It’s probably reasonably safe to state that most middle-class houses have garages with lift master garage door openers or some brand name of an opener.
Not given that I was a kid have, I found the manual variations. Not that these weren’t fine at one time. They certainly didn’t trouble me when we had them back in high school when I received my driver’s license. It was not a big deal. I would pull up to the garage door, hop out of my vehicle, jerk up the garage door, and after that, re-enter my lorry to drive in. The down-side was that there were no lights ever on since it’s not like you’re going to leave them on all the time.
And, my preferred, the door would often fall back down. Wow, was that ever irritating! Aside from that, the manual garage doors were ideal. So, what about power doors and lift master garage door openers? Who am I kidding? It would not be perfect to resort back to the manual design.
These days I roll up to my driveway, press a button on the visor in my car, and pull into the well-lit garage. It has a safety light that kicks on when the door opens. Then once I’m in, I push the button once again, and I’m safe inside.
The garage door. This is the first and most important “contact” of your garage to the world. If you want full confidence in your garage, this “contact” should be 100% secure and safe. Also, the beautiful house, but if your garage door is a wooden, plain, white one that makes an awful sound when opened or closed, says a lot of you and your negligence regarding style and safety.
An aging garage door and opener could be a real threat to your children or pets. Injuries and death are a thing of the past with the new openers andgarage doors. If you plan to remodel your garage, one of the first steps in doing this must be changing your doors and openers.
Old garage doors have been heavy, huge, wooden colossus that rots and crack. Even though wooden doors provide a wide range of styles and textures, the problems related to poor insulation are real and even of present times. An alternative is the fiberglass material, inexpensive, easy to lift, resistant to corrosion, and they require little maintenance, but they also provide little insulation and security.
If you want a maintenance-free, durable, and not-wrapping garage door, you need steel. They also provide good insulation, being made of two or more steel sheets alternating with a variety of insulating materials. They also come in various textures, styles, shapes, and colors suited to your needs. Moreover, you can add windows, including the reflective type that provides an obscure view into the garage.
In 1991, automatic reversal doors for garage door openers had been required by law in the United States, and since 1993
optical sensors became a requirement. The sensor works perfectly for your safety: if something gets in the way of the sensor beam
while the door is going down, the sensor sends the door back up.
Also, the new design provides more security and quieter operation. Today, the silence options include a belt-driven trolley made of Kevlar or, the cheaper option, a screw-drive model with a plastic-lined track to lessen the noisy contact of metal-to-metal.
Remote controls have been upgraded, so you can find a remote control having enough buttons to control the lighting or appliances in your home and garage. Another option for your remote-control buttons is the child-safe lock-out. The rolling security codes will automatically change every time the garage door opens to prevent the stealing of your opener’s code.
Even though you have all these changes added to your garage, security and safety are not 100% guaranteed. It is better than the
installation of a new garage door and opener be done by a professional team who can make the proper adjustments that will
allow the sensitive equipment to provide you with the maximum amount of safety in your garage.
Automatic garage doors are no longer a convenience for only a few. The new generation of garage door is reasonably priced, safe, and simple to install.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing a garage door.
The Type of Drive System
1. Screw-drive System
The screw-drive system has a lifting apparatus that moves the length of a steel rod. The system requires little maintenance due to the very few moving parts. The system body is mounted in the garage ceiling. The cost for a screw-drive system is generally more than $150 and less than $200.
2. Chain-drive system
The chain-drive system has a metal chain lifting the garage door up or down along a set of tracks. The chain-drive system is the most common and usually the most affordable. The chain-drive is priced in the range of $100 to $170.
On the downside, the chain drive system makes more noise than the screw-drive system. The chain drive system is mounted in the garage ceiling.
Chain drive mechanism: By far the most popular and affordable opening device.
3. Computer-controlled system
The computer-controlled drive system uses no screws or chain. The body of the system is mounted directly above the door. Having the system mounted above the door helps in garages that have low headroom. Also, it provides more ceiling space, which can be used for storage.
The type of power
Select a motor with enough power to raise your door. Have at least an engine with ½ hp if you have a double door. A large motor is likely to last longer. Try to find a motor with a “soft” start and stop. It operates more quietly and minimizes wear and tear.
The more expensive garage door opens much faster, cutting down the waiting time on your driveway. The quicker opening model still closes at a slower speed for safety. Consider how much you are willing to spend on the faster models.
All garage doors have a safety feature that prevents the door from pinning objects. The door reverses in direction if they hit something. The safety feature is mandated by federal law. An electronic beam triggers the safety feature.
The computer-controlled mechanism measures the optimal operating time and speed of the door. It can detect and compensate for varying conditions – like if the door is coming in to contact an obstruction or closing too fast.
The newer generation of garage doors uses random codes for enhancing security. Each time the remote is used to open the garage door, a new arbitrary code is generated. The security feature prevents you from opening your neighbor’s garage door and vice versa. The random code prevents code theft.
If the power is out, all garage doors have a manual that will open the door. A few high-end models have a function that allows the door to open just a little bit so that your dog or cat can get out.
The remote control
Several models use a single-button remote control, while others use a remote with multiple buttons to open various garage doors. The multiple buttons remote control is the best choice for people with several garages, each with its door.
