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Can my garage door be painted?

Many residential garage doors can be painted. Please see your owner's manual for specific painting instructions.

Can I replace a section of my door, or do I need to replace the whole door?

Replacing only a section of your garage door is possible.  In some cases, however, depending upon the damage involved, the entire door may need to be replaced. Contact us to evaluate your specific situation and make recommendations for the best solution.

How important is insulation in a garage door?  What is R-Value?

Insulation is important in a garage door for many reasons. The amount of insulation a garage door provides is represented in its R-value, which is its resistance to heat flow. It is important to select a garage door with an R-value that is consistent with your local climate and lifestyle. In addition, insulation helps reduce the noise of your garage door as it opens and closes.

My garage door makes noise when it opens and closes.  Is there any way to make my door quieter?

Springs, rollers, and hinges can squeak and can be noisy.  This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem.  Using a spray-on lubricant (recommended specifically for garage doors) may help lessen noise, however, if the noise persists, give us a call to have one of our trained technicians inspect the door and its components for any problems.

What should I do if the cable on my garage door is frayed?

Do not attempt to remove, repair or adjust garage door springs or cable. HIGH SPRING TENSION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

The bottom seal on my door has fallen off.  Can it be replaced?

Yes, most garage door bottom seals can be replaced.

What should I do if the spring at the top of my garage door is broken.

A broken spring is a safety hazard. Do not attempt to operate the door. Contact us to schedule an appointment to have the spring replaced

The cable is off the drum and my garage door doesn’t close.  What do I do?

For safety reasons, do not attempt to operate the door where the cable has jumped off the drum. Call a qualified garage door technician to repair the door.

How often should my garage door be serviced?

Your overhead garage door is the largest piece of moving equipment in your home. Most families use their garage door more than their front door. In order to ensure a properly working door, you should have your garage door and operator serviced every year.

How long should my garage door springs last?

The most common springs are torsion and have an expected life of about 10,000 “cycles”. A cycle is one opening and one closing of the garage door. The steel spring experiences tremendous force each time the door opens or closes and eventually cracks and breaks, usually releasing its stored energy in an instant with a loud noise or bang. Also, if one spring breaks and they were installed at the same time, it is likely that the other will not be far behind since they both have the same wear and tear. For this reason, we suggest changing both springs at once to save you the expense of a second service trip.

How do I release the door from the operator so that I can open the garage door by hand?

With the garage door fully closed, simply pull the red release cord down toward the floor. Always take special caution whenever you release the garage door opener if the door is not in the fully closed position, since the door may want to slam closed when released. If at all possible do not release the garage door when open, except for emergency or security purposes and close the door with caution. Some older openers may not have a red release cord and may need to be released by pulling down a handle, a spring-loaded clip, or even possibly unbolting the arm from the door and opener. If you do have an older door that is difficult to disconnect you may want to replace the opener with a new garage door opener that has an easy pull red release cord.

Should I repair or replace my garage door?

If your garage door(s) are over 15 years old, and are not operating properly, now may be the time to replace your door(s).  Garage door repairs on older doors often cost more than installing new ones.  This is due to the limited availability of parts and upgraded garage door opener designs.  New garage doors provide quieter operation, more efficient functionality, increased curb appeal, and added value to your home.

Should I replace my garage door for improved efficiency?

Choosing a stylish, yet energy efficient garage door provides improved curb appeal and energy savings.  Over time, garage doors can lose insulation, resulting in higher energy bills for homes with attached garages.  Since there is no easy garage door repair solutions for replacing insulation, replacing your old garage door(s) with new insulated doors make sense.  Insulated doors offer comfortable temperatures in the garage all year long.