If you’ve been dreaming of a nicer, quieter garage door, there’s never been a better time for an upgrade. Whether you’re in the market for a door to update the style of your house, or you want more functionality out of your opener and remotes, there are plenty of new options for you to check out.
Summer is a time when our garages get used most. For the same reason, it’s usually the time we notice our doors getting squeaky, outdated, or weak. Here are the best upgrades to make your garage a summer haven instead of a summer headache.
1. Upgrading Your Wood Door to a Steel Door
Whenever we’re completing a new door installation at C&W Canada Garage Doors, the first item on the list is to find a door that suits your home and lifestyle perfectly. Your garage door is typically about 70% of the face of your home. If it doesn’t have great curb appeal in addition to functionality, you’re probably going to want to replace it again within a few years, which costs you more in the long run.
We always start by talking to clients about the benefits of upgrading from a wood door to a steel garage door. Steel doors are better insulated, making them the smartest choice for any attached garage. Plus, our high-quality Amarr steel doors won’t rust and won’t become worn-out over time. Not ready to give up on the look of wood? You can choose a steel door that mimics a wood finish and has plenty of options for colours, windows, sizing, and more.
2. Upgrading Your Opener
When your garage door opener needs to be replaced, it will literally beg you for some help. If you’ve been haunted by the squeaky sound of your door opening and closing for some time now, it means it’s past ready for a new, ultra-quiet overhead door opener.
There are a few options when it comes to openers. They may be belt drives, chain drives, or screw drives, but for the climate in Alberta, screw drives aren’t a viable option. Luckily, belt drives also tend to be a lot quieter, so you can get the benefits of a garage door that opens and closes smoothly and silently every time. Most current doors are operating on chain drives, but they can be a bit noisy and belt drives tend to be the better option, so it’s usually the upgrade we recommend.
For the ultimate upgrade and even quieter operation – plus major space saving in your garage – you can switch over to a side mount opener like our LiftMaster® 8500W.
3. Upgrading Your Keyless Entry and Keychain Remotes
You already have a smart home system. Now, why not integrate a smart garage system? Many of our LiftMaster openers include keyless entry and remote monitoring in addition to your typical push-button remote controls.
How does it work? Like everything else these days, it works with your smartphone, essentially turning your phone into the remote. With the MyQ app and a WIFI connection, you can open or close your garage door on your smartphone from anywhere in the world. You can also get instant alerts directly to your phone when your door is opened, which is great for home security. That’s why entry systems are one of our most popular upgrades this summer.
4. Upgrading to High Cycle Count Springs
Our years of experience have taught us a few of the most important characteristics that give your door a longer, better life. One of the most important features for longevity is your door’s springs. In particular, we look at the “cycle count” on your springs.
If your current garage door springs don’t have a very high cycle count, they’re not likely to last as long. Each time you open and close your door, it counts as one “cycle.”
Typically, springs are rated at about 10,000 cycles. This means that a spring will last you about 10 years. However, weather and temperature changes can impact this by up to 50%. That’s not much time before your spring breaks and you need a new one.
A basic rule of thumb I give to C&W clients is this: if your door opens more than three times a day, you need to invest in high cycle springs, because it’s going to save you money in the long-term.
5. Upgrading to High Lift Door
“Lift” refers to how high your garage door raises. Converting to a high lift usually involved adding some track for your door using a rail extension kit.
We live in oil country, which means a lot of us have heavy-duty trucks to park at home at some point. When that happens, a lot of homeowners will suddenly realize their new truck doesn’t fit into their garage because the lift on the door isn’t high enough.
In these cases, it’s usually very straightforward to convert your standard lift garage door into a high lift garage door so you have more clearance for tall vehicles. To make this conversion possible, all you need is one extra foot of space between your garage door ceiling and the top of the door.
When Your Door’s in Trouble You… Call C&W!
If you need garage door installation and repair service and you want someone who will help you choose the perfect fit for your home, call the experts at C&W Canada Garage Doors. We’ll stop by for a consult and show you all our latest and greatest garage door products from some of the best suppliers on the market. Plus, we’ll get a custom door created just for you. Book your free consult and quote now.