Garage Door FAQs

Do I need an insulated door?

The garage is generally the largest uninsulated room in a home. You’ve probably noticed that your garage is generally much closer in temperature to your home than the air outside, despite not being heated or cooled by your central air system. You garage benefits from sharing common walls with the parts of your house that are heated and cooled by your central HVAC system. If your garage shares a common wall with your home, it’s likely that some of your home heating and cooling is lost through your garage—unnecessarily increasing your energy costs. Installing an energy efficient garage door is a good way to decrease your home’s energy bills.

What is garage door R-value?

R-value refers to a standardized thermal efficiency measurement. When shopping for an energy efficient garage door, you want to look for one with a high R-value. A higher R-value will result in higher energy efficiency, potentially saving you up to hundreds of dollars a year on your energy bill. Most of the garage doors on the market right now have an R-value of somewhere between six and 18.

How can I improve the energy efficiency of my current garage door?

If you’d like to improve the energy efficiency of your garage door but don’t want to install a new, energy efficient model, there are a few steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your current garage door. First, you can install weatherstripping on the bottom and edges of your garage door. Next, you can insulate the garage door itself. The most popular types of garage door insulation are polystyrene and injected foam. Keep in mind that insulating your garage door yourself is not nearly as effective as having an energy efficient garage door installed by a professional!

Should I choose a steel garage door or a wooden garage door?

Whether you should install a steel or wooden garage door will depend on the look you want to achieve and the features you want your new garage door to have. Steel garage doors can help with home insulation—preventing weather from permeating your garage and home. Steel garage doors also offer longer warranties than most wood garage doors and can even last a lifetime with proper maintenance. Wood garage doors are highly customizable and allow you to make a unique decorative statement that complements the architectural integrity of your space—all while adding value to your home.

What garage door brands does The Hamilton Parker Company carry?

All of The Hamilton Parker Company’s garage doors are manufactured by industry leading brands, including Wayne-Dalton, Amarr, C.H.I., Overhead Door, Haas, and more. Call us or visit one of our showrooms today for more information on our garage doors.

What are the benefits of installing custom garage doors?

Custom garage doors allow you to combine all of your favorite garage door function and style elements. This includes weather-resistant features, sound proofing, finishes, window accents, hardware choices, and more. Call The Hamilton Parker Company today for an in-home custom garage door consultation. Our knowledgeable garage door experts will help you design a style that fits your home and your budget!

What are the standard single-car garage door sizes?

Single-car doors usually come in the following standard sizes (note that when buying garage doors, garage door sizes are listed width first):

  • 8 x 7 ft. garage doors
  • 8 x 8 ft. garage doors
  • 9 x 7 ft. garage doors
  • 9 x 8 ft. garage doors
  • 10 x 7 ft. garage doors
  • 10 x 8 ft. garage doors

What are the standard double-car garage door sizes?

Double-car garage doors usually come in the following standard sizes (note that when buying garage doors, garage door sizes are listed width first):

  • 12 x 7 ft. garage doors
  • 12 x 8 ft. garage doors
  • 14 x 7 ft. garage doors
  • 14 x 8 ft. garage doors
  • 16 x 7 ft. garage doors
  • 16 x 8 ft. garage doors
  • 18 x 7 ft. garage doors
  • 18 x 8 ft. garage doors

Does garage door replacement offer a high return on investment?

With an average national job cost of $1,496 for midrange projects and $2,720 for upscale projects, garage door replacement ranked as one of the lowest cost home improvement projects in 2012.

If you’re interested in garage door replacement in Columbus, OH, contact The Hamilton Parker Company today. We carry all the top garage door brands, in addition to offering custom garage door design services.

How long will my garage door last?

Most garage doors come with a warranty, but in general, your garage door should last you about 20 years. Scheduling annual garage door maintenance can help extend the life of your garage door.

What are my commercial garage door options?

When it comes to commercial garage doors, most manufacturers offer sectional garage door, rolling garage door, and sheet garage door options:

  • Sectional garage doors – sectional garage doors are known for being energy-efficient and attractive, while also offering ease of operation.
  • Rolling garage doors – rolling garage doors are generally available in aluminum and steel. They are generally known for being the most durable option and require very little maintenance.
  • Sheet garage doors – sheet garage doors are the easiest and cheapest to buy and install. Unfortunately, they are not the most energy-efficient or attractive.

