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    Garage Door Tips

    Investing 10-20 minutes a month in garage door maintenance can make a world of difference for the lifespan of your garage doors.

    This post outlines a few tips to help keep your garage doors working well and spot any potential issues before they blow up!

    Clean your garage doors!

    This is simple to do with a hose and a rag!

    Rinse down your doors and use a rag with warm soapy water to clean inside and out. This is something you can do quarterly as well.

    While you are washing, give it a visual inspection and note any rust or other metal parts that show signs of rust. You can also clean up any cobwebs and other debris you see, including on the tracks.

    Wipe down your tracks with the rag, and ensure you dry it off with a dry rag when you’re done cleaning.

    While remembering to do a few things a month to maintain your garage door sounds like a waste of time, it’s not. Small tasks as outlined in this post can help prevent problems before they become big ones, and can extend the life of your garage door and parts.

    If you take just 10 minutes a month to do the following 4 things, your garage door will be in great condition!

    Clean Annually

    So this isn’t a monthly task, but something that might take 30-60 minutes, once a year.

    Cleaning your garage door includes washing it with soapy water and rinsing it well, both inside and out.

    Give it a thorough visual inspection. If you are maintaining your doors monthly, then anything out of the ordinary should be obvious.

    Check specific areas, including your springs for any rust, and other metal parts for signs of rust. Get rid of cobwebs and other debris you see anywhere, including on the tracks. Wipe down your tracks as well. This can be down with a wet towel. Ensure you dry the tracks when you are done cleaning with a dry rag.

    Lubrication on Garage Doors

    This task is only 2 minutes and very important! Using a silicon or lithium based spray, lubricate the tracks to ensure your garage doors run smoothly along the tracks.

    Do NOT use WD-40! You want a spray that isn’t greasy or too sticky, so that when it dries it’s clean. If it’s sticky, debris and dirt and dust can get stuck onto the areas you’ve lubricated.

    The spray can be used on your tracks, rollers, hinges, locks and springs. Essentially, you want to lubricate any moving part of your garage.

    Check Your Springs

    Although you should be visually inspecting your springs along with the rest of your garage door parts, take an extra moment each month to look at your springs.

    Since the springs are metal, rust is always a concern. Rust can cause your springs to break, which can be a safety hazard if they break while the door is open and you, a loved one or valuable object is underneath.

    Find a garage door company you trust!

    A professional garage door company can perform a thorough yearly maintenance service for you if you don’t want to check your doors each month.

    Whether or not you have maintenance done professionally, it is always a good idea to have a company you trust so you can call if your inspections bring up anything troubling. If you notice your springs have some rust, you can quickly call a professional to inspect them and replace if necessary!

    Oftentimes as well, the tech can quickly perform a visual inspection while out on the call to note any other pressing items.

    Staying on top of your garage door maintenance will allow the garage door and parts to perform optimally and for a long time.

    If you don’t have a professional company you trust – google one! Make sure to find independent, 3rd party review sites to research different options, including Yelp, Facebook and BBB.

    Your garage door isn’t just another door in your home. Your garage is a major entry point to your home, and a big part of your exterior style and curb appeal.

    Choosing the right door is very important! It not only has a big impact, but it needs to provide the right amount of safety and security for your home.

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    Depending on how you use your garage, the level of insulation when choosing a new door is important. For homeowners that use their garage for working out, to do work, or as an additional living space know just how important a fully insulated garage door is.

    So, if you are in the market for a new garage door, you need to choose a door that is functional AND stylish, along with considering your budget.

    #1 Composition and Durability

    When evaluating new garage doors you want to focus first on composition and durability.

    Garage doors are made from fiberglass, vinyl, steel, wood and other materials. You can narrow the choices by looking at the style of your home, your budget, and how durable you need your door to be. Wood doors are beautiful, but are high maintenance and expensive. Steel, by comparison is more affordable.

    #2 Insulation Level

    Insulation comes in an R value and it’s something to consider when purchasing a new garage door. Depending on the climate and how you are using your garage door will inform you about the R value you want to look out for. The insulation in garage doors is usually polystyrene or polyurethane. Consulting with a garage door tech can help you decide what material and level you need.

     

    #3 Do your research!

    The worst thing that can happen once you choose a great garage door is to have it installed improperly. Make sure you research NOT just your new garage door, but also the installer.

    Can you find independent 3rd party reviews for them on Yelp, Google or Facebook? These review sites can help you see the entire picture. Asking around to friends and co-workers can also insure you are getting a quality company to install your new doors.

    Make sure the company you choose, at the minimum: offers a free inspection or a free quote AND that they guarantee their work. You want to find a reputable garage door installation company that can help you find a good door to match your budget and style, and install safely for you!

