Problems Your Garage Door May Face This Winter

It’s difficult enough to get moving on a cold, blustery winter morning in Iowa without anything going wrong. A garage door that becomes sluggish or stops running when you need to leave the house can be downright annoying. Before you run into a serious problem, beware of what could go wrong (and often does during the winter). Knowing how to prevent certain problems and avoid common issues can make your winter a bit less turbulent.

Your garage door gets stuck to the ground.

If you determine that your garage door is stuck to the ground, don’t attempt to open it by force or by repeatedly pressing the remote button. You could seriously damage both the weather stripping at the bottom of your door and your garage door motor.

The reason your garage door is stuck is likely because moisture made its way between the bottom of your door and the ground and froze. You’ll need to melt the ice that’s holding your garage door hostage. Try using salt or salt water to melt it, and then, once your door is free, wipe off the salt to prevent corrosion. If you find the weather stripping has ripped or become damaged, replace it so it can effectively keep the cold air, ice, and snow out of your garage.

The sensors become dirty.

With the extra snow and mud in the winter, you need to pay careful attention to your garage door system’s photo eye sensors to ensure they stay clean and continue working properly. If they become dirty, they’ll view the dirt as an obstacle, and your door won’t open or close properly. Clean them carefully with a soft cloth.

Your garage door isn’t running smoothly.

Old lubricant can harden and thicken when the weather turns cold, making it difficult for your garage door to run smoothly along its tracks. Remove old lubricant using a solvent, and then apply fresh, silicone-based oil to the moving components of your garage door system. To keep your garage door system clean and to prevent buildup, wipe down the lifting mechanism regularly with a rag dipped in solvent.

A spring breaks.

You’ll be able to tell if a spring has broken if you attempt to lift the door manually (after pulling the red emergency handle and releasing it from the lift mechanism). Your door should lift fairly easily if it’s in proper working order. If it feels very heavy, you likely have a worn or broken spring. If this is the case, call a professional to fix the problem for you as soon as possible. Garage door springs should never be repaired or replaced by anyone but a trained professional.

The metal begins to contract.

Cold temperatures naturally cause the metal to contract. Because of this, your garage door system may become tight and have more trouble moving during the winter. The best way to keep the problem at bay and prevent it from causing serious damage is to keep your system well-maintained by cleaning and lubing it regularly. Even if your system does tighten as the metal contracts, the lube will help decrease friction as the door moves.

Have you experienced any of these problems? If you’re having trouble identifying what’s wrong, contact WD Door. We service residential and commercial garage door systems around Iowa. Email or call us today for help!

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By |2023-01-18T17:00:09-05:00January 10th, 2023|

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By |2023-01-19T15:58:37-05:00November 10th, 2022|

Is Your Garage Door Ready for Winter?

Fall is officially here! It’s time to start thinking about preparing our homes for the colder weather. Before temperatures really drop and it gets too cold to spend time outdoors, you should perform a few maintenance tasks on your garage door system to ensure it works smoothly for you throughout the winter.

Skipping fall maintenance could force you out into the bitter cold to deal with a problem you could have prevented if you had been prepared; it could also cost you a lot of extra money. Getting outside sometime this fall and going through this checklist could pay off for you in more ways than one! (more…)

By |2023-01-18T14:57:28-05:00November 2nd, 2022|

What Style of Garage Door Complements My House?

Your home is a visual representation of your personality. Whether it’s a traditional colonial, a modern bungalow, or a rustic lodge, you’ve worked hard to develop your home’s style. When it comes to the exterior of your home, few elements have a bigger impact than your garage door. Before you replace your garage door, you should first consider what style will best complement your home.

Traditional

Steel garage doors offer a number of designs that work well in homes with classic architecture, like a colonial or ranch,. With a wide variety of colors and models to choose from, steel garage doors offer traditional aesthetic and superior durability.

Signature Features

  • Symmetrical
  • Evenly spaced, shuttered windows
  • Use of columns, dormers, and chimney
  • Formal
  • Covered entry

Craftsman

Did you choose your home for its charm? If so, a carriage house steel door may be the right choice for you. Carriage house doors provide character and dependability. If you have an eye for detail and are looking for a door the matches your home’s personality, a carriage door may be just right for you.

Signature Features

  • Natural materials including wood, stone, and brick
  • Low-pitched roofs
  • Wide porches
  • Built-in details
  • Lots of character

Modern

For those living future-forward, consider a contemporary aluminum door. With clean lines and full-view glass panes, aluminum-frame doors elevate your home’s exterior and give you the sleek look you’ve been working for.

