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How Owners Can Damage Their Garage Doors

iStock_000008076543_SmallMany people do not pay so much attention to their garage doors, but when these get broken, they are going to gnash their teeth out of frustration. What they do not know is that they may be in some way responsible for their malfunctioning garage doors. They may have inadvertently caused damage to their doors. Here are some possible ways owners invariably contribute to their own garage door problems.

Crashing into a garage door

Sometimes, when people are in a hurry to get to work, they tend to drive carelessly. Backing up on the garage is a common problem especially on those homes where the drive way is short.  This accident also occurs frequently during winter because sometimes cars slide backwards and crash into the garage because of the slippery ice.  Whenever this happens, it is better to call garage door repair right away to assess the damage.  Strong impacts will not only dent the garage door, it may also cause the garage mechanism to fail.

Not closing the garage door all the way

Many people think it’s fine to open a garage door partially so they can let their pets in and out of the house though it. The truth is it could damage the garage door, specifically the spring. The reason why owners can easily lift open the heavy garage door is because of the spring located on the garage ceiling. When the garage door is closed, the spring can relax, but if it is left partially open, the spring will have to bear the weight of the garage door for a long time. Soon it will snap, and when that happens, the garage door will become slow, erratic and will not close fully.

Neglect and lack of maintenance

Garage doors need maintenance. This home amenity has so many mechanical parts that need to be checked from time to time. However many owners are too busy to spend even a few hours to check if everything is working great.  Many don’t even notice if their garage door is opening slowly or if it’s making weird clunking sounds, until it’s too late. The worst part is that they may blame the garage door for failing instead of blaming themselves for negligence.  Doors that have been neglected may develop more than one problem, so it is better to call a garage door repair company.

Trying to repair the garage door themselves

It’s the height of confidence when a garage owner thinks that because garage door repairmen can fix their doors, they can do it, too. Too much confidence is not always good, especially unfounded confidence.  It will be like a non-doctor trying to operate on a patient. Everyone can guess what will happen, more damage.  Garage door parts could be misplaced, not returned to their proper place or broken. When garage doors start showing symptoms of wear and tear or other malfunctions, it is better for the owner to call a garage door repair company than trying to repair it themselves.

Garage doors are sturdy constructions, but they still need care. They are not immune to the owner’s negligence.  A well-maintained garage door would need less repair work. It could last a long time, saving its owners a lot of money.

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Child-Proofing Your Garage Doors

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Garage doors are heavy and therefore could cause injury to unattended children.  This is why parents should make sure their children are not very close to garage doors while they are in operation.  But, what if mom and dad are not around and kids being kids play with the garage door? Child-proofing the door to the garage is a responsible thing for parents to do, but how do they do it?

Parents should talk to their kids

It will not take an hour for parents to talk to their children about the possible injuries they might get when playing with and around garage doors.  Talking to the kids is the first thing the parents should do. This way kids will keep it on the back of their minds that messing around with their garage doors may not be a good idea.

Warning posters on the garage door

After talking to their kids about keeping themselves around the garage door, parents should reinforce that by pasting a warning notice on the garage door.  It may seem a little unsightly but a little inconvenience like that is surely not as important as keeping their children safe.  Parents could even do a bonding activity where they and their kids make the poster themselves. This way, the safety warning will be reinforced in their minds.

Keep garage door remotes out of children’s reach

Garage door remote control does not belong in a child’s hands.  Children have a penchant for playing with whatever they get their hands on.  If the garage door remote is accessible to them they may play with it by opening and closing the doors repeatedly. This will cause the door soon to break and it could also be dangerous for the child if he or she is controlling the garage door very near or right under it.

Get a motion sensor for the garage door if it doesn’t have that yet

There are times when a parent is working in the garage their children will follow them. Sometimes, bad timing happens and just as daddy closes the garage door, his little girl is under it.  Scenarios like this happen many times. If the garage door ha motion sensor, it will go back up if it senses there is something under it.  Garage door motion sensors have saved many of children’s lives in recent years.

