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5 Garage Door Makeover Ideas to Brighten Up Your Home

When you think of a garage door, you probably don’t think of it as a feature in your home. Garage doors are often an afterthought when it comes to design and architecture, but they can actually be a great way to add some curb appeal to your house.

Compared to front doors, garage doors are typically larger and more prominent, so they can have a big impact on the look of your home. With a few tweaks, you can transform your garage door from an eyesore into a design element.

If you’re thinking of giving your garage door a makeover, here are some ideas to get you started.

Paint it a bright color (or two)

Most garage doors are either white or beige.. But there’s no rule that says your garage door has to blend in with the rest of your house.

Painting your garage door a rich color like black, dark grey or even red or orange can really make it stand out and add some personality to your home. You could even give it a fresh coat of paint in two colors for a more playful look.  If you have a steel door be careful painting it a dark color as that may void the manufacturer’s warranty.  Dark finishes from the factory use specially formulated paints designed to stay much cooler in direct sunlight than normal paint finishes.

If you’re not sure what color to paint your garage door, look at the other colors in your house and find something that complements them.

Upgrade your material

If your garage door is made from wood or steel like most, you’re not limited to those materials for your makeover. There are now garage doors made from aluminum, fiberglass, and composites.

Some of these materials are more durable than others and can better withstand elements such as wind, rain, and sun. For example, aluminum doors won’t rust, warp, or rot like wood or steel doors will, so they’re a good choice if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions.

When choosing a new material for your garage door, consider both the look you’re going for and the practicality of the material.

Try a different style

Just because your garage door is functional doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish. There are various of different styles to choose from, so you can find one that fits the overall look of your home.

More traditional styles include raised-panel doors and carriage-style doors. If you want something with a more modern and minimalist look, there are also flat-panel doors and glass garage doors. Or if you want something unique, there are even doors that resemble barn doors or French doors.

Upgrade your electric opener

Automatic garage door openers have become standard these days as they’re more convenient and easier to use than their manually operated doors. They can even help improve the security of your home since newer models are much more secure than older openers and can be connected to your home security system.  Many newer openers are also designed to be very quiet unlike the basic loud chain driven models.

Not only will an automatic garage door make your life easier, but it can also add a touch of luxury to your home.

Install some hardware

Garage doors are usually pretty plain, but you can dress them up with some decorative hardware. Adding handles or hinges in a contrasting color can give your garage door a more finished and sophisticated look. You could also try installing lights on either side of the door or on the ceiling above it.

If you really want to go all out, you could even add faux windows to your garage door to make it look more like a front door. They can be made from plexiglass, stained glass, or any other type of transparent material.

Freshen up your garage door today

More people are starting to see their garage door as more than just a functional element of their home. From giving it a fresh coat of paint to adding some new hardware, there are plenty of ways to make your garage door stand out from the rest.

If you’re thinking of giving your home a facelift, try out some of these garage door makeover ideas to enhance your home’s curb appeal. For more than 35 years, our team of experts at The Door House have helped homeowners in the Calgary area choose the right garage door for their style and budget.

For more information about our services, call us at 403-543-6900 or contact us online to receive a free quote.

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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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Should You Buy Faux Wooden Garage Doors?

Wooden doors are considered both charming and practical by many homeowners. They offer a warm, inviting appearance to guests while providing adequate protection to your home. Wooden doors can be expensive and difficult to maintain, especially when they are south facing exposed to the harsh UV from the sun.  If not kept properly sealed the wood can swell up, crack and pieces may break off due to UV exposure and water penetration.   A south-facing wood door typically will require re-finishing every year, while a north-facing door may only require a new coat of finish every 5 or 6 years.

So, what’s the solution? Faux wood garage doors! These doors are made to look like wood but they’re actually made of steel, aluminium, or fiberglass. This means they won’t rot, warp, or crack in extreme weather conditions. They’re also easier to clean than real wood doors; simply wipe them down with a damp cloth when they get dirty.

If you’re considering faux wood garage doors for your home, read on for more information about the pros and cons of these products.

What Are Faux Wooden Garage Doors?

You can purchase doors in just about any material these days, from steel to fiberglass to wood. Faux wooden doors are incredibly popular – especially doors that look highly convincing.

We can trace faux wood back to the French Renaissance, when artists began painting ‘faux bois’ or ‘false wood’. This painting technique was used to create the illusion of wood grain on surfaces that weren’t actually made of wood.

Nowadays, faux wood is more likely to be used in products like garage doors where it can serve a functional purpose. Faux wood garage doors are made from steel, aluminium, or fiberglass and then given a wood grain finish. This gives them the appearance of real wood but with added durability.

Why Can’t I Use Real Wood?

Although faux wood is incredibly popular, real wood is still used throughout the home – in particular, for interior doors and entrance doors. So why not use real wood for your garage doors?

There are a few reasons:

  • Wood is more expensive. A garage door is a large, thick piece of material. This means that it would be very expensive to purchase a garage door made entirely of stain-grade wood.
  • Wood is more difficult to maintain. Wooden doors require regular sealing, staining, and repainting in order to keep them looking their best.
  • Garage doors are exposed to the elements. Your garage door is constantly exposed to the sun, rain, and wind – so it’s best to use a material that can withstand these conditions without deteriorating.

Keep in mind, too, that garage doors are constantly opening and closing. Even the most well-made wooden door is going to suffer from wear and tear over time; not to mention, the heavy wood can cause the raising and lowering mechanics to wear out more quickly.

Different Types of Faux Wooden Doors

There are two types of faux wood doors: those made with a wood composite, and those made with a steel or aluminium.

Wood composites are made from wood fiber that’s bound together with adhesives, or very dense polyurethane foam, poured into moulds created from real pieces of wood.  This gives these products a more realistic wood look than doors made with steel or aluminium, but they’re also much more expensive. Most manufacturers of composite doors require re-sealing of the exterior every 2-3 years to keep the warranty intact.

