Garage Door Parts, Know What To Look For

Garage Door Repair
Used Garage Door Cable Drums

The above photos were from a customer who called us out to repair their garage door. When I arrived at the customer’s location, I inspected the door and discovered that the previous company had installed the wrong springs. The springs were too small for the size of the door and were overwound in an attempt to make them work. I also discovered that the force limits were turned all the way up on the garage door opener.

When I informed the customer of this and that the springs would need to be replaced with the correct ones, they informed me that the door had not been working correctly since the last company did the repairs. They had made attempts to get the previous company to come back and fix the problems with the door, but the previous company would not come back. This is when the homeowner scheduled Covenant Garage Doors to come and repair their garage door.

As I started to do the garage door repair work, I then discovered the used and corroded cable drums and cables that were installed by the previous company and informed the homeowner that these would also need replacing.

These are what New Cable Drums and Cables should look like:

New Garage Door Cable Drums
New Garage Door Cable Drums
New Garage Door Cables
New Garage Door Cables

When a company informs you that additional parts need replacing on your garage door, it is wise to ask to see the old part and shown where it is worn and why it needs replacing, but the homeowner should request to see the new parts. New parts should meet manufacturer specifications, and have a new shiny appearance and not show any signs of corrosion or rust.

Covenant Garage Doors has made a commitment to only use new manufacture replacement parts, protect them from the environment and install them in pristine condition on your garage door.

Getting Your Garage Doors Ready for Spring

Now that the winter weather is on its last legs, it is time to start the spring tradition of getting your home in order. Not only do you have to do a bit of cleaning around the home, but you also need to look into painting the outside, and making improvements to your yard. With all of that in mind, spring is also the best time to inspect your garage doors to make sure that they are ready for the spring. Here is a list of things to look for when you are Getting Your Garage Doors Ready for Spring.

Check The Tracks, Rollers And Hinges
There are a lot of moving parts on a garage door, from the chain that moves it up and down, to the rollers that bring it up, to the hinges that allow it to bend when it makes its way up or down. All of these items need to be inspected to make sure that they don’t just look worn, but that they are also doing everything that they are supposed to do. All it takes for one of these items to break or go off track for the entire system to not work.

Tighten All Of The Screws And Bolts
As with the moving parts of your garage door system, there are going to be a lot of screws and bolts that are going to need to be looked at. Not only do you need to make sure that everything is still in place, but you also want to tighten each one as you inspect them. A simple tightening will go a long way in making sure they stay in place.

Apply Lubrication, Liberally
Since the last time you inspected it, your garage door has been using the same lubrication to keep it moving correctly. The tracks should be properly lubricated once more with garage door lubricant spray or powdered graphite so that they can keep sliding the way they need to. Stay away from a wet lubricant as it can easily attract dirt and grime.

Make Sure It Passes The Eye Test
One of the best ways to make sure that your garage doors are properly working is to closely look at them. If something looks strange or askew, those are probably areas that are going to cause you the most problems, thus they need to be fixed or replaced. While you are going to take a lot of close looks at parts of the overall system, it is also important to look at it as a whole, as it may allow you to see larger issues that you will only be able to see if you are making sure that it passes the eye test, so to say. This is also a good time to look at the outside of the door. Remember, curb appeal is important to the overall look of your home. If you have a wood garage door, now is a good time to paint it. Wood doors weather quicker than metal doors, so applying a coat of paint to them every 3-5 years will keep them looking good.

Lastly, If It Is Just Worn Out, replace It
Spring time is the time that most people replace their door. Updating the curb appeal to their homes is the best way to increase value or resale ability and replacing the garage door in one of the biggest ways this is done.

