Six Easy Steps to Winterize Your Garage Door In The Coastal South

Winter In Coastal GA

Winter arrives soon, and even though the season comes and goes quickly in coastal Georgia, it is important to inspect and winterize your garage door before you find yourself faced with any unpleasant surprises. The whole process to winterize takes only about 30 minutes using items you already have around the house or garage.

1. Check the Battery in Your Remote Control 

Depending on how many times a day you use your garage door, the normally flat round battery inside your remote control can last up to 12 months.  But our suggestion? Always keep a spare one on hand or drop by one of our offices for a free one!

2. Check the Battery in the External Keypad

This 9-volt battery is located underneath the keypad cover. You may need a Phillips screwdriver to open the compartment. Since this battery is subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, you should change it yearly.

3. Check the Springs on Your Garage Door

To do this, disable your garage door opener by pulling the emergency cord. Open the garage door gently using one hand. Were you able to do it easily?

If it’s hard to open, there are several possible causes. Don’t attempt to fix it by yourself! Contact a certified garage door system technician who will identify the cause of the problem and repair it on-site. Never try to change a broken spring yourself as it is very hazardous.

4. Check the Weather-Stripping

Is the weather-stripping, also called perimeter seal, on the outer door frame working correctly without being smashed tightly against the door? If there is any damage or any hardening caused by the sun, take the time to replace it. If it’s made of PVC, apply a silicone-based lubricant.

Also, take a look at the weather-stripping at the bottom of the door. Is it worn or damaged? You can change this weather-stripping yourself or have a professional complete the job.

5. Lubricate the Metal Parts of Your Hardware

To winterize inside your garage, lubricate all the metallic parts: rollers, tracks and springs.

  • Before applying, use a dry cloth to remove any remaining lubricant from years past, and most importantly, any accumulated dust.
  • Use an oil-based lubricant (e.g., 10W-30 motor oil).
  • Apply sparingly, wiping up the excess with a rag.
  • Do not use lubricants such as WD-40, as these are actually degreasers, rather than lubricants.
  • Do not use grease, especially on the tracks. The rollers should roll, rather than slide inside the track.

6. Check Your Garage Door’s Automatic Reversal Systems

There are two different methods—one mechanical and one photoelectric:

  • Mechanical: Place a two-by-four on the threshold of your garage door. Press the button to close the door. When it contacts the piece of wood, the door should detect the resistance, stop and then go back up. If it doesn’t, consult the door opener maintenance manual to find the location of the button for making the necessary adjustments.
  • Photoelectric: If you have this type of safety system in place (2 encased units about 4” off the ground), just stick your foot in front of the beam while the door is closing. If the door doesn’t stop and then reverse, the most common cause of the problem is that the two units are misaligned. Check and correct the alignment and then try again. If it still doesn’t work, contact a certified door professional immediately.

So, that’s it! We hope these few little tips help you winterize and avoid some big problems later.

Keep in mind that it is recommended by the International Door Association and DASMA (Doors & Access Systems Manufacturers Association) that your garage door system be serviced at least annually. Think about it: Your garage door is the largest moving mechanical part in your home and must be maintained properly.

If you don’t have the time or aren’t the DIY type, contact Overhead Door Company of Brunswick at 912-265-3355, or visit our website at www.ohdbrunswick.com. We will be glad to service your door system and can set you up on our annual planned maintenance schedule.

 

Keep Your Home Safe This Holiday Season

Posted by Susan Walker on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

With the holiday season in full swing, many Americans are filling their homes with expensive gifts and the garage provides the perfect hiding place. This, coupled with out of town travel, can make a home or a garage an easy target for thieves.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 3.7 million household burglaries occur each year nationwide – and 40 percent of the time burglars enter through an unlocked door or window.

So, whether you are heading to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving dinner or hiding Junior’s Xbox One in the garage until Christmas morning, Overhead Door offers several products that will add to your home’s security this holiday season.

The Vacation Lock is a special feature on select Overhead Door openers and wall consoles and also includes Sure-LockTM technology. It disables remote transmitters and wireless keypad operation when activated, so the garage cannot be opened remotely while the lock is in effect. This feature is perfect for additional security if you plan to go out of town for extended periods of time.

Door report remote control

When leaving your home for holiday festivities, do you often ask yourself, “Did I leave the garage door open?” If so, the Door Report Remote is the ideal accessory to give you some peace of mind. Once the garage door closes the remote beeps and flashes a green light, confirming that the door has successfully closed. If the garage door does not properly close, a warning tone sounds and a red light flashes to alert you.

advanced wall console

If you’re looking for more control of door operation, garage lighting and security, Overhead Door’s Advanced Wall Console contains several features to give homeowners an added sense of security. Similar to the Vacation Lock, the console comes equipped with Sure-LockTM technology to disable remote and keypad operation when activated. The Advanced Wall Console also operates up to three garage door openers when paired with the Overhead Door Network Adapter (sold separately), eliminating the unnecessary clutter of multiple consoles for multiple garage doors.

Visit www.ohdbrunswick.com and get more information about our garage door and opener accessories or vist our showroom at 214 Rose Drive, Brunswick.

Understanding Loading Dock Equipment

Posted by Susan Walker on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 12:42 PM

The loading dock connects your business with the supplies, products and many other things that are arriving or departing. Obviously it is crucial that the loading dock maintains full functionality and runs safely. Below are some tips on how alleviate common problems with commercial loading docks.

