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May 19, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Safety Tips for Garage Doors

June is safety month for Raleigh garage doors. That means it’s time to brush up on our information. Keeping our garage doors maintained and repaired is a great way to ensure they’re safe to be around. In addition, there are several other things you can do, as well.

Our doors have many moving parts. Over time, they can wear out. When they do, the parts will need to be replaced.  Regardless of which part needs repair,  be it a roller, spring, drum or track section be sure to contact a epair expert for help getting the correct part and to install it. Repairing garage door components can be dangerous for homeowners to do on their own.

Below, you’ll find more tips that will help you keep safe around your Raleigh garage doors.

Raleigh Garage Doors | Safety Tips

  • Check the balance on your garage door.  Release the garage door from the opener by pulling the emergency cord.  You can then lift the door manually.  If your door is properly balanced and safe, you should be able to lift the garage door smoothly with little effort.  It should stay open at your knees, your waist, and your shoulders.  If your door is dropping in any of these areas and/or it is hard to lift manually, you need to call a repair company.
  • DO NOT ALLOW your children to go near or under a garage door while it is moving.
  • Get an Annual Safety Check-Up with a professional Raleigh Garage Door Repair Company.  If you don’t, you risk a small problem turning into a large problem.
  • Never place your fingers between the sections of your garage door.  They can be seriously damaged to the point of amputation.
  • Explain all the dangers to your children, as well. They must understand how badly they can be hurt by garage doors.
  • Never remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom bracket of the garage door.  These brackets are connected to the spring(s) by the cable and are under extreme tension.
  • Safety Reverse:  Since 1993, all automatic garage door openers must include “sensor eyes,” sometimes called “photo eyes.”  These eyes are installed 6” from the floor on each side of the door.  If an object obstructs the laser beam between the two eyes the door should automatically reverse.

Do you have questions for our Raleigh garage doors expert? Contact us, today to talk with our tech! Hanson Overhead, Raleigh Garage Doors  is a quality company that does quality work. Along with an installation, our team also does garage door repair. We even sell garage door openers. If you are having trouble with your current garage door or opener, or need help deciding what kind of doors your garage needs, be sure to visit our homepage for more information about our garage door repair company.

May 17, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Garage Door Safety Tips

Raleigh garage door safety is important year round, but during the month of June, it’s essential. June is garage door safety month so we hope the tips below will help you keep your garage door in tip-top shape!

Raleigh Garage Door Safety

  • Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.
  • Do not let children play with garage door remote controls.
  • If your garage door opener does not have rolling-code technology, be sure to change the manufacturer’s typical access codes on the opener and remote control. Rolling-code technology changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing. You can also invest in a newer model. Newer models are more advanced in their safety and security.
  • Inspect garage doors at least once a month. Make sure to pay attention to the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. Look for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman from Hanson should make modifications to parts that need repairs or adjustments.
  • Make sure the opener’s control button is out of the reach of small children.
  • Never leave the garage door partially open. Always shut it completely. If left partially open and then activated again, the door may travel down and come into contact with something in its path. Leaving the door open a bit also affects your home’s security.
  • Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.
  • While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit. You can also use a vacation lock console security switch. This switch renders a remote useless.

If you need help with any of the tips above, contact Hanson Overhead, Raleigh Garage Door.  If you’re looking for a new Raleigh garage door for your home, look no further! Our company reviewed hundreds of different brands of garage doors before settling on the best quality doors available on the market. The quality and look of these of our doors can’t be compared. We are proud to serve you with these products and would be happy to come out and do a free consultation for a new garage door installation. To learn more about our garage doors, contact us!

May 10, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Get the Outside of Your Home and Garage Ready for Summer!

Are you ready to get the outside of your home and garage ready for summer? Winter can cause debris and grime buildup that should be removed before summer. Below, our Raleigh garage door repair experts offer a few tips to help get things in shape!

