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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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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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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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Silencing a Noisy Garage Door

If the sound of your garage door opening or closing grinds on your last nerve, there are options to keep that door quiet. Noisy garage doors are common; many chain-driven openers can be loud and there is hardware that can cause grinding, squeaking and other noises. But, there are ways to quiet down your garage door and making it open and close smoothly.

Lubricate Your Opener

Your opening system needs lubrication to prevent friction. A poorly lubricated opener will wear out quicker and tends to be noisier. Check the manual from your opener manufacturer for lubrication instructions. Also, check to make sure that all the nuts and bolts are tight to prevent movement, squeaking and rattling.

Check Your Rollers

Inspect your rollers on your opening system. If they look rusty or worn, it may be best to replace them. This can help quiet the system and help it move more smoothly to put less stress on your opener.

Is Your How Old Is Your Spring?

Torsion springs that are noisy may be getting ready to break. Most springs last about 10,000 cycles, which can mean about 5-10 years, depending on how often you use your garage door. Replacing springs before they break can prevent accidents and inconvenience, plus make your garage door quieter.

Change Your Opener to a Belt System

If it is not your door, but your opening system, that is too loud for your taste, consider switching to a newer belt system. These openers can be almost silent, which many people prefer over the louder chain-driven systems.

Maintenance is key to keeping your garage door quiet. Make sure to schedule routine tune-ups, inspections and service for your garage door through your local garage door repair and maintenance service.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Broken Garage Door? 3 Reasons to Get It Fixed Now

Is your garage door not working? Whether you have a broken panel, the spring needs replacement or the door is unbalanced, you should not put off fixing your garage door. It is more than just a convenience issue; while you may be able to park in your driveway, here are three other reasons not to put off garage door repairs.

  1. Security. A broken garage door can be a security issue. If you are not using it regularly, you may not notice if someone else has found a way to get into your garage. A broken panel or other issues can give intruders access, putting you at risk for burglary and home invasion. Plus, leaving your vehicles outside puts them at higher risk of damage or theft.
  2. Curb appeal. Your garage doors are one of the first features that people see when they visit, covering close to a third of the front of most homes. A broken window or panel on your garage door will impact the curb appeal of your home. Plus, extra cars in the driveway make your home look cluttered.
  3. Fewer parking spaces. While you may not mind parking outside, your guests may no longer have anywhere to park. They may need to park on the street, which can be inconvenient for them and for your neighbors.

If you have been ignoring your broken garage door, it is time to give it the attention it needs. Call your local garage door service to get your door or opener replaced or repaired. Once your garage door is working again, you will enjoy the convenience, higher security and more space that using your garage as intended provides.

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

Is Your Garage Door Beyond Repair?

When can you call for a garage door repair and when is it time to think about replacement? Both your garage door and opener are designed to last for many years – a quality garage door and opener can last ten or twenty years when well-maintained. However, there is a point where repairing the door or opener may be not be the best option. Here are some tips on how to decide whether your garage door is beyond repair or if you should fix the latest problem.

  • How old is your door? First off, is your garage door or opener only a few years old? If so, then it is usually worth repairing, unless the damage is too great or too expensive to repair. If you have an old door or opener, 10-15 years is old, it is best to replace it with a newer model then repair it.
  • Is only part of your door damaged? If you just have one panel that has a dent or hole, you may be able to replace the panel, depending on the type of door. Talk to your garage door repair tech about replacing the damage part.
  • Is it still functioning correctly? If you just need a spring, cable or a panel replaced, but the door still works great, then it may be best to get it repaired.
  • How does it look? If you are not happy with the style of your garage door or it is starting to look worn, why spend money to fix it? Get a beautiful new door that is stylish instead of spending money on a door that doesn’t improve the look of your home.

Often it comes down to whether it is worth it to spend $100-$300 on a repair, or just put the money towards a new door or garage openerTalk to your garage door service company to find out which is the best option for your situation.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Do you Need an Insulated Garage Door?

Do you know the insulation R-value of your garage door? Does your garage door even have insulation? There was a time when only cold climate areas worried about insulating their garage doors. However, almost any home and garage can benefit from an insulated door, regardless of the climate. Here are some reasons to consider upgrading to an insulated garage door.

  • Energy efficiency. If you heat/cool your garage or your garage is attached to your home, you could be wasting money if you do not have an insulated garage door. These are the largest doors in your home and can let a large amount of heat in or out. A high R-value door can help lower energy costs in your home and keep your garage climate controlled.
  • Sound proofing. An insulated door can help keep sound in or out of your garage. This makes it a quieter, both for you and your neighbors, depending on who is making the noise.
  • Strength. Insulated garage doors tend to be stronger than those that are not. The extra layer of insulation inside the door adds strength that can be important in heavy storms and for security.

