June is not only National Safety Month, but also National Garage Door Safety Month. During this month when it is weather-friendly, the garage door is used quite a bit to get to bikes, gardening equipment, sports equipment, outdoor furniture and other items that are often stored your home’s catch-all room. It is therefore a good time to make checks to ensure that the garage door is in perfect working condition.
How do I check my garage door for routine maintenance?
Balance: To check balance, shut the garage door and then pull the opener which will enable you to maneuver the door by hand. If the door is well balanced, you will be able to smoothly lift the door without any problem. Also, the door will remain open at least three or four feet off the floor.
Lubricate: Take the time to clean and lubricate all the moving parts of the door. It will keep the door opening and closing smoothly. Do choose the right lubricants and not just all-purpose lubricants and grease.
Sensitivity: To test sensitivity, place a wooden chunk that is two inches thick or a wad of paper towels in the path of the door. Then, try to close the door. The door should immediately go back to the open position because of the obstructions in its path. If it doesn't, you should replace or adjust the opener. Do this immediately because it could be someone or a pet in the way which could leave them with serious injuries.
Safety reverse: It is a requirement of law that all automatic door openers have a safety reversing feature. This may be photo eyes, infrared sensors or other type of sensors. The sensors are installed near the floor on one of the sides of the garage door opening. Should there be an obstruction that interferes with the invisible laser beam, the garage door automatically reverses. If there is no safety reverse feature on your door, do get a new opener that has one installed.
No more than six: Related to this is the six inch rule. This is a rule about photo eyes which states that they cannot be installed more than six inches above the floor of the garage. This rule ensures that anything that is caught in the path of the garage door can be caught by the photo eyes.
Weather ready: It pays to be ready for weather changes. June is a good month to ensure insulation is in order and weather-proofing measures are taken ahead of the coming season of fall. Power outage is more common during the cold and wet months so it's advisable to back up the opener with a battery backup system to so you can open your door even if there is no power.
Who repairs and installs garage doors in the Amarillo, Texas area?
If you find that repairs are necessary, call in the experts to handle them. Amarillo garage door company, Willow Creek Overhead Door, will promptly respond to your call for repairs or install a new garage door for you. Contact owner Tony Hall today for a free repair or installation estimate.
Garage doors make modern life a bit easier, providing protection for your vehicles against outside elements. When attached to an automated opener, they make getting in and out very easy.
If you take the time and the make the effort to keep your garage door maintained and up to snuff, you can rest easy. However, if not properly maintained or installed, the garage door can create dangerous situations. Below are the top areas that pose the most risks if not maintained.
Garage Door Springs
Garage door springs can be very dangerous if they come loose or break. These springs do all the heavy lifting when it comes to opening and closing the door. The tension in the springs offers a counterbalance to the weight of the door. When you or the garage opener opens or closes the door, the spring carries most of the weight.
Springs can come loose or break when they become worn. When one of the springs breaks, the tension is suddenly released in a violent uncoiling. This uncoiling can cause damage to any vehicles, humans or pets in the way.
A simple test can determine if your garage door springs are nearing the end of their useful life. Disengage the garage door opener by pulling the emergency release lever. Pull the garage door down about half way and let go. The door should stay in place. If it sags downward or is difficult to lift, the springs need immediate professional attention.
Garage Door Safety Sensors
All modern garage door installations have safety sensors installed on both sides of the door about six inches above the floor. Those sensors are there to protect people, pets and property from being crushed as the door comes down. If someone or something comes between the sensors, they signal the garage door to stop coming down and go into full reverse. That keeps the door from hitting your child as he or she comes running in under the moving garage door.
Garage Door Controls
The wall mounted garage door controls should be at least five feet off the floor to keep children from playing with the buttons. It is important to keep garage door remote controls away from children, as well. Children playing with the garage door controls can easily cause property damage or human injury due to garage doors coming up and down unexpectedly.
Garage Door Joints
Some garage doors do not have pinch-resistant joints. It is critical that all members of the family be taught to keep their fingers out of the joints, especially when the door is in motion. The garage door opener is not going to stop and a finger in one of those joints could end up being severely injured or even amputated.
Loose or Worn Parts
When opening or closing the garage door, listen for unusual sounds. That could be the first sign that a part is starting to become loose or worn. Conduct a visual inspection a few times a year to make sure the door's cables, wires and mounting brackets are secure and in good shape. If you find any areas of concern, bring in a professional garage door company immediately.
