Discover the benefits of an insulated garage door.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, December 22, 2016
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Each overhead garage door in our extensive Carriage House collection offers the timeless beauty, authenticity, and quality of a carriage door constructed a century ago, yet functions using the latest modern technology. Carriage House doors will bring an added dimension of beauty and value to your home.
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An Overview of C.H.I.'s Rolling Fire Doors. The Guardian™ Fire Door is engineered to meet ever-increasing demands of property owners and insurance underwriters in a simple, easy-to-test, and reset fire protection product with a U.L. label rating from ¾-hour to 4-hour protection.
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Your garage door is a vital part of your home. It is not just a part of the architectural aesthetics, but a functional element that allows you to enter and exit your home without needing to go out in the elements. Even better, having one means you can lower risks of a break in as it provides another layer of protection. However, they do not last forever, and will occasionally need to be repaired, or even replaced.
Thankfully, though, there are steps you can take to minimize the need to replace this element of your home. By knowing these simple maintenance tips, and staying ahead of any potential repairs, you can lower the need to deal with a replacement scenario, as well as keep your family safer.
Minimizing the Need for Garage Door Replacement
· Did you know that the average garage doors opens and closes approximately 1,000 times a year? Yep, that's a lot of usage! So, take time to check the hardware and tighten any loose bolts or screws that may be vibrated loose.
· Check its balance. Because this door is used so often, it can sometimes become unbalanced. This will cause it to work harder and can shorten its lifespan. To check for this disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), and manually move the door about halfway up. If it doesn't stay put, the counterweight system (springs) are improperly balanced. This is type of repair should be handled by a professional!
· The rollers on your garage door can get worn out after time. At least twice a year, check for worn, chipped, or cracked rollers. Should you notice wear and tear on them, have them replaced.
· At least once a year, pull out the oil can or other lubricant, and make sure that all the moving parts of your garage door are greased properly.
· Check the cables- visually! Do not attempt to repair these yourself as the results can be fatal. However, if the cables appear loose, frayed or have some other type of damage, call in a pro.
Taking time to stay ahead of problems with your garage doors, means minimizing the need to replace the door. However, should you find yourself in need of a new garage door; talk to your area installers to learn what type of door will best work for your scenario. But whatever you do, make time to ensure that you are doing these preventative maintenance jobs so that you ensure that your garage door will last for many years.
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C.H.I. has taken the old swing up post to the next level. Precision engineering, architectural quality appearance, durable construction, and ease of operation make the C.H.I. Swing Up Center Post THE product of choice for large overhead door openings. Visit our website at www.chiohd.com.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Garage doors are the largest moveable item in your home and can be a potential hazard, especially for young children, but there are various safety features built right in to modern automatic garage door systems to keep you safe. Do you know if those features are working properly on your doors? This video gives us some easy ways to test and make sure.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
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An overview of C.H.I.'s Accents Woodtone Garage Doors. Transform your home with the warmth and appeal of an Accents garage door. Each of our distinct designs fit flawlessly with either traditional or contemporary styles. At C.H.I. Overhead Doors, we believe garage doors should demonstrate both durability and class. Our Accents Woodtones garage doors are meticulously designed and manufactured using full color digital imaging and insulated steel to create the highest quality, most realistic woodtone doors available. Utilizing groundbreaking advances in design and technology, found only at C.H.I. Overhead Doors, each Accents Woodtones garage door is as colorful and authentic as real wood.
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‘American Idol’ alum Matt Rogers shows how to turn your home into a genuine haunted house. In just a few easy steps, Matt turns a plastic bowl into a spooky eyeball for your home's windows. Matt’s craft creates the illusion of glowing eyes that follow you as you walk by!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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The LiftMaster® cold storage system is an innovative commercial door operator and control system that helps to manage and control any cold storage facility. It increases dock efficiency, constantly controls temperature, and saves wear and tear on AC cooling equipment.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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The LiftMaster® cold storage system is an innovative commercial door operator and control system that helps to manage and control any cold storage facility. It increases dock efficiency, constantly controls temperature, and saves wear and tear on AC cooling equipment.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Everyone who owns a car wants to keep it safe from weather conditions, keep it properly covered, and protect it from potential thieves. Most garage doors are made from steel because it's cheaper and lighter but wood creates the impression that your car is precious to you so you want to keep it in a jewelry box. Your wooden garage door will become the jewelry box.
How can wood give a better appearance when steel is easier to install? The quality of the wooden appearance is not tin-like, rather it is more elegant and appealing. The timber beauty enhances the look of your house even though your house isn't as big as a mansion. It all works on illusions the outside world perceives.
Often you can make all the openings of your house have the same style as one another especially if you have a wooden garage door. It can easily be made to look like your panelled pivot door or your single panel door. The consistency makes the house look neat and clean and shows that your care about what your home looks like.