Have the garage door checked by a garage door repair company

Regular maintenance of garage doors keeps it working properly.  A malfunctioning door could suddenly close even while a person is still under it. Not only will a broken door be dangerous for kids its dangerous for adults, too. By calling a garage door repair technician, those little wear and tear can be found and immediately fixed.

Children’s safety should be the focus of parents.  Keeping them safe around garage doors is a responsibility they must take seriously. Luckily, it isn’t very difficult to child-proof garage doors. All parents need to do is to take time to explain to their kids the possible dangers of not being careful around it. There are also innovations that they can buy to eliminate the danger of a garage door accident. Finally, maintenance and repair should not be forgotten because a well-maintained garage door is less likely to cause accidents.

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Caring for Your Garage Door During Winter

iStock_000002832183_SmallDuring winter, a home’s garage door is probably the most vulnerable part of the house. Exposed to the elements, garage doors take a beating during winter compared to most seasons with the combined powers of nature of providing cold, gusty winds and pouring snow.

As a homeowner, it pays to care for garage doors as it not just keeps important belongings safe from burglars and destruction, but a working garage door also keeps the home warm and toasty as it keeps the cold at bay and maximizes the heat. After all, one great sign of a garage door that’s ridden with problems is one’s electric bill.

Garage doors also care for another very expensive item a homeowner has – the family car. Imagine it being outside on a snowy night. It would take a miracle and a lot of shoving to get it started, or to even find it under all that snow, after a continuous pour.

Winter should not be a death sentence to any garage door to the owner that cares enough for it. How to help it survive the cold chill? Let’s count the ways:

If possible, opt for a metal garage door 

Garage doors made of thick, heirloom wood is beautiful—no doubt about it. But if the location of one’s home is right smack in the middle of snowstorms on a yearly basis such as upstate New York, it’s time to re-think beauty to something more economical.

Wooden garage doors are a nightmare to maintain during winter as the wood reacts to the season. It’s basically soaking the door in water that slowly melts and small cracks on the door may lead to flooding inside the garage. This type also is prone to hardwood flies that may eat into it especially those coming from firewood for the fireplace.

Metal garage doors are also much cheaper to maintain in the long run versus the regular polishing and alignment of knobs involved in a wooden garage door.

Lubricate just right 

One key problem during winter for garage doors is lubrication. Having more or less of it makes the knobs and tracks misalign.

To avoid this, first start with a thorough cleaning of the grease. Make sure that old and hardened oil is not the culprit of garage doors that would not close. After this, switch to a silicone-based lubricant as silicone handles the cooler weather better as its contents are not as easy to harden or be affected by the temperature.

Metal also reacts to the weather by contracting or shrinking. One way to resolve this is by making sure that all metal and moving parts have ample lubrication or are not affected by rust.

It’s good to have them replaced by professionals before the temperature further drops in the middle of the season.

Check the rollers 

Sometimes, rollers are the problem and can be extremely misaligned during winter. Garage door professionals can take care of this through replacements or simple repairs.

Have a professional ready 

Always have a 24/7 garage door repair service number ready and on standby. As the weather worsens, garage doors can go from bad to worse – and the worse it gets, the harder it is to maintain.

And the last thing any homeowner wants is to have all their Christmas bonus go into buying a new garage door for the coming year.

Stay safe by keeping that garage door working!

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How to Make Your Automatic Garage Door Last a Long Time by Tuning

Yellow hardhat and leather glovesThough they look sturdy, garage doors are the implements in people’s house that are most often subjected to wear and tear. Unlike the other doors in the house, garage doors are opened and closed often, using delicate mechanisms that can get broken after frequent use. For this reason, garage owners should keep their doors well maintained to avoid the cost of repair. Garage door owners can do part of the maintenance work by themselves. All they need are the right tools and some free time.

Safety instructions when doing garage door maintenance:

  • Always  unplug the automatic door opener to avoid accidental activation
  • To keep the door open while you work, make sure to clamp locking pliers onto the roller tract under the rollers.
  • When the door spring is in tension, leave the lift cable alone, never remove it to avoid injury because the spring can snap and injure.
  • Don’t replace the tension spring. Only garage door professionals should handle that.

