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“Strong. Quiet. Versatile. Choose from the best in smart home and security features to simplify your life, stay connected to home and protect what matters most,” is the leading statement on LiftMaster’s website about their selection of openers. LiftMaster openers have smart technology built in so it’s easy to connect your garage, but you can also add MyQ to your existing opener if it does not have it. With the MyQ app, you’ll be able to:

  • Receive activity alerts and open/close your garage door on your smartphone.
  • Set recurring schedules to close your garage door and turn MyQ lights on/off.
  • No need to worry about keeping up with a car remote, You can open and close the garage door from your phone.
  • For an extra charge you can set up video monitoring of the garage and garage door.

Home Connectivity

Home connectivity is very important to everyone as well. Here are a few more features you are able to receive with a MyQ ready opener:

  • Easily connect to a home network with built-in Wi-Fi®.
  • Open, close and receive alerts about garage doors on a smartphone.
  • Syncs with popular smart devices and platforms*.
  • Packages being delivered? Pet sitters taking care of your home? Need to let a family member who doesn’t live there in? No problem! You can open your garage door anywhere from your phone. You may also preset the garage door to open and close at certain times.
  • When family members arrive home you may set alerts to notify you when they open and shut the garage door upon arrival.

LiftMaster has various models with MyQ built in ranging from chain drive units up to belt drive units. The LiftMaster 8164W offers standard lifting power and steady performance with its durable 1/2 HP motor and chain drive. The LiftMaster 8355W is an energy efficient & reliable garage door opener with MyQ & Security 2.0+. This Premium Series Garage Opener provides reliable, energy efficient performance year after year. Have one of our certified technicians install a unit for your home.

Before the weather starts to turn colder and winter arrives, there are two maintenance inspection checks as a homeowner should perform on their garage doors. Many emergency repair work orders occur during the colder temperatures. Have Top Notch Garage Door take a look and perform a preventative maintenance on your door and opener.

Test the Balance of Your Garage Door

Step 1. Close your garage door. Disconnect your door from the opener by pulling on the red release cord.

Step 2. Manually lift the garage door. Stop it at waist height, and keep it steady.

Step 3. Release the door. It should stay at waist height. If door goes down on its own, you need to have it adjusted. If it goes back up, the springs are too tight. Both of these scenarios put undue wear on the garage door opener. If the springs are too tight, the door has to work against the spring pulling it up. If the door needs re-adjustment, it has to work against gravity pulling the door down.

Step 4. If your door moves, contact us right away—a certified technician needs to adjust it for balance right away. A certified technician has to adjust the garage door and springs for balance.


Visual Examination of Parts

  1. Start by making sure the tracks aren’t bent or rusting.
  2. Make sure the rollers on the track aren’t worn out or rusty.
  3. Examine the cables/springs for rust, broken or areas that seem worn.
  4. Close your garage door and inspect the seal around the door. You shouldn’t see any light coming through any of the four sides (left, right, top, bottom).
  5. Check the hinges on your door for rust or cracks.

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Do you have a broken garage door spring?

If you’re present when a garage door spring breaks, you’ll know something has happened, because you’ll hear something that sounds a lot like a gunshot or something similar. If you try to lift the garage door after this happens you will feel the full weight of the garage door as well which could range from 150lbs up to 400lbs depending on size and specs of the door. After reviewing the mechanism of the spring it looks like an easy fix, but in reality you would be surprised. With so many potential injuries and risk to replace the broken spring it is advised to get a certified professional to replace it. Give us a call for garage door spring repair.

Two different garage door spring types

Torsion spring:

  • Torsion springs are contained in a “torsion tube” located over the door (can either be one or two depending on door size and weight)
  • If the spring breaks, it will remain inside the tube

Extension spring:

  • The spring is located above the horizontal tracks
  • If a spring breaks along with a proper safety cable will prevent from “flying out”

With both the torsion and extension systems, the springs serve as counterweights to the actual weight of the garage door. Garage door springs reduce the weight of the door as it is being opened to 8‑10 pounds.

 Why do garage door springs break in the winter?

Although garage door springs can break during any season and at any time, they most commonly break during the winter. This has to do with the temperature change. When the temperature sinks below a specific threshold, the metal will contract. This means it’s extremely possible for your door springs to shrink slightly during the winter months. This is hard on the springs and makes them more likely to break.

Garage Door Springs

LiftMaster Chain-Drive Garage Opener 8164W

The 8164W offers standard lifting power and steady performance with its durable 1/2 HP motor and chain drive.

  • Receive alerts and control your garage door opener from anywhere using the MyQ® app.
  • Works with MyQ; core features that allow you to control your garage door from anywhere, get activity alerts and set schedules are included with the MyQ app.
  • Appreciate years of reliable, maintenance-free service from our powerful yet ultra-quiet, AC motor Chain Drive System.
  • Consume up to 75% less power in standby mode.
  • Have peace of mind with our four-year motor and one-year parts warranties.
  • Safeguard your household with Security+ 2.0+– with every click, a new code is sent to the Garage Opener, so the door opens only for you.
  • Stay out of harms way with audio and visual warnings when the garage door is about to close.
  • Prevent the door from closing if anything interrupts the safety beam that crosses the garage door opening.