Patterns also have been known to be carved onto the wood of the garage door. Once the pattern is on, you will never have to worry about making it beautiful again. Although maintenance is needed for wood, you will never have to worry about it looking unsightly.
Wooden garage doors are also quite practical. Their weight can't be lifted unless a button has been pushed and it can't be rammed down as it is stronger than the alloy that your car is made from. Although, it would probably be cheaper to replace the door than your car.
A wooden garage door is a great way to give your house a modern elegant look and even though wood has been used longer than steel, wooden garage doors are the definition of modern style. It's a look that isn't overdone and has potential status.
When you purchase a door, always make sure that it's what you wanted, especially if the door is of high quality. Most custom door manufacturers offer garage doors that are practical but can also advise on the styling if you ask them. They also ensure that the wood won't perish as easily as other wood items tend to do. Because it's an exterior feature, proper precaution has been taken for a long lasting appearance.
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The EL1SS Telephone Intercom and Access Control System provides wired telephone intercom communication and secure access control at the gate or door.
- Call forwarding
- Call waiting
- Party mode to keep the entrance open
- “Do not disturb” mode for added privacy
- Auto-call feature that enables immediate notification when a guest pulls up to the gate (requires optional presence sensor)
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In the past, the biggest concern with operating an overhead garage door was the potential risks associated with the springs used for balancing the door weight. Pre mid 1960's garage door installations typically relied upon a pair of stretched (tensioned) springs to assist the operation of the garage door pivoting hinges. These springs became loaded (tensioned) as the door was moved into the closed position. Unloading (releasing) of the stored spring energy occurred as the door was opened to the horizontal overhead position. One of the most dangerous aspects of these spring systems was that after a period of time, often without any maintenance or inspection, the points of attachment of these springs would rust or become weak. This weakening of the springs or points of attachment would often lead to an inadvertent explosive failure flinging the broken spring components across the garage, embedding the spring or steel components into the garage walls, cars or other items in the path of travel. Unfortunately, sometimes people were in the path of travel of these explosive occurrences. As these springs failed, as an attempted safeguard, some manufacturers devised a "caging" system for the springs. These cages were retrofitted onto the stretched springs in an attempt to capture the parts that would release if a failure occurred. While these caging devices were helpful, they were not completely effective. Some of these spring devices are still in use today. Whenever this condition exists or the quality of garage components are questionable, a qualified professional service technician should be consulted.
In response to the inherently dangerous old style garage spring issues as above, a newer and safer system for opening the overhead garage door was created. The idea was to transfer the load or weight of the door via a cable and pulley system to a vertical rod now equipped with a torsion (twisted) spring. This type of spring is installed with specialty hardware and bolts to a fixed plate at one end, while the entire spring is installed around a horizontal pipe. This load balancing device is normally installed directly over the header of the garage opening. Using appropriate cables, connectors and pulleys, the weight of the garage door is transferred into the torsion spring system. The difference between the old style stretched spring and the newer torsion spring is the way that the spring energy is stored. With the old style stretched spring, the energy is stored and released by pulling on the spring or returning the spring to its un-stretched condition. With a torsion type of spring, the energy is imparted or removed by rotating the spring clockwise or counter clockwise depending upon the direction of usage. With professional installation, the complete loading of the torsion spring is controlled by the garage installer, and is determined by the weight and size of the garage door that it is operating. When this type of torsion spring fails, it remains attached and intact to the location on the horizontal control rod where it was mounted. I have not heard of or seen any torsion spring fly across a garage, creating injury from failed components as with the stretched older style garage door springs. This is not to say that injuries have not occurred with the torsion style spring. The installation of this type of spring is generally safe when left to a trained garage door installation professional. Severe and serious injuries have occurred when untrained, unqualified individuals have attempted to install or service this type of spring. In most installations, a warning tag is left attached adjacent to the torsion spring when the garage door is installed. This tag warns of the danger associated with the stored energy of this spring, and alerts untrained individuals to not attempt any repair, adjustment or to even touch the spring and associated hardware. When the label that should be attached to this spring becomes damaged, is removed or tampered with, it is important that a new warning label be reattached immediately to show the dangers of this spring tension
Garage doors can be operated manually (by hand), as well as automatically (by power assisted motor). In both cases, the proper operation of the garage door is determined by the proper balancing of the garage door weight, springs and related component hardware. An automatic power assisted motor cannot overcome an improperly balanced garage door. The weight of all garage doors is normally deceptive. Due to the fact that a properly functioning door appears easy to open and close, many users do not realize the combined overall weight until springs fail to assist the door in its operation. In all cases, regardless of the type of garage door, the entire system of hinges, track, hardware, and door opener work as a team. Problems with misalignment, shifting, or jamming can lead to problematic operation of a door. Counter forces imparted to a garage door, not engineered into the components, can lead to injury. Inappropriate maintenance or complete lack of maintenance has lead to severe bodily injuries. Forcing the operation of a garage door, when one or more components have become damaged or broken has lead to serious bodily injuries. In all cases, maintenance is a crucial and important aspect of proper operation of all door systems.
