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Should I replace My Old Wood Garage Door?

Have you ever found yourself looking at your wooden garage door wondering if it’s worth applying another coat of paint/stain or if it would be better to replace it?  There are several factors that should be considered when making such a decision.

Painting or Staining

Generally, wood garage doors require a lot more maintenance than steel doors and can deteriorate very quickly if not maintained properly.  The most important maintenance is to be sure to keep the door sections properly sealed with paint/stain so water doesn’t begin to get into the wood.  UV rays from the sun are very hard on wood surfaces and the only thing protecting it is your paint or stain.  The more direct sun your door gets the more often you will need to refinish it.  While a south-facing door will likely require refinishing every year or two, a north-facing door may be fine for 5-7 years.  The key to watch for is if you see any bare wood or “dry” looking areas which means the wood is no longer properly sealed.  Once water and UV can directly impact the wood deterioration can be quite rapid.  If you catch it in time maintenance is as simple as applying another coat of finish.  If, however, you have left it too long and the old finish is flaking or peeling off you will likely need to sand down the entire surface and re-apply 2-3 coats for a proper seal.

Rot or Mold

Water and prolonged exposure to the elements can wreak havoc on an under-maintained garage door. Rot can be difficult to spot, but often the wood will either have a darker (or lighter) appearance than normal. Take a screwdriver or a similar pointed instrument and poke along the trim and bottom of the door. If your screwdriver cuts through the wood, then your wood garage door has rotted and action needs to be taken. Rot is not repairable, and it might be hard to track down the particular garage door manufacturer to replace sections, especially in the case of older doors. In such cases, an entire door replacement is usually more cost-effective.

Cracks or Warping and Sagging

Most older wood garage doors with rails and panels were made from short pieces of wood (often as short as 18” long) which were then finger-joined together to form the long rails that make up a garage door.  If the door was not kept properly sealed (see Painting/Staining) the door will dry out and the glue holding these finger joints together will start to pull apart.  This is considered a structural failure of the door and it should be replaced. These types of doors also tend to develop a bad sag over time (lower in the middle than on the ends).  Not only does this look bad, its also a sign the door is losing its structural integrity and should be replaced.

In many of the above cases, a garage door replacement would be necessary for practical reasons.  We find homeowners often replace wood doors simply because they are tired of painting the old door and want the benefits modern steel doors provide. Replacement is often much less expensive than people expect, and most new doors come with lifetime finish warranties.  Often people choose to replace their old garage door simply for aesthetic reasons. A new garage door is an easy way to quickly boost your home’s value, so replacing your old wood garage door is definitely something to keep in mind if you’re thinking of selling soon.

If you’re still unsure about whether to replace your old wood garage door or not, get in touch with The Door House today and find out how our decades of experience serving the Calgary area can help you make the right decision.

 

 

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
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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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“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

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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.

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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5 Tips to Prevent Garage Break-Ins

Securing garage doors is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of home security.  By not properly securing your garage door, you’re potentially jeopardizing your home’s security and presenting criminals with an entry point into your home. At the Door House, we care about our customers and place a great deal of emphasis on garage door security, which is why we’ve compiled a list of handy ways to help you prevent garage break-ins.

Preventing Entry Into Your Garage

Some door openers now come with tamper-proof emergency releases.  In the event that a would-be burglar tries to use a wire to hook onto the rope to pull the emergency release, a tamper-proof trolley is designed to prevent release.  Some opener models have optional automatic deadbolt locks that can be added at an additional cost.  For maximum protection, consider installing a garage door opener that features a programmable timer set to close your garage door after a pre-determined amount of time if it is accidentally left open.

Don’t Leave Your Remote in Your Car

If you use an automatic garage door opener equipped with remote entry capabilities, keeping your garage door remote in your car might seem like an ideal solution for easy access. However, bear in mind that if someone breaks into your car and steals your remote, they’ll have access to your garage and possibly even your entire home. An easy and safer alternative to keeping your garage door remote in your car is to simply attach it to your keyring, that way it’s with you at all times.

