Garage Door Maintenance and Safety Tips

A recent consumer survey conducted by the International Door Association (IDA), the world’s largest association of professional garage door and access systems dealers and installers, indicates that the majority of Americans are unaware of recommended maintenance for the largest and heaviest moving object in their home – the garage door.

“A broken garage door can be an inconvenience in terms of access. But a broken and falling garage door or busted spring can be downright dangerous.” Homeowners should consider regular maintenance of their garage doors to avoid dangerous safety issues and unexpected expenses. Some tasks are DIY, but others are best left to qualified professionals.

”An annual garage door and opener inspection performed by a professional can help make certain that a home’s garage door operating system continues to function as it’s meant to. For a nominal inspection fee, a professional can recognize a small problem and remedy it before it becomes a large problem.”

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To learn more about how to select a door dealer, maintenance tips and garage door safety, visit GarageDoorCare.com.

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Enhanced Carriage House Look in Seconds

Modern carriage house sectional garage doors open overhead and continue to gain in popularity, constituting 35 percent of the volume in the garage door industry with projections to remain a huge trend.

If you already have a carriage house style door or are thinking of purchasing one – have you ever considered adding decorative hardware? Decorative handles and hinges take the carriage house look to the next level – providing a visual illusion consistent with the original carriage house door that swung open from the middle.

Normal decorative hardware looks great but has to be attached to the door using a drill and screws. In many instances, the installation of traditional decorative hardware can take a long time because the placement has to be very precise – and that means more money out of your pocket.

Amarr recently introduced Castle Rock decorative hardware that magnetically attach to steel doors.  The Castle Rock hardware requires minimal measuring and no drilling, allowing for a quick installation and an inexpensive way to instantly enhance the carriage house look of your garage door.

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These lightweight, three-dimensional handles and hinges are made with rust-resistant ABS vinyl and feature rare-earth, neodymium magnets for strong and secure attachment.

Visit the Amarr Door Designer to view a door on your own home!

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Garage space isn’t just for cars anymore

The word garage, when looked up in the dictionary, has a simple meaning: a building or indoor area for parking or storing motor vehicles. By and large, this definition sums up exactly what comes to mind for most folks when they hear the word. But for some folks, garages are so much more than a space to park the family minivan and store the cumbersome and unattractive trash and recycling bins. Instead, they are functioning spaces of the home that, in the eye of the homeowner, serve just as much purpose as a kitchen or a bathroom and deserve just as much attention to detail.

More and more, people are using garages as space to actually live in. It isn’t just extra room anymore. Since the 1950s, most garages in North America are of the ”attached” variety, meaning that they are part of the actual main home and not a separate building on the property. From music studios to man caves, art spaces to playrooms, garages are quickly becoming more integral parts of the family home. They are heated and cooled. They are equipped with cable and Internet capabilities. They are accessorized with attractive lighting and flooring choices.

While wall cabinetry units may still house things like a yard rake and a collection of tennis racquets and lacrosse sticks, they are also being chosen to integrate in such a fashion that the garage is truly seen as another room in the home, no matter what the intended end use of the square footage.

The gateway to the garage, of course, is the garage door. Garage doors, even though they impact the exterior look of the home, have not always been given as much careful consideration, as a design element, as the rest of the house. But now, more than ever, garage doors are getting special treatment in the design arena – both from the exterior and interior perspectives. A consumer using garage space as an art studio may choose a door with more window panels, as to increase and enhance the natural light that comes into the space. The parents of a budding rock band musician who uses the space as a performing and recording area might need to take into account the ability of the door to reduce the noise carrying to other parts of the house. Garage spaces can even be beautifully appointed to serve as living rooms, sunrooms, and a variety of other entertaining spaces that integrate seamlessly with the design and decor of the rest of the home.

A ground-breaking addition to the garage world is the new Trento Collection, distributed by Amarr, a company that has been a leader in the garage door industry with decades of innovation and design. Available in an almost unlimited number of looks, doors in the Trento Collection can be customized to fit the architecture of any home. Unlike traditional garage doors that operate via a series of springs, rails and tracks along the ceiling, Trento Collection garage doors showcase revolutionary technology and Italian design, featuring a patented overlap design that allows the door to open by folding neatly in half without any ceiling hardware to clutter the overhead space in the garage. This allows for a Trento door to take up far less space and appear significantly sleeker on the inside and outside than the traditional garage door.

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So give your garage another look. It is a fine space for doing the things that traditionally make us think of garages, of course, but take a look at your garage space with a fresh eye. The space can be so much more. Entertaining space, work space, a space for a personal hobby that you’ve always wanted in your home but could never figure out how to have. The possibilities are endless.

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Buying a garage door? Think insulation.

There are seemingly endless options through which homeowners must navigate when buying a new garage door: the style, materials, and accessories, just to name a few. But perhaps the most important feature that should top the garage door consumer’s list is energy efficiency.

