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What are metal garage doors made of?

metal garage door painted tan

Durable garage doors

Whether your garage is attached to the house in the back or the front, or maybe it is a stand-alone structure, the door is a part of your home’s appearance and curb appeal. You want it to be operational, to look good, and be long lasting.   Not all that long ago, all garage doors were wood, then metal garage doors came out, aluminum, steel, etc.

Wood garage doors have a more classic look, but they don’t stand up to the climate, elements, and bikes or cars like a metal garage door does. Today, they make metal garage doors look like wood, so you get the best of both. Metal = stability. Wood = classic. You can get a metal garage door with glass windows too, in various shapes and sizes, to match your home’s architecture.

One thing that many preferred a wood garage door over a metal garage door was the ability to paint it when the house was painted.  So, can metal garage doors be painted? A metal garage door can come in many colors today so that they match your home’s exterior, but yes, you can paint your metal garage door if you desire.

There are two pointers to note about painting a metal garage door:

  • Never paint it while it is cold, wet, or too hot
  • Use top quality exterior latex house paint

You need to paint your metal garage door at the optimum temperature so that the metal alloy settle. Otherwise, when the temperature causes the metal garage door to expand and shift, the paint won’t crack. Using a prime quality of paint will give you the best, long-lasting results. If you paint the metal garage door frame, be sure to give it plenty of time to dry with the door open so that the paint doesn’t dry the door shut.

Before you paint though, preparing metal garage door for painting should be completed first:

  • Pressure wash both inside and outside the metal garage door
  • Allow to air dry then lightly sand over the entire door with a sanding block to remove cobwebs, dirt, grime, and grit
  • Rinse with power washer again and allow to air dry
  • Lay an old blanket or drop cloth under the door for drips
  • Tape around the trim and windows
  • Paint one panel lengthwise and then the next panel
  • Open the door upwards so the hinges separate before painting the ends
  • While the door is up, paint in between each panel

Why are garage doors metal?

Shopping for anything of value can be a headache, and that includes a garage door. There are so many choices in materials and style, which one is the best one for you and your home? The garage has become more important in our lives the past few decades. The garage is as big a decision as the interior floor plans of the house, including if a metal garage door is important. 

Here, we have listed the benefits of a metal garage door and why to most homeowners, why they choose a metal garage door over other materials for a garage door:

  1. A Better Value: Yes, a metal garage door is more expensive, but they have a longer lifespan than one made from natural or synthetic materials. The galvanized steel metal doors of today are rust resistant and rot resistant, an important feature in Colorado weather. 
  2. Safe and Secure: A metal garage door is stronger than garage doors made from other materials. They can hold up to and resist being attacked by a would-be thief because there aren’t the usual weak spots that composite, fiberglass, or wooden garage doors do. They are also fire resistant, a plus for the homeowner’s insurance. 
  3. Energy Efficient: A metal garage door is insulated in either a multi-layer or sandwich-type, allowing you to choose a higher R-Value of insulation, which is a significant benefit in Colorado winters! 
  4. A Beautiful Addition: A metal garage door can be molded and stamped into a variety of attractive shapes today. You can choose a window panel and a wide choice of finishes and textures. A metal garage door can be made to look like wood. 
  5. Minimal Maintenance: When a garage door fails, it will typically do it at an inconvenient time, unless it is a metal garage door. Because they are lightweight, they’re easier to raise a lower manually if needed and the don’t wear out their mechanical parts as fast. 
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Are wood or steel garage doors better? 

There are two options that homeowners typically choose when buying a new garage door. Either a metal garage door or a wooden garage door. How do they decide which is better? The following are factors that are considered:

  • The Look: Wooden garage doors are designed for beauty and elegance, come in a variety of colors, looks, and sizes and the improvement to the curb appeal is immediate. A garage door is semi-customize or completely customized, a metal garage door is mass produced and purchased pre-assembled. 
  • The Installation: A metal garage door is easier to install because it is lighter than a wooden garage door. Even with a wooden garage door, the upgrade of an automatic garage door opener is something to consider due to the weight. 
  • The Costs: A metal garage door is less expensive than a wooden garage door for two reasons. The materials and manufacturing and the installation is easier and faster. All of this makes for make the metal garage door is the less expensive of the two.
  • The Maintenance: A wooden garage door will require more maintenance than a metal garage door, such as sanding, painting, or staining every few years. A wooden garage door will absorb moisture, which is an attraction for insects and mold. A metal garage door will have an overlay to protect the color should it be dented.
  • The Energy Efficiency: Both types of garage doors, a metal garage door or a wooden garage door are available insulated. A wooden garage door has more quietening to it. 
  • Do steel garage doors rust?: With a fiberglass overlay or topcoat applied on a metal garage door can prevent it from rusting.  The cheaper the metal, the more likely that a dent or ding can chip the paint, and rust will soon follow. 

How long do steel garage doors last? 

With proper care and maintenance, a metal garage door and a wooden garage door can last 20 years or longer. The mechanics and torsion springs get the most work and will give you 20,000 cycles. 

Choose a garage door is a big decision, you want to make sure you get the one you can afford. It may be worth stretching the budget a bit to choose a better-made door. If you have plans for selling your home in the near future, the more expensive door will help your home sell faster and you’ll have a higher ROI. For your garage door installation in Aurora, CO, call (720) 340-7916 today.

