The Garage Door Check List Every Homeowner Should Have

 

As a homeowner, you are learning quickly that consistent maintenance is required to keep your home up and running. One of the greatest ways to cut down these costs in the future is prevention.
Garage Doors would be great if we could just install them and forget about them. In reality they are not, and if you don’t take care of routine maintenance on your door you will be spending more in the long run. Luckily, you don’t need to be a garage door technician to make sure you are taking the necessary steps toward making things run smoothly. While garage doors and openers are technically one entire system, you need to keep in mind that they are separate and contain many moving parts.

With this home garage door checklist, you can keep on top of problems before they happen, saving you both time and money. These checks are recommended at least twice per year, but many find that being on the constant lookout for problems and running through the checklist periodically can be beneficial.

Visual Inspection:Garage Door Maintenance Checklist

To Do This:

  • Stand inside your garage with the garage door closed. Starting in one corner visually look at your door staring at one corner and going down, repeat this process as you move across your door.
  • Look for cracks in the surface of the door, especially around the hinges.
  • Inspect the rollers. Place a finger on the wheel of each roller and try to rock the roller wheel back and forth for looseness. If they are loose, they need replacing.
  • Look at the cables and make sure they are not frayed or twisted.
  • Look at where the opener “J” arm attaches to the door. Make sure it is not starting to pull off. If you have a metal door, there should a special bracket called an “Operator Bracket”, attached to the door and the opener “J” arm attached to this special bracket.
  • Stand in the middle of the garage door and grab the door and move it front to back and side to side. There should be slight movement each way.
  • Open the garage door half way and look at the rubber seal located along the bottom of the garage door. It should move and be pliable and no cracks or missing sections.
  • Close the door and pull the red cord to disconnect the opener. Lift the door to waist height. The door should be easy to lift. With the door at waist height, let go of the door. It should remain there or slowly drop to the floor.
  • Open the door all the way up and let go. It should remain open.

Operate the Opener:

This will require simple testing to see if the systems are working correctly.

To Do This:

  • Run the garage door open and close 2 or 3 times. There should be no loud squeaks or pops.
  • Test the safety eyes. This can be done by closing the door and place your foot in way of the safety eyes. The door should stop and reverse to open.
  • Close the door and as the door is closing, grab the bottom of the garage door and try to stop it until it reverses. it should give about 15 – 20 pounds of push before reversing.
  • This can be a good time to replace the batteries in your remote controls.

The great thing about these tests is that you can do them yourself! If the task seems a bit daunting we will send a professional to check for any problems. Call 770-720-7828 for more information to book an appointment or visit our web site at www.covenantgaragedoors.com

 

Garage Door Maintenance Keeps Your Garage Door Running

In a nut shell: most garage door maintenance problems can be avoided with the home owner performing simple lubrication.

When I repair a garage door, I always include an annual service and tune up on the garage door and opener. Almost in every one of these, a lot of the issues with a garage door and opener is due to the lack of the door being lubricated. Garage doors are made up of many moving metal parts, metal parts that roll against each other as the door moves up and down, and as with any moving part there is friction. And when friction is caused, lubrication has to be applied.

Garage Door Maintenance Silicone Spray

Home owners can minimize garage door wear by applying a silicone or teflon lubricant to the moving parts of the door at least twice per year. How to do this? Simply, with the garage door closed, spray the lubricant to the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom, them move across the door lubricating the hinges from top to bottom, the move to the other side of the door and again lubricate the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom. As you perform this step of lubricating the complete door, do mot be afraid to use a lot of lubricant. Next, operate the door up and down a few times to allow the lubricant to work it’s way into all of the moving parts.

If you have a wooden garage door, you will need to tighten all the nuts on the hinges. Hardware on a wooden garage door are attached with a different nut and bolt combination than a metal door and it is common for these to vibrate loose. Use a 7/16 wrench and start in a pattern from one side of the door to the other working from top to bottom and across the door tightening the nuts holding the hinges in place.

What type of lubricant to use? The easiest why that I answer this is to tell home owners what NOT to use. Do not use grease, oil WD40 or lithium grease. Grease will not work into the moving parts of the rollers and hinges. Oil will work into the rollers and hinges but will drip out all over your car or whatever is under your door. WD40 is more of a cleaner and is designed to remove water than is is to lubricate. Lithium grease is like regular grease and will not work into the moving parts. This leaves Silicone or Teflon sprays. Silicone spray can easily purchased at any home improvement store.

Not comfortable doing garage door maintenance or after you do this it still does not work correctly? No worries, Call Us, Covenant Garage Doors performs garage door maintenance and tune ups to garage door and garage door openers.

 

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.

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 Doors, That’s All We Do, Nothing Else.

While I was at one my suppliers the other day, another garage door company pulled up and I noticed that they had changed the color and lettering for their company on their truck. Closer inspection showed that they had also changed their company name and now were also offering garage doors,  heating and air conditioning as well as electrical services.

Garage doors and heating and air and electrical.

Wow.

When you have been doing this as many years as I have, you get to see a lot and now I can say I think I have seen just about everything.

Last year I made a similar blog post about companies of ever sort also doing garage doors. Siding companies, fence companies, plumbers, you name it. I mentioned it then and I will say it again, these companies are so involved, are managing so much, that quality and experience start to wane if ever it was there and in the end you the home owner is the one that suffers with poor or sloppy work being done.

Garage door repair is specialized and requires attention that only comes from experience. This is the reason that Covenant Garage Doors made the commitment  to only repair garage doors and garage door openers.  This is a great advantage for the homeowner as when we arrive at their home their problem is our only attention and we put all of our experience to solving their problem as well as keep up with product updates and negotiating with manufacturers.

When homeowners call Covenant Garage Doors they can be assured that they are getting a company that is devoted to their repair and nothing else. Call Us at 770-720-7828 or visit our website and book an appointment online and we will come take care of your garage door needs!

 

Garage Door Repair and Installation

Investing in top quality products for your home or business is important.  Repairing, replacing or installing a new garage door can be a big investment. It’s important to search for a company in garage door repair that can deliver top notch service at a great price. Make sure you do your research and find a leading company that has a reputation for excellent service.

Covenant Garage Doors specializes in garage door repair, garage door opener installationand garage door replacement. You won’t have to worry about faulty installations or repeat issues with your garage door because we are incredibly selective about who we hire to perform and provide service.Garage Door Repair and Installations

Service and repair is dealt with extra care so the job is completed correctly the first time around. This way we ensure the customer saves both time and money. Covenant Garage Doors also provides warranties on services rendered so there is a guarantee the job will be done right. We understand that a garage door has many moving parts. If any of those parts break down, there may also be problems with other parts of the machine. When the company’s employees show up to service a garage door, they come equipped with the parts needed for repair. They can service most major brands. One of the most important parts of the garage door are the garage door springs. Technicians will take a look at the springs and see if a garage door spring replacement is needed.

Customers looking to replace a garage door can choose from many styles to suit their budget and design needs.  A technician will provide a free estimate before ordering any doors. There are basic metal doors, metal insulated doors, metal insulated (triple layer construction), metal carriage doors and custom wood carriage doors.

No matter what type of garage door you desire, Covenant Garage Doors is here to help. You can call us at 770-720-7828 or fill out our online form on their website to schedule an appointment. Don’t settle for less than the best! Visit our main site at https://www.covenantgaragedoors.com today and experience the difference in quality and service at competitive prices.

Covenant Garage Doors, with more than 20 years in business and over 35 years of experience, is your garage door repair and garage door servicing specialists! We provide garage door repair in the greater Atlanta Metro area.

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 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.