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The Future of Garage Door Technology: What to Expect

For many, garage doors are just entrances for our vehicles. But like several house features that have improved through the years, these entry points have become part of our home’s aesthetics, security, and convenience.

Even more improvements are bound to come. So, what’s in it for you? Here, we’ll guide you through the evolution of garage doors and what you can expect in the next decade.

The Evolution of Garage Door Technology

The history of garage doors can go back to the creation of barns, where sliding doors secured horses and carts. When cars were first introduced, many had to be parked in public structures.

As more people could afford them, parking areas were built close to their homes, and the garage was born. At first, garage doors had the same sliding mechanism as barn doors or hinges that opened outwards. These two options were difficult to operate and had a large footprint.

Things only changed when fabricated internal hinges were applied to the mechanism of garage doors—the overhead door. In the 1930s, C.G. Johnson, who also invented overhead doors, added electricity to the process.

Features of Modern Garage Door Technologies

Today, many garage doors still use the overhead door’s mechanism but with extra characteristics and home automation tech. Here are some notable features:

  • Insulation and sealing capabilities: Garage doors are now thermal resistant with superior insulating qualities, saving on energy costs. Arctic-grade and full-perimeter weather seals help you achieve desired temperatures regardless of the season—all while preventing dust and pests from entering.
  • Theft alarms: With a home security alarm system, you can add an extra layer of protection with garage doors equipped with theft alarms. These systems offer peace of mind by alerting homeowners of unauthorized access attempts.
  • Ultra-quiet operations: Silence is precious, especially for garage door technology and operations. Ultra-quiet lift features keep the peace for you and your neighbours, especially when you have to open your garage door at night.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity: Smart homes allow residents to control several things from their smartphones or tablets. This means that people can enjoy the convenience of operating and checking their garage doors from anywhere in the world.
  • Accident safety: With the integration of impact sensors, garage door technology has never been safer. These smart sensors detect objects or individuals in the doorway and automatically reverse the door’s motion to prevent accidents.

The Future of Garage Door Technology

According to Moore’s Law, the number of transistors in a microchip doubles every two years—meaning computers get faster at that same pace. What’ll surprise you is that AI has already beaten that, according to studies.

We can operate many home features via voice commands already, and AI is getting closer to another breakthrough: predictive maintenance and fault detection.

In the engineering industry, AI can analyze sensor data and the historical performance of certain devices. In doing so, it predicts when a device is likely to fail and recommends users some maintenance actions, hence helping with cost reductions.

It only gets better with Internet of Things (IoT) tech, which lets devices exchange data online. With IoT now able to measure energy consumption, work with other home devices, and read patterns of physical movement, it’s only a matter of a few years before we see garage doors use minimal energy and operate without us saying a word.

Want to take advantage of modern garage door technology? Contact us at The Door House to learn more.

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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 Opener Has Been Stolen: What Do I Do?

In spite of the noticeable reduction in break-ins nationwide, the threat of burglaries persists, and garages have become an increasingly tempting entry point for criminals to steal the valuables of unsuspecting homeowners.

With a stolen garage door opener or remote, offenders can secretly access a person’s home with relatively minimal effort or detection. As a result, it is evermore essential that careful steps are taken in order to protect our homes from this kind of break-in.

Within these small devices lies your security password – capable of unlocking your garage door without alerting you beforehand. In case of stolen garage door openers, it is urgent to act swiftly and take steps to secure your space from any potential burglary.

Securing your home should be a priority, so if your garage door opener remote has been taken, fast action is key. Our guide will equip you with insight into how to keep your property safe and secure regardless of the circumstances. Below are some measures you can take if you suspect your garage door opener remote has been stolen.

1. Call the Police

If you have a sinking feeling that your garage door opener remote is nowhere to be found – whether it be stolen off your keychain or otherwise missing – then you must call the police before anything else.

It’s best to provide them with as much detail as possible, such as any evidence you may have that could paint a picture of who was responsible (a CCTV recording, financial information, etc.). Taking this action may just help them to track down the thief.

The police may be the ones to investigate further or even locate your remote, if available, to demonstrate a suspect’s guilt. After notifying law enforcement, consider taking extra measures to safeguard your garage door and yourself from future theft attempts.