Do I Need to Reinforce my Garage Door?

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What are the Parts to a Garage Door?

Most homeowners tend to assume that a garage door by itself is a security feature that guards against thieves and burglars. However, either depending on the installation of the garage door or the materials used, there is generally a way that it can be bypassed or damaged by natural weather if not reinforced in some way. Ways to reinforce the security aspect of the garage door can include locks, keypads, and measures that prevent it from opening without your permission. A solid way of making sure it is built to last and to have it withstand more challenges than the average is capable is to have better parts. The garage door is largely made up of: 

  • An assortment of springs
  • Several kinds of bolts and screws
  • Rubber seals
  • Paneling material 
  • Rollers
  • Hinges
  • Belts
  • Garage door struts
  • Garage door brace 
  • Garage door bracket

While not the most specific list, particular emphasis should be placed on the garage door strut and brace. For the average garage door, these parts are actually not necessary for it to operate. However, when you want a garage door that is secure and long-lasting then you’ll want these to be apart of the system. Especially when your system is motor operated, you will want garage door struts due to how the system operates. FEMA, in particular, recommends a garage door brace to protect your garage from high winds and storms. Keeping both and other parts in good condition is the easiest way to keep your garage door secured. Garage door brackets when in good condition help to keep the system running smoothly and operating soundly. When made of poor materials, you will run into the part snapping and often lead to more unfortunate problems. Use Smart Garage Door Service services like garage door bracket repair to take care of that problem and assist in the matter of keeping your garage door reinforced. Call (720) 340-7916 today to set up your appointment.

How can I Strengthen my Garage Door?

Not only can you reinforce your garage door through taking care of the smaller parts like the garage door brackets and other smaller parts, but also through taking more external approaches as well. Specifically strengthening your garage door requires stronger materials, such as metals like steel. That way a person cannot enter through that entrance of your home by normal means and will likely give up when the challenge of breaching takes too much effort. 

Especially for those that have traffic going through this entrance of your home however, this singular enhancement may not be enough. You can also add locks to your garage door by either setting up spots to hook it to or have it built-in internally and easily accessible, but still difficult to mess with. A modern enhancement you could consider is a dial pad or camera that you can access remotely. Just like how a garage door remote offers you the capability to control when the door opens and closes. Both a dial system and a pad with a camera offers you an increased amount of security on that front. Both make the entire process that moves the system, garage door brackets and all, to an automatic setting set by you. The reason it can be important is to offer you an ease of access while also delivering the capability of maintained security. 

Why Does my Garage Door Buckle?

As mentioned earlier, for some residents high winds and severe storms can be a beating on a garage door. When a garage door is not designed to handle impacts and strain, the pannels will be the first to be affected, breaching your garage by way of them bending inward. Aside from getting stronger panels and garage door brackets made from better materials, this is where the talk of garage door struts come into play. The reason a garage door buckles is because the installation itself was not designed for more severe weather. Struts reinforce your door in the opening process and by giving it an extra way to resist constant high winds or heavy rain. While they are not required unless you have a motor run design, you may want to consider it for the best capacity possible out of your door. With struts, you put less strain on the smaller parts like the garage door brackets and have a proven improvement that is the a source for fewer repairs necessary.

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How do I Know if my Garage Door Capacitor is Bad?

When opening your garage door, there may be a noise coming from the general system that handles the opening process of the garage. That would more than likely be the garage door capacitor that is the source of the issue, especially when the sound is accompanied by the actual door not opening. While it may be annoying, the issue is actually one that happens to many homeowners all the time and is a regular occurrence. The reason behind the machinery failing is due to overheating from the natural heat of the environment around it, corrosion, or another mechanical issue. Once replaced, it will get the job done and you will once more enjoy a garage that opens. 

Another common issue that happens on the garage door is the breaking of the garage door brackets. More than likely, the bracket has been corroded or warped over time and just needs a replacement. You can simply replace it yourself with the right tools and spare parts. There is however another option, our technicians are ready and able to help you when you call (720) 340-7916 to schedule an appointment. Have us come out to repair all of your garage related issues and we will get you a result you can be proud of.

How do I get my barn door back on track?

Barn door on worn red barn or garage in need of repair

Do barn doors lock?

For a farmer or rancher, one of the most frustrating things is when the barn door will not stay open.  A working farm or ranch doesn’t have time for barn door repair, which is why they keep maintenance upon them. When things are not as busy, hectic on a normal day, they will check every barn door and hardware, replace barn door bolts, and make any potential barn door repairs they see. If you need to understand, there is nobody better to ask than a farmer, rancher, farmhand or ranch hand.

Yes, they can. Once upon a time, farmers and ranchers didn’t have much to worry about thieves, so they may have closed the barn doors, “Don’t leave the barn door open!”. Rarely would they lock them, mainly because locks weren’t always available.  

As time has progressed, locks are more readily available and with the world way it is today, farmers and ranchers do lock their barn doors now. Both have valuable equipment, not to mention the livestock, that could be stolen, so if they have to have barn door repair done, they will either have a new lock installed or get a one themselves.  

You may lock a single-hung barn door with a hasp and lock. Double-hung doors will typically be locked with a chain through the handles and a lock. Modern-day, new construction barn doors may have other locking systems.

How do you adjust a barn door?

