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7 Advantages of High-Speed Doors

7 advantages of high-speed doors

Taking your service doors for granted is the biggest mistake your business can make. High-speed doors create operational efficiencies, keep employees safe, and reduce costs.

Before we look at some of the advantages of these specialized doors, let’s cover the basics.

High-Speed Door Basics

High-speed doors are also referred to as high-performance doors. They serve the basic function of a barrier in commercial settings. But their most important purpose is to open and close quickly.

Other characteristics of these doors are…

  • power operated
  • sliding or rolling
  • horizontal or vertical orientation
  • high cycle (75-100 open/close per day)
  • breakaway features
  • minimal maintenance

High-performance doors, in general, allow quick movement throughout your facility.

They also have specific functions used in industries like food processing, logistics, and high-tech. Among these functions are weather resistance, security, environmental containment, and pressure stability.

Basics are great but they don’t tell the whole story. High-performance doors provide many advantages for your business. One of the seven below might be the make or break advantage your company’s been looking for.

7 Amazing Advantages of High-speed Doors

High-speed doors are versatile enough for use in auto dealerships, food processing plants, and semiconductor manufacturing facilities. Their unique construction and operation allow them to fit specific needs.

Let’s look at these advantages and see how they impact your business.

Increased Security

Standard high-speed doors have built-in security functions. Their quick open/close times cut the risk of employees entering non-authorized areas of your facility.

Rigid construction doors, made with rugged aluminum slats, are used for exterior applications. They’re found in auto dealerships, hotels, and convention centers.

Some doors have no rubber gaskets between slats. This eliminates intrusion by slicing them open.

Intruders can’t get through the slats which means they stay outside, where they belong.

Keep Employees Safer

There are many reasons why businesses use high-speed doors to segregate areas of their facilities. Some areas work with corrosive or noxious materials. In others, employees produce sparks while welding.

Still in others, extreme heat or cold is necessary. Quick operation, strong seals, and durable materials keep employees and visitors safe.

The doors themselves are flexible. Because the door curtain has no rigid parts, damage and injury after collisions are reduced. On rigid style doors, transparent panels limit vehicle collisions when entering and exiting.

Some doors have intuitive signaling technology to warn employees of approaching vehicles on the opposite side.

Reduced Loss of Heating and Cooling

There are four primary features that promote energy efficiency.

  • tight seal
  • quick opening and closing
  • durability
  • wind resistance

High-speed doors seal very well on all four sides to keep hot and cold where they belong. The quick open and close cycles limit hot and cold air escaping.

Their durability comes from a design that is more damage-resistant than conventional doors. Conventional door issues like bent slats allow heat and cold to escape.

Certain high-performance doors are wind resistant up to a set number of miles per hour. This feature is very useful for keeping cold winds from affecting warmer areas.

Doors can also be equipped with insulation curtains that limit condensation and ice build-up.

This is especially important in auto dealership service departments where customers drive straight into the service bay from outside. Cars move in and out of the service bay all day, even in inclement weather.

Airflow Prevention

In some businesses, like those that need clean rooms, airflow is key. Dust and airborne debris can damage the manufacture of some products. They can also damage heating and cooling systems.

High-performance doors control airflow and reduce risk. Use them in pairs to form airlocks in pressure-sensitive environments.

Hygiene standards are another reason to control airflow in operations like food processing. Food manufacturing facilities use high-performance doors to separate waste disposal areas from the assembly line.

Increased Productivity

High-performance doors fast open/close cycle saves time and increases productivity. Products, equipment, and people move throughout your facility with ease.

Businesses where material handling and transport is a priority, thrive on volume processing and smooth logistical flows. High-performance doors allow these businesses to maximize productivity.

High-performance doors work great at auto dealerships, too. Customers are impressed when the service bay door opens many times faster than a traditional door. The faster customers can pull in and park on the service drive, the faster they can get on with their busy days.

Easier to Clean and Maintain

In the food processing sector, doors must be easy to clean and disinfect. High-speed doors with PVC curtains and stainless steel side covers are made to withstand heavy use of cleaning agents.

When conventional doors are knocked off track, a service call is usually the only option. High-performance doors feature a self-reinserting curtain that prevents downtime after collisions. Opening and closing the door returns the curtain into its side guides.

In the event a rigid door’s aluminum slats are damaged, replacement is simple. Some repairs take 15 minutes, or less. With proper security measures in place, the door can still operate while waiting for a technician.

In cold climates or environments, de-icing doors and guides are time-consuming. Equip your high-performance doors with heated side guides, insulated curtains, and defrosting systems. These options make de-icing a non-issue.

Finally, doors equipped with patented push/pull drive technology require little maintenance. The design purposely limits wear on moving parts.

Cost Savings

A standard rolling steel door, in a 2m high opening, opens and closes in 11 seconds. A high-speed security door, in the same opening, opens and closes in 2 seconds. This increased speed creates a number of cost savings, like the following:

  • reduced HVAC maintenance costs from better environmental controls
  • reduced heat and air conditioning costs
  • reduced repair costs from collisions
  • reduced workers compensation costs from fewer door-related injuries

These massive advantages make it easy for high-performance doors to revolutionize your operation.

An Open and Shut Case

Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves. But high-speed doors are no joke.

They provide so many benefits that pay for themselves. A 21st-century business literally cannot afford to go without them.

RS Door offers high-performance doors from Dynaco, featuring their patented push-pull drive technology.

To see all the advantages we’ve talked about today, click the link for a free high-speed door estimate.

