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Treat Garage Door Maintenance with the Same Emphasis as Car, Appliance Care

The responsibilities of home ownership should include, among many other tasks, regular servicing of the furnace and air conditioner.  The smooth and effective operation of these major domestic appliances is vital to home comfort and the personal safety of all family members; in fact, many homeowners participate in maintenance plans that incorporate an annual cleaning and preventative check-up along with emergency service visits in the event of a mechanical failure or a potential health hazard. On an even more frequent basis, these same homeowners will book routine maintenance check-ups for their vehicles; oil/filter changes, parts lubrication, and tire rotations are […]

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How to Tell that Your Garage Door Opener is Broken

Steps to Help Assess if Your Malfunctioning Garage Door Opener Needs Repair To the casual observer, it may at first be testing to find any similarity between automatic garage door opener and major household utilities like hydro, water, and gas.  Let’s face it; the former is a mechanical device while the latter are fundamental services that help make a home inhabitable. Upon closer inspection though, there are some similarities when comparing garage door openers with public utility services, principally with respect to convenience and reliability.  At basically the flip of a switch or the push of a button, one can open/close their […]

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Comparing the Various Types of Garage Door Materials

  Table of Contents Types of Garage Door MaterialsAluminum Garage DoorsFiberglass Garage DoorsSteel Garage DoorsVinyl Garage DoorsWooden Garage DoorsWood Composite Garage DoorsA Comprehensive Range of Garage Doors Made from a Wide Variety of Materials Types of Garage Door Materials For the most part, as garages became more common features for residential properties, the doors for these structures were constructed from wood.  Wood was the most readily available material and, since many garages were detached from the home and/or tucked fully or partly behind it, there was more emphasis on function than style or curb appeal. However, as attached garages grew […]

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Things to Do and Avoid During Garage Door Safety Month in June

Garage Door Safety Can Be Heightened with Greater Awareness and Attentiveness There are no shortages of warnings on packages and product labels with respect to risks of personal injury when the item is used incorrectly or without proper precautions.  While this is often mandated by law for the manufacturer/supplier, it is the responsibility of the user or the consumer to read and heed these recommendations and warnings. For the most part, the purchasers or users of these goods do adhere to their responsibilities, and particularly when there is some risk/danger to the well-being of their children and pets.  This is […]

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Garage Door Repairs That You Should Not Attempt Yourself

Professional Garage Door Repair Service May Outweigh Any DIY Cost Savings In many cases, a do-it-yourself approach to maintenance and repairs can be an effective cost-saving measure for homeowners.  Those who are motivated, and who have the time to invest, can attend to numerous aspects of home and property maintenance such as exterior painting, lawn care, landscaping, and replacing bathroom fixtures. The same attitude could be applied to do-it-yourself garage door repair – but only to a point.  Homeowners may be capable and comfortable to look after some types of garage door maintenance like: Tightening hardware Lubricating moving parts Replacing weather […]

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Factors That Can Cause a Garage Door Torsion Spring to Fail or Break

  Despite possible perceptions to the contrary, the raising and lowering of a garage door are not powered by manual means or by a mechanical device like an automatic door opener.  In their own right, garage doors are rather heavy, especially the wooden and/or densely-insulated varieties, and as such, their movement requires a significant amount of energy from another source – a garage door torsion spring. The torsion spring basically counterbalances the weight of the garage door throughout its opening and closing cycles.  Hence, garage door springs are designed to operate under a high degree of tension, in turn controlling/moderating […]

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Ensure That Your Garage Door is in Shape for Spring

Inspect Your Garage Door This Spring for Signs of Operational or Repair Issues The return of spring weather also means the return of various outdoor activities for many homeowners and families.  As temperatures continue to climb, neighborhoods will be filled with the sights and sounds of grass cutting, skateboarding, and bike riding, fence and deck building, and washing/waxing the car. The reappearance of more amenable outdoor conditions and related home maintenance and leisure activities will also have an impact on the garage door; specifically, on the number of times, it is opened and closed on any given day.  Lawnmowers, bicycles, […]

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Garage Doors – Replacement Cost Versus Replacement Value

Garage Door Prices Are Just One Aspect When Considering Overall Door Value For a vast majority of homeowners, the reliability of their garage door is something that is commonly taken for granted. These doors open and close several hundred times per year, and for several years, to the point where homeowners may simply come to expect a flawless level of performance on an almost infinite basis – and it would also not be too startling if some of these same individuals found it difficult to remember just how long it has been since their current garage door was actually installed. This […]

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When Cleaning Your Garage This Spring, Include the Garage Door

Make Garage Door Maintenance a Routine Part of All Spring Cleaning Activities The time is fast approaching when homeowners will begin their outdoor spring cleaning rituals.  Many residential streets will soon be abuzz with families and neighbors cleaning out flower beds, washing windows, and ensuring that lawnmower engines and blades are in proper working order – all while enjoying the return of warmer air and sunshine after the cold days of winter. One of the common sites on a beautiful spring day is that of a homeowner cleaning their garage; this is evident by the sheer amount of belongings, equipment, […]

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Garage Door Window Inserts

Installation of Garage Door Windows Offers Aesthetic and Financial Benefits Many homes in Markham and the GTA have a sectional garage door with solid panels i.e. without window inserts.  A vast majority of these garage doors are rather stylish in their design and/or color, adding a measure of curb appeal to their respective homes and the surrounding neighborhood. Such charm is indeed a viable consideration for a new door installation or replacement. A door can represent as much as 25-30% of the façade of a home; therefore, its exterior appeal should be a pivotal factor in the buying decision.  But what about […]

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