International Door & Operator Industry

MAY-JUN 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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TECHNICAL When deciding whether to repair or replace, you have to consider safety, reliability, trends, and future service needs. It is best to inform the homeowner of ongoing trends before making the decision, and offer a wide variety of products that will satisfy most choices. In regards to doors, the hardware, and the counter-balancing system; these must be inspected on every service call and action should be considered if the door is not balanced or if any parts are questionable. RELIABILITY: Simply put, reliability has improved greatly with many improvements in door and operator design during the last 50 years. My father says he has seen a huge uptick in the quality of doors and operators since he started servicing doors and operators in 1965. That is great news! On the operator side of things there are only a few items that can be repaired and typically must be replaced. Remotes, pushbuttons, chains, or belts should not be repaired. New replacement is the only choice that makes sense TRENDS: One of the latest big trends in garage doors is the carriage house design. Every door manufacturer produces a few carriage house designs. If you find an older wooden door that is falling apart, then you must try to convince the homeowner to replace the door. The weight of a wooden door goes up and down all the time depending on climate. A wood door will absorb humidity and can grow in weight by 20% on a wet day. On dry days the wooden door will be lighter. The weight fluctuations can confuse the operator and wreak havoc on the force settings. Steel doors eliminate this wet/dry weight condition so wood should be replaced by steel doors anytime possible. At one time all garage doors were made of wood, fiberglass or some other cheap material, so replacing the wood with a steel door is also trendy. On the other hand there are some manufacturers that make beautiful attractive wooden doors. Faux wood doors are also catching on. I see more and more beautiful wooden garage doors in California on high end homes. Even-so I would not consider this a trend, but preference. Who knows; sometimes a market turns around, and maybe pretty wooden doors will become the next trend? Another trend is all glass full view residential garage doors. Recently I installed one of these doors and the homeowner was very satisfied and thrilled with the look. Note: The exotic wooden doors and glass doors are heavier than regular doors, so calculate the torsion springs carefully. Another popular trend is operators that connect to the internet and permit operation of the door from a smartphone or other remote location. Many more people have now accepted the digital revolution, and own smart phones, and many are taking a serious look at a smart phone as an entry device. Operators with a battery backup are becoming more popular. "One of the latest trends in garage doors is the carriage house design... If you find an older wooden door that is falling apart, you must try to convince the homeowner to replace the door. The weight of a wooden door goes up and down depending on climate. A wood door will absorb humidity and can grow in weight by 20% on a wet day. The weight fluctuations can confuse the operator and wreak havoc on the force settings. Steel doors eliminate this [issue]... wood should be replaced by steel doors anytime possible." Continued on page 22 V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 3 J U N E 2 0 1 8 21

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