What To Do When Your Garage Door Breaks

Arriving home after a long day at work is the worst time to discover that the garage doors won’t open and the car cannot be parked in the garage for the night. However, this scenario is typical of a garage door malfunction, and it is important to know what to do next. For security reasons, as well as protection from the weather, it is important to get the doors fixed as soon as possible. Finding the right Garage Door Repair business is not as simple as it may sound.
A google search will, of course, yield a barrage of garage door companies. Simply picking one and calling is not the way to insure that the garage door is properly fixed, however. There are certain qualifications that are vital to selecting the right company to repair the doors. A company that is local, has experienced help and a good reputation is the one to look for.
To locate the perfect repair business for any garage door, it is helpful if you know what, specifically, has broken on the door. That way it can be included in the words of a search to narrow the search and insure that the company selected can, in fact, repair or replace the part or mechanism in question.
The second thing to specify in a search online for a Garage Door Repair business is a location. If the location (city or town) where the door in need of repair is not included in search terms, it is not likely that the businesses listed in the search results will be useful, since they won’t be local.
So, an effective search might look like this: garage door repair motor marietta ga This indicates that garage door repair is needed, specifically the motor, and that the needed repair is located in marietta ga.
Now suppose this search is plugged into a google search bar. Results will pop up, but it is still important to know how to choose the right company. The results at the top of the page, usually highlighted, and those that are vertically placed along the side are paid listings, and are unlikely to be local. Looking below, the next several listings will be free listings of companies that google has screened for, and, again, may or may not be local. Skipping down 10 or 12 of these google-chosen listings will be the listings that actually reflect the words of the search that was plugged in to the search bar.
Among these choices there are still criteria that need to be present in the listing to warrant giving that company a call. Paying attention to the portion of each listing that is in green lettering (these are the urls and usually contain the name of the company) will lead to the actual company websites. Now is the time to look for 1) how long the company has been in operation 2) how experienced the employees are in repairing garage doors 3) what the exact range of services of this company is.
Once a company has been found which has been in business for a long time, has an experienced and well-trained staff and offers a good range of garage door services (including the specific repair needed), it is a good bet that selecting this company is the right choice to make.

Getting Accurate Google Searches for Garage Door Companies – Part 2

In my last blog post, I gave you general guide lines for doing accurate searches on the internet for locating a garage door company in your area. Today, I want to focus on sorting out the results that the search engines present to you so that you are choosing a good reputable, local company.

To quickly summarize, you are needing to get your garage door repaired and you sit at your computer and have keyed in what you need and where you are located into the search engine. In this example you are looking for, garage door repair in Marietta Ga. You are then presented what the search engine believes are your needs based on what you keyed in and a list of criteria that the search engine requires of the companies that are listing their business with the search engine.

Again, in the example since Google controls most of the search results on the internet, I will focus on how they display results to you. As you look at the page, you are presented with results that at first can be rather confusing. In the page structure, the very top of the page are 3 listings that are in a high lighted area. To the very right side of the page are a list of 8 results going vertical on the page. These 3 at the top and the ones on the right side are “paid” or “sponsored” listings. These are companies who pay a fee to be listed in these positions. Most of these companies are not truly local companies.

In the center portion of the page are 10 to 14 listings that are called organic listings or free listings for the companies. These listings are the ones that Google is supposed to have stringent rules for the companies to appear. As you look, you will see that the first 3 or 4 listings look differently than the rest underneath them. These 3 to 4 are called places listings. These are companies that are supposedly are local business that have been verified to be truly local companies. These companies may not be truly local.

Underneath these are the other listings of companies based on your search terms you entered to look for a company. Each listing has different parts to give you a brief description of the company:

The top part that has blue lettering: This is what the company does based on what you keyed in. This can be the company name plus description and even the city.

Next should be the company URL or web address: This will be listed with smaller, green lettering. This will often times be the company name plus what the web page is showing. Google really has no way to control this part as these are often purchased by the companies from other places. Sometimes the URL can be what the company does and not who they are.

Next, Is a short description of what the company does: This can be broad and general and mostly is based on what the company is listing for that particular page that is listed.

