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How to Choose the Best Garage Door For You

When picking out a garage door, it’s wise to know the different materials. This way, you can pick the best one for your needs. Here’s a short outline of what each material is and how it compares to others.

Wood

Wood is an old-time classic and traditional. You can find them in many appealing styles. Some even come with decorative windows. A cost-effective option is a painted wood door with hardboard panels. Stain-grade styles cost more but offer the beauty of natural wood. Plus, the look of natural woods gives the home curb appeal. Wood is a very good insulator but needs to be refinished and maintained on a regular basis.

Wood Composite

Wood composite doors are fabricated with recycled wood fibers. You get the look and texture of real wood. In comparison to wood garage doors, composite doors are great when it comes to splitting and rot. These doors can be either stained or painted.

Steel

Steel is a common material for garage doors. There are many benefits to a steel garage door, including low maintenance, reasonably priced, very durable and a variety of styles. Steel is available in a texture that looks just like wood, and steel doors can also be painted any color you like. It’s best to go with a steel door that has at least 24 gauge. That’s a top-quality steel garage door. Just keep in mind that steel doors are not the best insulators and don’t withstand impact like that of a basketball.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass garage doors are less popular than those made of wood or steel. The panels are encased in aluminum frames. Fiberglass garage doors can be painted and are somewhat resistant to dents. It’s very resistant to salt-water corrosion than most of the other garage door materials. So, if you live on the coast, fiberglass garage doors just may be the best choice for you. Just know that it is a poor insulator and can fade with weather exposure.

Aluminum

Aluminum garage doors are a lot like steel garage doors. But, they’re lighter and less expensive. You can find them with long-lasting finishes and optional faux wood texturing. The downside is that aluminum garage doors are more likely to dent than other materials.

Don’t hesitate to contact Lincoln Door today for all of your garage door needs or questions! We are here for you!

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The Differences in Garage Door Springs

Your garage door’s springs play a very important role in the smooth opening and closing of the door itself. Specifically, these springs are designed to counteract the forces of gravity on your garage door, making it easier for the motor to open and close the door—and also making it possible for you to open and close the door manually in the event of a power outage.

Still, not all garage door springs are the same. There are two main types: torsion and extension springs. By understanding the differences between each and how to know when your springs need replacing, you can take better care of your home’s garage doors.

Torsion Springs

A torsion spring is located inside a metal shaft that is located above the garage door opening itself. The main function of this type of spring is to ensure that weight is distributed equally along the garage door drums as the door opens and closes.

There are a few different kinds of torsion springs, including early-set, torque-master, and standard torsion springs. While they all operate in more-or-less the same way, the standard torsion spring is most commonly used in residential garage doors.

Depending on the weight and size of the garage door, there may be one or two of these springs used in a residential garage door.

Extension Springs

Another type of garage door spring is known as an extension spring. This type of spring works by storing energy while extended and expending energy while compressed. In a typical residential garage door, there will be an extension spring installed on either side of the door to ensure even tension and weight distribution during open and closing.

Just as there are different types of torsion springs, there are also different types of extension springs. The most common in residential garage doors is the open-looped spring, although double-looped springs are also used in situations where more strength is needed.

When to Replace Springs

Most springs on a garage door will be rated by the manufacturer to last for a certain number of cycles (usually around 10,000) before needing to be replaced. In most cases, you can expect a standard garage door spring on a residential door to last anywhere from four to six years with an average use of several times per day. Of course, if you use your garage door less often or more often, your results may vary.

If your garage door uses extension springs, keep in mind that when one spring goes bad, you’ll need to replace both of them at once to ensure proper operation. With a torsion spring, on the other hand, you may only need to replace one spring if your door only requires one spring to open and close.

Always Hire a Professional

You should never attempt to replace a garage door spring yourself. These springs carry a large amount of stored energy when under tension and can cause serious injury if you don’t have the proper experience and knowledge.

Working with a garage door specialist is always the best and safest way to have your existing garage door springs removed and replaced. From there, you can expect your new springs to last for many years to come before needing to be replaced again. Contact our garage door professionals today to schedule your spring replacement!

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Tips to Maintain your Garage in the Fall

Now that the leaves are starting to change and the weather is going to start getting cooler, you should start making your garage ready for the fall and winter months. This is the time of year when pests start looking for a place to hide out during the cold months, so maintaining your garage not only makes it neat, but it discourages pests from making it their home.

