In recent years, windows have become a popular feature on garage doors. This may be in part due to the rise in popularity of carriage style garage doors, which often feature windows. If you’re a homeowner who is thinking about installing a new garage door on your home sometime in the near future, these tips can help you decide whether windows are right for you.
Typical setup is between 5 and 15 minutes. Monitor your garage door, see how long it has been open, close it or open it, get optional alerts and notifications, and so much more.
No power? No problem. The Liftmaster WLED includes a battery backup system that kicks in when the power goes out! It uses a 12V DC battery that is always charged and ready, using a continuous trickle charge. This opener uses an audible signal to alert you when the battery is in use. Safety and security features still operate, ensuring protection during a power failure. Backup power also operates the opener for up to 40 full cycles in a 24-hour period.
The DC motor provides the homeowner with the quietest garage door opener on the market.
Time and Temperature Display
This model features a wall console with a motion sensor that automatically turns the lights on for you, and an LED time and temperature display. The wall console also has an adjustable light time delay. It is also equipped with an automatic maintenance alert system that scrolls any error codes on the LED display. It even has a lock feature that allows you to lock out anything that is programmed to the unit while you’re away on vacation, or in case of emergency.
Lifetime Warranty Belt
Similar to a camshaft belt, this model of garage door opener utilizes steel mesh inside of a quiet and durable belt. This prevents you from getting the steel on steel grinding, while maintaining the durability and longevity of a chain.
Lifetime Warranty 3/4 HP DC Motor
This is what separates our belt drive from the rest. Permanent lubrication through steel enclosed gears, with self-adjusting force and limits. You can see AND hear the difference. All other openers use exposed plastic gears that wear out every 4 to 8 years. This motor ensures a longer life and smoother operation than any other garage door opener.
Our Liftmaster garage door openers include rolling code security technology, infrared safety reversing sensors, and 2 multi-function remotes. They have auto force settings so that the garage door opener adapts to weather and changing environmental conditions, and internal electronic limit settings. It has a one-piece solid steel T-rail with an automatic belt tensioner on the trolley. The new energy-efficient operation consumes up to 75% less power in standby mode. Also features a built-in surge suppressor.
Now that winter has arrived, you need to learn how cold temperatures and general winter weather conditions can affect your garage door. Even garage doors that are in great shape can develop problems during the winter.
For many Americans, a point comes when their existing home no longer provides enough living space. This may be due to a growing family or the changing dynamics of the household makeup. For some people, these changes mean selling the home and buying a larger property. However, many people choose to create more living space in their existing home instead.
Among residential burglaries, criminals gain access to a home through the garage nine percent of the time. With a few simple strategies, you can help deter criminals from accessing your home through this point of entry and reduce the risk of burglary. Here are some tips on how to prevent garage break-ins.
An uninsulated garage door can be a problem for homeowners trying to control the temperature in their garage. Fortunately, you can add insulation after the garage door is installed if you are able to work with a garage door professional to install it. Here’s what you need to know about garage door insulation.
Are you in the market for a new garage door? If so, you may be tempted to buy the least expensive one or the first one you see that you like. However, a garage door is an important investment and it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly.
6 Great Reasons to Upgrade Your Non-Automatic Garage Door
An older garage door can make big problems for homeowners,
especially if the door does not connect to an automatic opener. Older garage
doors can be difficult to use, unsafe for little ones, and old-fashioned in
If your home has an older, non-automatic garage door, this
summer is a good time to upgrade to a modern, automatic garage door and opener.
If you are thinking about the possibility but need some convincing, consider
the following reasons to upgrade.
Automatic garage doors are convenient in ways that people
without them may not realize. For example, backup batteries can operate automatic
garage doors even when the power goes out so the car is never trapped in the
You can control many modern garage doors by cell phone, and
modern garage doors do not require a radio signal from an opener to begin the
opening sequence. If you want, you can open your garage from blocks or even
In addition, many automatic garage door openers come with
motion-activated lighting so you will never again find yourself wandering
around your garage in the murky dark.
Also, many garage door companies have also discovered ways
to make their products quiet. At one time, garage doors were relatively loud so
that people all over the home could tell when the garage door opened or closed.
Modern doors have special insulation and strategic construction to ensure
opening the door is as quiet as possible.
Garage doors typically weigh hundreds of pounds, and when
the door closes on a person, it can do fatal damage. In the 10-year span
between 1982 and 1992, 54 children died when they
became trapped under their garage door. As of January 1991, all automatic
garage door openers must have specific safety features that prevent the garage
door from closing on a person or object.
Some of these safety features rely on sensors to tell the
garage door when an object is laying in the doorway (such as a sleeping cat or
a person laying on their back repairing a car). Garage door sensors also
monitor movement in the path of the garage door. If something enters the space
of the closing door, it will reverse course.
In some cases, mounted garage door openers also need to have
a constant contact requirement, meaning that a finger must push the button to
close the garage door. If the button is released before the garage door has
finished closing, the door will reverse course and open again.
Needless to say, non-automatic garage doors typically do not
have these safety features. If your garage door is not an automatic one, this
could be dangerous for your family and people in your household. To find out
more about modern garage door safety features, talk to your garage door
Old, non-automatic garage doors are not usually very secure.
In fact, most people who walk by could potentially open and close these garage
doors. Modern automatic garage door openers prevent this from happening. Unless
the garage door is disengaged from the automatic system, only the person who
has the opener button can open it.
This makes it easier for homeowners to keep their garage,
and all of its contents, safe and secure. If you live in a location where
thefts and burglaries are common, an automatic garage door opener could prevent
Garage door styles have changed over the years, and many
people find that installing a new door can make their home appear more modern
and even more attractive. Whether you want an all-glass door for your
ultra-modern home or a more traditional carriage-style door, you can find a
model to suit your tastes.
ROI, or return on investment, is important to
many homeowners. New garage doors can have an ROI of as much as 97%. For homeowners who would like
to sell their property sometime in the next five years, installation of a new
garage door with an automatic opener could boost their home’s value
New garage doors tend to be well-insulated to conform to
modern energy-efficiency expectations. If your garage is also a workshop or if
you use your garage for storing heat-sensitive items, a new door could help
make your garage a more comfortable temperature year-round. Talk to your garage
door contractor before choosing a model that is right for you.
Your garage door contractor can help you decide which type
of door will meet your specific needs. For more information about how you can
benefit from installation of an automatic garage door and opener, contact Plano Overhead Garage Door.
We will be happy to answer your questions and give you information about modern
automatic door openers and garage doors. Get in touch with us today.
Many modern overhead garage doors use a torsion spring. All torsion springs have a rating for only a certain number of cycles. As time goes by, the spring will come closer to the end of its cycle life. Here is what you need to know about the cycle life of your garage door’s torsion spring.