RECENT QUESTIONS

What is the best way to clean the outside of my steel garage door ?
In: Door

Garage doors have a baked on finish that will last many years. Garage door finishes need to be cleaned regularly, most manufacturers recommend a yearly washing. Dirt and oxidation can build up on your garage door over the course of time and this annual washing will keep your garage door looking its best and increase the life of the garage door finish. When washing the garage door, use one cup of nontoxic/biodegradable cleaner mixed with two gallons of warm water. Working from the bottom panel up, wash the steel garage door with a cloth or sponge soaked in the cleaning
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Can I repair a hole in my garage door ?
In: Panel

Several times each year we have customers ask if we can repair a hole in a garage door panel. The general answer is no we can not repair a hole in a garage door panel. Most modern garage doors are made of thin steel, 24 and 25 gauge most commonly. We get asked can’t you just weld up the hole. Trying to weld this thin steel would be like trying to weld a soda can, it is much too thin to weld. Depending on the location of the hole, decorative handles and hinges might take care of the problem of
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What Are The Benefits Of An Insulated Garage Door ?
In: Door

When you are considering what type of garage door to install in your home whether it is a new build or replacing an existing garage door, there are many things to consider. Most people only think of the style of the garage door and how it will enhance the curb appeal of their home. This is an important factor to consider, and many studies show that adding an upgraded garage door yields one of the highest returns on investment. The style of the garage door is only the beginning of the choices. When you are considering the garage door it
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Benefits to a New Garage Door
In: General Issues

Many people look at garage doors and do not consider the impact your garage door has on your home. In a recent study posted at www.costvsvalue.com, they reported that adding an upscale garage door returned the largest percentage on investment at 85% of any of the 10 remodel projects they studied. The study cited that 10 of the top 13 projects were on the exterior of the home, leading to the conclusion that drive up appeal makes a difference in recouping project costs when you sale your home. When considering an upscale garage door, it is important to consider insulation
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How can I maximize the life cycles on my garage door torsion spring ?
In: Springs

There are many factors that can reduce the life cycle expectancy of a garage door torsion spring, but there are things that can also be done to maximize the life cycle expectancy. The life cycle of a garage door spring is the number of times the garage door can open and close before the spring will fail or break. A life cycle is one full open and close cycle of a garage door.   The most important factor in a springs life cycle is making sure the spring is the proper spring for the weight of the garage door. Garage
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What is a tandem garage door opener ?
In: Opener & Accesories

We do not run into this situation very often, but occasionally, we do see a single garage door opener that is fitted to open two garage doors at the same time. This is usually a customization done by the homeowner and it does not meet the safety guidelines established as of January 1, 1993. We do not recommend this type of system and will not install this type of system.   Homes with more than one garage door should have one garage door opener for each garage door. The guidelines established as of January 1, 1993 require that every garage
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What should be inspected on your garage door opener ?
In: Opener & Accesories

Garage door systems should be inspected and lubricated at minimum once per year. This inspection should include a mechanical and safety inspection of your garage door opener. We will look at the garage door opener system as a separate system from the garage door itself.   When inspecting the garage door opener system, you will want to do a visual mechanical inspection. What does this mean? Visually look at the system. Does the chain or belt have too much slack in it, is the belt or chain hanging down below the opener rail. If the chain or belt is hanging
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Where should I place my garage door safety eyes sensors ?
In: Sensors

Safety eye sensors and auto reverse features became mandatory on all automatic garage door openers beginning on January 1, 1993. The new mandate was to prevent entrapment and serious injury or death caused if a garage door closed on a person. Prior to January 1, 1993 garage door opener manufacturers did not have safety features to prevent entrapment injuries and deaths.   The first part of the law established the requirement of having an automatic reverse feature that would cause the garage door to automatically stop and then reverse to the fully open position, if the garage door closed on
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How can I determine the age of my garage door ?
In: Door

Determining the age of garage door can be a difficult sometimes even impossible task. When a garage door is manufactured, stickers with the manufacturer, model number, and sometimes the date are applied to the sides of the sections. If these stickers are not present, it can be very difficult or even impossible to know.   In some cases we can take photographs of the inside, outside, hinges and side supports of the garage door to determine manufacturer. There have been instances that we send the pictures to manufacturers and they, at times can determine the manufacturer, model number and general
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Should I install a strut or replace my garage door section ?
In: Struts

A  garage door strut is a metal piece designed to provide horizontal strength and rigidity to a garage door panel. Many doors come standard with a strut across the top panel of the garage door. This strut when across the top section helps to support the door during opening and closing using a electric garage door opener. Many times we go out on calls because a garage door is sagging or bent. This can be caused by many things including hitting the garage door with your car. In some cases we can install a strut to straighten and support the
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