If you suspect your garage door needs professional attention, contact Willow Creek Overhead Door. We are a full-service garage door company serving Amarillo and the surrounding communities. Whether you are in need of a new garage door or just repairs, we can help.
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There are several reasons why your garage door may be stuck. But here’s one of the most likely causes: Do you sometimes leave your garage door partially opened?
When you are cleaning out the garage or if you have a pet, you may leave the door partially opened. You should never do this. Why? Well, because it can cause your garage door to get stuck and not open or close smoothly.
How does a garage door become damaged?
There are two types of springs on garage doors. A door may have extension springs, which float above the roller track that is at the top. Other doors are fitted with torsion springs, which are mounted on the header at the top of the door.
A garage door may open singularly or as a whole in an upward directions. Others roll up panel by panel. Either way, the door operates on spring tension. Opening and closing is facilitated by the metal tracks that are fixed on the garage wall as well as one heavy weight spring or a number of them.
When the door is left partially opened, the springs are getting damaged every time. Over time, they may break. When they do snap, the door will unexpectedly come down which can seriously injure a person or pet in its way. The door would also crash any object in its path. Insurance may not cover any such injury or damage if the company determines the accident was a result of negligence.
Another form of damage that could be caused by the habit of leaving a garage door partially opened is that it could become stuck at this position. It can refuse to go up or come down which would bring a lot of inconvenience. The security of the garage and home would be compromised and you wouldn't be able to get the car in or out. This is also a cost that insurance would not cover so you would have to pay out of your pocket for experts to come in and do the necessary repairs.
How can I keep air circulating and light in my garage then?
If you leave the door partially opened for ventilation, you can have windows installed. This would be on the door itself or on the garage walls. There is a variety of designs and you can choose one that will enhance the fiscal as well as esthetic value of your home.
During the warm months of spring and summer, windows may not be enough. You may therefore want to look into having an air conditioner installed. You would really need one if the garage is also used as a workshop of home office.
If you leave your garage door for your dog, cat or other pet to come in and get out of the house without your having to open the door for them, you can have a pet door installed. The door will be cut to fit your pet so it will be able to get in and out without bothering. The pet door can be secured from the inside so you can do so at night to keep unwanted pets like snakes and rodents away.
Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas is known for its professionalism and affordable, high-quality work. Contact this locally owned and operated Amarillo garage door business to fix the problem of a stuck garage door and to install useful features like pet doors, windows and more.
Ever opened and closed a door and pinched yourself on the hinge? Painful isn't it? Well, the same can happen with garage doors, only these injuries can be much more serious. That's why there are pinch-resistant garage door hinges. They are designed to prevent accidents where you pinch your fingers when making repairs, such as placing fingers near the door's section joints. The pinchless hinges are typically used on upward sectional doors as found on garages, warehouses, airplane hangars and other structures where there is a large door opening that needs to be opened and closed selectively. The selective opening and closing is for the purpose of security so that only authorized people can gain access.
Do sectional upward doors need pitch-resistant hinges?
Sectional upward doors are typically made of a number of horizontal sections that are held together by hinges. When a door has pinch-resistant hinges and joints, the hinges have a high quality fixture that can be secured to the upper panel and another one that can be secured to the lower panel.
These security fixtures on the upper and lower panels are held together with links. Each link has one end that is fixed to the upper panel and another to the lower panel. The way the links are placed ensures that the upper panel is spaced closely enough to the lower one such that it's not possible for a person to insert their fingertip into the joint. There is also an elongated foot that pushes away a fingertip away from the joint when the door is closing. There is also a door seal on each of the panels which moves to engage the adjacent panel when the door is closed. The seal lifts away as the door opens.
What about standard hinges?
The challenge with standard hinges on upward opening sectional doors is that their pivot pins are typically placed outwards not inwards. This creates gaps that are quite large on the outside which tend to come together in a fold when the door is being door closed. Many people tend to hold the door by the edges of the sections to pull it shut rather than by the handle. The fingers can get pinched between the door sections as they come together when the door is closing. This can result is some serious and painful hand injuries.
Before pinch resistant hinges were introduced, there were a number of attempts to eradicate this problem. One such solution was to move the pivot pin of the door hinge to a different location between the interior and exterior panels. Another was to design doors such that the top and bottom surfaces rotating while remaining close to each other so that there was no gap that was large enough for a finger to fit through when the door is being pulled shut or opened. Both of these solutions did not work because doors with these designs were expensive and difficult to construct.
Another solution that was put forth was to design doors with single metal panels and no insulation to that opening and closing the door was not a problem. This meant using insulated door pockets but this also flopped because the pockets made the door weak and reducing its insulation and energy efficiency.
