GARAGE REPAIR BLOG 
Posted 4-11-2016
Garage Door Spring Replacements and Springs Are NOT Going To Stop Birmingham Homeowners

At some point all garage doors break and need repair. Springs are usually public enemy #1. They wear out and break. If this happens you need to get your garage door fixed quickly and safely. Garage Door Repair Birmingham AL is here to deliver you from the headache of broken doors and springs. Commonly known as torsion springs and extension springs on residential, commercial and industrial, these parts are extremely dangerous to try and repair on your own.

Garage Door Spring Dangers


If you are not properly trained to replace garage door springs, then you DO NOT need to attempt the repair on your own.  There is an extreme level of tension and pressure in new springs that can create severe injury. Without having the proper installation tools and training you could not only hurt yourself, but others around you. Also, if you continue to operate a door that is damaged you run the risk of sever injury as well.


Although a spring repair is dangerous, for a skilled and experienced professional it is simply common. They come in varying sizes and need balanced and lifting just right.  The garage door can then open and close properly.


Garage Door Springs Have A Limited Lifespan - Here's What To Expect

The expected lifespan of your garage door spring is cyclical. With the door going up and down counting as a single cycle. Typically, you can count on a garage door lasting about 10,000 cycles.

Below is a table showing you the life expectancy determined by daily usage:

  • 14 Years = 2 times daily
  • 7 Years = 4 times daily
  • 5 Years = 6 times daily
  • 3 Years =  8 times daily


After these cycles run their course, that's when you see broken garage door springs.  The spring has the most tension when it is in the down position. Therefore, it's the position where most damages take their shape. However, it can break in the raised position which is why it's never safe to walk under or stand under an open garage door.


Garage Door Repair Birmingham AL has a team of experienced techs ready to serve your repair needs. Residential or commercial, we can tackle it for you so that you don't have to dance with a dangerous spring repair.  Be sure to contact us at 205-737-9809 today!

Posted 2-20-2016
Maintaining Your Garage Door - Birmingham Garage Door Repair Tip of The Week

Mike Kraft gives tips on garage door maintenance. There are three key steps: cleaning, safety and lubricating. Find the detailed instructions here: http://low.es/1Sie7Ma

Start outside, cleaning the outside of your door with a soft sponge or cloth. You should do this once a year or potentially more if you live in a soft air climate. Once it is washed, just rinse with a hose. If the garage door is made of wood, inspect the door to see if it needs to be repainted or stained. 

It's also good to do a safety check every few months or so. Keep in mind torsion springs can cause injuries. If your door uses extension springs, you can find replacements at your local Lowe's. When doing safety checks, remove any cars or debris from the garage door area or tracks. Then do a visual inspection of all the cables, rollers, springs and hinges. Replace anything is frayed or worn and tighten bolts. 

For bolts that are near a safety tag or painted red, only have a trained technician adjust. Also check the door balance, disconnecting the power first to the opener. Then disengage the door from the opener and raise the door to waist level. Release slowly. If the door raises or lowers, a trained technician will need to adjust the balance. Use a non-silicone based lubricant to lubricate hinges, springs and bearings. 

Don't oil the tracks, or else the door might become unbalanced. If your door needs some repair, look at your owner's manual or visit your local Lowe's for a garage door professional installation. To find more helpful how-to videos like this, visit Lowes.com/Videos. 

Posted 1-22-2016
Tips To Secure Your Garage Door From Burglars

You are not alone if you've been thinking about the recent surge of crime in relation to your home security. It's impossible to be 100% villain proof, but we found one little area that you can actually do something about...the interior garage door opener.

If your garage door opener button is mounted close to the inside of the garage door, a burglar who knows what they’re doing can walk up and use their weight to push the door open just enough to slide a ruler or screwdriver in, trigger the button, and be inside with no alarm sounding in less than 10 seconds. "Very easy," said contractor Robert Cooper. "I've even done it with a pair of chopsticks." 