2. Deactivate Your Remote

To keep your family and home safe, disable your garage door opener remote first. The specific method for doing so will vary depending on the model of your opener, but there are a few common steps you’ll need to take:

Reprogram the System

Do you want to ensure your garage door remotes are protected from theft? If so, a rolling code system on your garage door opener could be your saving grace. With this system, you can easily erase all your remote controls from your opener and then simply reprogram the remotes you still have into the system.  Once this is done the stolen remote is useless to the would be intruders.

Replace the Remote

If you’d prefer to take a proactive approach to protect your home from burglary, you can replace your existing garage door opener with a new one. Doing so will give you the option to alter the security settings so that no one, not even someone that manages to obtain the old remote, can access your home.

To switch out your garage door opener and attain the desired safety levels, consult the manufacturer’s website or the manual accompanying the initial opener.

3. Change Your Security Code

With stolen garage door openers, the protection of your home is of utmost importance, which is why it is recommended to modify your garage door opener system’s security code.

This simple step will make sure that should your remote become deactivated or stolen, any unauthorized access to your household is impossible. Even if an old remote is obtained or changed with a different code, your home will remain secure.

Doing so requires a bit of know-how, which you can acquire by getting your hands on the manufacturer’s manual for your garage door opener or by visiting their website for tips and instructions.

4. Opt for a New System

Aging garage door openers come with many risks. To ensure your safety and the security of your belongings, why not consider investing in a newer system?

The latest and greatest models come complete with a wealth of features designed to bolster protection against break-ins and intruders. A particularly attractive option is remote access control, allowing you to lock and unlock your home’s garage door from anywhere with a laptop or smartphone.

The Liftmaster 84501, which is offered at The Door House, offers such a feature on top of Security+ 2.0. This tech allows the garage door opener to communicate using a rolling code that changes each time the remote is used.

Aside from these three, you can try several proactive measures that include:

  • Installing outdoor lighting to illuminate any activity near your garage – doing this gives you the ability to easily spot suspicious activity via CCTV and take action if needed.
  • Adding an alarm system to alert you of any suspicious activity.
  • Securing the remote itself by storing it in a secure place where only you can access it. You can also attach it to your keychain so you’ll always have it with you.

In need of other helpful resources? Visit our blog posts at The Door House to learn more tips on garage door security, safety, and maintenance.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
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About Us

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

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

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 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
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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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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.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

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

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

Featured Video

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

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

Read More
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How to Troubleshoot a Garage Door Opener

How to Troubleshoot a Garage Door Opener

A garage opener on the fritz can be a frustrating experience for even the calmest of folks. Luckily, there are a couple of easy ways to troubleshoot a garage door opener and get it working again in no time. Here are a few things you can check before you book a service call.

 

IF YOUR DOOR IS NOT CLOSING

Check the Safety Sensors

Garage door systems include safety sensors that stop the heavy door from crushing anything in the way. If you find that your garage door doesn’t close or only partially closes, the issue could be with your safety sensors and not the opener. Most garage door sensors are located on each side of the door frame a few inches off the ground.  First check to make sure nothing is blocking them. Sensors in most systems light up when nothing is in between them. If yours aren’t lighting up, they could be defective or misaligned. Try aligning them by making sure they point directly at each other.  If they are even a little crooked it can cause the door to not close.  Since safety sensors are crucial safety components in a garage door system, we do not recommend attempting to fix/repair them yourself.  You cannot bypass or remove them as safety eyes are required by national safety code and the opener will not close the door is they are not working properly.

IF YOUR DOOR IS NOT OPENING

Check the Manual Lock

Before you dive right into troubleshooting your garage door opener, it’s always worth checking to make sure the problem isn’t with the door itself. Some garage doors have a manual lock for added security, so check to ensure the manual lock isn’t engaged first.

Check the Garage Opener Disconnect

All garage door openers come with a manual disconnect you can use to open the door manually if the power is out. Pull the red rope to disengage your garage opener and try to open the door manually. If the door won’t open manually, then the problem likely rests with the garage door rather than the opener and you will need a qualified service technician to diagnose and repair the door.

