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April 18, 2018

Is it Time for a New Garage Door Opener?

Garage door equipment Boulder Garage DoorsWondering if it’s time for a new garage door opener? Then let Boulder Garage Door help answer that question. Most likely, it will depend on the age and condition of your current garage door. With today’s smart technologies, garage door operators are much safer than their older counterparts. If you think about just how many times your garage door works throughout the year, you can understand why it will eventually wear out. Opening and closing a couple times per day all year long for a decade amounts to more than twenty thousand trips. 

The Signs

Most likely, there are going to be some visible or audible signs if your garage door opener is nearing the end of its useful life. The first sign of a dying garage door opener is if it only works intermittently. If you must push the remote button many times in order for it to respond, this is the first sign of trouble.

Notice if the garage door opener moves slower opening and closing than it used to. This is another sign that it’s time for a new garage door opener. Hesitation opening is another subtle sign. If your garage door suddenly detaches from the opener and falls, this is a dramatic sign indicating the need for a new garage door opener and a dangerous one requiring immediate attention.

If your garage door opener suddenly reverses without prompting, this can be an indicator of a failing electrical system inside the opener. The other reason this may happen is due to the “eye” feature which came on every garage door after 1992. If anything is in the way of the closing garage door, or if the eye is misaligned, this can lead to the sudden reversal issue. Otherwise, its simply time for a new garage door opener.

Sounds and loud noises can be a red flag, telling of the condition of your garage door opener. Older garage door openers tend to be louder in general, with chain drives rattling along. If the chains are slack and vibrating, this could point to quickly approaching failure. The electric motor that raises and lowers your garage door will get extremely loud towards the end of its life, so keep your ears out for this sign.

Be aware if you notice vibrations coming from your garage door opener. You may see extreme vibration coming from the opener mounts which can even shake loose entirely. Old and worn out garage door motors will have degraded armatures and bent shafts and will vibrate within the housing. This can lead to big problems, shaking free of the mounts and even falling on top of your car.

Security

Garage door openers have come so far and in recent years, have started being outfitted with new smart technology. Now you can even control your garage door opener from your smartphone from anywhere with internet. An early edition of the average garage door did not include enough security measures.

Older models opened by means of a transmitting frequency which could be used on multiple garages in the neighborhood. That is how so many thieves made out. All they had to do was broadcast various frequencies and find the ones that worked for the houses they cased for robbing.

Luckily, with new garage door technologies, those days are over. Now, with a smart garage door opener, instead of using the same code to open the garage door, it will automatically use rolling codes, so it is never the same. This prevents thieves from finding a way into the garage like they used to.

Advances

Not only can new garage door openers boast a huge improvement in security features, but efficiency and convenience have also followed the new technologies.

Instead of fretting about whether you left the garage door open, you can simply check your smart device to see and close it from any remote location. All that is needed is a Wi-Fi signal.

Additionally, opening and closing your garage door for guests or your children just got a whole lot easier. They can each have their own device connected or have a code sent for entry when you grant it. There is no longer the need to have a whole new key made for guests when they can get easy access granted when you allow it.

If you are expecting a package and don’t want it left outside, simply open your door for the delivery man, even if you are at work. All of these options are available with a new smart garage door opener which is why it might be time for a new garage door opener.

Why bother worrying about what’s going on at home when you can just check in on your device and see for yourself. This includes when you are on vacation; you can permanently lock your garage door from afar to ensure no unwanted guests can enter.

Today’s new smart garage door openers even have battery backups, so in the event that the electricity is out, it will still operate. That includes garage lighting as well, for additional safety. This is immensely helpful in the event of a storm of any type; you will be glad that you had it installed when the time comes.

So, is it time for a new garage door opener? Let the experienced team at Boulder Garage Door help with our incredible selection of custom garage doors made just for you. An old and worn out garage door is going to give up the ghost eventually. The best thing is to prevent an accident from happening and replace your existing outdated garage door opener with a new smart garage door opener.

Be sure to check the signs of a failing garage door opener before they escalate to a point that someone gets hurt. Consider the security features available with a new garage door opener and reap the benefits of having more peace of mind. You and your family are worth every penny. Call us at Boulder Garage Door today to get started updating your old garage door opener.

