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|

5 Tips for Keeping Your Garage Clean This Winter

Winter in Iowa can quickly turn a neat, clean garage into a huge, dirty, salty mess. Here are several ideas to help you winterize your garage to help protect your floors and vehicles and prevent you or your family from tracking gunk into your home.

How to Weatherize Your Garage and Protect the Floor

Check Your Garage Door’s Weather Stripping

One of the most effective ways to keep rain and snow out of your garage is to make sure the seal at the bottom is doing its job. If it’s worn, ripped, or cracked in places, the seal will be broken. Replace the rubber piece at the bottom of your door if necessary to increase your garage’s energy efficiency and keep out moisture.

Add Floor Mats

Concrete is porous, so it can easily become stained and damaged, especially in the winter with all the extra snow, mud, and slush. The cold temperatures can also affect concrete, making it more prone to chipping and cracking when water melts and freezes on the floors. Protect your garage floor from moisture and salt by adding absorbent containment mats. Easily squeegee or vacuum the mats to release the water outside instead of spreading it around the garage. When the winter is over, you can roll up the mats and store them until next year. 

If you’d rather not invest in containment mats, you can grab cardboard boxes and lay them down in your garage where you park your car to help absorb moisture and protect your floor. Simply toss them when they need to be replaced.

Also, consider adding mats near the entry door to your home. You can wipe off your shoes and remove them before going inside to avoid tracking contaminants from the garage into your house.

Wipe Down Vehicles Before Parking in the Garage

If you have chunks of muddy snow on your vehicle that you drive directly into your garage, those chunks will likely fall right onto the floors and turn into a dirty puddle that could then spread around the garage and be tracked into your home. Consider hopping out of your vehicle before driving into the garage to brush off the snow and wipe off the mud so it’s all left outside. Have a scraper or broom handy to make this process quick and easy.

Seal the Garage Floor

Consider coating your garage floor with epoxy to make it moisture and stain resistant. Epoxy also can make your floors much easier to clean and can give your garage a facelift. Make sure you follow instructions carefully and don’t apply the coating when temperatures are too low. Temperatures should fall between 60 and 90 degrees, so it’s best to do this during the spring or summer. Learn more about the benefits of epoxy coating in our previous blog article: Should I Epoxy-Coat My Garage Floor?

Give Your Floor a Good Cleaning

When the spring-cleaning time hits, be sure to clean both your vehicles and the floor in your garage to cleanse everything of the remnants of winter. Grab a mop and bucket and clean your floors with warm water and either dish detergent or vinegar; use one cup of vinegar or detergent for every gallon of water. Removing salt and dirt from your garage will keep it stronger longer. After mopping, use a squeegee to push excess water outside.

We hope our tips are helpful to you! If you find yourself in a pickle this winter and need help with your garage door, give us a call! We offer residential garage door services around Iowa, and we’d love to work with you. Contact us anytime!

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By |2023-01-19T15:07:05-05:00January 10th, 2023|

6 Reasons to Install a New Garage Door This Year

You use it every day. It protects your car; it stores your holiday decorations; it’s the grand entrance into your home. There are plenty of reasons to install a new garage door this year, but these are our top six.

1. High ROI

In its 2022 Cost vs. Value ReportRemodeling magazine found upscale garage door replacement to be the top-value project on its list, yielding an average 93.3% return on investment (ROI) nationwide and a 91% ROI in the north-central portion of the Midwest. This is much higher than the ROI associated with a basement, bathroom, or kitchen remodel, and it involves a fraction of the upfront cost. According to bankrate.com, a garage door replacement ranks first in the highest ROI for a home renovation project.

2. Better Energy Efficiency

Newer garage doors are more energy efficient than older doors, which means you’ll start saving money the moment you install them. Choosing a new garage door with a high R-value will ensure that you aren’t paying to heat or cool the outdoors. A new door will also help keep your garage comfortable for more enjoyable use year-round. Check out the 8300 and 8500 models—they’ve got 5-star energy ratings!

3. Reduced Maintenance

A new door means new parts, and new parts mean less wear and tear! Your garage door may be on its last leg, which means the cost of the parts and labor to keep it functioning over the long term could nearly equal the cost of a new garage door. Save yourself the time and money it will take to revive your old garage door by replacing it with a new one. Many doors come with warranties, so you can prevent the headache of repair and maintenance for years to come!

4. Enhanced Curb Appeal

Your garage door is one of the first things people see when they look at your home. Don’t let it be an eyesore! Curb appeal also gives your home a competitive edge when it’s time to sell your home.

5. Updated Technology

Newer garage door models come with updated technology like Wi-Fi capability and wall mounting. These features increase the functionality of your garage door, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the most out of your system.