Why? Because the garage door is generally the largest moving object in your home and offers the greatest exposure to the elements. An insulated garage door will maintain the temperature in your garage in the winter and in the summer and likely decrease your heating and cooling costs. Insulated garage doors not only make the garage itself more comfortable to be in, but also the rooms adjacent to or above the garage. A well-insulated garage also helps keep moisture out, and its sturdy construction offers a greater noise-reducing sound barrier.

What should consumers look for in an energy efficient garage door? For starters, check out the R-value. R-value is a measure of thermal resistance to heat flow and is how most manufacturers show the energy efficiency of their product. The higher the R-value of a door, the more insulation you’ll get. Second, look at the door’s construction. Well-insulated doors will have a “triple-layer” construction, consisting of environmentally safe polystyrene or polyurethane thermal insulation between two layers of heavy-duty steel. Some insulated garage doors also include a thermal break which is a nonconductive material within the door that keeps thermal energy from passing through, resulting in improved energy efficiency for the home.

ImageWell-insulated garage doors should be able to stand up to the most extreme of conditions while simultaneously protecting your garage and the rest of your home. For example, the Heritage 3000 door by Amarr was installed at Mawson Station, a science facility in Antarctica, in 2007. The garage door continues to withstand years of exposure to 100 mph blasts of wind and snow.

Whether your garage door withstands heat, wind, snow, rain, or all of the above, it’s the largest line of defense for your home. Make sure that it’s working hard for you by reducing your home’s energy consumption and providing strong, durable protection from the outside. Your utility bills – and the rest of your (climate-controlled) house will thank you.

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Enhance Curb Appeal with a Carriage House Style Garage Door

Carriage House Style Garage Door Continues to Increase in Popularity

One out of every five residential garage doors sold in North America today is a carriage house style door, according to a recent nationwide survey conducted by Door & Access Magazine. Sales of carriage house doors have tripled since 2005, now accounting for 19% of the typical North American door dealers’ residential garage door sales.

When asked “What is the most popular upscale carriage-style door model you sell?” the Amarr Classica Collection ranked in the top 5 models mentioned.

Enhance Curb Appeal

One of the most important factors in a consumer’s decision to purchase a carriage house style door is its unique look and added curb appeal.

Amarr recently introduced two new offerings to the Classica Collection that provide increased variety and style options:

1. 42 Two-Tone Color Combinations:H_S_05_P_S_02

Amarr now offers 42 factory- painted two-tone color combinations that create more distinction and definition to the unique Classica designs. The two-tone paint combinations provide significant added color dimension for those who want a unique look and enhanced curb appeal. These different design options can be tailored specifically to your home’s façade.

2. Three Dual-Directional Woodgrain Colors:H_N_05_NT_S_09

Amarr recently introduced three new dual-directional woodgrain colors – Golden Oak, Walnut and Mahogany – that offer a more realistic, natural woodgrain appearance.  These colors are available in Amarr’s  Classica, Oak Summit, Stratford, and Heritage Collections of steel garage doors. The new dual-directional woodgrain colors offer a horizontal woodgrain pattern on the rails of a garage door section and a vertical woodgrain pattern on the stiles and panels. The result is a much more distinctive woodgrain pattern that can be seen from the end of a typical driveway. Dual-directional woodgrain colors are a great way for homeowners to mimic the look of natural wood but with the practicality and affordability of a steel garage door.

If you’re thinking of replacing a tired garage door in an effort to boost your home’s curb appeal this fall, consider the classic carriage house door, whose popularity has only continued to grow over the last century. With a timeless design that can be specifically tailored to your house, it’s a choice that both you- and future owners of your home- can happily live with for a long time.

View a new Amarr Garage Door on a photo of your own home!

Read the full Door & Access Magazine article.

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Housing Data Opinion from Wells Fargo Securities

According to the recent Wells Fargo Securities Special Commentary “Housing Data Wrap-Up: June 2013”, senior economists believe that rising mortgage rates are unlikely to derail the housing recovery. Economists are optimistic that the housing recovery is strong enough to withstand the recent increase in interest rates, and that home sales and housing starts should continue to steadily improve. This is encouraging news for the garage door industry.

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Garage Door Education: R-Value 101

3000 FIP Classica - Olympus-DC TW SP-BB only (13.35 R Value)The garage is often the largest opening to a house, making it very vulnerable to weather extremes. An insulated garage door can help reduce the transfer of heat or cold air into your garage and other areas of your home, thus improving your home’s overall energy efficiency.

When doing research on different types of garage doors, you may have come across an “R-Value” measurement associated with garage door insulation.

What is R-Value?

R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry.  Specifically, R-Value is thermal resistance to heat flow. Many manufacturers use R-Values to show the energy efficiency of their product. This number is calculated based on the thickness of the insulation and its chemical properties.

The Truth About R-Values

The higher the R-Value, the better the insulating properties of the material.

This above statement is true. However, an R-16 value is not twice as good as an R-8 Value. It does not offer twice as much thermal resistance or twice the energy savings. A value of R-16 offers a 5% reduction in heat flow and a 5% improvement in energy efficiency over a value of R-8.  See chart for R-Value comparisons.

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For more information about garage door insulation and energy efficiency, visit http://www.amarr.com.

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