When it comes to the history of Colorado there is no way to minimize the importance of the years immediately before and after the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Many of the state’s cities and towns owe their existence to pioneers who settled here during those years in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Denver, the state’s largest city and one of the most important cities in America, arose from a collection of settlements established during the height of the gold rush in 1858. One early pioneer, General William Larimer, named the new settlements after the governor of the Kansas Territory (of which the area at that time was a part) James Denver. The location of those first settlements now makes up a large part of Confluence Park in downtown.
On February 28, 1861 the Colorado Territory was formed with Denver City being incorporated on November 7 of the same year. The city rapidly grew in prominence and in short order became the seat of Arapahoe County and then capital of the Colorado Territory. At about this time “City” was removed from Denver’s name and a link to the new transcontinental railroad was established.
Today the Mile High City is the home of the 2016 champions of professional football as well as perennial powerhouses in professional ice hockey, baseball and basketball. The city plays an important role in the gargantuan agricultural industry of the plains and world-class skiing just a short distance from downtown makes the city a 4-season destination for tourists from all over the world.
After a period of stagnation between 1960 and 1980 the city saw its population increase by some 40% between 1980 and the present day. With this influx of new residents has come an attendant surge in new housing stock. Many of these homes have garage door openers that were already replaced once around the turn of the century and are due to be replaced again. While many others built in the past 10-20 years are facing the prospect of replacing their overhead door systems for the first time. Even if the need for replacement isn’t immanent these homes still need to have their aging garage doors serviced on a regular basis.
Replacing Broken Garage Door Springs
The springs are the undisputed workhorses of the garage door system. While the motor (commonly called the “opener”) gets most of the attention its role is relatively minor compared to the springs when it comes to opening and closing your overhead door. The energy to actually lift the several hundred pounds of your door is stored in the torsion or extension springs. If they break they’ll need to be replaced immediately by a qualified garage door technician. You should never attempt to service or replace garage door springs yourself. They may look harmless but they store enough latent energy to kill a person. And people have died working on garage door springs. Signs your springs may be ready to give out include:
- The door needs help getting started.
- The door rises slowly.
- The door rises unevenly (one extension spring is going)
- The door doesn’t close all the way.
It bears repeating that, in spite of what some misguided DIYers may suggest, you should never attempt to repair or replace garage door torsion or extension springs yourself. Instead, if you notice any of the above symptoms of failing springs call the pros at A Better Garage Door immediately.
Garage Door Openers: Just the Facts
The garage door motor or opener is probably the most recognizable component of a garage door besides the door itself. The motor is typically attached to the ceiling at or near the middle of your garage and includes a large, bright light that goes on when the door opens. The lifespan of the average garage door opener is anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on how often you use the door but to ensure maximum life for your door you should have it checked out by a qualified garage door technician once a year. Signs your opener is in trouble include:
- It’s making strange noises you’ve never heard before.
- The door shudders and shakes as it rises.
- You hear the motor working but the door isn’t lifting.
- The door hesitates before it starts to lift or close.
While you can use the quick release mechanism to detach the motor and lift the door manually that kind of defeats the purpose of having an automatic garage door in the first place. If you notice any of the above trouble signs call A Better Garage Door. We’ll do a comprehensive test and determine if your garage door opener is in need of repair or replacement.
Garage Door Repair in Denver
Whether you’re experiencing a stuck door, a door that opens unevenly, a motor problem, spring problem or any other type of problem related to the operation of your garage door we can help. We’ve been repairing overhead doors in the area for more than 2 decades and in that time we’ve come to know every type of door installed in the city. Our technicians always arrive ready to get to work with fully stocked trucks and state of the art equipment. We’ll get to the bottom of your garage door issue and have things back to normal in no time.
Garage doors typically weigh between 300 and 900 pounds depending on the material used and the size of the door. Having that much weight being moved by a malfunctioning system poses a grave danger to everyone in the house. If you have reason to believe your garage door is acting up don’t hesitate to call A Better Garage Door for help.
New Garage Door
Modern garage doors are typically very sturdy machines that provide reliable, convenient service year after year. As mentioned above however they do have a practical lifespan of anywhere from 10 to 20 years at which point they’ll need to be replaced. If your door has made its last lift give A Better Garage Door a call. We’ll have a new, affordable, energy efficient door in place quickly so you can get back to normal with minimum disruption to your lifestyle. We feature high-quality garage doors by Martin Door, CHI and Amar.
Some homeowners in the Denver area are tired of standard garage doors or just want something a bit more unique that will dovetail with the look of their custom-designed house. We can do that too. We’ll work with you to create a new garage door that will integrate seamlessly with the rest of your home’s exterior, regardless of its age or style or what materials were used in its construction.
Into the Future
Metro Denver is the country’s 18th largest metropolitan economic area with a yearly output of $160 billion. It plays host to some of the largest companies in America and some of the nation’s most successful professional sports franchises. The people who call Denver home exude the pioneering spirit the city is built upon and have an abiding love of the natural environment. That includes everyone here at A Better Garage Door. If you’re in need of garage door repair give us a call at 303-920-2267.