Your barn doors have been working great for years. You get your animals, heavy machinery, hay and other supplies in and out daily, had no trouble with the barn door opening or closing.  Your barn was a good size investment and needed to protect other expensive investments. Now, out of nowhere, the barn door isn’t opening or closing correctly. Just what you need an unexpected expense of barn door repair! 

Or do you? Here we offer a five-step process where you can do your own barn door repair.

  • Assess and Evaluate the Situation: First, check the outer rollers and the upward rollers. Sometimes they need a minor adjustment. Maybe they were bumped by an animal or the tractor going in or out, maybe the ground shifted. Regardless of how they got out of line, making the necessary adjustment will get them properly aligned and working well. How do you know which to adjust which rollers? If the door is leaning in at the top, adjust the center rollers down and the outer rollers up. If the door is leaning in at the bottom, adjust the center roller up and the outer rollers down. If barn door repair is new to you, it could take you a few tries to get it right.
  • Check the Guides: The next step of your barn door repair is to check the exterior hardware to see how much room before it and the center guide meet. Depending on the distance between the bottom rail and center guide, the doors will need to be lowered or raised or lowered. Next, examine the T-guides at the end of both door openings that keep it attached to the jamb. Are the doors pulling or resting on your T-guide? How they are sitting will determine if you need to lower or raise the doors so that they are sitting comfortably without rubbing in the middle of the track.
  • Inspect The Roller: Next for your barn door repair, check the track the rollers follow. Make sure they are secure and clear of any debris. You may need to adjust the rollers down or up with the door.
  • Lower or Raise the Door: We’re almost done with a barn door repair project!   Loosen the jam nut to lower or raise the door, that is the bolt that is connected to the roller. As you loosen or tighten, you’ll notice the door to get a slight bend, and that is perfectly normal, up to a 90° bend as it pulls or pushes the door at the header. If all looks right to you, tighten up the jam nut.
  • Are the Doors Aligned?: Make sure they are aligned, sitting parallel to each other, and gliding smoothly through both guides. Double-check the jam nut is tight! Now you’re done with your barn door repair project!

How do you fix a sliding barn door?

It depends on what’s wrong.  If the doors aren’t sliding, the above-described steps are the barn door repair you need.  If the doors are not any good, then barn door construction is the best option. 

  • Start by measuring the opening that the doors will cover. Depending on that, you can decide if you need one door on a hinge or two doors sliding to replace what is there. The construction is basically the same, with the exception the sliding doors will be a little wider for the side overlap.  
  • Once you know the size, using 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 boards, build the frame to the size you’ve measured. Cut the outside frame at 45-degree cuts on both ends and then place them down on a flat surface, drilling a screw in each end. To square the frame, measure the diagonals and square the frame. Then cut a board that will bisect the big rectangle, and to put equal distance from the inside ends, make two small ones and toe-screw the outside frame.
  • Next, cut diagonal braces that run from what will be the bottom inside and top inside to the middle.  You should now have a frame similar to a digital “8”, so check to make sure all is still square and then metal plates on each intersection of wood with 1” drywall screws through each board, 3 per board. This is the interior side of the door.
  • Now stand the frame up to the opening and cut off any chunks of wood to brace it, then attached the hinges or the rollers, depending on which kind of door you want. For a hanging door, attach the top rollers first, then slide it in the track.
  • Last step, hang the metal on the frame, starting in the middle for swinging doors, making sure the ribs are covering each door with an overlap in the middle.

Do barn doors need a bottom track?

If they are sliding doors, yes. Otherwise, they would simply swing back and forth. If the doors are on hinges to open outward, one to the left and one to the right, a bottom track isn’t necessary but will keep the doors from swinging both directions, unless you want them to.

Barn door on honey colored wood barn with thresh roof

How far does a barn door stick out from the wall?

It will depend on how thick the barn doors are, but you should determine this after the door is hanging, using the center point and making sure the door width fits the track for sliding doors. Making sure the doors to your barn a secure is important and worth the expense you endure to protect your investments inside the barn. If the need to hire an outside contractor for barn door repair is necessary, keep those investments in mind. Call (720) 340-7916 today for your barn door repair in Aurora, CO.

Heavy Duty Garage Door Lock

unsecured but pretty garage door made of wood on white garage

Keeping your garage safe

The purpose of having a garage is to keep our vehicles safe from weather, vandalism, etc. Everyone uses their garage for something a little more than what they are intended though.  A workshop, a hangout, a storage unit, the list could on and on. One thing in common though, we all want the garage door lock in place when we leave for the day or night. 

Are garage door locks secure though? Is it dependent on where is garage door lock located as to how secure it is? What do we do when the garage door lock not working? Once you start asking yourself these questions and more, you may wonder just how safe is that big-screen television you set up for the man cave in your garage. Read on as we discuss garage door locks and how to know you’re getting the best security possible.

Heavy duty garage door lock 

Keeping your garage door locked and secured is as crucial as your home, especially if you have an attached garage. The following are four of the most recommended garage door locks recommended for homes. 

Smart Deadbolt Garage Door Lock

Using electronic smarts with this garage door lock, it works with Bluetooth Smart Technology and other programs to let you interact with your lock. Technology that has an alarm built in that that holds 30 access codes and can sense possible intruders or attacks. If there is an associated app, this garage door lock is simple to set up.

