When Should I Replace My Garage Door?

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When Should I Replace My Garage Door? Even if you tend to be vigilant about home maintenance, there are a few things that always seem to slip the mind—and the garage door is one of them. If your garage door opener is acting up, that’s easily replaced, but how do you know when you need to replace the door itself? Signs That You Might Need a New Garage Door If you notice any of the following characteristics or issues, it might be time to get a new garage door: Rust, dents and/or scratches on the panels If it looks like it’s in bad shape, it’s probably in bad shape. Once your door is showing serious visible deterioration, it’s time to consider a replacement. A warped shape Wooden garage doors, in particular, can become heavily warped, over time, putting stress on the track and spring mechanism. A bent or damaged track …

Top 10 Ways to Increase Your Property Value

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Top 10 Ways to Increase Your Property Value Whether you want to sell your house tomorrow or make a smart investment for later on in the future, increasing your property value is a smart move in both the short and long run. From adding modern garage doors to putting a little flare into your front yard landscaping, there are so many things you can do to put a few extra digits on your property value. No matter what your budget is, there are improvements that you can make that won’t break your bank. Here are a few ways to take your home to the next level: Start Small If you’re not quite ready to start doing big budget upgrades, start with the small stuff. You don’t have to spend big bucks to begin the process of increasing your property value. A little can go a long way. Have a few …

How an Improved Garage Door Can Update (and Upgrade) Your Home

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How an Improved Garage Door Can Update (and Upgrade) Your Home When we think of home improvement, we tend to think about interior paint, living room furniture, new bathroom fixtures, and various indoor luxuries, but what about the exterior value of having a beautiful and functional garage door? Regain Functionality and Increase Security The most obvious reason to repair or upgrade your garage door is simply to regain functionality. If your current overhead door is slow, hesitant, off-track, unsafe, or completely failing to open, it’s time to get it fixed. Plus, a properly-installed door in good condition is resistant to break-in attempts, adding additional security to your home. Increase Your Curb Appeal and Home Value Another benefit of replacing or updating an existing garage door is the aesthetic aspect from a curbside perspective. Whether you’re looking to improve your home’s exterior before selling it or simply want your house to …

Manual Versus Electric Garage Doors: Part II

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Manual Versus Electric Garage Doors: Part II Electric garage doors are easy to open and safe to operate. These days, they also come with a range of handy features designed to boost connectivity, performance, safety, and security. What does that mean? It means you can control your garage doors from anywhere. It means you can use your phone to check whether you accidentally left the door open when you set off from the house. It means you can protect your home from unauthorized entry. With so many useful add-ons, choosing an automatic gate opener over a manual unit is an easy decision. The Modern Garage Door Modern openers are so much more than tools for opening and closing garage doors. They’re all-inclusive systems that help you manage and monitor your garage. Sensors provide audio and visual warnings that alert people when the door is about to close. Smart technology allows …

Manual Vs. Electric Garage Doors: Time to Make the Switch?

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Manual Vs. Electric Garage Doors: Time to Make the Switch?   Still struggling to open your garage door by hand? It may be time to switch to electric. Automatic garage doors that open at the push of the button are not only more convenient; they’re also safer. The Modern Garage Door Electric garage doors have been around since the 1920s. They’ve been popular since the 1940s. These days, most garage doors come equipped with an automatic gate opener—an electric device that’s typically attached to the ceiling and operated by a remote control. Not all homes are electric-powered, though. Some older homes still feature manual doors. Let’s say you’re one of the few who has been content, thus far, with a pull-down door. How do you know if it’s time to switch? Manual Garage Doors vs. Electric Garage Doors For most people, the decision comes down to two things: convenience and …

10 Signs You Should Invest In Garage Door Maintenance

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The world we live in today is full of luxuries and amenities we weren’t able to enjoy just a decade or so ago. You can control just about anything in your house with your phone. When you consider how easy things have become, it’s not hard to imagine how easy it would be to neglect those appliances that you control remotely. Your air conditioner. Your alarm system. The locks on your home.  How about your garage door? But what happens when your technology fails you? Maintenance is always encouraged but hardly considered. It’s just a garage door, right? Wrong!                 If your gas light comes on in your car, you won’t wait for it to stop running and then call someone. A garage door is so much more than just a convenient way into the house. It is a moving wall. Your garage door is the largest appliance in your …

Security for Your Garage Door: Chamberlain Integration

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Have you ever driven almost all the way to work in the morning before you realize that you don’t remember if you closed your garage door or not? How about return home to see your garage door open but you don’t know how long it has been open? Not to worry. Family Christian Doors has the perfect solution for you. Security MyQ technology, from Chamberlain, allows you to monitor and control your garage door opener from anywhere in the world (as long as you can access data) right from your smartphone! Receive push-notifications delivered right to your phone, alerting you when your garage door opens or closes. Just login and within seconds, Chamberlain will not only let you know if you left your garage door open, but it gives you the option to close it with the push of a button right from your phone. Chamberlain will also let you …

Garage Door Repairs: To DIY or Not to DIY?

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If you are reading this, chances are, your garage door just broke or is in desperate need of service. And if that’s not enough, now you have to determine if it is something minor enough for you to handle yourself or if it is a job best left to the professionals. The first answer is easy. If it is more than applying lubrication or programming controllers, you should call an expert. The risks far outweigh the potential of a positive outcome. There are many things to consider before rolling out the old toolbox and tacking the issue yourself. Many of the components on your garage door are under immense amounts of tension. Often, repairs to a garage door or opener require a particular order in which each step is taken. You may take all the proper steps to properly repair your garage door but if they were not performed in …

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What Exactly is HomeLink & How Does It Work?

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Allstar, Chamberlain, Craftsman, DKS, Genie, Guardian, Hormann, Liftmaster Linear, Marantec, Overhead Door, Ryobi, Sommer, Wayne Dalton Xtreme Garage These are compatible brands of garage door openers that work with HomeLink. I will include a link at the end of this blog to HomeLink’s website where you can locate programming instructions for your vehicle. The first thing you will need to do is determine who makes the integrated garage door opener system in your vehicle. This blog is intended for the instruction of HomeLink products only. This is intended to provide a broad overview of HomeLink and it’s products. This should not be used as a replacement for your vehicle’s owner’s manual or direct instruction from HomeLink itself. HomeLink is a product built into some vehicles designed to take the place of a remote transmitter. The product is commonly found either on the visor or on the rear-view mirror. It will …

Thankful Thursday

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Not that we would be so presumptuous as to toot our own horn but we are certainly thankful for such amazing clients who take the time to let us know how they feel about Family Christian Doors customer service. From Google: Donald- “The response time was phenomenal. The workmanship was even better – the tech, Zach, was really a first class professional. And, to add, he offered excellent advice on how the parts worked, which convinced me to replace the springs and rollers. I will definitely use Family Christian Doors for my next service; in particular, I will request that Zach perform the next service.” From Yelp: Vincent G.- “I called in after hitting my garage door while pulling into my driveway, needless to say that my wife was not happy. I had a real person answer the phone wow and the lady on the line was very pleasant and …