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How To Choose The Perfect Garage Door Color

how to choose the perfect garage door color

Your garage door is one of your home’s largest outdoor facades to greet visitors. Additionally, it is the single-most defining factor of your property’s overall curb appeal.

Considering these two factors, we’d say the color you choose to paint your garage door is a pretty big deal!

Ultimately, your garage door color can affect the overall value of your home, and for potential home-sellers, this is one of your most vital considerations.

In this post, we will guide you on how to choose the best garage door color for your home!

Choosing the Best Garage Door Color for Your Home

While there is a myriad of elements which add to the overall aesthetic of your home, your garage door defines your curb appeal.

Finishings such as window trim color, exterior sidings and even the grass and shrubbery you choose to use, make your house a home.

But your single-most important consideration when defining the overall appeal of your home has to be your garage door color.

It’s quite simple: the larger your garage doors, the greater impact they will have on your home’s look and feel.

Whether you are looking to sell your home or give it a much-needed make-over, a good place to start is your garage doors.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

Consider the Color of Your Home

If you are looking to make your property appear larger, a great tip is to paint your garage doors the same color as your home.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to make a statement and want your home to stand out in the neighborhood, a white garage door is always a head-turner.

This is especially noticeable when your home is painted a neutral color, such as beige or grey. A white garage door will create a great contrast.

Brighten Things Up

If your home is white or any other neutral shade such as light grey, cream or beige, adding a pop of color can do wonders for your curb appeal.

It all depends on how much of a statement you want to make and whether your color choice will match the look and feel of your neighborhood.

Unique garage door colors include:

  • Mocha brown
  • Charcoal
  • Black
  • Evergreen
  • Dark blue

These colors are bound to make a simple, yet effective statement.

Add Richness to Your Curb Appeal

If you are a traditionalist and prefer the appeal of warm, rich tones, then these garage door colors will appeal to you:

  • Maroon red
  • Rich, dark brown
  • A faux wood / wood-grain finish

This type of garage door color tends to fit in well with homes crafted from brick, complementing the natural brick color of your home.

Consider Your Home’s Accent Colors

Another important aspect to consider when choosing a garage door color is your home’s accent colors.

In other words, the trim colors of your home i.e. window trims and shutters, exterior sidings and your front door.

Essentially, you want your garage door color to complement the trim colors of your property.

If you are looking to draw attention away from your front door and windows, paint your garage door the same color!

Stick to One Shade

If you’re looking to incorporate a little personality into your curb appeal, using more than one color is not advisable!

Clashing colors on your garage door can actually detract from your home’s curb appeal, hurting the value of your home.

Additionally, multiple garage door colors may not fit in with your neighborhood. Sticking to one, solid block of color makes your home look neat, sleek and appealing.

Follow Your Neighborhood Style

Keeping to the overall theme of your neighborhood is always recommended.

One of the most important reasons is based on your home’s resale value. The bottom line is that no one wants to buy a new home which sticks out like a sore thumb!

If you live in a neighborhood which is a little more traditional or reserved, ideally, you should stick to this trend.

For example, of your neighbor’s front door and garage door are the same color, it may be best to do the same.

However, if your neighborhood allows for a statement, go ahead and add a little personality to your curb appeal!

Consider Your Home’s Building Materials

Lastly, it’s wise to consider the materials which define the exterior of your home.

If you live in a wood-sided home, a warm, earthy color for your garage door would fit right in.

In this instance, you wouldn’t choose a bright, contrasting color – it just wouldn’t match the look and feel of your property. A brick home would benefit from a similar color garage door in order to complement the exterior.

Vinyl-sided homes generally allow for a range of garage door colors.

The deciding factor will be matching up your trimmings and your garage door to tie it all together.

Popular Garage Door Colors

In today’s property market, some of the most popular garage door colors include:

  • Light green
  • Light blue
  • Black
  • Light grey
  • Dark grey
  • Dark brown
  • Wood-textured brown
  • Beige
  • Cream white
  • Bright white

Choosing the right color may seem overwhelming, but factoring in a few of the above considerations could go a long way in upping the value of your home.

Increase the Value of Your Home with Us

At R&S Erection of Concord, we are your one-stop-shop for all your garage door and automatic gate needs.

Our service extends to both residential and commercial properties, offering 24-hour emergency service, 7 days a week.

Our business prides itself on being ‘manufacturers with a personalized touch’.

Whether you’re looking for garage door maintenance or installation, we do it all.

View our gallery of residential garage door installations, and get in touch with us for a quote today!

5 Types of Garage Doors for New Homeowners

5 types of garage doors for new homeowners

Welcome to the world of homeownership. You’re likely going to spend the next few years obsessing over home decor and weighing the pros and cons of having certain appliances.

While you might be able to easily pin down which washer and dryer set you want, selecting one of the many types of garage doors on the market is sure to make your head throb. Garage doors aren’t, after all, cheap, so you want to get things right the first time.