Fire Safety and Prevention in Your Garage

Garage fire safety is an issue for every homeowner. Most homeowners don’t think about their garage catching fire but the reality is that over 6,600 garages catch on fire in the United States every year. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on garage fire prevention to help protect your home from an unexpected fire hazard.

garage fire safety prevention

Firemen at work on fire

Garage Fire Prevention

Clutter is a pretty big problem for those wanting to prevent a garage fire. Often used for more than just a parking spot, the garage can be used to house a plethora of belongings, valuables, and flammables. Adding shelves and containers to store items until needed may help battle the mess. By developing a few safety habits and practicing caution, fire hazards can be easily prevented. In doing so, this keeps fire damage to a minimum and the lives of your loved ones safe.

Use of Electronics and Appliances

The leading cause of all residential garage fires is electrical malfunction. Damaged wires that short out or overload circuits is the primary contributing factor. Practicing caution when using appliances is a great step toward maintaining garage fire prevention.

  • You should only ever have one appliance plugged into an outlet. Having multiple cords and appliances only multiplies the chance for a fire hazard outbreak. You should also never use an extension cord while charging an appliance. It may actually be best to tape down all cords and wires to ensure they do not get accidentally yanked from the outlet.
  • Heaters and boilers should be kept away from flammable liquids as the sparks can ignite and cause a fire. Even a car battery has a chance to spark under certain conditions and should be removed from potential accelerants.
  • All exposed wiring should be repaired or removed prior to performing any work inside the garage. If you happen to use your garage as a workshop, then keep all flammables sealed and removed from the electrical tools. A spark from a saw can ignite the fumes and liquids setting your work space ablaze. Be prudent in cleaning up any sawdust or debris afterwards. Small pieces of wood are far more combustible than the larger pieces.

Proper Storage of Flammables and Combustibles

Seeing as fire only needs a combination of: fuel, heat, and oxygen – It may be in your best interest to keep these things from coming together.

  • Never keep flammable products out in the open when not in use. This will include cans of paint, finishing oils, as well as other solvents and flammable liquids. Ensure after every use, that you reseal all containers and store them in a safe place. A dedicated storage container with a closed door is preferred.
  • Avoid taking any unnecessary risks with combustibles to minimize the chance for an accidental fire hazard. Ensure that all combustibles are removed from regular sources of heat. Propane tanks are prone to ignition or explosion and should be kept in a storage unit outside of the garage.

Buy Better Safety Equipment

If a garage fire breaks out, your reaction and response time is critical. If left unchecked, it won’t take very long for the fire to reach your living spaces. Having the proper safety equipment in place to alert you to the presence of a fire is crucial.

  • Have a heat alarm – not a smoke alarm – installed in your garage. A smoke alarm is not designed to alert you to a fire. It can be affected by a slight change in temperature, humidity, or too much dust. When purchasing a heat alarm, make sure it is hard-wired and installed by a qualified electrician. It’s best to purchase one that comes with a battery backup and can interconnect with your home’s smoke alarms.
  • A fire extinguisher is a no-brainer in this situation. Having one on hand that is kept close to an exit door is ideal for fire safety. A fire extinguisher is bother practical and inexpensive making it a smart purchase for every home with or without a garage. You may also consider having a sprinkler system installed to promote further garage fire safety.

Penetration Prevention

Fires that originate inside of an attached garage are more likely to spread to other parts of the home than one that is detached.  A garage fire can spread rapidly throughout other areas of your home in very minimal time. For this reason, it is recommended that attached garages be adequately sealed from all living areas.

Installation of the right door can aid in slowing and containing the spread. According to the International Residential Code (IRC), “Openings between the garage and the residence shall be equipped with solid wood doors not less than 1-3/8” (35mm) in thickness, solid- or honeycomb-core steel doors not less than 1-3/8” (35mm) thick, or 20-minute fire-rated doors.” If you’re in doubt, reach out to our team at R&S Doors and we’ll help.

  • To help contain a garage fire from spreading, the doors leading into the home should be self-closing so as not to sit ajar. They should also possess tight seals around the joints to prevent carbon-monoxide fumes from seeping through and into the living areas.
  • If the door happens to have a window, then ensure that the glass is fire-rated. Avoid adding pet doors to a fire-rated door in order to maintain its integrity.

Garage fire safety doesn’t begin or end in the garage. Taking the necessary precautions to ensure fire safety begins and ends with you. In disastrous times, there are teams of qualified professionals standing by to assist you. If your garage or home suffers fire damage and is in need of repairs, then don’t hesitate to call your local fire damage restoration team.

What You Need To Know About Commercial Overhead Doors

what you need to know about commercial overhead doors

We probably all remember hearing our parents yell, ‘Close the door behind you!’

There were a myriad of reasons to keep that door closed: bugs, weather, insulation, and safety. Bottom line, though – the door needed to be closed.

Keeping our business enclosed as well as protected is an integral part of our daily business operations. We open in the morning, close in the evening and at the end of the day want to know that when we leave – our property and assets are safe and secure. 

Commercial overhead doors have come a long way in energy-efficiency, safety, and security. However, they are large, heavy, and can become a liability if not installed correctly by a professional to ensure they are OSHA compliant.  

Check out these things that every shop, business, and/or warehouse owner should know about their overhead doors.

Types of Commercial Overhead Doors

First, let’s chat overhead doors. 

These are the most popular types of doors used in both residential and commercial properties. They are convenient, they are efficient, and they are easy to operate.

But why choose the commercial overhead door? 