Doors made with steel or aluminium have a simulated stained finish which means it has been printed/painted with a wood grain design that mimics the colour variance found in stained wood. While the look is potentially less convincing than wood composites, these products are much more affordable. Some manufacturer’s doors in this category look much more like real wood than other others.  To avoid disappointment, we highly recommended you see a whole door and not just rely on small samples or brochures when making your decision.  It is literally impossible to tell the difference between a great-looking wood finish and a very fake looking wood finish by looking at small samples or brochures as some manufacturers have great-looking images of not so great looking doors.

Steel and aluminium also have the advantage of being the lowest maintenance and longest-lasting material. Most manufacturers of these products offer lifetime warranties on the door sections as well as the paint finish with little to no maintenance required to maintain the finish.

How To Choose The Right Faux Wooden Garage Door

Garage doors are an investment; they can cost anywhere between $1200 and $15,000, and sometimes even more. That’s why it’s important to choose a door that will not only look good, but also stand the test of time.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing a faux wooden garage door:

  • The overall style of your home: You want a door that complements the rest of your house. If you have a modern home, for example, you might want a sleek, minimalistic garage door. A more traditional home would look best with a door that has more ornate features.
  • The climate: Do you live in an area with extreme weather conditions? In that case, you’ll want a door that can withstand high winds, heavy rain, or snow.
  • The size of your garage: Make sure to measure your garage before you buy a door. You don’t want to end up with a door that’s too big or too small for the space.
  • Your budget: Faux wood doors can be expensive, so it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. Keep in mind that some of the cheaper doors are great looking and can be as or more durable than the more expensive composite ones, with less maintenance required.

Looking for expert guidance on which door to choose? Here at The Door House, we’re ready to help. Give us a call or email us today!

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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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My Garage Door Reverses Before Touching The Floor

Garages are a great addition to any home, as not only do they provide parking for your car, but they can also be used for storage, working on projects, and more.

So, when you encounter problems, such as when the garage door reverses before touching the floor, it can be quite annoying.  Often the issue can be fixed when you are aware of the most common causes that we will discuss in this article. Knowing possible causes will be key to understanding how to fix your garage door.

Why Does My Garage Door Reverse Before Touching The Floor?

Keeping your garage secure and warm in the winter and cool in the summer is made possible by your garage door, so making sure it is operating properly is essential.

Listed below are some common reasons your garage door may be reversing before hitting the ground:

Safety Eyes Are Misaligned Or Something Is Blocking Them

The safety eyes are about 6” from the floor on each side by the tracks.  The sending eye sends an invisible beam of light to the receiving eye.  If the receiving eye does not receive the signal the opener will not close the door for safety reasons because it is designed to assume there is something blocking the light and it’s not safe to close the door.  Sometimes, the door itself can block the signal as it is almost closed.  This is typically caused by something on the door sticking in too far and blocking the signal from the safety eyes.  It can also happen if the eyes are out of alignment and pointing slightly “outside” the garage opening in which case straightening the eyes should solve the issue.

Close-Force Setting Needs Adjusting

The close-force setting may need to be adjusted if the garage door reverses before hitting the floor. Usually, garage door openers have an adjustment screw for fine-tuning the amount of pressure or resistance the electric opener can “feel” before the safety sensor will stop and reverse the door to open it again.

The reasoning behind this is that friction between the door rollers and the tracks may be misleading the door opener into believing the door has reached the ground.

If this is the problem, decreasing the sensitivity on the door opener can solve the problem.  Before making any adjustments to the force settings, it is critical to first pull the emergency disconnect rope and lift and lower the door by hand to see if it requires an unusual amount of force to operate.  If it opens and closes easily by hand you are likely safe to decrease the sensitivity of the opener which will likely solve the problem.  If the door is difficult to lift or lower by hand do not try to solve the problem by adjusting the sensitivity on the opener.  Doing so can cause damage to the door and/or opener and create an unsafe situation.  If the door is not operating easily by hand you should definitely call a garage door professional to service the door.

Logic Board Needs Replacing

If your garage door opener is not responding or working properly, the logic board may need to be replaced. The logic board is a small circuit board that controls all the functions of the garage door opener.  If your garage door’s travel module wears out and is no longer able to transmit the garage door’s position to the logic board, your garage door may reverse, and suddenly close or open without warning.

When it fails, it can cause the opener to not work at all or to work intermittently. The logic board is usually located in the motor head of the garage door opener and can be replaced without having to replace the entire opener.

The Garage Door Is Binding

Garage doors that bind can cause severe restrictions preventing it from moving properly. Not only do they prevent the door from fully closing and reversing, but they can also be dangerous if left untreated or handled carelessly.

There are a few different things that can cause a garage door to bind, with the most common culprit being an obstruction in the track, such as a piece of debris, a build-up of ice or a bend in the track itself.  If this is the case,  you may be able to clear the obstruction yourself.  If you are unable to see an obvious obstruction you will likely need to call a Pro for help.

Get in touch with Calgary’s Garage Door Experts

In case you’re still having issues, or if you want a professional garage door technician to check your garage door issues from the get-go, it’s best to contact the experts from Door House. Get in touch with us today at 403-543-6900 or contact us online to receive a free quote on any of our services.

 

  • 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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Why Invest In A New Garage Door

When it comes to improving your home, you want to make sure that the investment you make will last for years to come. That’s why investing in a new garage door is such a smart choice. Since the garage door makes up a large portion of the front of most homes, it can have a huge impact on the curb appeal for a relatively small investment.  In fact, garage door replacement consistently ranks #1 or #2 for renovations with the biggest return on investment.  Not only will it add value to your home, but it will also provide you with peace of mind knowing that your family is safe and secure.

Garage doors are one of the most important investments you can make for your home. They provide security and peace of mind as well as add value to your home. If you’re thinking about making some home improvements, consider investing in a new garage door.

To help you make the best decision for your home, we’ve put together a list of reasons investing in a new garage door is a great idea and these are some of them:

Safety and Security

One of the most important reasons you should invest in a new garage door is for the safety and security of your family. An old or outdated garage door can be easy to break into, leaving your home vulnerable to intruders. A new garage door will allow you to sleep well at night since you know that your family is safe and secure.