In addition to considering the strength, design, and material (steel, aluminum, etc.), you’ll also have to choose a manufacturer. Popular commercial garage door manufacturers include Wayne-Dalton, Clopay, Overhead Door, Amarr, Haas, and more.

Is The Hamilton Parker Company offering any garage door specials now?

Yes! Check out our garage door promotions page for our current specials!

Why should I upgrade my garage door?

Newer garage doors are more energy efficient, allowing you to save money on your heating and cooling bills.

In addition, newer garage doors also have better safety features, such as censors that won’t allow the door to close if a person or object is in its path.

Finally, garage door replacement offers a high return on investment!

What sets The Hamilton Parker Company apart from other garage door companies in Columbus?

When you choose us as your garage door company in the Columbus or Delaware, OH area, you’ll benefit from our:

  • Free estimates – We will come to your home at no cost or obligation for an in-home garage door consultation and estimate.
  • Professional garage door experts – The Hamilton Parker Company has more than 75 years in the business! Our experienced garage door technicians will ensure your new garage door is a valuable, safe, and stylish addition to your home.
  • Wide selection of garage doors – We install and service the largest selection of garage doors and garage door openers in the Columbus area.
  • Award winning garage door showrooms – At The Hamilton Parker Company, you can compare garage doors side by side at one of our spacious garage door showrooms in Columbus or Delaware, OH.
  • And more!

Contact us today to schedule a free garage door consultation with one of our experts!

Garage Door Installation FAQs

Can I install a new garage door myself?

DIY garage door installation is not recommended, and it’s definitely a project that requires more than one person. When handling your garage door, keep in mind that its springs store a lot of energy and can cause severe injury or death if handled improperly. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing or adjusting your garage door, and don’t hesitate to call a professional to make adjustments for you.

Do I need to have my garage door professionally sized?

If you’ve never replaced your garage doors, it’s important to get the sizing correct when you’re garage door shopping. For example, some garages might require custom garage door installation due to a non-standard garage door size. However, most garage doors come in standard sizes.

To figure out what size garage door you need, you should measure your current garage door—not the garage door opening. For better accuracy, hire a professional for a garage door consultation (at The Hamilton Parker Company, we offer free garage door consultations in the Columbus, Ohio area!).

Is my new garage door eligible for tax credits?

Because garage doors are not currently ENERGY STAR certified products, they are currently no tax credits available for upgrading to an energy-efficient garage door like there are for ENERGY STAR certified windows, skylights, and doors.

However, you can still save on your energy bill by installing an insulated garage door!

What is a trackless garage door?

Most garage doors run on a system of rollers and tracks—allowing your door to smoothly transition from open to close. A trackless garage door is exactly what its name implies—a garage door that operates without the use of a track. When you install a trackless garage door, you don’t have to worry about installing rails on your garage’s ceiling. As you can imagine, this type of door takes up less space in your garage and also allows for garage door use in situations where ceiling guides cannot be installed.

How does a trackless garage door work?

Most (though not all) trackless garage doors are sectional—meaning rather than consisting of one flat plank, they instead have multiple planks that bend and pivot when the garage door opens and closes.

When you open a trackless garage door, rather than being guided along a track with rollers, its sections (or panels) fold and overlap onto each other. Typically, they swing on large spring-loaded hinges or pivot at either side of the door.

What are the benefits of trackless garage doors?

When a part of your garage door fails, it’s likely to bend or damage your tracks in some other way. Having a trackless garage door means one less item to repair when a part of your garage door fails!

In addition, when you install a trackless garage door, you don’t have to worry about installing rails on your garage’s ceiling. This type of door takes up less space in your garage and also allows for garage door use in situations where ceiling guides cannot be installed.

What are the benefits of installing glass garage doors?

Glass garage doors offer clean lines and a sleek design—making them an ideal addition to contemporary homes. In addition, they are also customizable, low-maintenance, and energy-efficient.

Read more in our blog post on glass garage doors!

What are the benefits of installing glass garage doors?

We generally recommend having your garage door professionally sized, but you certainly don’t have to if you’ve replaced your garage door before and are familiar with its dimensions.

If you don’t have experience replacing your garage door, however, we’d hate to see you purchase the wrong size door! Also, there’s more to consider than just the door itself. You also have to consider what size opener you will need based on your garage door dimensions and several other factors:

  • Depth of your garage
  • Headroom (the space from the top of the garage door opening to the lowest ceiling point)
  • Side room (the space on either side of your garage door opening)
  • Door opening height and width

Garage Door Opener FAQs

Why isn’t my garage door opener working?

