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What to Remember While Purchasing Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers are an important piece of hardware to have to go along with your garage door. When you need to purchase a garage door opener, there are certain things to keep in mind. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the things you should remember while purchasing garage door openers.

How much power do you need?

Garage door openers are offered in three different sizes – 1/3 horsepower, ½ horsepower and ¾ horsepower. Do you need to lift one or two doors? What’s the material and size of the doors?  For double door, you need at least a ½ horsepower door opener. A single, door can be lifted with 1/3 horsepower. Please note that doors with more power tend to last longer. Oversize, large and heavy doors will require the most horsepower.

What type of drive do you need?

Chain drive

This is the most commonly used garage door opener. A chain is responsible for lifting the door. It goes through the motor and back out the other side to lift itself. It’s the least expensive garage door opener, but also the noisiest.

Belt-drive

A belt-drive opener is identical to a chain drive opener except they use a rubber belt instead of a chain. The belt-drive garage door opener is the quietest one out there. However, they are more expensive than other types of garage door openers.

Screw drive

Screw drive openers are another type of garage door opener. A metal bar is threaded through the drive and pulls the door up. It’s a slow process but much quieter than chain-drive belt.

What security features do you need if any?

Most garage doors have a rolling pass code so every time you open the door, there’s a new passcode. Some doors have an electronic lock feature. The garage door can detect if someone is trying to force their way in and, when this happens, the door opener will initiate the motor to close the door and keep it closed. Sometimes, a garage door will allow you to set up a temporary password that you can give to friends and family so the door will open for them.

There is a security light with many garage door systems. When you pass through the door, you’ll walk through a beam which will turn on a light in the garage.

Do you want a remote control?

There’s the single remote button which just opens and closes the door. Then, there is multi keypad option where you can program the door to open and close multiple garage doors.

What about keyless entry?

Keyless entry allows you to set up a numeric keypad on the side of the door outside the garage. If you need to get into the garage and don’t have your remote, you can type in a code and the door will open.

As you can see, there are a quite a bit of things to consider with a garage door opener. We, at Texas Garage Repair, can help you get the garage door opener you dream about. Call 512.518.6606 today for more information.

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Summer Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Garage doors are supposed to last from ten to twenty years. This depends on its durability and the care of its owner. Summer garage door maintenance is important. In this article, we’ll give you several tasks you can perform to keep your garage door operating at its optimal levels during the summer months.

  • First off, you should clean the garage door. Especially during the spring months, it’s probably got pollen and other yucky stuff attached to it. Do this with some warm water and dish soap in the solution. You can clean most garage doors easily with a sponge. Make sure to keep the hardware from getting wet so don’t soak your sponge, just wet it. Clean the outside door thoroughly. If you want to clean on the inside you can, but it’s not necessary.
  • Just like when you’re doing your monthly maintenance, visually inspect hardware for wear and tear. Check for bent or loose hinges, broken wheels or anything that looks worn out. Look at the spring lift cables and make sure they’re operating properly. Practice opening and closing the door. Make sure it closes and opens smoothly. If not, you may want to call a professional to take a look.
  • Now you can clean your hardware. Use a clean rag to remove debris, grease or build-up from the track. Lubricate the moving parts of the door with 3-in-1 oil. Do not lubricate rollers, idler bearings or locks. Use graphite to keep the locks in good operating condition.
  • If your door has rust, then you can be sure that moisture is taking its toll on your door. Sand the rust down, apply a zinc-rich primer and paint with a quality exterior latex paint. If there is rust on your hardware, call a professional to have the offending items replaced.
  • While you’re at it, why not paint the surface? Of course, you should make sure that it’s free of dirt, oil, caulk, wax and mildew. Use exterior acrylic latex for the job. Wood doors need to be painted or stained every few years.
  • Make sure your door is safe in a hurricane hot spot. If you live in an area where this is a concern, you should have a tested, reinforced door installed. Due to their size, garage doors are more susceptible to wind damage than other exterior openings – especially two car garage doors. You may want to call in a professional to make sure your door is secure in the event of a hurricane or tornado. They will be able to tell you.
  • If you haven’t insulated your garage door yet, now would be a good time to do so. Insulation doesn’t just keep cold out in the winter. It keeps cool air in during the summer. Another good thing to do would be to put a fan in your garage to circulate some air. A freestanding exhaust fan is probably your easiest option. The fan will be at its most effective if positioned opposite the door.

If you don’t do a monthly check up, or even if you do, these tasks should be taken care of during the summer to make sure your garage door is working at its optimal levels throughout the year. You want your garage door to last as long as possible. If you have questions or concerns, call us at Texas Garage Repair. Our number is 512-518-6606. We’re more than happy to help.

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How to Check Your Garage Door for Problems

Your garage door goes up and down at least 1,000 times a year. It’s a simple job, really, but a very important one. Everything needs to be in proper working order for the movement to be smooth and safe. The best way for you to ensure that your garage door remains problem-free is by checking it regularly. In this article, we’ll tell you how to check your garage door for problems.

