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Posted by & filed under garage door maintenance .

As with any home issue, the faster you catch a garage door problem, the less expensive it will be to repair. If you manage to catch problems when they are still small, they will be much faster to repair by a trained technician. If you are on the lookout for potential issues, there are a few easy checks you can do each month to be able to spot problems early.

Rust

Something you always want to catch early is corrosive rust. You will not only want to watch out for it on the door, if you have a metal door, but also on the mechanical components. Rusting or fraying cables can be a major problem as well as areas of heavy rust on the tracks.

Door Balance

You should test the door balance system by disconnecting it from the automatic system. When you open the door manually, it should be heavy, but otherwise should open smoothly. When in the half open position, it should also stay in that position. If it does not, you will want to call a technician.

Gaps

Do you see gaps under the bottom of the door when it is closed, or worse, in the panels of the door? Certainly this could mean that the garage floor is uneven, but if the gaps weren’t there last month, then it is an indicator of a garage door problem.

Safety Features

You should always be aware if the safety features on your garage door are working properly. This means testing the automatic reverse and the force setting. With both tests, the door should reverse back up instead of continuing to close. If it doesn’t, you have a huge safety hazard on your hand.

Has your garage door failed any of these important checks? Then you will want to call a garage door repair company. If your garage door is having problems, contact us today to see what Smokey’s Garage Door can do to help.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Replacement .

So you’ve decided to replace your garage door! Maybe it’s because you’re having too many problems with your current garage door, or it might be that you’ve decided it would be best to have another garage door installed that’s easier to use. No matter the reason, there’s a wide variety of brands and styles to choose from.

Things To Consider

When selecting a new garage door for your home, it’s important to consider your budget and the reasons why you’ve decided it’s time for a garage door replacement.  It’s important to find a company that’s reputable and has many years of experience. A company that has a wide range of garage door brands and related products will also serve to your advantage.

There are many things that need to be taken into consideration while you’re in the process of replacing your garage door, such as the material of your new door. These days you can choose from: steel, aluminum, wood and faux wood. There is also the style and some other factors to consider. For example: do you want a door with a remote opener, or one that you open yourself? Is an overhead garage door what you had in mind?

The Right Company

Finding the right company will be of significant help as you go through this process. You’ll be shown many different styles and variations of garage doors, which will help you to get what you need while staying within budget. Also, an experienced company will be able to offer expert advice and can professionally install the door for you!

Down The Road

Take time to listen to the experts and evaluate your needs now. After you’ve selected the best garage door for your specific needs and after it’s been installed, you’ll expect to use it for many years. Was the new garage door that you purchased an insulated model that’s energy-efficient? Does the color scheme and style match with the rest of your home? Was it installed properly and is it under warranty?

Please contact Smokey’s Garage Door if you have any questions about garage door replacement.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Education .

If it is time for a new garage door, you want to make sure you get yourself one that you will love for its whole lifespan. A garage door can be something you only need to purchase once or twice in a lifetime if you take good care of it, so it needs to be something that is right for your needs and your home. Yet, as it is something you don’t buy often, you don’t really know what consideration you need to keep in mind. That is where we can help.

Climate
The more extreme the temperatures get, the more you will want to look into an insulated door. The temperature in your garage can help safeguard the temperature inside your actual home. Furthermore, garage door insulation also protects the items stored in your garage.

Material
The material that a garage door is made out of not only lends to its overall look on the exterior, but it affects the longevity and the insulating power of the door. It is one of the most important features to keep in mind. However, there are a lot of material options out there these days. You will want to look through these options in a showroom where professionals can give you the full rundown on what benefits you get with each choice.

Color
Some owners want a garage door that blends with the color of their home’s exterior. Others want to use the garage door to add a nice pop of color or an accent to the exterior. You will want to settle on which camp you are in. Of course, you may also want to choose something more neutral or a garage door that can be repainted if you intend to repaint your home’s exterior later.

Accessories
Do you want a garage door with windows or other accents? They can have a few benefits like allowing light in your garage. However, they may not be right for you. You will want to look over accessory options and talk through the benefits and disadvantages with a technician.