Maintenance for Mechanical Parts

The last thing you want to do is to have to repair your garage door when it’s cold or rainy. You can prevent a lot of trouble if you maintain the door. During the fall, check the seals to make sure they are tight and are not dry rotted. The seals will keep the weather out, and will go a long way in keeping pests out.

If the springs are not working, your door is not working. Make sure the springs are not sagging or damaged. If they are, replace them. Old or damaged springs could snap when the temperature fluctuates.

To increase your garage door’s lifetime, grease the bushing, roller, springs and the hinges. This will keep them working smoothly throughout the rest of the year.

Declutter Your Garage

When you have a lot of clutter in your garage, you also create lots of hiding places for pests. And, if you want to put your car inside during inclement weather, it just won’t fit. Some people walk in with good intentions, but then walk back out because they don’t know where to start.

If you have storage in your garage, start cleaning out the storage areas. Make three piles in the middle of the garage: A keep it pile, a give it away or sell it pile, and a throw it away pile.

Go through your storage and put everything you want to get rid of in the keep or sell/give away pile. You’ll have more room in your storage cabinets and shelving. Arrange what you are keeping neatly and take stock of the extra space you have – you’ll need some of it for the next part of the job.

Pick a side. Move everything on that side into one of the three piles, even if you are keeping it. If the donation and trash piles are getting too big, take a break and take the trash pile to the trash and the donation pile to your favorite charity.

Sweep the side you emptied, then put the things you are keeping back in place. If you have some small items, put them in cabinets or on shelves. Work the rest of the garage in the same manner, being sure to sweep and clean up any cobwebs and dirt on each wall.

If you have additional space, you can leave it empty or you can add more storage. Also, if you have several like items that are small, consider storing them in plastic tubs with lids on shelves or stacked neatly in a corner.

Create a place to hang garden implements such as rakes and shovels. You can use peg board or get a rolling caddy made for holding tools with long handles. Once you clean the middle of the floor out, sweep it out and then survey your handiwork.

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How to Maintain Your Garage Door

Did you know your garage door goes up and down about 1500 times a year? That’s a lot of ups and downs and a lot of wear and tear, which makes maintenance all the more important. Garage doors are expensive but they tend to last a couple of decades or more if you take care of them. Keep reading to learn some of the top tips you can use to maintain a garage door so it lasts as long as possible.

Keep an Eye and Ear on the Door

When you close and open the garage door, make sure to listen for any odd noises and to watch for any kinks in its movement. It should run fairly smoothly in its tracks. If you hear any loud grinding, scraping or banging noises, stop the garage door from moving any further and examine where the noise was coming from. Loud noises coming from a garage door often indicate worn-out parts that can easily be replaced if you replace them before they damage any other pieces. If you notice jerky movements, there’s probably an issue with one of the pulleys, cables or springs. One of these pieces is usually damaged or out of place when the door won’t go up and down smoothly.

Inspect the Clean the Tracks Regularly

Garage doors don’t require a whole lot of your attention, but you do need to clean the tracks regularly. The tracks should always appear perfectly straight and perpendicular to the floor. To clean the tracks, you’ll want to use carburetor cleaner. The goal is to remove any dirt and debris off the tracks. Just make sure you don’t use a lubricant of any kind to clean the tracks as this can cause slipperiness. When the garage door goes up and down on slippery tracks, it can dislodge the rollers.

Tighten the Door’s Hardware

Because garage doors produce a lot of vibration as they go up and down, this can result in its regular movements causing its parts to loosen over time. To ensure all bolts, rollers and hinges are tight like they should be, you can examine and tighten them with a socket wrench once every couple of months.

Inspect the Rollers

The rollers on the garage door that run along the tracks will become damaged over time by cracking or chipping. You can inspect and replace one at a time as they need it, but if more than a couple need to be replaced at any time, it’s usually best to contact a professional garage repair company to perform the task.

Always Test Safety Features

Another great way to keep the garage door working as it should is to test its safety features on a regular basis. It’s imperative to test the pressure sensor on the door as well as its photoelectric system. With both of these safety features working as they should, you will not only extend the longevity of the door but also rest easier knowing the door will freeze if something was to obstruct its path; this greatly reduces the risk of injury or damage to the object or person in the obstruction path of the door.

Benefits of a Side Mount Garage Door Opener

The traditional motorized garage door has an opener that pulls from the ceiling or wall space directly above the door. However, this has long created difficulties when it comes to space, mechanical efficiency, and even general maintenance. 

