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  • Broken Garage Door Cables and How to Fix it - Garage door cables are located on the sides to lift and lower the garage door easily.  Eventually over time wear and tear can cause the cables to snap or lose tension by fraying.  Upon inspection if you identify a slack in the cable that wasn’t there before or a snapped cable, it’s crucial to take steps to ensure the safety of you and your family.  Read on to discover what steps to take to replace your garage door cable yourself.  Garage Door Cables and What They Do Garage door cables connect your garage door to pulleys and springs by running… Read More...
  • How To Align Garage Door Sensors - Garage door sensors may be small but are components that are essential to your garage door performing efficiently.  Sensors that are out of alignment will cause your garage door to malfunction.  Garage door sensor alignment does not require a professional and with the correct tools you can correct the problem in no time. Necessary Tools and Materials First gather the necessary tools and materials needed to align sensors.  You will need a screwdriver, electrical protective gloves, cotton string, and beam level. Disconnect the Power Supply to Your Garage: Disconnect power to your sensors by either unplugging them if they are… Read More...
  • What To Do If Your Garage Door Spring Breaks - First, what exactly is a garage door spring?  Springs play a significant role in keeping your garage door together.  Springs play a major part in the operation of your garage door, unlike some other components, you’ll need to replace them if it breaks.  Springs are responsible for lifting your garage door which weighs hundreds of pounds.  It’s best to leave your garage door closed If the spring is broken. Reasons Why Garage Door Springs Break Here are some of the reasons garage door springs eventually break: Wear and Tear - Garage door springs eventually break due to daily wear and… Read More...
  • Garage Door Track Repair - Garage door tracks are the unseen workhorse that is one of the most vital parts to your garage door system.  Garage door tracks are generally the same for most residential homes using overhead systems.  Garage door tracks are generally installed on the right and left sides of the garage door and must be perfectly aligned for your garage door to function correctly.  Over time your garage door tracks can wear out from constant use and the slightest break or bend in the track can spell trouble.  The most apparent indicator of a track problem is when your garage door will… Read More...
  • Garage Door Opener Repair - Garage Door openers play a critical role in opening and closing your garage door.  It is one of several moving parts that make up your garage door mechanism and there’s several reasons why it may break.  At A1 Affordable Garage Door Services, we service and repair all garage door brands.  When you need your garage door opener repair, installed, or maintained, give us a call.  Our technicians are trained and should be able to diagnose the issue promptly.  Call us right away if there’s anything wrong with your garage door opener.  Our technicians will determine the issue and recommend a… Read More...
  • Garage Door Cable Repair and Replacement - Garage Door Cable Broken One of the most important components of a garage door system is the cables.  Although they are often overlooked, the cables play an important role in the safety of the operation of your garage door.  The garage door cables ensure the safe operation of high-tension springs, however there are other uses for garage door cables such as supporting the weight of the garage door during its opening and closing cycles.  The cable system attaches the garage door to the torsion springs.  This helps to keep the garage door balanced.  Properly functioning garage door cables are essential… Read More...
  • Benefits of Insulated Garage Doors - Modern garages are considered an extension of your home and used not only to park your car and for storage, but some are used for workshops, home offices and gyms.  Upgrading your garage door to an insulated one has its advantages. Advantages of Insulated Garage Doors Save Money – Saving money is one of the biggest benefits to having an insulated door installed.  It pays to be energy-efficient and having an insulated garage door can make a difference in your monthly energy bill.  An insulated garage door helps maintain your desired temperature throughout the year and can avoid constant temperature… Read More...
  • How Long Does a Garage Door Last? - If you live in your home long enough, you’ll likely need to replace your garage door.  There are many factors that contribute to its lifespan but a typical garage door that has been maintained should last between 15 to 30 years.  To work correctly and last as long as possible, your garage door requires regular maintenance.  To extend your garage doors lifespan and prevent malfunctioning make it a rule to inspect and maintain your garage door at least twice a year.  How To Tell If You Need a New Garage Door Lacking Curb Appeal – Garage doors play a key… Read More...
  • How to Update Your Garage Door - Would you like your home to have a contemporary sleek look and have it stand out?  Updating your garage door can make your home exterior more welcoming and beautiful.  Whether your home is craftsman, contemporary, mid-century, farm-house, modern garage door styles can add beauty to your home and plenty of curb appeal.  What is a Modern-Style Garage Door?  Simple details along with clean lines are the hallmark of a contemporary or modern garage door.  Modern garage doors have become a popular choice and are available in a wide range of material options such as glass, aluminum, steel, and wood.  Modern… Read More...
  • What Do Garage Door Springs Do? - A garage door has many components working together, but none are more important than the garage door spring.  The primary function of a garage door spring is to store mechanical energy to open and close your garage door smoothly.  The torsion spring must properly match the garage door itself and must be in good condition.  As the garage door lifts to open and close the torsion springs are wound and unwound to counterbalance the weight of the door.  Depending on the type and size of the garage door the weight can vary between 150 and 600 pounds.  How Many Types… Read More...
  • Standard Garage Door Parts That Commonly Need Replacement - Garage doors are constructed to last for a long period of time, but their lifespan depends on the frequency and quality of maintenance along with external conditions.  Even if it lasts for many years, the moving parts eventually wear out and some other parts will need to be replaced.  At some point the following components will most likely need to be repaired or replaced during the lifespan of your garage door.  Springs:  Garage door springs are responsible for helping the door open and close.  The average life expectancy of a garage door spring is around 10,000 open and close cycles… Read More...
  • Service tips for Garage Doors - Home Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors and Garage Door Rollers In this article we will discuss some easy ways to ensure your garage door and garage door rollers are working properly.  Routine maintenance can help keep your garage door working for years with rollers being one of the most important parts to watch.  Garage door rollers, also known as wheels, play an important role in the functioning of your garage door.  The following steps will help you maintain your garage door rollers, so your garage door is always running smoothly. Tighten Nuts and Bolts – Because your garage door moves,… Read More...
  • Home Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors and Garage Door Rollers - Regular maintenance can help keep your garage door functioning for years to come.  Garage door rollers play an important role in the operation of garage doors.  A garage door malfunction can occur with a single faulty roller that can result in all the other rollers becoming out of balance.  There are many factors that can lead to damage to garage door rollers such as irregular maintenance or low-quality rollers.  Let’s look at some simple techniques to fix garage door rollers. Check for Loose Nuts and Bolts – Overtime the vibrations from the garage door opening and closing can loosen the… Read More...
