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Should I Replace or Repair My Broken Garage Door?

Should I Replace or Repair My Broken Garage Door?

Your garage door is a vital component of the security, accessibility, and efficiency of your household. Therefore, it is worth looking after properly. If it becomes broken or damaged, then you’ll want to get it up and running again in the most efficient and cost-effective way. This will often involve the decision of whether to get your garage door repaired or to replace the whole garage door.

When to repair your garage door

Many issues that can affect your garage door are easily repairable at reasonable prices. A garage door repair man will be able to help with the following issues:

A damaged panel – If a panel on your garage door has been damaged, whether that’s by the weather or your kids kicking a ball around, the individual panel can be repaired or replaced at a reasonable price.

Improper alignment – If you notice that your garage door is sloping or unbalanced as you open it, this can lead to more serious damage in the long run. This issue can be easily fixed by replacing the door springs and rehanging the door.

Broken garage door spring – If the door suddenly becomes more difficult to open, or won’t open at all, then it could be an issue with the door springs. Calling someone to replace your garage door springs is an affordable and safe alternative to letting them wear down even more.

When to replace your garage door

Other times, garage door repair might not be feasible, or it might simply make more sense to replace the door. Here are a few cases where you should consider garage door replacement:

Severe damage – If damage to your garage door affects several of the door’s panels, then it is usually more cost-effective to replace the entire door rather than replacing each panel individually.

Old garage doors – If your garage door is very old, it might be difficult to source the parts required to repair the garage door, especially if that particular model is no longer in production. Newer garage doors also have the benefit of being more energy efficient and child friendly than older models.

After a break in – In the unlikely case that someone breaks into your home through the garage door, the best course of action is to have the door replaced so that it does not happen again. Newer garage doors have more advanced security features to help prevent break ins.

If you need a garage door tune-up or replacement, get in touch with Carolina Garage Door for our expert services. We serve cities across North Carolina, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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How to Open Your Garage Door Manually

How to Open Your Garage Door Manually

Can you imagine a time before electric garage doors? They save us so much time and energy, opening the garage door before us with just the click of a button. But, would you still know how to get into your garage in the case of a power outage or a fault with the door itself?

Don’t get locked out (or in!). Here’s how you can open your electric garage door manually if you ever need to.

When you’re locked in

If you can’t open your garage door electronically but still have access to the garage through the house, then there’s a fairly simple solution for opening up your garage door manually. The majority of garage door openers have a bypass switch, which allows you to override the electronics and open it manually. This can also be useful if you have lost your electronic remote.

In most cases, the garage door opener will have a red rope hanging down from it, perhaps with a handle on the end. All you need to do is pull on this rope away from the garage door to disengage the lever and disconnect the garage door from its power. You may require a ladder to safely reach this cord. Now, the door can be operated manually. The garage door should be easy to open just by lifting it with both hands.

To return the garage door opener back to its automatic mode once you’ve got power back again, pull on the rope again but towards the direction of the garage door to reengage the lever. You may also be able to reactivate it just by using your electronic remote.

When you’re locked out

If your electric garage door is the only way into the garage and it fails for whatever reason, then things are bit trickier and you’ll essentially have to break into your garage. To do this, you’ll need something to wedge into the top of the door and something to hook onto the lever inside, such as a coat hanger or bent wire.

Place the wedge under the weather proofing strip at the top of the door to form a gap, then maneuver your hooked wire through the gap, locate the emergency latch, and pull it towards yourself to disengage this. This is easier if you know where everything is located inside, so take some time to familiarize yourself with the garage door opener from inside your garage in case this situation ever arises. Once you’ve done this, you can simply lift the garage door open yourself. Watch this video for a quick demonstration.

If you’re worried about the security risk that this second option poses, then this article has some tips for securing your garage door. Of course, this will mean you can’t use this technique yourself if you’re ever locked out, but it’ll also mean others will find it more difficult to break in.

If the issues with your garage door are caused by faulty equipment, then contact Carolina Garage Door for all your garage door maintenance needs. We serve Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. Also, make sure to perform regular check-ups on your garage door to help prevent getting locked out due to faults.

 

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How Often Should You Schedule a Garage Door Tune-Up?

How Often Should You Schedule a Garage Door Tune-Up?

Your garage door experiences a lot of wear and tear. It’s constantly under attack from the weather, which can be particularly trying when the seasons change. On top of this, regular use can gradually wear away at the components and impact its condition. It can be easy to forget about your garage door, but it is a vital part of your house that needs regular maintenance.

Most people will only have the garage door serviced when something goes wrong. This can end up being costly, and could be prevented with a regular service. How regular does garage door maintenance need to be?

