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June is Garage Door Safety Month

The International Door Association and the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association have designated June as Garage Door Safety Month.

Garage door manufacturers, like First United Door Technologies,  and garage door dealers throughout the U.S. and other countries are working to increase awareness of the possible hazards of garage doors and automatic opener systems, and the need for periodic inspection and maintenance to keep them safe.

It’s important that the public is aware of garage door safety and that safety checks should be done to insure it’s in proper working order by using these ten garage door safety and security tips.

1. Make sure garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.

2. Do not let children play with garage door remote controls.

3. Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.

4. Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

5. Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.

6. Never place fingers between door sections and explain the dangers to children. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.

7. Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.

8. While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a wall vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.

9. If the opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.

10. A new trend in home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.

Although you should provide monthly safety checks and maintenance to your garage door system, an annual visit from a State licensed and insured garage door company can keep your door operating safely and smoothly for a long time.

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It’s cold out there: Is your garage door insulated?

An insulated garage door can create a stable, dry, warm atmosphere all year round as well as vastly increasing the security, soundproofing and sealing properties of the garage door opening from dust, vermin, leaves and rain.

It will also help to save you some money on your energy bills. This is why the demand for insulated garage doors is increasing year on year as so many garages are now used for many other purposes other than storing a vehicle.

Insulated garage doors offer various advantages over standard garage doors namely:

1.They allow the garage to be used for other uses – e.g. hobbies, gym, play room, office, damp proof secure storage etc. etc.
2.They keep adjoining rooms and bedrooms above the garage warmer.
3.They offer increased security due to thicker and stronger door construction.
4.Weather stripping prevents leaves and debris blowing into the garage.
5.Weather stripping stops heat loss and prevents cold air getting into the garage.
6.An insulated garage door will help save on your heating bills and help the environment.
7.Reduced condensation.

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OMG! Garage Door Noise

No we’re not talking about the kind of noise that local garage band is making, we’re talking about that irritating and annoying noise caused by the opening and closing of your garage door.

So what’s the cause?

For starters, old garage door parts that have gone worn out for ages may be the cause for the annoying garage door noise. These worn out garage door parts may include hinges, garage door rollers or garage door springs. It’s also often caused because of poor care and garage door maintenance. Replacing the worn out parts plus timely garage door maintenance could greatly increase the unlikelihood for hearing the next garage door noise. Conducting regular and periodic garage door maintenance can prevent costly repair expenses and give longevity to your door.

Most of the garage door noises you hear are often cause by the door itself. Consequently, a quality garage door is more likely to be quiet and less annoying.

Different kinds of garage door openers also produce different volumes of noise. With a chain drive garage door opener, you can expect it to be the noisiest of all openers. Screw drive garage doors are better because they produce less noise. Surpassing that of a screw drive garage door is the belt drive, which is even quieter.

You will eventually find that the solution is to replace garage door parts such as garage door rollers, hinges or garage door springs. Early detection through constant garage door maintenance can help you save money, and better yet, save on getting a new garage door. Spending just little more time on regular maintenance will always prevent that garage door noise!

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Keep Your Garage Door in Tip-Top Shape

The garage door is one of those items you don’t think about too often. But when a problem arises suddenly, scrambling to get it up and functioning again is no fun. Performing some simple, routine maintenance can do much to prolong the life of your door and to ensure that it keeps doing its job for years to come.

Door Balance – Once every year, check that your garage door is properly balanced. A door that is off balance puts unnecessary pressure on the opener and could cause untimely wear on the door fittings.

With the garage door closed, look up and find the emergency release string that disconnects the door from the opener for manual opening. Pull the string, open the door to waist height. The door should be evenly balanced at this point and should not open or close but remain at his level without assistance.

If the door feels too heavy to lift manually, this is a good sign that the springs need adjusting. This is a job for the professionals, as door springs are under great tension and could cause injury if not properly handled.

Lubrication – Your door’s fittings require good lubrication to prevent rust and to allow smooth opening and closing. A good quality 3-in-1 garage door lubricant will properly penetrate garage door fittings and remove existing rust. Find the doors springs, bearings and cables and give them a good spray with the lubricant.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of performing routine maintenance, or you simply want to make sure that the job is done professionally, your local Garage Door installing Dealers offers tune-up packages that include a full inspection, balancing, lubrication and tightening of loose parts.

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Hiring a Professional Garage Door Repairing Service

Doors are always considered as a significant part of our house and always keep things secure and safe. Likewise, garage doors are no exception. They are essential parts of your property that protect your cars from intruders and thieves. The door of a garage is a big moving object and it is operated by the electric door openers most often. Therefore, proper testing, installation, maintenance and operation of the door and the automatic opener are really necessary to ensure the trouble-free and safe operation. Improperly adjusted garage doors can lead to serious injuries. So choosing the correct garage door repair service helps with the repair needs as well as save the users from any unexpected injuries.

The actual problem starts when the garage door does not work properly. If it is not fixed immediately, the broken garage door makes it very easy for the undesirables and thieves to enter in your home. For this purpose, you need to hire a garage door repair service for fixing the garage door problems as soon as you can. Most people are of the opinion that they are able to perform this job on their own. They might end up doing a lot more harm to the situation than good so it is better to find a reputed garage door repair service for such tasks. But it is important that you hire a company after doing proper research on them.

You can follow some tips that would help in getting you started with garage door repair service search:

1.  Ask your relatives and friends and get good recommendations regarding the garage door repairing service. This way you can get information on the reliable servicing companies.

2. Looking in the local newspapers, search the telephone directories or visit the websites online for the repairing services of your garage door.

3. Make a shortlist of all the repairing companies and then notice how many of those provide the emergency services as well. A reputable company which provides a nice garage door repair service would have an impressive infrastructure with a number of trained technicians on their team.

4. Be sure that the repair company and all of its technicians hold a proper license with proper skill certificates. They should know how to tackle a situation if something goes wrong.

5. Always select a garage door repairing service which provides full guarantee of their work.

6. It is not always wise to hire an unprofessional repairing service just for the sake of saving money as this decision may cost you a lot in future. The reputation of a company is very important.

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Problem Solved: “The garage door won’t close all the way”

Often times when your Garage Door won’t close all the way, your first instinct is to call somebody to fix it. But there are a few things you can check to save yourself some time and money.

The first thing you will want to inspect is the limit switch. The Limit switch regulates how far open and closed the garage door opener moves the garage door. The limit switch can be adjusted with a screw driver.

Here’s some instructions on adjusting the limit switch and further explanations:

The garage door opener has two mechanisms that control the opening and closing of the garage door. One is the safety reverse mechanism that will stop the door operation in the event something obstructs the door. The opener also uses limit switches to determine how far to open and close the garage door.

When the garage door does not open all the way or does not seal to the floor when closed, you can reset the limit switches. Resetting the limit switches is not difficult and requires only one tool.

1. Place a step ladder under the garage door opener motor. Locate the limit switch screws on your unit. Most switches are on the back of the motor head, while others may be behind the light bulb lens cover. The switches are two white knobs with a slot for a flathead screwdriver.

2. Ask somebody to operate the opener push button on the wall to open the garage door. The bottom of the garage door should be just below the door opening header.

3. Adjust the open limit by turning the open limit screw with a flathead screwdriver. Turn the limit switch screw clockwise to increase the travel and counterclockwise to decrease the travel. Every full turn is a 3-inch adjustment. Adjust the limit in small increments.

4. Ask your helper to push the wall button again to close the garage door. The bottom of the door should seal to the floor without setting the safety force adjustment. The safety force is a safety mechanism that automatically stops the door and reverses the travel when the door hits an obstruction.

5. Adjust the down limit using the flathead screwdriver to turn the down limit screw. Turn it clockwise to close the door further or counterclockwise if the door is closing too tightly and setting off the safety force.

6. Operate the door up and down to check the limit adjustments. Continue adjusting as necessary.


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Want a Smooth Operating Garage Door?

With regular care and occasional professional maintenance, your commercial or residential garage door will work smoothly. However, you may find yourself in a situation where you cannot properly open or close your garage door. There are a number of different reasons why your garage door may not be operating properly. Here are a few tips to help you identify the source of the problem:

Problems Closing

  • Faulty Garage Door Sensors: One of the most common reasons garage doors have trouble closing is that the safety sensor’s beam is obstructed. Make sure there is nothing under the garage door and that the sensors are pointing directly at each other.
  • Door Closes, then Reverses: If your door begins to close, but stops and reverses, then you may have to adjust the door’s sensitivity settings. Your garage door opener is designed with a safety feature that reverses the door if there is too much resistance under the door. Bumps in the door track may set off the sensor.

Problems Opening

  • Opener Runs but Door Doesn’t Move: If the garage door opener is running, but the door does not move, then the door may not be connected to the track. Check the emergency rope to see if it has been pulled by accident.
  • Seasonal Changes: If the cold weather makes your door sluggish, then the contracting track frame may be the cause. Decrease your door’s sensitivity settings so it moves more easily during cold weather.

General Tips

  • Check your garage door opener remote’s batteries to ensure consistent operation.
  • Never work with electrical components on your own—always call a garage door repair technician!
  • Inspect your door every few months for potential problems. Preventative maintenance is much easier and cheaper than huge garage door repairs.

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When is it Time to Replace The Garage Door?

Garage doors are designed to last many long years. Products are available to help maintain the operation and beauty of garage entries, with a bit of annual maintenance. Many homeowners only think to replace garage doors when something happens that makes it necessary, such as being hit with a car or lawnmower.

Even without accidental damage, garage doors do suffer wear and tear over time, especially from the elements. Waiting too long to replace worn out doors and openers can create a serious safety hazard. Doors and openers that are worn cease to operate properly, and accidents can occur.

Energy efficiency is yet another reason to upgrade existing garage doors. Over time, the seals that help stop air loss around the garage doors weaken and wear out. Once these seals become too worn, air loss begins to occur, which creates an expensive power concern. For old doors that do not have insulation, replacing them with new, well insulated doors is an investment in energy conservation that can pay for itself in energy savings over the life of the door.

