3 Most Common Garage Door Problems

3 Most Common Garage Door Problems

When your garage door malfunctions, call a professional for repairs instead of attempting to perform them yourself. Many replacements and adjustments carry a high risk. There are some issues, however, that you can try to remedy at home. It’s important to know the difference in difficulty between clearing the door’s photo eyes of debris and trying to replace heavy parts.

Here are three of the top garage door problems, two of which you can fix yourself and one you should contact a professional to repair:

1. Your Car Transmitter Stops Working or Acts Strange

Transmitters and remotes need batteries, so replace those first and test your remote. Next, follow the instructions in your manual to reprogram your transmitter.

If your garage door opens and closes at random, see if your remote has fallen between your car seats or somewhere else and then put it in a safe place. If the issue persists, your door might be responding to your neighbor’s transmitter. Your manual will tell you how to change your frequency to take care of this problem.

2. The Motor Runs for a Few Seconds but Your Door Stays Put

If you hear your door opener running but nothing happens, check the connection between the motor and disconnect switch. Your garage door opener has a disconnect switch so you can open and close your door manually when the power goes out. Sometimes this comes loose. Open your door, reattach the hook and try operating the door with your transmitter. If problems persist, call in a professional.

When your door opener runs for a few seconds and shuts off without moving the door, check your door for locks. If it has a lock, you’ll see bars across the inside with a knob in the middle. Turn the knob until it clicks to disengage the lock. Running the motor with the lock in place will damage your garage door, so it’s always best to make sure the lock is disengaged before opening your door.

3. Your Garage Door Starts Opening and Then Closes

If either of these things happens to you, the springs that open and close your door need replacement. Depending on your garage door, you might have torsion or extension springs. Both act as a counterbalance for your garage door’s weight, so replacing them yourself is dangerous. It’s also possible that your sensors may be out of line.

Why Garage Door Springs Break

The springs in your garage door have a fixed number of cycles before they need replacement. Excessive use shortens their lifetime, but each one wears out at some point. Installing high-quality springs ensures your springs last as long as possible. Depending on your door, you might have torsion or extension springs. Most new garage doors use torsion springs for double doors and extension springs for single doors, but older models may have tension springs.Worn torsion springs cause your garage door to open partway and then close again. The torsion springs lift your door, so your door will struggle to open after they pass the point of requiring replacement.If your tension springs break, your door will close too fast and slam against the ground. If you think your springs are worn out or broken, avoid using the door until it’s fixed.

Call Us to Repair Your Garage Door

When you experience common garage issues, call the experts at EXL Garage Doors. Eugene has over two decades of experience installing, repairing and performing maintenance on garage doors. Our team is proud to provide the Gallatin, Franklin and Nashville areas with the best service available. If your garage door needs maintenance, call EXL Garage Doors today at (615) 863-5106.

Top Garage Door Trends in 2020

According to the Remodeling.com 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, this is the third year in a row that garage door replacements have held their spot as the second-most-valuable remodeling project. Remodeling.com found that new garage doors are worth 94.5% of their cost at resale.

Modern garage door trends change yearly. Keep style, color and feature enhancements in mind when you choose your new door to maximize its value in the years to come. This guide features some of our favorite 2020 garage door trends.

Garage Door Color Trends

In 2020, homeowners are letting go of their neutral-colored garage doors. Instead of swapping your old door with a neutral one, choose bold colors that pop against your garage. Consider these colors:

  • Black: Black doors make a statement and add contrast to your garage in an instant.
  • Red: Red doors serve as excellent accents for more neutral garages.
  • Blue: Blue garage doors look enchanting against gray and brick homes.
  • Brown: Brown garage doors often imitate wood. Their warmth and class catch attention and improve your home’s curb appeal.
  • Clopay Color Blast: This feature gives you the option to pick a color from Baer Paints and have it custom primed or painted to match your home design.

Popular Garage Door Styles

When you choose a replacement garage door, you get to choose every detail. Pick the right option for your home while considering what you use that space for, the importance of materials and the effect you want your door to have.

