It's possible to open a garage door manually when the power goes out.

How to Open Your Garage Door When the Power Goes Out

An automatic garage door opener is a great convenience, especially during winter. Storms may blow through Portland and Vancouver every couple of weeks, but when you’re armed with your remote, you’ll stay warm and dry.

It’s possible to open a garage door manually when the power goes out.

But what happens when the power goes out? Pacific Northwest storms pack a lot of force, and wind and rain sometimes lead to downed power lines. Your home could be without electricity for several hours….

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What Style Garage Door Is Best for My Home?

Is the design of your garage door helping your home’s curb appeal, or hurting it? A garage door is often the first thing people see when they visit. Maybe it’s an ordinary door that functions well, but why not choose a door that makes a design statement? A stylish garage door will not only improve the look of your home, but it can add value to your property.

Modern garage doors come in a wide selection of colors and styles. Ponderosa sells and installs doors that are sturdy and stylish. Windows are available with most of our doors, and you’ll often be able to choose a custom color to coordinate with your home. Here’s an overview of some of the most popular looks in garage doors….

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Garage Door Glossary

Can you name the parts of a garage door? Do you have to resort to saying “thingy” to describe problems with your door? This glossary can help. It includes the most commonly used garage-door terminology. Whether you’re working on a door yourself, or calling on us for installation or repair, use this list to learn which parts are called what….

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Lifetime warranty springs are more durable than standard springs and may pay for themselves with savings from maintenance.

Why You Should Consider Lifetime Warranty Garage Door Springs

With proper care and maintenance, your garage door can last 30 years or longer. The same can’t be said for its springs, however, but they are still an essential component of the door because they’re used to counteract its weight. Without them, your door likely won’t function properly, although some garage door makes and models may continue to operate in diminished capacity for some time after the spring breaks before failing.

Just how long your garage door springs last depends on a number of variables, among them the size of the spring wire, the diameter inside the spring, the length of the spring and how frequently the garage door is raised and lowered….

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Is My Garage Door Alignment Off?

The garage door is often the largest moving object in your home. It goes up and down countless times each day. But when it doesn’t function as planned, frustrations arise. You need the door to operate properly so you can leave your home, and to ensure that your valuables are safe-guarded while you are away. If your garage door alignment is off, the door won’t open and close smoothly. Here are some quick fixes to ensure your door works properly so you can resume your normal activities safely….

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What Is a Torsion Spring?

A garage door is comprised of several parts that work together in a particular way. Of all these parts, a torsion spring is one of the most recognizable and the least understood.

Getting acquainted with a few basic facts about torsion springs and their function will help homeowners recognize when these parts are malfunctioning. When you see a problem, be sure to call the experts. Repairing torsion springs on your own can be a dangerous proposition….

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How Does Weather Affect My Garage Door?

When it comes to your garage door and the Pacific Northwest’s changing weather, it pays to be flexible. This is especially true here in Washington and Oregon, where weather-contingency plans are a must.

As inconsistent as weather patterns may be however, there’s one thing you can count on, and that’s the fact that changes in the weather have an effect on your garage door and how it operates. Maybe you’ve noticed that yours is tougher to open on particularly cold days, or perhaps you struggle to close it at certain times throughout the day. Here’s a look at how changes in weather affect how the garage door and garage door opener operate….

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Maintenance helps keep garage doors safe and functional.

Quick and Dirty Garage Door Maintenance Tips

While having anything in your home malfunction can be quite frustrating, a garage door that’s on the fritz can be especially nerve-wracking if you have valuables inside you want to protect or if inclement weather is headed your way. Before you call a professional garage door technician, try out a few quick and dirty tips to see if you can’t take care of the problem yourself….

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When Should I Call a Garage Door Pro?

Your garage door is one of those things that you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about – until it breaks. When the garage door fails, you’ll either find yourself having to exit the vehicle to raise and lower the door manually, or worse, you’ll find yourself stuck inside or outside the garage. While it can be tempting to try and save money by performing garage door repairs on your own, given the complexities and dangers involved in doing so, these repairs are often best left to a professional….

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Tools for Garage Door Tune-Up

Regularly maintaining your garage door can both preserve its lifetime, save you money, and most importantly: keep everyone in your home safe.

If not properly maintained, risks include a garage door spontaneously falling down on a family member or vehicle. There is also the risk of the opposite happening, where a garage door will all of a sudden not close completely, leaving your home exposed to burglary. This is why good maintenance is a must!…

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