Treat your Garage Door as You Would Your Front Door

Just like you’d want your home’s front door to be built out of a strong and sturdy material, you should ensure your garage door is equally as strong to deter potential intruders. Even something as simple as high-quality insulation can add an extra layer of security, making it harder for burglars to break through your garage door. If your garage has windows, consider opting for frosted glass or covering them in a layer of frosted film to deter possible thieves since they’re less likely to make the effort to break into a garage they can’t peek into.

Install Home Security Systems

Home security systems can be extended to protect your garage and are without a doubt the best way to discourage thieves from even thinking about breaking into your home. Some garage door openers, like our Atoms Pro ATR-2712 have the option of enabling Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to control your garage door remotely using your computer or smartphone.  You can even set it to alert you if your door opens while you are away from home.

At the Door House, we have over 20 years of experience helping our valued customers with all their garage door and garage door opener needs – and that includes keeping their garages safe. Get in touch today for more advice or information on the best ways to prevent garage break-ins.

  • Residential Garage Doors
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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.

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 Frequently Should My Garage Door be Serviced?

To keep your garage door in tip-top condition you need to keep it well maintained and ensure that it’s serviced on a regular basis. An annual garage door service serves to prevent future issues from cropping up and typically consists of preventative maintenance such as lubricating moving parts, checking that any bolts and screws are properly tightened, and checking and adjusting the door spring tension if necessary. Generally, your garage door should be serviced once a year providing no additional issues arise. Much like anything that requires servicing, your garage door might work fine without its annual check-up but this doesn’t mean that it should be skipped.

Semi-Annual Check-Ups

In addition to annually servicing your garage door, it’s also worth carrying out your own simple visual checks in Spring and Fall to help spot any potential problems with your garage door before they become bigger issues. These checks only take a few minutes and don’t require any specialized skills or knowledge.  Visual garage door checks include watching to see if the door operates smoothly without binding or jerking motions and listening for any strange or unusual noises.  Do a visual inspection of the lift cables on each end of the door to be sure they are not fraying or corroding.  Be especially sure to open the door and look for corrosion on the bottom loops of the cables (where they attach to the door) as in snowy climates snow-melt from vehicles tends to be very corrosive and is the cause of most cable failures. Also check to make sure that any screws or nuts on the hinges aren’t visibly loose. Visual checks could also include more obvious things like checking for cracks in glass or any tears in perimeter seals. Conducting simple visual checks can help you catch any garage door issues before they develop into bigger, and costlier problems.

Advanced Checks

While still relatively simple, these tests could prove to be quite useful to garage door service technicians when diagnosing and repairing any issues with your garage door.

Safety sensors can be checked by simply placing a long solid object 1-1/2” thick under the garage door as it or closes. If it reverses, then the safety sensor is working fine, however, if it closes onto the object you are using to test it with, then that’s a sign that the garage door poses a serious safety hazard and should be adjusted by a qualified garage door technician.

Checking the garage door operation is slightly more complicated, but still perfectly doable by most. This is done by disconnecting your garage door from its opener by pulling the emergency release rope and opening and closing the garage door by hand. If it operates with little to no resistance, then everything’s fine.  If it sticks or requires a significant amount of force to operate then calling a qualified garage door technician is highly recommended.  A balanced door should lift easily with one hand and stay open ½ way without pulling up or falling down on its own.

While these monthly checks are extremely beneficial to your garage door’s overall health, there’s simply no substitute for getting your garage door serviced properly by qualified garage door experts. At the Door House we’ve been installing, repairing, and servicing garage doors for over 25 years, and are dedicated to meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Contact us today to schedule your next garage door service.

 

 

  • 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
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Glass Garage Doors

When replacing or installing a new garage door, it’s important to keep your home’s design in mind. Aluminum and glass garage doors are designed to complement modern home designs and are the perfect accompaniment to homes adorned with beautiful glass patios and conservatories. But is a glass garage door right for you?

Glass or No Glass?

To most, a garage door is a significant investment so careful consideration is paramount when deciding on a particular garage door style or design. What’s more, your garage door will make up a sizeable portion of your home’s façade so it’s important you choose something that suits your home’s overall design. A glass garage door’s biggest appeal is its aesthetic value; so one of the questions you should be asking yourself is whether you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of functionality and energy efficiency in exchange for aesthetics. Let’s take a look at a few advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind when considering this particular garage door style.

