How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Garage Door Spring?

A broken garage door spring is something that should be repaired immediately. While the garage door itself may last decades, the springs do not. Replacing garage door springs is one of the most common garage door repairs homeowners will face. While the garage door itself may last decades, the springs do not. Replacing garage door springs is one of the most common garage door repairs homeowners will face. How long do garage door springs last? The torsion springs are centrally located above the garage door and act as a counterbalance to the weight of the door itself. Essentially, the springs do all the heavy lifting. “Springs get a lot of wear and tear because they handle the weight of the door,” says John Wood, owner of A Plus Garage Doors in Palmdale, California. “The type of spring you have depends on the type of door you have — the heavier …

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Garage Door Panel Repair or Replace?

Your sectional roll-up garage door is composed of at least three hinged panels (usually steel, although some are wooden). Occasionally one of the panels may be damaged by a vehicle — crrrrunnnch!!! Or weather, wind, and age may take their toll. If a panel or two of your home’s garage door ends up looking less than its best, what should you do? Is it preferable to opt for a repair, or just replace the whole thing? Age of Your Door Your decision will depend in part on the age of your door. The typical garage door life expectancy is 20-25 years. If yours is only, say, 10 years old, you may lean toward simply repairing the panel. However, unless you find a used piece for sale, you might have a hard time purchasing a single panel for an older door, since it must be similar in terms of weight and size as well …

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What You Need to Know About Replacing Your Garage Door

This quick and relatively affordable home improvement adds value, beauty and utility to the exterior of your home. Your garage door may be one of your home’s most prominent, visible elements, depending upon the garage’s size and orientation. Because of this, the garage door has an opportunity to boost your home’s style and beauty or, if it’s in shoddy shape, significantly detract from the house’s appearance. If your home’s garage door has seen better days, consider replacing it. Few home improvements can increase a home’s curb appeal as quickly and affordably as a new garage door. Garage Door Materials Garage doors have come a long way in recent years. Taking advantage of modern technologies, today’s doors are built of materials that look great and withstand the elements for many years with little maintenance. Garage doors are manufactured from steel, fiberglass composites, wood and aluminum. A door’s main material and construction determine its durability …

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DIY Garage Door Repair: What to Know

With technology and knowledge becoming more available to the average homeowner, the desire to tackle home repairs and do-it-yourself projects has become much more desirable and achievable. A fairly common repair or are that may need attention is the garage door. With it’s many moving parts, garage doors may need some repair or maintenance from time to time, and you may want to tackle some of these repairs on your own.

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Troubleshoot Common Garage Door Opener Problems

7 Common Garage Door Opener Problems When your garage door opener suddenly stops operating properly, the cause of the problem is usually pretty simple to understand, and solutions are usually quite easy. Here are the most common problems, along with the most likely repairs for each. If none of the following fixes seem to correct the problem, you will need to consult the owner’s manual or contact a professional.  Neither the Remote Control nor the Wall Switch Operates the Opener: When the garage door doesn’t budget all when the remote or wall switch pressed, it’s almost certain the power source has been disrupted in some way.As with many such problems, the most common problem is the simplest one—the motor unit has been unplugged. Check the outlet where the door opening is plugged in and make sure the cord is plugged in all the way.It’s also possible that the circuit breaker, fuse, or GFCI controlling the …

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How to Prevent Mold in Your Garage

Mold Doesn’t Just Happen Inside Your Home The basics of preventing garage mold are essentially the same as taming any other house mold. Mold thrives in moist, dark, unventilated environments, so you should be able to prevent mold by making sure your garage stays dry, well-ventilated and not too dark. Mold is a common problem in many homes, and even conscientious homeowners can sometimes run into a mold problem. The garage isn’t the first place most homeowners think will present a mold problem, but mold can infest your garage just like any other area of your home. Building a Mold-Proof Garage If you’re building a new garage and are concerned about mold, your best bet is to build your garage out of materials that mold will find inhospitable. A good first step is constructing a garage with metal studs, instead of wood. Metal studs require somewhat different skills and tools, …

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Garage Door Openers

Other than side and backdoors, the garage is the second most common place for a burglar to gain entry into your home. Worse yet, you may own a home with a wraparound driveway that leads to a garage facing the rear of the home. Low visibility is a burglar’s best friend. Show an experienced burglar—who already knows that the most vulnerable place for most homes is the garage door

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Finding Solutions to Common Garage Door Problems

Garage doors lead pretty simple lives. Up, down, up, down, over and over, year after year—until suddenly they don’t work the way they should. Fortunately, that simple life usually makes for relatively simple repairs. Sometimes, though, even reliable old garage doors bite the dust or need major repairs. Basic Maintenance and Quick Fixes If your garage door is behaving well at this moment, you can likely keep it working that way if you follow a simple inspection and maintenance routine. These same tips may also correct problems that are just beginning to appear: Examine the rollers and tracks on the garage door. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned them, now is the time to clean the rollers and tracks with a good brushing and to lubricate the rollers and axles. The bearings on rollers can also wear out; replace any rollers that don’t operate smoothly. Tighten the hardware. …

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Garage Remodeling Ideas – Adding More Space

One of the easiest ways to add more room to your home is to better utilize the space you already have. Garage remodeling can be a cost-effective way to greatly expand your home’s living space, especially if you already park in the driveway. While many people end up storing nearly everything messily in their garage, a garage remodel can also help and/or encourage a little reorganization, while giving your home better, more usable space. Garage Remodeling Many people find that a garage offers the perfect environment for a home office, studio space, or workshop. Since many garages are attached to or near the home, often a little garage remodeling can easily match the same comforts as a home: heating and cooling, phone wiring, even plumbing. However, transforming your garage doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your storage area. Many garages today have become multifunctional, allowing for cars, general storage, and a home …

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Garage Door Repair and Maintenance Tips

There are few keys to keeping your garage door in good working order. The first is to perform an annual inspection to head off problems before they start. These general maintenance steps can be done by most do-it-yourselfers, though by hiring an expert in garage door repair you’ll rest easier knowing that nothing is missed. Beyond the basic maintenance, however, you probably want to bring in a professional to perform more complicated repairs. It’s generally worth the money to hire someone you trust so you can be sure there’s nothing to worry about when your garage door repair is said and done. Basic Garage Door Maintenance There are a few basic maintenance tasks that you should hire out or do yourself on an annual basis. Performing these simple checks will go a long way in preventing the need for future garage door repair. Check the tracks for dents or other damage. …

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