4 Things to Know About Garage Door Springs

The spring on your garage door is what allows you to open and close this large door with ease. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds and without a spring to mitigate this heavy weight, it would take some strength to pull it up and keep gravity from slamming it shut. Heavy-duty springs are the workhorse of a garage door system – knowing the basics about these springs can help you maintain your garage door and opening system. Here are four things you should know about your garage door spring.

  1. Torsion and extension springs. Garage doors either have torsion or extension springs. Most garage doors with an opening system have torsion springs that wind and recoil to release energy to move the door.
  2. Torsion springs wear out. The continuous winding of the torsion spring wears out the material over time. Eventually, the spring will break, often without warning. When this happens, the garage door will no longer be easy to open.
  3. Cycles for springs. You can gauge how soon a spring will wear out on the number of cycles (opening and closing). Most torsion springs will last about 20,000 cycles, so the more times per day you use it, the quicker it will need replacement.
  4. Replacement. You can wait until a spring breaks to replace it, but then you may be stuck until it can be replaced. Proactive replacement is best, but never attempt to do this yourself as it can be dangerous. Leave spring replacements to a garage door professional.

Garage door springs make life easier and require little maintenance to work day in and day out. Just perform annual service on your opening system and keep the system lubricated to reduce stress on your spring to make it last longer.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Garage Door Opener

Are you still using a remote or control panel to operate your garage door? It is time to upgrade to a smart garage door opener for improved security, safety and convenience. Smart garage door openers are linked to your mobile device and can be operated straight through your cell phone or tablet. Here are four reasons these smart garage door openers are a wise investment for your home.

  1. No more remote. Remotes were a wonderful option when they first became available for garage doors but are now a known security risk. Anyone who has access to your remote also has access to your home. If your vehicle is stolen or broken into, someone can steal your remote and be in your home without any problems.
  2. Always have access to your garage door. You may not always have a remote on you when you need to open your garage door, but most people always have their cell phone. When you have a smart system, you can open your garage door whenever needed, even when you are not home.
  3. Security alerts. A smart garage door opener can alert you when someone has entered your home through the garage door without authorization or if the door was left open accidentally, helping keep your family and home safe.
  4. Air safety alerts. Your garage door opener can alert you when there is a safety issue in your garage or home. Smart openers can be connected to carbon monoxide, smoke and temperature sensors to alert you when there is a problem.

These are just a few of the reasons to invest in a smart garage door opener. They can also be connected to your home automation system and have other cool features that make life easier. Contact your local garage door service to learn more about the options available and to make the move to a smart opener device.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Reasons to Add Windows to Your Next Garage Door

Are you considering updating your garage door or doors? As one of the first features people see on your home, garage doors can help enhance the beauty of your home and are a vital component for convenience, safety and security. One feature that may be missing on your garage doors is windows. Here are four reasons why you should consider opting for windows on your next garage door upgrade.

  1. Aesthetics. Garage door windows can enhance the design and style, giving you a chance to improve your curb appeal. There are many options to choose from that can create a beautiful appearance for your home and garage.
  2. Safety. Garages without windows can be dark and dangerous. Windows let in light, so even when a bulb goes out or there is a power outage, you can still safely navigate through your garage.
  3. Natural light. Using only electric lights can make your garage feel like a dungeon. Natural light from garage door windows creates a more enticing atmosphere in your garage. You can reduce the need to keep a light on in the garage all the time, saving money on your electricity bills.
  4. View. With windows, you can see whether there is anything or anybody outside your garage doors without opening them. This can prevent accidents and help with security for your home.

If you are concerned that windows on your garage door will let people peek inside your garage, talk to your dealer about options for glass that lets in light, but obstructs the view. There are options to fit all your needs, while still gaining the benefits of adding windows to your new garage doors.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Combatting Mold Problems in Your Garage

Garages are used for more than parking and storing vehicles. Most households also use their garages for storing valuable items which can be ruined by mildew and mold. If you have noticed excessive mold on your garage doors, windows and a mildew odor in your garage, you may have too much moisture accumulating in this enclosure . Here are some tips to reduce moisture to prevent mold in your garage.