So which material should you look into when selecting a garage door for your new home? Which one will provide the most utility given your budget and preferences? Let’s find out.

Aluminum

As some of you may now, aluminum isn’t the most durable material. Despite that fact, building garage doors with aluminum has its benefits.

Aluminum, for example, resists rust better than some of the other options on this list. This means that you don’t have to worry about that ugly, rusty look a few years down the line.

Further still, aluminum is a lightweight material. As a result, it is often incorporated in extra wide garage doors and other types of garage doors that might get a little hefty.

One of the only drawbacks of using aluminum is that it doesn’t resist dents so well. Fortunately, you can find more aluminum doors on the market. Needless to say, though, you’re going to pay a bit more for that added durability. 

Fiberglass

Fiberglass gives homeowners some of the same benefits that aluminum provides. Like aluminum, it resists dents. It also doesn’t rust.

Dents and rust aside, fiberglass is an “easy” material to work with because it can be easily manipulated. It can be crafted to look like somewhat expensive wood or it can be made to look a bit transparent. All in all, fiberglass allows homeowners a fair amount of customization at a decent cost.

The material, however, does not come without its faults. It has been known to take on a yellowish hue over time. It has also been known to break as it ages.

As a matter of fact, it is more likely to break on impact than some of the other types of garage doors mentioned here. That said, if you’re planning on backing into your garage door for some reason, don’t choose fiberglass.

Wood

Wood is timeless. We’ve been building with it for millennia, and we’re not likely to stop anytime soon. And since some people are branding it as a sustainable building material, maybe that’s a good thing.

Wooden garage doors are fairly durable compared to fiberglass and aluminum, but this doesn’t mean that they last longer than other doors. For obvious, they resist dents well. If maintained well, they can last for years.

If you’ve ever purchased wooden furniture, you probably know that wood is costly. That said, you’re definitely going to pay a steep price if you want a wooden garage door.

Of course, that price is arguably worth the expense. Similar to fiberglass, wood is a material which offers customers lots of opportunities for customization. Homeowners can choose from a vast array of woods to get the look that they really want for their garage doors.

If you go with wood, however, just remember to properly maintain your garage door. You do, after all, want your money to go as far as possible.

Wood Composite Doors

Wood composite doors are slightly different from wooden garage doors. They consist of a blend of derivative woods products. In other words, they’re fairly processed compared to wooden doors.

While both types of garage doors (wooden and wood composite) are durable, wood composite doors arguably come out on top here. For one, composite woods typically have a longer life span than solid woods. Because of the longer life span, the money homeowners put towards wood composite doors goes a lot further.

Don’t, however, misunderstand us here. We’re not suggesting that wood is inferior to wood composites. Some people would argue that composites don’t compare to solid woods when it comes to style and elegance. We’re just pointing out that composites are a budget-friendly option.

Steel

Steel is even more durable than wood. Not only that, but the typical construction of steel garage doors pretty much ensures that this type of garage door will withstand the elements well. They’re usually made from multiple layers of galvanized steel.

To be fair, though, steel garage doors aren’t perfect. As some of you might expect, they do rust. They can also be dented.

Further still, they are susceptible to corrosion. This is even more true for people who live in coastal areas. As a result, we don’t recommend steel garage doors for people who live in such areas and aren’t willing or able to replace their garage doors somewhat frequently.

If, however, you can live with the corrosion (which we doubt), go for it.

Vinyl

Vinyl is perhaps the most budget-friendly material on this list. We say this because vinyl garage doors are so hard to actually damage. Furthermore, they require so little maintenance that it’s hard for some homeowners not to go vinyl when they need something that will last for a while.

As with most good things, though, there is a tradeoff. If you want a vinyl garage doors, you’ll have to compromise on the design. Vinyl doors are not available in as many colors or designs as most of the other options on this list. Those of you who can’t live without a little customization should rule vinyl out as an option.

Choosing Between the Different Types of Garage Doors

It looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you. You have to make a major decision that will affect your home’s exterior design for years to come.

Unless, of course, you have thousands of dollars to spare.

In any case, once you settle on a material for your garage, you can start picking out a garage door opener. Because, you know, no garage door is complete without one.

Still haven’t even had your garage door installed yet? Contact us today for a free estimate.

7 Safety Tips That Help With Garage Door Maintenance

7 safety tips that help with garage door maintenance

Most people only know something’s wrong with their garage door when it stops working thus requiring garage door maintenance. 

No one wants to get home at night and realize their garage door doesn’t want to open. Then begins the personal struggle: fix it yourself or call a professional. Fixing it on your own can be potentially dangerous, and it can be tough to figure out just what the problem is. If you call a professional, the costs can rack up quickly.

Luckily, there are some steps any homeowner can take to prevent their garage door from breaking suddenly.

