Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Doors in Tucson
At Extreme & Unique Garage Doors in Tucson, we’re all about customer education. Our experienced technicians will gladly answer any questions you may have about your garage door installation, repairs, or maintenance. In addition, you may find the following FAQs and answers helpful.
Questions About Maintenance for Garage Doors in Tucson
Why should I schedule a maintenance appointment for my garage door?
Most homeowners don’t spend much time thinking about their garage doors in Tucson—until something breaks. With a maintenance visit, it’s often possible to prevent minor issues from turning into major repair jobs. This will save you money and prevent the hassle of having an inaccessible garage.
Furthermore, garage door malfunctions can jeopardize the security of your home and the safety of your family. A malfunctioning door can inflict serious injuries, particularly on young children and pets. You can reduce the risk by scheduling a maintenance visit to keep your garage door in tip-top shape.
How often do garage doors require maintenance visits?
We recommend annual maintenance visits. In addition, if you’re selling your home or you’ve just bought a new one, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment.
What should I expect from a maintenance visit?
Our technicians take a thorough approach, ensuring that every component is properly lubricated (if applicable), the hardware is tightened, and all parts are operating smoothly. We’ll test the auto-reverse feature, inspect the cables for signs of wear, and test the balance, among other steps.
Questions About Garage Door Installation
How long do garage doors last?
On average, garage doors in Tucson have a lifespan of 15 to 30 years. This is largely dependent on daily usage, climate, door quality, and maintenance. You can increase the lifespan of your garage door by having it regularly inspected and maintained.
When should I replace my current garage door?
If your garage door is older and has been malfunctioning, it may need to be replaced. However, our technicians will do a full diagnostic to determine if you can get by with repairs. We pride ourselves on transparency and honesty; we’ll never try to sell you a new garage door unless you truly need it.
What materials are available for new garage doors?
Our technicians install all types of garage doors in Tucson. Steel is the most popular material, as it’s quite durable and affordable. It’s available in a range of styles and colors. Wood garage doors are ideal for homeowners who desire a luxurious look, whereas wood composite doors have the look of wood, but at a more affordable price point. Vinyl is another durable choice and the look is comparable to that of steel doors. Lastly, we often recommend aluminum for manual garage doors, as it is lightweight.
Should I choose a new door with insulation?
It’s optional, but we recommend it for houses with attached garages. Insulation will help keep your home cooler during the summer and warmer in the winter. In addition, insulated garage doors in Tucson are quieter when in operation.
How can I prepare for a new garage door installation?
Schedule your installation for a day when you will be at home, as our installers will need access to your garage. Please ensure there is a functioning electrical outlet nearby, and follow these steps:
- Remove all vehicles from the garage.
- Clear away any items from both sides of the garage door, and from the area underneath the location of the opener.
- Keep all children and pets indoors throughout the entire installation process. The safety of your family is our top priority.
If you have any questions about your installation and you cannot find the answers to them here, please call our office in advance. We prefer customers to keep their distance during the removal of the old garage door and the installation of the new one. The doors are extremely heavy and we do not want our customers in harm’s way.
Questions About Garage Door Repairs
What should I do if my garage door won’t open?
Some garage doors in Tucson feature a lock handle that prevents the door from opening. Check that the lock handle is disengaged, and then try opening the door again. If that doesn’t work, replace the battery in your remote. In the event that the door still won’t open, it may be due to one of these problems: worn cables, broken springs, or stripped gears. Contact our office and we’ll send out a technician to take a look at your garage door.
Why is my garage door jammed?
A jammed garage door can be even more frustrating than a printer jam! Fortunately, there may be an easily addressable cause for it. Check the track to see if an item, such as broom, may have fallen into the track. If so, move it out of the way. You can also check the lock handle to ensure it’s disengaged. If these steps do not solve the problem, give us a call and we’ll be happy to fix it for you.
Why is my garage door shaking when I open or close it?
Some garage doors in Tucson will start to shake when they open or close. Your door might also sound as if it’s about to fall off the track. Most often, the problem is the pulley system. Get in touch with our office and we’ll have a technician replace the malfunctioning pulleys for you. Note that quite often, the cables will also need to be replaced when the pulleys sustain damage.
Extreme & Unique Garage Doors in Tucson will be happy to answer any other questions you might have. You can reach our office at (520) 235-3032.