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There's still one month of summer left. Before those lazy, hazy days come to an end, use our get-things-done list to make the most of this fleeting season in the sun.
My moms garage door broke last week so I decided to call a company that I heard about - a1 garage door service. They were very nice on the phone and took there time with her. The nice repairman came out to our house in Mesa and diagnosed the door within ten minutes began work, and he definitely knew what he was doing (Tommy). He took his time and explained everything about the broken garage door springs. After the work he went over the entire bill and it was less than expected after the discounts. We will use this company again and already told the neighbors to give this garage door repair company a call. They need a new garage door opener. Tommy recommended that we use a Liftmaster or a Guardian garage door unit. He said the Guardians are very quiet and will last a long time. Looking forward to using them in the future for my house. Thanks A1 Garage Door Service.
Searched for garage door repair Milwaukee and found A1 Garage Door Repair. After 6 years owning my house my garage door finally needed repair because one of the rollers had fallen off. I know the owner and immediately contacted A1 to set up an appointment. They offered to send someone the next day but I needed to wait until the day after so I could be home and they setup a window from 8am-10am. They were supposed to call in advance when the technician was on his way but I didn't hear from them. However, he showed up around 9am, right in the middle of the appointment window. Ed was friendly and thorough, checking the entire door, cables, etc and even replaced my burned out light bulbs. He told me the rollers have a lifetime warranty and showed me how to lubricate the rollers to ensure the warranty isn't voided.
Today I called three companies on yelp: garage doors 4 less, affordable garage door, and a1 garage door service! I will say they were all reasonably priced, although, after doing some research a1 garage has been in business longer and they are licensed. They actually come up in yelp for best garage door repair. The girls at the office were very nice and the technician called on the way, tommy was nice and explained everything step by step. He replaced both torsion springs, rollers, and the new garage door armor aka garage door shield. The price was right in the warrantee is for life, I'm really happy I called them and I will continue to use them in the future. I'm going to refer them to my friends family and neighbors. Great job guys keep up the good work
Gotta tell you, A1 blew me away. I was visiting my parents in Maryland, and the garage door came off the track and was stuck wide open, so this was an urgent matter. The next morning, I phoned and they said they could be there at noon. Much to my surprise, they actually arrived half an hour early; that blew me away! How many times have waited for a repairman that is hours late, or even worse, never shows up? This was like a breath of fresh air. Larry was awesome, got repair done quickly and for a reasonable price. Also he showed me how to maintain and occasionally apply oil to the springs to prevent future problems, and even where to buy the oil. I would absolutely recommend A1 to anyone who needs garage door repair, or a new garage door.
Absolutely fantastic service. We had a garage door emergency at 8 at night, right before forecasted bad weather. I called four emergency repair services. A1 was the only company to actually answer the phone! They offered to come out immediately to fix the door or book an appointment first thing in the morning. I chose the next morning. This guy they sent was Peter, and he was there bright & early. He professionally diagnosed the issue and had it fixed within an hour. A1’s rate was less than his competitors and Peter gave me a military discount! Very friendly, courteous, and took the time to explain & answer the questions I had. Very happy. A+ service.
7-16-15: I had my garage door repaired today by Wauwatosa Garage Door 414-516-9990 or aka Geiszler's Garage Door 414-483-2691, both at 9993 W.No. Ave. -- Owner John has 30 yrs experience and is familiar with the area was on time, fast and courteous. He did not charge a trip charge. Two door sensors were replaced. He also added extender brackets to the sensors so that my older warped door would not trigger sensors anymore. In addition, he tightened bolts, lubricated tracks, checked spring, etc. My bill was fair at. $90 to which I added a nice tip. I called a few other companies and some had trip charges, the highest being $79. Glad I found John!
i called South Shore Garage Door Repair this morning & the person who answered was very polite & knew right away what was wrong with my garage door after i explained to them what was happening when i tried to open my garage door with my garage door opener. i was very happy that they were able to come out today & repair my garage door at a very fair price. they were as professional as it gets and even tuned -up my garage door opener and garage door at no extra cost! i will tell all my family,friends & co-workers to call South Shore Garage Door Repair if they ever have a problem with their garage door or garage door opener.
