Sunday, May 26, 2013

Garage Door Insulation Can Save You Thousands in Heating and Cooling Costs


Many homes are well insulated to protect their ability to keep heat inside in the winter and cold air from escaping in the summer. As well insulated as these homes are, however, a great deal of them are "leaving the door open" letting the heat and cold air out! If you think about it, insulating an entire home will hold all the air in, but if you open one door to the outside world, all of that air will escape (and outside temperatures will invade the home through the same path.
I know what your thinking, why would people leave a door open? Well the door they left "unguarded" is the garage door! You may not think about this but just about all the air in the home can eventually make its way out to the garage via the ceiling and attic areas. If your garage door insulation is not present, or is minimal, ineffective, or even installed incorrectly- this becomes the "open door" in your home!
You can save hundreds of dollars a year in heating and cooling bills simply by purchasing and installing garage door insulation. There are many kits on the market that make doing it yourself easy, economical, and even fun! Unlike your normal house wide insulation, garage door varieties are easy and quick (and cheap in comparison!).
You can do your homework online using Google to research your particular garage door. Once you've established your particular model, the next thing to figure out is what kind of insulation you want. There are many to choose from. Some kits install on both sides of the garage door (i.e. a reflective coating on the outside to bounce the suns rays off the door completely, as well as bubble foam coating to insulate the heat from entering the garage.
What you don't know, or what you don't insulate, can definitely cost you money. In today's economy it may be harder to generate more money to offset your expenses, but there are many great ways to save money (which is like earning more actually). Garage door insulation is a vital component in your insulating construct- don't take this for granted!


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Garage Door Safety


Many families use the garage door more than the front door. Armfuls of groceries and the kid's bikes and toys all go in through them. The potential for an accident is high with so much activity swirling around. That is why garage door safety needs to be a priority in every household.
The first question homeowners need to ask is how old is the door and opener? If it's over 10 years old is due for an inspection by a qualified specialist. The specialist will test the springs for any weakness, inspect the opener, and track system for any signs of wear and tear. The homeowner should never attempt to adjust the springs or tension devices. The components are under a great deal of tension, and serious injury can occur.
Safety is Everyone's Concern
As a homeowner, there are tests that can be conducted to test the safety. First off, if it does not have a reversing feature it is recommended that it be replaced. New safety regulations require all new installations have this feature. To test the feature place a block of wood under it as it closes. The door should bump the wood and immediately reverse its self. This feature prevents anyone from being crushed under it. If your door has reversing sensors, the way to test them is to pass something in front of the sensor as it closes. The door should immediately reverse itself. These sensors prevent someone from ducking under the door as it closes, preventing personal injury. It is recommended that sensors be installed if the door does not have them. Sensors can be installed after the initial installation.
All garage doors have a manual feature to disengage the door from the tracks if the opener malfunctions, the door can be disengaged and operated manually. Homeowners can use this feature if they feel there may be a problem with the door opener. The button to operate them from inside the garage should be mounted high enough to prevent small children from operating it. Five foot up from floor level is the recommended height for most situations. Make sure the door opener button is not mounted near steps where children can use the steps to access the button. The button to operate the door should be within sight of the garage door. It is important anyone operating the door is able to see if any pets or children are playing near the door.
To insure garage door safety do not leave the garage door remote where children have access. Many homeowners have a keypad installed doing away with the need for a remote control. Homeowners should properly secure remote controls that are no longer needed. Homeowners need to remember that the garage door is the biggest door in their home, and many times the most used entrance and exit.
Garage Door Safety Tips for Safety and Security:
Check the garage door manual to see if the opener has rolling codes. In other words, is the code random every time the garage door is activated? If the code is fixed the code can be captured by certain devices, and used to operate the door. Codes can be changed or upgrade the door opener and or remote control.
Remotes left in a vehicle can be stolen along with the vehicle giving someone access to the home. Homeowners that expect to be away for any extended period should unplug their door opener; this removes any possibility of the door being opened. Make sure your door can be locked if the door is manually operated.


