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Donya Jones
Donya Jones
2023-06-08
Fantastic new garage door opener!!! Paul was the best! He did a great job!! We are so grateful!
Joanne Gutowsky
Joanne Gutowsky
2023-06-08
Highly recommend them. Very professional... And give you accurate time ranges for visits along with reminder calls the morning of + updated arrival calls 30 min prior to visit! Prices are fair & reasonable. Grade = A+ :)
Kris Sibert
Kris Sibert
2023-06-08
Tech was professional and cleaned up when done.
Dave Finlay
Dave Finlay
2023-05-23
Guys were great. Fast and professional. I paid for one hour of their time so they fixed my problem(5mins) and then took time to help prevent future problems.
Mehsen Garmo
Mehsen Garmo
2023-05-19
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James
2023-05-08
Called off hours for emergency call had receiving door fixed within 3 hours.
Russell Pierson
Russell Pierson
2023-05-07
We had a bad situation at our building and the guys from Altec showed up quickly and got us fixed up. Great job.
Michael Stansell
Michael Stansell
2023-05-04
Paul and Chase did an excellent job installing new opener. They were professional, prompt, and thorough in their explanations. I would recommend this company if you are having issues with your garage.
Sarah Gilbert
Sarah Gilbert
2023-05-02
Great company. Very friendly and professional. Got us taken care of quickly. I would highly recommend this company.

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Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the seat of government of Washtenaw County. The 2020 census recorded its population to be 123,851, making it the fifth-largest city in Michigan. It is the principal city of the Ann Arbor Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor is also included in the Greater Detroit Combined Statistical Area and the Great Lakes megalopolis, the most populated and largest megalopolis in North America.

Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan. The university significantly shapes Ann Arbor's economy as it employs about 30,000 workers, including about 12,000 in the medical center. The city's economy is also centered on high technology, with several companies drawn to the area by the university's research and development infrastructure.

Ann Arbor was founded in 1824, named after the wives of the village's founders, both named Ann, and the stands of bur oak trees. The city's population grew at a rapid rate in the early to mid-20th century.

The lands of present-day Ann Arbor were part of Massachusetts's western claim after the French and Indian War (1754–1763), bounded by the latitudes of Massachusetts Bay Colony's original charter, to which it was entitled by its interpretation of its original sea-to-sea grant from The British Crown. Massachusetts ceded the claim to the federal government as part of the Northwest Territory after April 19, 1785.

In about 1774, the Potawatomi founded two villages in the area of what is now Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 by land speculators John Allen and Elisha Walker Rumsey. On May 25, 1824, the town plat was registered with Wayne County as the Village of Annarbour, the earliest known use of the town's name. Allen and Rumsey decided to name it for their wives, both named Ann, and for the stands of bur oak in the 640 acres (260 ha) of land they purchased for $800 from the federal government at $1.25 per acre. The local Ojibwa named the settlement kaw-goosh-kaw-nick, after the sound of Allen's sawmill.

Ann Arbor became the seat of Washtenaw County in 1827, and was incorporated as a village in 1833. The Ann Arbor Land Company, a group of speculators, set aside 40 acres (16 ha) of undeveloped land and offered it to the state of Michigan as the site of the state capitol, but lost the bid to Lansing. In 1837, the property was accepted instead as the site of the University of Michigan.

Since the university's establishment in the city in 1837, the histories of the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor have been closely linked. The town became a regional transportation hub in 1839 with the arrival of the Michigan Central Railroad, and a north–south railway connecting Ann Arbor to Toledo and other markets to the south was established in 1878. Throughout the 1840s and the 1850s settlers continued to come to Ann Arbor. While the earlier settlers were primarily of British ancestry, the newer settlers also consisted of Germans, Irish, and Black people. In 1851, Ann Arbor was chartered as a city, though the city showed a drop in population during the Depression of 1873. It was not until the early 1880s that Ann Arbor again saw robust growth, with new immigrants from Greece, Italy, Russia, and Poland.

Ann Arbor saw increased growth in manufacturing, particularly in milling. Ann Arbor's Jewish community also grew after the turn of the 20th century, and its first and oldest synagogue, Beth Israel Congregation, was established in 1916.

In 1960, Ann Arbor voters approved a $2.3 million bond issue to build the current city hall, which was designed by architect Alden B. Dow. The City Hall opened in 1963. In 1995, the building was renamed the Guy C. Larcom, Jr. Municipal Building in honor of the longtime city administrator who championed the building's construction.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the city gained a reputation as an important center for liberal politics. Ann Arbor also became a locus for left-wing activism and anti-Vietnam War movement, as well as the student movement. The first major meetings of the national left-wing campus group Students for a Democratic Society took place in Ann Arbor in 1960; in 1965, the city was home to the first U.S. teach-in against the Vietnam War. During the ensuing 15 years, many countercultural and New Left enterprises sprang up and developed large constituencies within the city. These influences washed into municipal politics during the early and mid-1970s when three members of the Human Rights Party (HRP) won city council seats on the strength of the student vote. During their time on the council, HRP representatives fought for measures including pioneering antidiscrimination ordinances, measures decriminalizing marijuana possession, and a rent-control ordinance; many of these progressive organizations remain in effect today in modified form.

Two religious-conservative institutions were created in Ann Arbor; the Word of God (established in 1967), a charismatic inter-denominational movement; and the Thomas More Law Center (established in 1999).

Following a 1956 vote, the city of East Ann Arbor merged with Ann Arbor to encompass the eastern sections of the city.

In the past several decades, Ann Arbor has grappled with the effects of sharply rising land values, gentrification, and urban sprawl stretching into outlying countryside. On November 4, 2003, voters approved a greenbelt plan under which the city government bought development rights on agricultural parcels of land adjacent to Ann Arbor to preserve them from sprawling development. Since then, a vociferous local debate has hinged on how and whether to accommodate and guide development within city limits. Ann Arbor consistently ranks in the "top places to live" lists published by various mainstream media outlets every year. In 2008, it was ranked by CNNMoney.com 27th out of 100 "America's best small cities". And in 2010, Forbes listed Ann Arbor as one of the most liveable cities in the United States.

In 2016, the city changed mayoral terms from two years to four. Until 2017, City Council held annual elections in which half of the seats (one from each ward) were elected to 2-year terms. These elections were staggered, with each ward having one of its seats up for election in odd years and its other seat up for election in even years. Beginning in 2018 the city council has had staggered elections to 4-year terms in even years. This means that half of the members (one from each ward) are elected in presidential election years, while the other half are elected in mid-term election years. To facilitate this change in scheduling, the 2017 election elected members to terms that lasted 3-years.

Ann Arbor is located along the Huron River, which flows southeast through the city on its way to Lake Erie. It is the central core of the Ann Arbor, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is comprised of the whole of Washtenaw County, but is also a part of the Metro Detroit Combined Statistical Area designated by the U.S. Census Bureau. While it borders only Townships, the built-up nature of the sections of Pittsfield and Ypsilanti townships between Ann Arbor and the city of Ypsilanti make the two effectively a single urban area.

The landscape of Ann Arbor consists of hills and valleys, with the terrain becoming steeper near the Huron River. The elevation ranges from about 750 feet (230 m) along the Huron River to 1,015 feet (309 m) on the city's west side, near the intersection of Maple Road and Pauline Blvd. Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, which is south of the city at 42°13.38′N 83°44.74′W / 42.22300°N 83.74567°W / 42.22300; -83.74567, has an elevation of 839 feet (256 m).

Ann Arbor is nicknamed "Tree Town," both due to its name and to the dense forestation of its parks and residential areas. The city contains more than 50,000 trees along its streets and an equal number in parks. In recent years, the emerald ash borer has destroyed many of the city's approximately 10,500 ash trees. The city contains 157 municipal parks ranging from small neighborhood green spots to large recreation areas. Several large city parks and a university park border sections of the Huron River. Fuller Recreation Area, near the University Hospital complex, contains sports fields, pedestrian and bike paths, and swimming pools. The Nichols Arboretum, owned by the University of Michigan, is a 123-acre (50 ha) arboretum that contains hundreds of plant and tree species. It is on the city's east side, near the university's Central Campus. Located across the Huron River just beyond the university's North Campus is the university's Matthaei Botanical Gardens, which contains 300 acres of gardens and a large tropical conservatory as well as a wildflower garden specializing in the vegetation of the southern Great Lakes Region.

The cityscape of Ann Arbor is heavily influenced by the University of Michigan, with 22% of downtown and 9.4% of the total land owned by the university. The downtown Central Campus contains some of the oldest extant structures in the city — including the President's House, built in 1840 — and separates the South University District from the other three downtown commercial districts. These other three districts, Kerrytown, State Street, and Main Street are contiguous near the northwestern corner of the university.

Three commercial areas south of downtown include the areas near I-94 and Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Briarwood Mall, and the South Industrial area. Other commercial areas include the Arborland/Washtenaw Avenue and Packard Road merchants on the east side, the Plymouth Road area in the northeast, and the Westgate/West Stadium areas on the west side. Downtown contains a mix of 19th- and early-20th-century structures and modern-style buildings, as well as a farmers' market in the Kerrytown district. The city's commercial districts are composed mostly of two- to four-story structures, although downtown and the area near Briarwood Mall contain a small number of high-rise buildings.

