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replace garage door openerIt isn’t often that you need to buy a new garage door opener for your Lakeland home.

Garage door openers are built to last for ten to fifteen years and may last longer. When it is time for a replacement, what type you choose is important for both safety and convenience.

We hope that this guide will help you make a smart choice that meets your needs and keeps your family safe.

Safety is Key

A faulty garage door opener is a serious safety hazard since a typical garage door can weigh up to 600 pounds. Federal law now requires sensors on all garage door openers to prevent animals, children, and adults from being crushed by a garage door.

There are a few different types of sensors that you can choose from when purchasing a new garage door opener. Automatic reverse sensors are the most common. These sensors stop the door and reverse it if an obstruction blocks the sensor. If you have pets or children in your home, you may want to consider a garage door opener with more sensitive sensors.

Usage is More Important than Weight

How powerful the motor for your garage door opener should be depends on how often you use your garage not the weight of the door. Garage doors are counterbalanced so that even the heaviest door can be lifted by a ½ horsepower motor.

What puts the greatest strain on a garage door motor is high usage. Higher horsepower openers (¾ horsepower and up) are best for homes that use the garage door frequently such as homes with multiple drivers or that use the garage door as the main entrance.

Opting for a higher horsepower motor will increase the lifespan of your garage door opener if the door opens and closes frequently every day. If you only use the garage door a couple of times every day, you can opt for a lower-powered motor.

Keep in Mind Security

The type of garage door opener that you choose has an impact on the security of your home. A garage door with poor security can be an easy access point for burglars and intruders.

One way to increase the security of your garage door is to choose a dual-frequency garage door opener. Dual-frequency garage door openers use two different frequencies. This minimizes the chance that your garage door signal will get mixed up with a neighbors’ (which is a common problem in densely populated areas).

If you want additional security, a garage door opener with rolling-code technology is the best option. These garage door openers not only prevent your door from being accidentally triggered by a neighbor’s remote, but they also prevent burglars from being able to figure out your access code. Every time you use the remote for your garage door, it selects a new access code from billions of possibilities.

Prepare for the Unexpected

A power outage can be extremely inconvenient if your garage door doesn’t have a battery-backup or manual release. You can ensure that you can always get in and out of your garage, even if the power is out, by choosing a garage door opener with these features.

A battery backup will keep your garage door opener powered even when the electricity is out. The manual release will allow you to open and close your garage door by hand if the opener is not working.

Consider the Noise Level

Garage door openers can be noisy. If you have a living space above the garage or are sensitive to loud sounds, it’s smart to invest in a low noise garage door opener. You can choose between direct-drive, screw-drive or belt-drive models. All three are less noisy than other models.

Built-in Convenience

Garage door openers have become a standard feature in homes because of the convenience they offer. Modern garage door openers offer additional convenient features such as a keypad or touchpad and internet connectivity to a smart home system. Before you decide on a standard garage door opener, consider whether you want these additional features that you may not be able to add on later.

We hope that these tips help you choose the best garage door opener for your home! If your garage door needs repairs before installation, contact Safe Way Garage Doors! We are the leader in garage door maintenance and repairs in Polk and Eastern Hillsborough Counties.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

garage door costsA well-made, properly installed garage door will last for many years. That's important for Lakeland homeowners who want to get the most out of their garage doors.

New doors garage doors can average well above $2,000 for the door and installation. Yikes! There are some interesting insights at Home Depot and This Old House.

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So...let's keep your door in good working condition. There are a few maintenance tasks you can do to keep your garage door working right and looking good during those years and even extend its life.

Maintaining garage door hardware

About every four months, you’ll want to clean and lubricate the door’s springs, hinges and tracks. Your door system’s paperwork will tell you the ideal type of lubricant — or you can ask your garage door repair tech or installer.

Springs: Wipe off the torsion springs and then apply an even amount of lubricant. Don’t over-apply and cause the solution to drip down onto the floor. This garage door maintenance task will keep your springs quiet and prevent rusting.

Hinges: If you have metal hinges where the door pivots, apply some lubricant with a cloth to keep them working smoothly. For plastic hinges, basic cleaning with a damp rag is sufficient — you don’t need to use lubricant.

Tracks & rollers: These components attract dust and spider webs, which can be removed with a damp cloth. Once clean, apply lubricant to the metal sections but avoid getting it on nylon wheels. You can lubricate metal wheels.