With these garage door maintenance tips in your toolbox, you’ll never be taken by surprise by a garage door suddenly malfunctioning. Use these measures to keep your garage door in great working order.

Ready? Let’s go through our 7 safety tips that help with garage door maintenance.

Why Garage Door Maintenance Matters

You might be thinking, “well, if I can just call someone to fix it, why should I maintain my garage door?”

What people don’t realize is that garage doors can be dangerous if they aren’t well-maintained. A door that suddenly breaks, fails to open, or closes randomly can not only cause damage to vehicles, but it can injure people as well.

This applies to self-repairs as well. Trying to fix your garage door alone isn’t a good idea if you don’t know what you’re doing. No one should hurt themselves doing DIY repairs if it can be avoided. However, doing some quick checks on your garage door is fairly harmless and actually prevents future injuries.

By maintaining your garage door, you’re keeping you and your family safe.

1. Use your eyes and your ears

With garage door maintenance, your eyes and your ears are great tools for diagnosing issues.

A well-maintained garage door won’t sound loud and noisy — in fact, it will sound rather quiet when it closes. Loud creaks and groans can indicate issues with the garage door, so if your opener makes a racket it might be a good idea to do some DIY maintenance.

2. Keep your garage door balanced

Your garage door has a balance system that keeps it from coming down too quickly or not far enough. If the door is out of balance, it might slide down with a lot of force, potentially damaging anything underneath it. This also puts a lot of wear on the door, causing it to break early.

It’s fairly simple to check your garage door’s balance. Before you do anything, make sure that the opener is disconnected. Usually, you can disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle, which is generally a red cord.

After that, pull your garage door up manually until it’s halfway open.

If your garage door stays in place at that position, it’s balanced. If it slams down or keeps moving upward, it’s unbalanced in one way or the other.

Unfortunately, if your garage door is unbalanced, you will need a professional to adjust it.

3. Keep moving parts oiled and greased

Just like with any other machine, doing garage door maintenance means you keep the moving parts in working order.

There are tons of moving parts in a garage door opener and they all need lubrication to work properly. The rollers, springs, and hinges need it, as well as the opener chain.

If you live in a cold climate, you might need to use specific oils and greases made for low temperatures. Also, try not to over-oil or over-grease any parts — while not dangerous, it’s a mess that can get on people’s clothing.

4. Inspect your sensors

If the garage door isn’t closing properly, there may be an issue with the LED sensors at either side of the entrance.

Check them for dust or obstructions and clean the lenses if they’re dirty. If that doesn’t work, check the LED lights themselves. If either one isn’t working, the door won’t close anytime soon. Adjusting the sensors so that they match up should cause the door to successfully close.

If not, it’s time to call the professionals.

5. Adjust the door’s force

Most people don’t know that you can actually change the force of the opener. This affects how hard the door comes down.

What this system is useful for is detecting objects beneath the garage door. If the force is too high, the door will crush anything beneath it. With a weak force, however, the door won’t actually close at all.

An easy test is to put something like a wooden board or a rock underneath the door. If the garage door detects the object and opens again, the force is probably fine.

However, if the door refuses to close at all, or if it smashes down on the object, it needs some adjustments.

6. Childproofing

While not technically garage door maintenance, this is a safety concern nonetheless. If you or your friends have children, it’s useful to figure out ways to childproof your garage door.

Never leave the garage door opener where a child could get hold of it. It might seem like a toy to them.

The button on the wall for opening the garage door should always be high up on the wall, far over the height of any child. It’s also important to understand how the emergency reverse function works. Educating your children on this feature is vital for their safety.

7. Update your garage door

It’s much tougher to do garage door maintenance on old, outdated garage doors.

Many of these aged doors lack the modern safety features that new doors have. For example, older doors might not reverse until the door actually hits the object. If the object is a person, then it’s already too late.

While it can be costly to replace, the added security and function of your new garage door will surely be worth it.

Regular garage door maintenance creates a smooth-running door and a safer environment.

If there are issues, don’t hurt yourself trying repairs — call our trusted garage door technician and we will help you get your door working.

The Best Garage Door Openers of 2017

the best garage door openers of 2017

As soon as you leave work, the last thing you want to do is sit on your driveway pressing your garage door opener so many times you can’t count.

This unfortunate scenario happens to the best of us.

Once your garage door opener fails, you can’t get inside your garage without muttering complaints about why the door opener stopped working.

Know The Best Garage Door Openers

Luckily for you, we’ve comprised a master list of the best garage door openers money can buy in 2017. 

Read on to find out more information on these top-performing picks.

First, let’s establish the difference between the four major types of garage door openers that exist on the market today for you to choose from.

Chain Drives

A chain drive mechanism operates by using a chain that smoothly rolls against the rails.

These chain drives are often the most used for a typical garage door. 

Chain drives also come equipped with chain separators that prevent your garage door from making too much unnecessary noise when the door goes down.

