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Common Winter Garage Door Issues

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Winter Garage Door RepairIn winter, there are some typical garage door issues we have to deal with. Sub-zero temperatures can lead to stuck automatic garage doors, but how, and why? We’ve put together this guide to common winter garage door problems for all of you who are livid with a door that won’t open or close.

Some issues are small and we can take care of them ourselves. Others require intervention from a professional. Read on to see which type yours is. Before you begin, check your remote. Save yourself the service call cost in calling a contractor just to determine your remote batteries died.  

Metal Contracts in Winter

And with that, we have a host of issues on our hands. Even if your door is not made out of metal, many of its components will be, such as rails, springs, and screws. These can break or lead to jamming. Broken springs are the most common garage door issue when it gets cold.

They are critical to a fully functioning system because they keep your door weight balanced. The springs help support the door’s weight when it opens and closes. They help keep stress off the motor of the door, which can weigh hundreds of pounds. They can also help you open the door manually with ease. Low temperature makes metal more brittle and less likely to endure. Eventually, the spring will snap. Difficulty opening the door is the most common sign that it has.

It is not safe to attempt to replace a spring on your own. If the door feels very heavy when you try to open it manually, one or more springs are broken. Get in touch with a professional to help you.

Swelling Door Frame

If your door is made out of wood, it will swell in winter. This kind of damage is due to friction between the frame and the door, leading the latter to get stuck. Unfortunately, wooden garage doors are very high maintenance. They do have very high aesthetic appeal, so if you can’t bear to part with yours, keep any gutters running along the garage free of debris. This will help avoid water splashing onto the door and damaging it. 

Water Leaks

It’s very often the case that water leaks under garage doors. This becomes a problem because mildew will grow on damp concrete, potentially causing health problems. In winter, this water will freeze and you won’t be able to open the door.

To avoid this issue, have a gutter system installed over the garage. Downspouts and the gutter system will direct the water away from the door as the ice melts, keeping it from leaking underneath. 

Install or Replace Weather Stripping

Get weather stripping installed under the door or replace worn stripping. Worn stripping might get trapped between the ground and the ice as water freezes around the door’s base. Then, the strip will be torn off when you try to raise the door. With time, the aged stripping will harden and crack, ruining the seal and reducing warmth. This will incur higher heating costs as well. 

If your stripping on the bottom of the door has frozen, melt the ice before you try to open the door. You could pour hot water on the ice or use a heat gun set on “low”.

There is an easy way to avoid this common issue. Before water gets the chance to freeze, sweep it away from the base. Remove any snow that piles up there.

Weather stripping saves homeowners up to a third on energy bills by keeping cold air out. Check your stripping twice a year and replace it upon signs of wear and tear.

Hardened Grease

Sometimes the garage door is not frozen shut, but it won’t open despite that. If this is the case, it may be that garage door grease on the door tracks has accumulated and hardened. In cold weather, door track grease can get thicker, making it very hard (to impossible) to open the garage door.

To check, rub the grease on the door track with your hand. Normally, it should feel slippery. If it doesn’t, use a grease solvent to remove it. Get a garage door lubricant specifically made for winter conditions and use that instead.

Ice Between Door Panels

Moisture can get between garage door panels when there are multiple ones and freeze, causing problems when you try to open the door. This is an easy fix because you can see the ice. Just don’t use extreme heat to melt it because it will damage the door’s metal parts. Use a hair dryer or another gentle source of heat. Use a cloth or towel to wipe as much moisture away as you can to prevent the water from freezing again.

Damage to the Sensors

There are many ways, in which cold weather affects garage door sensors. Temperature fluctuations can cause condensation to build up on them, blocking the infrared beams they emit. The sensor perceives this as an obstruction although there is none. This is also an easy fix: just wipe the condensation off regularly.

If temperatures are very low, remote sensors can crack. This does not happen often, but if it has, don’t attempt to fix the sensor yourself. You need to contact a professional, who will replace or repair it. In case you suspect some kind of sensor damage, check if the batteries work or if there’s something in the sensor’s path. It’s important to eliminate simple issues before calling a contractor.

Tips on Lubrication

To guarantee that all the moving parts of your garage door opener run smoothly, you need to lubricate them all year round. Applying high-quality lubricant like a 30-weight oil is a good way to keep metal from contracting in winter. Excessive lubrication can be just as bad as inadequate lubrication. This depends on the programming of your door’s sensitivity level. If sensitivity has been set to “high”, the motor may perceive high lubricant consistency as an obstruction and stop working.

The complexities of garage door lubrication can be challenging to navigate. Getting in touch with a professional is a failsafe option.

A Door to Outlast the Cold

Garage door repair is not without risk. We at Allied Garage Door possess the expertise to troubleshoot any garage door issue and offer a customized solution. We will repair or install a new garage door on your home. We have been serving the Chicago area for over three decades and are rated #1 in customer service.

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Commercial-Grade Garage Doors: Tips for Finding the Right Product

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If you didn’t know any better, you might assume that commercial and residential garage doors are virtually the same. The truth is, your business needs something more powerful and durable than the typical residential garage door. For this reason, it’s important to research available products and make the right choice for your business.

The difference between commercial and residential doors actually comes down to one factor: weight. Because these doors need to be more durable, they generally weigh more. As a result, the spring system is typically more complicated. Most commercial garage doors have at least two torsion springs; many have four.