Ann Arbor's residential neighborhoods contain architectural styles ranging from classic 19th- and early 20th-century designs to ranch-style houses. Among these homes are a number of kit houses built in the early 20th century. Contemporary-style houses are farther from the downtown district. Surrounding the University of Michigan campus are houses and apartment complexes occupied primarily by student renters. Tower Plaza, a 26-story condominium building located between the University of Michigan campus and downtown, is the tallest building in Ann Arbor. The 19th-century buildings and streetscape of the Old West Side neighborhood have been preserved virtually intact; in 1972, the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is further protected by city ordinances and a nonprofit preservation group.

Ann Arbor has a typically Midwestern humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), which is influenced by the Great Lakes. There are four distinct seasons: winters are cold and snowy, with average highs around 34 °F (1 °C). Summers are warm to hot and humid, with average highs around 81 °F (27 °C) and with slightly more precipitation. Spring and autumn are transitional between the two. The area experiences lake effect weather, primarily in the form of increased cloudiness during late fall and early winter. The monthly daily average temperature in July is 72.6 °F (22.6 °C), while the same figure for January is 24.5 °F (−4.2 °C). Temperatures reach or exceed 90 °F (32 °C) on 10 days, and drop to or below 0 °F (−18 °C) on 4.6 nights. Precipitation tends to be the heaviest during the summer months, but most frequent during winter. Snowfall, which normally occurs from November to April but occasionally starts in October, averages 58 inches (147 cm) per season. The lowest recorded temperature was −23 °F (−31 °C) on February 11, 1885, and the highest recorded temperature was 105 °F (41 °C) on July 24, 1934.

As of the 2020 U.S. Census, there were 123,851 people and 49,948 households residing in the city. The population density was 4,435.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,712.7/km2), making it less densely populated than Detroit proper and its inner-ring suburbs like Oak Park and Ferndale, but more densely populated than outer-ring suburbs like Livonia and Troy. The racial makeup of the city was 67.6% White, 6.8% Black, 0.2% Native American, 15.7% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 7.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race made up 5.5% of the population. Ann Arbor has a small population of Arab Americans, including students as well as local Lebanese and Palestinians.

As of the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 113,934 people, 20,502 families, and 47,060 households residing in the city. The population density was 4,093.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,580.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.0% White (70.4% non-Hispanic White), 7.7% Black, 0.3% Native American, 14.4% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race made up 4.1% of the population.

In 2013, Ann Arbor had the second-largest community of Japanese citizens in the state of Michigan, at 1,541; this figure trailed only that of Novi, which had 2,666 Japanese nationals.

In 2010, out of 47,060 households, 43.6% were family households, 20.1% had individuals under the age of 18 living in them, and 17.0% had individuals over age 65 living in them. Of the 20,502 family households, 19.2% included children under age 18, 34.2% were husband-wife families (estimates did not include same-sex married couples), and 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present. The average household size was 2.17 people, and the average family size was 2.85 people. The median age was 27.8; 14.4% of the population was under age 18, and 9.3% was age 65 or older.

According to the 2012–2016 American Community Survey estimates, the median household income was $57,697, and the median family income was $95,528. Males over age 25 and with earnings had a median income of $51,682, versus $39,203 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,158. Nearly a quarter (23.4%) of people and 6.7% of families had incomes below the poverty level.

The University of Michigan shapes Ann Arbor's economy significantly. It employs about 30,000 workers, including about 12,000 in the medical center. Other employers are drawn to the area by the university's research and development money, and by its graduates. High tech, health services and biotechnology are other major components of the city's economy; numerous medical offices, laboratories, and associated companies are located in the city. Automobile manufacturers, such as General Motors and Visteon, also employ residents.

High tech companies have located in the area since the 1930s, when International Radio Corporation introduced the first mass-produced AC/DC radio (the Kadette, in 1931) as well as the first pocket radio (the Kadette Jr., in 1933). The Argus camera company, originally a subsidiary of International Radio, manufactured cameras in Ann Arbor from 1936 to the 1960s. Current firms include Arbor Networks (provider of Internet traffic engineering and security systems), Arbortext (provider of XML-based publishing software), JSTOR (the digital scholarly journal archive), MediaSpan (provider of software and online services for the media industries), Truven Health Analytics, and ProQuest, which includes UMI. Ann Arbor Terminals manufactured a video-display terminal called the Ann Arbor Ambassador during the 1980s. Barracuda Networks, which provides networking, security, and storage products based on network appliances and cloud services, opened an engineering office in Ann Arbor in 2008 on Depot St. and currently occupies the building previously used as the Borders headquarters on Maynard Street. Duo Security, a cloud-based access security provider protecting thousands of organizations worldwide through two-factor authentication, is headquartered in Ann Arbor. It was formerly a unicorn and continues to be headquartered in Ann Arbor after its acquisition by Cisco Systems. In November 2021, semiconductor test equipment company KLA Corporation opened a new North American headquarters in Ann Arbor.

Websites and online media companies in or near the city include All Media Guide, the Weather Underground, and Zattoo. Ann Arbor is the home to Internet2 and the Merit Network, a not-for-profit research and education computer network. Both are located in the South State Commons 2 building on South State Street, which once housed the Michigan Information Technology Center Foundation. The city is also home to a secondary office of Google's AdWords program—the company's primary revenue stream. The recent surge in companies operating in Ann Arbor has led to a decrease in its office and flex space vacancy rates. As of December 31, 2012, the total market vacancy rate for office and flex space is 11.80%, a 1.40% decrease in vacancy from one year previous, and the lowest overall vacancy level since 2003. The office vacancy rate decreased to 10.65% in 2012 from 12.08% in 2011, while the flex vacancy rate decreased slightly more, with a drop from 16.50% to 15.02%.

As of 2022, Ann Arbor is home to more than twenty video game and XR studios of varying sizes. The city plays host to a regional chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) which hosts monthly meetups, presentations, and educational events.

Pfizer, once the city's second-largest employer, operated a large pharmaceutical research facility on the northeast side of Ann Arbor. On January 22, 2007, Pfizer announced it would close operations in Ann Arbor by the end of 2008. The facility was previously operated by Warner-Lambert and, before that, Parke-Davis. In December 2008, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the purchase of the facilities, and the university anticipates hiring 2,000 researchers and staff during the next 10 years. It is now known as North Campus Research Complex. The city is the home of other research and engineering centers, including those of Lotus Engineering, General Dynamics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Other research centers sited in the city are the United States Environmental Protection Agency's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory and the Toyota Technical Center. The city is also home to National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF International), the nonprofit non-governmental organization that develops generally accepted standards for a variety of public health related industries and subject areas.

Borders Books, started in Ann Arbor, was opened by brothers Tom and Louis Borders in 1971 with a stock of used books. The Borders chain was based in the city, as was its flagship store until it closed in September 2011. Domino's Pizza's headquarters is near Ann Arbor on Domino's Farms, a 271-acre (110 ha) Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired complex just northeast of the city. Another Ann Arbor-based company is Zingerman's Delicatessen, which serves sandwiches and has developed businesses under a variety of brand names. Zingerman's has grown into a family of companies which offers a variety of products (bake shop, mail order, creamery, coffee) and services (business education). Flint Ink Corp., another Ann Arbor-based company, was the world's largest privately held ink manufacturer until it was acquired by Stuttgart-based XSYS Print Solutions in October 2005. Avfuel, a global supplier of aviation fuels and services, is also headquartered in Ann Arbor.

The controversial detective and private security firm, Pinkerton is headquartered in Ann Arbor, being located on 101 N Main St.

Many cooperative enterprises were founded in the city; among those that remain are the People's Food Co-op and the Inter-Cooperative Council at the University of Michigan, a student housing cooperative founded in 1937. There are also three cohousing communities—Sunward, Great Oak, and Touchstone—located immediately to the west of the city limits.

Several performing arts groups and facilities are on the University of Michigan's campus, as are museums dedicated to art, archaeology, and natural history and sciences. Founded in 1879, the University Musical Society is an independent performing arts organization that presents over 60 events each year, bringing international artists in music, dance, and theater. Since 2001 Shakespeare in the Arb has presented one play by Shakespeare each June, in a large park near downtown. Regional and local performing arts groups not associated with the university include the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, the Arbor Opera Theater, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Ballet Theater, the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet (established in 1954 as Michigan's first chartered ballet company), The Ark, and Performance Network Theatre. Another unique piece of artistic expression in Ann Arbor is the fairy doors. These small portals are examples of installation art and can be found throughout the downtown area.