The fixed controller
The fixed controller is mounted to the wall either inside or outside near the garage door. The fixed controller allows the door to be opened without a remote controller. The fixed controller usually does not come with the standard kit. It is typically an accessory.
The keypad provides you a means to lock the door for a specified amount of time, like when you are away on a trip. Another function is delayed closing, a brief pause between pushing the button and closing the door. The keypad provides a lot of time to exit on foot without running, dodging the electronic beam and the garage door.
Many garage doors have a security light that turns on as you turn on the system. The light stays on just long enough for you to step out of your vehicle and get into the house. Most remotes have buttons that turn on the light without opening the door.
What’s in your garage? If you’re like many Americans, it’s “everything but my car.” In fact, according to a GarageTrends Survey, the average American stores $6,500 worth of gear-ranging from sporting equipment to luggage-in the garage.
If the thought of tackling all that clutter makes you shudder, rest assured, there’s a solution. Lifestyle expert Korey Provencher has a simple system for transforming your garage from a parking lot for your stuff into a cheerful, organized space that makes life safer, easier, and more efficient.
“Stop thinking of the garage as the world’s biggest closet,” says Provencher, a frequent guest on ABC’s “The View.” “With my S.T.O.P. system, in one weekend, your garage can become the most useful room in the house.”
S.T.O.P. and Get Garage
Clutter Under Control
Provencher’s S.T.O.P. system will help people go from paralyzed to organized:
S-Sort: Haul everything out into the open so you can see what you have and what you can get rid of. Sort it into categories like tools, toys, and sporting equipment.
T-Talk and Trash: Get the whole family involved and decide what you need, what you can donate to charity, and what’s just trash. While you’re throwing stuff away, give that grungy tennis ball hanging from your ceiling a toss-with new technology, you won’t need it anymore to park perfectly every time.
O-Organize: Don’t put anything back until you’ve created a manageable system. Organize by category, by seasons, or create different color-coded zones, so family members have their own space.
P-Place: Put everything away and make a family pact that everyone will always put things back in their place. The point is to stay organized for life, not just a few weeks.
With the garage organized, Provencher also recommends a 21st-century technology makeover. “The new garage door openers are much quieter, more stylish and some even come equipped with a battery backup,” he says. “You can also add accessories that will automatically turn on the lights in the garage or house or alert you if the garage door is open. And remember that tennis ball? Replace it with a laser-operated device that helps you park perfectly every time.”
Here’s a technology checklist from The Chamberlain Group, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of garage door openers and home access accessories:
• The EverCharge Battery Backup, available on the professionally-installed LiftMaster brand or the Whisper Drive Plus, will provide power to the garage door opener, keypad, and remote controls for up to two days during a power outage.
• The easy-to-install Laser Garage Parking Assist is the high-tech replacement for the tennis ball. It guides you into the perfect parking spot every time by displaying a bright laser light onto your dashboard.
• If you leave the door between the garage and house unlocked or have accidentally left the garage door open during the day or, worse, the night, Chamberlain’s Garage Door Monitor is a must. The sensor sends a signal to the monitor inside the house and will flash a red light if the garage door is open.
One of the most rewarding home improvements I made to my house was to build a garage addition. For years I contemplated building a garage addition while I scraped the ice and snow from my cars and waited for them to warm up during the winter months. About 5 years ago, I finally decided to build a garage onto my home.
The first big decision I had to make after deciding to build the garage addition was to determine how large to make it. I wanted a large enough garage to comfortably fit two cars, which would be of proper proportion with the rest of the house. I also wanted space to include a workbench and to allow room for the lawnmowers or snow blowers. I decided on a 26 foot wide, by a 24-foot deep garage. Since my house was 36 feet in width, this gave me a garage that was about 2/5ths of the entire home frontage.
I also needed to make sure that the roof pitch and the garage’s elevation would be consistent with the rest of the home.
After taking these issues into account, I created some garage drawings, including the foundation size, the location of thegarage doors,the maintenance door and windows, and the height profile of the roof. From these drawings, I discussed with many general contractors my garage, and home plans.
After selecting my general contractor, I generated some additional drawings that provided all of the framing details necessary to pull a building permit. Because of my property’s specific contour, my garage plans also included a bonus room that would reside above the garage. Thus, I needed to include additional drawings of the bonus room, e.g., interior walls, doors, windows, closet, entranceway, and stairwell to/from the main house.
After excavating and installing the foundation, the framing crew had the garage frame up in about a week. Three weeks later, I had a completely enclosed garage, with all the outside doors and windows installed and the shingles installed on the roof.
I took over the electrical and insulation work after filing for these specific permits from this point forward.
Once the insulation was installed and approved, I called in the drywall contractor to install the drywall and tape and mud. I also had them apply a coat of primer and one coat of builders grade paint. It is well worth the money to have them do this.
I then finished the electricity, installed the stair railing, interior doors, and baseboard trim, and the garage was nearly ready to move in.
The finishing touch was installing two garage door openers and a final application of paint in the bonus room.
The total cost of my garage addition was about $30,000. However, I had been quoted as high as $50,000 with a little negotiation and sweat equity. I was able to get a lot of garage at a reasonable price.
A few years have gone by since I completed my garage addition, and every winter, when I see people standing by their cars in the driveways scraping, I am reminded of one of the best decisions I ever made.