Check the Remote

It may sound silly, but the solution to your garage door remote control not working could simply be a set of dead batteries. If you’ve already replaced the batteries or are sure they’re not the issue, try the opener’s wall switch. If the wall switch works but the remote doesn’t, check to be sure the lock switch on the wall control isn’t on.  If the lock switch has been activated the remotes will not work, but the wall control will still open and close the door.  Turning the lock off should get your remotes working again.  If it doesn’t you likely have a problem with either your remote, the opener’s receiver, or both. While you can easily buy universal garage door remotes or a new receiver, we’d still recommend following along with the rest of this guide to avoid wasting money on something that might not fix the problem.

Check the Wall Switch

If you’re door still operates from the remote control, but not the wall control you may need to replace your wall control. This may seem simple, but with many newer openers not just any wall control will work and it often has to be the exact same control or it won’t work.

Call a Professional

Last but not least, if you’ve tried all the above and your garage opener still won’t work, it’s time to call in the professionals. At the Door House, we’ve been installing and repairing garage doors and openers in Calgary for over twenty years. We deal with everything from residential garage door repairs to full-on commercial garage door installation. If you’re in the Calgary area and can’t get your garage opener to work, give us a call at 403-543-6900 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with one of our expert garage door technicians.

 

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

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

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

Featured Video

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

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

Read More
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How Often Should I Replace My Garage Door Opener?

Like most mechanical objects, a garage door opener will eventually wear out and have to be replaced, yet how often a garage door opener should be replaced is something that seldom crosses most homeowners’ minds. This is especially true for new homeowners or people who’ve only owned their homes for a couple of years, despite a garage door opener being a crucial part of many garage door systems.

Most homeowners tend to replace their garage door opener as it ages or becomes damaged beyond repair. And while that’s perfectly fine, replacing or repairing your worn-out garage door opener often comes with the inconvenience of having to open and close your garage door manually for a few days or, in extreme cases, a broken garage door opener can leave your house vulnerable to opportunistic criminals.

Replacing your garage door opener before it wears out comes with several benefits but, ultimately, how often you replace it is entirely up to you. Nevertheless, it’s worth considering a couple of reasons to invest in a replacement garage door opener early. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known reasons behind regularly replacing your garage door opener.

Age

The average garage door opener should last you around 15-20 years, give or take, but this all depends on things like how often it’s used, how frequently it’s maintained, and how much stress it’s under. An out of balance garage door can wear out the gears in an opener within months so it’s important to be sure your garage door and electric door opener are regularly serviced.  Regardless of how well you think your garage door opener may be working, you’ll probably want to consider retiring it as it nears its 20th birthday.

Security

A working garage door opener isn’t necessarily a secure garage door opener, and this is especially true for older models. The older a garage door opener is, the older the technology behind it is and, as time goes by and technology continues to progress, criminals are finding quicker and easier ways to hack into or bypass older garage door openers. Openers manufactured before 2001 are particularly vulnerable to break-ins. Regularly replacing your garage door opener with one that incorporates the latest and best security technology is a surefire way to ensure your garage and home stay safe.

Convenience

With the rapid development of smart home technology, updating or replacing your garage door opener for the latest model simply because of the added convenience is often a good enough reason to invest in a new opener. As mentioned in our previous post, modern garage door openers come equipped with a myriad of features, from added security to never losing your remote again, all designed to make your life easier.

If you’re looking to replace your worn garage door opener or upgrade to the latest smart garage door opener, The Door House has you covered. As a family-owned and run business for over two decades, we’re confident we can meet and exceed all our customers’ expectations when it comes to garage door opener repairs or replacement.  Call us today at 403.543.6900 or email us at sales@door-house.com to find out 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
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4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Garage Door Opener

Technology has advanced to the point where we can control everything from our lights to our locks through our smartphones, so why not add garage doors to the list? Like most other smart appliances, smart garage door openers connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network and transform your regular old garage door into a futuristic device that can be controlled from your phone.

Smart garage door openers come with an array of features that can benefit you in ways you’d have never thought possible. But are they worth it? Check out our top four reasons to invest in a smart garage door opener.