Advantages of Glass Garage Doors

  • Curb Appeal. A glass garage door adds an unrivaled element of sophistication and elegance to any home.
  • Customizable. The glass color and tint as well as the color of the aluminum frame can be customized to fit in with the rest of your home’s exterior.
  • Natural Light. Glass garage doors allow and amazing amount of natural light to penetrate and brighten up an otherwise dark room.
  • Beauty inside and out.  There is nothing like full wall of glass to provide a beautiful space you want to spend time in to work on your hobbies or projects.

Disadvantages of Glass Garage Doors

  • Cost. Glass is expensive compared to typical materials conventional garage doors are made with.
  • Security. Depending on the tint, glass panels can be relatively easy to look into and may even present potential temptation to burglars.
  • Less Energy Efficient. While modern glass garage door designs utilize insulated glass and full perimeter weather seals, the fact remains that they’ll always be less energy efficient than doors without glass.

Esteem Garage Doors

Representing the pinnacle of contemporary home design, our Esteem Series aluminum and glass garage doors provide you with a healthy mix of aesthetics, privacy and natural light. Constructed out of high quality, high-tech materials like anodized aluminum, thermoclear polycarbonate and double pane insulated satin glass, Esteem Series garage doors are a beautiful addition to your modern home. To add that extra personal touch, Esteem Series garage doors can even be powder-coated in almost any color and filled with colored glass.

Contact us today to find out more about enhancing your home with one of our beautiful Esteem Series aluminum and glass garage doors.

 

 

  • 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
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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.

  • 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
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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.

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
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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

Read More
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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

Read More
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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.

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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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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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Should I Repair Or Replace My Garage Door?

When a problem arises with our trusty garage doors, most of us will naturally look into a repair as the first option. When looking into the possibility of a repair, it’s definitely worth keeping the cost in mind. If the repair cost approaches the price of a new garage door, the door should naturally be replaced. Like-wise if the door is older or not in great shape, you’re likely better off putting your money toward a new door as the cost may not be that much different. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few potential problems that could arise and whether it’s worth repairing or replacing your garage door.

 

Cosmetic Damage

Cosmetic damage includes superficial damage that might not necessarily affect the operation of the garage door but looks bad and can de-value your home. Things like chipped or faded paint, dents, rot or rust could qualify as simple cosmetic damage. This might be the result of prolonged exposure to the elements as well as any impacts the door may have faced over the years. In most cases, cosmetic damage cannot be repaired unless a simple paint job will suffice.  Depending on how bad the door makes your home look, this alone may be a good reason to consider replacing the door.  Any warped wooden doors could be replaced with more modern, galvanized steel units. For those of you who prefer the wood look, we stock a range of steel doors with realistic wood grain finishes.  If you don’t mind the additional maintenance, nothing looks quite like a real stain-grade wood door and we have many beautiful options to choose from.

 

Structural Damage

Occasionally, damage may be more than skin deep. What may look like cosmetic damage to the untrained eye could actually be more serious structural damage. If you are seeing cracks, splits, or bends in the door sections this is often a sign the door should be replaced.  Other components such as rollers, springs, cables and hinges are not very expensive and are likely easily repaired.

 

Problems with Functionality

If your garage door is sticking, opening too slowly or making too much noise your decision on whether to repair or replace it should depend on the extent of the problem. Any issue affecting a garage door’s functionality should be looked into by a trained professional. A professional opinion could end up saving you money and headaches in the long run. A trained eye will be able to isolate the problem area and suggest the best course of action. The problem might be solved with a few simple adjustments, or it could be stemming from a multitude of issues in which case a replacement could usually be considered.

 

If you’re still unsure of whether to repair or replace your garage door, we’re more than happy to assess any issues you may be facing and help you determine which path to take. Our experienced staff will do their utmost to ensure your complete satisfaction. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

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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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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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Signs It Might Be Time For a New Garage Door Opener

Being that they’re fairly simple and reliable devices, many homeowners tend to disregard their importance. With new models being released on a yearly basis offering increased convenience, safety and security among other features, it might be worth considering a new garage door opener. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of a few reasons as to why you may want to consider a newer model, even if your current garage door opener is still working fine.

