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Often Asked Questions About Garage Doors

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Often Asked Questions About Garage Doors

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What garage door maintenance can I carry out on my own?

There are many things you can do on your own to keep your garage door well-maintained. First, carry out a visual inspection and check your garage door springs, cables, and rollers. Check the hardware as well and see if there are loose bolts and nuts that need tightening. You can also do a door balance test by closing the garage door and disconnecting the opener. Lift the door open. You should be able to do this smoothly and with little to no resistance. You can also do a reverse mechanism test to ensure your sensors are working by placing a board on the path of the door. Close the door down. Once the door comes into contact with the board, it should immediately move in the opposite direction.

How do I open my garage door if the power goes?

This will depend on the model you have, so you should refer to your manufacturer’s manual for specifics. You should be able to open your door from the inside by pulling down on the red emergency release cord. This action will release the door from its carriage so you can operate it manually. This should be done just once when the door is closed - you shouldn't attempt this while the door is open.

If one of my panels gets damaged, can I just replace one panel?

If you have an overhead garage door that consists of several panels, you may be able to replace individual damaged panels without having to purchase a whole new door. While there are always exceptions, it is often easier and more cost effective to simply repair a damaged door. Accidents happen and in the course of the life of your door, dents and dings are bound to happen, but you may be able to avoid replacing the entire door.

What is the best type of garage door material?

Modern garage doors are made from a variety of materials including wood, composite, steel, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl. Ultimately, there is no single stand out material that is clearly the best choice. It really depends on your specific household's needs. From insulating properties to maintenance requirements, they each come with a variety of advantages and disadvantages. It is in your best interest to do some research and find out which material best fits your specific needs, or you can give our team a call for tailored advice!


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