Garage Door Tips

Garage Door Problem

Here are some tips to keep your garage door running smoothly.


  1. Inspect the tracks to make sure there isn’t any debris to catch up in the rollers.
  2. Lubricate all moving parts such as hinges and the roller stems every six months. It’s not necessary to lubricate the tracks.
  3. Check cables for any signs of fraying, kinks or damaged strands.
  4. If your garage door opens but won’t close and you have an opener, check the sensors. Make sure they are aligned and not tilted. Use a Q-tip to clean the sensors of dust, dirt and cobwebs. Check the wires to make sure they are still connected and haven’t been chewed by a pet.
  5. Don’t lean brooms or other items with handles facing the tracks. If one falls into the track, it can prevent the door from closing properly and cause the cable to come off.
  6. Be careful with garage doors that have inside sliding locks. You can damage your door and opener if you open the door with it manually locked.

We hope these tips keep your garage door up and running smoothly. If your door is having issues like the one above, give us a call. Estimates are always free.


Headroom is the amount of room from the top of the garage door opening to the ceiling.  A standard lift garage door requires ten to twelve inches of headroom for installation.  Some garages have more headroom than that and you can utilize that space by installing a high lift track system. The customer here needed the headroom for his automotive lift. The doors pictured are Windsor Model 790 18×8 and a 8×8 double steel insulated. These doors travel up the wall four extra feet before turning back at the ceiling. He can lift a car all the way up with the garage door opened. This looks much cleaner and less cluttered than a standard lift door with the long hangers coming down for the tracks. However, this does create a problem with the garage door opener installation. A normal garage door opener won’t work because of the vertical travel of the garage door. A jackshaft opener like the Lift Master Model 8500 is perfect for this application. It will work great on high lift doors or full vertical lift doors. None of this is standard, so you can expect to pay more than standard prices. We have solutions for all your garage door needs. Tell us what you want your garage to be used for.



Jack Shaft Garage Door Opener Main Pic
8500 jack shaft

Long Panel Option


Long panel steel doors for a different look.

If you are on a budget and a cedar garage door isn’t an option, at this point you may consider a long panel door.  You can be unique on your street and have a more elegant door than anyone else without breaking the bank.

The long panel door is usually the same price as a standard residential garage door.   It comes in all the standard colors and insulation packages.  You don’t see a lot of them because they are usually a special order.  It is usually ready to install in about 2 weeks.

The door pictured is a white, long panel, 17×7 with four long windows with decorative inserts.  The long windows give you a better view than short windows.  The windows can come without inserts as this customer has or with your choice of decorative inserts.  You can also mix and match long/ short panels and windows.   If you’re in Fort Worth give us a call or shoot us an email. We will be happy to help you customize a new look for your home without breaking the bank.


white 17x7 garage door with long stockton