The Speed of Your Garage Door

When you’re in a rush to get to work on time or hurrying to get back inside the house when you’re caught in the rain, it can feel like your garage door takes an age to open and close. This might not just be down to impatience, though. Not all garage doors open and close at the same rate, and a slow opening door could indicate a problem with your garage door or its opener.

What determines the speed of your garage door?

Your garage door opener is the main cause of the speed at which your garage door opens. The size of your garage door opener’s motor and the amount of horsepower it has plays a part in how quickly or slowly your door opens. On average, a residential garage door opens at a rate of approximately 7 inches per second.

There are high-speed garage door openers that allow your garage door to open more quickly, but these are typically only used for commercial garages in order to improve productivity and save time. These are much more expensive to account for the extra power.

Your residential garage door opener is likely to have more than one speed setting, though. By default, this is typically set to the lowest speed setting when you purchase and install it. Look for a speed setting switch on the side of your opener and set it to a higher speed if you feel that your garage door is opening too slowly.

Another determiner of speed is whether you have a DC or AC motor. Garage doors operated by AC motors tend to open at a constant speed whereas DC motors may cause your garage door to move slowly at the beginning and end of its opening cycle, while speeding up slightly in the middle.

Why is my garage door opening slowly?

If your garage door starts to open and/or close more slowly than usual, then there could be a problem with one or more of the parts involved in the opening and closing mechanism. This may simply be down to the age of your door and the regular wear and tear that comes with everyday use.

Try applying a lubricant to the moving parts of your garage door to help it run more smoothly. You should do this on a regular basis to help prevent excessive wear and tear to these moving parts. If this doesn’t increase the opening speed, then it’s a good idea to call a professional technician to perform a garage door tune-up. They’ll be able to identify if any problems are causing the door to slow down.

If a maintenance issue is not causing your garage door to open slowly, then you might need to invest in a new, more powerful garage door opener to help improve your door’s opening speed.

If you need maintenance or repair for your garage door or its opener, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our support.


The Most Secure Garage Door Openers

There are lots of different measures you can take to secure your garage door, from expensive locks to security cameras. But could your garage door opener also be contributing to or detracting from your garage’s security? In this article, we’ll look at some of the different security factors to consider when choosing a garage door opener.

Modern garage door openers

Technology has come a long way over the last few decades. As well as new technology like smart features for your garage door, garage doors have also become more secure over the years. So, if you have an old garage door or opener, then it might be time for an upgrade for the sake of security. Maybe the garage door was there when you moved into your house and it was working fine, so you left it. Installing a new garage door opener and door could be an easy way to boost your home security.

Manual vs. electric garage door openers

The more sophisticated technology of electric garage door openers is definitely more convenient, but is it secure? Although it’s unlikely, an electric garage door can be hacked if someone has the knowhow, allowing them to open your garage door without a remote control. Again, more modern garage doors tend to be less prone to this kind of attack. If you’re buying a new electric garage door opener, then look for ones that use rolling code technology as this makes them less vulnerable to hacking.

If you ever experience a power cut at home, it is possible to manually open your electric garage door. The downside to this is that thieves can also do this. If you’re confident you won’t need this manual override method yourself, then there are ways to secure your garage door opener from intruders using this method.

Smart garage door openers

Do smart garage door openers provide greater security? They certainly have some useful features, like being able to lock and monitor your garage door from wherever you are by using your smartphone. You can even access activity logs to track when your garage door was opened and closed. These features can alert you to any potential intruders while also allowing you to lock your garage door remotely if you forgot to do so when leaving the house, for example.

If you’re looking to upgrade your garage door opener or purchase a new garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our advice or for garage door maintenance and installation around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.


Don’t Forget the Garage When Buying A New Home

A lot of consideration goes into buying a new home, as it should do. After all, this is perhaps the biggest purchase you’ll make in your life. House hunters view every room, imagining what it would be like to live there and making sure that everything meets their standards. But the same amount of attention is not usually given to the garage.

Is having a garage a priority for you? Don’t just inspect and ask questions about the house, look around the garage and consider whether it meets your needs.

How important is the garage?

The first thing to decide is how much of a priority the garage is to you. Is it a must-have for your new home or would you be willing to sacrifice it for an otherwise perfect house? If the garage is a must-have, then consider what you’ll be using it for and what you require of it. Does it need to be a certain size? If you plan on parking a car in your new garage, then make sure it will be big enough for this purpose.

Detached or attached

Is it important to you whether your garage is attached to your house or detached? There are pros and cons to each, so think about what you’ll be using your garage for and how often you’ll use it to decide which is better for you and how important this is. If you want to use your garage as a workshop or a kids’ playroom, for example, then it would be more convenient if you can access the garage directly from your home.

