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Do Your Garage Door Tracks Need to Be Level?

Your garage door is one of the most used contraptions on your home’s exterior, opening and closing multiple times a day. Because it is so often used, it is important to ensure your garage door performs well and operates safely.  One of the operational aspects of your garage door you should be looking out for is the opening tracks. These can get misaligned for multiple reasons, and fixing this issue can solve any future mishaps. Should Garage Door Tracks Be Level? While garage doors do not have to be precisely even to the millimeter, you should try to get the […]

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Stamped vs. Overlay Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new house, renovating a fixer-upper or upgrading your outdated garage doors, you can choose from several door styles. Among the most popular options include stamped and overlay garage doors. What Is a Stamped Garage Door? A stamped garage door is created from steel and has a design detailed into the face of the door — which essentially makes it look “stamped.” This style is usually embossed with a wood grain finish to mimic the look of real wood products. While design options are limited, they lend simple sophistication to your home. What Is an Overlay Garage […]

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Does My Garage Door Need Maintenance? Common Signs of Issues

You rely on your garage door to provide security to your home, as well as insulation and convenient access for your vehicles. The door will likely cycle thousands of times in its lifespan, and it will rely on a series of moving parts to do so. Without frequent or appropriate maintenance, you’ll notice that many of those components can succumb to disrepair. Sudden breaks can happen, as well, and you’ll need to be prepared to identify any problems that arise and conduct some garage door troubleshooting, or else you’ll risk further damage and possibly accidents. In general, there are two […]

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How to Add Value to Your Home

When you tackle both large and small home improvement projects around your house, you can improve the value and increase the sale price for your home (even if you don’t intend on selling in the near future), show neighbors and potential buyers the home is cared for, achieve better functionality and have improved comfort and convenience you can enjoy daily. If you’re looking to increase property value for your Portland home, consider these five upgrades that add significant value: Updated Kitchens and Bathrooms: Modern appliances and fixtures, clean finishes and functional layouts New Flooring: Add either engineered or real-wood flooring […]

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Why Should You Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

While coming and going from your home, your garage door opener operates quietly and reliably in the background — you may even forget it’s there until the day that it finally breaks or begins malfunctioning. Your garage door opener is a crucial component of your garage door system, and if your machine is dated or beginning to show signs of wear, you may not even realize how the garage door opener contributed to overall smooth functionality. When your garage door opener begins to operate inconsistently or inefficiently, note the common signs of wear and consider whether you could benefit from […]

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Difference Between Faux Wood and Other Garage Door Materials

With so many garage door designs and materials available for garage door replacements, how can homeowners choose which type is most practical for their needs, and is also convenient and attractive? Today, you can choose from a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, glass, fiberglass, solid wood and faux wood. Of these materials, faux wood, or “wood look” garage doors, offer the perfect blend of beauty, cost-effectiveness, durability and design options. What Are Faux Wood Garage Doors? Faux wood garage doors offer the warmth and appeal of a solid wood door with the durability and affordability of alternative garage door […]

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How Often Should Garage Doors Be Replaced?

Is your plain garage door beginning to make your home feel dated or detracting from the curb appeal of your home? While many garage doors are designed to smoothly function for up to 15 years with proper care and maintenance, over time and with wear and constant exposure, your garage door may start to look drab and unattractive. Even if your door is still opening and closing as instructed, local homeowners should consider updating their garage door to a newer model if the door is nearing the end of its expected lifespan. Some of the many reasons many Portland-area homeowners […]

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What to Do If Your Garage Door Won’t Open

Leaving for work this morning, you click the remote to open your garage door and nothing happens. Then you try one more time, but the door still refuses to operate. Most of the time, when your garage door won’t open, the solution is a simple hardware adjustment or part replacement. When your garage door is stuck, note any unusual sounds or odd garage door behavior and inspect the possible causes to prevent any additional damage to your system or potential safety hazards. How to Fix Garage Doors That Won’t Open Most garage doors are used multiple times every day as […]

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What to Do If Your Garage Door Won’t Close

After a long day at work and sitting in rush hour traffic, you finally get home — and as you’re waiting for the garage door to close so you can get inside, it suddenly reverses back to its open position. While this is inconvenient and it’s tempting to just leave the door open and address the issue the next day, you should identify the reason the door won’t close to avoid safety and security issues. Sometimes, simply replacing the batteries in your transmitter remote can help the door close completely. In other instances, your garage door refusing to close could […]

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WHAT DO I DO IF MY GARAGE DOOR IS CROOKED?

Table of Contents How Does a Garage Door Become Crooked? How to Tell If Your Garage Door Is in Misalignment Steps Your Repairman May Take to Correct a Crooked Door Benefits of Choosing TF Draper Company for Your Garage Door Repair Restore Your Garage Door With Help From TF Draper Company How Does a Garage Door Become Crooked? Garage doors operate by running along a series of tracks that move the door evenly up and down. However, your garage door may become off-center over time or without proper adjustment, resulting in a crooked door. A crooked door can cause an […]

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