Are you ready to shop for a new garage door? Contact us today to schedule a visit to our showroom.

Posted by & filed under garage door repair .

It is commonly believed that garage doors fall out of alignment because of a physical trauma. It got a little bumped by a car or accidentally hit something while closing. That is a way that a garage door can fall out of alignment, yes, but there are also other causes. If your garage door has become misaligned and you don’t recall it hitting anything, here are some potential causes.

Weather
The weather in your area can be an unseen strain on your garage door. Hot and dry days can see the lubricant dry out which can affect alignment. Of course, after being berated on a particularly windy day, your garage door can also suffer in the same way as it would with a physical trauma.

Settling Foundation
Even if your home isn’t a new construction, it still may be settling. Over time as the foundation gradually settles, the frame of your garage may subtly shift. Even a small shift can have a big effect on your garage door. However, if a garage door keeps falling out of alignment for seemingly no reason, you may want to have your foundation inspected for issues.

Mechanical
Most commonly when a garage door inexplicably falls out of alignment, it is due to not physical trauma, but a mechanical issue. You will want to contact a garage door repair company to come out and examine the mechanical parts of your garage door as well as put it back into alignment. Chances are they will need to repair the spring, cable, or track system as well to prevent this issue from happening again.
Has your garage door fallen out of alignment? In order to safely use it again, it will need to be repaired and realigned. Contact us today to see what Smokey’s Garage Repair can do to help.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Education .

This guest post is by Ryan Grant from A-1 Door Company.

When choosing a company to entrust with your garage doors – which take up about a third of your home’s façade and offer invaluable function – it’s important to be informed. As a homeowner, you should do research before hiring any contractor. Some things to look for in a reputable garage door company are IDA accreditation, business and employee insurance, and a showroom or physical address.

Unfortunately, there are companies out there who do not provide quality service and instead, aim to take advantage of homeowners. While no one is completely safe from becoming a victim of an attempted scam, there are ways to become less vulnerable. It all starts with heightening your awareness of scammer tactics. To better understand what a garage door scam looks like, we’re illustrating the tactics commonly used by “Bad Bobs” to mislead consumers.

Various news outlets have reported on recent real-world incidences that occurred at the hands of a fraudulent company called Precision Door of Phoenix. One specific case occurred at a home in Goodyear, AZ, where a homeowner was quoted $2,200 for a spring repair. The owner of the company told the homeowner that the door was “damaged irreparably” as a result of a lack of maintenance. When another local, reputable company came out to provide a quote, the honest price ended up being only $168. Luckily, that particular homeowner was able to identify the scam and stop it in its tracks, but others have not been so lucky.

“Bad Bobs” like the one in this scenario have unfortunately been continuing to pop up and their presence continues to grow in the garage door industry. Here are two signs to look out for to avoid wasting your hard-earned money on their services:

  • Unbelievable online reviews. When actual customers of Precision Door of Phoenix were interviewed, they had nothing but negative remarks. However, Google, Yelp, and Facebook reviews reflected a nearly perfect 5-star rating across the board. At a closer look, this high rating was the result of a mass amount of 5-star reviews that had been submitted over the span of just a couple days by employees and users who weren’t even located in North America. While efforts are in place to try to crack down on these types of falsified reviews on the web, misleading reports and reviews are unfortunately still out there. It’s important to be aware of these possibilities and always do your research – especially when something appears to be too good to be true.
  • Manipulating parts costs. According to an ex-employee of Precision Door of Phoenix, “flat rip-off money is where the profit is.” Bad Bobs will overcharge for parts and labor, and may even suggest a “full overhaul” of your system when it’s clearly not necessary. They will also set the pricing for all items depending on the perceived gullibility of the customer. If you receive a quote that is much higher than expected, ask for a price breakdown and do some outside research to determine if your suspicions are warranted.

Click here to read more on the Precision Door of Phoenix investigation. For additional general information on avoiding garage door scammers and Bad Bobs, check out the Consumer Alert videos here.

