Light Reflective Value (LRV) Change on Coachman Collection Garage Doors


The Coachman Collection painting instructions have changed as of January 14, 2013.  the changes are:

1) Color restrictions are being removed when pre-approved paint, Sherwin-Williams Resilience Exterior Paint with VinylSafe Technology, is used (Clopay is testing additional paints and will communicate when approved for use).

2)  LRV restriction of 38 or higher will be required when nontested/approved paints are used (at this time, this means any paints other than Sherwin-Williams Resilience Exterior Paint with VinylSafe Technology).


–  Light Reflective Value (LRV) is a measure of visible light reflection (black paints have LRV values near zero)

–  Clopay Sandtone has an LRV of 38

– The Coachman Collection painting label information (listed below) has changed and will appear as follows:


Painting Information

This door and overlays can be painted.  For colors with a Light Reflective Value (LRV) of 38 or higher, a high quality latex paint must be used.  Refer to the Instructions Manual, call the toll free number on the front of the Instruction Manual or go to the website listed below for additional painting instructions.

For darker colors of less than LRV 38, only pre-approved paints can be used.  For a list of pre-approved paints, call the toll free number on the front of the Instruction Manual or visit:

Failure to follow the painting instructions will void the door’s warranty.

Liftmaster 828LM Internet Gateway

The 828LM Internet Gateway features built-in MyQ technology that connects to the internet via an app on your smartphone, or through your computer at  What’s amazing is that you can access this feature from anywhere in the world.  You could be in China or Antarctica (but let’s be honest, why would you want to be in Antarctica?! Brrrr!), and STILL open/close your garage door, as well as turn lights on and off.  The 828LM works in conjunction with the new LiftMaster® Security+2.0™ Models 8550 Belt Drive DC Battery Backup and 8360 Chain Drive DC Battery Backup garage door openers.  The installation of this gateway is quick and easy, and hooks up through your in-home router.  You can reference the user’s guide, the quick start guide, as well as determine the set-up for your particular smartphone, provided by   Another great thing about the 828LM is that there is NO annual activation fee!

We are excited about this feature included with the new MyQ technology openers, and we even have the 8360 installed in our showroom.  If you’d like more info on this, or would like to see how it works in person, we encourage you to stop by and see us!  We would love to show you this fantastic product!  We here in the office are blown away by this technology, and we think you will be too!


10 Safety Tips from Dixie Door

Here are some safety tips that we recommend to help protect you and your loved ones from potential harm.

1. Always use a professional.  We recommend that you never attempt to repair your garage door’s cables or springs.  They are under extreme tension, and could cause severe injury, or even death.  Please call us to schedule a service call with one of our service technician.

2. Always keep the door in view.  It’s important to always be watching the door as it opens and closes, making certain that no adults, children, or animals get in the way while the door is moving.

3. Never try to race the door.  Never try to enter or exit your garage door while it is opening or closing.  Running under a moving door can be extremely dangerous.  Be sure to teach your children to never play with opening or closing the door.

4. Make sure you know where your remote controls are.  Keeping the remote controls for your garage door openers away from children is very important.  Be sure to warn children of the dangers of playing with the garage door.  It is also a good idea to keep your remote controls locked away when you are not using them.  For security reasons, be sure to either lock your car, or carry the remote control with you so potential burglars cannot access them to gain easy access to your garage and home.

5. The Six-Inch Rule.  Your garage door’s safety sensors should not be installed higher than six inches above the garage floor.  If the photoelectric eyes are installed any higher, they would not be able to detect a person or pet in the line of the safety beam.  This safety feature is required on all openers manufactured after 1993, so if your opener does not have this feature, it is time for a new opener.  Call us, and we will be happy to install a new garage door opener for you!

6. The Five-Foot Rule.  The wall-mount push button for your garage door opener should be at least five feet above the floor so that it is out of the reach of children and pets.

7. Reversing Sensitivity.  Garage door openers are made to reverse direction when an obstruction gets in the way of a descending door.  If your door does not readily reverse, the opener’s sensitivity adjustment may be improperly set.  This can be very dangerous, so it is a good idea to have a professional adjust that setting.

8. Watch your fingers!  It is important to keep fingers and hands out of the way of door sections when the door is closing or opening.  Failing to do so could be very dangerous, and cause injury.  To open or close the door manually, be sure to use the lift handles or gripping points.

9. Backed into door?  Happens all the time!  We recommend having the door inspected to be repaired by a professional.  Even if the door doesn’t have any noticeable damage, it could have been knocked off track causing more damage.

10. Annual maintenance.  We recommend having your garage door serviced at least once a year to keep everything running safely and smoothly, prolonging the life of your garage door and opener.  Using your garage door everyday can wear out and break parts, and could potentially injure you or your door.


If you need to set up a service call with one of our professionals, please give us a call, and we’ll get you taken care of!