These design details and features are some of the biggest modern garage door trends right now:

  • Glass windows: Windows make your garage a bright space for whatever you like to do in there. Whether you work on cars or use part of your garage as a living space, glass windows let the light in. There are a variety of glass styles to choose from, including: clear, frosted, obscure, seeded, rain, narrowed reed faugh, mirrored, tinted, plygal, and acrylic.
  • Glass doors: Steel garage door frames with glass panes look modern and serve the same purpose. Some glass doors even utilize insulated glass to maintain an ideal garage temperature year-round.
  • Big doors: The size of your vehicles dictates how big your garage door should be. If you store a truck, camper or other large items in your garage, choose tall and wide doors. Keep your large items in your garage to prevent weathering.
  • Synthetic materials: Materials like vinyl and fiberglass are cost-effective, durable and customizable.
  • Imitation wood: Many homeowners choose doors that look like genuine wood. Wooden garage doors have a warm and traditional feel. Imitation doors made of steel or composite have better insulation and greater water resistance.
  • Real Wood: Some homeowners opt for real wooden doors, which we provide completely custom and hand-made.
  • Strap hinges and door pulls: Accents decorate your garage door to achieve the effect you want. Place them where they make sense and ensure you have enough. If your garage door is a double, you’ll need two sets.

Replace Your Garage Door

When it’s time to spruce up your home with a new garage door, call the best professionals in Middle Tennessee. EXL Garage Doors has over two decades of experience replacing and repairing garage doors.

We have a showroom where you can decide on the perfect Clopay® garage door style for you. Our team’s expertise means we can “trick out” your replacement garage doors, too. Let us know if you want to hear more about our many options.

If you’re ready to replace your old door with one of the most popular garage door styles of 2020, give us a call at (615) 863-5106 or stop by the showroom today!

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Barn-Style Garage Doors

Barn-Style Garage Doors

-Updated 2/21/2020

Carriage-style garage doors, often referred to as “barn style garage doors”, are one of the oldest and most traditional types of garage doors. Originally, this door style was used as a barn door when people rode horses or traveled in coaches as their primary form of transportation. A carriage door was installed over the doorway of the barn and would widely swing outward to accommodate the size of a carriage. These types of doors were then always known as “carriage-style” or “barn-style” garage doors.

Barn-style garage doors

Today, carriage garage doors are an increasingly popular garage door design for traditional and Craftsman-style homes because of their visually clean and pleasing appearance. In the Nashville, TN, area, you can easily achieve simple elegance with a barn-style garage door courtesy of EXL Garage Doors.

What Is a Carriage-House or Barn Style Garage Door?

In their original design, carriage garage doors were crafted from solid wood with iron hinges, large handles and hardware. For added visual appeal, many traditional barn garage doors were designed with window inserts, decorative paneling or crisscrossed, barn-inspired planking. The door was installed to swing open instead of raising upward like today’s barn looking garage doors, to easily allow coaches and horses to enter the space.

While homeowners don’t use a horse and coach as transportation today, classic carriage-house doors are still desired to create a warm and welcoming appearance. Only with today’s technology and construction techniques, barn garage doors are crafted with superior materials and design features for lasting attractive finishes, durability and convenience.

Craftmanship Materials and Colors

With today’s technology and material options, garage door manufacturers can craft carriage garage doors using the finest materials and finishes for superior strength and a long-lasting appearance. Modern barn-style garage doors are made from insulated steel or composite cladding with natural wood for a more traditional look. These garage doors feature exceptional energy efficiency, low maintenance requirements and several customizable color and style options.

Our Clopay® steel carriage-style garage doors are available in four stunning factory paint finishes, as well as 100’s of custom Sherwin-Williams specialty paint colors. Or, for a faux wood finish, select either clear or peaky cypress or mahogany in beautiful stain options. Real wood garage doors are also available in a number of stains, factory and custom paint finishes, or primed so that they can be painted later.

