Rolling By: Opening Up the World of Garage Doors

Bonus Extras for a Garage Gym

Posted by on Sep 30th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bonus Extras for a Garage Gym

Creating your own garage gym is a great idea, especially if you don’t live near a gym and want the convenience of training whenever you want to. Just grabbing a bench and a few dumbbells is fine to start with. However, if you really want to kit your gym out properly and make it fun and comfortable in any weather, then there are a few things you may want to consider investing in, after you have purchased your initial pieces of kit. 

Matting

Having suitable matting throughout the gym will make it better for your training. Often dust and concrete residue is left over from the construction of the garage, which can make your equipment dirty and unhygienic when performing exercises on the ground. Having dedicated rubber puzzle mats will allow you to perform large compound exercises like deadlifts with a stable base, whilst judo style matts will provide cushioning for high impact exercises like squat jumps. It’s also easy for them to be wiped down with a disinfectant to kill off bacteria.

Automatic Garage Door

One of the benefits of training in a garage is that you can train in the fresh air during the hot summer months, whilst still staying in the shade. Or you can have the garage doors shut in order to keep out the wind chill and rain during the winter. Automatic garage doors make for a worthwhile investment as they take up less space, particularly if they operate on rollers. Traditional garages can take up additional space when opening and closing which will limit the amount of space you have for things like benches and kettlebell racks. Automatic doors not only look stylish, they are space efficient and can be opened at varying levels to suit the weather conditions outside, thus allowing adequate airflow, whilst simultaneously protecting your training area from the elements.

If you’re able to install the door yourself you could fit a double garage for as little as $1000, however for roller doors you should expect to pay more. They’re certainly worth considering if you plan on training with a group of friends, as you can open the doors and essentially double or triple the size of your training area, incorporating the driveway into your gym. You might also want to consider choosing a garage door with built in windows, or one that is suitable to use to protect your car, if there’s a chance you may convert back into a conventional garage. 

Swing When You’re Winning: Choosing The Best Materials For A Secure Swing Gate

Posted by on Sep 23rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Swing When You’re Winning: Choosing The Best Materials For A Secure Swing Gate

A swinging gate at the front of your property, whether manually or automatically operated, can add a touch of glamour and class to your home, as well as providing an excellent first line of security. However, to provide this security your swing gates must be made from robust, durable materials, as a fragile gate can easily be broken into (or through) by home invaders. Here are some of the most suitable materials for secure swing gate construction, along with their pros and cons:

Timber

An excellent aesthetic choice for rural or traditionally-styled homes, timber swing gates are also highly durable and resistant to breakages or impact damage. Anti-fungal treatments (either applied yourself or by the manufacturer) can make a timber gate extremely resilient against mould and rot, while similar insecticidal treatments can render it practically immune to the attentions of termites and woodworm. With these treatments, you can expect a wooden swing gate to stay looking beautiful for many years, but even aged gates and can be sanded and restrained to easily and effectively renew their looks.

However, the type of wood you choose for a timber gate will dramatically affect how it performs, and cheap, relatively fragile softwoods such as pine may not provide the security and protection you desire. For best results, many homeowners choose tropical hardwoods which are strong and naturally resistant to rot and wood-boring insects, but these woods can be expensive and obtaining them in an environmentally-sound manner may be difficult. Consider choosing one of the lesser prized native Australian hardwoods, such as spotted gum or jarrah, for durable good looks that won’t break the bank (or the earth).

Metal

Considered by many to be the gold standard for home security, a metal swing gate combined elegant good looks with excellent security and durability. However, like timber gates, your choice of specific metal will change the characteristics of your gate. The most popular metals used for swing gate construction include:

Steel: Boasting excellent durability against damage, steel is also a versatile metal that can be crafted into a wide variety of shapes and designs. A number of protective coatings, including extremely strong enamel paints, help to protect the steel beneath from rust and corrosion: however, this coating will need to be renewed periodically to prevent hidden rust from undermining the strength of your gates.

Aluminium: While not as strong as steel, aluminium is still a highly durable metal, and its decreased weight makes it an excellent choice for swing gates with automatic openers. Aluminium is also naturally rust resistant, and does not need coatings to protect itself (although they can still be applied for aesthetic purposes).

