Replacing a Garage Door in 6 Easy Steps

Need a new garage door? Don’t worry—you don’t necessarily need to break the bank hiring a professional for installation. With these easy step-by-step instructions, you can take a DIY approach to garage door installation. In fact, if you’re relatively handy, this can be done in about 8 to 12 hours. However, keep in mind that while you can do the job alone, it’s probably best to recruit some help, especially when you’re removing the old garage door. We’re here to break down how you can remove your old garage door and install a brand new one. Let’s take a look.

  1. Pick out a new garage door. A standard double garage door is typically 7 feet tall
    and 16feet wide, while a standard single garage door is typically 7 feet tall and between 8 and 9 feet wide. Because garage doors are so large and take up so much space, having a large in-store stock just isn’t feasible for most home stores and home centers. Therefore, keep in mind that you will probably need to order a garage door as opposed to walking into the store and buying it right off the shelf. Garage doors are available in wood, fiberglass, and steel. Steel garage doors tend to be the most resilient and durable. An affordable option, they are also lighter than other types of garage doors, and require less maintenance.

When choosing a new garage door, you want to choose a door that will maximize safety. Keep several things in mind when it comes to picking out a new garage door.

  • Opt for a door that is lightweight. Garage door weight typically isn’t an issue as long as the springs are properly tensioned you won’t end up needing a garage door spring repair Los Angeles. Still, however, stay on the safe side by choosing a door that is relatively lightweight. Keep in mind that insulated double steel doors, for example, will typically weight somewhere between 150 and 200 lbs.
  • Be sure to consider pinch resistance. The most common garage door injury is a finger that gets smashed—or even entirely cut off—when it gets trapped between the two sections of the garage door as it moves. The good news is that you can prevent these kinds of accidents by picking a door with pinch-resistant section designs.
  • Make sure the springs have containment cables. It is advisable to purchase a garage door with containment cables that go through the center of the side-mounted extension springs, as this ensures that if an extension spring should break, the cable won’t turn into a heavy whip that could potentially damage your vehicle or, worse yet, injure people.Replace garage door-min
  • Consider a safe automatic door opener. Always choose a garage door with an automatic opener that is equipped with both anauto-reversing mechanism and photoelectric eyes. This way, if the door is closing and something gets under it, such as a pet or a child, the beam between the eyes is interrupted and the door automatically reverses.
  1. Release the tension on the side-mounted springs. Now that you’ve chosen a new garage door, you’re probably excited to get it up and running. But before you do, there are a few things you need to do. First and foremost, you need to remove your old garage door. The first step in doing this is releasing the tension on the side-mounted springs. You need to lift the door and use a pair of locking pliers to lock each side of it in place. Once the door is secured, fasten the extension spring onto the roller track. From here, you will want to use the locking pliers to remove the cable from the bottom bracket.
  1. Install the roller tracks. Once you’ve removed your old garage door, the first step to installing your new garage door is to install the upper roller tracks. First, wrap the curved lip around the rollers, placing the top of these tracks roughly 8inches below the top of the top section of the garage door. Be sure to double check that each of the rollers are level with one another before mounting them. Next, install the lower lower tracks, placing them about 8 inches above your garage floor.
  1. Replace all hardware. When you install a new garage door it is also a good idea to replace all the hardware. Keep in mind that for garage doors with an automatic opener, this includes a support strut and an opener bracket. Remember, it is important to mount all of the hardware securely in order to maximize the safety of your garage door.
  1. Eliminate all of the old stop material. Once your new garage door is installed and all of the hardware has been replaced, get rid of all the old stop material located on the exterior of the door. Ideally, you want to replace this old stop material with a new material that has a rubber weather strip gasket, which can be found at the majority of home stores and home centers. Make sure that the door is closed when you are installing this stop material. You should also ensure that the gasket is resting against the door at a 45-degree angle.
  1. Don’t forget about annual maintenance! A garage door is a big investment, and in order to ensure that the door enjoys a long life, without too many problems down the line, proper annual maintenance is absolutely key. Check the condition of all the cables once a year, to ensures that they aren’t worn or frayed, lubricate all rollers and springs, and make sure the door is both properly balanced and operating smoothly.

