- Can I use energy efficient light bulbs in my garage door opener?
- 10 Things you should know about garage door safety
- JUNE – GARAGE DOOR SAFETY MONTH
- How much does a garage door cost?
- Top 5 Garage Door Issues
- Liftmaster Unveils Next Generation of Residential Garage Door Openers and Accessories!
- Customer Reviews
We often have customers call in and ask us if it is okay to replace their garage door opener bulb with an energy efficient light bulb. The answer is Yes and No…it depends on your opener.
Although this may be good practice for your house lamps it’s not a good idea for all garage door openers. According to recent articles CFL light bulbs can cause interference with the radio receiver and remotes on the garage door operator. General Electric issued the following statement:
Many electronic devices, such as radios, televisions, wireless telephones, and remote controls, use infrared light to transmit signals. Infrequently, these types of electronic devices accidentally interpret the infrared light coming from a compact fluorescent bulb as a signal, causing the electronic device to temporarily malfunction or stop working. (For example, your television might suddenly change channels.) Fortunately, this only happens when light is produced at the same wavelength as the electronic device signals, which is rare. To reduce the chance of interference, avoid placing compact fluorescent bulbs near these kinds of electronic devices. If interference occurs, move the bulb away from the electronic device, or plug either the light fixture or the electronic device into a different outlet.
Liftmaster, however has been paying attention to this issue and addressed CFL bulb interference on their latest garage door openers: model 8550 and model 8360 DC-motor openers. They claim to have enhanced CFL compatible lighting available on these two models using a max 27 watts C
FL bulbs. Liftmaster garage door openers offer whole-garage lighting with adjustable light time delay compatible with CFL bulbs. The energy-efficient operation also consumes up to 75% less power in standby mode.
It’s also important to mention, LED lights. LED lighting is actually known to create more RF noise than CFL bulbs. It’s also important to note that RF (radio frequency) noise generated by a bulb can vary by manufacturer and even by bulb. The light bulb industry is not required to do RF testing, which is why the results will vary.
We do encourage the use of energy efficient light bulbs where appropriate. DID YOU KNOW, that if every home in America replaced just one light bulb within their home, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for an entire year! That’s about $600 million in annual energy costs. This would prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars*. In addition, these light bulbs last about 6 times longer than regular light bulbs.
Just as you want your garage door system to operate properly every time you need it, you
also want it to operate safely at all times.After all, the garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in most homes. It can cause injury or even death if damaged or misused.
Raynor Overhead Door wants to make sure that you and your family know how to operate and maintain your garage door system safely at all times. You are the key to garage door safety.
Here are 10 things everyone in your household should know about garage door safety. It’s a good idea to review these with everyone in your household from time to time – especially children.
- The garage door and garage door opener are not toys. They are dangerous if misused, and can cause serious injury or even death.
- Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system. Children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.
- Adults should not allow children access to the remote controls or push button wall controls for garage door opener systems; these should be kept out of reach of children. The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children.
- Never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door.
- When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed. Make certain that no adults, children or animals try to enter or exit while the door is closing.
- Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.
- Keep your garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely. Annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended. There are other tests and maintenance tasks that you can perform. Learn more about garage door maintenance.
- Remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. Service should be performed by a trained service technician.
- Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.
- If someone has backed into the garage door (yes, it does happen – all of us are in a hurry at one time or another), it’s a good idea to have the door inspected and/or repaired by a trained service technician. Even if the door doesn’t appear to be severely damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely, creating what could be a dangerous environment.
Contact us today to schedule any service work you may need! feel free to use this discount coupon as well!
TIPS TO ENSURE THE LARGEST/HEAVIEST MOVING OBJECT IN YOUR HOME IS SAFE AND SECURE DURING JUNE – GARAGE DOOR SAFETY MONTH
As the American home has evolved over the years, so too has the garage — both in the way it looks as well as its newfound functionality as the main entranceway to the home. In fact, more than 70 percent of homeowners enter and exit their home through the garage door now, relying on it as the new front door.
Since the garage door now plays such a key role in many homeowners’ daily lives, the local professionals at Raynor Overhead Door, Inc in Worcester want to make sure that this vital entrance is safe and secure during the high garage traffic month of June. Teaming up with LiftMaster®, the largest manufacturer of professionally installed garage door openers, we want to offer easy-to-follow tips for maintaining the safety and security of this access point during June’s “National Garage Door Safety Month.”
“June is the perfect time to pay more attention to your garage door and opener since the garage often becomes the hub of activity for many families this time of year,” notes Patrick McGlone, owner. “We realize that this community ramps up their usage of the garage door and opener during the summer months. With all the added ups and downs, now is the time to check to make sure everything is in working order with your door and opener and the team at Raynor Overhead Door is here to help.”