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is located in a renovated and expanded historic downtown fire station. Multiple art galleries exist in the city, notably in the downtown area and around the University of Michigan campus. Aside from a large restaurant scene in the Main Street, South State Street, and South University Avenue areas, Ann Arbor ranks first among U.S. cities in the number of booksellers and books sold per capita. The Ann Arbor District Library maintains four branch outlets in addition to its main downtown building. The city is also home to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

Several annual events—many of them centered on performing and visual arts—draw visitors to Ann Arbor. One such event is the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, a set of four concurrent juried fairs held on downtown streets. Scheduled on Thursday through Sunday of the third week of July, the fairs draw upward of half a million visitors. Another is the Ann Arbor Film Festival, held during the third week of March, which receives more than 2,500 submissions annually from more than 40 countries and serves as one of a handful of Academy Award–qualifying festivals in the United States.

Ann Arbor has a long history of openness to marijuana, given Ann Arbor's decriminalization of cannabis, the large number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city (one dispensary, called People's Co-op, was directly across the street from Michigan Stadium until zoning forced it to move one mile to the west), the large number of pro-marijuana residents, and the annual Hash Bash: an event that is held on the first Saturday of April. Until (at least) the successful passage of Michigan's medical marijuana law, the event had arguably strayed from its initial intent, although for years, a number of attendees have received serious legal responses due to marijuana use on University of Michigan property, which does not fall under the city's progressive and compassionate ticketing program.

Ann Arbor is a major center for college sports, most notably at the University of Michigan. Several well-known college sports facilities exist in the city, including Michigan Stadium, the largest American football stadium in the world and the third-largest stadium of any kind in the world. Michigan Stadium has a capacity of 107,601, with the final "extra" seat said to be reserved for and in honor of former athletic director and Hall of Fame football coach Fitz Crisler. The stadium was completed in 1927 and cost more than $950,000 to build. The stadium is colloquially known as "The Big House" due to its status as the largest American football stadium. Crisler Center and Yost Ice Arena play host to the school's basketball (both men's and women's) and ice hockey teams, respectively. Concordia University, a member of the NAIA, also fields sports teams.

Ann Arbor is represented in the NPSL by semi-pro soccer team AFC Ann Arbor, a club founded in 2014 who call themselves The Mighty Oak.

A person from Ann Arbor is called an "Ann Arborite", and many long-time residents call themselves "townies". The city itself is often called "A²" ("A-squared") or "A2" ("A two") or "AA", "The Deuce" (mainly by Chicagoans), and "Tree Town". With tongue-in-cheek reference to the city's liberal political leanings, some occasionally refer to Ann Arbor as "The People's Republic of Ann Arbor" or "25 square miles surrounded by reality", the latter phrase being adapted from Wisconsin Governor Lee Dreyfus's description of Madison, Wisconsin. In A Prairie Home Companion broadcast from Ann Arbor, Garrison Keillor described Ann Arbor as "a city where people discuss socialism, but only in the fanciest restaurants." Ann Arbor sometimes appears on citation indexes as an author, instead of a location, often with the academic degree MI, a misunderstanding of the abbreviation for Michigan.

As the county seat of Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw County Trial Court (22nd Circuit Court) is located in Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw County Courthouse on Main Street. Seven judges serve on the court. The 15th Michigan district court, which serves only the city itself, is located within the Ann Arbor Justice Center, immediately next to city hall. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit are also located in downtown Ann Arbor, at the federal building on Liberty Street.

Ann Arbor has a council-manager form of government, with 11 voting members: the mayor and 10 city council members. Each of the city's five wards are represented by two council members, with the mayor elected at-large during midterm years. Half of the council members are elected in midterm years, with the other in general election years. The mayor is the presiding officer of the city council and has the power to appoint all council committee members as well as board and commission members, with the approval of the city council. The current mayor of Ann Arbor is Christopher Taylor, a Democrat who was elected as mayor in 2014. Day-to-day city operations are managed by a city administrator chosen by the city council.

Progressive politics have been particularly strong in municipal government since the 1960s. Voters approved charter amendments that have lessened the penalties for possession of marijuana (1974), and that aim to protect access to abortion in the city should it ever become illegal in the State of Michigan (1990). In 1974, Kathy Kozachenko's victory in an Ann Arbor city-council race made her the country's first openly homosexual candidate to win public office. In 1975, Ann Arbor became the first U.S. city to use instant-runoff voting for a mayoral race. Adopted through a ballot initiative sponsored by the local Human Rights Party, which feared a splintering of the liberal vote, the process was repealed in 1976 after use in only one election. As of April 2021, Democrats hold the mayorship and all ten council seats.

Anti-abortion protesters were outnumbered ten-to-one by abortion-rights counterprotesters in 2017. In 2019, The Diag hosted a Stop the Bans rally. In 2022 in the shadow of the Dobbs decision, the diag once again became a rallying point for abortion rights protests, drawing thousands of protesters, including US Rep. Debbie Dingell Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.

Ann Arbor has two major political factions. In 2020, after the city council voted 7–4 to fire city administrator Howard Lazarus, several of the council members who voted to fire him lost their elections. In April 2021, the city council voted to strip Jeff Hayner of his committee assignments response to his use of homophobic and racist slurs, followed in June by a vote to ask him to resign. Hayner's ally on council, Elizabeth Nelson, defended Hayner, saying he "spoke the phonetic sounds without euphemism." Hayner did not run for re-election in 2022 and Nelson lost her primary to Dharma Akmon in a series of elections that gave the mayor's faction 11-0 control of city council.

A major source of this local divide is differences in views on the city's growth. In 2018, two council members sued the city over a council decision to sell a city-owned property downtown to a housing developer. Later that year, the city narrowly passed a proposal to keep that space as city owned property in perpetuity. In 2020, the city council enacted a resolution sponsored by then council members Anne Bannister and Jeff Hayner to form an advisory body for developing the roof of the parking structure into a city park. By late 2022, this advisory board had sent council a request to direct staff to evaluate the site for use for food truck rallies and other events. In April 2023, city staff responded to this request with a memorandum stating in part that "this site is not well-suited for use as a food truck rally or food truck installation and that it will require significant capital investment to bring the site up to a standard that would be safe, convenient, and attractive as a community event space." The following city council meeting included public comments deriding the lack of progress from this advisory commission.

Public schools are part of the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) district. AAPS has one of the country's leading music programs. In September 2008, 16,539 students had been enrolled in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Notable schools include Pioneer, Huron, Skyline, and Community high schools, and Ann Arbor Open School. The district has a preschool center with both free and tuition-based programs for preschoolers in the district. The University High School, a "demonstration school" with teachers drawn from the University of Michigan's education program, was part of the school system from 1924 to 1968.

Ann Arbor is home to several private schools, including Emerson School, the Father Gabriel Richard High School, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, Clonlara School, Michigan Islamic Academy, and Greenhills School, a prep school. The city is also home to several charter schools such as Central Academy (Michigan) (PreK-12) of the Global Educational Excellence (GEE) charter school company, Washtenaw Technical Middle College, and Honey Creek Community School.

The University of Michigan dominates the city of Ann Arbor, providing the city with its distinctive college-town character. University buildings are located in the center of the city and the campus is directly adjacent to the State Street and South University downtown areas.

Other local colleges and universities include Concordia University Ann Arbor, a Lutheran liberal-arts institution, and Cleary University, a private business school. Washtenaw Community College is located in neighboring Ann Arbor Township. In 2000, the Ave Maria School of Law, a Roman Catholic law school established by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, opened in northeastern Ann Arbor, but the school moved to Ave Maria, Florida in 2009, and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School acquired the former Ave Maria buildings for use as a branch campus.

The Ann Arbor News, owned by the Michigan-based Booth Newspapers chain, was the major newspaper serving Ann Arbor and the rest of Washtenaw County. The newspaper ended its 174-year daily print run in 2009, due to economic difficulties and began producing two printed editions a week under the name AnnArbor.com, It resumed using its former name in 2013. It also produces a daily digital edition named Mlive.com. Another Ann Arbor-based publication that has ceased production was the Ann Arbor Paper, a free monthly. Ann Arbor has been said to be the first significant city to lose its only daily paper. The Ann Arbor Chronicle, an online newspaper, covered local news, including meetings of the library board, county commission, and DDA until September 3, 2014.

Current publications in the city include the Ann Arbor Journal (A2 Journal), a weekly community newspaper; the Ann Arbor Observer, a free monthly local magazine; and Current, a free entertainment-focused alt-weekly. The Ann Arbor Business Review covers local business in the area. Car and Driver magazine and Automobile Magazine are also based in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan is served by many student publications, including the independent Michigan Daily student newspaper, which reports on local, state, and regional issues in addition to campus news.

Four major AM radio stations based in or near Ann Arbor are WAAM 1600, a conservative news and talk station; WLBY 1290, a business news and talk station; WDEO 990, Catholic radio; and WTKA 1050, which is primarily a sports station. The city's FM stations include NPR affiliate WUOM 91.7; country station WWWW 102.9; and adult-alternative station WQKL 107.1. Freeform station WCBN-FM 88.3 is a local community radio/college radio station operated by the students of the University of Michigan featuring noncommercial, eclectic music and public-affairs programming. The city is also served by public and commercial radio broadcasters in Ypsilanti, the Lansing/Jackson area, Detroit, Windsor, and Toledo.

