Choosing The Best Garage Door Openers in 2017

Choosing The Best Garage Door Openers in 2017

The best products in our lives are those that we buy, install, and never have to worry about again. Choosing carefully will help homeowners in Phoenix get years of hassle free service from their garage doors. This article is dedicated to helping you know how to choose the best garage door openers in 2017.

Premium garage door openers are those that offer features like a timer that simply shuts the door for you after a certain amount of time, or even has a backup power source. While every garage door will do the job, the difference is how much noise they make, how quickly they work, and how long they will last. They are designed for that one touch operation all of us demand, but follow the guidelines in choosing a new garage door opener below to get years of worry free service.

Garage Door Opener Design

Wireless garage door openers have various ratings for weight and have horsepower ratings to go along with that. For standard aluminum doors we have found that a wireless garage door opener with 1/2 Horsepower is the best option for these lighter weight doors. For heavier garage doors that are made of wood a garage door opener with 3/4 horsepower is more appropriate. Either horsepower rating is capable of opening a 7 foot tall garage door. If your door is taller than 7 feet there are extension kits that can be installed by your garage door service company.

The highest quality heavy duty garage door opener are those that are forward facing and constructed to work seamlessly with your home’s automated systems. The best of these garage door openers typically offer backup power, so it still works if there is a power outage. In addition they will have auto close features and even smartphone control integration.

Garage Door Opener Security

The security of your garage door is usually a very important part of your home’s overall security. Many times there is a door leading straight into your house from the garage. Most people also store many of their valuables in the garage door, mostly notably your vehicles. They are a large investment and keeping your home secure is serious business. This is why the best garage door openers feature rolling codes that help prevent would be thieves from capturing and mimicking your garage door opener code.

Garage Door Opener Safety

Just about any garage door is heavy enough to really hurt or kill someone. This makes safety priority #1 in every home. The safety features on your garage door opener are designed to save lives by detecting objects in the garage door’s path and automatically stopping, and reversing back up. There are edge sensors that can “feel” if the garage door has hit something, which will auto reverse the door. There are also infrared beams that watch for pets, kids, or objects in the path of the garage door which can stop and reverse the door.

Quality Garage Door Hardware

While simply pushing a button seems like it would be the as easy as opening your garage could get there are some designs that offer keyless entry, smartphone integration, and even multiple remotes. Keyless entry pads also make it easy to take the bike out for a ride without having to remember your keys or a remote.

Nighttime lighting is also one of the factors that make some garage door openers better than others. Most all garage door openers have 1 light, but the best have both forward and reverse lights that provide clear lighting to see if there are objects lying on the floor, or intruders hiding in the shadows. These light features have adjustable time limits that can be customized to fit each person’s wishes.

An Example Of The Best

The best garage door openers are like the Liftmaster Model 8557W. This garage door opener features a 3/4 horsepower motor paid with belt drive technology. Belt drive garage door openers are famous for quiet operation. Along with these factors Model 8557W is equipped with MyQ® technology which enables your smartphones to act as your remote, and to check to see if your garage door is open from wherever you are. You can even activate alerts to let you know when your garage door is opened or closed. The MyQ® app for your tablet, smartphone, or laptop is free to download, and free to use.

The security and safety on the 8557W includes the rolling codes where every time the garage door is used a new code is sent to the remote, protecting your home. The door also features a locking mechanism that protects against someone trying to force the door open. An alert system also warns with sound and light when the auto close or MyQ® features are going to close the door. Along with all this a motion detector helps light the garage when someone walks into it. Lastly it also features the invisible beam which watches for pets, people, or objects passing through the garage door’s path.

Phoenix Garage Door Openers

If your garage door opener has seen better days our technicians will do everything they can to repair what you have. If it is beyond repair, or you simply would like to have a newer garage door opener that is outfitted with the latest technology we have a wide selection of chain, belt, and even jackshaft (side mount) garage door openers. Give us a call today at 480-641-2301.

Common Winter Time Garage Door Problems

The drop in temperature that accompanies the winter months can adversely affect the functionality of your automatic garage door system. Depending on where you live and how extreme the winter months are, the severity of these effects on your automatic garage door system will vary. We are going to briefly outline some of the common issues that you may run into will old man winter is in town.

An Excess of Grease

It is possible to experience this during any time of the year, but it will be a bigger problem during the winter time. Having too much grease on the tracks of your automatic garage door system can cause your door to move out of proper alignment which can do damage to your entire system if it remains off track for an extended period of time.  Finding the right lubrication level for the winter months is key to avoiding complications from excess grease.

Metal Can Possibly Contract

When the temperature passes a certain threshold on the cold side, metal begins to contract, which cause its shape to change to varying degrees. Most of the moving components of your automatic garage door system are metal and are created according to the specifications of your system. When the components begin to change shape, even slightly, the system’s functionality loses efficiency. There is no way to completely prevent the contracting of metal from occurring, but you can lessen the effect by liberally applying oil to your springs, screw-drive and ball bearings. Make sure to keep this oil away from the tracks to avoid them developing excess grease.

Thickening of grease

The root of this problem is the fact that most lubricating grease is designed to function in extremely high levels of heat. When they heat up they thin somewhat which enhances their lubricating properties. The problem with this is that extremely cold temperatures have the opposite effect, causing the grease to thicken and lose lubricating efficiency.

