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When to Replace Your Garage Door Springs

If you’re like most homeowners, then you probably don’t give much thought to your garage door springs at all. While you certainly can’t be faulted for overlooking these somewhat hidden components, the truth is that your garage door springs are one of the most crucial parts of your entire garage door system.

Think about how often you raise and lower your garage door every day; all that heavy lifting, stretching, and compressing ultimately takes its toll on your garage door components, and your springs are typically the first ones to go. Typically, when a spring breaks your garage door will no longer open as the door will become extremely heavy.  The electric opener will try to pull the door but will usually stop after a few inches because the door is just too heavy.  Should this happen, you can easily check if a spring is broken by looking to see if it has split into two pieces.  If you have the most common torsion spring system, the springs are located 1’ above the door in the center.  The photo below shows what a broken spring looks like:

Broken Garage Door Springs

Types of Garage Door Springs

The vast majority of residential garage doors sold in the past 30 years feature a torsion spring set-up (see photo above).  Garage door torsion springs are tightly wound, heavy-duty metal springs mounted on parallel metal rods directly above the garage door. They are a critical component which serves to balance the door so it can be easily lifted.  Depending on the size and weight of the door, a garage door can have one or more torsion springs and each one is wound (turned) to a specific torsion setting. When the garage door is opened, the springs unwind, pulling on cables to lift and open the garage door. The same components then operate in reverse to wind the garage door torsion springs and create tension to keep the door light and balanced as it closes.

Extension springs, on the other hand, are located on the sides near the tracks and are longer than torsion springs. Extension springs stretch and contract using a series of cables and pulleys to open and close the garage door. However, extension springs are not mounted to fixed metal rods, so a safety cable should run through each spring to help contain them should they fail or break to prevent them from flying dangerously across the garage potentially causing damage or injury.  These springs were usually used in older doors 30 to 50 years ago.

There is one model of door on the market that uses a hidden spring system called a Torquemaster.  Unfortunately, because this system is limited to one model from one manufacturer, most door companies don’t carry the parts and when a spring goes you will likely have the added expense of converting this back to a standard torsion spring set-up.

How to Tell if Your Garage Door Springs Are Bad

Garage door springs are a wearing part and will break periodically.  Since they twist or stretch every time your door opens or closes, eventually metal fatigue will set in and the steel will break.  How long they will last depends on how often the door is opened and closed but typically a set of springs is expected to last about 8-10 years.  Unfortunately, there is no way to tell how much life is left in a spring by looking at it.  An educated guess can be made by how old the springs are and how often you open and close your door on a daily basis.

Replacing Your Garage Door Springs

If you’re an avid DIY enthusiast, you might be tempted to give replacing your garage door springs a shot. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE OR REPLACE YOUR GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS.  Springs and all the related components are under extreme tension and there have been many serious injuries and even some deaths of do it yourselfer’s attempting to do this type of repair.  The minimal cost savings are not worth it and loosening or tightening a spring that’s under a tremendous amount of tension could have disastrous consequences. Having a professional garage door technician inspect and replace any worn-out garage door springs is the only way to ensure that the job is done right. Don’t put yourself and your loved ones at risk, reach out to The Door House today for all your garage door repair and maintenance needs.

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About Us

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

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

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Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

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Electric Opener

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

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Is a Wood Garage Door Right for You?

One of the most important decisions a homeowner can make is what style of door to choose when either buying a new garage door or replacing an old one. Thankfully, it’s not one you’ll have to make very often, yet the type of door you choose can have a significant impact on factors like property value, curb appeal, and potential future costs and issues.

Depending on your home’s style and your willingness to carry out regular maintenance, choosing a wooden garage door can prove to be a solid long-term investment that can both improve your home’s aesthetic appeal and boost its resale value. Having said that, choosing a wood garage door does come with its own set of unique drawbacks that you need to be prepared for. Read on to find out more about the pros and cons of owning wood garage doors and find out whether they’re right for you.

Pros

Undeniably Classy

Despite the increasing realism of faux wood and changes in architectural styles, nothing looks as good as the genuine article.  Wood garage doors remain timeless classics and few things can match the beauty of a custom stained wood door. Real wood garage doors add an incomparable element of elegance and can be designed to perfectly complement almost any home.