Value

Another reason to invest in a new garage door is for the value it will add to your home. If you ever decide to sell your home, a new garage door will be a selling point for potential buyers. They will see that you’ve made a valuable investment in your home and that you’ve taken care of it well.

Curb Appeal

If you’re looking to improve the curb appeal of your home, a new garage door is a great way to do it. There are so many different styles and colors to choose from, so you can find one that fits the look of your home perfectly. A new garage door can really make your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood.

Energy Efficiency

One of the best reasons to invest in a new garage door is for the energy efficiency it will provide. Older garage doors are not as energy efficient as newer ones, so you could be paying more than you need to in heating and cooling costs. A new garage door will help you save money on your energy bills by insulating your home properly.

 Functionality

If your garage door is old or outdated, it might not be functioning properly. This can be a safety hazard and it can also be frustrating. A new garage door will be reliable and easy to use, so you can rest assured knowing that your family is safe. These are just a few of the reasons investing in a new garage door is such a smart choice.

If you’re thinking about making some home improvements, consider a new garage door. It’s an investment that will last for years to come and it will provide you with peace of mind knowing that your family is safe.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many great reasons to invest in a new garage door. If you’re thinking about making some home improvements, consider investing in this part of your property. It’s a great way to add value to your home and give you the peace of mind you need to relax and enjoy life without worrying about your and your household’s safety.

Contact The Door House to learn more about garage doors and to find the perfect one for your home. Door House is a family-owned business that has been helping homeowners improve their homes for over 35 years. They offer a wide selection of garage doors, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your home. Visit their website here to learn more!

  • 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:

Why is my Garage Opener Light Blinking

You may have noticed that your garage openers’ lights are blinking and wondered what it meant. There are a few different things that could be causing this issue.

 

Here, we’ll explore the most common reasons for a garage opener light to blink and what you can do about it.

 

Why is my garage opener light blinking?

If your garage opener light is blinking, it could be for a variety of reasons. Most likely, the issue has to do with the safety sensors. These sensors are responsible for making sure that there is nothing in the way of the door as it’s closing.

 

If the sensors aren’t working correctly, are not properly aligned, or are blocked the opener’s main lights will flash, and the door will refuse to close. In some cases, you might be able to fix the issue yourself by realigning the sensors so they are pointing directly at each other again.

 

However, in other cases, you might need to hire an expert to repair the opener’s wiring. Either way, it’s crucial to identify the cause of the problem to avoid any future issues.

 

What do the different number of flashes mean on a garage door?

When you press the button on your garage door remote control, a small led light will flash to indicate that the opener is receiving the signal. But what does it mean if that light flashes one, two, three, or four or more times?

 

Depending on the brand of the opener, the number of flashes can indicate different things. But for the most part, the diagnostic is similar for most garage opener brands.

 

  • A single flash generally means an issue with the sensor wire, such as being open, broken, or disconnected.

 

  • Two flashes typically mean that either the sensor wire is shorted or the black and white wires are inverted. In both instances, the safety eyes will not glow continuously. You should therefore examine the wire for any staples or improper wiring.

 

  • Three flashes usually indicate a shorted door control or wire.

 

  • The misalignment of the sensor eyes is typically the most common cause of your opener’s lights flashing four times.

 

  • If the light is flashing five times, the motor may be overheated and needs to be cooled down.

 

  • Six flashes indicate a complete motor circuit failure, which will need to be repaired by a professional.

 

By understanding what each number of flashes means, you can quickly diagnose and fix any issues with your garage door opener.

 

Final thoughts

If you’re still having issues, it’s best to get the problem diagnosed by a skilled garage door technician from Door House. We will be able to quickly identify the issue and get your door opener working like new again.

  • 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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My Garage Door Doesn’t Open All the Way, What Do I Do?

There are few things as inconvenient as your garage door not opening all the way. Not only does it prevent you from entering and exiting your garage, but it also makes it harder for you to access anything else you have stored In there. Nevertheless, it’s not the end of the world and here’s what to do if your garage door doesn’t open.

Check Your Garage Door Remote

Oftentimes, it’s the little things that cause us the most grief. So, if you’re clicking your garage door remote and nothing happens, it’s always a good idea to start from there. Something as simple as a dead battery could prevent you from opening your garage door. Moreover, you may be out of range, the signal could be blocked, other devices could be interfering, or the antenna might be damaged. Test your garage door with a fresh battery, and make sure your antenna is clearly visible and does not appear damaged.

Some garage door remotes can even be reset or reprogrammed electronically, so follow your garage door opener’s manual to find out how to do this. Also, if you installed any new wireless devices in your home or around your garage door opener, try turning them off to ensure they’re not interfering with your garage door opener’s signal. Some LED light bulbs can create interference so try unscrewing or changing the bulb to see if it helps.

Check for Broken Torsion Springs

Broken Torsion SpringsBroken garage door torsion springs are one of the most common reasons garage door repair companies are called out.  Take a look at the springs to see if one of them is broken (split in two pieces).  On most doors you can see the springs about a foot above the door in the centre.  If the spring is broken, you will need to call a professional for replacement.  Springs are under extreme tension and are very dangerous to work with without the proper tools and knowledge.  Broken torsion springs are not something to be taken lightly, and you should never attempt to fix or replace them alone. Always get in touch with a professional for any repairs involving springs or lift cables as they are under extreme tension.

Check Your Garage Door Balance

If your spring is not broken and your garage door won’t open all the way, it may not be balanced properly. Checking the garage door balance is relatively simple.  All you need to do is pull the emergency release cord to disconnect it from the garage door opener. Once disconnected, gently try and lift the garage door by hand, lift it all the way and gently lower it.  The door should lift and lower easily without much effort.  If it is very difficult to lift or lower, it’s usually a sign the door will need a spring adjustment or that the door is binding.  In either case it’s best to call a pro.

Check and Adjust Limit Sensitivity

Your garage door’s limit settings determine how far your garage door opener moves the door and how much force is used to fully open and close your garage door. If your garage door sensitivity is set too low, it could cause your garage door to malfunction and not work as it should. Despite this being a regular maintenance item, your garage door sensitivity may need the occasional tune-up between services.

