Maintenance Is Key For Extended Life On Garage

Garage doors are easily overlooked as a major appliance inside the home. Not many homeowners think to have their garage door serviced annually. However, doing so can extend the life of your garage door, and ensure safety. A neglected garage door can pose a significant safety risk to your family, especially children.

The noises that you hear should be your first sign that your garage door should be serviced. Lubricating the hinges, roller tracks, rollers, and latches with a penetrating solvent, can keep your garage moving with ease and prevent unwanted broken parts. Replacing the astragal, or weather stripping as some may call it keeps your garage free of debris and unwanted pests. A worn astragal strip also may allow rainwater to seep underneath the garage door, causing valuables to become damaged.

Call us today, 615-822-3667 to come to your residence and we will gladly service your door to help prevent costly repairs.

 

Safe & Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners

If you are the owner of a garage door, it is very important that you consider the following tips regarding maintaining a safe and secure door and operator:

1. It is important to properly perform routine maintenance on your garage door system. To learn more about what to do and what not to do, check out the IDA website.

2. Garage doors with operators feature an emergency release device that can be readily identified – just look for the red cord with a red handle. This device is required by law for the purpose of quick disengagement of the operator. It should never be modified, including the addition of a zip-tie for the purpose of security.

3. Removing the red handle is not recommended and strongly discouraged. The handle is required by UL 325 and federal law. It is there for emergencies such as a child being entrapped under the door.

4. If you wish, frosting your garage door windows (if applicable) will obscure visibility into your garage.

5. By adding a motion-sensing exterior light outside your garage, unwanted guests are less likely to attempt entry into your garage at night.

6. Leaving the remote control to your garage door operator in your automobile can be an invitation to a thief or undesirable person to enter your house; just like leaving the key to your house in plain view.

7. At least annually, contact a professional door dealer to inspect your garage door system. A periodic inspection and maintenance visit by a pro can save you headaches and dollars in the future.

8. Check the surroundings of the roller tracks. Move items that may come in contact with a moving door such as a shovel, broom or lawn edger.

9. Have your garage door monitored by a security system just as you would any other door or window in your home, and/or install a garage door monitoring system to help you remember to close your garage door.

10. A very basic simple tip: remembering to keep your garage door closed can help you protect your home and property. If you must have your garage door open, lock the pass door between the home and the garage.

*Prepared by the International Door Association*

 

 

Win a $100 Visa Gift Card – Clopay ‘Foto Finish Friday’ Contest

 

Hit Us with Your Best Shot and Win!

Every Friday Clopay offers a weekly dose of exterior door inspiration on their Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Now, Clopay wants to give you a chance to become an exterior design star during their ‘Foto-Finish Friday’ Feature contest on Facebook.

The concept is simple.  Homewoners e-mail before and after images of their home featuring a Clopay garage door installed in Middle Tennessee by Dixie Door with a brief explanation about why they decided to replace their garage door, what inspired their design choice (perhaps a suggestion from a design savvy dealer), and what friends and family are saying about their home’s new look.

If your Clopay garage door makeover succeeds in turning the heads of the design experts, Clopay will reward the homeowner with a $100 Visa gift card and launch it into the Clopay social media limelight for a week long “Like” fest on Facebook and Pinterest.  They’ll select up to two winners per month now through December 31, 2013.

Clopay Foto Finish Friday Banner

 

Tired of that old one piece door that you’ve patched up and is on it’s last leg?  Combine this Clopay offer with our offer to win doubly.

A few simple steps:

1. Take a picture of your old garage door(s)

2. Call Dixie Door at 615-822-3667 for an installation

3. Upload your before and after pictures

 

Once we’ve installed your door, go to Clopay’s website to submit your images.  http://www.Clopaydoor.com/foto-finish-friday.aspx  If you were extremely happy with the service from us at Dixie Door, make sure to mention it in your entry.  Not computer or internet savvy?  No problem.  Give us a call at 615-822-3667 after your installation is complete and any one of our staff at Dixie Door would be happy to upload the photos to Clopay’s website for you. If you’re proud of the installation – then we’ve done our job!

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LiftMaster “Don’t Chance It. Check It.” Safety Campaign Bulletin

Garages continue to serve as a major hub of activity in the modern household, often becoming the primary entry point into the home and a storage center for everything from soccer balls to snow blowers.  But, with one out of every 15 garage door openers lacking the latest safety features, there is a hidden threat in millions of households across America.  To avoid injuries from the largest and heaviest moving object in the home, LiftMaster – the number one manufacturer of professionally installed garage door openers in the world – is announcing its national “Don’t Chance It.  Check It.” Garage Safety Initiative.
 

 

Once considered a luxury item, automatic garage door openers are now installed in 35 million households across the country, with more than 70 percent of homeowners relying on their garage door as the main access point to the home.  As more and more garage door openers made their way into American homes over the last several decades, laws were enacted to ensure the safety of those using them.  However, prior to 1993, protection systems, such as infrared sensors or “photo-eyes” that stop a garage door before making contact with an object or person – were not mandatory.