Natural Materials

Unlike other garage door materials, wood garage doors are built out of naturally sourced materials. With wood being a renewable resource, wooden garage doors can be considered to be more eco-friendly than doors built out of other materials and their production has less of an effect on the environment.

Easy to Repair and Refurbish

Wood garage doors are typically constructed out of several panels, which can be easily replaced if they get damaged or need updating. What’s more, refurbishing or redesigning a wooden garage door can be as simple as re-painting or re-staining it.

Cons

Additional Maintenance

There’s no arguing the fact that wood garage doors will require more maintenance than steel factory finished doors.  For many people the additional maintenance is a small price to pay for the vastly improved cosmetic beauty of a real wood door. It’s important to carefully consider if you are really prepared to put in the time to regularly apply another protective coat of the finish material to ensure the wood remains protected from the elements.  If you are not on top of maintaining the finish a wood door can deteriorate rapidly. The frequency with which maintenance is required depends almost entirely on its exposure to the damaging uv rays of the sun.  For this reason, a south-facing door with full sun exposure will likely require a fresh coat of finish be applied every year or two while a north-facing door may go 5-7 years before requiring a new coat of finish. With this in mind, carefully consider your particular situation to determine if you are prepared to keep up on the additional maintenance. I have nw facing wood doors on my own home and consider an hour or two of work every 5-6 years well worth it for the dramatic curb appeal real wood doors add to my home.

Higher Cost

Today’s wood doors are a beautiful, high-end product and as such are considerably more expensive than mass-produced steel doors.  They do however compare very favourably price wise against fibreglass or composite garage doors.  These man-made products offer somewhat lower maintenance than wood but are not maintenance-free as many people assume.  Most manufacturers of fibreglass and composite doors require a fresh coat of finish be applied every 3 years to maintain warranty.  A major disadvantage of man-made products is that if you fall behind on maintenance and the door finish deteriorates, fibreglass and composites can’t be sanded down to re-finish the door so you could end up in a situation where you have to replace the door.  With a real wood door, if maintenance has not been done causing the finish to deteriorate, often you can sand the finish off and re-apply a fresh coat of finish to have the door look like new again.  This is a lot of work so it’s still best to maintain the finish in the first place to avoid having to sand and refinish.

Typically, less insulated

Today’s wooden doors are insulated but typically have a lower R-value than what is available in steel doors.  We are able to upgrade some wood door designs to use a highly insulated steel base section with wood applied to the exterior.  You still get the same great look but with much-improved insulation.  Ask if this option is available as it is often a fairly inexpensive upgrade.

 

At the end of the day, whether a wood garage door is right for you essentially boils down to style preference, budget, and whether you’re willing to commit to the extra maintenance. Connect with the Door House today to browse our extensive range of custom wood garage doors and for more advice on how to choose the best garage door for you.

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About Us

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

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

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

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Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

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Tips for Choosing the Right Garage Door Design to Complement Your Home

Just like lifestyle changes over the years have influenced things like fashion and aesthetics, they’ve also helped develop the way modern homes look and how they’re used. Garages are no exception and as more and more uses are found for the modern-day garage, it’s important that they’re styled to match their purpose. When searching for a new garage door, there’s more to consider than just the color and if you’ve already started looking, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed the seemingly limitless amount of options. We understand that all these choices might seem a bit confusing to the average homeowner so, to help you out, we’ve listed three tips for choosing a garage door that perfectly complements your home.

Choose the Right Material

The material you choose can make or break your garage door and can mean the difference between a lifetime of trouble-free use or a lifetime of headaches and wasted money. It’s vital that you choose the right garage door material right from the start. Strength, durability, and maintenance aside, you need to make sure that the material actually goes well with your home. For example, a dark wooden garage door typically won’t compliment a brightly colored home, nor would a brushed steel roll-up door usually compliment a classical home.

Keep Your Home’s Style in Mind

When choosing a new garage door, you’d obviously want to go with one that matches your home’s style. At this point, you’ll want to spend a bit of time considering the options available to you. Would a classic, all-natural wood door go well with your home, or would a contemporary, glass and aluminum door better suit it? Choosing a garage door that matches your home goes beyond simply picking a suitable color and material, and you’ll also need to think about how the design and any visible hardware might impact your home’s overall look.