     

    Regular maintenance on your garage door will help to prevent major problems from catching you by surprise. It’s possible for a skilled homeowner to take care of most or all of this garage door maintenance. You can also hire a professional garage door company to come out and perform this maintenance regularly.

    Proper garage door maintenance is the key to the longevity of your garage door and to keep your garage door working properly.

    Monthly Garage Door Maintenance

    Every month, you should visually inspect your garage doors. Notice anything different from last month, and any wear and tear.

    Make sure to look specifically at your springs, pulleys, tracks, rollers, cables and your hardware. Do you notice any loose hardware? A fraying cable? A sound you didn’t hear last time you opened and closed your door?

    Check out your mounting hardware as well. Mounting hardware is your screws and hinges. Make sure they are secure.

    Another task monthly you should do while visually inspecting your garage is cleaning your tracks. Take a damp cloth and wipe the tracks down. Make sure to dry them when you’re done. Keeping the tracks free of debris or built up residue will help them perform optimally.

    Every month is also a great time to lubricate your garage door or check if any parts need lubricating. Lubrication should be done, at a minimum, twice a year, but checking monthly is good practice. Don’t use WD40, use a silicone or lithium based spray. You can find this spray on Amazon or a local hardware store.

    Spray lubricant on all tracks, hinges, and rollers. This will help to prevent damage to those parts, and allow the door to open smoothly.

    Lastly, put a small soft object in the path of the garage door sensors and try to close your garage door. Your door’s auto reverse function should automatically open your garage door back up again. This is a very important safety feature, and checking that it is operating properly is a good idea. Takes 30 seconds! If it doesn’t work, call a professional ASAP!

    All of these tasks each month will take 10-15 minutes of your time and is well worth it!

    Extra Credit

    Checking the balance of your garage door is another important maintenance task, but you need to know what you’re doing. Here are some quick steps if you feel comfortable performing this task. Otherwise, it’s best to call a garage door company.

    Step 1: Disconnect your garage door opener.

    Step 2: Manually lift the door and check that it glides smoothly on the tracks, with no resistance.

    Step 3: If you lift the door, it should stay open. If not, or it’s hard to open manually, then your door is not balanced.

    If your door isn’t balanced, call a professional garage door company to balance it for you.!

    Your garage door is a common way that intruders find their way inside a home. Most people focus on window and door security, but forget about their garage door. There are a few ways to increase the security of your garage door.

    Below are 5 things you can add to your home to increase your home’s overall security, as well as that of your garage door.

    Make sure your interior door is locked. 

    If you have an attached garage door, make sure you lock this when you leave your home (and when you’re home!) Most people assume that locking it takes too long, and it’s more of a nuisance to have to unlock it when you come home through your garage. But this is just another way intruders can easily gain entry to your home.

    You should also consider installing a dead bolt to this door as well, if you don’t already have one, and a peep-hole like your front door. This added security can help keep you safe.

    Use a remote on your key chain for your garage door.

    If someone breaks into your car, they can easily steal your garage door remote and find your address on your registration, before you even know your car was broken in to! By carrying your garage door remote on your key chain, you eliminate this possibility and can keep your home safe. For this same reason, never keep a copy of your house key in your car either.

    Install motion sensor lights around your garage door and home.

    This is a quick project anyone can do in a few hours over the weekend. You can purchase motion sensor lights on Amazon or your local hardware store. Install these all around the perimeter of your home. Don’t forget around your garage door. If an intruder were to try and gain entry through your garage door, the sensor lights would shine directly on them. This can act as a huge deterrent for a break in!

    Install a garage door opener with added security features.

    Most garage door openers you find on the market today come with rolling code door technology. This feature, which changes the code of your opener each time it operates, makes it very difficult for an intruder to reprogram a remote and gain entry to your home when you’re away.

     

     

     

    Always keep your garage door closed.

    This seems obvious, but many people forget to close their doors when they leave, or leave it open while they are home. You might think it is no big deal when you’re home, but this is a great opportunity for a would be intruder to drive or walk by and see what you have in your garage. And also to see how they might enter your home when they know you’re away, by canvasing your garage layout.

    Unless you need to move a car in or out, leave your garage door closed.

     

    Making these small changes to your opener, lights, doors as well as your behavior, you can go a long way to keeping your garage door as an entry point to your home secure.

     

    It’s important to maintain your automatic garage door. Quick and easy maintenance that you can do monthly is the best way to keep your automatic garage door in good shape and prevents bigger problems from growing.

    Most of these garage door maintenance tasks can be done by a handy homeowner. Professional garage door companies also generally have a maintenance service call that is a standard, fixed price.

    Below are 3 easy garage door maintenance tasks you can perform yourself.

    1. Weather Seals

    Every time the season changes, it’s a good time to check the seals on your garage door. The sealant used on garage doors protects your garage from extreme air and moisture. Basically, what helps keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

    Four times a year, run your finger along the seal and notice any tears or cracks. If you find some, your door needs to be re-sealed.

