Garage door springs come in two styles: torsion (see above), which mounts on the header above the door, and extension (Photo 1), which floats above the upper roller track. In the past, extension springs were safer to install but didn’t have containment cables running through the center of the spring. Without cable, these springs become dangerous, heavy whips when they break. They also tend to be noisier than torsion springs, and we recommend you use them only if you don’t have the 12 in. of headroom above the door that a torsion spring requires.
All measurements should be in feet and inches. Step 1, measure across the existing door or desired space for the width, then up and down for the height. The rough opening of your space should be the same size as the door. Step 2, measure the sideroom, which is the space beside your door. Measure the width of the left side, and then the width of the right side. Step 3, measure the space above the door, which is called the headroom. Measure the height of the distance between the top of the door opening and the ceiling. Step 4, measure the ceiling, which is called the backroom. You’ll need to measure the distance of the garage door opening toward the back wall of your garage. You should have 6 total measurements in all once you’ve finished measuring the space. Keep in mind that having an automatic garage door opener installed might call for additional backroom or ceiling space.
Aluminum garage door styles are similar to steel doors except that they weigh much less.  This prevents them from providing a great deal of insulation and they do tend to dent easily.  However, Aluminum is one of the least expensive garage doors that can be purchased for the home, they have a long lasting finish that does not rust easily and it is available in a faux wood texture that can complement the home’s overall look.
A standard double garage door is 7 ft. high by 16 ft. wide. Standard single doors are 7 ft. high by 8 or 9 ft. wide. Because the doors are so large, few home centers and only some garage door stores keep many doors in stock, so expect to order one instead of buying it off the shelf. Garage doors are available in wood, fiberglass and steel. Steel doors, like ours, are light, maintenance-free, affordable, readily available, and have an insulating value as high as R-19.
Mechanical garage door openers can pull or push a garage door with enough force to injure or kill people and pets if they become trapped. All modern openers are equipped with “force settings” that make the door reverse if it encounters too much resistance while closing or opening. Any garage door opener sold in the United States after 1992 requires safety eyes—sensors that prevent the door from closing if obstructed. Force settings should cause a door to stop or reverse on encountering more than approximately 20 lbs (9.07 kg) of resistance. Safety eyes should be installed a maximum of six inches above the ground. Many garage door injuries, and nearly all garage door related property damage, can be avoided by following these precautions.
I saw the plans during the Q&A of this proposed restructure and it seemed odd to me that the homeowners added a second story only above half of the house. I would think since they're must be spending around $700k for the project they should spend a little more and do the second floor above the whole house even if they only finish what is proposed now on the second floor they'd still have an unfinished area for the future home owners or for them to tackle when money is available. It would be a definite bump to the house value during the time of sale. Unless this has to do with zoning and FAR/lot size...

"We had an unusual repair requirement. We have horizontal sliding steel doors on our 1950's equipment shed. The upper track was damaged by a roofer's forklift while they were loading supplies onto the roof. The track is made out of very heavy steel, not like the track in today's doors. Toby, responded to my request very quickly and came out of his way to inspect the damage. Although it was not something that he had encountered before, he was able to fix the track and the door is operating better than it has in years. Thank you."
"Nathan was courteous and professional. He arrived on time and installed the garage door opener with no probelms. He tuned up our old garage door opener and installed it on our third car garage. He also added the new garage door opener to our cars for home link. I will call on Nathan for all my garage/ garage door opener needs and recommend him to my friends and neighbors."
If you've installed a replacement door or two around your home, it seems pretty simple -- all it takes is tightening a couple of screws and you're done. Installing t­he largest door in your house, however, is not quite so simple. Garage door in­stallation, whether manual or automatic, can be difficult and dangerous. Manual garage door installation is much easier than automatic garage door installation, but the one you choose generally depends on what kind of door you have.

