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Garage Door and Garage Door Opener Maintenance, Service and Repair

You use your garage door nearly every day, likely multiple times a day.  Keeping your garage door and garage door opener maintained and functional is key to its longevity and your safety.  If you’re looking to better understand what Services Riverhead Building Supply has visit the Installation Services page here

Garage Door and Opener Maintenance and Repair

There are a few things a homeowner can safely do to ensure proper garage door function.  Let’s start with some basics and review the key components of your garage door and garage door opener.

Garage Door Tracks and Rollers:

Both the metal rails or tracks, made of steel, which the garage door rollers ride along are a key component to smooth operation of your door.  It is important to keep these clean and clear of debris.   The best way to clean them is with a soft, lint-free cloth damped with water or gentle household cleaner and wipe along the interior of the track.  The garage door can get misaligned if debris is caught in the rails or if the garage door was installed improperly or is imbalanced causing screeching, scratching or scraping noises upon use.  If these noises persist, it is recommended to call a garage door service technician to inspect and make appropriate repairs and adjustments – call here 631-591-7810 or complete an appointment form here and someone will contact you.

Garage Door Cables:

These cables do a lot of the heavy lifting – literally!  These long strands of galvanized steel rope help lift the door, which can weight up to 200 pounds.  These cables connect to the large springs that lift the door.  Without these cables, or a broken cable, will not allow the door to open – becoming one of the major issues that can cause a garage door to become stuck closed.  Garage door cable replacement and repair should be left to the professionals as they interact with the strong garage door springs that store a lot of energy and can cause harm to the novice repair person.

Garage Door Springs:

Springs are the power behind the door operation.  When in good condition you can lift the door easily as the springs provide the counterbalance and tension to give you an assist.  If a garage door spring breaks or becomes disabled the garage door becomes impossible to open.  Replacing garage door springs on your own is dangerous.  The springs are under tremendous tension that can unwind and cause serious injury.  Call a professional to replace garage door springs.

Garage Door Remotes and Keypads:

If either the remote or keypad are not functioning properly the first order of business is to check the batteries.  If the garage door remote still does not appear to work, check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to train or ‘program’ your remote control – search for instructions online if you do not have paperwork handy.  First, you will need to safely access the garage door opener motor to press the ‘Program or Learn’ button to initiate programming mode; usually an LED light will signal the unit is prepped.  Then the button on the remote is pressed to make a connection.  This is the basic idea, check your brand and find specific manufacturer instructions online.  If your efforts fail or the remote/motor still does not function, call our local garage door service technician to troubleshoot more options or set up an appointment at 631-591-7810.

Garage Door Weather Stripping, Sweep or Bottom Seal:

This is the soft, flexible material that compresses when the door closes, sealing the gap along the floor to keep out water, dirt, cold and critters.  If debris and air are getting in underneath your garage door, likely the bottom seal or weather strip is in need of replacement.   This might be the only repair a do-it-yourselfer can safely manage.  Of course if you have multiple issues with your garage door, the best course of action would be to contact an expert that can address all issues on one visit.

  • First you need to measure the width of your garage door and purchase a roll of corresponding size bottom weather strip or rubber seal.
  • Next, the garage door needs to be securely positioned in about an 80% open position so you have access from side to pull the sweep out of the astragal so it passes in front of the door tracks or rails.
  • There is likely a screw a few inches in on each side along the bottom that is holding the current weather strip in place. These two screws should be removed and set aside to reinstall later.
  • Pull out the old rubber strip from the side pulling evening and slowing. Sometimes the strip is so worn or damaged it can be pulled out from the bottom of the door.  Cutting along the entire bottom can assist in fast, easy removal as well.
  • Cut your new garage weather strip to the exact width of the bottom of the door. To facilitate installation give coiled rubber strip a soak in water and dish soap.
  • Curve the weather strip into a ‘U’ shape with the ribs on the outside and start to feed into one side of the astragal of the door (metal channels at bottom that rubber weather strip is fed into). This can be most efficient with two people, one feeding the strip in and the other gently pulling it across.
  • Last step is to replace the two screws, one on each end, to secure the weather strip in place.

If you find you have multiple concerns with your garage door and opener, feel free to call our installation team of experts for a consultation at 631-591-7810 or complete a request form here.

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Window & Door

Marvin Designer Black Interior Finish for Windows & Doors

Ready to make a bold statement in your home? Install Marvin windows and doors with the Designer Black painted interior finish.
While black has been a popular design trend for doors, appliances, and hardware for a while, the Designer Black interior finish takes this style to a whole new level. This architectural glazing option was created as a complement to Marvin’s Matte Black hardware collection and enhances doors and windows with matte black elegance. The use of black is a striking way to add dimension, definition and contrast to your space. It is a modern, edgy take on a classic look.
Designer Black windows and doors work are sleek and contemporary, but contrary to what many people believe, they actually work well with many types of styles including transitional and traditional.  Clean and simple all-black windows and doors accentuate the beauty of the outdoors and draw the eye in, allowing the view to take center stage.
Designer Black is a factory-applied finish available only on Marvin Windows and Doors’ Contemporary Studio products. The Contemporary Studio line includes modern, minimalist, high-performance casement windows, awning windows, specialty windows, gliders, sliding doors, corner windows and more. Marvin uses a propriety multi-step conditioning and staining process to ensure that every window and door has a consistent, high-quality finish that delivers lasting beauty.
Riverhead Building Supply is an authorized dealer of Marvin products.  Contact us today to learn more about how you can take a step away from the ordinary with the Designer Black interior painted finish from Marvin.

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Kitchen

Coastal Kitchen Design in a Caribbean Hue

Colorful Turquoise Cabinetry for a Cheerful Entertaining Space

Kitchen & bath designer Mikayla Valois of Riverhead Building Supply knew this coastal kitchen design was going to be a fun project as soon as she stepped into the client’s home to measure. Her eye was immediately drawn to the most incredible chairs at the dining table. “They were fun, funky, and colorful,” says Mikayla.
The objective for this project was to open up the space and bring in some color. The homeowner wanted to get rid of her dining table and incorporate a large island. To do so without making the space too tight, a wall between the kitchen and living room was removed. This allowed Mikayla to include a large island in the design without overwhelming the space.
This eye-catching kitchen features Landmark Fine Cabinetry by Tedd Wood with French Quarter Reverse Raised Panel doors and slab drawer fronts. Being located right on the water, blue was the natural color choice for the painted finish. “Composed” (SW6472) was the perfect color selection to brighten up this coastal kitchen design. Several details, such as the wood range hood and the decorative legs on the island, were added to the cabinetry to achieve more of a furniture look. An open bookcase was added at the end, and includes a custom toe-kick detail that was repeated on the pantry. The microwave was incorporated into another pantry cabinet, at counter height, to make it both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
White shiplap and faux beams on the tall ceilings tie this kitchen space together, creating a wonderful balance to the bold color of the cabinetry.