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

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a New Garage Door

Purchasing a new garage door is a big decision. There is more to think about than just how much it will cost or the color of the door. To get a garage door that will last, you want to research the different options and find the right door for your needs. Here are five things to consider before you purchase your next garage door.

  1. Wood and steel garage doors tend to be higher quality than aluminum or composite. While they may cost more, they are also more durable and secure for higher value.
  2. There are many style options beyond the plain paneled garage door. Consider carriage-style, decorative windows or other options to make your door match your home’s style.
  3. Check the insulation rating – an insulated garage door helps save on cooling/heating costs and adds soundproofing.
  4. Wind resistance. High-wind storms can tear off or buckle a garage door, causing extensive damage to your home. Make sure your garage door has a high-wind resistance for stability and safety.
  5. Features. You want your garage door to look great and stand up to the elements, but there are so many other features now available, especially with garage door openers. When you update your door, upgrade your garage door opener with it. Add features like fingerprint entry, smartphone applications, battery backup and remote access to make your new garage door more convenient and secure.

Make sure you get the garage door that will add value, security and style to your home. Talk with your local garage door company about these factors to find the best door for your needs.

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

4 Ways to Improve Your Garage Security

If you have an attached garage, security is of the utmost importance. Your garage doors are the largest entrance to your home, and for most people, the door most frequently used to access the house. It can also be the most used entrance for intruders to your home. Keeping your garage secure should be a top priority, not just to protect what is in your garage, but what is in your home. Here are four ways to improve your garage security.

  1. Use a smart opening system. If it has been 10 years or more since your last garage door opener upgrade, it may be time to replace your old system. New smart technology can help you monitor usage of your garage 24/7 from anywhere on your smartphone.
  2. Never leave remotes in your car. Garage door remotes are easy access to your garage and home. Never leave them in your car; all someone needs to do is break into your vehicle to have access to your home at a push of a button.
  3. Lock the door into your home. Although it will only slow an intruder down, it may be just the time needed to thwart their plans. Keep the door from the garage into your home locked.
  4. Disable garage door opener when on vacation. Make sure your garage door opener is disabled when you are out of town or on vacation. New systems have a ‘vacation’ mode, but you can also unplug your system.

Make sure your garage is secure and safe. During your next garage door service, talk to your garage technicians about other ways to improve security on your doors and opening system.

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

Why Won’t My Garage Door Close?

Garage door problems come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the door will not open. As inconvenient as this is, it poses less problems than if your door will not close. You do not want to leave your garage open, inviting intruders into your garage and home. If your garage door will not close using your opener, there are only a few things that could be stopping it. Here are some troubleshooting tips to resolve the issue.

Is Your Opener Working?

The first component to check is your opener. If you are using your remote, try using the wall unit. If the wall unit works, then it is most likely a dead battery in your remote. If neither remote or wall unit work, make sure the wall unit is getting power. If it is, then move on to other possible issues.

Is There Something Under the Door?

Your garage door should be equipped with sensors to reverse the door if anything is under it. Make sure there is not a small object under the door. Even objects close to the opening may trigger the auto-reverse mechanism, keeping the door from closing.

Are the Safety Sensors Working?

Another issue is when the sensors on the auto-reserve system are not working correctly. Try aligning them to point directly at each other to see if that resolves the issue.

If you still cannot get your garage door opener to work, you can use the manual option to close it. However, you will need to also manually lock it for security. Contact your local garage door service if you cannot find the problem to get a garage door inspection to restore the function at your earliest convenience.

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

5 Easy Ways to Keep Up with Garage Door Maintenance

For many homeowners with attached garages, the garage door is the main point of entry to the home. It is often used more than the front door for coming and going, making it a priority to keep the system working properly. Maintenance is key in extending the life of your opener and garage door but it may seem like a hassle. Here are five ways to simplify garage door maintenance to protect your system.

  1. Cleaning. Keep your garage door tidy by spraying it off when you wash your vehicle or are using the hose in front of your garage. A quick spray down when you already have the hose out only takes a few minutes.
  2. Wipe down the tracks. Once a month when you are out in your garage, wipe down the door tracks to remove dirt and debris. This can minimize damage to the tracks and rollers.
  3. Visual inspection. When you clean the tracks, look at the rollers, hardware and cables. Take note of any rust, loose screws or damaged rollers – get them replaced immediately if they are damaged.
  4. Use the manual system. Try using the manual system when you are only opening the garage door to use lawn equipment or let in light. Lift the door and let go after a few feet to check the balance. It should stay partially open if it is balanced properly.
  5. Schedule annual service. Having your opening system and door serviced and inspected once a year by a professional can go a long way in keeping your garage doors maintained.

It doesn’t need to be time consuming to keep up with garage door maintenance. Follow these steps to help extend the lifespan of your garage door components and lower repair costs.

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