If you are experiencing any problems with your current garage door, make sure to ask us for any helpful tips we can give you by shooting us an e-mail! 

Direct Drives

These direct drives do not use chains or belts, but rather one singular moving part that resembles an arm moving up and down.

Using direct drives can be a hi-tech option that eliminates unnecessary noise with its lack of vibrations. 

These types of technologically advanced garage door openers can be costly for a typical family. 

Belt Drives

Belt drives are great if your garage is located below a bedroom and you need to control how much noise is created from constant garage door use.

These drives are usually made out of steel and move quietly around a centralized hub. 

More and more belt drives are being designed to be quieter than ever before, and they are also becoming smartphone controlled. 

Jackshaft Drives

These drives are brand new in terms of garage door opening, which also means they can get expensive fast.

By installing the mounted opener, you will be able to access it through Wi-Fi capabilities. These drives are truly where technology is headed. 

Now onto the best garage door openers:

Liftmaster 8500 

This is a top-rated #1 product because it has some outstanding key features.

We highly recommend a LiftMaster

Why?

It’s dependable and quiet, for starters.

Here are some more amazing factors that make the LiftMaster opener a winner in our book:

  1. Ultra Quiet Belt Operation
  2. A Lifetime Warranty
  3. Soft Start and Stop Capabilities
  4. Wi-Fi to control from anywhere
  5. Timer-to-close 
  6. Motion Detection 
  7. Real-time alert

This impressive garage door opener is a wonderful option for a family that is concerned about their security.

  • If you want to operate your garage door with Wi-Fi, you can do so with a Liftmaster 8500.

It’s an elite series machine that makes it a reliable garage door opener.

This garage door opener has multiple tech savvy abilities to give you the control you need whenever you leave or enter your garage.

Liftmaster/Chamberlain/Sentex

You need to install the Liftmaster/Chamberlain/Sentex on your own, but that’s quite alright because this garage door opener has easy to follow instructions.

Even when the power goes out and you think you are stranded with your car parked inside your garage, this opener is equipped with a backup battery that is energy efficient.

The drawback to the Liftmaster/Chamberlain/Sentex is that it only uses one remote.

Chamberlain WD1000WF

This garage door opener uses a belt drive operation which makes it less costly to buy in comparison to the more hi-tech ones.

With this specific unit, you receive two remotes, a panel that lets you control from the inside, a backup battery, and a keypad to use on the outside of your garage.

There is also a mobile app that you can download to operate your garage door straight from your phone!

Simply download the app to get instant notifications concerning everything there is to know about what is going on with your garage door.

Need to know if your garage door is functioning properly?

The notifications can tell you everything from whether or not it has properly closed, to information regarding if it has been opened without your permission.

Sommer Direct Drive 1042V001

As with other direct drives, the Sommer Direct Drive 1042V001 uses just one part to move. 

It does not use a chain or a belt.

It glides across a chain that is stationary, which aids in its noise level.

The noise levels heard from in and around your residential garage will be significantly reduced by purchasing one of these options as our pick for the best garage door openers in 2017.

This specific model has been reviewed on places by actual customers and has been given a positive response.

This drive can also lift the heaviest of doors, with its limit of up to 550 pounds!

Now that is one powerful motor.

What’s included with this direct drive garage door opener?:

  1. Two remotes
  2. A wall panel for optimal control 
  3. Light sensory capabilities
  4. Technology that automatically cuts the motor connected to the door if it senses objects/movements in its way

What Do You Want Out Of An Option For The Best Garage Door Opener?

  • You need to protect your family from intruders.
  • A secure garage door will keep the burglars out of your way for GOOD.
  • No more worrying about your pets and children when you are out of town. 
  • Have the ability to operate your garage door opener from places such as your smartphone or PC computer at a moments notice.
  • Understand the warranty that is associated with the operator that you choose.

Now You Know

Our hope is that you now understand a little more about the best garage door openers available in 2017.

Which one will you pick?

A chain, belt, direct drive, or jackshaft?

Feel free to let us know in the comments below so we can further share our knowledge with you, our valued customers. 

Is your garage door in need of replacing? Contact our licensed garage door repair technician today so you can stop worrying about the safety of your family.

Safety First

safety-firstHow safe is your garage? You might be surprised to learn that it’s not as safe as you think. According to expert statistics, there are more than 13,000 garage door or garage-related injuries every single year. Some of the most common include:

  • Getting pinched or crushed between the sections of the garage door (7557)
  • Garage doors that fall off their tracks, typically the result of old springs (2102)
  • DIY garage door repairs or replacement (1610)
  • Lacerations from sharp edges on the door/track (805)

And the list goes on.

Routine garage door maintenance prevents injuries

The good news is that making one, simple change can have a dramatic impact when it comes to improving garage safety: Observing a routine garage door maintenance plan.

