Garage Door Repairs and Renovations You Can Do This Spring
There is no better time for home renovations and remodeling than spring; and no better place to start repairs than in your garage. This is the time to clean out your garage and stains on your concrete floors, repair any cracks that may have appeared, give your garage door openers a quick maintenance, change wiring, build a workshop, add light fixtures, add cooling for comfort. And if your garage is attached to your home, you will probably like to be spending more and more time in it.
If your garage door is sagging or difficult to raise, or if it is damaged and falling apart, this may be the best time to get it replaced. Or if you have an old style garage door without an opener, it may be convenient to have an opener installed. There may also be door spring repairs required. Note that there are two parts to your garage door – the door itself and the opener system. If your door is not rolling up smoothly, then it could be because of issues with either.
Here is a look at some of the small repairs and renovations you can use to spiff up your garage door this spring.
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- Garage door opener repairs
Garage door opener mechanisms are simple and meant to last. However, if you already have an opener installed, it’s a good idea to upgrade to the newest models which odder greater convenience, security and safety for your family. Door models older than 1993 don’t have the safety reversal feature that most new doors have. A safety reversal mechanism involves two sensors a few inches above the ground that arrest the closing door if a child or a pet passes through.
Other attractive features that newer doors will have include smooth and silent operation with noise control and battery backup systems. The newer doors also come with theft-control remote control systems that have rolling codes which change after every use.
Another convenience present in newer doors is a keypad mounted on the door for keying in the code. This removes the need for a key. It may be possible to have a keypad installed in your existing door as well, so consult your garage door service provider to find out it if it is possible.
- Garage door spring repairs
If you are having trouble rolling up your garage door, there may be a problem with the springs. Whether you have an overhead garage door that rolls up in parts or swings up as a single panel, they all operate on spring tension. Some doors have a single spring at the center. Others have two springs mounted on the shaft with a pair of cones. Note that trying to replace the torsion springs on your own can be hazardous, so only try it if you know exactly what you are doing. Otherwise, call for professional help.
Another reason for stuck or malfunctioning garage doors can be hardware issues. If the tracks on which the doors swing are damaged, they may need to be replaced. If the tracks are not aligned correctly, they may need to be adjusted.
- Garage door insulation
Spring is also a good time to get your garage door insulation updated, if you haven’t done so already. Newer doors are insulated. For older doors, the best way to insulate is to use an insulation kit. These kits come in the form of rolls of insulation that are reflective and easy to fit between the support rails of the door. Combined with a garage door threshold kit to seal the bottoms of the doors, this can be a complete insulation solution for the next winter.
A little more expensive, but highly effective, is the insulation of the wall between the house and the garage. You can insulate the walls with blow-in insulation. Or if you want to go a little further and upgrade, you can pull off the drywall and place batt fiberglass for insulation.
These garage door upgrades can significantly raise the long-term value of your home. With many homes today having street-facing garages, your garage is an important part of your home’s façade. Therefore it is highly recommended that you keep in touch with a garage door service for maintenance.
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