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When Is It Time To Replace Your Garage Door Springs?

when is it time to replace your garage door springs

As of 2017, 63% of all houses have a garage or carport. Garages, especially ones attached to the home, offer homeowners convenience, safety, and security when leaving and returning home.

But what good is your garage if the door springs have gone bad? Without proper maintenance, your garage loses all its glamour and glory.

Not sure how to tell if your garage door springs need replacing? You’ve come to the right place. We have the most popular signs it’s time to replace your garage door springs – check it out below.

Types of Garage Door Springs

If you’re new to learning about garage doors, you may not know there is more than one type of spring. You’ll need to know about both to determine which kind you have and the signs each one needs replacing.

Torsion Springs

Made with tightly wound coils of metal (also known as torque springs), torsion springs are the most common type of garage door springs. These springs cause the torque which lifts the garage doors up.

There are two main ways to tell if you need to replace your torsion springs. The first is to disconnect your garage door opener and manually raise the door. If the door doesn’t stay in an upright position by itself, your torsion springs aren’t doing their job.

While your garage door opener is disconnected, move the door to a mid-level position – this is halfway between fully open and fully closed. If the door stays in this position, you don’t need to worry about replacing the torsion springs yet.

But if the door begins to lower on its own or feels heavy, it’s a sign the springs are starting to break. In contrast, if the door feels unusually light, you might need to check the sizing of your torsion springs for your garage door.

Torsion springs last anywhere from four to nine years. This depends on how often you use your garage door, though.

Extension Springs

Extension springs are the most common residential garage door spring. Two extension springs, which are attached to the garage door tracks, run perpendicular to the door. Although most extension springs come in pairs, some garage door openers have one single spring between the tracks.

When your garage door opens or closes, the springs expand and contract. As the springs expand, they absorb energy. Once the door closes, they “charge”, releasing the energy when the door opens again.

You can test to see if your extension springs need replacing in almost the same way you test torsion springs, though there are ways to see if your springs have already broken.

The first way is to look at the physical springs – are there any gaps in the coils? If so, this is a sign the steel the springs are made from has given out. This means they can’t create the tension they need to open or close the garage door.

You can also check to see if both sides of your garage door are still aligned. If one side appears higher or lower than the other, one of the extension springs have given out and can’t open or close that side of the door anymore.

Other Signs

In addition to the specific signs for each spring mentioned above, there are a few more worth mentioning. If you notice:

Rust or Corrosion

If you don’t regularly maintain your garage doors, there’s a good chance corrosion and rust have weakened the garage door springs. Once this has set in, your springs needing replacement aren’t far behind.

This is easily avoidable with regular checkups and garage door maintenance.

Loss of Elasticity

Think about how often you use your garage doors. Do open and close the door every morning and night when you leave and return for work? Or is it mostly used for storage with the occasional opening?

Depending on how often you open and close your doors will determine how stretched your springs get. If you use your garage door on a daily basis, those springs are getting more and more stretched every day.

Over time, those springs will lose their elasticity – just like a stretched rubber band. If you’ve had our garage door springs for a while, it’s a good idea to check how their elasticity is doing.

You can do this by disconnecting the garage door opener and manually open the door. As we mentioned earlier with torsion springs, if the door can’t stay open by itself, they’ve probably lost their elasticity.

Unusual Noises During Operation

Do you hear loud and unusual noises when you try to open and close your garage door? Anything making noises which have you questioning their performance is worth checking out.

Garage door springs shouldn’t make any moaning or grinding noises. Although you can remedy this with by lubricating them, it will only fix the problem temporarily. It’s likely you’re springs are damaged and need immediate replacing.

Uneven Opening

We mentioned the alignment of your garage door earlier in the article. Take some time to watch your garage door open and close. Does one side move faster than the other?

If so, one spring has already checked out with the other not far behind. Any uneven opening or closing is a clear sign you need to replace your garage door springs.

When to Replace Garage Door Springs

Having a garage door opening is one of the most convenient parts of owning a home. It makes for safe comings and goings, plus protects your car or personal belongings from outside weather.

But if your garage doors stop working, it’s likely due to your garage door springs needing replacement. Luckily there are plenty of signs to tell in advance if you need to replace the springs, most of which we covered in the content above!

