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2016 Changes for UL 325

On January 12, 2016, new UL 325 standards went into effect. The UL 325 standards are guidance for the proper installation and maintenance of door, gate, window, drapery and louver systems and operators. While much remains the same as in the past, there are important changes that installers of gate operator entrapment protection systems must know and understand to ensure compliance. Here’s a look at what has changed this year: Minimum Two Entrapment-Protection Devices Operators must have at least two […]

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Old Garage Door

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Choosing home improvement projects is a challenge. There’s always something that can be done, and all homeowners search for projects that will provide a significant return on investment. Good news: A replacement garage door is proven to provide a return on investment greater than many other home improvement efforts. But when you should you make the leap? Here are a few ways to know when to replace your garage door: Slowness Does your garage door respond slowly when you try […]

The History of Garage Doors

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A garage is so much more than just a place to park a car. And the history of garage doors includes a long line of innovations and adaptations that have given today’s home and business owners a lot of options when choosing the perfect garage door. Let’s take a look at the many twists and turns in the history of garage doors: The Earliest Garages The history of garage doors dates back thousands of years, to 3500 BC or perhaps […]

Do Yourself and Your Car a Favor: Park Inside the Garage

A car is most likely the second largest investment you’ll ever make, just behind purchasing a home. That’s why it’s important to get your oil changed regularly, to wash your car’s exterior and clean its interior regularly. That’s also why it’s so important to use a garage to protect your vehicle. Many homeowners use their garages to store holiday decorations, boxes of old keepsakes, golf clubs, second refrigerators and more. Here are the main benefits of parking your vehicles inside […]

What’s the Purpose of a Garage? The Possibilities Are Endless

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When you’re choosing a garage door, you may focus on brand names you know and products that offer the performance and amenities you desire. That’s because a high-functioning garage is a crucial part of any household. But a garage sometimes takes on a meaning beyond just the home. Consider what took place inside the garages at these famous addresses: 4651 Kingswell Avenue, Los Angeles, CA — Brothers Walt and Roy Disney left Missouri and headed west in 1923. They landed […]

What’s the Purpose of Garage Door Lubricant?

Does your garage door make a frightening noise when opening and closing? While many homeowners think this noise is just part of the garage’s aging process, it’s actually a sign that your door needs lubrication. Lubrication is a value solution. Rather than spending big on repairs or replacement, you can simply purchase lubrication at your local hardware store and apply it on your own. You also don’t have to wait for noise to lubricate your garage door. Whether or not […]

Improve Your Home’s Look and Value

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Residential Garage Doors Can Improve Your Home’s Look and Value Do you ever walk out the front door and find that you aren’t impressed by how your home looks from the street? Are the entrances to your home uninspiring instead of inviting? Getting the curb appeal you want can often seem like a big chore, but there are some simple options that can add the flair that’s missing. One of the easiest ways to give your home a quick facelift […]

How R-Value Relates to Garage Doors

The Right Questions to Ask About Your Next Residential Garage Door As a homeowner, you have a lot of concerns about your residential garage door and how well it can protect your vehicles, secure access to your home, and prevent high heating and cooling bills. A residential garage door, or any entrance into your home, must be strong enough to insulate your home and keep it at a comfortable temperature. You can judge how well your door will insulate your […]

Polyurethane vs. Polystyrene Insulation for Garage Doors

If you want to insulate your overhead garage doors, it’s important to be aware of the options available to you. The most common types of garage door insulation are polyurethane and polystyrene. To help you choose the best material for your garage door, we have examined the advantages of each: Polystyrene — The less expensive of the two, polystyrene is a popular choice for insulating overhead garage doors because of its good value and simple installation. It’s manufactured in sheets, […]

How to Choose the Best Garage Door

There are several reasons choosing a garage door is an important decision. It protects the contents of your garage from prying eyes, adds to the look and appeal of your house, and keeps the weather outside where it belongs. Another important factor that you might not consider is the effect that your choice in garage door can have on the heating and cooling of your home. When you’re choosing a garage door for your home, there are a few advantages […]

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