Electronic Garage Door Lock

Your garage can be secure and stylish with this modern garage door lock. With SmartKey re-key technology, you can re-key these locks yourself in 3 easy steps. Operate the lever from outside using a key and the keypad and thumb operating turn will operate it from the inside.

Mechanical Keyless Deadbolt Garage Door Lock

A keyless, mechanical deadbolt with double combination garage door lock is easy to reassemble upon arrival and install easily. With a keyless lock that is push-button operated, programmable code and mechanical, this aluminum stainless steel unit is the garage door lock that will keep the unwanted out.

Master Lock

This padlock is made of hardened steel with a bar and with the padlock that comes with it, locks onto a base made of solid steel. Place it on the ground at the garage door and the expanded security bolts will keep any intruder out of your garage. 

Interior garage door lock 

There are some easy, inexpensive, and simple ways for garage door lock on the inside. Any of these are recommended if you will be out of town for any length of time.

Unplug The Opener

For garages with an automatic garage door, thieves have a way to grab the code from your remote control using a special opener that can be opened by thieves using a code grabber. A thief can grab the signal from your remote to your garage door opener using a special device.

The Vertical Track

The garage door lock that works the best is locking the vertical track. You can use a key padlock in the holes of the vertical track and that will stop thieves. 

Zip-Tie The Manual Release

Insert a zip tie in the emergency release lever and this method of a garage door lock will keep the thieves from using a coat hanger to get the door opening by pulling the lever.

Side Garage Door Lock

A garage door lock with a side lock attached to the doors inside that slides vertically into the garage door’s vertical track. Then the garage door lock is in place!  

Garage door lock bar 

This type of garage door lock is a bar assembly consisting of lock rods that are riveted to a locking disc. This type of garage door lock set up is used on extension spring doors above the horizontal tracks that run between the back and front.

Manual garage door lock

Most homes have an automatic garage door today, but a manual garage door has a few advantages the automatic door can’t provide:

  1. Manual Door Is Easier to Install: It is easier to install a manual garage door and use the sliding lever to lock the door. 
  2. Manual Garage Door Is Less Expensive: A manual garage door doesn’t require all the electronic components, there are just the door and the components that make it work manually.
  3. Open a Manual Garage Door Without Power: This is the biggest benefit of a manual garage door. You can open it even without power. 
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Garage door lock kit installation 

It is always better to have things like this done by a professional service. From electrical to plumbing to roofing, and even your garage door. They will have the equipment, supplies, and tools needed to install a garage door lock properly. If you have any issues with the lock later, it will be warrantied.  However, you can do it yourself by purchasing a garage door lock kit at your local big box home repair retail stores. Most kits are for 18’ wide x 2-inch-thick door and should include the following: 

  • Spring Latches
  • Striker Plates
  • Two 9 foot by 4-inch cable
  • Inside Release Handle
  • Fasteners
  • Installation Instructions

You work hard for the things you keep in your garage and doing everything you can to keep unwanted people from taking it from you is important. Today, whether you choose an automatic garage door lock, or you have a manual garage door to lock, there are several models and styles to match the exterior of your garage and home. Call (720) 340-7916 today for more information on garage services and garage door locks in Aurora, CO.

Can You Buy Replacement Garage Door Openers?

Garage door with a garage door opener

Garage door opener replacement

If you have an automatic garage door opener, doesn’t it make life easier getting your car in and out of the garage? No more getting out of the car in the cold or rain to lift a heavy door. Then, out of nowhere, the remote doesn’t work, even after replacing the batteries. Or you can’t find the remote, even worse! Now you’re asking yourself, “Can I buy a replacement garage door opener?”, and the answer is yes, in most cases.

Most automatic garage doors have replacement garage door openers available and while a non-working remote control for the garage door isn’t as urgent as busted water pipes, it is somewhat urgent to get repaired or replaced.

Can you buy replacement garage door openers?

The remote to your automatic garage door is much like your house key. While it is recommended to keep a spare house key for an emergency, the same is said about a spare opener for the automatic garage door, but we don’t all do that do we? Or even the few of us that do have both a spare house key and a spare opener for the garage door, if we lose either one, we want it replaced. So, is replacing a garage door opener easy? Yes, just as you can have a spare house key made, you can purchase a replacement garage door opener too. Keep reading as we answer more questions about replacement garage door openers.

Can I buy a universal garage door opener?

As we have mentioned, having an extra door opener for the automatic garage door is handy and helpful as having a spare house key. When it comes to replacement garage door opener, you must be sure you get the right one, which can get confusing. Every garage door opener manufacturer has its own replacement remote, but you can purchase a universal remote as well, just like for your television, DVD/VCR player, etc.

First thing is to determine what features of your replacement garage door opener you need/want.  Then decide if you want a full-size remote that clips onto the sun visor of your car, or do you prefer a mini remote that snaps onto a keychain? Both have pros and cons, one may be more convenient for you than the other, it is truly a personal decision.

You need to know the manufacturer of your garage door system and the model information. This can all be found on the motor unit that is on the garage ceiling.  With this information at hand, you can purchase an exact remote replacement garage door opener either from an authorized dealer or the garage door opener manufacturer. Some older automatic garage door systems, a universal remote may not be available.

Are garage door keypads universal?

More than ninety percent of all universal garage door openers in America are made by Chamberlain, making it easy to get a replacement garage door opener.  They have made easy to regain access to your automatic garage door system by using a wireless keypad that can be reprogrammed with a custom four-digit code easily.