  • Garage Door Designs with Curb Appeal - A large portion of your home’s exterior design can be your garage door.  You can easily transform the appearance and improve the curb appeal of your home with a new garage door.  Let’s look at some design options that can enhance the appearance of your home. Carriage Style Garage Doors:  Carriage Style garage doors open and close by swinging in and out of the doorway.  They remain a popular design, especially for luxury homes.  Carriage style garage doors complement a variety of home styles.  They have elegant patterns options that work beautifully with modern homes also.  Tudor style houses are… Read More...
  • How to Fix Residential Garage Door Rollers - Garage door rollers are key components in garage doors functioning properly.  When the rollers are working correctly, they move along the tracks to keep your garage door working smoothly by reducing friction and dragging.  Every time your garage door is used, the rollers are always under stress.  A malfunction of even a single roller could lead to all the other rollers becoming out of balance and cause not only a malfunctioning garage door but also an inconvenience.  Let’s look at some techniques on how to fix garage doors rollers. Tighten Nuts, Bolts and Screws:  All nuts, bolts, and screws are… Read More...
  • Reasons For a Garage Door Coming Off Its Tracks - Your garage door coming off its track could be caused by a variety of reasons.  It’s important that you know what caused your garage door to come off its track so you can identify the problem and most importantly keeping your family from serious injury.  Identifying the problem also could help you to be able to prevent it from happening again.  Severe Impact:  The most common reason for a garage door to come off its tracks is due to a severe impact.  This is normally due to homeowners pulling out of their garage too fast or driving in too fast… Read More...
  • Ways To Avoid Costly Garage Door Opener Repairs - There’s never a convenient time for your garage door opener to suddenly stop working.  It’s essential that you take the time to carry out regular repairs and maintenance to avoid costly garage door opener repairs.  Here are some tips on how to prolong your garage door opener’s life and keep it running smoothly.  Performing Door Opener Maintenance Regular maintenance performed on your garage door opener can help prevent costly repairs down the road.  Make sure any moving parts are lubricated and inspect the hardware for signs of wear and tear.  If you are uncomfortable with performing garage door opener maintenance… Read More...
  • Why Is My Garage Door Opening by Itself? - Although rare, it is possible for your garage door to mysteriously open by itself.  There are a few scenarios where your garage door might be opening on its own and how to address the problem.  Sensor Malfunction:  Since 1993, federal law has required that garage doors must have safety features such as garage door sensors.  This safety feature opens the garage door during the closing cycle when it detects objects in the way.  Physical sensors may be on older doors which causes the door to reverse automatically when the door touches an object.  Motion-eye sensors are on most newer doors… Read More...
  • The Benefits of Annual Garage Door Maintenance - The garage door is an important part of your home and is often overlooked.  For your garage door to continue to be a safe entry point, regular maintenance isn’t an option but necessary.  Not only will regular maintenance and repair services help your garage door to last longer but will improve home security and save you money in the long run.  Benefits of Annual Garage Door Maintenance Service:  Increase Lifespan of Garage Door:  Garage doors typically last for decades, but this can vary depending on regular maintenance.  Annual garage door maintenance is essential to ensure your door reaches its maximum… Read More...
  • How To Protect Your Garage Door from Rainy Season - Garage Door Maintenance:  There are certain steps you can take to prepare your garage for the rainy season.  Install New Weather Stripping:  Check weather stripping for any tears and replace it if it has any.  The primary purpose of weather stripping is to make sure your garage is not damaged by heavy rain. Check for Warping or Damage:  Check for cracked or damaged panels on your garage door.  If you notice the garage door is bent and warped, consult a garage door specialist.  Check for Water Puddling:  Adding guttering to your garage can solve the problem of water puddling at… Read More...
  • Common Problems Caused by Backing Into Your Garage Door - First, it happens more often than you think.  You’re racing out of the house, trying to get yourself to work and the kids to school.  All loaded up, the car is in reverse and next thing you know you hear a loud crash.  Once you’re had some time to catch your breath you realize you just backed into the garage door and are wondering what to do next.  Depending on how fast your car collided with the door will determine the extent of the damage.  Below are some typical problems that may have occurred during the crash.  Is Everyone Safe… Read More...
  • Common Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them - The average garage door opens and closes around 1500 times a year and weights approximately 150 pounds or more.  With all that heavy lifting it should be no surprise that garage door issues will occur.  When encountering problems with your garage door, in many cases, there’s a simple solution.  This article provides some expert troubleshooting tips covering the most common garage door issues that may occur. Trouble Opening or Closing:  Begin with these garage door troubleshooting tips if your garage door is not opening or closing correctly. Check Plug –Make sure the opener is plugged in and the circuit breaker… Read More...
  • Signs Its Time to Replace Your Garage Door - Your garage door is one of the first things people notice when they see your home.  Not only does your garage door provide curb appeal, but it also increases the value of your home.  Overtime, wear and tear can lead to worn parts, panels that are cracked and chipped paint.  Garage doors don’t need to be replace very often.  They normally last a few decades with preventive maintenance.  Several factors can indicate it’s time to replace your garage door. Signs to Look for: Noise:  Persistent garage door noise may indicate you need a new garage door.  Increased noise sometimes means… Read More...
  • How to Fix Garage Door Gaps - It only takes the smallest gap in your garage door to invite unwanted elements, pests, and noise into your garage.  The seals at the top, side and bottom of your garage door can form cracks that might not be visible.  You may have to search for them.   Finding Gaps in Your Garage Door: Garage door gaps are sometimes visibly noticeable while other times you may need to search for them.  To do so, you can run your hand along the edges of your garage door to locate any drafts.  Another technique to locate cracks is to turn out the lights… Read More...
  • Are Garage Doors Covered Under Homeowner’s Insurance? - Although garage doors can handle a lot, protecting your home and garage requires a lot of durability and care.  Repairing or replacing a garage door can be costly and while each homeowner’s insurance policy is different, some garage door repairs may be covered by your homeowners policy under specific circumstances.  When unexpected damages occur to your home, its important to know if your homeowner’s insurance covers any damages to not only your home but your garage door is part of that coverage also.  Insurance policies can be densely written, so understanding the intricacies of your homeowners insurance is important.  Should… Read More...
