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 to use.

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, Panel Door and 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. They 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 allows you to roll the door up & down by hand. 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 a long & exclusive partnership with industry leading brands such as Gliderol, Merlin, B&D, and Danmar. However, we repair & service all brands.

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

This often indicates that your garage door is just disengaged and is in manual operation. It is best to find the brand and model of the motor to find the appropriate re-engagement instructions. Feel free to contact our office for assistance.

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 find that your door is starting to get heavy to operate or you notice damage to the nylofelt, curtains, or tracks. Or, if you notice that your auto opener is not running smoothly or sounds like it is being strained. We suggest that it is time to arrange us to provide you a free quote for replacement.

Please remember that your garage door can risk your safety and can be extremely unreliable if it is in poor condition.

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?

If you find that your Sectional Door isn’t operating with the motor nor in manual mode. The first things to check are your cables and springs.

Check the cables that run down either side of the door to find if the following has happened:

  1. The cable has come off the drum at the top of the garage door.
  2. That the cable has snapped and is hanging down.

Check to see if the spring that is located above the door has broken. 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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