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What to Consider When Installing a Garage Door

When you install a new garage door, there are a lot of things to consider. Before you think about what you want to get, you should decide what your needs are. Many types of homes exist. They have many sizes, layouts and décor. Consider your options and decide which one is best for the climate you live in as well as your budget and taste.

Should I install the door myself?

We aren’t saying this just because we are a garage door company, but no. A garage door should be installed by a professional. Garage doors are difficult to replace. They have pulleys and other mechanisms. Plus, they are rather heavy and you could injure yourself if you aren’t extra careful.

If you have to do it yourself, don’t be alone. Have an assistant who can help bear the weight of the garage door and make sure you don’t get hurt.

What about energy efficiency?

Well, you should certainly consider energy efficiency when adding a garage door to your home. Get an insulated door if you possibly can. Why? It will keep cool air in and hot air out in summer and vice versa in the winter. Your garage door, if not properly insulated, can cause you to increase your energy bills and no one wants that.

What type of door do I install?

Garage doors have lots of varieties, styles and materials. Figure out your budget first and then choose a garage door that fits within that budget. You should also decide the level of care and maintenance you’re going to give your garage door. Some doors are more high maintenance than others. You should also decide between the most common materials such as wood, wood composite, fiberglass, aluminum and steel. Then, decide which spring type you want.

Do I want accessories?

Are you getting a garage door opener or using the old one? Any special key remotes? Each of these options is important to decide upon when getting your garage door. We also recommend you have a professional put in the garage door opener. Why? It’s easier and you know it’ll be done right. The opener is what opens and closes the door. You don’t want to get that wrong. It’ll be a truly unsafe door if you do.

If you ask yourself these questions honestly and think hard and long about the answers, it will go a long way towards getting a good garage door. If you’re thinking of replacing your garage door, you obviously have a lot to consider. Let Texas Garage Repair help you out. We’re happy to talk with you about the matter. We can be reached any time at 512.518.6606.

 

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How to Know When to Replace Your Garage Door

Garage doors can last a long time. However, you should be on the lookout for signs that your garage door needs replacing. In this article, we’ll discuss how to know when to replace your garage door.

Your garage door has fungi, mold or mushrooms growing on it.

That’s a clear sign that your door is rotting. When the rotting gets to the nuts, bolts and hinges, you could have an unstable and potentially dangerous garage door on your hands. Keep an eye out for signs of mold, fungi or mushrooms – aka rot – so you can monitor this situation closely.

There are chipped or broken areas of the garage door.

If the wood is beginning to splinter or break at its edges, that’s a clear sign that your door is in need of replacement. You should examine the bottom edge of the door. If the portion of the door that sits on the garage floor is beginning to tear or break away from the rest of the door, then your garage door puts you and your family at risk. Get it replaced.

You have loose or broken cords and wires.

If you have loose or broken cords or wires, you should not operate the door at all. The door is unsafe to use. Get it replaced as soon as possible. The cords and wires play an important part in the safe operation of a garage door and if they are loose or broken, they don’t have the proper support to do their job safely. When replacing the door, the technician will make sure that the cords and wires are connected appropriately.

Your garage door is shaky or unstable.

If you notice when the door is in operation that it seems to be shaking and unstable as it goes up or down, then you should consider replacing your door. Why? It means that some part of the door is off balance and not working properly. A garage door needs to operate smoothly. If not, replacement if your safest option.

Your garage door makes excessive noise when opening or closing.

If you hear excessive noise when operating the garage door, that’s a sure fire sign that something is wrong with it. Excessive noise can come from multiple sources. It could be the motor having issues, the door could be unbalanced, the springs could need replacements or it could be something else equally as serious. At this time, it’s important to call in an expert and consider replacing the door entirely.

Your garage door hesitates when you operate it.

When you push the button on a garage door, it should operate without hesitation. If a garage door hesitates when the button is pushed or starts to go up and then goes back down, then you have a problem with your system. Not only is this inconvenient, it’s dangerous. Your door should operate reliably or you are not safe.

Of course, there are other signs that your garage door needs replacement. We went over some of the basics. If you have any of these problems, we suggest you contact Texas Garage Repair. We are available 24/7 at 512.518.6606. Give us a call and our technicians will be glad to help.