Based on the good experience I had having A1 repair my garage door, I highly recommend A1 Garage Door Service. A lift cable on my 2- car garage door with torsion springs failed. I Called A1 Garage Door on Saturday morning. They gave me an ballpark repair cost and a two-hour arrival window. The repairman Brian arrived at the top of the window. We both agreed to replace both cables on the affected door. Brian completed this work and lubricated moving parts as necessary He tested his work and gave me a bill for a little more than $100. I thought that was fair. Good service from this place.
I found these guys over the internet and hired them because of their good repute. My review is little late. I used their service 5 months back .I am very pleased with their service. My garage door was very old and had some issues. I was thinking that I need to replace it which was going to be very costly for me then a friend of mine told me about these guys . I tried them and they fixed my old door. I was not expecting. They actually saved my money and made my life easier. My garage door is working perfectly till now. Everyone should try them.
My roll up garage door, with a torsion spring, stopped opening last month and it was very challenging to fix it, because of the type of the door. I called several garage door services but they all had a very „busy“ schedule and couldn’t come the same week, except A1 Garage Door Service. I spoke on the phone with Domike, their technician, who promised to come the next day! He came, was very polite and friendly, and brought his tools. He completed the job in little less than one hour and now my garage door is working again as new. Thank you!
Some people use their garages to keep their cars safe. Others use them to store boxes of books and home decorations. No matter how a garage is used, there is one key factor they all must have in common to protect the precious items within: A functional garage door.
There is no shortage of variety when it comes to choosing a garage door. Options include different materials, styles and lifting or opening methods, each with its own unique pros and cons.
When deciding on the right garage door, the first thing to consider is the style.
Garage Door Styles
The two most common styles of garage door include:
The benefits of swing-out doors are their classic look and the ability to keep the garage ceiling clear for added storage space. The major downside of this style is the amount of time it takes to manually lock, unlock, open, and close them. They can be manual or operated by a remote control.
Perhaps the most common and recognizable style is the roll-up garage door. These features are much easier to automate than their swinging counterparts, making them a preferred choice for many homeowners. However, ceiling space must be sacrificed to make room for the door when open. These are typically automatic, but manual models are also available.
Aside from these popular models, homeowners can choose between:
Once you've determined the style of garage door, you can move on to choosing the material. Some considerations you might keep in mind include:
If you're looking for something that will withstand the test of errant basketballs and driver's education students, a vinyl door might be your best bet. These doors are hard to dent or break and don't need much maintenance to keep up their appearance. They are usually built on steel frames with polyurethane insulation and come in a limited variety of colors.
Wood can stand up to plenty of the abuse a garage door may be subject to from time to time. They are also attractive doors with many color options. They can be painted or stained at the factory or on site. One of the biggest downsides to wood garage doors is the upkeep - they may need to be repainted or restained regularly to maintain the color.
Fiberglass doors can break with a strong impact but in general are pretty sturdy. Like vinyl doors, they are built on steel frames and insulated with polyurethane.
Wood composite doors have the same aesthetic advantages of wood doors but are less expensive. They usually have a wood frame and are filled with polyurethane insulation. Some may have fiberboard skins and are designed to closely mimic wood.
It doesn't take much to dent these doors, but they aren't very expensive and require little maintenance. However, they are subject to rust, especially in damper climates.
These doors can also easily dent but don't rust. They are also lightweight, which is ideal for larger garage doors, as more weight on such a large frame could put added stress on the lifting or opening mechanism.
Five basic designs of garage door openers are available to homeowners. Two are relatively recent developments, while the other three are fairly standard and have been around for decades.
One of the biggest advantages of the direct-drive opener is how silent it is. With the motor being the only moving part of this machine, it's said to be the quietest model available. This is one of the newest designs and was developed in Germany.
Another relatively recent design, this model is ideal for a homeowner who wants to keep the ceiling clear for storage. It is set up on the wall closest to the garage door as opposed to on the ceiling, like most garage door openers.
