Here’s How to Avoid Garage Door Repairs
Let’s see. It is huge, heavy and it moves completely out of the way, every day, twice. But when’s the last time you had garage door repairs? Chances are you either have never needed to repair your garage door, or you can’t remember the last time you did.
But that doesn’t mean that you won’t ever need a door repair. Very often, the door should be fixed, but we go on living with it as it is. Maybe it doesn’t quite close all the way, or it wakes up the neighbors every time you use it.
In any case, there are ways for you to keep your garage door working the way you expect it to work for a very long time.
1. Keep Stuff Away from the Door
One of the best ways to increase your chances of having to get your garage door fixed is to store things inside your garage right next to the door.
It’s a spot that can seem clear and handy, but the cables used to support the door and keep it level need the space to operate. When you store something in the space near the cables, they can end up being stretched, or even disconnect or snap. Now you’ve done it.
2. Look & Listen
One of the best ways to ward off repairs is to simply look at and listen to the door as it opens and closes. Any unusual noises or during operation can mean a repair is in the near future. Every now and then, disconnect your garage door opener and try to open the door manually (please don’t strain yourself). If you can’t manage to move the door, or it’s overly difficult, you should find out why.
3. Put ‘Garage Door Maintenance’ on Your To-Do List
Instead of checking your garage for signs of repair just one time after reading this post, put ‘inspect the garage door’ on your to-do list at least once a year.
Don’t Do DIY Repairs
Your garage door is very heavy, it is under tension to make it easy to operate and it can severely harm you. Leave your garage door repairs to professionals. Call us at 905-665-8668 for safe and reliable garage door repairs.
The Future of Garage Doors
While our memories can fade, it seems like throughout the 20th century and so far in the 21st, just about the only thing that changed in garages was the addition of garage door openers.
Sure, garage doors changed in that they are now built with more durable materials and they’re insulated. We also started using the garage to store anything except our cars. But, generally speaking, you’d probably not find too much really different about your grandfather’s garage compared to yours.
That’s all about to change if it hasn’t started already.
Here are just a few ways your garage will be different sooner than later.
1. It Will Be Your Fueling Station
Maybe you’re committed to gas engines and won’t give them up until the last one sputters out. In any case, the move towards alternative-fuel vehicles, particularly electric cars, is underway and nothing appears to be stopping it. Instead of hitting the gas pumps on the corner, you’ll be ‘filling up’ in the garage.
2. Part of Your Connected Home
This is the ‘future’ that has the most chance of being in your presence. For at least five years now, LiftMaster has offered its MyQ™ technology to monitor and operate many of its garage door openers remotely on your smartphone. As everything else in your home comes online, from your refrigerator to your lights, your garage door is right there with them.
3. More Living Space
If the idea of an electric car still seems distant to you, the idea of no personal cars at all might seem unimaginable. Never-the-less, autonomous cars open up the possibility that, instead of owning your own vehicles, you’ll simply call for a car when needed and one will show up at the front door in a few minutes. Without the need to park your car there, the garage can become a huge addition to the living space of your home.
If the future is quite here yet, you can call Whitby Garage Door at 905-665-8668 if you need a new garage door, or maintenance and repairs to the old one, until it gets there.
Why A Cheap Garage Door Won’t Offer Much Value
We all want the best deal, even when it comes to getting a new garage door. But, using the lowest price to choose a new garage door as the only way to determine the best deal can backfire. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a good garage door at low prices. In fact, most of the great garage door brands we represent here at Whitby Garage Doors offer good, low-priced, entry-level doors.
The Lifetime Value of a New Garage Door
Homeowners looking for the absolute lowest price on a new garage door often don’t look at one crucial factor of the total cost. Sure, if they spend less on the door, they save money on the initial cost.
But what about the costs incurred later on. Garage doors have a number of costs associated with them. In many cases, a better quality garage door will mean those later costs can be lower. In other words, the lifetime value, or overall cost of ownership, of a better quality garage door can be lower than for a lower quality door.
Here are just a few ways that can happen:
1. The Energy Efficiency of Your Home
Many lower-priced doors don’t have insulation. If your garage is attached to your home, poor garage insulation can affect the energy efficiency of the entire house. So that lower-priced door can cost you more in heating and air conditioning costs for the entire time you own the door.
2. A Dirtier, Noisier garage
An insulated door doesn’t just keep out heat and cold. It’s better at preventing pollution, debris and even noise from getting into the garage. With many garages serving as storage spaces, it means anything you keep in your garage will be dirtier and more difficult to clean. And, with more people using their garages for working or living space, quieter is better.
