Four Things to Consider Before Buying a New Garage Door Opener

Many homeowners don’t realize not all garage door openers are the same and that they should seriously consider which one is best for their garage. There are as many different garage door opener types as there are different garage doors. In this article the experts at the leading garage door opener repair in San Diego list the most important factors you need to consider before choosing a new garage door opener.

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Does The Garage Door Opener Fit Your Needs?

The first thing to consider is the location of your garage door. Is your garage a part of your home or a separate entity? Are the door facing the street or the backyard? Are there any rooms above the garage? True, these things might seem trivial when choosing a piece of equipment such as a garage door opener. But let’s take the last mentioned question into account. If there’s a room above your garage you will want to get a quiet garage door opener.

How Much Space Do You Have above the Door?

If your home is old and your garage modeled without taking into account the space electric garage door openers occupy, you may want to measure the available space above your garage door before choosing a right opener. For the opener to function properly you need to have at least two inches of available space above the door. Don’t despair if you don’t as there are numerous alternatives. Just contact our team and we’ll find the one that best fits your garage.

The Type of Ceiling

Many homeowners with a cathedral or sloped ceiling come to us asking whether we can install a garage door opener in these conditions. While the trolley-style opener can be added the length will vary depending on how high your door are. Adding a garage door opener with this type of ceiling is a challenge, but one our technicians will easily overcome.

In most cases we recommend adding a garage door opener variant that’s mounted on the side called the jackshaft opener. It is a great alternative to traditional openers as it has all the features of a standard trolley-type garage door opener.

What Additional Accessories Do You Need?

Garage doors of today are equipped with an array of accessories meant to make your life easier. Just like cars, garage doors come with additional features which may be just the thing you were always looking for. There are different types of accessories for each type of opener and you are sure to find the best one for your needs. One popular addition is the inclusion of a photoelectric system alongside a mechanical one. Others include two different reversal systems, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

Looking for Reliable Garage Door Opener Repair in San Diego?

If you need your garage door opener repaired or replaced, do not hesitate to contact RockStar Garage Door Services at 619-930-9854. With more than 15 years serving the San Diego County we have built a reputation for being the go-to garage door repair service. If you have any questions or need help determining if a garage door opener is a good fit for your garage, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly agents.

Selling your home? How a new garage door can increase the value of your home.

home-for-sale-new-garage-door-installation If you are in the market of selling your home, you are likely already looking for ways to boost the overall value of your property. While you are busy making upgrades and final touches to the interior of your home, it’s easy to overlook the value in updating your garage. One of the first things potential buyers will see from the exterior of your house is your garage, and there is no better time to increase the curb appeal of your home with a new garage door then when you’re in the process of selling.

Why upgrade your garage door

Lately, garage doors have been becoming increasingly popular as common home upgrades. As per the “Remodeling Impact Report,” investing in a new garage door is a smart choice as can give you 87% back in ROI. When you are selling your home, we know it’s not a cheap process to begin with, so we will always offer the lowest price, guaranteed, and we will even beat our competitor’s pricing. The upfront cost of fixing up your door is relatively minor when you think about the boost it gives you in your home’s selling price.

How to choose the right garage door

There is an almost overwhelming amount of various door styles to choose from, and it’s not always easy to pick just one. If you are considering a steel door, it is a basic style of door and typically the lower-end of the options. With a steel garage door you will have a dent-resistant, rust-proof door that can be painted to match the rest of your house. If you are looking for the most affordable door that gives you a moderate ROI, this is going to be your best option.

The wood garage doors are a major step up from steel as they are more aesthetically appealing, and they add a significant amount of insulation to your garage. As far as curb appeal goes, the carriage style wooden doors are an increasingly popular item and are actively being seeked out by potential home buyers. The touch of a wooden door adds a timeless sense to the overall tone of your home and complements most homes. If you are looking for a classic option that increases curb appeal, this is an excellent option.

Glass garage doors are at the top of this list for adding to your home’s value from a garage perspective. They instantly modernize your home and hold their value with their durability. With the option for metal or wood framing around the glass, you can customize the doors to match your personal taste and the style of your house. The glass on the garage itself can be frosted as to give a sense of privacy. If you are wanting a modern garage door alternative, this is the best choice for you.

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We have been in the business for quite a while now and can answer any questions you may have about particular door options and availability. Selecting the right door is a big decision and we can help make sure you feel confident in your choice and will do all the hard work for you with the installation. Give us a call today to schedule your free estimate!

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How to winterproof your garage

Winterproofing” is something that San Diego residents don’t often worry about. However, when it comes to your garage, this is a way to not only save money on your electric bill, but also make your house more comfortable and appealing. There is a lot of low hanging fruit as far as winterproofing your garage goes, and Rockstar Garage Door Services can help you get started!