Instead, garage door openers were equipped with force-sensing safety systems that only revers the door after it makes contact with an object.  These older molders can be safe and reliable if installed, tested and maintained properly.  But unless they’re retrofitted with photo-eyes, the vast majority of these older units still are not up to today’s standard of safety.

“Millions of garage lack the latest safety features, like photo-eyes or, may not be operating properly,” said Bob Markwart, President, LiftMaster, Americas.  “We believe it is our industry’s responsibility to do our best to ensure everyone is educated on what makes a garage truly safe.  LiftMaster’s “Don’t Chance It.  Check It.” initiative helps families ensure everything is in working order with the largest moving object in the home by providing three easy-to-follow safety tests that use everyday household items and only two minutes of time.”

The program, currently rolling out to a national audience, is designed to help homeowers and families understand how to check their door and make sure they have the safest garage door opener system in place.  Follow these three easy steps to ensure safe functionality of any automatic garage door openers installed after 1993 or retrofitted with safety eyes”
1.  Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed photo-eyes (black sensors), mounted no higher than six inches off the floor.
2.  Block the photo-eye with an object over six inches tall and press the close button on the garage door opener.  The door should not close.
3.  Lay an object that is at least 1.5 inches in height flat on the ground in the door’s path and press the close button.  Household objects this size might be a bar of soap, a stack of index cards, or a hardcover book.  The door should reverse off this object.  If it makes contact and does not revers, the door is not operating correctly.

After recording the results, homeowners are encouraged to contact a LiftMaster Certified Safety Check Dealer to seek guidance on how to keep this high-traffic area safe and secure.

LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers and commercial door operators, as well as a major manufacturer of residential, industrial and commercial door operators, as well as a major manufacturer of residential, industrial and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products.  Driven by the access and security needs of the residential, commercial and industrial marketplace, the expansive lines of LiftMaster products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, providing customers with the latest technology and innovations in safety, security and convenience.

For further information, contact us at 615-822-3667.

LiftMaster Universal Garage Door Remote & Keyless Entry

LiftMaster Universal Remote Control – 375LM
LiftMaster Universal Keyless Entry – 387LM

LiftMaster® Universal Products are designed to work with a variety of different garage door opener manufacturers and frequencies, giving you more flexibility and control of garage and home access. They are the perfect choice if you need to replace a lost remote control, add an extra remote to your multi-car family, or simply to complement your existing garage access system. Both products deliver the latest technology in security, convenience, and performance.

Six Great Reasons to Choose the LiftMaster Universal Remote Control and Keyless Entry

  1. They work with all LiftMaster and Chamberlain codes and frequencies, as well as most other garage door opener manufacturers.
  2. You need a replacement remote control, or you just want to add an extra remote to your multi-car family, but you don’t want to research what specific remote will work with your system.
  3. You can simplify your life if you have two different types of garage door openers, or want to operate a gate opener as well.
  4. Operate two different garage door opener manufacturers or frequencies at the same time using the same remote control, so it’s like having two remotes in one!
  5. Both products deliver the latest technology in security, convenience, and performance.
  6. You can rest assured knowing LiftMaster is the world’s #1 professionally-installed garage door opener brand, and LiftMaster products offer safety, security, and convenience, and are proven to withstand even the harshest of elements and years of extended use.

Contact us today to get a replacement remote control or keyless entry for your garage access system no matter what brand of garage door opener you have!

Winter-Proof Your Garage Door

As the colder weather approaches, it’s a good idea to start thinking about winter-proofing your garage door.  With your garage door being the largest door in your home, it is a major contributing factor to the temperature inside of your house.  If your door needs insulation, adding insulation panels is very easy, and can help lower the monthly energy cost.

If you’re looking to replace your non-insulated door with a new vinyl-back or steel-back insulate door before winter arrives, we can help!  No better time than now to take care of your garage door so that the cold weather doesn’t affect the cozy temperature you’ve created for your home!

Call us today for more information on insulation panels for your non-insulated door, or for a FREE measure/estimate for a new insulated garage door!

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Garage Door Seal: Astragal

With the colder weather upon us, it is the time that we find unwanted pests, such as raccoons, skunks, or other critters in our garage.  They are on the lookout for a warm shelter, and if your garage door has any gaps or if it’s left open for long periods of time, they just scurry on in, making themselves at home.  Not only do they not belong there, but they can do damage to whatever we house in the garage, as well as doing damage to the garage door or safety sensors.

If your garage door needs new sealing for the bottom of the door, we have what you need.  The rubber astragal can be damaged or warped over time, needing to be replaced.  We also offer storm shield which attaches to the concrete, with the door coming down to meet it.  That provides a little extra coverage, as well as protecting against water, dirt or debris.