Wrought iron: The traditionalist’s choice, wrought iron is tremendously strong and heavy to provide maximum security. Its malleability when hot also means it can be crafted into practically any design you can think of. However, wrought iron needs durable coatings to protect it from rust, and its great weight can make manual operation difficult and burn out weaker automatic openers.

PVC

An excellent choice for people looking to install swing gates on a tight budget, PVC gates are strong yet slightly flexible, making them ideal for resisting impact damage from cars and other vehicles. With a huge variety of colours and design choices available (including convincing wood-effect grain patterns) you can bank on finding a PVC gate that fits in with your overall design scheme. PVC gates are also rust and insect-proof, and an occasional wipe down with a damp rag is all that is required to keep them free of mould and mildew deposits.

Unfortunately, PVC tends to retain its smooth, ‘plasticy’ look and feel even with the most convincing wood or stone-effect patterning, and this man-made material may not suit luxury homes. PVC also has a habit of perishing in intense sunlight over long periods of time, causing it to crumble and lose large amounts of strength — UV blocking treatments can be used to prevent this, as can purchasing uPVC gates which are more resistant to UV damage (but also more expensive).

A Few Simple Things to Check When Your Home’s Garage Door Needs Repair

Posted by on Jul 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Simple Things to Check When Your Home’s Garage Door Needs Repair

Your home’s garage door may need repair on occasion, as the springs and other parts of the door may break, get worn down, get rusted, or otherwise require some attention. However, just because the garage door is acting up doesn’t mean it’s actually broken and needs repair. Note a few things to check before you call a repairperson and when your door may need to be addressed by a professional.

Bent or broken track

A garage door travels along a track and when that track is bent or broken, the door can easily get stuck. Keep in mind that garage doors have sensors that keep them from moving up or down when they sense that something is in their way; this is for your safety, so the door doesn’t close on top of someone or on top of something parked in the way of the door. However, these sensors can also be telling the door to stop moving when the track is bent out of shape, as it may sense this bend as being an obstacle. Examine the door’s track very carefully and note if an area needs bending with a pair of pliers or another simple fix to get it straight and even again.

Worn springs

If your home’s garage door doesn’t lift as it should, note if the motor seems to be running to the automatic opener but the springs connected to the door are not coiling. This can mean that the door is too heavy for the springs and the springs have lost tension. You need to have a professional change these springs as they’re very dangerous. If the springs are hidden away and you can’t see them, note if the opener hums and seems to be trying to lift the door without it moving. This too often means the springs are the culprit.

Automatic lock

If your garage door’s automatic opener seems to hum but the door doesn’t move, check the housing unit to see if there is an automatic lock that is engaged. This lock is a failsafe mechanism that you can use when you need to ensure the door doesn’t move, but you may have engaged it accidentally. In some doors, there is a cord that you can pull to lock the door in place; note if there is such a cord from the housing unit and if it seems engaged. Unlocking these can get your door working again.

For more information, contact a professional in garage door repairs.

Signs That Your Garage Door Springs Might Be Bad

Posted by on Mar 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That Your Garage Door Springs Might Be Bad

Garage doors are very crucial features that you can have in your home. Garage doors often have a lot of moving parts that are usually under tension. Among the most significant of these parts are the springs. Garage doors come with either torsion or extension springs. Therefore, it is important that based on the functioning of these springs, you are smart in terms of identifying problems in order to find solutions. This is because faulty or worn out springs can be dangerous because your garage door may close unexpectedly and cause damage to people or property. Therefore, here are some signs that your garage door springs are faulty.

A Garage Door That Stops When Opening

If your garage doors won’t open in a single fluid motion, your springs might have started wearing down and may break soon. The failure to open is caused by the weakening of the springs as they wear out, making them lose tension intermittently. Therefore, regardless of whether your garage door uses torsion or extension springs, it is important to have them checked by a professional when you notice that there is some resistance of your door when you try opening it. Doing this will ensure that your garage door continues functioning well while eliminating the risks of injuries and damages if the springs break.

Bent Garage Door at the Top Section

A garage door that is bent at the top is usually a result of an electric garage door opener that was lifting your door but bent it at the top because of a broken spring.  The bent top section can occur regardless of the configuration or type of your garage door.

