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Spring Cleaning and Garage Door Maintenance To-Dos

Spring is nearly here! As the days get longer and the weather warms, now’s the time to get your home in order with some spring cleaning so that you can enjoy the great outdoors when sunshine becomes a constant. As you organize your shelves and clean out your pantry, dust and clean your baseboards, and perform the myriad of other home spring cleanings musts, here are some garage door cleaning and maintenance to-dos to remember:

Give Your Garage Door a Good Scrub

Your garage door has taken a lot of wear and tear over the winter, ranging from harsh winds and hail to snow, ice, and moisture damage. As a result, chances are that your garage door is looking pretty beaten up right about now, and could likely benefit from a thorough cleaning.

To wash your garage door, use a mild chemical-free soap or other cleaner; do not use harsh or abrasive detergents, which could damage paint and other materials. Clean both the outside and inside of your garage door, as well as any garage door windows.

Perform Garage Door Maintenance

Spring is a great time to perform maintenance on your garage door (maintenance should be performed on a routine basis, but can be difficult to do during the wintertime due to temperature and moisture issues). Some garage door maintenance musts include:

  • Do a visual inspection of your garage door – Does anything look out of the ordinary? Check for broken springs, dents or cracks in the garage door, and frayed garage door cables.
  • Do a sound check – Open and close your garage door. Do you hear any banging, screeching or other out-of-the-ordinary sounds?
  • Tighten and lubricate – Once you’ve ruled out any major problems, you can proceed with tightening any nuts and bolts, and lubricating all moving parts.
  • Test the garage door automatic reversal function – Finally, you should check the automatic reversal function using a broom or piece of plywood. To do this, close your garage door and wave the item in front of the automatic reversal sensor. If nothing happens, the sensor is broken, and your garage door is dangerous. You need to repair this immediately.

Contact Affordable Garage Door, Inc. for Garage Door Maintenance and Repairs

For any garage door maintenance that you cannot perform on your own, or any repairs that require professional assistance, our team at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. is here to help. We have years of experience maintaining garage doors in Illinois and Indiana, and are proud to be a company that prioritizes customer experience. To schedule your maintenance or repairs today, please call us at 219-696-4279, or send us a message using the contact form on our website and we will be in touch shortly.

What Warming Temperatures Mean for Your Garage Door

There’s a lot to look forward to as February turns into March, including the potential for new blossoms on trees, flowers popping up in the garden, baby animals, and of course, longer days and more sunshine. Indeed, spring is many people’s favorite time of year, and for good reason.

For homeowners, spring can be a double-edged sword. While there is certainly more to look forward to, spring can also mean tuning into a home’s needs, particularly parts of the home that are affected by things like temperatures and moisture.

For garage door owners in Illinois and Indiana, here’s a look into what warming temperatures can mean for your garage door.

Moisture and Humidity Can Be Problematic

March can be a month with a lot of humidity and a lot of moisture, often in the form of rain or snow. For garage doors, this can be problematic. Humidity can lead to a host of issues, including issues with moving parts, expansion, and even damage to the garage door itself (especially if the door is made of wood).

Moisture can also seep into a garage and cause issues in the event that the garage door isn’t properly weatherstripped. We highly recommend checking your weather stripping at the end of winter and replacing it if need be.

Damage from Heat and Sunlight

While March means more sun and longer days, remember that a garage door that is in direct sunlight for the greater part of the day can suffer damage as a result of sun damage and heat damage. Not only may your garage door be damaged and experience problems like color fade, but the inside of your garage may get very hot as well, which can be a problem if you keep temperature-sensitive items within your garage, or use your garage as an extra living area of your home. Some things that you can do to beat the heat are to consider installing an insulated garage door (or insulating an existing door) which will help to regulate temperatures, paint your garage door a lighter color, and add ventilation fans throughout your garage. You can also insulate the walls of your garage.

It’s a Good Time to Perform Some Garage Door Maintenance

As temperatures warm up, now’s the perfect time to assess your garage door and perform maintenance where needed. Not only do you have the excuse of the cold to prevent you from performing maintenance, but over the winter, damage and wear and tear is possible, so spring is a necessary time to make sure everything is in working order.

Our Team Can Help!

At Affordable Garage Door, Inc., we have been performing garage door maintenance for decades, and are ready to help you stay on top of your garage door maintenance as the weather warms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us using the online form on our website, or by phone at 219-696-4279.

Simple Garage Door Maintenance Tips

We typically don’t pay as much attention to garage doors as we do to other appliances. But we should, considering that it is the largest moving part in the household. Just like anything with a motor, garage doors are prone to operational errors. Extreme temperatures, debris, spring balance issues, roller misalignment and decreased sensitivity can cause homeowners to have issues with their garage doors.

Not being able to get your garage door to go up or down can be an issue. Fortunately, there are some simple repairs you can do on your own. Keep your door working properly this winter and all throughout the year with these helpful hints.

Test Your Door Regularly

It’s a good idea to test your garage door regularly for balancing issues. You can do this by disconnecting it and operating it manually. The door should stay halfway up without falling down. If it goes up or down quickly, you have a balancing issue that needs to be fixed by a professional.