With the additional traffic running through the garage, National Garage Door Safety Month is the ideal time to perform a periodic safety inspection of your garage door, especially those equipped with automatic operators. Check out the tips on how to get your garage in gear this time of year or call us at 508-72-4677 see if your garage is ready for the summer.
Everything from the Garage Door to the Floor
- • Maintenance. To keep the garage door properly maintained and functioning safely, be sure to keep all moving parts of the door clean and lubricated, including the steel rollers.
- • Balance. To check balance, start with the door closed and pull the opener release mechanism so you can maneuver the door by hand. If the door is balanced (properly spring-loaded and running freely on its tracks), you should be able to lift the door smoothly without much effort and it should stay open about three or four feet above the floor.
- • Safety Reverse. Since 1993, all automatic openers manufactured for the U.S. must include a safety reversing feature such as infrared sensors or “photo eyes.” These sensors are installed near the floor on either side of the garage door opening. Once the invisible laser beam between the two sensors is broken by an obstruction, the door reverses automatically.
If your opener lacks a similar safety reversing feature, it’s time to get a new opener.
- • The Six-Inch Rule. The photo eyes mentioned above should not be installed higher than six inches above the garage floor. If the eyes are installed higher, a person or pet could get under the beam and not be detected by the photo eyes.
- • Sensitive Technology. Test your door’s sensitivity this month by placing a two-inch thick piece of wood or a roll of paper towels in the path of the door before closing it. If the garage door does not automatically reverse and retract back to the open position, then the opener needs to be adjusted.
- • Prepare for Weather. Be prepared as summer heat and storms turns to summer outages. Once power is lost to the home, an automatic garage door opener will also be impacted. Ensure your opener is equipped with a Battery Backup system which continue to operate LiftMaster openers for an additional 20 up and down cycles. So, even during unforeseen outages, homeowners have peace-of-mind that their main entranceway to the home reliably opens and closes.
Organizing the Inside Out
- • The garage usually tops the basement or attic for clutter and debris. Keep it clear of oily and greasy rags as they are easily flammable and can ignite spontaneously. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
- • It may seem like you’re adding to the mess, but grass clippings are great for keeping dust under control in your garage. Next time you mow your lawn, sprinkle your fresh lawn clippings on the garage floor then sweep it clean.
- • Better organization of lawn equipment, sporting goods and bicycles also is crucial to a presentable garage. Install shelves and hooks to lift things off the floor and maintain order. Get in the habit of putting things back where they belong after use and regularly sweeping up.
While great strides have been made in garage door opener safety, it is still important to know about the heaviest door in your household and how to maintain it. To contact us call 508-752-4677 or visit www.raynor4doors.com.
We get asked this question on a daily basis. The simple answer is the price of a garage door can range from $500 to $8,000 for a single door. Since that range is really too big to be at all helpful for you, let’s start at the top.
The most common size of a garage door is 9’ wide by 7’ tall. In the effort of keeping this simple to understand, I’ll be using this size to for the below ballpark prices. Naturally a 16×7 double door will be a little less than double. 8’ tall doors are also becoming very popular, and are generally 25% more.
Garage doors come in a variety of materials. Galvanized steel is by far the most common and easiest on your wallet. This steel is colored by a baked on epoxy, and many colors are available for no additional charge.
We pride ourselves in selling quality product that will stand the test of time. You may find a cheaper door elsewhere, but we firmly believe that in life and garage doors, you get what you pay for.
Traditional Raised Panel Doors:
Steel Pan Doors:
9×7 Price range: $500-$700
These doors come standard as a hollow 2” thick door. There is optional polystyrene insulation that can be placed inside the cavity, which has a vinyl backing.
Non-insulated windows are available for $150 per door
Steel two-sided doors: (polystyrene R-10)
9×7 Price range: $600-$800
These doors have a 3 layer construction: steel, polystyrene insulation, then steel again.
For rigidity and strength, we always try to sell this type of door. While you may save money up front with a pan door, we want that door to hold up to time. This door is much quieter than a pan door when operating, and will provide more resistance to denting. This is the perfect door for a detached garage or one beside your home.
You can choose non-insulated windows for $150/door or insulated for $200/door with grills.
Steel two-sided doors: (Thermal R-17)
9×7 Price range: $800-$1,000
These doors have a 3 layer construction: steel, polyurethane insulation, then steel again.
This is the ideal door if you have living area above your garage. These doors are 2” thick and provide an r-value of 17. That is similar to having another 2×6 construction wall, instead of a door! If you have a room above your garage that is always the coldest room in your home, this is your solution.