Hanging Cable and Pulley

If your garage door pulley or cable is hanging down, you could be having a problem with your extension springs. These extension springs are usually installed on each side of your garage door to lift it up and down. Broken extension springs can cause the cables to twist when they come in contact with the metal edge of the garage door track.

A Garage Door That Falls Down Faster Than Usual When Going Down

If you notice that your garage door falls down with greater speed, you might have a faulty or broken spring. This is because when you have broken springs, the weight of your garage door will be unbalanced, and since the design of your garage door openers won’t let them carry this unbalanced weight, the door is likely to fall down at a greater speed than the normal.

If you notice any of these signs of a broken garage door spring, contact a local garage door repair company 

How Crucial Is Insulation For A Steel Garage Door?

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Crucial Is Insulation For A Steel Garage Door?

The importance of insulation in a steel garage door cannot be understated. Insulated doors basically regulate the temperature inside your steel garage by allowing less heat to leave and get in during the cold and hot months respectively. Consequently, this significantly cuts the amount of energy needed to either cool or heat your steel garage, which saves on energy bills. The level of insulation a steel garage door provides is embodied in its R-value, representing its opposition to heat flow. You should choose a steel garage door featuring an R-value that is representative of your local climate and way of life. The following questions will determine which R-value best suits your needs.

What is you local climate?

If you live in an area that experiences extremely cold and hot weather conditions, then you definitely need a steel garage door featuring a high R-value. In terms of comfort, a higher insulation R-value maintains comfortable temperatures inside the garage during winter and summer seasons by either keeping heat out or in during summer and winter seasons.

Is your garage temperature controlled?

If you normally heat or cool your steel garage using a furnace or air conditioner, you’d better go for an insulated garage door featuring a higher R-value. This would probably be the case if you often use your steel garage as a recreation area or a workshop. The higher the resistance to heat flow, the better the comfort inside your garage and the lower the charge to cool or heat the garage.

Is your steel garage attached to your house?

If the answer to the above-mentioned question is yes, then you are probably aware that your garage door’s insulation value has an effect on the insulation of your entire home. This is because the R-value of your garage door determines the amount of heat that leaves your home into your garage. A garage door with a higher R-value will allow less heat to pass through the door itself from the house. Consequently, this cuts down the cost of heating your home since less heat is being allowed to escape. Additionally, higher R-values result in a quieter garage and home.

What to choose between polyurethane and polystyrene insulation?

There are two forms of garage door insulation, namely polyurethane and polystyrene. Polystyrene is often thicker and is positioned between the front and rear panels of the steel garage door. It resembles the meat inside two buns of a hot dog or hamburger. It lies inside there and is not fixed to anything. In contrast, polyurethane appears much thinner and actually fastens to the outer layers of the garage door, creating a robust structure. A polyurethane insulated garage door might appear thinner but has a higher R-Value when compared to polystyrene.

For more information about steel garages and the best way to insulate them, contact a local garage door company. 

Common Garage Door Opener Issues And How To Fix Them

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Garage Door Opener Issues And How To Fix Them

Whether you have mechanical garage doors or automated ones, you must have some kind of garage door opener to help you operate them. Sometimes, these garage door openers malfunction, affecting the function and safety of the doors.

So here is a look at some of the issues that could arise with your garage door openers, what they could mean and how you could possibly fix them.

The door won’t open

There are several possibilities here:

  • The remote – The batteries in your remote could be dead, or the remote could be damaged and need replacement. You can confirm this by checking if the wall switch is working.
  • The power – The power could be out, and the battery back-up may also be depleted or simply unable to kick in due to some connection issues. It could also be an electrical problem, so you can check the circuit breaker and the fuse of the ground fault circuit interrupter to make sure.

The door reverses before or after hitting the floor

Check if there are any obstructions along the path of the garage door that could be causing it to automatically reverse. Most garage doors come with safety sensors placed on both sides of the door. These sensors detect objects along the door frame and automatically reverse it to prevent injury or damage to the said object. Remove the obstruction and try the door again to see if it will close completely.

Alternatively, it could be an issue with the garage door opener close limit switch. This limit switch ‘tells’ the motor in the opener that lifts and lowers the garage door when to stop running. If it is incorrectly set, it could keep the door from opening or closing completely. Resetting the limit switch should resolve this problem.