  1. Replace the weather stripping

Rockstar Garage Door Services will replace bottom rubber seals on sectional doors as well as vinyl door stops. These two parts are critical in ensuring a tight seal on your garage, and you will notice the difference in how much cleaner your garage will be since less dirt and dust can get in as well as cold air from outdoors.

  1. Paint concrete garage floors

Having a painted garage floor helps keep the ground dry and the less damp the floor is, the warmer the temperature will feel. The bonus to painting the floor is that the paint reflects dirt and dust which will, in turn, keep your garage feeling a lot tidier.

  1. Consider proper garage insulation

It is definitely a plus to have a factory-insulated door if your garage is drywalled.  An insulated door is far quieter and sturdier than than the non-insulated door and will greatly impact the inside temperature. You could also cover your water heater with an insulating blanket to keep the heater from working so hard to keep your water warm.

  1. Install heating unit or solar heating panels

Space heaters left unattended are dangerous to use in the garage, so we recommend installing a wall unit. Since we live in San Diego where the winters are more mild, your best option is to go with an electric (versus a gas) heater because they are cheaper and easier to install. Gas heaters are better suited for more extreme cold temperatures where the unit will be running constantly since the installation price is higher, while the long term run time cost is lower.

  1. Seal off cracks and holes

Cold air can seep into your garage through places other than just the door. Use a caulking foam as insulation for covering up those crevices typically around pipes, windows and vents to keep in the warmth and keep out the cold.
If you can’t take care of all these things this year, try starting with just one. Any one improvement you can do is better than nothing at all, and you will see the difference. Please give Rockstar Garage Door Services a call today at (619) 930-9854 for your garage door servicing needs, the sooner we can replace your weather stripping, the better–you won’t regret it!

 

 

 

When it’s Time to Update your Garage Door

There is no easier way to increase your curb appeal than to replace your garage door with a classy, modern, and safe door. What a lot of people don’t realize is how simple and affordable it actually is to get a new garage door installed in your home. At Rockstar Garage Door Services, we install new doors starting at $649.00, and you can give us a call today!

If you have an older home, there is a chance you have one of the wooden tilt-up garage doors which are now outdated. The problem with the older tilt-up doors is with the clunky hardware. These doors are prone to breaking more frequently and can even be dangerous in today’s safety standards. We always recommend to our customers that they choose to go with the sectional roll-up garage door for many reasons:

  • These doors are quiet. Modern rolling garage doors are ball bearing with typically 8-10 connection points and are much quieter than the tilt-up doors with only 2 connection points.
  • Your garage will be insulated from the elements including street noise with a higher quality roll-up door since the old wooden tilt doors have no additional built in insulation.
  • Your home will be safer from intruders because the newer roll-up doors are much harder to break into.
  • The retractable roll-up mechanism allows you to save space because you don’t have to account for door clearance as you do with the tilt-up doors.
  • The value of your home will increase with an added curb appeal of the modern garage door.

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If you are in the market for a new garage door or are even considering an upgrade to your existing door, look no further. We have installed every type of door there is and guarantee you will love your new garage door! Our customers are so happy with our work, they have even voted us number one on Thumbtack for garage door servicing in San Diego. Please give us a call today at Rockstar Garage Door Services: 619-930-9854

5 Garage Door Maintenance Hints for San Diego Homeowners

With owning a home comes the tremendous responsibility for all the things you must remember to clean, change, paint, fix, and the list goes on. Considering all the interior work there is to take care of with a house, it is too easy sometimes to forget all about the garage. We would like to change that and help show you why it’s important to maintain the health of your garage door and all its parts.

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All you have to do is keep up with getting your garage door serviced once a year, and you will be in excellent shape. Rockstar Garage Door Services is the only professional you need, and we will take care of everything for you. Here are the five things you need to check and perform annually, which are all included with our Lube and Tune Special for $79:

1. Safety Inspection

We can’t stress this enough—it is necessary to ensure the garage and all it’s parts are up to par with safety standards and there is nothing that can come unhinged or snap at the wrong time.

2. Lubricate moving parts

Do you hear a squeaking noise? Lubricating the parts will make sure there is no annoying sound to bother you, and it also helps extend the life of all the parts by making sure they are running smoothly. Lubrication is also essential to prevent grime and buildup with age.

3. Rebalance

We all know too well how awful it is to deal with an off-track garage door. This rebalancing will help make sure your door is running smooth and straight so you have nothing to worry about.

4. Inspection of motor rail

The motor rail is a crucial part of the system. Our inspection of the motor rail verifies there are no dings or bumps that can interfere with opening/closing of the garage, checks for tightness of all bolts, and makes sure there is no buildup in the way.

5. Adjustment to motor setting

Your motor setting controls the whole system. We will make sure this is up to your standards and make any necessary changes.

You can add it to your list of “spring cleaning” things to take care of, plan for it with each new calendar year or whenever works for you, but we strongly recommend the annual garage door servicing to all our clients at Rockstar Garage Door Services for optimal performance. Give us a call today and you and your garage will be in the best hands in the business!

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