When you sign up with a licensed garage door company to inspect, tune-up and repair your garage door, you gain a partner in the mission towards garage door safety. If your door is outdated and doesn’t have many of the safety features that stop its activity at the first sign of resistance or pressure, we’ll let you know. If your springs are looking old or misshapen, we’ll replace them for you.

Garage door techs will automatically repair or replace parts that aren’t working properly or that are showing signs of wear and can dull down, or point out, any sharp edges or danger zones that might get in the way of precious human bodies or pets. Plus, if you are part of our regular maintenance plan clientele, you get top priority when your garage malfunctions or breaks down, and you also have access to premium price savings.

It’s easy to neglect garage door maintenance until something undesirable happens, so a proactive maintenance approach is the way to go.

5 tips for improving garage safety

Once your garage door is in ship-shape the following tips will also help to improve garage safety:

  1. Secure hazards up and out of the way, or in locked containers. The garage is full of tools and chemicals that are unsafe for pets and children. Make sure these items are secured up and out of the way, or lock them up in a labeled container or cabinet. Don’t forget that ladders are a danger. When propped up against the wall, they pose an irresistible temptation for little ones. Instead, install hooks in the rafters or along the wall and suspend the ladder on the horizontal plane instead.
  2. Eliminate clutter. Does your garage resemble a contemporary obstacle course? This is a recipe for disaster since the more your household members and/or guests have to navigate the clutter, the more apt they are to trip and fall on the hard garage floor. This is especially true for the senior population and those who have to maneuver around cars, toys and other items with a mobility aid. Pick a day when the weather is reasonable and perform a thorough Spring Cleaning (regardless of the season). Read, Garage Spring Cleaning, for tips on getting started.
  3. Have a fire extinguisher on hand. From fertilizer and paint thinner to pesticides and various types of fuel, the average residential garage is a much bigger fire hazard than most homeowners give it credit for. As we mentioned in #1, storing these hazardous chemicals and flammable products in well-marked, locked containers is a good first step. Even so, accidents happen so have a fire extinguisher or two in easy-to-reach locations so you can put a fire out quickly. Also, calendar the inspection date on each one and take it to a local fire protection company to trade it in or have it re-inspected so it’s ready to go when you need it.
  4. Provide adequate ventilation. Garages are notorious for having poor air quality due to the off-gassing of your vehicle when it starts and stops, as well as the various toxins that are stored inside. Make sure the door between the garage and the house is very well sealed, and then talk to your HVAC company about secure ventilation options so noxious gases have a way to escape rather than to accumulate inside.
  5. Upgrade security measures. Garages are a primary entrance for many burglars, especially if you’re in the habit of leaving a window cracked or keeping it in a slightly raised position so pets can get in and out. Read, 6 Tips on How to Make Your Garage Burglar Proof to make your garage more safe and secure.

Ready to make garage safety a priority for your home? Contact us here at R&S. Our friendly maintenance technicians will stop by each year to ensure your garage door parts are safe, functioning properly and secure. Don’t forget to ask us about our regular specials, which allow homeowners and landlords to replace outdated garage doors for a highly competitive price.

The Benefits of Professional Maintenance

the-benefits-professional-maintenanceIn a perfect world, all of us would schedule routine maintenance for our mechanical appliances, accessories, and vehicles. The reality, however, is that we don’t. As a result, these hard-working machines wind up in a bind from time to time, often requiring a costly repair or replacement in order to make it right again. Your automatic garage door is no exception.

The downfall to this wait-until-disaster-strikes approach is that those expensive emergency repairs and big-time malfunctions are largely avoided with a little, cost-effective maintenance along the way. When you add to that the fact that many manufacturers make “proof of professional maintenance” a requirement for any warranty obligations, it makes, even more, sense to hire a licensed professional to maintain your garage doors.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional to Maintain Your Garage Door

Here are some of the benefits of establishing a routine, professional maintenance schedule with a professional garage door company.

More reliable operation

First and foremost, routine maintenance proactively addresses any latent issues and ensures everything is functioning as it should. This means your garage door will work more reliably, quietly and efficiently day in and day out. An annual or bi-annual inspections mean your sensors are less likely to get out of whack, the door will remain balanced and on track, tracks will be clean and all moving parts will be adequately lubricated.

Catch small issues before they grow into bigger ones

Nothing lasts forever and that’s true for garage doors, too. However, annual maintenance means catching small issues you might not notice on a daily basis before they turn into big issues that lead to expensive repairs, replacement parts or an avoidable replacement of the entire kit-and-caboodle. While maintenance appointments will cost a nominal amount here and there, those big-ticket – often avoidable – repairs and replacements cost a whole lot more.

Enhance garage door function

While the licensed professional goes about his business, he’ll be looking at your garage with an objective eye. If it seems like the insulation could be beefed up, he’ll make recommendations and even tell you how to do it if you prefer to handle the job yourself. Perhaps the weather stripping is shot, in which case he’ll recommend replacing that as well. These may seem like small things, but they make a big difference – especially if you spend time in the garage working on hobbies or watching the game with neighbors.