  • Choosing the Right Carriage House Garage Door - When it comes to choosing a new garage door, there’s a lot to consider. There are dozens ofdesigns and finishes on the market today to explore. Currently one of the most popular stylegarage doors is the Carriage House Style Garage Door also known as barn garage doors. Onereason they are so popular is the many varieties that are available. History of the Carriage Style Garage DoorCarriage Style Garage Doors has a unique story stemming from their original use as pat of acarriage house in the 18 th in England. Carriage houses became more common beginning in themid 1800’s in the… Read More...
  • How Does a New Garage Door Increase Home Value? - In case you are wondering whether new garage doors add value to your house, well the answer is yes!  Most garage door replacements return 90 percent of their cost especially if you are planning on putting your house on the market to sell soon.  According to the 2021 National Cost vs Value Report, a new garage door replacement ranks number one for the most important home improvement.  It is one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home.  Upgrading your garage door adds curb appeal, extra security, and energy efficiency.  If you maximize these 3 factors… Read More...
  • Can You Open Your Garage Door with A Broken Spring? - Broken Torsion Spring Many homeowners use their garage door as the main entrance and exit point more than their front door.  The garage door has become the new front door and it can be a nuisance if the garage door spring breaks.  We recommend not trying to open your garage door with broken springs unless it’s an absolute emergency.  It’s best to contact a professional garage door repair company to open it and do the job of repairing the broken spring.  How To Open a Garage Door with a Broken Spring? It takes some manual effort to open a garage… Read More...
  • 3 Types of Garage Door Openers – Belt – Chain – Screw - There are three types of garage door drives to choose from, belt, chain, or screw.  The type of garage door opener you choose is largely based on the homeowner’s preference.  Although no specific garage door opener is better than the other, it comes down to customizing the opener to your variety of needs.  Each drive has its own set of advantages to consider.  Belt Drive Garage Door Openers: Garage doors openers that are belt driven use a belt instead of a chain to move the garage door.  Belt drivers are considered to be the luxury option of garage door openers… Read More...
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Old Garage Door Opener Needs to Be Replaced - Garage door openers don’t last forever, and many homeowners never consider the possibility of replacement.  The lifespan of most garage door openers is between 10 to 20 years.  This depends highly on the type of garage door opener you have, usage of the garage door opener and how well-cared for it is.  Like all machines, they eventually require repair or replacement.  Here are some signs thy your garage door is failing.  Unusual Noises During operation, if your garage door opener is making a grinding noise it may be related to the chain or belt on the door opener.  Older garage… Read More...
  • How To Tell If You Need to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door - If properly maintained garage doors typically last for decades but like everything else eventually require repair or replacement.  It’s important to be able to identify the signs that your garage door needs attention.  Garage Door Signs of Maybe Needing a Replacement:  Vehicle Collision:  Small dents can generally be repaired without replacement but usually a vehicle collision results in more damage than just a small dent.  If you have a large dent in your garage door, you probably will need to have it replaced with a new one. Curb Appeal:  Garage doors top the list with highest curb appeal.  If you… Read More...
  • Steps to Take if your Garage Door is Stuck - The garage door shares a similar purpose to the outer doors of your home such as security and protection from external factors.  Garage doors are not only a convenience for entering your home but protect and create a secure space for your cars and personal belongings.    A garage door can quickly turn into a nightmare if it gets stuck and won’t open or close.    Here’s a quick guideline to troubleshoot a stuck garage door. Is the Garage Door Locked? A locked garage door will not move at all.  Garage doors that are locked keep the door from accidentally opening and… Read More...
  • Garage Doors and Cold Weather - Residential garage doors are huge conveniences especially in the wintertime for homeowners.  Your car is parked inside a cozy garage while extreme weather like cold temperatures, ice and snow could impact you the most.  The winter season can be the worst time of the year for garage door failure.  Trouble closing your garage door could be several issues, however if it’s only occurring in winter conditions most likely its winter related.  Here are some steps you can take to help diagnose the problem. Cold Weather and Safety Sensors Garage door safety sensors can be affected in several ways in cold… Read More...
  • Signs That Your Garage Door Need Repairs - A garage door is an important asset to your home and typically lasts for many years if properly serviced and maintained.  Not only do garage doors protect our cars and homes from the outside elements but add curb appeal.  Garage doors age as time goes by and many safety components may begin to fail.  Below are a few signs to keep an eye out for concerning your garage door needing some attention. Won’t Open or Close If the garage door won’t open or close, there could be several issues.  Garage door tracks could be blocked, the mechanism connecting the carriage… Read More...
  • Most Common Problems with Automatic Garage Doors - Garage doors today need an opener, and our busy lifestyle demands it as well.  The average garage door opens and closes 3 to 5 times per day, approximately 1500 times a year.  That’s a lot of heavy work for your garage door’s opening mechanism.  Should be no surprise that issues with your garage door opening or closing can turn this convenience into frustration.  As a garage door service and repair company, at A1 Affordable Garage Door Services, we daily deal with garage door problems and fixes.  Here are some of the most common garage door problems and helpful tips to… Read More...
  • Garage Door Rust and How to Prevent It - Rust can be frustrating and regardless of age, your garage door can show signs of rust.  Rust is a common problem for garage doors whether old or new, no door is immune to it.  There are several reasons why your garage door could be showing rust.  What Causes Garage Door Rust? The Environment: The environment is one of the biggest factors affecting your garage door.  Garage doors are known to have rust buildup that forms due to moisture, especially for someone who lives in a coastal region and salt accelerates the process.  Due to the salt and humidity in the… Read More...
  • The Importance of Garage Door Maintenance - Garage doors are one of the most frequently used doors in a home but are often forgotten when it comes to maintenance.  The majority of full garage door replacements are due to the owner’s lack of maintenance.  Simple preventive maintenance can go a long way to prevent future garage door failures.  To help minimize unnecessary expenses throughout the year annual checkups will keep you informed of any necessary repairs and replacements. Be Aware of Degrading Parts: Over time, natural elements such as rain, sun, wind, and dirt will impact the functionality of your garage door.  Garage doors have many cables… Read More...