Fortunately, there is a modern solution. It’s called a jackshaft or, more descriptively, a side mount garage door opener. This design sits directly alongside your door opening near the top, using a small motor to turn a shaft that pulls up your garage door. A jackshaft doesn’t take long to install, and it can give your garage an instant upgrade. There are numerous other benefits worth considering with this type of opener: 

No Ceiling Obstruction

Traditional designs come with a box-like door opening system mounted on a trolley bar setup in the middle of your garage ceiling. In many cases, this design limits the amount of overhead space you have and can prevent you from being able to utilize overhead storage space or keep things on your vehicle roof-rack. It can also inhibit taller vehicles from parking inside the garage. A side mounted garage door opener is not just slimmer in design, but its placement on the wall alongside your garage door means a more spacious garage overall. 

A Cleaner Look

A good side mounted garage door openers offer a sleek, clean look for your garage. Whereas the traditional opener is boxy and unattractively shaped, today’s jackshaft models are sleek and can blend in with their surroundings. It’s also worth noting that it does not require rails to hang from or be mounted on, allowing for an even neater appearance along with efficient installation. In fact, swapping out your old opening system for a side mounted one normally takes under a day to do. This means you can give your garage a spacious, modern face-lift in just hours. 

Low Maintenance 

Traditional garage door openers can last for many years, but only if you take meticulous care of them. From frequent cleaning and lubricating the rails to adjusting the cables due to stretching, maintenance is often difficult and messy work. Furthermore, even proper maintenance doesn’t necessarily guarantee longevity. Frequently used garage door openers still undergo significant wear and tear on a regular basis, and cable adjustments can still result in rattling doors and those that don’t open evenly.

A side mounted garage door opener meanwhile is much more conveniently designed and can also last for many years with less maintenance. Its lack of rails mean less space to clean, while the lack of pulley cables mean no adjustments or stretching. Many jackshaft designs don’t even come with a light, so you don’t need to worry about replacing burned out bulbs over time. 

Affordability

A side mount garage door opener offers a surprisingly affordable alternative to traditional openers. While the upfront cost may be a little higher (depending on the design of the door, spacing, electrical connection, etc.), the long-term energy and mechanical efficiency can lead to big savings for years to come. 

Who is a Good Candidate for a Side Mount Garage Door Opener?

The main candidates for a jackshaft door opener are interested in saving space and maintenance time in their garage. That said, their garage meets at least minimal space requirements above the door opening for easy installation.

We invite you to reach out to us today to learn more. We install jackshafts across a wide range of model types, and we can help you find the design you need to give your garage the upgrade it deserves. 

Benefits of an Insulated Garage Door

When it comes to choosing the right garage door for your home, you’ll find there are a vast number of options from which to choose. Not only do you have to think about matching the style of your home, as well as the color, but there are many materials from which these doors are made, as well as special features, such as insulation. There are many benefits to choosing an insulated garage door over one that isn’t.

Temperature Control

An insulated garage door can help you keep the temperature in your garage more consistent throughout the year. In the hot summer months, your garage won’t heat up easily. Likewise, in the winter, your garage will stay warmer, allowing you to get into a warm car every morning. Even though most homes don’t have their heating and cooling system running into their garage. However, if you have an attached garage and don’t have an insulated garage door, you could be losing energy as heat or cool air escapes your home through the garage. Garage doors are also opened and closed frequently, which can let the extreme temperatures from the outside into your home.

Additional Living Space

Not everyone uses their garage to store their vehicles, tools or lawn care equipment. If you need more living space in your home, the garage can be the perfect place to avoid having ot add onto your home. Whether you need a playroom for the kids, an art studio, a gym or any other type of room, if you renovate your garage to meet those needs, you should have an insulated garage door to help dampen the sound from outside and keep the temperature steady. Even if you choose to use the garage as a storage unit for unused items, temperature control is a valuable asset.

Noise Cancellation

Another great benefit of choosing an insulated garage door is the noise cancellation properties. Most garages let in a lot of the background noise from cars on the street, lawnmowers and more. In addition, garage doors are notorious for making a lot of noise when they open and close. However, insulated garage doors make less noise overall, allowing you to keep peace in the home, especially if you often go in and out in the early morning or late at night.

Improved Functionality

For those who choose to use their garage for something other than the traditional uses of storing cars and other outdoor items, an insulated garage door ensures the area can be used in comfort. Not only does an insulated garage door maintain the temperature more easily, bu tit also has added strength a regular garage door just doesn’t have. These doors ensure your garage is more secure and will protect everything inside from the elements more effectively. It also helps ensure your entire home is secure by reducing the risk of a break in through this pathway.

