Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, and the savvy homeowner is probably going through a checklist of things that need to be done before the new season hits. One of the items on the list will more than likely be that of your garage door. Your garage door is one of those things that you don’t really pay a whole lot of attention to until something goes wrong with it. Be proactive this season and follow these tips for proper garage door maintenance this Fall.

 

Pay attention to the door itself

This is the most basic maintenance that you can give to your garage door. Turn it on and off a few times and watch it. Look to see if you notice that anything seems off or if it’s not moving as quickly as it should be. Listen for any squeaks or creaking sounds which may suggest that it is time to replace certain parts or even spray it with a bit of WD-40. Even if you do not notice any signs that your garage door is rocky, we recommend cleaning the tracks and adding a bit of lubricant just in case.

 

Take a look at the opener

Because it is usually run on some type of battery, garage door openers can go dead. Take a moment to check the opener of your garage door to see if it needs to be replaced.

 

Get a leveler

A level garage door is a good indication that your door is still on the right track and has not warped. On the other hand, if using the leveler and you notice that the door is off, then it’s a good idea to go ahead and get your door replaced as soon as possible before your car gets stuck in the garage.  

 

Purchase a new weather stripper

One of the biggest things that get damaged on your garage door opener is your weather stripper. Once it gets too brittle and worn out, then you can all but say goodbye to any chance of the garage door keeping out the cold once Fall hits. Luckily, installing a new weather stripper is a fairly easy task and won’t require a professional.

 

Check the infrared sensors

The final item to check when maintaining your garage door this Fall is the infrared sensors. You want to ensure that the garage door is popping back open if something runs into the sensors. Test this by moving an object back and forth in front of the sensor as you open and close your garage. Your door should go back if the object is touching the sensors. If it doesn’t, then you need to get it replaced.

 

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A Guide to Garage Door Openers

There are many different types of garage door openers on the market to choose from, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. You may not be quite sure where to start when making a decision on the best option for you, but it may come down to your priorities and needs. Still, you may find that the “drive type, ” which is the actual chain, belt, or another mechanism that moves and lifts the door, may be the most important point of consideration when choosing a garage door opener. By understanding the features provided by various garage door openers out there, you can more easily determine the best option for you.

Standard Garage Door Opener

Standard garage door openers are often similar in their design, whereby a remote and wall-mount button or keypad are employed to open the garage door, and a manual release disengages the opener from inside the garage, raising or lowering the door.

Chain-drive Garage Door Opener

This type of garage door opener uses a metal chain to drive the trolley, raising or lowering the garage door. Chain-drive openers are budget-friendly, but their downside is that they are noisy and creates a lot of vibration. This type of system is ideal for properties that are detached from the house.

Belt-drive Garage Door Opener

While similar in function to the chain-drive system, belt-drive garage door openers use a rubber belt to maneuver the trolley, opening and closing the garage door, rather than a chain. A rubber belt allows for quieter, smoother operation and motions that create less vibration than a system that depends on a chain belt. This low maintenance system is great for homes with living or sleeping spaces above or adjacent to the garage.

Screw-drive Garage Door Opener

Employing a threaded steel rod that rotates to move the trolley along the track to raise or lower the door, a screw-drive garage door opener facilitates a quieter and smoother motion when compared to the chain-drive systems. It requires less maintenance because it has a reduced number of moving parts. Like belt drives, screw drive garage openers are great for homes featuring living or sleeping spaces above or adjacent to the garage.

Direct-drive Garage Door Opener

Featuring a quiet mechanism with a motor that functions as the trolley to raise or lower the door, requiring no belt, chain or threaded piece in the system. It is less complicated than all the other systems, with a single moving part, producing minimal noise and vibration, and requires very little maintenance. The direct drive opener is an ideal for properties of varying sizes or layouts.

Choosing the right garage door opener for your property may require having solid information about the various options on the market. Each has its pros and cons, and as such, it is up to you to decide which features you want in an opener and if it’s ideal for your property. Contact A-1 Fleet Door Services today and we’ll help you find what’s best for your needs and budget. Call today or reach out online for questions and estimates.

Why Liftmaster Makes Sense for the Winter Ahead.