6. Improved Safety

Depending on the model you select, you’ll have options like heavy-duty hinges, which increase the strength between your garage’s sections, or WindSafe® reinforcement to provide durability and security during inclement weather. Your new door will feature industry-standard materials that will further protect you, your home, and your property.

If you’re ready to install your new garage door, contact WD Door to set up a consultation! Our professional technicians will have your new residential garage door installed before you know it.

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By |2023-01-19T16:50:27-05:00November 2nd, 2022|

Give Your Home the Ultimate Curb Appeal with Aluminum 360 Garage Doors

Dealer: WD Door
General Contractor: MC Custom Homes
Brand: Haas Garage Doors
Location: Urbandale, Iowa
Models Installed: 2 Haas 360 Aluminum Glass Doors

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By |2023-01-19T16:57:47-05:00October 11th, 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|

Questions You Need to Answer Before Hiring a Garage Door Repair Company

Before hiring an individual or company to repair your garage door, you need to do your research. Ask the following questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy, professional business to work with. Doing so can save you a lot of time and money.

What does the garage door repair company’s website look like?

Today, most businesses are and should be online. Check to see if the company has a legitimate website, and poke around to see what kinds of services they provide. Well-established companies often invest money in a good website.

Is the business licensed and insured?

Make sure the repairperson is properly licensed and fully insured. If he or she is injured on the job, you don’t want to be held financially liable. You can check the Better Business Bureau to ensure the company is licensed, bonded, and insured.

What’s their reputation in your community?

If the business is well-known in your community and has a good reputation, it’s a good sign. Make sure the company is legitimate and established in the area, not traveling through selling repair services out of a truck. Ask for recommendations from your neighbors and nearby friends and family.

What do online reviews say?

Look for reviews on the company website, Facebook, Google, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau. If the business has a low rating and terrible reviews, you probably won’t want to work with them.

Do they have a physical address?

Search for the business’s physical address on Google, and even consider driving by it to get an idea of what type of business you’ll be dealing with. If they have no permanent address and always use a cell phone to communicate with you, beware.

Does the business belong to a trade association?

Garage door companies who want to be known as professional, trustworthy businesses in their communities will often join organizations like the IDA (International Door Association) and gain IDEA accreditation and certification, showing the public that they’ve met and kept up with high standards in the industry.

Is the company capable and qualified to make the particular repair?

Some companies are well qualified for certain types of repairs or to repair specific types of garage doors but not others. Make sure the repair technician has experience making your specific type of garage door repair. Ask to see examples of past jobs so you know the type and quality of work they’re capable of doing. An experienced repair technicians should be proud to show off their work and skills. If they’re hesitant, they probably aren’t qualified.

What types of payment do they take?

If the company only accepts cash, this is a red flag. Honest, licensed businesses should accept other forms of payment like checks and credit cards. Don’t pay upfront, either. Payments should only be made after the job is complete. 

If you’re looking for an established garage door company in the state of Iowa, consider WD Door. We repair garage doors and install new ones for businesses and homeowners throughout the area. Call us or contact us online, and we’ll be in touch soon!

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By |2023-01-20T09:38:44-05:00August 26th, 2022|

Fiberglass vs. Steel Garage Doors—How Do I Choose?

There are several components to consider when installing a new garage door. The new door needs to complement the look of your home, enhance its curb appeal, and last for years to come. You’ve narrowed your choices down to fiberglass or steel. Now how do you choose?

Benefits of Fiberglass

If the area where you live experiences harsh weather conditions, a fiberglass door may be the way to go. These doors are made with a steel core that’s molded to a fiberglass surface, so you get the best of both worlds. The combination of these materials helps the door last longer than the usual steel door while also being lighter weight. As an added benefit, fiberglass doors don’t dent as easily as steel ones do. 

A potential downside of a fiberglass garage door is the cost: while less expensive than wood, fiberglass is more costly than steel. According to ImproveNet, the national average cost for a fiberglass door in June 2019 is between $1,150 and $2,030, compared to steel doors, which start at around $750 and top out under $1700.

Related Article: Can I Install My Own Garage Door?

Choosing Steel

Homeowners choose steel garage doors again and again because of their durability and cost-effectiveness. You can trust steel to last a very long time, particularly if you choose one of ours at WD Door. Our steel garage doors are built with heavy gauge galvanized steel and have some of the highest energy ratings in the industry.

Steel doors require less maintenance and are less expensive than their fiberglass counterparts. You can customize a steel door to match the style and aesthetic of your home. By selecting an insulated door, you can also save on energy bills!

If you’re still unsure whether a fiberglass or steel garage door is best for you, the experts at WD Door in Iowa can help! Contact us today to discuss options for your new garage door, or click the link below to request a free quote.

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By |2023-01-23T10:23:37-05:00July 8th, 2019|

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