Most homeowners put off maintenance of their garage door until they can’t get it open. Then, they need an immediate and perhaps emergency repair. There are simple things you can do to check your garage door – let’s say monthly – to ensure that it’s in proper working order. If you’d prefer, you can call us at Texas Garage Repair once or twice a year to do the same checks. We’re available around the clock to help.

The first thing you should do is watch and listen to your door on a regular basis. You are watching for signs that it’s not going up as smoothly as it should be and listen for any noises the door is making that are out of the norm like squeaks and creaks.

  • Visually inspect the door – stand inside with the door closed. Check the springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and hinges. Are there signs of wear or damage on any of them? Look for cables that are fraying. Is the hardware loose? If something doesn’t look quite right to you, have a professional garage door technician come take a look.
  • Balance test the door – your door is most likely equipped with an automatic opener so CLOSE the door and disconnect the automatic opener. It’s important that the door is closed when you do this for safety reasons.  Lift the door manually. It should lift with little resistance and remain fully open. If the door isn’t easily opened or doesn’t stay open, then the door might be out of balance. In that case, you’ll want to call a garage door professional to balance the door.
  • Reversing mechanism test – let’s assume you have an automatic opener system. Door made after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor. These are added safety measures to prevent entrapment. If your system doesn’t have these features, call Texas Garage Repair to have your door replaced immediately. The reversing mechanism test itself is simple. The door should be fully open. Lay a piece of wood on the floor in the center of the garage door opening right where the garage door touches the floor. Just a simple 2X4 will suffice.  Close the door. When the door hits the wood, it should automatically rise again. If it doesn’t, you need a professional to come fix the door.
  • Photo eye test – Your door should start the test fully open. Then, go and push the transmitter to close it. Wave an object like a broomstick or baseball bat in front of the photo eyes. The door should reverse. If it doesn’t – guess what? Call a professional garage door technician to service the door.
  • Force-setting test – with the door fully open, Push your garage door’s transmitter to close the door. Put your hands – they should be outstretched and stiff – under the closing door to hold it up. If the door does not begin to reverse immediately, remove your hands. The closing force is considered excessive and you need a professional to fix it.

If you perform these checks monthly, you should be able to catch a problem with your garage door before it gets to be too severe. Garage door problems can be deadly or cause property damage so you don’t want to take them lightly.

We, the professionals at Texas Garage Repair, are happy to perform maintenance tasks and door checks for you. If you have need of us, we can be reached at 512-518-6606.

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Why Choose Clopay Garage Doors?

You need a new garage door, but you’re overwhelmed by the choices on the market. There are so many brands and styles to choose from. What do you do? For one thing, we suggest you check out the offerings from Clopay Garage Doors. Clopay is reasonably priced and has many residential offerings from which to choose. You’re guaranteed to find something to fit your door and your garage security needs with Clopay.

Clopay has a Door Imagination System where you upload a photo of your home and it shows you what a Clopay garage door will look like on your home. You can pick and choose from a variety of doors and decide which will look best with your home’s architecture and which will be best for functionality. It’s a wonderful tool to help you navigate Clopay’s multiple choices. You can customize your selection with windows, handles, step plates, hinges and even colors.

You can feel comfortable with a Clopay garage door because they’ve received the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval. They will guarantee the door up to two years. As they state, “If any product that bears our Seal proves to be defective within two years from the date it was first sold to a consumer by an authorized retailer, we, Good Housekeeping, will replace or repair the product or refund the purchase price.” So, what are the options? Clopay has a variety of residential door lines.

  • There’s the CANYON RIDGE® collection with faux wood carriage house doors that combine the beauty and texture of natural wood with the energy efficiency of an insulated steel door.
  • The COACHMAN® collection contains authentic carriage house style doors. They’re built with durable, insulated steel and composite overlays.
  • The GRAND HARBOR® collection features steel and composite carriage house style doors. They provide great style at an even better value.
  • The GALLERY® collection provides steel carriage house garage doors in multiple designs and insulation options. This includes Clopay’s own Ultra-Grain finish that looks like natural wood.
  • The CLASSIC™ collection are raised panel and flush steel garage doors that have many design and insulation options including the Ultra-Grain finish. They’ll complement most home styles.
  • The CYPRESS collection has flush insulated steel garage doors in durable yet natural-looking stained wood Ultra-Grain paint finish. They are a complement to both traditional and contemporary homes.
  • The AVANTE™ collection features contemporary aluminum and glass garage doors. These have multiple frame and panel options, including Clopay’s Ultra-Grain finish.
  • RESERVE® collection is a limited edition series that has authentic handcrafted wood carriage house garage doors. These are insulated to provide beauty, energy efficiency and strength. There are custom designs and wood species available.  RESERVE® also has a semi-custom series with authentic, hand-crafted wood carriage house garage doors in multiple wood species at affordable prices.
  • CLASSIC™ WOOD collection is classic raised, recessed and flush panel designs that are handcrafted in the beauty of natural wood.

There truly is something for everyone with Clopay Garage Doors. The biggest problem you’ll have is deciding which door is best for your home. Texas Garage Repair, an authorized Clopay dealer, is happy to help. Call today at 512.518.6606 for their expert opinion and installation.