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Spring Cleaning Starts in the Garage

Spring is just around the corner!  This is my favorite time of year.  I enjoy getting out in the yard, planting vegetable seeds, and enjoying all the new flowers and blooms.  Many of us have been pent up all winter and are ready to clean and organize.  Your garage is a good place to start!

Here in Southern California we don’t have weather that would cause build up on the exterior of the garage door but it is not a bad idea to begin your garage cleaning with wiping down the outside of your garage door.  You can use a simple household cleaner, our technicians recommend Simple Green, to spray and wipe down the door.

Once the door is clean it is time to move inside the garage.  A good thing to do occasionally is to lubricate the hinges, springs, and bearings with a silicone based lubricant as recommended by the manufacturer.

Once your garage door is running smoothly again, the next step is to start organizing all the Christmas decorations, sports equipment, and camping gear that has somehow piled up along the walls and in the rafters.  Pull everything out and organize it by category.  While you have all the boxes out of the garage it would be a good idea to sweep out the corners and get rid of any cobwebs.  If you need to build shelving, now would be a good time to do that.  There are plenty of storage accessories available for purchase as well.  Have you thought about hanging the bikes?  Or how about hanging your gardening tools and cleaning supplies?  .

The garage is such a large part of our house and can be a very functional place as long as we keep it organized.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

We’ve had a good deal of rain lately here in Southern California.  Compared to the rest of the country it’s not very much, but we have been in a drought so when it rains for 2 days day we consider that to be a “good deal” of rain.  Personally, I like the change in the weather.  I was able to go home after work, light a fire, and enjoy a cozy evening with hot chocolate and Christmas tree lights.  I know the rain can cause many problems for people, though too.  One of those problems has to do with your garage door.

If your garage door is a roll-up, sectional door you have a type of springs called torsion springs.  These springs twist as your garage door closes, storing up energy, and then releasing energy and untwisting to open the door.  Without these springs your door is extremely heavy and almost impossible to lift.  Torsion springs don’t like the rain so when it rains they often break leaving your garage door stuck closed and your car trapped inside.  That’s when you frantically call Entry Systems to schedule a time for a technician to come out to fix it.

Most people don’t think twice about their garage door until it breaks. But the fact of the matter is that torsion springs only last about 10,000 cycles, or 5-8 years.  There are a few things you can do to help increase the life of your torsion springs, preventing extreme inconvenience and unexpected expenses.  We recommend having your garage door system serviced annually.  There are many parts that can wear out which can cause damage and unnecessary strain to your door and motor.  It is also important to keep your rollers, track, and springs well lubricated.  This will help your door open and close smoothly and quietly, and will prolong the life of your garage door and it’s operating system. Garage door maintenance can be dangerous so it may be best if you leave it up to the professionals.  We are happy to help and make sure you are able to get in and out of your garage and to work on time!

The torsion springs in your garage cause the door to open and close and can cause stress when broken.

The torsion springs in your garage cause the door to open and close and can cause stress when broken.

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Amarr’s Coastal Collection

We are proud to announce that we carry Amarr’s Coastal Collection garage door! It is built with resilient vinyl facing and edges on each section, sealing out the weather elements and preventing dents and rust.  The Coastal Collection is perfect for homes near the beach experiencing wear and tear from the ocean breeze.  Available in classic carriage house and traditional designs, these garage doors provide years of maintenance free performance.  Solid vinyl construction of the Coastal doors prevents denting, rotting, warping, and cracking.

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Call us today at (949)495-0835 to schedule a free estimate or stop by our office to see a hand sample!

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