10 Ways To Preserve The Life Of Your Garage Door

A garage door is a big investment that should last you a long time. But some of that is up to you. Most people don’t think to check up on their garage door unless something is wrong. You can prevent potential damage and keep things running smoothly for years to come with a few of these tips.

1. Tighten loose bolts and nuts.

Though it can be a daunting task, tightening all loose bits in your garage door will keep it running smoothly and help you to avoid potential damage.

2. Clean the tracks.

Your door can’t run smoothly if the tracks aren’t clean. Cleaning out any debris and keep those tracks clean will help your garage door on track for longer. When the track is clogged up, your door can get off track and not only struggle to open and close but can also be damaged.

3. Use garage door lubricant.

Putting garage door lubricant on parts of the garage door that move regularly will keep things running smoothly. Oil up the hinges on your door, the rollers, and any other part that could get backed up. Doing this regularly will prevent these parts from working harder than they need to and keep them lasting longer. This is a simple way to ensure a smooth ride.

4. Check the balance.

You should be checking the balance on your garage door annually. Improper balance can impact the functionality of your garage door. To check the balance, lift the garage good about two feet off the ground, then step back and see if the door begins to close on its own. If it is out of balance, it will close. An unbalanced garage door should be inspected by a professional.

5. Keep it clean.

Cleaning off the front of your garage door will also prolong its life. When something is kept clean and well maintained, it lasts longer. It will also help prevent anything from clogged up the hinges or damaging the doors.

6. Check the safety sensors.

Checking the safety sensors will ensure your own safety as well as help prolong the life of your garage door. Close your garage door while holding your hold in front of your sensor, see if it detects you.

7. Clean the rollers.

The rollers can easily catch debris and have trouble running smoothly on track. Clean and lubricate them regularly to avoid this problem.

8. Have maintenance inspections performed

One sure fire way to prolong the life of your garage door is to have it checked by a professional annually. Detect problems before they become problems.

9. Choose a high-quality garage door.

For a long-lasting garage door, you’ll want to start with a high-quality one. Certain materials have better longevity than others. Choose wisely from the get-go to ensure a longer lasting door.

10. Check weather stripping.

Replace any cracked or missing weather stripping. Check it regularly to keep your door protected.

If your garage door needs some preventative maintenance or some emergency services, contact us today!

 

The Importance of a Reliable Garage Door Opener

Safety and Security

A reliable garage door opener will help to keep your garage and your house more secure. Electric garage doors are very hard to penetrate, and a reliable opener will keep your door secure at all times. Certain setups will even close your door automatically if you have forgotten. You can also have electric openers that will inform you when your door has been opened. You can have a little more peace of mind wherever you are with that information at your fingertips. An unreliable opener may open your door at any time or fail to close it when it needs to be protected. A reliable open could mean safety for your entire home.

Automatic garage doors and their openers don’t just offer security from intruders, but a sense of safety when dealing with opening and closing as well. Accidents occur every year with garage doors fall and crashing. Garage doors are extremely heavy, and they can do a lot of damage. A reliable opener will help you to avoid injury and accident with a faulty garage door. It could close on your car, or even you if it’s unreliable, leading to catastrophe. Have more peace of mind with a reliable set up in your garage.

Convenience

The convenience of an automatic garage door opener is indisputable. These gadgets make getting in and out of your garage a cinch with just the press of a button. All you need to do is lift a finger. With an unreliable opener, you may be stuck with your car in the garage, unable to get it to open, even manually. Or maybe your door is stuck with your car on the outside, leaving you car exposure to weather and burglary overnight instead of leaving it in the safety of your garage. An unreliable opener can defeat the purpose of having a garage and an opener!

Energy Efficiency

Contrary to popular belief, automatic garage doors do not use much energy—especially an efficient one. They really only use energy during the 10-15 seconds it takes to open or close a garage, otherwise, they are not using any. This energy is wasted when your opener is going haywire, opening and closing at will, it will use more energy, run up those electrical bills, and be more damaging to the environment.

Protection from Weather

With an automatic opener, there is no need to get out of your car to open your garage door. You’ll be thankful for the protection when it’s pouring rain and you can just press a button to get into your garage, instead of needing to venture out into the wet and cold weather. A garage door opener that isn’t reliable may leave you out in the rain or snow at the most inconvenient times. But really, is there even a convenient time to be exposed to cold weather? Better to just avoid it in the warmth of your heated car.

What’s Causing Your Garage Door To Jam and How to Fix It

The frustration of a jammed garage door always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. Save yourself some time and some hassle by quickly identifying and solving the problem. There can be many things that are causing your garage door to jam—some of which are easy fixes, and some may need professional help.

Broken Springs
When your garage door is having trouble closing and making a loud noise, it’s probably the springs. Springs only last a certain number of cycles and are usually the first thing to break in a garage door assembly. This is a repair that should be done by a professional. To avoid causing more damage to your garage door and potential harm to yourself, hire a pro for a quick fix.

Limit Setting
If a garage door closes and then immediately opens again, the limit settings may need adjustment. When the limit setting is off, the garage door assumes it’s hit an obstacle and automatically backtracks. You may need to check your owner’s manual for directions on how to fix this one. There should be a limit switch adjustment knob on your console. If your door isn’t closing, you’ll want to adjust your limit setting down and if it isn’t opening, you’ll want to adjust it up. Start with very small adjustments to avoid your door from slamming open or shut.

