• Why Spring Is the Best Time to Replace Your Garage Door

    You may find yourself spending a good amount of time in your garage doing some spring cleaning this year. Whether or not the contents of your garage need to be organized or not, chances are you could benefit from a new garage door. Spring is considered to be the best season for a garage door replacement, so read on to learn more.

    The extreme winter weather doesn’t do any favors for the spring system of your garage door. Even if you don’t opt for a new garage door, you’ll still want to give it a tune-up at the very least. Counterbalancing garage doors is commonly performed in spring as the weather starts to warm up. Springs tend to break in half after harsh, humid winters.

    Many garage door replacement companies in Philadelphia offer their best prices of the year during spring. Since spring is sandwiched in between seasons of cold and hot temperatures, it’s the perfect time to make sure your garage door is in proper working order.

    Your garage door should be considered an important entry point to your home just like your front door. You wouldn’t allow your front door to not lock properly or allow in hot and cold air from outside, so you shouldn’t risk your family’s safety or decrease your home’s energy efficiency with a garage door that needs to be repaired or replaced.

    In addition to opening your home up to thieves, a garage door that isn’t working properly is a serious safety hazard for you and your family. Your garage door could collapse if it isn’t being properly supported, and you may no longer be able to open or close it at all.

    Guardian Garage Doors offers high-quality residential and commercial garage doors including carriage house doors, traditional doors, and specialty doors. Give us a call today at 609-693-8040 to learn more.

  • Garage Door Springs: What You Need To Know

    Your garage door has a lot of moving parts to keep it working properly. With most garage doors weighing well over 100 pounds, it should come as no surprise that a garage door’s springs work hard and sometimes need to be replaced. While some people attempt to replace garage door springs themselves, this can be very dangerous and quite costly if you are not well trained.

    Garage door springs are one of the most important elements of any garage door. They counteract the heavy weight of the door and keep the door balanced. The two types of garage door springs are torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are more expensive but last longer.

    It’s recommended that you don’t wait until your garage door breaks to replace its springs. You can do a couple of tests to find out what condition the springs are in and whether or not they should be replaced. First, move your garage door into the open position. Pull the lift release cord with a red handle which puts it into manual mode if the power goes out. The garage door should not move or only have a subtle movement. If the springs aren’t strong enough, the door may sink back into the vertical tracks.

    The next test you can perform to see if your garage door’s springs need to be replaced starts by pulling the door to the halfway open position. If you have trouble moving the door by hand you have an issue. You also have a problem if your door starts to sink. In either case, your springs need to be replaced.

    Even if you suspect that your garage door springs need to be replaced, call a professional. It’s not worth risking it by trying to do it yourself as the heavy garage door could regrettably fall and injure you severely. For a free in-home consultation call Guardian Garage Door Services today at 609-693-8040 .