Although Loveland Colorado is certainly a wonderful place to meet and fall in love it actually derives its name from one William Loveland, who was president of the Colorado Central Railroad (CCR) in the 1860s. The completion of the CCR played an important role in the early life of the city and the residents were eager to acknowledge their debt to the railroad by naming their town after the CCRs president.
The city was founded in 1866 when the nearby settlement of St Louis was physically moved (buildings and all) 1 mile upstream from its former location. The new location took better advantage of the recently completed CCR line and the proximity of the Big Thompson River. Throughout the latter portion of the 19th and early part of the 20th century the town depended heavily on the agricultural industry. During mid-century agriculture in the area declined but in the 1980s and 90s the local economy was revitalized as high-tech discovered Loveland.
Today Loveland is a thriving community of some 75,000 people who inhabit a variety of homes ranging from the charming bungalows around Silver Lake to the impressive post-modern houses that line Laplata Avenue. Regardless of the style or age of their home however every local homeowner will eventually need top-flight garage door repair or replacement and when they do A Better Garage Door will be there for them.
Some Facts About Garage Door Openers
Garage door openers (or motors as they’re sometimes called) fulfill an important role in the overall automatic garage door system. Without the opener there would be no “automatic”. You’d have to get out of your car and lift the door manually. This is not to say that the opener alone lifts the door. It doesn’t. But once the opener is triggered it gives the door the little kick it needs to get moving and then the garage door springs take over and do most of the heavy lifting. From that point on the motor acts as a kind of regulator making sure the door rises and falls nice and smooth.
One aspect of the garage door opener that doesn’t get a lot of press is the notion of sensitivity. As it relates to garage door motors “sensitivity” means the amount of force the motor is exerting on the door to keep it moving smoothly. This is important because if the motor is applying too much force to the door it could disrupt the ability of the emergency reverse mechanism to do its job properly and someone could get hurt.
Note: Regardless of the age or make of your opener, or how often you use it, it’s important to have it checked regularly by a qualified garage door technician to avoid small issues becoming big problems. Garage doors may be tough cookies but they’re still precision equipment and need to be treated thusly.
Broken Springs Equal Broken Door
As mentioned above it’s the garage door springs that do the bulk of the lifting when it comes to the overhead door and there are 2 kinds of springs that manufacturers employ: torsion springs and extension springs. Both should last for 10 years or more if they’re made of high grade steel.
- Torsion Springs: Torsion springs are large, tightly wound springs that sit parallel to the door and exert force by coiling and uncoiling. Torsion springs contain huge amounts of latent energy which if released during a spring failure can cause serious injury or even death. You should never attempt to work on torsion springs unless you have proper training.
- Extension Springs: Extension springs typically have it a bit easier than their torsion counterparts because there are 2 of them compared to the single torsion spring. Extension springs can be seen occupying the space above the door tracks and below your garage ceiling. They exert their force and recharge by stretching and contracting.
If your spring or springs snap your automatic garage door has no chance of working because the motor simply isn’t strong enough to lift the several hundred pounds of door all by itself.
A Better Garage Door Repair Service
Should your garage door opener or springs fail you’ll want to call someone who knows the area, knows the type of garage doors installed in local homes and has the expertise and resources to get the job done right. You’ll want A Better Garage Door. We’ve been installing, repairing, servicing and replacing overhead doors in Loveland for 23 years and will show up at your house with the right parts, right tools and right experience.
Whether you need a new chain for your garage door opener or a new extension spring we’ll have it with us and make sure any inconvenience the problem has caused your family is short lived. Also, we mentioned it earlier but it bears repeating that you should seriously consider having your garage door system serviced on a regular basis. This is the best way to eliminate the need for emergency calls.
New Garage Door Design and Installation
It’s never fun to go out to the garage and discover you have to open the door manually. It’s even worse if the door fails when you’re arriving home in one of Colorado’s patented blizzards. Regardless of the weather however if you need to replace your aging overhead door you’ll want to enlist the services of A Better Garage Door. We’ll get there fast, determine the state of things and discuss new garage door options with you. When you’ve selected a replacement door we’ll get it up and running in short order so you can get back to your busy lifestyle.
If you want or need a customized overhead door A Better Garage Door can do that for you too. No matter whether your home is a brick bungalow or a clapboard split level we’ll work with you to design exactly the door you need to bring the exterior of your home together. Keep in mind that the garage door is the largest single visual element of your home’s exterior. It’s crucial to get the style cues right lest you undermine the rest of your home’s design.
Creating a More Convenient Future One Garage Door at a Time
Loveland is a great place to live but that’s no secret. USA Today, Money magazine and other media outlets have all sung the praises of Loveland, which explains at least in part why the city’s population has increased by 50% since the turn of the 21st century. The city is home to a burgeoning artist population, one of the best art museums in the state and numerous cultural events that dot the social calendar year-round. The area is also the gateway to the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park a magnet for skiers, snowboarders, mountain climbers, rock climbers, ice climbers and general nature enthusiasts from all over the planet.
A Better Garage Door has been part of the fabric of Loveland for more than 2 decades and in that time we’ve watched it expand and flourish. One thing it hasn’t done though is surrender its core values of frontier resilience, industriousness and optimism. We look forward to serving the garage door needs of Loveland well into the future.