Before adjusting anything on the opener be sure to follow the instructions above on checking for a broken spring and checking the garage door balance.  Do not adjust the sensitivity on the electric opener if the door is poorly balanced.  While doing this might get the door working, a poorly balanced door can strip out the gears in electric openers within days or weeks.  If the door is balanced, see your garage door manual for more information on how to set the sensitivity and adjust your door’s travel or force limit. If you’re not confident in adjusting these settings yourself, reach out to a qualified garage door professional.

 

Reach Out to Calgary’s Garage Door Specialists

If you’ve followed all the above steps and still haven’t managed to get your garage door to open all the way, or simply need a bit of extra help to get your garage door back into ship shape, get in touch with The Door House today at 403-543-6900 or contact us online for a free quote on any of our services.

  • 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:

Pairing Your Modern Home With the Right Garage Door

In homes with modern interior and exterior design, the sleek and stylish features all weave seamlessly together to create a refined, minimalist finish. One aspect of a modern home that is often overlooked, however, is the garage door.

While this may seem like a small detail, it can really add to or detract from the overall look of your property. If you are in the market for a new garage door or are simply curious about the options available to you, read on for a brief guide to the different types of garage doors and their respective merits.

Modern Homes: A Quick Overview

In-home design, the term ‘modern’ doesn’t simply refer to recently built homes or those with a contemporary style. Modern architecture emerged in the early-to-mid 20th century and is characterised by its simplicity, functionality, and lack of ornamentation.

Some of the main features of a modern home include large windows to let in natural light, an open-plan layout that blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, and clean lines and minimalistic finishes throughout.

This style has remained popular ever since and can be seen in homes all over the world. If you’re interested in giving your home a modern makeover, there are plenty of ways to do so – from replacing old, clunky furniture with sleek, minimalist designs to installing new, energy-efficient appliances.

The Garage Door: A Crucial Part of the Modern Home

While it’s not often the first thing that comes to mind when considering home renovations or updates, the garage door is a crucial part of the modern home. Not only does it play an important functional role – allowing you to drive your car into and out of the garage – but it can also add to or detract from the overall look of your property.

Before choosing a new garage door, it’s important to consider the style of your home and what kind of look you’re aiming for. Let’s take a look at the different home styles and which type of garage door would be best suited for each.

The International Home: Sleek, Minimalistic, and Balanced

If you’re living in an international home – that is, a home with an industrial-inspired, minimalist style that is well-balanced and visually pleasing – then you’ll want to opt for a garage door that matches this look.

International homes are best paired with contemporary or traditional garage doors. These doors are sleek, minimalistic and well-crafted, with clean lines and an understated style that will perfectly complement your home’s aesthetic.  Glass often adds a great design element to complement these homes.

Prairie, Farmhouse, and Ranch Homes: Timeless and Rustic

Many people enjoy the rustic, timeless charm of a prairie, farmhouse, or ranch home. They often feature an open-plan layout, wooden beams and floors, and plenty of natural light and air. If you’re living in one of these types of homes, you’ll want to choose a garage door that reflects its rustic charm.

A good option for this type of home is the carriage house door. These doors are made to look like the traditional, swinging carriage doors found on many farmhouses and ranches. They are crafted from high-quality wood or metal and come in a variety of styles and finishes, making it easy to find the perfect one for your home.

Mid-Century or Split-Level Homes: Contemporary and Spatially Creative

Mid-century and split-level homes emerged as designers got more creative with using angles and spaces. These homes often have a more contemporary or funky vibe, with unique features like slanted walls, flat planes, and changes in elevation.

For these homes, a garage door that reflects their contemporary style is ideal. Contemporary garage doors are typically made from metal or glass and are designed to be sleek and minimalist, with clean lines and a modern look. They come in a variety of colours and finishes, making it easy to find the perfect one for your home.

Taking Note of Materials and Colours

Of course, it isn’t simply the door type you’ll need to consider. You also need to take note of the materials and colours that are used in order to create a cohesive look.

For example, if you have a home with a lot of wood features, you’ll want to choose a garage door made from wood or metal that has a similar finish. If your home has a lot of white or light-coloured features, you may want to consider a garage door made from glass or a light-coloured metal.

By taking note of the different elements of your home and choosing a garage door that reflects them, you can create a cohesive look that is both stylish and functional.

Perfect Your Home with the Right Garage Door

If you’ve gone to great lengths to design the modern home of your dreams, finding the perfect garage door to match it should be a top priority. Consider the style of your home, the materials and colours you want to use, and the type of door that will best suit your needs.

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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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Garage Door Repair Services in Calgary, Cochrane, and Airdrie

A garage door is an essential part of any home. No matter whether you use your garage door twice a day or 10 times a day, you need it to work each and every time. So, it stands to reason that an unexpected garage door issue is an inconvenience at best. At worst, a faulty garage door can cause a massive disruption to your everyday life and a huge headache as you try to sort it out.

Whether your garage door is stuck open or won’t open at all, The Door House has your back with our garage door repair services. Serving the Calgary, Cochrane, and Airdrie communities, our garage door repair services ensure you’re never left stuck in a bad situation. In a pinch and need our help? Just give us a call!

Why Call The Door House for Garage Door Repair Services?

If you’re in Calgary, Cochrane, or Airdrie, our professional garage door team is just a phone call away. No matter the issue, we’re here for you. From quick repairs to services and replacements, The Door House’s team of experienced garage door technicians can advise you on the best and most effective solution to meet your needs. Best of all, our repairs are made to last and all our installations come backed with our 90-day warranty on parts and labor on top of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Highly trained and experienced in all types of garage door repairs, our expert team is available to help with all your garage door and garage door opener needs. We carry a full range of garage doors, garage door openers, and spare parts for a variety of leading garage door and garage door opener brands, both residential and commercial.

Offering some of the most competitive garage door repair and service prices in Calgary, Cochrane, and Airdrie, we value your time and don’t believe in running the bill with unnecessary expenses. What you’re quoted is what you pay, and all our recommendations are based on what’s best for you personally. Whatever your budget, we’re confident we can help you. Reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation over-the-phone quotation on our garage door repair services or any other of our offerings.