Energy Efficiency

Many modern garage door openers are designed to operate using less power – especially those with Direct Current motors.  Often these openers are also designed to go into sleep mode after a few minutes to drop the energy draw way down.  Some even have built-in LED lighting which is more efficient and will last the lifetime of the opener.  No more changing burned out light bulbs.

Increased Safety

Garage door openers manufactured after 1993 are required by law to be equipped with a reversal mechanism, for added safety. This safety feature makes use of two sensors that transmit an invisible beam of light to one another. If something obstructs this beam while the opener is in operation, the door will immediately stop closing and reverse its current path.  A new garage door opener is highly recommended if your current one lacks this key safety feature.

Increased Security

Since older garage door openers worked using fixed codes, anyone with a similar or specialized remote control could open someone else’s garage door. Considering most garages have access to the rest of the house, this flaw poses a significant security threat. To counter this, new garage door openers make use of “rolling codes” which change the communication code used between your remote and the opener every time the garage door is remotely operated, selecting from over 100 billion possible codes each time. If you’re currently using a fixed code door opener, the increased security alone might make upgrading to a new garage door opener worth the money invested.

Old Openers Are Often Noisy (So are cheap new openers)

Traditional garage door openers utilize a chain drive system and AC (alternating current) motors. Even when properly maintained and service these openers can still cause quite a racket. Thanks to advances in technology, newer openers are available with DC (direct current) motors that operate way quieter.  The difference in noise produced can be substantial and this alone is often what prompts people to upgrade their opener.  Some are belt driven which also helps to make them a little quieter.

New Technology For Our Connected World

Many newer openers have built-in wifi which allows the opener to connect to your internet router.  Once connected you can download a free app for your phone or tablet that will allow you to operate or monitor your door from anywhere in the world you have an internet connection.  This can be handy to let in a friend or service person.  These openers can also be incorporated with many home automation/security systems that have become very popular in the last decade.

Backup Power Supply

Another drawback of garage door openers of the past was their inability to operate during power outages. This could be a minor or a major problem depending on what your current situation with alternate parking availability is. More modern garage door openers can now be equipped with backup batteries/power supplies which will automatically detect a power outage and allow your garage door opener to continue functioning as normal.

If you’ve decided to upgrade your current garage door opener, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our range of garage door openers. If you’re unsure on which unit best fits your needs or need some additional advice, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!

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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.

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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4 Different Garage Door Styles to Choose From

Whether you’re building a new home or upgrading your current unit, there’s a ton of different garage door options to choose from. Don’t let this overwhelm you! Here at The Door House we’ve compiled a short list of our most popular types of garage doors to give you a better idea of what we’ve got available and to help you make a more informed decision.

Traditional Steel Garage Doors

Traditional Steel style garage doors deliver excellent value for money thanks to their durability and affordable price. Our steel garage doors come in a variety of designs, including short, mid or long panel designs and are constructed from premium quality materials for a virtually maintenance free final product. Quality doors will feature triple layer construction with a steel skin on the outside AND the inside with insulating material inside.  Stay away from entry-level products with no insulation, or with minimal insulation with a vinyl (think wallpaper) back.  Not only is the insulating value lower, but the quality drop is huge.  Definitely not worth it for the sake of saving $50-$100 on a door.  We include full exterior weather-stripping and a bottom “U” shaped arctic grade weather seal with all our doors. No matter how subtle or bold the statement you want to create with your garage door, our range of finishes have you covered.

Contemporary Garage Doors

A contemporary garage door is a great way to match your garage door style with your modern house style. Contemporary garage doors tend to have a minimalist design and often feature high-tech materials such as glass panels encased in aluminum frames, or premium flush or grooved galvanized steel.  All our contemporary garage doors come with full perimeter weather seals to keep out cold and protect from the elements.

 

Carriage Garage Doors

With the retro look coming back into fashion, carriage-style garage doors are becoming a more popular choice. This style aims to replicate the style of old carriage houses but often fit in perfectly even with more modern, contemporary houses. Traditionally, carriage doors swung open sideways but nowadays modern carriage doors are able to roll up and fold open using automatic openers, while still offering that old world charm. All our carriage style garage doors are constructed out of premium grade steel, insulated and come with full perimeter seals; including an arctic grade “U” shaped bottom seal. Our carriage style garage doors are virtually maintenance free and come in a variety of finishes from painted steel to simulated stained finishes to emulate the appearance of a real wood stained door without the required ongoing maintenance of wood.

