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Is it a good idea to replace just one panel of my damaged garage door?
One of the side benefits of a sectional garage door is that one can replace only the damaged panels. Sometimes however there is a difference between what you can do and what you should do. For example, damages by impact can affect adjacent panels and connecting parts. If the door is too old, new panels will look markedly different from the rest of the door.
How much horsepower do I need on a garage door opener?
The three standard ratings are 1/3, 1/2 and 3/4 HP. Get the 3/4 HP opener if you have an oversized heavy door. Although the smallest 1/3 HP openers are strong enough to lift most regular garage doors (since the springs are doing most of the work), it’s recommended to get one size up, the 1/2 HP opener, for better durability and reliability over time.
How do I securely control access to my garage?
Our experts from Richmond recommend getting a keypad or touchpad installed which will allow entry when a programmable code is entered. Today it is also possible to sync openers with your smart phone so that you can get your door to open from the comfort of your driver's seat. If your garage is more than just a home for your car, you may also wish to simply install a doorbell-style button so friends and family can get to you when you're inside. We'll be happy to discuss the options available to you and whichever option you go for, we always recommend installing a battery backup in the event of a power cut so that your automatic door continues to function.
How do I draft proof my garage door?
Most sectional doors come with a weather-seal strip attached to the bottom which prevents wind and other debris from entering through gap under the door. If you live in a particularly windy area, you may wish to consider additional jamb seals for an extra layer of draft protection. We also always recommend insulating your garage door, especially if the building is attached to your home - our technicians can help you out with all of this, just get in touch to discuss the options available to you.