Construction Options

Traditional barn garage doors had to swing widely outwards to accommodate the size of a horse and carriage. Thankfully, modern upgrades have reimagined the carriage-style door to suit easy comings and goings for vehicles. Typical carriage garage doors are constructed to open upward as a rolling sectional garage door, but homeowners can customize their barn garage door designs to suit your daily needs.

Hardware Varieties and Design Features

A new barn style garage door for your Nashville home doesn’t have to conform to the traditional standards of a barn door. Today’s barn garage door manufacturers offer several customization options so your carriage garage door can truly stand out and be original. Choose from several wrought iron hardware options like decorative hinges and large handles with more contemporary or classic finishes.

Your carriage-style door can stay a solid, decorative piece or include beautiful window inserts, typically installed in the top panel, to allow peaceful natural lighting into your garage. Window panels can be designed with several decorative insert options and have custom glass installed, including opaque and tinted, to suit your personal tastes.

Install a New Barn-Style Garage Door With EXL Garage Doors

With a new barn-style garage door, your home can become the envy of your neighbors and truly stand out. At EXL Garage Doors, we offer a wide selection of gorgeous carriage garage doors from Clopay with several color and hardware customization options available. Our skilled team of design and installation experts will work closely with you to find styles and materials that enhance your home’s architecture, provide lasting durability and fit your budget.  Our team will also install barn door garage openers.  

Request a free installation estimate today for barn-style garage doors by completing our online form or call 615-863-5106 to learn more about our barn-style garage doors and other products.

How to Open a Frozen Garage Door

How to Open a Frozen Garage Door

Winter weather and cool temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable — they can also wreak havoc on your home, including your garage door system. Cold temperatures can cause parts of your garage door or motor to seize and struggle to open, but in extreme cases of winter weather mishaps, water can collect underneath your garage door seal and then freeze and prevent your door from opening. This can either leave you stuck inside your house or left outside in the cold.

Wood garage door on a blue home that is covered in snow

Luckily, if your garage door is frozen shut, you don’t need to wait until spring for the ice to melt. By being patient and following a few simple steps, you can release the door and safely leave or enter your home.

Opening a Frozen Garage Door

If you find yourself trapped inside or outside of your garage with a frozen door, do not try to open your door with the garage door opener or it could result in serious damage to both the door and the opener. You can quickly and easily open the door by manually disengaging the door from the opener and removing the ice that’s formed beneath the seal. While it may be tempting to save time by just forcing the door open, it could tear the weatherstripping, which would need to be quickly replaced to avoid future freezes, or damage other pieces of hardware on your garage door.

Manually open your garage door in the cold by following these steps:

  • Check that nothing else is stuck or broken: Before attempting to raise the garage door, visually inspect the other components of your garage door, ensuring no other parts are broken or damaged. By attempting to open a door with broken hardware, you could end up causing personal and property damage or harming other parts of your garage door. Do not attempt to open your garage door with the opener if you suspect the door is frozen shut.
  • Manually release the garage door: To safely open your garage door, you’ll need to manually open the door by disconnecting the door from the garage door opener. Disengage the door by pulling the red emergency cord. If possible, lift and lower the garage door to remove any frost or ice buildup.
  • Remove ice buildup: After releasing the garage door from the opener, if you cannot lift the door yourself, you’ll need to remove the ice buildup beneath the door. One of the easiest methods is to throw some salt at the bottom of the door to melt the ice. Don’t forget to wash away the salt after the door is freed to avoid damage to the exterior of the door. You can also grab a blow dryer or heat gun and, with the tool on its lowest heat setting, evenly guide it across the icy sections until the frost melts. Make sure you don’t let the door get too hot, as it can cause damage. If you don’t have a hair dryer or heat gun, you can try melting the ice by pouring hot water over the bottom of the door or using a tool to chip away at the buildup. If you choose the hot water method, you will then have to be sure to dry up the water before it refreezes beneath the door. If you choose the tool method, be very careful so that you do not damage any parts of your garage door.

