E.S Garage Door Inc FAQ

Here is a list of FAQs that have to do with garage doors. Whether it be a servicing, repair or installation, these detailed answers should cover most of the questions that you might have about garage doors!

1. What materials are garage doors made of?

Garage doors can be made of steel, aluminium, wood or fibreglass, although steel doors are the most common choices by homeowners across the USA, because of its strength, reliability and security as compared to the other materials.

2. How do I ensure insulation on a garage door?

Every garage door has an R-value, which represents its resistance to heat flow. You should choose a door with an R-value that matches the climate of your local area and how much insulation you think you would require. High R-value garage doors also reduce exterior noise from coming into your home, for example if you live in front of a busy main road.

 

3. Can I maintain my garage door myself?

Apart from the general clean and wipe down, it is not advisable to maintain any moving parts of the garage door by yourself. It is one of the largest pieces of moving machinery in your house, so it is best to have your garage doors serviced by a professional on a yearly basis to keep it running problem-free.

4. How can I open the garage doors by hand?

Most modern garage doors have an easy release cord that hangs from the rail mechanism that you can pull down to release the door from the machinery. If you should need to do this, always ensure that your garage door is fully closed before attempting to open your garage door by hand.

5. How long can I reasonably expect my garage door to work reliably?

The common torsion springs found on most garage doors have a life expectancy of about 10,000 open and close cycles. Because of the huge amount of force acted upon the steel springs everytime the garage door is used, the steel starts to fatigue and eventually has to be replaced. With proper annual servicing, you can expect your garage door to be reliable for 10 years or beyond.

6. How do I clean my garage door?

You can do an exterior clean of your garage door using simply soap and water, and some very basic maintenance you can do to your garage door is to apply a small amount of specialized garage door spray lubrication to the moving parts of your garage door (the rollers, tracks and hinges).

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