FAQs from Unwin Overhead Doors

What is an overhead garage door?

An overhead garage door is a type of garage door that opens upward via a track system and is stored overhead when open.

How does an overhead garage door work?

Overhead garage doors work by running on tracks or rails. The door panels are connected to rollers that move along these tracks when the door is operated. 

How often should I have my overhead garage door serviced?

It’s recommended to have your garage door serviced at least once a year to ensure it continues to operate smoothly and safely. 

When should I replace my garage door with a new one?

Noticeable wear and tear damage to door or other components. Damaged/dented panels or rust. Door is not opening or closing properly any longer. You want to update/refresh the curb appeal of your home

What type of garage door is right for me?

Garage doors come in a variety of materials such as wood, vinyl, steel, fiberglass, glass each having their own advantages and disadvantages as well as appealing to different tastes, budgets and climates. 

Steel – Steel garage doors can be widely customized are known for durability, ease of maintenance and overall best bang for your buck. (Pricing: $-$$)

Wood – Wood Doors are timeless and classic. Highly customizable for a one of a kind look due to the broad range of wood species to choose from, stains and varying overlay options. It is important to consider not only the more expensive upfront cost but the cost of continued maintenance to preserve the beauty of a wood door. (Pricing: $$$-$$$$)

Fiberglass – Durable, low maintenance and similar in texture/ appearance to real wood. Not affected by moisture and wont rust. (Pricing: $$$-$$$$)

Glass – Sleek, eye catching and contemporary. Varying types of glass for a fully customizable look. Resistant to rust, customizable and allows max light flow. (Pricing: $$$-$$$$) 

What type of springs are better extension or torsion?

Extension and torsion springs are two types of springs you can find on todays garage doors. Extension springs attach on each side of the door and stretch along the track when the door is closed. Torsion springs are located above the door opening and are mounted to the header on a shaft. Torsion springs are wound and do not stretch or expand when the door is moved. Torsion springs tend to operate the door better overall and are a safer option than extension springs.

Should I go with an insulated or non-insulated door?

This depends on your situation- if you have a detached garage or a space you are not heating then an uninsulated door may be a good option for you. will you be using your garage as a workshop or have a living space above your garage?  Then an insulated door might be for you. Insulated doors help with heat retention in the winter as well as cold retention in the summer and noise reduction. 

Does my door require maintenance?

We recommend doing a preventative maintenance once every 6 months to 1 year (depending how often you use your door) This includes lubing moving parts (hinges & rollers) springs and the operator. Making any necessary adjustments to the tracks and door. Visually inspecting cables and door for visible wear and tear. This helps ensure the door is operating as it should and helps extend the life of your door and springs. 

What are the different types of overhead garage doors available?

There are several types, including sectional doors, roll-up doors, and tilt-up doors. Each type has its own advantages and is suitable for different needs and spaces. 

What materials are overhead garage doors typically made from?

Common materials include wood, steel, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass. The choice of material depends on factors like aesthetic preference, budget, and maintenance requirements. 

How long does an overhead garage door typically last?

The lifespan of a garage door can vary based on the quality of the material and how well it’s maintained, but on average, a garage door should last between 15 to 30 years. 

Can I install an overhead garage door myself or should I hire a professional?

While it’s technically possible to install a garage door yourself, it’s generally recommended to hire a professional. Installation can be complex and potentially dangerous if not done correctly. 

How can I maintain my overhead garage door to ensure it lasts as long as possible?

Regular maintenance should include lubricating moving parts, checking for damage and wear, tightening loose hardware, and testing the balance and safety features of the door.

How can I maintain my overhead garage door to ensure it lasts as long as possible?

Regular maintenance should include lubricating moving parts, checking for damage and wear, tightening loose hardware, and testing the balance and safety features of the door. 

What should I do if my overhead garage door isn't opening or closing properly?

If your garage door isn’t working properly, it’s best to call a professional to diagnose and fix the issue.

How can I improve the insulation of my overhead garage door?

You can improve the insulation by adding weatherstripping or purchasing an insulated garage door.

What safety features should I look for when purchasing an overhead garage door?

Safety features to consider include auto-reverse mechanisms, motion detection lights, manual controls, and secure locking systems.

Can I paint my overhead garage door?

Yes, most garage doors can be painted. However, the process will depend on the material of the door.

What are the signs that my overhead garage door needs to be replaced?

Signs can include frequent breakdowns, excessive noise, slow response time, and visible wear and tear.

Are their specific overhead garage doors recommended for certain climates or weather conditions?

Yes, some doors are better suited for different climates. For example, insulated doors can be beneficial in cold climates.

How much does it cost to install a new overhead garage door?

The cost can vary widely based on factors like the type and material of the door, but on average, you can expect to pay between $— and $—–.

What should I do if my garage door remote is lost or stops working?

If your remote is lost or stops working, you can purchase a replacement from our office or contact the manufacturer. 

Can I replace a panel in my garage door, or do I need to replace the whole door?

In many cases, you can replace a single panel. However, if multiple panels are damaged, it might be more cost-effective to replace the entire door.

How do I choose the right overhead garage door for my home or business?

Consider factors like your budget, the style of your property, the climate in your area, and your specific needs in terms of security and functionality.

Can my existing garage door be automated?

Many existing garage doors can be automated by installing a garage door opener. However, it’s best to consult with a professional to ensure compatibility.

What is the warranty on my garage door?

The warranty varies depending on the manufacturer and model. It’s best to check with the manufacturer or your installer for specific warranty information.

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