Garage Door Opener Buying Guide

Garage Door Opener Buying Guide

There are several types of garage door openers to choose from. This buying guide can help you find the right garage door opener for your home. Types Of Garage Door Openers A garage door opener opens or closes a garage door. The garage door has a trolley attached, run by a motor. The trolley moves to pull the door up to open it and push it down to close it. When comparing garage door openers, three motor options move the trolley. Belt-Driven Garage Door Opener A belt-driven garage door opener uses a belt to move the trolley up and down.

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Black Mold On Garage Doors

Have you noticed black mold on your garage door? Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is a fungus that smells musty and has a black or greenish-black color. Mold thrives in wet and dark places. It also loves humidity. Given the right conditions–and we’ve had plenty of wet weather here in Maryland lately–mold can incubate and multiply, even during winter. For many Marylanders, a garage door is the perfect surface for mold spores to grow. Here’s what you need to do to eliminate black mold on your garage door. Prepare For Black Mold Removal When you disturb the mold, it can

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Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door Openers

With almost everyone owning a smartphone these days, it’s no surprise that there’s an app for nearly anything. If you have a smartphone-controlled garage door opener, there may be an app on your phone or tablet to download that can control your garage door. Although this option may be an excellent idea for many, it’s not always the right choice for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a solution for your smart garage door or you’re looking to upgrade. If you are considering one, knowing the pros and cons of smartphone-controlled garage door openers can help you decide if it’s the

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Garage Door Inspections

Did you know homeowners can preform their own garage door inspections.  Homeowners can take their garage door for granted, expecting it to work flawlessly whenever they want to enter or exit their home. Your garage door must operate correctly and safely as the main entrance and a likely daily usage item. Even when your garage door is functioning without issue, you should still do an annual inspection. The inspection can reveal potential problems and save money if you catch the issue before it becomes a bigger problem. The Importance of Annual Garage Door Inspections Depending on how often you use

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Garage Door Designs

Picking a new garage door design can be daunting with all the choices on the market. If your garage door has seen better days, you may be considering a replacement. People change out their garage doors for numerous reasons. Usually, homeowners buy a new garage door when the old one has passed its life expectancy. Door Tech has been helping homeowners pick out the best garage door to suit their needs for years. Come to our showroom for an overview of the large variety of garage door styles. Call Door Tech at 410-721-1200 so we give you our undivided attention

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Garage Flooring Options

You’re looking at garage flooring options because your garage floor has seen better days. The available choices vary widely in the range of cost and ease of application. What activities do you use your garage for during the summer or winter? Standard garage floors are concrete without any finishes. Do you use your garage as a game room? Are priceless automobiles stored in your garage? The use of your garage space, and cost, will be deciding factors when you make your flooring choice. Door Tech offers expertise to help you choose the best garage flooring option for your lifestyle. Preparation

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Should I DIY My Garage Door Installation?

Handling a garage door installation yourself is a big undertaking. The person installing the garage door needs to be an experienced installer. A garage door is a crucial home component that is relied upon for entry and safety. Although garage doors don’t look very complicated, numerous moving parts can be dangerous if installed improperly. Door Tech is a licensed contractor and has been installing garage doors for years. Keep reading for information to help you determine if you want to go the DIY route. If you only need to install garage door insulation, that is a much simpler DIY job.

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What’s The Best Garage Door Material?

If you’re replacing your garage door, you’re probably wondering what the best garage door material is. Depending on your budget and aesthetics, numerous styles and materials are available. The garage is a focal point for any home built in the last 30 years. It’s the first thing people see when they arrive at your house. You want to pick a door that compliments your home and represents your taste. Many people enter their houses through the garage when returning from work or errands. At Door Tech, we understand and can help you pick suitable materials for your garage door. Picking

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Malfunctioning Garage Door?

Most of us don’t really think about our malfunctioning garage door until it doesn’t work. Garage doors have two main components – the door itself and the opener. In this article, we’ll talk about how to make repairs to both of these components when you have a malfunctioning garage door. The Door Itself Overhead garage doors either roll up in sections or swing up in one piece, using a spring mechanism to do the heavy lifting. The door moves along metal tracks using rollers, and a heavy-duty spring provides the lifting muscle. When the door doesn’t open easily, the repairs

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Electric Garage Door Life Expectancy

Maybe you haven’t thought about your electric garage door lately, but every part of your house has an expected lifespan. Most people know that a roof should last thirty years. The exterior paint finish should last about ten years. In comparison, the deck should last about fifteen years. And the water heater should last about ten years. But what about your electric garage door? Estimating an electric garage door’s life span depends on various factors. These factors include the quality of the materials used, the structure of the door, maintenance service, the weather, and even the amount of usage it