Garage Door Repairs & Services

Family-owned and run, The Door House has been serving Calgary and the Greater Calgary area for over 25 years. Offering a one-stop shop for everything garage door and garage door opener related, we’ve helped thousands with their garage doors over the years and love nothing more than making our customers happy. Need a garage door repair? Call us today at 403-543-6900 or contact us online for a free estimate on any of our services.

 

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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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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 Ways a New Garage Door Can Increase Your Property Value

In addition to replacing an outdated, worn-out door, a new garage door makes your home more functional, more attractive and increases its overall value. Offering one of the highest returns of investment on any home renovation, a new garage door offers a wide range of benefits, many of which can increase your property value. Let’s take a closer look at how installing a new garage door can add value to practically any home.

Adds Curb Appeal

Improving your home’s curb appeal and properly maintaining it can increase your property value by as much as 11%. So, regardless of whether you plan on selling anytime soon, there’s always a good reason to add curb appeal to your home. Considering the average garage door takes up roughly a third of a home’s façade, it’s safe to say that upgrading to a new garage door can have a significant impact on your home’s curb appeal, and therefore its value.

Improves Home Safety and Security

Your garage is essentially a second entrance to your home. So, it stands to reason that you’ll want to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your valuables safe from any opportunistic criminals. This is why it pays to invest in a high-quality, secure garage door – a more secure home is a more valuable home. Moreover, a modern garage door is likely to be safer and offer more safety features than an outdated or poorly maintained garage door, thus increasing your property value.

Increases Energy Efficiency

Modern garage doors are insulated and designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. By keeping the outside air out, a properly insulated new garage door can help regulate the temperature of your garage and the rest of your home. This, in turn, can help lower heating and cooling costs, which adds value to your property. As an added bonus, a well-insulated garage door can also help keep outside noise out and your home quieter and more private.

Lowers Maintenance and Repair Costs

The costs of constantly maintaining and repairing an old garage door tend to add up over time. If you’re looking to sell your home, the prospect of having to pay extra to maintain a worn-out garage door will likely not go down well with prospective buyers. A newer garage door means newer and more modern components, which would require less maintenance than an older model. So, if you want to add value to your home and take advantage of the rest of the benefits listed, then a new garage door is the way to go.

Complements Your Home’s Style

A new garage door that complements your home’s style will undoubtedly increase your home’s property value. Whether it be wood to match a classic home or metal and powder-coated glass to pair with a contemporary home, installing a new garage door that goes well with the rest of your house is always a good way to boost your property value.

Increase Your Property Value with The Door House

If you’re in the Calgary area and looking to increase your home’s value by adding a new garage door, reach out to The Door House today. Serving the local community for over two decades, The Door House has been the go-to for Calgarians for all things garage door-related. Call us today at 403-543-6900 or fill out our online form for a no-obligation estimate on your next garage door.

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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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Adjusting Your Garage Door Photo Eye

Photo eye sensors are one of the many safety features modern garage doors are fitted with to keep both you and your property safe. Typically installed just a few inches above the ground, misaligned garage door photo eye sensors can prevent your garage door from closing as it should. If you’re having trouble with your garage door and you’ve ruled out any obvious physical damage, it could be something as simple as a misaligned photo eye causing the problem. Follow these simple steps to troubleshoot and realign a garage door photo eye.

How to Adjust Your Garage Door Photo Eye

Photo eye sensors are delicate pieces of equipment that need to be realigned every so often. In most cases, one of the most obvious signs of a misaligned photo eye is your garage door not closing. In some modern garage door systems, however, a light on the garage door opener may flash or it might make a noise to let you know your photo eye is misaligned – making troubleshooting that much easier. Adjusting and aligning the photo eye itself is typically an easy, four-step process:

Check for Obstructions

Anything that breaks the beam of light going from sensor to sensor will stop your garage door from properly closing.  Oftentimes, this could be caused by something in your garage being moved or accidentally knocked over in front of the photo eye sensor. Make sure the area around the garage door and photo eye sensors are clear and that nothing is obstructing them.

Check the Sensor Lights

Each photo eye sensor has an LED indicator light on its side, and both should be lit steadily. An unlit or flickering LED could indicate that the photo eye sensor is either damaged or misaligned. If the LED on one of your sensors isn’t lit or flashing, gently move it with your hand and align it so it points directly at the opposite sensor until it lights up again. An LED that still doesn’t light up after being moved could indicate more complex electrical issues, at which point it’s best to call a qualified garage door technician to take a closer look.

Clean the Sensors

If the photo sensor eye LED lights are lit but your garage door still won’t open or close properly, it could simply be a case of dirty sensors. Over time, rain, dust, or dirt can gather on a sensor’s lens and prevent it from working as it should. Gently wipe your sensors using a damp cloth to remove any built-up dirt or debris.

Adjust the Pivot Bracket

Photo eye sensors are typically kept in place using pivot brackets. These allow the sensor angle to be adjusted to compensate for any uneven walls or tracks. Whether it’s due to your house settling, a bump, or any other reason, pivot brackets can sometimes come loose and cause sensor eye misalignment. Luckily, re-aligning them is as simple as loosening the screws holding the bracket in place, and moving it until both sensors are pointing at each other.

Call the Door House for Professional Garage Door Photo Eye Repair in Calgary

If you’ve tried the above and still can’t get your garage door to work properly, then it’s time to call in the experts. With decades of experience serving the local Calgary community, The Door House has the knowledge and expertise needed to troubleshoot any garage door problem and get it working again in no time. Give us a call at 403-543-6900 or fill out our online contact form to request a free quote on any of our services.

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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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The Best Way to Clean a Garage Door

Your garage door is likely the first thing you and anyone who visits sees when pulling up to your house. It’s what gives people their first impression of the rest of your home and reflects how much you truly care about your home’s appearance. While the sheer size of it and the fact that you’ve probably got a lot more going on in your life might put you off cleaning it, cleaning your garage door is essential to protecting your investment and getting the most out of it. Luckily, cleaning your garage door is easier than you may think and doesn’t require any specialized equipment or cleaners. Here’s the best way to clean your garage door and keep it looking as fresh and new as possible.