Want to join the automatic garage door community or think you need service on your garage doors? Make sure to check out our residential services and see how we can help!

8 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Garage Door Paint Color

8 tips to help you choose the right garage door paint color

Your garage door paint color is more important than you think.

In fact, most people assume their garage door paint color should simply be white. However, when you consider the sheer size of your garage door in relation to your home, it’s a large surface that can have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic.

This is not only good for the look of your home, but a strong first impression may even help you sell it in future.

Read on to discover some important tips for choosing the right color.

How To Choose A Garage Door Paint Color

You don’t have to be an expert designer to make your home look good.

All it takes is a few steps and a process of elimination to find out exactly the right color for you.

Cross The Street

When most people start this process, they’ll usually go to their driveway and look at the door from there.

This is still too close.

The best way to get a full picture of your home and how it appears to others is to cross the street and look at it from a distance. This way, you can easily take in all of the home’s colors and begin getting a stronger idea of what you have to work with.

If it’s been a while since you took a photo of your home, this is the perfect time to do it. It will be a great reference to look at when you go into the store looking for paint colors.

Consider the Seasons

Your home on a bright sunny day will look different during the cold winter. This will also have an effect on how your garage door looks over the course of the year.

When looking at your home, think about the surrounding trees and flowers. What colors do they bloom in the spring and fade to in the autumn?

If the changes are very dramatic then light greys or darker colors are your best option as they provide excellent backdrops to the colors around your home.

If your lawn is more clear, then your colors can be bolder without contrasting with anything as the year goes on.

Look At Your Home’s Facade

Every home is different and has features which can be customized to suit your preferences.

When considering the color of your garage door, think about the front of your home in terms of the colors you can see. Is it built with red brick and wooden frames? Or is it mostly white with a few accents and a dark roof?

A good trick is to draw your house as simple rectangles and triangles on your computer filled in with a color that matches each section. From there you can try changing the garage door color to see which works best or looks the most interesting.

As you play around, consider the following stylistic options available to you.

Go Bold

Some people are afraid to go for a vibrant color. However, what they don’t realize is that it can add a lot of character to your home and make it stand out for all the right reasons.

For example, a red brick house with dark wooden trims could easily have a bold red garage door to add a pop of color.

As long as the color complements the rest of the home you should definitely consider richer colors if it’s something you know you would like.

Match the Trim

If you’re concerned about making the wrong choice and want to keep things simple then simply look at your home’s trims.

This is an easy way to guarantee that your garage will match the rest of your home while still adding a nice touch of color.

Enhance

Of course, you can also reverse this logic and elevate your home by repainting the garage door and the trims as well.

This works very well if the front of your house is simple and only consisting of one or two materials like brick and wood or stone and plastic.

For example, imagine a white home with a white garage and black shutters and trims. Painting the garage a navy blue would look a bit odd, but if you also change the shutters and trims to the same blue, the entire house will look much better.

Plus the addition of color will help it stand out and look clean and modern.

Avoid Opposing Colors

Another tip for choosing garage door paint colors is to look at a color wheel. These are a simple way to see if the colors you’re thinking of using can work together or not.

For example, green is the opposite of red so a green garage door on a red brick house will not look good at all.

If you want help balancing colors, there are also plenty of other online resources that can help you match complimentary colors together.

Use Swatches and Samples

If you get stuck and really can’t decide on a color, then head to your local hardware store and grab some color swatches.

By holding them up against the walls and trims, these will give you a good visual on how the color will look compared to the rest of the house.

You can also get some material similar to your garage to try painting yourself to see how it will look.

Give It A Go

Considering a new garage door paint color takes a little bit of imagination and time.

But once you find the perfect shade and apply it, your home will look significantly more modern and new.

Check out our range of garage door services if you are looking for a fresh change or read our blog for other useful hints and tips.

How To Fix A Squeaky Garage Door

how to fix a squeaky garage door

There are few things more annoying than hearing the ear-piercing squeak of your garage door every time you come home or leave your house.

Plus, a squeaky garage door is often an indication of a larger and more serious structural issue. In short, it’s something you need to take care of as soon as you can.

In this post, we’ll tell you the best DIY methods when it comes to learning how to fix a squeaky garage door. We’ll also let you know when it’s time to get a professional to come work on your squeaky garage door.