In contrast to an overhead type of garage door, be it sectional or single panel, roll up doors have a totally different type of operating system. When these doors are used, they can be concealed in an overhead or under mounted trough. These doors operate similarly to a roll top desk door except for how they are stored when not in the closed position. They normally coil as they are retracted, and require significant gear trains to reduce the effort required to move these doors up and down into position. Often the forces needed to move these roll up doors require a reduction type of transmission that allows a very heavy door to be operated effortlessly. These doors can be chain driven either manually, or can be automated using electric motors. Roll up doors require more frequent evaluation and servicing than a standard overhead garage door. The tracks that are mounted vertically on both sides of the garage opening need maintenance and cleaning more frequently, and are often blocked by foreign obstructions or damaged by collision of some type. These roll up doors are often held open by some type of ratcheting action. Proper balancing of these doors is often more important than an overhead type of door, as the weight of these type of doors is normally much greater than an overhead door.
I have been involved in numerous garage door lawsuits where many different reasons for an injury have occurred. Having been retained as expert witness for both plaintiff and defense, several common factors have been observed. In many cases, unqualified individuals have attempted to repair or install garage doors. They have lacked the knowledge, skills or even the basic required tools to perform the work safely and properly. I have been hired as an expert by garage door manufacturers and installers to defend claims that they are not responsible for alleged product defects. In most cases, the components that failed, failed as a result of abuse or improper installation on the part of the end user. As stated above, the installation of many garage doors is not appropriate for an untrained person. An exception to this relates to "do it yourself" garage door kits that are sold at local home centers. A homeowner could install the door because these kits do not come with a professional quality package of hardware that should or would require special knowledge for the installation. These kits do not typically employ torsion springs that would require special knowledge, proper tools, and working skills to install. The doors are typically for light duty use. Professional installation services are often available through a home center to assist a homeowner in need of a specialized installation. As with most trade specific tasks, years of experience working as a professional installer qualifies tradesmen for their contracting license. The average homeowner watching a few television shows that give rough explanations of how to install garage doors is not usually qualified to install his or her own door. These "how to" television shows are no substitute for the many skills acquired after working in the field.
The above article is a very brief description of a few types of garage doors. I have not given any specific details regarding appropriate trade conduct or listed any information regarding the serious potential for bodily injuries.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
If you are replacing an old garage door or selecting one for your new home you already know that you have a lot of choices in terms of door design and materials. There is a strong trend toward carriage house doors and natural wood materials. Many manufactures will help you design wooden garage doors that will accent your home with woods natural beauty. In terms of garage doors pricing they can be expensive with some exceeding $5000. Natural all wooden garage doors do require a higher degree of maintenance and are subject to warping. In general all wood doors do not have the strength of metal garage doors.
Probably a smarter option is to install a metal garage door that has an exterior layer of wood. The major benefit of this type of door comes from the fact that a garage door with panels framed with steel are stronger and more secure. In addition the new metal garage doors can be insulated to a higher R-value than an all wood door. However you will still have to spend more time maintaining the exterior wood surfaces just like you wood on all wooden garage doors.
One of the best garage door designs on the market includes a multi layer metal panel that includes two or more galvanized 25 gauge steel or stronger layers that sandwich 2 inches of polyurethane foam between them. When these panels are married together with a shiplap style joints you end up with a strong, quiet and very energy efficient garage door. These doors do not warp as a result of moisture and temperature and as a result have a higher level of operational reliability. Basically this means that your automatic garage door opener is not going wear out as quickly.
If you live in an area that is subject to high wind risk from tropical storms or hurricanes then a metal garage door can provide you with to protection necessary to keep your family and home safe from destruction. Metal high wind garage doors that meet the Miami-Dade wind code will provide you will as much as 150 mile per hour protection. Engineering studies conducted after severe hurricanes show that once you lose your garage door in a storm it is only a matter of minutes until you lose the roof of your home. A high wind code garage door may make the difference between losing your home and your life and survival. Installing this type of door will in many cases reduce your insurance costs as well.
A good quality steel garage door will have very little maintenance. You can purchase a garage door that has a finish that only needs to be occasionally washed off to keep it looking good. Doors with new composite exteriors are extremely tough and durable. No matter what kind of metal garage doors you decide to install they will outlast just about any wooden garage doors.