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Outside Work – If you have plants or shrubbery outside your garage, it’s important to get them groomed. Remove dead branches and twigs, and also be sure to get any overgrowth out of the way of your garage doors. Prep your flower beds and make a list of preventive maintenance around the garage, as well as a list of things that must be repaired.

Outdoor Furniture – Many people store their outdoor furniture inside the garage during winter. Spring cleaning and organizing the garage can help you get motivated to take the furniture back outside. It’ll also motivate you to clean the furniture, as well!

Cleaning the Drive and Walkways – When the snow is falling during the winter it often looks clean, however the salt and sand that is used to keep us from slipping on the driveways and walkways is not clean. Cleaning the drive and walkways off to remove the sand is a good idea. The sand can get stuck in your garage door track during spring winds and can cause real issues with opening and closing the door! Cleaning them also gives you a chance to see if there is any damage to the walkways that needs to be repaired before additional damage occurs.

Clean the Gutters – Fall leaves, winter winds, and snow tend to do a number on clogging your gutters. Be sure that you get them cleaned out before April showers hit. Otherwise, the rainwater will have nowhere to go and could cause the gutters to pull away from their hangers and block your garage doors or other entrances to your home. Even worse, imagine using your automatic opener to open the garage doors while backing up, and running into a gutter that has fallen down through the night. That is not a great way to start the day.  Checking the gutters for blockages is one of the most important springtime projects!

Besides cleaning the gutters, cleaning the walkways and other spring projects there is always a need for oiling hinges and locks to remove squeaking noises from your Raleigh garage door.  The winter weather has a way of causing grime and buildup in your garage door components. You could even use the oil on the external doors of your home as well!

Hanson Overhead | Raleigh Garage Door Repair

Hanson Overhead, Raleigh garage door repair,  is a company with years of experience and service. If you are interested in any of our services, or just have general questions to ask about our work, experience, or service, be sure to give us a call; especially if you have a problem with your Raleigh garage door and need a quick repair!

May 5, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Easy Inspection for Garage Doors

It’s time to take a weekend day this spring and check your Raleigh garage doors to make sure they’re working properly! With next month being garage door safety month, we will be reporting on many things you can do to keep your garage doors safe and maintained! Below, you’ll find a quick inspection you can do now, in order to make sure your doors are safe and working properly!

Inspect Your Raleigh Garage Doors!

Check your Raleigh garage door’s springs to make sure they are not broken or relaxed. If they are, call Hanson Overhead immediately. Don’t try to repair them alone. This job can be difficult and dangerous.

Next, check the cables that connect the springs to the garage door for fraying and loose fasteners. If you find anything suspicious about the springs or their cables also call a professional. Due to the high tension of the springs, it is too dangerous of a repair for anyone but our garage door repair specialists.

Check for loose panel-hinge screws and tighten. Check for obstructions in the rails. Check for damaged rollers. It might be best to have a professional replace any damaged rollers or hinges. If you decide to do it yourself, replace them one at a time and do not attempt replacing the bottom panel rollers as the spring cables are usually fastened to them.

As a final check, open and close your Raleigh garage doors a couple of times. If it operates smoothly with no unusual noise or effort, you are good to go.

Getting your garage door ready for summer is an important part of your spring cleaning and organizing! Don’t make the mistake of letting your garage doors go without care.   You could end up with a worse problem, possibly resulting in the need for a new garage door installation.

Raleigh Garage Doors

Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service is a quality company that does quality work. If you’re looking for new garage doors for your home, look no further! Our company reviewed hundreds of different brands before settling on the best quality doors available on the market. The quality and look of our doors can’t be compared. We are proud to serve you with these products and would be happy to come out and do a free consultation for a new garage door installation. In addition, if you are having trouble with your current Raleigh garage doors or opener contact us!


May 1, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Spring Clean Your Garage!

Spring cleaning your garage is a great project to tackle now, as temperatures are finally warming up! Though this will be a big job, getting your garage in shape for the summer will be beneficial for many reasons! Hopefully this won’t be too big of a job. Make a goal to get it all done over the course of one weekend in the next couple of weeks. Cooperation from your family members will be a big help so get them involved! Also, it’s important to have a plan of action before you start.

