Garage Door Tips

Beware of Automatic Garage Door Openers with Garage Door Locks

One of the happiest times a homeowner has is adding an automatic garage door opener to an existing garage door that does not have one.  All the years of getting out of the car, in the rain, with the kids in the car, or when you are just plain tired….just to open up the garage door.  All that misery and torture coming to an end….they can’t wait.  Push a button and magic, the garage door opens up for your grand entrance.

The new motor is installed on your garage door.  You are instructed how to operate the new automatic garage door opener.  It might be a Liftmaster, Genie, Chamberlain, Linnear, Skylink, Guardian…..even a topline opener such as Marantec or LiftLogix.  You are so excited at the new magic machine, opening and closing your garage door.  The garage door company who installed the opener leaves and you drive your car to the safety of your garage for the night.

You lock the garage door as you always have and smile as you anticipate the new day of automatic access.  In the morning, you are excited to push a button to back your vehicle out of the garage. You press your new remote control button…. Your big smile suddenly turns to a major frown and fear as the loud noise of your garage door crunching and coming off the tracks fills the garage.

What happened?  Unfortunately, a common mistake was made.  You were not aware that the existing garage door lock should have been removed or disabled when installing a new garage door opener.  The garage door opener installation technician went over safety features, including the infrared safety sensors, the automatic reverse cluth safety reverse, the wall button lock, […]

Cold Weather Preparation

When the cold weather is approaching or is upon us, those who live in icy and snowy areas will  want to take steps to prepare their automatic gate operator for the cold winter weather.  Some operators with push/pull tube swing arm gates get a build up of ice and snow, which can trigger an obstruction sensor or even blow fuses.

One method to prepare for this is to extend the tube on the operator arm.  Then use a silicone spray lubricant and apply liberally to the push/pull tube.  The application of this lubricant will help keep the oil seal well lubricated and enable it to shed the water from the push/pull tube.  Additionally, this application will aid the tube itself shed water to decrease the possibility of ice build up.

Another thing to consider in severe cold weather is to install a battery heater.  This will help the battery inside the control arm box keep warm.  In severe cold weather, the battery can lose some of it’s ability to hold an adequate charge.  Keeping the battery at desirable levels will increase peak performance in bad weather.

Another trick to aid the operator arm from freezing up is to wrap the tubes with heater bands, similar to those used to keep cold water pvc pipes from freezing.  This will aid in preventing the freeze on the push/pull tube and acme screw.

Use these tips and tricks to keep your gate operator working reliably during the cold winter months.

Door-Mart Garage Door provides maintenance service to all garage doors and automatic openers.  We can be reached at 1-800-829-9833 and www.DoorMartGarageDoors.com.

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    Chain Drive V.S. Screw Drive V.S. Belt Drive – Garage Door Motors

Chain Drive V.S. Screw Drive V.S. Belt Drive – Garage Door Motors

            When it comes to Garage Doors there are three main types of garage door openers: Chain Drives, Screw Drives, and Belt Drives. Many times customers will inquire regarding our point of view on which one works the best. Well, the fact is that they will all function a bit differently. It is surely up to you to choose which one will work out the best for you. We’ll advise you on all the features of each type and let you determine.

Chain drives use a metal chain to run the door on its track. Chain drives are the most frequent used drive, and they are generally less costly … However they are usually the loudest. If you have a detached garage away from the house (Where the noise does not matter), a chain drive is possibly the best fit for you. If you want to hear when the garage door is being opened or closed, so for example you will have an idea on what time your children are getting in throughout the day, then this could possibly be a good fit for you. Chain drives require bi- yearly maintenance and tend to not last as long as belt drives.

Belt drives are considered to be the best opener that you can buy. Belt drive openers utilize a rubber belt drive system and are as dependable as chain drives. But they are basically silent! So if you have a garage door attached to the home, and you dislike the noise associated with the automatic door openers, this is certainly a great option. Belt drive openers tend to last longer than any other motor on the market.

Screw drives are the third type of garage […]

Garage Door Safety – Protect Your Family Today!

Did you know that 75% of all Garage Door accidents involve Garage Doors falling on people or body parts getting caught in a door panel?
Door-Mart™ Garage Doors see this way too often and most of the time could have been prevented with proper maintenance checkups. It is recommended that you service your garage door every 6 months.

To keep your family, pets, car, and home safe from garage door hazards, follow our safety tips below:

1. Have your garage door properly serviced every 6 months by a Garage Door Professional. If you are located in California, Door-Mart™ Garage Doors has you covered. Give us a call today and mention this blog post to get a discount on out 21-point garage door safety inspection. If you are located outside of California, be sure to give a local, licensed Garage Door company a call today!
2. Make sure that garage door remote controls are out of the reach of children.
3. If the garage door is moving, do not stand in or walk through its path. Set a good example for your children in this regard.
4. When opening the door, avoid placing your fingers in between the door’s joints.
5. Learn how to operate the door’s emergency release feature and make sure that it is close by at all times.
6. If the garage door opener does not reverse when an object interrupts its sensor path, have this repaired by a technician immediately. Children could easily be trapped and seriously harmed by malfunctioning doors.
7. If you keep your door opener remote control in your car, never leave any connecting door between the garage and your home unlocked. Thieves or home invaders could steal your remote from the car and access your house […]

Residential Garage Doors – Complete your Home’s look with a Garage Door

For many households, it’s impossible to be “complete” without the addition of a garage door. Garage doors not only maintain the safety of our cars, but they also protect our valuables and more importantly our family. Many families these days prefer a home with a garage doors because it can be used in different ways.

There of many different types of garage doors on the market for homeowners to choose from. You can select from materials such as wood, steel, fiberglass, and more. A garage door made of wood or has a wood looks is great in both modern and traditional properties. These wood doors can be painted or dyed with different types of stains so that they can have a custom match to your home.

Garage Door  that have a stainless style are also quite popular. They generally have a modern feel and edgy look. But stainless steel doors can also be the most basic door on the market, it all depends on the style that you pick.  Steel doors are usually quite strong and will keep you safe in many different weather environments.

Which ever you pick you’ll be sure that it will elevate the curb appeal and the value of your home, and increase your feeling of security.   There is a wide range of doors to fit different budgets, so you’ll be sure to find one that will work.

Saving Money though Garage Door Maintenance

At least once a year you should examine the garage door(s) on your property. To insure for proper operation and the longevity of your investment, we recommend that you pay-attention to your garage during daily use. When you find time to do a relatively simple walkthrough we encourage that you follow these steps:

1. Disengage your opener by means of the emergency release and manually open and close the door. During this time, the garage should operate smoothly without making loud noises. If you can open your garage door with one hand, make sure that it’s not flying up or slamming shut.
2. Check the cables and chain, torsion springs, rollers, and track. As you look at those, also go over the hinges and mounting brackets because sometimes screws come loose.
3. Perform preventative maintenance by having a good lubricant that is made for garage doors. Remember that WD-40 is not a lubricant. With your garage door closed, place a tiny amount at each point on the door where there’s a moving part. When you’re finished, manually open and close the door to work the lubricant in. Don’t forget the bearings on a torsion spring (which is located above the door when closed).

According to Pete Martin of Door-Mart, “garage door systems will last about 10-20 years. Like anything else that we use, if there’s high usage and poor maintenance, we can’t expect that our investment will last long. Appropriate care will help to elongate the lifespan of your garage door and opener system.” If something is wrong when you are performing a walkthrough it is important to repair it promptly. Garage door maintenance is a good way to prevent costlier future repairs. If you have a demanding schedule […]

Are you using the right lubricant for your garage door?

In order for your garage door(s) to continue to run as smoothly and as quietly as possible, it is important to maintenance them. A garage door should be lubricated at least once a year, however most people will go the entire life of the opener system without ever sustaining their garage door(s). The following list is just a few examples that we run into when customers try to lubricate their own doors.

WD-40 – This is probably the most common household item of this list. Many people have this product and it commonly is thought of as being a lubricant for just about anything. WD-40 actually does have a huge amount of uses, however “garage door lubricant” is simply not one of them. WD-40 is actually not a lubricant at all. We have this misconception because it’s actually a cleaner. So when we use the product on a “creaky door,” if it’s rusty, WD-40 removes the rust and residue, making it quiet as a result; it is not because it lubricated the door.