March 13, 2018

Add Living Space in Your Garage

carriage house garage door Boulder Garage DoorsHave you ever thought it would be awesome to add living space in your garage? At Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado, we would like to show you just how easy it can be. You can finally have that new office or guest bedroom that you’ve been thinking about all this time. Read on for a few tips and tricks for transforming your garage into usable living space.

Before You Begin...

Adding living space in your garage is a great, relatively inexpensive way to add living space to your home. You don’t have to build a whole new structure, and you can make the garage into anything – an office, man cave, laundry room, music room, extra bedroom, or whatever you wish. You can even create an entire mini apartment for your adult children or mother in law if you want. The gain will be fantastic.

But you have to consider that you’re also losing something. If you convert your entire garage, you now no longer have a place indoors to store your car. Because we live in an area with harsh winters and don’t forget those spring hail storms, this could be a big downside as it will take a toll on your vehicle.

Garages also typically have tons of storage space. Depending on the new usage you have in mind, you could end up losing all of that extra room for your holiday decorations, tools and sports equipment. Finally, keep in mind resale value. A house without an indoor parking space generally sells for quite a bit less. If you plan to sell your home in a few short years, carefully weigh your options.

Also, don’t forget to check with the local authorities and your HOA if you have one. You may need a permit to perform this kind of remodel, or it may not even be allowed in your area.

Consider Utilities

Depending on what you plan to convert the garage into, you may need to upgrade some of your home’s utilities. Garages often don’t have very pleasant lighting, so you’ll almost always need to upgrade the electric running to it. If you want to plug in a refrigerator or oven, or perhaps add HVAC, be sure to have an electrician consult with you on your power needs.

If you plan to install a laundry room or bathroom, you’ll need to add additional plumbing. Based on your level of skill, this job may require hiring out a professional to make sure that it gets done right. 

What to Do with the Door?

A typical garage is going to have a garage door big enough to let your car in and out. A two-car garage has a huge opening that may not work for a living space in your garage. What do you do with that opening? You can wall it over, or simply cover the inside with an insulating false wall. That way it looks like a garage from the outside, but a normal room from the inside.

Or you can use the big door to make your space unique and interesting. Consider installing a new garage door full of windows to let lots of natural light into the room. This is great for an art studio or office. Add some curtains to close for privacy at night, and you’re set. For man caves and more casual spaces, you can leave the garage door and simply add a screen so that you can open things up to let in a breeze or create an indoor-outdoor living space.

Ultimately, if you ever want to turn it back into a garage, it will be easier if you don’t wall off the door opening. This will also help regarding resale value. Even if you don’t show it as a garage, it will be easier to sell since the new owners will be happier with having the option to use it as intended.

The Floor

Garage floors are often concrete and are not known for keeping your tootsies warm. In fact, they can even be a heat drain on the entire room and make your heating bill more expensive. To avoid this when adding living space in your garage, build a second floor over the top, leaving a couple of inches of space for insulation. A simple way to do this is to lay a framework and cover it over with sheets of plywood. Top it off with lovely flooring that matches your decor and voila! Warm feet.

The Best of Both Worlds

You may want to add some extra living space in your garage but still have the option to park your car indoors during the winter and hail season. In that case, plan the design carefully to work for both functions.

One way to do this is to set up zones. For example, in a two-car garage, reserve one side for parking your car. Then set up the other half as a living space. Another option is seasonal use. During the summer you can use the living space but park your car inside during the winter to keep it safe from the weather.

Don’t Try to Hide It

Sometimes, when doing a garage renovation, homeowners want to hide the fact that the space used to be a garage. This can be a big task. You’ll have to spend a lot of extra time and effort to cover up all traces of its former identity. Instead, embrace its sizing peculiarities (particularly the garage door) and create something interesting with it. It will be less expensive, and you’ll end up with a fun, unique room that doesn’t look like what everybody else has.

We hope that these ideas to add living space in your garage have been helpful. You can always talk to one of our experts here at Boulder Garage Door about your ideas for the new space. With over 40 years of experience, we have a wealth of knowledge and if you need to install a new door to complete a renovated look, be sure to contact us. We can help choose the perfect door to complement your new space, and our technicians will have it installed in no time.

February 19, 2018

How a Garage Door Works

New garage door Boulder Garage DoorsOur friendly staff at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado is here to provide insight on how a garage door works. We know that has been a burning question on your mind for quite some time now. Today, you can finally find out the answers! Really, we promise that it’s pretty interesting.

