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April 14, 2017
Common Garage Door Problems
Garage doors are our business at Boulder Garage Door, so we know all about the common garage door problems that our customers often face. In fact, with over 40 years of experience serving the residents of Boulder, Colorado and surrounding areas, we can honestly say that we’ve seen just about everything.
Garage doors are just one of many components in your home and chances are you don’t ever think about them too much, until something goes wrong! A malfunctioning garage door is quite a pain, especially if you’re having to leave your vehicle outside and exposed to the elements and or unscrupulous passersby.
To help avoid running into one of these common garage door problems, you can put a visual inspection on your to-do list once every couple of months. Twice a year, you should also lubricate the main parts. A well-built garage door should provide faithful service for years if you just keep up on these couple things to keep it well-maintained.
So, what about when you perform your inspection or any other time for that matter, you notice something not quite right with your door? Of course, when in doubt you can always immediately call the experts at Boulder Garage Door to come out and help you determine what’s wrong. However, if you like to try to figure things out on your own a little first, we’ll give you a basic idea of what might be wrong, and what you will need to do to get it fixed.
The door begins to make a thud when opening or closing
In smaller garage doors, as in 9 ft. X 7 ft. two systems are generally used. If you have a torsion spring system, it’s possible that the torsion spring is broken. To determine this, you can visually inspect the spring (keep hands away from springs at all times), which should be located somewhere above the door. If you have an extension spring system, find and observe the two springs, one above each horizontal rail. One of them may be broken and causing the problem.
Larger garage doors, as in 16 ft. X 7 ft., generally all use a torsion spring system but have two springs. Again, check the springs to see if one is broken. The one other possible cause for thudding is a broken lifting cable, or it is just about to break. If your springs look to be in good shape, check out the cables. If you find that any of these things are broken, it is not safe to be using your garage door. Call in the professionals immediately to get this hazard addressed.
The door is no longer on its hinges
The door can come off its hinges for a few reasons:
- One of the horizontal tracks is no longer in alignment
- A little metal bracket that can be found at the end of the track has come loose
- The bolts that hold the bracket have come unscrewed
If it is simply a case of the bracket coming loose or the bolts coming unscrewed you can tighten them yourself and see if that fixes the problem. This can only be done if the rollers are still in the tracks and you have the ability to close the door safely. While you’re at it, check to make sure that all tracks are aligned, and everything is parallel the way it should be.
Safety Tip! If your door has fallen on the floor, do not try to remedy the problem yourself. The door will need to be set up again professionally, and doing it on your own could result in serious injury.
Your door only works some of the time
If you’re having trouble getting the door to respond, the most common issue is that the batteries in your remote are dying. Obviously, that’s a simple fix as you just need to change out the batteries and see if that fixes the problem.
Another possibility, although somewhat unlikely, is that your neighbor has the same type of garage door opener and is using the same transmission code. This is only an issue on openers made before 1993, so as you can imagine it is pretty rare. However, try changing the code on your remote and see if that resolves the issue.
The door starts to close but then opens again
This is most likely due to one of the safety sensors getting knocked out of alignment. Garage doors have an invisible beam that goes across the opening, and if something interrupts that beam, the door will automatically open. This is to prevent garage doors from closing on people, pets, cars and more. Just find the sensors and make sure they are aligned properly. To help you with this, a blinking indicator light on the control panel will stop blinking when the sensors are in line.
Whenever you mess with the garage door sensors, you should also check the sensitivity to ensure that it is still functioning correctly. To do this, place a 2x4 board on the floor where the door will touch it when it closes. If the sensitivity is correct, the door will open immediately upon touching something in its way. Again, this is to make sure that your heavy garage door doesn’t squash someone or something.
You just get home, and your door suddenly won’t open
If your door stops working out of the blue, the simple solution could be that the power is out. Check to see if any lights work, and you’ve got your answer. If the power is out and you need to get your vehicle into the garage, you can tug on the emergency cord that will disengage the motor so that you can open the door manually. Just pull it forward again when you are ready to reattach the door to the motor.
So, as you can see some common garage door problems are easy fixes that you can easily handle yourself, and others can put you in a dangerous situation and are best left to the pros. Whenever you have issues with your garage door and don’t know what to do, you can always count on the friendly staff here at Boulder Garage Door to help you out. Get in touch for more information.
March 22, 2017
Fun Facts About Garage Doors
Interested in fun facts about garage doors? Maybe only our garage door specialists at Boulder Garage Door truly get excited about things like this. But just in case you find it interesting, we’ve put together a list of facts. We wouldn’t want to hog all the fun, so we’re sharing with you, our friends and neighbors!
Now, you might not think too much about your garage door. It is one of those run-of-the-mill everyday objects. You use it every day and probably take it completely for granted, without even giving a second thought. Perhaps, these fun facts about garage doors will help you see things from our perspective.
Fun Fact #1
This may seem pretty basic, but the garage door is definitely an important entry point for your home. In fact, according to a national survey, more than 70% of homeowners use the garage door as the primary access point for their home as opposed to using the front door – which one might naturally assume is the main access point.
