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Electronic garage doors are something most people take for granted – that is, until they stop working. When the power goes out or a door quits functioning, many are left wondering what to do. You don’t have to stop using your garage just because your electronic door is temporarily inoperable. Open and close your door manually by following these steps…

#1. Begin in the Down Position

Before operating your door manually, ensure that it is in the “down” position. That’s because the full weight of your door is supported by its torsion spring. Please note: If the spring is broken, the entire door could come crashing down! If your door is stuck in the open position, wait for the power to come back on or call us to make repairs.

#2. Pull the Emergency Release Lever

Your door should be equipped with an emergency release lever. This lever normally consists of a red rope with a t-handle and is attached to the door’s trolley. The trolley is the part of your garage door that is directly connected to the rail. Pulling the emergency lever detaches the trolley from its attachment point, allowing you to manually move your garage door up and down.

#3. Re-engaging the Door

Now that you have disengaged the trolley from the rail, you will only be able to operate your door manually. To automatically open and close your door again, you will need to re-engage the trolley. Do this by pushing upward on the release lever until you hear a slight click. If you are having trouble reaching the lever, you can use a broom handle or similar object to help you access it.

You may also need to reset your garage door opener. To do so, unplug it, wait around 30 seconds or so, then plug it back in.

Opening from the Outside

The above steps will allow you to manually open your garage door from the inside only. Should you find yourself locked out, you will need to enter through another door in order to access the emergency release lever.

As an alternative, you may also have an emergency release kit installed. An emergency release kit contains a locking mechanism that you can open with a key and then manually operate your door.

Ensuring Constant, Safe Operation

Keep your garage secure by having us install an emergency release kit before you experience a power outage. Check the manual operation of your garage door at least twice each year, and then contact us if you experience any problems.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Security .

It’s not uncommon for burglars to use garage doors, especially when they provide access to an entire home. Fortunately, you can take action to make them more secure. To evaluate their security, answer these quick questions:

1. Does the interior have metal latches that work correctly? At a minimum, your garage should have this basic security equipment. You can only engage and disengage these latches from within the building.

2. Do you have a built-in keyed lock or a padlock that fits the door? It’s best if a thief can’t easily open the door after gaining entry through a window or other entrance. Otherwise, criminals could quickly steal a vehicle or lawn equipment.

3. If you have an automatic opener, does it use a rolling code system? This technology makes it much harder for intruders to use radio devices that trick the equipment into opening for them.

4. Is your door integrated with a security alarm? Like any entrance, you can set it up to trigger an alarm when someone opens it without authorization. For even greater protection, you could also install a surveillance camera.

5. Does it have any windows? Unfortunately, they’re less difficult to shatter than solid wood or metal. Clear glass lets criminals see inside the building as well; consider applying an opaque window film.

6. Are there missing panels or panes of glass? Do large gaps make it possible to reach inside? Such openings often benefit thieves who carry the right tools. It’s wise to repair or seal them if possible.

To sum it up, a secure garage door has a sophisticated opener, manual locks and opaque, sturdy materials. It significantly reduces the risk of a burglary. Please contact us today if you’d like to enhance security by scheduling professional repairs and/or necessary upgrades.

Posted by & filed under garage door installation .

The longevity of your garage door not only depends on the material used to make it but also the expertise applied during installation. As a homeowner, you can invest a lot of money in buying a pretty attractive and expensive garage door, but then end up installing it unprofessionally. A wrongly-installed garage door is likely to give birth to common problems, such as unnecessary noises and difficulties when opening and closing. In order to get value for your hard-earned money, you need to find a professional to install your garage door. Below are some of the consequences of improper garage door installation.

High Repair Costs

If your garage door has been wrongly-installed, it’s certain that problems are going to rise as time goes on. Such problems are likely to attract high repair costs. Remember you’ll have to call a professional technician to come and address the issue. The expert will charge you a fee and some of the garage door parts may require replacement as well. To avoid such unplanned expenses, you need to have your garage door installed by someone who knows what they’re doing.

