Prior to the Louisiana Purchase all of Colorado was home to Native American tribes including the Apache, Arapaho and Cheyenne. In the 19th century however homesteaders, prospectors and others looking for a better life began to arrive in the region as well. The era of the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush brought many new settlers, including the Zang family who quickly set themselves up as a major business presence in the region. In 1885 Adolph Zang purchased a tract of land near what is now 120th Avenue for agricultural purposes. A train stop was added nearby that became known as Zang’s Spur and the city of Broomfield ever so slowly began to take shape.
By the turn of the 20th century the area was known as a major center for the growing of grain, much of which was used in local breweries. Still the town as it were was largely unformed. The area remained a quiet agricultural region until after World War II when the entire state was hit by a development boom. Many farms were sold to real estate developers and housing tracts took the place of cornrows.
The town was eventually incorporated in 1961 as part of Boulder County though no one seems 100% sure how the town got its current name. (There is speculation it is derived from the broomcorn grown by many farmers in the area.) Three annexations saw the town expand into the three adjoining counties of Weld, Jefferson and Adams after which development continued at a carefully measured pace.
Most of the homes in Broomfield today are single-family, single-story or split-level homes on well maintained, tree-lined streets. Most of these homes have been built over the course of the last 40 years and have garage doors that need regular repair and maintenance. Many others are facing the prospect of having to replace their garage doors in the near future (if they haven’t done so already).
The Lowdown on Garage Door Openers
The motor that gets the garage door moving is commonly called the “opener” although it plays only a tiny role in actually lifting the door. Garage door openers typically enjoy a lifespan of around 10 years before they need to be replaced and many will need periodic repairs as well. If you don’t use your garage door much you may get 20 years out of your opener. The best way to ensure your opener enjoys the longest possible life is by making sure you have it (and the rest of the garage door system) serviced every year.
It’s possible that your opener may fall victim to a lightning strike or power surge. If that happens you’ll need to call for immediate repairs so that you and your family members are not in danger when using the door. Here are some signs your opener may have been damaged by lightning or a surge:
- The remote doesn’t work.
- The opener stutters or stops and starts.
- The opener doesn’t respond to commands even though it clearly has power.
- The electronic eye on the door is dead.
If your opener is exhibiting any of these symptoms you should call for garage door repair immediately.
The Springs: The Muscles of the Garage Door System
The garage door springs are responsible for actually lifting your 300-900 pound door once the opener has set the door moving. In most cases the spring should last for at least 10,000 open/close cycles. This can work out to be anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on how often you use the overhead door. Springs contain vast stores of energy and as such should only be worked on by qualified, highly trained individuals. They’re the most dangerous component of the entire system and while they may look benign, they are anything but.
Property developers are like any other business people; they’re intent on keeping costs down. As such the garage door system that is installed on many new homes are not what we would characterize as being ‘robust’. In fact many of the garage doors installed on homes built in and around Broomfield over the past several decades were fitted out with a single extension spring instead of the normal 2, or with torsion springs that were made of cheap steel or simply undersized. As a result the first call we’ll get from a customer often has to do with replacing the springs on their door.
Setting the Bar for Garage Door Repair
The climate in this region of the country makes some extreme demands on your overhead door. And if for some reason that door should break down the severity of the weather here demands that you get it fixed double quick. A malfunctioning door is not only a security and safety risk for your home and its occupants, it can also be a major energy drain allowing precious (and expensive) heat to simply drift out into the atmosphere.
We’ve been repairing garage doors in Broomfield for more than 23 years and know the doors in use here like the back of our hands. When our repair technicians arrive on the scene they’ll be driving one of our trucks fully stocked with state-of-the-art equipment and the right replacement parts for your particular door.
Garage Door Installations
If the time has come for a new garage door we’ll have one that will be a perfect match for your home regardless of its age or architectural style. While Broomfield doesn’t sport the architectural diversity of other, older cities and towns there are still several distinct architectural periods and styles at play in the city and matching the right door to your home is key. We feature a full line of energy efficient, beautiful garage doors fabricated from a variety of materials ranging from wood to insulated American steel.
Should your home require a customized garage door we can do that too. We’ll make a careful study of your home, gather your input on the type of door you’d like to see, provide you with various options we think would work well and then craft a custom door to meet your needs.
All our installations are performed by our well-trained, experienced garage door techs who make sure every aspect of your property is treated with due respect during the installation process. You’ll never experience any collateral damage to your home as a result of one of our garage door installations.
Broomfield and A Better Garage Door
From the Broomfield County Sports Fields to Flatiron Crossing ours is a city on the go and one with a bright future. More than simply a few exits on the Denver to Boulder Turnpike Broomfield is a shining example of smart, sustainable development and the home of many high-quality, reputable businesses, including A Better Garage Door.
If your overhead garage door is acting up or beginning to show signs of age call us at (303) 920-2267 and speak to Mike, the owner, promptly and directly. We’ll fix whatever needs to be fixed and have your home back to normal in no time. If the door needs to be replaced we’ll be happy to discuss all options with you at length so that you can make an informed decision.