Your overhead garage doors can be complicated, but they don’t have to get the best of you. So, to help you get the most from your home’s garage door system, and to understand more about how it works, we thought it would help to answer some of the commonly asked questions our garage door specialists hear.

18 FAQs about Garage Doors

  1. Can my garage door be painted? Many types of garage doors can be painted, but you will need to consult the user’s manual to find out if your particular door is one of them.
  2. Can just a portion of a garage door be replaced, or must one replace the entire door? In some cases, it is possible to just replace a specific part. However, if the damage is significant it will be needful to install a new door.
  3. Can I reuse my old track with a new door? This is not recommended as it can affect the safety. In addition, failing to swap to a new track can negate your warranty.
  4. What is R-Value? Like in insulation, R-value is the measure of thermal efficiency and is an important factor to keep in mind when purchasing a garage door. If you plan is to use your garage as a work space, a hangout area or perhaps it shares a wall with a room in your home, then you will want a garage door with a higher R-value. For a detached garage or one that is not going to be used as “living” space then a lower R-value or even a garage door without insulation. That said, having even some insulation in your garage door will improve energy efficiency, increase durability and reduce noise.
  5. Are homeowners required to have handles on garage doors? Voluntary standards for the industry requires the installation of handles in connection with the manual operation. As a result, many garage door manufacturers design and provide handles for their systems.
  6. What measurements are needed when choosing a new garage door? Measure the width of the opening from jamb to jamb; measure the height of the door from floor to the bottom of the header and then measure the headroom from the top of the opening to ceiling or first obstruction.
  7. My garage door is loud. Is there a way to minimize the noise it makes? You can often correct noise with a spray lubricant or by running a thin bead of motor oil across the top of each spring. If the door is still noisy, talk to a CSS Garage Door specialist to find out what we can do make a noisy garage door a thing of the past.
  8. Why are the lights on my garage door opener flashing and keeping my door from closing? If the lights on your garage door opener are flashing, or the door is not closing completely, it is likely that there is a problem with your safety sensors. It could be a weak battery, that the sensors are blocked or misaligned, that there is circuit failure, that the control of wire is being shorted or perhaps the wires are broken or disconnected.
  9. How do I know if my garage door is properly balanced? There are several tells that let you know if your door is balanced. These are – being able to raise the door halfway and having it stay there, the door lowering without slamming to the ground, raising at a controlled pace, and for the bottom of the door to align with the bottom of the header when the door is in a raised position.
  10. My garage has a low ceiling. How much clearance does it take to have a garage door installed? To install a garage door into a space, there must be at least 4.5″ of headroom; to install a system with a garage door opener then you need a minimum of 6.5” of headroom.
  11. What is the difference between the screw, belt, and chain garage door openers? The screw drive is powerful, quiet, fast and especially perfect for larger heavier doors; belt drives are known for being quiet and are perfect for garages that are adjacent to residential living space and chain drive opener systems are reliable and tough.
  12. Should I attempt to make repairs on my garage doors? We are happy to come to your location and make repairs for you. Garage doors can be challenging and dangerous to repair – especially repairs to the springs, door sections, and tracks. Unless you have experience making garage door repairs then leave the work to a professional rather than take the DIY approach.
  13. How do I know what type of garage door springs I have? There are 2 types of springs – torsion or extension. Torsion springs are placed on a metal tube, have metal cones at the end and are placed above the door, while extension springs have loops and are located on the sides of the garage.
  14. Why is the gauge of a garage door important? The lower the gauge the stronger and thicker the steel is, so 24-gauge is thicker than 27-gauge. But, if two 27-gauge steel skins are fused together with insulation sandwiched in between then that will be stronger than a single 24-gauge.
  15. Can an old garage door opener be installed on a new door? While this can be done, it is wise to check the compatibility level and be sure that the two parts will not create any safety issues.
  16. What horsepower garage door opener is needed for a garage door? Typically, 1/3 horsepower garage door opener is need for a single car garage, while 1/3 to 1/2 is needed for heavier doors or a multi car garage. For a garage door that is even heavier, such as a wooden door, then a ¾ horsepower is recommended because it will last the longest and provide the best outcome.
  17. What can I do if my garage door opener is missing? Most homeowners have a spare garage door remote, but in the event that you find yourself without a garage door opener, there are several actions to take. First, erase the lost remote from the memory of your opener and reset the code. Then, while you wait for your replacement to come in be prepared to open/close your garage door manually. However, if your door is heavy or won’t stay open without support, contact CSS Garage Doors.
  18. Why is my garage door hitting the floor then going back up? This could occur for a few different reasons, although the most common one is that something is blocking the threshold – so check that first. If you ascertain that blockage is not the issue then other solutions can be resetting the travel down feature, adjusting the limit switch, or having someone come check the logic board (i.e. the garage door’s brain) as board can get old and cause the garage door to open or close without explanation.

Overhead garage door systems, though beneficial, are often one of the least understood elements of a home. Yet we depend on them to make our lives easier. But by taking time to understand how they work, and making time to maintain the parts and pieces, they will last for years. If you have any questions about your home’s garage doors, don’t hesitate to contact us.



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