Your garage can have many uses, which is why it’s so important to choose carefully when it comes to your garage door. With all of the options availalbe, an insulated garage door is often the best choice.

Fix a Slow Opening Garage Door

You rely on your garage door opener to do a lot of work every day. Garage doors are heavy, and each time you push the button, you expect it to open like magic. Whlile a newer garage door opener will get your door open in a snap, sometimes they can slow down over time. This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry. The good news is there are a few things you can do to fix this issue and ensure your garage door opener does its work more quickly again.

Proper Lubrication Could Be the Problem

In many cases, the leading cause of a garage door that opens too slowly is lubrication. Over time, the lubrication present in the system will either dry up or wear out, which means you need to replace it. Hiring a professional will ensure the job is done properly, but in many cases, you are able to fix this issue on your own without too much risk. Because lubrication is such a simple, inexpensive fix, it should be one of the first things you try before bringing in the professionals.

What Should You Lubricate

Before you get started, it’s important to make sure you know whta needs to be lubricated. The tracks, brackets and hinges are among the most common things that require you to refresh the lubrication in order to improve garage door opener performance. Once you have added new lubrication to these elements, give your garage door another try. If it opens more quickly again, congratulations, you’ve fixed the problem. If it hasn’t helped, you’ll need to move on to the next step.

Check for Speed Controls

While not an available feature on all doors, some garage door openers have settings that impact the speed at which the garage door opens. Check to see if your opener has these settings to ensure one hsan’t been changed.

Call in the Professionals

If your garage door opener doesn’t have speed settings or the lubrication didn’t work, you’ll need to call for professional help to restore the function of your opener. Working with a garage door opener can be dangerous work because of the high-tension springs and other components. It’s important for homeowners not to attempt to take care of any of these problems without assistance from trained individuals. It’s tempting to attempt to do things on your own to save money, but it’s far more important to maintain safety and ensure work is completed safely and correctly. They understand the many problems garage door openers can experience and will be able to troubleshoot the problem and make the necessary repairs more quickly, so you can get back to using your garage door without having to wait for what feels like hours for your garage door to open.

You count on your garage door to open quickly, which can lead to frustration when it begins to slow down again. While you can attempt to fix it with some lubrication or the settings of the opener itself, you may end up needing professional help to ensure the problem is handled correctly and safely. They will get your garage door opening quickly once again.

Keep Bugs and Pests Out Of Your Garage

Bugs and other pests aren’t fun in any part of your home, but they can be particularly frustrating in your garage. After all, if you’re like many people you may feel that there’s little you can do about this situation thanks to your garage’s openness to the outdoors. Insects and all kinds of other little critters seek out garages at all times of the year, but particularly during very hot or very cold temperatures as a means of shelter. 

But you don’t have to just learn to live with it. There are actually a variety of measures you can take to both remove pests from your garage and help prevent new ones from entering. Here’s a quick guide:

Keep Your Garage Clean

One of the most important things you can do in keeping your garage bug-free is to keep the space clean. This is a great time to go through items and get rid of things you don’t use. Reducing the amount of loose items in your garage will take away shelter spots for pests, and they are less likely to hang out in there when they don’t have places to hide. Likewise, it’s a good idea to avoid storing any food in there that isn’t inside a fridge, cooler or other sealed container. 

Use Smart Storage Solutions

Pets tend to find their way inside cardboard boxes all too easily, so it’s a good idea to start storing your items in plastic storage containers. These will also help reduce clutter and take away places for insects and bugs to hide. Building shelves and keeping storage elevated will also help in reducing accessible hideaways, and it will also help you keep the space clean. 

Patch Up Cracks

While many pests enter through your garage door opening itself, it’s very possible that they are getting in through other means. After cleaning your garage, inspect carefully for any cracks, holes or gaps along the walls, the garage door or even the foundation itself. Be sure to check the ceiling and around any windows as well. In most cases, you can fill up any holes or cracks with silicone caulk, though more serious damage may require professional attention. 

Consider Traps

More serious bug problems may warrant the use of traps alongside the perimeters of your garage, including near any potential entryways. Just be sure not to set them anywhere that you (or anyone else) may accidentally step on them. You may also want to consider spraying pesticides along walls and windowsills. Keep in mind that if you are experiencing different kinds of pests (say, silverfish and mice), you may need to employ different kinds of traps at once. 

Update Your Garage Door

The average garage door does not offer much protection against pests (or even human intruders, for that matter). It’s worthwhile looking into one that’s more secure, especially if you still have the original one your house came with or one that is decades old. There are a lot of different garage doors available today, and many have tighter seals and thicker barriers against bugs, insects, and small animals. You can even have one custom-fitted to your home to ensure there are no gaps when it is shut. 