Signature Features

  • Heavy emphasis on glass
  • Clean lines
  • Combination of indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Mix of curves and straight lines

Cape Cod

Your Cape Cod-style home would look great with a texturized fiberglass garage door. Excellent for areas with harsh weather conditions, fiberglass doors can be a gorgeous addition to your home’s exterior.

Signature Features

  • Steep roof
  • Large chimneys
  • Cedar shingles
  • Flanking windows
  • Dormers

Rustic

For those looking for the hearty warmth of the great outdoors, consider a wood garage door. Real wood doors give your home an inviting look with their natural beauty and custom finishes. The craftsmanship of a wood garage door can provide the perfect finish to your home’s façade.

Signature Features

  • Use of warm colors
  • Emphasis on natural materials
  • Organic lines
  • “Worn” appearance
  • Showcases ornate details

If you’re ready to choose a new garage door for your home, contact WD Door. As Iowa’s experts on garage doors, the team at WD Door can help you find a garage door that is both functional and stylish. Request your quote today!

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By |2023-01-18T15:32:58-05:00November 2nd, 2022|

3 Things You and Your Garage Door Should NEVER Do Together

If your relationship with your garage door has recently become complicated and you’re not sure what to do, take our advice and hand over the reigns to the professionals. Garage doors are complicated and dangerous pieces of machinery. If you’re not professionally trained in the art of garage door replacement or repair, you need to find someone who is.

If you try to fix your malfunctioning garage door on your own, you could end up making the problem worse or seriously injure yourself in the process. If you’re thinking about trying any of the following fixes on your own, reconsider. It’s not worth the price you could potentially pay.

Adjust Garage Door Components

Never try to adjust or replace garage door components like torsion springs, cables, hinges, rollers, or tracks. If you attempt to repair one of these components on your own, you’ll not only put yourself in harm’s way, but you could repair the wrong thing (or the right thing the wrong way). This could lead to you writing a bigger paycheck to have the job done correctly by a professional anyway—or worse, having to pay a huge hospital bill.

If any of the above components breaks, your heavy door could slam to the ground. You don’t want anyone to be nearby when that happens. Avoid all of these situations, and call a technician to handle the problem from the beginning.

Work with Electrical Parts

When you push the button to open or close your garage door, electricity powers the operator, and your door moves up or down by means of a pulley system. Whenever you work with electrical components, you’re putting yourself at risk for shock, electrocution, or even fire. Don’t make electrical repairs yourself unless you’re one hundred percent confident in your abilities and have the proper experience and tools to do so.

Replace Your Garage Door

Never replace a garage door on your own. Garage doors are heavy, and installation is not easy. A garage door system is more complex than many people realize, and if something is done incorrectly, you’re, again, placing yourself and your family in harm’s way. Garage doors aren’t cheap, either! Even a small mistake can lead to severe damage that can be very costly to fix. Ensure your garage door is installed safely and properly the first time by having a professional do it for you.

Additionally, if you install your door on your own, it may not have any warranty or guarantee. If something goes wrong, you could be out of luck.

 

You don’t want to find out the hard way that you should have called a professional to repair or replace your garage door. If you try to make an adjustment on your own that you’re not qualified to make, you could end with more than just damaged equipment. Call WD Door today for service in and around Des Moines, and save yourself from a potentially shocking experience!

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By |2023-01-19T17:11:04-05:00August 26th, 2022|

Garage Door Damage Horror Stories

Many homeowners use their garage as their home’s main entry and exit. This means the garage door is opened and closed practically every day, probably more than once. With this kind of usage, the garage door and system can easily become worn or damaged. In the same vein, many businesses (car washes, auto dealerships, firehouses, and more) need their commercial garage doors to work properly in order for their business to thrive as well as to provide security and energy efficiency.

When a home or business owner notices even the smallest issue with their garage door, they should never wait to address it. Catching problems early enables garage door systems to run in top shape for as long as possible. Waiting too long or attempting a DIY fix can result in even bigger, more costly problems.

Don’t let your garage door damage become a horror story! Avoid these two major mistakes to keep your door in good shape and yourself out of harm’s way.

DIY Repairs

Some minor maintenance, like cleaning and aligning photo eyes or tightening hardware, can be repaired by most home or business owners. However, attempting a do-it-yourself garage door fix could cause more serious damage to your door or worse—result in injury. Not only are garage doors extremely heavy, but they are also under an incredible amount of tension and pressure. So, if you try to replace a spring or get a door back on its tracks by yourself, you run a serious risk of making the damage worse or hurting yourself or someone else as the door comes crashing down.

If you aren’t specifically trained and familiar with each component of your garage door system, you can make small issues into scary ones. Reaching out to a garage door expert keeps you and those around you safe from such mishaps. When in doubt, always call a professional.