Spring Clean Your Garage | Raleigh Garage Door

First off, get a few large boxes that will contain things you’re going to keep, store, sell, donate and discard. As you clean, fill each box with the appropriate items:

  • Keep. This box is for items that you definitely want to keep in the garage. Make sure the items are needed and fit well in the garage without blocking anything important.
  • Store. If an item should logically be stored in another room of your house it belongs in this box.
  • Sell. Set aside any unwanted items that are in good enough condition to sell.
  • Donate. This is for items that you prefer to donate to charity. These items should be in decent and workable condition.
  • Discard. Items that are broken or unsalvageable should go in this pile.

Now, it’s time to get the summer gear out. You’ll probably have a great deal of fun summer activities planned. It’s always nice having things on hand when you need them. Go ahead and break out the following items and clean them up:

  • Bicycles
  • Golf clubs
  • Tennis rackets
  • Hiking and camping equipment
  • Car washing kit
  • Lawn mowers
  • Clippers
  • Trimmers
  • Other landscaping tools and materials

Also spring clean the following, while you’re at it:

  • flooring – sweep and mop
  • walls – scrub away black marks and dirt
  • windows – dust window sills, windows and then clean windows

According to, “If your garage is climate controlled, you need to reset the thermostat for cooling and the temperatures to what you prefer during the summer. Clean the air vents and change filters. Also, check weather stripping around the garage door so you are not cooling any more of the outdoors than necessary. It could save you a significant amount of money on your electric bill.”

If you’re interested in talking with our garage door experts about getting a new Raleigh garage door installed, be sure to contact Hanson Overhead, soon! You’ll be surprised by how much better a new garage door will insulate your entire home, saving you money and energy this summer!

April 20, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Part 3: Choosing the Right Doors for Your Garage Addition

Raleigh garage doorMaking sure you choose the right doors for your garage addition is the last, but most exciting part of Adding a Garage to Your Existing Home. In our last blog post, we talked about the planning and designing of a garage addition, and today, are going to continue with tips for choosing the best Raleigh garage door for your addition!

A garage door can be a creative outlet for your home’s overall look. The garage addition should reflect the style of your home, but the garage door can be so much more than that! Whether you choose carriage house, wooden, aluminum or steel, the style of the Raleigh garage door can add interest to your home and boost curb appeal! Below, you’ll find each type of garage door and the style they illustrate.

Raleigh Garage Door Styles

  • Carriage House – Traditional style, great for classic homes or homes that need a fresh, clean look.
  • Aluminum – Great for any type of home, classic or modern. Aluminum doors offer a variety of colors.
  • Steel – Like aluminum, great for all types of homes and can also come in a variety of colors.
  • Wooden – Great for craftsman style homes or those that want a rustic, natural feel with their garage door.

To lean more about the different types of garage door styles and how well they hold up throughout the years, visit back with previous blog posts:

You’ll find all you need to learn about each garage door type and why it might be best for your home and new garage addition!

No matter what style your looking for, Hanson Overhead is sure to have it! Our company reviewed hundreds of different brands of garage doors before settling on the best quality doors available on the market. The quality and look of our doors can’t be compared. We are proud to serve you with these products and would be happy to come out and do a free consultation for a new Raleigh garage door installation, when your garage addition is complete and ready! To learn more about our garage doors, contact us!

April 20, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Part 2: Planning and Designing a Garage Addition

garage door repair Raleigh NCWelcome back to our blog series, Adding a Garage to Your Existing Home! We are back with more information that can help you get on your way to having the garage you’ve always dreamed of having! Today, we are going to focus on the planning and design phase of a garage addition!

Planning and Designing | Garage Door Repair Raleigh NC

It’s important to make sure that your garage addition is planned and designed with the overall look in mind. Making sure your garage looks good with the rest of your existing home is a key part of planning. Many times, garages that are added after a home is built tend to look like they’re not meant to be there. Referred to as “snout houses”,  these homes have garage additions that dwarf the front of the home. It often looks as if the home was an afterthought.

