FAQ

All About Doors are experts in garage door repair and replacement with the best service and support in the Maryland area for both residential and commercial customers. Below are a few common questions but feel free to call or email us with any additional questions.

1. Why should I use a professional installer for my garage door?
At All About Doors, we believe that the installation of a garage door is not a do-it-yourself job. A garage door is the largest moving object in your home and because of the large number of small parts, its installation is highly technical. Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous and proper installation is critical to the performance of your door. One of the other services a professional installer can provide is the disposal of your old door, if you are replacing a door.
   
2. What are the benefits of a steel garage door?
Steel doors are low maintenance.
   (Typically a wood door needs to be painted as frequently as the wood trim on your home due to weathering).
Steel doors have longer warranties than wood doors.
Steel doors can be insulated, making them far more energy efficient than wood.
   
3. When I replace my garage door can I keep my old track?
We recommend replacing your track when you replace your door because each brand of garage door has been specially designed to work with a specific type of track. In addition, replacing your track is an inexpensive way to insure that your entire garage door system is as safe as possible. By replacing your track you also ensure that your door warranty will apply, in the event that you have a problem.
   
4. How do I know if my door is properly balanced?
There are several tests you can perform to tell if your door is balanced:
You should be able to raise your door in 1' increments and the door should stay in place where you stop it.
When the door comes down, it lowers in a controlled manner and doesn't slam.
When the door goes up, it is at a controlled pace.
The bottom of the door should align with the bottom of the header when the door is in a raised position.
   
5. My garage door has little space above the door. What is the minimum headroom required to operate a door?
Standard headroom applications require 12" to 18" of space between the bottom of the opening header and the unobstructed ceiling. However, we can custom-built applications. A variety of special track options are available and make it possible for many unusual garages to be fitted with doors. By using low-headroom track, it is possible to install a door in an area that has as little as 6" of headroom.
   
6. I have a one-piece door now; can I replace it with a sectional door?
Yes. Your professional garage door installer can install a sectional door for you by installing track and springs to accommodate a sectional door. Depending on the construction of your garage, other modifications might be necessary. We would advise you to ask you installer to evaluate the job prior to installation, so that any modifications can be performed before installation.

If you have any more questions that we have not addressed here, please feel free to contact us.