Greeley, CO was founded in 1869 and originally named the 'Union Colony'. The idea was to set up a utopian society at the foot of the Rockies. Utopian dreams didn't last long, however, and shortly after its founding, the name was changed to Greeley, in honor of the New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley who had come to Colorado during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. By 1886 Greeley was recognized as an official city by then-Governor Benjamin Harrison Eaton.
Although a traditional agricultural town at heart Greeley kept pace with technological advancements during the latter part of the 19th century. The phone first appeared in town in 1883 and downtown streets were sporting a limited number of electric lights by 1886. Just a few years after they had been introduced in New York City. By the early 20th century automobiles were navigating the dirt roads in town and Greeley Municipal Airport went into service in 1928. Eleven years before LaGuardia airport opened in New York City.
Many have wondered how Greeley came to be named after a New York City newspaper editor who did not live here or play any significant part in the city’s development. It turns out the man who established the original utopian Union Colony, Nathan C. Meeker, was himself a former newspaper reporter from New York. When his dream of a utopia based on temperance, religion and family values fell through he decided to rechristen the settlement. He had worked for Horace Greeley in New York and his admiration for his editor (who popularized the saying “Go west, young man.”) drove him to adopt the name Greeley.
The population of Greeley experienced a slow but steady increase during its first hundred years. By 1970 that population was approximately 39,000. In the ensuing 50 years, however, the population exploded and today there are some 107,000 residents who call Greeley home. With that exploding population has come an explosion in home construction with most of the city's housing stock being 10 to 50 years old. On 10-year-old homes, the first garage door is typically reaching the end of its usefulness. While 40 or 50-year-old homes are likely on their 3rd or even 4th garage door. All of those doors need regular repair and maintenance and quite a few need replacement every year.
Garage Door Springs are the First to Go
Developers are business people and business people are driven by a desire to turn a profit. That’s certainly understandable. Otherwise, what’s the point of being in business? As such, they are always on the lookout for ways they may be able to save a few bucks in construction costs. Often they find those cost savings in the garage, in the form of low quality, or insufficient or even mismatched garage door springs.
It might not seem like much of a saving to those unfamiliar with property development. But when spread across dozens of homes and combined with savings in other areas, it adds up. For homebuyers, these underfunded garage doors typically work okay for a period of time before they start exhibiting problems. And one of the first things to go, as we mentioned, are the springs. When that happens you need Greeley’s #1 garage door repair company: A Better Garage Door.
Garage door springs don’t operate in a vacuum. They are part of a larger overhead door mechanism that includes cables, drums, rollers, tracks, panels, hinges, a chain or belt drive, and an opener. All of these other components can be negatively affected by the state of the torsion or extension springs. For instance, if the developer installed a single spring instead of two in order to save money, the opener is going to have to work much harder than it was designed to work. This will result in damage to the motor that will require frequent repairs and shorten its life. Likewise, if there are two springs but one is low quality and the other high quality, it’s likely the door will rise and fall unevenly. This will bring enormous stresses to bear on the rollers and tracks and may result in their having to be replaced as well.
Garage Door Installation in Greeley, CO
Even if your home is a 21st-century creation it's likely the garage door opener, if not the entire garage door, will need to be replaced soon. When that time comes, the best company to conduct the installation is A Better Garage Door. We have been providing first-class garage door repair and installation services to Greeley, CO homeowners for more than 23 years.
We understand and have hands-on experience with every type of home in Greeley. We know exactly which type of garage doors the developers installed and have a stockroom full of the right replacement parts for any job. We also understand both the aesthetic and practical concerns of Greeley homeowners and always select just the right door for their home.
If you recently bought a home in Greeley and have been experiencing problems with your overhead door it may be tempting to keep calling for garage door repair. But make no mistake, in most cases repairing low-quality garage doors over and over is a losing proposition. The smarter play is to simply replace the entire door and start fresh.
Once your new door is installed you should arrange for regular maintenance checkups from our team of garage door pros. These checks typically take less than an hour, are very cost-effective and can reduce or eliminate the need for expensive repairs down the road. Regular maintenance can also extend the life of your door by a factor of 25 or even 50%.
Garage Door Repair
While the need for repeated repair work indicates it’s time to replace the door, even the highest quality garage door may require repair work on occasion. Perhaps a branch broke off from a tree and damaged the door. Or a car backed into the door. Or some other type of incident occurred. Whatever the reason, when your door starts acting up it’s time to call A Better Garage Door. No one in Greeley is better qualified to determine the cause of the problem and affect timely, affordable repairs.
New Garage Door Sales and Service
Your overhead door is both the largest moving object in your home and the single largest component of your home’s exterior. As such, it will have an enormous impact on the overall curb appeal of your home. The team at A Better Garage Door is the most experienced in this part of Colorado. They can arrange for a new garage door that will dovetail perfectly with the exterior of your home. If you want or need a custom door, they can do that too.
The Bottom Line
Greeley is one of the jewels of northern Colorado and a community people are lining up to move to. From the early days of its foundation, it's been a forward-looking city and remains stubbornly so to this day. At A Better Garage Door, we're proud to serve the ever-growing Greeley community and look forward to growing with it. For all your garage door needs give A Better Garage Door a call.