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Choosing the Best Garage Door Material

Garage doors can be built out of a variety of different materials, with each having their own unique advantages and disadvantages. There’s no one size fits all solution when it comes to choosing the best garage door material and it can have quite an influence on your choice, depending on your budget and personal taste. With so many great options available, we understand that to the average consumer choosing the right garage door material might be a challenge. To help ease you through this decision-making process, we’ve listed a few garage door materials as well some of the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Steel

Steel is without a doubt the most popular garage door material covering over 90% of the market. Steel doors come in a range of styles, are long-lasting, low maintenance, and very affordable. Most steel door have lifetime warranties on the finish so you shouldn’t ever have to paint your garage door again. Many are even available with simulated stained finishes that emulate a stained wooden door.  While steel garage doors can be dented and can rust, neither of these are huge issues if a better quality door is purchased. Unlike the cheaper models, better quality steel doors are much more dent resistant and are rarely damaged by hailstorms, basketballs, etc.  Make sure you regularly maintain your door and remove any standing water caused by snow melt from vehicles as this is particularly corrosive. Last, but not least, if you live in a very cold or very hot climate, choose an energy efficient steel door to help keep heating/cooling bills down.

Wood and Wood Composite

For many people, wood (especially in stained finishes) represents the most beautiful garage door material on the market. Modern wood garage doors are tough, resilient, highly customizable and can be upgraded to provide great insulation properties. Wood garage doors, however, tend to be more expensive and require more frequent maintenance and refinishing than doors constructed out of other materials. Still, they’re a great choice for homeowners looking to increase their home’s curb appeal. Wood composite, on the other hand, offers a similar look to wood with the promise of lower maintenance.  Many people mistakenly think a composite door requires no maintenance, which is not the case.  Door manufacturers require the composite be maintained every 3-4 years by brushing on a coat of UV protector or the warranty will be voided.  This is essentially the same maintenance required with a real wood door.  We recommend real wood doors over composite because if you fail to keep up on maintenance and allow the finish to deteriorate you can always sand down a wood door and re-finish it.  Not so with composite materials – you will most likely need to replace the door.

Aluminum

Aluminum is inherently rust resistant. In terms of features, aluminum garage doors come close to steel in durability and low maintenance and offer the additional benefits of increased styling options and longer-lasting finishes.  Most aluminum doors come with glass inserts in all the sections creating a sleek, modern look that lets a lot of natural light in.  While much more expensive than a steel door, for the ultra-contemporary style home there is often no other choice that is as beautiful or makes a statement like an aluminum/glass garage door.

Fiberglass

The use of fiberglass as a garage door material is relatively uncommon, since fiberglass isn’t exactly known for its material strength and is more prone to weathering than other materials. The main advantage of choosing fiberglass as a garage door material is its ability to withstand saltwater corrosion better than other materials, making it a wise choice for garages by the coast. The fiberglass is often available in painted or stained finishes, yet despite this, we still wouldn’t recommend installing a fiberglass garage door in a non-coastal area as it does not stand up as well as steel or wood when properly maintained.

If you’re still not sure about what garage door material to choose, get in touch with The Door House Inc. today and we’ll be happy to provide you with an expert, personal recommendation based on your budget and taste.

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About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

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Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

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Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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Advantages of Garage Door Keypads

Just like our cars, most modern garage doors have gone the keyless entry route. Many modern garage doors feature small, simple keypads which allow homeowners full access to their garages without having to carry a separate, external garage door remote. Like most things in life, keyless garage doors and garage door keypads come with their own distinct advantages:

• Convenience. The biggest advantage of keyless garage doors is their most obvious feature. By using a user-defined code, keyless garage doors do away with the need to carry around an extra set of keys or a remote. Wouldn’t you rather punch in a code than carry a remote or set of keys every time you left the house?