Read on to learn more.

Get the Right Materials

If you want to know how to fix a squeaky garage door, make sure you have the right tools. You’ll need:

  • Old rags
  • A step ladder
  • Grease designed for garage door
  • Wrench
  • Solvent
  • Silicone-based lubricant spray
  • New garage door rollers (if needed)

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to do some diagnostic work.

Identify the Problem

The first place for you to take a look is the hinges on your garage door. You should also inspect the tracks, the wheels/rollers, and the mechanism that actually opens the door.

This is where you should also consider replacing rollers–especially if you notice they’re damaged or coming loose. Check out a tutorial on how to make that happen here.

We suggest using nylon rollers as opposed to steel ones. Why? Because they’re much lower maintenance and more durable.

Now is also the time to knock away and thoroughly clean off any visible debris. This may be what’s responsible for a squeaky garage door–and it’s a nice easy fix if that’s all that’s required.

Screw in Loose Nuts

Next up, grab your wrench and carefully tighten any loose nuts and hinges. You’ll need to take care not to tighten them too much, as this can cause serious damage.

Now is also the time to get out the spray solvent you purchased. This is what you should use to properly clean off the rust or corrosion on your moving mechanisms.

For this reason, when you’re buying your spray solvent, you need to make it a point to look for options that contain anti-corrosive properties. One of our favorites is this Rust Release Spray from WD-40.

If you notice that your door has an excessive amount of rust and dirt, you may want to let the solution soak in for a few minutes. Just make sure you completely wipe it down with a rag afterward.

Properly Lubricate the Mechanisms

Now that you’ve cleaned off your mechanisms with the solvent spray, it’s time for the most important step in learning how to fix a squeaky garage door.

Now is the time to properly lubricate all the parts that you suspect might be the source of the squeaking. It’s alright to use a heavier amount of lubricant than you might initially think you’ll need.

When you’re looking to purchase the right kind of lubricant for your garage door, look for either silicone spray or grease that’s designed for use on a garage door.

There are some areas, however, that many homeowners often miss. Make sure you properly spray the tracks and springs of your door. Don’t miss the bearings, either.

You need to make sure that you spray the exterior of the door. This is because your door is often impacted by high heat and humidity levels. Properly lubricating it won’t just help you to eliminate the squeaks–it will also extend the overall life of your door.

Once you’ve done this, open your garage door and close it several times in succession. This actually works the grease or lubricant into the parts that need the most attention. Plus, you’ll be able to hear whether or not you’ve properly tackled the squeaky garage door.

If it works, congratulations! You’ve successfully fixed your garage door. Your last step is to wipe off the excess grease with your old rag.

Help! My Garage Door Is Still Squeaking

So, you’ve done everything in this post. You’ve even repeated the process again, but you’re still dealing with a squeaky garage door.

In some cases, the problem may simply be too big for you to fix on your own. You may need to invest in larger replacement parts, or your garage door opening mechanism may need replacing altogether.

If this is the case, it’s the time to call in the professionals. You don’t want to waste your time–and more importantly, your money–replacing or working on parts that aren’t actually the source of the problem.

Plus, no matter how much of a skilled DIYer you are, some issues within your garage door are just too dangerous for you to fix yourself. Ending the squeakiness of your garage door isn’t worth putting your own safety in jeopardy.

We’re here to help you to properly identify the problem and fix it correctly the first time around.

Getting Professional Help for a Squeaky Garage Door

From making sure that you start with the right tools, to using the right kind of anti-corrosion spray, we hope this post has helped you learn how to fix a squeaky garage door.

Of course, we also hope it’s made it clear when it’s no longer safe to tackle the problem on your own.

If you’ve reached that point, go ahead and give us a call. Spend some time on our website, too, to learn exactly how we can help you to tackle a squeaky garage door.

When you’re ready, get in touch with us to schedule a proper consultation and set up an appointment.

The Benefits Of Going From A Manual To An Automatic Garage Door

the benefits of going from a manual to an automatic garage door

Our front door isn’t our front door any longer. Most Americans use their garages over 70% of the time to enter and exit their homes.

Just about all new homes and most homes built within the last 20 years or so come with an automatic garage door. Older homes may not.

