We supply, install and service all makes and models of garage doors, including wood, steel, aluminum and polycarbonate doors in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia.
In addition, we install and install driveway gates, along with supplying garage door remotes and parts.
We are your one stop shop for all your garage door needs in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, West Vancouver, and White Rock.
Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Doors
Do you supply remotes?
Yes we do carry remotes for most garage door openers such as Stanley, Genie, Liftmaster, Sears Craftsman, Chamberlain, Multicode, Manaras, and Linear.
How do I code my remote for my garage door opener?
All products we carry come with a set of instructions.
The coding varies on the type of system you are using and is explained on the instructions.
On the reverse side of the remote, where the battery is concealed, there are a series of dip switches that you toggle up and down to match the setting of your current remote control:
- Stanley: 10 switches
- Genie AT85: 9 switches
- GT90/GPT90-1: 12 switches
- Multicode/ Multi Elmac : 10 switches
- Linear: 8 switches
- Chamberlain / Liftmaster: 61LM: 9 switches
- Chamberlain / Liftmaster remote models 81LM, 91LM or 971LM:
- First locate the smart button on the rear side of the operator hanging from the ceiling in your garage.
- The smart button is either round (yellow, grey, white, red, or green) or square (red) with a green LED light adjacent.
- Take your remote and press the button and at the same time press the smart button.
- The receiver has now learned the code from the remote control.
- Press the smart button for any longer than 12 seconds (or until the LED light flashes and the receiver’s memory has been erased).
How do I know which remote I need?
Once we know the brand and model of your remote that you want to replace.
In some cases, we will need the frequency and the number of dip switches.
All that information should be on your remote, if it is not on the remote, locate your receiver (small box with a wire protruding out located on or near your garage door operator), you should be able to access the information. If that does not work please contact us.
I have an old garage door opener, can I still get a new remote?
Most older models are replaceable, however, depending on what type of system, you may not be able to replace your remote, if your remote does not contain dip switches and is 15 years or older you will need a new receiver.
A receiver is much less expensive than replacing the entire operator and can be easily installed, simple and easy instructions and schematics are included. However, we recommend replacing the operator in most cases.
Is there a remote that can operate any garage or gate opener?
There is no remote that can operate any garage or gate opener. There are remotes that can operate on different frequencies, functioning with different brands such as the Skylink Universal remote.
My door only opens a few inches then stops, what could be the problem?
You could have a broken spring it is the large coil located on the top of the door on a bar, and this should be replaced.
Another symptom of a broken spring is if you hear a very large bang and again, then the door only opens a few inches.
Garage Door Framing Guide
Garage Door Openers
These are the quietest garage door openers on the market so keep that in mind if your garage shares a wall with a bedroom or office and would otherwise disturb your peace. A bit more expensive but dependable with quiet operation.
Reliable and less expensive than belt drives and a great option for a detached garage.
Direct drives can be mounted to the wall instead of the ceiling of your garage to free up ceiling storage space or help in installations with low head room or ceilings.
Unlike other garage door openers that use a noisy chain, belt or screw the Direct Drive has only one moving part.
The motor sprocket glides silently along a fixed chain, embedded in a sturdy steel rail, making it the quietest garage door opener available.
The spring-loaded chain will never sag down and the advanced internal obstacle detection system and the safety beam sensors constantly monitor every door movement ensuring the highest level of safety.
The typical electric garage door opener consists of a power unit that contains the electric motor. The power unit attaches to a track. A trolley connected to an arm that attaches to the top of the garage door slides back and forth on the track, thus opening and closing the garage door. The trolley is pulled along the track by a chain, belt, or screw that turns when the motor is operated. A quick-release mechanism is attached to the trolley to allow the garage door to be disconnected from the opener for manual operation during a power failure or in case of emergency. Limit switches on the power unit control the distance the garage door opens and closes once the motor receives a signal from the remote control or wall push button to operate the door.
The electric opener does not provide the actual lifting power to open and close a heavy garage door. Instead, most of the actual lifting power comes from the counterbalance springs attached to the door. These springs are under tension to lift the garage door via steel counterbalance cables. The electric opener only controls how far the door opens and closes, as well as the force the garage door exerts. In most cases, the garage door opener also holds the door closed in place of a lock.
The entire assembly hangs above the garage door. The power unit hangs from the ceiling and is located towards the rear of the garage. The end of the track on the opposite end of the power unit attaches to a header bracket that is attached to the header wall above the garage door. The power head is usually supported by punched angle iron.
Garage Door Types
Wood garage doors add instant warmth, charm and character to your home. Design options include both carriage house style wood garage doors and traditional panel style wood garage doors.
Insulated or Non-Insulated, Steel Garage Doors offer the broadest range of design, insulation and price options, and can be painted to match your house.