Remote Operation

How many times have you had to leave work in the middle of the day because your kids or family members accidentally locked themselves out? One of the most obvious benefits of installing a smart garage door opener is the ability to control your garage door from anywhere in the world. With a smart garage door opener, you’re fully in control — all it takes is a couple of seconds and you can open the door for them get back to going about your day.

Increased Security

While installing a high-quality garage door is already a great step to prevent a garage break-in, a smart garage door opener can add an extra degree of security to your home. Not only do most smart garage door apps keep a log of every time your garage door is opened or closed, but they can also be set up to alert you to activity at certain times, such as when you’re away at work or on vacation.

You’ll Never Forget to Close Your Garage Door Again

Unfortunately, forgetting to close your garage door isn’t exactly uncommon. Whether it involves complex sensors, automatic closing, alerting you when your door has been left open too long, or simply the ability to check whether your garage door is open or closed, most Wi-Fi garage door openers come with features that make forgetting to close your garage door a thing of the past.

Worrying About Your Remote Becomes a Thing of the Past

The fact that most of us keep our smartphones nearby practically all day can certainly have its advantages.  Luckily, most of us know where our smartphone is at all times, so you’ll never have to fumble for that remote again.

Enjoy All These Benefits and More with a Smart Garage Door Opener

Looking to add a new level of convenience to your daily life? Check out our range of smart garage door openers if you’re looking to upgrade your existing system to a state-of-the-art setup or call us at 403-543-6900 and start reaping the benefits today.

  • 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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Teach Your Children How to Safely Use Garage Doors

While convenient, garage doors can be dangerous, which is why garage door safety should be a priority in family homes where young children are present. As an example, garage door springs are constantly under huge amounts of tension, which while necessary to their operation, can be a risk to any curious kids around. For this reason, it’s important that children are aware of basic garage door safety from an early age.

Below are a few tips to ensure that your little ones are aware of any potential safety risks garage doors pose, as well as how to avoid them.

Show Kids How Your Garage Door Works

Children are naturally curious, so one of the best ways to teach them about garage door safety is by simply showing them how your garage door works. It’s a good idea to show them the garage door in action  and gently inform them of the risks garage doors pose and how it’s not a good idea to play with or around garage doors, no matter whether they’re open or closed. More on this in the next section.

Point Out and Explain the Risks

Sometimes, simply showing a child how a garage door works might not be enough to convince them of the potential risks. It’s worth pointing out that garage doors are extremely heavy and that it can injure people – even adults if not used properly. Remember not to scare them though!

Make sure your kids are aware of how important it is not to touch or play with the garage door. Be sure to remind kids that, as fun as it may sound, it’s absolutely not safe to “race” a descending garage door, regardless of how slowly it’s moving.  It is also not safe to hang onto a moving garage door or try to “ride it” up or down. Last but not least, let young children know that operating garage doors is best left to the adults.  Speaking of adults, never operate your garage door unless you can see the door and know there is nothing in the way and it is safe to do so.

Garage door safety is one of the most important factors for any parent or grandparent living with kids. By simply going over the above with your children you’re proactively preventing any accidents and ensuring that your home remains a safe environment. If you’re interested in learning more about garage door safety or want to guarantee that your garage door is safe and its safety features are working properly, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to lend a helping hand.

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

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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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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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5 Tips to Prevent Garage Break-Ins

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

Preventing Entry Into Your Garage

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

Don’t Leave Your Remote in Your Car

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

Treat your Garage Door as You Would Your Front Door

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

Install Home Security Systems

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

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

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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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Advantages of Garage Door Keypads

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Signs It Might Be Time For a New Garage Door Opener

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

Energy Efficiency

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

Increased Safety

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

Increased Security

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

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

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

New Technology For Our Connected World

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

Backup Power Supply

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

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

  • 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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Repair or Replace a Garage Door Opener?

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

How Old is Your Opener?

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

How Much Will it Cost?

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

Personal Choices

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

  • Residential Garage Doors
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About Us

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

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

Featured Video

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

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

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How to choose the right electric garage door opener?

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

Should I buy ½ hp or ¾ hp motor?

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

Chain, Belt or screw drive?

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

 

AC or DC motor?

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

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

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

What features are available that I might like?

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

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

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

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

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
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About Us

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

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

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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