Why You Should Clean Your Garage Door

Aesthetics aside, washing your garage door offers several benefits including prolonging the door’s finish and preventing rust. The chemicals sprayed on roads in winter are highly corrosive so the snow that melts off your vehicle inside your garage can and will lead to a rusty door if no steps are taken to keep them off your door.  Squeegee any water build-up near the door out of your garage as often as possible.  Ideally, you’d clean these chemicals off your garage door monthly in winter, but twice a year – once in spring and once in fall – will help too. Washing your garage door comes with the bonus of allowing you to get up close and inspect it for any wear and tear before any major issues develop. You could also include a wash as part of your annual fall garage door maintenance.

How to Clean Your Garage Door

The more often you clean your garage door, the less time it will have to get dirty and the less effort you’ll need to put in the next time you clean it. That being said, cleaning a garage door is relatively simple and requires very little. All you need is some water, a cleaning solution, a soft sponge or cloth, and a step ladder to get you to the highest points of your garage door without too much effort.

As far as cleaning solutions and other supplies go, you don’t have to get too fancy. Regular dish soap, car soap, or even mild detergent mixed with water will do just fine. Never mix your cleaning solution with bleach or other harsh chemicals as this can damage your door’s finish. Speaking of your garage door’s finish, it’s important to use a soft sponge or cloth to avoid scratching your garage door. As tempting as it may be, do not use a pressure washer to get the job done faster or strong abrasives like steel wool or scouring pads. The best way to go about cleaning your garage door is to treat it as if you were cleaning your car. If you wouldn’t use a particular soap or sponge on your car, then you shouldn’t be using it on your garage door either.

Much like cleaning your car, cleaning your garage door is relatively simple. Just dip your sponge or cloth into the cleaning solution, ring out any excess liquid, and wipe the surface of your garage door using gentle circular motions. Focus on one corner of your garage door first and move from left to right or vice versa as opposed to a random pattern. Re-soak your cloth or sponge every so often to get rid of any accumulated dirt. Once you’ve completed a full pass of your garage door, simply rinse it off using a hose or a bucket of water and dry it using a soft, clean towel. Alternatively, you can let your garage door air dry if the weather allows.

While you’re cleaning your garage door, don’t forget to check and wipe down other parts like the weather stripping, door tracks, and sensors to ensure they remain in good working order.

Contact The Door House for Your Garage Door Repair and Maintenance Needs

While cleaning should be a regular part of garage door maintenance for any homeowner, any issues or concerns discovered as you’re cleaning should only be handled by qualified professionals. If you discover or suspect a problem with your garage door while cleaning it, The Door House is here to help. Serving the local community for over 20 years, we’re proud to offer some of the most trusted garage door maintenance and repair services in Calgary. Call us today at 403-543-6900 or contact us online for a free quote on any of our services.

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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!”

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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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How to Tell If Your Garage Opener Transmitter Batteries Are Dead

Garage door openers are complex systems that make use of different mechanisms to safely raise and lower your garage door. These mechanisms include the transmitter which, put simply, sends a signal to your garage door opener telling it that it’s time to open or close your garage door. Naturally, your garage door transmitter needs power to work, and this power usually comes from batteries.

With the average homeowner using their garage door transmitter over a thousand times a year, it should come as no surprise that your transmitter batteries need to be replaced every so often. So, if your garage door isn’t responding to your transmitter or responds intermittently, the problem could simply be a dead battery. Here’s how to tell if your garage door opener transmitter batteries are dead, and what to do.

Are Your Garage Door Opener Transmitter Batteries Dead?

High-quality garage doors and garage door openers are built to last. That means that the majority of the components used in garage door and opener systems are designed to last several years before needing repair or replacement. Garage opener transmitters, often called remote controls, rely on batteries to power them. Most remote control garage opener transmitters use 1.5V “button” batteries, which last for approximately two to five years depending on how often you use your transmitter. While it’s always good to replace your garage door transmitter batteries before it actually stops working, finding out whether you need fresh batteries or a more complex repair is relatively simple.

The most obvious way to tell if you need new garage opener transmitter batteries is by checking the wall-mounted control unit. Most modern garage door openers come with a mounted wall unit you can use to operate your garage door from inside your garage. If the door opens and closes smoothly when using the wall unit, but your remote control doesn’t work check if you have a “lock” button on the wall control.  If the lock is enabled, the remotes will not work.  Try pressing the button to unlock the remotes.  If your remotes still don’t work then your transmitter batteries are most likely dead and in need of replacement. If you have more than one transmitter, it’s worth replacing batteries for all transmitters at the same time.

If your garage door responds inconsistently to your garage opener transmitter, it could also be a sign that the batteries are weak and you need fresh batteries. Garage door opener transmitters rely on battery power to send a signal to the garage opener, so inconsistent operation could mean that weak batteries are causing a weak signal.

How to Replace Garage Opener Transmitter Batteries

Thankfully, switching out transmitter batteries is an easy process that can be completed in mere minutes. On some models, all it takes is for you to slide the back cover down, pop the old batteries out, and replace them with fresh ones. Others may use screws to keep the cover and batteries securely in place. If that’s the case with your transmitter, simply use a small screwdriver to remove the screws and replace the batteries. Others still have a coin slot in the side. For this type insert a quarter and twist to pop the front and back of the case apart to access the battery.

What to Do if Changing Transmitter Batteries Doesn’t Work

If your garage door still refuses to work correctly even after replacing your transmitter batteries, make sure that you didn’t accidentally engage the garage door’s lock or the opener’s manual release. If you’ve checked both of these and your garage door still won’t open and close as it should, it’s time to seek professional assistance. You may have a defective receiver which will need to be replaced.

Serving the local community for over two decades, The Door House is one of Calgary’s most trusted garage door repair and installation companies. Call us today at 403-543-6900 or reach out to us online for a free quote on any of our garage door repair services.

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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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Used Garage Doors: Are They Really Worth It?