Lightweight aluminum garage doors are rust-proof and corrosion resistant. Paint or powder-coated frame finishes in solid colors are offered.
Polycarbonate doors are made with triple-walled panels that are strong yet lightweight. Along with maximizing natural light, polycarbonate garage doors are extremely weather resistant, long lasting and retain their “brand new” look for years.
Composite garage doors typically have a wood frame covered with sheets of fiberboard. Better models offer higher-density fiberboard skins and include realistic details, such as overlays and grooves to simulate a real wood door. Cores are filled with polystyrene insulation.
Garage doors made from fiberglass are less subject to denting or cracking. They do not rust but can break upon impact. Two layers of fiberglass are typically bonded to a steel frame and filled with polyurethane insulation. Steel end caps help improve rigidity.
Garage Door Buying Guide
Are you looking to buy a new garage door in Vancouver? You’ve come to the right place, and we are your one stop shop for all of your garage door needs, in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, West Vancouver, and White Rock.
Benefiting from today’s technologies, the materials used for many of today’s garage doors can withstand weathering for many years, including steel, wood composites, fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum. Wood, though not as durable as most other manufactured materials, remains a favourite, too. Though each of these has its benefits, people sometimes overwhelmingly prefer steel and wood doors.
An overview of the basics of Garage Doors
• Wood remains a classic because of its natural beauty, availability, and easy customization. But it just doesn’t last as long as other materials and thus requires fairly consistent care.
• Steel garage doors have become very popular because they’re strong, relatively inexpensive, and low maintenance. In addition, state-of-the-art steel garage doors do an excellent job of imitating the look of wood.
What’s New with Garage Doors?
In addition to the use of an increasingly broader selection of durable materials for their manufacture, garage doors have become high-tech, with high-performance insulation and energy-saving glazing, finished interior surfaces, baked-on exterior finishes and more. Some non-wood doors have been given very realistic wood grain surfaces that will accept a stain—it is hard to tell the difference between these and real wood.
In terms of style, carriage-house garage doors have become very popular because of their classic look. For a sleek, translucent contemporary look, aluminum framed doors with opaque glass panels are hard to beat.
How Much Does a Garage Door Cost?
What is a typical price for a new garage door? The answer depends on many factors. Because there is an incredibly broad range of styles and qualities of garage doors, prices are all over the place…from about $400 for a low-end wood composite door that you must install yourself to $9000 or more for a fully loaded high-end door with installation.
On the average, expect to pay $800 to $1500 for a mid-range 16-by-7-foot door, installed. Upscale garage doors average about $2700. Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report (link), states that the (national) average cost of a garage door replacement is $3304.
If you’ll want an automatic door opener, add $200 to $300, if you have it installed at the same time as the door. These figures don’t include tax or the cost of oversight by a general contractor if the job is being done as part of a bigger building project. The only way to really pin down a price is to figure out what you want and get bids—it’s wise to get at least three.
The good news is that you get a solid return on your investment when you install a new garage door. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, a new garage door increases the value of a home by about $2810. The return on investment actually depends on where you live. Nationally, figure an ROI of 85%, but that number goes up to over 110% in the Western states.
About Garage Door Installation
Should you install a garage door yourself? Unless you’re an accomplished do-it-yourselfer, your probably should not. You need a helper, the work requires quite a few carpentry tools and skills, and the heavy-duty springs can be dangerous to work with. The job will probably take you a little more than a day, whereas a professional installer will can usually do it in about 5 hours. Installation normally adds from $250 to $500 to the cost.
Garage Door Options
A host of options are available through most garage door manufacturers. You can order window sections for a decorative accent and to add daylight to a dark garage. You can choose standard single glazed or, for insulated doors, dual glazed. Some doors have snap-in decorative frames.
Garage Door Springs
Tilt-up doors sometimes utilize extension springs, the type that stretch and recoil at the sides of a garage door. Torsion springs—a shaft spring and drum assembly across the top of the door—are much better for sectional doors. Torsion springs distribute the door’s weight evenly and cannot break and fly off the way an extension spring at the side of a door can (they can break, but they stay put). Extension springs are cheaper, but most dealers prefer to install the safer and more reliable torsion springs.
Garage Door Openers
Perhaps one of the most appealing garage door options of all is the automatic garage door opener. Today’s garage door openers have rugged motors with lifetime warranties and several other features:
• Photoelectric safety devices that stop and reverse the closing door if your car or—worse—a child breaks an invisible light beam.
• Miniature transmitters that fit on a key chain.
• Transmitters that operate only with a personal code you program into them.
• Multiple-button remote controls that will operate appliances and lights in addition to the opener.
Choosing the Right Garage Door
It’s important to think about how the door must perform and how long you want to ensure that performance. For example, consider the type of weather and exposure it will have to survive and whether or not it needs to help insulate the garage. Will you be using the garage as an extra room or a workshop? If so, you’ll want to keep the garage warm in winter. Is there a room above the garage? Buying an insulated door will help keep the room above the garage warm.