All-Brace: this is a new product that allows your garage door repair man to fix dents, cracks and dings quickly and less expensively.

Maintaining the weatherstripping

The weatherstripping at the bottom of your garage door helps the door operate properly and protects the contents of your garage. As part of your regular maintenance, wipe down the weatherstripping with a damp cloth or towel to remove dirt and debris that eventually can harm the rubber.

Once it’s clean, use a silicone lubricant to treat the rubber and extend its life. Read lubricant labels and don’t use a formula that contains petroleum, which can harm the rubber.

Replace the weatherstripping if you notice it’s becoming cracked and overly dry. You can buy a kit for this, or ask your garage door service company for help.

Inspect for loose bolts and hardware

Periodically check to make sure nothing is loose or rattling within your garage door assembly. Basic tools are typically all you’ll need to tighten bolts and fasteners that may have loosened with repeated use.

This is an important task because if loose components are allowed to keep getting looser, you might be putting your family’s safety at risk.

How to clean the front of your garage door

Cleaning your door a couple of times a year will help to prevent staining and keep it looking like new. A small amount of dishwashing soap and water usually will do the trick.

First, hose or brush off the door, then use a soft cloth with the soap solution to clean the entire front surface including in between the slats.

If you have stubborn stains, a little oxygen bleach mixed with water and a soft brush should solve the problem.

When all the cleaning is done, spray off the door with a hose.

Depending on the materials used to build your garage door, waxing it once a year will help it retain its beauty. Check with your owner’s manual or ask a professional before throwing on the wax.

These garage door maintenance tips will help you to keep your door looking good and working safely and effectively for many years.

When your door needs more help than you can give it, Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service of Lakeland, FL, is ready to go to work. Our experienced team provides all types of garage door repairs and component repairs. Call (863) 701–9779 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

local lakeland fl garage door repairGarage door balance is one of the issues that needs monitoring if you want to enjoy continuing operation of your garage door system. That can be super important for our Lakeland and Polk County customers.

You will ensure greater longevity of your automatic garage door opener as well as a greater level of safety with proper garage door balance. Garage door springs, which are potentially life-threatening hazards, largely determine garage door balance.

The springs should only be adjusted or replaced by garage door professionals. Read on to learn what can happen if your garage door is not balanced.

What Happens if Garage Doors are Off Balance?

The balance of garage doors is determined by the springs. The first step in proper balance is to ensure that the garage door system installed has springs of the correct size.

If the spring or springs are too large, the garage door will tend to open itself, which can damage the garage door and various parts of the garage door opener. If the springs installed are too small, damage will occur to the entire system due to the inability of the springs to lift the door as they should.

If your garage door does not open in a balanced way, it means that the garage door opener is being overused, and its lifespan will be shortened. It often means that a spring replacement or a spring adjustment is needed. Either way, call a garage door expert to do the work. Serious injuries as well as fatalities have occurred when homeowners that lacked training in garage door maintenance tried to work on garage door springs.

How to Check Garage Door Balance

The correct garage door balance, then, begins with having springs of the correct size to handle your garage door. Whether you have a torsion spring or an extension spring system, garage door balance should be checked periodically.

The following are steps for checking garage door balance:

  1. Pull the red rope to disconnect the door from the garage door opening system. This allows for manual operation of the door. It is not possible to check for balance when the door is connected to the opener.
  2. Pull the garage door open. It should be easy and require a tug with only one hand. The door should not fly open on its own with virtually no force being applied, however. Lift the door one panel at a time, and the door should stay in each partially open position. The door is not properly balanced if it will not stay in the various positions.
  3. When you close the door manually, it should not slam closed, though it should be easy to pull down one-handed.
  4. If your garage door does not pass these tests, contact garage door professionals. Otherwise, damage will occur to the garage door opener, the garage door, and other garage door parts.

Call Safe Way Garage Doors Today

Safe Way Garage Doors, Inc. provides reliable garage door services in Lakeland, Florida, and the entire surrounding area. Our trained technicians always show up fully stocked with inventory in an attempt to provide rapid same-day service for our clients. Inventory items include springs, bottom seals, remotes, operators, and tracks. Give Safe Way a call today at 863–701–9779.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

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