DIY Fixes

You can keep your garage door in good working order by following these maintenance tips:

  • Keep the door operating smoothly by lubricating the hinges, rollers and bearings. Just make sure you use the right type of grease, or you could make things worse.
  • Vacuum the tracks to remove debris that can cause the rollers to get stuck.
  • Keep the spring lubricated so it doesn’t jam up the system.
  • If your system uses a chain, make sure it is greased.
  • Check the screws and bolts to ensure they are tight.
  • Check the sensors to ensure that the door will stop when there is an object in the way.
  • Check the cables to ensure they are not frayed.
  • Change the batteries in the garage door opener often.

Many newer garage doors shut down often, but are equipped with diagnostic lights and codes to let you know what error your door is experiencing.  Get to know your system so you can pinpoint the problem easily.

Call a Professional

While you might be able to fix some issues on your own, some garage door problems require the assistance of a professional. If you hear scraping and grinding sounds, you may have a problem with the motor or gears. A professional can help identify the problem.

Now that it’s winter time, you may find that your garage door is not moving as smoothly as it did in the summer. By adjusting the force of the motor, you can get the door to move more easily. It just takes a short visit from a garage door professional.

Get Help for Your Garage Door Issues

Whether you require maintenance for your garage door, are in need of a repair or are looking to upgrade, the team at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. can help you achieve your goals. We have many styles to choose from. We have been providing Northwest Indiana residents with quality garage door products and services for more than 30 years. Contact Affordable Garage Door, Inc. today at (219) 696-4279 for a free estimate.

Use Your Garage Door More Efficiently – Start With Garage Door Repairs

Most people don’t really care too much about their home’s garage. Indeed, other than a place to park a car and store odds and ends, the garage doesn’t get much thought, let alone TLC. Which is strange, because utilizing your garage space more efficiently means that you can take advantage of a lot of space that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. In fact, the average garage is about nine to 10 feet wide and 18 to 20 feet long, which means that you’re potentially looking at around 200 square feet of extra space!

Use Your Garage Space More Efficiently

If the fact that you’re sitting on a couple hundred square feet worth of extra space is pretty shocking, it’s probably time that you start using your garage space more efficiently. Creative homeowners will use their garages for:

  • Workspaces;
  • Living areas;
  • Dens or offices;
  • Home gyms;
  • Play areas;
  • Organized storage and work areas; and
  • Even bedrooms!

Of course, before you convert your garage into a more usable space, you’ll want to make sure that the garage is safe, clean, secure, and well-insulated. That starts with garage door repairs.

The Garage Door Is the Most Important Part of Your Garage

Before you decide to set up shop in your garage, take some time to assess your garage door. Does it open and close safely? Is it secure (which can be determined by a number of factors, including any damage to the panels)? Is it well-insulated to the point where it will be able to maintain consistent temperatures in the coldest and hottest months of the year? Is it free from drafts or leaks where moisture or pests can enter the garage?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “no,” the very first thing that you should do is have your garage door assessed by a professional and plan for garage door repairs, or new garage door installation. A more efficient garage door will make your garage more comfortable, reduce heating and cooling bills, add security, and help to prevent against pests, moisture damage, and the like. Once you know that your garage door is in good condition, you can have more peace of mind about what goes on in your garage.

Contact Our Team Today for Garage Door Repairs Near You

If you’re thinking about converting your garage door into a space that you can utilize more efficiently, our team at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. wants to be part of the process. When you call us, we’ll take a look at your garage door and provide you with an honest, informed opinion regarding what repairs are necessary for optimal comfort and security. To schedule a consultation, please call us today at 219-696-4279, or send us a message using the contact form found on our website.

Surprise Your Spouse with a New Garage Door this Valentine’s Day

February might mean cold weather and the continuation of short days, but it also means that love is in the air – after all, Valentine’s Day is a just two short weeks away from the start of the month. If you’ve been searching for that perfect thing for your spouse, flowers and candy may not cut it this year. Instead, why don’t you do something truly surprising, and invest in a new garage door.

The Benefits of a New Garage Door

At first, a new garage door might not seem so romantic; it is, after all, the garage we’re talking about. But the effort and thought that goes into budgeting for, planning, and picking out the right garage door that you and your spouse have been talking about is demonstrative of true love.

But it’s not just the mushy-gushiness of getting a new garage door that your partner (and you!) are going to love. A new garage door means:

  • Improved home curb appeal;
  • Improved insulation;
  • Reduced heating and cooling costs;
  • More safety;
  • Fewer repair costs overtime;
  • Peace of mind;
  • Enhanced security; and
  • Aesthetic appeal.

If you know that you’re going to have to invest in a garage door sooner or later based on the fact that your current door is about on its last leg, sooner is better. New garage door installation can give your home the facelift it needs.

Working with Affordable Garage Door, Inc.

For more than 30 years, our service professionals at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. have been committed to fulfilling homeowners’ wishes with excellent, dependable garage door installation. Our garage door replacement services are trusted throughout Illinois and Indiana, and we have a huge selection of garage doors to choose from. Whether you’re investing in a new garage door as a surprise for your spouse and need a little extra guidance during the process, or if you and your partner are coming to our professionals as a team ready for a new garage door, we’re ready to assist you.

Contact us Today for Garage Door Installation

Don’t waste your money on gifts that won’t last more than a couple of days this Valentine’s; instead, invest in a new garage door, the gift that keeps on giving for 20+ years. To learn more about garage door replacement and new garage door installation from Affordable Garage Door, Inc., call our team today at 219-696-4279. You can also send us a message using our online form.

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