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Garage Door Safety and Garage Door Maintenance

October 22, 2010

Most folks take their garage doors for granted. Until the day the garage door doesn’t work.

A special learning tool entitled “D.O.O.R. Safe” contains four brief messages to help parents teach young children the dos and don’ts of garage doors. These messages are:

Doors are heavy – never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.

Openers are for adults – never play with the button on the wall that opens and closes the garage door.

Ouch! – never touch any part of a moving garage door. Your fingers and hands can get hurt!

Remotes are for adults – never play with the remote control in the car or on Mom and Dad’s keychain.

“We encourage parents to teach their children that the garage door and garage door opener aren’t toys,” said IDA Managing Director Chris Long. “Whether a child is at home or at the house of a friend or relative, it’s important they understand that they should never play near or underneath a garage door. It⁏s also important that they learn not to play with garage door opener remotes or button controls.”

When it comes to maintenance, the website can help homeowners learn about maintenance checkups they can perform themselves, but it also provides helpful guidance about when it’s best to call in a pro.

“The garage door and its electronic operator should be kept in top operating condition,” said Long.

Homeowners should consider using a garage door professional when it comes to repairs. A garage door system is comprised of many components, including springs and cables that are under high tension, and can cause severe injury or even death if broken, tampered with or mishandled.

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Just as you need your garage door system to operate properly every time you need it, you also want it to operate safely at all times.

August 14, 2010

Garage Door Safety

After all, the garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in most homes. It can cause injury or even death if damaged or misused.

Here are 10 things everyone in your household should know about garage door safety. It’s a good idea to review these with everyone in your household from time to time – especially children.

1.The garage door and garage door opener are not toys. They are dangerous if misused, and can cause serious injury or even death.

2. Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system. Children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.

3. Adults should not allow children access to the remote controls or push button wall controls for garage door opener systems; these should be kept out of reach of children. The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children.

4. Never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door.

5. When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed. Make certain that no adults, children or animals try to enter or exit while the door is closing.

6. Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.

7. Keep your garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely. Annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended. There are other tests and maintenance tasks that you can perform.

8. Remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. Service should be performed by a trained service technician. Locate a qualified professional near you.

9. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician. Locate a qualified professional near you.

10. If someone has backed into the garage door (yes, it does happen – all of us are in a hurry at one time or another), it’s a good idea to have the door inspected and/or repaired by a trained service technician. Even if the door doesn’t appear to be severely damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely, creating what could be a dangerous environment. In Metro Phoenix, AZ contact 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.
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Why do I Need A New Garage Door?

August 29, 2009

Your garage door is one of the most important features of your home’s exterior. It is the largest movable object on your home. But it is also equally important from an interior point of view. Therefore, it is wise to consider several factors before purchasing a garage door. In today’s world of ever rising heating costs, it is important to purchase a garage door with a high R value (resistance to heat flow). This may cost a little more initially, but will pay for itself in no time as a result of fuel savings. It is a good idea to buy the highest R value that you can afford. If you have plans on heating and / or cooling our garage this may be well worth the money. Keep in mind the tax incentive a savings of up to $1,500 for some select garage doors purchased through December 31, 2010.

A garage door can help to improve the overall facade of your home. Because garage doors now come in a wide variety of styles and colors, a garage door purchase can involve making quite a few choices. The style of your home will influence your options to a large extent. This means selecting a corresponding panel style. Garage door panel styles range from “flush”, “raised panels” all the way to more elaborate panel styles, including wood, wood appliqué, copper clad, Exquisite and ideal faux barn doors or old country doors complimented with exterior ornamental hardware, faux wood paint finishes. And more coming out at the end of summer, the FeTerra and the Canyon Ridge

Expo 2009 Picks Clopay’s Canyon Ridge As Hottest Product

July 11, 2009

Clopay Canyon Ridge Collection grabbed dealer’s attention as soon as doors were open at the Expo 2009 International Door and Association “IDA Show, which was held in Nashville, TN this spring. Dealers congregated around the Canyon Ridge Doors at the Clopay booth.
“Many thought the door was wood at first,” says Pat Lohse, vice president of residential marketing. “When dealers realized it was a composite material, they liked it even more”

The Canyon Ridge Collection features a polymer composite cladding with a high definition grain that has a resemblance to a real wood product.

The lightweight ½” cladding is attached to a insulated three layer steel door. The definition for three layer would be steel – insulation – steel composite.

“Dealers were very excited about the 17.2 R- value the doors offer” offer” added Mischel Schonberg, public relations manager, “ and the fact that it’s maintenance free.”

Unlike real wood products, the Canyon Ridge door’s surface is UV resistant and impervious to moisture, so it won’t rot, split, shrink, separate or crack.

Lohse says the Canyon Ridge Collection will be offered in a 2” polyurethane base and a 1-3/8” polystyrene base. The doors are set to be available late summer.

Ulti-Grain Gallery Collection Paint Option

May 14, 2009


Cookson Door Sales of Arizona announces Clopay’s Ultra-Grain delivers the best of both worlds: the realism of natural wood with
the low maintenance and energy efficient benefits of insulated steel. But unlike real wood, it’s UV resistant and impervious to moisture, so it won’t fade, rot, split, shrink, or crack, saving you and the environment material, energy and resources necessary to maintain or replace door components. PORTFOLIO® LINE

Clopay Ultra-Grain delivers the best of both worlds: the realism of natural wood with the low maintenance and energy efficient benefits of insulated steel. But unlike real wood, it’s UV resistant and impervious to moisture, so it won’t fade, rot, split, shrink,
or crack, saving you and the environment material, energy and resources necessary to maintain or replace door components

◆ The painted steel surface simulates a real stained door without the hassles of staining and the ongoing maintenance of wood.
◆ The wood grain runs horizontal on stiles and vertical on panels for an authentic, natural look.
◆ Available in a Medium Oak stain color that complements entry doors, shutters and other exterior stained wood products.
◆ Available on Gallery Collection 3-Layer Models GD1SP, GD1LP, GD2SP, GD2LP GD1LU, GD2SU GD2LU, GD2SU
◆ Doors come with a polystyrene insulation with an R rating of 6.5 to 9.5 and also with polyurethane insulation providing an R value from 12.2 to 17.9. All four doors come with a thermal break or a gasket separating the inside skin from the outside skin therefore increasing the thermal efficiency of cooling and heating the garage.

◆ The exterior surface has a stucco texture for a more
natural wood-grain look vs. a wood-grain texture that
runs in one direction.
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