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Jammed Garage Door

Nothing is more frustrating than a jammed garage door when you want to go in or out of your garage. Maybe you just got back from shopping, and the weather is terrible. You just want to get into your garage. Or, perhaps you are late for an appointment and can’t get out of your garage because the door jammed. Both situations can be stressful and frustrating. So, what can you do? Regardless of the reason, prompt attention, or repair, is necessary to prevent the problem from getting worse or reoccurring. Call Door Tech now, and we’ll send a professional technician

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Garage Door Alignment

If your garage door is crooked or struggles to open and close, it might need Garage Door Alignment. An out-of-alignment garage door can be dangerous. It could ultimately fall off the tracks and injure someone or fall on a vehicle causing significant damage. A garage door that does not open and close completely can leave you vulnerable to burglars. Rather than deal with a myriad of possible scenarios, take steps to keep your garage door in prime working condition. A dedicated DIY person may be able to take care of a garage door alignment. If you’re more comfortable leaving this job

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HELP My Garage Door Is Stuck!

You’ve just pulled into your driveway at the end of a long day, and your garage door is stuck. Yelling, “Help! My garage door is stuck!” isn’t going to take care of the problem. You pushed the button for the garage door opener several times. Still nothing. What’s your next step? Where is the manual? It’s probably in the garage. With any luck, you have house keys or someone is home that can let you in the house, so you can try to fix this annoying problem. There are several possible solutions, so take a deep breath before panicking. If

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Sealing Your Garage Door

Sealing your garage door is essential for a host of reasons. If you can see sunlight peeking through the gaps at the top, sides, or bottom of your garage door, it’s time to seal your garage door. A good seal can protect the belongings you store there as well as electrical wires, insulation, and other materials small animals might want to make a home. Do you have evidence of pesky rodents wreaking mayhem in your garage? Can you feel a slight breeze inside your garage on a blustery day when the door is closed? If you are a capable DIY

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5 Causes of Your Noisy Garage Doors

There’s nothing more annoying that noisy garage doors. You rely on your garage door for convenience and the security of your home. But when that door starts screeching, grinding, or making other noises, it can disrupt your peaceful mood. The good news is that noisy garage doors are usually easy to avoid with regular maintenance. Today, you’ll learn the five most common causes of a noisy garage door and how to address them. Here are the most common causes of garage door noise: Bent Tracks When tracks become misaligned, you may hear a rubbing noise as you try to open/close

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Invest in Your Garage Door

6 Reasons to Invest in Your Garage Door Should you invest in your garage door? Your home is a significant investment, and a garage door is integral to that investment. A garage door provides your home security, curb appeal, and durability. For this reason, choosing the right door is essential. Here are six reasons to invest in your garage door wisely. 1. Increased Property Values A high-quality door can help maintain or increase the value of your home. Garage doors are one of the first things people notice about a home; they should add an aesthetic appeal to your exterior.

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Garage Door R-Value Insulation

The right r-value insulation provide energy efficiency and climate control. But how can you tell if you have the right garage door? It starts with the insulation and R-value R-value is the metric that shows how much insulation is in your garage door. The thickness level of insulation material in your garage door determines the R-value. The higher the R-value, the more climate control and energy efficiency your garage door has. A high insulation R-value will keep your garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. What Insulation R-Value Should I Have in My Garage Door? The insulation

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Standard Garage Door Sizes

With so many garage door sizes, which should you get? Especially if you’re undertaking a home remodel or having a new home built? There are many factors to consider before making a decision. Are you remodeling your home, or is it simply time to replace your existing garage door? Having a new home built? Each scenario has numerous choices, and here at Door Tech, we can help you navigate through the information. You’ll make an informed decision that will best suit your needs. What Are Standard Garage Door Sizes? A single-car garage door on a single-family home will be 7

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Insulated Garage Doors

You could save with an insulated garage doors. With energy costs creeping up, Maryland homeowners are trying to find ways to lower their heating and cooling bills. An attached garage that shares a common wall with the house may be an energy loss source, so that it could be an area of concern. Not sure if you have an insulated or uninsulated garage door? An uninsulated garage door is typically a single piece of wood or metal. But an insulated garage door has a front and back panel with insulating material between the panels. An insulated garage door will be

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Do You Need a Garage Door Screen Kit?

People use garages for several purposes, mainly as storage or to park their cars. But what if you’d like to get more out of your garage space by installing a garage door screen kit? Suppose the idea of turning your garage into a man cave, she shed, play area for your children, or a place for your family to hang out sounds like something you’re considering. In that case, a garage door screen kit may be the best solution. Garage door screen kits allow you to use your garage for more than storage. Your garage can become an extension of

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