Annual check-up

It’s important to get your garage door seen to by a professional at least once a year. A garage door technician will review the condition of the door and all of its components, ensuring that everything is in good working order. They can check the alignment of the door and the tension of the garage door opener. They will also lubricate the parts, such as the hinges and rollers. All of this makes sure that your garage door opens and closes smoothly.

Perform your own checks

There are things you can do throughout the year, without calling out a professional, to help maintain your garage door. Performing these regular checks yourself will help you to spot any potential problems and correct them before they become complicated and expensive.

Monthly visual inspection

At least once a month, you should give your garage door a quick look-over to check for any signs of damage. The best way to do this is to inspect the door from the inside of the garage with the door closed. Look closely at the individual components to check for any signs of wear and tear.

Signs such as frayed cables, loose parts, or rusted hinges should be seen to. Spotting these warning signs early can allow you or a professional technician to tune up your garage door before problems arise. It’s much easier to tighten a part or replace a hinge than to have to get a new garage door.

You should also listen to the garage door as you open and close it. If it suddenly starts making strange noises or gets louder, then it could indicate a problem.

Performing these quick checks and getting a professional technician to perform an annual garage door service can help to keep your garage door in top condition, avoiding costly replacements. If you need garage door maintenance in the Triad area, then we at Carolina Garage Door can help. We serve Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. Get in touch today.

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How to Choose a Garage Door Installer

How to Choose a Garage Door Installer

So, it’s time to replace your garage door. Maybe you already know what you want and just need to find the right person or company to install it. Or, maybe you also need an installer that can advise you on selecting a garage door. Either way, the service you hire to install your garage door is very important.

Here is some of our best advice for choosing a garage door installer.

Cost

Have a rough budget in mind when looking for a garage door installer. This will help you to avoid anyone that is too expensive for what you’re looking for, and also any providers whose prices might seem too good to be true. Shop around installation companies in your area to try and find the best deal.

Experience

You want an installer that knows garage doors like the back of their hand. Check how long they have been working in the trade to get an idea of how much experience they have with garage door repairs and installations. It can also be useful to check how much experience they have working in the area you live in, as there will be certain factors that apply specifically to the area.

Reputation

Whenever you buy a product or service, it’s always a good idea to read reviews or testimonials beforehand. Check to see if they have any published on their website or if customers have left reviews on their Facebook page, for example. If you can’t find any, then ask them directly if they can provide you with any. If the answer is no, then they might not be the most reputable source. It is also worth asking around your friends, family, and neighbours to see if they have any recommendations.

Check their accreditations as well, whether that’s with a certain manufacturer or an official organization such as the International Door Association.

Products and services

First of all, the installer obviously needs to be able to provide the service you are looking for. Do they do repair and installation, or are they just working in garage door sales? Also, find out what garage doors they stock and whether they have what you are looking for. Retailers with a range of products will allow you more choice when selecting your garage door.

We offer top-quality garage door repair and installation in the North Carolina area, serving Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

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How energy efficient is your garage door?

How energy efficient is your garage door?

We often make efforts to improve the energy efficiency of our homes, but the garage is part of the house that’s often neglected. Having an energy efficient garage is still important, especially if it is attached directly to your house.

A well-insulated garage door Is necessary to keep the temperature of your house and garage under control without wasting too much energy, especially in extreme temperatures. Issues such as damp can also arise from a poorly insulated garage door.

Or maybe you’re looking for a way to save your business money with a more energy efficient commercial garage door. Either way, bear these five things in mind if it’s time to replace your garage door.

Material

Most of the materials popularly used in garage doors are lightweight and, therefore, not the best insulators. Steel, aluminium, and fiberglass, for example, are commonly used for garage doors, but offer little insulation. Opting for a low gauge steel will give you a thicker garage door for extra insulation. Wood is more insulative than steel and is popular for its stylish look on garage doors, but steel is often better to reinforce with extra insulation.

Extra insulation

Polystyrene or polyurethane foam are commonly used to insulate garage doors further. You can buy specially insulated garage doors or have your garage door insulated later. Insulated doors are also stronger, making them more resistant to damage.

Professionally fitted

If your garage door has not been fitted properly, then it may have gaps around the door where air can easily leak out (and in). Having your garage door fitted by an experienced professional will ensure it is well-sealed.

Windows

You might choose to have windows fitted in your garage door because you like the way it looks, or to let in some natural light if you use your garage as a workspace. Windows can be a major source of lost heat, so make sure you opt for double-glazed windows if you decide to include them.