How much is a replacement garage door opener?

Pricing will vary based on the make and model of your automatic garage door system, but a simple remote cost typically starts around $30 up to $40.

Can a smartphone open a garage door?

Smartphones are the way of the world these days, aren’t they? We are doing everything but the dishes and laundry, including, opening the garage door. Today, garage door openers have a logic board with a receiver-built in that allows a wireless keypad or wireless remote to open the garage door by transmitting a radio frequency signal to the remote opener.

Your Android or iPhone can be programmed to open garage doors that are set up for wireless access. Using an app-integrated receiver, with just a tap of a button you’re your mobile device, you can open the garage door. In the past few years, several automatic garage door companies have introduced receivers that can be wired into an existing garage door opener and paired with an app on your Android or iPhone device.

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Automatic Garage Doors and Openers

Just as with the computer you’re reading this article from, you may need a replacement garage door opener receiver, which is available.  Many can be installed by the homeowner, but if you aren’t comfortable with this, hiring a professional garage door installer is recommended. It can be easy to blow the replacement out if wired incorrectly.

Same as to be said about a replacement garage door opener button, which isn’t as delicate as the receiver may be and can be done in 7 easy steps:

  • Step 1 – Purchase a replacement button, preferable an exact make and model of the old one.
  • Step 2 – Turn off the power at the main switch.
  • Step 3 – Using a cordless drill or screwdriver, remove the screws holding it in place.
  • Step 4 – Carefully disconnect the wires between the wall control Wires and the electrical wiring.
  • Step 5 – Carefully connect the electrical wiring and the new button.
  • Step 6 – Using the cordless drill or proper screwdriver, reattach the new button to the wall control.
  • Step 7 – Turn the power back on at the main switch.

When you have lost a remote to your automatic garage door, you need to erase the opener’s memory and reset the code. This will ensure that the lost remote doesn’t work in case it falls into the wrong hands, much like replacing the lock when keys are lost. Call (720) 340-7916 today for your garage door opener replacement in Aurora, CO

Can you get a new remote for a garage door opener?

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Luxury meets ease of access

Automatic garage door openers are a nice convenience, aren’t they? We may take them for granted until that one, usually, in the rain, the garage door opener remote doesn’t work.  There are few things that are more aggravating than when the garage door opener is not working at a crucial moment. You’re in a rush, you have your arms full of bags and briefcase, kids are running out to the car, and then no matter how much you push the button, the door doesn’t open.

There can be several factors going on when the garage door opener is not working correctly. Most of the time, it is the garage door opener battery needs replacing. Many households will keep a spare battery on standby just.

Are garage remotes universal?

Universal garage door opener remotes are available if you lose one that comes with your automatic garage door opener. Just like the original garage door opener, universal remotes can open 1 door or 2 door garages and a 3rd button that turns on the light. It helps to know the exact manufacturer of your current garage door and openers, but if you can’t locate the exact model number, a universal remote will work in most cases.

How do you program a garage remote control?

Sometimes a garage door remote is broken or lost, causing the need to purchase a new remote. For brand name automatic garage door openers, the remotes are readily available and simple to program. Most of the manufacturers have customer service lines where an agent can walk you through the process by phone. In the basic steps, you follow the specified pattern, as stated in the instructions by pressing, holding and releasing the buttons. This will determine the garage door opener frequency required to operate the garage door opener. Programming a universal remote is more complicated. All universal garage door opener remote should come with full instructions. The dip switches must be set first to match the brand of garage door opener and receiver, then match the radio frequency.                      

How do I program my garage door remote to another remote?

To program a new garage door opener remote into a current system, press the learn button down until the indicator light blinks on the opener. As the indicator light blinks, push the button on the remote. Next, test the new garage door opener remote by pushing the button once. The door should open. If not, repeat the steps.

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How do you open a garage without a remote?

As convenient as garage door opener remote is in our busy lives, they don’t work if the electricity goes out, or if you can’t find it. Those are times it comes necessary to open your garage door without garage door opener remote. Through another access other than the automatic garage door, follow the following steps:

  • Step One: Enter the garage and if electricity is work, push the wall button. If the electricity is off, disconnect the garage door from the garage door opener remote.
  • Step Two: There is an emergency release rope that connects the garage door opener to the motor carriage. Pull-on that rope and the door will release from the motor carriage.
  • Step Three: In the case of the emergency release is jammed, or there isn’t an emergency release, disconnect the opener arm by locating the 2 bolts connected the opener arm’s 2 pieces. With a wrench, remove those bolts to disconnect the arm.
  • Step Four: Once you have the arms disconnected, grab the handle of the garage and lift.
  • Step Five: Reconnect the garage door to the garage door opener remote once the electricity is restored or the garage door opener remote is located.

If your automatic garage door is new for your home, congratulations! You will love this convenience. As we mentioned earlier in this piece, many homeowners will have a spare battery ready to replace in the garage door opener remote, because when the battery dies, it is at the least expected time.

If you are having new siding installed on your home and you don’t have an automatic garage door opener, now is the time to have this upgrade done. The siding combined with an automatic garage door opener will increase your property value, getting you the ROI needed. Call (720) 340-7916 today to get started with new garage door remote installation in Aurora, CO.

How Often Do Garage Doors Need Maintenance?

