Is Cold Weather Troubling Your Garage Door?

Cold weather can be a nuisance.  Mechanical devices are affected by it and the garage door is not an exception.  The winter month’s arrival in Denver and surrounding areas means it may be about time to do some preventative garage door maintenance.  Unfortunately, there are instances where even maintenance is too little too late and your garage door has already been compromised by the onslaught of freezing or below temperatures, snow and frozen precipitation like ice and sleet.

The main problem garage door owners face in the colder seasons is a garage door that just will not open.  You can trouble shoot the problem pretty easily yourself, or call the any garage door openers in Denver to find out what their technicians think about the issue.  Likely they will have a suggestion or plan for repair but you can find out as much as possible yourself, prior to a phone call.  This can be a benefit to you for budgeting purposes and it is just good, in general to know and be familiar with issues you may experience again regarding your home.


The cause of a stuck garage door could be a number of things.  Lubrication is very important during months of the year when freezing is a common occurrence.  By lubricating hinges and joints of your garage door, you can help the entire moving parts slide smoothly along their course.  If lubrication does not fix the issue, move on to check the brackets that the runners are held in.  Make sure that the garage door is aligned correctly.  The cold metal can come off track more easily due to extreme weather.  An adjustment may solve the issue.

Electrical problems can be a more serious issue.  Resolution of problems that are more complex and have to do with the mechanism of the garage door do require the skill of a professional.  The Garage Door services team will help your door get back in working order soon.

If your garage door is creaky and obnoxious on its up and down course through life during the winter months, this could be the result of a serious issue or it could simply be your garage door having a little bit harder of a time operating because of the weather.  Lubrication, again, is key and could both prevent and fix the issue of a loud garage door.

Misalignment of metal parts, tracks and runners due to the cold weather or mechanical failure are both common issues for garage doors during the winter.  Call the Garage Doors of Denver today for a consultation and estimate about your garage door repair.


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How to Accurately Measure Your Garage Door

If you are replacing a garage door, in the process of building a brand new house or garage addition to your home, you will likely be required to know and have the measurements of your garage and garage door.  Garage door measurements can be a little bit tricky to procure, because a garage door is sort of a weird shape.  Garage doors move in a way that is unique to other home appliances or structural parts of your house.  This makes them more difficult to figure out measurements for, especially if the measurements you need are for a garage door that is not yet in place.

A few key areas of the garage are what you need to focus on preparing accurate measurements for, when you are replacing or installing a new garage door. Knowing what these areas are, and how to locate them, is very helpful in the process of new garage door installation.

Step 1:
Measure the distance between the farthest left side of the opening of the garage door, and the farthest to the right side of the opening.  You are looking for the widest area of the garage door, from side to side.  Garage doors are usually framed on the inside with 2” by 6” wood.  Pay attention to inconsistencies in the wood, or damaged areas of the framework.

Step 2:
From top to bottom, find the greatest height of the garage door opening.  The distance between the top of the door and the ground is what you need to figure out, for easy garage door installation.  Again, notice inconsistencies like an unleveled floor.

Step 3:
Find the width of the wall area on either side of the opening of the garage door.  Both the areas that border the opening of the door (left side of the wall, right side of the wall) need to be at least 3.75” wide.

Step 4:
Measure areas between the highest point of the opening of the garage door and the ceiling.  Headroom requirements may differ, depending on the type of garage door you are installing.  You will need to know the existing measurements before you select your new overhead door.

Step 5:
From the front of the garage to the back, measure the distance.  Backroom requirements for sectional doors are the door height plus 18”.  With electric opener installations, backroom requirements are the height of the door plus 4’2”.

Other things to notice and plan for are the source of electricity for garage door openers-it is great to already be aware of where the nearest outlet is to your garage door.  Lights or stairwells or attic space that may be in existence prior to garage door installation will affect your specific requirements for type of door, measurement necessities, etc.  Make sure the floor is level, and take note of pipes or air ducts that could possibly obstruct a garage door ability to maneuver correctly.


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