Spending time on the Internet will help you to the best garage doors for your home. A visit to the local home improvement store such as Home Depot will also provide a good deal of information. If you are handy with tools they can also help install a metal garage doors yourself. We feel that these metal doors are the best option available for the majority of new home
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Saturday, September 17, 2016
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The Garage takes up a large portion of the façade of the house yet for some reason, it's one of the most overlooked design features. From style to efficiency there is lots to consider when updating your garage - here's what to look for. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Driver of the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet
Throughout the year, we are welcoming guest bloggers to talk to you about stories in their lives and in their home. Today we are excited to welcome driver of the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet Kasey Kahne.
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Among the many ways we try to protect our homes and keep it safe, one way is to keep the garage safe. Yes, most of us often do not consider the safety of the garage and are casual about it. But contrary to this, a garage is one place or part of the house which needs a lot of maintenance, care and proper safety measures. If your garage door is not working properly, then that might prove as a threat to the safety of your vehicle. Thus it is really important for you to opt for professional services and get your door repaired as soon as you can.
The following are some of the ways through which a professional garage door repair service provider can keep your vehicles and home safe:
• The services providers have expertise of repairing door openers and torsion springs, which means that your garage will no longer be at a threat of easy unwanted entry. After getting the openers repaired, you can be rest assured that the door won't open without your attempt to open it and hence will remain secure.
• Another way in which a professional service provider or garage door service provider can make your home or residential premises more secure is by installation of safety sensors. These safety sensors detect unwanted or forced entry and inform the owner of the garage about it.
• Garage door repair service providers also install and repair your remote controlled doors and this is another way your garage and the vehicles parked inside can remain safe and secure at all times. Having a remote controlled mechanism means that intruders won't be able to open the door in any other way and only you, with the remote control will have access to it. So if you are worried about the safety of your garage or home, you must too contact a garage door service company now to avail these wonderful benefits.
• Professional companies have a lot of expertise at installing all necessary anti-burglar equipments and hence make your home and garage absolutely 'theft proof'. Once you hire a service provider or an opener installer, you won't ever have to worry about the security of your home, even when you are out of the home or city for a few days. The advanced equipments and technology make it possible for you to avoid any kind of outsider entry or intrusion.
So what are you waiting for? It is time you started paying as much attention to your garage and its door as you do to the other parts of the house.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016
LiftMaster's full line of access control product and software allow for seamless solution designed to meet the exact requirements of any property.
Versa XS 4.0 is our new menu-driven software configuration and
database management tool for the EL2000SS and EL25 Series
Telephone Entry Systems (TES). Versa XS 4.0, a Microsoft
Windows-based software application, runs on most Windows
personal computers to conveniently and securely configure,
manage and update your property’s access control records.
Visit https://liftmaster.com/accesscontrol to learn more.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Introducing the LiftMaster EnergyShield Cold Storage System - an innovative commercial door operator and control system that will help you manage and control any cold storage facility and save money on energy costs.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/EnergyShield
Monday, July 25, 2016
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MyQ app alerts you if you have let the garage, gate, or commercial door open. It also allows you to close the garage door & let people in when you are not around. For more information visit: http://www.liftmaster.com
Sunday, July 10, 2016
The MyQPCK is a package to upgrade your LiftMaster® garage door opener manufactured since 1998 to the new MyQ® & Security+ 2.0® radio systems so you can control your garage door with your smartphone or computer.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Having a place to park your car so that it is not on the street or out in the elements is important. Garage doors are probably one of the first things anyone notices about your home. In fact, for most families, this is the primary way to enter and exit the home. When it comes time to replace this structure, you have several options.
Materials Make the Entrance
Many visitors will judge how your home looks based on their first impression of the outside, including the large garage doors on your residence. Choosing the right material can make or break the overall aesthetic quality of your house.
Wood gives the front a natural look. This option has several layers in order to keep the panels from warping over time. In addition to giving your residence a natural, earthy look, wood is easy to paint or stain to match your decorating style.
Aluminum panels are lightweight and easy to maintain. Due to the construction, it can remain rust free. It also comes in several colors making it easy to choose something that matches your style. However, aluminum does dent more easily than steel, which means you may have to have these repaired more often.
Steel garage doors are the toughest on the market. They are made with two layers of galvanized steel and can be painted to match your home. They will dent if hit, but not as easily as aluminum. Unlike aluminum, they are subject to rusting and corrosion so you have to keep them well-maintained, especially if you live in a coastal area.
Vinyl options are ideal for those with busy kids. They are built on a steel frame to give them durability, and they are tough to dent or break. While they do not have as many color options as steel or aluminum, you can find something that looks great with your home. You don't have to do much more than hose them off from time to time.
Style is Just as Important
The style of your garage doors is just as important as how they look. In fact, the way it opens can play a huge part in the final look. Sectionals are the most common style. However, it is hardly the only option you have.