Mechanical garage door openers can pull or push a garage door with enough force to injure or kill people and pets if they become trapped. All modern openers are equipped with “force settings” that make the door reverse if it encounters too much resistance while closing or opening. Any garage door opener sold in the United States after 1992 requires safety eyes—sensors that prevent the door from closing if obstructed. Force settings should cause a door to stop or reverse on encountering more than approximately 20 lbs (9.07 kg) of resistance. Safety eyes should be installed a maximum of six inches above the ground. Many garage door injuries, and nearly all garage door related property damage, can be avoided by following these precautions.
Insulation, which increases energy efficiency and can help to lower utility bills, is crucial when a garage door is attached to the home. In this case, doors with high R-values are preferred. This means it has insulation that can keep the heat in. The higher the R-value, the better insulated your garage will be against outside noise and cold and hot air.
A common material for a new garage door is steel sheet formed or stamped to look like a raised panel wooden door. Steel doors are available in uninsulated, insulated, and double skin steel. A design mimicking carriage house doors has become popular since early 2000s, and many manufacturers clad the exterior of a steel door with composite, vinyl boards, or other trim to give it the appearance of wood.
Both springs broke on my double door, and I had no idea who to call. I asked my smart phone for garage door repairs and they gave me one company listed in Lebanon. I called and set up an appointment with the tech and he said he would be there in an hour. After 4 hours I called and they got me to the tech and here is what he said after my 4 hour wait: "We can't do that, you will need to call someone else." I asked if he needed to reschedule, and he said, "No, call some other company." My temperature was high and I looked on my computer and Precision came up on the screen. I looked it over real good, checked the reviews and called them on Saturday morning. They said a tech could be out by noon. The tech called at 10:30 and said he could be here by 11am if that was alright. It was. John showed up at 11, we greeted each other, I felt good as soon as I met him. He looked over the door, sure enough both springs broke, cable off. He gave me 3 options: just fix the springs and cable; do that and change out the rollers which were clearly rusted and lots of play; and do that with a life-time warranty. No pressure, he was ready to do whatever I said. I told him the first option for now, and he went right to work. My wife and I discussed that our door was over 14 years old and has had no maintenance at all, and we decided to have the warranty. No problem. John was through and thorough in no time at all. The door sounded amazing, we had gotten so used to the noise, until it was not there any more - smooth and quiet and efficient. I am so thankful the other company blew me off, so that I came in contact with Precision. Great job. I will recommend them to everyone. 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!
The electronics should also be inspected before or after investing in the cost of replacing the garage door panel to make sure your door will operate properly. The sensors prevent the door from closing on someone's foot or a pet. If they don't work, someone could be injured. Also check to make sure the door opener works, since you could otherwise be locked out of your garage.

Ryan Fleming, Technician with Precision Door replaced a broken garage door spring at our home last night and I was so impressed with his knowledge, professionalism and positive attitude that I felt compelled to write this review. We have been customers of Precision Door for over 5 years and have always been pleased with how promptly and cost effectively they perform repair and maintenance work. I highly recommend both Ryan and Precision Door.read more
Just in case you still want to know: You could glue foam panels to the inside of the door, but it would be better to just pressure fit them in place to avoid the weight of the glue. Any weight that you add to the door has the very real potential to unbalance the door. If the springs were a little "hot" or strong to start with, it may not be a bad thing to add weight. If the springs were the right ones, even a few pounds will un-balance the door. If they were too weak to start with, any additional weight is going to make it worse.
My opener also has 2 wheels on the top of each side of the door: one with a big spool of line and the other just a pulley wheel. So I also lubricated the axles of those spools. You can watch closely while raising/lowering the door to see where the parts spin and move. Now my door runs much quieter, so I must have done something right! Hopefully this will reduce strain on the motor and make it last longer.

1. The up-limit switch may need to be moved toward the motor unit. This switch is usually a simply touch-lever mounted on the end of the track near the motor unit, and if it is too far ​away, the motor will stop the door before it fully opens. The solution is to move the switch closer to the motor unit. This is a somewhat rare problem, and will usually show itself immediately after a new garage door opener is installed.


Single panel doors can also be installed with (one piece track type hardware) that folds the door back with a single horizontal track on each side (which is mounted at the top of the wood frame) and a roller, (mounted to the top of the door on each side. A hinge on each side that attaches to the bottom of each side of garage door. Using track hardware, a car can be parked much closer to the door, as the whole door, when in the open position, rests completely inside of the garage door header. Track type hardware has much less arc when raising and lowering the garage door as opposed jamb type hardware.[citation needed]