Don’t Forget Functionality

Speaking of hardware, you’ve got to make sure that your new garage door not only looks good but also serves its purpose as one of your home’s main access points. Today, the garage door is the most used entry point in most homes. It’s also the largest and heaviest moving object in your home. This means that it’s important to ensure the door you select is of a high enough quality to stand up to this heavy usage or you’ll be replacing it before long.  You’ll also need to take an even closer look at any potential doors to determine whether they will best serve the way you use your garage.  Many homeowners with tall ceilings in their garage are choosing to go with custom high lift hardware that allows the door to roll back close to the ceiling. Not only does this provide a much nicer looking installation, but it also would allow for the potential of a future installation of a car lift to maximize storage space.  Many homeowners are also choosing to go to newer side-mounted electric door openers instead of traditional ceiling mount openers. This provide a cleaner, less cluttered look, and because they are not mounted to the ceiling they greatly reduce the noise transfer to living areas above the garage.

Let the Door House Help You Make the Right Choice

If you’re looking to choose the right garage door that perfectly complements your home’s style while maintaining both safety and functionality, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 403-543-6900 or shoot us an email and we’ll do our utmost to make sure you’re paired with the best garage door for your home and budget. One that will look great, function well, and add the most value to your home.

 

  • 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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Is an Insulated Garage Door Really Necessary?

Whether you’re replacing an old garage door or considering swapping your current one out for a nicer model, installing a new garage door is without a doubt one of the most cost-effective renovations any homeowner can opt for.  Updating your garage door can have a significant effect on your home’s overall value and style while giving you the opportunity to revamp your garage and increase its utility.  In fact, replacing a garage door is often listed in the top two home improvement projects with the highest return on investment since they make up a large portion of your homes exterior and are relatively inexpensive.

One of the more recent garage door trends has been the use of insulated garage doors, which come with a whole host of benefits for homeowners. A few of the benefits of garage door insulation, in a nutshell, include reduced energy costs, a tougher door, and quieter operation. Let’s now take a closer look at each of these benefits.

Garage Door Insulation Reduces Energy Costs

The majority of domestic energy-saving features nowadays focus primarily on our home’s interior – which makes sense since that’s where we spend the bulk of our time! However, you might find it interesting to learn that while often overlooked, garage door insulation can actually play a major role in our home’s overall energy efficiency. Regardless of whether your garage is heated or not, most garages are either attached or have doors connecting to heated parts of your house. Conventional, non-insulated garage doors typically have wider gaps and allow more air to flow through them; affecting the rooms around or above them thus increasing your energy costs. Just like it pays to insulate your house, having an insulated garage door can help you save energy and lower your energy costs, and make your home more comfortable.

Insulated Garage Doors Are Tougher

Apart from daily use, garage doors also need to stand up to potential damage from things such as kids playing, weather damage, and the odd bump or two! The second benefit of an insulated garage door is the added strength it provides. Traditional non-insulated garage doors tend to fare worse than modern insulated garage doors simply because they’re only built out of a single thin sheet of metal bent to form a door section.  Because of this non-insulated garage doors are usually quite flimsy and have little structural strength. We recommend looking for insulated garage doors utilizing what the industry calls triple layer construction.  Triple layer construction means that instead of just one steel skin on the outside of the door (non insulated single layer), or one steel outside skin with minimal insulation glued to the back of it (semi-insulated double layer construction),  the door will have an outside steel skin AND an inside steel skin interlocked together, with insulation inside the cavity between the steel skins.  This triple layer method provides door sections with much more structural strength than single or double layer door sections resulting in a much stronger, longer lasting door.  Beware of doors marketed as triple layer construction where the inside skin is a vinyl back (think wallpaper covering the inside of the insulation).  This is really a double layer construction door because vinyl does nothing to add structural strength and the door will still be a flimsy door as weak as a single layer non-insulated door.

Insulated Garage Doors Are Less Noisy

Garage doors being noisy is often considered a given, something that all homeowners have become accustomed too. While quieter operation might not necessarily the main reason people opt for insulated garages doors, it is definitely a benefit – especially if your garage is directly connected to or below your main living space. Thankfully, just like it works in your walls, garage door insulation is able to dampen a surprising amount of noise and absorb most of the vibration caused by the door opening or closing. Speaking of which, because triple layer insulated garage doors are heavier and more tightly constructed than single or double layer doors, triple layer insulated garage doors come with the added bonus of being far less likely to jolt or vibrate on their tracks during operation. Flimsy door sections produce far more rattling and vibration during use.