Neglecting Preventive Maintenance

Most business owners are pulled in several directions all at once, every day. A preventive maintenance program is immensely helpful in keeping commercial garage doors running smoothly—especially when employees are too busy to notice issues as they arise. A maintenance program should provide regular visual inspections and routine maintenance, and many also include extra perks like discounts and priority scheduling. Participating in a maintenance program is a simple way to protect your business’ investment by addressing minor problems before they undermine the structural integrity of the entire system and cause irreparable damage.

What happens if you neglect regular maintenance? Hardware gets loose, tracks rust, and springs become worn or damaged over time. Without regular inspections, no one may notice these problems until they cause serious damage. You can easily prevent these horrific outcomes by enrolling in a preventive maintenance program and keeping every appointment.

Don’t let garage door damage scare you! For more tips on how to keep your door maintained or what to do if it needs a repair, subscribe to our blog.

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By |2023-01-19T17:17:23-05:00August 26th, 2022|

6 Garage Door Security Tips

We all know to lock our doors and windows at night, but what about your garage door? Is your home really as secure as you think? Is the convenience of a traditional remote-operated garage door opener worth the potential security risk if somebody accesses your remote? Here are some helpful tips for keeping your house and family as safe as possible.

Keep Belongings Stored Away

One of the best ways to improve your home’s security is simply to remove any temptations or plausible reasons for strangers to come onto your property. Put bikes away, keep lawn mowers and tools inside the garage, and avoid storing items outdoors whenever possible. An opportunistic thief who gets caught on your property may use an excuse like wanting to make an offer to buy an item or claim that they thought an item may have been abandoned. Removing anything of value also eliminates any excuses for unwelcome visitors to scope out your property.

Eliminate Hiding Places

Once you’ve removed temptations for opportunistic thieves, you can discourage more focused attempts at theft by eliminating any good hiding places on the street-facing side of your property. Clear shrubbery and regularly trim and maintain any large hedges. Move garbage bins away from the house if possible. If you have natural foliage or fencing that you’d like to keep, installing lights and security cameras can make dark places less viable for hiding while preserving your privacy during the daytime. The outside of the garage door is a good place to install lights as well. Not only will lights make it less hospitable for anybody who is trying to sneak around your property, but they will also make it more difficult to see inside the garage.

Keep Prying Eyes Out of Your Garage

Similarly, installing tinted windows or adding tinted film to existing windows will prevent intruders from scoping out your garage. Most thieves will want an idea of what they will find before breaking into a garage and plan out which areas to search first. By reducing visibility into your garage, you’ll discourage would-be intruders from making a quick hit on your home. For this reason, it’s also advisable to avoid leaving the garage door open unnecessarily, even when you are inside the garage.

Secure Your Garage Door When You’re Out

If your garage door is the primary entrance to the home, it may be tempting to leave it open or unlocked and only lock the interior door to the house. However, just like any other external door to your home, your garage door should be locked anytime you are away. This also applies to any other doors that lead into the garage. An intruder will have a much easier time picking a lock or forcing an interior door if they are able to do so from inside the garage, where they are less visible to neighbors and passersby. Locking and fully securing your garage door gives you an extra layer of protection from intruders.

Keep Your Garage Door in Good Repair

Finally, make sure your garage door is in proper working order, free of dents, broken panels, or faulty mechanisms. If your door is damaged, it can signal to intruders that your home may be a good target for theft. Faulty garage doors can also create safety hazards.

Upgrade Your Garage Door Opener

Automatic garage door openers are a convenient way to use your garage door as the primary entrance to your home, but leaving a remote control for a garage door opener inside your car is like leaving a key to the front door under the welcome mat; it’s an obvious place for thieves to look, and it offers immediate access to your home. Older garage door openers may be more susceptible to damage and tampering. However, there are some home security options for garage doors that offer the convenience of an automatic opener along with increased door security.

Liftmaster home automation technology uses the myQ app, allowing you to open and close your garage door using a smartphone and alerting you when it’s been opened. MyQ technology is compatible with Nest (as well as other similar 24/7 monitoring systems), so you can get a live feed of activity around your home for additional security. Another option is the Aladdin Connect garage door operator by Genie, which also allows users to open and close garage doors via a smartphone app.

Most of us spend less time in the garage than in the living room, but it’s a mistake to think of the garage as separate from the interior of your home. Experiencing a break-in to any area of your home is traumatic and can leave emotional damage long after your valuables have been replaced. Protecting your home by enhancing garage door security, increasing surveillance, and decreasing opportunities for theft will keep your family safe and leave you with peace of mind even when you’re away from home.

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By |2023-01-20T10:16:29-05:00December 2nd, 2021|

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