Those that need a larger garage can do a few things to offset the look of it during the planning and designing stage. Making sure the front of the garage is set farther back than the entrance area of the home is a great way  to minimize the look of a larger garage.

In addition, if your property allows it, design the garage to have the garage doors face the side or back of your home. In this case, the garage’s roof can match the style of your existing roof.

Most garages today are a minimum of 14 feet by 20 feet, but, it’s standard to have a garage that’s at least 20 feet by 24 feet, as you’ll have more room for storage or a work space, in addition to vehicle storage.

Once you’ve decided on the size of your new garage, planning for the driveway is next. Modern driveways are, for one car, at least 10 feet wide and sometimes as wide as 14 feet when feasible, to ensure that the vehicle isn’t too close to fences or retaining walls as it drives up or opens a vehicle door. For two cars, the driveway is often between 20 and 24 feet. One and two car driveways are usually 20 feet long, depending on the room you have between your home and the street.

The style of your garage should be one that works well with your existing home’s style. You’ll be able to be more creative with the garage doors, but sticking with the overall style of your home will help your garage blend well without looking like an afterthought. If your home is brick, your garage addition should be, as well.

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For the final part of our series, visit the blog, here! We hope you’re finding this series useful and also hope that you’ll contact Hanson Overhead, should you need help with your garage doors and garage door repair in Raleigh NC, once your new garage is complete!

April 20, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Part 1: Zoning and Coding Restrictions for a Garage Addition

raleigh garage door repairMaking the decision to add a garage to your existing home is a wonderful thing! No longer will you have to dream of the day when you’ll move to a home that has a garage. You’ll be able to plan and design the garage of your dreams, as well as stay in your current home!

Choosing to add a garage to your home is a great idea for those that don’t want to move into another home but need the extra space and want to protect their vehicles from the elements. Unfortunately, there are various steps that must take place in specific order before a garage addition becomes a reality. Our Raleigh garage door repair team is here to walk you through the first, most important step of adding a garage to your existing home.

It’s important, first thing, to make sure a garage addition is even a possibility. Is there enough room on the land you own? Do you have the space, next to your home or behind your home to add a garage? In addition, there are several zoning and coding restrictions that you must adhere to when building any type of structure.

Visit your local building department and talk with a building inspector, first thing. Find out the following:

  • Do garage additions have specific regulations?
  • Are there setback requirements for the Raleigh garage doors?
  • How close can the garage addition be to the edge of your property?
  • Does the driveway need to have a specific design?
  • Are there wall and roof height requirements?

All of these questions might be answered by an architect or Raleigh garage door repair company, but it’s best to get the information from the building inspection department in your area. That way, you’ll know exactly what to expect as you move forward with planning and designing your garage addition.

Once you learn the zoning and coding restrictions for a garage addition, you can decide whether or not your garage will be attached or detached. Your zoning and coding requirements might make that decision for you. You may only be able to build a separate structure or vice versa.

If you’re able to do as you please in the way of attached or detached, consider the benefits of both and make your decision. Attached garages cost less, generally, and also offer more convenience and benefits for those that want to use the garage as an extension of the home. A detached garage also has advantages that attached ones don’t; a workshop separated from your home, ability to add an apartment, and more!

Once you decide on an attached or detached garage addition, the planning and designing can begin! Be sure to visit back with us, next blog post, for more information regarding planning and designing your garage addition!

Hanson Overhead | Raleigh Garage Door Repair

Hanson Overhead of Raleigh is a company with years of experience and service. If you are interested in any of our services, or just have general questions about our work, experience, or service, be sure to give us a call; especially if you have a problem with your Raleigh garage door and need a quick repair!

