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How to Maintain Your Garage Door

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

Regular Cleaning and Painting

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

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

Lubricate Key Moving Parts

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

Check for Loose Hardware

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

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
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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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Three Common Garage Door Problems

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

Door Won’t Close

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

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

Door Won’t Open

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

Inconsistently Opening and Closing

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

Opening or Closing with a Bang

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

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

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

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

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

Featured Video

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

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

Read More
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4 Different Garage Door Styles to Choose From

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

Traditional Steel Garage Doors

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

Contemporary Garage Doors

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

 

Carriage Garage Doors

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

 

Wooden Garage Doors

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

 

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

  • 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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Signs You Need a New Garage Door

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

Mounting Repair Costs

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

It’s Not as Reliable As it Used to Be

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

It Moans and Groans

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

It’s Out of Style

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

It’s Becoming a Money Pit

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

It Lives in the Past

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

Ready to Make the Change?

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

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

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

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

Featured Video

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

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include:

Things to Know Before Buying a Garage Door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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: