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It’s A Twister! There Goes My Garage Door!

Often being the largest opening on most homes, the garage door is usually the most vulnerable to failure under high wind pressure such as hurricanes, tornadoes and storms in general.

The pressure of the wind can destroy the garage doors during a storm that allows water and wind to enter the house. This can cause significant damage to furniture, electronic equipment and the contents in general as well as the house’s structure. The garage door is often overlooked when strengthening the structure against high winds.

Massive building failures and strong winds have convinced storm-prone communities that residents must be prepared to employ active or passive reinforcement systems for their garage doors. An active system is that specific type of reinforcement that must be installed before a high-wind event while passive systems are built into the product and don’t need any activation from the owner. For the home owner in hurricane-prone areas there are only two real options: either a new garage door with a built in passive reinforcement system or a garage door reinforcement kit.

The option of totally replacing the garage door is usually an expensive procedure so a garage door reinforcement kit would be a good choice if your budget for remodeling your garage is low. Although is rather expensive, a new garage door offers a more secure and safe option in front of a high wind.

If you’d rather choose the cheapest option, that is to reinforce your garage door you can protect your home in one of the following ways: first of all install pressure or impact resistant devices, such as shutters, panels, accordion fold shutters on the garage doors or install pressure/impact resistant garage doors that do not require shutters. If your existing door is impact resistant but it is not wind pressure rated, install an approved garage door bracing system to increase the wind pressure resistance. A pressure/impact resistant rating ensures that the device meets the wind pressure and debris impact requirements of the Southern Building Code Congress International standards or the July 1988 wind pressure and debris impact requirements of the American Society of Civil Engineers adopted in September 1994.

When adding a garage door bracing, first ensure that there is enough and relevant documentation that the product has been tested at a certified testing laboratory. The product should be designed to withstand both positive and negative wind pressure. You should contact a local garage door
supplier of approved garage door bracing systems to assist you in the selection of the necessary system for your needs.

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DIY Garage Door Installation

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Avoid Garage Door Disasters!

The usual garage doors weigh around a hundred pounds and typically use an extension spring to counterbalance the heaviness of the garage door. This becomes dangerous if the springs break, causing the door to malfunction. Indeed, the garage door is a great potential of harm and accident at home. To help you avoid garage door accidents, try following these advices.

If you are still planning to have your door installed, choose a reputable and qualified service installer to do it. Be meticulous about safety, they must have the necessary skill in this kind of job, especially in the setting of the spring, which is the very important yet crucial part of the work. An improperly installed door will give you a headache and dissatisfaction no matter how many repairs you make. However, if you are installing it by yourself, make sure to read the instructions and follow it carefully. There must be no room for errors. After the installation, you must familiarize and take care of the remote control, if ever there is a garage door opener. Don’t leave it lying around.

Ask any garage door installer and they will give you one golden rule: Keep your children safe. And by this, it means that you should orient your children (and any other family members) about garage door safety. Tell them that playing near it is prohibited, no playing with the remote and explain to them the consequence of being trapped under and behind the doors.

Monthly check-ups and inspections should be done. Look for imbalanced doors, hidden things, loose bolts, broken wires, rollers, cables and the push button wall should be out of reach of the children. Contact local technicians if problems are observed.

Your garage door is hugely supported by the spring under high tension. Make sure to replace old springs. Broken or loose spring may hit on your car or worse, on a person. Usually, doors have two springs, if the other is broken, be sure and change the two.

Door openers should have a reversing feature, or else, replace it. The absence of the said feature will cause damage, the fact that it might caught something while it is closing, because it will make contact to the door before closing. All garage doors are required by the authority to install reversing feature.

For additional knowledge, garage door openers are motorized device used to open and close garage doors. The most common style of operator is the trolley operator (usually at home). The motor hangs near the center of the ceiling with rail guides and a trolley across the ceiling to the top of the doorway. The trolley is attached to the door arm that is then attached to the top of the door. When the trolley traverses the rail the door opens and closes Additional features that have been added over the years, including and automatic lights that turn on if the door opens and automatically turn off with a preset time, wireless keypads and keychain remotes, which are widely used today.

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Don’t Skip the Garage Door Seal!

When you think about the rooms in your house, normally you consider the garage to be a giant catch all room. You drive and park your cars in there, you do your woodworking in there or you be using it as an exercise room. Lastly, the garage usually becomes a catchall storage space for the entire family.