If your garage door opener isn’t working, check the remote and keypad. If batteries are OK, one or both of the openers may need to be reprogrammed. Next, make sure the sensors on the photoelectric eye near the base are pointed directly at one another, because misalignment could cause this feature not to work as intended. If your garage door opener still isn’t working, contact The Hamilton Parker Company for garage door opener repair in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Why isn’t my garage door opening/closing?

If you’ve checked and made sure your garage door opener is still working properly, the problem might be with your garage door. Dry weather can contribute to dirt build-up on your garage door parts, which could interfere with opening and closing. To avoid this, clean tracks and moving parts with a household cleaner and dry with a cloth. Next, tighten all hardware, including garage door section hinges. Lubricate tracks, rollers and pulleys with a lubricating agent like WD-40, then use household oil or silicone spray on rollers. Finally, look for dented tracks or broken rollers that could cause sticking. Many garage door repairs are difficult and require training and experience to perform, and could be dangerous to try on your own. We advise against homeowners performing most garage door repairs on their own.

If you need professional garage door repair in the Columbus, Ohio area, contact The Hamilton Parker Company today.

How do I know what size garage door opener I need to buy?

There are several factors to take into consideration when purchasing a garage door opener, including the number of garage doors the opener needs to lift (do you have a single garage door or double garage doors?) and the size and weight of your garage door(s). If you have a large, heavy garage door or double garage doors, you will need a garage door opener with more horsepower. The best way to determine what size garage door opener you need is to call and schedule professional garage door opener installation. This will ensure that your garage door opener is sized and installed correctly. Contact The Hamilton Parker Company for garage door opener installation today.

Can I install my garage door opener myself?

Garage door opener installation is a delicate process that requires precision and attention to detail. While the overall process is relatively simple, if the installation is not done correctly, it can be a serious – and costly – error. We recommend contacting a professional to make sure that your garage door opener is sized and installed correctly. If you are inexperienced with installing garage door openers, trust The Hamilton Parker Company to complete your garage door opener installation. We offer trustworthy and affordable garage door opener installation, saving you hassle and ensuring safety and proper operation. Contact us today.

How does a keyless garage door opener work?

A keyless garage door opener works by programming a code directly into your unit—allowing you to open your garage door without a key or remote control. With a keyless garage door opener, you won’t have to worry about ever being locked out of your garage.

What is a universal garage door opener?

Universal garage door opener transmitters are meant to work with a variety of brands of garage door openers. A universal garage door opener is an extremely convenient and flexible option to access your garage and protect its contents.

What garage door opener brands does The Hamilton Parker Company carry?

Some of our garage opener brands include Linear Garage Door Openers, Genie Garage Door Openers, and LiftMaster Garage Door Openers.

How long will my garage door opener last?

The average life expectancy of a garage door opener is about 10 years. Scheduling annual garage door maintenance can help extend the life of your garage door opener.

How do I open a garage door with my iPhone?

LiftMaster garage door openers enabled with MyQ technology allow you open your garage door with your iPhone. Click here to read about other garage door opener iPhone apps.

Garage Door Design FAQs

Does my garage door have to match my front door?

Depending on whether or not you want your garage door to be a focal point of your home will determine whether you should match your garage door to your front door or not. If you’d like to make your garage door appear less prominent, you should choose the same color as the color of your house. If you’d like your garage door to stand out, you can match your garage door color to the color of your front door, shutters, or trim.

What is a carriage garage door?

Carriage garage doors are doors that are designed to give your home the classic look of a carriage house. Generally available in steel and wood options (although you can also find them in fiberglass and aluminum), installing carriage garage doors can give your home an elegant or historic appearance.

Is there anything I can do to enhance my existing garage door?

Yes! If you’re not ready to upgrade to a new garage door, there are plenty of things you can do to enhance the appearance and performance of your current garage door. Consider the following:

  • Add garage door window inserts
  • Add decorative garage door hardware
  • Add energy-efficient insulation
  • Paint your garage door

What type of homes do modern or contemporary garage doors complement?

Modern garage doors complement many different home styles:

  •  American Craftsman
  •  Bungalow
  • Midcentury Modern
  •  Postmodern
  • Ranch
  • Split Level

Garage Door Maintenance FAQs

How often should I schedule garage door maintenance?