These types of doors are pretty impenetrable, making them the Fort Knox of doors. Doors that close and latch into the ground don’t really leave a lot of room for entry without a key, remote, or access code. They create a peace of mind that owners can trust to keep their property secure during working and non-working hours.

Here are the types of commercial overhead doors most commonly used and information you should know about each:

Rolling Doors

These doors do exactly what their name implies – they roll up and down. 

Used primarily for warehouses, storage units, and outdoor shops, restaurants, and businesses, rolling doors are specifically manufactured for strength and durability.

Once you roll one of these commercial overhead doors to the ground, it’s final – the day is done. Made out of galvanized steel, Superman would be the only impending threat that could penetrate these doors when closed and secured.

Available in manual push-up, chain pull, or motor operation – rolling doors are great choices for warehouses, car washes, machine shops, auto body shops or any other place that needs a strong, durable door that can ensure your property is incredibly secure at the end of the day.

High-Speed Doors

Known for being the safest, fastest, and best-sealing doors – the high-speed door gets you in and out with speed and efficiency in mind.

These doors can be custom-fit for any space, are reinforced with heavy-duty PVS vinyl, and can be used inside or outside. Even more useful, these types of commercial overhead doors can cater to many specific design requirements:

  • High winds and/or harsh weather environments
  • Hygiene, cleaning, sealing, and/or corrosive conditions need attention
  • Freezing temperatures
  • Cleanroom environments

With the ability to stop if someone or something is detected underneath the door, this option is one of the safest in the industry and a great option for larger volumes of foot traffic.

Sectional Doors

Probably the doors that you may recognize most often, the sectional door is exactly what it implies – multiple doors in multiple sections. These types of doors are used for fire stations, loading docks, and other locations where multiple vehicles require access.

Built to take regular usage, sectional doors are the garage door choices for many businesses based on cost, efficiency, and design. Easy to maintain and available in a variety of colors, these doors can offer secure access as well as an aesthetic appeal. 

Aluminum Grilles

Need some quality security and ventilation?

Aluminum grilles are the commercial overhead door that could best fit your needs. Constructed out of galvanized steel in a handful of different grate patterns, these doors allow maximum airflow as well as maximum protection.

The standard grille is the usual go-to for storefront locations inside shopping malls or other enclosed spaces. 

The heavy grille is the perfect choice for parking garages. This type of door is built stronger to withstand something like a speeding vehicle.

Counter Doors

It’s late, you’re hungry, and you want to find some food ASAP! These types of doors may have been your greeting if you showed up past normal operating hours.

The counter doors are compact, visually attractive, and durable. Used mostly for food counters at walk-up or cafeteria style locations as well as drive-throughs, these types of commercial overhead doors are smaller and more compact in design.

Able to fit most custom measurements, counter doors are perfect for smaller openings that don’t extend to the ground.

Fire Doors

Fires happen. That’s why there is a specific type of commercial overhead door to cater to this potential fiery situation. 

Depending on the type of business that you need to outfit, these types of doors may be a requirement. These are rolling doors that have an added layer of fire resistance and extreme heat durability.

These types of doors are not meant for continuous use. In fact, most are equipped with the following options that only activate during an emergency situation:

  • Smoke detectors
  • Release devices
  • Perimeter gasketing
  • Vision Lites
  • Powerdercoat
  • VIBRATECH (a quiet close option)

Depending on your type of business, you may be required to install doors with a certain level of fire resistance. Hospitals are prime examples of where these types of doors are a necessity and a requirement. 

Lock It Up

You’ve invested your time, money, and energy into a commercial business. You definitely don’t want bugs, weather, insulation concerns, or safety issues to impact your daily operations in any way.

To rest easy and know that your company or business is safe in your absence – a commercial overhead door will pacify your worry. With all of the different options available, these types of doors have become the literal gatekeepers to our businesses and warehouses.

Installing the right type of door(s) may seem overwhelming, but finding a door that is durable, reliable, and safe is a must.

Find a company with extensive knowledge between the differences of the various commercial overhead doors and outsource to a professional that can help diagnose your business needs.

After you ‘close the door behind you’, do so knowing that your business is protected with a door you trust.

5 Types of Garage Doors for New Homeowners

5 types of garage doors for new homeowners

Welcome to the world of homeownership. You’re likely going to spend the next few years obsessing over home decor and weighing the pros and cons of having certain appliances.

While you might be able to easily pin down which washer and dryer set you want, selecting one of the many types of garage doors on the market is sure to make your head throb. Garage doors aren’t, after all, cheap, so you want to get things right the first time.

So which material should you look into when selecting a garage door for your new home? Which one will provide the most utility given your budget and preferences? Let’s find out.

Aluminum

As some of you may now, aluminum isn’t the most durable material. Despite that fact, building garage doors with aluminum has its benefits.

Aluminum, for example, resists rust better than some of the other options on this list. This means that you don’t have to worry about that ugly, rusty look a few years down the line.

Further still, aluminum is a lightweight material. As a result, it is often incorporated in extra wide garage doors and other types of garage doors that might get a little hefty.

One of the only drawbacks of using aluminum is that it doesn’t resist dents so well. Fortunately, you can find more aluminum doors on the market. Needless to say, though, you’re going to pay a bit more for that added durability. 

Fiberglass

Fiberglass gives homeowners some of the same benefits that aluminum provides. Like aluminum, it resists dents. It also doesn’t rust.

Dents and rust aside, fiberglass is an “easy” material to work with because it can be easily manipulated. It can be crafted to look like somewhat expensive wood or it can be made to look a bit transparent. All in all, fiberglass allows homeowners a fair amount of customization at a decent cost.

