At G&G Garage Door Co. we understand the importance of time when it comes to replacing your garage door and we strive on trying to help our customers get an idea of door designs the best way possible. Did you know that some of our manufactures like Clopay and C.H.I offer a virtual "build-your-own-garage" online tool? You can get your dream garage door from the click of a button! Linked to our website you can find 'BUILD-A-DOOR' in the tab and in the drop down choose a manufacture. There are many designs and customizations. Upload a photo of your own home ( or use a sample home) and start creating! There's nothing better than being able to actually see what your garage door would look like before purchasing one!
Once you have completed creating your perfect garage door, you can save all your work with complete door details like hardware, window and finish and any other preferences you chose. Next, you can give us a call at 310-782-9000. Email us at email@example.com or come into our offices and we can help you with the process of getting your brand new garage door ordered and installed.
NBC first reported the story of Garage Door Repair scammers back in 2014 when they set up hidden cameras for a sting mission. In 2019 investigators from "Inside Edition" broadcasted a report rigging a garage door system by moving a photo-eye sensor. This simple fix was put to the test and "Inside Edition" had two industry experts confirm the only problem with the garage door system was an unaligned photo-eye. Investigators called eight door companies to fix the problem. Luckily, only 2 out of the eight attempted to scam the customer. One company wanted $720 for the "repair" and stated that the gear was about to break and that the sensors were dead. The other scammers asked or $475 stating that it was an "electrical problem". These scammers in particular dropped the price to $400 if cash. Immediately after being told this information "Inside Edition" promptly confronted the two scammers in which they quickly packed up and left.
Check for phony addresses
Always check the advertised street address of any garage door company (or any company for that matter).
Both experts noticed that the two scammers were in unmarked trucks. The one company in particular was in an unmarked pickup, but was nicely organized, and the tech wore a company shirt. Experts say that when scammers drive unmarked trucks, they may be subcontractors who have loose relationships with any specific company. One expert even recommends another tactic to spot a scammer: "Ask them to tell you the name of the company they represent." If they stumble to answer, or the name of the company is different than the company you called, it's wise to send them away.
Video from "Inside Edition" investigation below!
Credits: Door + Access Systems Magazine (article from Winter 2019), Inside Edition.
Do you hear any loud noises or funny sounds?
Noisy garage doors are usually caused by worn rollers, loose hardware, and parts that need lubrication or an opener in need of anti-vibration pads which are all easy fixes or it might be time to replace your chain-driven garage opener with a belt-driven opener. You may also need to replace your extension spring system with torsion springs. Torsion springs are installed above the door to help make a lot less noise. Your garage hardware also consists of rollers, hinges and steel pulleys so you may need to lubricate these parts and if that doesn't work it is best to call in the professionals.
Is your garage door slower than normal or seem unbalanced?
As we mentioned above about lubrication.... more often than not, if a garage door is running slowly, it's because of the track, roller brackets and hinges needing lubrication. A few drops of penetrating oil on these moving parts can make all the difference when it comes to opening and closing speed. (Warning: do not use penetrating oil on nylon rollers). If you notice your garage door is unbalanced or sticking, adjusting the speed does not correct this; the door MUST be adjusted and serviced by a professional.
How old is your garage door/opener?
A steel or aluminum garage door will last you 20 years or more. A wooden door can last about the same amount of time if you are taking proper care of it. Torsion springs have a cycle life of 10,000. A cycle is one opening and closing of the door. This typically means about eight to 12 years, depending on how often you open and close your garage door. If you live in an older home, you should have records of when the garage door was installed and its maintenance history. Let's talk garage door openers. They have a similar lifespan to other parts of your garage door and openers should last about 5-10 years. The lifespan depends on several factors like how often you use the opener and how often you repair it.
Below, you will find a link to our blog about the LIFTMASTER 8500W. We feel there are many other reasons to replace your opener other than its age. Why is that? Features! We all love the latest technology like we love the latest smartphones. You can now link your garage door opener to an app on your smartphone, giving you the option of opening and closing the garage door even when you are not at home. Amazon delivery can also be linked with your opener, plus much much more!
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Wood garage doors are most sought out for their natural beauty, elegance and curb appeal.
What can happen?
Rain damage can cause cupping, dry rot, expansion contraction and can soak up water.
What can you do?
Seal up cracks:
One of the first things that you should do to get your garage ready for the rainy season is to use caulk around any cracks or windows since that would prevent water from coming in. If you get in the habit of looking for and sealing any cracks twice a year then you will save a lot of money in garage repair costs over the course of the time!
Make sure your garage door is finished via paint or stain:
Natural wood garage doors are beautiful. They provide strength and natural insulating properties and require regular maintenance to keep them protected from outside elements. We recommend repainting or retaining your garage door every 1-2 years depending on exposure and stained garage doors would need a top coat applied just as often.