  • Is It Dangerous to Replace a Garage Door Spring? - If you’re wondering if replacing a garage door spring is dangerous, the answer is Yes! Garage doorsprings can be extremely dangerous. The tightly wound coils along with the extreme amount of tension,of a garage door spring, can result in life-threatening injuries.Risks of Replacing Your Garage Door Spring With all the Do-it-Yourself videos and the availability to purchase garage door springs in most home-improvement stores, you would think it would be something anyone could do. Right??? Wrong… Replacing a garage door spring can prove to be dangerous without the proper training and equipment.The garage door itself can be extremely heavy, starting… Read More...
  • Garage Doors Frequently Asked Questions - Buying a new garage door is a big investment and careful consideration is needed before purchasing a new one.  Below are some of the top frequently asked questions concerning garage doors. How much for a new garage door? The most frequently asked question is how much is a new garage door going to cost.  It depends on the customer.  Each garage door is customized to the customer’s budget and the need of the home.  This price depends on several factors:  The type of garage door opener you choose.  The level of insulation you need.  If you require a climate-controlled space,… Read More...
  • Top Reasons Why Torsion Springs Break on Garage Doors - As you pull into your driveway after working all day the last thing you want is your garage door not opening.  You have pressed the button on your garage door opener, and nothing is happening.  What could it be?  Well, it could be a problem with the torsion spring.  If this is the case, you need to contact a professional garage door repair company for help.    Here are a few reasons why torsion springs break leading to the failure of your garage door. Wear and Tear: Wear and Tear is the most common reason for a garage door torsion… Read More...
  • Reasons For a Noisy Garage Door - Why is my garage door so noisy and loud?  If your garage door makes a loud noise when opening and closing, this could be a sign that there’s a problem with your garage door mechanism.  Your garage door is full of moving parts with some parts being metal moving against metal.  Let’s look at some of the most common reasons for a noisy garage door. Type of Garage Door Openers: Chain Driven Garage Door Opener: Many types of garage door openers come along with different ranges of noise levels. Chain-driven garage door openers are the less expensive option however are… Read More...
  • Three Most Common Materials Used for Garage Doors: - As cars have grown to be an important part of our daily lives, the garage has become so central that many people use it as their primary entrance.  Advancements in technology have made it possible for garage door architects and manufacturers to improve the look as well as the ability to last over time, resisting wear, breakage, and deterioration.  Although garage door materials largely are personal preference, you have some practical factors to consider.  Such as maintenance, what better suits your budget and climate.  Below are some of the pros and cons of the 3 most common garage door materials.… Read More...
  • Signs Of Garage Door Seals Needing Replacement - When does a garage door need a weather seal replacement?  Whether or not you have a garage that’s built into your home or a detached garage, the garage door is a blockade between your vehicle and any unpleasantly cold or stormy weather conditions outside.  The garage is simply much more than a place to shelter cars but a place to fix, create and take pleasure in the things you own.  When it comes to protecting the internal part of the garage, the biggest factor is your garage door.  Having a good seal on the garage door will form a barrier… Read More...
  • GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE TIPS - To extend your garage door’s lifespan every 6 months to a year you should inspect and take the time to regularly perform preventative care and maintenance.  Follow these simple maintenance tips to ensure your garage door functions correctly and to spot any issues before they become serious. Lubricate the Moving Parts: Rollers, hinges, and other moving parts need to be kept well lubricated.  This will help extend the lifespan of your garage door system by limiting the amount of stress on the door and door opener.  Every six months apply a high-quality white lithium grease spray on the hinges, rollers,… Read More...
  • 4 Ways to Keep Insects Out of Your Garage - Unfortunately, insects like the warm and dry climate of your garage. They tend to find their way into your garage when you least expect it. Though the good news is that there is a way to keep insects out of your garage. Do you want a bug-free garage? Follow these 4 ways how to keep insects out of your garage: Don’t Keep Your Garage Door Open for Logn Periods of Time An open garage door gives insects an easy way into your garage. Garage doors, of course, have to be open to get in and out or when you’re just… Read More...
  • Why Has My Garage Door Come Off Track - When a garage door has come off track it can cause uneven and partly-opened doors. It is best to stop using your garage door when it has come off track. Continuing to use an off-track garage door can result in more damage. Don’t delay in getting your off-track garage door fixed. Here are some reasons for a garage door coming off track: Damage to Your Garage Door Sometimes a garage door can come off track from a vehicle incident, such as driving into the garage door. Though a damaged garage door doesn’t only occur through automotive accidents. Any damage to… Read More...
  • Benefits of Carriage House Garage Doors - Carriage House garage doors are a great choice for homeowners, especially if you are wanting an eye-catching appeal. Many people agree that carriage house garage doors are pretty to look at, but don’t want to spend the extra money to install one. Though they have a high price tag, there are some great benefits of installing a carriage house garage door. Here are Three Benefits of Carriage House Garage Doors: Carriage House Garage Doors have an Excellent Visual Appeal Carriage house garage doors make a lasting statement. They are beautiful curb appeal. The carriage-style look, inspired by the 1800’s carriage… Read More...
  • What are the Benefits of a Steel Garage Door? - Durable and quality garage door parts are important for the function of your garage door. A steel garage door can provide durability, which makes it an excellent choice. Here are 4 benefits of steel garage doors: Steel Garage Doors are Durable Steel garage doors have an excellent lifespan—they can last for several years to decades. Steel is known for being a resistant material, which makes it the perfect material for a garage door. It can endure extreme weather with ease. Steel is strong enough to limit dent from flying debris in a storm. Steel Garage Doors are Rust Resistant Unlike… Read More...
  • 3 Reasons for an Off-Track Garage Door - A common malfunction of garage doors is when they come off track. An off track garage door is very dangerous and should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage or injuries. Although there are several reasons why a garage door can come off-track, we will give you 3 reasons for an off-track garage door in this article. Track Misalignment A common reason for a garage door coming off track is misalignment. A misaligned track can be caused by loose bolts and brackets. Cheap garage door tracks have been known to bend over time, so that is why… Read More...
