FAQ - Garage Door & Opener Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What Are the Measurements I Need To Know Before Getting a New Garage Door?

If you’re getting a new door, these are the three basic measurements you should be familiar with:

  • What is the height of the opening from the floor to the bottom of the header?
  • How wide is the opening from jamb to jamb?
  • How much headroom is available from the top of the opening to the ceiling or first barrier, which could be a garage door opener rail, pipes, or ductwork?
  1. Is it Worth Insulating My Garage Door?

The garage door is the largest opening in your garage and is often viewed as a kind of bad wall that lets air in, altering the temperature inside the garage. This can be avoided by insulating your garage doors. Regulating the temperature inside your garage is important for the following reasons:

  • When your garage is attached to the rest of your house, the air inside it can easily seep into your living area through the doorway or the ceiling (if the garage is below another room). This means hot air getting inside your garage will interfere with the heating inside your home.
  • If your garage doubles up as your workshop, you’d want it to be as comfortable as possible in there.
  • Insulated garage doors are typically much quieter than an uninsulated door.
  1. I’m Not Sure If My Door Is Properly Balanced. How Do I Know for Sure?

You can carry out a number of tests to know if your door is balanced. Here are some ways to check:

  • Try to raise your door halfway. This should be easy. Now stop. Check if the door stays in place. when you stop. If it does, it shows your door is balanced.
  • When you pull down your door, it should operate in a controlled pace. It shouldn’t slam shut.
  • Similarly, when the door goes up, it should do so in a controlled manner.
  • The lowest part of the door should be aligned with the bottom of the header when the door is in a raised position.
  1. Why Does My Door Make a Lot of Noise?

Noisy doors are a common problem that arise out of regular wear and tear. Usually, when older spring coils rub against one another, it causes your door to creak and squeak. This is not a safety concern and can be easily fixed using a lubricant or by smearing a thin coat of motor oil on the spring tops. If this doesn’t solve the issue, you should call our garage door technicians at Houston TX to get your door serviced.

  1. I Don’t Have a Standard Size Door Opening. Can I Get Special Door Sizes?

Yes, we can order doors in any size. However, there may be different limitations between models and manufacturers. Call us for custom garage doors.

  1. I Want to Replace My Old Garage Door. How Can I Remove the Torsion Springs?

Working with standard torsion springs can be dangerous because of the massive amount of tension they operate under. This is why the removal process requires specific tools and training. Due to the risky nature of the job and the professional handling it requires, we recommend you hire a garage door professional to get this done.

  1. Why Should I Hire a Professional Installer?

Your garage door is the largest moving part in your home and because they take up such a large portion of your home’s exterior, poor installations or any other imperfection can stick out like a sore thumb. Professional installers are trained and experienced to make sure the doors are installed flawlessly. Not only the aesthetics; proper installation is critical to the performance of your door and the safety of those who use it.

Plus, garage door installation is a highly technical job that requires specific tools and training. It involves working with parts like torsion spring, which can release enough tension to fatally injure someone. Therefore, hiring a professional garage door installer guarantees not only excellent quality of installation but also safe and proper way of doing it. Professional installers also get the job done in a much faster and hassle-free manner.

  1. I’m About to Install an Automatic Garage Door Opener. Is It Necessary to Reinforce My Garage Door Before I Do So?

Absolutely! Not properly installing opener reinforcement can cause damage to your garage door. Many manufacturers nullify the warranty for doors that are damaged in this way. The reinforcement configuration varies between models, manufacturers and sizes of the garage door. To reinforce your garage door, read the instructions on the manual provided by the manufacturer.

  1. Is Maintenance Necessary for My Garage Door?

Garage doors are often the most used object in a home, being raised and lowered an average of six times per day. Therefore, to make sure it keeps working smoothly, it needs regular inspections and maintenance.

While we can always address any of your garage door related problems, routine maintenance can prevent many of these problems from occurring in the first place. Regular inspection also prevents minor issues from turning into big problems, which can save you a lot of money on expensive repairs.

We offer maintenance packages to our customers to help prolong the life of their garage doors, openers, and other door parts. We recommend garage door maintenance at least once a year.