LiftMaster Belt-Drive Garage Opener 8355W

The 8355W is an energy efficient & reliable garage door opener with MyQ & Security 2.0+. This Premium Series Garage Opener provides reliable, energy efficient performance year after year.

  • Built-In Wi-Fi® for the easiest way to connect the garage.
  • Real-Time Alerts indicate the status of the garage door via email or push notifications.
  • Monitor and Control the opener from anywhere using mobile devices.
  • Works with MyQ; core features that allow you to control your garage door from anywhere, get activity alerts and set schedules are included with the MyQ app.
  • 1/2 HP AC Motor is purposefully designed and built to last.
  • Belt Drive system for quiet, maintenance-free performance.
  • Safeguard your household with Security+ 2.0—with every click, a new code is sent to the Garage Opener, so the door opens only for you.

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Garage Door Repair

Having trouble getting your garage door open?  Someone accidentally drove right through it? Did your spring snap or break? Top Notch Garage Door offers a 24/6 emergency service. In most cases we can be at the job within an hour. We offer many services that will keep your  door in full working condition including: garage door tune-ups, annual inspections, noisy door diagnosis, opener tune-up/ calibrations, torsion/extension/Torque Master spring replacement and door off track repair. Reference

Garage Door Spring Repair

Garage doors, whether they roll up in sections or swing up in one piece, operate on spring tension. Therefore, the door moves on metal tracks on the garage walls, and a heavy spring or springs provide the power. A common repair is the replacement of the torsion springs, which are the devices that lift most of the weight of the door. The energy stored in the springs is sufficient, in an uncontrolled release, to break things, hurt you, or perhaps even kill you. The most common grade of torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles. Reference

Garage Door Tune-up

In conclusion, keep an eye out for these signs of wear and tear that can help you identify when you need a garage door tune-up. One of the easiest problems to spot is unfamiliar grinding or scraping noises. Unfamiliar noises may indicate a problem such as debris on the door’s track or loose hardware. Another common sign your door needs a tune-up is unsteadiness as it opens or closes. If you pay attention to regular maintenance, you will most likely avoid this type of problem. However, when you see a bend on the track, you should have a door tune-up as soon as possible to avoid a situation where your door would not be able to open.

History of The Garage Door

Garage Door History

The history of the garage door is traceable back to 450 B.C. when chariots were stored in gatehouses. For example, in places like colonial America, these carriage houses were not attached to homes. Meaning owners had to walk through the elements to get to their carriages. Garages began to appear, but only slowly. In fact, the garage appeared in the English dictionary in 1902, a derivative of the French term “garer,” which means shelter. However, in the United States it’s commencement was at the start of the 20th century. In 1902 companies like Cornell Iron Works published catalogs featuring a “float over door.” Evidence of an upward-lifting garage door can be found in a catalog in 1906. Reference

Garage Door Present Day 

Garage doors today range from various visual appeals like raised panel, carriage style doors and up to custom full view doors. Most common garage doors consist of  steel or aluminum composite. The reason behind it is durability and maintenance is more manageable rather than wood doors. We have a huge selection of doors ranging from standard builder grade doors up to custom overlay fiberglass and wood accent doors. Custom sizes and colors are available to suit any application.  A growing trend is the hybrid custom overlay door. These garage doors consist of steel and wood overlay on the garage door exterior. These styles of garage doors have up-gradable options like different insulation levels, colors and window options to choose from. Heck, even the windows have insulation options!  The size of garage doors can range from  single and double door opening sizes to special cut custom size garage doors.


For more details on which style is right for your next garage door upgrade, stay tuned for our next blog or give our office line a call if you have any questions. With many options of garage doors we can aid you on your selection with any questions you may have. Furthermore, have us help you choose from various garage opener options as well! With several options on garage openers we will recommend which goes best with your garage door selection. Contact us with any questions for installs or services on garage doors. You can contact us via email, phone or any of our social media outlets provided on our website.

In conclusion, attached you will find a complete listing of present day garage doors. This informative link will help you distinguish all the options we carry here at Top Notch Garage Door LLC. Top Notch Garage Door is North Georgia’s most honest garage door company. Therefore, we pride ourselves on providing top notch service at a fair and reasonable price.




We’re here to help you decide the best garage door for your home!  Give us a call for a full breakdown of what we have to offer.


Having trouble getting your garage door open?  Someone accidentally drive right through your door?  Give us a call today and we’ll get you fixed right up!


Here at Top Notch we pride ourselves on high quality garage door installs. Give us a call today for your new garage doors!

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