandfather’s garage openers.

Garage Door Opener Safety and Security

Safety and security are always the first priority for garage doors and opener systems. Today’s newest technology has improved safety and security in a number of important ways.

Intelligent interface consoles mount wherever you would normally place your wall-mounted opener. But, in addition to giving you the “big button,” these interface points keep an event log telling you who has been in and out. They allow you to program your opener from the console, instead of having to climb up a ladder and do it the old-fashioned way.

They even offer troubleshooting capacity, so you can tell us the error codes when you call for repair

One particularly intriguing feature offered by intelligent interface garage openers is the ability to lock out the door’s operation during a desired period of time. So, if you want to prevent someone from accessing your home through the garage while you’re at work or on vacation, you can program the console to lock out the opener.

Whole-Home Technology for Automatic Garage Openers

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage today, as a way to automate some or all of your home’s major systems. Lights, heat and AC, security systems and door locks are just some of the functions that can be controlled from anywhere in the world with whole-home technology.

Automatic openers are an important part of home automation. In addition to the remote controls you’re accustomed to, you can operate your door remotely with a smartphone or tablet app. That way, if your spouse leaves home and forgets to close the garage door – again – you can receive a notification on your phone and handle it right from your desk.

Garage Door Openers with Video Monitoring

Today’s video home security systems are affordable to purchase and easy to set up, making them practical for most homeowners. But did you know you can add video monitoring to your garage and automatic opener?

The many security features available today makes it pretty hard for criminals to make it inside through the garage. Nevertheless, if a determined burglar does make it in, the motion will activate the video recording feature. This footage can be downloaded and shared with police and your neighbors.

Most of the leading garage door opener manufacturers offer wi-fi and smart technology options as well as smartphone apps. In some cases, older automatic openers can be retrofit to use this exciting technology.

Utah’s Garage Door Man is your go-to expert for garage door sales, installation and repair. Contact us today to learn more about adding a high-tech garage door opener for your home.

Garage Door Repair (Back It Up)

What’s the most common reason homeowners call for garage door repair? They’ve backed into the closed doors.

For many, it’s an embarrassing call to make. Don’t worry, a reputable garage door supplier won’t judge you for this mishap. They get these calls a lot more often than you think! It’s common to be on autopilot behind the wheel, and sometimes you’re sure you hit that open button when you haven’t. Often, people are tired and in a rush when they’re pulling out of garages.

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In colder months when it’s icy, it’s also common for cars to slide right into garage doors. If this happens to you, stay calm, and call a garage door repair specialist right away.

Making the Call

Never try to fix a damaged garage door yourself, even temporarily. If you need to leave, make sure the door to the house is locked, and remove any valuables from the garage. Call the garage door repair shop, and leave the fix to the pros. Garage doors are huge, heavy and can easily hurt someone if they’re damaged.

Don’t risk even a small fix yourself. Homeowners can make the problem worse. Cables can snap, springs can break, and an open garage door can suddenly come down. There’s no telling how severe the damage really is, so don’t take any risks.

Open Sesame

In some cases, you may be able to manually close the garage door. Only attempt this if there’s minimal damage, and you can easily pull the garage door down while staying clear of its path. Automatic openers only apply as much force as a human can by hand, so if it’s tough to pull down, it’s really stuck. Applying too much effort can harm the chain, belt, opener or motor.

Yes, there are security issues with an open door, but it’s not as dangerous as trying to force a door to close.

In many cases, garage doors are damaged during “off hours.” After all, that’s when you’re most likely entering and exiting your garage! That’s why it’s so important to have a garage door repair shop with emergency hours on your side. It’s best to confirm this before disaster strikes. The last thing you need is to be hustling for a garage door repair shop (any shop!) when you’re stressed with a damaged door.

A quality shop will also give you a quote upon arrival. Costs can vary drastically based on damage, door size, model and more, but are often much more affordable than homeowners think. In severe cases, the door may need to be replaced. However, a garage door repair shop like The Garage Door Man will ensure your home is safe and secure in the interim.

A Garage Door Supplier’s Inventory

Your local garage door supplier has a big inventory, starting with an impressive array of doors in various styles, materials and designs.

Today’s most popular garage doors are made of wood or aluminum. Both are sturdy, reliable and look great with any architecture style. Go with a classic wooden finish for your craftsman or a modern aluminum style that complements your contemporary condo. A reputable supplier will have every top-rated manufacturer and model available.

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Windows on garage doors for added detailing are trending now. “Boutique” manufacturers especially can embrace intricacies in the details, from windows to hardware. Whether it is the literal nuts and bolts or purely aesthetic pieces, like cast iron manual handles that are no longer functionally necessary, kitting out your garage doors should be one-stop shopping.

Around-the-Clock Support

A trustworthy garage door supplier realizes that emergencies can pop up at any time, day or night. Your garage door is the largest, most-used entry point to your home. Depend on a local supplier that not only has all the doors and accessories you need, but also the support to back it up.

Whether it’s an emergency, like your teenager backing into the closed doors at night (it happens), or something random like the door mysteriously stuck open when you’re about to leave on vacation, a garage door supplier should stand behind the products they sell and install.

