A Comment About Garage Door Recycling

Garage Door Sections to be Recycled
Garage Door Sections to be Recycled

Garage door systems in the homes we service contain a variety and volume of metals. They are manufactured this way to maintain a durable and long lasting life but they eventually wear out and need replacing. Garage door recycling of old metal plays a big factor in our day to day operations.

Without exception garage door repair and replacements result in a lot of scrap metal. This metal consists of galvanized steel but can also contain regular steel, copper, zinc, aluminum and brass, wood and may other components when replaced cannot be reused in a garage door system.

We live in a very disposable nation and a lot of this scrap material is landing in land fills.

Garage Door Scrap Metal
Garage Door Scrap Metal

This was also true for us a Covenant Garage Doors.  All the old garage door parts were brought back to our location where it was put into large dumpsters with absolutely no thought into the recycling aspect and all this material was hauled off to the dump. In 2010 we took a long look at starting a recycling program. This started with a online search of metal recycling companies, then scrap metal buyers and contacting these companies to learn about how the process works, how they prefer to receive the material and what happens to the material after they acquire it. After all, we did not want the metal to make one big circle from us, to them and to the land fill. Next we talked to other industries who had established a recycling program and learned that there can be significant amount of money made in recycling waste materials.

Since we are a small company, starting a recycling program would be relatively simple and would not involve a large start up cost. A large utility trailer was acquired, several buckets and an ample amount of space were set aside to sort and store the scrap as it came in.

As the garage doors and openers are disassembled and removed from customers homes, they are transported back to our location where the material is sorted by type. Larger metal door sections are stacked to the side, other metals like track, cable assemblies, old springs, openers and bigger pieces are placed on the trailer. Copper wire is removed from the openers and placed into buckets as well as the smaller metal pieces like rollers, hinges, cable drums, nuts, bolts, and screws.   Wood door sections and paper, items which are bio degradable, are placed into large dumpsters where the waste companies haul them off.  Periodically, all this scrap material is stacked onto the trailer and hauled to the recycler to be purchased. The recycler then in turn sells all the scrap metal to larger rendering plants that melt the metal down into large “slugs” which are transported to various manufacturing plants throughout the country, where the “slugs” are turned into various products and resold to the consumer.

Since starting this program in early 2010, Covenant Garage Doors estimates that we have recycled anywhere from 10-12 tons of metal. Metal that is kept out of our land fills and is turned back into useful products that we use every day. This is doing our part of being a greener, more responsible member of our community.

Garage Door Repair Canton Georgia

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Like thousands of other people, you get in your car this morning and hit the garage door remote to open the garage door to leave and nothing. Maybe you did not hit the button long enough so you try again.

Nothing.

You get out of your car and go over to the wall button and try from there.

Nothing.

Great. You are already late for work, or you just need to get out to go to the grocery store or whatever.

Back into the house, sit at the computer and start looking for a garage door repair company to come fix it. You type in Garage Door Repair Canton Ga. into your search engine and the results are over whelming. You are not really in the mood to do a lot of research, you just want to find a good company to come fix your garage door.

This is a very common occurrence when doing a search online. When you keyed in your keyword to look for a garage door repair company in Canton a lot of what you see is junk. After all you just want to see local companies. You’ll see results for referral sites like Angies List, Yellow Pages, Kudzu, and others that you know that if you use them you will have to join their site or have to wait the time for one of them to email you back.

How can homeowners in Canton Ga. or any other city look at the search results and get the garage door company they are looking for? This can take a little bit of investigating looking at websites and trying to figure out which one is truly local or a large or national company operating in the area. One quick way to tell is there is a Toll Free number, or if there are several numbers listed with each number being designated to a city, then there is a good chance that the company is located out of town. Another clue is the website is rather large with a lot of information or has a cluttered look.

How do you choose? One way is the first few listings just under the three paid listings at the very top. These are what Google calls places or maps listings. These are actual business that Google has verified to be truly local companies. They have a Google + profile page that has been owner verified, has a link to their website and has a place for you to leave comments after you have used the company.

The most reliable source for a service company is of course word-of-mouth. Having a neighbor, friend or family member who has good success with a company is probably the best way to go.

The Best Type of Lubricant To Use On a Garage Door

Have you ever lubricated your garage door? If your answer is “No”, then you are not alone. Most people that I see on a daily basis have never lubricated their garage door. This can cover a span of 10 to 15 to 20 years. When asked why, the most common response that I hear is “Well, I never thought about it.”

Most of the garage door problems that I see when doing service calls is part failure to not being lubricated. Most of the mechanisms on a garage door are simple, hinges and rollers. The hinges hold the door sections together and only rotate at most 90 degrees as the door opens and transitions thru the track radius. Rollers are what enable the door to do this transition and open. There are other parts of the garage door that contain bearings, but these are not accessible to the general homeowner and should only be serviced by a qualified technician. I will discuss this a little later. Simply lubricating the rollers and hinges is one thing that the homeowner can do to greatly extend the life of your garage door and garage door opener.

Given this, the simple thing that a homeowner can do is lubricate their door. What types of lubricant can be used? Use a silicone or Teflon spray ONLY. DO NOT use grease, oil,lithium or WD 40.

Grease and Lithium are thick type lubricants and are designed to be applied manually to flat or almost flat friction surfaces. Grease and Lithium can also attract dirt which can work its way into the mechanisms and cause wear.

Oil is a great lubricant however, it is designed to be poured into sealed container environments where gear assemblies exist. Examples of this would be automobile engines, transmissions, rear differential assemblies.

WD 40 believe it not is a cleaner and is not recommended for perminate lubrication. It actually stands for, “Water Displacement, 40th formula” and was originally designed to prevent corrosion on nuclear missiles.

Teflon, Silicone Spray
Teflon, Silicone Spray

This leaves Teflon or Silicone spray. Both of these are sprayed onto the rollers inside the track and on the hinges across the door. The spray works it’s way into the rollers and hinges and enables smooth operation, minimizes friction, and frees the door up to operate. We recommend lubricating your garage door twice a year. This simple lubrication by the homeowner can greatly extend the life of the garage door and garage door opener.

A detailed and extensive service and tune up of your garage door is recommended yearly. To have this done, call Covenant Garage Doors at 770-720-7828 or visit our web site at www.covenantgaragedoors.com.

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.

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