Swing-style doors open like a set of French doors. They offer strong vertical lines, helping to integrate the garage into the rest of your home. This particular style is more energy efficient due to the superior seal. Also, they only have one joint instead of multiple hinge points as on a sectional. Of course, when using this type of door, you must be sure to park clear of them so they open without hitting your vehicle.
Up and over doors are traditionally made of a single piece of wood that pulls up and slides into the top. This type usually leaves a small portion sticking out and is often referred to as a canopy. While this type is popular, some companies will not install or maintain them due to the excessive weight. Unlike sectionals, this weight can be hazardous and has been known to cause injuries.
By installing garage doors that complement your home's style and color, you can vastly improve your curb appeal. It can also help to breathe new life into an outdated look.
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Monday, July 4, 2016
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The garage is usually taken for granted even though it remains to be one of the most important areas of your home. It is within the garage that your treasured car is when you are not using it and a place that also contains other valuables. There is therefore the need to take care of it and keep it secure. The garage door is a piece of furniture that can go a long way in improving the look and security of your garage. Luckily, garage door professionals offer all kinds of services and you can use some of them to make improvements to your existing door.
Repair It - It is the most obvious step in making improvements to the garage door. It is common for any door to go through wear and tear and such issues need to be taken care of as soon as they arise. Some of the areas that commonly require repairs include chain and cables, broken torsion springs, squeaky and broken doors. Garage door opener repairs are also necessary at times. What most people don't realize is that issues like this can be prevented from getting worse if they are repaired as soon as they are noticed.
Replace door parts - Some problems can be beyond repair, thus requiring replacement services. If you call in your garage door professional, he might advise getting some of the parts replaced depending on the level of damage. The most common areas that might require replacement services are automation systems, hinges and rollers, extension springs and cables. Replacement of a given part is better that bringing down the entire door for a complete replacement.
Proper installation - If you don't have a garage door or you are not content with the current one, then you can enjoy new installation for the same. The good thing about new garage doors is that you give your garage a complete new look and you also get to choose the door features you find most appealing for your home.
Automate the door - Another great way of improving the garage door is automating it in that you can open and close the door with a touch of a button. There is no greater convenience than when you are able to open and close the it using a garage door remote without having to step out of the car to manually open it. This kind of automation also adds a degree of security to you since you don't have to take time waiting for the door to be opened.
Install security features - They could be anything from locks to alarm systems. With such features in place, you will find it easy to relax knowing that your valuables are safe. You will also get alerts to act in case there is any interference with the lock on your door.
When looking for professionals, it is important to look at the services they can handle, the experience and reputation. Settling for a company that has all important garage door services and years of experience will get you good results within a short period of time.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
One main priority for most homeowners should be to maintain upkeep on the garage door, as it is the largest opening in the home. Over time, noises or strange sounds can begin coming from the springs and the mechanisms, which can indicate a major problem that will need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Garage door repair is an important part of home ownership, so one should always pay attention to anything that seems out of the ordinary.
Possible Causes of Noises
Sounds coming from this area can be caused by a variety of issues. In general, it is not uncommon to hear some occasional noise from the springs and the panels themselves, especially if it is a manual model that the homeowner has to lift. However, there may be a time when it is possible to distinguish between "regular" noise and sounds that are more alarming.
Trying to DIY Garage Door Repair
Many people prefer to do their own home maintenance. While that is a great way to save some money, it is important to distinguish the severity of the issue and be realistic as to how difficult it can be to fix. There are some instances in which the repairs can be easily done, such as a need for adding lubricant to moving parts to prevent squeaking or scraping sounds. Checking and tightening loose bolts is another thing a homeowner can do his or herself. If the issue is not easily identifiable, it would be advisable to seek the advice of a professional.
When to Call a Professional
In addition to mechanical issues, there are a number of reasons to call in a professional installer to take care of garage door repair. For those who cannot diagnose what is wrong, a professional will be required to determine how to fix the problem. If new parts need to be ordered and installed or if a major component ceases to function properly, it is best to hire someone who is highly skilled to come fix it. Also, if a door needs to be completely replaced due to wear and tear, it is not recommended that a homeowner do this task on his or her own. It is not an impossible feat, but it is extremely cumbersome to do alone without the assistance of someone with some experience.
It is important to keep the home in the best shape possible. Once any strange sounds become noticeable, have them checked as soon as possible. Garage door repair does not have to be difficult, but it is important to take care of it.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Imagine receiving an alert if you left your garage open. Or being able to turn on your lights when you are not at home. The LiftMaster 821lm MyQ Garage does this by letting you monitor, open, and close your garage door from anywhere and control lighting in your home.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The garage door plays a very important security role on your property. Unfortunately just like any other part, the door does face some problems after some time. It can be frustrating when your door just won't function right. While there are some problems you can resolve by yourself, you might need to call in an expert to do proper repairs to get your garage door back in shape. You do not need to replace the entire door because a few repairs here and there can have your door functioning as good as new.
