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Curb Appeal: Modernize Your Garage’s Look with Accent Planks

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Modern technology has done it again! Imagine a garage door with the warmth and eye appeal of wooden tones that looks almost exactly like doors made from real wood, except these garage doors are made from steel. Is that possible? One has to see it to be able to believe it.

The finishes come in the choice of beautiful cedar, classic dark oak, contemporary light oak, and powerful dark mahogany. It is very common for clients to have neighbors come over and ask, “Where did you get that garage door?” Even strangers may stop, knock on the front door, and ask the same question. They really are attractive.

The Look of Wood Combined with the Durability of Steel

Garage doors made of real wood, have many problems. This is how we used to make them in the old days. AR-BE Garage Doors has been a family business since 1947. Real wood garage doors need re-staining and re-painting almost every year to remain looking nice. The wood warps and wood garage doors quickly get out of alignment. Not to mention the problem with termites and the possibility of dry rot when wood is exposed to the outdoor elements.

Still, we have to admit to having a warm place in our hearts for those old wood garage doors because it reminds us of the good old-fashioned days. Imagine our delight when the factory designers at C.H.I. came out with the Accent Plank garage door series. We had to touch the door ourselves to convince us it was steel and not wood. That’s amazing.

Quality Construction

We like the technical specifications of these long-lasting, low-maintenance steel doors and you will too.

There are two models to choose from:

Model – 3216P

Each section is two inches thick.
Each section has four micro-grooves, which have a horizontal alignment and are spaced evenly.
The thermal breaks in the design prevent thermal transfers from outside to inside.
The insulation material used is polyurethane in a sandwich-style construction.
It does not contain any chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
The insulation R-value is 17.54.

Model – 3285P

The construction is the same as Model -3216P.
The only difference is that polystyrene is used instead of polyurethane.
The insulation R-value is 10.29.

Both models are offered in the wood-tones of cedar, dark oak, light oak, and rich mahogany.
Many options and accessories are available.
These doors are only sold through authorized dealers.
We are the dealer for Accent Plank Garage Chicago and the surrounding areas.

Designer Ideas

Homes with the most curb appeal, catch the eye with a combination of attractive elements, which include beautifully manicured landscaping that leads the eye to the home in an inviting way. The next thing that catches the eye is usually the front door when it is made out of wood and the garage door remains somewhat unnoticed.

With an Accent Plank garage door the “front door” appeal is magnified, especially when the garage door, window shutters, and front door match in color. This creates the “wow” factor.

AR-BE Garage Doors won the Best of Southland Award for 2015. We attribute our success to always putting our customer priorities first. Once you see a beautiful Accent Plank garage door, we know you are going to love it. We look forward to installing one in your home. Call 800-339-3256 for a free consultation.

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Garage Door Maintenance: When to Repair & When To Replace

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Knowing when to repair your garage door versus when to replace it completely can save you a lot of money. But how do you know when it’s time to replace it, or when it can simply be repaired by a specialist? Follow these guidelines to understand what can be repaired on your garage door and what can’t.

Dents and Other Abnormalities

Small dents and dings in a garage door can often be repaired by a specialist. Big dents, however, may require part or all of the garage door to be replaced. To help minimize unsightly dents and dimples in your garage door in the future, have a garage door with a thicker steel gauge installed. You can also consider investing in a bonded insulating core for your door.

Sagging, Slumping or Bent Doors

Some garage doors — especially those made of wood or some other non-metal material — are prone to sagging and slumping. When water repeatedly comes in contact with wood, it tends to warp it. If your garage door is suffering from sagging, the best course of action is replacement. A slumping garage door can result in considerable gaps underneath it, which can result in unwanted critters entering the garage and high energy bills. Doors can also become bent and damaged if they’ve been improperly reinforced.

Higher Energy Bills

A high energy bill can be an indicator that it’s time to get the garage door replaced. Many times, the door will degrade over time, and older doors might not be very well insulated. Installing a new garage door with proper insulation can cut down drastically on energy bills because it will effectively seal out the outdoor elements, which is especially important if you have a living area next to or above the garage. A garage door that’s insulated properly will help keep your home cooler in the warmer seasons and warmer in the colder seasons.

Difficulty Opening and Closing

If you’re having difficulty opening or closing your garage door, any number of things could be wrong, including:

  • The springs could be damaged or broken.
  • The cables along the door could be loose, worn or otherwise damaged.
  • The rollers might need to be replaced or lubricated.
  • Certain sections of the door might need to be replaced.
  • The track that the door runs along may be bent or warped.
  • The hinges might need to be replaced.

In many of the above cases, a garage door specialist can be called on to fix the damaged parts and sections.

Chicago Garage Door Maintenance: Call the Experts

If you’re looking for a Chicago garage door repair company, look no further! AR-BE Garage Doors has been the top name in garage door installation and repair in the Chicago area for the last 68 years. We specialize in a variety of garage door styles and can repair a wide variety of garage doors. We also install garage doors and can repair door openers. Give us a call at 800.339.3256 for a free estimate today!

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Quick Tips for Regular Garage Door Maintenance

repairing garage door trackAs a homeowner, you can perform some garage door maintenance tasks yourself. In addition to keeping your garage door working longer, performing regular maintenance will also keep you and your loved ones safe from garage door mishaps. If you’re not comfortable with performing garage door tests and maintenance routines, it’s best to have them performed by a trained technician.

