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4 Important Features To Look For In a New Garage Door

4 Important Features To Look For In a New Garage Door

When you want to purchase a new garage door, it is important to look for the features suitable for your home and needs. Manufacturers today offer a wide range of great garage doors. So, choosing a garage door without knowing which features to look for can become a bit challenging. As a leading garage door company, Overhead Door gives you the advice to choose the garage door that does not only enhance the appearance of your home but also the one that provides security and safety for your family as well as your property. Here, we outline the 4 essential features of a garage door that every homeowner should have.

 

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1. Security

In the world today, where a lot of crimes could happen every day, a security feature is a must-have for every homeowner. Fortunately, modern garage doors are fully equipped with security features that can keep you, your family, and your home protected. 

One example of a safety feature you should have for your garage door is the rolling-code technology. This safety feature changes the security code every time the remote is being used. Another excellent feature that can provide extra home protection is the remote lockout. This feature allows you to deactivate all the remotes but keeping the keypad operational. It provides extra protection especially if you have to leave town or when you lost your remote control.

2. Safety Features

Garage doors, on the other hand, can be dangerous without proper safety features. It is notoriously heavy that if it lowers onto someone can cause serious injuries. If you have small children or pets in your home or you frequently use your garage door, installing it with a safety sensor is a must. This sensor acts like an “eye” that if the door detects a person or an object on its way down, the door will automatically stop or reverse direction. Having this safety feature with your garage door can prevent accidents that would destroy your possessions or harm your loved ones or pets. 

3. Durability

Garage doors are made of aluminum, steel, wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and more. Depending on how long you want your garage door to last, you need to choose the right materials. 

  • Steel Door. If you want a garage door that is very durable and long-lasting, choose a garage door that is made of steel. 
  • Aluminum doors are rust-resistant and suitable for areas with moisture issues. But, they are lightweight, which means they can easily dent when impacted. 
  • A fiberglass door is also durable and rust-resistant, but it can break out when exposed to extremely cold temperatures.
  • Wood is a modern garage door that is popular among homeowners who want a visual appeal. However, a wood door is not so durable and is prone to environmental damage such as cracking and rotting. 

4. Motor

Last but not the least, when purchasing a new garage door, you should also consider the horsepower rating on your garage door motor. Choosing a motor depends on the weight of your chosen garage door. If you are selecting a heavy-duty garage door, you will need a motor with higher horsepower. If it is light-weight, like a door made of aluminum or fiberglass, then you don’t need a motor with a high-horsepower.

A garage door is an essential part of your home. By considering the features above, you are sure to get a garage door that is right for you and your property. 

 

If you are ready to make a purchase, contact our team at Overhead Door Company of the Inland Empire to assist. We have great options to choose from and we are ready to help you determine which garage door is best for you. Get in touch with us today at 909-531-5011 for more information or to request a free estimate. 

 

 

 

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How To Replace Your Garage Door Weatherstrip

How To Replace Your Garage Door Weatherstrip

Have you noticed water, rodents, dirt, and other debris inside your garage? If so, you likely have a damaged or missing garage door weatherstrip. Your garage door comes with a bottom seal that protects the interior of your garage. But, over time, these seals wear out and malfunction. 

Usually, garage door weatherstripping problems are an easy fix. However, it is often overlooked because it does not affect the mechanical function of a garage door. Yet, don’t be mistaken. They are definitely important.

In this article, we will give you some tips on how to replace a garage door weatherstrip and help you understand its importance to your garage door as well as your garage. 

 

Signs of Damaged Garage Door Weatherstrip

Over time, the seals around your garage door wear out and will need to be replaced. If you see signs of damage, make sure to act fast. Ignoring the damage may lead to a more serious problem. Keep an eye on the following.

  • Puddles of water near or around your garage door. 
  • A gust of air that comes through the garage door. 
  • Cracked, bent, or flattened seals. 

 

Replacing Garage Door Weatherstrip

Replacing a garage door seal is a simple task. But before you begin, examine your current garage door seals. Check the type of seal that is already there. Remember that there is no universal garage door seal. So, the seal that you need is based on the type of garage door you have. Make sure to take your time in the preparation process. Failure to do it will result in the difficulty of installing it. After that, you can begin working;

Step 1: Measure the seal

The first step is to know how much weather-stripping you will need to cover all edges of the garage door. Raise the garage door and measure the current seal you have. Do not remove the old garage door weather seal until you already have one for replacement. 

Step 2: Remove the old garage door seal

If there are gaskets screwed on the door, use a screwdriver removing both the screws and the gaskets. Do not put too much force on doing this to prevent damage to the garage door which can lead to a costly repair. 

Once you have removed the old garage door seal, clean the area with a wet rag to remove any dirt and debris. After that, cut the new weatherstrip using a razor knife. 

Step 3: Install the new seal

Carefully place the new seal to the bracket. It should fit tightly. Slide the gasket to the bracket and replace the seals. After that, cut the excess seal at each end of the panel. Be careful not to cut off too much length because you might not be able to get the required length. 

Step 4: Test the garage door

Once you are done putting the screws back in place and trimming the seals, test the garage door to make sure that it opens and closes properly. Check if the new door seal is sitting flush with the floor and see if there is any damage along the bottom of the door. 

 

How Important Is Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is the process of sealing all the openings around a garage door to keep the weather out. It’s not only the wind that it keeps out but also rain and snow. 

While your garage door does the main work of protecting the interior of your home against rainwater, snow, and wind, garage door seals do an important job as well. Your garage door cannot perfectly fit in that opening, leaving a small space around. This space can allow the weather to creep inside your garage, but the weatherstrip stops that. Leaving a small gap or crack unsealed around your garage door can lead to serious damage, especially in colder days. When it rains, and your garage door is unprotected with a seal, the water can seep inside and eventually turn into a layer of ice. You might end up having trouble driving your car out of your garage.

Furthermore, the weather seals around your garage door, when installed and working properly, can improve the entire insulation of your home, helping you to reduce the risk of lost energy.

A weather seal around your garage door, though small, does a tremendous work of protecting your garage from elements. Thus, it is important that it is in good condition. 

 

Get Help From Professionals

 When you need assistance with your garage door, contact professionals at Inland Overheaddoor. We have skilled and trusted technicians who can assist you with the replacement and installation of the new weatherstripping. We will properly measure and ensure that the right type of material is used. Our technicians can also provide you a full inspection of your garage door to ensure that your door is in the best working condition. Contact us today to get a free repair estimate.

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