  • Are Garage Door Springs Dangerous? - The answer is YES!  Garage door springs are wound up very tight resulting in a lot of energy stored up in the spring.  Garage door springs are under constant pressure due to tension and a sudden failure can cause the spring to forcefully break apart.  Anyone standing close by could get hurt and can also damage your property in your garage.  Why are Garage Door Springs Dangerous? Most garage doors weigh between 350 to 400 pounds and are used several times throughout the day.  Garage door springs must be kept in good condition for them to operate correctly.  A broken… Read More...
  • Types of Garage Door Maintenance - Garage door maintenance is beneficial for the function and longevity of your garage door. Maintenance helps to ensure that all the parts of the garage door are in the best condition and to prevent malfunction and premature wear. What are some things that are inspected during garage door maintenance? Inspect Garage Door as a Whole A simple way to perform garage door maintenance is by inspecting the function of your garage door. You can perform this self-inspection as often as you want, but it is recommended to do it at least once per year. When inspecting, look for abnormal function,… Read More...
  • Why Do Garage Doors Come Off the Rails?? - There are many reasons why your garage door can come off its rails or tracks.  It can be extremely dangerous if this happens.  Below is the most common reason for your garage door to come off its tracks.  Your vehicle: The most common reason for a garage door to come off its tracks is due to the homeowner’s vehicle.  Your car can be moving slowly and still do quite a bit of damage to your door.  When hit, the bottom section of the door takes the impact of the damage.  Depending on how hard the garage door was hit, your… Read More...
  • Tips to Help Identify Why Your Garage Door Is Stuck - Having a garage is a very convenient homeowner feature but it can be stressful if it malfunctions and fails to work. Garage doors can get stuck and lock you in or out of your garage. Here are some things to check for if your garage door is stuck: Check Garage Door Opener and Remote To check a garage door opener, disengage the door from the opener. If it still doesn’t open, this is an indication that there is a problem with your opener. Two simple tasks that you can check are to make sure the opener is plugged in and… Read More...
  • Choosing the Right Garage Door Repair Company - Below are a few ways to rest assured that the garage door team you are investing in is the best garage door company for your garage door repairs or upgrade on your garage door. Check Reviews and Testimonials: Search online for reviews on garage door dealerships.  Start with high average ratings.  Reviews and feedback from previous customers are a powerful way to get a sense of the business's overall reputation.  It’s common for a company to have a few negative reviews.  If the major amount of reviews is positive, you can still learn from the negative comments.  Most companies stand… Read More...
  • What To Do When a Garage Door Remote Isn’t Working - When any garage door remote stops working, it’s usually an annoyance, but a garage door remote especially can be a pretty big inconvenience. Nobody wants to have to get out of their car and manually open a garage door after a long day of work. If you’re here to troubleshoot an unresponsive garage remote, give the following a try before contacting our experts for further assistance. Refresh the Batteries By far, the most likely reason for a garage door remote to stop working is that it has completely used up its batteries. Your best bet is to install some fresh… Read More...
  • Garage Door Safety for Pet Owners - Garage door safety guidelines are important for the whole family, including family pets. Garage doors are powerful machinery and should be operated with safety guidelines in mind. Here are some safety guidelines for pet owners with garage doors: Never Allow Your Pet to Go Under a Moving Garage Door— A garage door is very heavy and it is not worth it for you or your pet to go underneath it while it is moving. Humans and animals should never go under a moving garage door! Make sure you and your pet wait for the garage door to completely stop before… Read More...
  • Troubleshooting A Stuck Garage Door -  Check to Make Sure Your Garage Door Isn’t Locked:  A locked garage door won’t budge no matter what you do.  It takes about 2 seconds to check the lock.  A lot of homeowners lock their garage doors to detract intruders and it also keeps the garage door from opening accidentally.  So, make sure your garage door is unlocked. Try to Open the Garage Door Manually:  If your garage door is unlocked and still stuck, you may have to attempt to open it manually.  First, pull the red emergency release cable.  The release cable is located overhead at the front of… Read More...
  • Why is My Garage Door Opening Halfway? - Garage doors open and close numerous times throughout each year. With that usage, you are bound to experience a malfunction at one point or another. A garage door that only opens halfway is a common issue. Continue reading to help identify why your garage door is stopping halfway. How to Identify Why a Garage Door is Opening Halfway? First, close your garage door then pull the emergency release cord. The emergency release cord is the card hanging in the center of the garage near the garage opener.  By releasing the cord, it will disconnect the opener trolley from the garage… Read More...
  • Broken Garage Door Springs - The springs are responsible for the majority of the function of opening and closing a garage door. Garage door springs are reliable and work hard, though there are times when they wear out and can break. It is important to know what to look out for when it comes to garage door springs wearing out. Different Types of Garage Door Springs For your garage door to work, it needs springs. Your garage door either has an extension spring or a torsion spring. Extension springs are located on both sides of the garage door. With the help of pulleys and cables,… Read More...
  • Can Garage Doors Stop Working in the Winter? - Garages are a great addition to have during extreme weather conditions, such as freezing weather. The downside to winter weather is that it can cause your garage door to malfunction. Garage doors and freezing winter is not a good mix. A few things can go wrong with garage doors in the winter. Is Your Garage Door Stuck Open? Reasons Why Garage Doors Stop Working in the Winter Metal Contracts in the Cold— The springs on the garage door can freeze and break in the winter because the metal contracts when  cold. This results in broken springs, hinges, or rollers. These… Read More...
  • How To Troubleshoot Your Garage Door - There are times you may be able to solve and fix the problem concerning your garage door yourself.  Knowing what the problem is will help you determine if you can fix it or need to contact garage door service professionals like us at A1 Affordable Garage Door to help.  Below are some tips on how to troubleshoot your garage door issues. Batteries are Dead in Garage Door Opener Transmitter: Replacing the batteries in your garage door transmitter is simple to do.  First, make sure that the transmitter on the wall inside your garage still works.  If it does, then most… Read More...
  • Why Garage Doors Come Off Track - If your garage door happens to come off its track the risk of serious injury greatly increases.  It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent any harm to you and your family.  The garage door is most likely the largest moving door in your home and can be extremely dangerous if it comes off its tracks.  Below are a few reasons why your garage door may come off its rails.  Your Car: The most common cause of a garage door coming off its tracks is due to the homeowners hitting their garage doors with their cars.  When a… Read More...