If you’re still manually lifting your garage door, you are missing out on the added convenience and security of electric garage doors.

Here are a few of the benefits that come with installing or replacing an automatic garage door.

An Automatic Garage Door Provides Easy Access

An automatic garage door means easy access to your garage. Pushing the button on the wall opens the door just that simple. These units come with a garage door remote that clips onto your car visor.

You don’t get out of your car to open the door. You drive right on in. No more running to the garage door in the rain. No more straining to lift the door yourself.

Keyless Entry

Most electric garage doors also come with a keypad outside the garage. Set a pin and you don’t need the garage door remote at all.

Older children love the independence it gives them to be able to come home from school and not worry about fiddling with house keys.

Then there are times when you need to send someone to your house while you are away. It could be a friend, babysitter, or repair person.

You can provide them the keypad pin. You can always reset the pin after they have left to keep your garage secure.

Or, you can set a guest code for temporary users. Guest codes only work for a period. After your set time is over, the code no longer works.

Keyless entry is great for vacations. Whoever you have charged with picking up the mail and watering the plants doesn’t need a key.

Technology

The technology behind an automatic garage door lends itself to many conveniences such as automatic closing and control from your smartphone.

Automatic Closing

The automatic closing feature means you don’t need to remember to close the door or press the garage door remote a second time. The garage door closes itself.

This is a great thing if you have kids who come and go from the garage. Also helpful if you tend to forget to close the garage door. No more getting to work and worrying that the garage is open.

Smart Phone Apps

You can control many electric garage doors using an app on your smartphone. Using the app, you can close your door from anywhere. The app can also notify you when the door is open.

Added Security

The remote controls and keypad provide a bit of added security. Only folks with either the garage door remote or the pin code can access the house.

Those who are security minded will be sure to keep their cars locked and the remote hidden under the visor.

Garage Door Remote Controls

Thieves can try to access your remote control using a remote control code scanner.

To thwart this, some garage door openers have rolling codes in the remotes. The code changes every time you press the button. So, only you can access the garage.

Some remotes come with a feature called vacation mode. Vacation mode disables the remote controls. You can only open the garage door from the inside. Would-be thieves can’t use a scanner to access your garage.

From the Car to the House

If you park your garage, there is the added security of not leaving your car to walk into the house.

Say you’re coming home late at night and have bags to unload. You can make multiple trips in and out of the house, leaving your car door and private garage door open.

This can be a lifesaver if you have kids or pets that ride with you. You can leave your little one napping in her car seat while you unload the groceries.

Safety Sensors

Automatic garage doors have sensors that detect objects, people, or animals on the threshold. The door won’t come down on any of these. The door will stop once it senses something in its path.

It goes without saying that those of us with children and pets appreciate this feature. It’s also beneficial for those with medical conditions that could slow movement or cause falls.

Automatic Lighting

An automatic garage door comes with built-in lights. When you activate the door, the system turns on an overhead light.

Some electric garage doors have outside lights that light the driveway in front of the garage. This added light comes in handy at night or during inclement weather.

Cost Effectiveness

Even with all the features and technology, even an older automatic garage door is efficient. It does not use a lot of electricity. It uses very little power until you activate the opener. That event only lasts for about 15 seconds.

Along with being cost-effective to run, electric garage doors don’t require expensive maintenance. If you maintain it per the manufacturer’s instructions, you should spend little time and money on garage door repair.

Even if you do require a service technician to come out and troubleshoot a problem, maintaining your door opener should minimize the repair costs.

Any Style of Garage Door is Compatible

Any style garage door is compatible with an automatic opener, including canopy, sectional, and roller garage doors.

If you don’t want to replace your existing manual garage door, you can retrofit it. You don’t have to make any sacrifices to your home’s style or character.

Is It Time for an Automatic Garage Door?

It’s difficult for most of us to imagine life without your garage door opener. We appreciate the obvious convenience as well as the added security that an automatic garage door provides.

If you are looking to update your California home with an automatic garage opener, please contact us. Likewise, if your current opener needs maintenance or replacement, we’d love to help you.

Extending The Life Of Your Old Garage Door

extending the life of your old garage door

The garage may only be a small portion that makes up your home, but over the course of the day, it does so much. If you’re like most folks, you take your car in and out pretty frequently, at least twice a day, if not more.