Front View of Double Garage House

Ensure Proper Garage Door Maintenance

Garage doors have been housing cars since their invention, and before that their design differed when they housed carriages! Since the good old days, we’ve seen a massive upgrade to technological systems from smart locks to keypad codes and more. Yet essentially, all garage doors will come with parts that will require routine garage door maintenance. Maintenance with home systems isn’t a new concept, in fact, most areas of the home typically require annual check-ups at the bare minimum to ensure proper system functions and prevention of repairs. When you have any questions be sure to contact a professional for assistance. For now, here are some interesting information regarding garage door maintenance as well as garage door maintenance tips that can be helpful along the way for both DIY or professional work.

What is garage door maintenance?

Garage door maintenance is as easy as it seems if you know the main functions of its parts. You can easily make sure your garage door is in good working order with a handy garage door maintenance checklist or by implementing any other knowledge that can assist you in checking proper garage door functions.

How much does garage door maintenance cost?

Garage door maintenance and repair costs typically range from $100-$300 depending on damages or the degree of help needed.

What is the best lubricant for garage doors?

The best lubricant for garage door maintenance is either white lithium grease or silicone sprays. With grease, you’ll be able to properly lubricate all of the moving parts of your garage door. With proper garage door lubricant, you’ll notice that there is more ease in performance as well as the removal of any grinding noises.

Do you grease garage door tracks?

The tracks themselves on a garage door shouldn’t be lubricated but the parts of them should. Torsion springs that lift your garage door, for instance, should be sprayed down with lubricant for better movement and to avoid breakage. Don’t go heavy here and only lubricate them enough to where they perform better. Hinges (unless they’re plastic) should be greased at the pivot point. The bearing in rollers should also be lubricated with excess grease wipes away. (If you have nylon rollers avoid this step.)

Close Up of Garage Door Lifting System

Garage Door Maintenance Checklist 

  • Observe Any Noises Or Off Looks
  • Test Balance of Garage Door
  • Test Auto-Reverse Safety
  • Tighten Hardware
  • Inspect & Replace Rollers
  • Lubricate Moving Parts
  • Replace Weatherstripping
  • Check Cables
  • Clear Tracks
  • Groom Garage Door (warping, cracks, paint chips)

Why is my garage door sticking?

A common reason as to why you have a sticking garage door is misalignment or tracks not being level. When this occurs your garage door will tend to shimmy on the tracks to compensate which can sometimes cause it to get stuck as it makes its way down. In situations when the springs are loose your garage door can move unevely as it makes its way up and down the tracks. Another issue that can cause the door to not budge is with uncleanliness. A build-up of dirt, dust and other debris can buildup over time around tracks and rollers which can cause them to be blocked or stuck on their natural path. By cleaning these areas not only do you ensure proper movement you’ll also increase the lifespan of the parts of your garage door. Another issue that may arise is with the weather, oftentimes extreme changes in temperatures can cause the lubricant to either dry up or springs to get frozen. What more the materials your garage door is made out of can be affected. Take for instance wood, this material can easily warp or swell with temperature changes to the point where replacement is necessary. Aluminum, on the other hand, can be prone to denting.

Does cracking your garage door help?

If your house is having trouble being cooled in the summer cracking your garage door open a bit can assist in this endeavor. Just like the rest of your home your garage door should be properly sealed and insulated to keep cool air in, yet cracking the garage door may release some heat. If you have vents in your garage door this can be used instead. 

Contact A Professional For Assistance

Garage door maintenance doesn’t need to be difficult. With a professional, you’ll be able to determine the mechanics and specifications of your particular garage door model so tools and parts can readily be tweaked for proper performance. Just like you would search for plumbing services in Denver, CO be sure to look up your local garage door company for assistance whenever you have questions. With proper system checks, you can avoid any unnecessary repairs and replacements. When you’re in need of garage door maintenance make sure to get in touch with a professional. Enjoy the proper system functions of your garage and leave and enter your home with your vehicle with ease.

If you’re interested in garage door maintenance in Aurora, CO call (720) 340-7916 with Smart Garage Door Service!

What Are Carriage House Garage Doors?

Carriage House Garage Doors

Learn More About Carriage House Garage Doors

Improve upon the feel and look of your garage doors with improved style and accessibility! Carriage house garage doors, aka barn-style garage doors, were the predecessors to car garages back in the vintage days where families had the good ol’ horsedrawn carriage to explore the town and whatnot. Nowadays we’ve traded that in for cars which although don’t quite have the same dimensions still can fit into these carriage housing areas! These garage doors offer an eclectic country-style look with a variety of looks from wood to paints and stains! They come with various attractive carriage house garage door styles and designs which can heighten the curb appeal of any property! You may choose to have them swing open, slide to the side or open like traditional garage doors! Options are endless and repairs are minimal or rare with expert installation and routine care! See why carriage house garage doors could be a fresh addition to your home with some key information regarding them below! As with any home construction, be sure to contact your local garage door professionals for guidance!

How do carriage house garage doors open?

Carriage house garage doors can now be operated as standard sectional garage doors. Yet they technically in the past swung out to let the carriage in. Many original carriage house garage doors have two hinged doors that swing outwards or two doors that slide open sideways. 

How much is a carriage style garage door?