Fun Fact #2
In a size comparison, the garage door on average uses an impressive 6x more space than the typical front entry door. You could say that it tends to draw the eye. That puts a bit more importance on the aesthetics when it comes time to choose a new door. If you want your home to look nice, it would be a mistake to overlook the garage door!
Fun Fact #3
Garage door openers are a pretty hot item. In fact, according to a national survey, roughly 71% of homeowners use an opener on an everyday basis to gain access to their home. You could say that it’s a pretty handy gadget. Now with smartphones being able to access your opener remotely, they’re getting even more convenient.
Fun Fact #4
Most people are probably already aware that a quality garage door increases the value of their home a tad. What you may not know is that the increase can be between 1-4% of the home’s entire value. What does that mean for you? Well, choosing the right garage door can increase your home’s value closer to the 4% end of things. That might not sound like much, but when talking about an investment as big as a house, 4% translates into thousands of dollars going back into your pocket when you make the sale!
Fun Fact #5
To go along with Fun Fact #4, an online survey indicates that roughly 71% of homeowners believe that replacing their garage door will help the chances of selling their homes and get them a better price for it. That’s a pretty significant incentive. Actually, we’ve found that it is a pretty common contributing factor when people decide to replace their garage doors.
Fun Fact #6
Door designers are readily available and easily accessible. For example, the vast majority of garage door manufacturers have an online door designer right on their website. These tools make it handy to visualize how a style or color scheme will work with your home’s current look. Now it is easier than ever to design and pick out the perfect garage door for your home!
Fun Fact #7
Okay, this fact may not be quite so fun, but the truth is that garage doors can be dangerous. Because of their high spring tension, the risk of serious injury or even death is elevated when dealing with installing or repairing a garage door. This is the reason why it is highly recommended to call in the professionals to perform the installation or repairs on your garage door. For those of you in the Boulder, Colorado area, you have the good fortune of being able to call on the excellent team here at Boulder Garage Door for all your garage installation and repair needs. The reasonable cost of our services is a small price to pay for keeping all your fingers and toes, and not getting crushed under the full weight of a garage door.
Fun Fact #8
Garages, and of course the corresponding doors, on average, are steadily getting bigger. According to the U.S. Census Characteristics of New Housing, roughly 23% of the one-family homes built in 2014 had a garage big enough for 3 or more cars. Maybe 1 in 5 doesn’t seem like that high of a number, but consider that’s up from just 11% in 1992. Now it is starting to sound like a bigger difference, isn’t it?
Fun Fact #9
The average garage door commands about 30% of the front view of your home. This is an important thing to keep in mind when picking out your design and colors. The human eye is automatically drawn to the largest items in a scene, so choose carefully to create a pleasing exterior to your home.
Fun Fact #10
You may have already guessed, but the garage door is a paramount component in the safety and security of your home from both two-legged threats and invisible ones. When high winds strike the home during a storm, the garage door is often the first to go, particularly if you went the less expensive route and bought a non-insulated, non-reinforced garage door at least double-wide or larger. If you live in an area prone to high winds, it’s a good idea to invest in a door that won’t break easily.
Now maybe this is more information about garage doors than you ever cared to know, but sometimes it is fun to read up on interesting facts like these. Here at Boulder Garage Door, we are interested in providing great products and exceptional services to our clients and giving a list of fun facts about garage doors is one small way that we can grow your confidence in our expertise.
If you are in the market for a new garage door or need garage door repairs, do not hesitate to give us a call. We have been running this small, family-owned and operated company for over 41 years so you could say, we have a little bit of experience with garage doors! On top of that, just check out our reputation with the community. Over the years, Boulder Garage Door has built quite the following of satisfied customers. We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun facts about garage doors and look forward to hearing from you the next time you need a new garage door or repairs in Boulder, Colorado.
February 17, 2017
Ways to Upgrade Your Garage Door
Whether you are thinking about selling your home in the near future or just want to stay fashionable and up with the times, ways to upgrade your garage door in the New Year might not be the first thing you think of adding to your home improvement list. However, real estate agents agree that an updated garage door is one of the major factors that influence how quickly, and for how much, you can sell your home. So, to get you started, Boulder Garage Door would like to offer a few ideas.
Keep up with the trends
Which trend is right for you will depend greatly on the house you have. If your home is older, you’re going to want to consider a classic garage door style. If, however, your home is newer, you would do best to choose a chic, contemporary look – which right now means straight lines and colors on the darker end of the spectrum. If your home is out in the country or a more rural area, carriage house and ranch styles are popular and appeal a great deal to the baby boomer market.
Keeping energy efficiency in mind is not only an excellent way to do your part for the environment, but also, it’s a practical way to save money. Properly insulated garage doors can potentially help with your heating and cooling bills a great deal. Plus, it’s an attractive feature that buyers are interested in for the same reasons.
Technologically smart doors
Everything else is going smart, so why not your garage door? Now you can actually check the status of your garage door and open and close it from anywhere in the world simply by using an app on your smartphone! That’s a handy feature, especially on those days when you get to work and realize that you may have left the garage door open during your frenzied dash out that morning.
