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How to Look for an Expert When Replacing Your Garage Door Springs

Oh no! Your garage door springs are failing. You need an expert to come in and fix them. This is not an easy or danger-free job. You want to hire the right person to do this. How do you know who to hire. You need an expert. In this article, we’ll tell you how to look for an expert like us at Texas Garage Repair when replacing your garage door springs.

The first thing we want you to know is that you should not – unless you’re a garage door tech yourself – replace them alone. Garage door springs are set up a certain way and they are very important to the mechanism that is your garage door. They are also what holds it up and, if you do them incorrectly, you could cause harm to yourself and the door.

So, what do you look for? We’ve determined several factors that you should consider before hiring a garage door springs replacement service.

1)      Provide high quality at a low cost repair. The quality of the repair should be stellar especially when it’s the replacement of garage door springs. However, it should not break the bank. A good company will be reasonably priced and give you a high quality repair. No, it’s not too good to be true.

2)      Use the most current techniques. Garage door springs replacements are evolving all the time. Your company should know the latest and greatest techniques for garage door spring replacement. It should also be done in a reasonable amount of time. Usually, the work can be done in several hours. Using the most current techniques ensures that you are getting high quality and a durable garage door spring repair.

3)      Give you a comprehensive quote. What you hear is what you get. You should not have to pay hidden fees and other costs from what the quote was unless they find something else wrong along the way. A good repair technician will check your entire door for issues and not just the springs. That being said, you should be able to trust the quote and if there are any additional costs, you should know up front what they are and why you have to be paying for them.

4)      Have insurance. The company you work with should have liability insurance so that you are not liable if anything goes wrong. This will give you peace of mind.

Now that you know what to look for, we suggest you give us, Texas Garage Repair, a call for your garage door spring replacement. We are available 24/7 and our number is 512.518.6606.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Garage Cooler This Summer

The weather is hot here in Central Texas in July. With temperatures rising to 100 degrees and over, it’s hard to keep cool. Garages are especially vulnerable to the heat. They seem to retain it better than other areas of the house. If you can’t adequately cool your garage in summer, you may be wasting energy and making the rest of your home warmer as a result. Don’t worry – the situation is not hopeless. We’ve got 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer.

1)      Insulate the garage door

Need to make your garage cooler? One of the best things you can do is to insulate the door. If you have a wood door, you may not need to insulate as wood is a natural insulator. Contact a garage door professional like the ones at Texas Garage Repair to insulate your door if necessary. They will place polystyrene or reflective insulating panels on the inside of metal and fiberglass doors. This will insulate the garage area. The panels need to be cut to fit your door and secured by taping them in place with painter’s tape.

For the remainder of the garage – you should also search for drafty areas and seal them. Cover up thermal conductors like metal with insulated materials. Some of these are plywood, particle board, plastic or rubber.  You may also want to consider double-paned windows instead of single-paned ones on your door. However, if money is an issue, this change can be forgotten. It’s not exactly cost-effective.

2)      Get a garage ventilation fan

It’s a good idea to place ventilation fans in the garage or to install them in the side walls. Freestanding fans should be turned so they force air out through an open door or window. For a cooler garage, install wall fans on either side of the garage to so air goes in one vent and comes out the other. When installing these ventilation fans, you may need the help of a seasoned professional because you’ll need to deal with circuit breakers, partial wall removal and supportive braces. If you have a vaulted ceiling in your garage, you may consider a ceiling fan.

3)      Reduce the amount of direct sunlight hitting your garage

You can keep your garage cooler during summer by planting trees along the southern half of the structure. When the trees grow big and thick, they’ll cast a nice and solid shadow over your garage during most of the daylight hours. Doing this alone can lower the temp in your garage by a few degrees.

4)      Install weatherstripping on your garage door

If you want to keep your garage cooler during the summer months (and warmer during the winter months), the installation of weatherstripping is a good way to go. You should get a self-adhesive type and seal the bottom edge of your garage door, eliminating the gap between the door and the floor when the door is closed. This will keep exterior hot air out of the garage.

5)      Paint and caulk your garage door

To keep your garage door cooler in summer, it’s a good idea to paint the door white, off-white, cream or beige. Really any light color will do. Dark colors will absorb the sun’s rays and radiate heat into your garage. If your home is west-facing, you are especially susceptible to this. You should also seal any visible gaps between the garage door and frame with silicone caulk. Pay extra attention to not caulk any seams that allow the door to open and close.

There you have it – 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer. If you need help with any of the steps, please feel free to call us at Texas Garage Repair. We’re available 24/7 to assist you with your garage door needs.  We can be reached at 512.518.6606.

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Why Choose C.H.I. Garage Doors?

C.H.I. garage doors are just one of the companies that we carry at Texas Garage Repair. We also carry Wayne Dalton, Amarr and Clopay doors. In this article, we’ll discuss why you should choose a C.H.I. garage door for your home’s needs.

C.H.I. garage doors come in several different styles. They are:

  • Raised panel,
  • Recessed panel,
  • Flush panel,
  • Carriage House overlay,
  • Carriage House stamped,
  • And Accents planks.

