Things do not end with buying and installing a new garage door in Paddington. The thing is, it require proper care and maintenance for them to retain their top quality and condition. In fact, even if you purchased a topnotch brand and a heavy-duty material, it is still a must that you do the right things to care for your garage door. Here are some tips on door maintenance that will help you keep the door looking and working like it is brand new and minimising the need for garage door repairs.
Garage Door Repair – Problems and Fixes in Paddington
So you go to your local Sears store and there is a whole wall of garage door openers. The sales associate is helpful and shows you ALL the items. But you just leave confused. I'll make it easy here and give you the simplest way to figure out which Craftsman garage door opener is best for you.
There are five basic steps to help you get the right door opener and installed in you location.
Step One, Measure the height of you door:
Step Two, Select the HP (horsepower):
Step Three, Select the type of garage door opener:
Step Four, Select the type of remotes you need:
Step Five, Professional Installation or Install it yourself:
Step One, Measure the height of you door:
Measure the height of the opening, not the door itself. Most garages door openings are around 7 feet high. If your opening is 8 feet, 9 feet or 10 feet you will have to buy an extension in addition to the garage door opener itself. If it is around 8 feet buy the 8 foot extension. If it is 9 or 10 feet buy the 10 foot extension.
Step Two, Select the HP:
There are two horsepower ratings for most garage door openers. 1/2 HP and 3/4 HP.
If you have an aluminum, aluminum insulated, or fiberglass door a 1/2 HP is plenty strong to open both a single car (7 to 9 feet wide) or a double car (16 feet wide) door.
If you have a wood door, a door with windows installed in it, a steel door or one of the new doors that look like they are off an old carriage house I recommend you go with the 3/4 HP door. (If a magnet sticks to your door it is steel.)
A new single car carriage style door can use a 1/2 HP opener. If you have an extra tall door (9 or 10 feet) or a door that is wider than 16 feet I also recommend you go with the 3/4 HP door. If you have a one-piece door (usually and old door made out of wood) I recommend a 3/4 HP door.
Step Three, Select the type:
There are three basic types of garage door openers. Chain drive, belt drive, and screw drive.
Chain drive garage door openers are what you are used to. They are reliable, noisy and usually last a long, long time. They come in many different sizes. For example, Sears has an economy version, homeowner versions and heavy duty versions. These chain drive garage door openers are usually the best value and can be easily sized for you garage door. You can buy extensions for the opener for 8 foot and 10 foot doors.
A Belt drive garage door opener is relatively new on the market. It uses a metal reinforced belt instead of a chain to make the drive much quieter than a chain drive. It's usually a little faster than a chain drive opener. If your garage is under the living space of your house and it sounds like a herd of elephants in your bedroom when someone uses the garage door the quiet belt drive may be the best choice for you. You can buy an 8 foot extension kit but not a 10 ft.
Screw drive units feature the fewest number of moving parts. They are powerful and quieter than chain drives. I believe Stanley was the first to introduce the screw drive garage door opener 15 years or so ago. Stanley is not making garage door openers anymore but Sears and Genie still have these available. I expect the screw drives to be replaced with "torsion spring" technology in a few years. You can buy an 8 foot extension for this type but not a 10 foot.
Step Four, Select the remotes: There are different types of remotes. Single button - one button, one door. Mini - small remote to hook right on your key chain. Three function - more buttons to control more doors and even the light in your home. Wireless keypads - attach this to the outside of your garage to open the door securely and safely. Finger Print Wireless Keypad - accepts only the fingerprints you have programmed into it. Great for families with children. Door Monitor - You can use this inside your home to check if the garage door is open or not.
Sears offers different "packages" with the garage door openers to give you the best value.
Step Five, Professional Installation or Install It Yourself
I put this choice as a separate step because there is a good amount of work to install a garage door opener. Yes, your father-in-law can probably do it, but do you really want to pay for a case of beer and at least two trips to the hardware store? If you have not installed one yourself before plan on 4 to 6 hours for a new installation and 2 to 4 hours to replace an existing opener. Sears offer professional installation at a very reasonable price (in my area $109 and the installers have put in hundreds of openers) so it is worth a discussion whether it is a good choice for you to install it yourself.
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Prevent Garage Door Replacement With Preventative Maintenance
Sometimes garage doors will break down, which will then require the door to be replaced in whole, but sometimes the problem can be fixed by the homeowner. The owner can check their own door to make sure it is working properly. There are a few points that should be checked first -
A. Check if the door is well on its tracks
B. There are no dents in the tracks
C. The brackets that mount the track to the wall or ceiling are not loose
D. The rollers are in good shape and not broken
E. The springs are not broken
F. The cables which lift the door are in good shape, and not cracked
G. The hinges are in good shape, and no cracks
If your doors have any of the problems listed above, they should be fixed as soon as possible. If the homeowner has enough mechanical skills and tools that would be essential in fixing these problems, they would be able to try fixing it by themselves with big caution, since the doors are always under huge spring tension, which makes it very dangerous. If there are second guesses on what you are doing, or are not sure of what to do, it would be best to call a professional, who will fix these problems and ensure that the door is working as safely and properly as possible.
It is also important to be attentive that some problems with garage doors can add excess stress on the panels, which would contain the end results of warping. This mostly happens in old and wooden doors, since they have special maintenance needs which need to be followed in order to keep their best shape. All this could be prevented with just replacing or tightening the hinges, which hold the panels in place. Although in some cases, mostly with wooden garage doors, this is not enough.
If the doors begin to show signs of rotting, or are already rotting, or even have just a slight crack in one of the panels, it would be best to replace damaged door sections, or in the worst case scenario, have the whole door replaced for the homeowners' safety, and also for the best possible performance of the door.
Even if the doors are working properly, the owner would still have to do maintenance a few times each year. This could be done by cleaning the tracks to remove dust and grease, lubricating all parts which touch metal-to-metal (hinges, springs, drums, cables, rollers, side ball bearings and tracks) which will allow the doors to move smoothly. Tightening loose screws would be a good way to save your garage door for even longer.
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