It’s Garage Door Safety Month, Here Are Some Safety Tips

With Garage Door Safety month kicking off in just a few days, it seems like now is the perfect time to offer up some tips on making your garage a safer place. Automatic garage door systems have added a large degree of convenience and functionality to our lives and homes, but they do carry inherent risks that could leave you or a family member in a precarious position.  Avoid any unnecessary risk or injury by applying the following tips to your garage and garage door.

  1. Keep your automatic garage door remote control out of reach of children. Placing the opener switch that is mounted in your garage in a position that can’t be reached by kids is also important.
  2. Don’t let children play with your remote to your automatic garage door opener.
  3. Learn about your automatic garage door opener by reading the manual and further your knowledge about the safety features and fail safes built into your system.
  4. Check on the components of your garage door system monthly. Keep tabs on the condition of your entire system to ensure proper functionality.
  5. Check on your safety sensors and make sure they work properly by placing and object in the path of the closing door. If the door reverses course and moves back to the open position your sensors are in good working order. If the sensors can’t ‘see’ each other your garage door should not be able to close.
  6. Explain the dangers of getting your hands and fingers caught in the apparatus of your automatic garage opener system. Getting a finger or hand stuck can lead to serious injury and damage that is potentially permanent.
  7. Make sure your garage door is all the way closed before leaving. This will allow kids or pets to have a path out of your house as well as giving animals and intruders an easy path into your home.
  8. If you leave on vacation, unplug your garage door system to save power and ensure that nobody can access your home through your garage.
  9. Make sure you have customized access codes. Never keep the manufacturers code as your active code.
  10. NEVER leave your remote in your car or with a valet attendant. Using your smart phone as a remote is a good solution to this.

Hopefully this has been an enlightening entry on garage door safety that sees you go into this upcoming garage door safety month and beyond with increased awareness and safety levels when it comes to your automatic  garage door system. Be safe and we wish you and your family a wonderful Garage Door Safety Month from our team here at On Track Garage Door Services!

Ways That You Can Have a Greener Garage

Going green is becoming more and more common and necessary in our society and the trend is finding its way into almost every nook and cranny of our cities and towns.  One place that you can easily start going green is you garage. Garages serve as storage spaces for many substances and objects such as vehicles that emit hazardous fumes that can make it into your home if your garage is attached to the main body of the house.  Below will be listed a few ways you can make your garage greener.

  1. Don’t turn your garage into a miniature hazmat storage unit

As mentioned above, there are many materials that give off toxic fumes that can be harmful to your family and pets.  Chemicals and cars can send these fumes into your home and effect the air quality level in your house for the worse.

  1. Have a Ventilation Fan Installed

If you do need to store toxic materials in your garage, having a ventilation fan installed can do a lot to offset the production of hazardous fumes by circulating them out of your garage and away from your home and family.

  1. Change Your Lighting Fixtures and Bulbs to Greener Models

Installing LED light fixtures and bulbs will conserve a lot of energy and save you money on your power bill. Task lighting is another option that suits those who like to use their garage as their workshop space.

  1. Install an Insulated Garage Door

Most garage doors are very thin and allow air to leak in and out of your garage. The air leaks cause the temperature in your home to fluctuate more quickly and will cause your heating or air conditioning units to activate more frequently.

On Track Garage Door Services in Phoenix, AZ can get you set up with a greener garage asap. We are the Valley leaders in all things garage door. Call us at 480-641-2301.

Loud Garage Door?

Is your garage door obnoxiously loud whenever anybody tries to open or close it? Is your door interrupting the peace and quiet in your home and neighborhood? Nobody wants to be the owner of, or live by, a screechy and creaky garage door as it can severely annoy your neighbors and fellow house mates on top of potentially becoming a major safety hazard.

Automatic garage door openers are complex, motorized devices with many moving parts, including gears and chains. As it goes, the more components involved in a process equals more potential problems possibly occurring. The quality and precision of the initial install of your garage door system definitely matters when it comes to the longevity of your systems overall functionality and effiency.  Another thing that needs considering when diagnosing a systemic issue is the make and model of the garage door opener unit itself.

Friction is probably the most common causes of noisy automatic garage door systems. As time passes, your systems inherent lubrication is diminished and the buffer between the moving parts eventually disappears. As the lubrication is eroded, friction increases and the noise level during the operation of your system increases exponentially. Aside from noise, this friction will also greatly expedite the wear and tear on vitally important components your auto garage door system. Replacing an entire garage door system can be very expensive so keeping your garage door regularly maintained can go a long way in saving you a lot of money.

If you are noticing your garage door starting to make noise when you operate it, make sure everything is properly lubricated and everything is possibly tightened. If you are noticing more than just a lack of lubrication and loose components then it may be time to call a professional who is trained, licensed and bonded so you know that you are going to have high quality work done and that you are also protected should anything go awry.

How Increase your Garage Security

Garage doors can be a target point of entry for would be burglars. There are many ways to fortify your garage and turn it to a strong point of your home instead of a weakness with the potential to be breached fairly easily. We are going to outline ways that you can increase the security level of your garage in a 2-part blog entry.  Part 2 will come next week and there may even end up being a part 3. Without further ado, let the fortification begin!

  1. Do not leave your garage remote in an obvious place: If you are like many homeowners, you probably keep your garage door opener clipped to the visor above the driver side of the car. This makes your garage infinitely more accessible because easy access is a breached car window away. Find a more thoughtful place to keep your garage door opener that won’t be so easily found.
  2. Secure your garage’s emergency release: Almost every garage door is equipped with an emergency release that can be manipulated to allow access without much exerted effort. Using a zip line or similar method to secure the emergency release will eliminate the option of using it to gain entry into your home.
  3. Make sure your windows are covered: If you have windows on your garage, it’s a wise move to cover them to eliminate visibility and a potential burglars ability to scout your garage as an entry point. It will also help keep the temperature in your garage down and keep your vehicles and belongings protected from extreme temperatures.

These are the first 3 tips in our series on increasing garage security. Most of these do not take a lot of time to put in place, but they could save you hours upon hours of dealing with the aftermath of a possible home invasion or robbery.

Prepping Your Garage Door for The Arizona Summer 2016

The famous Arizona Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to make preparations for your home to be able to endure the extreme conditions. One of the areas that would benefit from making proper preparations is your garage. There are plenty of ways to equip your garage to be able to shrug off anything the summer can throw at it.  We are going to outline those in a 2 part blog over this week and next week.

  1. Make Sure Your Garage Door is Clean: Making sure your garage door is clean can prevent a lot of dust build up. If you have a metal garage door you can use a thin layer of car wax on each side of the door to repel dust and particles. Checking metal garage doors for rust is also a wise maneuver. If you have a wooden garage door, check for rot and make sure the door is in good health.
  2. Make Sure Your Garage Door Tracks, rollers etc are Clean and Lubricated: Any moving part of your garage door system should be clean and well lubricated. Make sure you use quality oils as the heat can dehydrate and dry the oil, leading to more friction being endured by your systems important moving components. Avoid WD-40, while popular and prevalent, it is not heavy duty or long lasting enough to adequately lube your garage door components with.
  3. Check on The Condition of Your System: Wear and tear on your garage door system is inevitable, but it should be tracked and accounted for. Eventually repairs will be necessary. If you notice that your garage door system isn’t in good condition, it may be time for professional repairs or replacement BEFORE the summer kicks into full swing. Prices go up for labor and installations in the summer.
  4. Make Sure Your Garage is Properly Ventilated and Insulated: No matter what you use your garage for controlling the temperature should be a priority. Some people who use their garage as a social area should consider installer a small air conditioner, but for those who use their garage for traditional purposes would benefit by keeping the temperature down. Insulation should be sufficient enough to keep the temp down to a level that won’t damage any belongings being stored or take a toll on your vehicle.

Garage Door Styles: Steel vs. Wood

There are several options out there when it comes to garage doors. All have their own pros and cons and offer differing advantages. We’ll briefly describe the differences between wood and steel garage doors and hopefully help you make an informed decision about the type of garage door you are going to have installed.

Steel:

Steel doors score points right out of the gate due to the fact they they are very low maintenance.  The fact that steel doors are coated with protective paint is a big reason why these doors do not require a lot of maintenance. Steel doors are also very durable and will remain sturdy for a very long time. Another advantage is the fact that steel doors can be more efficiently insulated for the elements outside.  There are disadvantages to steel doors such as limitations on size and customizability. If there isn’t any insulation installed behind the door, it can easily become dented. Speaking of insulation, it is wise to insulate your steel garage door as they are not very efficient at maintaining a thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor environments. Keeping your garage from being too hot or too cold is good for your vehicles and any belongings that you store in your garage. Extreme temperatures on either side of the spectrum can damage materials by melting them down or freezing them to the point that they may warp and crack. You will do a lot to keep your vehicle on the road exponentially longer. Some use their garages as social or work areas, which puts even more importance

Wood:

Wood is a more elegant and luxurious option that most use when they are going for a certain look and feel. Wooden garage doors are almost solely an aesthetic option when chosen as they do not offer functional advantages over steel garage doors. They do offer a higher degree of customizability and are more flexible when it comes to sizes that can be installed. Wooden garage doors do require a lot more maintenance than steel garage doors. Wood doors are also 3 to 4 times more costly than steel doors, so you are getting less functionality for a lot more money. Wood garage doors are better at insulating than steel garage doors, but insulating them is a good idea because they will raise the energy efficiency of your home while also making your garage much more comfortable throughout the years.  Wood garage doors are heavier than steel doors and will cause your automatic garage door opener to work harder which can and will shorten it’s overall serviceable lifespan.

Whether you are looking for a cosmetic upgrade, solely focused on the look of your home or if you are looking for an efficiency and performance upgrade, On Track Garage doors services can help you with your garage door needs and we guarantee your satisfaction. Call On Track Garage Door Services today at (480)641-23010

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.