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    Different Types of Garage Door Openers

    Last updated 6 years ago

    If you’re like most homeowners, then you probably don’t care what kind of garage door opener you have—just as long as it opens your door. However, the various garage door openers have a number of subtle differences that make them ideal for different garages and doors. Before you commit to a new garage door opener, you should familiarize yourself with the different types:

    Belt drive
    When it comes to garage door openers, noise is usually the number one complaint. Luckily, belt drive garage door openers from LiftMaster are smooth and quiet—making them perfect for garages located next to bedrooms. The ¾ horsepower belt drive opener, for example, can open even the heaviest garage doors silently and with impressive precision.

    Chain drive
    Chain drive openers are some of the oldest and most popular garage door openers around. Though they’ve been noisy in the past, recent advances have made them smoother and quieter than ever. Still, you may not want to get a chain drive opener if there is a bedroom or prominent living space adjacent to your garage.  

    Screw drive
    The Dallas area is known to have scorching temperatures this time of year. As you’ve probably experienced, these hot temperatures can create a number of problems for homeowners—broken garage door openers, for example. Luckily, screw drive garage door openers are specially designed to withstand severe weather—good news for Dallas residents. 

    Many homeowners use their garages chiefly for storage. Some garages are so filled with mementos and camping equipment that there’s barely any room near the ceiling. If this sounds like your garage, then you should consider buying a jackshaft opener, which mounts on the wall beside your garage door. You might even opt for the power standby system, which allows you to open your garage door during power outages.

    If you’re interested in purchasing a new garage door opener, contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service of Dallas. We have all of the above types of garage door openers, plus dozens of types of garage doors. Call us today at (972) 544-7367 if you have any questions.

    Essential Components of a Garage Door Maintenance Visit

    Last updated 6 years ago

    The garage door is one of those aspects of the home that most homeowners take for granted—until the day it stops working. Though your garage door may eventually break down, you can delay this inconvenience by performing regular maintenance. Here’s a quick look at the essential components of a professional garage door maintenance visit:

    Checking the spring

    Every vertical-opening garage door needs a strong torsion spring in order to open correctly. Unfortunately, old age and exposure to moisture can cause a spring to rust or otherwise become weakened. That’s why professional garage door repairmen always check the spring as a part of their regular routine. Though you may be tempted to look at the torsion spring yourself, you should know that the stored tension can make this component very dangerous.                                                                                           

    Testing the opener

    Since the electronic opener is the most complex aspect of a garage door system, it has the most potential for malfunction. If there’s a small problem with your garage door opener, a garage door expert should be able to spot and repair it before it becomes a big problem.

    Lubricating the hinges

    Old garage doors are notorious for making a lot of noise. Though garage door openers are responsible for some of the noise, dry hinges are significant culprits as well. If you don’t feel comfortable lubricating your garage door’s hinges, don’t worry—a professional will do it for you during his maintenance routine.  

    Performing repairs

    Even if you’re the most conscientious garage door owner in the world, your garage door may end up in need of repairs. In addition to making sure that your garage door’s components are intact, a garage door maintenance professional will fix any and all damaged components. If your door’s tracks are slightly askew, for example, you can count on a maintenance expert to straighten them.

    If it’s been a while since anyone’s looked at your garage door, contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service. We’ve provided Dallas homes and businesses with stellar garage door installation, maintenance, and repairs for over 15 years. If you call us today at (972) 544-7367, we’ll gladly get started on your garage door.

    Garage Door Operation 101

    Last updated 6 years ago

    To most homeowners, garage doors are fairly straightforward—you open them, drive your car inside, and close them again. However, the doors themselves are surprisingly complicated.

    In this short video from, door expert James Osborne discusses the basics of garage doors. He shows us the spring balance, the cables, the rollers, the hinges, and the opener. Whenever something goes very wrong with your garage door, Mr. Osborne suggests hiring a reputable repair service.

    If you’re looking for a skilled garage door repair company in the Dallas area, don’t hesitate to contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service. We handle broken springs, handles, openers, and much more. Call us today at (972) 544-7367 to get started.  

    Important Factors to Consider When Shopping for a New Garage Door

    Last updated 6 years ago

    The next time you drive through your neighborhood, take a close look at all the garage doors. As you see each door, you’ll quickly notice how important these doors are to each home’s exterior look. You may even get a few good ideas for your own garage door. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a new garage door:  


    As any trip through your neighborhood will tell you, there are many styles of garage door to choose from. Selecting the right look can dramatically increase your home’s curb appeal and total value. That’s why you should go for a garage door that looks good with the rest of your home’s exterior, without overwhelming it.

    Garage size

    It doesn’t make sense to have a tiny garage door with a large garage, or vice versa. Before you make your final decision, you should take stock of your garage and determine which garage door makes the most sense. If you have a particularly big garage, you may need to go with two or three garage doors.


    Garage doors are typically made of wood, fiberglass, steel, or aluminum. As you shop for a garage door, you’ll have to decide which material matches your style, budget, and impact resistance requirements. You might also consider buying a garage door with windows for additional beauty.    

    Opening mechanism

    Garage doors either open vertically in sections, tilt up in one piece, or open horizontally from the middle. It’s important that you decide which door type best suits you style and available space. If you go with a rolling sectional door, you should also decide which type of electronic opener you want—jackshaft, screw drive, belt drive, or chain drive.

    Shopping for a garage door is never a simple process. For help finding the right door for your home, contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service of Dallas. In addition to new garage door sales and installation, we’re happy to provide repairs and regular maintenance. Call us today at (972) 544-7367 if you have any questions.

    Can Your Garage Door Stand Up to This Kind of Abuse?

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Though we all love our kids, we definitely don’t love what they do to our garage doors. Luckily, Chicago Doors makes a special fiberglass door that is impact resistant.

    In this short video, we get to see just how impact resistant Chicago Doors’ 2700 Series fiberglass garage door is. Ryan Bradley, relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, throws a 94 mph fastball directly at the door and leaves not even a scratch! If the door can handle that, it can certainly handle whatever your kids can dish out.

    If you’d like a door like the one featured in this video, contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service of Dallas. In addition to garage door installation, we offer high quality repairs, maintenance, and more. Call us today at (972) 554-7367 if you have any questions.

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