In the market for a new garage door and want to save some money? Or perhaps you’ve spotted a used one for sale and are considering it as a replacement? Whatever your reasons for wanting to purchase a used garage door, it’s worth taking some time to mull it over and consider whether it’s really worth it. Just like repairing a garage door yourself may not be the greatest idea, buying a used garage door might not be the best choice you’ll ever make. To help you make a more educated decision, we’ve listed a few things to consider when buying a garage door, what to check for should you decide to go for it, and our expert opinion on whether buying a used garage door is really worth it.

Points to Consider When Buying a Used Garage Door

First and foremost, when considering buying a used garage door, you’ll need to consider the aesthetics of the door. You’ll need to make sure it both looks good on the front of your house and, more importantly, is the right size.  There are many different widths and heights that are quite common so make sure to confirm it will fit your garage.

Remember, not all garage doors are the same. By far the most common issue used garage door buyers encounter is buying a garage door that’s too big or too small. Size is a crucial factor when picking out a used garage door and picking one that’s too big or too small could mean money down the drain. You’ll also want to check the clearance space of both your old garage door and the used door you’re considering. Some doors require more clearance above the door to operate than others so just because the door is the same size doesn’t necessarily mean it will work in your garage.  You’ll need to factor in the extra clearance needed to install tracks and a garage door opener, and choosing a garage door with too much or too little clearance could result in costly modifications or, again, wasted money.

What to Check for When Buying a Used Garage Door

If you’re already made up your mind about buying a used garage door or have one in mind, there are still a few things worth checking before pulling the trigger. First, you’ll want to make sure the garage door you’re thinking of buying is less than ten years old. Garage door safety features, standards, and designs change every year. So, buying a used garage door that was made in the last decade at least ensures relative safety.

You’ll also want to check for obvious things like wear and tear. This could be in the form of rust on steel garage doors, or cracks and split panels on wood garage doors. If you notice any such wear and tear we’d recommend walking away there and then. If everything checks out, however, it’s time to dig a little deeper and check for worn or damaged hardware. This includes things like rollers, hinges, screws, bolts, weather stripping, and, most importantly, springs. While it seems like it might be relatively cheap to replace rollers, hinges, screws, bolts, and weather stripping on a used garage door it can add up quick and your bargain might not end up being such a great deal after all.  Replacing damaged garage door springs is something best left to the professionals.

On the topic of springs, you’ll need to check with the previous owner about details like whether they’re the original springs or not, and when they were last replaced. If they are older you might want to consider replacing them while having the door installed..

Is Buying a Used Garage Door Really Worth It?

Speaking of installation, this is something best left to the professionals, mostly for safety reasons.  If you aren’t 100% sure about what you are doing the chances of injury while installing a garage door are quite high.  So, is buying a used garage door really worth it? In short, no.  You’re probably going to have to factor in hiring a pro to install the used door so unless you picked it up for almost nothing you might not be saving much in the end,  Most garage door professionals would agree that while you might save a few bucks in the beginning, a used garage door will end up costing you more than it’s worth in the long run. In addition to the fact that you won’t get a guarantee or warranty on a used door, it simply can’t beat the peace of mind a new garage door offers in terms of safety, reliability, and performance. Do yourself a favor and at least check how much a new door is supplied and installed.  Most people are surprised at how inexpensive they are and the used door usually won’t look like a bargain at all after you factor in all the costs.

If you’re in the market for a new garage door, do yourself a favor and purchase new from a reputable company. At The Door House, we’ve been serving the local community for over 25 years and have one of Calgary’s largest selections of both residential and commercial garage doors. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment and pick out your next garage door.

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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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Selecting A Garage Door Colour: Do’s and Don’ts

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make is picking the wrong colour for their garage door. If your garage is in the front it likely makes up a large portion of your house.  With curb appeal having such a huge impact on a home’s value it’s important to choose a door style and colour that adds value to your home instead of subtracting from your home’s value.  Choosing the wrong colour can either draw too much attention to the door or even downplay it entirely, which is why it’s essential you choose the right colour from the get-go. Though this may seem like a difficult task, picking a garage door colour that perfectly complements the rest of your house is easier than it sounds.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts when selecting a garage door colour.

Do: Take a Photo of Your House

Regardless of how well you think you know your home; a simple photograph of your home’s exterior can be a huge help when picking a garage door style and colour. Having a photograph of your home handy allows you to better choose the colours that match your home’s current colour scheme, easily determine whether your chosen garage door colour clashes with your home or trim’s colour, gives designers and garage door companies a better idea of what they have to work with, and helps you make a more informed decision.

Do: Choose the Same Colour As Your House

Painting your garage door the same colour as the rest of your house is a surefire way to end up with a great result. This allows your garage door to seamlessly blend in with your home’s exterior and can even make your property look bigger. If you decide to go this route, be sure to consider the colour of your front door, windows, and shutters to ensure that all colours work together and nothing clashes.

Most garage door manufacturers offer a variety of standard colours to choose from.  Some even allow you to factory order the colour of your choice.  Alternately you can always hire a painter to spray your door after it is installed.  Any trim around the garage door can be painted to either match the rest of the trim around your home. However, there are some cases where a contrasting trim colour might work out better.

Don’t: Pick Your Favorite Colour and Stick with It

While picking your favorite colour may not always be a bad thing, picking a colour that clashes with the rest of your home can lower your property’s aesthetic appeal. That’s not to say you have to pick a colour you don’t like, however. So, rather than sticking with your favorite colour, think outside the box and explore different shades. Take the time to figure out what matches both your home and your personal taste.

Don’t: Do What Everyone Else Is Doing

When it comes to your garage door colour, it may be tempting to just take a look at what your neighbors are doing and do the same. While there’s no harm in being conventional, don’t do what everyone else is doing just for the sake of it. Chances are, most of your neighbors have a standard white door whether it is the right colour for their home or not.  If there is no other white on the home this is usually a mistake and will look like no thought was given to cosmetics and a standard off the rack door was installed. However, on houses with white siding or trim, white can be the best choice and look fantastic.

If you like a more traditional look, then so be it. If you prefer a different colour to your friends or neighbors, then more power to you. Always prioritize your and your home’s best interests when selecting a garage door colour.