Ann Arbor is part of the Detroit television market. WPXD channel 31, the owned-and-operated Detroit outlet of the ION Television network, is licensed to the city. Until its sign-off on August 31, 2017, WHTV channel 18, a MyNetworkTV-affiliated station for the Lansing market, was broadcast from a transmitter in Lyndon Township, west of Ann Arbor. Community Television Network (CTN) is a city-provided cable television channel with production facilities open to city residents and nonprofit organizations. Detroit and Toledo-area radio and television stations also serve Ann Arbor, and stations from Lansing and Windsor, Ontario, can be seen in parts of the area.

The University of Michigan Medical Center, the only teaching hospital in the city, took the number 1 slot in U.S. News & World Report for best hospital in the state of Michigan, as of 2015. The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) includes University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital in its core complex. UMHS also operates out-patient clinics and facilities throughout the city. The area's other major medical centers include a large facility operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor, and Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in nearby Superior Township.

The city provides sewage disposal and water supply services, with water coming from the Huron River and groundwater sources. There are two water-treatment plants, one main and three outlying reservoirs, four pump stations, and two water towers. These facilities serve the city, which is divided into five water districts. The city's water department also operates four dams along the Huron River—Argo, Barton, Geddes, and Superior—of which Barton and Superior provide hydroelectric power. The city also offers waste management services, with Recycle Ann Arbor handling recycling service. Other utilities are provided by private entities. Electrical power and gas are provided by DTE Energy. AT&T Inc. is the primary wired telephone service provider for the area. Cable TV service is primarily provided by Comcast.

A plume of the industrial solvent dioxane is migrating under the city from the contaminated Gelman Sciences, Inc. property on the westside of Ann Arbor. It is currently detected at 0.039 ppb. The Gelman plume is a potential threat to one of the City of Ann Arbor's drinking water sources, the Huron River, which flows through downtown Ann Arbor.

In 2015, Ann Arbor was ranked 11th safest among cities in Michigan with a population of over 50,000. It ranked safer than cities such as Royal Oak, Livonia, Canton and Clinton Township. The level of most crimes in Ann Arbor has fallen significantly in the past 20 years. In 1995 there were 294 aggravated assaults, 132 robberies and 43 rapes while in 2015 there were 128 aggravated assaults, 42 robberies and 58 rapes (under the revised definition).

Ann Arbor's crime rate was below the national average in 2000. The violent crime rate was further below the national average than the property crime rate; the two rates were 48% and 11% lower than the U.S. average, respectively.

Ann Arbor is considered one of the US's most walkable cities, with one sixth of Ann Arborites walking to work according to the 2020 census.

Ann Arbor has made efforts to reverse the trend of car-dependent development. In 2020, the city introduced a Healthy Streets program to encourage non-motorized transportation. The Washtenaw county Border-to-Border Trail connects Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, mostly along the Huron river, for pedestrians, bicycles and other non-motorized transportation. In 2017, Spin scooters started providing a scooter share program in Ann Arbor, expanding this to include dockless e-bikes in 2023.

Ann Arbor has a gold designation by the Walk Friendly Communities program. Since 2011, the city's property taxes have included a provision for sidewalk maintenance and expansions, expanding the sidewalk network, filling sidewalk gaps, and repairing existing sidewalks. The city has created a sidewalk gap dashboard, which showed 143 miles of sidewalk gaps in May 2022. The downtown was ranked in 2016 is the most walkable neighborhood in mid-sized cities in the Midwest. However, the outlying parts of the city and the township districts between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti still contain markedly unwalkable areas.

Between 2019 and 2022 Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority built four two-way protected bikeways downtown. Early studies have shown a significant increase in bicycle use downtown since the construction of these bikeways. In 2023, the city reported over 900 bicycle parking spaces downtown, though this is still a small portion compared to the over 8,000 car parking spots for cars.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA), which brands itself as "TheRide", operates public bus services throughout the city and nearby Ypsilanti. The AATA operates Blake Transit Center on Fourth Ave. in downtown Ann Arbor, and the Ypsilanti Transit Center. A separate zero-fare bus service operates within and between the University of Michigan campuses. Since April 2012, route 98 (the "AirRide") connects to Detroit Metro Airport a dozen times a day. There are also limited-stop bus services between Ann Arbor and Chelsea as well as Canton. These two routes, 91 and 92 respectively, are known as the "ExpressRide".

Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus service. The Michigan Flyer, a service operated by Indian Trails, cooperates with AAATA for their AirRide and additionally offers bus service to East Lansing. Megabus has direct service to Chicago, Illinois, while a bus service is provided by Amtrak for rail passengers making connections to services in East Lansing and Toledo, Ohio.

The city was a major rail hub, notably for freight traffic between Toledo and ports north of Chicago, Illinois, from 1878 to 1982; however, the Ann Arbor Railroad also provided passenger service from 1878 to 1950, going northwest to Frankfort and Elberta on Lake Michigan and southeast to Toledo. (In Elberta connections to ferries across the Lake could be made.) The city was served by the Michigan Central Railroad starting in 1837. The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Street Railway, Michigan's first interurban, served the city from 1891 to 1929.

Amtrak, which provides service to the city at the Ann Arbor Train Station, operates the Wolverine train between Chicago and Pontiac, via Detroit. The present-day train station neighbors the city's old Michigan Central Depot, which was renovated as a restaurant in 1970.

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport is a small, city-run general aviation airport located south of I-94. Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the area's large international airport, is about 25 miles (40 km) east of the city, in Romulus. Willow Run Airport east of the city near Ypsilanti serves freight, corporate, and general aviation clients.

The streets in downtown Ann Arbor conform to a grid pattern, though this pattern is less common in the surrounding areas. Major roads branch out from the downtown district like spokes on a wheel to the highways surrounding the city. The city is belted by three freeways: I-94, which runs along the southern and western portion of the city; U.S. Highway 23 (US 23), which primarily runs along the eastern edge of Ann Arbor; and M-14, which runs along the northern edge of the city. Other nearby highways include US 12 (Michigan Ave.), M-17 (Washtenaw Ave.), and M-153 (Ford Rd.). Several of the major surface arteries lead to the I-94/M-14 interchange in the west, US 23 in the east, and the city's southern areas.

Ann Arbor has seven sister cities:

  • Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (since 1965) The schools in Ann Arbor and Tübingen have regular exchanges.
  • Belize City, Belize (since 1967)
  • Hikone, Shiga, Japan (since 1969) The schools in Ann Arbor and Hikone have regular exchanges.
  • Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (since 1983)
  • Juigalpa, Chontales, Nicaragua (since 1986)
  • Dakar, Senegal (since 1997)
  • Remedios, Cuba (since 2003)
  • Ann Arbor staging
  • Ardis Publishing
  • List of people from Ann Arbor
  • Metro Detroit
  • Iggy Pop
  • Marwil, Jonathan (1991). A History of Ann Arbor. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-06463-2.
  • "Pictorial History of Ann Arbor". Ann Arbor District Library. 2003. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
  • Fisher, Dale (1996). Ann Arbor: Visions of the Eagle. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9615623-4-2.
  • Schmittroth, Linda, ed. (1994). Cities of the United States (4th ed.). Detroit: Gale Group.
  • Shackman, Grace (2006). Ann Arbor Observed. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-03175-7.
  • Brown, Bill (2010). You Should've Heard Just What I Seen: Collected Newspaper Articles, 1981–1984. Colossal Books. ISBN 978-0-557-66844-1.
  • Encyclopedia of Michigan. St. Clair Shores, MI: Somerset Publishers. 1981. ISBN 978-0-403-09995-5.
  • Michigan Gazetteer. Wilmington, DE: American Historical Publications. 1991.
  • City's official website
  • Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
  • Collection: "Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan" from the University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Materials on Ann Arbor's history from HathiTrust

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 24 Hour Emergency Repair in Ann Arbor, Michigan

When your garage door stops working, it can be an emergency that requires prompt assistance. If your business relies on many people navigating through the doors or you have a large warehouse with commercial roll up garage doors, having your doors down while waiting for a technician is unaffordable.

24 Hour Emergency Garage Door Repair

Garage door repair may be necessary for several reasons: you don't have access to your opener, the door is off track, or there are broken springs or gears preventing it from closing properly. If these issues go uncorrected, they could cause significant damage to both the door and other parts of your home.

When your garage door has a broken spring, gear, or motor, always call an expert for repair. Not only will this save you money on repair costs, but it also ensures your home remains safe and secure.

It is recommended to hire a professional for any repairs, especially those involving hazardous tools or materials. An improperly completed repair could prove disastrous and even lead to injury.

Avoid the need for 24-Hour Emergency Garage Door Repair by regularly maintaining your garage door and consulting with a professional for an inspection. Doing this will prevent minor problems from becoming major ones.

Have you ever opened the garage door and noticed it sagging slightly? This could be an indication that it needs fixing soon. For best results, have a professional inspect the balance of your garage door for any potential issues. You can test its balance by disconnecting the opener and manually opening it halfway to see if it stays in place.

