Littleton can trace its origins to the Pike’s Peak gold rush of 1859. As the prospectors flowed in they attracted a slew of would-be merchants and others who saw an opportunity to help lay the foundation of settlements that might one day grow and prosper. It was this kind of possibility that drove Engineer Richard Sullivan Little to leave his life in New Hampshire and follow his frontier dreams. Once he arrived in the area he got straight to work and by 1867 he and some of his fellow settlers had established the Rough and Ready Flour Mill. The Rough and Ready provided the budding community with a stable economic base and in 1890 residents of the area established the Town of Littleton.
During the first half of the 20th century the town grew at a leisurely pace with the 1950 census putting the population at just under 3,800. That all changed in the 1950s and 60s however when Martin Marietta opened a facility nearby to produce components for the space race. Those components included the Titan rocket used in all flights of the manned Gemini program that paved the way for the Apollo moon landings. By 1970 the population had grown to more than 26,000 and Littleton was firmly on the map as a leading destination for aerospace engineers and other highly skilled workers.
After 1970 population growth slowed but eventually stabilized and as the modern Town has matured so has the housing stock. A quick drive along Bemis or South Louthan Streets reveals a wealth of 1960s era houses that, while beautifully maintained, are nonetheless sporting garage doors that remember the Cold War.
Just like people, cars and anything else garage doors begin to experience problems as they age. Maybe it starts with strange noises as the door opens and closes. Or maybe it doesn’t open or close all the way. In some cases you may hear a muffled bang and notice afterward that the door is not behaving the way it should; hanging lower on one side or shuddering as it struggles to open. All of these are signs of problems with the springs.
The common belief is that the garage door opener actually opens the garage door. But in fact a more accurate name for the opener would be “starter” or “regulator”, because that’s what it does. It gets the door moving and then makes sure that movement is smooth and even. The actual heavy lifting is done by the extension or torsion springs. And if they go, as they commonly do with older doors, you have real problems.
There are two things you need to keep in mind if one of your garage door springs break.
The extension and torsion springs aren’t the only component that is susceptible to failure as the door ages. Keep in mind that, if used several times a day, the opener is designed to last about 10 years. If you rarely use the overhead door you might get 20 years out of it. Beyond that, however, you have to keep your fingers crossed because it could fail at any time. Fortunately, openers rarely fail without first providing some warning signs. As such, if you experience any of the following it’s time to contact A Better Garage Door about a new opener:
While it’s possible that any one of these symptoms may be the result of another problem if the door is 10 or 20 years old there’s a better than even chance it’s the opener. You should have the pros from A Better Garage Door in to check it out and replace it if necessary before you get stuck having to open and close the door by hand.
A Better Garage Door is not a fly-by-night organization. We’ve been proudly serving the good folks of Littleton for more than 23 years. We know the housing stock here like the back of our hands and also understand the unique demands created by the environment. We know which types of doors fare the best over time and which components are the most likely to survive harsh winter after harsh winter. Regardless of the problem you may be having with your garage door our repair techs will always know the best, most effective way to proceed so you can get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Garage doors as we mentioned typically have a useful life of 10 to 20 years. If your home is brand new that means you won’t have to think about installing a new garage door for a good long time. If you have one of the older homes in town however, it’s a different story. Your door might be facing the end of its useful life sooner rather than later. In fact, if your home is more than 40 years old there’s a good chance it’s your 2nd or even 3rd garage door that has reached the end of the line.
When the time comes for a new overhead door installation no company is more qualified to handle it than A Better Garage Door. We offer a wide selection of doors from Martin, CHI, Amar and others. We’ll work with you to determine the ideal one for your home, help you select the design elements that will make it click with the rest of the house and always give you a price that’s both fair and transparent. You won’t ever have to worry about phantom charges showing up on your bill. That’s not how we do things. We’re part of the community and have a vested interest in seeing everyone thrive.
At A Better Garage Door we know this town inside and out. We understand the people, recognize the unique environmental challenges posed by being located at the foot of the Rockies and provide value-added overhead door services for all our neighbors from West Berry Avenue in the north to Southpark Drive in the south. When you need garage door repair or installation, garage door maintenance or emergency services no one in Littleton is better able to serve you than A Better Garage Door. Give us a call to learn more about our full range of garage door services or to schedule a maintenance checkup for your door.