Do you need the extra storage?

When looking around the interior of the house, pay attention to how many closets there are and how much storage space there is, in general. Is there an attic, basement, or spare room where you could store a lot of extra belongings? This could help you determine how much storage space you would need inside your garage.

Is there space to build or extend a garage?

Take a look at the space available at each property you look around. If you’ve found a property you like but it doesn’t have a garage, is there enough room for you to build one. Also, consider whether or not this would be within your budget. Or, if you’ve found a house you like but the garage is on the small side, is there enough space to extend it or add a second garage?

It’s important to consider every factor carefully when deciding which house to buy, as this is a long-term investment. If you need help when planning an extension or a new garage, and the new garage door to go with it, then contact Carolina Garage Door.


The Best Lighting for Your Garage

Lighting serves various purposes in and around your home. It’s not just for practicality, but also for safety, security, and aesthetic purposes. When it comes to selecting lighting for your garage, you should think about both the interior and exterior. Here are some lighting essentials you might need to consider for your garage.

Indoor lights

Lighting is essential inside any garage, especially if you spend time in there working on your car or at a workbench, for example. If your garage doesn’t have any windows, then this lighting may be necessary at all times of the day. Even if you don’t spend much time inside your garage, lighting is still needed to allow you to find stored items in there and not trip over any clutter on the ground.

The type of lighting you install and the number of lighting fixtures will depend largely on how you use your garage, as well as personal preferences. Fluorescent lighting is usually the most popular choice for residential garages, although LED lighting is also gaining popularity. If you spend a lot of time in your garage, then you might want to prioritize energy-efficient lighting to help you cut down on your electricity bills.

If you do spend time at a workbench, then you might want to install additional lighting over this area. Or you could simply add a desk lamp to your workbench, or one that clamps onto the bench.

Security lights

Many homeowners install motion-activated lighting outside their garage door to help boost security. The garage can often be the most vulnerable entry point in your house, so it’s important to deter potential thieves from breaking in and potentially stealing or damaging your property and belongings.

Motion-activated lights switch on as soon as someone enters a certain range. This may attract attention from neighbors and people passing by, making it more likely that any potential opportunists could be caught. This is often enough to deter that person from attempting to break-in.

Landscaping lights

Lighting outside your garage and around your garage door can also serve decorative and aesthetic purposes, not just practical ones. You can use landscape lighting to highlight certain aspects of your home and garage design. You might want to highlight the garage door itself if you are particularly proud of the design and quality.

Uplighting the walls to either side of your garage door helps to accent them and add texture to the appearance of the front of your home. You could also use path lights to highlight the way to your garage and to show off any plants or shrubs planted in the area.

Whether you need a new garage door or are just upgrading your garage with lighting and other accessories, we can guide you toward the best choices. If you need garage door installation, repair, or maintenance around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point then contact Carolina Garage Door today.


Preparing Your Garage Door for Summer

It’s almost summertime! And just like harsh winters can wreak havoc on your garage door, so can hot summers. To keep your garage door in good condition all year round and to avoid any surprise repairs, here are some tips to help you prepare your garage door for summer.

Check the finish

Cold weather, ice, snow, and hail may have caused some superficial damage to the finish of your garage door over winter. Check for worn areas and scratches on the surface of your garage door. You may need to repaint or refinish your door if it suffered from any extreme weather. If your garage door is often in direct sunlight, you might consider a paint or finish with UV protection. You should also properly clean the surface of your garage door to get rid of built-up dust and dirt that could damage the finish.

Check the weather-stripping and insulation

Weather-stripping and insulation will stop your garage from becoming too hot in the summer sun. Check around the weather-stripping to ensure it hasn’t become cracked or damaged, and replace it if necessary. Your garage door should also be properly insulated to control the temperature inside your garage. Consider upgrading your garage door if needed or purchasing a new garage door with insulation.

Test the sensors

Garage door sensors are a useful safety device that stops the garage door from closing if something is blocking its path. Unfortunately, bright sunlight can sometimes interfere with this process, preventing the safety system from working properly. If your garage door receives direct sunlight during the day, then you may be able to get around this problem by creating a shade for the sensors.

Lubricate moving parts

It’s important to keep moving parts well-lubricated to keep them functioning, in good condition, and to prevent wear and tear. Changes in temperature can cause hardware to expand and shrink slightly, which can leave parts vulnerable to wear and tear. So, make sure you lubricate all moving parts in time for the summer heat.

Book a garage door tune-up

As well as your own checks and maintenance, it’s a good idea to book a professional garage door tune-up in time for summer. A garage door technician will be able to inspect all the parts of your garage door, like the springs and cables, to make sure there is no damage and everything is functioning properly. If there are any problems, it is better for a professional to spot them now and fix them before they become more serious.

