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Is A Thermal Insulated Garage Door Worth The Investment? Consider The Facts

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is A Thermal Insulated Garage Door Worth The Investment? Consider The Facts

When investing in garage doors, you want something you know is going to last. If you have a detached garage, you might want to just buy a regular non-insulated garage door. This is because you may only be using it occasionally. However, if your garage is attached to your home, then an insulated garage door would be a good investment.   What Is An Insulated Garage Door? An insulated garage door is a special type of garage door that has a foam-like layer in between two sheets of metal. Its purpose is to control the temperature inside the garage. The main difference between an insulated garage door and a regular garage door is that a regular garage door is composed of one thin sheet of metal. There are two types of insulated garage doors; Polystyrene sheet insulation and expanding polyurethane which is “foamed in place.” The difference between these two types of insulation is that a polystyrene foam sheet is cut and fitted and polyurethane is injected in liquid form and expands into foam. There are a few factors that you should consider when deciding if you want to invest in an insulated garage door. Climate – warmer climates tend to not need insulated garage doors because the weather is already warm. How you use your garage- some people use their garage as a living space, or have a furnished attic right over the inside of the garage. Budget – insulated garage doors tend to be a bit pricier than a regular garage door. If the garage is attached to the house or detached Even if you decide to go with a regular garage door, it’s important that you understand the benefits of having an insulated garage door. Climate Control If you use your garage door as an entrance to your house, then you know that the garage is usually around the same temperature as it is outside. The good news is that if the weather is freezing outside, the inside of your garage won’t freeze up if your garage door is insulated. This is important if you use your garage as a living space or if you park your vehicles inside the garage. Freezing temperatures can cause your car not to start and can even damage any pipes you may have in your garage. Noise Have you ever been sleeping and you wake up to the sound of someone coming in the garage? Usually what causes the noise is the rattling of the door. Insulated garage doors absorb sound; therefore, it will reduce that loud noise from the garage that you’re used to hearing. Durability Insulated garage doors have 3 layers; the front metal sheet, the foam in the middle, and the back metal sheet. Regular garage doors can get dented a lot faster than an insulated garage door since it only has one sheet of metal. An insulated garage door should last you at least 30 years. To conclude, if you are looking for something affordable and you don’t often utilize your garage, a regular garage door may seem like the better option. However, if you use your garage every day and want to keep the indoor temperature controlled, you may want to start looking for an insulated garage door for your home! For garage doors, contact...

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4 Ways To Maintain Your Garage Door

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Maintain Your Garage Door

Your garage door offers a certain amount of aesthetics, protection, and insulation to your garage and home. It is imperative that you take good care of it. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about a few of the best and most common ways to make sure your garage door is properly maintained. Reset Opener Electronic or automatic garage doors will occasionally “freeze,” or simply stop midway through its tracks, as it is closing or opening. Usually, this can be fixed by simply resetting the garage door opener. Depending on what make and model of garage door you are using, the method for resetting it differs, although usually it simply consists of unplugging the opener for 5 to 10 seconds and then plugging it back in. Consult the manual that came with your garage door opener to find out how to reset it. Lubrication If you are hearing squeaky sounds emitting from your garage door while it is opening or closing, then it most likely needs to be oiled. Garage doors need to be lubricated with a silicon or lithium based spray. Make sure that you sufficiently oil the arm, lock, and hinges and make sure that you spray lube liberally over the top of the metal rollers to which your garage door is attached. However, avoid spraying the bottom half of the door, spring, garage door track, the spring, and the rail. Realign Sensors The safety sensors that keep the garage door from closing fully if something or someone is in its field of vision occasionally need to be realigned. These sensors are located towards the bottom of the door and exist on either side of it. Realigning them is a simple task. Push the sensors either upwards or downwards if they are not aligned properly. Usually, a small light will blink on both sensors if they are not aligned correctly. Clean The Door Cleaning the door is another simple task. Soap and water will work sufficiently well when you are cleaning it. However, make sure that you do not spray the track. Dried soap can damage and harm the way that this mechanism works. Rust can also become an issue if the track is not properly dried afterwards. Maintaining your garage door is an easy task and it is highly recommended you pay attention to its health, so you don’t have to wind up having to call a garage door repair person in the future. Contact a business, such as Unifour Door Systems LLC, for more...

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Need A Garage Door? 3 Things To Consider When Picking One

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need A Garage Door? 3 Things To Consider When Picking One

A garage door’s look is not the only thing you should be concerned about when picking one out. There are several factors that can affect you on this household item you will use on a daily basis. Custom vs Stock Doors The biggest impact a garage door will have is on your home’s façade. A stock door will be basic, but also functional, since it usually doesn’t have any designs in the panels or glass. Expect to pay about $575 for a basic door made out of Masonite or pressed wood that uses recessed panels, and is ready to be painted by hand for a two-car garage. Thankfully, adding some customization can still be budget friendly. You can have panels removed along the top of your door and replace them with glass panes. This will prevent the door from looking like a solid color, and complement the look of your house. Materials It’s common for stock doors to be made out of steel with insulation on the back. The steel’s gauge can range between 24-28, with the 24-gauge steel being very strong. An economical option is aluminum, which is a very light material. Fiberglass and plastic should be considered as well due to the cost being cheaper than steel. Wood can be an option for your garage door, but it is not used as often as it used to. It’s more common to see wood composites that mix synthetic materials with wood fibers, which will make the wood strong like steel, but still have that authentic wood look. Openers There are four categories of door openers you have to pick from: Screw drives Belt drives Chain drives Jackshaft A chain drive will use a chain that pulls up on your garage door. These openers are noisy, though the chain is dependable and durable A belt drive uses a strong reinforced belt for lifting up the door. This drive is more costly than a chain drive, but they vibrate much less. You’ll notice a quieter operation when you use it. A screw drive works by using a rod made of threaded steel that moves the door. The drive requires minimum maintenance, and will raise and lower the garage door quickly. They can be noisy though. A jackshaft uses a wall mounted motor that pulls on a cable or pulley to open and close the door. These systems are more expensive, but quieter than a belt drive. If you need help making a decision about your new garage door, consult with a professional in your area for...

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4 Common Garage Door Problems & Possible Causes

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Common Garage Door Problems & Possible Causes

Your garage door secures your car, your home, and other belongings. Making sure that your garage door is working properly should be your priority. The following is a simple guide that will help you detect 4 common garage door problems. And you’ll learn what might be the cause. 4 Common Issues & What This Might Mean 1. Garage Door Doesn’t Move Your garage door might not go up or down when you command it to do so. These symptoms usually point to worn or broken springs. Your springs should last a long time, but this does depend on use. They are meant to withhold a lot of pressure, which could be dangerous to you. So call your garage door specialist should you notice any issues with your springs, or try to fix it yourself if you feel you are capable. Remember that having the parts before your professional arrives might reduce the cost as well.  2. Operates Without A Command Your garage door opening and closing without you pressing the command might be due to a misplaced transmitter. Gather all of your controllers, and make sure they were not being toyed with by one of your children or a pet.  Another reason why you are experiencing this rather eerie phenomenon could be that a neighbor is using the same frequency as you are. You can look in your owner’s manual to change the frequency if you suspect that this is the reason your garage door is acting up.  3. Door Refuses To Touch Ground There could be a number of reasons why your door is halting prematurely. It could mean that your garage door is doing its job and reversing before crushing an element in its way. Check to see if you see any debris or toys that may be in the way of your garage door. The item could be quite small depending on the sensitivity of your garage door sensors. 4. Door Boomerangs After Hitting The Ground Remember those sensitivity sensors mentioned above? They could be the cause behind the phenomenon of a door closing only to rise again after you press the command. Check your owner’s manual to see if your sensor’s sensibility is too high, causing your garage door to mistake the ground as an object that it should not crush. There you go; you can conquer some simple issues now that you have a few possible causes of the aforementioned problems. For additional information regarding garage door problems, contact a business such as Overhead Door Of...

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2 Replacement Garage Doors To Consider

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Replacement Garage Doors To Consider

Replacing your old garage door can be an opportunity to explore the other great garage door types that are available to you. A few of the options that you really should consider are wood and steel, as these have some excellent benefits for home owners.  Wood Wood is one of the most popular garage door materials on the market because it can provide your home with a boost in curb appeal. The high aesthetic appeal of this type of garage door does comes at a price that makes it one of the most expensive choices available. The high cost of a wood garage door can be mitigated a bit by purchasing a door that is not made out of solid wood, but is instead constructed from a combination of real wood and particle wood. One of the biggest advantages to this type of garage door is that it is not easy to damage or dent. In most cases, the door will not sustain damage from light impact, such as from a ball or other toy striking it as your children play in front of your garage. However, the downside to this type of door is that you will need to perform more maintenance on it than with most other garage doors. You will need to make sure that you refinish and repaint it regularly if you live somewhere with a wet climate. Steel Steel garage doors are another popular option due to the fact that a steel door can last a lifetime if it is taken care of properly. In addition to long life, steel doors are often less expensive that their competitors. Steel doors cost much less than a wood door. The main maintenance task that you will have ahead of you when you buy a steel garage door is sealing any scratches as soon as possible. The reason that this is so important is because a scratch means that any paint or sealant has been removed and the bare steel is exposed, which puts your door at risk of rusting. If you do not want to have to deal with this issue, you can purchase a garage door that places a fiberglass layer over the steel in order to protect it from moisture.  Speak to a garage door dealer today in order to discuss the merits of the various types of available garage doors. Steel is a great option if you want an inexpensive and long-lasting garage door while wood is fantastic if you want a dent-resistant and visually appealing door. For more information, contact a company like A AAA Allstate Door...

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Signs That You Need A Professional Garage Door Repair Technician

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That You Need A Professional Garage Door Repair Technician

Keeping your garage door in the best shape possible is important to make sure your vehicle never gets stuck in the garage. To help make sure that you will never face such a problem, you are going to want to be aware of the following signs that indicate the need for a professional garage repair technician. You Are Spotting A Lot Of Rust There are just a few metal mechanical pieces to the garage door, but each one is very important. Therefore, should you happen to notice a significant amount of rust on any of the metal, you will want to call someone for a part replacement. Whether it is just the springs, latches, locks, or rails, it is a problem that cannot be ignored. If you ignore the rust, it will eventually eat through the metal, causing that particular metal part to completely break. The Door Is Not Closing Evenly There are a couple of things that can be causing this, such as a settling of your home or a bend in the rails. Either way, this problem requires the attention of a garage door repairman. The last thing you want is to find yourself no longer able to properly lock the door because it is not lining up properly. By ignoring this problem, you will also find that the energy efficiency of the door is lost because air is able to escape from the bottom of the door. Also, should the problem be the result of a bend in the rails, the door could eventually stop working altogether as the bend gets worse over time. The Automatic Opener Is No Longer Working Having an automatic opener on your garage door is not just about convenience, it can be about safety. You are able to open your garage and pull the car in without ever having to exit your vehicle. This is ideal if you believe that there is someone outside on your street that you do not trust or if the weather is dangerously cold. If you find that the automatic garage door opener is no longer working, you will want to first try to clean the sensor with a slightly damp cloth, as a buildup of dirt and dust can affect the sensor’s ability to receive the signal from your remote. If this does not do the trick, you will want to call a garage repair technician. The automatic opener itself may need to be replaced or there could be a problem with the line that runs from that unit to the door itself. With those few signs of trouble in mind, it should not be a problem for you to determine when it is time to call in a professional like America’s Garage Doors...

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5 Safety Tips For Your Garage Door

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Safety Tips For Your Garage Door

Garage doors are typically the most complicated and heavy pieces of equipment on your property. There are many dangers that are associated with garage doors that you must be aware of to avoid potential damages to other parts of your property and potential injuries to yourself, your children, and pets. Here are five safety tips to know when it comes to operating your garage door properly: Keep Buttons Out of Reach: If you have children, you want to be sure that the garage door operation buttons are kept well out of reach. The small remote garage door opener should never be left out in the open for your children to play with. After all, the more they press the button, the more likely your garage door can become out of sync and suddenly slam shut instead of shutting as it really should.  ​Never Leave Partially Open: If you are working in your garage, it can be nice to have the garage door partially open for the breeze. However, this can be really dangerous, because there is more of a chance that the garage door can slam shut, as it is being held up with the high amount of pressure. The springs that hold it up should be fine holding it since they are made with such high tension; however, you never know when those springs could give out on you.  Know How to Use the Emergency Release: The emergency release is important to know how to operate. This is because, should you get stuck in the garage because the door is not working, you will have a way out easily. The emergency release will work differently for every garage door, so it’s important that you read your owner’s manual. The emergency release basically allows you to move the garage door manually.  Always Watch the Garage Door Shut: Whenever you shut the garage door, you should watch it shut. This is important because you want to be sure that it shuts all the way, and that nothing is in the way that will make it backtrack. You also want to be sure that if something is in the way and the garage door keeps shutting, you will want to take action by pressing the garage door button again to ensure that it starts moving back up.  Call Professionals for Repairs: If you notice any damage or problems with your garage door, you should be sure to call the professionals. They will have all the right placement parts and since they have experience with working with the high tension springs that hold the garage door open. They will know how to safely replace them when needed and ensure that the garage door does not collapse.  By following these five safety tips, you can be sure that your keep yourself, your family, and your property...

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The ABC’s Of Tackling A Frozen Shut Garage Door In The Winter

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The ABC’s Of Tackling A Frozen Shut Garage Door In The Winter

Along with the changes in temperature that the winter time brings come a few new concerns as a homeowner, especially if you live in an area where temperatures dip below freezing often and snow and ice are common occurrences. Your garage door may be insulated, and your garage may even be heated along with the rest of the house. But, it is highly likely that the winter weather will have your garage door frozen closed at one point or another. There is a simple ABC rule set that you should follow if you wake up to a garage door that is frozen shut in the middle of winter. Always Disable the Automatic Garage Door Opener – If you discover that your garage door is frozen in the morning, you may be tempted to just continually try to open the door with the electronic opener until it starts to move. However, what you will likely end up with is a burned out garage door opener motor instead of a door that opens. In fact, it is actually best if you just turn off the garage door opener altogether if you discover that it is frozen and instead just operate the door manually for the time being. The more times the door tries to open, the more taxing it will be on the unit, and the bigger of a chance it will be that a frozen door will leave you with needing a replacement. Brush Away Excess Ice and Snow First – Before you grab warm water, a heater, or otherwise, you should clear the area around the base of your garage door. Use a shovel to scoop away snow and chisel away built-up ice that may be holding the door in place. In many cases, just removing the excess debris will free up enough space to circulate a little warmth through open crevices so the door will actually thaw and open. Carefully Thaw the Frozen Base of the Door – Using warm water, douse the bottom of the garage door where the rubber seal meets the floor from the outside of your house. Have someone else push upwards on the door as you pour, especially if the temperatures are cold enough to refreeze the moisture when it hits the ground. Otherwise, you could just end up making the issue worse by adding more ice to an already frozen area. Even though a frozen garage door can be a big hassle, it is possible to carefully raise the door with a little effort and patience most of the time. If you are having an excessively difficult time with your garage door freezing often, talk to a garage door repair specialist, like Doors Unlimited, for...

