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A garage door is an incredibly important piece of kit as the thing that keeps your garage shut off from the elements and potentially as a way to deter thieves. However, like all equipment, it will eventually start to break down and require repairs to keep functioning. Since most modern garage doors are run electronically, it’s important to keep an eye on their condition and ensure they receive the necessary repairs. While there are lots of signs to keep an eye out for when it comes to needing to repair your door, here are three of the big ones.

I. It gets stuck a lot

When you push the activation button for your door, it should always open smoothly and consistently. However, as time goes on it becomes increasingly likely that the door will begin to rust up and stick or slow down. This indicates that it is struggling to make smooth progress down the track. This indicates that your door needs rust repairs or to have some WD40 applied to the track (possibly both) to get it running smoothly again.

II. It is making strange noises

Garage doors may make the odd noise sometimes but what’s important to make note of especially loud noises or any that seem unusual or out of place. If your door is producing a lot of loud noises whenever you open the door then there’s a good chance that your door has some issues with its’ springs that need fixing.

III. One side is faster

When your garage door is opening, both sides of the door should be moving at the same speed. If this is not the case and one side is moving faster, then you have a problem. Generally, this kind of problem indicates that one of the door’s springs has broken and the door is now relying on a singular spring to raise and lower the door. You will need to get this fixed ASAP or the door will simply stop working altogether.

Contact us today to learn more about what signs to look for in a failing garage door and to get the right help in repairing your door.

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Your garage door is a feature on your home that you likely use multiple times a day. Because of this, you want to make sure that you are happy with how it looks and functions. Here we will discuss three of the most common reasons which motivate homeowners to go for a new installation.

1. Garage Door System Is Outdated

Once your garage door has become outdated, it no longer meets all the safety requirements of current garage doors. Because of this, it is likely a good idea to have it replaced with an updated garage door. This door will come with up-to-date safety features, so you don’t have to worry about someone accidentally getting injured when using your garage door.

2. Door Mechanics Are Constantly Breaking

If your garage is consistently in need of repairs, then this may be a sign that it is time to have it replaced. The amount of money you are spending on frequent repairs is likely adding up. Your money will be more impactful by investing in a new garage door system.

You can also stop worrying about whether your garage door will function properly.

3. You Want A New Door Design

If you have recently remodeled other areas of your home, this is the ideal time to replace your door with a more updated model! You can choose a design that better fits the aesthetic of your home.

Whether you are replacing your garage door because it is outdated, has some finicky functionality, or you just want a different design and style, investing in a new garage door is a decision you won’t regret.

Smokey’s Garage Door offers Free New Door Estimates. Why wait? Explore your options for your next garage door!

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For one or many reasons, garage door springs often break and can lead to serious injury, death, or damage to objects in your garage. Making sure the springs are in good condition means safe operation of your door.

The following are signs that your garage door springs may need to be repaired or replaced.

Loose cables

Your cables being loose is a clear sign that your garage door springs are beginning to fail. When your garage door cables become loose, the springs will have a hard time operating and functioning as normal. Loose cables and broken garage door springs can lead to more serious problems such as your garage door becoming out of balance or your rollers falling out of the track. 

Crooked garage door

Garage doors usually become crooked when the extension springs are broken or severely damaged. This is one of the most straightforward signs that one of your garage door springs is not functioning properly or pulling your garage door from one side, causing it to appear crooked. This problem should be fixed immediately to prevent your garage door from getting stuck and not working.

Garage door slams or falls quickly 

Another sign of broken garage door springs is when your garage door slams when you close it or falls faster than usual. This happens because a garage door’s weight is supported by the springs, so when they are broken, it will lead to your garage door slamming or falling at an unusual speed when it is closed. Never continue using your garage door under these conditions because it can lead to serious or fatal injuries.

Garage door not fully opening

When your garage door springs are broken, you will likely notice that your garage door does not open to its fullest capacity. In most cases, your garage door will only open about a few inches before the broken springs can no longer support the weight of the door. Your garage door will need to be repaired immediately if you notice any of these signs.

If you’re experiencing any of these problems with your garage door, Smokey’s Garage Door can help. Request your service today!

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In many homes, the garage doors make up a significant portion of the front part of their property. These doors can therefore contribute significantly to the overall appearance of your home. Attractive garage doors look great and make the property feel homely, while old and worn-out garage doors are a visual turn-off.

Garage door services can help you install unique and stylistic doors that fit your style of home décor. When it comes to style selections, there are many options to choose from. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Antique carriage doors

Carriage doors represent the types of doors that were found in old carriage-style homes. These antique doors are made of wood and tend to swing open from the center. They are great for homes with earth-colored tones on the outside and wooden doors that are next to the garage itself.

Garage door services can fix these wooden doors and make them have features of a modern design. They can even be turned into electronic doors that you can operate remotely even when not near your home. 

Raised-Panel Doors

The most common types of garage doors on the market today. These doors consist of a single panel made of aluminum, fiberglass, or steel. The operation of the door itself can be automated or manual.