Cooper learned the trick while working as a maintenance supervisor for apartment complexes when tenants would leave without turning over their rented garage door openers. And Cooper knows all too well the feeling you would have if a burglar used that trick on you. His home was burglarized last fall. "It's made us more aware of our surroundings," Cooper said. "You never think it's gonna happen to you, and I pulled in, wasn't gone but for a couple of hours, and came in and they just kicked the door down and took everything of value." 

Cooper now helps homeowners by moving their garage door openers away from the doors and back out of the reach of rulers or screwdrivers. He responded to his own burglary by installing an alarm system, new security cameras, and making sure all of his exterior lights are working. These are all tips police say can help you deter would-be thieves. 

Another trick to secure your door? Use a bread tie or some wire to tie the garage door release handle up and out of the reach of crooks who might use a coat hanger to push through the door's cracks to yank the cord and override the opener. "You're never gonna keep them out, but try to keep yourself from being an easy target,” Cooper says. Thieves have also been known to post a remote hunting camera on a tree facing your driveway so they can read what keys you punch in if you use a remote door opener pad. Once you're gone, they drive up, punch in those numbers, and they're in with no problems. The fix? Always hide your hands with your body while you're punching that code in. The reason we’re showing you this trick is so that you can check your own home’s security and make sure you’re not vulnerable to this technique already well-known to criminals.


Posted 1-18-2016
How To Repair A Crooked Garage Door In Less Than Two Minutes

How To Repair A Crooked Garage Door In Less Than Two Minutes

Our friends at Garage Door Nation put out this simple, yet powerful "how to" video to help you with your crooked garage door. 

keep in mind, if your door was installed level, but your floor is not level this will cause what appears to be a crooked door. that is not the case. if you follow these steps and attempt to fix a door and end up springing out of level, the cable on one side will slack. slack could lead to a cable coming off. a cable coming off could lead to the door falling out of the tracks and unless held up by the opener arm (assuming you have one and it is mounted well, it could fall on your car, or you. Do not attempt to fix a crooked door before you level it by placing a 4 foot level across the very top section of the door. if it is level, seek larger bottom seal or attempt to fill seal with plastic bags to hold it out.

Posted 1-16-2016

Top Garage Door Repair Brands We Work With In Birmingham, AL

There are literally hundreds of parts, services and vendors out there when it comes to repairing or installing your garage door. Below is a list of brands we love to work with:

  • Genie
  • Linear
  • Cloplay
  • LiftMaster
  • Sears
  • Craftsman
  • Wayne Dalton
  • Amarr
  • UDT
  • Martin
  • Unique Garage Door
  • C.H.I.
  • Holmes
  • Raynor
  • Windsor Republic

Looking to install a new garage door? Call 205-737-9809 today for fast service with a smile!

Posted 1-3-2016

Finding a Good Garage Door Repair Company in Birmingham AL

Several companies provide garage door installation, repairs and maintenance services in Birmingham AL. Whether you are constructing a new house, upgrading the garage, or need garage door repairs, it is very crucial to choose a reliable garage door repair company in Birmingham AL.

Following are some useful tips that will help you choosing a garage door repair services in Birmingham AL. 

Look for Knowledgeable and Expert Service 

Search for a garage door repair service provider that is locally owned and possess sufficient knowledge and experience of garage repair services in Birmingham. A company based locally will be well aware of the weather conditions in the area and other considerations as well. Choose a company that understands your needs as a homeowner. A god garage door repair company should have all the necessary materials and tools to get the task done for the very first time. 

Experienced and Established Garage Door Repair Company

Garage doors are intended to last for a long time. It is vital to know if the company that sells, installs repairs and maintains garage doors is established and performing in this business for years. Prefer a garage door repair service that is well established within the community in Birmingham. Always ensure the company provides warranty service or remote replacement. Moreover, Garage Door Repair Company should be insured.  

Go for Good Reputation

I t is recommended to select the service with good reputation who you can trust. For this you can verify recent customers’ references. Ask about membership in the Home Builders Association and International Door Association or professional certifications. This will give you a fair idea of their consistency and reliability.

