Please browse our frequently asked questions, and feel free to call us if your question is not answered here. We are always here to help!
When will my garage door spring need to be replaced?
Garage door torsion springs are manufactured for 10,000 cycles. A cycle is one time up and one time down. Spring life will be determined by how many times a day you open your garage door. On average a spring should last 4-7 years if serviced annually.
What companies and manufacturers make the garage doors?
There are many garage door manufacturers and some of the best are right here in Colorado! CHI Overhead Doors, Northwest Doors, Westwind, and Ankmar all manufacture top-quality garage doors, hardware, and accessories.
What companies make the best garage door operators?
The best bang for the buck are the commercial LiftMaster and Genie models. They provide excellent warranties and operate flawlessly for many years.
What are the benefits of an insulated garage door?
A garage door opening represents a large opening in your home’s thermal barrier. Aligned with the tax credit incentives to promote a healthier and more energy-efficient environment, an insulated garage door will help to reduce the amount of outside temperature that enters your garage, thus reducing the amount of energy required to cool or heat your home. Insulated doors also reduce noise from the exterior of your home.
What maintenance is suggested for my garage or overhead door?
While we suggest a certified professional undertake any major repairs, there are some steps you can take to maintain your door. They are:
- Periodically lubricate your garage or overhead door track. Just give us a call to help you determine the best methods for lubricating your specific door.
- Clean the frame’s weather stripping with vinyl cleaner and lubricate it once every other month with an appropriate product to keep the stripping pliable.
- Inspect the rollers every six months and replace any that are worn or broken or call us and have us replace them.
- If you have a painted door, periodically paint the exterior to help protect it from the elements.
How do I know if my rollers are bad?
Erratic door movement, shaking when opening or closing, squeaking, and grinding are all signs of bad rollers.
Why does a garage door fail?
The leading causes of garage door failure and/or replacement include lack of maintenance and being hit by vehicles. A proper maintenance schedule for a garage door includes lubrication of the rollers, bearings, pulleys, and springs once a year; washing painted steel surfaces several times a year; painting or refinishing wood surfaces as necessary; and making proper adjustments to the counterbalance system as necessary to maintain door balance. A properly balanced garage door should be able to be stopped mid-travel without drifting down or up when operated manually.
What should I know about garage door safety?
DO NOT let children (or adults) play "beat the door." It is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Adults should set a good example. Know how to use the emergency release in case someone is pinned by the door.
DO NOT let children play with or use the transmitters or remote controls. Always place and store them out of the reach of children.
The pushbutton wall control should be out of the reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts. Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the moving garage door.
Information provided by: International Door Association