With the winter season is quickly approaching, now is the time to take any and all necessary precautions to prepare your home for the unpredictable weather ahead. Most homeowners will focus on areas of the home that are susceptible to cold air seeping into the house such as windows and doors. Other areas of the house that homeowners focus on are insulating pipes and caulking doorways, but one area that many homeowners fail to pay attention to is the garage door.

For a majority of families, the garage acts as the main point of entrance to the home. Hazardous weather can easily compromise the integrity of your home’s garage door, which is why it is important to invest in a garage door system that can be trusted. LiftMaster garage doors are one of the most trusted brands of professionally installed garage doors and residential garage door openers. Here are tips provided by LiftMaster that can help you keep your home warm and safe during the holiday season.

Functioning Properly

It is important that your garage door is working properly during the winter. Cold air and snow can cause significant damage to parked cars. The first place to look is the weather stripping around the garage door. Ensure that it’s keeping out cold air and replace any seal that looks damaged or that are missing. Also check and make sure that the garage door opener is working properly. LiftMaster provides a 3 step safety check that looks over major performance standards.

Connected Garage

The convenience of having a connected garage system is irreplaceable. A connected garage system allows the homeowner to open, close and operate the garage door from a separately connected device. This can be very useful if you need the ability to access your garage from a remote location, a great example is if you need to open the garage door for someone visiting when you are away from your home or in the event of forgetting to close the garage door.

Second Option

Winter weather also brings other challenges that’s difficult to plan for such as power outages and electrical issues. LiftMaster provides options for a secondary power source to operate garage door operating systems without having access to main power supply.

Time for Replacement

Operating issues should be expected for older garage door systems, especially during the winter season. Metal components on garage doors can contract during colder weather, leading to other operating issues such as broken springs. A garage door expert should be consulted for an inspection of older garage doors or a full replacement is recommended.

 

5 Tips for Garage Door Safety.

The home garage was designed to have space in your home for storage, parking the family car, or home projects. But because of the design of the garage door, there are safety hazards that the homeowner should be aware of to keep friends and families safe. Here is a list of garage safety tips that you should take into account when conducting any activities or projects in the garage space.

  • Garage Door Opening Switch: In the event of having small children spending time in the garage because of arts and craft projects, make sure that the garage door switch is placed out of site and somewhere they are not able to reach.
  • Emergency Release: Every garage door has an emergency release switch. Check the owner’s manual to locate where the emergency release switch is and how to operate it.
  • Routine Maintenance: Every month, inspect the garage door for any loose wiring, cables, springs or signs of wear. Do not try to repair these components yourself, instead contact a garage door specialist for more information.
  • Reversing Mechanism: Monthly check the garage door reversing mechanism and test if it is in proper working order. Test by placing a roll of paper towel at the closing point of the garage door. If the garage door makes contact with the paper towel and does not immediately retract, call a garage door specialist.
  • Leaving the Door Partially Open: Do not leave the garage door partially open, it is difficult to determine if the garage door is currently on its way down or retracting back upward. It is also a smart idea to keep the garage door closed for safety issues in fear of home invasion.

Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Winter

As we gear up for more snow this season, there are plenty of ways a home or business can be properly prepared. One area often overlooked for maintenance during the winter time is your garage door. Maintaining your garage door prolongs longevity and will help keep your home safe during the winter.

Here are some helpful tips:

Maintain weather stripping at the bottom of garage door clean this will reduce buildup and eliminate damage from rust hinges.  You could also clean the exterior of your garage door with a mixture of household products

Clean garage door windows all sealed windows should be checked for cracks and replaced if necessary

If your garage door is remote controlled be sure to check batteries and have extra batteries to be safe.

Analyze moving parts of your garage door avoid any grease build up

A-1 Fleet Door Services specializes in garage door and overheard door installations and repairs for residents in New Hampshire. Contact us today.

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A-1 Fleet Door Services is currently carrying The Natchez Series Fiber Carriage House Garage Doors. Natchez is a sandwich type door with an R-15.07 Urethane core with white steel inside skin. The beaded vertical panel grooves, and the arched top sections set this model apart as distinctly Carriage House. The appearance compliments a broad range of home designs with the additions of high definition molded Recessed Panels. A very accurate reproduction of high end wood doors with all the advantages of precisely molded, long lasting, dent resistant, and virtually maintained free Molded Fiberglass.