Carriage house garage doors prices will vary depending on the materials, local home improvement market prices and level of insulation offered. As of such composite materials will be more affordable than natural wood. Carriage house garage doors cost can typically cost around $3,000 yet there are alternative options out there that run from $900-$1,000. Since garage doors tend to only need repairs once in your lifetime it can be a great investment that can up your home’s value and curb appeal.

How long do garage doors last?

Carriage house garage doors or garage doors, in general, can last 10-15 years and even 20 years with good maintenance of such factors as springs, rollers or sound materials.

What is a good R value for garage doors?

Saving your energy with a garage door is often overlooked, but having a high R-value will determine energy efficiency and can assist you in lowering your energy bills. With garage doors, this will typically be done with compatible insulation. An R-value is thermal resistance to heat flow in a building or construction. The number often seen on insulation products reflects calculations based on the thickness of insulation and its chemical properties. You’ll often see a higher R-Value based on a higher percentage amount of heat flow reduction. For example, an R-12 R-Value can have 93% of heat flow reduction while an R-16 has 97% of heat flow reduction. The higher the R-value the better energy efficiency.

Is garage door covered by homeowners insurance?

Carriage house garage doors or garage doors, in general, can be covered under a Section II homeowners insurance policy with liability coverage with most types of damage to a residential property. As of such, in general homeowners insurance can offer partial or full coverage on garage door repairs with the amount of money you receive being variable based on the cause of the damages. With cases of vandalism, fire or theft with damage your homeowners’ insurance should be able to provide coverage. Certain natural disasters, as well as intentional damages, however, are often not covered. Speak to your insurance representative or take a look at your policy for more information.

What are the best brands of garage doors?

There are many garage door brands that have great reputations for providing ease in use and protection. The current number one choice by the nation is Clopay with its wide selection of designs. Following that are Chamberlain, Amarr,  Unique, Overhead, Midland, Liftmaster garage door opener, and Raynor. There are many brands following this list and they can be researched to see the pros and cons of each option. As of such, depending on the manufacturer or garage door installation company you go with you may have certain selections available over others.

Double Garage Doors

Carriage House Garage Door Styles

  • X-Shaped
  • V-Shaped
  • Inverse V
  • Condensed Forms
  • North Hatley SP
  • North Hatley LP
  • Shaker XS
  • Shaker NH-LP
  • Dualforce
  • Uniforce

Contact A Professional

As with any type of service involving your home be sure to get into contact with a professional for installation on carriage house garage doors and more! Only with a professional will you be able to have proper specifications measured with proper garage door fittings that will be securely connected to your property. It’s recommended to look into your local residential roofing in Denver, CO or other garage door specialty services for residential improvement assistance. Your carriage house garage doors are a great way to increase the value of your home while providing an attractive aesthetic to the property! 

If you’re interested in carriage house garage doors in Aurora, CO call (720) 340-7916 with Smart Garage Door Service! 


What is the Best Material to Use for a Garage Door?

A Picture of a Single Garage Attached to a Small Bungalow House.

What is the Lifespan of a Garage Door?

When it comes to choosing a garage door, we don’t necessarily think about the material that we want. In terms of materials that can be used there are a couple of options, which include aluminum, fiberglass, steel, vinyl, wood, and wood composite. All of these materials have their own special characteristics that make them appealing. Aluminum is a good material because it is lightweight, fiberglass can imitate any type of material, steel is very low maintenance, vinyl are resistant against dents, and wood or wood composite are aesthetically pleasing.

While they all have something that makes them stand out, the most commonly used material for garage doors is steel. Steel garage doors have a ton of benefits that many homeowners will love. Many people who are investing in a new garage door always ask how long garage doors last, and they can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Its also important to note that the lifespan of a garage can also depend on the material used. How long do steel garage doors last? Because of the material that is used, they can last up to 20 years.

Steel Garage Doors Pros and Cons

When deciding if steel garage doors are the best material for your new garage, its important to weigh both the pros and cons of steel garage doors. By having this type of knowledge, you can make a better decision on the garage for your home. These are the benefits of steel garage doors.

  • Durability: This type of material will not rust, warp, dent, or crack. Because its a metal material, people tend to ask, “How much does a steel garage door weigh?” and they can weight anywhere from 130 to 200 pounds.
  • Affordable: Not only are steel garage doors a lot more sturdy than most materials, but they are also more affordable, as well.
  • Energy-Efficient: If you are looking to decrease your energy bills, you can get that with steel garage doors. This kind of garage door is well-insulated, offering better energy efficiency.
  • Safe: Steel is a great material for garage doors as they keep intruders from entering your home through the garage and they are a great escape route if there happens to be a fire.
  • Versatile: These garage doors can come in different colors, shapes, and even textures, so you can fit the aesthetic of your home.

As far as disadvantages of steel garage doors, there are only a few you need to be aware of. While a steel garage door can provide you with better insulation, it’s going to depend on the quality of the steel used. They are an affordable garage door, but if you want to ensure that your steel garage door is well insulated, you will need to spend a little bit more. In order to prevent rusting on a steel garage door, it’s important that you get some sort of waterproof coat. Steel can become dull or start to rust if they don’t have the proper coatings. Other than that, they are a great garage door to invest in.