    The benchmark of checking this every season has two purposes. It’s easy to remember. Also, when the weather changes, the sudden change from hot to cold or vice versa can cause the sealant to crack more easily.

    2. Garage Door Tracks

    The best thing you can do, and it’s easy too, is to wipe down your garage door tracks every month. Simply take a rag and as you wipe, check for any bumps or dents. Any part of the track that is worn or has bumps can cause the door to go off-track when it is operating.

    Debris and residue on the tracks can also cause the misalignment. While you are wiping, be sure to clear debris and rub off any built of residue. Make sure you dry them completely once you are done cleaning.

    3. Lubrication

    Lubricating your garage door every month or so is a great idea, and easy to do. Especially if you notice your garage door isn’t moving smoothly along the tracks, or is making more noise than usual.

    We don’t recommend using WD-40. Instead, choose a silicone or lithium based lubricant.

    Once you get the right lubricant, spray: the arm bar, chain rail, metal rollers with ball bearings and hinges.

    Make sure you do not spray: the springs, the chain, or the bottom of the chain rail.

    If you get regular maintenance with a professional garage door company, they can quickly lubricate your doors during the service.

    Checking your doors regularly for anything abnormal can help prevent bigger garage door emergencies from popping up. This not only saves a big hassle, but can save you a lot of money as well!

    Green is the name of the game, and everyone is looking for ways to make every part of their life and home more green. The benefit to going green with your garage door is the money savings you can enjoy.

    Below are a few ways you can make your garage door eco friendly, and save money while you do it!

    Eco-Friendly Garage Door Materials

    Wood and steel are the best choices for a green garage door. They are both durable and do well in a variety of temperatures. Wood and steel doors come in a variety of sizes and styles as well.

    Composite material is also a good option, especially on a budget. Since they are made with recycled materials, they are also very eco-friendly as well!

     

     

    Eco-Friendly Garage Door Insulation

    Insulating your garage door is easy, and inexpensive. It’s also a great way to go green since it saves on energy bills! It helps regulate the temperature inside your garage door, so for attached garages this is great. It can help keep the interior of your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

    Some insulation options include a perforated garage door. This is great for warmer climates, as it allows more light and ventilation to come in to your garage, without compromising your privacy or the security of your garage door.

    Some homes have their HVAC system run into their garage. If this is the case, not only insulating the door but also the walls of the garage is a good idea. This adds a protective layer, which will help reduce your heating and cooling costs.

    Garage Door Maintenance

    Part of any garage door maintenance routine should include checking the weather stripping on your garage door for any tears or cracks. Replace any bad parts quickly. Air can come through those cracks, and not only counteract your insulation if you have any, but lets cooler or hot air (depending on the season) into your garage which can affect the temperature inside your home.

    Replacing the weather stripping is easy and can be done as a quick weekend DIY project. Or you can call a professional to do it!

    If you have any questions about how to make your garage door more green or would like a FREE “green” plan for your garage, give us a call! 832-532-3032

    An additional service any garage door company can providing when servicing your garage door is a sealing. It is an extra expense on top of the service already being performed. Garage door sealing is basically closing up any gaps at the bottom of your garage door.

    There are benefits of sealing a garage door you might not have thought about and might change your mind about spending a little extra money.

     Benefit #1: Insect Prevention!

    A good garage door sealing can make it very hard for insects or other nasty critters to enter your garage. If you have an attached garage, this is doubly important because you want to make sure insects can’t enter your home via your garage.

    If you store electronics or other items in your garage, insects love these to start colonies in! Sealing your garage door can help ensure insects don’t have a chance to do this.

    Benefit #2: Energy Efficiency

    Sealing helps regulate the temperature in your garage. Again, with an attached garage, this is even more important since the temperature in your garage can affect the temperature in your home as well.

    Speaking of sealing, sealing windows and doors in your home will have the same positive effect on your home’s temperature.

    Benefit #3: Home Security

    A broken seal is a great thing for a burglar! If the seal is broken enough to allow them to fit a crowbar underneath, even better!

    Sealing your garage door helps keep a main entrance to your home secure and your home safe.

     

    Why you should seal your garage door.

    Next time your garage door is being serviced, ask your garage door tech about sealing your garage door. The benefits are huge compared to the small cost of performing the sealing. From energy savings, to home security, garage door sealing is a great option!

    Garage doors can provide easy access into your home for your family, as well as unwanted intruders. Many criminals will specifically target the garage door, especially if there are no security measures in place to deter them. The team at Sugarland Texas Garage Doors strongly encourages you take the necessary precautions to prevent garage door break-ins for the safety of your family and the security of your belongings. Following a few inexpensive and simple steps will make it significantly harder for intruders to break into your home.