3. Greater Durability
One more thing that insulation does beyond insulating is it helps support the structure of the door. That added stability, coupled with better materials and construction of a higher-quality door, means it will be more likely to last longer than a less expensive door. So you won’t have to spend money on another new door as soon.
Why Check Out the Gallery on a Garage Door Website
If you’re in the market for a new garage door, you’ll probably be visiting more than a few garage door websites.
While websites are basically online advertisements for a business, you can still tell a lot about a company from them. One quick way to get a bit of real background is to look for ‘credibility symbols’. These are logos of industry associations or awards from review sites like Homestars. If they are authentic, they can and some measure of credibility to a company you haven’t dealt with before, or even heard of. You can simply visit the sites or call the associations that the logos represent to verify if the company is indeed associated with them or if they were the award recipients they claim to be.
A company blog is another way to find out a lot about a company. But, again, you need to have a way to verify what you see. Just the existence of a blog is not enough to confirm that this is a good garage door company to work with.
Take a look at what they blog about. If they have posts with titles like “How to Spot the Best Garage Door Companies”, the information might be useful. But you can bet that the company that wrote the post fits all the criteria for being a great garage door company according to what’s written in the post.
How to Use the Website’s Photo Gallery to Spot a Good Garage Door Company
Not every garage door installer’s website will have a photo gallery. But if it does make sure you visit the page and look for the following:
1. Professional Photography
If every photo in the gallery looks like it could be in an architectural magazine, with perfect lighting and what looks like a custom-designed home, beware. You’re probably going to choose a local garage door installer, so the houses and doors should look familiar. And don’t be afraid to ask the company where the homes are in the photograph.
2. Variety of Doors
So you establish that the photos are of actual installations the company has done. But if they all look annoyingly the same, with maybe a few different colours on similar designs, then that’s another reason to be aware. It means the company may have a deal with a single supplier, even for a single model of a door, and your options will be limited.
3. Look for How the Door Affects the Curb Appeal of the Home
Every new garage door will look good. But does it fit with and even enhance the overall curb appeal of the home. If you can’t tell from the photos, ask the garage door company for a list of their installations that are near your home and take a look yourself. A good garage door installer will be more likely to look for and recommend a certain style or type of door that will not only look great on your home but fit your needs too.
3 Tips to Protect Your Car in the Garage
What’s all this about ‘protect your car in the garage’? If you park your car in the garage, it’s protected, right?
Yes and no. Yes, your car is protected from the elements and the neighborhood kids when it’s in the garage. But even in the garage, your car can face other hazards that can cause costly damage.
How to Protect Your Car in the Garage
By knowing how your car can be damaged in the garage you’ll know how to protect it by preventing that damage.
1. Keep the Garage Door Closed
The primary protection you want to give your car has nothing to do with damage. According to one insurance company, your car is more likely to be stolen if you leave your garage door open. Leaving it open even a few inches can make it easier for thieves to take your car.
2. Know When to Stop
If you are like most homeowners, you use your garage for much more than parking your car. That means you might not have as much space to work with. When driving in, knowing when to stop before you hit something can be tricky.
A simple solution is to hang a tennis ball from the garage ceiling. Park the car in a spot that is as far away from anything inside the garage as you can get. Hang a tennis ball from a spot on the ceiling that lets it just touch the windshield. Next time you come home, drive the car into the garage until the windshield touches the ball. No more guessing how far you have until you hit something.
If you like high-tech solutions, garage door opener manufacturer Liftmaster offers a laser-guided parking assist accessory.
3. Protect Your Doors
Another damaging symptom of too little space in the garage comes from not having enough room to fully open the car doors. But there is a way to stop worrying about damaging the doors every time you get into or out of the car. Attach swimming pool noodles to the garage wall, or anything that your the door might strike.
Your car is a big investment. These few things will help protect it. If you’re looking for a more secure garage door or garage door opener, contact us here at Whitby Garage Doors.
Beware of These 3 Garage Door Scams
It’s been a little over a year since we first told you about some of the garage door scams being perpetrated by shady installers.
Unfortunately, the garage door installation business is a good one for unscrupulous operators to take advantage of. It is unregulated. It is easy to find suppliers. And it’s something homeowners don’t need very often.
Perhaps best of all for the ‘fly-by-night’ operators, even the least expensive garage door available, hastily installed, will work for at least a few years. That’s more than enough time for them to change business names so they don’t have to be responsible for their shoddy work.
It all adds up to mean that, among all the other decisions you must make when buying a new garage door, you have to be on the lookout for garage door scams.
3 More Garage Door Scams to Watch For
In addition to the scams we told you about before, here are three more going on right here in Toronto and the GTA.