Now you know some of the basic differences between the two products. The next step is to learn about the available product types.

Types of Commercial-Grade Garage Doors

The type of garage door you need will depend on the nature of your business. Generally speaking, there are four types of commercial-grade garage doors:

Type #1: High-Traffic Doors

When you have an area of high-traffic (such as a loading dock) the best door type will be a traffic door. These products must be strong and able to move fast. Also, because these doors see a lot of wear, they’re typically easy to repair and replace. One disadvantage to these doors is that they aren’t built for security. If you need a protective shield or gate, this product can serve as a door behind a door.

Type #2: Fire-Resistant Doors

In areas of increased fire hazard, a fire door may be the best solution. Most often, these products appeal to owners of factories, hospitals, cafeterias, etc. High temperatures and alarm systems typically serve as triggers to shut the door automatically. This helps prevent further injury and damage. 

Type #3: Rolling Doors

If you need an industrial garage door that is dependable and design-friendly, a rolling door may be the best choice for you. Another bonus with this door is that it can fit into tight spaces-such as small back or side rooms. Security grills for shops and counters fit into this category.

Type #4: Sectional Doors

Sectional doors are the most commonly used amongst commercial garages. These products consist of three to eight panels and slide easily overhead. The advantage with these doors is that they take up minimal space and are pretty reliable. They can also contain windows and serve a variety of industries.

Top Features to Keep an Eye Out For

Once you’ve settled on a type of commercial door, you’ll need to weigh the advantages of different features. Here are some of the top ones you’ll want to look for:

  • Design. In order to maintain your business’s curb appeal, look for a garage door that is aesthetically pleasing. Maybe it’s wood that strikes your taste, or steel. Either way, there are a lot of design options to choose from.
  • Durability. Look for a product that has tough torsion springs and consists of a strong material. This way, you can ensure that it withstands the wear and tear of daily business.
  • Security. To keep your assets protected, you’ll want a door that can keep harsh weather and intruders out.
  • Clean operation. For a product that works smoothly, you may need to be willing to spend some extra money. But there’s nothing better than a garage door that opens quickly and quietly every time!

With this information at your disposal, you have everything you need to decide on a commercial-grade door. If you have questions or would like more guidance, a salesman will be able to provide additional details. Be sure to get in touch with a local expert as soon as possible!

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Start Spring Cleaning in the Garage

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Your garage is more than just a place to park your car and store your garbage cans. Whether you like to garden, enjoy fixing things, or just need some extra storage, you can turn your garage into a multipurpose space.

However, for many of us, the garage has become a place where we simply stash our extra things. Just opening your garage door may embarrass you because your neighbors see all the clutter. That clutter may even build up so much that it takes you 30 minutes to find just one thing.

Following the tips below will help transform your garage into a space you can feel proud of. You’ll get rid of the clutter in no time.

Get Rid of the Clutter

First, remove anything that doesn’t need to sit in your garage. This means getting rid of things you don’t use anymore and storingsome things in other areas within your home. Don’t just decide what room you’ll place it in. Actually go there and make a spot for the item so you don’t clutter up another space.

If something takes up too much space and makes it hard to access your garage, move it. In the event of a repair, garage door professionals need between five to ten feet to access to repair, install, and service your door. Make sure you have enough space for that.

One of the best ways to get rid of your clutter in your garage involves removing every item and then deciding where it should go. Make piles for trash, donation, and organization. Make sure to tackle the clutter in manageable bites. This’ll help you stay focused until you get through it all.

Haul Off Hazards

Don’t let your garage be an accident waiting to happen. Get rid of oily rags, dried up paint and cleaners, construction scraps, or anything else that could cause an accident. Make sure you also store a working fire extinguisher in a convenient location in your garage for emergencies.

Deep Clean

Once you’ve made your piles and cleared your garage, give your garage a deep cleaning. Wipe down shelves, sweep the garage floor, and remove stains with the proper products.

Organize by Sections

Now that your garage is free of clutter, rearrange what’s left. Invest in sturdy boxes, shelves, and totes. Common categories for organization include:

  • Tools
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Sports gear
  • Lawn and gardening equipment
  • Seasonal items and furniture
  • Seasonal items and furniture

Make sure to label all boxes, totes, and containers. You’ll benefit from using stackable plastic containers that are easy to label. Label all four sides of each container with a short one- or two-word description about its contents.

Build Shelves

Take advantage of all the wasted space on your walls by installing or building a shelving system. Shelves can attach directly to your walls, or you can build a freestanding system that you can easily move.

Attach Hooks

Not everything you want stored in the garage fits into a bin. Peg boards work well for hanging tools like pliers, hammers, and handsaws. They hang in plain view and make it easy to quickly grab what you need.

Hooks give you another way to hang things like ropes, garden hoses, and even small ladders. You can also use them to hang items from the ceiling. Items easily stored above your head include bikes, skis, and even large ladders.

Add in Extras

Once you have the basics of spring cleaning down, focus on making your garage more functional by adding lighting, accessories, and heating and cooling units.

No matter what you do with your garage, a properly functioning garage door is also an essential. Contact your local garage door expert for regular garage door maintenance and any necessary repairs. A functioning garage door will keep your belongings protected and in great condition.

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