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Repair, Don’t Replace: Solutions For Common Problems Around The House

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repair, Don’t Replace: Solutions For Common Problems Around The House

One of the few cons of being a homeowner is the fact that when something breaks you are responsible for replacing it or repairing it. Over time and use the appliances in your home are sure to stop working properly, and it can be frustrating and stressful to find out that something that you use every day is broken. When an appliance is not working properly, many homeowners assume that they will have to dig into their saving to replace it, but many common problems can actually be repaired, extending the lifespan of your appliance. Continue reading to learn more about what common problems can be repaired: Hot Water Heater Not Working Stepping into an ice cold shower in the morning is an unpleasant surprise, and most people do not want to live long without hot water. Buying a new hot water heater can be quite expensive, so before you replace it have it checked out by an experienced plumber. In many cases emptying the tank and flushing it can fix the problem. Another common issue with hot water heaters is a rusty or corroded anode rod. This part can be replaced for a mere fraction of the cost of purchasing a whole new water heater. Garage Door Won’t Open and Close Automatic garage door openers are very convenient, but after opening and closing the garage door every days for years on end problems can develop. Many common garage door problems stem  from broken garage door springs or broken cables. If you have bad garage door springs or cables your garage door opener won’t be able to open the garage door properly, and you may notice that your garage door slams shut uncontrollably. In these situations you don’t need to buy a new automatic garage door opener- having the broken springs or cables replaced can solve the problem. Replacing garage door springs or cables is not a DIY job, so plan on hiring an experienced garage door repair company. Refrigerator Not Cooling A faulty refrigerator can cost you money if your groceries spoil, or even lead to food poisoning if perishables are not kept at the proper temperature. A fridge that is not holding its temperature is not necessarily a lost cause. The easiest way to troubleshoot this problem is by cleaning the vents at the bottom of the refrigerator and the coils on the back. As dust and debris accumulate in the vents and coils it can prevent cool air from circulating properly, which can cause the refrigerator to be warmer than it should be. If that doesn’t fix the problem, have a refrigerator repairman check out your fridge to see if you need a new...

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3 Signs A Lightning Storm Has Damaged Your Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs A Lightning Storm Has Damaged Your Garage Door Opener

Electronic devices, like the apparatus used to remotely open your garage door, are susceptible to damage during a lightning storm. The voltage of a lightning bolt can vary from 40 kV to 120 kV. This much additional electricity surging through your garage door opener could cause serious damage to the circuit board. Here are three symptoms you should be looking for to determine if a recent lightning storm has affected your garage door opener. 1. Erratic Functionality Garage door openers are designed to be reliable, ensuring that you will be able to remotely open your garage door consistently. If you notice that your opener begins to act erratically in the days or weeks following a lightning storm, this could be an indication that exposure to high voltage lightning bolts has damaged your garage door opener. Even if your home was not directly hit by a lightning bolt, the electromagnetic pulses creating by indirect lightning hits could cause your opener to short out. Contact your garage door specialist to have the circuit board in your remote opener replaced if you begin to notice erratic functionality after a lightning storm. 2. Loss Of Power To Opener If your garage door opener suddenly experiences a loss of power, this could be a sign that lightning strikes have damaged the apparatus. You should begin by testing to ensure that the outlet your opener is plugged in to has a live electrical current running through it. Using a voltage detector is the easiest way to check for power in an outlet. The voltage detector will light up and beep when in close proximity to live electrical currents. If the voltage detector indicates your outlet is live, a damaged circuit board is probably to blame for the lack of power. Contact your garage door professional for a replacement. 3. Changes In LED Light On Receiving Sensor The LED lights on your garage door opener’s receiving sensors are designed to indicate when the wiring connection is working and properly aligned. When a lightning bolt causes a sudden spike in the electrical current running through your opener’s system, the connection or alignment could be jolted out of alignment. If you notice that the LED light on your opener’s receiving sensor is dim, flickering, or completely absent, you should realign your garage door opener. This should correct the damage caused by the lightning storm, and allow your opener to function properly once again. Being able to recognize the signs of lightning damage to your garage door opener will allow you to address lightning-related problems as quickly as possible in the future....

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