Tips to Keep Your Garage Door From Freezing

The best way to navigate wintry weather is to avoid having your garage door freeze in the first place. By performing routine tasks and preventative winter weather maintenance, you can ensure your garage door reliably opens and closes during the cold months. Keep your garage door from freezing by following these tips:

  • After snow has piled around the perimeter of your door, proactively remove it and any ice buildup to avoid having the door get too cold and become frozen shut.
  • Easily avoid having your door freeze shut by keeping a lining of cat litter or sand under the garage door seal.
  • Regularly lubricate the moving parts of your garage door like the springs, tracks, rollers and hinges with lubricant products specially formulated for cold weather.

Contact EXL Garage Doors for Help This Winter

Having a frozen garage door is inconvenient and potentially time-consuming. If you find your garage door refuses to open, contact the professionals at EXL Garage Doors to help you dislodge the door and perform winter weather preventative maintenance tasks. For over 20 years, we’ve been dedicated to offering the most comprehensive, helpful and friendly garage door repair and maintenance services for homeowners throughout the Nashville, TN, area.

Learn more about how to keep your garage door from freezing by calling us today at 615-863-5106 or by filling out our online form to request services.

Preparing For Winter With Garage Door Maintenance

Preparing For Winter With Garage Door Maintenance

For most homeowners, their garage doors are the main entrance to their homes. Now, imagine coming home after work or running errands, preparing to relax and enjoy quality time with your family, and clicking your garage door remote only to find the garage door won’t budge. Being exposed to extremely cold temperatures, cool winds and excess moisture, it’s fairly common during the winter in Tennessee for your garage door to freeze shut.

Although finding your garage door frozen closed is inconvenient, this occurrence can be easily avoided by properly performing garage door winterization maintenance before the temperature drops.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

A home with lit up with Christmas lights covered in snow

Your home’s garage is used every day to facilitate safe and convenient entry to your home and store important items like your vehicle, paints and chemicals. Winter weather that seeps into your garage can wreak havoc on your possessions and garage door system, possibly allowing the parts to wear and freeze shut, leaving you stranded outside your garage or trapped inside.

Keep your garage door functional and reliable this winter by performing the following garage door maintenance tasks:

Seal the Garage Door and Replace Weatherstripping

The weatherstripping on the bottom of your garage door prevents pests, debris and outdoor elements and water from entering your garage. But with regular use, it will eventually become worn and cracked. Once the weatherstripping is damaged, water can seep into your garage. On a cold night, this water will freeze underneath the garage, preventing the system from being able to open.

Inspect for Damage and Repair Leaks

Besides the weatherstripping, check your garage door for signs of damage like cracks or holes that could also allow water into your garage. Also, check that there are no other areas of your home that could impact the quality of your garage like clogged gutters, cracked and uneven concrete, or poor drainage.

Like poor-quality weatherstripping, any area where water can leak into your garage can negatively impact several pieces of hardware or cause your system to freeze and refuse to open.

Lubricate Moving Parts

To ensure your garage door is always functioning dependably, professionals recommend lubricating all moving parts several times per year, especially before the winter season. Use regular-grade machine oil and coat the moving parts of your garage door, including the rollers, track, hinges, bushings and springs. These pieces of hardware can become corroded over time or tighten and stall when the temperature is cool. By keeping them lubricated, you can reduce wear and tear and prevent premature replacement.

If you’re unsure which type of lubrication to use for your garage door, consult with your local garage door professionals to determine which products work best for your system.

Remove Track Buildup

Garage door tracks allow the door to smoothly and efficiently raise and lower as needed. But over time, grease buildup and other debris can get clogged within the track and impact the functionality of the door. Too much dirt and buildup in the track will eventually prevent the door from being able to open or close. Before winter, clear out any debris to ensure your door always works as you expect it to.

Purchase a Battery Backup

When a winter storm whips through central Tennessee, there’s a chance the power in your home may go out. Not only is a power outage inconvenient and potentially hazardous, but it will also mean your garage door cannot open. Many garage door openers are compatible with a battery backup. Some newer garage door openers also come with a battery backup feature installed. If you’re stuck in a storm, you will find that a battery backup is a worthwhile investment.

