Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Garage Door Installation Special for Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties!

Winter and the Holidays have rapidly approached this year.  Wet weather has begun to move onto the dry California shores.  A new garage door is an investment that will provide peace of mind that you won't get stuck in or out of your garage during the New Year.  It also adds resale value to your home.  Give us a call and explore the options available for single and multi-car garage door installation.

Happy Holidays and a Safe New Year,
Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Garage Door Overhaul Special for Hanson Overhead Clients

Fall is the perfect time to overhaul your Garage Door with Hanson Overhead, serving the North Bay communities. As Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."  By taking care of minor issues now your garage door is ensured to work properly through a rainy winter season.  We can hope for a wet winter this year!

Schedule your appointment today and feel assured you will receive the quality and honest service provided by Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sonoma and Napa County Garage Door Safety After an Earthquake

On Sunday (August 24, 2014) our garage door service area was impacted by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake.  Our thoughts extend to those in our community whose homes and businesses are affected the most by this natural disaster.

Garage Door Safety is an important consideration following a strong seismic event. In 2010 the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety compiled a list of the Top 10 Structural Retrofits to reduce earthquake structural damage.  Bracing garage door openings was number 10 on the list. 

"Garages are particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage, and especially if there is living space above the garage. The narrow walls on either side of the garage opening must be able to support the seismic load that is transferred from the roof and additional living space above the garage (if one exists) into the foundation below. In order for these narrow walls to support this load, they must be properly braced. Bracing these walls is usually done by using steel bracing or specially detailed plywood panels as recommended by a registered professional engineer."

The complete article can be read at:  Although Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service of Santa Rosa does not perform structural retrofits, we can inspect the moving parts of your garage door system.

Garage Door Components that should be inspected following an earthquake:

  • Garage Door rollers and tracks
  • Garage Door Panels for structural damage
  • Garage Door opener - electrical connections, chain or rails
  • Garage Door opener sensors
Your garage door is the largest moving object attached to your home.  A 44-point garage door inspection can ensure the integrity of your garage door safety.

Again, we send the best regards to our Sonoma and Napa County communities!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hanson Overhead of Sonoma County July Garage Door Repair Specials

During your busy summer schedule having a broken garage door spring can shut the door to Summer fun.  The Hanson Overhead of Santa Rosa solution is to repair questionable garage door and garage door openers before the problem becomes critical.

This month we are offering a $20 off Special on Broken Spring Replacement OR any Garage Door Opener Repair.

Give us a call at 707-526-7800 for your Sonoma County garage door repair needs.

Monday, June 9, 2014

June is Garage Door Safety Month

June is Garage Door Safety Month

Did you know your Garage Door is the largest moving object in your home? In honor of making your home safer this summer, Hanson Overhead of Santa Rosa is offering a 44-point Safety Tune-up Special.  Print the attached special and present it at the time of service.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vaulted Garage Safety - Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service of Sonoma County

Is your Garage considered a Vault?

A Vault? You may ask… A vault is considered a closed space with only one entrance and exit. Obviously, for a garage, this would be the garage door.

Why is knowing about a Garage Vault Lock important?

If you happen to have a garage that is detached from your home, it will be very difficult for you to use your remote transmitter to open the garage door in the event there is a power outage. That’s right… Your car is trapped, and you need to get to work or take the kids to school.

What do you do with a Garage Vault Release Lock?

Aside from waiting for the power to come back on, there are two solutions to prevent this problem. The first is to have what called a ‘Vault Release Lock’ installed on your garage door. This is a cylinder lock that gets mounted to the center of the door. On the inside, there is a cable that attaches to your emergency release pull cord on your garage door opener. In the event of a power outage, or your automatic garage door opener fails, you can insert a key into the Vault Lock and pull the cord, thus disengaging the garage door from the garage door opener. Now you should be able to open the door manually.

Another option would be to have a garage door opener installed that has a Battery Backup System. Modern technology has provided us with garage door openers that use DC Motors. This not only provides a quiet, smooth operation of your garage door, but it also is what makes Battery Backup Systems possible. A typical Battery Backup will operate your door up to 10 times or hold a charge for up to 24 hours. This feature could be invaluable for those that aren't able to manually lift their garage door, or simply don’t want to bother with the inconvenience.

It is still recommended to have a Vault Release Lock installed regardless of if you have a Battery Backup Garage Door Opener. In the event, your opener should fail; you still have a means of opening your garage door.

Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service is fully equipped to handle either one of these projects for you! Ask about our Vault Release Locks and the Garage Door Openers we have to offer!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Garage Door Safety Sensor Issues | Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service-Santa Rosa

Garage door sensor used to safely open and close the door with a garage door opener.
Have you ever had trouble closing your garage door?  This can be somewhat of a nuisance, yet in most cases, an easy problem to fix yourself.
Inevitably, the sides of our garage is where we like to store items like our golf clubs and garbage cans.  This is also where our garage door openers’ safety sensors are located.  It’s not uncommon for us to bump into them with the weekly garbage run to the street.  Once these sensors are bumped out of alignment, it sends a signal to the motor that there is an obstruction blocking the door from closing safely and will not put the door down.  Those who are persistent find out that if they hold down the button on the wall, the door will close.  (This bypasses the safety sensors)  

An easy fix is to walk over to the sensors and visually make sure they are pointed straight and directly facing each other.  Usually there are light indicators on the sensors themselves which may blink, flicker or not be lit at all until the invisible beam between the two sensors is connected.   Once the indicator light is lit solid, then your garage door is considered safe to close without obstruction.

Should this attempt to align the sensors yourself not solve the problem, please call a professional to look into this further, as there may be other issues with either the opener or the garage door itself.   Sometimes, when the garage door opener says the door is not safe to close… It’s not safe to close!

Call Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Garage Door Weather Seal Repair | Hanson Overhead - Santa Rosa

It’s that time of year again…  Although, for as dry as it’s been, and as much as we welcome the rain, we don’t necessarily welcome it into our garage!

Here are some ways you can prevent wind and rain from invading your home through your garage.


Bottom Garage Door Weather Seal:

Most of the time if there is water entering your garage, it’s due to a worn Bottom Seal or an uneven slab.  The garage door may seal tightly on one side and not so well on the other.  An old, worn bottom seal on your door may need to be replaced to ensure a tight seal all the way across the opening.
You can also try some other alternatives to seal larger gaps under your door.  For example, a larger Bulb Bottom Seal can be installed.  Or a Garage Door Threshold can also be an option when you want to block water from entering.  The rubber Threshold is glued down to the cement and the garage door sits on top of it.  You can even use the larger seal and threshold together if needed.

Vinyl Climate Seal:

For applications where you are trying to prevent driving wind and rain from entering your garage from the side of the garage door, you’ll want to seal the perimeter of your garage door opening with Climate Seal.  This vinyl trim can be found in a number of different colors. However, White or Almond are most readily available.  This simple addition to your garage door can not only seal the opening extremely well, but it also offers a nice finished wood textured look.

All of these weather sealing options are available through Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service.  Please call and schedule you free consultation today!