Garage Door Maintenance in Chicago

The following maintenance tasks should be performed to avoid having to call a garage door repair technician prematurely:

  • Visual inspections should be performed on a monthly basis. Inspect all the garage door parts: springs, cables, all mounting hardware, and etc., all with the garage door closed. You should be looking for any signs of wear on any of the parts. Look for signs of fraying on the cable and for signs that the hinges are coming loose. Open and close the door as well, listening for abnormalities—creaking, groaning, screeching—all of these signs could be the symptom of a bigger problem.
  • A test to detect improper garage door balance should be performed on a monthly basis. To perform this test, close the door and disconnect the automatic opener if your door has an automatic system. Next, lift the garage door manually. If the door lifts smoothly and with little to no resistance, the balance is fine. If it’s hard to lift or doesn’t stay open after you life it, it could be out of balance.
  • A test to determine the reverse mechanism of the door should be performed on a monthly basis. This is only needed if your garage door has an automatic opening system. Place a piece of lumber in the middle of the garage door while it’s open. Place it in the spot where the garage door would touch the floor. Close the door by pushing the close button on the garage door opener and when it touches the wood, the door should automatically go in reverse. If your garage door doesn’t automatically reverse, consider calling a trained technician to repair it.
  • A test to determine that the photo eye is working properly should be performed on a monthly basis. This test only needs to be performed if your garage door has an automatic opening system. Close the door with the automatic opener or switch and then take a broomstick and wave it before one of the door’s photo eyes (the place where the detection happens). This should make the door reverse. If it doesn’t reverse and open, pull the broomstick away and close it. Clean the photo eyes with a dry cloth, such as microfiber cloth, when the door is closed. The photo eyes might also need to be adjusted by hand if they’re not lined up properly; gently adjust them to be on track again, and then open the door and repeat the test. The door should reverse and reopen.
  • The door should be lubricated semi-annually. Simply apply a bit of lubricant spray to the hinges, rollers and track of the garage door.

If your garage door isn’t performing as it should, AR-BE Garage Doors can help. We service and install garage doors in the Chicago area. Give us a call at (800) 339-3256 to schedule an appointment.

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Leave Garage Door Installation to the Professionals

man opening garage door with buttonHomeowners have a large number of resources at their disposal nowadays. With little or no expertise, homeowners can take care of household repairs and perform numerous installations that might be out of their comfort zone. This is especially true for homeowners who are handy—you know the type, they can fix just about anything around the house—and most will have a good deal of experience with handling several different types of household repairs.

But this shouldn’t be the case with installing the bigger stuff, such as garage doors.

Installing a garage door is a big task, and most people should call on the services of a professional installation specialist to do it. There are a number of reasons a professional should be called, but the most important of them is that someone who doesn’t have any experience with installing them can be at risk of injury, especially if they’re doing the installation alone. There is also the risk of improper installation to take into account.

While it might seem like doing it yourself could save you a good deal of money, the contrary could definitely be true — especially since the risk of injury is much higher than many other do-it-yourself projects. The heavy-duty spring tension involved in garage door installation are under a ton of pressure, and can snap and puncture the skin. Garage doors also weigh quite a lot; anywhere from 200-300 pounds. If a door were to snap or drop on you or someone else during the installation, it would result in a not only a loss of the door, but injury.

Installing the door improperly is another reason to call a professional installation specialist. A specialist will know how to inserts the struts and rails, calibrate the installation, adjust the track mechanism, and more. Calibrating the installation alone will make all the difference in how long the door’s individual components will stay good working service. A professional will have the know-how and expertise needed to get the door installed correctly, without using any guesswork that a novice might use.

Installing garage doors can also be time-consuming — no matter how prepared a person is. Installing a garage door can take a whole day for first-timers to do, but a professional will have it up and installed in two hours or less.

Repairing a garage door might seem simple—especially since it’s already installed—but the opposite is true. If it’s bent, missing a piece, or has a faulty spring, repairing it to good working condition is typically no different from installing a brand-new door. It can take equally as long to repair a garage door, and can be just as dangerous. Not hiring a professional can do more damage than good.

Garage Door Installation Services in Chicago

AR-BE Garage Doors has provided garage door replacement and installation services in Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area for over 60 years now. We also provide garage door repair services. Give us a call at (800) 339-3256 to schedule a garage repair or installation appointment today, or to receive an estimate.

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CHIOHD 2283 RAISED PANEL steel or fiberglass garage doors

Fiberglass Garage Doors in Chicago

Impact Resistant Fiberglass Doors in Chicago & suburbs

Your home reflects your personal sense of style and makes an impression on your guests and visitors.  Exterior features of your home, such as the windows and garage doors, can either enhance the appearance or detract from it. At AR-BE, we provide high quality fiberglass doors with professional installation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Impact resistant fiberglass garage doors offer a beautiful architectural style design that will offer the protection you need and enhance the appearance of your home.

There are several panel options available to create the look you want for your home, as well as impact resistance, lasting durability, and style.

These fiberglass doors are available in several color options, as well as wood tone colors that include oak, walnut, and mahogany. In addition, there are four options for styles, if you want to add designer lights to your door and designer light caming is available in your choice of brass or platinum.

If you are interested in fiberglass garage doors or a different type of garage door for your home in Chicago or suburbs, please browse our garage doors section to learn more about the options available for your new garage doors.  There you can view panel and color options and read technical data for the doors and insulation. Please contact AR-BE Garage Doors at 800.339.3256 for quality garage doors and professional installation at affordable prices.

CHIOHD 2283 RAISED PANEL steel or fiberglass garage doors
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