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How To Handle A Heavy Garage Door

At Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Greensboro, NC, the garage door is usually the biggest and the heaviest moving part of you home. The door is not something that should be played with by a person of any size or age, your garage door is built to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

The Material Of Your Garage Door Is Not Relevant

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No matter what kind of material that you garage door is made of or how thick it is or even if it has windows or not it can weigh about 130 pounds for a single door, the double door can can weigh up to about 350 pounds or more with windows. The contemporary style garage doors are made up of all glass with windows which can weigh well over the 400 pound mark. In order to be able to open and close your garage door manually the door has what is called a counter weight system, this system consists of one of the two either an extension spring or a torsion spring.

Your Garage Doors Life Expectancy

Springs can eventually lose their strength as well as their effectiveness also after years of use. A lot of garage door manufacturers will advise that you change the springs in the counterweight system after every 10,000 open and close cycles, so if you use your single garage door about 4 times a day this will give your door the expectancy of about 7 years. So if you have a double garage door and if you use the overhead door daily for two cars then your garage door’s life could be cut down by about 5 years or so.

You can prolong the life of your homes garage doors spring system by making sure to properly take care of it, be sure to keep the door lubricated on a yearly basis. You can use regular 10W30 car motor oil in order to lubricate the door, just apply some of the oil to the springs in the system. Keeping the springs lubricated will also help to keep the noise down while the springs are contracting.

Last but not least if your system contains extension springs, you will need to have them fitted with a safety cable. In the case that a spring were to break the safety cable will keep it in place which will prevent the spring from causing any kind of damage or from causing injuries to anyone.

It’s Ok I Have An Electric Garage Door Opener

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Your electric garage door opener can help to compensate if somehow your counterweight system doesn’t do its job or if the balance of the garage door becomes off. However your garage door opener can open a door of up to 200 pounds without the counterweight system being used, this method can also create so much noise though that it will really worry you.

By performing a complete spring system check at least twice a year you can prevent this situation. To check your spring system pull the emergency cord on the garage door and gently pull up the door, if the door is correctly balanced it should weigh about 10 to 15 pounds which you should easily be able to lift with one hand. There are a number of reasons why your garage door won’t open, do not attempt to fix this by yourself due to safety reasons.

Preventative Maintenance Yearly

Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Greensboro, North Carolina recommends having maintenance performed on the garage door every 12 to 18 months. For preventative services done on your garage it is best to call out a professional that is trained and experienced to maintain your garage door safely and properly.

You Can Trust Us for the Job

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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