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Tips for Installing a Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are installed differently depending upon the manufacturer’s specifications. In general, you should have a garage door technician install your garage door opener. In this article, we’ll go over some tips and tricks for installing a garage door opener that you may want to remember if only to tell that you’re garage door technician is doing it right.

Check the garage door first –

You want to make sure the garage door is in good working order before you replace the garage door opener. Make sure the garage door springs are fine. If not, you may not need a new garage door opener. You may need a new garage door. Call in a professional to finish the assessment and let you know what you do need.

Choose the right horsepower for your garage door opener –

Making sure that you choose the right horsepower (hp) is essential. You don’t want a garage door opener that’s got too much hp or too little. For a single garage door, you want to choose a 1/3 to 1/2 hp opener. For a double garage door, choose 1/2 hp and for one that’s wooden or has a faux wood overlay, which can be really heavy, it’s best to go with the 3/4 hp. (Note – putting in a higher powered garage door opener isn’t going to open your door faster. Garage door openers go at a set speed.)

There are three types of garage door opener to choose from. The first is a chain drive. In this type, a chain pulls the door open and closed. These are the least expensive but the loudest. Screw drives are priced in the mid-range. They are less quiet than the chain drive, but they are more expensive. Screw drives operate on a long threaded rod that drives a mechanism that opens and closes the door. Finally, there’s the belt drive. These are the most expensive and the quietest brands. A belt drive uses a rubber belt to open and close the door.

During the install –

Remember to install the power unit high enough that tall people won’t run into it. 7 feet from the floor is possible is a good height. A garage door opener has a manual disconnect cord. Run that about 6 feet high so any adult can get to it. Put the push button control about 5 feet off the ground so small children can’t get to it.  Also, place it in a location where anyone operating it can easily see the garage door. Always adjust the safety reverse system and the electric eye system so they are in good working order. You’ll want to remind your professional installer to do those things too.

There are parts to the garage door opener repair or replacement that you could do yourself; however, we recommend that you hire a professional to do them. Why? Garage doors and garage door openers are very sensitive mechanisms and potentially very dangerous. We, at Texas Garage Repair, can repair your garage door opener or replace it quickly and safely. Give us a call today at 512.518.6606.

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Important Garage Door Opener Facts for Homeowners

Garage door openers open and close your garage door. What else do you know about garage door openers? If you answered not much, then this article is for you. Here, we’ll explore some important garage door facts for homeowners.

  • Garage door openers make life easier. It’s so much easier to get into and out of your garage with a garage door opener. For example, you can just open the door from your car and enter the garage with no problem. The same is true for exiting.
  • Garage door openers help you figure out signs that your garage door is in need of repairs. If, when you open the garage door, you hear strange noises coming from the door, then it’s time to call a professional to get a repair. You should always have professionals perform garage door and garage door opener repairs because these mechanisms have lots of parts and are dangerous to work with.
  • Garage door openers work on electricity. They may come with locking and unlocking accessories like switches, remotes, keyed or wireless entries.
  • Garage door openers have a power unit with an electric motor, which is attached to a track. Door openers come with different mechanisms such as chain drive units, belt drive openers, screw-drive openers, jackshaft openers and direct drive units.
  • Garage door openers allow you to open the door differently, depending on the unit. Some are on a wall console. Others are door remotes. There are button remotes of differing types. You can get a sophisticated wireless keypad – some even work on just your fingerprint. Then, there’s the keyless remote.
  • It’s important to get a garage door opener with a manual emergency release mechanism, especially when the power goes out. Otherwise, you’ll be unable to use your garage.
  • Garage doors usually open slowly, but you can get a garage door opener that will allow your door to open faster.
  • You have the choice between AC and DC motors. DC motors are usually quieter. For your best results, look for a motor with .5 horsepower.
  • Get a garage door opener with a vacation setting so if you’re going away for a longer period, you’ll have the added security of knowing your garage door will remain closed and that no one can break into your garage or home while you’re away.

Garage door openers are an important mechanism, one that can help protect your home from break-ins. Now that you know more about them, hopefully you’ll treat them with the respect that they deserve. We, at Texas Garage Repair, know about garage door openers and are happy to help you if they need a repair. Call us today at 512.518.6606 for more information.