Unbalanced springs can be a major safety risk, as they put undue strain on other components of the door. To ensure no injuries occur, have this issue professionally examined right away.

Repairing your garage door can be a stressful experience, but the peace of mind you will have once the work is done will be worth it. Make sure to find a local garage door company that provides 24-hour emergency service.

They can assist with all repairs and replace any broken parts if required. They could even install a new garage door if required.

A damaged garage door panel should be addressed promptly, as it poses serious threats to your safety and security. Not only does it let in pests and rodents, but it also allows heat or cooling to escape.

Fixing garage door issues usually begins with disconnecting the electric motor from its opener and trolley. Do this by attaching an emergency release cord that will disconnect the trolley, allowing you to open and close your garage door manually. At least once annually, have a technician come out to your home or business for this task.

 Commercial Automatic Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Automatic Doors for Commercial Buildings

Automatic Doors are a fixture in most commercial settings, from shopping malls and banks to schools and hospitals. It is easy to see why they are so popular, they provide a convenient and safe way for people to move in and out of buildings. Often, they are operated by sensors that detect motion or pressure, allowing them to operate hands-free. They also come in a variety of styles that can fit into the aesthetics of any building décor.

When selecting an automatic door manufacturer or installer, choose one with a good track record and extensive experience in the industry. Look for reviews, testimonials, and references from previous clients. Evaluate the range of products and services offered by the installer, including whether they provide customized doors that are designed and built to suit unique architectural requirements.

Besides improving accessibility for people with disabilities, automatic doors provide convenience to customers and enhance the overall shopping experience. They can prevent the frustrating back-ups that can occur when it takes too long for a person to open or close a door, especially in busy retail settings. They can also help to direct the flow of traffic, which is an important consideration for businesses that rely on customer foot traffic for success. In addition, they are an effective energy-saving solution by keeping warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer.

 Commercial Garage Door Installation in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Commercial Garage Door Installation

Commercial Garage Door Installation is a major investment for business owners, so it's essential to select the right product and install it correctly. Professionally installed commercial doors will last long, saving you money in the long run by avoiding expensive repairs and maintaining safety on your premises.

Commercial garage doors come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials to meet your individual requirements. Plus, they can be custom-designed to adhere to industry-specific regulations and standards, so you get exactly the right door for your facility.

Residential garage doors may only open and close a few times each day, while commercial doors must be opened and closed multiple times daily - sometimes more frequently if your business requires regular delivery of supplies and products. That is why regular inspections and maintenance of your commercial garage door should be a top priority.

Types of Commercial Garage Doors

The traditional overhead style is the most common commercial garage door, which hangs over an opening or storefront. These steel garage doors provide sturdy construction that can withstand repeated use. Plus, they're easy to clean and maintain - especially beneficial if your business has high foot traffic.

Another popular choice is a commercial sectional door. These are similar to residential overhead garage doors in that they're constructed of wide steel sections, but commercial sectional doors also have an integrated track that stores away when not in use.

These doors are an ideal choice for businesses that need quick access to the outside, like restaurants and retail shops. Not only do they let in natural light and improve air flow in the room, but also feature insulation which helps save energy and cooling costs.

Are you a small, medium or large business owner seeking to upgrade the security and safety of your building? Get in touch for a free estimate on commercial garage door installation. Our team of experts will assist you select the ideal door for your space, ensure it meets all requirements and budget, then install it quickly and securely.

When installing a commercial garage door, the amount of time it takes depends on both the type of door needed and the existing condition of your garage. If the existing door is in good condition, replacement should take no more than several hours by an experienced company. However, if it needs replacing due to damage or age, work may become more complex and take more time.

Costs for Commercial Garage Door Installation

The price of a new commercial garage door depends on several factors, such as its design and material. A basic model with no windows or insulation may cost as little as $500 while higher-end models come at much higher costs. Furthermore, whether or not you wish to add extra features like windows and insulation will affect the final cost.

 Commercial Operators in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Commercial Garage Door Operators

When you want to add a garage door operator to your commercial building, there are many factors to consider. Your business, industry and type of building will determine your specific needs, as well as the cost. There are also other factors, like your door size, the material it is made of and how often it will be used each day that can affect the power that you need from an operator.

Whether you need a trolley or jackshaft commercial garage door operator, there are models to suit your needs. Trolley-style operators mount to the ceiling and are centered on the door. They are ideal for standard lift sectional doors, and operate using a rail that connects to the door and rides on it to move up and down. Jackshafts, which are side-mounted to the wall, are more suitable for vertical and high lift sectional doors as well as rolling steel shutters or grilles. They are better suited for commercial buildings where overhead space is limited.

Adding a smart garage door operator to your fire station can increase the speed at which firefighters can get out of their trucks. This can make a big difference in the lives of these brave men and women who serve our community. Check out this blog from FireRescue1, a network that helps the firefighter community, to learn more about how our smart garage door tech can help these heroes in their day-to-day work.

 Commercial Overhead Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Overhead Garage Doors

Commercial Overhead Garage Doors

Unlike residential garage doors, which are typically opened and closed only two to four times per day, most commercial warehouse and shipping dock overhead door systems are opened and closed up to 50 times a day. That’s why they need to be reliable, durable and functional. They must be able to withstand the heavy load of vehicles hauling equipment or shipments in and out. They also must meet a variety of specifications, including the requirements set by local fire codes and environmental safety regulations.

The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Overhead Garage Doors

There are many models to choose from, each with its own unique advantages and best uses. To help you decide which one is right for your business, start by considering where the door will be installed. If it will be the first thing people see, you may want to consider a more visually appealing option. In addition, you should determine what types of equipment and shipments will be stored in the space. Some may require specific temperatures or air conditions to maintain their quality, while others will need to stay pest-free and temperature-regulated.

Sectional doors are made of horizontal panels that you can open and close manually or via an electric motor. They’re perfect for industrial warehouses, shipping docks and other commercial spaces. These doors provide great protection, keeping a space’s interior pest-free, airborne impurities and moisture-free while helping to control a building’s temperature.

 Commercial Sectional Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Commercial Sectional Garage Doors

Commercial Sectional Garage Doors are often the preferred type of overhead door for businesses that require a lot of headroom or backroom for the door to retract into place, as they offer a solution that can be customised to your specifications. Like steel roller doors, they have wide horizontal sections that can be customised with windows or even insulation to suit your needs. In addition, they can be supplied with a seperate pedestrian door built into the main door for areas where a high volume of foot traffic is required, such as car showrooms or service stations.

Whether you’re looking for a full-view aluminium commercial door with windows that lets in natural daylight and clear visibility or something more durable and energy efficient such as Wayne Dalton’s Thermacore AP Model 850 that offers an impressive R-value, we can supply a range of options designed to suit your specific requirements. You can choose from a variety of glazing options, stile widths and colours as well as track styles to help you get the best visual appearance for your commercial facility.

Aside from the look, other important factors to consider when choosing the right garage door for your business include whether you need a door that can be manually opened and closed by hand or one with automatic operation that can be controlled using either mechanical entry pads, digital entry pad systems, exit panic bars or electrical strikes with card readers. You should also take into account the number of times your door will be opened and closed and the environment where it will be used, as this can impact its lifespan and durability.

 Dock Equipment & Levelers in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Loading Dock Equipment & Levelers

Loading Dock Equipment & Levelers

A well-functioning dock is a critical component of your warehouse or distribution center. When you equip your facility with dock levelers that are suitable for their usage pattern, professionally installed and properly maintained, your employees will be able to perform quicker loading and unloading operations that result in more efficient use of labor and storage space.

Choosing the right dock leveler for your facility begins with understanding the type of freight you will be moving in and out of trailers. Some industries have unique wash-down requirements, pest control concerns or temperature control needs that can impact the type of dock leveler you require. Additionally, the gross truck load weight and frequency of loads being transferred can influence what features you need to help manage your environmental and safety controls.

Mechanical dock levelers feature a lip that is pivotally attached to the deck assembly, moved by either manual (pull chain) or hydraulic systems. Once a trailer is pulled up to the dock, the dock attendant pushes a button to lift the deck and extend the lip into position at the truck bed to allow for loading and unloading. Once the loading is complete, the dock leveler will return to its vertical stored position.

A less costly alternative to a mechanical or hydraulic dock leveler is the dock plate or dock board. These metal ramps help bridge the gap between dock and transport vehicle. They can be adjusted to fit most any truck bed height.

 Dock Shelter Bumpers in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Loading Dock Shelter Bumpers

When it comes to loading docks, there are many different ways to ensure the trucks entering and leaving your facility are safe. One way is to use truck shelters on your dock. They provide a secure space between the dock and trailer, and help keep pedestrians and equipment safe. These are available in various sizes and designs to suit your needs.

Loading Dock Bumpers

When used with a dock leveler, dock bumpers absorb impact damage from backing trucks, as well as reduce up and down movement of the truck bed. They also prevent premature truck departure and trailer creep, helping your material handling operations run smoothly.

