Whether it is a garage door on your home or business property, when something breaks, you need to have it repaired by a professional. If you try to fix the issue yourself without the right knowledge and expertise, there is a good chance that you could cause more damage than good. Worst yet, you could become injured due to safety hazards that are often associated with fixing garage doors. Let’s take a close look at a few garage repair problems that should always be fixed by a professional.
When you need one or more panels replaced on your garage door, it’s important to realize that this is more than a cosmetic issue. Not only do you need to have the issue resolved by a professional because of safety hazards, but this person can also determine for you why the panel(s) became damaged.
If one or more of the springs on your garage door breaks, your garage door will not functional correctly. Without proper training and the right type of equipment, replacing a spring can be very dangerous. The only safe way to replace a spring is by having a professional do it.
It’s very easy for the rollers on your garage door to become bent or broken. Over time these rollers may become an issue and need to be replaced. Once again, without the assistance of a professional, you will risk getting hurt if try to repair or replace the rollers yourself.
The cables on your garage door must stay in tip-top shape for it to function properly. These cables are under a lot of tension and can be very dangerous to fix. It takes much expertise to repair the cables and should be left to a garage door repair specialist.
The garage door has to go up and down by rolling on tracks. When these tracks become bent or broken, your garage door won’t move as it should. To make sure this type of problem is fixed both properly and in a safe manner, you will need to call a professional.
Having a new garage door installed that makes use of the latest technology adds a layer of convenience to your life, as well as new curb appeal to your home. Though it is tempting to simply tuck away the owner’s manual in a drawer somewhere without giving your garage door another thought, you should keep the following tips in mind to ensure your safety and protect your valuables stored within your garage.
1. Embrace Technology
These days, you can choose a keychain garage door opener. This gives you a level of convenience and security that is not possible with a car visor opener.
2. Educate Children of Garage Door Safety
Garage doors are not to be played with under any circumstances. Children should be kept away from or supervised when around moving garage doors.
3. Keep the Door Closed
While it might be convenient to keep your garage door open, doing so could invite trouble into your home. Whether it is people scouting your garage for valuables or wild animals accessing stored food, both can easily be avoided by keeping your garage door shut and secure.
4. Maintain Your Garage Door
Your garage door is the largest moving part in your home. In order to keep it functioning properly, your garage door should be maintained frequently. Just like other items around your home, the moving parts on your garage door need to be lubricated. Also, all fasteners should be checked to ensure they are tight and secure.
5. Perform Regular Safety Checks
Ensure that the safety features of your garage door work properly. When changing the batteries in your smoke alarms, check that all safety features are functioning on your garage door. These safety features include working photo eyes and a properly set operator to reverse when striking an object.
6. Cover Your Windows
Having windows in your garage adds a great deal of curb appeal but they also allow people to look inside. Cover the windows with attractive curtains or choose frosted windows instead.
7. Spring for an Upgrade
As with any door to the outside, your garage door should be designed to withstand the elements. Consider having a garage door with insulation installed and become more energy efficient.
8. Keep it Locked
Get into the habit of keeping your manual garage door locked. If you have an eclectic operator installed and it is engaged, this will act as a lock. Keeping your garage door locked is particularly important when you are out of town for an extended period of time.
Your garage door is designed to protect you and your belongings. Use these tips to get the most of it.
Homeowners have a giant task of keeping their homes looking great and free from mechanical breakdowns. Weather plays a big part in how things operate and look around your property. Often, during the winter months is when things will breakdown or stop working altogether.
If you have a garage and the door has stopped working, then you will need to get it repaired right away. To help you understand how cold weather affects your garage door, here are some common problems that people face, and how they have solved the problem.
Common Problems of Garage Doors during the Winter
- One problem that the cold weather can cause is for the garage door to stick to the ground. Ice and snow can build up around the rubber seal making it rip as the door goes up. Solve this problem by simply keeping the ice and snow away from the door as much as possible.
- Keep your garage door lubricated. This helps to minimize the friction that is exerted on the moving parts and will allow the door to open better even in the cold winter months.
- If the motor seems to struggle to lift the door, you might be dealing with a broken spring. Springs play an important role, balancing the door so the operator can lift it easilly. A repair of this type should only be performed by a professional repair person.
Your garage gives you the space to enter and leave your home in a weather free environment. By keeping your garage door working great you can use that space throughout the year. You will also be able to avoid costly repairs by following these simple tips to keeping your garage door working properly.
As the winter winds begin to howl and the snow begins to fall, many homeowners are putting the final touches on winterizing their homes. From heaters for outdoor water pipes, to purchasing a generator, there are many ways that a home can be properly outfitted for the harsh winter months.
Did you know that one of the areas that are most often overlooked for winter maintenance is the garage doors? Proper garage door maintenance helps to prolong the longevity of your garage doors, as well as helping to keep your home safe and dry when the winter winds start to blow.
