Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to install my garage door?
Most garage door and opener installations can be completed within one day, depending on the number of doors and openers.
Should I get a wood door, a steel door, or a fiberglass door?
The choice of garage door material is practically endless, though each material has its benefits and drawbacks. Some homeowners prefer wood doors for their natural warm look and to ensure consistency from one part of a home to the next. However, metal doors are longer lasting with much less maintence and typically offer more insulation value. Fiberglass can achieve the look and feel of a wood door, though it can be much more expensive than wood doors by comparison. We ensure our customers fully understand all of their options and the benefits of each as they settle on a final choice.
How important is it to have an insulated garage door?
The importance of insulation in a garage door is very much dependent on where the garage door is located, and how it is used. It makes less sense to have an insulated garage door in a standalone garage with low-insulated walls and ceiling. On the other hand, for garages that are attached to living space, an insulated garage door can be the difference between cold and freezing. Garage door insulation is measured in "R Value;" the higher the R Value, the better the garage door is insulated.
How long will my garage door last?
Garage door lifespan is largely dependent on the material the door is made of. However, well-maintained doors can last up to twenty years. Main Street Door offers an annual twenty-point inspection and tune and lube for garage doors to ensure proper operation.
Why won't my garage door go all the way down before reversing back up?
More recent electric openers (manufactured since the mid-1990’s) have a safety eye system that reverses the garage door if anything is in the way of the garage door closing. Sometimes, the issue is a simple fix, such as something like a spider web blocking the “light beam.” Sensors may also sometimes become misaligned by an accidental knock, making the door automatically reverse. If one of the lights isn’t lit or is blinking, the sensors may need to be realigned. Otherwise, our trained technicians can quickly diagnose and replace most garage door safety sensors on the first visit.
Why won't my garage door open?
Most often, a garage door won't open because its springs are broken. If your garage door is hooked to an electric opener and there is no sound when it is activated, you should try placing the door into manual mode (by pulling the emergency release cord). If you can lift the door manually, the problem is most likely the opener. If however, you can't lift the door manually, there is most likely a problem with the garage door spring mechanism, and a repair should be made by a qualified door mechanic.
Is it safe for me to repair my own garage door spring?
It can be very dangerous for homeowners to attempt repairing garage door springs/counterbalance systems themselves. The mechanisms are engineered to lift very heavy doors, which requires a large amount of torque carrying an enourmous amount of potential energy and should be avoided by anyone that is inexperienced. The danger to yourself and any others around you is too great a risk.
Do I have to replace my whole garage door if just a section is damaged?
Depending on the age of the door and whether the rest of the door is in good enough shape, replacing just a section can be feasible. However, sometimes replacing the entire door makes more sense in terms of cost.