Dock shelters are a more comprehensive solution, providing complete sealing around the entire perimeter of your dock. They work by creating a seal with the side of the trailer using vinyl fabric curtains internally fitted with fiberglass stays. They can accomodate large dock door openings and service all varieties of trailer heights/styles, whereas dock seals are best for smaller doors.

Dock shelters are most often installed at a height above the dock door. The most common door size is 10 feet high, as it can accommodate most trailers and provides maximum accessibility to the load. For those applications that require a greater range of trailer heights, you can also choose head pads in addition to the dock shelter. These are essentially foam pads that the trailer compresses into when it backs in and rests against them. This compression closes the gap between the wall of the trailer and the dock door, and helps to prevent damage to the building, trailer and merchandise.

 Dock Shelter Installations in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Loading Dock Shelter Bumpers

When it comes to loading docks, there are many different ways to ensure the trucks entering and leaving your facility are safe. One way is to use truck shelters on your dock. They provide a secure space between the dock and trailer, and help keep pedestrians and equipment safe. These are available in various sizes and designs to suit your needs.

Loading Dock Bumpers

When used with a dock leveler, dock bumpers absorb impact damage from backing trucks, as well as reduce up and down movement of the truck bed. They also prevent premature truck departure and trailer creep, helping your material handling operations run smoothly.

Dock shelters are a more comprehensive solution, providing complete sealing around the entire perimeter of your dock. They work by creating a seal with the side of the trailer using vinyl fabric curtains internally fitted with fiberglass stays. They can accomodate large dock door openings and service all varieties of trailer heights/styles, whereas dock seals are best for smaller doors.

Dock shelters are most often installed at a height above the dock door. The most common door size is 10 feet high, as it can accommodate most trailers and provides maximum accessibility to the load. For those applications that require a greater range of trailer heights, you can also choose head pads in addition to the dock shelter. These are essentially foam pads that the trailer compresses into when it backs in and rests against them. This compression closes the gap between the wall of the trailer and the dock door, and helps to prevent damage to the building, trailer and merchandise.

 Door Panel Replacement in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Garage Door Panel Repair - How to Fix a Dent

Panels form the mainstay of your garage door, keeping it safe and secure while adding to its aesthetic appeal.

Garage doors come in a range of materials, such as wood. Depending on the style and material of your door, you may have several options for repairing or replacing its panels.

1. DIY: Do It Yourself

If you are experienced working with tools and can perform minor repairs on your own, fixing a damaged garage door panel may not be too difficult for you. However, be mindful of safety precautions and make sure all necessary tools are available.

2. If you don't know how to tackle it yourself, contact a professional who can take care of the task for you.

3. Repairing a Dent: When It's Possible

When your garage door panel has been dented, it may be more cost-effective and easier to repair the affected area than replace the entire panel. Dents can be caused by hailstones or other storm debris, physical objects like balls that get kicked into the door, or even just from impact from cars.

4. If you don't have access to a hammer or other tool, heating the dent may be enough to straighten it out in its upright position.

5. Metal doors with dent can be repaired using adhesive.

6. If your wooden door is older, you may need to replace the entire panel.

7. If the dent is minor, you can use aluminum foil to apply heat to it and restore its original look. This will help straighten out the area and restore your car's paint job back to new.

8. If the dent is extensive, you can hire a company to repair it for you.

9. The most frequent cause of garage door denting is accidental impact from a vehicle.

Denting in your panel can be both frustrating and irritating. It could also lead to other issues, such as the door buckling or damaging other components of the interior.

It can be challenging to tell whether your panel is actually broken or just showing signs of wear and tear, so take the time to inspect it regularly.

Once you determine how severely damaged a panel is, it's essential to get it repaired promptly in order to avoid further harm and extend the lifespan of your garage door.

Once you know how much it needs replacing, begin searching for a replacement panel that matches your garage door's size and shape. Aesthetics are usually top of mind when selecting a new garage door, so finding one that matches what you currently have can be an advantageous move.

Panel replacement costs can range anywhere from $200 to $800, so it's essential that you consider the total cost when making your decision. Include labor, setup and mobilization fees as well as any extra charges associated with hiring a general contractor to oversee the project.

 Garage Door Repair in Ann Arbor, Michigan

When you’re looking for a local garage door repair company, it’s important to do your research. Check their reviews, find out if they offer payment plans and look for one that has strong work guarantees.


Pros and Cons of Doing Garage Door Repair by Yourself

If you’re handy and enjoy working with your hands, do-it-yourself garage door repair might be a good option for you. It’s a great way to learn about the mechanics of your door and its parts, and you can save money on labor costs.

Some repairs are pretty easy to do, while others are more complex. Before you start, make sure your tools are the right size and you have enough time to complete the job. You should also have a list of tasks and a timeline for when you need to get them done so you can stay on top of it all.

For example, if your garage door is shaking when you open or close it, that could be a sign that the tracks are misaligned or damaged. You can try straightening them with a soft mallet, or you can call a garage door professional to do it for you.

Another common problem is that your garage door doesn’t seem to move when you press the button. You may need to adjust the limits on your opener to make it move a little more slowly when you open or close it.

This problem could be caused by a broken spring, which will need to be replaced. Replacement springs can cost anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on their size, material and weight.

If the doors of your garage aren’t properly sealed, they can let in drafts and heat that can increase your energy bill. Replacing them with insulated polyurethane panels will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, saving you a lot of money over time.

It’s also easier to replace a door with multiple cracked or rotting panels than it is to repair a single panel. If the damage to your garage is extensive, you’ll want to think about replacing it altogether so that you don’t have to worry about cracks spreading and compromising the structural integrity of your garage door.

Lastly, hiring a professional is always safer than trying to fix your own garage door. You don’t want to end up hurting yourself or your family. You should always follow the proper safety precautions and use the right tools when fixing your own garage door.

If you need garage door repair, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at The Woodlands Garage Door Service! Our technicians have the experience, training and knowledge to handle any type of door repair or replacement. We pride ourselves on quality work and a strong customer satisfaction rating. Contact us today to schedule a free quote!

 Garage Door Replacement in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Garage Door Replacement - How to Keep Your Door in Good Shape

Your garage door is an integral part of the exterior design of your home. Not only does it provide secure storage for vehicles and other valuable items, but also adds to its visual appeal by helping define your property's overall appearance.

Garage doors that have been maintained properly can last decades, but eventually problems may arise that require repairs or even a full replacement. If you notice that your door breaks frequently or needs frequent repair work, it may be wise to consider replacing it before further damage occurs.

It can be easy to overlook minor chipped paint or cracks in the door's glass, but these are indications that your garage door has seen better days and needs replacing. Ditto for any dents or bends.

These issues can cause a sagging door, placing additional stress on its frame and motor. While these repairs are more affordable than full door replacement, minor damage often proves more cost-effective in the long run.

Have you noticed one side of your garage door lower than another? This could be indicative of an imbalanced lifting mechanism. This could cause it to shake more than normal, leading to sagging or bent panels in the future.

Regularly inspect the springs to make sure they're not wearing out or rusting. Torsion springs should be oiled every two weeks, extension springs once or twice a year depending on how often you use your garage door; additionally, lubricate radius sections of tracks and rollers every six months.

Professional installation of tracks and rollers is recommended, as these components are highly delicate and need to be handled with extreme caution. With age, dirt and debris can build up inside them, clogging their channels and making your door less effective.

It's wise to check the tension of springs, as this can affect their lifespan and how much force they can handle. Most torsion springs can handle up to 10,000 cycles before breaking, while extension springs have a breaking strength of 20,000.

Broken springs can slam your garage door shut, putting both you and your vehicle at risk. Not only that, but they could damage the insulation of your door as well as lead to other issues; so be sure to get them replaced promptly if you notice signs of wear and tear.

Frayed cables can cause your garage door to close abruptly, creating a potentially hazardous situation. To address this safety concern as soon as possible, call an expert technician who can replace the cable before it snaps.

When looking for a new garage door, there are numerous options that will fit any architectural style or budget. Popular models include aluminum doors with glass panels - an attractive and cost-effective solution ideal for contemporary homes.

A new door can significantly improve your curb appeal and add value to your home, particularly if you plan to sell. According to Remodeling Magazine's study, garage door upgrades were the second most popular home improvement project surveyed; homeowners typically recoup most of their costs through sales when selling their property.

 Gate Operators in Ann Arbor, Michigan

How to Properly Install a Gate Operator

Regardless of the type of gate operator you are installing, it is important to make sure that all of the installation components are properly installed. This will not only ensure that the final product looks great, but it will also be safe and functional for years to come.

There are a few different types of gate operators that we use on our systems, and each one has its own set of installation requirements. If you are looking to install a new gate operator for your home or business, here are some of the basic things you need to know before getting started:

The first step in ensuring that your new gate is installed properly is to evaluate the location where it will be mounted. This includes assessing the driveway slope, the driveway slope direction, and the ground level of the site. This will help you determine what type of gate installation will be best for your specific situation and provide you with a good idea of the equipment that you will need.

Another key factor in determining where to mount the equipment is the distance between the gate and the sensor. It is imperative to ensure that this measurement is accurate so that the gate will be able to open and close safely.

