Switching From Manual Opening To Automatic Garage DoorIf you have a manual garage door, you have probably thought about converting the door to an automatic. In some cases, an existing manual door can convert to an automatic door without issue. However, the conversion is not so easy in some instances. The following are some things you need to know if you have thought about automating your existing garage door.

An automatic garage door improves your home in many ways. Easily open and close the garage door without getting out into the weather. If you are in poor physical condition, growing older, or simply cannot lift heavy items like you once could, an automatic garage door saves you a lot of physical labor. Fortunately, many existing garage doors can become automatic if certain factors are met.

Assessing The Condition Of Your Existing Garage Door

If your garage door is in good shape, does not have any resistance, and opens and closes without rubbing on the frame, you will likely be able to convert the door to an automatic. With a garage door that is off-center, stiff, or is in otherwise poor condition, a conversion may still be possible, but will require some repair work ahead of time.

Assessing The Type Of Garage Door You Currently Own

Each type of door will require different types of motors. If your garage door is a tilt-up or canopy model, the tracks need to be horizontal in order to convert to automatic. If you have a canopy garage door, you will have to adjust the mechanism to a bow-arm device and add a motor to the door. A sectional garage door is among the most common types of garage doors and is easily converted to automatic.

Assessing Whether The Configuration Of Your Garage Can Handle An Automatic Door

Smaller garages with little to no headroom are difficult to maneuver in when installing the garage door motor. A garage also must have electricity to automate a garage door.

Contact Rise & Shine Garage Doors For Your Garage Door Needs

Converting a manual garage door into an automatic one is not a DIY project. Garage door repair or replacement can be costly, dangerous, and risky. If you’re looking to convert your manual garage door into an automatic one, it’s best to hire a dependable garage door company. If you need garage door installation or automation, repair, or replacement in the Minneapolis Metropolitan area, the professionals at Rise & Shine Garage Doors offer 24-hour service. Contact us to get prompt services and affordable rates, our estimates are always free! Contact us by phone at (612) 886-9606, or schedule an appointment online.

Navigating COVID-19

We are still open as an essential business

To our valued customers,

Recent news about COVID-19 is unfortunate for many of our customers and our local businesses. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19 and as other businesses start the Pause phase of the recent Executive Order, our team at Rise & Shine Garage Doors would like to express our concern for all those who have been affected. Our employees and our customers are our top priority , and we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of each.

We have been closely monitoring the situation since it began and fully support all precautions being taken to prevent any further spread of the virus. Rise & Shine Garage Doors has remained open and in full operation as we understand how important it may be to your daily lives to have a fully functional Garage Door. We continue to follow the plan we set in place in March when this pandemic began and will continue to do so. These are the changes we have made to our policies to help prevent the spread:

  • Our technicians will practice social distancing rather than shaking hands at the door.
  • Estimates and repair recommendations will be done remotely or over the phone while our customers stay inside or quarantined.
  • Preferably all payments will be made by credit card rather than by check.
  • We will continue to clean up after ourselves, wash our hands, and use hand sanitizer often.

The nature of our industry allows us a lot of flexibility in these times as most of our technicians are working in one to two man crews which is well under the guidelines that have been laid out before us. We even have the ability to complete all work without any face to face interactions and take payments over the phone.

We thank you for working with us as we navigate this situation.

With kind regards,

Josh Dutcher and Alex Johantgen

Rise & Shine Garage Doors Team

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