Most garage door manufacturers recommend an annual preventative maintenance check. Routine garage door maintenance is essential to ensure component life and safety and trouble-free garage door operation. With proper garage door maintenance and inspection, you can avoid costly component failure and prevent the need for garage door repair. Garage doors have several moving parts that require regular lubrication, inspection, and maintenance. Performing proper maintenance on these garage door components will ensure trouble free operation. If you’re interested in signing up for a garage door preventative maintenance program with The Hamilton Parker Company, contact us today.

What is included in a garage door maintenance check?

At The Hamilton Parker Company, our Annual Preventative Maintenance Check includes:

  1. Track and roller lubrication
  2. Spring adjustments
  3. Leveling adjustments
  4. Lock adjustments
  5. Opener chain adjustments
  6. Opener force adjustments
  7. Opener travel adjustments
  8. Eye beam adjustments
  9. Component check for safety and excessive wear
  10. 90-day warranty on labor

Call us today for more information on our garage door maintenance program.

How can I prepare my garage door for winter?

The winter is easily one of the most inconvenient times to have a garage door breakdown. If you haven’t had your annual garage door maintenance yet, do it before the snow comes!

Next, if your garage door isn’t insulated, you can install weatherstripping on the bottom and edges of your garage door. Next, you can insulate the garage door with polystyrene or injected foam.

Finally, remember to replace the batteries in your garage door opener!

How much is a garage door maintenance contract with The Hamilton Parker Company?

At The Hamilton Parker Company, we offer an Annual Preventative Maintenance Check for $100/year. It includes:

  • Track and roller lubrication
  • Spring adjustments
  • Leveling adjustments
  • Lock adjustments
  • Opener chain adjustments
  • Opener force adjustments
  • Opener travel adjustments
  • Eye beam adjustments
  • Component check for safety and excessive wear
  • 90-day warranty on labor

Garage Door Repair FAQs

Can I replace my garage door spring myself?

When you’re having issues opening and closing your garage door, it’s often because the garage door spring requires adjustment. A garage door spring stores a lot of tension, so attempting to repair one yourself or perform garage door spring replacement yourself is not recommended and can be highly dangerous. In addition, garage door spring replacement, repair, or adjustment is a two person job and should never be attempted alone.

Why is my garage door stuck?

If your garage door sticks when you try to open or close it, the problem could be as simple as one of the following:

  • Your metal rollers or hinges might need lubricating.
  • Your track might be dirty or out of alignment.
  • You might have a loose hinge.
  • Something is blocking the garage door opener sensor or it’s become unaligned.

Why isn’t my garage door opener working?

If your garage door opener isn’t working, check the remote and keypad. If batteries are OK, one or both of the openers may need to be reprogrammed. Next, make sure the sensors on the photoelectric eye near the base are pointed directly at one another, because misalignment could cause this feature not to work as intended. If your garage door opener still isn’t working, contact The Hamilton Parker Company for garage door opener repair in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Why isn’t my garage door opening/closing?

If you’ve checked and made sure your garage door opener is still working properly, the problem might be with your garage door. Dry weather can contribute to dirt build-up on your garage door parts, which could interfere with opening and closing. To avoid this, clean tracks and moving parts with a household cleaner and dry with a cloth. Next, tighten all hardware, including garage door section hinges. Lubricate tracks, rollers and pulleys with a lubricating agent like WD-40, then use household oil or silicone spray on rollers. Finally, look for dented tracks or broken rollers that could cause sticking. Many garage door repairs are difficult and require training and experience to perform, and could be dangerous to try on your own. We advise against homeowners performing most garage door repairs on their own. If you need professional garage door repair in the Columbus, Ohio area, contact The Hamilton Parker Company today.

Garage Door Parts FAQ

What is a garage door cable?

Your garage door cable functions as part of your garage door spring. The cable will prevent a broken garage door spring from recoiling if it happens to break. Since a garage door spring stores a lot of tension, the garage door cable is an extremely important component for safety reasons.

How do I choose a garage door motor?

Measured in horsepower, a smaller garage door motor is ideal for single garage doors, while a larger one is required for double or heavy garage doors. If your garage door motor has failed or you’re interested in upgrading to a more powerful motor, contact us for garage door motor repair or replacement.

When do I need to replace my garage door tracks?

Garage door tracks come in different widths, lengths, and graduations depending on their application (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.). When a part of your garage door fails, it’s also likely that it will damage your track. Consider repairing or replacing your garage door tracks if you’re experiencing the following problems:

  • Corroded garage door tracks
  • Split garage door tracks
  • Bent garage door tracks

Contact us today if you need garage door track repair or replacement in the Columbus, OH area.

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