Friday, December 9, 2016

Maintaining Your Garage Door

Garage doors tend to grow louder and creakier with age. While in some cases these symptoms point to the need for a new garage door, in others they simply indicate that some basic maintenance efforts are required. If you would like to learn more about how to keep your garage door in good working order, read on. This article will discuss two of the most important strategies to employ.

Keep your rollers lubricated 

Your garage door moves up and down along two parallel metal tracks. Running inside of these tracks are bar-mounted roller wheels whose opposite ends are attached to the door itself. Over time, the rollers tend to accumulate gunk, dirt, and debris that impede their movement. This often causes the door to become much noisier when it is opened and closed.

Fortunately, you can do wonders to restore smooth functioning to your garage door simply by lubricating the rollers. First, however, it is vital that you remove as much grime as possible using a clean rag. Then carefully apply a small amount of silicone-based lubricant to each of the rollers. Try not to get any on the tracks, as this could lead to the door slipping.

Tighten loose hinge bolts 

The chains and pulleys of a garage door opener tend to produce a lot of vibrations. As time goes on, these vibrations often act to loosen the bolts that hold the roller hinges to the door. Thus it is a good idea to inspect and tighten these bolts using an appropriately sized wrench. This will help to cut down on annoying clattering and other unwanted noises.

For more information on how to maintain your garage door and to ensure that yours is in good working order, give us a call today! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

3 Garage Door Facts You Should Be Aware Of

People often don’t think of their garage door specifically when thinking about their garage, but your door does a lot to keep your garage, vehicles and family same. Here are a few facts about your garage door that you might not know about your garage door.

1. It Can Help To Increase Your Home's Value 

Especially when your garage door faces the front of your property, it's not just an average door. The right garage door can add increase your curb appeal and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Even if you aren’t currently trying to sell your home, it’s still something to consider for the future in case anything changes. If you use your garage as an entry way to your home, it’s even more important that you keep it in good shape to prevent any potential safety hazards or break ins. Because this door is going to be used so much, installing a new door before you sell your home increases your home's value.


2. It Can Be A Design Statement


Because garage doors can take up as much as 1/3 of the front of the house, they can be used to make a statement. Especially when you are thinking of upgrading the exterior of your home, you shouldn't forget your garage door. There are all kinds of design options to choose from, from various materials, colors and paneling. So many options will allow you to pick a door that allows you to express your style, find one that matches the exterior of your home and provides you with the right amount of durability and other features within your price range.


 3. It Adds Energy Efficiency To Your Home


Garage doors, especially those that are insulated, can help to reduce heating and cooling costs. A strong and well insulated garage door can help to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. With winter approaching, you want to make sure that your garage door will help to keep that space of your home a comfortable temperature, especially if you park your car inside your garage or use the space for other activities.

Garage doors as an important component of your garage and your home overall. Make sure that your garage door is in good working order and makes the right statement about your property. If you have any questions about your garage door options, give us a call today!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How the Cold of Winter Affects Your Garage Door Opener

Anyone who owns a car in places with cold winters knows from firsthand experience that extreme cold causes mechanical problems. Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that your garage door opener may not function as it should when the temperature drops.

These problems come down to how the cold causes the metal components of your garage door opener to shrink. When moving parts shrink, they don't quite fit together as they should, which can cause them to seize. The tendency to contract also stresses and may warp the garage door tracks, which increases the likelihood of the rollers getting stuck. Furthermore, the cold causes grease to thicken, and moving parts already affected by the cold are also held back by thick, hard grease.

Low temperatures make the metal in your garage door springs "want to contract." They can't do this because they are held in place. This stresses the metal. In addition, the metal becomes brittle in the cold. What happens to your stressed and brittle springs when they are near the end of their service life? They break.

Here's what you can do to prevent cold weather issues:

Insulate Your Garage 

Since cold temperatures are at the heart of the above problems, it makes sense to keep the cold out of your garage as much as possible. Insulate the door, the walls and ceiling of your garage. Make sure the seal at the door bottom makes full contact with the floor. Insulation also saves on heating costs in the winter, and air conditioning costs in the summer.

Have Your Old Springs Checked 

Weak and old springs tend to break in the winter because of the reasons discussed previously. Contact a garage door serviceman to evaluate the condition of your springs. If they're on the verge of breaking, the serviceman will be able to determine this.

Clean out the Grease and Apply a Silicone-Based Lubricant 

Use a solvent to clear out old grease and then use a cloth to wipe away the solvent. Lubricate the parts with a silicone-based lubricant. Apply lubricant to all moving parts including those not caked up in grease. This will make them less likely to seize in cold conditions.

Check the Alignment of Your Tracks 

If your garage door opener tracks are slightly misaligned in warmer weather, the cold can worsen the problem. Have a garage door professional check the alignment and make the necessary adjustments.