If you are unsure about the gate’s distance from the sensor, consult a professional who has experience with this type of gate. This will ensure that the gate opens and closes correctly and avoid problems down the road.

You should also take into account any objects that could obstruct the gate’s movement. These include debris that may collect on the ground or a sloped driveway. These objects will prevent the gate from opening and could even lead to an accident.

It is also essential to make sure that the gate’s height is appropriate for the location. This is especially crucial for sites where the ground level is low or the driveway has a slope.

Typically, it is recommended to hang the gates at least 1’-2’ above the ground to allow for frost heave or other ground movements that can occur over time. This will prevent the gate from being forced open due to a sudden drop in ground level, and it will also help to keep debris and rocks from falling on the vehicle that is driving through the gate.

When it comes to the gate itself, there are several options for swinging style gates. This includes sliding style gates, chain drives and rack and pinion styles.

Slide gates are driven by a chain that runs down the center of the gate and then back up. These are a popular choice for a lot of homes and businesses because they are easy to install and are relatively maintenance-free.

It is important to note that the chain can stretch over time, so it is important to adjust the length of the chain as needed. Additionally, there are built-in battery backups that can be purchased at an extra cost.

 High Speed Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan

High Speed Garage Doors - Fast, Reliable and Versatile to Help Keep Your Business Rolling

Fast, Reliable and Versatile to Help Keep Your Business Rolling

Speed doors are used in high-volume processing environments where the door needs to be open and closed quickly. This allows for increased efficiency in product flow, material handling and overall productivity. The door also helps control environmental conditions within the facility such as temperature and air flow. For example, if the food/beverage or medicine industry needs to maintain specific climatic conditions for their products. This requires fast opening and closing times to avoid cooling loss, minimize airflow and enable a smooth operating procedure.

A high speed commercial roll up door will not only increase your efficiency in your work space but can save your business money. They are durable and require little maintenance over their extended lifespan. This means you will be able to make the most of your resources without worrying about your doors constantly needing repairs and replacement parts.

Whether you need an interior or exterior metal high speed door we have the solution for your facility. Available in steel or aluminum for durability, these doors offer an aesthetically pleasing and secure entrance to your facility. Opening speeds are up to 80” per second and come standard with perforated slats to maintain security and privacy while allowing for air circulation. These doors are engineered for high cycles and feature breakaway technology to make them field repairable.

 Hollow Metal Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Choosing Hollow Metal Garage Doors

Choosing Hollow Metal Garage Doors

Hollow metal doors provide an economical solution when style, energy efficiency or sound-proofing are not a priority. Made of a single sheet of galvanized 24- or 25-gauge steel, these durable doors are resistant to dents, corrosion and other wear and tear that can weaken wood door frames. Hollow steel doors are also nonflammable and can meet fire rating requirements.

Most are insulated with either polystyrene or kraft honeycomb for added energy efficiency and comfort. These are good choices for commercial applications where security is a priority and/or areas with high winds, snowfall or other weather conditions that may impact a building’s interior.

The beauty of these doors is that they can be customized to meet specific requirements and to offer a unique aesthetic to a space. They can be engraved, painted or even designed to accommodate glass windows.

Compared to wood or fiberglass doors, hollow metal doors require minimal maintenance and can be used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and schools. They are also highly resistant to damage, rust and wear and tear and can be custom-fitted for any opening.

Whether insulated or uninsulated, hollow metal doors can be used for commercial, residential and hospitality projects and are ideal for environments with security needs, such as prisons and courthouses. They are also a great choice for retail locations, warehouses and manufacturing facilities. They are available in a range of styles, finishes and options, and include all hardware for an easy installation and to ensure ADA compliance. Precision-engineered, factory-assembled systems eliminate vertical rods, astragals, coordinators and floor strikes for better looks and unrivaled reliability.

 Loading Docks in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Selecting Loading Dock Doors

When selecting the best dock door, consider both the variety of trailers that will be visiting your facility and their loading method. Improperly sized dock doors can create logistic headaches, reduce productivity and increase product damage. Whether your goal is to design a net-zero-energy building to qualify for energy relief or just to minimize your monthly power bill, tight-sealing dock doors can help you save energy and keep temperatures stable at your warehouse.

The most common type of loading dock door is a roll-up dock door. These industrial doors mount above the dock opening and store in a tight coil, allowing them to fit into most any space. They are available with various options such as insulated panels and manual or electrical operation. These doors are easy to maintain and require minimal effort to operate.

Sectional Dock Doors

Sectional dock doors offer a wide range of customization options for your warehouse, including custom logo imaging and SpectraShield coating in 180 colors. They provide energy efficiency, durability and security and are tested to withstand 50,000 open-and-close cycles. These doors are also designed to withstand impact.

The width of the dock door should be selected based on the average truck size. An 8' wide dock door can service most trailers but may limit maneuvering room during the loading and unloading process if a truck backs into the dock off center or has side-by-side palletizing. Choosing a 9' wide door allows for improved floor to ceiling loading of a full trailer and reduces potential product damage when a forklift hits the truck head.

 Opener Installation in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The garage door opener is one of the most important parts of a garage door system. If it's not installed correctly, it can cause damage to other components and make your garage door more difficult to open and close.

How to Properly Install a Garage Door Opener

When buying an opener, choose the right type for your home — whether it's a belt-drive, chain-drive, or electric opener. The type of opener you choose should be based on the size of your garage and the style of the door it will be opening, as well as your budget.

1. Consider a Pro Installation

For heavy doors or those with tall, steep sides, it's best to hire a professional for opener installation. They'll be able to install the opener in a safe, fast, and efficient manner.

2. Check Your Spring and Rollers

It's a good idea to have a professional check out your current opener before installing a new one. They'll be able to diagnose any issues and ensure that your door is working properly.

If your door doesn't open as easily or loudly as it should, start by checking for broken or wobbly rollers and brackets. Also, check the torsion spring (mounted on the header above the door opening) for breaks in the coils. If you find a spring that is broken, replace it as soon as possible, or else your garage door may stop working completely.

3. Adjust Your Opening Force

If you have a manual opener, take a look at the instructions to see where the opening force adjustment screws are located. If the screw isn't in its proper position, turn it just a little to the left or right until you have the force you want.

4. Check Your Safety Systems

If your opener has a safety reverse system or an electric eye, it's important to make sure they're functioning properly. It's recommended to check them every month and readjust them if necessary.

5. Change Your Wires

If the wires that run from your opener to the photo eyes and the wall button are exposed, you should replace them with new ones. These wires have probably been in your garage for a long time and they're likely to be nicked or worn. It only takes about 15 minutes to run a new wire, but it's worth the cost and inconvenience to prevent damage to your garage door.

6. Test Your Remote Control

If you have a remote opener, test it to see if the button works. If it's not working, call a technician for repair or replacement.

7. Test Your Garage Door

Once you've had your new garage door opener installed, it's a good idea to test it out by opening and closing it manually. If you notice a significant amount of resistance when the door is opened, it could be caused by your finger getting caught in the track.

If you have any questions about your garage door or opener, don't hesitate to contact us at AAA Garage Door Inc. We'll help you get your door and opener in top working condition again.

 Opener Repair in Ann Arbor, Michigan

If your garage door opener isn't opening all the way, making strange noises or not working at all, you need to have it repaired immediately. Having your opener repaired can save you money, ensure safe operation and increase the lifespan of the machine.

Garage Door Opener Repair Symptoms

If the door won't open all the way or make a loud noise, it's likely an issue with your motor or chain drive. We'll repair the motor or chain drive to restore function so you can use your garage door opener again with ease.

Usually this is an easy fix and can be done by anyone with basic DIY skills.

The most common cause of a broken garage door opener is a bad main gear drive. This is the plastic gear that comes in direct contact with the worm drive on your motor. If your garage door opener makes a grinding noise but the door won't move, it's probably time for this component to be replaced.

This is a bit more complicated than the other repairs in this article but still fairly simple to do by yourself.

Besides repairing the main drive gear, you can also fix the trolley carriage and the rail that attaches to it. You'll need to remove your opener's header bracket and disconnect the trolley from the motor and then slide off the old one and replace it with a new one.

Another simple and affordable repair to make is to replace the weather stripping around your garage door. This helps to seal the gap between your garage floor and the door, which can prevent your opener from slipping off its track.

You should have your door inspected at least once a year to make sure it's in good condition. It's also a good idea to have it serviced by a professional to ensure there are no problems with the tracks, rollers or springs that will cause damage to your door or opener.

A broken garage door opener can be dangerous. The opener's motor hoists a heavy door up and down the tracks multiple times a day, so it can exert an incredible amount of stress on the parts.

This can damage the tracks, causing them to bend or break. It can also make the door difficult to open and close.

Other possible signs that your opener needs to be repaired include a faulty keypad, remote control or wall control panel, damaged safety eyes, and a malfunctioning logic board. Having these components fixed or replaced by your Precision Garage Door Technician will help restore functionality and ensure your opener continues to operate safely.

