Yes, we do replace panels.

Panels on metal garage doors sometimes get bent. It is usually the top or the bottom panel that gets bent.

We can replace bent sections most of the time. There are some manufacturers of doors that you can’t get any more and will not match the rest of the door.

Depending on the manufacturer, the sections will come in three colors almond, sandstone, and brown. The replacement sections soemtimes only come in white.  The door pictured was one of the ones that was only available in white. The homeowner was able to paint it with some paint left over from last time. Voilà.

Usually when you call a company to get a panel replaced the company will need to know the manufacturer of the door and the size. If you can’t find it on the door anywhere then you might take a picture or two of the door and email it to the prospective company. Otherwise it will probably take two trips to complete the job.

In some rare cases when we can’t match up the rest of the door we can just replace all of the panels. In any case we can help.

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Lock + Garage Door Opener = Trouble

We got an email from a potential customer this morning for a service call. He said that his son had accidentally locked the garage door from the outside and then went inside and tried to open the door by using the garage door opener. This is a very common mistake.

Most garage doors have some type of locking device. These are installed to secure the garage door if there isn’t a garage door opener. When and if you install a garage door opener on your door you should disable the locking mechanism.

All garage door openers will keep the door locked and secure when it is in the closed position. Any time we install a garage door opener we disable the lock to prevent this from happening.  We disable the lock by screwing the lock rod to the door so it can’t be used unless you take the screw out. Hopefully your opener will always work and you won’t have to use the lock.

It is especially important to disable a lock that is accessible from the outside because it can be locked from the outside without a key. It is usually kids playing outside and messing around with the garage door handle and unknowingly locking the door. Then you come home and hit the button to enter the garage and this happens.

Garage Door Cable Off

 

We ended up going out to the customer’s house and repairing his garage door.  It was an easy fix, but something that could have been avoided.  Do you have a lock on your door with a garage door opener?  Take a look at your garage door today.

When to Replace a Garage Door

This garage door was installed in 1986. It still operates manually. An opener was never installed. All four windows were broken out and replaced with a plywood insert.  The bottom section was broken apart and mended with a piece of sheetrock.

This door is in really sad shape. It just needs to be replaced. It’s unsafe and not secure as well.  A new garage door would do wonders for the appearance of this house.

We are here giving a quote today and will probably install a new door in the near future.  You can usually get an 8’x7′ metal basic garage door for $400 – $600 installed.  This house was purchased by an investor and the rest of the house is in the same condition as the garage door. They have a lot of work in their future.  A new garage door is a good start.

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To Replace or Not to Replace?

That is the question.

We had a customer that called us to replace his garage door and opener. I went out to give him an estimate. I noticed that his 50 plus year old one piece door and Montgomery Ward screw drive opener still operated smoothly and flawlessly. He told me although it worked, the one piece door wouldn’t go up high enough for him to pull his suburban in.

We installed a new garage door and opener so he could pull his car in. There was a better reason to replace the door and opener though. The old door and opener had none of the current safety mechanisms that are required by federal law. The old remotes were the size of a shoe box so that was nice to get some modern and safe equipment.

Sometimes operational equipment needs to be replaced for safety reasons. What is the oldest door or opener you have come across?

Need a Lift?

We had a customer this week that had a unique situation. He had a two car garage with two single garage doors.  He has three cars.

He came up with a brilliant idea to install a lift on one side of the garage.  That way he could pull one car in the garage, lift it up and pull the other car underneath it.

He ran into a problem after the lift was installed.  He couldn’t lift the car all the way up because of the overhead door.

He called us to get a quote on adding 12″ of high lift. We gave him a quote on the high lift as well as  a Liftmaster 3800. He has to use a jackshaft opener because a traditional trolley type opener won’t work due to the high lift.  He’s better off with the jackshaft opener anyway. It has more bells and whistles and it is much quieter.

He liked the quote so we scheduled it and got it done. What a great set up this is! It’s so quiet and clean looking. He could go ahead and do it to the other door also so it looks uniform on the inside. However, this didn’t change the appearance of the outside at all.

Here is a before and after picture from inside the garage.

Before and After High Lift

 

Garage Door Repair

Garage Door Repair

 

Looks like it’s time for a tune up. Not really, this garage door is done. It will have to be replaced.

This customer should have called months ago, instead of procrastinating.  This is what can happen.  If you don’t do periodic maintenance, your door will fail. It may take years to do so but it will. As we all know, nothing lasts forever.

If you know how to do the maintenance yourself, it should be done once a year. Maintenance is key.  If you hear the door making unusually loud noises, you should not ignore it. Fix it yourself or call a garage door company out to repair it.

Don’t wait until it breaks at 10 pm on a Friday night.  Service your door once a year.  For you the consumer this definitely is the most economical route.  A little time and money for a tune up will save you big in the long run.

Cold Weather Garage Door Problems

Garage Door Opener Chain Hanging

There are a lot of garage door problems that occur as a result of colder temperatures. One of the most common cold weather problems we encounter are gear and sprocket kits.

Usually a homeowner will call us and say something like “The chain on my opener is hanging,” or “I can hear my opener working but nothing is moving.” Nine times out of ten this is a faulty gear and sprocket kit.

You can see in the pictures that you have to disassemble the garage door opener to install the new gear kit.  It is a fairly complicated process. You can get a gear kit online from places like Amazon or ebay and install it yourself.  Or you can call a reputable garage door company.

We install a lot of these gear kits.  They usually takes around 40 minutes to install from start to finish. Please note that there could also be underlying issues with the garage door to cause this to happen. These issues usually just need adjustments to correct the problem. We lubricate, adjust and balance the garage door when we replace the gear kit.

A new gear kit is a less expensive option than replacing the garage door opener.  Also, at the end of the day you don’t have to open the door by hand. Literally.
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Garage Door Problems?

Be careful when making repairs on your garage door.  This picture is a good example of what you don’t want to happen.

The two car garage pictured had fallen out of its tracks.  A rake handle fell into the door tracks and the home owner shut the door. The garage door opener reversed but a cable from the spring mechanism came off. This is usually an easy fix for someone who is trained to do the work.  However, this homeowner decided to fix it himself.  He is lucky that he wasn’t hurt.  He called us and this what I saw when I pulled up. I was able to save the door with a few new parts.

Don’t work on your garage door unless you are sure that you know exactly what you are doing. The spring mechanism and all its parts are under extreme tension. Adjusting or removing any of these parts can result in injury or death.

Get an estimate.  You may be surprised at the cost.  It is also always a good idea to keep  tool handles away from the garage door tracks as well.