Door Off Track
Another common culprit to a jammed garage door is the door getting off track. If you think this might be the case, light and watch the door as it goes through the process of opening and closing. Are there any noises? Does it slow down at one point or stop completely? Or is something stuck in the tracks? There may be something keeping your door from sliding through the tracks properly. To fix this problem, loosen the screws on the track and gently push the track back into place. Retighten the screws and test out your work.

Unseen Obstacle
There could be something blocking your door from closing completely, but there can also be less obvious obstacles. It’s possible some debris got caught in the tracks of your garage door and are blocking it from moving. Or your photo-eye could also be blocked. A photo eye detects if there are any obstacles preventing a door from closing—they are generally for safety reason to prevent any possible injury. The photo-eye is a pea-sized detector that is usually located about six inches off the ground. It can even be blocked by dirt and dust. Check all possible obstacles for an easy fix.

Remote Control
It could be that your garage door is just fine and it’s your remote control that’s malfunctioning. It may need to be reprogrammed, need a new battery, or just be out of range. It’s also possible that the antenna on the moto could be damaged or blocked, preventing the remote from communicating with it.

Pros and Cons of a Heated Driveway

With winter coming, you may be dreading the inevitable snow shoveling that comes along with the chilly season. A heated driveway could be the answer to your problems, however, it’s not without its drawbacks. Learn about what a heated driveway is and what the pros and cons are below.

What is a heated driveway?

Heated driveways come in two options—hydronic and electric coil systems. Hydronic systems use a boiler to pump anti-freeze through a PVC tubing that is installed under the surface of your concrete. These tubes are arranged in a spiral or wave configuration to promote even heat distribution throughout the driveway. The electric coil system uses metal heating cables that are installed under your pavement. These coils are usually controlled by a control unit mounted on your garage wall.

PROS

1. No more shoveling!

The biggest sell for a heated driveway is definitely the convenience they provide. Say goodbye to early morning snow shoveling just to get your car out of the garage! With a heated driveway, you get the convenience of snow and ice being melted quickly with minimal effort. You can program your heated driveway so that it operates automatically when the temperature changes. Shoveling in snowy weather can potentially be dangerous, as you labor in freezing and slippery conditions. Put down the shovel for good and flip the switch on your heated driveway this winter. Wake up to fresh snow, and a cleaned off ice-free driveway.

2. Less salt damages.

Ice buildup usually requires that you pour rock salt on your driveway and walkways. Salt, calcium chloride, and deicer can get rid of ice and snow, but they can also be harmful to the environment and to your concrete. Salt can get trapped in concrete and cause deuteriation—to your pavement and even to the undercarriage of your car.

CONS

1. That price adds up.

Heated driveways can be very costly. First, the installation is not an inexpensive process. Once it has been properly installed, the operating costs add a pretty penny to your winter utility bills. Operating a heated driveway takes a decent amount of energy. Usage is the biggest expense. Repairs can also be costly, as reaching your heated coils under your driveway is not an easy task.

2. Installation and repairs are a pain.
If you can install your heated driveway when you are first laying down a new driveway, it isn’t much of a problem. However, if you want to install a heating element into an already existing driveway, you will have to tare up the concrete in your driveway and repave it. Repairs can also mean digging up and repaving, depending on the repair needed. It’s no easy (or cheap) task. Installation and repairs are best done when you are already redoing your driveway anyway.

3. It can damage your concrete.

With heating tubs under your driveway, concrete can be stressed. When temperatures outside and temperatures below the surface differ drastically, your driveway can be damaged or even cracked.

 

10 Ways to Prevent Garage Break Ins

1. Secure the emergency release.
Using a coat hanger to pull the emergency release is a common break in tactic for intruders. Foil this plan by securing your emergency release with a zip tie. Or get rid of your latch all together.

2. Keep your opener out of sight.
Though it may be convenient to keep you garage door out in the open in your car, it can become an open invitation to breaking into you garage. Bring your garage door opener inside with you or hide it in your car—try under your seat or in the glove compartment.

3. Cover garage windows.
Don’t give bulgers the advantage of being able to see into your garage. If your garage windows aren’t tinted or frosted, keep them covered.

4. Install an alarm.
This seems like an obvious solution, but many houses have alarms within the house itself and don’t bother with the garage. A simple alarm system could save you some trouble.

5. Have a sturdy garage door.
Certain door will be easier to break into. When shopping around for your garage door, make sure you know it’s durability.

6. Light it up.
Break ins are less likely to occur when there is light. Whether you keep a light in your garage on or install motion sensing lights, this will likely deter criminals from entering.

7. Be noisy.
Just like light, noise can keep away intruders. They are much less likely to enter a place where they here noise. Keep a radio playing in your garage to scare off any unwanted visitors.

8. Keep the door from your garage into your house secure.
If an intruder does break into your garage, keep them from going farther by keeping the door to your house secure. Don’t assume that your garage door will do that trick, block all possible entry points.

9. Install security cameras.
Installing a security camera is easier and cheaper than it sounds. A bonus of having a camera set up—if you hear a suspicious noise coming from the garage, you can check the camera instead of investigating yourself.

10. Padlock your garage door.
When you’re going to be out of town, put a padlock on your garage door. This will add a little extra security and peace of mind for you.