The material, however, does not come without its faults. It has been known to take on a yellowish hue over time. It has also been known to break as it ages.

As a matter of fact, it is more likely to break on impact than some of the other types of garage doors mentioned here. That said, if you’re planning on backing into your garage door for some reason, don’t choose fiberglass.

Wood

Wood is timeless. We’ve been building with it for millennia, and we’re not likely to stop anytime soon. And since some people are branding it as a sustainable building material, maybe that’s a good thing.

Wooden garage doors are fairly durable compared to fiberglass and aluminum, but this doesn’t mean that they last longer than other doors. For obvious, they resist dents well. If maintained well, they can last for years.

If you’ve ever purchased wooden furniture, you probably know that wood is costly. That said, you’re definitely going to pay a steep price if you want a wooden garage door.

Of course, that price is arguably worth the expense. Similar to fiberglass, wood is a material which offers customers lots of opportunities for customization. Homeowners can choose from a vast array of woods to get the look that they really want for their garage doors.

If you go with wood, however, just remember to properly maintain your garage door. You do, after all, want your money to go as far as possible.

Wood Composite Doors

Wood composite doors are slightly different from wooden garage doors. They consist of a blend of derivative woods products. In other words, they’re fairly processed compared to wooden doors.

While both types of garage doors (wooden and wood composite) are durable, wood composite doors arguably come out on top here. For one, composite woods typically have a longer life span than solid woods. Because of the longer life span, the money homeowners put towards wood composite doors goes a lot further.

Don’t, however, misunderstand us here. We’re not suggesting that wood is inferior to wood composites. Some people would argue that composites don’t compare to solid woods when it comes to style and elegance. We’re just pointing out that composites are a budget-friendly option.

Steel

Steel is even more durable than wood. Not only that, but the typical construction of steel garage doors pretty much ensures that this type of garage door will withstand the elements well. They’re usually made from multiple layers of galvanized steel.

To be fair, though, steel garage doors aren’t perfect. As some of you might expect, they do rust. They can also be dented.

Further still, they are susceptible to corrosion. This is even more true for people who live in coastal areas. As a result, we don’t recommend steel garage doors for people who live in such areas and aren’t willing or able to replace their garage doors somewhat frequently.

If, however, you can live with the corrosion (which we doubt), go for it.

Vinyl

Vinyl is perhaps the most budget-friendly material on this list. We say this because vinyl garage doors are so hard to actually damage. Furthermore, they require so little maintenance that it’s hard for some homeowners not to go vinyl when they need something that will last for a while.

As with most good things, though, there is a tradeoff. If you want a vinyl garage doors, you’ll have to compromise on the design. Vinyl doors are not available in as many colors or designs as most of the other options on this list. Those of you who can’t live without a little customization should rule vinyl out as an option.

Choosing Between the Different Types of Garage Doors

It looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you. You have to make a major decision that will affect your home’s exterior design for years to come.

Unless, of course, you have thousands of dollars to spare.

In any case, once you settle on a material for your garage, you can start picking out a garage door opener. Because, you know, no garage door is complete without one.

Still haven’t even had your garage door installed yet? Contact us today for a free estimate.

7 Safety Tips That Help With Garage Door Maintenance

7 safety tips that help with garage door maintenance

Most people only know something’s wrong with their garage door when it stops working thus requiring garage door maintenance. 

No one wants to get home at night and realize their garage door doesn’t want to open. Then begins the personal struggle: fix it yourself or call a professional. Fixing it on your own can be potentially dangerous, and it can be tough to figure out just what the problem is. If you call a professional, the costs can rack up quickly.

Luckily, there are some steps any homeowner can take to prevent their garage door from breaking suddenly.

With these garage door maintenance tips in your toolbox, you’ll never be taken by surprise by a garage door suddenly malfunctioning. Use these measures to keep your garage door in great working order.

Ready? Let’s go through our 7 safety tips that help with garage door maintenance.

Why Garage Door Maintenance Matters

You might be thinking, “well, if I can just call someone to fix it, why should I maintain my garage door?”

What people don’t realize is that garage doors can be dangerous if they aren’t well-maintained. A door that suddenly breaks, fails to open, or closes randomly can not only cause damage to vehicles, but it can injure people as well.

This applies to self-repairs as well. Trying to fix your garage door alone isn’t a good idea if you don’t know what you’re doing. No one should hurt themselves doing DIY repairs if it can be avoided. However, doing some quick checks on your garage door is fairly harmless and actually prevents future injuries.

By maintaining your garage door, you’re keeping you and your family safe.

1. Use your eyes and your ears

With garage door maintenance, your eyes and your ears are great tools for diagnosing issues.

A well-maintained garage door won’t sound loud and noisy — in fact, it will sound rather quiet when it closes. Loud creaks and groans can indicate issues with the garage door, so if your opener makes a racket it might be a good idea to do some DIY maintenance.

2. Keep your garage door balanced

Your garage door has a balance system that keeps it from coming down too quickly or not far enough. If the door is out of balance, it might slide down with a lot of force, potentially damaging anything underneath it. This also puts a lot of wear on the door, causing it to break early.

It’s fairly simple to check your garage door’s balance. Before you do anything, make sure that the opener is disconnected. Usually, you can disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle, which is generally a red cord.

After that, pull your garage door up manually until it’s halfway open.

If your garage door stays in place at that position, it’s balanced. If it slams down or keeps moving upward, it’s unbalanced in one way or the other.

Unfortunately, if your garage door is unbalanced, you will need a professional to adjust it.

3. Keep moving parts oiled and greased

Just like with any other machine, doing garage door maintenance means you keep the moving parts in working order.

There are tons of moving parts in a garage door opener and they all need lubrication to work properly. The rollers, springs, and hinges need it, as well as the opener chain.

If you live in a cold climate, you might need to use specific oils and greases made for low temperatures. Also, try not to over-oil or over-grease any parts — while not dangerous, it’s a mess that can get on people’s clothing.

4. Inspect your sensors

If the garage door isn’t closing properly, there may be an issue with the LED sensors at either side of the entrance.

Check them for dust or obstructions and clean the lenses if they’re dirty. If that doesn’t work, check the LED lights themselves. If either one isn’t working, the door won’t close anytime soon. Adjusting the sensors so that they match up should cause the door to successfully close.

If not, it’s time to call the professionals.

5. Adjust the door’s force

Most people don’t know that you can actually change the force of the opener. This affects how hard the door comes down.

What this system is useful for is detecting objects beneath the garage door. If the force is too high, the door will crush anything beneath it. With a weak force, however, the door won’t actually close at all.

An easy test is to put something like a wooden board or a rock underneath the door. If the garage door detects the object and opens again, the force is probably fine.

However, if the door refuses to close at all, or if it smashes down on the object, it needs some adjustments.

6. Childproofing

While not technically garage door maintenance, this is a safety concern nonetheless. If you or your friends have children, it’s useful to figure out ways to childproof your garage door.

Never leave the garage door opener where a child could get hold of it. It might seem like a toy to them.

The button on the wall for opening the garage door should always be high up on the wall, far over the height of any child. It’s also important to understand how the emergency reverse function works. Educating your children on this feature is vital for their safety.

7. Update your garage door

It’s much tougher to do garage door maintenance on old, outdated garage doors.

Many of these aged doors lack the modern safety features that new doors have. For example, older doors might not reverse until the door actually hits the object. If the object is a person, then it’s already too late.

While it can be costly to replace, the added security and function of your new garage door will surely be worth it.

Regular garage door maintenance creates a smooth-running door and a safer environment.

If there are issues, don’t hurt yourself trying repairs — call our trusted garage door technician and we will help you get your door working.

The Best Garage Door Openers of 2017

the best garage door openers of 2017

As soon as you leave work, the last thing you want to do is sit on your driveway pressing your garage door opener so many times you can’t count.

This unfortunate scenario happens to the best of us.

Once your garage door opener fails, you can’t get inside your garage without muttering complaints about why the door opener stopped working.

Know The Best Garage Door Openers

Luckily for you, we’ve comprised a master list of the best garage door openers money can buy in 2017. 

Read on to find out more information on these top-performing picks.

First, let’s establish the difference between the four major types of garage door openers that exist on the market today for you to choose from.

Chain Drives

A chain drive mechanism operates by using a chain that smoothly rolls against the rails.

These chain drives are often the most used for a typical garage door. 

Chain drives also come equipped with chain separators that prevent your garage door from making too much unnecessary noise when the door goes down.

If you are experiencing any problems with your current garage door, make sure to ask us for any helpful tips we can give you by shooting us an e-mail! 

Direct Drives

These direct drives do not use chains or belts, but rather one singular moving part that resembles an arm moving up and down.

Using direct drives can be a hi-tech option that eliminates unnecessary noise with its lack of vibrations. 

These types of technologically advanced garage door openers can be costly for a typical family. 

Belt Drives

Belt drives are great if your garage is located below a bedroom and you need to control how much noise is created from constant garage door use.

These drives are usually made out of steel and move quietly around a centralized hub. 

More and more belt drives are being designed to be quieter than ever before, and they are also becoming smartphone controlled. 

Jackshaft Drives

These drives are brand new in terms of garage door opening, which also means they can get expensive fast.

By installing the mounted opener, you will be able to access it through Wi-Fi capabilities. These drives are truly where technology is headed. 

Now onto the best garage door openers:

Liftmaster 8500 

This is a top-rated #1 product because it has some outstanding key features.

We highly recommend a LiftMaster

Why?

It’s dependable and quiet, for starters.

Here are some more amazing factors that make the LiftMaster opener a winner in our book:

  1. Ultra Quiet Belt Operation
  2. A Lifetime Warranty
  3. Soft Start and Stop Capabilities
  4. Wi-Fi to control from anywhere
  5. Timer-to-close 
  6. Motion Detection 
  7. Real-time alert

This impressive garage door opener is a wonderful option for a family that is concerned about their security.

  • If you want to operate your garage door with Wi-Fi, you can do so with a Liftmaster 8500.

It’s an elite series machine that makes it a reliable garage door opener.

This garage door opener has multiple tech savvy abilities to give you the control you need whenever you leave or enter your garage.

Liftmaster/Chamberlain/Sentex

You need to install the Liftmaster/Chamberlain/Sentex on your own, but that’s quite alright because this garage door opener has easy to follow instructions.

Even when the power goes out and you think you are stranded with your car parked inside your garage, this opener is equipped with a backup battery that is energy efficient.

The drawback to the Liftmaster/Chamberlain/Sentex is that it only uses one remote.

Chamberlain WD1000WF

This garage door opener uses a belt drive operation which makes it less costly to buy in comparison to the more hi-tech ones.

With this specific unit, you receive two remotes, a panel that lets you control from the inside, a backup battery, and a keypad to use on the outside of your garage.