All the use your old garage door gets means that wear and tear develop over time. For an old garage door, this means the chances of breaking down increases.

There are ways to preserve your garage and keep in working in prime condition. Read on and learn more about various tricks that help extend the life of your garage door with only a little effort on your behalf.

Use with care when dealing with an old garage door

Using care is obvious, but many people don’t realize the importance of going easy with their garage door.

That means exercising care by:

  • Not opening and closing the door repeatedly
  • Not allowing children to play with the garage door opener

The less you open your garage door unless absolutely needed, the longer it’ll last. If you have an alternative door to use when going in to get something stored in the garage (and not driving anywhere), it’s even easier to maintain the life of the door.

This might sound like a difficult habit to break, but once you get into a routine of only using your garage door when absolutely necessary, you’ll avoid further problems and keep it around longer.

If you live in an area where cold weather affects your buildings, pay attention to how you can keep your garage in prime condition. Learn how to winterize your garage and keep it safe, no matter how much the temps drop.

Evaluate the balance once a year on your garage door

Every garage door has a balance that keeps it working properly. This allows the door to open and close automatically, without you worrying about it not closing fully.

Evaluating the balance on the garage door is important because it prevents further problems from occurring. Catching the problem early on means it’s easier to fix and usually cheaper.

It’s time to have a professional look at your door if you notice problems such as:

  • The garage door doesn’t close fully
  • The door isn’t closing evenly
  • There are issues getting it open

There’s no reason for your old garage door to not work properly if there are issues with the balance. All it needs is TLC from a professional who knows how to fix them, and you’ll find it works as good as new.

Ensure the system stays clean and check performance

Garage door systems can run into problems if they haven’t gotten cleaned recently. Similarly, noticing an issue in the performance and neglecting to have to fixed contributes to further problems.

Because your garage door is outside, it withstands the elements and a variety of other things that could get into the system. Dirt, gravel, and other elements sometimes blow into garages and can get into the system.

Make sure your garage area is kept free of birds nest, spider webs, and other forces of nature that create issues when left unattended. Doing so prevents a host of problems and makes your life easier.

Check out the performance and make sure everything works normally. Don’t just do a quick once-over when you’re pulling out.

Make time to open the garage door and examine if it’s slow, not pulling back all the way, or showing signs of neglect somewhere. Old garage doors that are starting to show signs of neglect in certain areas cause further problems and create strain.

Once your garage door is straining, it’s putting pressure on other parts, causing certain areas to pull double duty to get the door open or closed. Correct it early on before it becomes an issue, and you won’t need to worry about having to replace the whole door later on.

if you’re looking for a change of pace, check out our blog on high-speed doors, and see if this is the best option for you.

Have a professional assess your garage door

Many people put off having a professional come to their house to check out how everything is working. They usually find it an unnecessary expense and want to save money, thinking nothing is wrong.

This sounds like a good idea, but it’s important to have everything checked out for your safety. A garage door that works properly protects you and your family from having items stolen, keeps your cars safe and dry, and prevents unwanted visitors from getting in.

Make time to have someone come out and check on your garage door. If you notice a small problem, you’ll prevent it from turning into something bigger. Garage doors that don’t close properly are dangerous to have around, especially if you have children or pets.

Besides that, you won’t have to tread carefully and worry about how much longer your door lasts, or take care of maintenance yourself, with the help of a professional.

Make getting your garage door serviced an annual checkup, and see how simple it is to keep this extension of your home safe.

Learn more

When you think of your garage door as an extension of your home, and an important storage unit for the whole family, you understand the importance of keeping your old garage door in working order. Checking for problems and calling a professional when routine maintenance is needed helps you preserve the life of your door.

If you’re looking for a serviceman to help get your garage back on track, troubleshoot problems, or want a new door installed, let us help. Contact us, and see how we can assist you in keeping your “second home” in prime condition.

Garage Door DIY: Do’s and Don’ts

garage door diy dos and donts

Want to save money this year?

Try garage door DIY maintenance and installation. This is one of the easiest ways to spend less around the house, so you’ll have more money for the things you really want.

