Selecting a New Garage Door Opener

Today’s garage door openers are not inexpensive. Many cost upwards of $400 and have some fairly sophisticated electronics included. So, a garage door opener is not a product you want to buy without doing some research.

There is great variety in openers and there are a few important details you will want to pay attention to before purchasing and having one installed. Most openers will work with any variety of doors, but it is still important to do your research. While ...

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We All Do It

We avoid the dentist – postpone the oil change – ignore the warning light. It’s just something we all do and often, we get away with it. Nothing seriously bad happens… until it does.

Unfortunately, this is the nature of the garage door. We never think about it until something goes wrong.
It won’t open, or close, when we need it the most. But nothing too much worse can happen right????

Well, sometimes very serious things happen. Doors fall on cars or ...

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We get this question a lot!

We talk with lots and lots of homeowners about their garage doors and any needed repairs, and we get this question a lot… How do your replacement parts compare to typical replacement parts??

Let’s start with quality. Retrak Garage Door parts are designed for a long trouble free life, they are commercial grade and the highest quality parts available in the garage door industry today.

What about longevity? Our Springs are rated to last 4 times longer than typical springs and our ...

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Creating Curb Appeal on a Budget

Resale value is often a major factor when deciding to make home improvements. Both structural and decorative curb appeal are important features to consider. But home improvement projects can be expensive, and many homeowners are still weary about spending money on renovations. So what’s the best way to spruce up the appearance of your house without breaking the bank?
There are many budget-friendly exterior projects that can increase curb appeal.

  • A fresh coat of paint can work wonders, whether it’s applied ...
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5 Things Every Home Owner Should Know Before Repairing Their Garage Doors

There really is a lot to know about garage doors. However, here are a few key things you (as a homeowner) should be aware of….

The most common garage door repair is the Garage door springs. They are designed to do virtually all of the work necessary to lift your garage door. Garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury.

  1. When dealing with ...
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All You Have to Do is Listen

If you own a home with a garage door and automatic garage door opener it’s going to occasionally need service or repair. If you think about it your garage door is the largest moving object in your home and does the most work to allow you convenient access to your garage and your home. In fact it’s “Your Other Front Door”!

A simple and easy way to tell if you might need a garage door repair or service is to simply ...

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View Your Home from a Buyer’s Perspective with these Top 10 Remodeling Projects

Your home’s curb appeal is often based on the street-view appearance and it is a buyer’s first in-person impression, particularly if they spotted your home on the Internet first. Although photographs can give a buyer an idea of the features the home offers, driving by the property provides an opportunity to see how the pieces work together with the surrounding neighborhood.

Many homebuyers drive by a home or schedule a walk-through after viewing it on the Web. Since many will do ...

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Two Questions We Get a Lot

My door does not open or close far enough. What should I do?
You many need to adjust the “travel settings” on your openers. Your opener will have a “travel” adjustment that controls the distance that the garage door opener moves the door. Separate adjustments can be made to the opening travel distance and the closing travel distance. Refer to your owner’s manual, or contact us for a professional tune-up and adjustment.

My door opens very slowly. How can I adjust ...

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Common Garage Door Myths

Like nearly everything; garage doors have a number of myths and misconceptions associated with them… here are some of our favorites:

The electric garage door opener lifts the weight of the door. Regardless of brand, style or horsepower, residential garage door openers are only designed to lift a maximum of about ten pounds. The Springs are what do the lifting. If the springs are old or broken there is more weight and the plastic drive components in the opener will suffer ...

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Heading out on Vacation?

So, I’m heading out on vacation – tickets, rental car – check. Furnace set low, water heater turned down – check. Lights on timer and dog to kennel – check. etc. etc.

One thing that is rarely on peoples’ checklists for vacation is their garage door. Make it simple and safe.
On your wall remote switch (where you turn lights on/off etc. is a “Lock” button. Take a couple of seconds to lock the garage door and eliminate accidental openings ...

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