Safe automatic door openers. All automatic openers must now have an auto-reversing mechanism and photoelectric eyes located near the floor on both sides of the door (see photo). If the door is closing and the beam between the eyes is interrupted, the door will automatically reverse. If the eyes aren’t connected, the door won’t operate. For instructions on how to install a new garage door opener, see How to Install a Garage Door Opener.
The first safety feature is an automatic reversal system within the garage door opener itself. If the door is closing and an obstruction or solid object is detected – usually anything that slows or stops the door’s normal operation – the door should automatically stop and return to the open position. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission has required a reversing safety feature on all new garage door openers manufactured since 1991.
The lightweight design also causes a decrease in the insulation of these doors, so individuals that live in colder climates may want to consider other options for their garage door needs.  Fiberglass does not corrode when subjected to salt-water like some other door styles out there.  Individuals that live in coastal areas will find this feature beneficial for their needs.
All measurements should be in feet and inches. Step 1, measure across the existing door or desired space for the width, then up and down for the height. The rough opening of your space should be the same size as the door. Step 2, measure the sideroom, which is the space beside your door. Measure the width of the left side, and then the width of the right side. Step 3, measure the space above the door, which is called the headroom. Measure the height of the distance between the top of the door opening and the ceiling. Step 4, measure the ceiling, which is called the backroom. You’ll need to measure the distance of the garage door opening toward the back wall of your garage. You should have 6 total measurements in all once you’ve finished measuring the space. Keep in mind that having an automatic garage door opener installed might call for additional backroom or ceiling space.

"I was very impressed with how quickly they responded to my request and Gabe's willingness to help! We had a 16 year old garage door opener that was problematic and wanted to replace it with a new smart garage door opener (upgrade) Everyone else we contacted either wanted a trip charge just for an estimate, or the earliest they could come out was 10 days to 2 weeks later. After not being able to shut our garage door again yesterday I was fed up and wanted it fixed NOW. Gabe came out and explained that the door wasn't closing right because the spring was improperly tensioned and showed us how the door should be balanced when halfway open. He then gave us choices. He could do the adjustment to the spring and adjust the old opener and we could probably get a couple more years out of it. He could install the new smart opener we had purchased already for us, although he couldn't warranty it for us because it was purchased elsewhere. Or he could install a new smart opener that he had brought with him and adjust the spring while doing that. We went with the 3rd option and he was finished in about an hour and a half. Everything works great now, no more issues. And if we do have an issue I know they can fix it same day or at least next day instead of 1-2 weeks later like everyone else. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because his price was much higher than all of the other install quotes we dad (including the opener and laber). However, I understand that he had to get his markup on the garage door opener he had purchased and it was worth the extra money to us for the immediate service and just to have the project done and over with. Also I wanted to know how to get the opener to work on my smart phone and link it to my car and Gabe couldn't help me with either of those. He couldn't even tell me which of the MyQ apps in the list of 6 of them on my phone to install so I was on my own there. Another reason I didn't do 5 stars. I was able to get the app installed, although it was the second one I tried and it is connected and works now. But I still can't get it to work in my car so I guess I'll have to use the actual remote. Still we are satisfied with the job and would definitely recommend Elite Garage Doors. "
The history of the garage door could date back to 450 BC when chariots were stored in gatehouses, but in the U.S. it arose around the start of the 20th century. As early as 1902, American manufacturers—including Cornell Iron Works—published catalogs featuring a "float over door." Evidence of an upward-lifting garage door can be found in a catalog in 1906.[4]
The history of the garage door could date back to 450 BC when chariots were stored in gatehouses, but in the U.S. it arose around the start of the 20th century. As early as 1902, American manufacturers—including Cornell Iron Works—published catalogs featuring a "float over door." Evidence of an upward-lifting garage door can be found in a catalog in 1906.[4]
Containment cables. When old extension springs break, the springs and cables become heavy whips that damage cars and even injure people. To solve the whipping problem, manufacturers now offer containment cables that run through the center of side-mounted extension springs. If you have extension springs and don’t plan to replace your door, make sure the springs have these containment cables, or have a professional install them.
The garage we take for granted very likely stores thousands of dollars worth of tools and household belongings, not to mention your automobiles. Yet this space is typically rather easy for intruders to penetrate. Garage security can be greatly improved by installing a modern garage door opener that features rotating digital codes, which can foil even the most tech-savvy prowlers.
“Every spring on every garage door will break,” says Jim Rice, owner of Broad Ripple Overhead Doors & Openers in Indianapolis. “After so many thousand times up and down, it gets metal fatigue and snaps. At least once a year, you should disconnect the garage door springs and lift the door up manually to see how well it’s balanced. Unless you hear metal screeching or something breaks, you don’t need us.”

Containment cables. When old extension springs break, the springs and cables become heavy whips that damage cars and even injure people. To solve the whipping problem, manufacturers now offer containment cables that run through the center of side-mounted extension springs. If you have extension springs and don’t plan to replace your door, make sure the springs have these containment cables, or have a professional install them.


Door styles - in addition to the styles just mentioned, it is important to also consider additional features such as windows across the top of the door to provide light inside of the garage, the use of steel or wood frames to give decorative doors added security and stability, and insulation which can reduce energy costs in the attached garage by an impressive 15 to 20%; and

Steel garage doors are one of the most durable options that can be chosen for the home. These doors should carry at least a 24 gauge rating for strength.  Steel can be painted or purchased with a backed on finish that will complement the color scheme of a home’s exterior.  Steel garage doors can be good deterrents for would be thieves that want to gain access to the home through the garage.  Steel doors can be quite heavy due to the materials used to construct them.

The electronics should also be inspected before or after investing in the cost of replacing the garage door panel to make sure your door will operate properly. The sensors prevent the door from closing on someone's foot or a pet. If they don't work, someone could be injured. Also check to make sure the door opener works, since you could otherwise be locked out of your garage.


One aspect of hiring a garage door professional that differs, however, is emergency service. If you need after-hours or weekend service for a damaged or malfunctioning garage door or opener, be sure to ask your garage door contractor upfront about emergency service call fees, which can cost hundreds more than regular services. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, you may save significant money by scheduling garage door repairs and services during normal business hours.
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