Keeping an eye on your garage door’s performance is the easiest way to make sure that everything is operating as it should. If your door is more noisy than usual or has been getting stuck opened or closed it is a sign that you need to contact your local garage door professional to take a look at your garage door springs.
More Noise Than Usual
A balanced garage door should be relatively quiet when traveling up or down the door tracks. If your garage door is making excessive creaking, grinding, or squeaking noises when opening or closing, your springs may be strained and most likely need to be replaced.
Door Won’t Lift or Get Stuck
Garage door springs are designed so you can lift the door manually if needed. If you are unable to lift your door, it means the springs are no longer doing their job and need to be replaced. Similarly, if you try to open your garage and it only goes up about 6 inches before stopping, your garage door opener’s force adjustment has been activated and is indicating that your garage door springs need attention.
Door is Crooked
A crooked door is often due to a damaged extension spring or cable. These springs are mounted on either side of the door and pull independently. If one of these breaks, that side won’t typically move and the door will either go up unevenly or get stuck in the tracks.
ProTip: Always look to make sure the left and right sides of your garage door are correctly aligned. If they seem off-kilter, this could be a sign that your springs need adjustment or repair.
Slow Moving Door
If you notice that your garage door is moving a lot slower than usual, this is an indicator that something is wrong. If a spring is broken, the weight of the garage door may prevent the motor from reaching its usual speed.
Garage Door Spring Repair
Garage door springs are tightly wound and are under a lot of tension, so trying to replace them yourself can be dangerous. If you see any signs that your door needs spring repairs, it is important that you contact a professional for help rather than attempting to do it on your own.
If you think your garage door might be unbalanced, join the conversation to learn more about whether your garage door springs need an adjustment or possible replacement.
When you clean up and ditch the unnecessaries taking up space in your garage and then get organized with the help of storage racks and shelves, you can have an orderly garage that has the space to park your car and do various projects! Here are five ways to save space and get your garage organized.
Ditch the Unneccessaries
Get Clean & Organized
Wall Storage Unit
1) Ditch the Unneccessaries
The first step in getting your garage organized is to throw away the clutter and stuff you never use. If you haven’t used it in a year–it’s time to throw it out.
2) Get Clean & Organized
Now that you have thrown away unneeded items, give your garage a deep cleaning. Start at the back of the garage and clean outwards. Scrub the garage door and floor, and if needed, spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint.
ProTip: To get your garage organized, consider itemizing things to store them into “regularly used”, “annually used”, and “sentimental storage” areas so you can access them only when and if needed.
3) Wall Storage Unit
Wall storage is a must-have when it comes to organizing your garage. Open shelves and better than shelves with doors because they allow you to see where everything is and access it easier. Another good idea is to make a simple tool rack and get those garden tools off the floor.
4) Ceiling Storage
There is so much available space on your garage ceiling! Make space on the floor by installing a ceiling storage to put things you don’t need access to very often. This is the perfect place for holiday items that you only need to pull down once a year.
5) Install Pegboards
Pegboards are relatively inexpensive and easy to install and help you keep track of all your tools. They can be cut to size and even painted to customize the look; several manufacturers make a wide variety of compatible hooks, shelves, and organizers.
Keeping Your Garage Organized
Now that your garage is organized, make sure you keep it that way! Be sure to put everything back where you found it and every few months, do a light cleaning to keep the dust at bay. Once a year, go back through and weed out items you just don’t need anymore.
A noisy garage door can be a serious disruption, but as long as the door is opening and closing properly, it is usually pretty simple to reduce the racket when you tighten up the nuts and bolts and lubricate rollers and hinges. Here are some great ways to fix a noisy garage door.
Tighten It Up
Sometimes a garage door can get noisy if nuts and bolts become loosened. Tightening up nuts and bolts should be the first step to quieting down your door. First, inspect your garage door for any loose parts. Then, tighten the nuts and screws with a wrench or socket. Be careful as the nuts should not be too tight..
If your garage door is older or the weather has recently changed, it could be easy to fix your noisy garage door simply by adding lubricant to all the metal parts of your garage door. Spray lubricant on the rollers, hinges, and track. Lubricating is not a one time job. Make sure you repeat this procedure every six months to keep your garage door quiet.
ProTip: Frequent lubrication of your metal garage door parts, like springs, hinges, and rollers, can help keep your garage door from being squeaky and loud while opening and closing.
Rollers, Hinges & Springs
If the above two fixes don’t do the job in cutting down on the noise of your garage door, there could be a more serious problem, and your garage door might need to have the rollers, springs, or hinges replaced or repaired. You should never attempt to do this on your own, so make sure to contact your local garage door specialist to discuss the repairs.
Contact Your Local Garage Door Professional
Preventing a noisy garage door can be easy when you perform monthly maintenance. Keep metal parts lubricated and all moving parts tightened. It is also a good idea to have your garage door professional come out once a year to make sure the springs and other moving parts are functioning properly.
Tired of listening to that squeaky garage door? Join the conversation to learn more about how you can help quiet it down.
It’s important to ask your garage door professional about the style, size, and material you want your garage door to be. Be sure to ask the following questions to make sure you get the right garage door for your home and needs.
Garage Door Style
1) Garage Door Style
When it comes to your garage door, you want to take into consideration the style of your home. You want to choose a style that fits with your house’s architecture. There are many options, from doors with windows, carriage doors, traditional style garage doors, or even doors with a contemporary flair.
2) Door Size
Not all garages and garage doors come in exactly the same size. You should have your local garage door professional come out and measure your garage area to ensure you get the correct size door for your home.
3) Door Material
Your garage door is not just another door. It should not be looked at for only its functionality, but also its form. Garage doors are made from a variety of materials and the best one for you is dependent upon the climate you live in, as well as the style of your home. Choose between wood, metal, fiberglass, and vinyl to name a few options available on the market these days.
4) Insulated Door
You may want to talk to your garage door professional about the benefits and if you might need an insulated garage door. If your garage is attached to your home or is used for store items that need to be in a climate controlled area, then an insulated garage door is a good idea.
ProTip: Insulated garage doors are more energy efficient, especially in extreme climates.
5) Garage Windows
Adding glass to your garage doors also boosts home value and curb appeal and there are many different options to choose from. Choose from Sunburst, Cascade, Cathedral, Mission, or the many other window designs available. Once you choose what type of windows you would like, you can decide whether you want clear, plain, frosted, glue chip, tinted, or obscure glass types.
Buying the Right Garage Door
Your garage door is one of the most prominent features of your home and it doesn’t deserve to be neglected. Give your home a new look and boost the value and curb appeal by buying the right garage door for your home.
Ready to update the look of your home with a new garage door? Join the conversation to learn how you can take your garage door from boring to spectacular!