1. Sticky door - This issue occurs whether the gate is closed or being opened. If what you have is a remote controlled door, then you might want to first check on the switches, sensors and remote battery before anything else. For manual doors, it is an issue that usually occurs when the wheel track is obstructed. Get rid of any debris that could be causing the obstruction. It is also important to remember that weather and temperature can have an effect on the lubricant and it would therefore be helpful to lubricate the track. If the problem persists, then call in an expert to check further and offer a solution.
2. Broken door springs - The daily use of your garage door can lead to damage and breaking of the door springs. You might notice a sticky door or a door that moves unevenly or seems to move side to side when the door springs are broken. The springs ought to be of the same length and stretch to continue offering good service. Let the professionals offer you broken spring repair services and you will have the door functioning just right to avoid further damage and risks.
3. Faulty door opener - This is a very common problem with garage doors. If your remote control opener fails to function, then it could be the batteries and switches, but if they are in good state, then the tracks and cables might need a check. Some worn out gears might need replacing or a few slight adjustments might be all the door needs to get back to functionality. Garage door opener repair is amongst the many services that you can enjoy from your reliable service provider.
4. Loud noises - Loud grinding, squealing and screeching sounds when closing or opening the door are very common and they can be as simple as a lack of lubrication or stuck debris and dirt on the tracks. You might need to clean the entire track and lubricate it to enjoy smooth operation of the door again. There are special garage door oils that you can use to resolve the problem but you can always call in the experts if you are still concerned and worry that there could exist an additional problem.
5. Dented panels - Dents on your garage doors are inevitable and you will need to get professional repairs to repair them. Garage doors are structured differently and the panels can consist of layers hence the need to let the professionals do the repairs to avoid further damages.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
One functional part in your house is the garage. Some prefer an older style tilt-up garage door, while most homeowners today prefer a roll-up garage door. In the garage you place your car, your child's bicycles, and your repair tools. Around the house, a lot of accidents may happen. It is possible to burn your hand while cooking in the stove, break your leg while falling down the stairs, or accidentally knock your head under the dining table while reaching for that fork you dropped. There is danger everywhere, and your garage is not an exception. Do you have an automatic garage door? If its garage door opener is non-reversing, your family may be in trouble.
Hundreds of years ago, garage doors were made of wood. Then from the old barn door-style, garage doors developed into steel doors and doors made of synthetic materials for better insulation and durability. Basically, a garage door may weigh hundreds of pounds. True, it isn't a good idea if your child, or even you, get trapped under a garage door. So certain precautions are needed in order to ensure your family's safety.
If you have an automatic garage door that does not automatically reverse, you should replace it with a new opener that can do reverse. Reports received by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that approximately 60 children between the ages of 2 and 14 have been trapped and killed under automatic garage doors since 1982. Other reports show that other children had severe injuries when the closing of garage doors almost crushed them. That is why non-reversing garage door openers should be replaced at once. Or, you may opt for a new residential garage door installation if you want a new door with a reverse garage door opener. Don't be satisfied with garage doors that only stop whenever it hits an object under it. You should be pining for the reversing one.
Check your garage door for signs of malfunction and failure. Replace parts that needed to be replaced. To do that, you have to make sure that your door is balanced. It should stay in place when stopped in any partially opened position. If your garage door is unbalanced, it may just crash whenever somebody is under it or not. Never allow your child to be near the area of the garage when a door check-up is going on. In many reported instances, even professional garage door technicians have suffered serious injuries like broken bones in the process of replacing garage door springs. The tension spring and torsion springs are hard to replace because of the great force imposed by the weight of the garage door. That is why it is very important not to do it on your own or by a family member who is not also qualified to change or replace garage door parts. So never ever think that you can do garage door repair by yourself.
You have to maintain your garage door more often than maintaining your car. If your garage door fails to function it may crash to floor then probably hurt someone under it, which is more likely to be your spouse or your child. Therefore, it is a wise precaution to have regular maintenance and repair for your garage doors.
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Usually, the largest mechanical thing around your house is the overhead garage door - the one you're driving your car through, sometimes without even opening it - I know that you do :-).
