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.

The Different Types of Garage Door Openers

Opening a garage door manually can really be a pain, especially if you’re used to opening your garage door with an opener that recently broke. If you’re currently on the market for a garage door opener replacement, before making a decision you should be aware of all the available choices. You might be tempted to simply choose the same model that broke, however, if you keep your options open, you might find one of the better garage door openers for a price you’re willing to pay. Here is some information about some of the available choices, since you will need to choose an opener that depends on the type of garage that you have:

Chain drives – these types of openers for garage doors are the most common installed, and, they are relatively inexpensive. Chain drive garage doors function by having a chain travel through a motorized gear, which opens and closes the garage door. This type of opener also is the most dependable and is a great choice if you’re on a budget.

Belt drive – if saving money isn’t an issue that you need to worry about, then this type of opener is another option. Like the chain drive, a malleable rubber belt is used to raise the garage door up and down in place of a chain.

Screw drive – this type of garage door opener is quieter than a chain drive, yet noisier than a belt drive. The price range is in-between the two previous choices as well. It operates through the use of a threaded metal rod. One plus of this type of opener is the fact that it usually requires the least amount of maintenance.

With the advent of the DC motor technology, more of these motors are being incorporated into the openers by all the major manufacturers. DC motors are smaller, more powerful and much more quiet than the standard AC motors that are used in all garage door openers. This allows the homeowner the flexibility in choosing which of the drive systems that they can best afford.

Additionally, one of the most common accessories that homeowners are considering is the external wireless keypad. This is a small device that mounts to the exterior of the garage door, on the wood framing of the door opening. It allows the homeowner to gain access to the garage door by keying in a security code into the keypad, opening the garage door.

So, if you’re trying to decide which of the various garage door openers will work best for your needs, obviously there are many choices available. Sure, the decision can be a pain, especially if you’re not very familiar with how garage doors function, but hopefully the above information has helped you to make the best decision. If you find that you’re still experiencing difficulty deciding on an opener after learning about the different types of garage door openers available, or you would prefer to obtain an estimate for garage door opener repair instead, then you can easily request assistance from any garage door company that specializes in these. These companies have the expertise to properly advise you and assist you will determining if it will be best to repair your broken opener or purchase a new replacement.

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.

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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