 

Wooden Garage Doors

Traditional wooden garage doors complement a variety of architectural styles and can add a sense of warmth and beauty to any home. Our modern wooden garage doors are constructed out of your choice of stain grade, high durability wood species. Doors can be supplied finished or unfinished depending on your choice and all wooden garage doors are insulated to protect your home from the elements.

 

Ultimately, the choice of garage door style lies within you, the homeowner. Whether you’ve got your mind set on a particular style or still need a bit of assistance to finalize your decision, we’re here to help. Whatever your budget or idea may be, we’ll help you make your home look beautiful!

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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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“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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Repair or Replace a Garage Door Opener?

It goes without saying that everything we use on a daily basis is subject to wear and tear, and garage door openers are no exception. Eventually, our ever faithful garage door opener will succumb to its ailments and leave us having to face the decision of whether to repair or replace the entire unit. Thankfully, if you have a fairly modern unit that’s been kept in good condition, a simple repair would usually suffice but it’s still worth digging a little deeper to explore all your options. For example, if the same problem has occurred in the past:  you might want to consider installing a newer, more reliable garage door opener. Or perhaps the unit is fairly new: this might indicate a low quality or poorly maintained garage door opener. In any case, it’s worth taking the following into consideration before deciding on your best course of action.

How Old is Your Opener?

The first thing you should be considering when deciding whether to repair or replace your garage door opener is its age.  Manufacturers say the average life expectancy of an opener is 15-20 years.  Since new openers are inexpensive, if the unit is over ten years old then it might not be worth repairing and it may just be time for an upgrade. If it’s newer, then it’s more likely a repair will be worth it.  In either case, it’s advisable to consult a professional garage door opener technician to help you determine the best course of action; this could end up saving you time and money in the long run.  A simple phone call to a knowledgeable technician describing the symptoms you are experiencing should be enough for him to give you a fairly good idea of the likely cost to repair or replace your opener.

How Much Will it Cost?

When comparing the cost involved between a repair or an upgrade, you may also want to consider some of the benefits newer openers offer.  For many, the biggest upgrade is that many of the new openers are very quiet – especially the belt drive units with DC (direct current) motors.  It often doesn’t cost much more to upgrade to one of these quiet units.  Some even come with wifi built-in so you can operate your door with your smartphone from anywhere you have a connection.  f you’d like to enjoy a more modern and accessible technology like remote operation, then an upgrade might be a better option.

Personal Choices

At the end of the day, deciding whether to repair a garage door opener or replace the unit as a whole boils down to personal choice and budget. What you might have thought to be a major issue could be a simple inexpensive repair. In the same way what you may have thought was a simple fix could actually end up costing almost the same as replacing the entire opener. As mentioned above, getting in touch a trained garage door opener repair technician is highly advisable. At The Door House, our team of experts is happy to guide you through the choices and even advise you on the best steps to take to avoid a repeat scenario in the future. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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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.

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
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Signs You Need a New Garage Door

A new garage door is something that can drastically improve the appearance of your home. Aesthetics aside, you probably use your garage door at least several times a day, meaning it should be working properly and efficiently. While replacing your garage door may seem like another unnecessary expense at first, when you stop and think about it, the price pales in comparison to the total investment you’ve made in building or buying your home. Not to mention an upgrade is a great investment for those looking to gain an immediate and significant return. Here are some signs it just might be time.

Mounting Repair Costs

A garage door needs to be functional. Like anything usable, wear and tear over time is only natural. Cables, rollers, springs and weather-stripping are relatively inexpensive to replace. However, if problems keep re-appearing and you’re constantly having to spend more and more money making the same repairs, it might be worth replacing the whole unit altogether.  Typically, if you find the door sections are bent, dented, rusted or not structurally sound, it will not be worth the cost to repair the door and you should be looking at replacement.