April 20, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

Series: Adding a Garage to Your Existing Home

Raleigh garage doorsGarages are an important part of homes today. They’re a place to house our vehicles, a “front door” to our homes and also a place to store belongings that need to be protected from the elements. Many people take their garage for granted but few fully realize its true worth. Those that don’t have a garage are probably more likely to understand the importance of a garage and often wish they had one. Homeowners that don’t have a garage wish they had a shield from rain as they run from their car to the front door, a space for storage, a workshop or even a place for their home office.

Garage Addition | Raleigh Garage Doors

If you’re thinking of making some home improvements or additions in the future, why not consider a garage addition? Remodeling magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report states that those who invest a national average of $52,382 in a two-car garage addition can expect to recoup about 65% of the cost at resale. Whether you sell your home later on or just convert the added value to a home equity line, a garage addition will be great, all around! More space for your home, a place to house your vehicles and added value to your home!

There are several things to consider before jumping in and planning for your garage addition. First, you must consider code and zoning restrictions in your area. Planning and designing comes after this first, important step.

Over the course of the next few posts, we will talk in detail about each step of Adding a Garage to Your Existing Home:

For Part 1 of our series, visit the following link, Zoning and Coding Requirements for a Garage Addition. Thanks for joining us for our blog series, Adding a Garage to Your Existing Home!

For those that are looking for new Raleigh garage doors for your home’s existing garage, look no further! Our company reviewed hundreds of different brands of garage doors before settling on the best quality doors available on the market. The quality and look of our doors can’t be compared. We are proud to serve you with these products and would be happy to come out and do a free consultation for a new garage door installation. To learn more about our garage doors, contact us!


April 11, 2015
by Raleigh Garage Experts

DIY Emergency Home Kits

Making sure we are prepared for any and all emergency situations is a large part of being a homeowner. While we can’t prevent natural disasters and extreme weather conditions, we can be as prepared as possible to deal with them as they come. Below, you’ll find a list of items you can pull together to make your own emergency home kits so that you’ll have them ready to use when need be.

According to, the following items should be gathered and placed together in a place where they can be used when needed:

  • Assorted zip lock bags and heavy duty aluminum foil – to keep food fresh once opened
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities to keep children entertained and occupied
  • Cash or credit card with an available balance – You may need cash and it’s possible  ATMs could be down or out of money, making it difficult to purchase needed supplies, or you may even need to evacuate your home and check into a hotel
  • Copies of important family documents stored in a waterproof container, such as birth certificates, health insurance cards, account numbers as well as a listing of doctors and phone numbers of your close contacts
  • Disposable cups, plates and utensils – this is important for sanitation as you wouldn’t want to wash your dishes with your limited supply of water or with unsanitary water
  • Enough nonperishable food (for at least three days) and can opener – it’s best to keep protein-packed foods you can cook without electricity, such as tuna, peanut butter or granola bars and have appropriate food for everyone in your family, especially infants and even pets
  • First aid kit with the basics, such as gauze, tape etc. and an emergency reference material, such as NSC First Aid quick guide
  • Flashlight with extra batteries to get around safely should the power go out
  • Hand crank radio or battery powered radio with extra batteries – to stay up-to-date on the latest weather alerts
  • Hand sanitizer, moist towelettes and garbage bags for sanitation
  • Paper and a pencil or marker – you may need to create a sign for help or leave a note
  • Plastic sheeting & duct tape – in case a window breaks or you get a leak in your roof
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Toolkit with scissors and basic tools in case you need to shut off utilities etc.
  • Water (one gallon per person, per day for at least three days)
  • Whistle to signal for help in case you get stuck and rescuers need to locate you
  • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container – to start a fire in your fireplace or charcoal grill if needed

We hope this list of items will help you get as prepared as possible for an emergency, should it happen. For more home safety tips, be sure to visit back with our blog again, soon.

Hanson Overhead | Raleigh Garage Door

Home safety is a major concern of ours and it carries into the safety of your  Raleigh garage door, as well. To have a maintenance check done, to ensure your garage door is working properly and safely, contact us, today. We will schedule an appointment for our repair specialist to come out and assess your garage door and how well it’s working so you don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s safe!