Reduced Lifespan

A wrongly-installed garage door may not cover the expected lifespan. This is because some of the parts inside the garage door will keep on weakening every passing day. And at the end, you’ll be left with a rusty and worthless garage door. For instance, if a healthy garage door had to serve you for more than 2 years, expect your wrongly-installed door to get rusty in less than 2 years.

A Noisy Garage Door

A roughly-installed garage door is likely to become noisy with time. A noisy garage door is likely to alert potential burglars and passersby that the security of your home has been breached. Also, it’s a total disruption whenever someone enters your home, especially at night when others are deeply asleep. In essence, a garage door that makes noise when opened or closed can never offer you and your loved ones peace of mind.

A well-installed garage door can save you lots of money in the long run. If you’ve purchased a garage door and want it installed, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. For instance, you need to look for a qualified garage door installation contractor. Ensure the person installing your garage door is not only qualified but is also properly-licensed to work in your city or state. And finally, make sure the hired contractor uses high quality installation materials. That way, you’re no doubt going to have a quality job done, which enables you to save time and money.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us at Smokey’s Garage Door – our team of credited garage door professionals is here to serve!

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Replacement .

The most popular home remodeling projects among the U.S. homeowners include bathroom, kitchen and living room renovations. Ideally, these are not the most valuable undertakings a homeowner should engage in. For instance, what’s the use of upgrading your kitchen with fancy cabinets when your garage door looks rusty, outdated, and has broken springs? It beats logic because a burglar can enter your home through the garage and run away with all your valuables leaving you with nothing. Read on to know whether or not replacing your garage door is worth it.

Seek Professional Advice

Before proceeding to the market to buy a new garage door, you first need to talk to an expert about the existing door. The specialist will inspect your garage door and tell whether or not it needs to be replaced. Remember you can spend a fortune buying a new door while you can repair the existing one and save money. If your garage door can be repaired, ensure you award the job to the most qualified and experienced contractor. But if it’s beyond repair, just go ahead and replace it.

The Value of Your Home

It’s obvious a new garage door is an expensive purchase, but there comes a time when you can’t avoid the purchase. It’s your responsibility to ensure both your valuables and family are safe. A new garage door will not only provide a secure home for your family and your belongings, but it will also give the front part of your house a fresh look. In essence, it’s worth replacing an old, battered garage door with a brand new one since it enhances the curb appeal of your home. This also increases the value of your home in case you would want to sell it out in the future.

Saves You Time and Money

If your garage door is old and faulty, replacing it can save you time and money. Figure out the time you’ll spend finding a good technician to fix your door, not forgetting the money you’ll spend for the repair task. Buying a new door is a one-time investment, and if installed properly it may last for the next several years without developing any fault.

Cheaper than Most Home Renovations

As compared to most home remodeling projects, replacing a garage door is the least expensive. For example, adding a new room to your house can cost you twice the amount of money you could have spent to buy a new garage door. The same case applies when it comes to major kitchen and bathroom renovations. Just imagine the most valuable project becoming the most affordable.

As per the above information, a garage door replacement project is worth it. The decision to replace your garage door is not only going to save you money in the long run, but it’s also going to add great value to your entire home. It’s good to invest in a garage door that is more durable than the existing one, and you should take your time to shop around for highly-recommended brands.

Smokey’s Garage Doors is here for your garage door installation needs. Contact our team of credited garage door professionals today! We’re here to serve your garage door needs and answer any questions that you may have.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Education .

Garage door scamming isn’t a new phenomenon. You’ve probably heard or read about a family that hired a bogus garage door repair crew, who ended up taking their money and rendering no real service. These garage door scammers are referred to in our industry as “Bad Bobs.” In this post, we’ll show you how to spot a potential Bad Bob and avoid overpaying for garage door repairs, services, or parts you don’t need.

Spotting a Garage Door Scam

Most garage door scammers use unclear names or generic ones. Furthermore, they tend to use multiple names to confuse their customers. It’s also unlikely that they will have a physical showroom or business premise.

Scammers also use bait-and-switch tactics to lure unsuspecting customers. Once they bag a project, they inflate the cost of garage door repairs by adding extra charges later on.