If your power does go out and you do not have a battery backup, to safely get out of the garage you’ll have to disconnect your garage door from the opener and manually lift it. Easily disengage your door from the opener by pulling the red emergency cord, then lift the door open from the bottom. Once power has been restored, you can reconnect the door to the opener.

Choose EXL Garage Doors for Maintenance Before Winter

Don’t get stuck outside this winter with a frozen garage door. Instead, contact the experienced professionals at EXL Garage Doors to help you perform winter weather garage door maintenance. For over 23 years, we’ve been the best and most knowledgeable garage door professionals throughout the Nashville, Gallatin and Franklin, TN, areas. To schedule garage door maintenance services, call us today at 615-863-5106 to speak to a team member or complete our online form to request a free service estimate.

Wood Garage Doors in Middle TN

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Do I Need Insulated Garage Doors in Tennessee?

Do I Need Insulated Garage Doors in Tennessee?

If you’re considering replacing your home’s garage door, you’ve likely come across insulated door options while researching which type of door best suits your needs and budget. While you can select a standard, stock garage door that can adequately operate and protect your home, having the right type of garage door can offer an exceptional return on investment — over 85 percent, on average — improve daily living and increase energy-efficiency. Not only can insulated garage doors make operations more efficient and convenient, but they’re also available in several designs, sizes and materials to fit your personal style.

Insulated garage doors with a slate finish

As a Tennessee homeowner, why would you need insulated garage doors? In Tennessee, many months of the year are pleasant and comfortable, but during harsh winters, temperatures can drop to the low teens and reach blazing temperatures in the 100s during summer months. An insulated garage door can help your home maintain comfortable indoor conditions and prevent precious air from escaping to the outdoors.

Here are some of the benefits of insulated garage doors:

  • Lower Energy Costs: While you may not spend a lot of extra time in your garage, attached garages are still part of your home, and you can easily be losing heat or cool air during extreme temperatures — driving up your annual utility costs. The construction standards for your garage are often different than other areas of your home and can allow more gaps, leading to leakages. With a new insulated garage door, you can reduce air loss.
  • Added Durability: Standard panel garage doors are steel or aluminum wrapped over panel frames, which can be easily damaged by impacts and weather-related damages. The insulation found in garage doors strengthens the materials of the door, which prevents sagging, bending and ripping, and can extend the lifespan of your door.
  • Improved Protection: During times of extreme hot and cold temperatures, vehicles and other items stored in your garage can be negatively affected. Cars subjected to freezing temperatures are unreliable and can have shorter battery lives, thickened motor fluids, low tire pressure, and unpredictable spark plugs or wiring. In warm temperatures, paints, fertilizers, cleaning supplies and vehicle fluids can change consistency or become useless. With an insulated garage door, you can better regulate the temperature of your garage.
  • Reduced Noise Pollution: With the added layer of insulation and tightly manufactured construction, insulated garage doors tend to have less rattling than lightweight doors and will dampen sounds while the door is opening and closing.
  • Convenience: Have you ever had to scurry to your car because the outside temperature is unbearably cold or scorching hot? By having an insulated garage door, you can achieve more comfortable temperatures throughout your garage. You can even extend your living space to the garage by creating a more pleasant environment for working out or finishing hobbies.

Contact EXL Garage Doors to Learn More

At EXL Garage Doors, we offer a wide selection of Clopay garage doors. All our insulated garage doors are available in a variety of colors, materials and styles to fit your personal style and enhance your home’s architecture. You can even customize your garage door to best suit your needs and design aesthetic. To find the ideal Clopay garage door for your home, visit our showroom today to peruse our large selection of residential doors.

For over 20 years, EXL Garage Doors has been providing the most dependable and efficient garage door installations for homeowners throughout Tennessee, including Nashville, Franklin and Gallatin. Not only can our team assist you in selecting, designing and installing a new insulated garage door, but we can also help you with any repair or maintenance needs you may have. Schedule services today by speaking to one of our team members at 615-863-5106 or by filling out our online contact form. You can also request a free service estimate.