There is also a mobile app that you can download to operate your garage door straight from your phone!

Simply download the app to get instant notifications concerning everything there is to know about what is going on with your garage door.

Need to know if your garage door is functioning properly?

The notifications can tell you everything from whether or not it has properly closed, to information regarding if it has been opened without your permission.

Sommer Direct Drive 1042V001

As with other direct drives, the Sommer Direct Drive 1042V001 uses just one part to move. 

It does not use a chain or a belt.

It glides across a chain that is stationary, which aids in its noise level.

The noise levels heard from in and around your residential garage will be significantly reduced by purchasing one of these options as our pick for the best garage door openers in 2017.

This specific model has been reviewed on places by actual customers and has been given a positive response.

This drive can also lift the heaviest of doors, with its limit of up to 550 pounds!

Now that is one powerful motor.

What’s included with this direct drive garage door opener?:

  1. Two remotes
  2. A wall panel for optimal control 
  3. Light sensory capabilities
  4. Technology that automatically cuts the motor connected to the door if it senses objects/movements in its way

What Do You Want Out Of An Option For The Best Garage Door Opener?

  • You need to protect your family from intruders.
  • A secure garage door will keep the burglars out of your way for GOOD.
  • No more worrying about your pets and children when you are out of town. 
  • Have the ability to operate your garage door opener from places such as your smartphone or PC computer at a moments notice.
  • Understand the warranty that is associated with the operator that you choose.

Now You Know

Our hope is that you now understand a little more about the best garage door openers available in 2017.

Which one will you pick?

A chain, belt, direct drive, or jackshaft?

Feel free to let us know in the comments below so we can further share our knowledge with you, our valued customers. 

Is your garage door in need of replacing? Contact our licensed garage door repair technician today so you can stop worrying about the safety of your family.

Signs You Need Garage Door Repair

signs you need garage door repair

Garage door have you worried?

We use our garage door every day, many times a day but rarely do we bother to think twice about them. 

Your garage door requires regular monthly checks and maintenance measures. These protect you, your family, and your property. More than 13,000 garage-related injuries occur every single year.

Waiting until disaster strikes can cost you an expensive emergency repair. Hire a licensed professional to carry out your garage door repair or routine maintenance. This can save you money and time in the long-run.

Let’s discuss the anatomy of your garage door and what signs to look for to determine whether you need garage door repair.

The Anatomy of Your Garage Door

Your garage door contains one of the following types of springs: extension or torsion. 

Extension springs run perpendicular to the door on both sides and stretch when your door moves downward. Torsion springs consist of a steel bar across the top of your garage door that operates under tension.

When you are considering a repair, you should be careful to replace both at the same time. One broken spring indicates the other is close to needing repair.

But why do your springs break?

Poor installation or maintenance may be to blame. Or you may experience extreme weather fluctuations in your area.

Knowing what to look for when you need garage door repair is essential for ensuring you and your family’s safety.

Signs You Need Garage Door Repair

Noise

Garage doors are noisy. There’s no denying it. But if your garage door is making squeaking or scraping noises, it may be time to consider garage door repair.

Also, amplified noise needs addressing by a professional. Excessive or unfamiliar garage door noise suggests loose parts or a need for lubrication. 

Non-responsive Remote Or Door

If your garage door refuses to open or close in response to your use of controls, you need garage door repair. 

There are many reasons this problem occurs. These include:

  • a poor connection between the door and the remote or control panel
  • door malfunction
  • the need for battery replacement

If the problem persists, it may mean an issue with the door itself such as damages springs, cable issues, or broken safety sensors.

Sections of Your Door Sag

Experts recommend you test your garage door’s balance monthly. 

How can you do this?

Disconnect the opener from your garage door. You will then need to higher or lower the door to about midway by hand and leave it in this position.

If your door rises or falls, there is an issue with the tensions spring or another part of the door.

While you can check for a problem in this way, you should not try to test or repair these parts on your own. Call a professional to perform your garage door repair.

Shaking Or Inconsistent Movement

Your garage door should run smooth at all times. 

If your garage door is shaking broken parts may be the cause. A repair might solve this problem, but be aware you might need a garage door replacement.

Slow Response Time

A garage door should begin to open or close in response to you pressing the opener within one or two seconds. It should then move without delay and without shaking.

Observe the length of time your door takes to respond. If there is a delay in this time there may be a problem with the opener or the door itself. 

Door Off The Tracks

The tracks on either side of your door are there for the safe operation of your garage door. Unfortunately, your garage door might come off these tracks. This occurs when the door undergoes damaged or in poor condition.

Garage doors that fall off their tracks cause approximately 2,102 injuries per year.

A professional technician can conduct your garage door repair. 

Your Energy Bill Increased

When we see an increased energy bill, our first course of action is to blame the air conditioner or heating systems in our homes. These systems do not always the cause your energy bill to soar.

Older garage doors or broken garage doors often drain more energy than necessary.

Consider replacing your door or undergoing a garage door repair for an energy efficient home. Companies design newer garage door models with energy efficiency in mind.

Checking Your Garage Door

There are parts of your garage door you can check on your own. You should always hire a profession technician to conduct your repair.

Springs

You can check the springs of the door in the same way you check to see whether or not your garage door sags. Manually open or close the door midway and monitoring if it remains still. 

If the door moves, springs may need repair.

Do not attempt to adjust or replace a spring on your own.

Cables

If worn strips or frayed cables hang from the sides of your door, you run the risk of the door breaking.

To avoid injury or damage to your property, call a technician.

