Do I Really Need a New Door?

For many, this is a simple question to answer. Wood garage doors rot, metal garage doors get banged up, track hardware falls apart. If that’s the situation you face, there’s probably not much choice in the matter. You need a new door.

But just because your garage door isn’t functioning properly, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it needs to be replaced. You can hold down your garage door costs by doing a little maintenance and repair yourself. For some guidance, check out How To Quiet a Noisy Garage Door and Simple Garage Door Maintenance Tips.

If cold air whips around the edges of your garage door, you don’t necessarily need to replace it. See What To Look for in Garage Door Seals for information on patching those leaks. Also note that wood and metal garage doors can be transformed with a paint job, which is much less expensive than replacement.

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Garage Door Springs – What You Need To Know

Garage Door Springs

Garage Door Springs

If you are like most people, you probably have paid very little attention to your garage door springs. While understandable, this oversight is also a bit unfair. There’s really no single part on your garage door and garage door opener that is more important to the raising and lowering of the door. That’s one reason for paying some respect to the springs. Here’s another: Garage door springs are dangerous! Very dangerous, in fact.

If you are having trouble with your garage door opening and closing and you have tried some basic methods to fix it, it may be due to some problem with the springs. If you are do-it-yourself kind of person, I will strongly suggest that you carefully weigh the risks versus the rewards in this project before deciding to do so.

Garage door springs are tightly wound, meaning they are under a lot of tension. When they break, or when some unsuspecting DIYer tries to fiddle with them, they can cause a whole lot of pain. Wise DIYers know that this is one household chore that is best left to the pros.

But if the springs are just squeaking and otherwise making a lot of noise, there are some things you might want to do before calling in the troops. A little squeak does not necessarily mean a big problem, any more than an aching head means a brain tumor. Apply some garage door lubricant to the springs and see if it makes any difference. If it doesn’t, you may have a serious problem brewing.

6 Tips for Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener

Horsepower

Horsepower or HP is very basic information you need to know. The horsepower is related directly to your garage door, the horsepower will assure that the garage door opener has enough power to lift your garage door. Therefore make sure you have checked your garage door, including height, weight, balance and type of garage door.

For most single and double car garage doors (up to 350 lbs), the 1/2 HP is adequate. Horsepower also refer to Newton, 600-Newtons is similar to 1/2 HP. The 1/2-horsepower motor is the most common type for residential use. It will work on one or two door garages. For heavier garage doors such as carriage house or solid wood garage doors, the 3/4-HP is ideal choice. The 3/4-HP is for super-heavy garage door (up to 500 lbs), more power is better than not enough. Don’t make the mistake of buying a 1/2-HP opener and installing it only to find out that you need a stronger opener to open your garage door.

 Type of drive

Chain drives are noisy because they use a metal chain along a metal trolley, but it’s inexpensive. It’s the least expensive and most popular garage-door openers.

Screw drives lift the door with a threaded steel rod. Look for the latest models that use a plastic-lined track to reduce noisy metal-to-metal contact and to increase opening speed.

Belt drives are the best in quiet performance. If you’re worried about noise and such, belt drives are the best choice. They are the quietest, making them ideal choice if you have rooms positioned above the garage.

Another type of drive is direct drive. Unlike conventional garage door opener that use a noisy chain, belt or screw, the direct drives have only one moving part with no moving chain or belt. They are strong and durable like a chain drive, quieter than a belt drive.

Safety & security features

It’s a must for people who are very concerned about security and safety. Fortunately, the best garage door openers on today’s market also utilize with the safety and security features. Here are some basic security and safety features:

Security system to prevent unauthorized entry – anti-burglary.

Safety system to protect users from accidental closings, as well as from break-ins. Provide quick-release mechanism on the trolley that allows for the garage door to be disconnected from the garage door opener in the event of entrapment.

More safety and security features have been added over the years, in addition of two mentioned above.

Remote Controls

With the remote controls getting into and out of your garage is easier and more convenient these days. You won’t have to get out of your car, drive inside and then shut the doors using the remote before you have to get out of your car. Also, the availability of accessories has increased, including such features as wireless keypads and key remotes.

The full variety of controls may not be provided for all garage door opener packages. Be sure that what you want is included the remote controls. If not, choose another unit or buy them as accessories.

Motor (AC or DC)

Efficient openers use a direct current (DC) motor instead of standard alternating current (AC) motor. A DC motor uses less electricity and its speed can easily be controlled, allowing a simpler drive mechanism to be used for reliability and less noise. Nevertheless, some garage door openers that utilize AC motor also allows for a soft start and stop. The door starts closing slowly, reaches full speed and then slows down again just before it touches the floor.

The most important thing regarding to DC or AC motor is a DC motor uses less energy than an AC motor. Usually a DC motor can be expected to deliver higher torque in a smaller size package.

Make sure that your garage door will seal water off from your garage.

Most garages are built with a little lip that the garage door slides in front of. This makes water have to run uphill to enter the garage. However, if your garage does not have this lip, you will need a door with a good rubber gasket on the bottom to prevent water from entering the garage during a strong rain.

 

Garage Shelving Ideas

1. Wall Mounted Cabinets

Garage Shelving

Garage Shelving

The idea of garage shelving is to get things off the floor and give things a sense of organization and control. Wall mounted cabinets bring not only organization to your garage storage problem, but also the ability to hide chemicals, tools, and other items away from children.

2. Self Contained Metal Shelves

A basic garage shelving idea is the common metal unit that stands along the wall. For someone who is constantly rearranging items, or moves from time to time, this is a great option for you.

3. Shelves between Ceiling Beams

A great idea for keeping things off the ground and out of the way is to install a shelving system between the rafters of the garage ceiling. A basic sheet of plywood to cover the span between the rafters will hold items that are not frequently used.

4. Pegboard and Hooks

A lot of garage storage problems can be taken care of with a simple pegboard and hook system. You can store small hand tools on the pegboard, drawing out where each one goes for future reference, and even use mounting brackets designed for pegboards for shelving units for larger items like router bit holders and drill chargers.