Garage Door Education: R-Value 101

The garage is often the largest opening to a house, making it very vulnerable to weather extremes. An insulated garage door can help reduce the transfer of heat or cold air into your garage and other areas of your home, thus improving your home’s overall energy efficiency.

When doing research on different types of garage doors, you may have come across an “R-Value” measurement associated with garage door insulation.

What is R-Value?

R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building ...

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Selecting a New Garage Door Opener

Today’s garage door openers are not inexpensive. Many cost upwards of $400 and have some fairly sophisticated electronics included. So, a garage door opener is not a product you want to buy without doing some research.

There is great variety in openers and there are a few important details you will want to pay attention to before purchasing and having one installed. Most openers will work with any variety of doors, but it is still important to do your research. While ...

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Common Garage Door Myths

Like nearly everything; garage doors have a number of myths and misconceptions associated with them… here are some of our favorites:

The electric garage door opener lifts the weight of the door. Regardless of brand, style or horsepower, residential garage door openers are only designed to lift a maximum of about ten pounds. The Springs are what do the lifting. If the springs are old or broken there is more weight and the plastic drive components in the opener will suffer ...

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What is an Eco-Friendly Garage Door?

Most people are becoming more conscious of the effects human activity is having on the environment. So, many of us are attempting to live a ‘greener’ life and the truth of the matter is, small changes really can make a big difference. One such change is to choose an eco-friendly garage door, but what are eco-friendly garage doors?

What is an Eco-Friendly Garage Door?

Eco-friendly garage doors are often made from recycled or recyclable materials, which are resistant to weather damage and ...

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What Is the Life Expectancy of My Garage Door Springs?

How long a garage door spring will last depends on how often the door is used and the cycle rating of the springs. In todays’ modern garage doors Torsion springs provide over 90% of the lift needed to raise a garage door so they are critical to your doors’ operation and broken springs are one of the most common garage door repairs needed.

Most garage doors open and close 3-5 times a day, 300+ days a year. Multiply that by by ...

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How Do I Release the Door from My Opener so I Can Open the Door by Hand?

It’s amazing how many people are unsure how to open they’re garage door by hand. We’re so used to pushing that button and having the door open… but when the power is out or there are mechanical issues you need to get the door open. Here are simple instructions:

With the garage door fully closed, pull the red release cord down toward the floor. Always take special caution whenever you release the garage door opener if the door is not ...

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Garage Doors and Energy Consumption

Having a garage door with proper insulation will definitively cut down on your total household energy usage as long as the garage is actually attached to the house itself with a shared wall or roof, or if the garage is used as a living or working space.

In fact, garage doors have such an impact on energy consumption in such homes that the IRS has officially labeled certain models as being subject to an ‘energy savings’ tax credit. Because of the ...

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A Good Garage Door Needs a Good Opener

Nowadays, most people think of their garage door and opener as a single item. In reality, they are two separate pieces of equipment integrated into a smooth running door system. Most garage door companies not only sell new garage doors but provide openers as well. For example, Retrak Garage Door is one of these companies- providing a complete slate of services to home owners.

Many people are careful when purchasing a garage door but fail to pay attention to the importance ...

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A guide to the garage door and how it works

One of the most overlooked “appliances” in your home is the garage door. You press a button. It goes up. It goes down. Simple, right?

Not really. Like every other mechanical device you own – your cars, your kitchen and laundry appliances and your heating and cooling systems – your garage door and its operating system needs to be properly adjusted and regularly maintained in order to function correctly. Schedule your annual system check with your Retrak Door Service Professional

You can ...

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How Long Will Your New Garage Doors Last?

Before installing a new garage door it is worth stopping to consider likely maintenance issues and at what point repairs might become necessary.

There is more to caring for doors than just looking after the surface finish – in particular the opening mechanism will need to be maintained in good working order.
It’s easy to overlook the fact that the door panel itself, because it is the largest and most obvious part, is just one of many parts. Garage door opening ...

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