Garage doors have a lot of small parts, and by far the quickest to wear out are springs. However, you’ll also need to keep an eye on rollers, tracks and garage door openers. Every single part should be high quality and well-maintained. All it takes is one wayward track or rusty spring to put a kink in your plans.

A garage door supplier has a wide variety of parts on hand, can get special parts quickly, and is committed to keeping your garage door in proper working order.

Open Wide

Openers or transmitters are electronic systems that lift and lower your garage doors. They’re the heart of performance. Just like every other part, transmitters have numerous working parts, and they all need to perform flawlessly for your comfort and safety.

Whether your doors are by LiftMaster or another popular manufacturer, your garage door supplier should have everything readily available to care for your transmitter.

Garage door suppliers have two responsibilities: Sales and service. Having the most-competitive prices doesn’t mean much if the provider doesn’t also offer an installation warranty or great service. When shopping for your upgrade or repair company, consider both the inventory available and the customer service.

You deserve a garage door supplier that excels at both and offers 24/7 support. Call Garage Door Man and enjoy premium sales and service.

Garage Door Supplier on Shark Tank

A reputable garage door supplier offers products from the best manufacturers and experts in the industry. However, once in a while a product breaks the mold, and the most innovative are featured on the popular television show Shark Tank.

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Inventor Bryan came up with the lock after a burglar broke into his garage. He discovered that the remote controls that shut garage doors aren’t always enough to keep homes secure — especially when a lot of homeowners leave those remotes visible and accessible in cars parked in driveways.

Bryan had sold a few products before coming on the show, but it was getting a shark’s backing that really drove up sales.

Money Matters with this Garage Door Supplier

Initially, Bryan asked for $275,000 for 30 percent of his company. Banking on break-in statistics, and the fact that most homeowners don’t lock their garage doors (they simply close them), he knew how to negotiate with sharks.

This garage door lock features a steel deadbolt that auto-locks. Shark Kevin pointed out that most homeowners probably assume their garage is locked when the doors close, but that isn’t the case; remote controls don’t lock garage doors.

Just like you can unlock a car door different ways, such as with a coat hanger, savvy burglars know how to get garage doors open. Bryan markets his lock as an accessory to high-quality garage doors, and an affordable add-on option. It retails for $249.95.

The Marketing Miss

Even though the sharks were impressed with the lock, all except Daymond bowed out because of concern over Bryan’s lack of entrepreneurial acumen. Daymond offered $275,000 for 40 percent of the company, which brought shark Robert back in with an offer of $275,000 for 70 percent. Robert knows one of the biggest manufacturers of car covers in the world. Ultimately, Bryan reached an agreement with Daymond for $275,000 for 35 percent.

There has been little movement on sales of the garage door lock since the show aired. This might suggest that the deal fell through, or that the quality of the lock was questionable. It might be a suitable accessory for some homeowners, but having a high-quality, well-maintained garage door (and following best practices to keep doors closed and remotes hidden) is the best way to keep any home secure.

Garage doors are indeed the biggest door in any home, and many homeowners use them exclusively as entry doors. However, just like any door, if it’s not maintained, closed and locked it can become a temptation for burglars. Make sure your garage doors are functioning — contact the Garage Door Man.

Upgrading Garage Door Springs

Are your garage door springs extension or torque? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is, “I don’t know!”

With two types of common springs, when it’s time to replace them or upgrade your doors, it’s important to know and understand the difference between the two.

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Extension springs are by far the most popular choice for residential garage doors, and are found on both sides of the door above the tracks. They extend to open the door, depending on safety cables to ensure they don’t extend too far.

Torsion springs utilize torque to raise and lower doors. Torque, a twisting power, allows the spring to coil over the shaft.

Torque springs are available in a variety of lengths and sizes, so homeowners need to know the height, weight, and track radius of their doors when just replacing the torque springs (which is why it’s always best to let a professional garage door installation company take care of orders and installation for you).

Best Garage Door Springs

Most homeowners choose extension garage door springs, but price is the driving factor. Extension springs are much more affordable than torque. Extension springs are a great product, but more of their parts are exposed, which can be a liability when doors aren’t maintained and repaired as necessary, or when parts aren’t replaced.

You’ll find torsion springs on most commercial doors because they can handle a heavier weight. Plus, they last twice as long as extension springs, making them a great investment. You might save money up front with extension springs, but with torque springs, you can double the time in between replacing them.

Garage doors have a lot of working parts, and they will eventually wear out. Replacing parts when necessary is part of staying safe.

Time for an Upgrade?

Whether you choose extension garage door springs or torque springs, both need a lot of tension in order to operate. Extreme tension makes it dangerous for a non-pro to attempt to install or repair springs. Your local garage door expert can tell you the best schedule for maintenance (usually once or twice per year) and when parts should be replaced. Part replacement depends on the type of springs you have, how much the doors are used and weather conditions.

Homeowners can watch out for red flags, too, because garage door springs aren’t always replaced on a schedule. Sometimes extensive wear and tear can mean you need to replace springs right away you’re your doors squeak or make any noise, if they are struggling to move up or down, if the tracks are shaking, or if you can see that the springs are worn out, stop using the doors immediately.

Call Garage Door Man for more information on garage door springs, or to schedule your inspection.