Windows come standard as insulated starting at $200/door
Carriage House Doors:
The evolution of the carriage house door has done wonders for the curb appeal on so many homes. These doors operate overhead the same as the above doors; they just look like they swing out. This design has become very popular in the past 10 years, and many new buyers are looking for this type of door when considering purchasing a new home.
9×7 Price Range: $700-$1200
Carriage house doors start off as a stamped steel design. This is the least expensive type of carriage door. A recessed v-groove stamp is placed on the section as opposed to the traditional raised panel. This style door is available in any r-value from 0-17, in any construction of the above doors. Decorative handles and straps are placed on the door to give it the classic swing-out look.
Windows range from $150-$300 per door
9×7 Price Range: $2000-$5000
Overlay Carriage House doors are by far our favorite. These doors give you all the beauty of a painted wood door, but without all the maintenance! There are several layers of overlay doors:
Steel with overlay: A flush steel door is applied with fiberglass boards to mimic a wood door. This is the entry level in Overlay products were the flush steel door can be seen as part of the design.
Steel with fiberglass overlay: This door takes the overlay door to a whole new level. The flush steel door is faced with a full fiberglass bead board, and then has fiberglass boards over top of that. This is a beautiful product that truly will enhance your curb appeal.
Steel with wood overlay: This door is constructed very similar to the fiberglass door, but is instead faced with Western Red Cedar. The wonderful thing about this door is you can have an exquisite stained wood door with an r-value of 17! Up until this point, the highest R-Value you could get on a wooden carriage door was aprox 9.
Windows range from $200-$300 per door
Wood Carriage House doors:
Price range $3,500-$8,000.
There is no arguing with the natural beauty of wood. Cedar & Mahogany are the most common and are absolutely gorgeous as is. These types of doors will significantly enhance the beauty of a home’s exterior. So much in fact, they will often raise the value of the home. Expect to pay significantly more for these doors than the more common styles shown above.
Top 5 Garage Door Issues
It’s funny how many garage doors we repair that could have been easily dealt with by regular preventative maintenance. We’ve created a top five list to help you prevent costly issues you may have to handle.
Through out the life of a garage door, rollers can move up and down the track system thousands of times. And just like tires on a car they wear out. To prevent costly repairs due to roller breakage, replace your rollers every 5-10 years.
The garage door, for most households, is the highest traffic area of the home. With kids, grandparents and pets using it as the main entrance it can be easy to bump, nudge or even remove the safety sensors on the garage door. If your garage door doesn’t close, the first thing you should check is your safety sensors and adjust accordingly. If you can hold constant contact on the wall button to close your door, you know photo eyes are your problem!
Lubricated operator/motor rail
Not all garage door openers need to be lubricated but the ones that do should be done so every 1-2 years. Screw drive operator rails need regular lubrication.
Over time your garage door motor can lose some of the strength it has. A simple solution is adjusting the limit switches on your machine. The adjustment can be located on the side or back of most motors.
Garage door hinge lubrication
Lubricating your garage door hinges is a great way to keep them from breaking do to regular use. Simply take some lubricant, such as 100% silicone spray, and lightly spray them once a year for a quieter running door
I hope these simple solutions will help you in your garage door maintenance issues. If you need any more advise contact us at 508-752-4677!
Don’t forget, each spring we offer our 18pt Preventative Maintenance Special for only $75! This full check up will make sure your door is running properly all year long & avoid costly emergency repair bills!
LiftMaster, the number one brand of professionally installed garage door openers and access solutions, unveils the first wave of its next generation of feature-rich residential garage door openers and accessories at IDA 2011. Sporting an updated, sleek exterior, the new units are not only more aesthetically-pleasing on the outside but smarter on the inside. Driven by advancing technology and designed with capabilities greater than ever before, this innovative offering of residential openers are enabled by LiftMaster’s patented MyQ™ technology, the two-way communication system that allows these advanced units to open and close the garage door as well as manage other household devices from anywhere in the world.
This groundbreaking technology creates exceptional opportunities for professional installing dealers to maximize profits through selling up and providing their customers with the safest garage door opener on the market. The first entrants in the new lineup of residential garage door openers are the high-performing belt drive unit within the Elite Series™ (Model 8550) and a durable, reliable chain drive unit within the Premium Series (Model 8360). Additional new models will become available in 2012.
As the inaugural units of the new line of the LiftMaster family of residential garage door openers, both the LiftMaster Elite Belt Drive 8550 unit and the Premium Chain Drive 8360 unit are powered by
highly-efficient DC motors and both come standard with LiftMaster’s fully integrated Battery Backup system. Now expanded to both the Elite and Premium Series lines, dealers can provide reliable battery
backup benefits to their customers and meet each of their residential access and budget needs.