    Here are six simple steps to prevent garage door break-ins:

    1.      Close the Garage Door

    It may sound ridiculously obvious, but many people leave their garage door open during the day, especially while they are doing work outside. Although thieves might not attempt to break into your home while you are there, leaving the garage door open will show potential criminals the valuable contents of your garage.

    2.      Keep Interior Door Locked

    Countless people leave the door between their home and garage unlocked for easier access. Even if you have a solid steel door with the highest level of security features, you should still have a deadbolt and a peep-hole on the interior garage door. It should be treated the same way as any other door to your house.

    3.      Install Sensor Lights

    You should have strategically placed outdoor lighting throughout your property if you are concerned about intruders breaking into your home. These lights will scare off any unwanted visitors.

    4.      Use a Key-chain Remote

    A common mistake people make is leaving the automatic opener remote in the car. Thieves can break into your car, steal the remote, and then break into your home. A key-chain remote that you keep with you is a great way to prevent garage door break-ins.

    5.      Frosted Decorative Windows

    Windows make garage doors look more stylish and sophisticated. Sugarland Texas Garage Doors carries garage doors with windows in a variety of designs, sizes, and materials. For security purposes, we strongly recommend that the windows are frosted or tinted. It is also a good idea to make sure the windows are not large enough for a person to squeeze through.

    6.      Invest in Better Technology

    Automatic garage doors openers are now available with fingerprint recognition and rolling-code technology to make it significantly harder for criminals to access your automatic opener. Please feel free to call Sugarland Texas Garage Doors for a free quote on any of our brand name garage door openers.

    All it takes is following these six simple steps and you can prevent garage door break-ins at your house.

    A common quick job and upgrade we do for clients is installing garage door insulation on an existing garage door.

    Insulating your garage door is an easy DIY job if you’re up for it!

    The biggest concern you need to watch out for is accounting for the added weight to your garage door after the insulation is installed.

    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that the weight of the door affects the size of your springs, your garage door opener, and more. You need to make sure the amount of weight you are adding doesn’t affect the ability for your opener, cables, and springs to work properly.

    Oftentimes a spring will break or a garage door won’t open properly because the spring size isn’t the right size to match the weight of the door. It can cause the opener to not work properly or even break (safety hazard!) if the parts aren’t sized properly.

    If you want to do this job yourself, go ahead! And then spring (ha!) for an inspection by a licensed garage door repair company to ensure it is a job well done and the other parts of your door are functioning properly.

    Top Reasons to Insulate Your Garage Door

    1. Temperature control. Especially if you use your garage to work out, work on home projects, etc, an insulated door is great to keep it cooler in summer and warmed in winter.
    2. Steel backed insulation can make your garage door stronger!
    3. Insulation also acts as a noise barrier, especially if you live on a busy street! This is again helpful if you are working in your garage and want a quieter work space.

    There are many great reasons to insulate your door. Make sure it is done properly and you’re good to go!

    One of the major concerns of homeowners in Sugarland regarding their garage door is the cost of purchase and maintenance. A lot of homeowners do not have sufficient experience when it comes to purchasing a garage door.

    Here are 5 questions that you will need to answer to help you know what to expect regarding your garage door expenses:

    1.       Do I Really Require a New Garage Door?

    This question is quite simple to answer. If your metal garage door is all banged out of shape, track hardware is falling apart or your wood garage door is unsightly, you will need to get a new garage door in Sugarland. However, you may not need to replace your garage door completely. Your garage door may just need a little repair and maintenance. You can reduce your garage door expenses by simply doing a little maintenance costs and repairs yourself.

    2.       What Type of Garage Door Should I Pick?

    One of the factors that determine the cost of a garage door in Sugarland is the materials used in the production of the door. The style of garage door you choose can also have a huge impact on the cost of the garage door. A reliable and reputable Sugarland garage door expert can tell you what garage door style will be suitable for you after taking your budget and personal preference into consideration.

    3.       Is It Possible to Install the Garage Door by Myself?

    Many home improvement centers offer garage doors that are quite easy to install. However, prior to lowering your garage door expenses by choosing to install the door yourself, you will need to get installation instructions from the garage door manufacturer.

    Please Note: If you are not handy at all, it is best to contact a Sugarland garage door expert to install the door.

    4.       What will Be Included in the Total Cost of the Garage Door?

    Clearly, the cost of a garage door in Sugarland will depend on a little more than just the price. A typical garage door replacement often includes new tracks. Ensure that you find out if the quote you were given also includes new tracks.

    5.       Should I Replace the Garage Door Opener?

    You do not need to replace the garage door opener if it is in good working condition. But, you may need to replace it if the new garage door is significantly heavier and your old garage door opener is too weak to handle the additional load.