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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.
January 16, 2017
Tips to Maximize Your Return on a Garage Door Replacement
At Boulder Garage Door, we understand that new doors are a significant investment, so we’d like to provide you with tips to maximize your return on a garage door replacement. When the existing one doesn’t seem like it’s in bad shape, you may hesitate to spend hard-earned money on a replacement. But once you understand the benefits we cover in this blog, we think you’ll clearly see the importance and value of replacing your aging or damaged door.
If you are considering replacing your garage door, there’s probably a pretty good reason for it being top of mind. Perhaps your door has been damaged in some way or maybe it’s simply old and starting to look worn out. Now comes deliberations on whether or not to replace your garage door. If you assume that it’s just a cosmetic issue, keeping up looks or curb appeal may not seem worth parting with your money.
Before you stop there, think about one of the paramount purposes of your garage door. Security. Your garage door is one of the first lines of defense for your home. Now, maybe you are thinking that they could only access the garage because your inner door connecting to the house also has a lock. Well, take a good look at that inner door. Does it look that sturdy? Often these doors are not heavy duty like your front door because the assumption is that your garage door is the first line of defense.
One final factor that could be affecting you is that if the door is simply not working properly, it is very inconvenient. As a homeowner, you obviously want free access to your garage, and a malfunctioning door is not a fun problem to have.
The good news is that we have a few tips to maximize your return on a garage door replacement to help ease the sting a little. Here we offer three ideas to get you started.
- Consider the style carefully
Now this doesn’t necessarily mean buying the fanciest and most expensive garage door. What it does mean is choosing a style that is timeless and complements the rest of your home. An aesthetically pleasing garage door will help boost your resale value significantly.
- Consider energy efficiency
This is most important when your garage is attached to your home. An energy efficient door has the potential to save you a lot of money on your energy bills, as well as raise the resale value. Now, that’s an attractive feature in any garage door.
- Consider a door that can withstand the elements
Here in Colorado, we experience some pretty wild weather. If the weather conditions damaged your door in the first place, be sure to purchase a new one that will hold up better in the future.
There you have it! A few reasons why you should think about a new garage door and tips to maximize your return on a garage door replacement. Of course, if you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to contact the knowledgeable staff at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado. We are happy to help you with all your garage door needs.
December 25, 2016
Garage Door Safety Tips
A garage door is typically the largest mechanical device in your home, yet many people underestimate the danger it poses. To help keep you and your family safe, Boulder Garage Door would like to offer you a few garage door safety tips. You’ll see that while a big heavy garage door can pose a significant danger, it’s quite easy to avoid the risk with a little effort.
- Don’t try to beat the door. What do we mean by beating the door? Starting the mechanism and then running out under the door before it closes all the way. To a child, it sounds like a fun game. To an adult, it sounds easier and faster than going out and around. Whatever the reason, it’s dangerous, so don’t do it!
Sure, modern safety sensors have been added to garage doors to keep them from closing on a person or animal, significantly reducing the number of injuries. However, that doesn’t mean you should rely on them to work 100% of the time. While they lessen the risk of injury or accident, playing with a dangerous piece of heavy equipment is just asking for trouble.
- Go to the pros for repairs. It may seem like a garage door is a simple piece of equipment, but it’s actually quite complicated. Because the door is so heavy, one mistake could lead to serious injury. Plus, it could also be dangerous later if an amateur fix fails at the wrong time. Preventing a possibly tragic occurrence is worth the amount of money spent on professional services.
- Don’t touch joints and tracks. This is one of the most important garage door safety tips because it leads to one of the most common injuries caused by automatic garage doors. Getting hands or fingers near the joints or tracks puts you at risk of a nasty pinch or crushed bones. If something seems to be wrong with your opener or door, don’t try to MacGyver it yourself unless you’re at peace with potentially losing a finger or your hand. Instead, see tip #2.
- Immediately repair any broken windows on your garage door. A broken garage door window is very hazardous and not something to be taken lightly. It should be treated like a broken window in your home to ensure your safety, security and energy efficiency.
These windows on your garage door are under greater stress because of the frequent raising and lowering of the door. So, even if a window is only cracked and hasn’t broken completely yet, do not ignore it or put off repairs. It could shatter at any moment, causing damage to a vehicle or possibly injuring you or a family member.
Want to know more? Our friendly team at Boulder Garage Door will be happy to answer any questions that you might have about our garage door safety tips. And if you’re experiencing any issues with your garage door or windows, let us know right away. We can send someone out to take a look, spare your fingers and make any necessary repairs. Simply call or contact us for an appointment.