4 Common Questions from Our Customers About Garage Doors
We love it when customers ask questions. We figure the more they know, the better they’ll be able to find the right garage door, opener and company to install them. And we all know who that is!
We get lots of FAQ-style questions, like ‘what does a garage door cost?’ and ‘how quickly can you install a garage door?’ (Unfortunately, the answer to both questions is: ‘it depends’. First on which door you want to install, and second on the situation of your garage, although doors can generally be installed in half a day if the door you want is in stock.)
The questions we get from people who have owned their door for a while are a little different. They might have a problem with the door or opener and they’re not sure how serious it is or, they might want to save money by repairing the door themselves.
The questions below are more from people who already have a door. It’s not like we hear these ‘frequently’, but we hear them a lot and we thought other homeowners would be interested in the answers.
1. Can my garage door be fixed or should I install a new one?
While we’ll need to see the door and the problem to give you an accurate answer, the most common garage door problem is that the door doesn’t open and/or close smoothly or easily. If that sounds like the problem you’re having, the cause is usually the torsion spring on the door, which can be repaired or replaced without needing to install a new door.
Generally speaking, unless it’s a catastrophic problem like a car drove into the door, garage doors can be fixed before they need replacement.
2. Can I fix the garage door myself?
Yes, you can, and we carry a huge selection of parts that are in stock and ready to go, at excellent prices. And we’re happy to answer any questions you have about fixing your door. Many fixes for your garage door can be surprisingly easy, especially if you’re particularly handy with DIY repairs. But, getting back to one of the most common problems, the torsion spring that balances the door, we recommend that a trained specialist fix or replace them. Torsion springs are under a lot of pressure. Fixing, adjusting or replacing them requires special tools and techniques to get the tension just right so your garage door can open and close properly. Without the right precautions, the door could close suddenly, potentially injuring someone or damaging the door.
3. Can I paint my garage door?
Another yes. While new garage doors are designed to keep looking good with only occasional cleaning, they are a large part of the overall appearance of your home. They can be painted if you want to try a new look or freshen up the old one. Depending on what material your door is made of; vinyl, aluminum or steel, you’ll need to use the type of paint best suited for that material. Wooden doors can be refinished or painted.
4. What’s the strongest garage door?
The strongest, commonly available garage doors are made with heavy-duty, 24-gauge steel. Wooden doors are also very strong, followed by wood composite, aluminum and fiberglass doors. Insulated doors are stronger than non-insulated doors and you may be able to buy an insulation kit for your existing door if it’s uninsulated.
These are just a few of the questions you might have about your garage door. Don’t forget, if you have any others, we love answering them, so just give us a call and ask!
Is It Time To Replace Your Garage Door?
Garage doors can do their duty for years on end. However, at some point in the life of your home, you may need to resign it to the scrap yard. While this is another homeowner’s expense, it can also be a great opportunity to increase your home’s value and curb appeal. There are a wide variety of styles available on the market today, to give your home a fresh new look.
What are the signs that it’s time to go door shopping? Check out the following list.
Single Piece Flip-Out Doors – This is the old style of door that flips open in one piece on a pivot – the annoying, inconvenient kind which requires you to back up any cars parked out front or shovel the snow before you can even think of opening the door. Simply put: if you have this type of garage door, start budgeting now to replace it. Once the pivot pins give out, the door will simply fall off. The pivot arms are not replaceable, so don’t wait for the door to fall onto your car, or worse yet, onto a family member.
‘Smiling’ Doors – No, your door is not being friendly! Smiling happens when a 16 x 7 one-piece double-car door loses its backbone support. Wood at the sides is held up by metal hinges, but the centre of the door starts to buckle and sag over time, creating a “smiling” contour. Even though your garage door may look happy, its not…and it’s time for a new one!
Rotten Wood – Do you have rot, fungi, mould or mushrooms growing on your garage doors? If so, then the door is suffering from moisture damage. Once rot reaches the nut, bolts and hinges, the door could be in a dangerous, unstable condition. While sanding and repainting may sound like a solution, moisture-locked wood is often past the point of repair. Consider replacing instead with an insulated steel door with authentic wood grain embossing…and leave growing things to the garden!
If you notice any of these signs, then it’s probably time to go shopping for a new door. For Markham’s top choice in high quality garage door installation and repair services, visit Markham Garage Doors or call 905-472-9178.
Difference Between DIY Garage Door Openers And Ones That We Would Install
There are huge differences between the machines. The Liftmaster brand we carry is the premium machine on the market; its solid one piece construction is crucial for longevity. This is much stronger than the 100 piece kit that comes with a DIY unit. The solid rail is the backbone of the opener. The angle is stronger, the electronics are better, the warranty covers the machine installed, and every garage door gets a tune up with installation. We service so many DIY openers that are still new and already broken. Our garage door openers will give 15 to 20 years of trouble free operation!
How To Keep Garage Door Noise To A Minimum
Who doesn’t find the squealing, rumbling roar of the garage door annoying? Is there anything that can be done to reduce or eliminate the disruption it causes to those both inside and outside your home? Thankfully, you do have a number of options.
Your garage door is attached to rollers that travel along a track. In most cases, both the rollers and the track are made of steel. Since, metal on metal makes for a whole lot of noise and vibration, your first line of defense is to ensure regular lubrication. This makes for smoother operation, but will not usually eliminate the problem.
Your next cheapest step is to replace the metal rollers with ones made of nylon. A 10-pack of nylon rollers will only cost you about $60, but can make a big difference in reducing the noise and vibration as the door rolls along its track.
A door made of hollow steel is a losing battle because the door will act like a drum to broadcast noise. Replacing it with an insulated door will help to absorb sound and vibration and will ensure a better seal against noise.
If your garage door opener runs on a chain drive, consider replacing it with a rubber belt-driven model. Or, choose an opener that runs on DC power. By operating at controlled, slower speeds at the start and end, these openers prevent the door from the grabbing and banging that’s typical of models running on AC power. DC models are so quiet that the door is silent and all you might hear is the soft hum of the motor.
For more information, visit Markham Garage Doors, the area’s top choice for high quality garage door openers and servicing. Call us today at 905-472-9178.