• Never get locked out. While you can forget your garage door code, you can’t lose it. Since there’s no need to carry anything with you, installing a garage door keypad can save you a lot of trouble, especially if you’re one of those people who constantly loses their keys!

• Access for the whole family. Rather than spend your hard-earned cash on extra sets of keys or garage door remotes, simply share the code to your garage door with the rest of your family. This is a great feature for busy families with different schedules where people are coming and going throughout the day.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding keyless garage doors or garage door keypads, feel free to contact us today. Our dedicated team of experienced professionals is happy to help answer any questions you may have and alleviate your concerns.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

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Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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How Often Should Garage Door Rollers Be Replaced

Put simply, garage door rollers are one of the key components in how smoothly and quietly your door will open and close. They hold the actual door on the door tracks and are an integral part of the entire unit. If you want to make sure your garage door is opening and closing as smoothly and as efficiently as possible, then you need to take good care of these crucial components.

Most door manufacturers recommend spraying lubricant on the rollers and hinges every 6 months.  Regular maintenance will keep them operating properly and help prolong the life of the rollers. Quality, well maintained rollers usually last about 12-15 years.  Here’s what to look for to determine if  it’s time to replace your rollers. 

Performance

A jamming or slow or loud garage door can be a tell-tale sign of faulty garage door rollers. Conducting a visual inspection of your door rollers is simple enough. If you can see visual damage, such as cracks, or wear on your garage door rollers then something needs to be done. If your rollers don’t look damaged or worn out, you should also make sure they’re securely attached to the shaft. Grab hold of the roller and give it a light tug and a wiggle. The roller should remain firm with little wiggling or play. If the roller is sloppy on the shaft the bearing is probably worn out and the roller should be replaced. While it’s easy enough to lubricate your garage door rollers, any replacement should be assessed and carried out by qualified professionals.  NEVER attempt to replace the bottom rollers yourself as all the tension from the springs that lift the door is attached to the bottom roller bracket and severe injury can result.

Garage Door Roller Material

Another thing to take note of is the material your garage door rollers have been manufactured from. The material and composition of the garage door rollers can affect how often you should replace your garage door rollers. For example, cheap plastic rollers are more vulnerable to deterioration as the plastic becomes brittle as they age. Typically, cheap plastic rollers do not have ball-bearings and the door will not run as smoothly as a result. Steel rollers are better in quality and have ball-bearings so the door will run smoother, but the steel on steel contact with the tracks makes them louder.  The best rollers have a nylon “tire” and have metal ball-bearings.  Often referred to as silent rollers, these are the quietest, smoothest operating and longest lasting rollers.

If you think it’s time to replace your garage door rollers or are facing any other issues related to the smooth operation of your garage door, contact the Door House today. Our decades of combined experience and knowledge ensures you’re in good hands.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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How to Maintain Your Garage Door

Regular garage door maintenance is essential to minimize any potential problems that might arise through regular use. While some maintenance should only be carried out by trained professionals, there are a few simple tasks that can be done with little mechanical knowledge that can help your garage door operate as efficiently as possible.

Regular Cleaning and Painting

Regular cleaning helps keep corrosive chemicals (such as road salt), dirt and debris away from and out of moving parts while maintaining your garage door’s finish. Cleaning your garage door doesn’t have to be complicated nor does it need to be done every day; a simple scrubbing with a soft brush and a mild soap a few times a year will suffice. In our snowy Canadian climate the most important thing is to invest in a good floor squeegee to push out all the snow melt that comes off your car which is often full of corrosive chemicals.

In the case of metal garage doors, regular cleaning should usually suffice, however wooden garage doors require more TLC. Wooden garage doors should be painted/re-finished every few years.  This ensures that they’re protected from moisture and prevents warping.

Lubricate Key Moving Parts

 One of the most important aspects of garage door maintenance is lubricating the moving parts that allow the garage door to move. A light weight mineral oil or good quality spray oil on the hinges and rollers should suffice in keeping your garage door opening and closing smoothly. Moving parts should be lubricated twice a year. It’s good to get into the habit of regularly checking the lift cables for corrosion or fraying when you lubricate the door.

