How To Clean Your Garage Door

With winter fast approaching, it’s time you do a few final projects outside before the snow flies. You’ve probably already hung up your garden hoses and raked your leaves.

But what about your garage door?  It too needs a little cleaning, and there’s no better time to do it before the temperatures really start to drop. Here’s how to clean your garage door.

Wash

First off, your garage door needs to be washed at least twice a year. You’d be surprised at just how much dust and grime accumulate over time!

Washing your garage door is simple; just get a bucket of warm water and add a little bit of detergent and wipe it down by hand. Just be sure that you’re using a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. Because of all the grit that can build up, you want to be careful not to accidentally scratch your garage door. For that very reason, you also want to avoid using a pressure washer to wash your garage door. In most cases, it is much too harsh and will do more damage than good.

If you’ve got a big mess to clean up, tackle it by hand instead. Once you’ve washed your garage door, rinse it off and allow it to air dry. And don’t forget to repeat the process on the inside of your garage!

Inspect

As your garage door is drying, it’s a good idea to inspect it for any damage. If it’s painted, look for any areas where paint has been chipped off or warped. Those will be prone to rust so you’ll want to take care of those as quickly as possible. If your garage door is metal you can add a layer of wax to keep it protected and clean.

Clean The Track
The garage door tracks collect dust, pet hair, leaves, and other debris that needs to be removed regularly. If you don’t, you’ll have a garage door that won’t open or close smoothly or that sticks.

Clean The Weatherstripping

Another part of your garage door that will need some attention is the weather stripping. Your weather stripping is what keeps warm air in your garage (very important in the wintertime) and can help keep little critters and bugs out. To keep it in good working order for as long as possible it needs to be wiped down to prevent cracking or tearing.

Call a Professional

If your garage door has problems that a simple cleaning job won’t fix, don’t be afraid to call a professional repair, installation, and maintenance company like The Garage Door Man. If you want fast and dependable service (which you absolutely do during the coldest months of the year!) The Garage Door Man is your guy. They can solve any issue, big or small. And as Utah’s most trusted garage door repair experts, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  

 

Fix Your Squeaky Garage Door

There’s nothing worse than being serenaded by out-of-tune squeaks and squeals every time you open your garage door. It’s a symphony that only elicits frustration and annoyance. The good news is there are a few things you can do to fix your squeaky garage door.

Add Lubrication

One easy way to get rid of a squeak is by adding creating smoother movement as your garage door opens and closes. Without the proper lubrication, the moving parts of your garage door can rub together and create that annoying squeak you hope to never hear again. With a glove on your hand, carefully rub or spray lubricant up and down the track. Once you’ve applied the product, open and close your garage door several times to help evenly spread the grease.

As you add lubrication to the tracks of your garage door, it’s important that you are applying the correct amount. Too little and you won’t get results. Too much and you may find yourself with a garage door off the tracks. This is definitely much worse than a little squeak!

If you add lubrication to your garage door track and you still have a squeak, you can also try adding some to any and all moving components of your garage door. Use a quality lubrication, and again, be sure you are using the correct amount. You may be tempted to use grease, but try to use a lubricant as grease will attract dirt and grime, which will cause future problems with your garage door.

Tighten Moving Parts

If lubrication isn’t doing the trick, you can try tightening all the moving parts of your garage door. Not only is this a great way to fix, and avoid squeaks, but it’s a great way to see how your garage door is wearing and whether or not anything needs to be replaced or fixed.

Replace Worn Rollers

Sometimes worn rollers can cause unwanted squeaks, but these can be difficult to replace on your own. Instead, find a garage door repair company you trust to replace them for you. Why not choose a company that has the highest-rated customer satisfaction… The Garage Door Man. You can count on top level service and a complete satisfaction guaranteed. That squeak? Gone! A loose door? Fixed! Rather than a repair, if you’re looking for a new garage door, they The Garage Door Man can help with that too. No matter what your garage door needs, contact them today.

New Hinges

While unlikely, new hinges may be the solution to your squeaky garage door! It’s only unlikely because your hinges should last a long time. But if they’ve been installed incorrectly or other parts of your garage door are causing them to overwork, they may need to be replaced sooner. To replace, remove one hinge and look closely at the back. As you buy replacement hinges, make sure that any numbers or markings from the old ones match up with the new ones. Then, swap out the old ones for new, and enjoy your squeak-free garage door!

 

Garage Door Problems You Can Avoid This Winter

Winter is right around the corner, which means the temperatures will drop. With the bitter cold outside it’s even more important to keep your home warm and secure inside. This means you should winterize your home by making sure you seal up any cracks or leaks around windows and doors.

You should give your HVAC system a tune-up to make sure you won’t have any problems heating your home. And of course, you want to make sure your garage stays secure and as warm as possible. This will help keep your home warmer and making getting into your car on a cold, dark morning less uncomfortable.

But colder temperatures can mean problems for many garage doors. Here are a few garage door problems, and how you can avoid them this winter.

1. Garage Door Out of Line

A garage door that is out of line is a problem anytime of year, but if you have to deal with a garage door that isn’t opening or closing properly in the wintertime you’ll have much more of a hassle trying to get it fixed and dealing with the cold in the meantime. When you have too much grease on your garage door tracks can easily cause your garage door to move out of alignment. Too little lubrication and you’re going to have problems as well. Before it gets too cold, make sure your garage door has the proper amount of grease.