All in all, you can replace your own garage door and save your self a significant amount of money in installation fees. All it takes is a bit of hard work and some patience!

My Garage Door Squeaks!

Stop Those Garage Door Squeaks!

Noisy garages can be caused by loose hardware, worn-out rollers, dry parts, or a garage door simply having a lack of anti-vibration pads, but luckily it usually takes less than an hour to fix it.When inspecting a garage door, here are some tips that may help stop those squeaks:

Get Your Ratchet Out and Start Tightening Things Up

The best place to begin is by tightening up all of the bolts on the garage door.While doing that, check and replace any parts that look worn. All of the moving components on the garage door should be well-oiled with a garage door-specific non-silicone based product.

Make sure that the door and track nuts are tautened by using a ratchet and deep socket for getting additional torque. But be careful not to tighten them too much as that can strip the holes that the screws go in, making it much more difficult to fix. Overtightening can also cause the flat or oval carriage bolts to go right through a thin garage door.


Check for Worn-Out Parts

Common parts that wear out on a garage door are rollers and hinges. A lot of track rollers have bearings that are not sealed, which causes them to naturally deteriorate after years of use in an unclean atmosphere. The bearings can get so bad that the rollers tremble and shake the door as it operates. If your garage door has a crazy, scary shake, try replacing the rollers with nylon ones that have sealed bearings.

Any business that carries garage doors should have sealed nylon rollers in stock and they are easy to find online. Sealed nylon rollers are quieter and require less maintenance, but they tend to be more expensive than steel.

How to Change Out Rollers

Always swap out track rollers one at a time. If you notice torsion springs above the garage door, don’t even try to repair the bottom bracket ones yourself.  The rollers in the bottom brackets are under constant tension and can snap back if you try to unbolt them. To prevent a potentially harmful accident, just call a professional repairman.

Dilapidated hinges are less common than bad rollers, but can be a reason for garage door noises as well. Bad hinges not only make the garage door loud, they can cause its seams to wear out. A little bit of give is normal, but if you see an unnatural size hole where the hinge pin meets the bracket, it is time to replace the hinge. Metal filings around the hinge pins is an early sign of the joints starting to give.

Don’t Forget to Check the Garage Door Opener Chain

As you are checking the door components, take a look at the opener chain on the garage door. A loose chain makes loud and annoying whacking sounds that can also cause the door to make erratic movements, in turn making rollers hit against its track. Garage doors usually come with track drive or screw drive openers which should be lubricated as well. If in doubt, refer to the owner’s manual which should provide a process for repairing the chain.

Continue to Lubricate

Lubricating all moving parts is the key to getting the garage door opening and closing quietly. Use a special door lube like the Prime Flo Garage Door Lubrication Kit, sold on Amazon or at most home improvement centers.

By spraying the springs, hinges and unsealed-style roller bearings with a special garage door lubricant ensures that that the dry film doesn’t attract dirt. For extra measure, hit any swivels or rotation bearings to shake loose anything that could be gummed up.

All moving garage door parts should be re-sprayed every six months to keep the garage door running smoothly. Keep in mind that although other oil or spray lithium greases may be less expensive, they tend to pick up the dust and dirt that you don’t want on your garage door’s moving parts.

How Anti-Vibration Pads Help With the Noise

The erratic shaking of the garage door causes the noise, so something that can alleviate this shaking can be installing anti-vibration pads over and under the garage door bracket. To do this, use a socket wrench to fasten a fender washer/lag screw and the pads to the ceiling.

One more thing…if you have problems with noise inside your house because of an attached garage, try this solution: Separate the opener from the garage trusses with rubber pads. Buy special rubber or cork anti-vibration pads or make rubber pads yourself out of old tires. Four 5.5” x 5.5” x 0.375” pads are $14 through Amazon, but since you are adding more thickness, remember to also get four fender washers and longer lag screws.