Hinges

Observe your hinges, looking for dents or breaks. If you find any of these signs, you will need to replace them.

Rollers

Inspect your rollers for noise and smooth movement. If they are noisy and the movement is uneven, your garage door may require lubrication or replacement.

 

If your garage door exhibits any of these signs it could result in injury to you, your family, or your property. 

Conduct monthly inspection and maintenance measures on your garage door not only as a safety precaution but as a money-saving measure.

Never conduct repairs on your own. Hire a professional to conduct your garage door repair. This professional will identify your problem and perform the correct repairs in the correct ways. 

Safety First

safety-firstHow safe is your garage? You might be surprised to learn that it’s not as safe as you think. According to expert statistics, there are more than 13,000 garage door or garage-related injuries every single year. Some of the most common include:

  • Getting pinched or crushed between the sections of the garage door (7557)
  • Garage doors that fall off their tracks, typically the result of old springs (2102)
  • DIY garage door repairs or replacement (1610)
  • Lacerations from sharp edges on the door/track (805)

And the list goes on.

Routine garage door maintenance prevents injuries

The good news is that making one, simple change can have a dramatic impact when it comes to improving garage safety: Observing a routine garage door maintenance plan.

When you sign up with a licensed garage door company to inspect, tune-up and repair your garage door, you gain a partner in the mission towards garage door safety. If your door is outdated and doesn’t have many of the safety features that stop its activity at the first sign of resistance or pressure, we’ll let you know. If your springs are looking old or misshapen, we’ll replace them for you.

Garage door techs will automatically repair or replace parts that aren’t working properly or that are showing signs of wear and can dull down, or point out, any sharp edges or danger zones that might get in the way of precious human bodies or pets. Plus, if you are part of our regular maintenance plan clientele, you get top priority when your garage malfunctions or breaks down, and you also have access to premium price savings.

It’s easy to neglect garage door maintenance until something undesirable happens, so a proactive maintenance approach is the way to go.

5 tips for improving garage safety

Once your garage door is in ship-shape the following tips will also help to improve garage safety:

  1. Secure hazards up and out of the way, or in locked containers. The garage is full of tools and chemicals that are unsafe for pets and children. Make sure these items are secured up and out of the way, or lock them up in a labeled container or cabinet. Don’t forget that ladders are a danger. When propped up against the wall, they pose an irresistible temptation for little ones. Instead, install hooks in the rafters or along the wall and suspend the ladder on the horizontal plane instead.
  2. Eliminate clutter. Does your garage resemble a contemporary obstacle course? This is a recipe for disaster since the more your household members and/or guests have to navigate the clutter, the more apt they are to trip and fall on the hard garage floor. This is especially true for the senior population and those who have to maneuver around cars, toys and other items with a mobility aid. Pick a day when the weather is reasonable and perform a thorough Spring Cleaning (regardless of the season). Read, Garage Spring Cleaning, for tips on getting started.
  3. Have a fire extinguisher on hand. From fertilizer and paint thinner to pesticides and various types of fuel, the average residential garage is a much bigger fire hazard than most homeowners give it credit for. As we mentioned in #1, storing these hazardous chemicals and flammable products in well-marked, locked containers is a good first step. Even so, accidents happen so have a fire extinguisher or two in easy-to-reach locations so you can put a fire out quickly. Also, calendar the inspection date on each one and take it to a local fire protection company to trade it in or have it re-inspected so it’s ready to go when you need it.
  4. Provide adequate ventilation. Garages are notorious for having poor air quality due to the off-gassing of your vehicle when it starts and stops, as well as the various toxins that are stored inside. Make sure the door between the garage and the house is very well sealed, and then talk to your HVAC company about secure ventilation options so noxious gases have a way to escape rather than to accumulate inside.
  5. Upgrade security measures. Garages are a primary entrance for many burglars, especially if you’re in the habit of leaving a window cracked or keeping it in a slightly raised position so pets can get in and out. Read, 6 Tips on How to Make Your Garage Burglar Proof to make your garage more safe and secure.

Ready to make garage safety a priority for your home? Contact us here at R&S. Our friendly maintenance technicians will stop by each year to ensure your garage door parts are safe, functioning properly and secure. Don’t forget to ask us about our regular specials, which allow homeowners and landlords to replace outdated garage doors for a highly competitive price.

All About Dock Seals

all-about-dock-sealsFor many businesses, the loading dock is where it all happens. It’s a bustling hub of activity where packages are shipped, received and disseminated. A loading dock’s efficiency is directly related to the quality of its parts, and this includes accessories such as dock seals.

What are loading dock seals?

Loading dock seals are used to seal the envelope between the truck and the loading dock itself. The seal must be high-quality and durable to do its job right, and when the seal isn’t tight, the outcome will directly affect worker efficiency, product quality and can even jeopardize safety.

A good loading dock seal:

Are dock seals the same thing as dock shelters?

Sometimes, clients use the terms dock seal and dock shelter interchangeably when, in fact, they are two separate things. Loading dock shelters do not fit quite as tight and are designed to provide more flexibility in terms of truck and/or trailer size. As a result, the shelters don’t offer the same level of protection as dock seals.

Dock seals, on the other hand, create a much tighter fit between the dock, warehouse, and trailer. Other loading dock accessories, like loading dock levelers, can be used to achieve a better fit between different size truck trailers and the dock seal as well. When loading dock accessories are installed and used correctly, dock seals provide the best protection for your products and employees.

How do I know my loading dock seals need repair or replacement?

