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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.

Lower Home Energy Costs with an Insulated Garage Door, Earn a Tax Credit

May 14, 2009

Cookson Door Sales of Arizona says homeowners who purchase an energy efficient garage door over the next 21 months will not only save on their heating and cooling bills, they may qualify for up to $1500 in federal tax credits. Click here to down load information.

The February 17, 2009 announcement of the $787 billion stimulus legislation includes energy tax credits to qualifying garage doors that amends, extends and expands the previous Energy Tax credit legislation that was signed on October 3, 2008. The Act entitles eligible homeowners to tax credits for energy savings improvements.

The tax credit is equal to the sum of 30 percent of all qualified energy saving improvements installed in an existing home from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010. The credit applies to the product only (not labor) and the maximum credit for all
of the improvements combined is $1500.

For example, if the garage door cost is $800, the applicable homeowner tax credit is $240. A taxpayer can add windows, entry doors or any other qualified products totaling $1500 in tax credits.

The following summarizes the new Energy Tax Credits now in effect:

● The tax credits now apply to qualifying purchases through the end of 2010 (previously: 2009).

● The tax credit now equals 30% of the product purchase (previously: 10%).

● The maximum credit for qualifying purchases is now $1500 (previously: $500).

● The applicable years are now 2009 and 2010.

● The required U-factor is now 0.30 (previously 0.35). If someone purchased a qualifying door between January 1, 2009 and February 17, 2009, the required U-factor was 0.35, since that was the requirement at the time.

“Tax credits are more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only decreases the amount of income that is taxed,” says Pat Lohse, vice president of residential marketing for Clopay Building Products, the nation’s largest garage door manufacturer.
To be eligible, the installed garage door must meet the following criteria:

● The door must be an insulated garage door installed in 2009 or 2010.

● The door must have an installed U-factor equal or less than 0.30 and there must be a means to control air infiltration at the door perimeter. This U-factor includes doors with or without windows. Doors with non-insulated windows would generally not comply.

● The door must be expected to remain in service for at least five years.

● The garage must be an insulated space.

● The garage must be a part of the taxpayer’s principal U.S. residence.

Garage door dealers should provide a manufacturer’s certification statement for all IRS qualified insulated garage doors along with a breakdown of the cost of the door(s) and the cost of labor at the time of installation. Homeowners do not need to submit a copy with their tax return, but should keep a copy for their records.
Insulated Garage Doors – Energy Savers in Every Season

As the largest moving part on a home, the garage door plays an important role in its overall energy efficiency.
Since attached garages typically share one or two common walls with the house, any hot or cold air that travels through an open door will ultimately reach the living areas adjacent or above. An insulated door helps stabilize temperatures in the garage to help reduce heat losses or gains from the common house walls.

Clopay® garage doors that qualify for the tax credit include:

• Models 4400, 4401, 4300, 4310, 4301, GD2SP, GD2LP, 9200, 9201, 9202, 9203, GD2SU, GD2LU, 9130, 9131, 9132, 9133
Doors with no windows or with 1/2” or 3/4” insulated windows only. Doors with windows other than these do not qualify.

• Models 4050, 4051, 4053, GD1SP, GD1LP, GD1SU, GD1LU.
Solid doors only.

• Coachman® Collection (1 3/8” and 2” base door thickness.)
Solid doors only.

More details and certificates are available at Additional information is also available at

With four manufacturing facilities and 49 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, Clopay Building Products is North America’s leading manufacturer of residential garage doors and a leader in the industrial door market. Bringing more than 40 years of leadership to the garage door industry, Clopay Building Products maintains a strong family of brands including Clopay®, Holmes Garage Door Company® and Ideal Door®. Since 1996, Clopay is the only garage door manufacturer to hold the Good Housekeeping Seal.