 

If you’ve made the decision to replace your old single-layer garage door with an insulated model, why not give us a call?  At the Door House, we offer one of Calgary’s largest selections of garage doors to suit any budget and style. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the benefits insulated garage doors have to offer.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

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

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

Featured Video

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

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

Read More
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Choosing Between Two Single Doors and One Double Garage Door

As you’re going over options for your new garage door, you might be faced with the decision of whether to go for one double garage door or two single garage doors. While such a choice may be easy for some, others will have a harder time deciding which option is better for them, so we’ve put together some information to keep in mind when selecting the best size for your garage door(s).

The Size of Your Garage

Perhaps the most important thing to consider is the size of your garage. Since the minimum size for a double door is 16’ (any less and you won’t be able to park 2 vehicles), and you need additional room on each side for the door hardware, the minimum inside width of your garage needs to be 17 feet.  Keep in mind that this allows no room for opening your car doors after you drive in so a more practical minimum garage width to park 2 vehicles is 20 feet from wall to wall.  With two single doors, you also need to allow for a minimum of 1’ between the doors so the overall garage width should be increased by a minimum of 1 foot.  For double doors, the standard and most popular width is 16 feet.  An oversized 18’ width is a great idea if you need to turn as you are entering your garage.  The minimum width for a single door is 8’ but with many vehicles, this would require folding in mirrors to drive in.  9’ is the most common width but full-size suv’s and trucks will be a tight fit. A great oversize single door width is 10’ which doesn’t cost a lot more, but driving in is much easier as you don’t have to watch as closely for mirrors.

Heating Costs

The less you expose your garage to the elements, the lower the impact on your utility bills will be. With one big double door, each time you open it up you expose a large part of your garage to the elements. Opening your door in the winter will naturally drop the temperature in your garage. If your garage is heated, this means that your heating system will need to work harder and ultimately results in increased heating costs. In this regard, it might be better to install two single garage doors which allows you to only open up the side you need to access at that time.

Practicality

Another practical benefit of two single garage doors is that if one malfunctions, you still have the other! Similarly, since double garage doors only make use of a single door motor, if the motor fails then you’ll have to resort to more ‘manual’ methods of accessing your vehicles.

Appearance

Appearance is a bit of a tricky one as it’s hard to generalize everyone’s tastes. Environment and practicality aside, your personal preference as to what looks better will also play a part in whether you opt for two single garage doors or one double garage door.

 

While other factors may also come into play, we hope that you’ve at least got an understanding of the basic points to consider when deciding on your new garage door. There are some real benefits to having two single doors as opposed to one larger door.  While it does cost a bit more, you may find the benefits are worth it.   If you’re still stuck or need a bit more help to choose the right type of door for your garage, contact The Door House today and we’ll be happy to lend a helping hand.

  • 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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So, You Accidentally Hit Your Garage Door, Now What?

With our fast-paced modern lives, rushing in and out, dealing with kids, and handling the multitude of distractions we face even the best of us can slip up and hit our garage doors. The truth is, no matter how careful or skilled or a driver you are it’s worth considering what to do if you accidentally hit and damage your garage door. To help you cope with the aftermath and the flurry of decisions that need to be made following that distinguishable loud bang, we’ve come up with a guide on what to do if you sustain any unexpected garage door damage.

Take Stock of the Damage

The first thing you’ll likely do after hitting your garage door is to check it for any visual signs of damage. The most obvious signs of garage door damage will include things like dents, scrapes, cracks, and other aesthetic issues. Pay particular attention to the bottom of your garage door, as that’s the area that typically takes the brunt of the damage.

Bear in mind that just because your garage door may look fine, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it hasn’t been damaged. Looks can be deceiving and the impact could have damaged crucial components like the track or cables and springs, so be very careful when checking if it still opens and shuts. To avoid adding any unnecessary injuries to the damages, make sure to contact a trained garage door professional to assess and repair any damage to your garage door’s key components – don’t try and fix it yourself! Some components are under extreme tension and loosening the wrong screw or bolt can have devastating consequences.

Can the Damage Be Repaired?