If you need garage door repair or maintenance in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or High Point, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our support and services.


Weatherproofing Your Garage Door

The front surface of your garage door is always out in the open, making it subject to whatever weather you’re experiencing that day. Sun, wind, rain, snow, fog, and ice – your garage door has to put up with it all. All of this can weaken and even damage your garage door over time, especially during extreme weather conditions. But there are certain things you can do to protect your garage door from the elements.

Here are our tips for weatherproofing your garage door…

Make sure all the seals are intact

Garage doors should have seals and weatherstripping around them to help seal off any gaps that might let water, debris, and pests inside. These can deteriorate over time, so inspect all the seals around your garage to check if any of them need repairing or replacing. If you see any cracks in the weatherstripping or gaps between the door and the floor or walls around it, then contact a garage door technician to make sure your garage is properly sealed.

Add insulation

Whether it’s hot summers or cold winters, a properly insulated garage door can help to keep the inside of your garage at a comfortable temperature. This can help you save on heating and cooling costs inside, especially if your garage is attached to your home. If your garage door isn’t insulated, then you can add insulation or install a new garage door that is properly insulated.

Add a protective finish

Rain, snow, hail, and UV rays can all weaken or damage the surface of your garage door over time. The sun may cause the color of your garage door to fade while heavier weather like hail can cause scratches and dents. Plus, rain and humidity can cause metal doors to rust and wooden doors to rot or warp over time.

Your garage door should be sealed or finished appropriately to provide the level of protection it needs. The kind of finish you’ll need will depend on the material of the door and whether or not it is painted. This will help your garage door last longer in good condition. You can also paint the walls of your garage with a waterproof sealant to help keep mold and mildew out of your garage’s interior.

If you need help maintaining or repairing your garage door, or upgrading it to better withstand the weather, Carolina Garage Door are here to help. Get in touch for our garage door tune-up and installation services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.


Garage Door Cleaning Tips

Your garage door takes up a large proportion of the front of your home, so you want to make sure it looks good. Part of this is keeping it clean all year round. Dust, dirt, and grime can build up on the front of your garage door, particularly in seasons with little rain. So, we’ve got some tips to help you keep your garage door clean and in good condition.

How to clean your garage door

When preparing to clean your garage door, you should fill a bowl or bucket with warm water and dish soap or any other kind of mild detergent. If you have a specialty car wash soap, then this would be preferred. You will also need a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth and your garden hose. In most cases, you can clean your garage door in just 4 simple steps:

  1. Rinse the front of your garage door with the garden hose to wash away any surface dirt and dust.
  2. Soak your non-abrasive sponge or cloth in the bucket of water and wring out the excess water. Wipe down the front of your garage door with the soapy sponge.
  3. Spray your garage door again with the hose to rinse off any soap or detergent left behind.
  4. Leave your garage door to dry thoroughly.

You should always avoid rough and abrasive materials when wiping down your garage door as these can scratch the finish of the door. Strong detergents can erode the finish, so always stick with mild soap or detergent. And you should not power wash your garage door as this can also be damaging to the paint or finish.

It’s a good idea to clean the inside of your garage door while you’re in cleaning mode. Even though this doesn’t add to the image of your home, keeping it clean will help to maintain its condition. While doing so, you should also check the hardware of your garage door, removing any debris from the tracks and lubricating moving parts.

Tackling stubborn stains

If there are still marks or stains left behind after cleaning your garage door, then you could try diluting bleach with water and using this solution to scrub away the stubborn stains. Still ensure that you use a soft cloth to avoid damaging the surface. And make sure you thoroughly rinse the solution off after cleaning to avoid damaging the finish.

If you need any help maintaining your garage door in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or High Point, then contact us for our professional garage door service.


Give Your Garage A Spring Clean

Spring is here, and a lot of people are using this time to get their homes in order. It’s a lot nicer being cooped up in your home if it’s clean, tidy, and well organized. Giving your home a good spring clean will give you more space and make your home more comfortable, but make sure you don’t forget about your garage during this spring clean.

Garages can often be dumping grounds for everything you don’t use regularly. But not anymore. Giving your garage a thorough spring clean could transform it into another space you can spend time in. You could even repurpose it as a gym or playroom, for example.

Ready to get spring cleaning? Here’s how…

Start from scratch

You can’t clean around all the clutter, so the first step is to get it all out of the garage. Pile everything up on your driveway, in your yard, or in your house so you’re left with an empty garage (or as empty as it can be).