Inspect your garage door

Check for loose nuts and bolts and tighten them. Since the garage door is always moving, nuts and bolts specially those bolts keeping the rails to the support bracket.  Checking and tightening the roller brackets is also necessary to keep the door working properly.   The reason garage door hardware loosens is the constant motion of the door when opened and closed.

Also, inspect the rollers and lift cable for wear and tear but because those parts are under high tension, leave the replacing and repairing to professional garage repair people.

Lubricate the chain or the screw of the opener

To keep the garage door operating smoothly and quietly, the opener screw or chain should be lubricated with white lithium grease once a year or as often as needed.  Because lubricants help lower the friction on the opener chain and screw whenever the garage door is opened, lubrication will also help protect the parts from wear and tear. There are spray-on versions for the lithium grease lubricant that are easier to use.

Lubricate the spring

To keep the spring from corroding, garage door owners can spray them with a lubricant/cleaner, which can be bought from hardware stores.  If corrosion is already eating the metal, it is best to call professionals to replace it.  Again, non-professionals should not try to remove or replace the garage door spring.

Check the garage door seals and replace if necessary

The weather stripping or astragal of the garage door keeps cold and small insects from entering the garage, but they can easily wear and can also get damaged by mice. Replacing them is easy and not dangerous.  Garage door owners should make sure that the materials used are the right size for their garage door. They can also measure the damaged weather seal and take the measurements to the shop to ensure they get the right one.  Many companies offering garage door repair also sell these parts.

Only experienced professionals can perform complete maintenance of garage doors, repairs and replacements. However, as owners,it is your responsibility to do basic care for your garage door to prolong its lifespan and maximize your investment.

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Three Reasons Why Doing Your Own Garage Repair Is Not Advisable

bigstock-Girl-Opens-Old-Garage-21316331Broken garage doors are a source of great stress to their owner. Some of the symptoms of a malfunctioning garage doors are weird sounds produced while opening and closing them. Sometimes, they fail to open completely, if at all. It is human nature for owners to fix their broken garage doors themselves. However, experts contend that this is not a good idea.

When garage doors begin to show signs of malfunctioning, it is more advisable to let garage repair specialists take care of the problem. Here are three reasons why.

Save your money

The garage door has complicated mechanisms. If you lose one gear, the whole mechanism fails.  Garage door repair specialists have the proper know-how in repairing a failing door. They know what they are doing, so they don’t end damaging the door more. Owners do not necessarily have that knowledge. If a garage owner tries to fix his garage door, he may unintentionally cause more damage. By the time he decides to contact a person to repair his garage door, the damage he caused may cost him ten times more than if he called a technician right away. In addition, if the garage owner gets injured trying to fix his own garage door, it will also cost him money for hospital bills.

Save yourself from injury

Not only are garage door mechanisms complicated, tinkering with them without the right skills and knowledge could lead to serious injury. Take for example the garage door spring. When that powerful metallic spring snaps and hits someone’s face, it could crack skulls. This unfortunate incident could be easily averted if the owner does not try to repair the garage door himself. As has already been previously mentioned, only professional garage, door technicians are qualified to make repairs for a garage door. They know how it works so they can avoid accidents.

Save time

When they try to fix their own door, it usually takes garage door owners days, week, or even months to finish it—sometimes it won’t get fixed at all. They would be wasting a lot of time that they could spend with their loved ones. Garage door specialists can fix garage doors in a day or two because they are knowledgeable in that field. Once they are done, the door can function again flawlessly.  Time saved!

Although it is tempting for owners to fix their broken garage doors by themselves, it is always advisable to let professionals solve that problem. They are better equipped with knowledge and the right tools to repair garage door in a safe and efficient manner. By choosing to call them right away at early signs of garage door problems, homeowners could save money, time, and most importantly themselves.

When a person is sick the best person to call the doctor. When a building is wobbly, call a carpenter. When a garage door is having problems, the best action is to call a garage door professional.

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