Garage Door Remote Not Working

Garage Door Remote Not Working? No matter what you call your garage door remote – clickha, visor button or opener, a broken garage door remote causes jeopardy to your home’s security and comfort. If your garage door remote is not working, you can use our troubleshooting techniques to get things back on track. If after you’ve tried everything and still need help with a garage door remote not working, we will be more than happy to help.

Is Your Garage Door Remote Not Working?

Garage Door Remote Not Working

1. Old Batteries -Check the remote battery for corrosion and replace it if necessary.

2. Loose or Dirty Battery Terminals –oftentimes, battery terminals become loose with frequent replacement. Simply squeeze the terminals and battery together to make sure they are properly connected. Use a small emery board to clean off any fluid or dirt that might have accumulated before inserting a new battery.

3. Reprogramming – if changing the battery and cleaning terminals don’t help, try reprogramming the remote using instructions in the owner’s manual. Older remote models often need to be reprogrammed compared to newer versions. If you need help, feel free to contact us and we will guide you through it over the phone.

4. Sticky or Soft Buttons –when buttons wear out, they can become sticky or soft. They might become this way if you have dropped the remote several times. If you need to press the button more than once or it sticks when you try to open and close, replace it.

5. Dirty Lenses – garage doors have safety sensors that are usually installed at the bottom on either side. These sensors have LED lights. One should be red and the other yellow or green. If the lights are not lit, both your remote and entry keypad should not be functioning.

6. Misaligned LED Lights – sensor lights normally have a small metal bracket that holds them in place. It’s not uncommon for people to bump into them and shift the lights out of alignment. Just fasten the bracket and jiggle it. If the light comes back on, you’re good to go. If not, refer to the owner’s manual or call us for assistance.

7. Shorted or Damaged Wires – check the wires of safety sensors. If they are disconnected, reattach them. If rust formed at the end of a wire, cut off the damaged section and peel back the plastic sheathing until you see clean wire. Reconnect it to the eye. Check for breaks and staples in the wiring starting from the sensor eyes to the top of the ceiling where power head is mounted. If you spot flaws in the wires, have it replaced by a professional.

8. Sun in the Eye –if a sensor’s eye is in a positioned in direct sunlight, cover the sensors or adjust their location. The sun can trick sensors into detecting a false obstruction and may stop the remote from working or reverse the garage door.

9. Power Outages and Lightning –a power outage can fry the circuit board of your garage’s operator. Lightning can have the same effect by sending a surge of power throughout your home. Power outages and lightning (even at a distance) also affect the wiring of your sensors and wall station. If there has been storms or power loss in your area, contact a specialist to inspect the unit and make repairs.

10. Water Damage – moisture can damage important components of a garage door operator, especially the logic board. This is a common problem with garages that are poorly insulated and in homes with leaking basements.

Check the garage door for water leaks and see if there are any brown stains on the logic board. Add a new seal around the garage door to protect cables, wires and other components from water damage. If the logic board is stained, call us for a quick replacement.

Many homeowners use extension cords to run their garage door operators. It might be a temporary solution but it needs to be replaced with a permanent strategy. Extension cords use more power than necessary and can cause you to lose the manufacturer’s warranty.

If you need further help with a garage door remote not working, Dream Garage Door will be more than happy to help!

Aging Front Door

Do You Have An Aging Front Door?
1. Does opening and closing your door every day feel like a full-body workout?
2. Is the glass in the door foggy all year round?
3. Does your door have rust and dents that make it look a little ragged?
4. Do you have to stuff a towel under your door to keep freezing air out?
5. Is rot and damage from water and insects starting to show?
6. Are there cracks in your door that keep widening so much you can almost see outside?
7. Is the exterior of your home starting to look a lot older than it is?

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If the above scenarios sound familiar, your front door may be past its prime. Aging doors, particularly those with little to no insulation, can cause energy loss of up to 20%.

Cracked and warped exterior doors, worn weather stripping and gaps can drive up heating and cooling costs. To put it in perspective, a gap one eighth of an inch on your door is just as bad as a six inch-square hole. Stop paying for energy you don’t use and switch to energy efficient doors. According to the Department of Energy, upgrading to “green” doors like ENERGY STAR® qualified models can cut your heating and cooling costs by 15-20% a month. Doors with a dense polyurethane foam core can help cut your energy bills in half. You can also add triple glazed glass for improved insulation that will cool your home in the summer and keep the interior warm in winter.