The major, and the most dangerous component of the overhead door is the garage door spring - (or springs depending on the design), which supports the entire weight of the door panels (sometimes over 400 pounds) and helps you to lift / lower the entire door assembly. I have personally installed 3 overhead garage doors with 2 different types of springs, and you do have to trust me on that - garage door springs are under enormous pressure and you can get seriously injured or even killed when performing such work. If you decide to take your chances - it is imperative that you follow instructions to the last detail! Even if you have a friend or a professional doing it for you, read it and check everything after the installer finishes the job. The garage overhead doors have no safety brakes (at least I haven't heard about any), that would prevent it from falling down when the supporting spring fails. I've found some US patents for such devices, but apparently none of them were ever implemented into an actual garage door.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, garage overhead door related accidents account for thousands of injuries every year (average of 30000 per year). For example, these injuries are: fractures, crushings and amputations. It is believed that not all injuries are reported in the United States . (CPSC)
There are basically two types of the garage door spring systems utilizing tracks / side rails (at least these are the most common types in Illinois and probably the rest of US):
1. garage door torsion spring(s) which are wound-up on a rod above the garage door opening top section ( door header)
2. garage door extension springs that are attached on either side of the door and stretch along the horizontal part of the track when the door is closed
You might also have an old, one piece door that swings outward as it goes up and overhead. This particular design will have springs mounted on the sides of the door opening - at about your waist height, secured to a lever bracket system that extends the springs toward the ceiling at the door closing. It is an old and extremely dangerous system, not manufactured anymore. If you have such a system in the garage, I'd highly recommend replacing it.
Garage door torsion springs - there are either single or double spring designs. The spring will usually break while under the maximum stress which is when the overhead garage door closes / travels down, or it is already completely closed (USUALLY). If you're closing it manually and it happens during this operation, don't try to prevent it from crushing down, let it go ... well, unless your foot is where the door will slam!
When one of the two garage door springs breaks you need to have them both replaced at the same time! It will cost some extra money, but having an old and new spring installed will:
- put much more stress on the new one
- the door will loose proper balance
- the remaining old garage door spring will most likely break soon
Torsion springs for residential overhead garage doors have anywhere between 5000 - 30000 cycles life span. Those digits represent an average total number of times you should be able to open and close your door before anticipating garage door spring replacement.
Garage door extension springs - you might have either one or two on each side of your overhead garage door A critical issue with those springs is to have a safety cable installed inside of each single spring and secured properly, so when the door opens and closes, the spring can freely slide on this cable! When the garage door spring snaps without the cable inside, broken ends might severely injure anyone standing within their range. The cables should be always included with the overhead garage doors hardware (assuming that they came equipped with extension springs), but A LOT OF PEOPLE either forget to install them, or don't read instructions and maybe assume that they are not required. Unlike the torsion spring, which doesn't really show any visual wear until it breaks, extension spring wear is much easier to spot, because they simply change dimensions: the coils are over-stretched (best visible when the garage door is open). If you notice such a behavior on your garage door springs - it's time for a replacement.
And for both types of the garage door springs - their tension should be evenly adjusted (on a two spring system) so the overhead door travels properly in its tracks - to test it, stop the door slightly above the garage floor (1" or two) and make sure that its bottom / top edge are perfectly horizontal. Measuring the gap along the bottom might not be the best way to confirm that, because the garage floors are often out of level. Placing a level somewhere in the center section of the garage door top edge would give you the best readout (remember that the door should not be closed completely!). When the springs are properly adjusted, you should be able to raise and stop the garage door at any height, and it should stay at this level without any assistance ( garage door opener arm disconnected).
Important things to remember:
1. Check the rollers / hinges, cables, and the overhead garage door springs often to ensure they are in good working condition
2. Educate your children about garage door safety
3. Never leave children and disabled persons unattended near or in a garage door path
4. Keep your body clear of the door path when closing
5. Don't leave a personal property underneath an open garage door
6. Read more about the garage door opener and other garage components
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Friday, June 10, 2016
The LiftMaster® Mini Universal Remote Control model 374UT has two buttons that allow you to control up to two different products, such as a garage door opener or gate operator. This video will show you how to program the remote to control a garage door opener.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Being able to maintain all aspects of your home is an area of pride for most owners. There is nothing wrong with being able to do the work yourself and making your home what you want it to be. So when it comes to garage door repair, how hard can it be? Harder than you might think.
These systems are tricky to fix on your own. Not only are they bulky and heavy, but some of them also have mechanics that you might not fully appreciate. It's best if you choose to hire a garage door repair technician to take the job.
As much as you know about your home, you have to ask yourself how much you really know about how this system works. Chances are you don't know as much as you'd like to. It might seem as simple as the panels rolling up the track when pulled by the opener, but there really is a lot more to the equation. If you don't understand torsion springs, then you need professional assistance.
Specialized technicians receive training on how the gateway works. They have seen many of the same issues hundreds of times. When they come to perform maintenance on your door, diagnosing it is no problem. They can get right to work and won't have to fiddle with it in order to figure it out.
Many garage door repair companies offer a guarantee that what they have done will fix the problem. Not only is there a warranty on the parts, but also a limited warranty on the labor so you won't have to spend more money to have them come out if the problem presents itself within a certain amount of time. If you were to do the work yourself, there is no guarantee that it will work the first time. You can't give yourself a warranty to safeguard against potential failure in the future. Instead, if you do it yourself, you could find that you spend more time and money on correcting the issue than you should have because it wasn't fixed the first time around correctly.