Plan Ahead: Loading will not always be the same. As time goes on, technical aspects can change within the industry. Will your loading dock be compatible with the new standard height for trucks? What about smaller trucks? Plan ahead with a loading dock professional and an architect so you will not have to deal with major overhauls in the future.
Dock Design: The dock’s design should be based off of your cargo. Types of designs include cantilever, enclosed, sawtooth, flush and open. The dock should generally have an incline of 1-2% and should include an appropriately placed dock bumper.
Safety: Make sure the loading dock is up to code with state and local traffic engineering convention codes. Unsafe loading docks can cause injury to employees or damage cargo. Both of these result in time and money lost.
Door Size and Height: These parameters will be based off of your usual cargo size. Different trucks have different heights and your dock should be utilized to accommodate that. The legal maximum width of a truck is 8’6’’
Apron Space: In order to give the trucks enough room to maneuver into position, you must provide adequate apron space. The general rule of thumb is to take the longest combination of trailer and truck, double it, then add an additional 5 to 10 feet. This will ensure enough space for the cargo to as well as planning ahead (see a trend here?) for future changes in size.
Whatever your application we can assist you with your loading dock equipment needs.

Call Overhead Door Company of Brunswick at 912-265-3355 or

Overhead Door Company of Waycross at 912-283-1843 or click the link below.

Fire Door Drop Testing Helps Preserve Workplace Safety

Posted by Susan Walker on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:22 PM Fire Door Drop Testing Helps Preserve Workplace Safety Fire door drop testing is the annual test conducted to be in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association, requiring building owners to have their rolling and sliding fire doors inspected and tested annually and […]

Importance of Practicing Garage Door Safety

Posted by Susan Walker on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 07:45 AM

Garage door safety is essential, yet most people don’t give it a second thought. As long as the garage door is working, there doesn’t seem to be any cause for worry. Garage doors are huge steel or wood slabs and are typically the largest moving object in your home. They are suspended eight feet high in the air, secured by screws, metal tracks, and spring-loaded tension mechanisms. There is real potential for costly property damage or painful injury if you don’t practice regular garage door safety.

In the last fifteen years, there have been many technological advances in the automatic garage door industry, and older doors do not meet the new safety standards. If your garage door wasn’t installed within the past fifteen years, it is best to have it checked by an experienced garage door professional.

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Garage Doors Are Not a Toy

Kids love to play around with household gadgets, and garage door remotes look like a fun new toy. Overuse of the automated controls or careless horseplay as the door is opening and closing can end in disaster. It is best to keep the remotes hidden and mount the keypad out of the reach of small children to ensure their safety.

Auto-Reverse Safety System

You will probably need to switch to a newer system that was designed with today’s safety standards in mind if your door was installed prior to 1993. In 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) made it mandatory for every garage door opener to have a safety sensor. The auto-reversing feature is essential for preventing costly accidents or personal injuries. This electronic photo eye will cause the door to reverse its direction if it detects anything along the path of the door.

Regularly Test Basic Safety Features

You should regularly test your garage door’s emergency release feature to make sure it works. Most models have a short cord dangling from the opener’s motor that is clearly marked “emergency release.” Pulling this will allow you to manually open the door. After the emergency release has been pulled, you should then test the garage door’s balance (how easily you can manually open the door) and its force setting (if the door reverses with resistance).

All garage door opening systems should include a comprehensive manual that indicates any maintenance instructions for your specific garage door opener. If you can’t find your manufacturer’s manual or if it doesn’t give you the help you need, you can call Overhead Door Company of Brunswick or Overhead Door Company of Waycross with your safety or maintenance questions. We have IDEA trained technicians with extensive experience repairing and maintaining all different types of automated garage door openers.

Dasma (Door Access Systems Manufacturers Association) recommends your garage door system be serviced annually for optimum performance and safety. Overhead Door Company of Brunswick and Waycross both offer a Planned Maintenance Program that will provide an annual 14 point safety inspection on your garage door system and perform annual maintenance such as lubrication of rollers, tightening of nut and bolts, inspection of pulley’s, cables & hinges and adjustment of springs, as well as checking your motor limits and reversing mechanisms. We will automatically contac you yearly when it is time for your yearly maintenance appointment. Additionally, you get a reduced rate on the annual service fee and 5% discount on any repair service and parts that may arise during the year.

So give yourself a little peace of mind and give your system a good inspection or call us at 912-265-3355 (Brunswick), 576-7660 (St. Mary’s) or 283-1843 (Waycross) to set up an inspection and service.

 

Overhead Door Company of Brunswick and Overhead Door Company of Waycross are locally owned and operated since 1994. We specialize in sales, service and installation of residential, commercial and industrial doors and electric openers, loading dock equipment, steel entry doors, architectural hardware, gate entry systems, room dividers, garage door screens, garage flooring, Provia custom entry doors, pet doors and more.

We service most make and models of garage doors and openers, including the programming of your remote control, home link system, and commercial door and motors, loading dock equipment and sliding grilles. Our experienced, certified service technicians provide quality, professional service. All employees go through drug testing and background check.

We are a proud member of the International Door Association, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation, National Federation of Independent Business, and our local Chamber of Commerce and Homebuilders Associations.

For more information please visit our websites at

www.ohdbrunswick.com and www.ohdwaycross.com