As you look at these listings, focus on the ones that are the green URL listings as they are the company names and these mostly are the ones you want to make your selection from. Some of these are referral companies that are compiling listings of garage door companies and you have to go their web site and join them with a membership to see the listings.
If you will look at the ones that are the actual company names in the green lettered section then you pretty much are going directly to the actual company. There is a good chance that the companies listed are actual local companies.

In my next blog I am going to do something that is highly unusual and probably never done before. I am going to give you a list of the good garage door companies here in the Metro Atlanta area to make it easy for you to choose.

Questions or want to book an appointment? Call us 770-720-7828

Getting Accurate Google Searches for Garage Door Companies – Part 1

Like they say “It’s nothing like it used to be in the good ‘ol days when you just picked up a phone book, looked for a company and the dialed the number.”

Phone books are pretty much obsolete and now we have the internet.

At first looking for something on the internet was simple. There were not that many places advertising online and there were only a few locations on the internet offering a way for people to easily locate a company for a particular service that they were looking for. Examples of this are Kudzu, Angies List.

Today almost all garage door companies in business are listing their businesses with a web site on the internet and on top of that there are countless places on the internet called “search engines” assisting people in their efforts to locate things and businesses on the internet. The top search engines are of course Google, Yahoo/Bing but there are hundreds of others like AOL, Lycos, All the Web, etc. Google is the largest and the one most commonly used and at last time I looked, controlled about 88% of the searches on the internet. For the sake of today’s post I will focus on Google.

Let’s say you woke up this morning, got ready to go to work and discovered that your garage door won’t open. You go back into your house and sit at your computer to start looking someone to come and repair it. The first thing you do is key into Google what is know as key words that briefly describe what you are looking for. In our example it will be garage door repair. This is what you type into the Google search box. Now, additionally, you will need to tell Google where you want to look for this. So, for this example, let’s say you live in Marietta Ga. You will type in the search box, garage door repair Marietta Ga. This tells Google what you are looking for and where you are. Google in turn will present to you a list of companies that are supposed to meet certain criteria for accuracy for you to choose.

If you know what is specifically what is wrong, say a broken spring, then you would type, garage door spring replacement Marietta Ga. If you are looking to replace your garage door then type, garage door replacement Marietta Ga. The key is to be brief, specific and include your location.

In my next blog, I will give you direction on how to choose the companies that are presented to you. Google has criteria and rules that companies should meet to be listed, however, some bad companies have learned to work around the rules to get ahead. I will tell you how to sort the bad companies out.

Our New Web Site is Live!

Our new web site went live online this past weekend. Covenant Garage Doors & Openers took on the daunting task of doing a major restructure to our web site to ensure that it would be compliant to the new rules that the major search engines are implementing.

After giving a good bit of thought to the layout and new rules that the search engines like Google, Yahoo/Bing and others are imposing on web sites to ensure that customer search results are matching what they are wanting, we decided that a major overhaul to the layout, content, coding was needed.
To assist us in this task, we looked at several web developers for this and decided to contract with Webforge, LLC.

Webforge did an extensive interview with us to determine what we were looking for in a new layout, the demographics, fresh content and most importantly ensure that all new search engine rules were followed.

What resulted is a new web site that we are very exited about. It is bright, easy to navigate, has fresh and informative content that will all help the homeowner that is needing garage door repairs or replacements. It has content links to all the major manufacturers that we represent so that the homeowners can do more extensive and detailed research to their needs.

Take a look at it at www.covenantgaragedoors.com

Questions or want to book an appointment? Call us 770-720-7828.

Garage Door Problems Are Effected By Cooler Temps.

It’s is once again that time of the year when the are drops in temperatures ushering the fall season. These days where the daytime temps. are in the 70’s and the night temps drop into the 50’s and even in the upper 40’s, this can cause metal parts on garage doors that are fatigued and have weak places to fail.

One of these are the garage door springs.