The Importance of Your Garage Door

Obviously, your garage door is an important element of your home. It is the largest entry point to your home and as such has both insulation and security concerns. Modern doors have a myriad of safety, security, and energy efficiency features. But how does the system work? Let’s take a look.

The Garage Door

The door itself is the most obvious part of the garage door system. There are tons of options out there, so you’ll want to choose your garage door with care. After all, you’ll be looking at it and using it for a while. Whatever style you prefer, the function of the door is the same. Its purpose is to seal the opening of your garage against the elements and intruders.

The Springs

The whole purpose of having a door is so that you can open it. But garage doors are hefty, especially wide ones for a two car garage. They can easily weigh a couple hundred pounds or more. So, springs are key to how a garage door works.

The material out of which your door is built also plays a role as some are heavier than others. Insulation is another factor. A door with insulation will be substantially heavier than the same door without.

Now imagine trying to open that garage door by hand. Doesn’t sound pleasant, does it? The springs step in to solve this problem. The springs work to combat the force of gravity pulling down on the door which makes the door seem lighter.

There are two main types of springs, extension and torsion. Extension springs stretch out as the door goes down. Since they are seeking to return to their scrunched-up state, they exert a pulling force on the door. This causes the door to lower slowly and helps lift it up when opening the door.

Extension springs tend not to last as long as torsion springs. They can also be dangerous when they start to fail. If someone is nearby when one breaks, they could be injured. If you’re troubleshooting garage door issues, give us a call if you think the issue involves your springs. Please leave repairs to the experts.

Torsion springs are located above the door usually. They provide a balancing force to the door. As they don’t stretch out and put themselves under pressure, they are generally safer. They also tend to last longer. Still be very cautious, though!

Choose your garage door springs carefully. The bigger and heavier your door, the heavier duty springs you will need. The weight also determines how many springs you need. There are various sizes, and some are rated for 10,000, 20,000 or even up to 30,000 cycles of is opening and closing the door.

Let’s look at how long that is in a practical sense. If you open your door 4 times a day, it will take 10 years to open it 15,000 times. Most springs last somewhere between 7-12 years.

The Cables and Drums

Springs are working whether your door is connected to an automatic opener or you disconnect it to open it by hand. They help both you and your opener to manage the weight of the garage door.

There are a few other components that are part of the automatic opening system. On either side of the door, you’ll notice a drum and cable. When it comes to how a garage door works, these cables provide the lifting force to open the door.

The Tracks and Rollers

If you look up on either side of your garage door, you’ll see tracks that extend from the door back into your garage. This is where the door goes when it rolls up.

Rollers are attached to the sides of the doors. They kind of look like the wheels that you would see on roller blades. They are made from various materials: plastic, nylon, and steel. And you can choose how many ball bearings you want inside.

When you activate the opener, here’s how a garage door works: the cables begin to pull, and the rollers follow the tracks up until the door has cleared the opening. Choose the rollers carefully as they affect how much noise your garage door makes when opening and closing.

The Opener

The final component is the garage door opener itself. There are several different types, although the screw drive, chain drive, and belt drive all work similarly. In the screw drive there is a slider and in the other two, a gear and sprocket system. Each respective system drives either the slider or the sprocket to cause the door to open or close. Screw drives and chain drives are strong but noisy. Belt drives are quieter but not quite as strong.

There is one other type of opener that is entirely different from the other three, the jackshaft opener. This type only works with a door that has torsion springs. Instead of mounted on the ceiling, this opener goes on the wall next to the door and attaches directly to the bar where the torsion springs are. It exerts force on the torsion springs to open and close the door.

Because of the side mount, this system is advantageous in cases where height clearance is an issue. It is also a powerful door opener system and works well with heavy doors. However, you will pay for the conveniences of this system, as it is typically more expensive than the other types.

We hope that this article about how a garage door works has been interesting and informative. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Boulder Garage Door. We can provide a new opener, new garage door, even expert repairs, and our more than 40 years of experience makes us a perfect choice for any job. We look forward to helping you.