Garage door scammers prey on homeowners who desperately need emergency door repairs because they’re more concerned about getting their garage doors fixed than what they’ll pay. Once you contact scammers, they will come quickly and perform swift repairs with unneeded parts, then overcharge you.

How to Avoid Scammers

In case a garage door professional asks you to buy additional parts, find out why they need them. It’s advisable to get quotes from two or three garage door dealers as a safeguard against exorbitant charges.

Garage door scammers tend to target ignorant homeowners who lack basic knowledge of service costs. To avoid falling for this trap, find out the average cost of garage door replacement parts and the going rates for repairs in your area.

Be sure to search Google maps or local directories to see if the garage door dealer has a verifiable location. A trustworthy dealer should have a real physical address and consistent listings across online directories, social networks, and their website.

How to Take Action

The International Door Association (IDA) has recently established an email address where you can report possible Bad Bobs. If you have or know someone who has written a complaint or have seen false advertising for yourself, you can send documentation to garagedoorscam@gmail.com. The IDA is continuing to work on defining Bad Bob behavior and finding the best ways to combat unethical and illegal business practices.

Fun Fact: our owner, Kevin Pettiette, is the president of IDA and sits on the committee that works towards continuing Bad Bob consumer education.

We encourage you to check out our website for a few videos that tell you what you need to know when it comes to garage door scams and security.

Are you looking for a trustworthy garage door repair service with experienced and licensed door technicians? Contact us today and we’ll give you free and honest estimates.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Replacement .

While a new garage door can enhance the security and value of your, replacing it won’t be cheap. The costs will vary depending on door type, style, and whether you’ll like to replace or repair its components as well. Let’s look at how all these will impact the cost of garage door replacement.

Garage door types and styles

When replacing a door, you have a variety of door types and styles to choose from, including swing-up doors, swing-out, roll-up, and sliding doors. All these have different designs, components, and operating mechanisms, so each has a different price tag too.

Garage door material

There’s a direct correlation between garage door material and the cost of replacement. Doors with single-layers are less durable, therefore are cheaper to install than doors with multiple layers, which are sturdier and well-insulated.

Garage door supplies

If you’re just going to replace the door panel only, you’ll spend far less than someone who’s replacing the doorway, springs, rollers, cables, seals, or reframing the exterior. Every other component that you intend to replace in your garage door will cost you money, so be sure to budget for it.

Garage door labor

Your new garage door and parts won’t install themselves with the snap of a finger. The experts at Smokey’s Garage Door will remove your old garage door and door parts and replace them with the new garage door and components. In short, you can hire us to do the area preparation, replacement, and cleanup.

In case you have an old garage door that’s not serving you properly, contact us and we’ll give you a free and fair estimate of the cost of replacing it.

Posted by & filed under garage door installation .

Your home’s garage door is one of its most important components. Not only does it provide access to your home, as many people will go in and out of their garage several times a day, but it also helps to boost curb appeal and ensure security. Considering this vital role your garage door plays, it is essential that you keep an eye on its condition and that you are aware of when it is time to consider having your garage door replaced. If you are unsure how you will know if your aging garage door needs replacing, here are some of the signs that you can be on the lookout for.

You may want to consider replacing your garage door if it is getting up there in years. The fact is that if you cannot remember the last time you had it replaced, or if you have lived in your home for many years and have never replaced it, then your garage door is likely very outdated.

Garage door technology has come a long way in the last ten years, and new garage doors are stronger, safer, and more secure than ever before. If you have an old garage door, it may soon require costly repairs, or it could compromise the safety and security of your home, making it best to consider having it replaced.

If your garage door is cracked or sagging, or damaged in some other way, it is time to consider having your garage door replaced. While minor damage may be repairable, with more expensive damage it will likely be in your best interest to replace the door. Additionally, if your door is getting old, you will want to consider whether it is worth it to put money into it. Either way, you should not ignore damage as this can compromise the functionality and security of your garage door. You do not want to find that your garage door stops functioning altogether when you need to leave for work or school.

These are just a few of the signs that your garage door needs replacing. Contact us to learn more about how you will know if your garage door needs to be repaired or replaced.