It’s Not as Reliable As it Used to Be

Garage doors are heavy and require a significant effort (man or machine) to open or close. As the garage door components and the door opener motor wear over time the weight of a garage door combined could result in an accident or injury, so safety is also at play here. A door that doesn’t reverse when the safety sensor has been triggered, or has a habit of not shutting completely could not only act as a safety hazard but also expose your house to burglars and is a potential security risk. If your garage door begins showing signs of struggling or forgets to shut completely, it might mean it’s time to get a replacement.

It Moans and Groans

Let’s be honest, the loud, grinding, banging sounds that old garage door systems make aren’t music to anyone’s ears.  A noisy garage door could indicate that a particular component needs lubricating, repairing or replacement.  The issue could be minor, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Apart from being inconvenient and unpleasant to listen to, sounds can act as early warning signs of things to come and like we mentioned above; a sudden failure can result in an accident. If your garage door is constantly sending out audible warnings, it might be another sign that you need a replacement or at the very least you should get in touch with a professional company for a check-up and service.

It’s Out of Style

Styles come in and out of fashion and garage doors are no exception. Taking up nearly 40% of the average home’s façade, it’s safe to assume that your garage door is one of the first things people notice about your house. Even real estate agents admit that homes with attractive garage doors sell quicker than those without. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home anytime soon, a new modern garage door will immediately boost your property’s value. In fact, the 2018 Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs value study rated the return on investment of upscale garage door replacements at more than double those of other popular remodeling projects including a master suite addition and backyard patio.  Year after year, this report has shown garage door upgrades to be one of the most cost effective remodeling projects for homeowners interested in a high return on investment.

It’s Becoming a Money Pit

A poor quality, poorly maintained garage door can end up costing a small fortune in the long run. If you spend a lot of time in your garage and notice it’s getting colder, don’t be so quick to blame it on the harsh Canadian winter – there may be underlying issues with your garage door’s insulation or weather proofing. Additionally, maintenance costs should not get to the point where they’re becoming a burden.  If you find yourself constantly forking out money on repairs to your garage door, or facing ever-increasing heating bills, it might another sign that it’s time for a full-on replacement.

It Lives in the Past

Last but not least, modern garage door technology has advanced leaps and bounds over the doors of yesteryear. With features like remote operation via smartphone apps and smart sensors, it might be time to start enjoying the benefits and conveniences of the latest technology that comes with newer models.  Security is vastly also improved over older door opener models.

Ready to Make the Change?

If after reading this you find that your door is in need of significant attention, it may be time to seriously consider replacing your current garage door. They are often much less expensive than people think.  Get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions and help you choose the right garage door or electric opener for your needs.

  • 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
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How to choose the right electric garage door opener?

Which door opener is the right one for your home? The answer to that question will vary for each home and the best way to find out is by answering a few basic questions:

Should I buy ½ hp or ¾ hp motor?

The size and weight of the door will determine how powerful the opener needs to be. While a single door really only requires a 1/3 h.p. motor, few companies even stock them anymore. A ½ h.p. opener will handle almost any double door, but if you have a high end heavier double garage door a ¾ h.p. opener might be better for you. You will also need to know how tall your door is. 7’ and 8’ heights are both common, while some custom doors can be much taller.

Chain, Belt or screw drive?

Chain drive openers
Chain drive openers are the least expensive and most commonly purchased models. The main benefits to a belt drive model is that it will be quieter and will likely have a longer warranty. Screw drive models often do not perform well in cold temperatures, so most door companies don’t stock them in Canada. If you want to free up ceiling space, side mount openers are also available that mount on the wall beside the door. They are more expensive but are very quiet and can often be installed in situations where normal opener installation is impossible.

 

AC or DC motor?

While AC (alternating current) motors have been the standard for many years, in the past 10 years most manufacturers have gone to DC (direct current) motors in their higher-end models. The main reason for this is that DC motors are much, much quieter than AC motors. Since most of the noise produced by door openers comes from the motor, going to a DC motor will make the biggest difference in how quiet your opener will be. Going to a belt drive instead of a chain drive will make a little difference, but the big payoff in quietness comes in going to a DC motor. So if the small price difference isn’t a concern, DC motors are the way to go.

Should I buy from a Professional Door Dealer or a Home Improvement Store?