January 11, 2018

Garage Door Colors

Garage Door ColorsHere at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado we’ve put together some insight on choosing garage door colors. The color you choose can have a significant effect on the appearance of your home. Think about it – your garage door is a massive part of the front of your house. It should look its best. Once you read this, you’ll have a better idea on how to pick the perfect color for your garage door.

Match It Up

One tried and true method is to paint your garage door the same color as your house. This is a handy trick to make your house appear larger. Plus, it draws attention away from your garage door and doesn’t cause it stand out. This can be helpful when you want the area around your front door, or perhaps a landscape feature like a fountain, to be the focal point from the curb

But, you say, all my neighbors painted their garage doors the same contrasting color as their front door and other trim around their house. This can be an excellent technique, but best used in neighborhoods where the other homes are similar or if an HOA requires it. Otherwise, going with your own garage door colors can help your house stand out from the crowd, a smart move if you plan to sell at some point.

Use One Color

More often than not, it is better to paint your garage door all one color. You might think that contrasting colors or an interesting theme look great, but not everyone else will. This matters when it comes time to sell your home. A pink and orange zebra-striped garage door just might turn off prospective buyers. Not only does it diminish curb appeal but buyers will immediately start thinking about how much it will cost to repaint or replace the garage door.

Let Your Personality Show

That being said, you don’t necessarily have to keep your garage door plain and boring if you don’t want to. Especially if you’re not interested in resale value right now, you can do what you want. Also, some neighborhoods are full of houses with interesting and unique garage doors. In that case, you can feel free to experiment a bit and let your personality show, and it won’t look hugely out of place.

So, go ahead and try painting the accents a different color. Or, get crazy and use your garage door to paint a mural. If you want your home to be unique and different, that will most certainly do the trick.

We hope this information about garage door colors has been helpful. For more information, please contact us at Boulder Garage Door. We have over 40 years of experience with garage doors in Boulder, Colorado and the surrounding area so we can help you make the right choice. As a family owned and operated business, we are small enough to make our customers feel like part of the family, yet we’re experienced enough to help you with any garage door expertise you might need. Call today.

January 11, 2018

Reasons to Add Garage Door Windows

Reasons to Add Garage Door Windows Boulder Garage DoorsAt Boulder Garage Door, we love to share valuable information with our customers, and today we’ll talk about reasons to add garage door windows. Not only are garage door windows very stylish, making your home look great, but there are also some practical reasons to consider adding them.

Natural Lighting

Obviously, one of the key reasons to add garage door windows is the natural lighting you’ll get in the garage. This is particularly helpful if your garage doesn’t have any other windows to provide light.

Garages are often known for their dark, dreary interiors. You can never find anything in there because you can’t see well enough to find it. While you can install lighting or flip on the bulb in your garage door opener, forgetting to turn off the lights can lead to energy waste.

Add Aesthetic Appeal

As much as people hate to admit it, aesthetic appeal is and always will be very important. People prefer to look at things that look pretty. For this reason, aesthetics dramatically affects the resale value. So, if you are thinking of selling your home soon, be sure to choose a nice garage door to up your curb appeal. One of the ways to make your home look extra stylish is to add windows to your garage door. This breaks up the monotony of solid panels, which brings us to our final reason.

Customization Options

Adding garage door windows gives you a lot of customization options. Choose from a myriad of different shapes, types, and styles of glass to make the perfect combination and create the ideal look for your home. Remember, garage doors take up the majority of the front of your home. So, it is important that your door looks amazing. Otherwise, it will simply be a big distraction from the beauty of your home.

Concerns

You may think that making your home look nice is all well and good, but what about security? Don’t windows make it easier for people to see inside your garage and potentially break in? What about if a kid throws a ball at your door and hits the window?

These are valid concerns, but there are ways around them. For the most part, the windows won’t reveal much to the average passerby. Someone would have to walk right up to your garage door to take a peek in the windows. If that bothers you, you can simply choose a tinted glass that makes it harder to see.

As for kids throwing balls, it is true that glass is less sturdy than other materials. However, the tempered glass used in garage door windows is very durable and can stand up to stray balls, even the occasional rock flung from the lawnmower or downpour of hail.

We hope these reasons to add garage door windows have gotten you thinking. If it is time to replace a garage door, why not choose something extra elegant? Our friendly staff here at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado can help you select the perfect customized garage door for your home. You’ll be amazed at the difference the right garage door makes in making your home look fabulous!

 

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