2. Contracting Metal

When the temperature gets to a certain degree, metal begins to contract. This can be a problem if a part or several parts of your garage door begin to change shape. When it comes to moving parts that are made specifically to fit and function in a particular way, this can cause your garage door to be less effective. Unfortunately, completely avoiding contracting metal isn’t possible, but you can do things to help. Be sure you’ve properly oiled your springs, screw-drives, and ball bearings to help these parts move as easily as possible despite any shape change. (Just be sure to avoid your track so that you don’t over-grease it and cause your garage door to get out of line).

3. Slow Automatic Doors

While not as intense as a garage door coming completely out of line, an automatic door that is slow to open and close can really dampen anyone’s day. When the weather gets cold enough, it can actually cause your garage door motor to run much slower than usual. The good news is, the fix is pretty simple. Just adjust the torque settings slowly until you’re happy with the speed of your automatic door.

If you experience these or any other issues with your garage door this winter, don’t hesitate to contact the garage door experts at The Garage Door Man. No matter what garage door problem you’re facing, they can fix it quickly so that your garage, cars, and home stay a little warmer this winter.

Why Did My Garage Door Come Off Its Tracks?

If your garage door has come off it’s track, your first thought is probably “how do I get this thing back on?” While this is a very good question to ask, and should be one of your first course of actions, it is also important to ask yourself, “Why did my garage door come off it’s tracks?”

No, this is not an irrelevant question. By understanding why it came off the tracks in the first place, you can understand how to avoid it again in the future. Because when your garage door isn’t on it’s tracks you can actually be in a pretty dangerous situation. Make sure you and your family are safe by getting your garage door secure, and then consider these reasons the door may have come off it’s tracks.

Reason #1: An Accident With Your Car

One of the number one reasons garage doors come off their tracks are because drivers are in a hurry, impatient for their garage door to finish opening completely before backing out. Or, if you’re really having a rough day you may forget to open your garage door altogether before backing out… or backing into your garage door. This is dangerous on a number of levels.  Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, one that doesn’t take long to cause serious side effects or even death. You should always make sure your garage door is open completely before you even think about starting your vehicle. The other safety issue, of course, is that your garage door has been compromised. It doesn’t take much speed (only three to five miles per hour) to knock your garage door off it’s tracks. In most cases, you will probably damage the bottom section or two of garage door, which would be enough to put your garage door in a precarious situation without knocking it off it’s tracks completely.

Reason #2: Broken Rollers

Another reason your garage door may have issues with the tracks is if you have broken or damaged rollers. Whether it is from old age, extreme wear, or just poor quality, a broken roller or two can put more strain on the existing rollers, leading to more damage and more breaks. This sets off a chain of events that can lead to all sorts of problems with your garage door. If you’re in the market for new rollers, talk to the experts at The Garage Door Man. Whether you choose steel, nylon, or nylon covered steel, the experts at The Garage Door Man can help you decide which rollers are right for you, and get them installed properly so you won’t have to worry any more issue with your garage door.

Reason #3: Horizontal Tracks Bend

Lastly, poor-quality horizontal tracks could be the issue with your garage door. If the horizontal tracks aren’t up for the job, a small amount of impact can cause the tracks to bend and bring your garage door down.

Regardless of why your garage door is off its track, let the experts with The Garage Door Man get your garage door back on track.

 

5 Ways To Upgrade Any Garage

You could say your garage is just the place where you keep your cars. But it could be so much more than that! Your garage could be anything from a sophisticated storage area, to sports equipment paradise, a cache for tools, or even a decked-out man cave. Or it could be a little bit of everything! The point is, your garage can be a very functional, comfortable, and even fun space for your family with just a few adjustments. Here are five ways to upgrade any garage.

Upgrade #1: Ceiling Storage

If you have a garage that’s on the smaller side, you may start to feel like the walls are closing in on you when you have boxes and totes stacked along the walls as well as a car or two squeezed in. One way you can help free up space (and feel a little freer yourself) is by adding storage to your ceiling! That’s right, with a few hours and a trip to your local hardware store, you can easily put together this DIY project and get stuff off the floor and out of the way. This is a perfect way to store holiday decorations, or seasonal items.

Upgrade #2: Wall Organization

Another great way to get stuff off the ground but still maintaining easy access to tools is by utilizing your wall storage. The key here is to have good wall organization so that it’s not just a junky mess thrown up on the wall. Whether you decide to go the DIY route or to buy systems that you simply install, the great thing about wall organizers is that they are completely customizable. No matter what you want to store on the wall or how you want to store it, you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Upgrade #3: Insulate

One way to make your garage a more enjoyable place to spend time is by getting it insulated. If you’re able to work in the garage comfortably during the winter months, your “Honey Do” list is sure to vanish in no time and you’ll be able to work on plenty other projects and improvements. Not only that, as you keep your garage warmer you’ll be able to save on energy bills!

Upgrade #4: Better Flooring

One surefire way to make your garage feel more luxurious is by upgrading the flooring to an epoxy flooring. This is one way to instantly increase the value of your garage. It’ll look great, be easier to clean, and is just more pleasant to walk on!

Upgrade #5: New Garage Door

You can’t go wrong with an upgrade to your garage by installing a brand new garage door. If you’re looking at this upgrade, it’s not only going to make you like your garage more, but it’s going to improve the overall look and value of your home. It’s important to choose a garage door company you can trust, which is why The Garage Door Man is a great options. Whether you want wood or aluminum doors, The Garage Door Man will make sure you get beautiful, secure, and functional doors to complete any garage upgrade.  

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.