A few DIY garage door winter maintenance tips:
- Clean the exterior of the garage doors with a mixture of household cleaning products. Removing debris and build-up from the exterior of the doors will help to eliminate damage from rust and clogged hinges.
- Clean the weather stripping at the bottom of the garage door. As you clean the weather stripping, be sure to check for cracks, tears, missing pieces, and places where the stripping may not be securely attached. A garage door’s weather stripping helps to keep your garage dry and the winter elements out.
- Check and clean garage door windows. Damaged windows should be replaced. The sealing around all windows should be checked for cracks, and should be replaced before rain and snow can cause damage to the window frame or the interior of your garage.
- Evaluate the moving parts of the garage door. Use a cloth to remove grease build-up on the track(s) and rollers. Grease build-up can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the opening and closing mechanisms of the garage door. For your safety, never attempt to adjust the cables or torsion springs on your own. The latter parts are responsible for the opening and closing of the garage door, as such improperly adjusting the tension or position can cause the garage door to malfunction, which can potentially cause bodily harm. Finally, make sure that the garage door sensors are properly lined up, and that stored objects remain clear of the sensors.
- Be sure to check remote control batteries. When it comes to garage doors there is nothing quite as frustrating as owning a remote control garage door opener, only to have the batteries die when you need them most.
By following these five simple tips you can ensure that your garage is properly winterized and that its contents remain protected for the harsh weather months to come.
Winter is just around the corner so it is time for you to think about preparing your garage for the cold season. If you don’t like getting into an icy car in the winter, a winter proof, heated garage is a great idea. Winter-proofing your garage also makes your work in your garage more tolerable during the cold winter months. Here are some tips that you can use to winter-proof your garage.
Seal cracks and holes
Assess the areas inside your garage that let in cold air or allow warm air out. These areas include cracks on your wall or gaps near your windows. You should also inspect the seals on your garage doors.Any leaks or holes around windows and walls should be sealed off. Caulk can be used to seal the small gaps and cracks around your windows. Cracked or broken windows should be replaced.
Use an old blanket to insulate your garage
The base of your garage’s doors and windows can be insulated using towels or old blankets to block any drafts. This temporary solution can be used to prevent cold wind from entering the drafty areas of your garage.
Replace old doors
Old non-insulated garage doors can be replaced with new insulated doors. There are many affordable insulated options available today.
Install a heater
A heater that is designed specifically for garages can be installed. If you use a regular space heater, it can cause a fire, especially if it is used near chemicals.
Paint your concrete floor
Since a cement slab floor can conduct chilled ground moisture into your garage, you can apply concrete paint on your floor to limit the infiltration of dampness. This will help keep the cold out and seal in the warm temperatures in your garage.
If your home garage is in need of professional repair service, contact one of the pro’s of Garage Door Repair LLC.
Have you thought about how energy inefficient your garage is? Most worry about keeping their home warm and comfy during the cold season, however, they fail to realize that their garage sucks out a lot of energy from their home. Here are ten things you can do to make your garage energy-efficient and save money on energy costs throughout the cold season.
- Insulate Garage Walls: Rolling the right R-value insulation between your joists or blowing it through a small hole in your drywall filling your garage’s sides and ceiling can help keep the warm air in and the cool air out.
- Caulk between Your Garage Walls and Floor: A foam sealant or latex/silicone based caulk works wonders to prevent heat from flowing out between your walls and floor.
- Seal the Door Connecting Your Home to Your Garage: Check for leaks around the entrance door. Install weather-stripping around the door frame. If your threshold isn’t properly sealing the bottom of your door, apply a draft stopper. Caulk any leaks and the trim along the outside and inside of the door.
- Insulate Your Garage Door: You can either buy an insulation kit or a new insulated door. The kit will be more affordable, however, may not provide as much insulation as a new door.
- Insulate Outlets and Light Switches: Use outlet/switch foam gaskets to seal these small escape hatches for energy and carbon monoxide.
- Switch out Your Lights: Start using either CFL or LED lights in your garage. A LED light bulb only uses 12 watts of electricity to create the equal amount of lumens as a regular 60 watt bulb. A CFL light only uses 15 watts.
- Windows: Switch out your older windows with Energy Star® certified windows.
- Solar Heating: If you really want to make your garage energy-efficient, install solar panels. This way you’ll avoid using electricity or gas to keep your garage warm and comfy.
- Seal Cracks in Your Garage Floor: Cracks in your garage floor introduce cold air and gases into your garage and allow heat to escape. Concrete sealant will help prevent heated air from escaping and stop cold air and gases from entering.
- Keep Your Garage Organized: Do you have too much stuff crammed into your garage? Invest in a storage shed.
Your garage is an important part of your home. Follow these tips and you’ll have a more comfortable garage and home and lower energy bills. For more information from professional garage door repair technicians, contact your local repair company today!