Need help choosing a garage door colour?

Whether you’re looking to revamp your existing colour scheme, switch up your style, or go all out with a full garage door replacement, The Door House has you covered. Reach out to us today at 403-543-6900 or contact us online f

  • 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 Protect Your Garage Door from Hail Damage

Hailstones come in all shapes and sizes. Whether pea, quarter, or golf ball-sized, hailstones wreak havoc on anything that gets in their way during their plummet to earth. Garage doors are no exception and, if you’re not prepared, an unexpected hailstorm can wind up costing you a small fortune.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so it’s important to protect your garage door from hail to avoid any unnecessary expenses. But first, let’s take a closer look at what kind of damage hail can do to a garage door.

How Does Hail Damage a Garage Door?

The most common types of hail damage suffered by garage doors include minor dents, scuffs, and scratches. In extreme cases, hail driven by heavy winds can even punch a hole straight through your garage door.

Checking your garage door for holes after it’s been battered by a hailstorm is extremely important. In addition to compromising the strength of your garage door, holes in your garage door can eventually grow in size if left unchecked. This, in turn, creates a larger opening for water and insects to enter your garage and possibly even your home, leading to other damage down the line.

Minor damages, however, are usually cosmetic and won’t affect your garage door’s function.  If your door has windows and many of them were broken it can affect the structural integrity of that door section.  In such a case, do not keep operating your door until the windows are replaced. Do not attempt to repair it yourself. Attempting any type of DIY garage door repair is not only dangerous but can cause further damage. Leave it to the professionals.

Protecting Your Garage Door from Hail

As with many things, the most important thing you can do to protect your garage door from hail damage is to hang a heavy blanket over your door when you first realize a hailstorm is on its way.  It’s best to attach it to the wood frame around the door, not to the door itself so you don’t cause damage.  Beyond that, there is little else that can be done, but this simple step will usually make the difference in having to replace your door or not. Alternatively, you could add a protective screen to the front of your garage door to absorb the bulk of the damage during a storm. These types of screens are often installed by people who have kids who play sports in front of the door (especially hockey.  If you live in an area prone to hailstorms, you might be better off upgrading or replacing your garage door with one made from a tough material built to withstand hail damage.

Repairing Hail-Damaged Garage Doors

Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to repair hail-damaged garage doors and they will usually need to be replaced. Repairs to hail-damaged garage doors can range from simply repainting to replacing individual door sections.  Most often if the damage is significant it will warrant a full door replacement. Consider installing a garage door specially built to withstand severe weather if you need to replace your garage door after a hailstorm.

If you’re in the Calgary area and need help repairing or replacing a damaged garage door after a hailstorm, reach out to the Door House. Our expert garage door technicians have decades of combined experience and are committed to providing honest, cost-effective solutions. Contact us today to request a quote.

 

  • 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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4 Reasons Why Repairing a Garage Door Yourself Is a Bad Idea

If you’re like many homeowners, then you love the challenge and satisfaction that come with DIY. While you might be tempted to try and repair your garage door yourself, you’d be better off rethinking it. DIY garage door repairs can be difficult, expensive, and most importantly, dangerous. Consider the following before turning your faulty garage door into your next weekend project.

 

You Could Get Seriously Injured

Not being professionally trained in anything increases your risk of injury, and garage door repairs are no exception. Garage doors are heavy and the door springs hold a tremendous amount of tension which is transferred to many other parts.  Loosening one wrong fastener can cause a sudden release of tremendous stored energy with a high probability of serious injury as a result.  Unlike most homeowners, garage door technicians are trained in garage door safety and know exactly what to do to work on garage doors and openers safely.

If your main reason for attempting a DIY garage door repair is to save money, just think of all the money you’ll potentially spend on medical bills, vehicle repairs, and property repairs if something goes wrong. All it takes is one wrong move to put your life in danger, don’t risk it.

 

You Risk Turning a Small Problem into an Expensive One

While we’re not implying that you don’t know your way around a wrench, garage doors feature complex systems that take years to master. In other words, it’s never as simple as it seems.

Remember that no matter how many videos you watch or guides you read, all it takes is one slip up to turn a simple repair into a costly replacement. The internet is full of well-intentioned but incorrect information regarding garage door repairs which if followed can be dangerous. What’s more, your garage door likely came with a warranty when you purchased it. Any DIY repairs or modifications you make can instantly void your warranty.

You Might Not Have the Right Tools or Parts

Common tools can only get you so far, and most garage door and garage door opener repairs generally require at least one specialized tool. We’re not talking about quick fixes like fixing a loud garage door. Trying to make do with what you have just to save a few bucks can end up causing a whole lot more damage than you set out to repair. More importantly, using the wrong tools for the job is an easy way to get hurt — it’s just not worth it.

Speaking of things you might not have, you also risk not having the right parts when attempting a DIY garage door repair. Don’t be tempted to head online or down to your local hardware store for replacement parts to save money. Not only do you run the risk of picking the wrong parts, but you’ll also be purchasing them at their full retail price (instead of the much cheaper wholesale price paid by professionals).

You Could Waste Money Repairing Parts That Aren’t Damaged

If you’re into DIY, you’ll likely have made the mistake of misdiagnosing an issue or replacing a part that didn’t need replacing at least once. Garage door repairs require professional knowledge, and part of that knowledge is knowing exactly what’s wrong and how to repair it — knowledge the average homeowner doesn’t have. Continuing with the last point, even if you do get the right part for your garage door, how can you be sure you need it? Buying the wrong garage door part or misdiagnosing the issue can turn into a huge waste of time and money. Time and money you could have saved by simply hiring a professional for your garage door repair.

Bottom Line

Repairing a garage door yourself can be dangerous and cost you much more than you set out to save. If your garage door isn’t working as it should, you’re better off reaching out to a professional garage door repair company.  Most repairs are relatively inexpensive anyway. Serving the Calgary community for over twenty years, the Door House is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations. We take pride in our commitment to honesty, and there’s no need to worry about your bill being run up with unnecessary expenses. Contact us today for a quotation if you’re in Calgary and need a fast and professional garage door 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
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