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Faulty Garage Doors – Time to Repair or Replace?


Have you noticed a few faults with your garage doors? There are several dangers involved in a damaged garage door, some of which may result in an injury or theft. To avoid these risks, it is crucial to have your doors tended to by a specialist.

Due to our in-house manufactured products, our team here at Grimston Garage Doors can offer you the best quality products and fast service. We can also advise you on the best root of action and refer you to our specialist team.

Pay attention to the finer details

You may have noticed that your door is struggling to open and close. Perhaps, it can still perform this function but makes a strange noise while doing it. If that is the case, then it is vital that you contact our team as soon as possible.

By choosing to ignore smaller issues, you risk larger problems arising with your garage door, which when left untended can result in permanent damage to your door. Therefore, the faster you contact a team, the more manageable your issue may be.

Leaks, Cracks, and Gaps

If you have you noticed a leak in your garage, then you may have a gap in your door. Cracks and gaps in your door or sealant can decrease the security of your garage, making it easier for theft to occur. When it is hit by the weather, gaps in your garage door might even grow, causing the door to eventually split. However, with the proper help from our team of garage specialists, we can restore its quality.

Look out for functionality failure

Depending on the condition of your cables, your garage doors can become slow or even impossible to open.

When your garage doors’ internal cables twist or separate, the chance of you encountering shock injuries increases. Therefore, it is important that you immediately contact a qualified engineer and keep away from your garage door until we have addressed the issue.

Garage door neglection

Without noticing this has happened, you may have neglected your garage door. How?

Even though each garage door differs in its components, your garage door might need to be lubricated. This is not something that needs to be done daily but every 1 or 2 years. For garage doors using screw drive operator rails, you will need to lubricate your door openers regularly. Whereas with chain and belt drives, you will never need to lubricate them.

The Replacement

Despite our goal to repair your garage door, there are certain scenarios where we believe a replacement is the best route of action. For example, if you are looking to put your house up

for sale, then a garage door replacement could increase your home’s value. With a brand-new garage door, you’d be surprised how much your house’s outer appearance will change.

Another scenario where a replacement could be recommended is if your door is damaged beyond repair. This can occur if your door is old, rusted or broken.

In that instance, our team would first offer a free quote, then fit your strong new garage door for you!

Noticed an issue with your garage door? Call us on 01274 660060 or email us at

6 Common Mistakes Made When Installing a Garage Door Yourself


You might be a handy family member or a DIY-lover but there are somethings best performed by a qualified team. In this instance, installing your garage door.

Other than being an essential tool for security, your garage door is one of the first things that visitors see. Therefore, when installing your garage door, it is vital that you look to a professional service to install your new garage door.

Now the question is, what could possibly go wrong and what factors do you need to review?

It’s a delicate structure

Compared to its appearance, there is a lot more involved in the installation of a garage door. For example, for a garage door to work correctly, it must use springs and components. Since these appliances are intricate, they need to be handled and positioned in a certain way to ensure your door can open and close manually.

Measurement Mistakes

An important part of installing your garage door is the plan. Before proceeding to fix your door to your garage, you will need to first take measurements. Unlike most DIY projects, your measurements could make or break the appearance of your garage. Some of the vital information might be missed or noted down incorrectly.

Therefore, once you receive your door from your local garage door seller, you will notice your door will not fit. To get a replacement, you will find you will need to buy a new door under your newly discovered measurements, which will cost you an unnecessary amount.

The dangers involved

Due to the way that garage doors are fixed, it might be easy to believe that they are light enough to handled alone. However, garage doors are not only large, wide and burdensome but heavy objects too.

By taking on this task alone, you will be subjecting yourself to a variety of risks. One being, you might injure yourself while trying to lift or adjust your door.

Unfortunately, by not securely certain appliances, you may end putting others in harm, if your garage door loosens and falls.

Breaking your Garage Door

Without the proper support, you could break or damage your door. To fix it or replace your garage door, you may have to end up spending the same amount of money used to buy the door initially.

The Solution

Discovering the solution to avoiding these mistakes is easy… Use a professional!

With Grimston Garage Doors, we have over 60 years of experience in the West Yorkshire area. Our doors are not only bespoke but are fitted following with the European Health and Safety requirements. For a free quote, please call us on 01274 660060 or email us at

How can winter affect my garage door?


Your garage door is the single largest piece of mechanical equipment in your house and most of us will open and close it several times a day without even thinking twice.

Winter is the worst time of the year to discover that your garage door is broken, especially when you can't get your car out. This is a problem any time of the year but far worse in the cold, dark winter months.

To stay prepared you can perform the following maintenance checks:

Garage door springs

Cold weather can distress a garaged door in many ways, but broken springs are the most common. Usually, this is down to wear and tear as garage door springs typically last around 10,000 cycles.

It is important to check the springs regularly, you can do this by lifting the door to halfway, then letting go and if the door is stationary then he springs are in good working condition. If the door begins to drop slightly then you should consider replacing the springs.

Another way to safeguard against broken springs in the winter is to ensure you install a safety cable. The cable exerts enough force to act as a counterweight, so if your springs were to break this is almost a safety net.

Door frozen to the ground

A very common problem in winter is when water pools at the bottom of your garage door, this can freeze overnight and seal the door shut.

There is no simple or easy way to avoid this, but we have listed a few solutions for you to use and try rectifying the problem.

