Archive for the ‘Garage Door Repair’ Category

Protecting Your Garage From Springtime Storms

April 4th, 2018

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From heavy rains and high winds to blistering heat, springtime means a slew of potential damages caused by rainstorms. Because so many people use their garage for storage, it’s vital that this area remains rain free. Personal property, valuables and especially your car, are all at the mercy of rain and wind during the spring and summer months. With April showers and summer thunderstorms approaching, there are some proactive steps that you can take to keep your garage secure and dry.

Rubber Door Stops

Garage door seals are an affordable and easy solution to the threat of water seeping under your garage door. These are essentially pieces of rubber fixed in place by adhesive that fill any existing gap between the ground and the bottom of your garage door. When heavy rains cause flooding and rushing water, a garage door seal can be pivotal in preventing destructive water from seeping into your garage. Luckily, these door stops are also useful for a variety of other reasons including temperature regulation, keeping out pests, energy saving and blocking dirt. Door seals even come in a variety of standard sizes and colors.

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Braces 

When storms hit, many people fear that the roof is where their concern should lie, but this actually isn’t true. In high winds, the garage door sometimes creates a pressure vacuum that can lead to serious damage to your whole home! One solution to the threat of severe weather on your garage door is to install a brace. While braces are more commonly used to protect against the deadly winds of hurricanes, they are a precautionary guard against stormy weather that could come in handy one day, especially if you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes. In the event that you need to replace or repair your damaged garage door, you can visit AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers online here to find out more.

Understand Your Landscape

The landscape of your yard and driveway actually play a significant role in garage flood prevention. Grass, dirt, trees and shrubs can all work to your benefit or to your disadvantage in the driveway and yard. If dirt surrounding your garage and driveway are raised to a higher level, the soil can wind up pooling and directing water straight under the door. On the other hand, you can use landscaping to help reroute water from the crucial garage door entry point. Leveling soil around your driveway and garage can help prevent pooling, as can strategically planting bushes or plants. You can also lay down sandbags to create a barrier. 

Add a Gutter

Sometimes rainwater entering your garage can actually be the result of water dripping from the roof. In cases like these, adding one or two gutters to the edges of your garage can help syphon the water to direct it away from the door, keeping your interior dry. Not only can water be an issue by damaging your property in the garage, it can also erode your foundation if you aren’t careful. Water dripping onto your garage can also cause the siding to rot, a major problem that you certainly don’t want to confront.

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Protect Against Humidity and Sun Rays

It’s easy to forget that your garage door faces the intensity of summer sun every day among the elements. Sadly it’s completely possible that hot summer rays will negatively impact the quality of your garage door at some point. Sun rays accelerate paint fading, detracting from the overall appearance of your home’s face. Not only do heat and sunlight weather the appearance of your door, they also disrupts the sensors that determine when the door should open and close. This could lead to your garage door opening at unwanted or unnecessary times.

The Bottom Line  

All of these options may help you achieve a longer lasting garage door amid testy spring weather. But here’s the bottom line: Quality installation and garage repair work from experienced technicians is an unparalleled preventative action to take against future mishaps with your garage. If you experience unsightly or inconvenient damage to your garage door this summer, AmeriServ is qualified to solve the problem with a skilled approach. We’ll make sure that the work done to your home is lasting the first time around to minimize future problems. Visit AmeriServ at www.ameriservgaragedoor.com to find out more about garage door installation and repair.

Tips for Winterizing Your Garage Door

January 16th, 2018

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As the outdoor temperatures continue to drop, now is the time to winterize your garage door, if you haven’t already. Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on your garage door's mechanisms and structural integrity, and too many homeowners find themselves paying for costly repairs that could have been avoided with a few preventative measures. Here are a few tips to ensure that your garage door is properly protected this winter.

Insulate Garage Door and Walls

One of the easiest ways that you can control the temperature of your garage is to ensure that it is properly insulated. If your garage door doesn’t have any insulation, then there is almost no barrier between your garage's interior and the cold, outdoor air.

It's important to note that insulation can be deceptively difficult to install. Do your research to ensure you know the proper insulation thickness for your walls, and make sure that it is securely fastened and cut just the right length for the space.