Garage door opener

Electronic garage door openers are convenient, but keep in mind that they’ll be increasing your energy usage. Choosing a door opener with a standby mode can help reduce the amount of energy used when it is not in use.

Is it time you had a garage door tune up? Try out our garage door visualization tool for your perfect custom design. Carolina Garage Door provide a professional and affordable garage door service in the Triad area of NC, including Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

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The Ultimate Accessory: The Garage Door Opener

The Ultimate Accessory: The Garage Door Opener

Without an electronic garage door opener, lifting your garage door is just another cumbersome chore and potential safety hazard. When we refer to the opener, we are referring to the motorized machine that helps to lift your garage door. This motor is typically paired with a switch or remote that others may also refer to as an “opener,” so don’t be confused.
The electronic garage door opener was first introduced in the mid 1920’s in Indiana but didn’t become popular until after the addition of the keypad, after World War II.
Most garage door opener models are mounted on the ceiling of a garage and use a chain, belt, or screw system to pull and lift the door. Because most garage doors are too heavy for the machinery to lift on its own, so the opener relies on the counterbalance of the springs to do most of the work.
We offer standard openers (chain-driven) and ultimate openers (belt-driven). All our openers come with a LIFETIME warranty on the motor, a 5-year warranty on the chain rails and mechanical parts and a 1-year warranty on electrical components.
If your garage door opener needs a repair or if you need installation of a new garage door opener, we can help. If your garage door won’t open, it could be a number of problems that may or may not be related to the opener and/or the remotes. We can diagnose your problem and repair your garage door quickly and efficiently.
Call us to discuss our garage door opener brand offerings or to schedule your repair or installation today

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How To Choose Your New Garage Door

How To Choose Your New Garage Door

There are so many factors to consider when replacing your garage door: style, color, material, budget, and more. The first decision you must make is when to replace your garage door. Most garage doors will structurally last 15 to 30 years, depending on the amount of use and environmental factors. However, to keep your door updated and in reliable condition, it is recommended that garage doors be replaced at least every 10 to 15 years.

You may also want to replace your garage door if you are remodeling or selling your home or if you just bought a new home and want a more personalized door. Your garage door occupies roughly 30 to 40 percent of the surface of your home’s facade, so it is imperative to keep it in tune with your home’s architectural style as well as your personal taste.

There are three main styles of stock garage doors that will pair well with any home. Traditional garage doors will stand the test of time with an evergreen style. These doors typically have raised panels or ribbing for detail and come in almost any paint color. Carriage house garage doors speak to the history of garage doors and look like barn doors that swing open. Contemporary garage doors are a more modern option with a variety of sleek styles, often with many windows or frosted glass panels.

Another important detail to consider about your garage door is the material. You will want to base your decision on the weather conditions around your home and the feel of the material as it relates to your home’s style. Wood doors offer a warm, traditional beauty and can be painted or stained any number of colors to compliment your home. However, wood doors are the least durable and require the most maintenance. Steel garage doors have become the most popular option as they are durable, easily maintained, and can be pressed with designs to look like a traditional wood door. Vinyl doors are another popular, durable option. Vinyl is rust and dent resistant and this material withstands weather elements. If you’re looking for another rust-resistant, low-maintenance option, choose aluminum. Aluminum garage doors are popular for contemporary homes because they offer a sleek, modern look.

Design details such as color, windows and hardware will help you complete the look of your new garage door. The color of your garage door can set the tone for the overall look and feel. Consider matching your garage door to the color of your front door or window trim. Other factors to consider when choosing your garage door’s color would be the material and color of your home and the color or tone of other garage doors in the neighborhood. A lighter garage door color will better highlight design details and added hardware. You can accent your garage door with hardware accessories such as hinges and handles. These accents are most popular on carriage house garage doors. You can also opt for faux windows to break up the solid color of your garage door. If your garage needs more natural light, you may even consider adding glass window panels to the top of your garage door. These are especially useful if your garage has no other windows or source of natural light.

Once you’ve decided on how your garage door should look, you should consider its functionality. If your garage is heated or attached to your home, we recommend buying a garage door that is insulated. This will reduce noise both from the operation of your garage door and from outside noise. Insulation will also make your door more energy-efficient and help protect your door from weather elements.

Budget will come into play once you narrow down a look and style for your garage door. It may also help you make decisions on door material, size and decorative details. When you’re considering your budget, remember that your garage door is an investment. It should cost roughly 1% of the value of your home. On average, a well-designed garage door will boost the value of your home’s curb appeal and result in a 90% return on investment. Remember that your budget must be inclusive of the garage door, the installation and any accessories you may need, such as an opener.