1. Low-Priced Service Calls
This is one to look out for if you need garage door repair or maintenance. That’s often when you need emergency work and most vulnerable to a scam. We found one recently for a “100% Guaranteed” $19.00 24-Hour garage door repair service. The Google listing gives you the impression that your garage door service will only cost $19. But when the service person gets there, he will ask for more money before starting any work.
2. Discount Coupons
Many garage door companies will offer online coupons for reduced prices on doors. But they don’t tell you that the coupon doesn’t cover installation. So you go to them to get a good price on the door, and end up paying it all back, and maybe more, in the price of the installation. Always ask every garage door company you call to itemize everything that’s included in any quotes they give you.
3. Masquerading as Another Company
Unfortunately, we’ve been victims of these sorts of scams ourselves. We are well known in Whitby as a reliable garage door installer. Other companies will make it look like they are Whitby Garage Doors to make you think they are us. Take a close look at web addresses, paperwork, business cards, etc., and make sure they are all consistent with the company you think you’re dealing with.
Or you can skip all the checking and contact us here at Whitby Garage Doors. The one and only!
How an Insulated Garage Door Makes Your Home More Comfortable
How well insulated is your home? Even if you know how important good insulation is for reducing your heating and air conditioning costs, and improving the overall comfort of your home, your house probably isn’t as well insulated as you think.
If your garage door isn’t insulated, there can be a costly gap in your overall home insulation and home comfort. While the attics and walls of most homes, especially newer ones, are insulated, few if any have insulated garage walls and ceilings.
Even of they do, they still have a problem is the garage door isn’t insulated.
Why You Need an Insulated Garage Door for Optimal Home Comfort
One of the main reasons why not having an insulated garage or garage door can affect your home comfort is the way in which most homeowners think about their garage. While there is a door between the garage and the house, most homeowners don’t think of it as a door to the ‘outside’. Why would they? It leads to the garage.
Just like you don’t insulate your interior walls and floors, you don’t often think about insulating your garage. It feels like its ‘inside’ too.
But cold and heat can get into your garage more easily than you think. Uninsulated garage walls and doors let in more outside temperatures than you think. A garage door left open is like exposing the rooms that adjoin the garage to outside heat and cold without any insulation at all.
That can affect the comfort of your entire home as your heating and air conditioning go into overdrive to battle the invasion of heat and cold.
Insulated garage doors are the final piece of your home installation puzzle. Just like a puzzle isn’t done until the last piece is in place, neither is your home comfort.
To learn more about insulated garage doors, call us at 905-665-8668.
3 Garage Floors That Stand Up to Anything You Throw At Them
What is cracked, chipped, has grease stains and paint splatters.
Your garage floor.
And, unfortunately, that’s no joke. If there was an award for the one part of your house that is most neglected, your garage floor would at least be on the running every year. Heck, it would be lucky to get swept once a year.
But that doesn’t mean you’re a bad homeowner. Garage floors are bare concrete. Concrete is notoriously difficult to clean. Whether in the basement or garage, we wouldn’t think twice about leaving a paint spill on a concrete floor instead of wiping it up. But you can’t say that about any other floor in the house.
Winter also has its own surprises for your garage floor. Especially the salt and dirt that get trapped in the snow and ice that clings to the wheel wells on your car. Once you drive into your garage, it’s only a matter of time until the brownish concoction melts enough to hit the floor. Then it leaves white salt lines on your floor as the moisture evaporates.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Options for Garage Floors that Stand Up to Just About Anything
By showing your garage floor a little love and attention, it’ll reward you with great looks and easy cleaning of anything you can throw at it. You’ll have to properly prepare the floor before using any of the following options.
1. A Coat of Paint
Applying a coat of concrete paint to the floor is probably the fastest and easiest way to improve your garage floor. It bonds with the concrete. A few solid coats will help the floor last much longer.
2. Apply an Epoxy
Epoxy, polyurea and polycuramine coatings offer the toughest floor protection with the ease of paint-on application. These coatings can even be chemical and acid resistant. And they are available in a wide variety of colours and finishes.
3. Floor Tiles
Ceramic or porcelain tiles are not only the most durable flooring for your garage, but the best looking too. Be ready to apply a levelling layer of concrete before tiling the floor.
Not only will you keep a coated garage floor cleaner, but you’ll also begin to see options for your garage beyond just using it as a place for your car.
Give Yourself the Gift that Keeps on Giving – A New Garage Door Opener
How many Christmas gifts will you get this year that you will use every day? In a related question, would anyone ever give you a new garage door opener as a gift? Add it all up and, if you want a gift that you’ll appreciate every time you drive out of or into your garage, get yourself a new garage door opener.