The good news is that most cosmetic garage door damage can be easily repaired. If the door sections have not been bent the cost of repair should be minimal.  If the door sections are cracked or bent some of them will likely require replacement.  Door sections can be quite expensive so depending on the door’s age and condition you may be better off replacing the entire door.  Garage doors are less expensive than most people think so be sure to get pricing on both options so you can make an informed decision. DIY garage door repairs are not generally recommended and could actually result in more damage being caused, leading to the only viable repair option being a full garage door replacement. Furthermore, damaged tracks might warrant a full replacement depending on the age of the garage door and the amount of damage sustained.

If you discover any damage to your garage door contact us at 403-543-6900. As garage door experts, we’re more than qualified to assess the extent of the damage and carry out any necessary repairs or replacements.  We would be happy to provide an honest assessment of the best course of action and a free estimate of the costs involved.

  • 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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Fall Garage Door Maintenance Checklist

With the kids back in school, fall is a great time to go through your garage door maintenance checklist before the cold Canadian winter. Apart from spotting any obvious damages or issues needing immediate repair, sticking to a fall maintenance checklist will ensure that any easy, preventative garage door maintenance gets done and that your garage door is kept in tip-top condition. The following are three things to pay special attention to when going through your fall maintenance checklist:

Check Garage Door Weather Seals

Garage door weather seals can degrade naturally over time, become damaged by things like misaligned doors, or can even be eaten away by rodents and other small critters throughout the summer. While the difference may not be noticeable in the summertime, you’ll feel the effects of a bad weather seal come winter so make sure you check and replace weather seals on a regular basis. In most cases, replacing garage door weather seals can be done by the average homeowner using products purchased from local home improvement stores, however if you’re not completely sure what you’re doing or would rather guarantee the job gets done right, it’s best to get in touch with a professional garage door maintenance company.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Armed with a light spray lubricant, spraying all moving parts and making sure they’re moving freely shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes. Pay extra special attention to critical moving parts such as rollers and hinges.  Do not lubricate the tracks as this will only serve to attract dirt.  Consult your garage door owner’s manual for the recommended lubricants as well as any specific instructions to take note of when lubricating components. While your owner’s manual may also contain recommended service intervals, lubricating moving parts is inexpensive and something that should be done twice per year to keep your garage door’s components operating quietly and reliably.

Check Door Alignment, Balance, and Safety

To check for garage door alignment, simply open and close your garage door a few times to make sure it’s running smoothly. Checking your garage door’s balance is as easy as opening your garage door manually and ensuring that it can hold itself open at the half-open point without pulling up on its own or falling back down. You should be able to lift a balanced door with one hand so if it seems like a lot of effort is required to open or close the door manually it should be adjusted.  DO NOT attempt to align or balance your garage door as some components are under extreme tension and loosening the wrong fastener can be extremely dangerous.  Last but not least, make sure your garage door safety reversing sensors are working as they should be by placing a block of wood directly below the open door and closing it with the electric opener. If everything is working as it should, your garage door should immediately reverse and open back up once it touches the block. If you uncover any issues during your Fall inspection, troubleshooting and repair is best left to qualified professionals who have the skill and knowledge to make the adjustments correctly and safely.  If you would like help, contact us today by email or at (403) 543-6900 and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with one of our professional 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.

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Garage

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

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Electric Opener

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

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Should I replace My Old Wood Garage Door?

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

Painting or Staining

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

Rot or Mold

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

Cracks or Warping and Sagging

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

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

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

 

 

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About Us

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

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

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Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

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5 Tips to Prevent Garage Break-Ins

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

Preventing Entry Into Your Garage

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

Don’t Leave Your Remote in Your Car

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

Treat your Garage Door as You Would Your Front Door

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

Install Home Security Systems

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

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

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

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

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Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

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How Frequently Should My Garage Door be Serviced?

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

Semi-Annual Check-Ups

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

Advanced Checks

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

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

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

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

 

 

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About Us

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

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

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

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Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Glass Garage Doors

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

Glass or No Glass?

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

Advantages of Glass Garage Doors

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

Disadvantages of Glass Garage Doors

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

Esteem Garage Doors

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

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

 

 

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

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

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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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Choosing the Best Garage Door Material

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

Steel

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

Wood and Wood Composite

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

Aluminum

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

Fiberglass

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

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

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About Us

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

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

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

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Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

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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.

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

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

Read More

Electric Opener

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

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How Often Should Garage Door Rollers Be Replaced

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

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

Performance

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

Garage Door Roller Material

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

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

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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 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.

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About Us

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

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

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

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Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

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

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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.

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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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