There are different ways to decide which new garage door is best for your home. You can browse our gallery for inspiration then use the design tool on your website to build the door of your dreams. Our design tool is run by our main garage door manufacturer so you can rest assured that your door will look like your design. You can also visit our showroom where you’ll be able to see and feel different garage door materials and our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have. Visit or call us today to start the process of buying a new garage door.

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Do you hear that?

Do you hear that?

Did you know your garage door is the largest moving object in your home? An object of this size and weight needs to be properly maintained or it can lead to serious problems. Even if you’re not experiencing performance issues, you may be at the mercy of a noisy garage door. There are many reasons your garage door may be producing a lot of noise, but luckily, we can fix them all!
A common source of garage door noise is worn out rollers. We can replace your old rollers with high-quality, nylon, 13-ball bearing rollers that come with a lifetime warranty. These will give your garage door a smooth lift and reduce noise.
A few other quick tricks for reducing noise include tightening all loose hardware, replacing old hinges, and lubricating all moving parts in your garage door. These small adjustments could mean big results for your noisy garage door. To ensure that your parts are being properly replaced and maintained, we suggest annual garage door tune-ups.
An unbalanced garage door or worn out garage door springs can cause a noisy garage door as well as more serious problems. These issues need to be addressed right away. If you spot these issues, call one of our experienced technicians to fix your garage door today.
Even if your door is properly maintained and all parts have been replaced, your garage door could still be loud and noisy. The noise is just a byproduct of your garage door’s natural movements and type of material. The sound can reverberate around your concrete garage making the noise seem even louder. If this is the case, we suggest insulating your garage door. An insulated garage door is quieter and more eco-friendly. We can install insulation at a regular maintenance appointment.
If you’re ready to reduce the noise from your garage door, give us a call today. Our technicians will assess your individual situation and provide all necessary solutions. Schedule your annual tune-up or other regular maintenance today for best results.

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Was Your Garage Door Invited to the Party?

Was Your Garage Door Invited to the Party?

Summertime invites the opportunity to have a cookout or get-together outside. Your yard and driveway are open spaced that are great for entertaining. When you’re decorating for your shindig, don’t forget to dress up your garage door! This large, flat surface is perfect for decorations to add to the festive atmosphere. Large banner coverings will also protect your garage door from party grime, dirt or spills.
Another option is to host your party inside your garage. The open space makes for a great venue for everyone to gather. If you leave your garage door open, it creates a seamless flow from the inside party space to the outdoors. This opetion leaves the yard and driveway open for activities and protects your party against the threat of rain. With the garage door lifted, it is protected from the possible threat of damage from unruly party-goers.
Inside or out, your garage door could be impacted by your party. Safety is our top concern and it should be yours too. Before you invite your guests over for a celebration, schedule a garage door tune-up to ensure the safety of your garage door. Give us a call today!

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When To Replace Garage Door Springs

When To Replace Garage Door Springs

Your garage door is just one component of an intricate system. Another essential element in the system are the springs.

The two common types of garage door springs are extension springs and torsion springs. Extension springs are located along the tracks on either side of the door and stretch or expand to apply the force needed to open your garage door. Torsion springs are on a horizontal bar along the top of your garage door and use torque to lift.

The lifespan of your springs depends on many factors. The main factor is frequency of use. Spring lifespans are dictated by number of cycles. Extension springs typically run for 10,000 cycles. If you use your door 4 to 6 cycles daily, your springs will last 5 to 7 years on average. Depending on the type, torsion springs can run up to 15,000 cycles. At the same rate of 4-6 cycles daily, these springs could last 7 to 10 years!

Torsion springs are the most common spring and are more durable and safer than extension springs. They also offer more balance for your door as the spring is centered as opposed to the two-spring system of the extension springs. Typically, Carolina Garage Door installs torsion springs unless there is a restricted amount of space above the door where the spring would need to be installed.

Other factors could impact the lifespan of your springs. If you live in an environment with higher moisture levels, rust could be onset more quickly. Cold weather also impairs the viability of your springs by causing the springs to be less flexible, possibly leading to sudden breakage. If your springs are aligned or adjusted incorrectly, the resulting performance issues could cut their lifespan in half!

Expand the life of your springs by limiting the use of your garage door and scheduling regular preventative maintenance and garage door tune-ups.

If you have a broken garage door spring, do not try to lift your garage door or replace garage door springs yourself. These are dangerous actions that could lead to more problems. If you have any issues with your springs, call one of our experienced technicians with the proper tools and knowledge to efficiently repair your garage door springs. Carolina Garage Door offers warranties on all garage door spring installs. Depending on the situation, we offer one year warranties or lifetime warranties. Give us a call today for any garage door repair!