But your garage is not invincible — there’s some things that you do need to do to keep it usable, one of those things is to make sure that you have properly installed garage door seals. Your garage door threshold seal is an important part of your overall insulation scheme. It doesn’t do a whole lot of good to have individual door panels heavily insulated against the influx of cold or hot weather, only to let the same link around the edges of the garage door, or in between the bottom of the garage door and the threshold.

Your garage door bottom seal is a key component of your garage door insulation and you don’t want to neglect it. Here are some reasons why:

  • Obviously number one is energy savings. An opening at the bottom of the garage door is a problem even in summer, but in the winter it is going to produce a brisk very cold draft as the heavier cold air from the outside runs into your warm garage. It’s important to remember that even if your garage is unheated it will still be warm compared to the outside air, and this effect will still occur.
  • Moisture and inclement weather. Depending on how you grudges situated, and the prevailing winds in your area, a driving rain may actually flood your garage. Properly sealed garage doors will keep the water out.
  • Varmints, bugs and other unwanted visitors will also use the opening provided by the lack of a garage door threshold seal is the point of entry.  

The garage door seal is obviously on of the most important parts of your garage door and one that you shouldn’t neglect!

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Door Tech Industries Closed for Business

It appears that the garage door manufacturer, DoorTech Industries, located in Vista, California, has closed down. The Main office and Production facility was locked up with eviction notices posted on the doors. Several dealers attempted to pick up product but were turned away. The company had closed three branches earlier.

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A Typical Non-Licensed Installation

 This is a true story and the names of the individuals have been changed to protect the innocent.

XYZ Garage Door Service isn’t a store or office-based business. It’s really just a man trying to earn his living via service, repair, and installation of garage doors. I believe he works out of his home with his wife. When we hired Mr. Johnson, we knew there was an element of risk involved. He wasn’t licensed, but he had the price we wanted. When he came out to do measurements, answer questions, and give us options, he was extremely nice.

He seemed just like a really good guy. We hired him and he installed our garage door. He did an okay job, though probably not as good as a licensed contractor would have done.

Our issues with XYZ Garage Door Service, however, were with the follow-up. Part of our agreement with him was that he would haul away the old door and its remnants. He also said he’d be coming back to do a check after a week, to make sure everything was fine. Unfortunately, there was no follow-up.

Numerous, and I do mean numerous, calls were never returned. He did not come and pick up the door and its remnants as promised, and he never showed up to do this check that “he” volunteered that he’d do. We also had an issue with one element of the installation. Again, no calls were returned.

I did manage to get him one time, and still sounding as nice as can be, he gave me a sing song about helping his wife with their children, blah, blah, blah. More promises were made, and they were never kept.

In the end, we chose not to pursue it further. But the problems remain.

No follow-up, unmet promises and failing to honor obligations… worth the price of dealing with an unlicensed garage door installer? Before choosing someone, make sure they’re a licensed contracted and have a good rating in your local Better Business Bureau.

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A good time for cleaning and some preventative garage door maintenance

On a busy day your garage door may open and close 20 times, so routine maintenance is a must to keep it in good working order. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular garage door cleaning and maintenance will guarantee a great look and longer life of your door.
 
Appearance

 

Clean your garage door regularly with mild soap (like dishwashing detergent) and a soft bristle brush. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and very strong liquid cleaners which could damage the paint or cause delaminating. If you have a steel garage door, you can revive its luster by applying a car wax as it will protect against acid rain and dust. It is best to avoid waxing in direct sunlight to achieve better results. If there’s exposed wood, be sure to paint it.


Exterior Weather-Stripping

Clean the weather stripping around the frame and bottom edge with a good all-purpose cleaner. Lubricate it every 2 or 3 months with a Silicone-based lubricant to keep the stripping pliable. Never use a petroleum-based lubricant on weather-stripping as it will dry up and crack. Don’t forget the weather-strip between your door panels. It is important to let your weather-strip hang 1/2″ below the door base when you readjust your perimeter weather-stripping. If the weather-stripping is too tight, the door will not function properly. So if your weather-stripping has lost its flexibility, it is best to replace it.

 

Final Advice

Consider your garage door as an important part of your home. With appropriate annual maintenance, it will door will provide carefree convenience for many years to come. Ask a qualified garage door installer, to lubricate and adjust your garage door at least yearly. In a 10 step check-up, he will lubricate all the above mentioned parts and perform any required repairs.

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