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Monday, May 20, 2013

LifMaster MyQ App Video



LiftMaster MyQ Technology to monitor or close your garage door or gate, from anywhere, anytime.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

How To Do a Garage Door Safety Test Video



Don't Chance It. Check It.
Give your garage door a checkup. You may not be able to see or hear it, but your garage door may not be operating properly, or even safely. Don't chance it. Check it with these 3 easy steps. For more information on garage door safety, visit www.liftmaster.com/garagesafety/

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Ultimate Garage Door Opener on "The Vanilla Ice Project"



Rob Van Winkle, a.k.a. Vanilla Ice transforms this Florida home into a jaw-dropping mansion with a one-of-a-kind ultimate garage. Check out The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Wooden Garage Doors


Despite a multitude of doors to choose from today, the traditional wooden garage door remains the most popular selection for homeowners. The following are a few of the reasons the wooden garage door remains a favorite choice.
Price
The cost of wooden doors is generally lower than doors made of steel or other materials. Painted, flat-panel wooden doors are the least expensive garage doors. Wooden doors with raised panels are more expensive than flat-panel garage doors but are still more affordable than doors made of other materials. Homeowners have a wide range of prices to choose from, and there is a wooden door to fit every budget.
Wood Choices
Wooden garage doors are available in different grades of wood. The most popular and least costly choice is painted wood. Manufacturers usually offer painted garage doors in several colors, and the homeowner can always choose to paint the door another color as a do-it-yourself project. Stain-grade wood is more expensive than painted wood and adds an elegant look to a home.
Insulation
Wooden doors provide better insulation than steel doors. Weather stripping can be added to the door for even better insulation. Wooden doors are excellent choices for garages that are used for play or utility areas because of the good insulation they provide.
Styles
The two basic styles of wooden doors are the roll up and the tilt up door. The roll up door provides a tight fit between the door and the door opening because it is installed behind the door opening. Roll up doors have four or more horizontal sections that are hinged together and roll on a track to open. Tilt up doors are installed inside the door opening, and the entire panel tilts out and then is pushed up to open. Tilt doors are a cost-saving option and are typically up to 35% cheaper than a roll up door.
Customization
The combinations of features for wooden doors are endless. The following are a few of the features available for wooden doors.
o Windows: Some homeowners want solid wooden doors, and others want doors with windows to allow more light to enter the garage. Wooden doors can be made with any size, style, and number of windows.
o Panels: Homeowners have a choice of no panels, rectangular panels, or square panels. The choice depends on the taste of the homeowner. The panel selection should complement the other garage door features as well as the home.
o Special designs: Carriage and barn doors are two specialized wooden doors that give homes a unique look. Both doors appear to open by swinging open or sliding along a horizontal track, but they open the same as a traditional section garage door.
There are many different wooden doors with specific features available from manufacturers. Be sure to consider all the available options before selecting a wooden door for your home.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Beginner's Guide To Buying A Garage Door