Other Winter Problems 

Whenever an ice storm coats your door with ice, don't try to open the door because the door bottom will be iced to the floor. Furthermore, the ice coating is weighing down the door and lifting the extra weight will stress and possibly damage your garage door motor. Remove ice from the entire door including its bottom. You should manually check to see if the door freely opens before using the garage door opener. Also clear out any snow buildup at the floor below the door because it may trigger the safety reverse mechanism when closing the door.

If your garage door opener needs a winter tune up, give us a call today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to Maximize Home Security Revolving Around Your Garage Door

For homes with an attached garage, the space becomes a large portion of the home itself. While it should be standard to visually inspect your garage door every once in a while to make sure it is in good condition, you can invest in other methods to maximize home security regarding your garage and garage door.

Invest in a Deadbolt Lock for the Door Entering Your Home

With an attached garage, you will have a door that goes from the garage to inside your home. Although you might think that your garage provides you with enough of a safety net to prevent break-ins, you cannot be overly safe. It is best to invest in a deadbolt lock for this door, which you can use to minimize the chance that a criminal is able to get through your garage and into your home successfully.

Hide Your Garage Door Opener in Your Vehicle

It is not uncommon for homeowners to keep their garage door opener in their car, especially out in the open. While it might be easy to have it attached to the visor in the driver seat, you should think about safety first, which means the greatest solution is to hide it where it is not easily found.

Check the Garage Door Before Going to Sleep

Whether you live by yourself or have a family, you should make sure that your garage door is closed before going to sleep. It is a process that takes only a few seconds and it can drastically improve the safety of your home. One of your family members may have forgotten to close the door when they left or after coming inside, and you can prevent this from being an issue with a nightly inspection.

Maximizing security with your garage does not have to be a tough task. If you ever have any questions about your garage or garage door, give our experts a call at (517) 332-1133. Or visit our website!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Garage Door Service Experts Discuss Safety Tips for Parents of Younger Children

The garage door is probably the largest moving piece of your home. Even though your child spends time with you inside or in the backyard, there are times when the youngster will be around when the door opens or closes. Our garage door service experts offer you some tips that help keep the kids safe.

  • Talk about garage door safety. You would be surprised to learn how many parents do not tell their children to stand away from the door when it opens or closes. Show the child how the door operates and point out areas where touching may cause pinched fingers. 
  • Repair broken down doors quickly. If your door works with coil springs, fix any broken pieces quickly; these doors are hefty without functioning springs and may cause severe injuries. Automatic doors with iffy openers can also create problems. As soon as you notice a hitch, call an expert to handle the repairs. 
  • Lead by example. Show your child how to enter and exit the garage safely. We always recommend waiting until an automatic door has come to a complete stop. Then enter or exit. When your child sees you doing so, s/he is much more likely to comply. 
  • Keep openers away from children. Because garage door openers are so easy to operate, children delight in making a door go up and down. We suggest putting the garage door openers out of reach of young children. Train older children how to use the opener and to follow your rules of garage access. 

Contact the Overhead Door Company of Lansing today for answers to additional questions about child safety procedures around garage doors or to schedule a repair appointment to fix broken parts.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Discover How a New Garage Door Increases a Home's Sale Price

In the past, we have written about how a new garage door increases curb appeal when selling your home. In a competitive real estate market, you want your home to stand out in the crowd. Buyers have a lot of homes to choose from and even something like an old garage door will have buyers moving on. The question many homeowners have is, "Is the cost of a new garage door worth the investment?"

We all know we must make repairs, improvements and upgrades for the purpose of maintaining our home. We also know many of these projects don't really increase the value. Nonetheless, if you take the time to educate yourself, you will find there are some projects worth doing before placing your home on the market. Two separate reports identify a new garage door as one of the top projects for creating value, increasing a home's resale price.

The first is the Remodeling Impact Report created by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Realtors. The study ranked a new garage door No. 3 for both exterior projects adding value to a home at resale, and No. 3 for having the most appeal to buyers. They report that with an estimated job cost of $2,300, a new garage door recovers $2,000 at the time of a sale. This is an 87 percent return on investment.

Moreover, Remodeling magazine's 2016 Cost vs. Value report discovered similar results. This study is more focused on the cost of the project rather than the increase in home sale price. However, they found a "midscale garage door replacement" received a 91.5 percent return on investment, and ranked it as their No. 3 overall home improvement for cost vs. value. They also ranked an "upscale garage door" at No. 5 with a 90.1 percent cost vs. value ratio.

Overall, a new garage door is a small investment with a big return. This is especially true if your old one is causing buyers to take a pass. If you would like to talk more about a new garage door, or would like a free estimate, give us a call today! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Construction? A Garage Door Contractor Can Get the Project Done!