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Garage Door: Painting vs. Replacing

Should you Paint your Garage Door or Replace it?

Painting Your Garage Door Vs Replacing your Garage Door

Your garage door makes up over half of the facade of your home. You door will increase the value and curb appeal of your home. When garage doors get worn down with age many home owners face the decision of fixing it or replacing it. A new coat of paint will freshen the look of your garage door but take into stock how old your door, or garage door opener is, and whether or not it’s time for an update. Just like every other technology, garage doors have changed over the years. Certain safety features are now mandatory on all models. If your garage door is more than 10 years old, it is time for a change. Even if it’s been less than that, consider how well your door works and if anything has broken, dented, or been repaired over the years. If your garage door or garage door opener has needed more than one repair, it may be time to call in professionals to get it looked at.

If your door is in good repair and is relatively new, you can consider painting your garage door to give it a fresh look. If you are interested in some DIY home improvement, here are some tips for painting a steel garage door: 

  • Clean your door first. Use a soft-bristle brush, a sponge or a sprayer on a low pressure setting. Some people chose to use a solution of low-phosphate (less than 0.5%) detergent with warm water. The ratio should be roughly 1 cup detergent to 5 gallons of water. Be sure you clean and rinse your door thoroughly and let it dry completely.
  • Lightly and down scratches or gouges on the surface.  If there is any bare metal showing, you should sand that area lightly and paint it with a primer that is suitable to properly protect galvanized steel from the elements to prevent corrosion.Make sure to remove any dust or loose material from the surface with a soft brush or wet cloth.
  • Use only high-quality latex paint that’s made for exterior use. Make sure that your paint is thoroughly mixed and apply a uniform coat over the whole door. You should paint the door within 24 hours of prepping your door to prevent any new dirt or material from getting on your door before you paint. Though the sun seems like a great help in drying your door, it can actually cause your door to dry unevenly. To minimize this effects paint your door early in the morning, or whatever time of day that your door is out of the sun.

We highly recommend replacing worn out garage doors and openers. In most cases, painting over it won’t solve the problem. For more information about your options for replacing garage door, or getting repairs or maintenance, contact us at A-1 Fleet Door Service for garage door installation, sales, and service in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Located in Derry, NH we specialize in customer service to get you the door that meets your style, schedule, and your budget. You deserve the best! Contact us today at 603.553.9797 or email us, a1fleetds@aol.com

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How to Maintain Your Steel Garage Door

Keeping your garage door in good condition is important to the value of your garage and your home or business. A secure, well functioning door will increase the security of your home and your family as well as add effortless convenience and access to your garage. When looking for a new installation, we recommend steel garage doors for their low maintenance and their durability. Offered in a variety of styles, even styles to mimic wood finishes in any color. Steel doors will last you a long time if you take good care of them.

Here are some simple maintenance tips on how to extend the longevity of your steel garage door:

Oil the Torsion Springs

These are the springs right above the door on the inside. Use a lightweight motor oil and apply it in a thin line across the top of the springs leaving 2-3 inches on either end. Extension springs do not need oil, so avoid doing that. You should only oil the springs in your garage door once or twice a year.

Apply a lubricant (not grease) to the curved segments of the track

Also referred to as the ‘radius sections’ of the tracks, lubricating the curved segments of tracks will keep wheels and rollers moving smoothly. Avoid using grease – it will have the opposite effect. Grease is like a magnet for dirt and dust which will clog the tracks and get stuck to the moving parts of your garage door. You should only use lubricant every six months.

Wash Your Garage Door

Prevent erosion by washing the outside of your door with soap and water. Because your door is constantly exposed to the elements, over time it is at risk of a build up of corrosive substances that can get into the cracks of your door. Next time you wash your car in the driveway, give your garage door a quick rinse. Washing your door every so often will prevent any potential build up.

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IMPORTANT: If something breaks or malfunctions with your garage door or garage door opener, it can be dangerous to try and fix it yourself. You should always contact a professional.

At A-1 Fleet Door Service we offer scheduled maintenance such as these quick fixes as well as others to keep your residential or commercial garage door in good working shape.  We also offer installation and 24 hour repair on all garage doors and openers, whether we installed them or not. It is important to keep your door ‘on track’. Call today to learn more information at 603.553.9797 or email us a1fleetds@aol.com

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