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.

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:
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