If you don’t want a totally new door, it’s still a good idea to have your current door looked at. Small areas of wear and tear can be fixed up, while weather stripping can be replaced. 

Ensure Your Garage Door Is Secure

So many homeowners spend a great deal of time and money, working on securing their home with hi-tech security systems, but forget the critical step of also securing your garage. Below are some crucial steps homeowners can take to make sure their garage door is secure. 

Install a timer 

People are so busy these days; it is very easy to forget to close your garage door. It is possible to install a timer so that it will automatically close after a certain amount of time. You can pick the amount of time that best fits your needs and also turn it off temporarily if you need to leave the door open for a longer period of time. Timers are very easy to install, so no need to hire a professional. 

Block the windows 

While it is nice to have windows in your garage to allow natural light, they are also an easy way for burglars to see if you have expensive tools or other items in the garage to steal. Installing blinds are a great way to be able to block potential thieves from looking in. If you are working in the garage, you can easily open the blinds to let in some light. If you do not want to spend money on blinds for the garage, you can also opt to frost the window. Frosting windows is affordable, and it will still allow in some natural light. 

Secure the doors 

While the obvious door to secure is the garage door itself, some people forget it is just as essential to secure the side door on the garage or the door that leads into the house. The doors to the garage should be secured with the same high-quality lock that is on the front door of your home. If you do not use the side door on the garage, often be sure to double-check that it is locked regularly. 

Install motion sensor outdoor lights 

Another great way to deter thieves away from your garage is by installing motion sensor lights. These lights are affordable and easy to install. If a thief approaches your garage, they will immediately be startled by the bright light. It is also a great way to light the way for you in the dark. 

Install an indoor lock

If you travel regularly, it is wise to install a second lock on the inside of the door. In the event a thief can break through the exterior lock, they will be stopped in their tracks by the interior lock. While an internal lock is not convenient to use every day, it will give you peace of money while you are on vacation. 

Be cautious with your garage remote. 

It is very easy to leave you remote out for a  thief to see. It is essential to get in the habit of storing your garage remote in a non-visible area. If you can get a small remote that is attaches to your keychain, that is a great way to secure your remote. 


Install a door viewer 

A door viewer is a great way to make sure you never come face to face with a thief. If you get home and suspect someone is in the garage, you can look through the viewer and notify the police. 

Choosing a Garage Door Color

Even though many homeowners don’t really give much thought to their garage door as long as it opens and closes as it should, it’s actually an important component to both the aesthetics and the value of your home. When it comes to your garage door, it’s important to make sure you choose the right color to complement the rest of your home. Whether you’re building a new garage or you need to replace the garage door on your existing home, it can be difficult to determine exactly what color garage door will work best. The following tips will help you make the right choice for your home.

What Is the Most Popular Color?

If you look around at the garage doors throughout your neighborhood, you may notice a trend in the most common colors for a garage door. The answer is white. This is because white is a neutral color and will blend in with just about any other color you may use for your home, making it easier to change the other colors. However, this doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same color as just about everyone else in your neighborhood.

Are Neutral Shades the Best Choice?

If you consider the other colors for garage doors you see, you will find most of the garage doors that aren’t white are another neutral color. Various grays, brown, beige and black are all popular colors for garage doors. Sometimes this color exactly matches the paint on the rest of the home and in other situations, it contrasts a bit with those other colors. It’s all up to your individual aesthetic preferences. If you are interested in selling your home in the near future, it’s best to choose a neutral color because anything else can quickly turn off a buyer who may not want to bother with painting the garage door as soon as they move in.

What Other Considerations Should I Make?

Beyond popular colors, there are other considerations you should make when you’re thinking about the color of your new garage door. First and foremost, it should blend in with the aesthetics of the rest of your home. This is part of the reason homeowners typically choose something more neutral. However, if you are using certain colors in your home, you may want to use those same colors for your garage. If you aren’t sure what color would work best for your home, your garage professionals can help you go over your options and help you make a final decision.

As you choose your new garage door, there are a lot of considerations to make. Not only do you need to think about the design of the door and whether it will fit your home, but you also need to select the right color. Even if your garage door doesn’t match your home, it should complement the colors you’ve already used for your home. You may be able to paint your garage, but in the end, you want to choose something you will be happy with for the long term. Contact your garage door professionals for assistance in choosing the right garage doors.