The following information will give you buying advice for the major types of garage doors.
Steel Garage Doors
Steel garage doors are much stronger and more secure than wood, aluminum, or fiberglass ones. Thanks primarily to new technologies that allow for embossing metals with wood-grain patterns, plus new durable coatings, today’s steel doors rival the look of wood without the maintenance headaches.
Styles imitate those of wood doors—flush, recessed panel, and raised panel. You can also get metal doors with a horizontal, ribbed design.
For an average-size steel door, expect to pay between $750 and $1,200 installed.
Steel Garage Door Benefits
Steel doors won’t warp, crack, delaminate, or fall apart due to the effects of weather. And, because most are made of hot-dipped, galvanized steel that is vinyl clad or given a baked-on polyester finish, they don’t rust or require repainting as often as do wood doors. Most warranties guarantee the door won’t rust for as long as you own the house, but they do not guarantee against fading. On the downside, steel does dent and can be difficult to repair.
Premium-quality steel doors have cores of rigid polystyrene or polyurethane foam insulation. Not only does this insulation help keep the garage warm in winter and cool in summer, but it makes the door lighter, quieter, and easier to operate. In addition, it is less likely to sag over time.
Quality of Steel Garage Doors
You can usually discern a steel door’s quality both by its thickness and the thickness of its cladding. A premium door is often a full 2 inches thick, filled with insulation, and clad in 24-gauge steel. Less-expensive doors are thinner and made of 28-gauge steel (the lower the number, the thicker the metal).
Doors may be single skin, with a frame that shows from inside, or double skin, sandwiching the foam insulation between panels on both outside and inside. If looks inside the garage matter, the double-skin construction is not only much more durable but also attractive.
Weatherstripping is another measure of quality. The best-made doors have a full-width vinyl bubble garage door weatherstripping along the bottom edge that conforms to the floor. They also have rigid vinyl weatherstripping along the sides of the door panels, a vinyl top cap, and weather seals between each section.
Fiberglass & Aluminum Garage Doors
Fiberglass garage doors actually consist of an aluminum frame with fiberglass sections. Like aluminum, fiberglass is very lightweight.
However, for more mainstream uses, fiberglass isn’t a very popular material because it is a poor insulator, it yellows with age, and it breaks relatively easily, especially when cold. Other advantages of fiberglass include its translucency and its resistance to the effects of salt air. Because of these benefits, fiberglass doors may work best for locations needing good light transmission or resistance to corrosive ocean climates.
Aluminum garage doors have enjoyed many of the same advances as steel garage doors—wood-grain embossing and durable finishes are typical. Aluminum single-piece tilt-up doors are fairly popular because they are extremely lightweight, will not rust, and are relatively inexpensive—from $400 to $700. Unfortunately, aluminum has a major drawback—it’s very easily dented.
How to Buy a Wood Garage Door
Many people prefer wood for its natural look, affordability, and easy tooling. But, because wood expands and contracts and can warp and crack as it weathers, it demands regular maintenance—repainting or refinishing every couple of years.
Tilt-Up Wood Garage Doors
The easiest to build and most affordable type of door is a tilt-up wood door. In many cases, a carpenter builds a tilt-up wood door right in the driveway by applying a skin of exterior plywood—usually 3/8 inch thick—to a frame of Douglas fir, spruce, or a similar softwood. In some cases, siding that matches the house covers the frame.
This type of flush construction is quite strong, stable, and affordable. For a 16-by-7-foot flush wood door, you can expect to pay from $400 to $700.
Roll-Up Wood Garage Doors
Sections of roll-up wood doors may have either flush or panel construction. Flush sections are made by fastening a plywood panel over a wooden frame, like a small version of the flush door described above. For panel doors, manufacturers fit several separate, rectangular panels into a wooden frame. The skeletal framework is built of fir or some other common softwood; panels are made from a variety of materials.
Panels for a door that is meant to be painted may be flat surfaces of plywood or hardboard, or they may be three-dimensional raised or recessed panels. Cladwood, made from composites with resin-impregnated overlays, or wood lookalikes such as Masonite’s SureWood raised panels, are commonly used for the three-dimensional type.
Appearance-grade wood doors—those that are meant to be stained rather than painted—have solid-wood panel inserts. These doors may be all cedar, redwood, or may have softwood frames with oak, mahogany, or other hardwood panels. When buying one of these, find out whether the panels are made from a single, solid piece or from several widths edge-glued together (since the joint between glued-up lengths may show).
Thibault Gates & Access Control Ltd.
Thibault Gates & Access Control Ltd.
Address: Hallert Rd, Abbotsford BC V3G 1R3
Mobile: (778) 552-1718