Q-ion weather stripping can keep air, moisture and dirt out by providing a tight seal along the sides and top of your front door. You can toss away the towel and replace it with a composite seal that fits perfectly at the bottom of the door to prevent water and air infiltration, and rot.You can go for the double bulb sweep that features four fins for extra protection against air and water. Moisture-resistant window frames are also good options and feature a durable design that prevents doors from shrinking, expanding, shifting, warping, sagging and twisting when the weather changes.

If an aging front door is costing you more to keep than replace, upgrade with energy efficient designs and accessories to reduce monthly energy bills, protect your interior against the elements and enhance the comfort of your home.

Feel free to call us at Dream Garage Door if you have any questions!

Unbalanced Garage Door

Unbalanced Garage Door

How to Level an Unbalanced Garage Door

Do you have an unbalanced garage door that needs to be leveled? A garage door that isn’t leveled can cause big problems if not dealt with right away. Warning signs of unbalanced garage doors include 1) strange sounds 2) bent out of shape 3) difficult operation. Regardless of what is causing an unbalanced garage door, leaving it unbalanced can be very dangerous and are highly prone to accidents. If your garage door is balanced it will put a lot less strain on the parts and you will not need to repair it for another for several years. Nevertheless, garage door maintenance is highly recommended at least once a year. This will reduce chances of your garage door needing serious repair.

Disclaimer before we continue: Please keep in mind that this could be a very dangerous task. To ensure safety, you may want to contact the nearest garage door repair company to do it for you. Certified technicians have many years of experiencing dealing with unbalanced garage doors.Dream-Garage-Door-Balanced-400x268

Your first step should be to check which direction your garage door is off balance. Make sure your garage door is closed and is disconnected from the garage door opener. Now manually lift your garage door. The springs of the door should help it move smoothly despite its massive weight. The door should not slide back down. If there is movement, this means that your garage door is off balance. Utilize a ladder and unhook the springs on each side of your door. Then, close the door and check that the garage door comes down at the same level on both sides. If it is uneven, adjust both sides so that it is even.

Unless you’re a confident DIY installer, we do recommend letting certified technicians handle the repair!

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Torsion or Extension Garage Door Springs

Torsion or Extension Garage Door Springs

Torsion & Extension Garage Door Springs

Most homeowners give little thought to the type of garage door springs (torsion or extension) on their door. That is, until they break. Suddenly, you’re faced with all sorts of decisions. You’ve got to figure out who can fix the problem, what materials are best, and the differences between the types of springs available. Which one would be the safest in raising and lowering the garage door?

Selecting the right springs for your garage door is much more important than you realized. Homeowners who make this decision lightly can face damage to their property, injury to family members and even death and this is no exaggeration. The truth is that deaths have occurred due to improperly installed springs. This is why experienced professionals from a reputable garage door company should be the only ones repairing a broken or damaged garage door spring. There is too much at stake. To better inform you this article will discuss the most common types of springs.

In truth there is a wide range of different garage door springs, and many different sub-types. However there are two main categories of springs, extension and torsion.

Torsion or Extension Garage Door Springs

Extension Garage Door Springs

Extension springs are the most commonly used garage door springs on residential homes. You will find them on both sides of the garage door, above the upper tracks, running horizontally. For the door to open these springs must extend, which provides the counterbalancing force needed to support the weight of the door. As the force increases, either by hand or motor, the more it stretches and expands.

All garage door extension springs should come with safety cables. These cables can keep the extension spring from turning into a dangerous projectile if a bottom bracket, cable or spring breaks or somehow fails. Something like this can happen at any time, whenever the garage door is closed, open or moving. It is extremely important that safety cables be installed on all garage doors with extension springs for this reason.

Torsion Garage Door Springs

Extension springs stretch and expand, whereas torsion springs use torque in order to raise the door. They are installed above the opening of the garage and work by slowly twisting and coiling around the shaft when force is applied, either by hand or motor.