Keep you and your family safe

Garage doors are dangerous – they’re heavy, cumbersome and can cause accidents if they’re in a state of disrepair. This is especially true for manual garage doors or outdated models that don’t have built-in safety features. The technician tests the door’s safety mechanisms to make sure they’re functioning properly. He will also let you know when it’s time to replace your garage door and can make recommendations for the right make and model for your taste and budget.

Get in on great deals and offers

We take pride in our commitment to superior customer service with each and every customer. Even so, long-term relationships matter. When you establish a routine maintenance schedule with a local garage door company, it’s inevitable that you’ll be the first to know about great deals and offers as they’re available, and many companies pass down discounts to regular customers when the garage door needs to be replaced or requires an expensive repair. This all adds up to major savings over the lifetime of your garage door(s).

Interested in establishing an on-going relationship with Bay Area garage door professionals? Contact us here at R&S and we’ll get you on the books. We’ve provided decades of reliable, customer-centric garage door and commercial door maintenance and repairs. (925) 671-7606.

What Your Garage Door Says About You?

You wouldn’t think that a garage door says a whole lot about the people who live inside, but it does. After more than 50 years in the garage installation and repair business, you’d be surprised what we know by examining a garage door.

5 Things We Can Learn About You Through Your Garage Door

Here are some of the things your garage blabs to the world about you and other house occupants.

  1. You like to draw attention to yourself. If you have a fresh and brightly colored garage door, odds are you’re feeling pretty bold and confident. In fact, you feel so good about yourself – and your home’s garage door – that you don’t mind if the whole world takes a look. In fact, your boldly painted red, blue or yellow garage door is more like your way of saying, “Look at me, world!” as you boldly stare back.Helpful Tip: Just make sure you keep that paint well-sealed and/or refreshed because while a dilapidated neutral-colored door is always a bit of an eyesore, your peeling red paint is a much more garish display of decay.
  2. You’re not overly observant. Sometimes, our garage door maintenance routes take us back and forth through the same neighborhoods. The first time we see the garage door up, we figure it’s a fluke or perhaps a homeowner is busy working outside. The next time, and the next – we realize that the homeowner is driving away, clicking the remote access closer, and not paying attention to the fact that the door isn’t closing. Whoops!Helpful Tip: First, we highly recommend waiting until your garage door is all the way closed before driving off. Second, if the door won’t close, odds are there is something in the way and/or that the laser eyes are a tad bit off – both of which are easy fixes.
  3. You’re a neat Nelly. It’s not just the garage door that says this about you; it’s your house, the window trimmings, the landscape and everything else. The paint is fresh and the lawn and shrubs are tidy. When the garage door is up, the neighbors are in awe at the organization they see on display – there’s a place for everything and everything in its place. Yours is the garage that everyone wants to have – but hardly anybody does.Helpful Tip: We applaud the time you spend keeping things in order, but we recommend giving yourself a break once in a while and letting the professionals take over. A licenses garage door company will be happy to perform routine garage door maintenance at a very reasonable price, leaving you more free to get out there and have fun once in a while.
  4. You’re a renter. When the yard is verdant and well-maintained, and the house is in good shape – but the garage door is outdated and a bit dilapidated, we figure you must be a renter. While you’re doing a great job of maintaining what you can, there’s a point where an outdated garage door gives you away. Replacing a garage door isn’t something most landlords volunteer to do, and it isn’t an expense most renters volunteer to take on. Thus, rental homes often have garage doors that are seriously out of date.Helpful tip: Contact a licensed garage door company and have them give you a free estimate for an automatic garage door replacement. Even bottom-end units are attractive and reliable, and they sure beat the look and (dys)function of an outdated door. Then, staple it to a copy of our post, Garage Door Safety 101. It will serve as a reminder that the outdated garage door on your home is actually a bit of a safety hazard.
  5. You know your stuff when it comes to garage doors. If you’re paying attention to the world of garage doors, you’ll show it off by replacing weather stripping or seals before winter weather strikes, or upgrading the insulation before you turn it into a hobby shop or man cave. You may even have certain luxuries, like a garage door screen, the converts your garage into more of an indoor/outdoor living space when the weather gets warm.Helpful tip: While we applaud your DIY ability, there are some garage door repairs you shouldn’t do yourself. Know when to contact the professionals so you don’t make a regrettable error.

Feel like your garage door isn’t saying the right thing about you? Contact us here at R&S and we’ll see if we can help.

4 Garage Door Fixes You Should Do Yourself

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While there are some general maintenance and garage door housekeeping tasks that are perfect DIY projects – like cleaning up the moving parts and tracks, upgrading or replacing the insulation, or lubricating the moving mechanical parts, there are other repair and replacement chores that are best left to the professionals. There are two reasons for this.

