Garage Door Repair & Maintenance

Is Your Garage Door At Risk For Complete Failure?

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A lot of people take the overall function of the garage door for granted. They push the button, door goes up, push the button and the door goes down. It isn’t unusual for a customer to tell us that they thought the opener was the most important thing in the function of a garage door. I even thought that!

In reality the automatic opener is just supposed to guide a well maintained, properly functioning garage door.

If a garage door is not serviced and a garage door opener is not working according to the manufacturer specifications then your door is at risk of complete failure!

Red Flags To Look For On Your Garage Door

Correct the following immediately if you find:

  1. Garage Door Opener is Reversing- This is by design for your safety. If your opener is reversing or it won’t go up then it is likely that it is sensing resistance. The door and opener may need to be serviced but don’t be surprised if some wearable parts need to be replaced.* If your opener is old and the sensitivity is maxed out, then you are at risk for complete failure. Your opener should be replaced if the door will not reverse when backing the sensitivity settings.
  2. If You Have a Noisy Garage Door – You may be at risk. If it’s grinding it is binding. You can trust this statement because it’s simple and it rhymes. The garage door should be serviced once a year. Don’t be surprised if on a noisy door the rollers, end bearing plates, possibly cables and drums may need to be replaced. These parts are considered as wearable and will need to be changed at some point to prevent the garage door from falling off the track.
  3. Cluttered Garages Fail More Than Organized Garages. – If you use your garage door track system to help you organize the garage. Stop! This puts you at risk. Horizontal track should remain clear with a minimum of two feet all the way around it. Never hang anything on the track.
  4. Handy Do It Yourself (DIY) Homeowners – Be careful. We can fix a door that has come off track fairly easily in conditions 1-2, however, we usually see doors in conditions 1,2, then the next most popular conditions are 5,6,7. This happens because of an inexperienced attempt to lower the door.

One Clear Choice Garage Doors can help you with all your garage door and garage door opener needs. For more on door failure conditions call today and we will help you find it on our website.

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Common Garage Door Problems

brokendoor1Your garage door is an integral part of your home. It provides safety for your vehicles from the elements, storage for those items you’d rather not store inside your house, and convenience for you getting in and out of your car quickly and without being touched by the weather.

But just like with anything that functions to keep your household running smoothly, problems and issues can arise. There are several common types of garage door problems that customers call us about time and time again. Here are some of the most common issues with garage doors:

Garage Door Openers

Your garage door opener is a powerful workhorse. You probably don’t even don’t notice it…until it stops working. Because of age and life expectancy, or power issues, garage door openers can malfunction. There are several problems that can develop with your opener such as your door not closing all the way, or reversing just before hitting the floor.

Opener Remotes

Along the same lines, garage door opener remote controls can also stop working properly from time to time. There are many different types of opener remotes, from push buttons and key switches to keyless entries and induction loop systems. All of these have their own unique potential for failure.

Roller Replacement

Rollers are the pieces that keep your garage door running smoothly up and down the track. Unfortunately rollers can become worn, bent, or broken, causing your garage door to become noisier or stop working altogether. Bent hinges can also result. Fortunately, roller replacement is one of our most performed maintenance jobs.

Bent Track

The track is where the rollers go up and down, ensuring your door opens and closes smoothly. If one of the tracks gets bent or damaged (there is one on each side), it can cause problems to other garage door elements, not to mention cause you the inconvenience of an unusable garage door.

Spring Replacement

There are two different types of springs on garage doors: torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are located directly above the garage door (on the inside of your garage) and provide smooth and even operation. They are responsible for raising and lowering the door safely, as they counterbalance the weight of the door and actually lift it. They work together as a pair. Extension springs run parallel to each track on both sides. Extension springs work independently of each other and wobble back and forth causing uneven wear on door parts. Both sets of springs can crack or break, needing replacement.

Broken Cables

The pulley and cable system is a complex portion of your garage door operation. Cables can and do break and come off the pulleys. A cable by itself is relatively inexpensive, but repairing it yourself is dangerous and complicated and a DIY fix is not recommended.

Panel Replacement

Now to the outside of the garage door – panels can get bumped by cars, bikes, you name it. They can also start to bend or warp if there are greater structural problems going on. Damaged garage panels are usually more than a cosmetic issue, so again, it is best to consult a professional when you need a garage door panel replacement.

Weather Seal Replacement

Weather seal is the rubber stripping that keeps out the rain, snow, and bugs from entering through that thin opening between the bottom of your garage door and floor. It is an inexpensive, but necessary, fix when your weather seal becomes eroded or damaged over time. Homes in harsher weather climates will most likely need to change out their weather stripping more often than houses in milder conditions.

Remember: Garage doors are the largest, heaviest moving part of your home. Any repair is potentially dangerous and we do NOT recommend you do it yourself. Injury or even death can result. If you need help immediately, call One Clear Choice Garage Doors and we will assess the problem.

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Troubleshooting Garage Door Openers

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Troubleshooting Garage Door Openers

Garage Door OpenerThe electric garage door opener was invented by a man named C.G. Johnson in 1926, and since then, garage door openers have been offering homeowners and renters – anyone who has a garage attached to their house – a great deal of ease and convenience that probably goes largely unappreciated. You don’t really notice how much you rely on something until it stops working properly. Unfortunately, garage door openers do malfunction occasionally, and when they do, you need answers quickly. Here are some common issues with garage door openers and tips on how to solve the issues.

Garage Door Opener Troubleshooting Tips

Determine if the problem is really with the opener or with the door itself.

Do a visual examination of the door’s springs, lift cables, rollers, hinges, and track. Look for any sign of warping, tearing, or breaking. If there is nothing that seems out of order, you can also try putting the door in manual operation mode by pulling the disconnect cord. IMPORTANT: Make sure your door is already closed when you do this. Then try to manually open your garage door. It should be able to be lifted without too much force and then hold itself open. If all of these check out, you can move on to troubleshooting the opener, because this is most likely the problem.

Is it electrical, mechanical, or a safety feature problem?

Now that you have narrowed it down to a problem with the opener, there are three main areas of concern: electrical, mechanical, and safety feature.

Garage Door Opener Electrical Issue

Sometimes the issue may be simply one of having no power. First, make sure there is power to the outlet where your garage door opener is plugged in (plug in something else electrical, like a lamp, and see if it turns on). If there is no power, then you might have an internal electrical problem such as circuit board or motor start capacitor. If your garage door opener stops working the day after a storm, chances are your opener could have circuit board that failed. Garage door openers are extremely sensitive to power surges. Protect yourself and install an inexpensive surge protector.

Garage Door Opener Mechanical Issue

To see if the problem is mechanical, check the motor unit itself. Look under the lens cover for the light, where most openers have an open and close force adjustment dial. In some cases where there have been weather changes or door wear, adjustments to this setting need to be made, and can be done so with a small screwdriver or with your finger. Your opener manufacturer should have a manual on their website with further instructions to make these adjustments.

Garage Door Opener Safety Features Issue

The next thing to check would be your garage door’s safety features. Oftentimes, if a garage door will not close all the way before it heads back up, it’s a safety device error. Try pushing your wall button down and holding it to force a close, and see if the light on the opener is flashing. This usually indicates a safety device problem. Once the door is closed you can let go of the button and begin to research the problem. The first place to look is your photo eye sensors to see if they are damaged or out of alignment. If the light is blinking the eyes are probably misaligned. If there is no light, check for frayed wires or loose connections. Call a professional to fix your safety eyes immediately.

Other Garage Door Opener Issues Such as Drive Gear and Travel Carriage

There are other more complex issues that could be going on with your automatic garage door opener such as with the drive gear or travel carriage, if you’ve ruled out all of the above. Life expectancy is also a factor.

WARNING: Garage doors are heavy and have complex spring and cable systems. Please call a professional for maintenance and repairs to your garage door. We do NOT recommend doing it yourself – serious injury or death can result. If you need immediate assistance, call One Clear Choice and we will have a technician out usually the same day. We serve all of the Front Range and Denver Metro areas, from Colorado Springs all the way up to Fort Collins.

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The Cost to Replace a Garage Door

When it comes to your garage door, a little maintenance goes a long way. If you keep your garage door well maintained and looked after, its life expectancy can be up to 30 years (this number is estimated by the manufacturer). When it is time to replace a garage door – whether its lifespan has expired, or you are upgrading or remodeling your home – there is obviously a cost involved.

How Much Does a New Garage Door Cost?

There are many price ranges for garage doors, including not only the door itself but also installation, labor, parts, and warranties. At One Clear Choice Garage Doors, our door prices are all inclusive, meaning that our advertised price includes all basic installation costs. Most of our doors come with lifetime warranties as well, that protect you against tearing, bending, cracking, splitting, warping, rusting, chipping, and fading (everything but impact).

Basic installation includes pre-installation site inspection to confirm measurements and determine installation conditions, delivery of new garage door up to 30 miles from warehouse, take down and disposal of existing garage door(s), installation of torsion springs on all doors when available, reconnect existing UL approved garage door when replacing existing sectional door, final clean up and inspection of finished project.

Here are some examples of pricing on our Standard, Designer, and Custom doors.

Standard Garage Door Pricing

Garage Door PricingOur standard garage doors start at $644.77 for an 8′ solid uninsulated door. Plain or decorative windows can be added for an extra cost. Depending on your door size and whether or not you want windows, the price for a standard value garage door can go up to $1,218.56. These doors do not come with warranty included; however, these are by far a “best value.” The next step up in the “standard” category would be our Exceptional Lifetime and Premium Lifetime doors, which come with the lifetime warranty mentioned above and range in cost from $763.25 for 8′ uninsulated with no windows to $1,984.09 for 18′ insulated with decorative windows. Obviously that is a wide range in price, but size and windows are large factors.

Designer Garage Door Pricing

Our designer doors are an excellent choice in terms of both aesthetics and value. The Gallery Collection ranges in price from $1,300 for one door to over $4,000. Again, it is a wide range, but the pricing depends on size and windows, plain or decorative. Some of these prices include a brand new garage door opener with remotes and a keypad as well. The Gallery series offers three-layer construction which provides exceptional strength, energy efficiency and dent resistance as well as a beautiful carriage house appearance. The 1-3/8″ or 2″ thicknesses of polystyrene or polyurethane insulation and thermal break make these doors heat and cold resistant while the tongue and groove joint helps seal out wind, rain and snow. Available in short and long panels with multiple window options, the three-layer Gallery Collection is virtually maintenance-free.

The other collection in our designer category is the Coachman. The Coachman Collection offers the perfect blend of beauty and practicality with the look of a carriage house door and the science of durable steel and composite construction. The result is a classic look that’s basically maintenance-free. Coachman doors range from $2,559 to over $3,500.

Custom Garage Door Pricing

Now if you’re looking for the best of the best, our custom doors are the way to go. These doors range in price $4,200 to upwards of $9,000-10,000. Each and every door in our various lines of custom doors is durable, low maintenance, and stunning. Choose from Canyon Ridge Ultra Grain, Canyon Ridge Limited Edition, Avante, Wood, or Grand Harbor. Custom pricing packages can be put together depending on your wants and needs. The most discriminating homeowners are always thrilled with these doors. And with each one built to last 30+ years, it’s worth the investment.

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Having problems with your garage door or need to replace it? Call One Clear Choice Garage Doors right now for an evaluation. Repairing a garage door is dangerous business and should be handled by a professional.

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Garage Door Maintenance Tips

A garage is usually the largest movable opening to your home. It is also one of the most conspicuous yet overlooked aspects of the home.

Garage doors often operate on electric power. Consequently, you need to take special care and attention to ensure that they do not break down, which would result in repair or replacement costs as well as inconvenience.
Proper installation of garage doors should be accompanied by maintenance practices that keep the heavy door or doors optimally functional. You need to realize that failing to repair your garage door properly or ignoring its proper maintenance is a recipe for a potentially deadly accident.

How to Replace Garage Doors

Replacing a garage door is no child’s play. It requires you to hire a professional contractor to get your doors working safely again. Many people do not realize the opportunity that a garage door offers for proper refurbishment and repackaging of the home. Yet, according to the December 2010 issue of Remodeling Magazine, remodeling the garage door is the second most common home-repair project in the United States, especially upon the reselling of the home. The motivation for such repairs is to recover the actual value before sale. Garage door remodeling is second only to main-entrance door fixes, according to the magazine report.

