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Knowing When to Replace Your Garage Door

buyEvery home’s garage door is very expensive. Regardless of the material, garage doors are generally designed to withstand any kind of weather, making it one of the most invested upon items in building a house. Aside from that, garage doors are made to care for the most important of items such as the family car and other valuables, so it is unavoidable to shell out more money for its fabrication and consequent maintenance requirements.

However, like everything else, garage doors are not exempt from wear and tear. It also needs to be replaced later on. Here are the signs that your garage door may need replacement:

1. The springs and the motor have reached their limit.

Garage doors are made of several mechanisms on the side that make it work. However, it’s actually the springs that make the magic happen. In general, these springs only have about 10, 000 cycles in one lifetime. As for the motor, it is directly connected to the garage door and handles most of the automation.

Once this happens, it is time to look for a new garage door. It will only cause more trouble if the homeowner insists on keeping the garage door as it is only a matter of time before it breaks down or refuses to close, just as everyone is rushing out.

2. There is a huge dent or breakage.

Garage doors are made of one solid metal or glass. It is not made in partitions or by parts. Once there is an accident for example that results into a huge dent or a hole, it is not advisable to patch it or do some reparatory work over it.

In general, the quality of the whole garage door already has been compromised. These seemingly harmless hits may result in smaller holes in other parts. The most common sign of damage is a big electricity bill due to the heat or cold escaping through the broken garage door.

For glass garage doors, small cracks can lead to a very dangerous problem later on especially if it was caused by an earthquake. The glass panels may have come unhinged in some places and this may shatter the glass into pieces.

3. The programming system is jammed beyond repair.

After so many repairs, if the remote control just does not work anymore, it is best to replace the whole garage door. Security wise, it is now rendered vulnerable and some more sophisticated hackers may make it through the system and get into the house.

4. Presence of rust and pest infestation

For doors made of wood, presence of pest unfortunately is the signal to change garage doors. The pests may only transfer to the main house and cause bigger problems. As for rust, if it’s too deep already, no amount of sanding can mend it either.

Holding on to a faulty or infested garage door does major harm to one’s bank account, and so in these cases, replacing the door may be the more economical decision than repairing them. If you notice these signs, it is always best to call a professional garage door maintenance company to help you evaluate whether you need to buy a new garage door.

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Do You Need An Annual Service Contract For Your Garage Door?

service contract with toolsWhen purchasing a garage door, getting an annual service contract may be the last thing on your mind Garage doors may appear to be strong, but like any part of your home, it is subject to wear and tear. After years of use and exposure to elements, the once-flawless garage door will start malfunctioning, especially if you don’t maintain it. This is where professional garage door maintenance companies will come in.

It is always better to spend on maintenance costs to prevent costly repairs later on. Here are the other reasons why an annual service contract for your garage door is worth it:

Save money from constantly buying new doors

Paying a repair company for annual or monthly garage door maintenance may add some amount into your expenses but, it’s not as huge an amount as you would spend if you buy a new one.  Even if you opt to just repair a dying garage door, it will still cost more because of possible parts replacement and labor. Maintenance is different from repair. Repair is what you do when something is broken; maintenance on the other hand, keeps things from becoming broken.  Maintenance is always cheaper than repair.

Safety of your family

Aside from saving loads of cash, monthly and annual maintenance of garage doors also do another type of saving—saving your family from danger brought by malfunctioning garage doors, especially children.  Malfunctioning garage doors are a threat to the safety of your children. For example, the garage may close suddenly while they are directly beneath or they may get hit by a torsion spring that has snapped. Making sure that there are no defective parts in your garage door will make your whole family safe.

Safety of your properties

The garage is not only the place where you store you cars, it is also a place where you put many of your power tools and other expensive products.  Who stands guard to keep your things safe inside the garage? The garage door protects the home from intruders.  If garage doors aren’t maintained well, it may become easy for burglars to break into your home.  Surely, the amount you spend on maintenance is chicken feed compared to the value of the items inside the garage.

Why not do it yourself?

You can inspect your garage door every day, but when it comes to removing parts of the garage door mechanism and tinkering with the garage door, leave it to the pros. Garage doors have high tension parts that coud snap and injure you.  If you suspect there is something wrong with your garage door, the most effective thing you can do is call a garage door repair company for proper evaluation and solution.

So, do you need an annual or monthly maintenance for your garage door? Yes, because it is better to be safe than sorry. It’s also cost-efficient. Garage doors are always used and they are easy targets to the ravages of time. Through regular maintenance, you can save your money and keep your family and properties safe.