Modern design doors, also referred to as contemporary garage doors, incorporate a modern design that uses high-quality materials such as tempered glass or high-grade aluminum frames. These high-end garage doors are custom-made to fit a specific style of home décor. For example, the tempered glass garage doors can be fitted with unique lighting patterns that boost their visual appeal. 

A garage door professional can install unique features into modern garage doors to make them truly stand out.

Double Panel Doors

Double panel garage doors look a lot like regular doors that are present in most homes. The difference is that they consist of two distinct panels at the entrance of the garage, and the panels open outwards from the center of the entryway.

Another design that double panel doors are available in is what’s called a raised design, where both panels can be raised and lowered from the top of the garage (similar to raised panel doors). Double panel doors are highly customizable options for the home.

Working with the right garage door company can enable you to obtain the best type of garage door for your property. If you have any questions about what styles will add the most value to your home, contact Smokey’s Garage Door. We’d be more than happy to walk you through your options!

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The DIY train is awesome, and many learn how to do all sorts of things from How-To and YouTube. Think you can do garage door repair by yourself? Proceed with extreme caution. Garage Door Repair is another beast entirely.

Very Real Danger

From faulty springs to hand crushing, garage doors are notorious for causing tens of thousands of serious accidents per year. These accidents happen just from touching garage doors or being near ones that need repairing. When you try to repair a garage door by yourself, it’s a recipe for disaster.

Online “How-Tos” Can Not Replace Expert Knowledge

One misunderstanding of a how-to step or limited focus of a video shot can lead you in the wrong direction. If something goes wrong, do you have a team available to remove your hand from the vice grip of steel garage door sections? Do you understand all the parts of a garage door and how they work off one another?

Take a moment to look at your garage door. Look at the sections, the metal, and all the intricate components.

Garage doors are designed to close firmly, and even a pinched finger in one of them can hurt like heck and cause serious damage. Without examining the specific state of a garage door system, how can a video instruct you on safely diagnosing everything wrong with a malfunctioning garage door?

Even Garage Door Professionals Face Danger

Experienced professionals have been seriously injured or killed while trying to repair garage doors. Sure, garage doors are supposed to have safety features, but what happens when the safety feature is what needs repairing?

Ask any general property contractor, and they’d much rather work on a roof than a garage door. They know every brand and model of garage door significantly varies in specifications and functions making each repair a high-risk situation.

Bottom line, garage door repair is a professional skill that requires professional training. Even then, it’s best to choose the most specifically experienced garage door contractor available in your area. For broken springs, faulty door openers, or emergency repairs, contact Smokey’s Garage Door. Safety is always our priority.

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A garage door that mysteriously opens by itself may not be that much of a mystery. It is likely a sign that a garage door repair is in your future. If your garage door is opening on its own, here are a few reasons why and what you can potentially do to resolve the issue.  

Check the Opener 

Even if your opener seems to be in good working order, you need to check it to ensure it is not malfunctioning. A dirty opener or one with failing batteries can cause the door to unexpectedly open. After cleaning the opener, make sure the batteries are fresh and correctly placed. Depending on your garage door opener type, you may have to reprogram it before using it.  

Inspect the Sensors 

Your garage door system likely includes sensors, which are designed to prevent the door from closing when something is in its way. The sensors can also force the door to stay open if they are misaligned. Check your sensors to ensure there is nothing blocking them and that they are properly aligned. If the issue continues after the inspection, it may be time for new sensors.  

Check Your Neighbors’ Homes 

Garage door openers communicate at different frequencies. In rare instances, neighbors’ doors may share the same frequency. If this happens, your door will likely open when they use their opener. A great way to resolve the issue is to clear your opener’s history and reprogram it to a different frequency. Check with your opener’s manufacturer for guidance on doing this. 

If none of these resolves the issue, it is time for a garage door repair. A skilled professional can inspect your garage door system, determine why the door is opening on its own, and provide the necessary maintenance that your door annually needs. Request your service appointment to get your garage door behaving properly.

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Garage Door Spring Replacement Best Practices

Garage door springs are an integral and often overlooked part of garage door mechanics. Just like any other part, they need to be replaced over time. It is important that when the time comes, you ensure that a few best practices are followed.

Two Types of Springs

The first step in replacing garage door springs is to identify the type of springs that you have. Luckily, it is easy to tell the two types apart.

Extension Springs

Extension springs alongside and parallel to the track. These springs stretch and contract as the door opens and closes, providing balance and stability.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are located in a metal shaft directly above the garage door. Unlike their extension spring counterpart, these rely on the torque produced by a drum at the end of the shaft which is attached to cables. These cause the spring to wind and unwind as the door operates.

Choose the Appropriate Springs

This isn’t a one size fits all type of situation. Garage door springs come in different sizes and weight capacities. They can also vary depending on the height of your garage door. Because the springs act as a balance, it needs to be accurate. If not, you will find yourself replacing broken springs again quickly.

