The city of Aurora is about the same size as Tampa, Florida or Honolulu, Hawaii but because it's a key component of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metro Area it tends to have a bigger feel to it than those cities. The town itself sprang up at the edge of the prairie east of Denver in the 1880's, the result of one man's real estate vision. That man, Donald Fletcher, bought 4 square miles of land with the idea of creating a new town and provided that town its original name: “Fletcher”. Following the silver crash of 1893 (and after leaving residents of the fledgling town with a mountain of debt related to unrealized municipal water schemes), Fetcher cut affiliations with the town that bore his name and in 1907 the town was renamed Aurora.
At the end of the 19th century the town had about 200 residents and was barely holding on. However, during the early part of the 20th century the town finally found its footing and in the 1970s and 80s it saw explosive growth driven by the completion of the Interstate highway system and the desire of many urban Americans to find a safer, healthier place to live. Since then the city has continued to grow, albeit more slowly, and today it has roughly half the population of and a larger land area than Denver. Many of the houses you'll find in the city today date from the boom period.
The typical garage door is good for around 30 years (plus or minus) which means that many homeowners in Aurora who live in houses built during the boom are now coming face to face with the same decision: whether to enact major repairs to try and eek a few more years out of their existing door or replace it altogether. To determine which is the proper course for you you'll need to consider the state of the various garage door components and then make an overall assessment.
Many people harbor the mistaken impression that the motor opens the garage door when in fact the heavy lifting is actually done by the garage door springs. In many cases garage doors installed by developers were basic, stripped-down models with either a single torsion spring or an undersized extension spring or springs. This was done so the developer could save a few bucks and increase their profit margin on the house.
Over the years these cheap springs have been the first thing to go on many an overhead door in the city so the chances are if your garage door is 30-some years old you've had the spring or springs replaced at least once already. If your torsion or extension springs are ready to go once again you'll need to decide if it's worth it to keep replacing them or if you should just bite the bullet and replace the whole door.
As we mentioned above the garage door opener (motor) gets the door moving then turns the lifting part over to the spring(s). On average a garage door opener will last about 10 years so if you've got the same garage door that came with the house back in 1985 chances are you've replaced the motor at least once or twice by now.
Many people are reluctant to part with something if there's still a chance it can be made to work properly. But if you've still got that 30 year old door and the motor and springs are both in need of replacement it's best in most cases to simply install a new door that will be more efficient, better looking and under warranty.
Note: If you're not ready for a new door it's important to have your current garage door opener serviced yearly in order to avoid little issues becoming major ones and to make sure the automatic reverse safety mechanism is working properly.
A Better Garage Door has been around nearly as long as many of the homes that sprang up during the boom years of the 80s. We have an intimate working knowledge of what's out there and where, what types of doors are in play in the area's homes and which parts and accessories are in demand. As such you won't have to wait for us to order parts for you and (unless you've had a custom garage door designed and built by another company) you won't hear one of our repair technicians say they've never seen your type of garage door before.
All of our service techs arrive on the job with fully stocked trucks and state-of-the-art tools and equipment ready get to work restoring your garage door to useful service. If you have any questions during the process our highly trained techs will be happy to answer them for you and explain what they're doing and why.
Whether you own a Victorian built during the town's early days, a neo-colonial or a modern ranch built during the boom years we have the new garage door for you. We feature high-quality, dependable and stylish garage doors by Martin Door, CHI and Amarr and all of our installations stand the test of time. We offer everything from standard non-insulated doors to energy-saving fully insulated steel doors that will not only help reduce your monthly heating bills but keep those winds that come howling down off the Rockies at bay and secure your home from break-ins.
Should you own a custom built home or a home with a slightly eclectic design profile we can create and install a fully customized garage door that will meld perfectly with your home's exterior. Whether your home is modern, usonian, international style, mansard or expressionist the custom garage door we design for you will complement its essential design without infringing on the intentions of the architect.
All of our custom doors use American made products including micro panels that simulate natural wood grains as well as carriage stamped designs. Choose from a variety of glass types and window styles, hardware options and insulation as well.
Aurora rose from inauspicious beginnings to take a prominent place in the cultural and economic life of Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region. The city features a number of important attractions, medical facilities and government installations including the Aurora History Museum, the University of Colorado Hospital and Buckley Air Force Base; home of the 460th Space Wing.
Aurorans are resilient, hard-working, family-oriented folks who know the value of things and have seen fit to make us the premier garage door company in the area. We, in turn, are proud to serve the entire community in all its diversity and strive to ensure complete customer satisfaction with every garage door we repair or install.
If you are in need of garage door repair or the installation of a new garage door give A Better Garage Door a call at (303) 920-2267 and speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable sales reps. Or, if you prefer, you can get in touch using the contact form on this website. We look forward to hearing from you.