Very professional and great customer service. I received a 30 minute courtesy call before they arrived and answered all my questions regarding my problems. They came to give me an estimate, but I was so impressed with them they installed garage door openers the same day. Even corrected panel issues from builder. I would definitely recommend anyone that is looking for a repair or replace. The Js'
Trusted Professionals: Thirty-plus years is a long time to provide damaged garage door repair service in Bakersfield, and we’ve learned a lot through our extensive experience. Each of our team members knows garage doors inside and out, and each can provide service on any make or model. You know you’re in good hands because of King Door’s long history in this area, and each of our technicians reinforces their knowledge by quickly analyzing your issues and making expert recommendations on the best way to proceed.
The tech that serviced your door must not understand simple mechanics. The tracks do not move, so they do not need to be lubricated. All that does is make a mess. The rollers and hinges DO move, so it is logical to lubricate them, at the hinge barrel or pivot point, and in the little area near the stem of the rollers where you can see the bearings. Adding a bit of lube to the torsion spring also cuts down on the friction between the coils and makes the spring glide easier. However, too much will make it spritz out lube as the door opens and closes, and that it less than desirable. Same thing for pulleys on an extension spring door.
Garage doors provide one of the major entryways into your home. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that they are secure and in good working order. If you are having problems with your current door, then you need to have a professional determine if it can be repaired or if it will need to be replaced. Here are some of the most common factors that will affect the cost of a garage door repair.
GREAT Company. Called in at 1:30 on a Saturday and my issue was fixed by 3:30 that same day. Our service tech Ken was a great guy who was A++++Can't ask for a better experience than I had with this company. I highly recommend this company and Ken to everyone. And their rates are very fair. GREAT Company to deal with. I wish any other contractor I've dealt with were even half as good as this company. A+++++++ all the way.read more
"Jeff and his brother replaced a broken Torsion Spring on my aluminum 2 car garage. I submitted my Service Magic request @9am on Saturday 1-19-08. Jeff called me back in less then 5 minutes, he came out to Parker on the same day and did not charge me for working on a Saturday! Jeff was on time, fast, clean and did a great job. Parts were high quality. The new spring was a higher quality then the spring the home builder used. Jeff even tweaked the adjustments on the opener and the garage door sounds better then it has in years. Price was right and I would use Jeff again. "
Very courteous and quick customer service! Andrew, Garage Door Consultant, responded within an hour and was at our house within two hours. We received a quote and placed an order approximately thirty minutes after his arrival. We received a phone call from Jessica in the Office confirming that our Door was ordered (three and a half hours after our initial call), and a promise to call back as soon as our door arrives at their warehouse to schedule the installation. The personnel are very professional and efficient instilling confidence we made a good decision to buy from Precision Door Service!Thanks Andrew and Jessica!read more
Single panel doors are constructed from one monolithic panel. From the closed position a single panel door swings up and overhead with a hinge on each side (known as jamb type hardware) to the fully open position. A disadvantage of monolithic panel doors is that the swing up arc of the door occurs partially outside the garage. This means a vehicle must stop and park several feet in front of the door to avoid being hit by the garage door when it is opened.
Whether you're planning on moving in the future or you're fixing up your forever home, replacing a garage door can provide an excellent return on investment and boost your home's resale value. According to Remodeling magazine's 2016 Cost vs. Value report, garage door upgrades provide a nationwide average return on investment of over 90%, making it one of the top five home improvement projects. To learn more about the cost of installing garage doors, visit our garage door and opener installation and repair cost guide.
Torsion springs have three advantages over extension springs: They’re quieter, safer and easier to fine-tune. Torsion springs are quieter because you don’t have a spring knocking against a roller track. They’re safer because when a spring breaks, it usually stays on the bar. Finally, you can fine-tune the tension on a torsion spring so the door is perfectly balanced. Setting the tension on torsion springs has always been very dangerous, but torsion and extension spring systems with easy, do-it-yourself tensioning (Photo 7) are available. If you don’t use one of these DIY-friendly, easy tensioning systems (Clopay EZ-Set Spring and Wayne-Dalton TorqueMaster are two brands), you should hire a professional to release and set the tension on a torsion spring.

Using your drill, add tension to the torsion spring. This system uses a single spring for a double door, but many manufacturers use two springs for a double door. The painted line on the spring acts as a gauge for the number of turns you put on the spring. To keep the bar from turning while you’re adding tension, attach a locking pliers to the bar on both ends of the spring. Apply lubricant for garage doors to the spring.
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