Garage doors are bulky and heavy. It is the biggest reason that we use openers these days to move the system up and down. In fact, the weight of the panels is so great that someone could be severely injured or even die if one falls on them. Most garage door repair companies will send at least two guys out during a job for added safety.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
HGTV Smart Home 2016 Technology Consultant
Throughout the year, we are welcoming celebrity bloggers to talk to you about stories in their lives and in their home. Today we are excited to welcome back HGTV Smart Home 2016 technology consultant and host Carley Knobloch.
Friday, May 20, 2016
A typical garage door repair can cost from as low as $100 to almost $500, but it usually falls in the $250 range. You might be surveying a broken garage door, scratching your head, and thinking, "Why not just save the money and fix it myself?" Well, let's look at a few common issues and determine if this is a wise course of action.
A crooked garage door is rather easily fixed. It is usually a result of one of the door cables coming off the drum. To fix this, however, you need a cable puller. You attach this device to the cable on the good side of the door and crank it until there is a little slack on the bottom. Then, reset the other cable in the drum and go back to release the cable puller and come along from the other side. The issue with this type of garage door repair is that unless you do this for a living, the odds of you having these specific tools in your toolbox are slim. A cable puller costs around $100 and, unfortunately, has no other practical household uses like a wrench or screw gun. My advice: call a professional.
A noisy garage door is indicative of steel rollers moving inside metal brackets. This is also an easy fix, for the most part. These steel rollers can be replaced with quieter nylon rollers that offer similar durability. The middle garage door hinges can be taken off one at a time, being held by four screws. Once off, the steel roller slides right out of one hole - but be aware that the other hole is for pivoting. Slide the nylon roller in and replace the hinge. The roller on the top of a garage door is usually held with a quarter-inch nut and comes off just as easily. The tricky part is the bottom roller. After detaching the garage door opener for safety, you need to raise the door about halfway to where the upper and lower brackets meet, bend the bracket to free the bottom of the door, detach the rope from the roller, and then pry it out. This can be rather cumbersome for your average DIY-er. If you're up to the challenge, it can be done, or you can live with just one noisy roller on either side. Alternatively, you can call a pro.
The simplest and most common problem is with the garage door opener. The first thing to check, as obvious as it may be, is to see if it's plugged in. If it is, you might try unplugging it and replugging it, as this may reset the sensors. Also, the sensors on the sides of the doors may have dusty lenses that can be wiped with a damp rag. Another overlooked solution is to check the batteries in the remote. You may need to reprogram the remote, which may mean tracking down the owner's manual. Beyond that, pick up the phone and contact a professional.
Garage door repair, for the most part, goes well beyond the skill involved in changing a light bulb. Many videos online offer tutorials in fixing common issues, but between tools, time, and cost, there's a reason for the yellow pages.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Just as certain things break down as your house ages so will your garage door. Most of the time it can be repaired however there comes a time when you will need to replace your old system.
Listed below are 7 valuable reasons to replace your old door with a new one.
1. Improve the appearance of your home
This is especially true if the garage is attached to the front of your home as it's the first thing visitors see. Nowadays you can choose from many different colors, styles and windows.
2. Increase home value
Replacing your old door with a modern style maintenance free door will add value to your home. It will also be easier to sell because it enhances your home's appearance.
3. Reduce maintenance time
Wooden doors need ongoing maintenance because you have to paint or replace the wood. On the other hand metal doors are more sturdy and don't require painting thereby reducing your maintenance time and costs.
4. Reduce heating and cooling costs
Consider replacing your old door with an insulated one. It will keep the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter thereby reducing your energy costs. This is particularly true if you have a bedroom above the garage or if you use the garage as a workshop, studio or playroom.
5. Protect stored items from the elements
The garage is often used to store items that need to be protected from extreme heat or cold. If you select an insulated door with a thermo-barrier it will prevent heat or cold from getting inside thus protecting your stored items.
6. Secure access to your home
The garage door provides easy access to your home. For some owners it's used more often than the front door because you drive in and out of your garage everyday. To secure access to your home make sure you select a door opener that uses secure access codes.
7. Prevent the risk of injuries
Garage doors must be family friendly. This means if the door is coming down while a child is passing underneath, it will automatically go back up thus preventing any risk of injury. Electronic eyes are now mandatory on all new garage door installations so when a person or an object crosses the light beam it rises automatically.
Even though replacing your old garage door is a large investment, it will pay for itself by reducing your energy costs, improving your home's appearance as well as increasing its value.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Garage door inspections homeowners can do -- like the door balance test and visual inspection.
If you suspect your garage door system isn't operating properly, consider calling a garage door professional for repairs