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Benefits of Garage Door Insulation

We recently added this insulation to a customer’s garage door. Isn’t it shiny!?

garage door insulation

Why should you insulate your garage door?

This is a pretty straight forward DIY homeowner project, but there are some things to keep in mind if you take it on yourself.

  1. You are adding weight to your garage door when you add insulation. Your opener, springs, etc are all working to support the weight of your door. By adding weight you could add strain and tension to those parts. Depending on your insulation, weight of your door and opener, you might have to make adjustments to your springs or other operating mechanisms to compensate for the added weight. When you add weight you are also putting more strain on your opener, which can make it break down faster.
  2. You can also mess with the balance of your garage door when you add insulation. Make sure you re-balance your door when you are done.

If you still want to DIY your insulation vs having a garage door tech do it for you, you can still save money by doing this and having a garage door company come out and inspect once you are done. They can make any adjustments to your springs, ensure your opener can handle the weight, and re-balance your door.

Benefits to Insulating Your Garage Door

  • Temperature control is the main reason people choose to insulate their garage door. If you are thinking about working in your garage, setting up a home gym or whatever ideas you have, making sure you are warm in winter and cooler in summer is key. Insulation really helps this!
  • Insulation helps to make your garage door stronger! If you use steel backed insulation, this is even more true!
  • Insulation also is a great noise reducer. If you live on a busy street, insulation can really help cut down on the noise in your garage, and in your home!

Give us a call today if you want to learn more about garage door insulation!

 

 

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Installing Custom Wood Carriage House Garage Doors

Our latest project for clients in El Dorado Hills, CA was installing custom wood carriage house doors as a way to make over their exterior.

Carriage House doors are very popular, not only for their looks, but for their quality. Upgrading to Carriage House doors can help increase the value of your home!

The doors were just fine before the switch, as you can see. They definitely needed some fresh paint after the sun pounded on them for years and weathered the doors. But otherwise, not bad.

The Carriage House doors that these clients installed are steel-backed wood garage doors. People love the old-world style and look they bring to their home.

The doors we installed are from the Carriage House Company. They do a great job of blending the style with function and updated technology. You get to have beautiful wood doors that don’t compromise on safety or quality.

You can see the difference in this side by side – one set of doors have been installed.

Remember how we said the existing doors weren’t that bad. You can really tell the difference here!

The darker wood of the new carriage house doors really compliments the house’s exterior paint and really updates the look.

In addition to the beautiful doors, the decorative hardware and customization options available on these custom carriage house doors elevate the look even further.

The metal details really help define a specific look. Other custom options include more metal accents, as well as decorative windows. The options are almost endless when you go for custom doors. Some popular styles include: Cambridge, Virginia, Carolina, Barcelona, Tuscan, Park City and Santiago. You can see what these look like here.

Below is the completed project, with both sets of carriage house doors installed. Looks amazing! And most importantly, our clients were more than satisfied!

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Project: Replacing a Rotten Wood Garage Door

We recently completed this awesome project in Midtown, Sacramento. Our customer’s old stand alone garage door had a rotten wood garage door that only opened manually, and barely opened at that.

He wanted to use his garage for it’s intended function. That meant he wanted to remove those old wood doors and install a brand new garage door and garage door opener. He also wanted to add a walk through door so he could access the garage without having to open the big door.

Here is what his door looked like before we got started:

rotten wood garage door

Project: Remove Rotten Wood Garage Door

The project began with demo! We removed the old rotten wood garage door. All of the framing around the old door was in a bad shape and rotting as well. So we got to work removing that and just generally cleaning up the space to prep it for the construction.

Once that was done, we were able to re-frame the opening to properly fit the garage door we chose, as well as frame out the walk through door.

Here is the project after the initial framing:

rotten wood garage door

Once we completed the framing, we were able to install the brand new walk through door! Looks great, right?

rotten wood garage door

The last part of the project is of course the most dramatic, the installation of the brand new door! The door he chose is a great door, and we also insulated it to help with temperature control in his garage.

After!

rotten wood garage door

Once the door was installed and looking good, last step was all the finishing! We textured and painted the exterior.

Lastly, we installed the garage door opener to make this baby go up and down with ease! Our customer chose the LiftMaster 8550W opener. The opener has some great features including WiFi connectivity so you can control it with your tablet or smartphone.

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Garage Door Spring Repair Projects

Below is a collection of a few spring repair projects we’ve completed lately. Spring repair is one of the most common repairs we perform.

The most common issue is springs that are not the right size to support the weight of the door. This can cause problems, including the opener not functioning properly. It can also shorten the life of your springs and opener.

We generally recommend a dual spring system for all garage doors. This helps your springs function properly. Your entire garage door system will also last longer.

While there is a higher upfront cost with a dual spring system, it’s worth it over the life of your springs. Plus, it helps your door function safely.

Spring Repair #1

Here you can see a broken spring. When we arrived, we upgraded to a 2 spring system. We also reinforced the garage door.

The springs should last longer in a dual spring system. It will support the weight of the door better, and allow the garage door opener to function longer.

Customers tend to be scared to upgrade to a dual spring system at first since it is more expensive upfront. The time you will get out of your system returns your investment.

The harder impact on your garage door opener with 1 spring versus 2 makes a dual spring system more affordable in the long run, since you will get more life out of your opener.

We also installed braces, as you can see in the picture above, to reinforce the garage door. Reinforcing the door helps to prevent cracks.

Spring Repair #2

This house was built by a big builder. These builders generally take the easy and cheap route when building homes. That means that garage doors generally only have 1 heavy duty torsion spring installed. While it saves them money upfront, like we talked about above, it doesn’t give as much life as a dual spring system.

A double size garage door, like the one in this picture, will function better and last longer with a dual spring system. The double springs will also balance the door more effectively. This helps the garage door opener work better.

The spring works by carrying the weight of the door. Doors are heavy! If you think you have a broken spring, or if the spring looks like it does above, or in any of the before pictures in this post, call us! We can check it before it snaps, which can cause damage.

Spring Repair #3

The videos below show a spring that is too small for this garage door. The customer called saying he could only open his garage door part of the way. You can see what we mean in the video:

After troubleshooting for a while, we realized the door is too heavy for the springs, which are too small for the door.

We changed the springs to properly fitting ones, and adjusted the motor. The door is working like new now!

Spring Repair #4

A standard spring repair. Broken spring before…

Newly installed springs, after…

Spring Repair #5

This spring broke in TWO places!

We quickly swapped it out for new springs, and good as new!

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