3 Custom Garage Door Design Ideas for 2017

If you want to do something different with your home’s design, one way is to replace your traditional garage door with a custom one. There are lots of styles, colours, materials, and structures you can choose from, but here are three of our favourites for 2017.

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Custom Carriage Doors

A custom carriage garage door can be a great combination of style and functionality. You can choose from a range of woods with their different qualities and colour, and they are usually shipped with a natural finish. They are made with three layers: wood on the inside and outside, with a layer of insulation in between. These types of doors have some great benefits:

  • Visual appeal — the wooden materials are extremely stylish and you can use whatever stain you want to get the right finish
  • Energy efficiency — the insulation within the door itself helps prevent outside air from getting inside improving the energy efficiency of your home’s HVAC system
  • Durability — well-made custom carriage doors can be incredibly durable and long lasting
  • Property value — With all of the above benefits you will also boost the property value of your home

Custom wood carriage doors are one of the most popular types of custom garage doors. With the different choices of wood and stain finish you can make sure that it matches the style of the rest of your home.

Fiberglass Garage Doors

Fiberglass is a great material to use for a custom garage door, and it is becoming a more popular material to work with. Compared to wood or metal, fiberglass provides better insulation for even greater energy efficiency. They are more durable, and because of their durability, they have more flexibility for customizations, such as ornate but heavy metal handles. Here are further customizations:

  • Patterns — despite being fiberglass, you can still get it with various wood-grain designs for better visual appeal
  • Panels — choose various sizes and patterns of panels that match the rest of your home’s design
  • Colour — select from a large number of colours and tones
  • Window Panes — for additional style and lighting you can pick multiple window pane designs

The downfall for fiberglass, when compared to other wood materials, is that it doesn’t quite have as much visual appeal. Even if you can make it look like wood most people will still notice the difference.

Side-Hinged Garage Doors

Another type of custom garage doors are ones that are side-opening, rather than vertical overhead doors. Rather than have the door with wheels and tracks that open straight up and down, you have hinges on the side and pull or push the door open and closed. They might not be as common as overhead garage doors, but they do have some advantages:

  • Maintenance — with fewer moving or mechanical parts there is less than can go wrong and problems with the hinges are easier to fix
  • Access — easily enter and leave the garage if you aren’t parking your car because you don’t have to wait for the door to open and close
  • Styles — other custom style options like glass windows or ornate handles will make the doors look more stylish

You can have a side-hinged garage door made from any material and design, whether it’s made of wood, fiberglass, or metal. This will help you to boost your home’s curb appeal, since they look much nicer than overheard doors.

Like many people, you may have buying questions about various garage doors. If you’d like to speak to a professional, then you can also contact your local neighborhood garage door experts.

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Complete Guide to Choosing Overhead Commercial Garage Doors

Choosing a type of commercial garage door might not seem like that important of a decision, but depending on the nature of your business and needs it can wind up being an expensive mistake in top of an inconvenience. Here’s a guide to help you decide what the best type of commercial door is for your business.

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Insulation

If it is important for your business to have the best in insulation you should consider commercial doors with the highest R-Levels of insulation for every part of the year. The benefits of such doors include the following:

  • Energy efficiency — you spend less on keeping the inside of your building properly heated or cooled
  • Wind load resistance — prevents destructive wind pressure on your doors to ensure greater durability
  • Air infiltration — prevents air from entering or escaping your building if proper air regulation and circulation is necessary

This kind of overhead commercial door could be very useful for businesses that need to keep their building’s temperature and air circulation strongly regulated. Restaurant or grocery store receiving bays commonly use them, as well as storage facilities or any other type of building that uses refrigeration.

Visuals & Aesthetics

Meanwhile, some businesses might require doors for more visual or aesthetic reasons. In such cases, either the door itself needs to be visually appealing or it needs to help display whatever is behind it. Aluminum glass doors are the common choice for such businesses, as they incorporate more appealing designs that are mostly glass to allow for more light and visual access inside. Businesses that commonly use such doors include:

  • Retail stores (like car dealerships) — allow for easy visual access of products
  • Fire stations — allow for better natural lighting inside the fire truck bays
  • Restaurants — allow visual access inside the seating area

Various professional service buildings might also choose to use such doors purely for the pleasing appearance of the doors themselves.

Durability

Some businesses might rate the lifespan and reliability of their overhead garage doors as the most important feature when making their choice. Sectional doors made with galvanized steel are the most common types of doors for such businesses, and offer customization through the panels, door track, and other hardware to match any size requirements.

Industrial buildings with a lot of heavy duty traffic through the doors, especially those in areas with inclement weather, are the businesses that get the best use out of these more durable commercial doors.

Speed & Lightness

For a business that values the speed and flexibility of their commercial overhead doors, there are some options that are lighter and more versatile. Shutter doors or security grilles are commonly used by businesses that have a high amount of traffic through their doorway and need the doors themselves more for security than anything else. Here are some types of businesses that usually use such doors:

  • Retail stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals

In most cases, the doors are only used when the business is not open and can be easily opened and closed by one person when needed.