Steel Garage Doors Vs Aluminum

Typically, when we see garage doors, they are made of metal material. Due to this a lot of people tend to ask, “Are garage doors steel or aluminum?” the answer is that they can be either steel or aluminum. When deciding between the two, there is always the question of are steel garage doors better than aluminum. It will honestly depend on the types of benefits that the garage door material can offer. Steel and aluminum do have a lot of the same benefits, except aluminum are a little more affordable and lightweight. However, it is important to note that aluminum garage doors will dent very easily. Depending on what is important to you will determine if you want steel or aluminum garage doors.

Steel Garage Doors Vs Vinyl

A Picture of the Interior of a Two Car Garage.

Which is Better Steel or Vinyl Garage Doors?

Another option when choosing a new garage door is vinyl. Vinyl is a great material because they are hard to dent and they can mimic other materials. The downside to investing in a vinyl garage door is that you don’t get a lot of color or design options. Steel garage doors on the other hand are durable, affordable, as well as versatile, so they might be a better choice when selecting a garage door material. Just like you wouldn’t hire someone inexperienced for roof storm damage repairs, also means you wouldn’t hire someone who couldn’t perform professional garage door installation. If you are wanting steel garage doors in Aurora, CO, its time to call the experts at Smart Garage Door Service. Our team of garage door specialists are able to install steel garage doors that will last for years to come. If you need more information about our process, don’t hesitate to call us at (720) 340-7916. We look forward to hearing from you and working on your upcoming garage door project.

What Garage Floor Coating is Best?

A Concrete Garage Floor Surface

Lasting Protection, Plus Some Style!

The garage floor surface is a conundrum. One one hand, you walk across this flooring almost every day. On the other, very few people will ever see your hard work to keep the surface in clean condition.

Still, consistent maintenance makes it easier to keep your floor safe for the long haul. One of the easiests ways to maintain your surface is a garage floor coating. Today, we are going to dive into the different coating solutions available on the homeowner market. You should get a clear picture of what should work best for your property! Let’s get started.

How Can I Protect My Garage Floor?

Your garage floor sees a lot of action during the year. Foot traffic, vehicle traffic, oil leaks, chemical spills, steel bar rusting, impact trauma from dropped items, and many more hazards. Subtle foundational shifts can also send shock into the concrete, but imperfections during installation can be just as problematic.

So what can you do as a homeowner to protect your floor? While we can’t address the shifting foundations or concrete shrinkage, we can protect your floors from the various forms of impact and chemical damage. The easiest way: a garage floor coating.

Costs

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Garage Floor Coating?

That will heavily depend on whether or not you perform the coating yourself, and what product you use. According to this year’s numbers by HomeAdvisor, you can expect to pay $2 to $5 per square foot for equipment and materials alone. That range climbs and expands to $3 to $10 if you hire a professional to do the job for you.

What’s the value of hiring a professional? The pros typically offer more sophisticated and effective equipment for preparing your garage floor. The end results will most likely last longer and look better as a result. That’s true for most home projects however, whether you’re completing a flooring installation or window replacement.

Options

What Can I Paint My Garage Floor With?

There are a handful of options for treating your garage floor, and even more alternatives that don’t involve chemical treatment. These include:

Types of Floor Coating and Coverings

  • Urethane coatings
  • Acid stains (decor only)
  • Epoxy coatings
  • Floor-grade paints
  • Concrete stain
  • Vinyl floor materials (rollouts or peel-and-stick)
  • Rubber floor materials
  • Garage floor-grade carpet

We’ll compare these options in a little while.

Sealer Comparison

Garage Door Paint vs Sealer

We use the word “paint” a little loosely here, because it’s a very broad term. You would never use that front door, Sherwin-Williams red for your garage floor coating! While epoxy coatings are indeed a type of paint, these products create a much more resilient surface for your garage. Many homeowners utilize either an epoxy or urethane coating, because these materials offer outstanding trauma and chemical resistance.

Of course, you have options for your garage floor coating not epoxy based. Some materials merely act as concrete sealers, which offer chemical protection but aren’t meant for high traffic area use.

What’s the Best Garage Floor Coating?

Urethane and epoxy coatings both provide a protective layer on top of your garage floor. Epoxies can offer excellent shock absorption and rebuff chemical stains. If you go with a garage floor epoxy, check out the various high-grade options your local service has to offer. These solutions get their best results when the floor has been thoroughly cleaned and degreased ahead of time. However, epoxies don’t handle prolonged sunlight exposure well.

If you’re garage admits sunlight throughout the day, you may wish to use a urethane coating instead. These coatings supply even stronger abrasion resistance than epoxy, and they do a better job at maintaining their original color. These solutions typically feature a shorter curing time as well.

While acid stains aesthetically alter the appearance of the floor surface, they do not offer the same chemical protection as the previous two solutions. If you want that floor resurfacing to last, you’ll have to follow up an acid stain with a protective coating, which makes the overall project more expensive.

What is the most durable garage floor paint? Most pros would tell you urethane, or a very high grade epoxy. Many garage floor coating experts lean towards one of these two options, depending on a home’s traffic and light exposure. If you can find a local expert that you trust, they can provide you with tailored suggestions based on your home’s needs.

A Nice Garage With a Glossy Floor

Looking for Help With Your Garage Door?

At Smart Garage Door Service, we provide a wide variety of services all bent towards planning, installing, and maintaining your ideal garage door! From replacing that lost garage door opener, to critical rail realignment, our team is here to help. If you’d like to schedule service for your door, or if you’d like more tips for your garage floor coating in Aurora, CO, feel free to call our friendly team at (720) 340-7916!