Check for Loose Hardware

To keep your garage door well maintained and working as efficiently as possible, you should also periodically check and tighten any screws, nuts, and bolts since something as simple as an unchecked loose nut or bolt can cause serious problems down the line.While the few tasks listed above don’t require much skill or mechanical knowledge, it’s perfectly understandable if you’d rather have professionals take care of your garage door maintenance. Get in touch with The Door House today to find out how we can help maintain your garage door and keep it running smoothly and efficiently.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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Three Common Garage Door Problems

For many of us, our garage door is the most used entrance to our home, but we tend to take its operation for granted.  Generally, garage doors are very reliable and function without any problems or issues. However, as relible as they are, one day you are bound to push that button and the prudent as you may be there’s no guarantee that you won’t run into trouble; so to help you out we’ve compiled a list of three common garage door problems along with a few suggested solutions.

Door Won’t Close

The number 1 call garage door companies receive is “my garage door won’t close.”  In about 80-90% if these cases the cause is the safety eyes are blocked or have been bumped out of alignment.  The safety eyes are located by the tracks on each side of the opening, usually about 6” off the floor.  The sending eye sends an invisible beam of light across to the receiving eye.  If the receiving eye doesn’t receive the beam of light from the sending eye it will not let the door close.  This is a safety feature required by national building code to prevent the door from closing if someone or something is in the way.  This is a simple issue most homeowners should be able to fix themselves.  Simply remove whatever is blocking the eye or, if there isn’t anything blocking the eyes, make sure they are pointing directly at each other.  There are no tools required.  It is as simple as looking at each eye to see which one is crooked and move it till it points directly at the other eye.  If you can’t figure out how to line them up you will need to pay for a service call to have a professional come out to straighten them.  You can temporarily bypass the eyes by holding the button on the wall in with constant pressure until the door is completely closed.

There are several other things that can cause a door not to close including a lift cable not wrapping properly, poor track alignment or other failed components.  For any of these a professional door company should be contacted.

Door Won’t Open

The most common cause of a door not opening is a broken spring.  Garage doors are very heavy and the springs do all the work in balancing the door, making it feel light.  When a spring breaks the garage door will become extremely heavy and the electric opener will usually only lift it about 6” and stop.  You can confirm whether you have a broken spring by looking about a foot above the door in the center.  You will see one or two big black or silver coiled springs (about 2-3 feet long each).  If a spring is broken it will be obvious it has split into 2 pieces.  Springs are considered a consumable and it is normal for them to break.  The average life of a set of springs is 8-10 years but this is dependent on how many times the door opens and closes.   DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WORK ON THE SPRINGS For this repair you will need the help of a professionally trained door service person as these components are under extreme tension and serious injury or death can occur when working on them.

Inconsistently Opening and Closing

This common garage door problem has a few potential causes. One being the battery in your remote or transmitter is nearing the end of its life – this can cause your garage door remote to work inconsistently and intermittently. If you’re facing this issue with your garage door, it is advisable to first replace the batteries in your transmitter as this easy fix could solve your problem. Another possible cause is that one of your neighbors has the same type of opener using the same transmission code. Although rare, this can happen if your garage door opener was manufactured in or before the early 90s. The easiest fix to solve this garage door problem is to simply change the code your remote uses.

Opening or Closing with a Bang

If your garage door opens or closes with a bang or clunk the problem could have several different causes including a worn out roller, poor track alignment or an issue with the hinges among other things.  In this case it would be best to call a professional door company for service before the issue becomes a bigger problem.

Serving the Calgary area for over 20 years, our experienced team at The Door House is confident that we can help you diagnose and repair any garage door issues you may be facing. Contact us today to schedule an inspection or repair.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include: