Friday, December 19, 2014

Garage Door Spring System

Understand how the spring system on a garage door operate the opening and closure of a garage door.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

How Professional Garage Door Repair Services Can Keep Your Home Safe

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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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Garage Doors: For Safety, For Beauty

While as it can be said that the garage doors are used for the enhancement of security in your property, it must also be said that they add a gorgeous appeal to the building. The technology for making the doors has been growing and now you can get different doors made in a number of both colors and styles which helps in adding character to any given home. The doors can either be controlled using manual means, motored or even using springs. Many have also been made to use a remote control and this offers more freedom to open without the need of exiting your car.
The garage doors are of a necessity supposed to be wide enough so as to facilitate the entrance and the exit of vehicles in and out of the garage without any problems. The vehicles could be small or big and as you grow, there is need that whichever automobile you may buy is able to enter the garage without hassles. When planning for the house, this is one of the factors that you need to check well since it will be unwise to encounter the need to extend the garage doors in future. Planning is therefore important from the onset of the house building.
One of the different types of the doors is normally referred to as a sectional door. These are constructed using 6 to 8 panels. They open up and overhead and their advantages are great. For example when compared to the single panel or monolithic garage doors, these doors do not need outside room to open. This means that the vehicle can stop close enough to the doors before they are opened. The other advantage is that all the panels have their own connection door track which helps to increase their toughness and reliability. This is different from the monolithic doors which have only a few connections for the entire panel.
There are many different materials that can be used to make garage doors. These include corrugated sheets, see-through corrugated fiberglass, wood, steel, aluminum and vinyl. Some of these materials are only used where there is no much impact that is expected but the corrugations provides the door with strength in opposition to much force. There are those materials which are good for making commercial garage doors while other are good for homes where no much traffic is expected. The commercial doors use geared motor or chains and manual pulley to roll them up and down. Talking to the door makers could be helpful in order to be advised of what kind of a door is good for your specific garage entrance.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Keep Your Garage Door In Top Shape

Keeping your garage door in top shape is important if you want to enjoy the convenience and privacy that it brings, for years to come. Repeated use has a way of wearing out the various moving parts of the unit. Worn parts can contribute to damage in time. Here are some things you can do yourself to periodically check your door for signs of wear and damage, so you can remedy the problem.
1. Inspect the tracks
Make sure no debris or dirt is on the tracks, by inspecting them for grime. Using an old toothbrush or washcloth, gently remove any grime from the tracks. You may also choose to vacuum the tracks if you wish. A light layer of grease will keep them running smooth.
2. Lubricate the rollers
Using a lubricant designed specifically for the rollers, coat them and the track. Place a drop of engine oil onto the rollers and allow the rolling action to spread the oil. However, don't use grease because it tends to attract dust, dirt and grime, and will impede the smooth flow of the door.
3. Check the cables and springs
Check the cables for any signs of breakage or fraying. If you find any of these, it is time to replace your cables with new ones. Also, check the springs on the door to make sure that they are tight and properly connected. When pulleys are involved you will need to check the ball bearings if it is not a closed, zero maintenance pulley system. Worn ball bearings can lead to damage of the pulley system.
4. Lubricate bearings and hinges
It is recommended that homeowners do not use WD-40. It is best to use a lubricant with a grease base such as: silicone or lithium spray. Using a spray made specifically for these units, lubricate any bearings or hinges. Don't over lubricate, however, because it will cause dirt and grime to build-up. It will make things sticky and eventually cause a halt to the doors operating ability.
5. Check the springs
Make sure that the springs are lightly-lubricated because if it is dry, it will jam up and cause the door to not move at all. Lightly lubricate the springs and make sure that the tension is correct. Too much tension or too little tension can become a health hazard for you. Springs are often best left to professionals for service or repair.
6. For chain-drive systems
If you are using a chain-drive system, make sure that the chain is properly lubricated. Lubricate it periodically to prevent any friction when the chain is on operation. Inspect all the moving parts and make sure that none have rusted. Otherwise, use sandpaper to take away the rust and spray a zinc-rich spray onto the parts. After that, apply a coat of exterior latex to the parts -- to make sure they are going to work smoothly.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Basic Garage Door Care

In the garage door industry it is all too common to encounter homeowners who were never made aware of how to properly care for their garage doors and garage door openers. Striving to inform customers about each aspect or their garage doors - from purchasing the right product to the proper way to care for those products after the install - should be at the heart of every door company's operation. It is the largest moving object in your home. It is literally a moving wall. Proper maintenance of your door is imperative to ensure that it functions smoothly and safely. So just how should you maintain your doors and openers? As a seasoned professional, I am glad to help!
Garage door care step-by-step:
1) Check the door's balance and motion.
If your door is attached to an automatic door opener, disengage the door so that it can be manually operated for this step. Lift the door completely up and down checking to make sure the door is easily operated by hand - not too heavy, no catches or snags, etc. A good rule of thumb to remember: if you can't operate the door comfortably by hand then your door opener shouldn't be lifting it either. If you should find any catches and can fix them safely, do so. If you find the door is too heavy, we recommend calling a door professional immediately to correct the spring tension. Adjusting spring tension is dangerous and can cause serious injury if not done properly, and leaving a door heavy too long can cause costly damage to your door opener.
2) Lubricate all moving parts.
Using a lightweight lubricant (such as a silicon-based lubricant or WD-40) spray all hinges, rollers, pulleys and springs. Springs you say? Yes. If your door has a torsion spring system (the springs are mounted on a shaft over the top of the door), it is important to keep these springs lubricated. These springs coil and uncoil each time you use your door. Keeping them lubricated will prevent rust and help ensure they coil and uncoil smoothly. These springs, as with any moving part, have a limited lifespan but lubricating them can add several years to their useful life. After lubricating all of these parts you will notice immediately that your door is much quieter.
3) Lubricate the traveler rail. (only if you have a door opener)
If you have a side-mounted garage door opener then ignore this step. Most garage door openers will have a rail that extends from the motor unit to the wall the door is mounted on. This is the rail that the opener arm travels back and forth on the open and close your door. This rail needs to be periodically lubricated to keep the opener traveling smoothly and help prevent premature wear and tear.
4) Contact a local door professional for regular service.
Many homeowners neglect this important step. Proper maintenance, as set forth above, will greatly increase the usable life of your garage door and garage door opener but there may still be issues that can be missed by the untrained eye. It is recommended to have your door serviced at least once every two years. You may find that the service call prevented a much more costly problem from ever occurring. The technician should make you aware of any problems that were corrected or in need of correction at the time of service.
Following the above steps every few months will normally take only about ten to fifteen minutes per door (as long as no problems ar encountered) and can greatly increase the useful life of your garage door and garage door opener. If you can't seem to find the time to do it then I recommend contacting a door professional about once per year to do it for you.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

So You Want To Buy 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:
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.
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.
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.
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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