  • 5 Preventatives to Keep Rodents Out of Your Garage - Rodents like to seek out warm and safe environments, which unfortunately makes your home’s garage a popular choice. With rodents camping out in your garage, it can result in unwanted nests, damaged electrical wires, and unsanitary droppings. Rodents are an unwanted pest for a reason, not to mention the stress that comes with them. Thankfully there are some preventative steps you can take to help keep out rodents from making your garage their home. Here are 5 ways to prevent rodents from taking over your garage: Keep Your Garage Clean— Although the cleanest garage can still be visited by a… Read More...
  • Is Your Garage Door in Need of a Tune-Up? - 16 x 7 and 8 x 7 Carriage Design with Windows and Cascade Inserts Your garage door gets used a lot throughout the year, which is why it is important to regularly get a tune-up. Common issues for a garage door can include bent tracks, frayed cables, loose springs, etc. Even without any signs of these common issues, there are things to look out for to know if your garage door needs a tune-up. Here are some reasons that your garage door may need a tune-up: Your Garage Door is Going Slow Is your garage door opening and closing slllloowly?… Read More...
  • Why is my Garage Door Off Track? - Why is My Garage Door Off Track? When a garage door comes off track it requires a garage door technician. Don’t operate it until it is addressed by a professional. An off-track garage door can cause major damage to the door if you continue to open and close it. There are several reasons for a garage door coming off the track, here are some possible problems that can cause it: Your Garage Door Spring is Broken A broken spring causes a garage door to carry the weight on one side. Once a spring break, the spring on the opposite side… Read More...
  • Opening a Garage Door with a Broken Spring - There are multiple reasons why a garage door isn’t opening or closing. It’s a common sign of a garage door problem. First, determine if you have a broken garage door spring. If you already have verified that your garage door has a broken spring, you can skip ahead. Wondering how to verify that your garage door has a broken spring? If your garage door is not opening or closing it could most likely indicate that you have a broken spring. Typically, a garage door with a broken spring may cause your garage door opener to sound like it is straining… Read More...
  • 2 Top Reasons Why Garage Door Springs Break - Your garage door springs are responsible for opening and closing your garage door. They do all the heavy lifting. When your garage door is closed, the springs have tension. When your garage door is opening, the tension of the springs is released to lift the weight of the door. This means that your garage door has the most tension when it is in the closed position.  With all the weight of the garage door, it is no surprise that the spring can break, but what are the most common reasons for breakage? Two Types of Springs Torsion Spring Torsion springs… Read More...
  • Garage Door Rollers – Like Nails on a Chalkboard… - Loud - Squealing - ScreechingGarage Door RollersCan drive a homeowner Crazy... Every Garage door has them and most people don't know what they are or what to call them. It's the part of the garage door that helps it go up and down everyday. What I'm talking about are Garage Door Rollers or "Wheels". There are several different kinds of rollers for a garage door, nylon (plastic) rollers, 7 ball bearing steel rollers, 10 ball bearing steel rollers and 11 ball bearing neoprene rollers. Garage door rollers are an intrical part of a working garage door in that if they… Read More...
  • What are the Benefits of an Insulated Garage Door? - Are you considering if you should get your garage door insulated? If you are hunting out ways to make your house more energy-efficient, then getting your garage door insulated is a great way to start. Insulated Garage Door – What Is It? An insulated garage door is an insulation installed on the interior side of the door. Its purpose is to keep the outside elements, such as heat or cold, from easily getting through your garage. In other words, it acts as a buffer between the extreme outdoor temperatures of a freezing winter day or a scorching hot summer day.… Read More...
  • Wooden Garage Door Maintenance - A wooden garage door adds an extra level of visual appeal to the exterior of your house. The beauty of the wood is sophisticated and eye-catching, which makes it a popular choice. If you are wondering how to keep that rich wood color, there are few simple routine maintenances that you can follow. How To Care for Your Wooden Garage Door Clean the Wood Cleaning your wooden garage door accomplishes two benefits: It makes wooden garage doors look their best, and it makes any damage visible for the homeowner to address. The purpose is to clean the top layer of… Read More...
  • Garage Door Safety Tips - Garage Door Safety Tips - Is your Garage Door Safe? During the past several months, there has been significant publicity within various media regarding garage door break-ins.  In response, a variety of security recommendations have been provided by dealers and others.  Many of these recommendations, including the use of zip-ties, contradict UL-325 and are in violation of federal regulations. Click on the link below to learn tips on garage door safety tips and how to be safe and secure.  Always remember to be aware of all your surroundings in and around your home. Safe Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners Garage… Read More...
  • Are your Pool Chemicals Stored in the Garage? - A relaxing day at the swimming pool is a great way to stay cool and refreshed in this HOT Texas summer heat. I'm sure you're wondering why I am talking about pools especially from a garage door repair company.  It's simple, pool chemicals rust garage doors, torsion springs and any hardware that is on your garage door and garage door opener not to mention your car (if you park inside the garage). The high concentration of chemicals keeps your pool clean from bacteria, but is also strong enough to corrode substances such as steel and copper. If you have a… Read More...
  • What to Do if I Have a Broken Garage Door Spring? - A broken garage door spring is a major inconvenience. It can leave your vehicle trapped out of the garage or even trapped inside your garage. If you have a broken spring, you already know the inconvenience that it brings, but do you know what your next step should be? Don’t Attempt a Repair When you have a broken garage door spring, you should not try to open the door manually. Garage doors are extremely heavy without the function of all the required springs to support the weight. Opening a garage door with broken springs can damage your garage door opener… Read More...
  • What Causes a Garage Door Spring to Break? - Garage door springs are responsible for lifting the weight of your garage door. Indeed, a very important job! They work to counterbalance the weight, which allows your garage door opener to work with ease. There is much tension behind garage door springs; the most tension is when the garage door is in a closed position. It is no surprise for garage door springs to become faulty or break, but do you know what can cause it? Here are some reasons to consider when it comes to a broken garage door spring: General Wear ‘N Tear You most likely could have… Read More...