How to decide between pinch-resistant hinges and standard hinges
Pinch resistant hinges were designed to protect you and your family. To have a garage or overhead door with pinch-resistant hinges installed,contact Willow Creek Overhead Door, an Amarillo garage and overhead door company. Owner Tony Hall has years of experience and can help you decide on the best garage door for your needs.
You’ve probably never taken notice that sometimes you don’t close your garage door all the way. Whether you are cleaning out your garage or leaving it open for the cat, it’s important to not leave it cracked open all the time. Why? A garage door may develop problems and fail to open or close as it should if left partially open on a regular basis.
Why Do People Leave Their Garage Doors Partially Open?
It is usually pet owners who leave the door to their garage partially opened. This is so that pets can get in and out without their having to let them out and back in again throughout the day and night. The door may also be left partially open to air out the garage if you are working on your car, for example.
How Does This Damage The Garage Door?
Springs on garage doors come in two types. They may have extension springs that float above the roller track at the top or they may have torsion springs that are mounted on the header above the door.
Whether a garage door opens upwards singularly or it roll ups bit by bit, it operates on spring tension. The door opens and closes because of metal tracks on the garage wall and one heavy spring or a series of them. When you don't always close it completely, you risk damaging the springs. Leaving the door partially opened will keep damaging the springs over time and may cause the springs to break. If this happens, the door can come down unexpectedly and any person or pet that is in its path can be seriously injured.
My Garage Door Won’t Open Or Close All The Way
Can you imagine a scenario where you need to back out of the garage and go to work, school or another place, but you can't because you can't get your garage door to open?
Your only option would be to call in an expert to repair the door. In most cases, insurance will not cover the cost of negligence and by their definition, that includes closing the door only partially. So this job may cost a pretty penny, depending on the amount of damage and the type of overhead door you have.
How Can You Repair The Garage Door?
If you must leave room for your pets to go in and out, you can have a pet door installed in the door. However, it’s important to note that any opening in a garage door may make it easier for burglars to break in.
When you need your garage door repaired, contact Amarillo garage door company Willow Door Overhead Door. Owner Tony Hall can advise you on the best garage door for your style preferences, needs and budget. Willow Creek Overhead Door sells a variety of garage doors, including ones with pet doors.
Tony can also install a pet door in the door you already have. If your springs need to be repaired or replaced, Willow Creek Overhead Door sells discounted springs. You can install them yourself or hire Tony to come out and do the job for you. Contact this leading Amarillo garage door company today for installation prices.
How secure is your garage? With recent break-ins in the Amarillo area, and burglars entering the garage, you may wondering this. The way most homes are built today, the garage is part of the house that has entry into the house rather than a detached building. It is therefore very important that the garage is well secured. If not, it can be the route that burglars use to gain entry into the house. We recently discussed garage door security, and today we’d like to expand on that topic by talking about locks for your garage door.
What kind of garage door lock do I need?
There are different types of garage door locks. Most of them secure the garage door from overhead. Every type of lock works differently.
Slide or sliding locks are most commonly used to secure overhead garage doors. Also known as a latch, the lock has a latch that slides from the garage door into a vertical track with a hole that is cut to fit it.
This ensures that the door cannot go up when the lock is on. This kind of lock is not recommended for automatic garage door openers. It is common for homeowners to forget that the lock is engaged and run their opener. This burns the motor and can bend the upper section of the garage door.
What other garage door locks are there?
T Handle keyed lock
This is the second most common type of garage door lock. It has a handle that is shaped like the letter T which is installed on the outside. The inside is made up of a cable system that are affixed with bolts. The bolts are fastened into the track and they can only be released when the T handle lock is turned.
The handle can only be turned using a key. Like the slide lock, this key is also not ideal for use on garage doors that have an automatic opener. Forgetting that the T handle keyed lock is on and running the opener while the lock is still engaged will leave your garage door operator damaged.
There are garage door openers that use electronic locks. An example is the LiftMaster side mount Jackshaft 3800. These kind of doors have motors that engage and release the lock automatically before the door is operated. This works like a slide lock with the difference that the lock is automatically operated. This eliminates the problem of damaging the door by operating it while the lock is still engaged.
Every modern automatic garage door comes with a lock built into it. The lock is usually on the operator arm on the trolley will lock into place when the garage door is closed. This makes it impossible for the garage door to manually be lifted up. Different brands have different names for their locks. An example is the Chamberlain LiftMaster PosiLock.
How can you ensure maximum security?