But, wait, your old opener is working just fine. It’s been there since you moved in. Why would you waste a perfectly good gift opportunity (especially since it’s for yourself!) on a new garage opener?
It’s a good question. If there’s one ‘problem’ with most good quality door openers, it is that they seem to last forever.
5 Reasons to Get a New Garage Door Opener Even if the Old One Still Works
Here’s why you should think about gifting yourself a new garage door opener this year.
- Safety – There are a remarkable number of 25- and 30-year-old openers still faithfully lifting and lowering garage doors. That’s great until you realize that, while they are working well, they are missing safety systems, like photo-eyes, which were not common on garage door openers until the mid-1990s.
- Your Current Door Opener Won’t Last Forever – Maybe it’s already broken down and been repaired. In any case, openers don’t last forever. And you can bet they’ll finally call it quits at the worst possible time. The clock is ticking…..
- Peace & Quiet – If you can tell when someone comes home, even when you’re in the basement, your garage door opener is too noisy. You might not realize the ruckus your opener causes until you hear (or not) the quiet operation of a new one.
- Battery Backups – If you’re still opening and closing the garage door manually every time the power goes out, get a new opener. Battery backups can give you as many as 10 open/close cycles when the power’s out.
- Get Connected – Just like about everything else in your house, garage door openers have joined the list of appliance you can control from your smartphone. Except, compared to finding out that your clothes are now dry, it’s actually quite useful to learn that your door has just been opened by someone and you’re not home.
If you’d like to learn more about why you should get a new garage door opener for yourself this year, contact Whitby Garage Doors today.
Whitby Garage Doors Recognized for Award-Winning Customer Service
Customer Feedback Rating Propels Whitby Garage Doors to Homestars Award
It has often been said that customer referrals, or word-of-mouth advertising, is the best form of marketing/promotion for a business. This can be especially true for independent contractors who do not have the publicity budgets of large multi-national conglomerates yet still need to compete and succeed in their respective local markets.
For many contractors, establishing a reputation that is worthy of customer referrals and recognition can literally be years in the making; a substantial time span may be needed to develop a customer base as well as demonstrate consistency in such vital business parameters as:
- Response Rate
- Quality Products
- Customer Service
- Knowledgeable Staff
In the case of Whitby Garage Doors, that time span to trustworthiness has clearly been accelerated; within several months of introducing its garage door repair and installation services to the residents of Durham Region, Whitby Garage Doors has been recognized with a HomeStars Best of 2016 Award in the Garage Doors and Hardware category.
HomeStars is a free online service to help consumers in finding reputable contractors in several different trades/services; it is based on written feedback submitted by customers who have previously engaged these contractors. Since opening its doors (pun intended), Whitby Garage Doors has received 37 written customer reviews on Homestars, with each scoring a maximum 10/10 rating, hence propelling the company to a well-earned award.
To read some of the comments submitted by customers of Whitby Garage Doors, see our HomeStars Page.
It is not surprising, to a certain extent, that Whitby Garage Doors would be a Homestars award recipient. For several years prior to the founding of Whitby Garage Doors, many Durham Region residents would rely on its sister company, Markham Garage Doors, for garage door repair service and installation – and Markham Garage Doors was previously recognized as the HomeStars Best of 2012 Toronto Awards recipient in the Garage Doors and Hardware category as well.
With such a pedigree in skills and customer service, guided by a top technician from the Durham Region who had also been an integral part of the Markham Garage Doors team since its inception, it should be apparent why Whitby Garage Doors achieved this level of recognition so quickly in its tenure in Whitby and the surrounding areas.
A Multi-Faceted Customer-Focused Approach to Garage Door Repair Service
The customer-focused approach of Whitby Garage Doors is multi-faceted and consists of:
- Prompt response to messages
- Free detailed written estimates
- Punctual arrival for service calls
- Reasonable and affordable pricing
- The best quality parts and products
- Knowledgeable fast-and-friendly service
- Experience with all types of garage doors
- Emergency repair service available/provided
When Durham Region residents have need for garage door repairs, they will undoubtedly want the matter addressed quickly and efficiently to minimize the amount of disruption and inconvenience to the daily routines of their family. In such instances, they can rely on the professionalism and award-winning service of the technicians from Whitby Garage Doors.
For more information on the garage door repair services offered by Whitby Garage Doors to the residents of Durham Region, please go to our Services Page.
For all garage door repair and installation needs in Whitby and the Durham Region, call the award-winning technicians from Whitby Garage Doors today at (905) 441-1512 or contact us at [email protected] to request your no-obligation consultation.