We hope these tips will help you and if you have other questions we are happy to answer them at
G&G Garage Door Co.! 310-782-9000
photo credit: @clopay
My spring is broken! What do I do? Can I repair it myself? What kind of risk will I encounter? What is the cost? Who do I call? We have all had this happen to us at one time or another and all these questions come to mind but, before we try to answer any of these questions... what does this spring do and why do I need it?
Torsion springs operate your garage door up and down. Springs are designed to pick up the weight of your garage door, under tremendous tension. They are wound up very, very tight. Above photos show what could happen if you don't know what you are doing and if you wear loose clothing or even a glove etc that can get too close, caught inside and worse cause bodily harm! There have been many cases of fingers being torn off or mangled. Your body isn't the only damage a torsion spring breaking can cause, it can dent the steel reinforcement trust on the door and actually put a hole in the wall above the header. You may have watched an "easy" how to video on the internet and think you can do it yourself but we highly recommend you leave it to the professionals. They show how to keep your torsion spring tight and adjusting them but that actually causes your torsion spring to break faster! It is cheaper to call a garage door company than to pay for emergency bills. The price range averages from $75-$125 each spring vs professional installed price range of $195-$395.
Did you also know that manufactures give torsion springs a cycle life? That is how many times the garage door can open and close before the spring will break and needs to be replaced. To prevent a torsion spring breaking we always recommend regular maintenance checks. Give us a call anytime if you have any other questions or if you think your torsion spring is near the end of its life cycle.
California is making big moves towards keeping families safer. As I briefly stated in the previous blog 'PROTECT YOUR GARAGE DOOR FROM THESE 4 ELEMENTS'; fire safety has really become more of a topic of conversation in the lives of Californians because wild fires have been breaking out all over California. Climate change is the number one factor of these fires which is caused by the increase of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that are created by burning fossil fuels. California has had 15 out of the 20 largest wildfires happen since the year 2000.
This is scary because we are not at all prepared. For instance, an elderly woman was unable to escape her home in Santa Rosa after a fire storm broke out. She tried pulling on her garage door cord to open her garage door manually since the power went out and she had no battery backup, which she could only raise her heavy wooden garage door about 2". Thankfully her neighbors saw her struggling to lift her garage door and were able to lift it up just in time to help her escape. Many other of her neighbors in the retirement community encountered the same issue, which prompted her to buy a battery backup. This year we have a law set in place called 'SB-969', which requires a battery backup for new installs because of the fire issue. A big problem in Californian is that we still have old openers and if you have a wood door it is nearly impossible to manually lift it.
Many are not so lucky with having their neighbors assist them in emergencies like this elderly woman. Many lives can be saved by having a simple updated garage door opener. If you or someone you know does not have a battery backup, don't you think it's time for one?
WINTER IS COMING, SO IS THE COLD
It is that time of the year again where we start to feel the wind chill and of course start planning our holiday parties. On the other hand...one thing you may not have thought about planning for is your garage door. If you have an older garage door chances are you should get it looked at to prepare for this upcoming winter. Sure - we live in California but it does get pretty cold, at least to Californians. If your garage door isn't sealed properly or even insulated chances are you will be paying a pretty penny for your heating bills as the cold air can seep in through your garage and into your nice warm living rooms. If you haven't replaced your weatherstripping in years or maybe even ever, it might be time to do it. Weatherstripping can crack over time and create gaps in the seal which lets cold air and wind inside. You can try these tips I mentioned or if your garage door may be out of date, it might not matter how much reinforcement and sealing you give it. It could possibly be time to invest in a new garage door. Modern doors are made with excellent insulation and are strong and durable.
A drizzle can scare even the toughest of Californians so when it actually starts to pour down, are we even prepared? Make sure you take the preventative steps on keeping your garage (and the inside) safe and keep you from steep costs. First thing you want to make sure you have is adequate drainage. If your yard slopes toward your garage the water may pool up faster than it can drain. You may need to install french drains or trench drain along with your driveway or in front of your garage. This way, you direct the water away from your home. Second thing you can use are flood barriers and sandbags. This technique is used to redirect water away from your property and toward the street via sandbags. This option will not completely seal your garage, but it will reduce flooding during massive downpours. Stack the sandbags in a pyramid-shaped wall near the flood zone area.
We deal with humidity most the time in California. This can pose a serious threat to not only your garage and property but most importantly your health. First and foremost you can and it is recommended that you invest in a properly insulated garage door. Humidity can cause mold, and mildew growth and potentially damage your property. Keep your garage dry if you notice humidity has started to cause excess moisture from within. Wipe down anything you notice holding moisture and such as cardboard boxes and replace them with resistant plastic containers. Another great way to keep out moisture is to make sure you have proper ventilation. Create air circulation by opening windows and installing an exhaust fan or dehumidifier.
Lets face it, fires happen! We have mentioned before about the new California battery backup law in California due to wild fires happening much more frequently. With that being said the new law states that any new opener installed must have battery backup! It saves lives because if your power goes out due to fires, your garage would use the battery backup to be able to let you escape! There have been cases of families locked in their garage not being able to escape because they didn't have a battery backup opener. Stay tuned for our next blog for more on fire safety!
