In this article, we’ll tell you the difference between a safe door and one that’s unsafe. We’ll also give you the helpful tips you’re not likely to find in the manufacturer’s instructions to correctly, and safely, install a new garage door with a torsion spring and do-it-yourself tensioning. Installing a new, double garage door yourself will save you several hundred dollars and should take eight to 12 hours if you’re fairly handy. You can do most of the new garage door installation project yourself, but you should recruit help for removing the old door.
Locating a contractor - there are many professional overhead garage door companies. It is always advisable to contact at least three different agencies and request a bid or quote for the work. Be sure that each quote includes the costs for a few different types of doors, any installation fees, and the cost of wiring the electronic openers. Standard prices range from:

Widths - in addition to doors coming in a range of styles, they can be found as double-width and single-width styles. There are some serious considerations when opting for one over the other. For example, if a homeowner decides to use a single door that covers the entire opening of a two-car garage they will have to make serious structural modifications to the entry way;

In many homes, the original garage door was installed during construction of the garage and the builder may have chosen the least expensive model. Decades later, the homeowner may decide to upgrade to a higher quality door. While appearance and cost will likely be the biggest considerations for most homeowners, other factors such as insulation value, ease of operation and safety features should also be considered. A highly rated garage door installation professional can offer more detailed advice.
An extension spring counterbalance system consists of a pair of stretched springs running parallel to the horizontal tracks. The springs lift the door through a system of pulleys and counterbalance cables running from the bottom corner brackets through the pulleys. When the door is raised, the springs contract, thus lifting the door as the tension is released. Typically these springs are made of 11 gauge galvanized steel, and the lengths of these springs are based on the height of the garage door in question. Their lifting weight capacity can best be identified by the color that is painted on the ends of the springs.
Repair Sagging Garage Doors – As doors and homes age, they can shift and move and sometimes this results in a garage door that needs to be realigned or reinforced. We will send a technician to your home to adjust the doors and to inspect the entire opening to make sure the door isn’t damaged. Once we understand the problem, we will fix the needed parts and make any adjustments to the door.

On Monday afternoon the spring on our garage door snapped when the door came down after we had just backed out. As we were heading to a doctors appointment I did nothing about it until Tuesday morning. I called Precision Garage at about 8:30 am and their technician Aaron was at out home before 10am. He did a complete inspection and told us what was needed and also gave us an estimate on replacing the door as we have been thinking about that for sometime. He was very thorough and courteous. He explained everything to us. We decided to have new springs put in and order a new door. The springs were in within 20 minutes and we now have use of our door. They said it would be about three weeks for the new door to arrive and then they will install. We were blown away that we could get such quick service and so professional.There was no pressure and he went into detail about each kind of door that was available. Precision Garage is truly a great Thanksgiving gift for us. I'm anxious for the new door to come and I know we will love it.read more


Safe automatic door openers. All automatic openers must now have an auto-reversing mechanism and photoelectric eyes located near the floor on both sides of the door (see photo). If the door is closing and the beam between the eyes is interrupted, the door will automatically reverse. If the eyes aren’t connected, the door won’t operate. For instructions on how to install a new garage door opener, see How to Install a Garage Door Opener.
Mike did an outstanding job replacing two torque-master spring assemblies for my double door garage. He arrived early, after calling to say he could do so, and offered a concise explanation of his very thorough safety inspection and diagnosis of my problem (one broken spring and another of suspect reliability). He then proceeded to swap out both torque masters with new torsion bar mechanisms in less than two hours. I found him personable, articulate, knowledgeable, and efficient. Honestly, my confidence in these newly installed devices has more to do with Mike than the products themselves. Thank you, Precision, for sending such a qualified professional to repair my garage doors. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to friends.read more

For Sears Garage Door Installation and Repair Services, making your garage door safe is as important as making it function well. For this reason, all of our repair services and tune-ups feature a 20-point safety check. Our technician will carefully examine your garage door panels, springs, sensors, safety release, hardware, track, and more. This ensures that, not only has our work been done well, but that your garage door poses no danger to your vehicles or family. Due to the intricacy of garage door systems, only garage service professionals should attempt to adjust, repair, or service door equipment.
Mike did an outstanding job replacing two torque-master spring assemblies for my double door garage. He arrived early, after calling to say he could do so, and offered a concise explanation of his very thorough safety inspection and diagnosis of my problem (one broken spring and another of suspect reliability). He then proceeded to swap out both torque masters with new torsion bar mechanisms in less than two hours. I found him personable, articulate, knowledgeable, and efficient. Honestly, my confidence in these newly installed devices has more to do with Mike than the products themselves. Thank you, Precision, for sending such a qualified professional to repair my garage doors. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to friends.read more
I was very impressed by the high level of knowledge and how thorough options were presented. I was provided with a quote for a complete set of doors and accessories, a replacement of existing doors. I can honestly say compared to others James (Precision) has my utmost confidence. I am going to have Jim return so we can go over the quote and I want my wife to choose the window patterns. Very impressed.
Vinyl constructed garage doors are designed from the same materials as siding and window casements that you see on many homes.  This is a material that is lightweight and easy to work with.  Homeowners will find that vinyl is available in a wide range of color selections that will match the look of their home.  Vinyl can crack and bend out of shape if not properly taken care of.
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.

Fiberglass and vinyl garage doors are composite units, combining a steel core behind a fiberglass or vinyl skin. They have also polyurethane insulated base sections, or other type of foam insulation. These premium doors can match steel garage doors, and be a realistic imitation of wood (namely fiberglass units), but they may be more expensive than steel units.

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