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Your Garage and Cold Weather: What You Need to Know

Your Garage and Cold Weather: What You Need to Know

Your Garage and Cold Weather: What You Need to Know

Picture this.  You’re bundled up, sitting in your car, ready for work.  You hit the button to open the garage door, but nothing happens.  You hit it again and again but to no avail. What’s the problem?

Don’t Panic

When temperatures drop, you may have several issues with your garage door. Most are easily fixed, but if you’re ever in doubt, call your garage door dealer. Your garage and cold weather might not always get along, and here’s why:

1) Broken Springs

When temperatures drop, it’s not uncommon for metal to crack. The cold weather may have caused the garage door springs to contract and break. It is one of the common reasons that a garage door won’t open in cold weather.  If that happens, then you need to call your garage door dealer.  Replacing the springs is not a project for a beginner and can cause injury if attempted incorrectly.

2) Hardened Grease

Grease buildup can harden in colder weather. If you notice this, you need to remove the buildup using a grease solvent. Use a firm bristle toothbrush to work into cracks. Wipe away solvent, and apply a silicone-based lubricant to the moving parts.

3) Garage Door is Frozen to Floor

When you mix ice or snow with freezing temperatures, there’s always a chance that your garage door can freeze. This is more likely when the bottom of the door is missing a rubber seal or if it’s damaged.  Simply pour some warm water down to loosen the door from the ice.

Preventative Maintenance

Twice per year, deactivate your garage door opener by pulling on the security cord. Raise your garage door.  Is it too heavy? If so, you have just discovered a serious issue. Contact a garage door specialist immediately to fix the problem. You can also help maintain the proper function of your garage door by lubricating the the rollers and spring system. Use motor oil, such as 10W30.

Safety First

Winter weather produces many hazards to watch out for.  Cold temperatures and condensation can wreak havoc on machinery, roads and structures. It’s important to put safety first, especially when it comes to something as large as a garage door.  Contact Us for all your garage door repair needs this winter!

5 Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door in 2018

5 Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door in 2018

The average garage door takes up almost 1/3 of the front of your home.  It’s usually the first thing people notice when visiting.  Neglecting your garage doors negatively impacts the curb appeal of your home.  Don’t waste the opportunity to enhance your home’s appearance in increase value.  Replace your garage door and you’ll be amazed by the difference it makes!

A Good Investment

There are many reasons to replace your garage door, especially if it’s not operational.  The additional space a garage offers can’t be utilized without a way to get in and out easily.  There are both practical and aesthetic reasons to update the look of your garage.  Here are a few:

1) Enhance Visual Impact

Garage doors are huge, both in size and visual impact.  If your door is old and in disrepair it came make your entire home look dated.  Replacing your garage door can transform the curb appeal of your home.  For a more modern look, consider an industrial metal door with sleek acrylic inserts.  For a classic, low-maintenance option, fiberglass doors can be easily painted to match your home.

2) Increase Home Value

Garage door replacement is one of the best ways to increase home value. Installing a new garage door allows you to recoup an estimated 90% of project costs, making it one of the top home improvement projects for overall return on investment.  Unusable garage doors signal to prospective buyers that other issues may exist within the home. A garage door that opens and closes with ease and has aesthetic appeal is a huge plus to house hunters!

3) Safety

A garage door in need of replacement is a safety hazard.  Old garage doors can often become unbalanced, which increases the risk of them coming off the track. Sensor issues can cause damage to your vehicles and increase the danger to pets and children.  

4) Security

Security should be a big concern, particularly if your garage attaches to your home. A broken garage door provides entry into your space.  If visible from the street this can make you a target. The majority of homeowners in the US use the garage as the main entranceway into their homes. The garage door and opener are vital to the security of the home, protecting the people and property behind it.  

5) Go High Tech

More and more garage doors are going high tech.  Traditional openers are still available, but many systems also utilize your smartphone as an opener. This allows you to open or close the garage doors from anywhere, easing worry if you forget to close it. Many systems also allow you to see when the doors are opened, so you know when family members are coming and going.

The Time is Now

The reasons to replace your garage door far outweigh the reasons not to.  Updating your garage is a great investment and a wonderful way to enhance the curb appeal of your home.  

To talk with a specialist about replacing your garage door, Contact Us.

Become a Part of The Woodlands Garage Door Service Community!

Become a Part of The Woodlands Garage Door Service Community!

The Woodlands Garage Door Service invites you to join our extended community. This is your opportunity to connect with us as we offer you tips and tools to keep you informed. Here’s a glance at what you can expect:

Bringing You Value with Every Post

We spend most of our time taking care of our valued customers and don’t always have the opportunity to dig a little deeper in conversation. Our blog is that opportunity. We hope to offer readers valuable insights, as well as community news and important industry updates.

1) Useful tips, tools, and information.

We strive to provide you with information that’s useful to you about innovations in garage door design and repair. Accordingly, the bulk of our content will fall into this category.  Here we will cover a broad range of topics, all meant to help you maximize your experience with us. Articles in this category are designed to address topics you may have questions about, will find interesting, or important things you may not have yet encountered.

2) Garage Door Updates.

Occasionally there may be updates related to garage doors design and repairs. These articles will be designed to give you a breakdown of what’s happening and what it means for you. They will be low in frequency, but full of important information.

3) The Woodlands Garage Door Service News.

We may have company changes, improvements, or enhancements that you need to know about. These blog posts are intended to make you aware of our growth and progress and how it will benefit you. They’re also intended to give you an inside look at our company values and culture.

Join the Conversation

In addition to our original articles, we also share a wealth of other information and videos of interest from various sources across several social media platforms. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to receive invaluable information and updates. Join the conversation today!

 

Why Garage Door Springs are NOT a Good DIY Project

Why Garage Door Springs are NOT a Good DIY Project

Garage door springs are what carry most of the weight every time your garage door opens and closes; as a result they often break.  If your garage door spring breaks you will hear a loud BANG come from your garage. The garage door spring is one long spring, but if it’s broken you’ll notice two short springs in its place.

Many people try to take on replacing garage door springs as a DIY project because it seems fairly easy. If you are not a garage door professional we highly recommend that you do not try to replace your garage door spring on your own because it can be dangerous.

The garage door spring and counterweight system hold the full weight of the door so they are under extreme tension. That tension can cause an explosive effect when released. When you unwind and/or wind the garage door spring during replacement its likely to break, slip or explode, which could result in damaged property, injury, loss of limbs or even death.

People often mistake the motor as the load-bearing mechanism on the garage door, so they fail to realize how dangerous working with garage door springs can be. The motor you see on your garage door was not made to support the full weight of the door. Its only purpose is to lift and close the door as a person would with their own hands if it were a manual garage door.

When a repair can easily turn dangerous or even deadly it’s best to call a qualified technician that has experience and knowledge in the field. At The Woodlands Garage Door Service we have professional garage door technicians that are highly skilled and will offer you timely and affordable repairs. Contact us today to get a free quote or visit our website here.

Your Only Local Garage Door Company

Your Only Local Garage Door Company

The Woodlands Garage Door Service is the only  Local garage door company in The Woodlands Texas

Justin Hodges has proudly served The Woodlands Texas community for over 30 years.

We stay local so that way we can take care of the community that means so much to us

Call Justin today for all your garage door needs

832-928-4407

www.WoodlandsGarageDoor.com

We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business 

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