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Can a Cracked Garage Door Be Fixed?

Are there any easy fixes for a cracked garage door? Most cracked garage doors are complicated and costly to repair. Light gauge metal garage doors are often too thin to maintain welded repairs. However, there’s a small chance you may be able to repair heavier-duty metal or vinyl garage doors. What garage door repair options do you have for a cracked garage door?

Add Metal Struts to Your Bay Area Garage Doors

While metal struts won’t address the cosmetic issues a crack on your Pleasanton garage doors presents, they will provide added stability and prevent damage progression. They must be carefully chosen and installed inside the door, running its length. In addition, you’ll need to upgrade your garage door springs to accommodate the heavier load of the struts.

Safety note: NEVER install random hardware store items to patch your cracked door – these often worsen the problem and lead to more extensive (and expensive) garage door repairs.

Replace Heavily Cracked Panels on Your Fairfield or Vallejo Garage Doors

It is essential to find a matching panel when addressing heavily cracked garage doors. Look for your garage door model number and manufacturer information for replacement parts on the inside panel side. This information is typically easier to find on wooden rather than metal garage doors. This information is often missing or hidden, making it difficult to find replacement panels, if they exist.

Replace the Entire Garage Door

In most cases, it takes less time, money, and frustration to replace a cracked garage door than it does to fix it. Madden Door sells a variety of garage door options for any budget to help you take a load off and ensure a safe home. Our competitively priced garage doors offer the same quality, functionality, and protection as more expensive models and brands and include professional installation and door disposal.

Don’t crack under pressure. Find out if your cracked garage door can be fixed from the trustworthy team at Madden Door. Contact us at 925-208-4907 to schedule garage door repair services for your Bay Area, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Concord, Oakland, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Fairfield, Vallejo, Brentwood, Lafayette, Hercules, El Cerrito, Brentwood, Antioch, or American Canyon home today.

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Garage Door Won’t Open? Solutions to Top Problems

We’ve all been there. You’re on your way out – or just arrived home – and your garage door won’t open. You check everything you can think of, and it just won’t budge. Our garage door professionals deal with this situation frequently. We’ll cover the most common here so you can solve this issue and get on with your day.

Remote Control Not Working

If your door opens using the wall-mounted control, but not your remote, check the battery in your remote (and possibly your car). If this doesn’t work, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reset it.

Garage Door Opener Unplugged

Sometimes garage door system plugs work themselves free of the electrical outlet. This is one of the most common reasons for garage door opening failure and a frequent cause of customer embarrassment during garage door service calls. 

Circuit Breaker Tripped

Check to make sure the breaker for your garage door system is fully in the “on” position. If a power surge trips a breaker, your door won’t operate.

Motor Disconnected

The disconnect switch on the trolley allows for manual operation during a power outage. Look for the knob/cord for this switch and make sure the motor is not disconnected.

Door Jammed with Debris

Objects blocking the path of the garage door could engage the safety system and prevent the door from opening. A dirty photo eye – the sensor that detects objects in the path of your door – could also be to blame. Wipe it clean with a soft rag and try opening your door again.

Broken Springs or Snapped Cables

Torsion springs wear under the stress of lifting and lowering your garage door over time. Spring breakage can also cause cables to snap under the weight of doors, which is very hazardous for people/objects in the vicinity. This situation always requires emergency service from a trained professional. Never attempt to address broken springs on your own – improper repair can cause serious injury.

Door Off Track

A damaged or deteriorated door that is off track or out of alignment can easily become stuck.

Lack of Use

Built for regular use, doors that have gone unused for long periods, such as during shelter in place orders, can become inoperable, suffering from neglected garage door maintenance, lack of lubrication, system degradation, and the other issues discussed here.

If you’ve addressed these potential problems and your garage door still won’t open, it’s time to call a pro. While these are common reasons for garage door malfunction, there may be other issues. Fortunately, the experienced garage door repairmen at Madden Door & Sons can help. Contact us at 925-208-4907 for fast garage door service at your Alameda, Antioch, Hercules, Richmond, San Pablo, Concord home today.

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Does Your Clunky Garage Door Wake You Up at Night?

Do you or your kids have a bedroom above a noisy garage door? This situation can be a nightmare. Sleep is precious. When earplugs aren’t enough and you’re tired of being jolted awake, take action with the help of the garage door service professionals at Madden Door & Sons.

Top Reasons for a Loud, Clunky Garage Door

If your noisy garage door is waking you up at night, look for these common causes:

  • Loose Chain
    A loose chain causes bouncy garage door movement. Rollers smack on the garage door track, slapping noisily and waking your family. Tighten the chain with the help of your owner’s manual.  
  • Track and Hinges Need Lubrication
    Unlubricated parts can make a lot of noise, squeaking, rattling, and grinding from friction. Spray your tracks and hinges, including the ones between the door panels, liberally with lubricant. If your door uses metal rollers, consider upgrading the rollers to quieter nylon and steel ball bearings options.
  • Mounting Hardware Loose and Moving
    Mounting hardware, door nuts and bolts will eventually come loose with use, rattling and vibrating when your door is in motion. Carefully tightening these can eliminate noise and help your garage door system last longer.   
  • Worn Opener
    If your opener is excessively loud, it may be time to upgrade your garage door opener with a quieter, belt-driven model.
  • Old or Undersized Door
    Worn or undersized garage doors that have warped can put a strain on garage door components, causing noise with use. If you’ve tried all of the above and your garage door is still noisy, it may be time for new garage doors.

Don’t let your sleep suffer, quiet your clunky, noisy garage doors on your Livermore, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Vallejo, Richmond, Moraga, Lafayette, or Berkeley home. Contact Madden Door & Sons at 925-208-4907 to schedule a garage door inspection today.

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