The answer to this question usually lies in who will be installing it. If you have the skills and are willing to put in the time (about 3 hours for most people), you can usually save yourself around $100 to $150.00. If you will be paying the store or someone else to install it anyway, you’re usually way better off to purchase it through a professional door company with installation included. You will end up at a similar price but the professional grade models they carry are better quality and tend to be less problem prone. One of the major differences is that the 10’ to 12’ long rail is broken down into short pieces that need to be assembled together in the retail store models so it can fit into a small box you can bring home in your car. Professional grade models have a much more solid 1 piece rail system with no joints for the slide mechanism to catch on if the rail joints go out of alignment.

What features are available that I might like?

Here’s a short list the features available on different openers. If a feature is important to you look for a model that has it.

AC motor (cheaper) – DC motor (much quieter)
Chain drive (cheaper) – Belt Drive (a little quieter)
Battery back-up – keeps door operational during power outages so you don’t have to manually lift the door
Wifi – allows you to download an app to your smartphone or tablet to control your door from anywhere in the world you have wifi
Motion sensing wall control – turns the lights on when it senses motion, so you never have to enter a dark garage
Timer to Close – automatically closes the door if you forget after the time delay you select.
Warranty – can vary from 4 years to lifetime on the motor and from 1 to 5 years on other parts

We hope this article has helped you better understand what you would like. If not, don’t worry! Your local professional door company would be happy to help you figure out which model is best for you.

If you are in Calgary, Canada, you can see all the garage opener models we carry (and installed pricing) here.

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

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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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Things to Know Before Buying a Garage Door

A garage door often makes up one of the largest areas of the front of today’s home, so it can have a very significant impact on curb appeal. This fact combined with the relatively low cost are some of the reasons garage door replacement usually ranks in the #1 or #2 position of highest return on investment of any home improvement you can make. Here are a few simple things you should consider before buying a garage door.

A great quality garage door doesn’t have to cost a lot
The difference between a cheap entry level quality garage door and a good quality door is often as little as $50.00 but the quality difference can be massive. Be sure to ask for pricing on a few different quality levels – you may be surprised at how much difference a few extra dollars can make.

Decide what look you want your new door to have
Less than 10 years ago, all garage doors looked pretty much the same. In the past decade, the industry has become very innovative and there is now a huge variety of door styles to choose from. There are 3 basic categories the various door styles fall into: Traditional style, Contemporary Style, and Carriage Style. The style of your home will usually dictate what door style best compliments your home. There are so many door styles available now that it can become quite overwhelming when trying to choose which door is the best for you. For this reason, it is highly recommended to work with a qualified, experienced door company. They should be able to look at your house and based on experience, and their knowledge of what is available, very quickly suggest 2 or 3 door styles that will best suit your home.

What material should my door be made from?
Insulated steel doors make up over 90% of the garage door market in Canada. For most people they really do offer the best combination of quality, price, durability and low maintenance. Some steel doors are even available in simulated stained finishes to emulate the look of a stained wooden door without the extra maintenance wood doors require. However, nothing is as beautiful as a real wood door, so if for you the additional maintenance is worth it for the enhanced beauty and curb appeal, a real wood door might be for you. Real wood doors are more expensive, but many owners of estate homes wouldn’t consider anything other than a real wood door with real wood charm. There are also garage doors made from composite materials which look more like real wood than steel doors, but they are much more expensive (even than real wood). They promise lower maintenance but there still is additional required maintenance. Garage doors made from composite materials do look more like real wood, but again, nothing looks as good as the real thing.

Have it professionally installed
While you might be interested in saving a little bit of money by installing your new garage door on your own, this can be a hassle that may result in damage to your new garage door. Chances are you’ll be purchasing your door through a reputable garage door dealer who will also install it at a very reasonable price. This is one of those things that really is not worth attempting yourself.

Research which garage door company would be best for you
Before you purchase your new garage door, you need to research and find which local garage door company is going to be the best fit for you. Having a company that will help you choose and install the right garage door is going to make all of the difference. A quick google search and you should see plenty of customer reviews. Even great companies are likely to have a few customers who were less than fully satisfied, but if you see lots of negative reviews there is likely a reason, so pay attention.

These are just a few of the many things that you should know before buying a garage door. With this knowledge, you will be able to make a better decision about which garage door is right for you, and which company you can trust to install and service it properly.

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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.

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: