Garage doors have come a long way in the last 50 years. Many of the garage
doors installed in the 1960′s and 70′s in Arizona were the
one piece or “knee knocker” type doors and wood sectional
type doors. With garages comprising up to 35% of a home’s curb appeal,
there is a large variety of garage door products available for every application
and price range. The garage doors produced today are of a much higher
quality than their predecessors and can help provide a barrier to help
reduce the heat transfer into the garage. Hardware and door sections of
your garage doors are tested thoroughly and have better warranties. Don’t
just ignore the regular maintenance that is recommended by the garage
door experts to prolong the life span of your garage door.
Most of us just push the button and ignore anything else. Think of your
garage door as an appliance. It may not look like one, but it is the largest
operating appliance in your home! Learn more maintenance tips and recommendations
from the experts.
Like any equipment, your garage door, opener, and other components have
to be maintained. If you have a garage that faces south, you will want
an insulated garage door to reduce the heat transfer into the garage.
In the case of using the garage for a workshop or a game room, you may
want a thermal insulated garage door with a high R value and steel skinned
on both the inside and outside for durability.
There are garage doors to blend in with the homes architecture, whether
it is Spanish, Tuscan, Modern, Contemporary or Western. Stamped steel
raised panel and carriage designs, polystyrene and urethane insulated
(up to R-17), composite overlay carriage doors, custom wood overlay, unique
fiberglass faced doors, custom rustic designs, wrought iron, and contemporary
glass aluminum doors are all available. Along with a large selection of
glass top designs and decorative hardware that have become so popular
in the garage door industry, anyone can customize new garage doors to
meet their specific needs.
They are safer and have a much more aesthetic appeal. You choose the color
and design that’s best to enhance your home, including the garage door.
By maintaining your garage door system, its lifespan will be extended for
many years. It is important to pick the same date once a month, to inspect
your garage door and operator system. It’s not only a maintenance
issue, it’s a safety issue!
Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and other door
hardware for signs of wear. If you see potential problems, have a qualified
company make repairs. Did you know that you can also opt for having a
qualified, professional, Arizona company do your periodic maintenance
1. The garage door experts in Phoenix recommend that you should not try
to adjust the spring tension on your garage door.
- The garage door springs are under high tension and serious injury can occur.
- Along with the garage door springs, the garage cables, garage drums and
the garage door bottom brackets which the cables attach to are under high
tension and can cause serious injury. Only a qualified expert garage door
company should maintain them.
2. Regularly lubricate the garage door rollers, springs and hinges on the
garage door with a “garage door lube” specifically made for
garage door and operator lubrication.
- Other types of lubrications can cause the tracts to be clog.
- Check to see if any screws or nuts have loosened on the garage door hinges
and tighten as needed (Do not touch the bottom brackets which the cables
are attached to or the spring system.).
3. Checking the balance of your garage door should be done at least once per year.
- First close the door; if you have a garage door opener, pull the release
cord so the door can be operated by hand.
- Open the door slowly; it should lift easily and with little resistance.
At about three to four feet off the floor the door should balance.
- If it doesn’t then it is out of adjustment. Have a qualified company
make the adjustments.
4. The garage door opener should also have safety and maintenance checks
preformed once per month.
- First check your operator owner’s manual for procedures from the
- Before starting, make sure there is a reversing feature on your operator,
if not the unit should be replaced. All garage door openers manufactured
after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have safety features
to comply with U.L. 325 standards.
5. Remember garage door openers are not toys.
- Never walk or stand under a moving garage door.
- Don’t allow children to try to beat the door closing.
- Don’t let children play with the remote controls and make sure the
wall push button is at least 60″ from the floor.
- Always have clear sight of the garage door when operating it.
- And teach children to keep their fingers out of the section joints, hinges
6. Make sure the garage door is balanced as discussed in the prior paragraph.
- Operate the door one full cycle (open and close).
- Then fully open the garage door with the opener and lay a 2×4 flat
on the ground in the center of the garage door opening (A roll of paper
towels may also be used.).
- Now operate the opener to close the garage door. The door should reverse
upon solid contact with the 2×4.
- If the garage door does not reverse, have a qualified company repair and
or replace the operator.
7. You can check the down force of the operator by holding the bottom of
the garage door as it closes and applying an upward force against it.
- If the garage door does not reverse with medium pressure, then the force
may need adjusting.
- Check your owner’s manual for adjustment instructions.
Call to schedule your maintenance today with one of the local garage door
experts in your area.