Thursday, January 29, 2015

Garage Door Replacement Is One Of The Top 10 Home Improvement Projects


The overhead garage door used to be something that was only used when moving a vehicle into or out of the garage space. It was utilitarian in the max, and no one thought about it much until they had to brave the elements to get out of their cars to raise or lower it. They didn't much care what their doors looked like as long as they functioned as expected. No one back then could have imagined how important automatic garage doors would become to 21st century homeowners. In fact, statistics show that garage doors have replaced the front door as the main entrance in 71% of all homes.
The advent of attached garages and automatic door openers has sparked the new uses of the doors. Face it. The automatic door is by far the easiest access to most homes and the most convenient. With the push of a button, you can sail your car into the garage and out of the rain and snow. Loading and unloading groceries and other supplies from your car to your home is a whole lot faster and more efficient. Older folks will remember when they had to unload their car from a garage that was some distance from the house and then carry everything to a locked door of their home in order to get it inside through pouring rain or on driveways covered with snow and ice.
It's no wonder that people have embraced a much easier way of accomplishing the same chores. In addition, experts have ascertained that just replacing your garage door with a new mid-range model will pay back almost 72% of the approximate $1,512 cost. Even high-end garage doors will recoup almost this much of their cost with the value they add to a home.
Determining the type of replacement door to install may be the biggest challenge involved. Doors are now available in wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and vinyl. In order to narrow down the choices, you will need to base your decision on four key factors: aesthetics, safety, insulation, and maintenance.
1. Since curb appeal has become such a large factor in the resale value of a home, the way the garage door looks has become increasingly more important. Your choice of doors, therefore, will need to take the way the door will look with your home into account.
2. New doors feature safety devices that weren't available on older models. You may have heard the sad stories about children being killed when trapped under the heavy doors. Choosing a new door that includes stops for doors that hit something during their descent and technology that prevents pinched fingers can be important.
3. Garages aren't just used to store vehicles any more. Many of them contain workshops, and some even have living space above them. If your garage is being used for these types of functions, you will want a well-insulated door which will keep the space at more comfortable temperatures.
4. You also probably don't want a door that's going to need a lot of maintenance. Steel doors are a popular choice because they are so cost-effective. You can buy them already well-insulated and with 25-year warranties against paint fading and rust.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Winter Garage Door Maintenance


Coming home to a garage door that doesn't work, especially in the cold, rain or snow, can be frustrating and maddening. With winter just around the corner it is appropriate to discuss winterizing your garage door. This will help to extend the life expectancy of the door and also give homeowner's peace of mind that the door will function properly when needed most.
Step 1: Appearance is everything
Tools Needed: Mild Detergent, Car Wax
Remember the old adage, "appearance is everything"? Well it also applies to the garage door. The exterior of the door should be cleaned once a year with a mild detergent. Restrain from using any abrasive cleaners as it will strip the paint from the door allowing for rust to build-up. And there is nothing appealing about a rusty garage door. Once the door is cleaned and rinsed thoroughly car wax may be applied. This will help to protect the door from ultraviolet rays, acid rain and dust. It will also add a nice sleek finish, sure to have neighbors scratching their head on how you did that.
Step 2: My lips are sealed
Tools Needed: All-purpose Cleaner, Silicone Lubricant
Alright maybe not my lips but at least my garage is sealed. It is essential to check the weather stripping and look for areas that may need replaced. The weather stripping ensures a tight seal when the door is in the closed position which helps to keep the wind and cold weather drafts outside where they belong. It is also a good idea to clean the weather stripping with an all-purpose cleaner, rinse thoroughly with water and apply a silicone lubricant. Steer clean from petroleum based lubricants as those tend to dry out the weather stripping which will then lead to cracking.
Garage doors with windows should also be examined to be sure the seals are tight. If not then frost will accumulate between the windows as temperatures reach freezing.
Step 3: It is what is on the inside that counts
Tools Needed: WD40 or similar
Lastly it is time to look on the inside of the garage where all the moving parts are located that are vital to the operation and functioning of the garage door. Prior to lubricating the moving parts remove old grease from the track and rollers with a cloth. Once the grease has been removed it is now ready to lubricate the rollers, hinges and track. Wipe away any excess oil with a cloth. Now it is ready for smooth operation.
After following the above steps you should have no worries about whether your garage door will work or not. And with the proper care and attention it can last for years to come.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Clopay Avante Collection featured on Epic Development Home Remodel



Jim LaVallee from Epic Development chose to feature Clopay's Avante Collection on the Beechwood home remodel. Learn more about Clopay's Avante Collection - http://www.clopaydoor.com/avante.aspx

Monday, January 19, 2015

What Material Is Right For You?