There is a wider selection of options that come with torsion springs, which include a variety of sizes and lengths. These variations are carefully calculated to fit the type of garage door, its height and width as well as track radius among other factors.

Which Type of Springs Are Best?

Still stuck with deciding between Torsion or Extension Garage Door Springs? Extension springs are usually priced lower than torsion springs and this is why most homes have them. However, it is important to understand that due to having more parts exposed, they do pose a higher risk.

On the other hand, torsion springs can support a heavier door, are more durable, and can last up to twice as long. Torsion springs provide greater balance overall, which makes the garage door open and close more easily. Having fewer exposed parts, they’re definitely safer. This is why torsion springs are usually more expensive.

If you are considering your options for new springs, don’t forget to think about the additional benefits that come with a torsion spring system, especially when it comes to safety. In terms of home improvement projects, replacing garage doors is among the top for highest return on investment. You can boost your ROI even more by selecting torsion garage door springs, which last a lot longer than extension springs.

Either way you go you’ve got to keep in mind that regardless of whether you use torsion or extension garage door springs, both use extreme amounts of tension while operating. To limit the risk of property damage or injury, we definitely recommend that you consult with a reputable garage door company before trying to repair or install the springs on your garage door yourself.

Garage Door Replacement: Cost Vs. Value

When a garage door needs to be replaced homeowners are naturally going to be concerned about the cost of a garage door replacement.

Your garage door likely gave out with no warning whatsoever and this expense came up out of the blue. One day the door was working as usual, and the next it wouldn’t budge.

Just as with any home improvement project, you need to be financially responsible. But if you’re being smart, you will want value as well. The two go hand in hand.

Cost of a garage door replacement

Cost of a Garage Door Replacement

If you want a good quality long lasting garage door you can expect to pay a little more. When you hire a reputable garage door company to do the work for you, you’re going to pay a higher price. However, a top quality garage door properly installed by experts will pay for itself in the end.

The home improvement magazine Remodeling reports that an upgraded garage door has an average return on investment of 83.7%, which is huge. In 2014, garage door upgrades were ranked as one of the year’s top four home improvement projects in the country.

There are even more financial returns with a new garage door:

  • Due to their size and exposure to the weather, garages usually run up a fairly high heating bill in the winter and huge air conditioning costs in the summer. When you install an insulated door these costs are dramatically reduced saving you a lot of money on your utility bills, which adds to your return on investment.
  • Garages also present a security risk for homeowners if the door isn’t solid enough and/or doesn’t lock properly. A well-fortified securely locked garage door can greatly reduce the chance of a break-in and/or theft.

Your door’s value can be further enhanced with regular upkeep and maintenance. This is especially important during the winter months when they undergo the heaviest use.

Why Consider Value Over Cost?

Your primary focus should be on value, not necessarily price. The cost of a garage door replacement can vary widely depending on a number of different factors, which include:

  • Size and Materials. You can find garage doors in all different shapes and sizes and in a wide variety of materials. A standard steel door without insulation would cost less than a higher quality custom-made wood garage door for example.
  • Level of Workmanship. You may very well be able to dismantle your existing garage door and install a new one on your own as a Do-It-Yourself weekend project. However, you run the risk of this costing you more in the end because this is no easy task. In addition, safety is a concern if you lack the proper tools. Garage door replacement requires a lot of expertise so you are usually better off when you hire a skilled professional for the job. In addition, their work will often include a warranty.
  • Location. Price can vary according to region due to differences in climate and architectural styles throughout the country. An average stone house in Vermont will not have the same requirements as a little stucco house in Arizona. To view the various price ranges, you are welcome to use this free search tool by filling in your ZIP code.

This is why you should consider value over cost when looking for a garage door replacement. When your garage door regularly receives service, it stays in optimal condition. This is especially important during the cold winter months. You should also have your own checklist to use on an annual basis just to make sure everything is in good working order. When you first notice a problem it may be something minor that you can fix on your own. If you wait and the problem gets worse, you will most likely have to hire a professional company.