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Cottage Lake Garage Doors | Section Replacement Possible?

If you have damaged your garage door and it happens to be a sectional garage door then you might be in luck! A lot of the time if the door is only messed up in one or two of the sections we can actually just replace those specific sections instead of having to replace the whole door, which will obviously save you time and money.

If you aren’t sure whether your garage door qualifies or if the problem can be fixed with replacing certain sections go ahead and give us a call. One of our techs can easily identify if your garage door can be fixed this way. We want to save you money wherever we can so we will absolutely use this as an option if at all possible!

Cottage Lake Garage Doors | Ranking garage door opener durability

As you may already be aware, there are a few different styles of garage door openers, all of which have their own specific sets of attributes, levels of durability, and methods of operation.  If you’re picking out a style, though, what do you look for?  There’s a lot of factors to consider:  Noise level, speed, efficiency, durability, cost, etc.  This week, we’re going to take a moment to discuss durability–  This is rather important, since a not so durable garage door opener, even if it’s cheaper, will end up costing a lot in repairs and eventual replacement.  So. . .  If we look at the 3 conventional styles of garage door openers, how do they stack up?

1)  Most durable:  Screw drive opener
2)  Runner up: Belt drive opener
3)  Semi durable:  Chain drive opener

Of course, there’s more that goes into picking than just durability, but this is just one thing to consider!

Cottage Lake Garage Doors | Major Components of Regular Maintenance

When it comes to the regular maintenance of your car, you can probably think of many things that you need to take care of on a regular basis, however, most people can’t think of the equivalent items of regular maintenance as it pertains to their garage door.  Why is that?  Well, it seems like most people don’t care as much about their garage door, which is a real travesty!  We’re here to shed some light on the subject though, because you need to at least be able to name the different things that go into maintenance.  We may explore each of these items in greater depth in future blog posts, as well:

  • Cleaning of components
  • Lubrication of components
  • Testing (Force & Reverse, Opener, etc.)
  • Inspection of all components
  • Spring Maintenance

Cottage Lake Garage Doors | How Much Horsepower Does My Garage Door Opener Need?

You may be wondering if your garage door opener has enough oomph to open your garage door. The unit of power used to open the door is referred to as horse power. There are four common motor sizes for garage doors, a 1/3 horsepower motor, a ½ horsepower motor, a ¾ horsepower motor, and a 1 horsepower motor.

The biggest considerations when choosing the correct size motor for your garage door opener is the size and weight of the door. Larger and heavier doors require openers with more horsepower. Getting the smallest motor that will lift your garage door will save electricity.

The smallest garage door openers have a 1/3 horsepower motor. These openers will open a single car garage door 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall or a double car garage door (made from lighter materials). The most popular garage door openers have a ½ horsepower motor. These garage door openers will lift wood or insulated two car garage doors up to 16 by 8.

For heavier garage doors or for more durability and longer lasting motor, a garage door opener with a ¾ horsepower motor is probably the best. These openers will lift even larger garage doors. For very heavier garage doors a garage door opener with a 1 horsepower motor will provide maximum power and efficiency.  You can put a larger garage door opener than what is necessary on your garage door, however make sure that you have the settings right to prevent damaging the door.

Regardless of the size of the motor you get most garage doors lift the door at a rate of 7 inches per second, but you can purchase garage door openers that open the door slightly faster. If you know how big your garage door is, you can select a garage door opener with the correct size motor.

Cottage Lake Garage Doors | Woman’s Guide To Choosing The Right Garage Door

Choosing a garage door is a generally fun experience.  Similar to planning a wedding, when you’re choosing your dream garage door, there are several questions you should ask yourself and checklists you should go through.  Deciding on a garage door can be extremely exhilarating and rewarding when you know what works for your family, your house, and your budget—not to mention your personal style.  Here are a few words of wisdom on choosing your perfect garage door:

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Color & Style

Every house has its own color palette.  The color of your garage door should compliment the overall color scheme of your home.  Furthermore, the style of your new garage should similarly flatter the rest of your house.  A simple way of making these decisions is by asking yourself questions like: “Do I want a low key, traditional aluminum paneled garage, or a beautifully rustic carriage style door?” “Am I willing to tend to a wood garage door periodically, or do I want a high-style, low maintenance metal door?” The rest will work its way out from there.  Make sure that you choose something that you’re completely in love with and really speaks to you—not something that you’ll get tired off in a month or two.

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Optional Hardware

If your budget allows, there are cute little additions for your garage door that will truly make it yours.  Consider adding windows (Yes, they come in different styles), or decorative handles that will add a charming accent to your garage.

When it’s the right time to let go, give your old garage the heave-ho. A pretty new garage door is the facelift that your house needs, and will serve you for decades if you treat it right. Garage doors are often underappreciated, but never overlooked.  Admire a beautiful sight every time you come home with a fabulous new garage door.

Cottage Lake Garage Doors | Be Kind To Your Garage Door

Garage doors are some of the most overlooked pieces of equipment around the house.  It’s easy to forget how often they are used throughout the day, month, and years.  That’s a lot of opening and closing, isn’t it?  With regular maintenance checks not only will you lengthen the life of your garage doors; you will also be saving a ton of money in the long run!  So follow these steps for a smooth sailing garage door.

Lubricating your door

A squeaking garage door isn’t the most pleasant sound but these helpful tips may rid you of this noisy problem.  The proper lubrication method is to use a lithium or silicone spray, and avoid the use of WD 40.  It is important to lubricate the top part of the chain rail, the stems, arm bar, hinges, numbs, lock, and metal rollers with ball bearings.  Prevent lubricating the bottom part of the door’s chain rail, chain, garage door track, or the spring for best quality.

Clean the track

Solutions for a sticky or squeaking door can be tricky.  So how do you clean the tracks while avoiding lubrication?  You can easily clean your tracks with a damp cloth, then wipe over the tracks again using a dry cloth.  As lubrication is thought to be the immediate solution, it may actually cause a build up of matter that can obstruct the functionality of your garage door.  In a case where, after wiping the track, there is still a buildup of residue, you may use WD 40 lubricant. Then follow up by using wet and dry cloths once again.

Install weather seals

Don’t forget the weather seals!  Weather seals are installed on the bottom part of your garage doors in between the door panels, and on the frame of the door.  Not only will you be preventing moisture inside the garage; it will also cut down your energy bill.  Now who doesn’t want that?

Realign the sensors

When you see a blinking light this is generally an indicator that your sensors are not aligned correctly.  To fix this problem, gently push the sensors back into their proper position.  Once the blinking light switches to a solid light, that is an indication that you have successfully readjusted your sensor.

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