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Signs Your Garage Door Needs Repair

Performing a monthly or annual inspection of your garage door and opener system is a smart way to spot a potentially critical and costly problem early so you can have it repaired as soon as possible. You can inspect your garage door and opener by opening and closing the door and paying close attention to what you see and hear. Garage door and opener systems can be expensive and dangerous, and trying to tinker with the chain, cables, and tracks without experience can lead to serious injury or even death.  

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Sights

When you see the garage door still or moving, make sure you look at each part and component for any signs of wear and tear. For some parts you might have to look more closely, but visible signs like these are arguably the most worrisome and the ones you should have repaired right away. Here are common visible signs to look for:

  • Sagging — make sure no part of the door sags inward or else there might be a reinforcement problem
  • Cracks — make sure no components have any visible cracks
  • Rust — make sure no components show any rust or wear

Make sure you look at the door panels, the tracks and the rollers, the chain or cable, the mounting mechanisms and the electric opener if you use one. Also check to make sure that the door opens and closes smoothly.

Sounds

Another way to discover a sign of potential issues with your door is simply by standing and listening while the door is opened and closed. If you have an electric opener you can just use that, but if it is manually opened and closed get someone to do it for you so you can focus on listening. Here are common issues you might hear:

  • Rattling — if you hear rattling then there’s a loose component somewhere
  • Screeching — the tracks or rollers might be broken or dried out
  • Grinding — if you hear grinding the motor or movement components might be misaligned or breaking down

Move to different areas so you are closer to the different components of the door’s sections and mechanisms, that way you can more easily hear any problems with each part. Try it a few times to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Energy Bill

A more subtle way you might notice signs that something with your garage door needs repairs is by checking your energy bill. Garages tend to allow the most heat or cooling, and therefore energy, to escape from your home out of any other part of your house. So if there are problems with your garage door that exacerbates this problem, you’ll probably see a spike in your energy bill. Here are things to check for:

  • Door panels — check for cracks or holes in the door itself
  • Sealing — make sure the sealing around the door isn’t cracked or missing
  • Closing — make sure the door fully closes and doesn’t leave a gap for air to get in and out

These issues can be very subtle and ones you might not notice on normal inspection. Make sure you look very closely or have a garage door professional inspect it for you. Repairing any of these issues not only ensures a longer life for your garage door but should also help you directly save money on your energy bill. Fill out this form to get a free quote now.

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How To Maintain an Automatic Garage Door Opener

Every homeowner knows that every part of the house requires proper and routine maintenance, and with an automatic garage door opener, this is especially true. The garage door components themselves can be expensive, and with the goods you keep in your garage—such as your cars—the last thing you want is for a big accident to cost you a lot of money to repair and replace. Here’s a quick guide on proper routine maintenance for your automatic garage door opener.

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Make Sure Nothing Is Loose

First, make sure all the nuts, bolts and screws holding it all together are tightened as the constant use and vibrations over the months and years will loosen some of them. If you want to get an idea of what areas might be loose, open and close your garage door and listen for any signs of rattling. Here are the main parts to look out for:

  • Hinges—for each section of the garage door that holds them together
  • Brackets—any brackets holding the chain, cable, or other components together or to the walls, floor or ceiling
  • Anchoring plates—the parts that keep the tracks in place
  • Mountings—such as for the safety reversal sensor that triggers the auto-reverse

Those are the parts more likely to come loose and are more important to stay tightened. If you let various components come loose, it’s more likely that something will break off or accumulate greater wear and tear. You can also check all the handles and more minor components while you’re at it.

Inspect the Rollers & Tracks

The next important components to inspect are the rollers and tracks. They should be inspected twice a year and replaced every five to seven years, depending on how often you open and close the garage door. To test them, disconnect the door from the motor and try opening or closing the door manually. It should feel smooth, but if it catches or feels too tough you should check the following:

  • Wear and tear—look for bends, chips, cracks or rust on the tracks and rollers
  • Lubrication—make sure the tracks and rollers are properly lubricated
  • Chain or cables—check the links or strands for signs of wear especially near the bottom roller

For the chains or cables, they are very high tension so it is strongly advised that you only inspect and do not try and touch or fix them yourself. You could get seriously injured or killed, so call a professional for any repairs and maintenance.

Check The Automatic Motor

The last part of the door you should look at is the motor and its components. There are a lot more moving parts with this, but there is still some quick and basic maintenance that you should perform at least semi-regularly:

  • Batteries—check the charge of the batteries in the motor and any buttons, remotes, or safety sensor
  • Safety-reverse—test that the auto-reverse works as it should so you know it won’t accidentally close on your car or family
  • Limit screws—adjust the screws on the motor if the door fails to fully open
  • Motor components—while the motor is running listen for sounds of grinding, whining, or metal-on-metal

The motor components might be the most tricky to fix if there is an issue, but you might be able to do some basic maintenance such as lubrication or cleaning away debris. For more complicated problems, contact a professional to look at it to avoid causing further damage if you are inexperienced.