Use a Dehumidifier

If you store valuable items that could be ruined by mold or mildew like papers or fabric, considering using a dehumidifier in your garage during the wet season. Wet vehicles drying in your garage create excess humidity that form a perfect environment for mold growth.

Check Your Weather Stripping

The rubber weather stripping on your garage doors is meant to seal the bottoms of your garage doors. This helps with insulation and preventing water from entering your garage. Check your weather stripping periodically for cracking and tears; if it looks worn, replace it to create a better seal at the bottom of your garage doors.

Repair Dents and Door Cracks

If your garage doors have dents or cracks, they could be leaking rain and moisture into your garage. Damaged doors also may not seal on the sides or the tops of the doors. Damaged doors should be repaired or replaced for improved protection against leaking and to prevent safety issues.

Mold can cause damage to wood, fabric and paper products and also become a health hazard. Make sure your garage doors are properly sealed with ongoing maintenance and repairs performed by your local garage door service to prevent mold problems in your garage.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Is a Double Garage Door Better Than Two Single Doors?

If you are designing a new garage or considering changing the configuration of your existing garage, you may wonder about double garage doors. Two-car garages usually either have a wide double garage door, or two single doors, but which is better? It all depends on your needs and preferences, but there are a few factors that can help you decide.

Climate Control

One large door will let more air into your garage every time you use it. For some homeowners, this can be a concern. Not only does it effect the temperature in your garage, it also can impact the climate control inside of the home. Two single doors can be more efficient, with only one smaller door opening at a time.

Recreational Vehicles

If you will also have recreational vehicles like golf carts or motorcycles in the garage with cars or trucks, a large single garage door may be a better choice. It can be easier to navigate getting extra vehicles in and out without a dividing section in the middle.

Malfunctions and Repairs

For those who park all their vehicles in the garage, it is important to consider what will happen if your garage door will not open. If you only have one wide door, all vehicles are stuck until you get the door or opener repaired. With two doors, you always should have one door that is working, even if the spring breaks or damage occurs to the other door.

There is not a right or wrong answer for which option is best. Consider these factors and discuss your options with your local garage door service before you decide whether a double garage door or two single doors are best for your needs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Options for Keeping Your Garage Warm in the Winter

Does your garage get chilly during the winter months? Many people do not heat their garage due to the extra cost, but it can make it uncomfortable to use and may have a cooling impact on the home. If you want to keep your garage warmer without heating it, there are options. Consider these tips to help winterize your garage and keep it at a more favorable temperature when it gets cold outside.

Replace Worn Weather Strips

If the weather strip on your garage door or doors is splitting or cracking, it is time to replace this component. Worn weather strips can allow air and moisture to seep inside your garage. You can attempt to replace the strip yourself or your local garage door service can do this for you.

Insulate Your Garage Door

You can add insulation to your existing garage door to help keep your garage warmer. However, if you are already considering replacing your garage door, why not choose a pre-insulated door and skip the extra cost? Choose a garage door with a higher R-value for improved insulating properties.

Add Insulation to Your Garage

You can insulate the walls and ceiling of your garage to keep it warmer. If this is too much trouble or expense, at least insulate any windows. You can buy inexpensive window insulation kits that are clear shrinking sheets that you apply with a hair dryer, helping reduce cold air entering your garage.

Make sure your garage is ready for winter and enjoy the benefits of a warmer garage. With a few fixes, you can improve the climate control in your garage, keeping it warmer in the winter and reducing energy costs for your home.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Is an Old Garage Door Spoiling Your Home’s Appearance?

Depending on the size of your home, your garage door could be a big part of the façade; for some homes, the garage doors take up about a third of the visible space from the street. Considering how much area these doors cover, how they look can have a dramatic impact on your home’s appearance. If you are working on improving the curb appeal of your home, one of the main areas to consider is your garage doors. An old garage door can spoil the look of your home but replacing it is a quick and easy project that can have immediate aesthetic and valuable benefits.

An old garage door may have dents and damage that detract from the overall beauty of your home. While some repairs can hide these defects, if the door is 10, 15 or more years old, it may be best to replace it for safety and security as well as aesthetics.