Posted by & filed under garage door maintenance .

You probably know the lifespan of just about all your appliances, gadgets, and other household items. However, have you given any thought to how long your garage door lasts? Unless your garage door is properly serviced, its days of smooth operation are limited.

You might be surprised to know that a properly managed and maintained door can last up to 20 years and in some cases even longer. Wood, fiberglass, aluminum, and steel garage doors all have between 10,000 to 20,000 torsion spring cycles. Here is what you should know about extending the lifespan of your garage door.

Clean it. The garage door is often one of the first things visitors notice when pulling up to your home. Most people associate a dirty garage door with an untidy home. Clean your garage door with a mild detergent the same as you would use on your car. Dishwashing detergent can also be used. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away dirt and smudges.

Check for failing or worn out parts. Listen for failing or worn parts. As soon as you hear something out of the ordinary with your door, call in an expert at Smokey’s Garage Door for a routine maintenance check.

Keep door parts lubricated. Apply a small coat of lubrication to the door’s springs and rollers to keep it operating at its best. WD-40 is a great lubricant for cleaning track and keeping the operating properly. However, it should not be used on door opener parts. Lubricating your garage door is recommended every 3 months.

A little preventative care goes a long way for your garage door. Yearly maintenance can extend the life of your garage door and its components which in the long run will also save you money.
If, despite the efforts you’ve taken to maintain your garage door, it’s fallen victim to damage or old age, it may be smart to invest in a new garage door. If you have questions, contact us today.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Springs .

You may have heard about the importance of garage door springs, but never understood what they do. While often overlooked, garage door springs are an essential part of any garage door opener.

Garage door springs are large springs that make it easier to open or close a garage door. For example, if a garage door weighs 50 pounds, the springs will provide the 50 pounds of force needed to raise or lower the door.

There are two types of garage door springs. One type is “torsion,” and these springs are located above your garage door. The other type is “extension,” springs, which are located along the side of the garage door or above the garage door tracks. Both types of springs come in a variety of models and sizes and are found in both residential and commercial garages. While torsion and extension springs work differently, both types allow you to raise and lower your garage doors with little effort.

Due to the amount of tension needed to open or close a garage, garage door springs are dangerous to work with and can cause serious injury. As a result, a professional should handle maintenance or repair.

As part of regular maintenance of your garage and garage door springs, you should check for any problems. Look if the garage door is running smoothly and if there are any unusual noises during operation. You should also visually examine your garage door springs. Check to see if your springs have any rust or corrosion. If there are two springs, make sure both of them are working symmetrically. Also check if the door is properly balanced and that each side of the door is opening and closing at the same rate.

If you need your garage door springs or any other part of your garage door serviced, contact us today. Our experienced technicians know how to safely maintain and repair your garage door springs.

Posted by & filed under garage door installation .

When planning a new garage door installation, you likely have lots of questions. Below are some answers to some of the ones our customers most often ask us.

#1. Can I keep my old track?

It is often possible to reuse the same track; however, doing so is not advised. Even if it’s in good condition, your old track is already worn and may therefore not last as long as your new door. In addition, your door might not operate as smoothly if you use your existing track. Keeping your old track will not really save you any money, so there is really no reason to hold onto it.

#2. Will my existing garage door opener still work?

In some cases, yes. To work properly, your existing opener must meet the safety standards contained in UL-325. It must also be in compliance with your new door. Any expert at Smokey’s Garage Door can perform a check on your opener and let you know whether or not it meets these requirements.

#3. What should I do before your technicians arrive?

Make sure that the area around your garage door is free of clutter or debris. We’ll need plenty of space in which to work, so we ask that you remove all vehicles from your garage. Please park those vehicles away from your garage if possible. This will allow us better access and limits the distance we have to carry your new door.

#4. How long does the installation process take?

Most projects can be completed in only a day. We’ll be able to provide you with a better timeline once we have looked at your garage and come up with an estimate.

These are just a few questions we hear on a regular basis, but you may have others that were not covered. If so, please contact us for reliable, trustworthy answers.