Garage Door FAQ

What should I look for when selecting a garage door?

Please visit our How to Select a Garage Door page for more information on selecting a garage door.

Back to Top

Can I replace or repair my garage door myself?

Replacing your garage door is a highly technical process - connecting the springs can be extremely dangerous, and the right tools, hardware, and experience is needed to ensure a properly installed garage door. Republic Garage Doors has been contracting in the state of California since 1992 and we offer a full lifetime warranty. We are clean, dependable, and respectful of you and your property. In addition, we can typically get the job done within a few hours and will haul away and dispose of your old garage door.

Back to Top

Why should you replace your old-wooden garage door with a new metal sectional roll up garage door from Republic Garage Doors?

Republic Garage Doors is the premier leader in garage door sales, service, and installation since 1992. We have the highest rating (A+) from the Better Business Bureau and have zero complaints from the California State License Board.

Old, wooden garage doors are extremely heavy, unsafe, and pose extreme danger when a spring is broken. A typical 2-car (16 x 7) wooden garage door can weigh as much as 225 lbs. and when wet due to rain, it may exceed 275 lbs. A sectional metal insulated roll up garage door weighs only 155 lbs.

There are several reasons to replace your old-wooden garage door. Here are the top six:

  1. Increase the value of your home
  2. Improve the appearance of your home
  3. Reduce risk of injury
  4. Lower your heating and cooling bills by installing an insulated garage door
  5. Reduce the maintenance time on the front of your door by not having to scrap, patch, paint or stain your door year after year
  6. Prevent dry rot and termite infestation

Why should you replace your old garage door opener?

The primary reason for replacing your old garage door opener is safety. According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 43 children have been trapped and killed under automatic garage doors between 1982 and June 1989 due to the garage door openers not having proper safety devices or outdated safety features. For example, many garage door openers are not equipped with photo electric eyes. Photo eyes, which are now mandatory, sense when something is in the way or passing through the opening when the door is coming down. This has two benefits: if the light beam is broken and the garage door is closing, the door will reverse direction and reopen to prevent an injury. In addition, a broken light beam can turn on a light so you that you can see where you are going when it is dark.

Back to Top

What type of maintenance is required for my new garage door?

We recommended that you clean your garage door and lubricate the rollers and hinges once a year. Lubricate the tracks and rollers using a garage door lubricant spray. Springs, cables, and bindings should also be checked once a year. Do not attempt to remove or adjust the springs as the high tension of the springs is extremely dangerous. Contact us if you feel that repairs or maintenance is required.

Back to Top

How do I clean my pre-finished steel garage door?

To clean the surface of your pre-finished steel garage door, simply follow these easy steps annually:

  1. Remove dirt, chalk, and mildew by the use of a diluted solution of common bleach OR mild detergent at a concentration of one cup in five gallons of warm water. (Caution: never mix cleansers and bleach!)
  2. Rinse with clear water after washing and allow to dry completely.
  3. For added protection of a pre-painted steel door, apply wax suitable for automotive use.
  4. You can wipe the inner surface clean like you would a range or refrigerator.
Back to Top

How important is insulation in a garage door?

Insulation is important in a garage door for many reasons. In addition to helping control the temperature, Wayne-Dalton's patented design and foamed-in-place insulation add strength to your door while reducing noise.

The amount of insulation a garage door provides is represented in its R-value, which represents its resistance to heat flow. It is important to select a garage door with an R-value that is consistent with your local climate and lifestyle. Ask yourself these questions when deciding the R-value that best fits your needs:

  • Is my garage climate controlled? If you heat or cool your garage, insulation is very important. Having a well-insulated garage door will keep your heating or cooling costs down by reducing the heat flow through the door.
  • What climate do I live in? Someone living in an extreme hot or cold climate would likely require a garage door with a high insulation value. Even in milder climates, having an insulated door can still affect the temperature in your garage by a noticeable amount, as well as provide additional benefits.
  • Is my garage attached to my house? If your garage is attached to your house, the insulation value of your garage door affects the insulation of your whole house. The R-value of your walls affects how much heat escapes from your house into your garage, and the R-value of your garage door affects how much heat then escapes into the environment. Insulating your garage well will help keep down the heating and cooling costs of your home. In addition, Insulation helps reduce the noise of your garage door as it opens and closes.
  • Do I spend a great deal of time in my garage? People who like to work on their cars or who have workshops in their garages may want their garage to be more insulated, especially if in a colder climate.
  • Is there a bedroom or other interior room above my garage? Many houses are built with rooms over the garage. Whether this room is a part of the house or is a separate apartment-style room above an unattached garage, the insulation value of the garage can greatly affect the insulation of the room. And, again, a higher insulation R-value can equal lower heating and cooling bills. In addition, insulation helps reduce noise.
Back to Top

Want to Learn More?