Think about Quality 

Garage doors ensure the security of a home or any building. It is most important to ensure that the garage repair products are manufactured by trusted company and are of high quality. Find out products with unique features such as pet and child safety, energy-efficient insulation, architectural models, and quiet models etc. Any garage door repair service provider that has been in business for a considerable amount of time will be familiar with a homeowner's needs and would have easy access to repair parts.

Good Customer Service

Always select a garage repair company that offers its services 24/7. Some companies do not work past their official business working hours. So, it makes sense to choose a company that provides round the clock garage door repair service.

Posted 1-1-2016

Easy Tips on Garage Door Repair

A broken garage door is a threat to you and your home safety. It is a welcome sign for burglars to come in and invade your home with ease. No one wants to compromise the safety of your family and property. So it is important proper functioning garage door to ensure that the safety of your home or property is never compromised. 

Doing a garage door repair is one of the most difficult and frustrating task do to especially when you have no experience of doing such garage door repairs. Garage doors are a combination of complex electronics, tough mechanical workings and hard-to-handle materials.  Most people simply stay away from doing these garage door repairs. If you are one of them, you should better hire garage door repair professional to fix the job. But repairing of the garage doors will cost you handsome amount of money. 

For major repairs such as panel and door spring replacement or a new garage door installation, calling the help of expert service is perfect. But if it did not seem to be difficult and intricate you can try to fix the problem yourself. For Instance, if you have a screeching garage metal door that causes a lot of noise when opened or closed, give it a try to fix. First of all you have to check rusty hardware and old door screws. Most of the time , it is the combination of rusty hardware and old screws that creates problems In this way you can perform minor repair and might be able to save a lot of your money.

Poor lubrication can be another cause of stuck and noisy doors. As a part of a maintenance routine, it is best to apply lubricant oil on the hinges and rollers at least twice a year. This will ensures the smooth smoothly rolling during opening and closing the garage door. It will also stop unnecessary garage irritating noise.

Check out this helpful video on garage door repair. If it's not the right kind of help you need, give us a call at 205-737-9809.

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Posted 12-30-2015

Affordable Garage Door Installation Services in Birmingham AL


Garage door installation is not that easy task as it seems to be. Garage door installation can be a frustrating and tedious work. Most of the time, professionals can help making things easy and better.

Here is certain information that will be helpful for your next garage door installation.

Garage door installation specialists are always in high demand. The primary reason for this increased demand is that the garage door installation experts have the necessary expertise. They can save a lot of your valuable time and money. Moreover, they can also customize the look and feel of your garage door according to your requirements. Many garage door installation service providers offer warranties on their services. Considering all these benefits, you should select the reliable and affordable garage door installation service in Birmingham AL.

During selection process you should carefully consider installation costs, construction materials, removal of any existing door, type of garage door opener and warranty factors. Garage door repair Birmingham AL offers the most reasonable garage doors installation services in Birmingham AL. They have trained garage door installers with enough experience. Every garage door installation by Garage door repair Birmingham AL is rated by the customer to assure that customers are getting the quality garage door installation services they are paying for.

Garage doors installation cost also depends up on the size of the door being installed. Installing an oversize huge garage door will require more skills and time. So, if you want to install a garage door opener as part of your installation you can expect additional charges. 

As an option to buying your garage door from garage door installation service provider, you can consider other local companies by comparing prices and services. You can purchase garage door from one company and get it installed by another if you find it reasonable. Garage door repair Birmingham AL sells quality garage doors. They provide garage door installation services that are comparable. In addition you have the option of installing a garage door yourself. Home improvement stores can assist you in your efforts. The disadvantage of self-installation is the time it takes to complete the garage door installation and the cost of disposing the old door which normally part of any professional installation process and cost. Self-garage door installation will also require you to have the assistance of at least one helper.

In conclusion, Garage door repair Birmingham AL garage door installation cost is very reasonable and provides the home owner the peace of mind knowing that the installation was done correctly for the very first time with accuracy. Occasionally garage door installation price can be included in the purchase cost of your garage door.

Garage door repair Birmingham AL Service provides garage door repair and garage door installation in all of the Birmingham area. If you need garage door repair or installation service in Birmingham and nearby area, please give us a call at 205-737-9809.

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