Signs to look for that a garage door is at the end of its useful life include lack of insulation and modern safety features, air seals that are torn and worn out, and dents and breaks in the door. Fiberglass garage doors will often fracture upon impact. If this happens, the door’s safety is compromised. When the door is in the full overhead open position, part of the door could fall off due to the fracture and cause serious damage to nearby items, and even more serious injury to anybody standing under or near it when the break occurs.

Likewise, garage doors with considerable dents also pose a safety risk as misshapen doors can interfere with the smooth operation of automatic door openers. If any part of a metal garage door is dented outward, or inward, in such as way that it makes contact with the ceiling or any other object or portion of the opener mechanism, malfunctions will occur. In this event, the door should be fully closed then detached from the automatic opener until a garage door service can install a replacement.

Safety is an important consideration with garage doors. Because they are heavy and are usually hung from overhead, the risk of a door, or part of a door, falling and causing property damage or injury to people and pets should be carefully avoided. If an existing door’s safety features falter, it should not be used and must be replaced. Every garage door must have bump sensors that automatically reverse and raise the door if it bumps anything on the way down. To test that this feature is fully functional, put a block of wood under the door and attempt to close it with the automatic opener. If the door does not reverse on its own, the bump sensors are no longer working.

While garage doors can last many years with regular maintenance, safety concerns are the number one reason to replace old doors. Of course aesthetic style and energy efficiency are also important. However, if a door shows signs of dangerous wear and tear, getting a replacement garage door should not be put off.

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Extend the Life of Your Garage Door

The better you maintain and clean your garage door, the longer it will last. The best way to get the most out of your garage door is to maintain it regularly and when you notice a problem, to address it immediately before further damage can occur.

You can easily perform garage door system safety and maintenance tasks yourself. For starters, perform a monthly visual inspection. Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed and look over the door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage. Look for cable wear or fraying. Is the mounting hardware becoming loose? If something doesn’t look quite right or doesn’t sound quite right it could be the symptom of a more serious issue. Have the garage door system inspected by a trained service technician.

Then go outside and visually inspect the surface of your garage door. Is it dirty? Are there chips in the paint? Protecting your garage door surface, whether it is a metal or wooden door, helps to ensure your door’s longevity. Begin by cleaning your garage doors with a mild detergent and a soft car brush. Some people remember to clean their doors whenever they wash their car. Washing your garage doors regularly will reduce the buildup of corrosive elements. Avoid using any abrasive cleaners or corrosive chemicals on or around your garage doors. In Hawaii’s diverse environment, it is recommended that you wash and wax your metal door surfaces according to the area in which you reside. If you live in an area prone to salt carried by the wind, then you should wash and wax your doors more frequently.

Wooden garage doors should be cleaned and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Monthly door balance tests should also be done. If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system, close the door, disconnect the automatic opener and lift the door manually. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door may be out of balance and should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Semi-annual lubrication of moving parts is necessary to ensure the garage door is functioning properly without binding or unnecessary wear on parts. Apply a light-weight oil to all rollers and hinges at least once a year. There are end hinges which hold the rollers in the track, as well as center hinges which pivot as the door moves. Lubricate all pivot points.

Probably the most important part of the garage door is the springs. These beasts are the muscles that are actually supposed to do 95 percent of all the work to lift an overhead garage door. If you have to struggle to lift your door, then the spring may be out of adjustment or possibly worn out. You should lubricate the springs about twice a year. We recommend using a non-petroleum based lubricant to help reduce gummy buildup. Do not attempt to adjust the spring yourself. It is very dangerous and must only be done by a trained professional.

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When You Need A Good Garage Door Repair Company

You need to make sure that you use a good garage door repair company whenever there is something wrong with your garage doors. You should look for garage doors repair company that can make repairs as well as replacements, if necessary. In the building trades, the garage door is a specialized part of the business. There are businesses that only deal with installing garage doors and these same companies that do the installation of garage doors can also repair the doors.

You may only need to get garage door repair instead of a full replacement on the door if there is something wrong with it. Many people think that because something goes wrong with their garage door, they have to replace the entire thing. This is not true. Residential garage door installation provides to protect our cars

In many cases the door can be fixed. This is true whenever you are talking about mechanical problems with the door such as failure to open properly as well as close all the way. In most cases, there is nothing really wrong with the door itself. It just needs to have the springs replaced or even the track which it is on adjusted.

Even if you just want to make life more convenient for yourself by getting an opener for your garage door, you can do so when you use a company that works with repairs. They will be the best at installing a garage door opener for you. As they understand how your garage door works and how heavy it is, they will make sure that the garage door opener that they install is one that will be able to lift the garage door that you have as well as continue to open and close it without wearing out. You do not want to have any problems burning out the motor because you use an opener that is too small to lift the door.

You can get repairs as well as replacements to your garage door when you go to a company that knows how to address any and all problems that can occur with a garage door and will be able to do so at a reasonable cost. If you are moving into a home that is in need of repair, and that repair includes the garage door, then you have to call out a garage door company that deals with replacements and repairs. Get an estimate from them on how much the job will cost so that you can budget for it.

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