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4 Affordable Ways to Renew a Garage for Spring

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Worried that your garage is looking a little drab when the winter seasons have finished with it? It’s a perfectly valid concern. A grungy-looking garage can be a neighborhood embarrassment, and a poor appearance can make it more difficult for you to sell your home for the price you want. Restoring the look of your garage can improve its curb appeal, and get you the price you want when you sell your home.

Of course, restoring your garage can be a very expensive proposition, and that may not be in your budget. For this article, we wanted to focus on some of the most budget-sensitive ways that you can make a serious improvement in the look of your garage.

Here are the most affordable ways to get your garage completely ready for Spring.

Thorough Gutter Cleaning

You may not always notice this one when you’re looking at your garage, but the look of the gutters plays a very large part in the overall look of your garage. If you can look up and see leaves and sticks popping out of your gutters, you can be sure that those who have passed by have also noticed. Gutter water can also stagnate and begin to overflow and drip onto your garage.

It’s not usually very expensive to clean your gutters. You can hire a professional to do it, but it’s easy enough to do yourself if you have the right equipment. A tall ladder, some waterproof clothing and some good gloves are all you really need to restore the look of your garage gutters, and that won’t cost you very much at all.

A Pressure Washer Spray Down

If you want to take advantage of a small budget, without expanding to a large one, you can consider having a pressure cleaning crew come in. There are several spots around your garage that can probably benefit from a good spray with a pressure cleaner or sandblaster.

Consider your garage door or the garage walls first. If you have a lot of mildew and grime built up on the walls, it will probably be removed very easily by pressure washers. If your building doesn’t have any problems, then consider spraying down the driveway itself. You may be surprised how clean you can make your driveway if you haven’t had it cleaned in several years.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

This won’t cost you much more than a pressure washing job will, but it can also make a really big difference. Old paint jobs tend to lose their color, and the uniformity of the look can be ruined by flaking that develops in wet or cold weather. If your garage is looking bad, some new paint may be all it needs.

This can be really affordable if you don’t mind handling it yourself. Even the larger ones won’t take more than a few cans of paint, and it will be even cheaper if you’re willing to do the painting yourself. If you’re not, you still shouldn’t expect to pay very much for a single garage.

A Visit for General Maintenance

Restore the look of your garage by dealing with all those nagging problems that you’re having with your garage door. Annoying noises and bad alignment can also make your garage door seem less appealing, but our proud garage door repair pros can help you with those kinds of problems.

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Fix a Garage that Won’t Open in Time to Get to Work

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Stuck Garage Door

You’ve woken up one morning, bright and early to go to work, and you find out that your garage won’t respond to the opener. What an inconvenience! Fortunately, problems like this can be fixed very easily with the right expertise, and the talented garage door techs at Doorcare have no shortage of the right expertise.

If you should find that you run out of time while trying to repair this problem yourself, you can try calling our location in Langley, British Columbia. We offer residential repair services starting very early in the morning, and our vans can get out to your home very quickly if they aren’t currently helping other customers. Let us try to get you to work on time.

If you’re ready to try it yourself first, you can begin with the opener.

Step 1: Check the Batteries in the Garage Door Clicker

You’d be surprised how often the simplest solution is the one that is most easily overlooked. Your garage door opener likely runs on batteries and a failure to respond can mean nothing more than evidence that the time has come to install fresh ones. If you have new batteries, or some that are the correct size working in another device, try popping them out and placing them into your garage door opener.

This is most likely the case if your garage door doesn’t even make noises or flash when you attempt to use the clicker. Unfortunately, the solutions can become more expensive if this is your problem, but not your solution.

Step 2: Determine Whether the Door Can Be Moved

Now that you know the opener isn’t responsible for the unmoving door, it’s time to check for an obstruction. Your garage door should move easily up and down whether the opener is in operation or not. Modern safety systems may not allow the door to move if there is too much resistance to the operation from any source, and that may be why your garage door isn’t working now.

If you can’t open the garage door at all, it’s likely this is your problem. If you have some type of locking mechanism, make sure that it is completely disengaged when you attempt to open the doors. If it is, your garage door may be catching on something, or have debris caught up in the machinery. Search for the place along the frame where the garage door is catching, and remove the obstacle if it is safe and possible for you to do so.

Step 3: Determine Whether the Opener is Receiving Power

If your garage door stubbornly refuses to open even when you’ve performed the previous steps, it’s time to consider that the opener itself may be malfunctioning. The first thing you need to do is verify that it’s receiving power. If you have one, you can use a voltage reader to determine if the line feeding the garage door is live. If the right amount of power if being sent through, problems get more complicated.

Garage door openers can fail for a variety of mechanical reasons. Check your ownership manual to find out if it’s possible to reset or troubleshoot the device itself. If that doesn’t help, the garage opener may itself need repairs before operation can continue.

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