Another option to help keep unwelcomed critters from your garage is to invest in a garage door screen.  While we don’t currently offer garage door screens, they are a nice addition to your garage, especially if you are one who keeps the garage door opened (probably more-so in the warmer months!) while working in or outside.  They are great for keeping bugs out and letting the fresh air in!

 

Garage Door Maintenance: Fall/Winter

Fall is here, and Winter is on the way… That means it’s a good time to have your garage door serviced, as well as having the springs on the door checked.

You can check for any problems with your garage door. To test the balance of your garage door, pull the red-handled emergency release cord. This disconnects the door from the opener, allowing you to open your door by hand. While raising and lowering the door a few times, listen carefully for any squeaking noises. This is the sound of hinges that need to be lubricated. Your garage door hinges will generally need to be lubricated once a year (remember to use silicone).
The next step is to lower your door all the way down, then raise it to about two-three feet off the ground and let go. Did your door stay in place with little or no downward slide? If yes, your springs are still working fine. But if the door feels heavy and sags, your springs are showing their age and starting to wear.

Sometimes the cold weather can cause your door to stick or the springs to break, so before that happens, call us for a service call!

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Clopay® Garage Door Featured on DIY Network “Ice My House” Television Special

Clopay and Above and Beyond Garage Doors helped rapper turned home renovator Vanilla Ice transform an overgrown backyard into an urban oasis for a Queens, New York couple selected as the grand prize winners of the DIY Network’s “Ice My House” contest.

 

The makeover episode will air Tuesday, October 22 at 6 p.m. E/P on the DIY Network.

A few years ago the contest winners decided to purchase a fixer-upper in a neighborhood where they could be close to family. The couple started remodeling the inside, but with full-time careers they were running out of time and money to tackle the outside of the house. Winning the contest was a dream come true.

DIY and Vanilla Ice’s team of contractors spent 10 days upgrading the yard with items on the couple’s wish list including an outdoor kitchen, a pool and a gazebo. Clopay dealer Dennis Dubowski and his team also installed a Coachman Collection carriage house garage door as part of the $30,000 project.

The home’s detached garage is a prominent focal point of the backyard so it was important to upgrade the door to set the stage for the newly designed entertaining area. The carriage house design fits the architecture of the house much better than the original door. Most importantly, the homeowners are thrilled with the results.

To learn more about the Coachman Collection and see all of the design and finish options, visit /coachman.aspx.

For details about “Ice My House – Queens” visit http://www.diynetwork.com/the-vanilla-ice-project/ice-my-house-queens/index.html.

 

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LiftMaster Promotion – October 14th – November 15th, 2013.

When you purchase any of the following LiftMaster openers from October 14th through November 15th, you can receive a FREE 829LM Garage and Gate Monitor:

– Model 8550 DC Belt Drive
– Model 8355 1/2 HP Belt Drive
– Model 8500 Residential Jackshaft
– Model 8557 3/4 HP Belt Drive
– Model 8587 3/4 HP Chain Drive

Call us for more details!  615-822-3667

 

 

LiftMaster Service Bulletin: 888LM MyQ Control Panel

When the 888LM MyQ Control Panel is connected to the LiftMaster Internet Gateway, it creates a two-day communication system which randomly sends out a burst signal of information through the 900MHz radio system.  This burst signal has been found to potentially trigger motion sensors of secondary wall control panels when the first wall control is mounted less than 12″ away horizontally and less than 28″ away vertically.  This close proximity may cause the lights on garage door openers to become erratic. If you encounter this situation, please use either of the techniques described below to correct the situation:

– Separate the 888LM MyQ Control Panel from the other motion sensor by at least 12″ horizontally and 28″ vertically.
– Turn off the motion sensor on the device that is displaying erratic behavior.

If the techniques above do not resolve the issue, please contact LiftMaster’s Technical Support Center at 1-800-528-6563 for further assistance.

 

Wood Garage Doors: Care & Maintenance

Maintaining Your Painted or Stained Door

Regular maintenance of your wood garage door will help protect it from the environment and ensure longevity.  We recommend that you have the specified maintenances performed.  Annual examine your door for any signs of paint finish cracking or peeling or for any cracks in the wood door section.

Surface Repair

Minor cracks in the wood should be repaired by filling in the area with an exterior grade stainable or paintable caulk compound and then refinished.  Detailed finishing instructions can be found at www.clopay.com.  Failure to repair cracks could potentially lead to more extensive section damage in the future.  Gouges in the wood surface can be repaired with an epoxy wood filler.  If extensive damage occurs to the door, Clopay recommends that the door section be replaced.  Failure to do so could result in damage or injury to property or individuals in the garage.

Painted Door

If the door is painted, Clopay recommends that it be repainted every 1-2 years to protect or seal the door against the elements.

Stained Door

If the door is stained, reapply stain as needed per the stain manufacturer’s recommendations.  In general, the clearer the stain, the more it will need to be reapplied.