This opener is powered by a motor that rotates a threaded-steel rod on which a trolley rides. It is a relatively quick garage door opener, though most garage doors close at the same rate for safety reasons. Additionally, they are said to be the easiest to maintain, given that they don't involve many moving parts. However, these doors have a history of problems when the temperature quickly changes, and they are noisy. If there is an apartment or office above a garage, screw-driven openers may not be the best option.
These use a chain similar to that of a bicycle. The chain pulls a trolley connected to a bar that lifts the garage door. It can be noisy and cause vibrations, given the metal-to-metal contact, though more recent models are said to be a little bit better about this.
The function of belt-driven openers is the same as chain-driven openers. The only major difference is that instead of metal chains, these door openers are built with a belt made of fiberglass, steel-reinforced rubber, or polyurethane. This brings down the noise level but increases the price.
As with most things mechanical, garage doors may begin to develop problems after a few years of use. Many typical problems are easily identified and, with the right knowledge or help from a professional, aren't too difficult to fix.
Transmitter or Remote Won't Work
The first thing you should check in this instance is the transmitter battery. Dead batteries are often the culprit, though there are other causes seen as well. If the batteries are in good shape, take a look at the cables and tracks to make sure they are clear, clean, and sturdy.
Door Doesn't Close All the Way
If you notice a gap at the bottom of your garage door after closing it, try resetting the close limit. Your door might be set to close at a higher point than the ground. It might also be set too low, and when the door reaches the ground, the sensor reacts in the same way it would if an object was obstructing its path: by retreating upward.
Door Shakes When Opening
This could be caused by debris on the tracks or wheels. Clean these first to see if this is the problem. If not, the springs might be stretched unevenly or worn out.
Door Squeaks When Opening
The rollers are most likely dry and need to be lubricated.
Door Closes Faster Than Usual
A quickly closing garage door could easily become a safety hazard. The problem is usually springs that are too stretched out. They should be replaced by a professional. Working with these large springs can be difficult, and they can quickly turn into dangerous, fast-moving metal whips.
Door Makes a Strange Sound at the Same Point Every Time It's Used
This might mean your tracks are either dented, falling, or otherwise misaligned. This is not just annoying; it's dangerous. Misaligned or damaged tracks can cause the door to cease working or to fall off its tracks. If your door seems to be working fine overall, feel free to inspect the issue further. But if your door is stuck, slanted, or looks unstable, call a professional who will have the right tools to fix the problem.
Door Sticks When Opening or Closing
If you begin to notice this around a change in seasons, check the lubricant on the tracks. Weather patterns will affect lubricant's effectiveness. Dirt or debris on the tracks could also be the cause; make sure they're clear and clean. If the tracks look fine, make sure the doors are hung evenly.
It's not uncommon for a garage door to have a problem or two every once in awhile. But, if the same issue keeps coming up or one cause has led to a variety of problems, it might be time to consider replacing your door altogether.
For someone who's familiar with tackling tough home improvement projects, installing a garage door might be a viable do-it-yourself project. It'll likely take the better part of a Saturday, and it's not a bad idea to ask for help, especially when taking off the old door.
But if you're even a little bit wary of taking on such a large task, reaching out to a professional would probably be a smart move. On average, a new garage door installation will cost around $1,000. Most homeowners end up paying somewhere between $740 and $1,400, including the installation and the door itself.
Likewise, a custom garage door could be a project that an experienced wood or metal worker can take on with the right materials, tools, and knowledge. However, for the amateur DIY-er, contacting a professional might be the best way to go. If you are unfamiliar with the project, the weight alone could prove to be an issue. Depending on the size, it could weigh as much as 200 pounds, though some smaller or uninsulated ones could be less than 100 pounds.
To keep your garage door functional for as long as possible, try to inspect it every so often to ensure everything is working properly. A problem that goes too long without attention can only get worse and wind up costing you more to repair or replace the door.
About once a month, carefully observe the door as you open and close it. If you hear or see anything unusual, take a closer look at it. The regular motion could easily loosen up some of the hardware, so take a few minutes to tighten everything up. Also, be sure that tracks, tires, and other moving parts are properly lubricated.
If your door is painted, make sure it isn't chipped or peeling. Deteriorating paint on a wooden door could let moisture in, which leads to warped doors, while a steel door could rust if water gets in.