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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?

At some point in time, every homeowner in the Portland area with a garage and garage door will experience a crooked and unbalanced garage door. This can happen for a number reasons including broken and rusted springs from the heavy and regular rain in Portland, worn down cables from  use, and even broken or missaligned rollers. If you live in the Portland area and your garage door becomes misaligned, it is important to know what to do and who to call. If your garage door is crooked, you want to address the problem right away — even if you can […]

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3 Reasons Your Garage Door Opener Is Slow

Nothing is more frustrating than when your garage door is opening too slowly. But how slow is too slow? How do you know if you have a slow garage door opener in Portland or you’re just impatient? Here are some signs that your garage door is too slow, along with the top three reasons you might be having a problem.

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When and What Garage Door Parts to Lubricate

TF Draper is dedicated to helping people get the most out of their garage doors in and around Portland, the state of Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our customers frequently ask us two questions: How often do I need garage door part lubrication in Portland? What parts of the garage door — rollers, hinges and tracks — should be lubricated on Portland garage door systems?

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