Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Doors
Can I fix my Broken spring on my garage door?
Garage door springs are very dangerous,proper knowledge and tools are essential for a safe and reliable repair. NO! I don't recommend this for anyone without experience in the garage door industry. Determining either torsion or extension,low headroom outside lift or inside lift,drum and cable location these are just a few factors that must be understood for a safe and reliable repair. Often attempting to replace garage door springs without proper knowledge results in serious injury or death to not only the one trying the repair but to anyone else close by. In my 26 plus years in the Garage Door business I have seen and heard about serious injuries and death to homeowners who have tried this repair on their own! The Garage Door is the largest moving object in your home. Respect it! Leave the repair to a professional!
How often should I service my garage door?
For normal use I suggest twice a year. Under extreme conditions a monthly garage door service is recommended. Service both door and opener by visual inspection such as loose or worn hardware. Tighten or replace hinges and rollers. Lubrication of hardware and opener with light penetrating oil and low temperature grease, for screw-drive and T-rail garage door openers it is also recommended.
How much will it cost to repair my garage door spring?
Your average cost for garage door spring replacement is between; $199.00-$250.00 depending on your garage door size. Cost listed above is for standard size 16x7 or 16x8 garage doors it usually includes both springs, labor and also includes service of both door and opener. With rising cost in both steel and fuel the price of this repair will reflect in the increases as well.
Which Garage Door opener is best?
With many different types and brands of garage door openers it can be difficult to decide. I prefer Lift-Master brand and belt driven models for most applications as they are both quite and more reliable. Also, available are chain drive,screw drive and jack shaft operators. Living space above the garage will usually help determine which one is right for your application. Chain drive openers are o.k. where noise and vibration are not a concern. These are just a few things we help you the customer consider when installing, replacing or repairing your garage door opener. Screw drive openers are quiet when first installed but without proper maintenance become louder overtime. Jack shaft openers are great where I-beams are in the way of your standard garage door openers. These are fairly new to the residential market and cost a little bit more, but are very quiet and reliable. Which ever garage door opener you want installed always check for proper door balance and if necessary have a professional garage door technician adjust the spring tension.
What's the difference between belt-drive, chain-drive, screw-drive and jackshaft garage door openers?
Belt-drive models are very quiet, reliable and ideal for applications when living
space is above the garage.
Chain-drive models are less expensive but can be noisy for certain applications.
Screw-drives are a good option but do require more maintenance.
Jackshaft models are mounted to the side of a garage door where overhead clearence or I-beams are an issue.