Insulated doors come in R-values up to 17, with the higher numbers offering the best insulation. While you may not need the highest rating, an R-value close to 10 will give you an excellent insulation for your garage door. Any insulation rating is better than none and will help you conserve energy.

Not ready to upgrade your garage door just yet? Make sure your current garage door is well sealed until you can get an insulated door. Check the weather stripping and replace as need to create a tight seal around your door.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Do’s and Dont’s of Garage Door Repairs

If you prefer to do many home repairs yourself, you can save a sizable amount of money if you are mechanically inclined or have some handyman skills. When it comes to garage door maintenance and repairs, you can do some tasks yourself to help save on repair costs and keep your garage door and opener maintained. However, there are some repairs that should not done attempted on your own. Here are some do’s and don’ts of garage door repairs to help extend the life of your garage door and opener, while reducing risks of damage and injury.

Garage Door Repairs and Maintenance that You Should Do

Garage door and automatic opening systems need regular maintenance, safety checks and repairs, many that you can do on your own. Some of these include:

  • Lubrication of moving metal parts, chains and hardware
  • Inspection of garage door, hardware and components for damage and wear
  • Cleaning debris, mildew and dirt from tracks and garage door surfaces
  • Doing safety checks on the auto reverse feature on the garage door
  • Tightening screws and bolts on hardware

Garage Door Repair Don’ts

While some maintenance and inspections can be done by homeowners, it is not recommended that major repairs be done on your own. Garage doors are heavy, awkward and may require special equipment or training to perform some repairs, such as:

  • Replacing garage door springs
  • Replacing rollers, cables, hardware or complete garage doors
  • Repairing a garage door that is off the tracks
  • Installing a new garage door opener

There can be risky safety hazards when repairing garage door issues. Know when to call a professional to reduce the chance of injury to yourself.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Garage Door Torsion Springs 101

Your garage door opener smoothly opens and closes a garage door that weighs hundreds of pounds with the help of a spring. Torsion springs are one of the most common movement devices used in garage doors, using the energy of the spring form to lift the heavy door. This is one of the most important components of your garage door opening system; without it, the opener could not lift your garage door. Here is a basic guide to garage door torsion springs and what you need to know.

The principal behind torsion springs is the same as any door with a spring; wind up the spring and it will have stored energy that will help move the door. For garage doors, torsion springs are usually installed horizontally on the ceiling opening hardware. The ends of the spring are attached to each cable that lifts the door. When the door closes, the spring winds up. When the door needs to open, the stored energy is released as the spring unwinds and transferred to moving the door up.

This simple process can be trusted for thousands of cycles of opening your garage door up and down. Most torsion springs can last about 10,000 cycles, giving you several years of use before they need to be replaced. However, weather and use will wear them out, and when they break it, the garage door they support can slam shut. This can be dangerous, and it can be very risky to try and replace a spring on your own.

Torsion springs should be replaced about every 5-7 years. Make sure to have yours inspected each year as part of your annual service for your garage door opener. It is best to proactively replace springs when recommended, versus waiting for them to break, so follow the advice of your local garage door service company.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Interesting Facts About Garage Door Openers

You may not think about your garage door opener often, but it is an important component in most homes. This device is used almost every day and plays a crucial part in the safety and security of your home. Before you dismiss your garage door opener as just a “convenience” you may want to consider these interesting facts about these important devices.

  • Garage doors are the largest and heaviest moving objects in most homes. The garage door opening system controls a few hundred pounds with a simple push of a button, day in and day out.
  • It is estimated that 70% of people use the garage door to enter their home. This means the security of this door is extremely important.
  • The first electric garage door opener was made in 1926; there has been almost 100 years of technology and advancements made on this device.
  • Since 1993, garage door openers have been required to have an auto-reversal feature to stop them from closing on people or objects. These sensors are a crucial element, but need to be kept aligned and maintained to be functional.
  • Garage door openers have become “smart.” You can purchase openers with wi-fi that will notify you if they are used and you can control the functions through your smartphone for advanced security and convenience.

While garage door openers are a vital part of many people’s everyday life, they often get neglected. Ongoing service and maintenance can ensure that the safety and security features are working correctly. Make sure to schedule annual tune-ups for your garage door opener to keep your home and family safe while extending the life of your garage door opener.

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