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June is Garage Door Safety Month

The International Door Association and the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association have designated June as Garage Door Safety Month.

Garage door manufacturers, like First United Door Technologies,  and garage door dealers throughout the U.S. and other countries are working to increase awareness of the possible hazards of garage doors and automatic opener systems, and the need for periodic inspection and maintenance to keep them safe.

It’s important that the public is aware of garage door safety and that safety checks should be done to insure it’s in proper working order by using these ten garage door safety and security tips.

1. Make sure garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.

2. Do not let children play with garage door remote controls.

3. Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.

4. Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

5. Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a [more]

Hiring a Professional Garage Door Repairing Service

Doors are always considered as a significant part of our house and always keep things secure and safe. Likewise, garage doors are no exception. They are essential parts of your property that protect your cars from intruders and thieves. The door of a garage is a big moving object and it is operated by the electric door openers most often. Therefore, proper testing, installation, maintenance and operation of the door and the automatic opener are really necessary to ensure the trouble-free and safe operation. Improperly adjusted garage doors can lead to serious injuries. So choosing the correct garage door repair service helps with the repair needs as well as save the users from any unexpected injuries.

The actual problem starts when the garage door does not work properly. If it is not fixed immediately, the broken garage door makes it very easy for the undesirables and thieves to enter in your home. For this purpose, you need to hire a garage door repair service for fixing the garage door problems as soon as you can. Most people are of the opinion that they are able to perform this job on their own. They might end up doing a lot more harm [more]

Ways to Look For the Best Garage Door Repair Man

Sometimes we are not aware that we are using our garage doors every day. It doesn’t even come to our minds that we do not need to get out of our garage door already when we need to open it. In other words we fail to know the condition of our own garage door maybe because we are pre occupied with so many things to do. Nevertheless, we still need our garage door to continue working the best way we want to.

In such case, there should be someone to do the checking for us. But how do we find the right technician for our garage door? What should therefore, be the important things that we must see in a good technician?

1. Talk to your home builder:

The garage door you have purchased is still on a warranty if you bought a new one or if your house is just newly built. So that when there will be a future problem regarding your car port door, you can just talk it over with your home builder and be sending you a technician to repair or fix your door. Surely, they will send the best man to repair your door because they would [more]

Garage Door Spring Tips

An important component in the mechanical make-up of garage doors is the spring system.

Without springs the doors would not rise and fall. These components should be in good, strong working condition at all times for the doors to function properly. The counterbalance springs do the actual lifting and closing.

When the doors rise the springs unwind. This provides the necessary power to do the lifting. When the door closes, the weight of the door winds the springs back up until the door is entirely shut. At this stage the springs are fully tensed again.

The springs need to be adjusted periodically.

When the typical door weighs about three hundred pounds and involves the co-ordination of pulleys, cables and springs, this is inevitable. It is not difficult to do a cursory check up. With safety glasses on one can pull on the red emergency release cord so that the doors are opened manually. By lifting it halfway and observing if it stays in place or falls, one can determine if it is out of balance. If it falls, then it is not in balance.

There are other assessment suggestions described on the site for testing the poor performance of the doors. When the doors need [more]

Garage Door As A Ball Catcher

When home improvements are being made, especially around the outside of the house, many people fail to remember one simple improvement that can perk up the surroundings and make a house look newer.

The door to your garage is the very item that can be repaired or replaced to complete any home project. Through years of coming and going in and out of the garage, the door can sustain much damage. Whether the damage is in the form of dents, scratches, unsightly peeling paint, or broken windows, repair is the answer to such an eyesore.

Every family seems to have a child who just loves to play ball and use the garage door as its catcher. While the door may be a handy alternative to a real person, the damages a hard ball can cause to a garage door are immense. Another common problem homeowner’s encounter with their garage doors is a broken or worn out spring. In the event of a broken spring, opening and closing the door to your garage may be nearly impossible, especially in the case of a broken spring.

A smart solution to garage door abuse is to contact a professional contractor. There are several companies that continue [more]

Get Qualified Help!

Installing a garage door isn’t a thing that could be carried out without having the qualified help of someone who is specialized and experienced in it. A garage door professional will have sufficient hands on experience to correctly install or repair your garage door.  Improper installation of a garage door could create a hazardous situation.

 Kids or tiny pets or animals could be caught under the closing door or get themselves hurt while closing the door. It must be closed correctly. Give ample time for closing when using a remote control transmitter or push button and look carefully for a complete shutdown. The opener must be given particular attention while using the door. If the door feels heavy and more energy is necessary to open the door than usually, there may be a problem with the balance or proper adjustment of the door. Realizing the issue, a professional technician should be contacted to analyze and fix the issue. Self adjustments or just keeping it heavy may possibly trigger much more hazardous circumstances in the end. A stronger garage opener is not necessarily the answer as maintaining the appropriate adjustment and balance of the door is the proper remedy. 

Garage doors are normally [more]

SHAKE, RATTLE and it won’t ROLL up?

Is your garage door a challenge to open? Does your garage door SHAKE when you use it? Will the door not open at all? Or is your garage door stuck in an endless cycle of opening or closing? When your garage door isn’t working right, it can add considerable frustration to your life. You expect your garage door to always function the way you know it should. Nevertheless, the good news is that a garage door repair service company is not far away.

Before you phone the garage door company, be sure to check these quick-fixes:

(1) Determine for sure your overhead door opener remote has new batteries.

(2) Observe all safety sensors (at the bottom of the door on each side of the tracks) to determine they are free of debris and aligned.

(3) Remove debris like sticks, gravel, from under the door.

If these basic procedures don’t get your garage door opening and closing smoothly again, then you know it’s time to call in a garage door company. They will have the experience and tools to determine a wide variety of garage door repair issues from minor problems to larger safety concerns. Once they know what’s wrong with your door, they’ll be able [more]

My Garage Door is So Heavy!

Garage doors are generally the largest moving piece of machinery in your home, with an average size of 8′ wide and 7′ high for a single car door and 16″ by 7′ high for a double car door. Regardless of the type of material used, they will be heavy. That’s why there are springs and a counter balance system to take all that weight, and make it easy for you or your Garage Door Openers to handle easily.

Over time, springs do break and/or relax, making the doors feel heavier. Stripped openers gears are often caused by this type of problem. To check this – occasionally disconnect your door from the opener. Pull down on the Red cord to accomplish this… If the door is “heavy” and/or will not stay half open on its own… it’s a good idea to have some maintenance done. Note: Annual Maintenance is recommended.

Springs are dangerous – have a professional licensed garage door dealer check for proper spring tension, and adjust them if needed.

Choosing the Right Garage Door Installer

When selecting a professional garage door company for your home, you should sense a few things before actually hiring one.

First, you should do some research and find out if your potential garage door installer is professional to begin with. Make sure you validate proper contractor license. Start by asking for a list of jobs they’ve actually established along with references. Do not rely or trust an ad on your local paper or the internet. Just because they have an ad it does not mean they are trustworthy.

Don’t let their nice, attractive personality fool you. Although they may seem to be of nice character, you may hire the incorrect person for your project. There is wide range of garage door repair technicians in your area to choose from. Fraudulent individuals are out there, so you must filter them carefully. This article will give you a few tips on how to contract your next repair expert where you live.

Some of the most familiar things to consider before you hire your next repair technician or contractor should be as follows: 1. Check how long they have been in business? 2. Are they making any promises on their ads that can be easily [more]