First, even today’s lighter and more flexible garage doors still weigh hundreds of pounds. Their size makes them cumbersome, unwieldy and unpredictable – and this makes for pretty dangerous situations. Secondly, most garage door manufacturer warrantees are only guaranteed if a licensed, professional garage door installer performs the heavier-duty repairs and maintenance tasks. Doing it on your own – meaning you can’t provide receipts for professional service later on – will most likely void your warranty.

Let the garage door professionals handle the following 4 garage door fixes

Here are 4 garage door repairs that are best left to professionals.

  1. Replacing torsion springs. While you may understand that a torsion spring packs a very powerful punch, there is nothing like experiencing it firsthand – and we don’t recommend it. If the torsion spring snaps off or breaks mid-repair, you will be seriously hurt at best and permanently injured at worst. Fortunately, most garage door manufacturers are migrating away from torsion spring technology in lieu of safer extension systems – but not all of them. Even if you opt to perform a DIY garage door repair, we advise paying the minimal amount it will cost to have a professional come out and perform the torsion spring work for you.
  2. Repairs that require specialized tools. Unfortunately, many garage doors have highly specialized parts that require highly specialized tools. Understandably, most homeowners have no desire to spend hundreds of dollars on specialty tools they’ll only use once or twice in a lifetime. Instead, they’ll try to make their own tools work. This is a bad idea. In addition to the risk of injury, there’s a very good chance you’ll damage the garage door and/or its parts – and these parts will no longer be covered under warranty since you aren’t a licensed garage door professional. Now, your garage door repair just got that much more expensive.
  3. Replacing a garage door. The good news about modern garage doors is that they are multi-layered, which makes them more efficient, reliable and insulated. The bad news is that they are also pretty cumbersome. The doors shift their weight and undulate into a new position with the slightest tip or shift on your end. If nothing else, don’t ever attempt to replace a garage door by yourself – it is definitely a two person job, and preferable three. However, we recommend paying the professionals for both of the aforementioned reasons. You will avoid injury – potentially serious injury – and you can be sure that your warranty will remain in place.
  4. A malfunctioning garage door opener. If the fix is easy, go ahead. If you can’t fix it in your first or second attempt, call it a day and call the pros. Garage doors can be very temperamental. If the repair isn’t automatic, you risk the door coming off its track while you’re up there on a ladder. Wielding a garage door that has fallen off its track, while balancing on a ladder, is darn near impossible and you risk serious injury or even fatality.

Are you in need of professional garage door repair? Give us a call here at R&S. We’ve provided professional, licensed garage door installation and repair in and around the Bay Area for more than two decades.

Garage Door Insulation

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Are you thinking about insulating your garage door before the winter hits? Good idea. These days, many homeowners use their garage for more than just storage; it’s a space where hobbyists, fall and winter sports enthusiasts and crafters can escape the bustle of the household and enjoy a little room all on their own.

In addition to increasing the comfort of your garage’s interior, garage door insulation can also save money on your heating and cooling expenses. Since garages are typically under-insulated, they can diminish interior comfort levels in the living spaces adjacent to the garage wall. This means your HVAC system has to work overtime in order to keep your home at the preferred thermostat setting.

Not sold? Consider that trials performed by garage door companies show that a garage door with R-18 insulation can keep a garage at least 10° F warmer in the cooler months and as much as 20°+ F cooler during the hot months. That’s a temperature change worth striving for.

Garage Door Insulation is a DIY Job

Unlike the majority of garage doors and replacements, which are best left to the professionals, upgrading the insulation on your garage door is a pretty simple DIY job.

Note: If your garage door is outdated and/or needs to be replaced, don’t waste your time on DIY insulation. Instead, replace your door with a new, efficient and already insulated version instead. Read, Is it Time to Replace That Garage Door?, to determine whether it’s time to invest in a new model.

If you plan to do the insulation yourself, here are a few tips to get you started.

Decide which garage door insulation kit is right for you

There are a few different options. The first and best, in our opinion, is an R-8 vinyl-faced fiberglass garage door insulation kit. It comes in kits for single garage doors, so you’ll probably need to purchase two or more kits. These panels are the highest insulation options in the DIY insulation market.

You also have the option of purchasing R-4 precut R-4 expanded polystyrene (EPS) panel foam kits. In our mellow climate, the R-4 insulation might be sufficient. However, even here in the Bay Area our nights and winters are cool enough that the R-8 kit is a better option – especially if your garage does double as a recreational or livable space.

Alternately, some homeowners choose to use 1 ½-inch thick foil-faced fire-rated extruded polystyrene. This option will slightly increase the R-value. However, your cuts need to be very exact with this product. If you haven’t done this before, this material isn’t the best DIY bet.