  • My Garage Door Is Off Track – What Do I Do? - An off-track garage door is a relatively common problem for garage doors. Regardless of how common it is, it is a major inconvenience in our busy and fast-paced lives. Nobody wants to have their vehicle stuck inside or even outside their garage. A malfunctioning garage door should be addressed soon to prevent any further damage. A good way to prevent serious damage is to disengage the garage door from the opener by pulling the center rope connect to the opener. Once the opener is disengaged from the garage door, you can now safely and successfully open and close your garage… Read More...
  • Is My Broken Garage Door Worth Fixing? - What constitutes a broken garage door? There are so many moving parts that can break on a garage door that https://www.repairgaragedoors.com/2021/is-my-broken-garage-door-worth-fixing/sometimes it's better to replace it. Sometimes it's better to repair it. The biggest factors on whether to repair a broken garage door or replace it may be age, could be how well its been cared for or when it's time to update your home. The garage door is the largest moving wall in a home that has recently become the front door. With a family the garage door opens and closes several times a day. With all those working… Read More...
  • Pros and Cons of Wooden Garage Doors - Wood garage doors add a beautiful charm to your home. While there are many pros of getting a wooden garage door, there are also cons. Interested in the pros and cons of a wood garage door? We can help you decide if a wooden garage door is the best fit for you. Wooden Garage Door Pros— They add beauty and value to your home. The stunning appeal of a wooden garage door is timeless.They are versatile, which makes them a perfect option for garages that are an unusual size.Wood garage doors are quality and fairly resistant to damage, such as… Read More...
  • Signs to Get a New Garage Door Installation - Unfortunately, garage doors do not last a lifetime. A quality garage door should last homeowners around two decades, but there are cases where it may need to be replaced sooner. Do you wonder if you need a new garage door installation? What are the signs to look for? Here are some aspects of your garage to consider: What is the Age of Your Garage Door? A garage door that is older than two decades is typically a good indication that it is time for a new garage door installation. Over the decades, garage doors have become lighter in weight and more… Read More...
  • Why is My Garage Door Not Closing - The first thing to check when your garage door is not closing or partially closing is to see if there is something in the path of your garage door. Any object or even debris can make your garage door sensors prevent the door from closing. So, make sure there is no object in the way alerting the sensors. Check the tracks and other parts of the garage door. Nothing in the way? Keep reading to figure out the reason your garage door is not closing. Problem with Garage Door Sensors Faulty Sensors The most common reason for a garage door… Read More...
  • Garage Door Track Repairs - Is your garage door off track? Does your garage door have a bent track or making strange noises? A garage door track repair is a must. In the event of an off-track garage door, it is best to hire a professional garage door technician. The reasons to call the professionals are to ensure that your garage is fixed properly and to prevent an incident where a DIY could get hurt. The time and cost are all worth it in the end! Why Garage Doors Can Come Off Track A misaligned garage door can be contributed to various reasons. The most… Read More...
  • Tips to Prevent Bugs in Your Garage - No matter the time of year, bugs love to sneak into your garage. To prevent little crawlers from entering your garage, you should make it a habit to regularly consider the best approach each season. In some cases, a garage door may need to be repaired to prevent bugs from entering, such as adding or replacing the seal. Of course, there is always the preventive to spray insecticide and set up traps, but the problem might be further addressed by applying these tips: Keep Moisture Out Some people like to keep their garage doors open, even in the rain. Rainwater… Read More...
  • Why your Garage Opener is Beeping - Reason for a Beeping Garage Door Opener The latest garage door openers have a way to connect to Wi-Fi and include a battery backup for when there is no electricity. If your garage door opener with a battery backup is beeping it is usually to inform you about your battery back or similar issues. The length and number of the beeps determine the reason for the beeping. Commonly, the garage door opener is programmed to beep either every 30 seconds or every 2 seconds depending on the issue. Why is My Garage Door Opener Beeping Every 2 Seconds? If the… Read More...
  • How Does a Garage Work? - Having a problem with our garage door? Trying to figure out how your garage door works to best address your issue? We have listed the basic parts of a garage door so that you can have a better understanding of how it operates. For the health of your garage door, any problems with your garage door should be addressed as soon as possible. The Door of the Garage Door Garage doors fold up above your garage door opening by rolling on your garage door tracks. Garage doors are made with panels or sections to allow the door to bend along… Read More...
  • Which Garage Door Springs are the Best: Torsion or Extension? - Which Garage Door Springs are the Best: Torsion or Extension? There are a variety of types of garage door springs, though the two most common types are torsion and extension springs. But what are the difference between them? How do you choose which one is the best pick for you? In the event of needing to replace your garage door springs, there are a few factors to consider. Let’s take a look at the two types: Torsion and Extension. Torsion Springs Torsion springs use torque to lift garage doors. They are attached above the opening of the garage. When under… Read More...
  • A Simple Fix for Squeaky Garage Doors - Here are two simple steps on how to fix a squeaky garage door and ways to prevent it from squeaky: Step One – Lubricate Lubrication is always a good choice to start with. To lubricate your garage door, use a metal or garage lubricant for the chains and on the tracks. Silicone-based lubricants work better than oil-based because oil lubricants get dirty over time and are more difficult to handle. By lubricating your garage door every year, you can help with squeaking and keep your garage door in optimal condition for longer.  Step Two – Tighten Parts If it is… Read More...
  • Should You Hire a Professional for Garage Door Repairs? - Many homeowners wonder if it is worth hiring a garage door professional to repair their garage door or if they can repair it on their own. Although there are several home projects and home repairs that are completely safe to handle on your own without hiring a professional, garage door repairs are not one of those tasks unless you have professional experience with garage doors. So, why is it so important to leave garage door repairs to the professionals? We will cover many reasons to hire a professional for your repair needs. Due to the size and weight of garage… Read More...
  • Which Garage Door Springs are the Best: Torsion or Extension? - There are a variety of types of garage door springs, though the two most common types are torsion and extension springs. But what are the difference between them? How do you choose which one is the best pick for you? In the event of needing to replace your garage door springs, there are a few factors to consider. Let’s take a look at the two types: Torsion and Extension. Torsion Springs Torsion springs use torque to lift garage doors. They are attached above the opening of the garage. When under force, the torsion spring coil and twist. The great thing… Read More...