It’s also perfect for when your kids get home from school. You don’t have to worry about them losing a key or forgetting the code. They’ll be able to access it directly from the one thing that they never seem to be without, their smartphone. You can’t get much more convenient than that.
Of course, if you are considering replacing your garage door, be sure to contact a reputable company in your area. Garage doors are big and heavy and should not be installed by just anyone. Keep yourself and your family safe by having it installed properly by professionals.
Here at Boulder Garage Door, our team is fast, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. We’ve been going strong for over 40 years and have a long list of satisfied customers. So, if you are looking for good ways to upgrade your garage door in the New Year, be sure to give us a call, and we will get you on the right track! Plus, if you decide to purchase a new door, we will install it quickly and professionally, so you can get back to the important things in life.
February 2, 2017
A Look at 3 Types of Garage Door Openers
Deciding on the right garage door and garage door opener for your home may have you feeling like you need to be an expert on all things garage door. However, as a homeowner, it is not necessary that you intimately understand all the ins and outs of garage doors. There are always experts to turn to like those here at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado. But if you are interested in taking a look at 3 types of garage door openers then keep reading for more information.
These 3 types of garage door openers each have plusses and minuses. Which one is right for you, will depend on your particular situation. It isn’t a good idea to simply pick one because it’s the cheapest or the least maintenance. Instead, you should think about which factor is most important for your home and family and choose from there.
Okay, let’s take a look at 3 types of garage door openers.
A chain drive garage door opener is the one you will find in most homes. As can be surmised from the name, a chain is employed to push (or pull depending on your point of view) a trolley that causes the door to move up and down. This type of opener is extremely reliable and cost-effective. The one thing that most people find unpleasant is that they do make a significant amount of racket. For this reason, they can be more suited to a detached garage.
This is basically the same idea as a chain drive, but instead of a chain, a belt drive is used. The big plus to this is that it runs much more quietly, so it’s a great option for attached garages. You won’t wake up the entire household if you come home late. However, the tradeoff is that they are not as cost-effective.
This type of garage opener operates by rotating a threaded steel rod to move the trolley that brings the door up or down. The biggest plus to this type is that because it has fewer parts than the other types, it is easier to maintain and might even last a bit longer. But if noise is a concern for you, it goes in the category with the chain drive and would be better for a detached garage.
Now that you’ve had a look at 3 types of garage door openers, you might know just what you want. You might also be just as undecided as you were previously. That’s okay, because we’re here to help and you don’t have to make this decision on your own. When you turn to the professionals here at Boulder Garage Door, we will help you choose the perfect option for your home. We have over 40 years of experience with garage doors in the Boulder, Colorado area and we put that knowledge to good use for every homeowner we work with. With us, you will get exactly what you need!
January 26, 2017
All About Garage Door Torsion Springs
The friendly folks here at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado would like to take this opportunity to talk to you all about garage door torsion springs. These springs have a crucial job, and it is important for homeowners to be aware, not only about what they do but also what to watch for concerning the need for repairs. Faulty or aging torsion springs can pose a serious safety hazard, not to be ignored.
Garage door torsion springs perform the necessary function of lifting and lowering your garage door in a controlled fashion. Think about how heavy a garage door would be to try to open manually without the help of those springs!
Just like any conventional spring, torsion springs are designed to store mechanical energy using a rotating or twisting motion. However, garage door springs are made from a much denser material than conventional springs for storing, even more, energy. This is necessary because as you probably are already aware garage doors are not as light as a feather!
Torsion springs are installed horizontally over the opening of your garage door. There are cables attached to the bottom corners of your door that force the springs to wind up when the door goes down and stores the energy. Then, when it comes time to raise the door, the springs begin to unwind, and the energy gets transferred to the door to help lift the heavy apparatus.
If you know all about garage door torsion springs, you understand that because of the heavy work that they do, these springs will eventually wear out. The metal starts to weaken, and eventually the door becomes too heavy for the springs to lift properly. Rust and cold weather can speed this process. However, typical torsion springs will last about 10,000 cycles. So, that means that even if you open your door 3-5 times per day, you can expect your springs to last about 5-7 years.
It is imperative to be aware of failing torsion springs and have them replaced professionally. Obviously, if the springs are not doing their job, the door will get heavier and heavier for you--which can lead to possible injury. If they suddenly snap one day that heavy garage door could even land on someone or a pet and cause serious injury or even death.
Even more importantly, please note that most torsion spring injuries come about because of people trying to replace them themselves. Because of the tension involved special tools are needed as well as expertise. It isn’t worth the risk, and this is one repair that should be done by a professional.
If you’re not sure about the state of your garage door torsion springs, don’t worry! You can call the experts here at Boulder Garage Door for a quick examination. Serving Boulder and the surrounding area for over 41 years, we know all about garage door torsion springs and will provide you with expert garage door maintenance, repair and even replacement if needed. Give us a call today.