So you want to buy a garage door and be an expert your first time out. Here are a few tips to aid the process of finding the right door for your home.
Some people break the process of looking for a garage door into very simple terms of trying to find something to fill a large hole in front of their home that looks good and is cost effective. That's a good start. Cost, appearance and functionality are part of the process, but safety, warranty, adaptability and value should also be part of the mix.
Here are some general guidelines:
Appearance
There are a wide range of options out there. You don't have to buy a white garage door with a lot of squares any more. In fact some manufacturers can give you a door with no squares at all. Pattern and design options are multitude for most major manufacturers.
Most manufacturers have two or three colors, but some offer the flexibility of dozens of factory baked-on colors. What will look best with your home and bring out the features you think are important? Those are the key issues to ask.
Material and Design
Steel garage doors come in embossed, ribbed and flush designs. Garage doors come in steel, copper, glass and aluminum, so there are multiple options to consider. You have more options than just the one door you may be looking at in the showroom. Some manufacturers specialize in customizing your door within a very short time, so lead time for a customized door with the right material and look is another option to consider.
The value of the steel in your garage door is also a major issue. Hi-tensile steel is best in at least 25-gauge for protection from denting. Ensure that you inquire about the gauge of steel used and whether the paint is baked on, or simply sprayed. This will give a very clear picture in a hurry about the quality that went into your potential purchase.
Optional Windows
Any garage door can be purchased with optional windows. A myriad of patterns and designs are now available that allow in natural light to liven up the garage. Weigh safety issues in your choice and whether the windows are made of acrylic or glass.
Insulation value
Some manufacturers tout the insulation value of garage doors. Most people question this concern, since the garage in most homes is neither heated nor cooled. If insulation is a concern to you, lightweight polystyrene foam insulation can be added to most doors. Insulated doors will help to reduce the amount of outside temperatures that enters your garage, thus keeping it more comfortable for you. An insulated door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than an uninsulated door.
Springs
The spring is perhaps the most undervalued part of a garage door initially but makes its value known very quickly. Low-cost doors tend to use extension springs. Make sure an internal safety containment cable is included in case of breakage.
Springs tend to be the first part of the garage door to need service or replacement. Many springs are tested to operate between 5,000 to 10,000 cycles while some manufacturers make a spring that will last up to 30,000 cycles or more. That's a wide difference in longevity and value when you add it up. Most homeowners use their garage doors up to 3,000 times per-year so a 10,000-cycle spring could break within 3-4 years. Replacement usually costs $150 - $250. Check the manufacturer's warranty on the spring. Never buy a door with only a one-year warranty on the spring.
Hardware
This is another defining difference in quality and value. Is the manufacturer giving you hardware that will last for five years or 30 years? The coating on the hardware will be one of the first clues and makes the difference in rust, so common in humid areas. Check for at least a G-60 zinc coating on the hardware.
Wind Resistance
If you live in a high-wind region, you'll regret skimping on your garage door. The garage door industry set standards on wind loads that a door should be able to tolerate. Make sure the door you're looking at meets local building codes. Conventional garage doors usually can handle a wind load up to 35 mph, while others build one that is standard at 70 mph. Additional struts can increase the wind resistance on any door.
Warranty
How much of a warranty can you get? This is where manufacturers tend to thin out in a hurry. Many offer one-year warranties and limited use warranties, but there is at least one company that offers a lifetime warranty on its product. Who is willing to stand behind their product? When you're investing money in a garage door this should be a big consideration.
While you may save $100-$200 in buying a cheaper door, you will actually be paying more in the long-run when considered in terms of how much you spend on your door over any given period. In many cases you get a much greater value, by spending the extra $100 to $200 up front. In general, look for a garage door warranty that covers moving parts for at least 15-20 years, and that covers torsion springs for at least 5-10 years or more.
Safety
This is another defining difference among garage door manufacturers. The industry tends to be lightly regulated and so the range of safety options among manufacturers is quite broad. Each year the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are thousands of injury associated with garage door use. In 2001, for example, there were an estimated 17,000 incidents related to the garage door, many involving children.
The most common area of trouble is between section joints. A finger caught in a section joint can easily be broken or severed. Several manufacturers have redesigned their garage doors to protect the fingers, by blocking access and shrinking the size of the gap in the joint. For some this is found only on the higher priced model, but for at least one it is universal on all of its garage doors.
Track hardware and the cable used to move the door up and down are also key. Many of the track systems, common today, have gaping holes or entrapment points where a child can stick their finger though and can easily result in a serious injury in a thoughtless moment of play. Take time to consider the safety factors of your family, especially if you have younger children, before your finalize your garage door purchase.
Garage Door Opener
Openers are usually available with a belt or a chain drive and a ½ or 1/3 horsepower drive. Power is usually only a factor in choosing an opener when a large door is involved. Safety standards initiated in 1993 require that a door reverse its direction when something crosses the path of photoelectric eyes in place that cross the door opening----a key safety feature. But new standards aside, many openers are still noisy and carry limited warranties. Noise can be a factor if there is a bedroom or room above the garage.
Ask for a demonstration of the garage door opener before buying. Finer door openers do not vibrate and the noise level is minimal. Look for at least a 10-20 year warranty that covers all parts.


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

CHI Garage Doors



http://www.chiohd.com CHI Overhead Doors is the leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, and rolling steel garage doors. Patti McCombs discusses the benefits of owning a CHI garage door.