If you have any further questions on preventative care do not hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!
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2335 Abalone Ave #108, Torrance, CA 90501, United States
When buying a garage door opener you may become overwhelmed with all of the options that are offered on the market. In our previous blog post we spoke about the new battery backup law that went into effect which basically states no new garage door opener can be installed without a battery backup. With that being said there are plenty of really helpful functions that your opener can offer. So, it is important to understand what you want out of your garage door.
Whether it be the brand or functionality we think that there is a garage door suitable for everyone's needs. For instance, if you are into the technology lifestyle (which most of us are) then check out the Liftmaster 8500W. First off, the sleek design speaks for itself, this garage door opener mounts to the side of your garage door vs crowding the overhead space! The 8500W has smartphone control. What is that you ask? Lets just say you leave the house in a hurry and can’t remember if you closed that darn garage door? Well with the smartphone control you can not only close the garage door, if in fact you forgot to close it but it will also let you know if it is shut or not… giving you peace of mind. Lets face it we all have a lot going on in our days, and taking away the worry about the garage door being open or shut can really help us focus on our other daily tasks we have to do. If this hasn’t impressed you yet, then wait until we tell you about Amazon Delivery! What does that have to do with anything? Everything! You can now get your Amazon packages safely delivered from a one time code an Amazon Delivery carrier gets so that they may open your garage door and place your package safely inside and close up once delivered! You will even receive alerts when your garage door is being opened and closed! The possibilities are just endless with the Liftmaster 8500W and the sleek design.
If the design of your garage door opener isn’t a top priority and you would like to save more money (don’t we all), there are plenty other great openers out there which still have smartphone controls using myQ technology! If you would like to chat more about openers or have any questions don’t hesitate to ask our team, leave a comment or give us a call 310-782-9000.
Software: Users are required to download the myQ app and the Amazon Key app.
Membership: Users are required to be an Amazon Prime member.
Hardware: Users will require myQ hardware, a Smart Garage Hub or a connected garage door opener for basic functionality with Key by Amazon for in-garage delivery. An Amazon Cloud Cam is optional for basic functionality.
WHY IN GARAGE DELIVERY?
79% of US consumers shop online and run into issues like stolen packages and missed deliveries. 72% of Americans who live in a house or townhome take security measures to avoid having a package stolen.Using your garage as a package drop-off point will transcend current delivery hurdles.
The garage is big enough to receive various sized packages and takes weather out of the equation. Wether the garage is attached or detached, it serves as an extension of the home that is self-contained, making entering a garage space much less intrusive then entering the home itself.
WHAT IS KEY FOR GARAGE?
As part of Key by Amazon Service, eligible Prime members will have the option of secure, worry-free in-garage delivery using a myQ compatible garage door opener or myQ hardware.
HOW DO YOU ENSURE THE SAFTEY OF IN-GARAGE DELIVERY?
Safety is our top priority. In-garage delivery is a safe way for customers to receive their packages. First, delivery drivers never have an access code to a customer's garage. Instead, drivers are granted one-time access after Amazon's verification process confirms that the right driver and package is at the correct address, and that the driver is near the door. Second, Amazon Cloud cam records delivery's so customers can review a video clip of the delivery. Third, drivers will not move onto their next delivery until the door has been securely closed.
HOW MUCH DOES In-GARAGE DELIVERY COST?
Once installed, there is no additional cost to choosing the "in-garage" option at checkout. If your garage door is already myQ connected, then it is as simple as linking your Amazon and myQ accounts to the Key app.
Beginning July 1, 2019, The SB-969 bill requires an automatic garage door opener that is manufactured for sale, sold, offered for sale, or installed in a residence to have a battery backup function that is designed to operate when activated because of an electrical outage. The bill would make a violation of those provisions subject to a civil penalty of $1,000. The bill would, on and after July 1, 2019, prohibit a replacement residential garage door from being installed in a manner that connects the door to an existing garage door opener that does not meet the requirements of these provisions.
Why was SB-969 introduced?
SB-969 was introduced in response to the 2017 wildfires that left people trapped in their garages with no power to the garage door openers. Some individuals lost their lives due to not being able to lift their garage doors manually.
Are there any other restrictions that would require me to purchase a battery backup garage door opener?
If your current garage door opener has a battery backup, or if you install a new garage door opener with a battery backup, make sure that there is a fully charged battery installed with your opener. If you do not have this feature, there are several models G&G offer in the market today that have this feature. Take a look at our website and find our Openers & Specialty Openers.
What should I know about the SB-969 bill?
If you are replacing your garage door or garage door opener after July 1st, 2019, only a battery backup garage door opener can be installed in the residence. However, we encourage installing a garage door opener with battery backup now and not waiting until July 1st, 2019.