Regardless of the type of garage door opener you have, Precision is always prepared to perform any necessary garage door opener repairs and maintenance. We have the tools and skills to provide quick and efficient service for a variety of brands, including LiftMaster, Wayne Dalton, Chamberlain, Genie, Stanley and more.

 Pedestrian Door Installation in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pedestrian Door Installation

Pedestrian Door Installation

Adding a pedestrian walk through door to your garage is one of those home improvement projects that seems like it will make life a lot easier. It saves you from having to roll up the garage door every time you go outside and makes it much more convenient if you have heavy items. It also provides security and reduces the risk of burglars breaking into your house through the garage.

However, before you decide to get your hands dirty and do it yourself, you have to know the basics. You will need to have some basic tools like: ladders, scaffolding and a mechanical lift. You will also need some safety gear like a harness, gloves and eye protection. You should also make sure that there is a clear space to work and the room is well ventilated.

If you don’t have the required tools to do the job, then you should hire a professional service provider for a safer and more efficient result. A qualified technician will ensure that your new doors are correctly installed and that they are safe to use. They will also inspect your garage and ensure that it is safe for the new doors and that they can withstand the elements.

Pedestrian doors are an essential part of any commercial or industrial building and serve many important functions including security, managing traffic flow, maintaining temperature control and providing barrier free access to the workplace. They are common in a range of settings including hospitals, transport interchanges, shops and offices.

 Pedestrian Door Hardware Repair in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pedestrian Door Hardware Repair

About Pedestrian Door Hardware Repair

Whether your doors are swinging, sliding, manual or automatic, the experts at American Pedestrian Door have you covered. Our commercial door specialists are well trained, insured and ready to help with any problems you may have with your pedestrian doors. Their up-to-date knowledge of custom equipment and door parts makes them an invaluable resource for anyone looking to replace or install new swing doors.

From first impressions and accessibility to traffic flow management and security, interior and exterior sliding doors play a critical role in business operations. We carry all the new and replacement commercial door parts to handle these needs, including hinges, overhead springs, cables, tracks, patio sliders and glass.

When it comes to securing your facility’s sensitive compartmented information facilities (SCIFs), you can't afford to cut corners or take shortcuts with the pedestrian door deadbolt devices you choose. The locks used on pedestrian doors must meet specific life safety requirements, as set forth by your local fire marshal or Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Whether you need an additional lock or a replacement, we can help.

 Residential Garage Door Installation in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Residential Garage Door Installation is a home improvement project that can add value to your property and make your life easier. A new garage door is also an important safety feature for your home, so be sure to invest in the latest technology.

Residential Garage Door Installation

Before deciding to install a new garage door, it's crucial to consider several factors: type of door, size and weather conditions. These will influence the time and labor costs for your project.

The most common types of garage doors include single panel, sectional and swing-out/sliding. Each type of door has its own unique features and benefits.

Single Panel

Composed of a single panel, a single-panel door is the least expensive to install. They're typically priced from $400 to $1,000, but can vary greatly depending on the style and manufacturer.

Swing-out/Sliding

A swing-out or sliding door is a more common type of garage door and usually includes a curved section that can be opened like a regular door. They can be as costly as $1,000 to $2,000, but can add significant visual appeal to your home.

Sectional

A sectional garage door is a popular choice and is the most commonly installed door in the United States. Each section of the door is connected with hinges that bend over a curved track. This allows the door to sit parallel to the ceiling when fully open and in line with the walls when completely closed.

Attach the upper and lower tracks to the wall with 5/16" x 1-1/2" lags. Ensure the upper and lower sections are parallel with the flag bracket at the top of the track. Next, secure the end bearing plate to the horizontal section with one 3/8" bolt. When tight, the flange should be even with the flag bracket and pointing away from the door.

BOTTOM SECTION

To complete the bottom section, first attach the hinges with 2 lags per stile, even with the bottom corner of the door section. Then, slip the looped cable ends onto their studs on the bottom fixtures. Once that's done, lag the rollers on each of the stiles with two lags, leaving an extra 1/2" at each end.

Winding the Springs

To wind up the springs, insert a bar into the hole on the casting and crank it out and up until you feel the cast end begin to move inward toward the shaft. Then, turn down the set screws until they contact the shaft, then 1-1/2 to 2 turns more.

When you're finished, tighten the set screws until they're snug. This will give you a good idea of how well the springs are tensioned.

If you're installing a spring-tensioned door, be sure to use the right size springs. The stronger the springs, the more force they'll require to open and close the door. Using the correct springs will save you money over time and help your door last longer.

 Rolling Steel Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rolling Steel Garage Doors

Rolling Steel Garage Doors

Sometimes called overhead rolling doors, coiling garage doors and roll-up doors, these commercial resources retract into a compact, easily transportable coil to provide space-saving utility for any facility. They are great for situations where headroom and sideroom is at a premium, as well as for applications that require energy efficiency or security. They offer flexibility in use, operation and appearance and come in a wide selection of curtain materials, slat profiles and finishes that can be configured to meet your project specifications.

Aside from their functional and aesthetic benefits, these commercial metal doors can also contribute to workplace safety and security. Unlike steel sectional doors, which may pose a safety risk to employees by snapping when in motion and coming crashing down on equipment or people positioned underneath them, steel rolling doors have a smooth-operating mechanism that does not rely on springs.

This type of commercial garage door is a fantastic resource for business settings that need to move a lot of inventory or equipment quickly and efficiently. They are available in a variety of materials and can be configured to withstand heavy usage. For example, some high-performance models feature a cycling range that is capable of withstanding dozens of openings and closings per day.

They can also be designed with insulation to reduce transfer of heat and noise, and they can be fenestrated for ventilation. These features make them ideal for parking garages looking to replace grilles or customers in warehouse settings seeking enhanced security.

 Security Shutters in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Security Shutters

Security Shutters are a physical barrier to stop burglars, vandals and trespassers from accessing your property. They also act as a great crime deterrent – many opportunist burglars will avoid a property with shutters installed, knowing it would take them much longer to break in. They look sturdy and impenetrable and create a huge barrier that makes it difficult for burglars to attempt entry at all.

They are commonly used in commercial settings such as shops, offices, warehouses, garages, concession stands and guard booths, but they can be installed in residential properties too. They can be automated and controlled from a central switch inside the building or manually operated using either a crank or strap (belt).

In addition to providing an effective security measure, Security Shutters can help save on energy bills and provide shade/UV control. They are made of high-grade aluminum that is insulated and helps to prevent the passage of heat and cold. They can also be customized with louvres, to allow you to choose how much sunlight enters your home or office.

The shutters are available in a variety of colors, patterns and styles to complement your property’s aesthetics. They are also available in a range of thicknesses and insulation options, depending on your requirements. They can be installed on both new and existing buildings, including older properties with wooden windows or steel shutters. They can also be integrated with your security systems to give you added peace of mind and provide a complete home protection solution.

 Spring Repair in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Garage Door Spring Repair Basics

Garage door springs are a major part of the operation of your garage doors. They extend and contract with the help of cables and pulleys to open and close the garage door. Unfortunately, they sometimes break, causing your garage door to either open or close improperly. If this happens, you can fix a broken spring yourself or call a professional. But before you start, it’s important to understand how they work and why they might need repair.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are used in most garage doors. They are mounted on the wall above the garage and extend or collapse with the help of cables and pulleys attached to the horizontal tracks that run through the ceiling of the garage. A damaged or broken torsion spring can cause the door to open or close erratically or not at all.

Depending on the size of your garage, you may have one or two torsion springs. If you have a single torsion spring, it will be attached directly to the door, while if you have a double torsion spring, it will be connected to the cable and pulleys in the track.

It’s a good idea to replace torsion springs as soon as they are damaged or break, and that includes the ones that are closest to the motor. If you do not, you could end up putting unnecessary stress on the motor and damaging it.

If you’re inexperienced with spring repairs, it’s a good idea to hire a professional. They have the proper tools and training to complete the job safely.

Compression Springs

Coil springs, which are found on many vehicles, work in conjunction with shocks and struts to maintain suspension movement. They absorb shock and force, allowing the truck to smoothly shift over bumps and dips on the road.

These springs are not only essential in a vehicle’s suspension, but they also help to prevent the wheels from rubbing together. If a coil spring is damaged or worn, it will not be able to do its job effectively, and your vehicle’s suspension will fail.

To keep your coil springs in tip-top condition, it’s a good idea to spray them with a silicone-based lubricant three or four times per year. This will keep them from rusting, which can significantly shorten their lifespans.

You should replace your coil springs in pairs—for example, both front coil springs—to ensure the entire car rides evenly. This will allow your vehicle to run at its best.

If you don’t know what type of spring your garage door requires, it’s a good idea to ask the professionals at White’s Automotive Center. They will be able to provide you with the right replacement springs for your specific model of door.

There are three common types of extension springs: open-looped, double-looped and clipped. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. You can purchase replacement springs from your local hardware store or through a manufacturer. However, it is more cost-effective to buy them from a company that specializes in garage door springs. They will have them in stock and can easily answer your questions.

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