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.

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.

Make The Most of Your Garage Door Estimate

We know most folks these days live busy fast-paced lives and so every minute is precious. That is why we have compiled this list of things to help make the most out of your time spent while getting your garage door estimate.

1. Educate yourself. – Go to our website- https://www.covenantgaragedoors.com. We have links to many different garage door manufacturer’s websites. Study manufacturer’s websites, it is the key to knowing what’s available.

2.Know what styles you like. – After looking at the manufacturer’s websites, remember the things you liked- window patterns, door styles etc. Sharing these things with your garage door technician will help him narrow down the possibilities and find the perfect door for your home.

3.If you have some specifics in mind, don’t be afraid to say so.- Remember, you are going to be looking at this door for years to come, so make sure you are telling your garage door technician any specifics about what you are looking for in a garage door. We want you to be happy with your new garage door purchase!

4.Know what options are important to you and which ones aren’t a priority. – Windows versus no windows, insulated versus non-insulated, window inserts, color, etc. There are a whole bunch of different options to customize your garage door. Some things are going to be non-negotiable and therefore, necessary to your garage door purchase, but some things are just extras, so be sure to have an idea of what those non-negotiable things are.

5.Make sure you are in agreement with your spouse.- I can’t tell you how many times our tech shows up to a home to do a garage door estimate, and one spouse has no idea we are even scheduled to come out, much less that they are going to be replacing their garage door! So, as a courtesy to the company coming out, talk it over with whomever you are sharing the household decisions with so that everyone is on the same page. Also, make sure you discuss garage door options together both before the technician comes out to your home and after he leaves to make sure you both are in agreement about what kind of garage door you are looking to get.

6.Think about any other garage door opener work you are going to need and bring that up as well.- If you know you are going to need a new opener or opener repair, or there is some other garage door issue, let the tech know so he can price that for you as well. That way, the company can go ahead and plan for extra repair time if that is needed.

7.Be reasonable with price expectations. – In this economy everyone wants to make sure they are getting the best price possible. While this is to be expected, your local garage door company is not going to be in business long if they are always ‘giving away’ products. Understand that while we want to give you a good deal, we do have to make enough to be able to make good on warranties we are offering a couple of years from now. Rather than getting stuck on the issue of price, look for a company that offers quality products that hold up and continue to look great over time. That is where the real value lies. Which brings me to the next point…

8.Make sure the price you are quoted includes everything you will need in order to have the job completed correctly. – Does that door quote include hauling away the old door or is that going to be extra? Does the price include tax, labor and installation? Find out if the quote is for everything the job requires or you may be stuck paying for extra fees. Do yourself a big favor, too and get the estimate in writing -that way the price can’t be changed on you later.

9.Schedule the door estimate for when you have time to meet.- Most reputable door companies like Covenant Garage Doors & Openers will gladly schedule a time to meet with you that works with your schedule. Make sure when you set up an appointment you set up a time where you will have about an hour or so to devote to meeting with the garage door tech. That way there is plenty of time for the tech to go over the material, and answer any questions you may have.

10.Be punctual.- We at Covenant Garage Doors & Openers always strive to arrive to an appointment in a timely manner, so we hope our customers will do the same. The unforeseen can happen, but if something comes up and you are not able to keep an appointment time, please call our office and reschedule for another time.

Ready to get an estimate? Give us a call at 770-720-7828 or visit our website www.covenantgaragedoors.com.