Grease – Another more obvious choice would most likely be grease. If you tend to work on your car, mechanic’s grease is generally a common item to have. A big problem with grease is that it is an attractor of dirt and dust, which means it isn’t suggested for open parts. In a car, it is used in places where grim will not hurt the overall operation of the vehicle. If used as a lubricant for your garage door(s) it could attracted unwanted grim to your moving garage door parts. This buildup will most likely mess up the smooth operation of your garage door.

Oil – Oil is a good thing for […]

Garage Door Repair Sacramento

Need Garage Door Repair  Sacramento?
When your garage door breaks its already a hassle in your daily routine. If it breaks during odd hours, it’s even more of an inconvenience. This is why Door-Mart Garage Doors has made it our mission to service your  door at any time of the day. How many of us ever consider it even happening in the first place? We think about our cars breaking down, our appliances going out of commission, and our electronics becoming obsolete. At one point or another, we consider repairing, replacing, and upgrading our stuff. The exception for most households seem to however be our garage door and/or garage door opener, at least until an issue arises.  For one reason or another, this gigantic moving piece of your home is often looked over and quite easily at that.Sometimes, however, you might not need a garage door company to come out to your home.  For some simpler problems, you can almost certainly do the repair yourself. Here are some common problems of the garage that you can resolve on your own:
The garage door only goes halfway when you try to close it.
In this case, the garage door’s safety sensor detects an obstacle in front of its line of sight and tells the machine to pull back in an emergency. Your door will open automatically when it detects an obstacle – a bucket or a broom, can trigger this is some situations. Simply remove the obstruction and it should work fine. This issue may also occur if the sensor is dirty, dusty or condensation has accumulated (and sometimes spiderwebs).  Keep clean the lenses clean and your sensors this will not be an issue. However, if the problem […]

Home remodeling projects that are not worth the investment

The following is an except of an article that may be of interest to some home owners that are trying to sell their property.  I found this through a Squidoo lens. Enjoy!

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Big home remodeling projects may not be worth the investment
By Alan J. Heavens

If a seller is making improvements, they have to be the right ones. Perhaps just new appliances or a new sink, said Ruth Feldman of Weichert Realtors/McCarthy Associates in Philadelphia.

“A new kitchen or bath with the wrong layout or amenities will hurt the sale,” she said.

“If a new deck or finishing the basement will expand the space in a very small house, then that might make sense or be worth the money, even if don’t see the exact dollar return, as it would make a big impact.”

In a continuing climate of tight credit, getting the money to pay for home improvements is difficult, unless your pockets are very deep.

“The home-equity loans and lines of credit are just fancy names for a second mortgage, and that market is a bit tough,” Philadelphia mortgage broker/Realtor Fred Glick said.

“Most banks are still going up to 80 percent loan-to-value, and I actually have one lender that will do 85 percent,” he said. “But credit must be very, very good, and full income documentation is a must, along with a real appraisal that needs to be done, not just a drive-by.”

The old fashioned home-improvement loan? Very hard to come by, Glick said.

Remodeling has slowed nationwide. Architects were hit hard as real estate sales dwindled after the home buyers’ tax credit expired June 30. And the index used by the American Institute of Architects to measure future spending on construction fell in October after rising […]

Sacramento Garage Repair

Many People think that it is easy to fix a garage door so they attempt to fix it themselves. On most occasions, the attempt of fixing the door results in more damage, which ultimately leaves the homeowner very upset. Instead of incurring more of a hassle, I recommend that you contact a specialist who on a daily basis handles repairs to a garage door. Many people may think that when our technicians come out there and provide service, that the job is easy but in reality the only reason the job looks simple is because our technicians are trained and certified in the repair and install of garage door. We take pride in offering rapid and accurate service and always keep the customer in mind. Sacramento Garage Repair offers a great sales team who can assist you in your process of repair and install. So next time you think about doing a home repair to your garage, remember yes it may save you money at the moment but in the long run it may cause you to shell out more money and may also injure you in the process.