To try to help homeowners identify and avoid these types of scammers, Google has several checks in place designed to prevent illegitimate door dealers from promoting themselves online. Google has rolled out two measures: the Google Guarantee program and advanced verification. The Google Guaranteed badge means the company passed a background check and is backed by a money-back guarantee. Advanced verification requires garage door dealers to pass a background check in order to show ads on Google.

Ryan Grant is the owner of A-1 Door Company – a leading garage door dealer in Richmond, Virginia. A-1 Door Company specializes in residential and commercial garage door repair and replacement and has been in business for over 15 years. As an active member of IDA, the company keeps up-to-date with industry trends and continues ongoing education.

Posted by & filed under garage door installation .

If you are going for a modern look on the exterior of your home, there is nothing more striking than a full view garage door. This style is made up of several clear or opaque panes that make up the garage door rather than panels of steel or wood. However, there is more to choosing a garage door than picking something that looks beautiful. You also need to be aware of the pros and cons before going in.

Pros of a Full View Garage Door
When choosing a glass garage door, the biggest benefit is how it looks. You choose a glass garage door because its looks great and you will reap the benefits in curb appeal if you ever decide to sell your home. However, while living there, you will also get the benefit of having a garage flush with natural light. This means you could use it as a workspace without ever having to open the door to see what you were doing. This makes it especially nice for mixed use garages.

Cons of a Full View Garage Door
The biggest concern with a garage door made fully out of windows is that is can be less durable. Unlike steel that may dent when hit with an impact, the glass panes may break. They are tempered so they won’t shatter, but instead will crack similar to a car window.

You also need to be aware that the initial cost will be high due to the materials used, manufacturing process, and even the extra care needed to deliver and install it.

Finally, a garage door made out of windows means you will need to clean those windows regularly. They tend to collect dust quickly and become an eyesore when they do. As these doors actually do have more cons, this is why it is pretty crucial to decide if they are worth it before purchasing.

If you are in the market for a new garage door, full view or otherwise, contact us today to see what options we can offer you.

Posted by & filed under Broken Garage Door Springs .

Your garage door’s springs play a vital role in your garage door’s operation by supporting the weight of the door as it opens and closes. However, over time, wear and tear can cause the springs to wear out, and eventually, they may fail.

When garage door springs fail, it poses a serious hazard, as the springs could injure someone as they come undone. It is then important that you are aware of the signs which can indicate that your garage door’s springs are aging so that you can have them replaced before they fail. Here are a few of the signs that you can look out for indicating that your garage door’s springs need to be replaced.

Your Garage Door Doesn’t Open Right
A clear sign that something is wrong with your springs is if your garage door does not open properly. If your springs are beginning to fail, your garage door may only open partway and then stop as a safety measure. Alternatively, if one spring is beginning to fail, or has already failed, one side of your garage door may lift quicker than the other as your springs struggle to raise the door. Either of these signs indicates a problem with your garage door, and you will want to have it repaired immediately.

Your Garage Door Closes Quicker Than Normal
If your garage door’s springs are wearing out, they may also have a hard time supporting the weight of your garage door as it is closing. You should then pay attention to the speed at which your garage door comes down. If your garage door closes faster than normal, your garage springs likely need to be replaced. You should not ignore this obvious sign of trouble, as it could become a safety hazard if your springs let go suddenly.

You Hear a Loud Bang
You should also check your garage door’s springs if you hear a loud bang come from your garage. When garage door springs break, this releases a lot of energy that can create a loud banging sound. This noise can be loud enough to make people believe that something has collided with their house. Hearing such a sound coming from your garage is likely an indicator that one or more of your springs has broken and will need to be replaced.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about how you will know when it is time to have your garage door’s springs replaced.

Posted by & filed under garage door repair .

