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

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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 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.

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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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.