If it’s time to buy a new garage door, you’ve probably started searching the Internet or asked family and friends for recommendations. So, what’s the next step? If you are planning on visiting a garage door dealer in your area, there are specific questions you should ask. Here are questions we recommend you ask.
How many years have they been in business?
Do they have the liability insurance needed in the event an accident occurs on the job site?
Do they have a showroom? If so, take a tour of their showroom to get a closer look at their products.
Have they done any projects in your neighbourhood?
Will they provide you with names of people they’ve done installations for?
Can they provide photos of other projects they’ve completed?
Go online and check out their reviews. If the garage door dealer has done work in your neighbourhood, go check it out.
Did they ask you about your budget?
Did they ask you questions about requirements?
Did they take the necessary steps to understand the architectural style of your home?
Did they present options? Brands? Products?
Did they help you understand functionality, strengths, insulation and durability with the aesthetic appeal of the door?
Did they show you a variety of solutions to meet your needs and style?
Were you pleased with the quote?
Did they resolve all of your issues?
Is there a warranty available for the garage door?
Do they provide a warranty on the installation?
Is there a warranty on electric door openers?
Do they provide maintenance advice or guides?
What to do Next…
If you are ready to replace your garage door, contact us today. Visit ontrackdoorsystemsgreybruce.ca for more information. We appreciate your business and look forward to providing you with quality products and excellent customer service!
As summer comes to an end, it’s time to start preparing for cooler weather. During the winter months, it’s important for homeowners to keep the cold air out and the warm air in, especially in their garage.
Most garage door installations include weather stripping and other protection against harsh weather. Choosing an insulated door makes using your garage during the summer and winter months a more pleasant experience, along with a few other benefits.
One of the newest trends in home renovations is choosing energy efficient solutions. As a barrier between the home and outdoor weather, insulated garage doors can reduce heat loss by more than 70 percent, especially if the walls of the garage are insulated. Insulation is most often made of polystyrene or polyurethane, sealing air gaps and acting as a buffer zone between the heated indoor and outdoor weather. When the temperature in your garage is regulated, it affects the rest of your home much less.
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Garage doors need to stand up to all of the elements, and this can include cars, kids and different types of equipment. Insulated doors have three layers as opposed to one, making them stronger than single layered, non-insulated doors. Insulated doors protect against dents from daily activities, meaning less maintenance for homeowners and an increased lifespan for your garage door.
Many of today’s insulated doors are made with a steel or aluminum frame. The frame is filled with solid-core insulation, which is then sandwiched between single or dual steel panels. This style of construction creates a lightweight, energy efficient door that’s less likely to dent and warp from extreme weather.
When it comes to curb appeal, people typically think of the home exterior. When it comes to installing a new garage door, you can have over a 98 percent recoup rate – it practically pays for itself. If you ever sell your home, adding an insulated garage door can make a significant difference. Prospective home buyers will save on energy costs, equipment costs and extend the life of their cars. As a bonus, insulated garage doors also keep the garage quieter and can be used for living spaces, like a playroom, home office or gym.
Get Your Door Inspected
Fall is a great time to have your garage door inspected or replaced by a professional. On Track Door Systems Canada Inc. will check the door’s springs, weather stripping and lubricate all the moving parts. Call us today to set up an inspection or installation date.
Every year, thousands of homeowners get injured in their garage or by the garage door itself. As the largest opening and most-often used entry point of the home, garage doors play a crucial role in our daily lives, and certain precautions should be taken to avoid injury.
Since the garage door plays such a key role, here are some important safety items to remember when it comes to keeping you and your family safe around your garage.
GARAGE DOOR SAFETY TIPS
1. Visually Inspect the Garage Door for Wear and Tear Each month you should visually inspect your garage door, springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys to check for misalignment or signs of wear. If you suspect there is a problem, do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair the parts or anything attached to them.
2.Test Reverse Action While you are inspecting your garage door, you should also test the auto-reverse feature. The easiest way to check the auto-reverse is to place a roll of paper towels in the path of the door. When the door makes contact with the paper towel, it should immediately reverse directions. If the door does not reverse on its own, then call a professional installer for a safety tune-up.
3. Stay Clear
One of the most common types of injury is pinching and crushing caused by the garage door’s section joints. Remember when the garage door is moving up or down, do not stand or walk under it. Over 130 people injure themselves or damage their garage doors each year by trying to race it as it closes. Modern garage doors have sensors as a safety feature to prevent impacts, but it’s still a risky move.
4. Not For Play
Garage door and garage door openers are not toys and should not be played with. Nearly 100 children are injured each year playing with garage doors. To prevent this, educate children about the proper use of garage doors and mount push-button wall controls beyond the reach of little hands.
5. Call In The Professionals
Visually inspecting the garage door and its parts is essential, but homeowners should schedule yearly maintenance checks to ensure their doors are in good working order. Springs and cables are under immense pressure which could result in severe injury or death. If springs or cables are in need of repair, call On Track Door Systems Canada Inc. to schedule an appointment with a technician.
An annual visit from a trained garage door technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly. For more garage door safety and maintenance advice, visit ontrackdoorsystemsgreybruce.ca.
It’s the season of renewal, and the time of year for people to carry out detailed cleaning, car repairs and maintenance checks.
Spring is the time to clean up the garage, examine the garage door system and consider if it might be time to replace it, especially if it was acting up during the winter. Organizing and decluttering your garage is important, but it’s also important to realize that eventually, the door will need to be replaced.
Here’s why spring is the best time to replace your garage door.
Safety and Security
When homeowners change their windows and entry doors, it’s to be more energy efficient and secure. We often forget that the garage door is an essential point of access that gets the least amount of attention when it comes to security.
Safety means protection against theft and home break-ins, and a garage door that doesn’t operate correctly risks harm to you and your family. After a long hard winter, springtime is the perfect time to replace or repair your garage door and improve your family’s safety.
Wear and Tear
How to Check the Balance of Your Garage Door
After a harsh Canadian winter, it’s not unusual for your garage door to take a beating. Many moving parts go into making a garage door open. Wear and tear on the springs is one of the most common issues with a malfunctioning garage door.
If changing your garage door isn’t the plan, then think about giving it a proper tune-up. The lifespan of a spring is around five to six years. Cold temperatures can result in misaligned springs, and even though the spring may not break, after time, it loses strength and resilience.
Spring brings blooming flowers and budding trees, but it also brings a long list of home improvements. Home improvement projects and household chores usually take place during spring, allowing you time to complete everything on your list. Improving the value of your home is as simple as giving your garage door a makeover.
From better-insulated doors that save on energy costs to added value when it comes to the home itself, replacing your garage door is an investment, especially if you’re thinking of selling your home.
Are you ready to replace your garage door this spring? Our team of technicians and installers are ready to help. From sizeable commercial auto repair facilities to homeowners, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today!