Selecting the Best Repair Company

The selection of the company to undertake your garage-door replacement or repair is critical because the cost and duration of repairs as well as the general aesthetic finish and resultant curb appeal of your home are all at stake. Contracting an experienced door repair company is essential to ensuring that you achieve a successful fix. Moreover, one of the most practical ways in which a good door repair firm can benefit you is to save you in energy costs. A good fix ensures that natural elements are kept at bay.

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New Castle Rock Showroom Open to the Public

One Clear Choice Garage Doors is excited to announce the opening of our brand new showroom in Castle Rock, CO. Located right off of Founders Parkway, just a few doors down from Starbucks and King Soopers, our newest location is convenient to all of Metro Denver. Castle Rock residents especially can benefit from being able to drop in and ask us any garage door related questions. We are open from 10-6 daily and love visitors!

We have many garage doors and entry doors on display for you to touch and see in person, to get an idea of what you might like your new garage door to look like. Come see our stunning product display with custom track lighting and get inspired for your new garage door installation. You may be surprised at some of the options that are available for garage doors now. You can even match your garage door and front door/entry door for that beautiful custom home look, dramatically increasing your home’s curb appeal. We are the Master Authorized Dealer for Clopay Garage Doors. Clopay is the only manufacturer that offers the gold bar package and is backed by the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval”. However, we also offer quality products from Ankmar, CHI, and Amaar.

If you need garage door repair, we can schedule a service call for you right there on the spot. Our technicians are on call 24/7 and are highly trained, insured employees of One Clear Choice. Each one has been background checked and is backed by 10 years of experience in the field. We also offer garage door parts if you are more of a do-it-yourselfer. Just come in and let us know what you need. We usually have most parts stocked in our Denver warehouse and easily get them for you.

With our Castle Rock showroom, we are proud to be able to conveniently offer our highly rated installation, repair, parts, and custom garage door services to the residents of Castle Rock and beyond.

Come visit us at 62 Founders Pkwy, Castle Rock, CO 80104 today.

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How to unstick a frozen garage door

garage doors in winterWell hello winter! Welcome back!

When freezing cold temperatures blanket us overnight, you may wake up to a frozen garage door. A garage door can freeze when water that accumulates under the seal at the bottom of your garage door freezes. Not necessarily the surprise you were looking for when trying to get out of the garage.

Even uninsulated garages are typically warmer than the outside frigid temperatures, so hopefully you won’t have too much trouble i.e. too much ice to remove to open your frozen garage door. Here are some tips on how to unstick your frozen garage door so you can get out of your garage and on to work on time this morning.

Frozen Garage Door Fixes

1. Adjust the pressure adjustments on your garage door opener.
Sometimes, all it needs is a little extra pressure to break away from the ice. Many garage door openers have a button that lets you do this yourself. If this doesn’t work, however, you’re going to need to get rid of the ice itself.

2. Place a portable heater inside your garage by the door.
This will slowly melt the ice away.

3. Chip the ice away beneath the door with an ice scraper.
This may not seem ideal, but if you are in a hurry this may work faster than getting a heater and waiting for the ice to melt.

4.Pour hot water on the area where the garage door is stuck to the ground.
Try to open the door soon after you pour the water. This method is risky, because the hot water will eventually turn cold and freeze, possibly making the door even more stuck.

Warnings

Automatic garage door opener didn’t work? Don’t try again, and again. Attempting to use the automatic opener when the door is frozen can burn out the motor or strip the gears of the machine.

Don’t try kick the door or use too much of your own physical pressure to try to open it, you could hurt yourself and damage the door.

If you are not able to open the garage door and suspect something is broken, give us a call, we are on our way to help you!

Denver – 303.565.6409 | Northern CO – 970.222.0091 | CO Springs – 719.661.0334

Tips for Tomorrow

If you can leave your garage door open just enough so that sunlight can melt the ice and evaporate what water is under the garage door before closing it again.

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Look at this Clopay Before & After

From Clopay’s Facebook page:

Foto-Finish Friday Contest Winner – The best way to describe this winning garage makeover is “Converted to curb appeal.” Even though you can’t see the entire house in the picture, we’re certain that replacing the carport with a fully enclosed garage significantly improved the home’s appearance, not to mention the security. John B. selected a ‪#‎Clopay‬ Gallery Collection grooved panel steel garage door with arched windows installed by Suburban Overhead Doors in Media, PA. Congratulations on a winning entry!

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