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Your Garage Door Balance

A lot of homeowners probably don’t give their garage door much thought. It’s often seen as a reliable fixture of the home that works as and when you need it. But garage doors shouldn’t just be ignored. They need proper care and maintenance in order to keep them in good working condition.

One thing that should be kept in mind is your garage door’s balance. Read on to find out more about this and how to keep it in check.

What is garage door balance?

Your garage door needs to be properly balanced in order to open and close smoothly without causing any strain on the various parts of the garage door. When a garage door is balanced, it means that the weight of the door and from the force of lifting and lowering the door is evenly spread across the garage door spring or springs. An unbalanced door, if left that way, could cause the garage door spring to snap as well as affecting other parts.

Signs your garage door might be unbalanced

If you notice that your garage door starts opening more slowly, less smoothly, or that it makes more noise when opening and closing, then it could be a sign of an unbalanced door. You may also notice that your garage door opens slower on one side than the other or that it stops opening or closing completely.

How to check your garage door balance

To check your garage door balance, you should disconnect the door from the opener while it is closed. You should then manually open the door and observe whether you can move it easily and smoothly. Check also that the door remains straight when moving up and down, rather than sloping to one side.

Then, open your garage door part way and, ensuring you and any other people or obstacles are carefully out of the way, let go of the door to leave it open. The door should remain open and should be level if it is properly balanced.

What to do if your door isn’t balanced

Balancing a garage door requires adjusting the springs, which could be torsion springs or extension springs. This can be extremely dangerous if you are not experienced with this kind of garage door repair, so we would always recommend that you call a professional when garage door springs are involved.

If your garage door needs balancing or you require other types of repair or maintenance, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our professional home and commercial services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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The Best Roof for Your Detached Garage

If you’re building a detached garage for your home or are upgrading and maintaining an existing one, there are a lot of factors to consider and areas to design. As well as your garage door, the roof of your garage is an important choice. For attached garages, your roof is likely going to be the same as that of your house, but you’ve got a little more freedom when it comes to detached garages. Let’s look at some of the styles and materials for you to consider for your detached garage roof.

Mix or match?

If your garage is a separate building to your house, then you might want to style it in this way by having a contrasting roof. Or, you might want to match the roof to your house to create a sense of unity between the two. This decision primarily comes down to preference, although some materials can be better suited to a garage than a house, adding practicality factors to consider.

If you are mixing things up between your house and your garage, you might still consider adding a unifying factor. For example, a trim below the roof may match even if the roof itself doesn’t.

Garage roof materials

The material for your garage roof needs to be durable and weather-resistant. Shingled roofs have long been popular, most commonly asphalt or fiberglass shingles, or even wood materials like cedar and redwood, which are naturally moisture-resistant. Shingles can be a stylish choice and asphalt is impressively long-lasting, but it is not the most eco-friendly material to choose.

A tiled roof can give a similar aesthetic as shingles, with some more sustainable material options. Clay tile roofs provide a classic look for increased curb appeal, but this can be an expensive option. Another option is slate tiles or other types of natural stone. The downside of clay and slate tiles, however, is that they are heavier than other materials.

Metal roofs are becoming an increasingly popular choice thanks to its durability and the fact it is more environmentally-friendly than asphalt. Aluminum and lightweight steel roofs are among the most common. The appearance of metal roofs might not be for everyone, but their variety of styles and designs have come a long way to make them much more aesthetically pleasing. Copper roofs are a particularly stylish choice, but these are much more expensive than other options.

If you’re upgrading or building a garage for your home, contact Carolina Garage Door for all of our garage door installation, repair, and maintenance services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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Does Your Garage Need A Side Door?

At Carolina Garage Door, we specialize in the large garage doors that make up a large portion of the front of your home. These are the main entrances for most garages and have the most impact in terms of style, function, and curb appeal. But let’s not forget the lesser talked about entrance to garages across the country – the side door. If you’re deciding whether or not to add a side door to your garage, read on for some insight into the subject.

Commercial garage side doors

In a commercial setting, a side door to a garage is often called a personnel door. This alternative entrance is usually necessary because a lot of people will be going in and out of the garage throughout the day. Opening and closing a full commercial garage door each time this happens is more time-consuming and wasteful, so a personnel entrance is added for greater convenience.

This can also help with temperature control in spaces where this is important, such as in refrigeration. Having the main, larger garage door open more often could cause the temperature to rise if it is warmer outdoors than inside the garage, and vice versa in other situations.

Residential garage side doors

While side doors are less important for residential garages, they can still be useful and add convenience to your day. Just like with a commercial garage, you can save a little time and energy by entering or exiting your garage through a side door rather than opening and closing your garage door with an electric opener.

Plus, if your garage is attached to your home, a side door connecting your house to your garage allows you to go in and out without going outside, which is convenient in bad weather especially.

There’s also a benefit when it comes to noise reduction. If you need to access your garage early in the morning or late at night when others in your house may be sleeping, then a side door is much quieter than the noise of opening and closing your garage door. Of course, this won’t make a difference if you need to get a car in or out of the garage, but can be useful in situations where you’re just going into the garage to use a workbench or retrieve something, for example.

If you want to add a side door to your garage or need any other installation, repair, or maintenance services for your garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.