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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.
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.
C & D Garage Doors provided the best service we've ever received! My husband and I had originally seen an ad in the paper for another company and were just planning to use them. However, when we purchased our house, we received some referrals from the realty company. I called up to get an estimate on what we needed done, which was adding a second motor to our third car stall, three new remotes, and a new keypad. Right off the bat, C & D beat the other company's price and we weren't even asking for a keypad with the others. The other company quoted us at $550 with no keypad and C & D saved us $125 and gave us a keypad. They also had an opening for someone to come out the following day which was awesome. As soon as Tim and Brian came out, they assessed the situation and there was a slight issue with our garage. The previous owners had installed wood storage racks directly above the garage which was blocking where the track needed to be installed. Immediately, Tim came up with the solution of cutting part of the wood, but also explaining that would weaken the rack. Shortly after they began the install, they asked us if we would like to have the new motor on the two door stall and just have the old one switched and provided it at no extra cost. We were completely blown away by their work ethic, knowledge, and kindness, plus, the price was less than what we were originally quoted. My husband and I will only ever use C & D Garage Doors whenever we need servicing and we will absolutely refer to our friends and family. Every company should operate the way C & D does!
Just after moving into our new home, my wife heard a loud pop in the garage. I get home to a non-opening door caused by a broken spring. We call up A1 (based on yelp reviews) after 5 pm and set an appointment for the following day. The tech arrives to the house and notices immediately that my double door (broken one) has only one spring (should have been two to allow me the use of the door if one broke). He also says that nothing had been touched in a very long time. I pull the trigger on a full upgrade for both doors which involved new springs (upgraded to lifetime warranty!!), new rollers, new cables, balancing, and general maintenance for both doors. I spent a lot but I'm the type to get it done right...once. And I couldn't be happier. He told my wife that we should be set aside from routine checks that we could do ourselves and a tune up on the doors in a couple of years that we could call on them to handle.I'll be using them again for updating my openers and ANY other garage door needs I have from here on out. Very professional and I would recommend to anyone.
My garage doors always got jammed, and three weeks ago when i was struggling to close the garage door in bad weather, well now I gotta do something about it. I called up A1 it seemed like they have a good reputation. When Peter from a1 garage doors arrived he told me straight; said that if I am willing to pay, there is no garage door problem that he can’t fix, but at the same time he said that they earn more money from repairing it. He goes it’s better and more cost efficient to just replace them. And he said I will be satisfied, or else he will not charge me labor fee.That was a very honest approach, so I knew that I better replace the doors. 5 days later he brought the doors and replaced them, and I realize that this was the proper thing to do! I am so pleased I called A1 & Peter. Last week i had a problem with the new door. They arrived in less than 2 hours. And even then, the reason was my mistake so they did not charge me. These are good guys.
The torsion spring broke on my garage door last night and I needed it fixed right away. I found A1 and called at 7pm. The lady on the phone was very friendly, and gave me a rough quote over the phone. A1 sent Ronnie, he and arrived just when he said he would. He arrived at nine o’clock with good eye contact and a nice handshake. For my particular application, typical early 80’s ranch house, it was about $200 to install a single torsion spring, which I was happy to pay because it looked like a dangerous job. Also took Ronnies’ advice to have the bearing end plates & drums replaced as well. He was very honest and the prices were fair. He took the time to explain what he was doing and he wasn't in a rush even though it was so late. He is a trustworthy guy and I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks A1 and Ronnie.
Garage door repair in Tucson equals A1 Garage door repair service. Always look for the best in home repairs as your house is going to be there for a long time. Don't look for cheap work as you almost always get what you pay for. I use A1 Garage door service because they are good. Know there work very well. On time and professional. Customer service counts and A1 has a good record in customer service as we use there company for my dad's house in Tucson, my sisters house in Scottsdale and a rental property I own in Phoenix AZ. Hard to find good repairmen for cars and homes. A1 Garage door service is the best we have found for our homes as the owner repairs Commercial properties and store fronts. Electric gates, lifts and docks and my favorite (Epoxy Floor Coating). Makes your floor and garage look new. We Love them.
I've been putting off taking care of both my garage door openers over the past 2 years, and have been relegated to manually opening and closing whenever I needed to get access. The recent holiday break finally gave me time to address this and a1 Garage door service was found to be one of the few highly rated providers on YP in Tucson az. I called on a Saturday morning, and Tommy was able to schedule a visit the very same day! He was extremely professional and informative and rate was well in line with what I'd guesstimated. Him taking the time to fully explain the problems and also providing tips on proper maintenance was also much appreciated. I also found his maintenance tips to be extremely helpful and will be used as preventative service moving forward. Highly recommended!
My Mom called and said that her garage door broke, and I knew right who to call. Several weeks ago I had a great garage door service from a company called A1 who installed for us a new garage door, so I called them and asked if they can fix a broken garage door for my Mom. I said it is kind of emergency, and the nice lady on the phone told me that they can send someone today. I got a call from my mom later that day telling me that A1 did a great job, and that they were able to fix the door. Turns out the previous installer did not do things correctly, and this is what caused the door to fail. Super happy with the quick response, and not to overcharge us even though I wasn't there and I paid via phone with a credit card. Thank you and My mom thanks you.
My garage door wasn't working properly for ages, and I kept blowing off the need of the door to be repaired. Boy that was a mistake. Two days ago when I woke up, I couldn't get my car out of the garage, since I could not open it. Stuck! I called A1 garage door and they said that someone will be there later that day. A few hours later, this man Johnny arrived. He opened the garage door, allowed me to take my car out since I needed to get to work. He said when you come back, this will be all fixed good as new. When I rolled up after work, I was so happy, the door went up very smooth & quiet. Johnny even cleaned up after himself. (usually service guys tend to leave a big mess.. what a nice surprise!). I like the way this company does business.
My garage door opener did not close all the way, and I contacted A1 garage doors and gates to come and service it. I called them at 7 PM, and they told me that they will send someone tomorrow morning at 8 AM. Their technician Mike showed at my place at 8:30, but that’s ok because he called and let me know his ETA around 7:45. Immediately he got to work, checked the door, and told me that the only problem was that someone accidentally moved one of the safety sensors. He re-positioned the sensors, lubed up the rollers and charged me service call of $62.95 and waived the repair fee of $50 since it was just the sensors. Mike was very friendly and honest. I like A1.
Best Garage door repair in Tucson is A1 Garage door repair. They came the same day, within one hour of our call as my moms door would not open and let us leave to go home. That's right. It held us at bay and would not move. Turned out to be simple and within minutes, POOF like magic the door was in good shape. Some of the companies on the internet had reviews that were not so good. A 1 was not only good with the service but also with the bill. The repairman laughed and said "you do not need to spend any money on a lot of parts you do not need. The door is fine. Thank God for honest repairman. Love this company.
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.