The garage door springs provide the counterbalance the weight of the door so that it can easily be lifted either by hand or with a garage door opener. The springs are either pulling or twisting this weight 6 to 8 to 10 times a day or more. This is the main factor causing metal fatigue or a weak spot in a point along the spring. When the cool weather comes in and there is a sudden drop in temperatures, the one of the other factors causing metal fatigue, temperature and humidity, comes into play. Basically, the result is a broken spring.

When the springs do break, there is a violent release of the tension that is on the spring, This violent release and shaking is often transferred to other parts of the door like the cable system. If there happens to also be a weak spot in the cable system, the combination of cool temps. with wear from metal fatigue, and the shaking from the release of the spring tension, there often times will be break points along the strands of cable will also appear.  The end result is a door that will not open but also have seriously worn parts.

This where the need of the homeowner to call on a garage door repair company that is experienced and well qualified to handle this situation of correctly replacing the garage door springs and worn parts. Garage Door springs must be engineered to several factors. There also must be an inspection of the other parts of the garage door, like the cable system as well as the bottom brackets where the cables attach to the door itself, the rollers, hinges bearings, etc. to ensure that they too are not worn and can continue to function properly. There needs to be an inspection of the garage door opener as well. As the springs age, they weaken and the garage door slowly becomes heavier. This additional weight is transferred to the garage door opener causing it to work harder to lift the door. If the opener is not set within the safety limits and it continues to lift a garage door that is becoming heavier with each use, severe wear and tear will occur to the opener. If you have the Liftmaster brand of opener, liftmasters use a plastic main gear assembly in their openers and the additional weight from a worn spring will wear the gears out.

Homeowners should carefully research garage door companies to ensure that they are experienced, qualified and are recommended the various websites to repair your garage door and openers properly. Covenant Garage Doors proudly partners with several websites that are promoting our company to homeowners. They are:
Facebook, Twitter, Yelp,Check out our profiles on each.

Are Your Garage Doors Ready for Fall?

The kids head back to school. We watch as leaves change from green to hues of brown, gold, red and fiery orange in the crisp, cool autumn air. The busyness begins again and we find that many of us will scurry from activity to activity for months to come. All this renewed activity results in extra work for every part of our homes..especially our garage doors. They go up and down and up and down as we leave for work, and come back again. We load the kids up for sports, and activities and are in and out of the garage all week.
Are your garage doors ready? Can they handle all the hustle and bustle that fall inevitably brings? Your garage door opens up over the heads of yourself, your family, your cars, pets and stuff so they need to be in good working order.
There are some common garage door problems that occur primarily in the fall and in early spring. One of these is metal failure or metal fatigue. In this article we will discuss these problems and we will outline some things you, the homeowner can do to get your garage doors ready for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter.
When the seasons change, and the temperature starts to rise or fall it can bring with it garage door issues. These climate changes cause metal to contract and expand. When this happens, weak points in the metal on your garage door will begin to break.
1. Look for frayed or broken Cables – If you have cables on your garage door that look a little worn and frayed, it is best to get them replaced before the cooler fall weather sets in.
2. Look for sagging or broken springs – It is a very common occurrence for garage door springs to snap during a season change. Usually springs tend to wear evenly so if one has broken, the other is usually not too far behind. It is for this reason that Covenant Garage Doors & Openers, LLC. always recommends changing out both springs at the same time. It is safer and ends up saving money in the long run.
3. Cold weather opener woes – The same cold weather that snaps cables and springs on a garage door also can cause problems for your garage door opener. Look for worn out or stripped gears in your opener (especially for doors that are not balanced or running smoothly). Also, expect to have some difficulties with your screw drive opener. The screw drive opener has a thick lubricant around the screw assembly which, in cold weather, tends to thicken and cause the opener to function improperly, or sometimes not function at all.
Here are some things you can do to get your garage doors ready for fall.
1. Schedule an Annual Tune Up and Service – Have a trained garage door technician perform a routine door service.This is an affordable way to ensure that your garage door is working properly.While performing the door service, your tech will be able to check your door and opener and give repair recommendations.
Here are the things that Covenant Garage Doors & Openers, LLC. technicians will do during a door service :
For the door itself:
A. Tighten door – This takes care of any loose hardware which could result in poor door operation and eventual damage to the door and opener.
B. Adjust track – To ensure that the door opens and closes smoothly.
C. Adjust springs – To make sure that the spring is not wound too tight or hanging loose (this is done on springs less than 5 years old).
D. Check condition of parts – This is where a technician will note worn or broken parts and recommend repairs.
E. Inspect bottom rubber – To make sure the rubber seal on the bottom of your door is not torn, or cracked.
F. Lubricate door – The technician will lubricate all moving door parts with a silicone-based spray lubricant to ensure that your door runs smoothly.
For the garage door opener:
A. Adjust chain or belt – To make sure it is running smoothly.
B. Adjust force limits – The force limits are the amount of push and pull “muscle” your opener unit has. If the force limits are incorrect, your opener may operate your door too forcefully and this could be a safety issue and also could damage your garage door.
C. Adjust travel limits – The travel limits are the distance the door opens and closes.
D. Check remote and keypad reception – This ensures that the remote and keypad functions properly.
E. Lubricate opener– All moving parts are lubricated with a silicone-based spray lubricant to ensure that the opener runs smoothly.
2.Lubricate all working parts – In order for your garage doors to continue to run smoothly, and as noiselessly as possible, it is important to occasionally lubricate them. A garage door should be lubricated a minimum of two times a year.
3. Replace worn out bottom rubber – If you find that your garage door has cracked or torn bottom rubber, call a garage door technician to replace it for you.
4. A fresh coat of paint -If you have a wooden door, and you find that the paint is peeling or chipping, it may be time to apply a fresh coat of paint. Direct exposure to rain can ruin a wooden door quickly. Pay particular attention to the bottom of the door where water collects the most. This is usually where a door starts to rot.
With just a little care each year, and routine service a garage door will run smoothly for years to come.
Any more questions? Give us a call at 770-720-7828 or visit our web site at www.covenantgaragedoors.com