The door opens and closes randomly

Sometimes your garage doors act as if someone else is operating them. This could be caused by the door’s transmitters that may be stuck under something, causing the control mechanisms to be depressed. For instance, you could be sitting on your transmitter in the car and activating the controls using your weight.

Alternatively, your remote transmitter’s frequency may be the same as that of your neighbour. So you may want to check that out to make sure your neighbour isn’t opening your garage doors with their remote transmitter.

The opener stops in mid movement or doesn’t engage at all

This is probably an issue with the sensor beams. They are designed to disengage the motor if they sense an obstruction in the path of the garage door. So make sure that the beam lights are on and that they are aligned properly. If there are no obstructions, clean the bulbs that produce the beam (dirt on the bulbs could be mistaken by the sensor beams as an obstruction).

If any of these problems are not resolved, be sure to call in the professionals.

4 Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

Posted by on Nov 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

From simple analogue to complex electronic systems, garage doors are designed to sustain an extensive degree of wear and tear. In order to keep them functioning all year round, however, it is important that owners understand the ins and outs of garage door maintenance: from simple cleaning procedures to more complex measures.

Regular Lubrication

Garage door systems do not react well to agents like WD-40 or grease. In fact, most require a special lubricant designed for garage doors only (which can be bought at any hardware store). These will come as sprays and should be applied no more than once every three or four months. Key areas to target are the hinges, the rollers, and the springs, as these are the mechanical hot-spots of the system and are the most likely to become rigid or difficult to shift. If the spray makes the surface sticky or dirty, then switching to another brand may be necessary.

Check the Cables

The cables which run from the springs to the door are vital, as they introduce the ‘weightless’ element to the system. Without them, opening the door would be extremely difficult, if not impossible—not to mention the safety hazards associated with their deterioration. Frayed, worn, or loose cables are red flags, and professional garage door service workers should be called in immediately to address these problems should they arise. Equally, if the door feels as though it has become heavier, an inspection of the cable system is always a good idea.

Tighten Bolts and Screws

Garage door systems are riddled with a variety of bolts and screws, which require tightening every now and then. The most important bolts to keep an eye on are those holding the track to the wall of the garage, as without them, the door could fall from the opening and potentially damage any vehicles stored within.

Keep an Eye on the Springs

There are three types of spring to know about:

– Extension Springs are the oldest type of spring and run from the track hangar to the top of the door (i.e. perpendicular to the top of the door). These relax when the door is opened, but extend when it is closed, hence the name. These particular springs are the most susceptible to sudden malfunction and can fly across the garage if broken under tension. Make sure that a safety cable runs through the middle of the springs and that it is not damaged in any way, call a repair worker in if a fault is evident.

– Torsion Springs are the newest and most reliable spring available. They run along a sturdy bar parallel to the top of the door and generally require little maintenance. Do remember to lubricate these regularly.

– Contained Springs are those which are held in a sealed receptacle or tube. They are inaccessible unless tension is taken off the door completely and shouldn’t be a worry due to their sturdiness. If a fault is suspected, call in a repair worker to take a look at them

Understanding the Process of Garage Door Repairs

Posted by on Oct 29th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding the Process of Garage Door Repairs

The process of repairing a garage door can seem to be an arduous task. However, with continued use, the garage door is likely to become worn out and in need of repairs. Most of the common repair problems arise from the springs. You need to understand how you can go about carrying out the garage door repairs yourself so that you can save on costs.

Determine the Correct Springs

The garage door springs carry the most weight on the door. When they get worn out, it means that your door will not function properly. Depending on the weight of your door, you need to get the correct springs in order to replace the worn out ones. Checking and replacing the springs is a dangerous task and you should exercise extreme care. The easiest way to determine the type of springs you need is to check their colour. Most are often colour coded meaning you just need to check the colour and make your order. However, should you not be comfortable with this method, you should weigh the door.

Weighing the Garage Door

The weight of the springs can help you determine which springs to get for the garage door repair. It is more effective than relying on the colour of the springs. Over time, your door may add more weight from moisture and paint. This might even result in the faster wear and tear of your springs. Therefore, it is important to measure the door. If it is a single door, you should place the scale in the middle. If it is a double door, you should use two scales that are placed equal distance from each other. The readings from the double doors should be added so that you can have an idea of the strength the new springs need to support.