Choosing a New Garage Door

There are many options available in garage doors, from a plain, standard door to those with windows or special designs. You want your new garage doors to match your home’s exterior to create a cohesive style. If you have an older home (built prior to 1950) or a home with a classic design, carriage-style doors can be a beautiful option that will match your home’s accents. For modern or contemporary homes, options like metal and glass doors can create a spectacular look for the front of your home and match the design of your home.

If your old garage door is impacting the beauty of your home, or having functional issues, contact your local garage door service for replacement options. It is worth the investment to keep your home safe, secure and looking its best.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

How Powerful of a Garage Door Opener Do I Need?

If you are shopping for a new garage door opener, you have many choices to make. Do you want a battery back-up system? Are you opting for a quieter belt drive or a more cost-efficient chain drive? Will you choose a smart security system you can control from your smartphone? On top of these features, you need to determine the basic elements, like how powerful of a motor you will need for your opener.

What Amount of HP is Needed?

When you are perusing the different models of garage door openers, one of the basic specifications is the horsepower or HP the motor uses. You will see options from ½ HP to 1 1/2 HP for most residential garage door openers. The higher the HP, the higher weight the motor can handle. To determine if you need higher HP, consider these factors:

  • Size of the door. Most single garage doors are about 12-feet in width. ½ HP motors can easily handle most doors of this size, but double-car doors that are 14-feet or wider may require at least ¾ HP openers. Taller doors for RVs may also require higher HP openers.
  • Door material. Solid wood doors tend to be the heaviest doors and may require more HP for the openers. If you have a wider, solid wood garage door, you may want to opt for ¾ HP or higher.

Weight is important when choosing the HP for your opener. Talk to your local garage door service about the best opener options for the size, material and weight of your garage door. It never hurts to go higher in HP than you need but choosing a motor without enough power can reduce the lifespan of your new opener and cause safety concerns.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Garage Door Sounds and What They Mean

While visual inspections of your garage door can be helpful if there is a problem, listening to your garage door can also alert you to issues. The sounds your garage door make are often signs of wear and tear on the system, and if ignored, can lead to a garage door breakdown. If you have noticed your garage door is no longer quietly humming along but making new sounds, it may be time to schedule a garage door service appointment. Here are some common garage door sounds and what they mean.

Squealing or Squeaking

This is one of the most common issues for garage doors and often the easiest one to fix. Most squeaking and squealing noises mean the opening system needs lubrication. Try lubricating your system adhering to the manufacturer recommendations. If that does not stop the sound, it could be an issue with your rollers or tracks.

Grinding Noise

A grinding noise when you are opening or closing your garage door can be an issue with the crankshaft. You can try lubrication (it never hurts) but if the noise continues, you should have your system inspected by a professional.

Banging Sound

A pounding or banging sound can be caused by a few different issues. The sound is usually due to the panels of the door hitting each other or parts moving as the door opens or closes. It can be worn cables, loose bolts/screws or an issue with your spring. A thorough inspection and service or repair by a professional is your best solution.

Listen when your garage door begins to talk to you. It is one of the first signs it needs service and responding quickly can avoid more serious damage to your garage door system.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Who Should You Call When You Need a Garage Door Repair?

When your garage door is not working right, or not working at all, and you are not a DIY homeowner, you may wonder who to call. Should you call your cousin Bob that is handy with home repairs or a garage door professional? While some garage door repairs can be done by a DIY expert, some should be left to a qualified garage door repair service. It all depends on the issue and what needs to be repaired or replaced.

DIY Fixes

Items that do not require removal of major components can often be DIY fixes. Replacing weather stripping, tightening bolts, lubricating the system, adjusting the door sensors and other light maintenance issues can be completed by you or a trusted DIY expert. However, when it comes to removing essential parts, you may want to invest in a professional repair.

When to Call a Garage Door Pro

If you or your DIY friend have troubleshooted the problem and it is likely a major component, you should call a garage door pro. Replacing items like cables, rollers, springs, crankshafts and entire doors can be dangerous and require special equipment and training. Choose a garage door company that is licensed, insured and has an excellent reputation for experience and quality in your area. It is worth spending a little extra to protect your home and yourself from damage or injury from a garage door DIY repair gone wrong.

Regular inspections and service on your garage door can help identify issues before they become big problems. Schedule annual garage door tune-ups to keep up with maintenance and reduce the need for emergency repairs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355