Rollers Getting Off Track

During the winter you’re at greater risk of experiencing your rollers getting off track. This can potentially be caused by a combination of the above issues coming to pass. If your rollers do become off track, your garage door can become a hazardous and the issue should be attended to as soon as possible.

Slow Automatic Garage Door Operation

If it gets cold enough, the motor for your automatic garage door system can be adversely effected and run noticeably slower than usual. Some automatic garage openers are not designed for temperatures below the freezing level, which could damage them if too extreme. Many garage door openers have a torque setting on them that you can adjust. If you notice that your garage door is opening slowly, adjust the torque setting in small increments until you notice the door opening at or near its usual pace.

Broken Springs

Springs are very important components to any automatic garage door system. During the winter, the cold temperatures can weaken the springs to the point that they actually break.  If you suffer one or more broken springs your garage door system will not function properly.

Sensor Damage

Cold temperatures can also damage the sensors that prevent your garage door from opening or closing properly. The sensors are a safety measure to prevent the garage door from closing on any object or person who may be in the path of the closing door. Damaged sensors can lead to injury and damaged property, including your automatic garage door system itself.

Pros and Cons of Steel and Vinyl Garage Doors

Steel

The Good:

  • Steel has a sleek look that is easy to maintain as steel garage doors are very easy to clean and keep up.
  • There are numerous options available when it comes to the style of steel garage doors. Many sizes and aesthetic styles reside in the realm of steel garage doors.
  • Maintenance is a breeze with steel doors. Extreme temperatures don’t damage them and they don’t peel, split or splinter like organic materials can do.

The Bad:

  • Denting is possible with still garage doors and it can happen pretty easily.
  • Steel doors offer poor insulation from the outside elements. They are thin and need to have dedicated insulation installed in order to offset this trait.

 

Vinyl

The Good:

  • Vinyl is very cost effective, especially for how durable and long lasting the material is.
  • Vinyl is also very convenient when it comes to maintain your garage door. Vinyl is made from a composite of different materials and the composite is all the same color which means color touch ups will not be necessary. Vinyl also cannot rust.
  • Vinyl is a very durable material that is resistant to splitting and splintering. When it comes to weather resistance Vinyl is very durable and can withstand extreme temperatures on both the hot and cold ends of the temperature spectrum. Coats can be applied to prevent the color from fading over time.

 

The Bad:

  • Vinyl garage doors lack insulation and are not going to do a good job of keeping your garage insulated without a dedicated insulation installation.
  • Once you have chosen a color for your vinyl, you are stuck with that color for the lifetime of the garage door. Painting the doors can be tough as the old color can show through or alter the finished look of the new coat so much that the door won’t match the color of the rest of your house.

Garage Door Maintenance Tips for the Winter

We are in the middle of an uncharacteristically cold winter in the Phoenix area and it may get even colder as the season trots along.  Cold weather has a unique effect on your automatic garage door system and the way you approach maintenance during the winter should be adjusted accordingly to match the unique challenges that you will be presented with. There are ways you can prepare before winter gets into full swing and there are steps you can take throughout the winter to ensure that your automatic garage door system stays in top shape and functions efficiently.

  1. Make sure your garage door(s) are cleaned thoroughly before the winter. Any buildup and debris should be moved to discourage any rust damage that may develop as the season progresses.
  2. Weather stripping on the bottom of your garage door(s) should be cleaned as well. Make sure that it is in great condition on top of being clean. Cracks, tears, missing chunks, and parts that may be poorly attached should all be addressed immediately in order to keep your garage dry and free of the winter air entering.
  3. Clean your garage windows and check on their overall condition. If you have any damaged windows, you should replace them as soon as you possibly can. Making sure you have strong windows that are thoroughly sealed. If you have a cracked window, wind and precipitation can severely compromise the integrity of the window.
  4. Check on the condition of the moving parts associated with your automatic garage door system. Making sure there is no excess buildup of grease and making sure all components are in good working order is highly recommended. You may need to call in a professional if cables and torsions springs are in need of repairs or adjustments.
  5. Make sure the batteries in your remotes are fresh.

Get Festive With A Garage Door Holiday Display

If you are the festive type, no doubt you are excited for the holiday season that is upon us. Odds are you are creating a magnificent display to express your holiday joy to the world (or your neighborhood….). Odds are you are looking for a way to separate your display from the rest so it can stand out amongst your neighborly competition. One way to do so is to incorporate your garage door as a screen for a graphical Christmas display from a projector. Having a dynamic, animated display on the front of your house will definitely grasp the attention of passersby, scoring you those all important holiday awe points. Here are some tips to turn your garage door into a projector screen effectively.

Make sure your projector has the proper features: What you are mainly looking for is speed control and a standby timer. Speed control allows you to control the speed of the projection across your garage door surface. The standby timer is the second key feature that needs to be present. Having the ability to adjust the standby timer will ensure that your graphical projection will not be turned off unexpectedly during peak viewing hours.

You may want to do some things to smooth out the surface of your garage door, if it’s not flat. Not having a flat surface could distort the image, so it’s really a matter of preference.

You will need weather proofing in place to protect your projector. Moisture and cold temperatures can be harmful to outdoor projectors. Some companies supply weatherproof housing for the projectors they build, but you may also consider building one of your own if that is not the case for the manufacturer of your particular projector. Projectors are not cheap, so you definitely want to make sure that it is well protected while it is exposed to the winter elements.