Garage Rehab – Is Your Door Ready to Go?
The door is the most important part of your garage. Without it, your garage is one big open box killing any energy efficiency that your home had. With a malfunctioning door, your garage is a concrete prison that can’t be entered or escaped.
You may not notice that there’s a problem with your garage door until it has trapped you inside. Or you may notice some issues with your door but think that they are merely cosmetic. How do you know when it’s time to call a pro for a garage door repair in Gilbert or if you need entire garage remodeling with a new door? Here are a few things to consider:
Lifespan of the Components
Most garage doors are made to last a few decades. But the door itself may not be what gives you problems. Instead, the components that allow the door to operate may need to be replaced or repaired long before the door itself gives out.
For example, the spring mechanism is the most important part of your garage door, allowing it to open and close. The coil on the mechanism will determine how long it will last. A 10,000-cycle coil will be with your garage door through 10,000 openings and closings. If you open and close your garage door twice a day – such as when leaving for work and coming home – you can expect that mechanism to last about 14 years.
Another common problem with a garage door is with the rollers. These should be inspected twice a year and replaced about every seven years. Yet few people do these things. Most don’t even know there is a problem with the roller until the garage door isn’t working anymore.
If you are having a problem with your garage door, look to the lifespan of the components. It may be that something is nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced. If multiple parts need to be replaced, you may want to consider just buying a whole new door.
Most garage doors are covered by a warranty of varying lengths. So if you are having a problem with your door, check to see if it’s still under warranty. Instead of shelling out for a new door, you can call in your warranty and get the needed garage door repair done for free.
The automatic door opener is usually covered by a warranty lasting between 1 and 5 years. You will need to replace the door opener before the door. If you’re having a problem getting into or out of your garage, look to the smaller problems first, like the door opener. Then look to see if any of these items are covered by a warranty.
Integrity of the Door
A lot of the problems you’ll see on your garage door are cosmetic. But even the best made garage doors are subject to the ravages of time. Wooden doors can become water damaged or can warp from temperature changes. (The extreme Arizona heat can do a number on wooden garage doors.) Steel doors can become rusted, either on the surface or straight through the thickness of the door.
Check your door regularly for these and other signs that the structural integrity of the door has been compromised. You can delay these issues by taking good care of your door, such as by washing it twice a year with a mix of water and a mild cleanser and by repainting it or applying new wax to protect it.
Your garage door must remain properly balanced. If it gets out of balance, it will not work properly, and it will have a shorter lifespan. Unbalanced doors can pull on some parts and put pressure on others, causing those parts to wear down faster and risking damage to the door itself.
To test the door balance, you must release the automatic door opener so you can open it manually. The door should open and close smoothly without problem. The door should also be able to stay open at about three to four feet off the ground without problem. If any of these two things are not occurring, your door is likely out of balance. You should call a professional for garage door repair to ensure the life of the door.
Good garage door maintenance in Gilbert will add years to the life of your door and its components. Poor maintenance or neglect will cause problems that could lead to costly repairs. If you are having trouble with your garage door, check to see if it is something that can be fixed by a little overdue maintenance first.
One of the most important parts of garage door maintenance is to clean and oil all the parts, including the rollers and the spring mechanism. Improperly oiled parts will not move as smoothly, and they will put your door at risk for damage. You should also tighten the hardware periodically. If it comes loose, it can move out of position or stop working – again putting your door at risk for damage.
If you aren’t sure whether you need garage door maintenance, repair, or a new garage door installation in Gilbert, the best thing to do is call a professional. It’s better to get the opinion of someone with experience and training than to waste time and money on the wrong solution. Get it right the first time by working with a trusted garage pro.
Same Day Garage Services provides fast service throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area. We are a licensed, bonded, and five-star rated garage company, and we can perform garage door repair or maintenance, as well as new garage door installation. We provide same-day service in Maricopa County so you can get your garage door working quickly. We offer free estimates for new garage doors, and we offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Give us a call to find out if you need garage door repair or maintenance or to discuss your options for a new door.
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Posted: September 1, 2015