Raised Panel Design

There’s the raised panel design. It’s available in both short and long panel options. It’ll add depth to your garage door. The raised panels start with a recessed edge. The interior surface of each panel is brought slightly forward. This adds a hint of definition to the classic door design. It’s a beautiful touch that will add class and sophistication to your garage door.

Recessed Panel Design

In the past, the recessed panel was the way to go. C.H.I. garage doors are bringing it back in fashion with a modern twist. It has the look of a traditional wood frame and panel construction. It’s shaped from steel and embossed with a natural wood grain finish. You can find these types of doors in both aluminum and steel.

Flush Panel Design

For a more contemporary look, the flush panel design will suffice. They provide straight, clean lines. They’re elegant, plain and simple. You can’t go wrong with this steel door.

Carriage House Overlay Design

C.H.I.’s carriage style doors are carefully crafted. They are the result of an exceptional collection of traditional doors. Available in fiberglass, steel and wood, the Carriage House Overlay Design has beautiful details like window panels that provide durability and elegance.

Carriage House Stamped Design

Combining strength and design, these steel doors come together in a carefully-crafted fashion. C.H.I. doors stands behind the durability and strength of their doors. These doors are shaped from steel and embossed with a wood grain finish.  It replicates the timeless look of carriage style doors for those who don’t have the garage space for the traditional type.

Accents Planks Design

This door is guaranteed to be the focal point of any home or business. It’s micro-grooved and made of steel with wood tone accents. The door is as versatile as it is beautiful. The clean, simple lines of the door make sure that it will match with your home’s overall look whether it’s traditional or contemporary.

C.H.I. garage doors offer variety, versatility and durability. They are a great choice for any homeowner. You can get them uninsulated if you wish. However, we suggest that you consider insulating your garage doors so as not to lose heat during the winter and cool air in the summer. C.H.I. offers two choices for insulation. Both are great. They are polyurethane for a heavier insulation and polystyrene for lighter insulation.

There are many options to choose from so there’s a look for every door. We can even help you decide which door is right for you. Don’t forget to have a professional like us at Texas Garage Repair install your door because the proper installation will ensure that your door will work well for many years. Call us today at 512.518.6606 for more information.

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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

You can never be too safe when it comes to your garage door. Garage doors injure about 30,000 people annually. Granted – many garage door accidents happen because of faulty garage door equipment. However, one can never be too cautious when considering garage door safety. In this article, we’ll explore 10 garage door safety tips you can use to keep you and your family safe.

  1. A garage door opener remote is not a toy. Do not give your children access to the garage door opener until they are old enough to handle the responsibility of it – like when they are old enough to drive a car.  There’s really no reason for younger children to have access to the garage door opener unless it’s the only way to get into your house. If that’s the case, then a child of 10 or 11 could probably handle the responsibility, but it’s be wiser to reevaluate the way you get into your home for safety’s sake.
  2. Make sure you mount the garage door opener mechanism out of the reach of small children. It should be at least five full feet above the floor and in a location where you have full view of the door so you can make sure the door is opening and closing correctly.
  3. Read through the garage door manual. Make sure you know how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature. You never know when you may need it.
  4. Each month, take some time to visually inspect the garage door. Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. You are checking for signs of wear and tear. If you notice problems, call a garage door technician like the ones we have at Texas Garage Repair. Many accidents occur each year when people attempt to fix their garage doors themselves.
  5. Again monthly, test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism by placing a 2X4 board or a roll of paper towels under the door. If the door does not reverse after coming into contact with the object, call us for a repair. Also, if your door opener has not been replaced since 1993, prior to when the reverse mechanism was required, you should upgrade to one that has the reverse safety mechanism. It’s time.
  6. When closing or opening the door, keep an eye on it. Make sure no child or animal is trying to get in during this time. Please don’t make a game of ‘dodge the door’ with your children. It could prove fatal.
  7. Please keep fingers and hands away from any section of the door when it is opening or closing to prevent injury. You don’t want your fingers or hands to get in the way or the door’s operations.
  8. Maintain your garage door annually. Have a qualified professional look over your door at least once a year to make sure it’s in good working order. This will help keep it operating safely.
  9. Don’t get in the habit of leaving your garage door partially open. When activated again, it might travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. Besides, leaving a door partially open leaves your home vulnerable to security breaches. Burglars often look for open doors to rob.
  10. In that vein, never, ever, leave a garage door opener in your car or with a parking attendant. Burglars like to steal garage door remotes so that they can gain access to your home. Always look the door to your home from the garage so that the burglar can’t get in. It may be mildly inconvenient to have to take your garage door opener with you everywhere, but it’s better than the alternative.

We hope we made you aware that your garage door is a very important and potentially dangerous item in your home. You should treat it appropriately and make sure that it is properly maintained. If you notice any problems with your door, day or night, you can call us at Texas Garage Repair. We are open 24/7 for you. We take you garage door safety seriously.