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Glass Garage Doors for the Modern Home

Access to a garageGarage doors have a very industrial and conventional reputation as part of a home. These simply house the family car or keep the family stuff safe and away from the elements. Garage doors protect your valuables and your home from intruders. However, a certain type of garage door is making ground in turning the opinion when it comes to what these garage doors can and should do for a home.

Cue in the rise of the popularity of the glass garage doors. From something that is purchased on a need basis, glass garage doors elevate it to a design element that most modern homes welcome with open arms. They are tempered glass that is durable as it is supported by thick aluminum on the sides.

What are the benefits of glass garage doors for your home? Read on.

It’s beautiful from the outside and gives a preview of the beauty inside. 

Today, garage areas have moved beyond the car and the boxes of stocks. Contemporary home design has made garages into living spaces, which can also cover the home’s expansive kitchen and living room. Glass doors provide a seamless look from the kitchen or living room as it opens up unto the patio or garden, versus the usual main road. Instead of a wall with a door, glass garage doors are a beautiful way to showcase a beautiful kitchen from the outside and are a great way to provide a view of the outside without the need to open it especially in cases of winter or rain from the inside.

It is perfect for smaller homes and designs with an open lay-out. 

Like mirrors, glass garage doors lend a bigger and more spacious feel to homes with a much more limited space. As everything is see through, it does not cut the view, but rather adds more dimension and depth to any design compared to let’s say, walls or dividers.

Speaking of dividers, glass garage doors are not just for outside use, but are also applicable to the interiors as a form of separating living spaces in open lay-outs and bungalows. It is not just conducive to a design-driven house, it is also not as expensive to execute.

It keeps utilities down. 

Compared to full aluminum garage doors, glass garage doors let sunlight in depending on the thickness and kind of glass. This helps in lessening the need for expensive heating and is better at keeping the warmth in during winter.

It is highly customizable. 

Usually, garage doors come in made and ready for installation. What makes glass garage doors such a hit with interior designers and homeowners is that they are a joy to customize to fit the needs of the owner and the house’s design.

Different glass finishes from opaque to fully transparent add flair to a home. When it comes to the frames, those can be painted and adjusted endlessly, providing thousands of options to any homeowner.

When choosing a garage door for your home, remember that you also need to consider other factors on top of design. You also need to take into consideration your budget, how much time and money you are willing to spend on maintenance, the climate in your area, and the durability of your door. If you are unsure about these things, it is always best to consult a garage door professional who can help you make the perfect choice.

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How To Make Sure Your Garage Is Ready For Winter

iStock_000004920391_SmallWinter will always come and it would be too great a stress to take care of winter proofing your garage when the icy cold season is already knocking on your door. Any boy scout will tell you it’s better safe than sorry. Planning now how to protect your garage from the unforgiving cold will save you much apprehension later. Also, doing this winter proofing early could save you money because prices for the items needed for winter proofing may go lower as spring season begins.

Fix or replace weather stripping

If you want to be able to protect your garage doors from drafts and be able to work in the garage during winter, you have to make sure that the weather-stripping is in good condition.  Weather stripping is what seals the garage door and the garage door opening and preventing air from the outside to enter your garage. Over time, the weather stripping will crack and brittle, letting cold draft that will make the interior of the garage cold.  Have a garage door technician check the weather stripping for you.

Make sure the garage door closes firmly

Sometimes, we may not notice those little problems until they are already causing us inconvenience. Such is often the case with garage doors that don’t close tight. From spring to fall, we don’t notice this problem, but during winter when draft already enters the garage, we scramble to find the problem. It takes only a couple of minutes to check if the garage door closes tight shut. At night, you can have someone shine a flashlight outside the garage while you look inside the garage. If much of the light passes through, you have a problem and should call a garage repair company right away.

Install a unit heater in your garage

A unit heater inside the garage will make the place comfortable but that’s not all it does. It also helps keep the mechanisms on your garage door safe from the ravages of cold weather, which could have a bad effect on them.  Remember that all the things that make your garage door work are located inside, so having a unit heater is a must if you want your garage door to survive the winter.

General maintenance if necessary

If your garage door has been giving you  problems throughout the rest of the year, you should have a general maintenance done on it before winter comes.  Little problems have a way of becoming big inconveniences during the unforgiving winter cold. A little gap on the weather stripping could mean your garage door will be like a refrigerator instead of a comfortable work area. Problems on the  mechanisms could get worse because of the freezing temperature, too. So make sure to have your garage door checked early.

The best way to make sure that your garage is protected from cold drafts is through proper maintenance. You can always count on garage door companies to help you out and give you advice on how to winter-proof your garage door.

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