Replacing the Springs

Once you have determined the type of springs you need, the next step is to install them. You need to ensure that you have the right tools. These include vice grips, a ruler, an adjustable wrench and a ladder. To ensure that you indeed have the correct springs, you should measure the existing ones and compare them with the new ones. If you are satisfied, you should then move on to replacing them. You can do this by setting up the ladder to access the springs, and unhinging them slowly. Once the old springs are out you should install the new ones and try to see if the garage door works. If it does not, there are many garage door repair professionals in Australia who can help you with the problem.

Benefits of Installing Roller Doors on Your Garage

Posted by on Oct 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits of Installing Roller Doors on Your Garage

Garage doors are required to offer security and allow you a space that you can safely store your vehicle and enter your home. There are a variety of options to choose from when you are shopping for garage doors. However, roller doors are the design that offer the most benefits to homeowners that are concerned with both function and style.

Easy Operation

The design of roller doors might be complex, but operation is simple. A roller garage door is attached to hinges and an operating system that allows the door to roll up and down smoothly on the tracks. It is possible to have the roller door automated to allow you to open and close the door with only the push of the button. This means that you do not have to get out of your car when trying to exit or enter your garage. Ease is a big benefit that is attainable through the installation of a roller garage door.

Space

This type of door is also uniquely designed to allow for optimal amounts of space for your vehicle to fit through the garage opening. This means that you do not have to be concerned with the roof of your SUV scratching the bottom of the door, because a roller door will open all the way up to the top of the garage door opening. Not only can your car easily pass through the door opening, but so can large objects including ladders and other items that you choose to store in this space.

Customisable

It is also possible to find roller doors in a variety of style options. Most roller doors have a ribbed appearance that is required due to the formation of the metal, but it is still possible to buy this type of door in a variety of different colours and styles. This means that you can choose an option that matches the style of your home and adds to the curb appeal of your property. The ribbed appearance of roller doors is deigned to blend well with contemporary, modern or even colonial homes.

Security

Roller doors also offer higher levels of security for property owners. They are designed to be more difficult to break into than traditional garage doors. This means that your home will not be as vulnerable to theft if you have a roller door installed. If you do not have a key to open this type of door, it is extremely difficult to break into and does not feature glass windows that can easily be broken.

How to Lubricate a Noisy Garage Door

Posted by on Oct 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Lubricate a Noisy Garage Door

Is your garage door making loud, squeaky sounds? Worry not. The majority of these unpleasant squeaks can be easily resolved by using a bit of garage door grease. Whether you have a manual or electric garage door, it features metal components such as chains, door springs, hinges and rollers that need lubricating or oiling occasionally. This article provides a step by step guideline in regards to how to fix noisy, squeaky garage doors on your own.

What you will need

  • Garage door grease
  • Silicone spray lubricant
  • Rag
  • Step stool or ladder
  • Eye protection

Instructions

1.       Using a step stool or ladder, examine your garage door track as well as the wheels. The objective is to find anything that may be behind the loud squeaky noise. Note that debris or a fractured wheel may cause squeaking. Using a rag, wipe away dust, grime, cobwebs and buildup that may be present on the springs, door hinges and rollers.

2.       The first place to begin with is the garage door track. Contrary to popular belief, you should not directly lubricate the garage door tracks. What you should do is lubricate the sections of the roller often found on the tracks. Unlock the garage door and apply the garage door grease into the interiors of the rollers that glide on the track. Make sure the whole inside section of the rollers is covered in grease. If you cannot get your hands on garage door grease, you may alternatively use a silicone spray lubricant. Squirt little amounts of the lubricant into the moving sections of the garage door itself. Unbolt the door halfway and do the process again. Open and shut the garage door a couple of times in order to work the lubricant into the track uniformly and achieve a fine, noiseless result. Using a clean cloth, wipe away any blobs of dripping lubricant from the track. You don’t want your garage floor littered with grease.

3.       After you’ve finished lubricating the inner section of the track, proceed to other mobile parts, most importantly the garage door spring, hinges and chain. Generally, the chain is situated on the motor and ought to be partly, if not entirely exposed. The spring is placed in the heart of the garage door and attached to the garage door opener. With all of these sections oiled, your garage door should slide along smoothly and silently when either opened or closed.