Building a new house is exciting! As well as scary, stressful, overwhelming, and a lot more emotions than you ever thought possible. After choosing all the finishes for the house, being in constant communication with the general contractor, dealing with delays and roadblocks, most homeowners get to a point where they just can't wait to get the project done. That's understandable, so if you're looking for someone to finish off the garage, a garage door contractor can get the job done quickly.

If you're feeling overwhelmed with all the decisions for the house, take a minute to focus on the garage. While it can be tempting to just choose a boring, inexpensive door, you may regret it in the long run. Your garage door is usually the first thing people see from the street, and it says a lot about the character of your house. So take some time and find a door you love. Maybe it's a standard panel door, or maybe you want to go old school with a solid wood door. You can choose doors made of aluminum, steel, or vinyl too. If you really want to convey a classy and unique look, some carriage doors might be in order.

The good news, is, once you choose your doors, you don't have to think about it again. Installation will be done by professionals who are experts in the field. We can add automatic openers so once you start moving in, you can easily access your garage with the touch of a button.

When you're building a house, it feels like it takes forever, but you will look back and be glad you took the time to pick out garage doors that fit the look of your house, and add to its character.

As a reputable, professional garage door contractor, Overhead Door Co. of Lansing can handle the installation so it's one less thing you have to think about as you finish your dream home. Contact us today to learn about our garage door options and schedule an appointment!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

3 Items You Need to Maintain on Your Overhead Doors

Overhead doors are a great addition to any business or home. Not only are they aesthetically appealing, but they are extremely functional as well. For homeowners, they allow them to enter and exit their garage without having to get out of their vehicle. Business owners use them as an entry point for trucks coming into the facility needing to load and unload. They have a whole host of benefits to them. However, you need to make sure your doors are properly maintained to prevent any major disaster from occurring. Here are three items you need to check on a regular basis to prevent any injuries from occurring.


The springs are what helps the door to bounce up and close down. They guide it along the way by not allowing it to come slamming down to the ground at full force. Without those springs, it would be like a giant weight crashing down with no way to stop it. You need to make sure the springs are working properly at all times. You don't want to end up having the springs break on you and injure someone when the door comes crashing down.


The sensor is on the ground on either side of the door. It lets the door know that something is in the way and not to shut down. If they aren't working properly, the door will simply end up closing without caring about what might be in its path. Even though it won't be able to close down all the way, it will definitely try to do so. Cleaning them on a regular basis will help prevent dust and other contaminants from obstructing their view.


The rails are responsible for keeping the overhead door on track. If they become damaged or worn, you could end up having your door slip off its track and fall to the ground. This could be quite disastrous for anyone in the vicinity. Rails can get damaged from someone hitting into them, worn springs causing too much strain on them and so on. Periodically checking for signs of damage can go a long way in keeping everyone safe.

By taking the time to check the three things above, you can prevent any major disaster from coming your way. These are large items that require a certain amount of components to move and operate. Without those components being in good working order, you could wind up seriously injured. If you are ever in doubt about a component on your overhead door, give us a call! We'd be happy inspect your garage door to ensure that it is working properly and perform any necessary maintenance.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Why Garage Doors Fall off Their Tracks

Is one side of your garage door out of horizontal alignment? If so, don't just shrug it off. One day you may find it lying flat on the garage floor or on top of your car. It's a serious situation, especially if your door is heavy. Even house inspectors are reluctant to get near them. The Internet is full of web pages about people whose garage doors fell and landed on top of their cars which were parked inside the garage.

The Internet is also full of advice such as clamping a door so that it's horizontally level and then adjusting the cables so that they have equal tension. Or if the door has partially popped out of its track, they'll tell you how to pop it back in again.

The problem with both of the above pieces of advice is that they fail to address the underlying cause of the problem. Without doing this, the problem will simply return and possibly hurt someone the next time around. Five of these underlying causes are explained below:

  • A broken garage door spring. A door left with a single good spring means that only one side is being held. Opening or closing a door that is cocked like this can cause the door to drop out of its track. This can also happen when one spring is significantly weaker than another. 
  • A damaged lift cable. Old lift cables can wear over time and start to break a few strands at a time. This causes the cable to stretch which then causes your door to become misaligned. This continues until the cable breaks while the door is moving. 
  • A buckled door panel. This can happen when backing your car out of the garage without first opening the garage door. This is a common mistake made by countless tired or distracted people. The buckled panel warps the door so that it fails to properly move in the tracks. 
  • A damaged or warped track. When one of the tracks is damaged or warped, the door hangs up on the side of the bad track. This cocks the door and may pop it off its track. 
  • Bad rollers. Rollers can wear out, drop out of the track, or seize up. Worn out or missing rollers mean that the door isn't attached to the track at those points. A seized roller can cause the door to hang up. 