Like all equipment that endures heavy-duty impact, loading dock seals require routine inspection and maintenance. You can make these routine inspections a part of your warehouse manager’s duties or you can contract it out to a local industrial door company. These inspections and routine maintenance appointments are worth the extra investment because they extend the life of your loading dock and its accessories, and they ensure equipment/parts are repaired, adjusted, and lubricated before they malfunction.

Even so, seals will begin to show signs of wear and tear over time. If you notice gaps in between the dock seal and appropriately positioned trucks and/or the warehouse, it probably needs repair or replacement. Similarly, if you notice your dock seal is leaking, allowing cold/hot air to escape or infiltrate or that unloaded/warehoused boxes seem to be more damp than usual, there’s a chance a leaky or malfunctioning seal is the cause. Any obvious signs of breakage should be reported immediately.

Loading dock seals improve worker safety and reduce injuries

High-quality and routinely maintained loading dock seals improve worker safety because they minimize the impact of water, weather, and debris that can lead to slip-and-fall or forklift injuries. These accidents often cause serious or even fatal injuries, not to mention reduced productivity, missed time off work and increased workers comp costs. The large majority of loading dock injuries occur within close proximity to the trailer back, the loading dock and the warehouse entrance – and most of them are preventable.

Another important thing to remember is that loading dock seal warranties are often void if warehouse owners can’t provide documentation proving they were maintained as per manufacturer’s instructions. In worst case scenarios, failure to prove you’ve maintained loading dock equipment that is cited as cause for a workplace injury can result in a lawsuit and serious financial penalties.

Don’t let a simple lapse in maintenance or repairs have a negative impact on your company. Contact R&S and schedule a free, on-site consultation. We’ll be happy to provide a free quote for repair and replacement parts, and we can also discuss enrolling you in our maintenance program so your maintenance needs are taken care of automatically.

Garage Spring Cleaning

garage-spring-cleaningDo you like to stick with the spring cleaning tradition? There’s something symbolic and refreshing about opening up the house on a warm spring day, airing everything out and sweeping away the last of the winter clutter so you can welcome a new season.

While you’re at it, we recommend taking that spring cleaning energy into the garage and making sure things are safe, secure, tidy and up-to-date on maintenance.

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Garage

As with any storage area – or spaces prone to clutter – we recommend using a sunny spring day to remove everything from the garage so you can sort through it. You may find it’s finally time to donate or dump lingering items you weren’t committed to ditching last time you organized – but that haven’t been used since.

As you put things back, ask yourself the following questions:

Are there any lingering holiday items?

Putting away holiday decorations is the gift that keeps on giving. A week after the last box was put up in the attic or on the storage rack, you find a latent photo or door knob cover you missed along the way. Don’t let those miscellaneous items junk up your garage. Instead, make sure you have ample storage space and put it where it belongs. Feel like decorations could be stored better? Read our post on, Solutions for Storing Holiday Decorations in the Garage.

What’s the status on your landscape and gardening tools?

Are the lawn mower blades sharp? Have pruning tools been cleaned and oiled? Landscape season is upon us, so early-spring is a great time to go through your mple gardening tools to give them a once-over. The better maintained they are, the longer they will last. Replace the string on your weedeater, de-rust any rusted metal, sharpen blades and oil any moving parts. You can also bring your tools to most hardware centers or garden supply stores and they can do the tool maintenance for you.

Do the family’s bikes or toys need any attention?

Unless you’re an avid biker, odds are the family bicycles and other toys can use a little attention as well. Clean and oil chains, check brakes, fill up tires and repair or replace tires that look worn or are punctured. Have the kids come outside and make sure their bike seats and handlebars are at the right height for newly acquired inches, and verify helmets still fit.

Could you be using more overhead storage space?

If the garage floor seems cluttered to you, look upwards and see if overhead storage is being used the way it could. Read, Stretching Your Garage Space to the Max, for ideas on how you can safely and accessibly store items up and over, rather than on the floor. With newly acquired square footage, you may have room to convert a corner of the garage into a man cave or hobby area.

When’s the last time your automatic garage door was tended to?

Most people neglect their garage doors but, like any machine, they require routine maintenance in order to run smoothly, quietly, efficiently and reliably. There are plenty of maintenance and DIY fixes you can do on your own, but some tasks should be tackled by the professionals. If you like to save a little money by performing maintenance tasks yourself, read, Four Garage Door Fixes You Should Do on Your Own. If not, schedule a maintenance appointment with a local, licensed garage door company. In many cases, your garage door’s warranty will depend on proof that you’ve maintained it as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Is it time for a garage door replacement?

If you have a manual garage door, it’s absolutely time to replace it. Those heavy, cumbersome and spring loaded doors are very dangerous – especially when it comes to children and pets. The same is true if your automatic door is more than 15-years old or if it’s seriously damaged or dented. A new garage door will reward you with impeccable performance and comes equipped with all the safety features your family deserves.

Would you benefit from a garage door screen?

How often do you like to hang out in your garage during the warmer months? If it’s a space where you or your children spend time, we highly recommend installing a garage door screen. They will make it feel as if you gained an instant home addition – and make garage life more comfortable – less wind, no pests or flying insects, fewer leaves to sweep up and a little more privacy – while still gaining a view of the outdoors and enjoying the fresh air.

One weekend day tending to some garage spring cleaning will pay off in a neat, organized and pleasant garage space – and a freshly maintained door that will perform as it was intended. If you need professional assistance with garage door maintenance, repairs or replacement – give us a call here at R&S – (925) 671-7606 – or contact us directly online.

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