However, there are right ways and wrong ways to approach garage door DIY work. If you do things right, you’ll have a garage door that looks and works nicely for years to come. If you do things wrong, you can damage your home and even put yourself at risk for injury.

We’ve compiled this guide to garage door DIY dos and don’ts, so you can approach this DIY project with confidence. Keep reading to learn what you need to know!

Garage Door DIY Do’s

These are the things that you can safely do on your own to keep your garage doors working properly. If it’s on this list, you don’t need to call a professional.

1. Reduce Noise

You can easily reduce the sound of a loud garage door on your own. The trick may be finding out just what is causing the noise.

You can try updating the rollers from steel to nylon to help cut down on noise issues. The friction of steel rollers on steel tracks is a common source of the noise.

Next, try lubricating every part if you hear squeaking sounds. Unlubricated springs, pulleys, rollers, and cables can all add extra noise when the door opens and closes.

Tighten any nuts and bolts that might be rattling. If you notice rust on hinges or other moving parts, replace them to reduce scraping sounds.

Next, check the motor. If the motor is not running correctly, you’ll get extra noise. For a quieter motor, swap out a chain-driven motor for a belt-driven motor.

Of course, your garage door will never be perfectly silent. But you can reduce the noise it makes using these tricks.

2. Open a Closed Door

If your garage door won’t open, chances are good you can fix it yourself.

First, check the door’s power supply. If the door opener isn’t plugged in or otherwise connected to power, that could be your problem.

Next, check the safety eyes. These are placed a foot or two from the bottom of the door on either side of it, and look like cameras. The safety eyes face each other, so they can detect something blocking the door and prevent it from closing.

When the safety eyes aren’t working, your door may no longer open or close. Wipe off their lenses – it’s possible that a buildup of dirt is preventing them from working.

The sensors also need to be lined up to work properly. If a sensor was bumped or kicked, it may no longer be aligned with the other one. When the sensors are in line, their lights should come on.

Of course, if these tricks don’t work, you may need to call a professional. However, in the meantime, you’ll have to manually open and close your door. It’s important not to operate the garage door motor if the photo eyes aren’t working since they protect people from having the door accidentally close on them.

3. Paint and Stain

When your garage door needs a fresh coat of paint or stain, you can easily do it yourself.

In fact, a wooden door should get painted and stained annually to help prevent rot and damage. This is an easy maintenance task to do on your own.

Garage Door DIY Don’ts

These are the garage door issues that you should never attempt to fix on your own. If you have a problem on this list, get in touch with a professional.

1. Fix a Broken Spring

If one spring on the door breaks, you’ll actually need to replace both of them. The springs need to be working in tandem for the door to run properly. If one pulls more than the other, you’ll get a wobbly door or even one that doesn’t move.

Every garage door runs on springs, and every door can have a spring break on occasion.

However, you should never attempt to fix the springs on your own. These springs hold a surprising amount of tension. If one of them hits you with the force of all that tension, it can cause serious injury. Even if the spring appears to have lost all tension when it broke, it could still be holding some back.

2. Fix Bent or Broken Rollers

Your garage door has rollers to help it run nicely. If a roller gets bent, pops out, or otherwise breaks, you may no longer be able to open the door easily (or at all).

However, this isn’t a problem you can fix yourself. If not done correctly, trying to fix the rollers can result in your door falling on the ground – or worse, on you. Call in professional help for this issue.

3. Straighten a Bent Track

The track keeps your garage door traveling along the correct path so it can open and close. If that track gets bent, the door can no longer open as it should.

Many things can bend a garage door track. It can happen when the door malfunctions, or when the door is hit by a car or something else. This is another fix you can’t DIY – a professional will have the knowledge and tools needed to fix it.

4. Repair Broken Cables

Cables, like springs, hold a lot of tension for the door to work. Fixing a broken cable on your own can result in death or injury if a cable hits you with full force. Professionals know how to safely repair garage door cables and avoid injury.

What To Do When You Can’t Do-It-Yourself

Many garage door fixes can be safely and easily handled on your own. However, as you can see, the things that you shouldn’t do alone can be extremely dangerous. Never try one of these “don’ts” at home – there are plenty of qualified professionals who can help you.

Wondering where to look for a garage door maintenance professional? Contact us today – we can help.

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.

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