Remember that a horizontally misaligned door won't stay that way forever when the door is in use. It will fail in some way. Hopefully the door will simply get stuck rather than drop off on top of your car or worse. Don't wait for that day to come. Contact Overhead Door Co of Lansing to schedule your garage door maintenance and avoid an emergency situation!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

3 Questions to Ask Your Garage Door Contractor

Whether you are looking to install a new garage door or simply need your existing one repaired, chances are you will sooner or later start looking for a garage door contractor. And that's a great choice: with professional help, you can be sure that your installation goes just right, and your repair is done up to standards.

But going with a professional is not the only decision you need to make. Next comes a question that is just as important: how do you pick the right one for your needs? Here are 3 questions you can ask to make sure that's the case:

1) Do You Have a License?

The most important question to ask is related to the credibility of your potential contractor. Do they have any accreditation or memberships that hold them to an acceptable standard? Any contractor call themselves a professional, but only accredited ones can actually get the work done reliably.

2) What's Your Timeline?

Next, find out just how long the project would take. You may have a different idea than your contractor, simply because they know the scope of work better than you do. Especially if you are deciding between different contractors, this question can help you decide which one best suits your needs.

3) How About the Budget?

Finally, you should determine the cost of a contractor. The cheapest option is not always the best, but you also don't want to choose one that will charge twice as much to get you a new garage door as their competitors would. Always try to get a free estimate, which tries to help you plan your own budget better.

Choosing the best garage door contractor for your needs is a crucial part to getting the job done right. Fortunately, the above three questions can help you accomplish just that, getting you one step closer to that perfectly functioning, great looking garage door.

Overhead Door Company of Lansing is licensed and insured, and a member of many professional associations. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your next garage door project!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Garage Door Service for Your Commercial Business

For many businesses, commercial garage doors help conduct daily operation, and make customer interaction easier. Depending on the type of business you run, the entrance to the garage is like the front door of the store; daily interactions take place there, deals are worked out, and customers leave happy.

But what happens when you need garage door service? What do you do when the part of your business most integral to servicing customers goes down and needs repairs?

You call an expert, of course. A professional in the industry with years of service can get your garage door back in business in as little as an afternoon, whether through upgrade or repair.

Why call a professional? 

A commercial garage door service is ready to handle any type of problem. They have the experience necessary to make the right decisions for your commercial business. They are also an expert at determining when it's time to replace, and when you simply need a repair, both of which can save you time and money.

Further, a professional garage door service can get your business up and running with no additional stress for you, which is why we recommend that you never try to fix a serious commercial garage door problem if you lack the experience. Instead, let a true professional deal with any problems your commercial garage door may have.

Does your business need a garage door upgrade? 

It is possible that the reason your garage door failed to begin with is because it is on its last leg. a common occurrence for those who use their doors often. Sometimes, after many years of fulfilling its part of the bargain, garage doors simply give up, and repairs aren't feasible.

In some instances, commercial businesses opt for an upgrade. Deciding on a new sectional door, high-speed door, or rolling steel and fire door can help propel your commercial business into the twenty-first century.

Need commercial garage door repair or upgrades? Overhead Door of Co. of Lansing is here to help! Give us a call today.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to Open Your Garage Door During a Power Outage

Power outages are a fact of life. A storm, a fallen tree branch on a power line, a heat wave, or a work crew doing maintenance are typical reasons for them. Knowing how to use your garage door without power will come in handy in the event of a power outage or when there is an electrical problem with the door.

Manually opening the door must be done from the inside, so you will have to enter your home through another door and proceed to the garage.

First Step
Locate the emergency release handle. Garage doors are required to have an emergency release handle, which mechanically disconnects the door from the motor. The handle is usually red and at the end of a cord that's tied to the release lever of the trolley.

Second Step
After locating the red emergency release handle, pull it down and toward the garage door motor.

Third Step 
The door is now disconnected from the motor and you are free to lift the garage door using the door handle near its bottom. After opening the door, make sure it will stay in place before letting go of the handle.

Fourth Step 
When you're ready, manually close the door. If your door doesn't have an interior slide lock, you can re-engage the trolley attachment, which will lock the door. This is done by pulling the emergency release handle down and toward the garage opening. You may have to move the door a bit to get the tow bar arm properly positioned with the trolley for it to re-engage.

When The Power Returns 
If the tow bar arm isn't already re-engaged, then with the door in the closed position, push the close button and the trolley will move toward the tow bar arm and re-engage. A Word Of Caution During a power outage, the emergency release handle should only be used when the door is fully closed. Using the emergency release handle when the door is open may cause the door to fall to the floor if your springs are weak or not balanced.

Overhead Door Co. of Lansing is always available to assist you in the event of an emergency. Contact us today!