Garage doors come in a variety of styles and materials to match most any house. The different materials have a wide range of advantages and disadvantages because of their durability, strength and how insulated they keep your home.
Most garages are used for much more than just storing your car. Most become an additional storage space for all manner of sports gear, seasonal decorations and even an overflow pantry. Many times the garage is also home to a work shop. When choosing the materials for your garage doors all these uses need to be taken into account.
Also remember that the garage can typically take up from 1/3 to 2/3's of the front face of your home so the choices you make in styles and materials will reflect on the value of your home.
Steel
Steel is a very popular choice for doors. It comes in different thicknesses that improve its' durability. The thicker it is the harder to dent - think bouncing basketball. Because they can be embossed with a wood grain they are a very viable alternative to wood.
While they can be painted they can also be vinyl coated with a wide variety of colors that are guaranteed not to peel. Steel also won't crack, rust, warp or fall apart because of weather.
While the steel itself is not a good insulator the garage doors can be bought with insulated cores. Not only does these help keep out the cold in the winter and heat in the summer, it also insulates sound which means that they will operate quieter.
If there is a downside to steel it would have to be that it can dent. And once damaged can be very difficult to repair.
Wood
While wood isn't as durable as steel it is still a popular choice because of its' natural looks and cost. Because wood can expand and contract from the heat and cold it is prone to peeling and warping. Because of this weathering a wooden garage door will probably require painting or refinishing every couple of years.
If the garage doors are meant to be painted to match your home, a composite wood product is a good choice. As strong as steel, composite wood is made of recycled wood splinters and resist rotting and splitting far better than normal wood doors.
If you are intending on finishing rather painting your door, using a high grade appearance wood can create a stunning look for your home. These doors can be made with cedar, redwood, oak or mahogany. While these doors are beautiful, remember that they are going to require a lot more maintenance and are among the most expensive type of garage doors.
Aluminum
Aluminum is quite popular because it is lightweight, won't rust and is inexpensive. However it also has a major downside in that it dents very easily and is a poor insulator.
Fiberglass
Fiberglass garage doors usually have a aluminum frame with fiberglass panels. It is lightweight like aluminum and translucent. It is also resistant to salt air corrosion. For this reason fiberglass garage doors are sometimes chosen for areas close to the coast line.
It is not used very much though because it yellows with age and can be broken extremely easy, especially when it is cold. It is also a poor insulator.
Conclusion
So there you have the four basic types of materials for garage doors. Each has its' own pluses and minuses. They range in price from aluminum as the least expensive to ornamental wood as the costliest.
When choosing the material for your garage door make sure that you consider not only the initial cost but the expected life of the material and the maintenance that will be required to keep it looking good.
A garage door repair company can help secure your garage as well as fix cables, broken springs, broken rollers, and perform other repairs. To know more visit, http://ramirezoverheaddoors.com/aboutus.html


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Friday, January 16, 2015

How To Measure Your Garage Door

Please use the drawing and instructions below to measure your garage door.
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Step #1
Measure door opening width and height in feet and inches. This determines the size of door needed. The rough opening should be the same size as the door.

Step #2
Measure for sideroom: 3 3/4" is required on each side for installation of the vertical track for standard torsion spring assembly.

Step #3
Measure area labeled "headroom" - distance between the top of the door opening ("jamb header") and the ceiling (or floor joist). 12" is required for standard torsion spring systems. If you have restricted head room, special hardware is available. Additional head room is required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.

NOTE: If door height extends above the opening, the head room measurement should be adjusted proportionately.

Step #4
Measure area labeled "backroom" - distance is measured from the garage door opening toward the back wall of the garage. Door height plus 18" is required. Additional back room may be required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How To Manually Open Your Garage Door - Clopay



Learn how to manually open your garage door if your power goes out, or if your opener just is not working. http://www.clopaydoor.com

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

About Sectional Doors

A Sectional Door is a simple, low maintenance product that is offered in a variety of sizes. They are available in many different materials, providing one of the most versatile of door types. Sectional Doors are available in several gauges of steel as well as aluminum and fiberglass, which facilitates their use with a variety of architectural motifs.

Where fenestration is required, the Sectional Door offers many options from small, oval vision lites to full glazed aluminum sections. Glass is available in thicknesses from DSB to 1/2" (12.7 mm) thick. Insulated glass, wire glass, Plexiglas lites and vision panels can be specified. Glazing can either be clear or tinted.

Numerous insulation packages make Sectional Doors the ideal product for interior temperature control considerations. Polystyrene and Polyurethane insulation are available with R factors up to 16.4 tested (U= .06 tested). Insulation options include laminated matt, steel or fiberglass back panels, bonded steel foam construction and foam injected, double faced steel sections.

The Sectional Door can be chain operated, motor operated or manually operated. Special, high cycle springs will increase standard door life expectancy to 100,000 cycles of use. Special manufacturing criteria can be employed that will allow most Sectional Doors to withstand winds up to 43 pounds per square foot (2.06 Kpa). The sectional configuration allows the easy addition of special section cutouts, exhaust ports and louvers. Removable mullions make the Sectional Door the logical choice for large aircraft hangar applications.

Sectional doors can accommodate a wide range of applications including loading docks, service stations, fire stations, restaurants, and many others. They offer many glazing options and can be equipped with a pedestrian pass door in many cases.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!


Happy 2015! We wish you a new year filled with prosperity, joy, and contentment.