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    Garage Door Tricks

    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

    If your garage door is making excess noise when you are opening or closing it, it could just need a simple repair or a little maintenance. The first step in determining the reason behind the noise is figuring out the origin of the sound. Eliminate as much background noises as possible and try to determine the exact part of the garage door that is making the sound. Once you’ve located the source, it will be easier to identify and fix the problem.

    These are the top 5 reasons behind garage door opener noises:

    1.      Automatic Opener

    If the noise is coming from the automatic opener, it may need to be replaced. If it is a newer opener that is still under warranty, you can probably get it fixed or replaced for free. If the opener is older and no longer under warranty, it will usually be more cost-effective to just replace it with an updated model.

    2.      Track Rollers

    Garage door opener noises can come from the track rollers if the bearings have severe wear-and-tear after years of use. Most track rollers have unsealed bearings that vibrate as you are operating the door. If they are not periodically lubricated, the bearings repeatedly rub along the metal tracks, which will deteriorate the original shape of the bearings. You can prevent this from happening by investing in nylon rollers with sealed bearings. They won’t require lubrication and they are quieter than steel bearings.

    3.      Grinding Hinges

    You might hear a grinding sound from your hinges if the holes are stretched out. Hinges need to be tight and secure, otherwise the metal hinge will grind on the metal track every time the door is opened or closed. Make sure to immediately replace any hinges that are damaged. Your hinges may also require a little lubrication if you hear a squeak coming from the hinges.

    4.      Torsion Spring

    If the sound is coming from the torsion spring, you should immediately call a professional. The spring at the top of the opening mechanism is under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or damage. The trained technicians at Sugarland Texas Garage Door will be able to assess and adjust your springs if that is the source of the noise.

    5.      Unbalanced Door

    An unbalanced or unstable garage door will make a lot of excess noise. If the sound is caused by the door shaking when it is opening or closing, it will need to be realigned. If you think your garage door is unbalanced or you can’t diagnosis the problem yourself, please contact Sugarland Texas Garage Door for a free quote.

    If you cannot fix the problem with your garage door on your own, it is always better to determine the cause before contacting a garage door technician. Although the team at Sugarland Texas Garage Door has a solid reputation for honesty and fair pricing, there are some companies that will try to convince you that there is a more expensive reason behind your garage door noise.