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Posted by & filed under garage door, garage door maintenance .

A garage door is one of those things where you can easily let regular maintenance slip through the cracks. You use it maybe twice per day, and ignore it the rest of the time; however, if you ignore your garage door for long enough, it will literally start to scream for your attention.

Your garage door, when opening and closing, will be rather loud. Having said that, the sound will be a pretty steady vibration or hum sound. If your garage door system starts squealing or screeching, this is not normal. These sounds are very disruptive and if you continue to ignore them, it can result in serious damage.

What Does It Mean If Your Garage Door is Squealing?

If your garage door screeches every time you open and close it, typically that means it needs some maintenance. When your garage door is screaming for attention, the following may need your attention:

Lack of Lubrication

One of the easiest potential fixes for a squealing garage door is to give it some lubrication. The moving parts of the garage door and the garage door opener need regular lubrication with lubricant designed for garage doors. You will notice the less lubricated it is, the louder it is.

Warped Rollers

The rollers are attached to the actual door and what rolls along the track. Over time, these wheels can wear down. They can become uneven, broken, or warped. This prevents the door from running smoothly on the track and often manifests in noise.

Out of Alignment

This is one of the biggest reasons for noise. Over time without maintenance, the moving parts of your garage door can naturally vibrate out of proper alignment. This creates a sort of metal-on-metal rubbing that creates the squealing noise. Unfortunately, the friction is also wearing on those rubbing parts. If you ignore it for too long, they will need to be replaced rather than just realigned.

Does your garage door need service? Contact Smokey’s Garage Door today for fast service and free estimates.

Posted by & filed under Broken Garage Door Springs .

Your garage door springs are one of those parts that you never think about until you need to. Unfortunately, as a crucial part in opening and closing your garage door, when the spring breaks, it demands your attention. As you wait for it to be replaced, you may wonder what caused it to break in the first place.

The Spring Was Just Old

This is the simplest explanation. Every spring has an average lifespan measured in cycles. One session of opening and then closing a door is a cycle. It doesn’t mean when the spring reaches this life expectancy that it will just break, but rather you should be considering a replacement by then. However, no one really tracks these cycles.

Lack of Maintenance

It is recommended to have maintenance done on your garage door opening system once per year. This ensures everything is cleaned and lubricated properly. These appointments are also a chance for a technician to look at the spring. Rusting or physical damage are early signs that the spring is going to break.

The Spring Was Improperly Installed

It is crucial that you leave garage door spring replacement to a professional. When a garage door spring breaks, it can do so with enough force to easily injure someone. Furthermore, a spring improperly replaced is a hazard and an accident waiting to happen.

The Coil Has Gaps

On extension type springs, often your spring may not break so much as it may fail. The springs extend out, and over time gaps may appear. The gaps get larger and the size between different gaps becomes more inconsistent. Eventually the spring may become so stretched out that it will no longer be able perform its function of lifting the garage door to open it.

Contact Smokey’s Garage Door today to schedule maintenance for your garage door.

Posted by & filed under garage door insulation .

Are you in the process of looking for a new garage door for your home? Insulated garage doors offer a wide range of benefits that will improve the functions of your home. Keep reading to learn four reasons you should make an insulated garage door your next purchase.

  1. Durability

Insulated garage doors are more durable than uninsulated garage doors. Most insulated garage doors are made with thick layers of steel and aluminum frames that can withstand a lot of damage caused by scratches, dents, projectiles, or bad weather. Physical damage to your garage door could cause malfunction or lower your home’s value, but insulated garage doors are built to last as they are better at resisting physical damage and extreme heat that can also affect your garage door and shorten its lifespan.

  1. Efficiency

Overall, insulated garage doors are much more efficient than uninsulated garage doors. The insulation in your garage door will keep your home cooler during the summer and a lot warmer during the winter by blocking and preventing the heat or cold from entering your home. This will make everyone in your home more comfortable, and it will make getting in and out of your car more convenient on extremely hot or cold days. This is especially important if you use your garage for work or business purposes.

  1. Peace of Mind

Noisy garage doors can be a nuisance if they are close to your living space. Insulated garage doors are quieter than uninsulated garage doors because they are more tightly constructed and don’t rattle as much. They are also much heavier than uninsulated garage doors, which means they are less likely to jolt or make noise from being jerked or poorly lubricated.

  1. Lower Energy Costs

Insulated garage doors can save you a lot of money on energy costs by preventing extremely cold or hot weather from entering your garage and transferring to rooms nearby. For example, adding insulation to your garage door in the winter can keep the inside of your garage up to 20-30 degrees warmer than an uninsulated garage door. This means your heater will not have to work as hard to keep rooms nearby warm, and your energy bills will thank you for it!

Need insulated garage doors for your home? Contact Smokey’s Garage Door today for fast service and free estimates.

Posted by & filed under Garage Door Replacement .

If you have an older home, your garage door is likely older, as well. If you are looking to replace it, garage doors have changed a lot over the years! These days you have more choices in material, openers, and technology than ever before. This means you can get the perfect garage door for your home’s aesthetic needs and it can come with the technology to make your life a little easier. If you are in the market for a new garage door, here are some potential upgrades to look into.

Smart Openers

Long gone are the days of turning around because you forgot to hit the button on your garage door opener before you left the neighborhood. Now, you can open and close your garage door from your phone. You can even get notifications when your garage door opens and closes so you’re in the know when you aren’t home.

Carriage Style Doors

Most homeowners are accustomed to garage doors that roll up and down. However, if your garage isn’t flush with overhead space or you want to reclaim the ceiling, you can look into carriage style doors. Carriage style garage doors open out instead of rolling up, similar to an automatic gate.

Insulation

Although not necessarily a technology upgrade, garage door insulation has never been better. Even if you don’t intend on turning your garage into a living space, garage door insulation can improve your energy bills by providing a buffer between the outdoors and your actual living space. Today’s garage door insulation options are lightweight and are no longer an arm and a leg to install.

Battery Backup

One of the nicest new features is the ability to have battery backup for your opener. This way, when the power goes off, you don’t have to manually open your garage door to get your car out. Now the battery backup can keep things running smoothly until the power comes back.

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

 

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.