Replace Both Springs

Anytime a spring breaks, it is always good practice to replace both springs. These parts typically have the same life-cycle. It will save you time, frustration, and potentially money to bite the bullet and replace them both.

Ask for an Inspection

After any garage door repair, it is a good idea to ask the company you are using to do a quick safety inspection. This will ensure that you won’t have any more surprise repairs in the near future.

We have good news. You no longer have to fret over garage door problems. Our experts are eager to put their experience to use. Contact us today for assistance with all of your garage door needs.

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In today’s DIY culture, you might be tempted to handle different repair tasks around your home by yourself for the glory of not hiring and paying a professional to do the job. After all, it’s far too easy to jump on YouTube, watch a quick tutorial, and make a run to your local Home Depot. A big ‘but’ comes with this do-it-yourself attempt on your garage door. Attempting to handle a garage door repair yourself might not only result in an expensive mistake, but it could also turn out to be a physically dangerous one. 

Garage doors are among the biggest reasons for home injuries that lead to hospitalization. Every year, around 30,000 injuries are due to garage door accidents according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Because cables and springs are under intense pressure, trying to repair them yourself could lead to a severe injury or even death. 

When it comes to any reason for needing garage door service, hiring a professional is always the smart way to go. Aside from that, professional garage door technicians know how to extend your garage door’s lifespan. You have the obvious safety factors behind hiring a professional garage door company to service your garage system, but there are several other reasons why it’s important to invest in an industry expert: 

1. Risk Making the Issue Worse

You can’t substitute qualified garage door repair training with a YouTube video. You might think you know what you’re doing and it’s as simple as following along with the video, but you can easily make a critical mistake that could result in a pricey problem that’s worse than what you originally had.

 

2. Home Security

Many individuals store valuables in their garage, such as expensive:

  • Cars
  • Equipment
  • Tools
  • Bicycles
  • Valuable Personal Items

If your garage door has a faulty security system, it becomes vulnerable to intruders. Routine inspections and maintenance could prevent issues with your garage door security system.

 

3. Value & Aesthetics

Normal wear and tear could damage the parts of your garage door silently without you even realizing it. A quality professional understands what to look for externally and internally to catch a small problem before it leads to a more substantial decline later. They can ensure your garage door is in good working condition which adds to your home’s overall property value and general curb-side aesthetic.

 

4. Routine Garage Door Service Means Longevity

Like with any other mechanical system, automatic garage doors aren’t any different. They require servicing and maintenance to keep them functioning. Your garage door won’t last very long if it has:

  • Unlubricated parts
  • Unaligned tracks
  • Malfunctioning safety sensors
  • Loose bolts

Your garage door springs have a lifespan of around 10,000 uses and they require continued lubrication. If you don’t properly maintain the springs, your door’s lifespan could be seriously decreased.

 

5. You Could Compromise your Garage Door

You may think you did a sufficient job repairing your garage door, but you could be wrong. For example, if your garage door “almost” closes all the way, it might look right, but this could create issues. If the door doesn’t close down to the weatherstripping, you risk wasting any insulation you have in the door resulting in higher cooling and heating costs since heat can escape or enter your home through the garage door.

For routine maintenance service, emergency repairs, or a free estimate on a new garage door or door opener, contact Smokey’s Garage Door today.

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You probably don’t give the mechanical system of your garage door a lot of thought day to day until your door no longer opens or closes at the touch of a button. When you consider how many times a week the technical parts of an opener operates, it will inevitably break down at some point. Avoid sudden and surprising system failures all together and watch out for these three signs which point to potential trouble.

 

  1. Incomplete Closing

If your garage door fails to shut completely, there are several possible causes. The simplest of reasons is that the sensors aren’t fully functional. Small things such as dust, grime, or cobwebs can block these sensors enough where they fail to respond. If cleaning the sensors doesn’t make any difference, it could be that the mechanism’s springs or cabling have stretched or weakened. Fixing these parts will probably need expert attention.

 

  • Slow Opening or Closing

If your door opens or closes a lot more slowly than it used to, then the springs could be losing their tension. Tightening them back up is a job for a professional, as even slackened springs contain a lot of pent-up energy and can be extremely dangerous. And while the engineer is checking the tension, they can see if replacement springs might be a better long-term solution.

 

  • Sudden Increase in Noise

Yes, older mechanisms are noticeably noisy, sending out clunking and whirring sounds whenever activated. Modern designs, however, should be almost silent, so if your garage door suddenly jumps in volume as it opens and closes, something is probably amiss. Maybe the system is overdue for oiling. An inspection will reveal if that is indeed the solution or if any parts are becoming so worn that they need replacing.

Faulty mechanical parts aren’t the only reason it may be wise to replace your garage door mechanism. If your installation is more than 10 years old, upgrading to a more modern design will yield many new benefits.

If you are experiencing any of the red flags above, contact Smokey’s Garage Door. We will evaluate your garage door system and discuss what course of action works best for you and your home.

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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.