You have to play your part in maintaining the security of your garage door and home. The different parts work together and the failing of one part can cause problems with the whole door, and give a thief or burglar ample opportunity to break into your house or business.
How can you do your part? Maintain your garage door. Lubricate the parts as they need it, check for any problems with the track and pay attention to a squeaky garage door. Make sure the door is sealed properly.
For more garage door safety and maintenance tips, call Tony Hall, owner of Amarillo garage door company, Willow Creek Overhead Door. Willow Creek Overhead Door is one the premier garage and overhead door companies in the Texas Panhandle. In addition to repairs and installations, Willow Creek Overhead Door offers great bargains on garage door parts.
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Your garage door springs do their job endlessly, day after day, until one day, one of them breaks. There were no warning signs. It just happened. It can leave you wondering what might have gone wrong. We’ll tell you what may have happened in this article.
What is the most common cause of garage door springs breaking?
The biggest reason for springs to break is just plain wear and tear. You open and close that door more often than you might think.
Think about how many times a day you use that door. Every time someone drives a vehicle housed in the garage, the door has to go up and down when they leave and again when they return. If there are two vehicles in the garage, that doubles the number of times the door opens and closes every day. Many people keep lawn equipment in the garage. The door goes up when they are mowing and goes down when they put things up.
After about 8,000 cycles of opening and closing, garage door springs become susceptible to stress fractures. With normal use, garage door springs can last from five to seven years. If you know your springs are older than that, getting a garage door specialist to inspect them is a good idea.
Are there other causes for garage door springs to break?
Rust is another issue that can cause spring failure. If a spot of rust takes hold on one of the springs and begins to spread, it can cause the spring to fail. Proper maintenance helps keep springs in good shape by preventing rust from setting in. It also gives homeowners the chance to see if the springs are letting the door sag. That is a sign the springs need to be replaced.
Another problem is not having the proper springs installed. Most garage door manufacturers recommend installing two torsion springs. However, some builders and homeowners want to save money and only install one. Making one do the work of two will shorten its lifespan substantially.
What should a homeowner do if a garage door spring breaks?
Garage door springs, especially torsion springs, are very dangerous. Do not try to repair or replace one of these springs yourself. Call a licensed, experienced garage door company to handle it. They have the equipment and training on how to dismantle old springs and install new ones without injury.
If you need someone to repair a garage door spring or to inspect your old ones, give us a call here at Willow Creek Overhead Door. We have several sizes available as well as specials. We are a full-service garage door company providing service for residential and commercial needs in the Amarillo, Texas area.
As you may have heard, there have been instances of home burglaries and attempted break-ins in the Amarillo, Texas area as of late.
One such instance took place in the neighborhood of City View. The homeowners left their garage door open for their children, who were outdoors playing. While eating dinner, the husband stepped into his garage to discover two young men breaking into the cars. The husband tried to stop one of the alleged burglars, and the other burglar pulled a gun on him. The couple’s son approached and the burglar turned the gun on him. This happened in broad daylight.
Just two days later, there was a break-in on the 6000 block of Chisholm Circle in Amarillo. This alleged crime also took place in broad daylight.
How Can My Garage Door Protect My Family And Home?
Your home is your castle. A strong, efficient garage door provides another layer of protection for your home, possessions, your family and pets. You would think we could leave our garage doors open during the day, but with recent events, it seems we cannot.
No matter what time of day it is, please try to keep your garage door closed. An open garage door provides burglars with easy access to the contents of your garage, such as your cars, and your home, especially if the door to your home is unlocked. Burglars could break into your cars, steal your garage door opener and then come back to your home later on.
When you are not home, always keep your garage door shut. If you need to leave it open for someone, such as a repair-person or a house-sitter, opt for a garage door app, such as the MyQ app for LiftMaster. This app allows you to open and close your garage door from your phone or smart device, no matter where you are.
Whether you are at work or across the country on vacation, you can control your garage door and keep track of when it was opened and closed. LiftMaster also offers a Security+ line, which transmits a new security code each time you use your garage door remote. Referred to as rolling-code technology, this type of technology reduces the likelihood of a potential thief from using a code grabber device to open your garage door.
If you are home, it’s advisable to keep your garage door shut, too. Keep your doors locked. If you or are your children are outside, use a key to get back in.
What Else Can I Do To Protect My Home From Burglaries?