Garage Door Companies Are Not State Regulated In Georgia

Actually I am not at all a advocate of state regulations of professions unless it is a profession that involves human health. I believe it should be up to the individual and the general public to promote the accuracy and legitimacy of companies that provide services to the public.

How can this be done? I will list the biggest ways:

1. Word of mouth or by referrals from friends and family. This is the most trusted way that companies can be screened for reputation, appearance, dependability, and value.
2. Internet or Google Searches Very reliable as Google recently but into place changes in their search results to screen out companies that were taking advantage of larger companies that had figured out how to beat “the system” by running multiple web sites with different names and phone numbers but are the same company. This is still being done so prudence on the part of the customer must be used. Key to this is to include your city in your Google search word. Example, Garage door repair Marietta, will tell Google to be specific with it’s results to you. You should avoid the top 3 results at the top of the page in the high lighted area as these often times companies that employ deceptive tactics and can be more costly. Concentrate in the results that show up in the right hand side of the page as well as the center of the page. You need to spend time and try and focus on that companies that are locally owned. When you choose a company you can easily verify that it is a legitimate locally owned company going the Secretary of State’s website located here and do a search for the company name. Remember, you want to deal directly with the companies themselves. Stay away from web sites that are referral sites some of these are: Garage Doors of America, Service Magic or any web site that predominately features “Free Estimates” in their title listings. Again, deal directly with the companies.
3. Web sites that rate companies from customers based on customer experience. The best web sites for this are Kudzu.com and Angies List.com. Both of these companies have measures in place to eliminate or minimize fraudulent or incorrect ratings and comments.
These are just three of the biggest. The most important thing I want to stress is that you must be careful when choosing a garage door company and then inviting them to come into your home.

Covenant Garage Doors is a locally owned and operated small garage door company that is big on service. For garage door repairs or service or new garage door installations, give us a call at 770-720-7828 or visit us online at www.covenantgaragedoors.com.