If you’re trying to get in or out of your garage and the door won’t budge, there are several different ways you might be able to solve this problem. Follow these steps until the equipment begins to work normally again:

  1. Does your garage door have a handheld remote control? If so, you might need to buy new batteries or replace the entire remote. Test the door with a wall button or another remote if possible.
  2. Something could be preventing the door from moving. Make sure any locks or latches are disengaged. The bottom surface could be frozen to the floor, especially if it has a decaying weather seal. You can free it with heat, salt and/or hot water.
  3. If you use an automatic opener, it could’ve tripped the garage’s circuit breaker or blown its fuse (only some models have these). This is more likely to be the problem when an opener’s built-in light stays dark.
  4. Most electric openers have round sensor eyes; yours could need cleaning. Try to remove any dust or dirt with a piece of soft fabric. A grimy sensor often causes this equipment to falsely detect an obstruction.
  5. If an automatic unit still refuses to work, you can pull its emergency release handle to disengage the opener. This allows you to open and shut the door by hand until repairs are completed.
  6. When step #6 doesn’t solve the problem or you can’t move a door that doesn’t have an automatic opener, there’s probably something wrong with the mechanism. You might need new springs, rollers, cables or other components.

If you don’t succeed in finding a simple solution, it’s wise to call a qualified technician. This type of repair work can be hazardous without the appropriate tools, parts and expertise. Please contact our helpful staff for professional assistance.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Education .

Being that there are so many garage door service repair providers available in the country today, choosing a trustworthy one to work with can be a challenging task. With that in mind, we at Smokey’s Garage Door take the time to guide you on how to make an informed choice:

  1. Ask For Recommendations

Some of your family members, friends, co-workers or neighbors may have already worked with a reputable garage door service provider. Ask them for recommendations and listen to what they have to say first before making a decision. Their warnings and positive referrals can help you take the right direction.

  1. Online Reputation

After getting one or two recommendations, it’s time for you to go online and check out their ratings and reviews. A company that has positive feedback from satisfied clients and a strong rating from the Better Business Bureau will certainly be an excellent choice for you.

  1. Compare Rates

It is a fact that garage door companies offer the same services at different prices. Getting multiple bids will give you a clear idea of the standard rates and enable you to settle for the best possible deal. Apart from the price, you should also make sure that you compare the warranties offered by the companies.

  1. Evaluate Total Experience

The last thing you want is to work with a novice garage door service provider who hasn’t been in the industry long enough. Instead of fixing the problem, he/she may end up aggravating it. A company that’s been repairing garage doors for many years will most certainly have the knowledge and expertise needed to deliver quality services.

Having been operational for more than 40 years, we pride ourselves in having highly trained technicians who are equipped with state-of-the-art tools that enable them to handle both small and complicated garage door repair projects in a timely and effective fashion. Contact us today for more information or to get a free estimate.

Posted by & filed under garage door installation .

A garage is not only extremely useful for a homeowner, but it can bring a lot of beauty, functionality, and security to any house. Garage doors can last decades and therefore need some thought before you decide on purchasing and installing a new garage door. However, with some research, not only can you make sure that your garage door will last and work great for many years, but you will even be able to save some money in the process. Here are three things to consider before you install your next garage door.

Upgrade Your Garage Door Springs

Before you install your new garage door, it would be a smart investment to spend a little more and install more robust springs. Better springs will not only help your garage door go up and down more smoothly and easily, but better quality springs often last much longer as well.

Update Your Garage Opener and Save

Replacing the garage door opener when you install your new door can not only save you money on labor, but you may also be able to receive a package deal when you purchase both the door and the opener. Your garage door opener will eventually need replacement due to age, wear and tear, or maybe you just want one with additional features. Therefore, the time to consider upgrading is when you are installing your new garage door.

Beware of Installing Your Own Garage Door

A good DIY homeowner project not only brings a feeling of accomplishment, but it may also save you a lot of money. However, when it comes to installing your own garage door, this is one project you should leave to the professionals. Not only are there a lot of parts that come with the installation, but you will need special tools for winding the springs. The process is not only tedious and will take many hours, but it can be dangerous as well. Hiring a professional may cost you more but the time you save and the peace of mind that you get knowing that your garage door was installed properly will save you a lot of stress down the road. Plus, most professionals will not only install your new door, but haul the old one away as well.

Garage doors not only make life easier but they add a lot of value to your home. From improving your energy efficiency to even reducing outside noise, the benefits are endless. At Smokey’s Garage Door we provide a wide variety of stylish garage doors along with professionals that can help with questions, repairs, and installation. Contact us for further information or to speak to one of our experts today.