Posts Tagged ‘home improvement’

Garage Door Operation 101 – a homeowner’s guide to the garage door and how it works.

August 24, 2010

One of the most overlooked “appliances” in your home is the garage door. You press a button. It goes up. It goes down. Simple, right?

Not really. Like every other mechanical device you own – your cars, your kitchen and laundry appliances and your heating and cooling systems – your garage door and its operating system needs to be properly adjusted and regularly maintained in order to function correctly.

You can perform some simple safety and maintenance tasks yourself. Other tasks – such as spring repair/replacement, track and roller repair/replacement and door installation – are jobs best left to trained service professionals.

Just as it is common practice to have your home’s heating and cooling systems checked annually, it’s also a good idea to have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician to ensure that it continues to work properly and effectively.
Never take a garage door system for granted; always use extreme caution when working on it or near it. Make sure that children understand that the garage door and the garage door opener are not toys. Never let children play with the door or its operating system. For more safety information, check out Cookson Door Sales of Arizona


Do I need to do anything after my garage door is installed?

July 27, 2010

It’s important, after your garage door is installed, that you totally familiarize yourself with the operation and safety guidelines. Make sure you have owner’s manuals for the garage door, and for the garage door opener, too, if you have one.

Your manual will outline the operation and maintenance requirements you’ll need to know to make your garage door last as long as possible. Also, garage door safety has been a source of great concern in the past. With new technology, it’s not as much of a problem anymore, but you do need to follow certain guidelines to avoid injuries.

Should your Garage Door be Replaced?

June 24, 2010

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
fromthe 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 safety sensors that automatically
reverse and raise the door if anything is in the doors way
going down.

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.
Cookson Door Sales of Arizona

Quick Reminder

July 11, 2009

Customers who purchase a new Clopay door have a chance to win $250 when they upload “before and after photos” of their garage makeover to the Before and After Contest gallery at
Homeowners are asked to include a brief explanation about why they replaced their garage door, what inspired their door design choice (perhaps a suggestion from a design savvy dealer), what friends and family are saying about their home’s new look, and most importantly, who they purchased their door from.
Clopay then e-mails them a link to forward to friends, family and neighbors encouraging them to visit the site and vote for their home. The “before and after” with the highest rating wins! (if more than one entry has the same rating then the winner is the highest rating and the most votes). The dealer who installed the winning door gets $100 debit card!
We currently have 6 entries to our competition. A picture definitely tells a story with the amazing transformations made to these homes with their new Clopay door(s). Each entry clearly displays where the door was purchased and who installed it. With over 100,000 unique visitors to the site every month this is a cost effective and easy way to advertise your dealership.
Door Imagination System
Since launching the on-line door imagination system in mid-February, 10,000 homes have been uploaded. 1,600 of those homes have been saved to the My Folder feature on the site (which enables users to share their images with friends, family or you, via e-mail). The remaining 8,400 have been printed by the consumer to either share with others or take directly to their local dealer showroom.
Clopay Garage Doors Has Fans on Facebook and Followers on Twitter. Have you joined?
Online social media sites and services like Facebook and Twitter are where consumers go for content and communities. They do not typically congregate on manufacturer websites.
Today’s consumer doesn’t want to hear from us via marketing messages. Instead, they’re more likely to be influenced by other customers.
Facebook eliminates information gathering barriers and gives us “permission” to reach our customers as well as their network of friends. No longer do we have to rely exclusively on press releases, our web site and advertising to distribute information. We can send FANS instant updates on topics we know they care about. Go to log on or join!