Did you know that the average dollar loss from a break-in is around $2,000? There are at least 2,000 burglaries every year in Amarillo, according to Amarillo Crime Stoppers and city data. There has been a decrease in recent years, but that does not mean you should be lax in your efforts. Please do the following to help protect your family and home, and prevent burglaries:
Remember, a working, secure, well-maintained garage door is one of the best ways to protect your home and family from burglary. A garage door is one of the most common things people overlook when it comes to home security. Make sure yours is doing its job by contacting Willow Creek Overhead Door today.
Willow Creek Overhead Door owner Tony Hall discusses Garage Door and Home Security Measures with NewsChannel 10 in Amarillo.
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In most households, the garage serves as the holdall for broken and unwanted items, pet supplies, bicycles and helmets, tools, and of course your cars. Some items stashed in the garage are very toxic, however, and should be placed somewhere else. Below, we’ll list items you should not store in your garage.
Which items should not be stored in a garage?
The garage is part of your house and it should be maintained. Broadly speaking, items that are toxic and flammable that you would not store in the rooms of your house should not be stored in your garage either.
Are there any chemicals in your garage?
Leftover paint, paint thinners, auto fluids, pool products and pesticides are some of the chemicals that are often stashed in the garage. Such chemicals are dangerous for young children and pets. They may also have toxins.
It is best to store such items in their original, tight fitting containers in a lockable cabinet or high shelf. A clean-out where expired items are thrown out should also be done often.
Are there flammable floor coverings in your garage?
It is a hazard to have a rug, cardboard or tarp under the car. These are often placed under a car to catch auto drips. Remove them because they would go up in flames if gasoline was to get on them. Use strong, specialized cleaners to remove auto oil spill.
Where do you store your propane tank?
This is another item that is often stashed in the garage. You can store your grill in the garage but this should be after you have removed the propane tank. It is a fire hazard that should be stored no less than a good 10 feet from your house. A propane tank has a freezing point of 300 degrees. This means that it can safely be stored outside throughout the year even in the coldest of places.
Do you store any kind of food in your garage?
If you prefer to buy food items in bulk, you may run out of storage space in the home and opt to make use of the cabinets or shelves in the garage. Whether it is for human or pet consumption, nothing edible should be stored in a garage if you have chemicals in your garage. This includes wine.
Food items can mix other chemicals such as anti-freeze which can kill a pet. Fumes from some chemicals can also get mixed in with food items. If you do store food in your garage, be sure to keep it in a refrigerator or freezer.
Anything else I should keep out of my garage?
If you are not sure what is safe to store in your garage, call the Amarillo garage door expert at Willow Creek Overhead Door. Owner Tony Hall has years of experience installing and repairing garage and overhead doors, and has seen everything! Contact Tony today if you have any questions about your garage door.
A garage door is a key component of your home or business. Keeping it in good working order is very important in regards to safety and security. Lately you’ve noticed your garage or overhead door is not operating as efficiently as it should. Whether it’s shaking, screeching or just plain slow, you know there’s a problem. If you are a DIY kind of person, or looking to cut costs, consider repairing your garage door with used parts.
Should I repair my garage door myself or hire a professional?
That is entirely up to you. Depending on the type of repair though, it may be best to call a professional if it is something you are unable to troubleshoot. Don’t put you, your family, pets or customers at risk by repairing a door yourself if it is unfamiliar territory.
However, if you are handy and research-savvy, you have probably found dozens of websites offering DIY garage door repair tips. Oftentimes it’s enjoyable to take on do-it-yourself projects and fix something all on your own. There’s a certain amount of pride in that.
How can I fix my garage door myself?
Garage doors are sensitive objects. Therefore, you must make the effort to maintain them. There are so many moving parts that all of a garage door’s components must work together. If one part is broken, you can bet other parts of a garage door will not operate as they should.
The first thing you should do before repairing anything is to troubleshoot the issue. Look online or even call a professional garage door installer for advice. Do the springs need adjusting or is the opener frozen? Are the tracks loose? Do the nuts and bolts just need to be tightened?
Once you identify the source of the problem, research what kind of parts you need. There are several types of springs, for example. Don’t just run to eBay and purchase the first part you find. Trying to install the wrong part can damage your garage door even more.
In addition, it’s also important to use the proper tools when doing garage door repairs yourself.
And last but not least, be safe. Garage doors can be dangerous and can injure you if you are not careful. Many of the parts are heavy or sharp.
Who can offer advice on garage door repair?
Even if you want to repair your garage door yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a local, trustworthy garage door expert for advice first. That garage door specialist may also sell used garage door parts and give you detailed instructions on how to install the parts.
Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas stocks and supplies a variety of garage doors and parts. Check out their Angus’ Backlot Bargains, which includes:
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