Scrub it clean

Now your garage is empty, it will be much easier to clean. Start by removing any larger bits of debris before vacuuming the entire space. Think about all the dust and cobwebs in the top corners as well as just vacuuming the floor. Dust off any surfaces such as workbenches and shelves. Then you can wipe surfaces clean with soap and water and wash down your garage floor.

Sort through your stuff

While the garage floor is drying, you can turn to that pile of things on your driveway. Chances are that you don’t need all of it, so sort through it and determine what can be thrown out or given away. Once you’ve decided what you’re going to keep, you can decide whether it still belongs in the garage or whether to find it another home.

Move back in

Now it’s time to move everything you need back into the garage. But you’re not going to pile it back in; you’re going to organize it so that you have a tidy garage with everything in its place. Use storage solutions like shelves, drawers, and wall hooks to organize everything properly. This will make your garage much more spacious and will make it easier to find things when you need them.

While spring cleaning your garage, it’s also a good idea to give your garage door a once over to check for any damage or faults. Now is the perfect time to book your annual garage door tune-up, so call Carolina Garage Door for all your repair and maintenance needs across Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.


Attached vs. Detached Garages

When you’re moving home, you have a lot of decisions to make when determining the criteria for your perfect house. One of these decisions is all about the garage – do you want your garage to be attached to the house or detached? To help you make your mind up, here are some of the advantages of each choice.

The pros of a detached garage

  • No impact on home temperature – If you don’t spend much time in your garage, then you’re unlikely to be heating and cooling it to an ambient temperature. This means that the space will be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Since your garage isn’t attached to your home, this will not affect the temperature inside your home, which otherwise could make heating and cooling less efficient.
  • Less noise – Noise also won’t be transmitted through the walls between your home and garage with a detached garage. This means you can use noisy tools or instruments without disrupting the rest of your family.
  • Easier to extend – If you plan to extend your garage, you will have more flexibility to do so with a detached garage since you will not be limited by the walls of your house.
  • More secure – An attached garage provides an additional point of entry to your home. Your garage may be more vulnerable to break-ins compared to your home, but at least an intruder breaking into a detached garage won’t be able to get any further through it.

The pros of an attached garage

  • Stay undercover – Going back and forth between your garage and your home won’t be a pleasant experience when it’s raining outside. With an attached garage, you don’t have to step foot outside, making it easier and more comfortable.
  • Adds to the front of your home – An attached garage is a part of the façade of your house. This can boost your home’s curb appeal by making it look larger and complementing the overall design of the house.
  • Cheaper to build – If you’re building a new garage from scratch for your home, then an attached garage will be the simpler and cheaper option. This is simply because it will be using at least one of the walls that already exists in your home, so less building work is required.

We hope this has helped you make your mind up. Both are good options so it will, ultimately, come down to your own personal preferences and needs. If you need a new garage door installed after moving home around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our professional services.


Maintaining Your Garage Door Cables

Your garage door cables are a vital component of the safety and functionality of your garage door. A snapped cable could lead to serious risk of injury, not to mention the cost of replacing the cable and repairing the resulting damage. So, it’s important that you keep them in good condition to prevent them from deteriorating too much. Here are some tips for maintaining your garage door cables.

Inspecting your garage door cables

Visually inspecting your garage door cables on a regular basis will ensure that you notice any damage or wear and tear to them. When inspecting your cables, you should check their condition both with the garage door open and closed. Look out for the build-up of dirt, grime, and debris on your cables. Check for signs of wear and tear such as fraying along the cables, rusting, and any bends or kinks in them.

If frayed cables are left and you continue to use your garage door, then they will continue to deteriorate and can eventually snap, which is a great danger. Another problem with the operation of your garage door may have caused the cables to become kinked or frayed, so it is important to call a professional to inspect your garage door so they can identify and repair any issues with it.

Maintaining your cables

There are certain maintenance tasks that can keep your garage door cables in good condition. Applying a spray lubricant to them can help to fight rust and oxidation. Just try not to use a too heavy lubricant as these can attract a lot of dust and dirt. You should also have a garage door technician check the balance of your door regularly to help prevent imbalances placing too much stress on the cable. This can cause the fraying and kinks that you want to avoid.

When to replace them

Your garage door cables should last several years, but it is important to have them replaced if they start to fray. You should also consider replacing rusting cables as the rusted areas will become weaker and may also lead to the cables breaking.

If your cables need repairing, maintaining, or replacing, then we advise calling a professional garage door technician as this can be a very dangerous job. The cables carry a lot of the load when lifting your garage door, so a mistake can cause the door to come crashing down hard. This is why it’s also important to have them replaced sooner rather than later.

If you need garage door maintenance or repair, whether it’s for your cables or something else, contact Carolina Garage Door. We provide garage door services for both residential and commercial garage doors around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.