Custom Cedar Garage Doors

Cedar Carriage Garage Doors

There are many different manufacturers and ways to manufacture cedar garage doors.  Some companies build all wood cedar garage doors, while others build cedar overlay doors.

The most common cedar garage door is a wood overlay door.  An overlay door is a metal garage door with cedar attached to the face of it.  The wood is attached with fasteners from the inside.  The door is usually insulated to hide the fasteners.  These doors are very heavy.  Due to the extra weight, heavier hardware and springs are required.  When these doors are built and installed correctly, they are sturdier and more durable than just a metal garage door.

Cedar garage doors are definitely more expensive.  There is a lot of material and labor that goes into the making of them  Also, most cedar door come unstained.  It is necessary to stain them or clear coat them immediately upon installation.  They usually need to be redone every 2 to 5 years.

As expensive as they are, the garage door is usually a big portion of the front of the home. It is a great way to give your house a face lift.  It will totally change the way your house looks.

The three doors pictured are 9x7s that we installed and stained.  The difference between the old metal doors and new cedar doors is amazing.  What do you think?

Garage Door Sensor Alignment

Garage door sensors account for about one third of our calls.  The call usually starts with, “Hello, my garage won’t go all the way down.”  You can usually press and hold the wall button to close the door all the way.  You can also pull the emergency release cord to close it manually.  Or, you can adjust the sensors.

The sensors should be about 5″ off of the garage floor on both sides of your door.  They may be attached to the tracks or to the wall just outside the tracks.  They usually have led lights on them.  Most of the time you should have one solid light on one sensor.  The other sensor will only light up if it’s getting a signal from the lit one.  Your garage door won’t go down unless the sensors are aligned properly.

It’s easy to align your sensors.  You start by closing the door as it’s easier to see the lights on them.. Make sure that they are about the same distance from the floor.  Look to make sure that they are pointing at each other.  Imagine a beam coming out of the front of the sensor and aim it at the other.  Do this for both sensors.  Pay attention to the lights on the sensors while you are adjusting.  The object of the game is to have both sensors lit up solid.

With a little adjustment, you should be back up and running.  However, if you just can’t get them set then you may have a bad sensor or wiring problem.  Give me a call and I will come out and take a look.  Estimates are always free.

Which type of spring is better?

A zinc or a black tempered spring.  Which is better?  Time tells a lot about these two different types of springs.  It is true that all garage door springs break at some point.  However, I have found that the zinc springs break in about half the time that the black oil tempered springs do.  I am not sure about the manufacturing process or the exact specifications.  This is my opinion based on years of experience.

The zinc spring needs to be adjusted more often.  They lose tension where the black oil tempered ones don’t.  Surprisingly, the black oil tempered springs usually cost less.  Sometimes garage door companies like to up sale zinc springs to home owners.  Don’t do it.  You will pay more for less spring.

All of our black tempered springs have a lifetime warranty.  We do not offer zinc springs because of the reasons listed above.  Use my experience to your advantage and have the black springs installed.  You will be glad you did.