Your Best Bet for Parts and Maintenance

Your garage  door is the largest movable part in your home along with all its components, and is used on a daily basis.  For security, convenience, and financial reasons, its best to maintain your garage and you can do with our help.

Regular maintenance services will prevent problems and save you big bucks in the long run.

Affordable Parts

  • Garage doors
  • Door openers
  • Remotes
  • Springs (high-cycle)
  • Hinges
  • Tracks
  • Cables
  • Accessories

General Maintenance

No matter what brand, your garage door requires care and maintenance.  If you notice any trouble when it opens or closes, give GARAGE DOOR ESSENTIALS a call.

We’ll be able to inspect your garage door or any other part and perform any necessary maintenance service.

Energy Efficiency

Q. Why should I choose an insulated door?
A. A garage door opening is very large.  Insulated doors will help to reduce the transfer of heat or cold air into your garage.  This is important for a number of reasons:

1) If your garage is attached to your home, air in the garage can travel through the doorway to your living area.  An insulated garage door will reduce the transfer of air from the outside to the inside.

2) If you use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top priority.  An insulated garage door will help keep the temperature in the garage within a narrower temperature range as compared to the extreme range of the outside temperature.

3) If your garage is below another room in your home, air can travel through the ceiling of the garage into the floor of the room above.  An insulated door will keep temperatures in the garage fairly stable to reduce the temperature fluctuation in the room above.

4) An insulated garage door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than a non-insulated door.


Can quickly and affordably complete all of your maintenance needs.

Q. I’ve been comparing R-values of various doors and am surprised at the variance among them. Can you explain this?
A. R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction  industry.  Specifically, R-value is thermal resistance to heat flow.

The higher the R-value number, the better the insulating properties of the material.  However, an R-16 value is not twice as good as an R-8 Value.  R-16 does not offer twice as much thermal resistance or twice the energy savings of an R-8 value.  A value of R-16 offers a 5% reduction in heat flow and a 5% improvement  energy efficiency than a value of R-8, not 50%. No matter the R-Value, an insulated garage door will reduce the amount of heat flow and improve energy efficiency of a home.

Steel Garage Doors

Q. Why would I choose a steel garage door?
A. Steel garage doors offer strength, security, energy efficiency and the best value.  Due to advanced manufacturing, steel garage doors are less costly than other types of garage doors and are offered in a variety of designs and colors to enhance your home’s curb appeal.  Amarr steel garage doors are pre-painted in a variety of colors, providing homeowners peace of mind protection with multi-year to lifetime paint finish warranties.

Q. Is 25 gauge steel thicker than 24 gauge steel?
A. No.  The lower the gauge number, the thicker (and stronger) the steel.

 Q. What are the benefits of a steel door versus a wood door?
A. Steel doors may require less maintenance than a wood door.  Amarr steel doors are pre-painted with a factory-applied baked-on coating.  Amarr recommends an annual cleaning of the exterior of the door with a common household detergent and warm water at least one time per year.  Amarr wood doors are unfinished and need to be primed and painted or stained on all six sides of the door before installation.  Amarr recommends visual inspection of the paint or stain finish on wood doors one time per year to confirm if another finish application is necessary.

Q. I’d like to purchase an Amarr steel door, but need a color other than those you offer.  Can I paint the door once it’s installed?
A. Yes.  All Amarr steel doors are pre-painted with a factory-applied baked-on coating that is suitable to be repainted.  Amarr doors will accept a wide variety of commercially available latex exterior paints, when applied in accordance with the paint manufacturer’s recommendations.  Do not use oil-based paints.  Painting of an Amarr steel door voids the Paint Finish Warranty.

Classica Collection

Q. Why are carriage house garage doors so popular?
A. With garage doors taking up approximately 1/3 of a home’s front elevation, the desire to have more design in the garage door has become more important to homeowners, builders, remodelers and architects.  The result is the increasing popularity of carriage house garage doors and the garage door becoming a design element of the home, rather than just a commodity.

Q. What is so unique about the Amarr Classica Collection?
A. First to market with this innovative garage door, Amarr introduced the Classica Carriage House garage door in 1995.  Made with 3-sections, rather than the traditional 4-section garage door, Classica garage doors convey a more vertical, authentic carriage house look with larger windows.  Also, the 100+ Classica door designs are all priced the same unlike competitors’ carriage house doors made with plastic or composite overlays.  Additionally, there’s no worry of the overlays shifting, warping or falling off with a Classica design.  Available in a variety of colors, door designs and window options, there is a Classica door design to match your home’s architecture and enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Energy Tax Credit

Q. Does Amarr have garage doors that qualify for the Energy Tax Credit?
A. No, effective 1/1/2011, garage doors no longer qualify for the Federal Energy Tax Credit since garage doors are not a product category that Energy Star rates.  Only Energy Star building products qualify for the current tax credit.  Amarr has insulated garage doors that had previously met the Energy Tax Credit qualifications, but the requirements were changed for 2011.

Garage Door Dealers

Q. Why should I use a professional garage door dealer/installer?
A. A garage door is the largest moving object in your home, and because of the large number of parts, installation of a garage door is highly technical.  Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous, and proper installation is critical to the performance of your door.

Professional garage door dealer/installers can typically install a door in a few hours and are careful to make sure safety requirements are met.  Installations by most homeowners typically span several days and cause much frustration.  In addition, incorrect installation can void certain warranties, so we recommend a trained garage door installer to handle the job for you.  One of the other services a professional garage door dealer can provide is the disposal of your old garage door if you are replacing a door.


Q. How can I lock my garage door when I’m away on vacation?
A. You can manually lock your garage door with slide bolt locks (available through GARAGE DOOR ESSENTIALS.  However, be aware that you must not operate your garage door opener when the slide bolts are engaged, as this will damage your garage door.  Amarr recommends unplugging your garage door opener, if you engage your slide bolt locks.  Many garage door openers have a vacation switch that can be engaged when you are away.