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Increase your home’s curb appeal

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A lot of homeowners are interested in increasing the value of their homes, or increasing the curb appeal of their homes, but a lot of them get stymied when thinking about what they can do to do it effectively. And to that, we say, replace your garage door!

Now, we aren’t just saying that because we’re a garage door company; actually, we’re saying that because it’s true.

Let’s say you have a beautiful home, but your garage door looks a little dated. What is a homeowner to do? Well, that garage door takes up a lot of the front of your home, which will obviously make the whole package look less than stellar.

. . . So you can replace that messed up garage door with a modern, brand new sectional piece that will dramatically improve your home in many ways!

How Springs are like Noah’s Ark

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I’m sure you’re at least somewhat familiar with the idea of Noah’s Ark– Noah needed to save all of the animals from a flood, so he brought them, in pairs, onto his ark, so that they could survive some massive flood.

Well, you should really think of your garage door springs in a similar way when it comes to how you handle them– Everything should be done in pairs. Each spring has it’s own friend that it was likely installed with, and will likely break down with. So if one spring breaks down, it’s almost a guarantee that the other will follow suit shortly.

So whenever you take care of a spring repair or replacement, it’s important that you always do things in pairs!

What if I have really old springs?

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A lot of garage doors, garage door systems, and garage door springs have been in the field, doing their duty for quite some time– Garage Doors, if maintained, can last a tremendous amount of time. So what if one of your springs finally decides that it has had enough, and snaps?

Uh oh! They don’t make that sort of spring anymore! What are we going to do about this?

Well, if the garage door spring company you call is particularly skilled, they can crate an adapter for your garage door system, effectively updating your garage door (without replacing the entire thing) so that it can accept brand new springs!

If you’re in this position, though, make sure you call a quality spring company that can actually perform this tricky service!

Dust your springs

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Not many people think about the importance of dusting, but have you ever left an area of your home undusted for extended periods of time?

What happens when that dust piles on? It turns into a sticky, film like mess that is hard to clean. Nobody likes cleaning that. Fortunately, there aren’t many moving parts on your picture frames, but could that excessive dust cause an issue with something more complex.

. . . Say, garage door springs?

Of course it could, which is why regular maintenance is very important for your garage door! Let’s say you’re not “down” with some maintenance right now. Well, at the very least, dust your springs!

Common mistakes during

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Not removing the stubborn dirt and rust
Okay, this could be one of the silliest things to do since the cleaning of the garage door is one of the main objectives of garage door maintenance. The dirt and rust will build up and eventually do further damage that could be worse.

Using the wrong type of cleaner
Using the wrong types of cleaners such as those that are too strong can create complications in the long run. Detergent soap and water will do.

Closing the garage door when the hinges and other parts are still wet
Of course this will result to rust and will eventually affect your garage door’s function. It may no longer run smoothly.

Not using the right lubricant
Using oil or grease for lubricating a garage door can be well, too greasy, and grease as we know attracts more dust and dirt. Choose the appropriate lubricant for your garage door such as silicone based garage door lubricants.

Right garage door opener

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Are you aware that there are different types of garage door openers? There are four main types: chain drive, belt drive, jack shaft, and screw drive. If you are looking for a residential garage door opener then we would recommend the chain or belt drive. They both operate optimally for homes. We would recommend the belt drive, even at its slightly higher price tag, because it operates so quietly. This can be a huge benefit since you don’t want to disturb those in the residence while the door operates. If you have a commercial garage door then you may want to consider the screw drive, and if you have a very small garage then the jackshaft may be the right opener for you. Salt Lake City Garage Doors can install all types of garage door openers.

Old Wooden Tilt-Up Garage Doors

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Just like pagers, typewriters and affordable gasoline are long gone, so too is the old wooden tilt-up garage door!
The tilt up doors have been a part of America’s facade for decades. These doors were very popular on homes built in the late 1960’ and early 1970’s. Believe it or not, some of these doors are still in use today! However, as technology and design become more advanced, most of the old garage doors followed suit.

Some major flaws of this type of door lead to its eventual demise. There were some safety and security issues. For one thing, these dinosaurs are referred as “shinbusters” because they bust your shins every time the door tilts out and up. These heavy old doors use two very large springs. If and when one of these spring breaks, the door can slam down with full force, crushing objects or people if they’re in the door’s path.

Old tilt-up wooden doors consisted of a single panel door that pivots out and up, sliding into a section along the ceiling of your garage. Tilt up doors greatly reduces overhead space in your garage. They can even hit your car when the door is opening or closing, if it’s parked too close the doorway.

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It’s also difficult to insulate wooden garage doors. They have no additional insulation features. Also, due to the tilt up/out design of older doors, it’s almost impossible to have a good weather seal. Living in a cold state like Colorado it’s very important to have a well-insulated and tightly sealed garage door to keep the elements out!

Wooden tilt up doors can still be installed in your home, but it’s recommended to replace it with a modern sectional door!

Fireproof Your Garage

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Of course we certainly hope that you never have to worry about a fire in your home or garage, but we think it is better safe than sorry. There are actually a lot of regulations put in place to ensure that if a fire starts in your garage it won’t travel into your home.

One of the regulations even states that a garage door can’t open into a bedroom. Even with all of these safety regulations in order we still recommend taking any extra precaution you can. You can install a fire wall between the garage and the house door, fireproof the garage door itself, and put fire retardant on that structure of the garage door. If you have any questions please feel free to call any professional garage door company!

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Did you hear something spooky?

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It’s that special, spooky time of year again, and some people’s garage doors are joining in the fun and offering up strange noises to scare their owners.

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It has a mind of it’s own!

Is your garage door one of these? What should you do when you hear some of these spooky noises? What is a spooky noise?

Well, it’s not what you think. Your garage door won’t make those stereotypical ghost noises that children make– Instead, it will be something as simple as a noise that you’ve never heard before. It could be an extra screech, groan, or roar; either way, it marks the sign of the dreaded. . .

HAUNTED GARAGE DOOR!

No, we kid. It just means that something is amiss and can be fixed for relatively cheap and relatively quickly before evolving into a larger problem. Moral of the story? Call a garage door exorcist– I mean, specialist, when your garage door starts making spooky noises.

Garage Door Gratitude

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When you are thinking of all the things you are grateful for this Thanksgiving don’t forget to thank your garage door. The door does a lot more than you might realize. Not only does it go up and down every time you tell it to without complaining but it keeps you and your belongings safe and secure when the door is closed. The garage door is the biggest entrance into your home and when the door is closed it is keeping any and all people and things that you don’t want in out.

The best way to tell your door thank you is to check up on it. Have a technician come out and make sure all the parts are working well and that everything is up to date. Don’t leave out one of the most important parts of your home this Thanksgiving!

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