Replace Weatherstripping

As temperatures begin to cool, you may feel cold air seeping into the garage between your garage door and the opening. If this is the case, then it's time to remove and replace the old weatherstripping. Using a putty knife, pry bar or flat scraper to scrape away the sealant residue, ensure that the surface is as clean and smooth as possible. Then, measure your new weatherstripping by aligning it along the opening so the rubber flap flattens slightly against the door. This will allow it to create a good seal while still allowing the door to easily open and close.

Install a Heating Unit

While weatherstripping and insulation will help keep the cold air out, it's not enough to keep the garage warm. For that, you'll need to install a unit heater. Your garage may already have a built-in radiator, but if it doesn't, you can install a gas or electric heating unit. Space heaters are not only inexpensive and relatively easy to install, but they can help your home's interior stay warmer and protect your pipes and stored belongings from damage resulting from extremely cold temperatures.

Repair Cracks and Holes

No matter how many layers of insulation you've added to your garage door or how efficient your space heater may be, if you have cracks or gaping holes, your garage will still be cold and vulnerable to damage. Prior to installing insulation, check for cracks and holes in the walls and garage door and patch up any that exist.

Hire a Professional to Help

Even if you're experienced in taking on home improvement challenges yourself, when it comes to garage door maintenance, numerous safety concerns and property damage risks come into play. Installing weatherstripping correctly is easier said than done, and insulation that is not properly installed can cause your garage door to come off its track or fail to open. By hiring a professional, you can be sure that your garage will be properly winterized, protecting your investment and allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable winter season.

At AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers, we have been providing professional installation and repair services for over two decades. To learn about the services we provide, or to schedule a winterization tune-up for your garage door, give us a call at 678-264-6602 or visit us online at: www.ameriservatlanta.com.

Why You Should Hire an Expert to Repair Your Garage Door

December 29th, 2017

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Whether you're a seasoned DIY'er, a new homeowner or simply someone who likes to take on new projects, you might be tempted to tackle a garage door repair on your own. After all, how complicated can a regular old garage door be, right?

The fact is that garage doors are a lot heavier, more complicated, and frankly, more dangerous than they might seem at first glance. Before you break out your tool box to try to fix your own garage door, take a moment to review the reasons why you'll want to re-consider whether DIY garage door repair is really worth the risk.

Safety Concerns

It can sometimes be hard to understand the fact that common, everyday items like garage doors can be hazardous, but the fact is that you can seriously hurt yourself by trying to fix your own garage door.

To start with, garage doors are made up of very sharp metal parts that can leave you with a nasty gash, metal slivers or worse. The actual components of your garage door and its tracks are surprisingly heavy, especially if you have an insulated garage door. The cables that lift and lower your door are held under a massive amount of tension by the springs, which means if those springs suddenly let go, or the cable snaps, you could suffer a catastrophic, life-changing injury or worse.

That is in addition to the inherent dangers that come with working on a ladder. Unless you happen to be exceptionally tall (and your garage ceiling is quite short), you'll need to stand on a step ladder to access the garage door tracks, springs, cables, and opener.

Additional Damages

While at first glance you might think you can trouble-shoot your garage door by simply loosening a bolt here and there, there's a really good chance that your good intentions will wind up making the problem even worse. Since you are not trained in garage door repair and are not familiar with the various materials, components and techniques, you could be working on the wrong part or working on it incorrectly, causing more harm than good. 

Remember, your garage is where you keep your vehicle, store your kid's bikes, and maybe even spend time watching Sunday afternoon football - do you really want to risk doing something that could cause your garage door track to come crashing down at any moment?

Repairing vs Replacing

There's dozens of different garage door manufacturers which produce countless models of tracks, openers, and doors, which means that even if you've found a great repair video online, chances are the information won't be right for your specific make and model.

In fact, you could waste your entire weekend trying to complete a repair on your garage door when what you really need is a replacement door. The only way to really know for sure if your garage door needs to be repaired or replaced is by contacting a professional garage door repair expert.

Better Leave it to the Professionals

Once you add up all the safety issues, high potential of causing serious property damage, and the chances that you'll have to call a garage door repair company despite your best efforts, it's clear that the best solution is to start by hiring a garage door repair expert. At the first sign of trouble with your garage door, opener or track, do not attempt to fix the problem yourself – choose one of the many professionals in your area to come help.

We have been providing expert installation and repair services to our customers for over 20 years. If you have questions about your garage door repair, visit our website at: www.ameriservatlanta.com.