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Keep Your Garage Door Safe by Checking on These Three Safety Devices

Posted by on Aug 31st, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Your Garage Door Safe by Checking on These Three Safety Devices

The mechanism that opens and closes your garage door is a complex series of cables, pulleys, and springs carefully balanced. It allows you to easily open and close a heavy door manually or with a small electric motor. Three safety devices prevent you and your family from being injured should the system fail. Periodically check these safety mechanisms to make sure they are working correctly and your family stays safe. High Tension Spring Safety Cable The springs on your garage door are under a lot of tension. They counterbalance the weight of the door so you can lift the heavy door to open it. Should one of these springs break, they could fly across the garage and cause someone or something serious damage. A safety cable should be installed to contain the spring should it break or become disconnected. Here’s how to check it: Look for the springs that run parallel to the ceiling. Find the braided steel cable running through the springs. Check that one end is secured to a bracket on the ceiling and the other to a bracket near the top front of the garage door. Make sure these brackets are not bent or twisted. If the cable is connected to the brackets by S-hooks, look for signs of the hooks straightening out. Check that there are no frayed or kinked areas in the braided cable. If you see any signs of problems with this safety cable or connectors, contact a garage door repair company to replace those components. Garage Door Motion Sensor As the garage door goes down, if it encounters something moving in its path, the door should stop immediately and reverse. This keeps the door from coming down if you hit the remote control button before you get the car out of the garage. It also prevents the door from closing if one of your children should ride across its path as it comes down. Here’s how to check it: Find the two infrared sensors positioned at the bottom of the garage door on either side. Open the garage door then hit the garage door button to close it. Roll a ball or other object across the path of the infrared sensors. The door should immediately stop and reverse. If the door doesn’t stop and reverse, check that the wiring is connected to both devices and runs up to the garage door opener motor. Make sure the devices are pointed at each other to create the safety beam. If you find a problem with the wiring or can’t get the sensors to work, have a garage door specialist inspect and repair the sensors. Garage Door Pressure Sensor This last safety device prevents the garage door from closing when it encounters an obstacle. This could happen if the garage door becomes jammed in the metal track and can’t move. It is also another precaution should something be in the path of the door but doesn’t break the infrared sensor beam. Here’s how to check it: Open the garage door fully. Place an item, such as a chair or a child’s tricycle, at the base of the garage door so that it straddles but does not block the infrared beam. Close the garage door. When the door touches the item, it should stop immediately and...

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Considerations For Choosing A New Garage Door

Posted by on Apr 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Not only does your garage door affect the look of your home’s façade, it has the potential to affect your daily routine. After all, it’s probably both your entrance and exit. Choose a garage door with the façade, material and opener that best complements your home and routine. Stock vs Custom Doors The design of the door itself will have the biggest impact on your house’s façade. Stock doors are basic and functional. According to Bob Vila, upgrades such as panel design and glass panes add to the cost, but they still tend to be the most budget-friendly option. Naturally, the most expensive doors are those that are custom-designed in color, panel design, finish and material. However, customization is the best way to ensure the garage door complements the rest of your home’s design. Concerning stock or custom doors, window options are another consideration. Doors can be fitted with small to mid-sized panes of glass across the top quadrant of the door. Another choice is topping the door with arched windows. Not only do windows allow sun into the garage, they break up the look of all that color in the front of your home. Material Stock doors tend to be constructed of steel backed with insulation. The gauge of steel ranges from 24 to 28, with 24-gauge being the strongest. Aluminum is a light, economical option. Plastic and fiberglass doors are light-weight custom options. Wood is still used for garage doors, but it’s not as common. However, many custom doors are constructed from hard woods. Wood composite mixes recycled wood fibers with synthetic materials, making them as strong as steel but with the authentic look of wood. Opener Drives Garage door openers come in three standard drive types – chain, belt and screw. Jackshaft and direct-drives are starting to become more popular as well. Chain drives utilize a chain to pull the garage door up. They can be noisy, but the chains are durable and dependable. Belt drives rely on a reinforced belt to haul the door up. They tend to be a bit more expensive than chain drives, but they also vibrate less. This results in quieter operation. Screw drives use a threaded-steel rod to move the door. Their operation is not quite as quiet as belt drives, but they are low maintenance and quick. Jackshaft openers feature a motor that mounts on the wall by the door. The motor drives a pulley and cables to move the garage door. Jackshaft openers tend to be some of the more expensive systems, but they are even quieter than belt drives. Direct-drive operations are touted as the quietest. The motor itself travels along a stationary chain, using a J-arm to raise and lower the door. Whether you choose a stock door in aluminum with a chain drive or a wooden composite door with arched windows and a direct-drive opener, your garage door is going to become an integral aspect of your home’s curb appeal. Contact an outlet, such as Calgary Overhead Doors LTD , for further...

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3 Things to Consider about Repairing Your Home’s Garage Door

Posted by on Mar 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your home’s garage door is starting to make loud sounds or having trouble opening, it is a sign that you are in need of garage door repair. Before you move forward with repairing the door, you may want to consider these 3 things to ensure you make right decisions about the services and products that you go with. Consider Product Lifespans Before deciding on a replacement part for your broken garage door, you need to consider the lifespan of the product. You do not want to make the mistake of purchasing a part that will end up breaking quickly. While many parts have lifetime guarantees, it doesn’t mean the part will last a lifetime. Springs are typically rated in the amount of times they will work, which could range between 10,000 and 50,000 uses depending on the spring itself. The lifetime guarantee only ensures that the spring will not break before the estimated lifespan. If you and your spouse both use your car every day and park in the garage, that totals around 1,500 uses every year. That means a spring rated for 10,000 uses will only last around 6 ½ years before it fails. You may want to consider going with a higher quality part that will last much longer. Replace Only What’s Broken When You Can When it comes to the casters that keep your home’s garage door on the track, it is normal for a few of them to wear down before the others. If this happens, you can safely replace just the casters that are broken instead of each one on the door. Keep in mind that this isn’t true of springs, which should be replaced together. If one fails, the other is sure to fail shortly after. Replacing the springs together will save you time as well. Buy a Garage Door Service Plan The best way to maintain a garage door is by performing routine maintenance. You may want to consider purchasing a garage door service plan to take care of it for you. They work by paying an annual fee for a routine garage door checkup. The technician (like those at Mike’s Garage Doors)  fixes smaller problems before they turn into big problems, and lubricate the casters on the door. All of it is included as part of the service plan. Taking a moment to consider how you will repair your home’s garage door will help get many years of use out of...

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Double-Check Your Garage Door After A Minor Bump Mishap

Posted by on Feb 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

No matter how many times you pull into the driveway without a hitch, the day arrives when you bump into the garage door. Putting an unattractive dent in the garage door is the least of your problems. Damage to the automatic door’s mechanisms may be present. A combination of taking certain steps after hitting the door along with precautionary measures to prevent a mishap is strongly advised. Get a Visual Due not assume even a slight bump did no damage. An assumption like this could end up causing more chaos when trying to open up the door. Get out of the vehicle and walk right up to the garage door. Focus your attention on any imperfections capable of impeding the easy opening and closing of the door. If sizable dents block smooth movement, pressure could build up and ruin the motor, tear out the rollers, or create other issues. And do not just check the exterior of the door! Go inside the garage, turn on the lights, and examine the interior condition. Press and Rattle the Door Even if you do not notice any clear flaws with the garage door, carefully press your palm against the surface and lightly press inwards. Rattle the door a bit. Does something sound out of the ordinary? Does the movement possibly indicate the door is no longer aligned properly? If so, garage door repair work might be necessary. Again, this step is for when you slightly bumped into the door. Obviously, when major damage is present or you hit the door really hard, you should not press, touch, or go near the door. Keep Your Finger on the Button Avoid just hitting the open button and taking your attention away from the manner in which the door opens. Keep your finger close to the button in order to shut the power off shut the door down if it starts to shake, rattle, screech, or show other clear signs of defective operations. Ask someone to wait on standby near the home’s circuit breaker in order to cut off power to the door if necessary. Draw a Line on the Driveway To avoid more accidents in the future, take some colored chalk and draw a line on your driveway just in front of the garage door. Upon approaching the door, be aware of the line on the ground. Avoiding going over the line helps you avoid hitting the door. Purchasing cheap walkway lights is advisable in order to see the line on the drive at night or in low-light...

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