  • Garage Door Spring Replacement - Garage Door Spring Replacement It is important to have a garage door professional replace your garage door springs. Even though it may be hard for some DIY people to delegate the task to experts, it is more than worth your time, money, and safety. Garage door problems come unexpectedly and cause you a big inconvenience. A common reason for garage door problems is related to the door springs. A garage door functions correctly with tight tension in the springs.  If the spring breaks, it results in a needed garage door repair. Do not attempt to replace garage door springs on… Read More...
  • Extension Springs vs Torsion Springs - A garage door has two different types of springs: Extension Springs and Torsion Springs. Springs are a very important part of the function of garage doors. Springs manage the counterbalance of the garage door. Counterbalance does the heavy lifting of the garage door by offsetting the weight. To achieve a counterbalance, the system will use torsion springs or extension springs with cable wires to function properly ad safely. Modern garage doors tend to use torsion springs due to the durability and safety, but both will get the job done efficiently. Torsion Springs for Garage Doors Torsion springs are large springs,… Read More...
  • Problems with Automatic Garage Doors - Need help with your automatic garage door? Is your garage door not opening? Garage door malfunctions happen. Sometimes problems seem to come at the worst of time. If you need to get your garage door fixed as soon as possible you can contact A1 Garage Doors today to schedule a garage door specialist appointment. Here are some of our most common automatic garage door problems: Garage Door is Stuck When Opening or Closing— If your garage door gets stuck when you are opening or closing, it may be that the metal rollers need to be lubricated. When the metal rollers… Read More...
  • Broken Spring Repair - When a garage door doesn't work or lift the garage anymore it may it may need a broken spring repair. This is one of the most dangerous jobs and should not be done by an untrained homeowner. We have heard many terrible stories relating to a homeowner trying to fix the broken spring. I will spare you the details because some of it is pretty nasty, but you can get the picture. There are two types of garage door springs that you may find on your garage door. The first are extension springs. These springs are located on each side of… Read More...
  • What Beltdrive Garage Door Opener is best for my Home? - A1 Affordable Garage Door Services is an Authorized LiftMaster Garage Door Opener Dealer. Our showroom in Plano has several on display that actually work. Here you can test drive a garage door opener! Lets get into what the differences are of the two beltdrive garage door openers we offer our customers. Depending on the horsepower your looking for either 1/2 hp or 3/4 hp LiftMaster offers the best in beltdrive garage door openers. Both are very quiet and were made for rooms above the garage. This is so the garage door opener won't wake up the kids, guests or whoever's… Read More...
  • What is an ORB? (Operator Reinforcement Bracket) - An ORB (Operator Reinforcement Bracket) is a needed accessory that better connects your garage door to your garage door opener. What is standard, and probably on your door right now, is a small 'nose-piece'. This connects the tow-arm of your opener to the garage door itself. When you open or close your garage door, this nose-piece is the single point of stress. It is pulling up, or pushing down, on the garage door. The problem with these nose-pieces is that they are undersized for their task. Too often this is the failing point of your door. Over time stress is… Read More...
  • Genie vs LiftMaster Garage Door Openers - When it comes to making a long-term decision about which new garage door opener to get, knowing the best products that are available is very important. Both Genie and LiftMaster garage door openers are companies that have been around for over 40 years, and their longevity in the market is proof that their reliability with customers is outstanding. When deciding between the two, you must first decide what kind of opener, and at what price, works best for you. Genies reputation as the industry-leader really comes from their past models -- those being the ones from the early to late… Read More...
  • Is My Garage Door Balanced? - Having a balanced garage door is crucial to the operation of your door. Similarly, having an unbalanced door can lead to many expensive problems including a worn out garage door opener. For instance, a properly balanced door will stay -- rest -- wherever you leave it when moving the door disconnected from the opener. (i.e. if you raise your door halfway open, it will stay halfway open.) Likewise, an unbalanced door on the other hand will not stay where you leave it. It will fall to the floor. How to Check For A Balanced Garage Door Pull Emergency CordLift Garage… Read More...
  • 5 Smart Tips to Avoid When Making Garage Door Repairs - Just like any home maintenance, garage doors can break and need major repairs that cost big bucks. Unfortunately, garage door issues happen, such as broken springs, snapped cables, jammed doors, or bent tracks. There are small things you can do to avoid big garage door repairs. It is the little things that can count the most. Being smart now can save you later! Here are five ways to maintain your garage door. Do you have a garage door maintenance checklist? Listed below are the 5 Smart Tips to Avoid When Making Garage Door Repairs at your home. Seek quality garage… Read More...
  • Garage Door Decorating for Christmas - Every year our Garage Door Specialists search the internet or Pinterest to get inspired to decorate our Big Garage Door in our showroom. Below is the inspiration. Three different ideas transpired into one. We spent one afternoon to get it all done. Sara was our leader in getting this put up quickly. It was not expensive as most of the supplies came from the Dollar Store and I think we only spent $10.00 total. The rest was all creativity and using the supplies we already had on hand from previous decorations. We used clip magnets to hang the cardboard mantel… Read More...
  • How Do Mice Get in Your Garage? - Mice in your garage can be awful! They like a warm place to nest. When the weather starts to change the biggest and best shelter is the Garage (Attics too!). Why you ask? Because the garage is a very large area they can come and go without being detected easily. Holes at the bottom of garage doors in the corners are the most common area for them to enter. Garages in North Texas are used as a big storage area with cardboard boxes, furniture and other household items. This is a prime location to live and "chew" electrical wiring, cardboard boxes, paper… Read More...
  • 877LM Wireless Keypad for yellow button Garage Door Opener Keypads - Do you know where your house keys are? A few years ago, as my son was growing up, I thought the best way for him to learn some responsibility was to carry a house key with him in case he needed to let himself in after school.  Little did I know that he would lose several keys, lock himself out and I would have to drive home from work to let him in.  Sound familiar? It was very frustrating, as you know; bosses don’t always like their employees leaving early. Then someone suggested I get a wireless keypad for my… Read More...
  • Check your garage door DIY Garage Door Maintenance Checklist - In this day of DIY or Do It Yourself, here are three quick and easy DIY garage door maintenance tests that you can do to identify small problems in the long term performance of your garage door. Visual Inspection of Your Garage Door Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed.Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage.Look for cable wear or fraying.Is the mounting hardware becoming loose?If something doesn't look quite right - or doesn't sound quite right - it could be the symptom of a… Read More...
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