Wash & Dry Your Garage Door

Before getting started, make sure to wash the garage door panels with water and an all-purpose cleaner. Then rinse them with more fresh water and then them dry. A clean garage door will ensure your new insulation panels are installed properly and on a nice, clean surface –as they would be in a new garage door.

Measure Each Individual Panel to Ensure a Snug Fit

Don’t take the easy route with a one-size-fits-all approach. There can be slight variations in panel heights and widths that may not be discernible to the naked eye, but will really tick you off when you pre-cut a series of panels based on a single measurement – only the find some of them won’t stay put.

Instead, measure each panel individually – to be safe, add one-inch to both the width and the length as you measure and cut each panel. This way the panels will fit well, rather than loosey-goosey.

Once you’ve installed the retaining pins, fit the panels in place with the vinyl side facing away from the garage door.

Don’t Forget the Weather Stripping

Weather stripping is an essential component for a winter-proof garage. Bring your garage door measurements or the door manual with you so you get enough vinyl weather stripping to cover both the sides and top of your garage door. You will also need enough vinyl bottom seal to fit the track. If your garage door track is damaged, this might be a good time to replace it.

Once your insulation panels are in place, it’s time to install the replacement garage door weather stripping, making sure it will provide a tight fit even in strong wind and weather conditions.

Are you running out of time to complete your DIY insulation update? Contact us here at R&S and we’ll be happy to do it for you. Or, if your garage door is outdated, we’ll be happy to provide you with a free onsite estimate for a new automatic garage door, complete with top-quality insulation.

Tips for DIY Garage Door Installation

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The good news is that YouTube and other online resources have plenty of How-Tos and well-made videos that demonstrate how to fix everything under the sun. Residential garage doors are included in this mix. However, we highly advise that you leave garage door installation to the pros.

Garage doors are heavy and cumbersome. In addition to risking your own personal safety, one slip, drop, or unwieldy movement can yield your new garage door kit unusable, and you’ll be stuck having to fork out the money for another one. Also, it’s important to note that many garage door warranties are written such that DIY work isn’t covered.

Read your garage door manual carefully before moving forward with DIY repairs or replacement. There’s a chance that by not using a licensed, garage door professional will mean you’re out of luck down the road – even if you did the job correctly and the garage door error or malfunction isn’t your fault.

Safety Always Comes First When Installing Your Own Garage Door

Safety is the top priority, so never be cavalier. Read the garage kit instructions carefully and watch a video a few times before attempting it on your own. Also, always work with a buddy or two. Garage doors should never be installed by yourself.

We’ve been called in more times than we like to count to rescue homeowners who have experienced traumatic injuries and/or property damage as a result of their good intentions. Always prioritize safety first!

Tools and Materials to Have on Hand

Your materials list will include:

  • Garage door kit
  • Easy tensioning system
  • Cord or rope
  • Masking tape
  • Operator bracket
  • Garage door lubricant
  • Garage door stop with rubber gasket
  • Shims

Plan to have the following tools within reach:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Stepladder
  • Level
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Cordless drill
  • Locking pliers
  • Sawhorses
  • Socket/ratchet set
  • Rags

Tips for Replacing Your Garage Door

  1. Establish the age and condition of the current door. Older garage doors can weigh as much as 450 lbs. When you consider their weight and breadth, combined with old and/or malfunctioning hardware, you need to be exceedingly careful when removing the old door. Identify which type of spring you’re dealing with – torsion or extension. The former are the safest and easiest to disconnect. Extension springs can be extremely dangerous, especially if they don’t have a cable installed. Consider hiring a professional to at least release your spring for you.
  2. Look for garage doors with modern safety features. One of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your family from garage door injuries is to replace your old door with a high-end model with built-in safety features. These include things like light-weight doors (no more than 200 lbs.), pinch resistant section designs to prevent pinched fingers or arms (these injuries can even lead to amputation in older doors), containment cables that run through springs and prevent the deadly whip effect of a sprung spring, or automatic door operators that reverse if something is in the way or at the first sign of resistance.
  3. Replace the hardware as well as the door. As long as you are replacing a new door, you might as well replace all the parts so the entire system is new. This will ensure the door works efficiently and quietly and will extend the amount of time until you’ll need to be up on your stepladder again for another repair or parts replacement.
  4. Install new weather stripping. Once the door is replaced, install new weather stripping to improve the door’s seal. In addition to keeping your garage cleaner and free of moisture that can cause parts corrosion over time, you’ll notice that a well-sealed garage door can reduce the amount of money you spend on heating and cooling the interior of your home.
  5. Hire professionals to release torsion tension. Again, garage door springs are not to be taken lightly. If you install a door that has torsion springs located over the door, it is well worth the nominal fee (usually around $50 or so) to have a professional garage door technician come by to release and/or adjust the tension.

Not sure garage door replacement is the best DIY task for you? Contact R&S and we’ll be happy to send someone out to do the job for you. (925) 671-7606.

 

 

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