Off Track Garage Doors

Off Track Garage Doors

These are probably the most dangerous and infamous garage door repairs that we have to make. They can be very scary for a homeowner that has their car directly under it and especially if you have never experienced one before. We cannot stress enough the importance of not trying to make this repair or attempt to do anything if these doors are in the up position & it goes sideways or off track. In the aftermath of Hurricane (Irma) we had an all-time high during a 2 month period with around 15-20 due to the power outage and the human error element. Just the disconnecting of the emergency release and operating the garage door manually was enough change to cause that many doors to come off track. The knowledge we gained is that there are a lot of doors out there that would not pass the balance test if they if they were to be used manually and cannot even be opened or closed without coming off track. It is very easy to get these doors to come all the way out of the tracks and onto your car, so we highly recommend you call us right away. These repairs usually cost between $179- $199, depending on the severity of the damage and this does not include any parts. This is simply getting the door back into its tracks.

Other than human error like lowering the door onto something or hitting the garage door with a car while coming up or down there are several factors to these doors coming off track or going sideways. The first thing you must understand is that the garage door opener isn’t actually the garage door opener. I know that’s hard to fathom since the name is a garage door opener but the garage door opener is actually the torsion springs or extension springs. The opener only gives it momentum and a starting and stopping point and what happens over the years is your garage door springs lose some of their strength and it is not noticeable unless you either pull the emergency release cord or know what to look for. That’s why we tell all our customers that they should pull the red cord and lift and lower the door manually along with lubricating the door at least once a year for the 1st 3 years and then twice a year after that. You should be able to lift the garage door with 2 fingers on one hand no matter the size of door or the size of the person. A garage door should be properly balanced and this is the reason these doors come off track. When the door is in the up position the springs lose their ability to keep the cables tight around the grooved torsion drums and this with old faulty rollers and the opener still picking them up to the same height actually causes the off track or sideways door. Recommended Service for Repairing Off Track Doors As long as no one is admitting to the human error element, I always recommend 2 different options for the off track door or sideways door repairs. The first would be my most recommended if the door is over 5 years old, since most manufacturers offer 3-5 year warranties with all garage door hardware. This is called a Tune-Up Plus ($149) and it comes standard with 10 lifetime warranty rollers and 2 of them would be 7″ rollers in the top section along with locks on those long stem rollers. It also comes with a 25pt safety inspection, lubrication of all moving parts and tension added to the torsion springs which is almost always needed on a garage door that is 5 yrs old or older. We will also back the opener up limit down a couple of inches if needed along with tightening the chain or belt. The other option is ($98) and is called a Tune-Up and it comes with everything that the Tune-Up Plus comes with except the rollers. I hardly ever recommend this unless the door has the very same rollers or is less than 5 yrs old. I hope this page has informed you about off track or sideways doors and what to look for when our highly trained technicians get to your home. Remember our motto is “We install the best & replace the rest”, so call Affordable Garage Doors today! I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!

8 X 7 GARAGE DOORS

New garage doors come in many different sizes but the most popular size for homes having 2 small doors are the 8 X 7’s. These doors are the on about 65% of the homes you see now with 2 individual doors instead of a single 2 car garage door. The only bad thing about having 2 separate doors is that if the doors are over 5-7 years old and one door is damaged and needing replaced the other door will usually have to be replaced to make sure they are the same exact style. The same goes for trying to find replacement panels or sections. The manufacturers will change the tongue and groove every 5 to 7 years as they are learning more and more about garage doors and better ways to build them and make them safer and last longer. So before calling a garage door company for an issue with replacing anything on one specific door you must first locate the manufacturer name and model of the door. This will save you a service call and definitely worth the $29-$49 depending on the city you live in. The more information you can provide the better off you will be when it comes time to get a quote for new garage doors.

9 X 7 GARAGE DOORS

The 9 X 7 Garage Doors started getting popular during the great SUV crave. That’s when everyone was driving the big trucks and SUV’s. Back when the gas was still affordable. These over-sized doors made it easier and roomier for these bigger vehicles and a lot of builders started framing the doors for these doors and they have become standard as well. The price isn’t a whole lot more than the 8 X 7 either. The same thing happens with these doors too. Once you go to replace one you will probably have to replace the pair to ensure everything is consistent. We offer some of the most styles and choices available with our 2 manufacturers using Amarr & CHI Doors. If you see something you like off of either site please feel free to call for an estimate!

16 X 7 DOUBLE CAR GARAGE DOORS

Double Car Garage Doors are the norm now days and are sometimes combined with a small 8 X 7 or 9 X 7 beside it. Most homeowners today realize how important the garage door is to the homes ease of access and they have completely taken over as the primary access door to our home. 16 X 7 doors need to be more sturdy and supported because of the width of the door and in the state of Florida you will now see at least one support strut on every section and in some hurricane zoned areas you will see 2 on the top and bottom sections which helps protect the door from blowing in. These codes have made the garage door prices sky rocket in the area because of the extra supports makes the door heavier which in turn means you need bigger torsion springs. The extension springs are rarely used at all for this very reason. Most garage doors in Florida today either have torsion springs or Wayne Dalton torque master systems. I would highly recommend the torsion spring with either the Amarr or CHI Doors.

IMPROVE CURB APPEAL

There is no easier way to improve the curb appeal of your property in an instant than installing a beautiful and functional garage door. This also explains why you need to look into the overall design of your home first before choosing a garage door. By selecting a garage door that complements the architectural and aesthetic design of your home, you are well on your way to enhancing the façade of your home, without having to spend on costlier home renovations.

ECONOMICAL HEATING

Choosing an insulated garage door eliminates the need for additional heating within the garage. Heating requirements may also be lessened in areas located next to the garage. By putting an insulated garage door in a design that complements your home, you can lower heating expenses considerably and enhance curb appeal at the same time. If you have your door broken or spring break or rollers or motor jam to open or close the garage door, we are the people to call, we have been trained for some years in garage door repairs and installation and have enough experience having worked with small and big projects to hundreds of customers across the world. You can trust their professional background, experience, and standard in service provision.

PROTECTION

Did you know that a mouse can squeeze in through a hole that’s less than a half inch wide? Did you realize that ants and other insects can crawl in through tiny cracks and fissures? Have you ever considered that your old, crumbling, gaping garage door is practically putting out the welcome mat for pests? If your garage door is rotted, askew, or gaping, there is likely space for insects and vermin to get into your garage, and one step closer to your living spaces. Rodents love to make their homes in garages because they are dry, relatively warm, and often contain ample food sources like garbage cans and even stored dog food. But installing one can help keep those critters out. When the garage door company puts in the replacement door, they’ll make sure it hangs correctly and seals properly to eliminate those holes and cracks. An easy way to protect your garage and family from insects and rodents–and the diseases they spread–installing a new one can go a long way toward safeguarding your home.

SAFETY & SECURITY

A broken garage door that fails to close properly is an invitation to burglars. If you use part of the garage as an office or if you also keep valuables inside the garage, replacing a worn-out garage door is all the more important. A garage constructed or attached to a residence can serve as an entryway for burglars. An efficient way of ensuring the added security of your home – and family members – is to choose a high-quality, easy-to-maintain garage door. We are licensed, certified and registered company that offers specialized garage door repair and installation services at minimal fees. We had an excellent, dedicated and committed team of experts who are willing and ready to work with you on any project within the shortest period. Our technical experts are certified, approved and legal to work according to stipulated work laws. They have their background checked and cleared to protect our customers.
A new garage door remains to be a top home renovating investment. A properly-installed garage door will operate more efficiently, offering your home with safety, security and aesthetic benefits.

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