Manually open your garage door using the emergency cord. However, the severity of the freeze may impact this option.

Pour boiling water along the base of the door, be sure to sweep away the pool of water as this could re-freeze.

You could also, use a scraper to chip at the ice until you can free the door.  However, we know that in winter the weather can especially be unpleasant, so you don't want to be out in it for longer than you must. So, we would recommend pouring some salt around the door to prevent the re-appearance of ice and sweeping away any puddles or snow build up.

Water damage

If you have a wooden garage door, commonly, the moisture over winter can lead to the swelling of the door and frame itself. This can lead to rubbing which can also result in the door becoming stuck, which prevents you from exiting or entering through your garage door.

It is very important to clear your rain gutters of leaves and debris to prevent water from running down onto the door which contributes to the swelling.

Opening Issues

The colder temperatures can often interfere with the opening and closing functions of your garage door. A couple of things to watch out for are:

Lubrication consistency – Garage door mechanisms require lubrication and during winter the consistency can alter, this will, therefore, prevent the components from moving successfully.

Sensitivity problem – Automated garage doors are designed to stop the process if there is an obstruction. Therefore, if the lubrication is too thick the sensors may mistake if for something it may crash into.

As the cold weather descends, your garage door may be pushed to its limits, however, by keeping an eye on your garage door and preparing it for winter, means that it will be able to withstand the harsh conditions of winter as the prevention is better than the cure.

If you have any more queries on winter protection or any of our other services, please feel free to contact us here at Grimston Garages.

Common Faults with Garage Doors & How to Fix Them


Here at Grimston Garages, our reputation has been built by supplying and fitting the very best quality garage doors to Leeds, Bradford and the surrounding Yorkshire regions which are stylish, durable yet affordable.


Your garage door will typically operate with little to no trouble for many years, but from time to time some problems may crop up that interferes with your garage door's operation.


This month we're looking into some of the most common garage door's operations and how you can look to rectify them.


Doors are getting stuck part-way


If you notice your door getting stuck partway, then this could be due to accumulated dirt and grunge obstructing the track or jamming the rollers. Make sure no objects or clutter in your garage is getting in the way or resting against the tracks. Even the smallest pebbles or stones can have an effect on the garage door opening and closing properly.


If there is nothing in the way it will most likely be a mechanical issue and a professional will need to make sure it in properly and safely replaced.


Automatic garage door controls

If your door is acting erratically it usually means the batteries are dying (but not completely dead yet). The first thing to do if you are not getting a response from the remote is to replace the batteries.


If you have done this and it is still not working then you should seek expert assistance from your garage door supplier or ourselves as it will most likely be a mechanical problem with the motor, springs or tracks.


Heaviness or stiffness in the garage door opening mechanism

This is often caused by a problem with the garage door tracks Most likely this is due to dirt and gunge hindering the rollers in the track. So be sure to keep these clean. You can clean the tracks easily with a cloth but be sure to be careful and avoid sharp edges whilst cleaning. 


It may also be a case of where the track itself may be damaged or bent somewhere and require specialist attention.


Doors won't stay open

If your garage door only partially opens or gets so far then slips, then it will most likely be a broken or faulty torsion (These run along the top of the garage door) or extension spring mechanism (These are fitted at each side of the garage door).


This is not something that you will be able to fix yourself and should call a specialist such as Grimston Garages out to correctly fix the fault.


We will have your garage door back to optimal capacity and functionality in no time here at Grimston Garages! Contacts us for more information on how we can help you.

Top Tips on Looking After Your Garage Door


 With your garage door being the largest door in your home and the single largest moving part, it is very important to look after it.  Garage doors are well manufactured and designed to help protect your car and other belongings stored inside your garage. Therefore, to look after your garage door’s security and protection from the weather is an essential task and should be added to your household checklist. 


It doesn’t take long to do, and if done regularly it will help save you time and money in the future as it will help prevent things going wrong.


Top tips:

Before you start –

Avoid any injuries by letting everyone in your household know that you’ll be checking the garage door, so that they know not to open or close the door whilst you’re inspecting it.

Make sure you read all the labels on the liquids and lubricants that you plan on using to ensure that they are 100% the right products for the job, to avoid damage to your garage door.

Cleaning and maintaining:

·         The average garage door is used well over 1,000 times per year which means plenty of vibration is working its way towards loosening up everything from bolts to roller brackets. You can simply tighten these up with a socket wrench.

·         Keep track runners clean and free of obstacles but DO NOT oil them.

·         Around twice a year you should treat the springs, spindles, tracks, hinges and latches with a squirt of WD-40, or any other multi-use lubricant spray you wish to use. Be extra careful not to allow any to drip on to the face of the door.

·         If rollers or hinges become stuck due to rust, then dab a little paraffin on them and rub it off with a soft cloth.

·         Keep the door clear of acidic or caustic substances – bird droppings are very common to garage doors and are a problem because of their acidity.

·         Clean your garage door with a washing up liquid solution and it is important to always use a soft cloth/sponge as anything abrasive can permanently damage the surface.

·         Check your weather stripping regularly. This is the strip that runs along the bottom of your garage door. Look for any areas where it may have become brittle, cracked or otherwise broken.

Use the above tips to make sure you get the best performance from your garage door.

If you find that anything needs repairing or replacing whilst inspecting your garage door then please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Grimston Garages as we specialise in both garage door repairs and replacements.