What is the standard opening for a garage door?

Single garage doors can be small enough for golf carts or large enough for tractors, depending on your home, the “standard” single-car garage door is approximately 2 to 2.2 meters high and 2.3-2.5 meters high. Today, newer constructions frequently offer openings much larger. Best & safest option is to request a free measure & quote from us.

Do garage doors need regular maintenance?

Your garage door and opener get used almost every day, meaning regular maintenance is important to keep them working properly. You should lubricate all moving parts every six months to reduce wear and keep the door quiet. Avoid other lubricants such as oil or grease and definitely don’t apply to the tracks. Silicone spray is best.

Download a guide to cleaning and maintenance

Do I need a door lock?

It may not be necessary to have a lock if an electric garage door opener has been or will be installed on your door. Newer electric openers replace the need for a lock. If you have an older opener, check to see if you can lift your door from the outside.

We do not recommend installing a lock with an opener. Activating a door opener when the door is physically locked will damage the door and put extra strain on the opener. Consider a lock if you do not intend to have an automatic garage door opener.

What is the difference between a Roller Door, Sectional or Panel Door & a Tilt Door?

A Roller Door rolls up vertically in the opening around a circular drum wheel. When opened the majority of the reel usually sits above the door opening.

A ‘Sectional Overhead door’ or ‘Panel door’ is made up of horizontal panels. The panels have wheels that slide up along tracks section-by-section to lay parallel with the garage roof when open. Some panel doors fold upwards along a vertical track.

A Tilt door is a single section that pivots in the garage opening. It lifts in one piece to the open position, supported by J-Type or T-Type Hardware. The doors can use horizontal track, vertical track or horizontal and vertical track.

My automatic opener is not working, how do I get my car out?

First I would look to see if you have power to your motor. If you do the light should be on. If your remote is not working, it may have a flat battery, it also may have a led light indicating if it has power or not. If the remote is flat, you can operate the motor by the button on the unit itself. If this doesn’t work, all openers have a cord (normally red) that hangs from the opener that you can pull down to put the door in manual. This then allows you to roll the door up & down like it was before it had a motor. Then give us a call & we will arrange a time to assess & repair.

What brands do we install and repair?

At Affordable Openings, we have had a long & exclusive partnership with industry leading brands such as Gliderol, B&D, Danmar & Merlin. However, we repair & service all brands.

I can hear my motor running but my door is not moving?

This could indicate signs that your garage door is just disengaged and has been placed into manual. You can re-engage the motor by pulling the red cord or in some cases pushing up the attached lever or compressing the button next to the cord. Obtain the brand and call our office & we can assist with how to fix this.

Otherwise, it could be a broken clutch plate, gearing drive or something more major. It most cases we can repair most brands & if not, we will provide you a free quote.

What are the signs that it is time to get a new garage door and/or opener, OR at what age should I start to consider a replacement?

If you door is getting heavy to operate and you see obvious damage to the tracks, curtain or that of the nylofelt around a roller door, it’s time to get a free assessment & quote. If you opener, is not operating smoothly, safely & as it should, contact us for a free assessment & quote also.

How do I find on my garage door what brand of door I have?

On a Roller Door the brand can be located on the handle/lockset.

On a Sectional Door the brands will vary:

Most brands have a badge located on the bottom corner on the outside of the door. Outside this, most doors will have stickers on the back or side of the panels indicating the brand & original order details.

What do I need to check if my Sectional Door will not open manually or on the motor?

Check the cables that run down either side of the door that the following has not happened:

  1. The cable has come off the drum at the top of the garage door.
  2. That the cable has not snapped and is hanging down.

Check the spring that is located above the door has not broken and if the spring is broken the door will not open at all as the spring holds the door tension.

Contact us and we will arrange an immediate assessment & free quote.

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