Outfitted with numerous features that benefit professionals during both installation and maintenance checks, LiftMaster integrated the new line of garage door openers with an enhanced logic board that features Security+® 2.0 technology. This superior, multi-frequency, narrow band radio system increases the ability to offer more safety and security features while helping to provide greater radio range performance to automatically find the right frequency for each installation, every time. The radio system within the new garage door openers greatly reduces any source of interference and increases the range of the unit.
In addition to state-of-the-art radio systems, setting the force and electronic travel limits has never been easier now that these units have a built-in automatic guidance feature, which means less time on the job adjusting them manually. During installation, these openers’ limit and force settings are programmed once by the touch of a button and will automatically readjust to adapt to weather and environmental conditions, requiring less maintenance and fewer callbacks to dealers for simple readjustments.
Coupled with the standard battery backup feature and the new Security+2.0 radio system, each of the units are also strengthened with MyQ™ technology, expanding the use of the garage door
opener beyond only operating the garage door through an advanced, two-way communication system. Outfitted with two separate radios – the “worker” radio (Security+2.0 which uses 310, 315 or 390 MHz)
and the “communication” radio (MyQ technology, which uses 900 MHz) — these openers have the ability to manage and activate other MyQ-enabled devices within the home, such as turning lights on or
off or operating the garage door with the remote or from anywhere in the world using a smartphone or personal computer, depending on the type of LiftMaster accessory enabled by MyQ™ technology
plugged into the household device. This pioneering capability allows dealers to offer today’s homeowners an entirely new level of affordable home activation as opposed to an expensive, hardwired home automation system.
“At LiftMaster, we are raising expectations through our new product line which represents the new standard in garage door openers and accessories,” states Ken Roehl, vice president sales and
marketing, LiftMaster. “This new generation of residential garage door openers will provide professional installing dealers with the ability to realize maximum profit potential by creating more upsell
opportunities, demonstrating greater product differentiation through unique designs and the advantage of improved reliability that reduce callbacks.”
Raising Expectations for Homeowners
To elevate convenience for homeowners and to provide dealers with layers of features to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, LiftMaster added Timer-to-Close functionality to the two new models that allows end-users to customize the settings for when their door will automatically close, whether one, five or 10 minutes after the door operates, ensuring their door is never left open by accident. Since the new line of LiftMaster garage door openers enabled by MyQ technology and the Timer-to-Close feature allows the garage door to close without being in the “line of site” of the door, these units comply with UL325 codes; UL325 requires audible and visual warnings to trigger 10 seconds before the door is about to close, again reinforcing LiftMaster’s commitment to providing the safest garage door openers available.
“Equipped with an exhaustive list of safety and security features and the ability to operate the door as well as other household items from the comfort of your home, office, gym or even in another country, the entire LiftMaster team is standing by to assist our dealers in the training, installing and sellin opportunities of this new remarkably smart line of products,” continues Roehl. “Truly a team effort, from research and development, engineering, product management, marketing, sales and collaboration with our dealers moving forward, we are thrilled to be introducing this extremely innovative line of
residential garage door openers to our dealer partners at IDA this year.”
When you’re looking for a new garage door, there is a reason that Raynor Overhead Door, is the only choice for all of your overhead door and opener needs. It is our customer service and quality product…and it shows. Here is some of what our customers had to say:
“Larry did a wonderful job! It was a pleasure having him do the installation. He arrived on time, answered all my questions, a diligent worker – Neat & Clean Job! Both he & Bob (salesman) are a wonderful representation of “Raynor.” Deb Campana
“We are very happy with our new garage doors. From the salesman who explained everything and didn’t rush us, to the technicians that installed the door. We will strongly recommend Raynor to everyone.” E. MacNamara
“Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!! We would highly recommend Raynor Overhead Door to any of our friends and family. Please keep up the great work!” Sincerely, Mike & Kim Bright
“Hi, Just a quick note to say we really like our new garage doors. Steve was great & everything worked out really well! We would definitely recommend you guys to our friends. We just finished a large addition and have several horror stories of bad contractors – you guys are NOT one of them! Everything went so smooth, it was a dream. You guys came & removed my old doors, installed new ones, re-hooked my openers, disposed of my doors, whole turn-key package! Thanks!” Pat Mele
“Service was impeccable, Brian was very Courteous, Tracy very efficient, nice & professional. Thank you,” D. Faris
“Patrick, My customer absolutely loves the new garage door. He said it’s the smoothest operating and best sealing door he has ever seen! Thanks, Stan Rose” (Builder)
At Raynor Overhead Door, we know our business. We are a family owned and operated company that has proudly been serving Central Mass for over 35 years. We know that the performance and durability of a product depends not only on the quality of the materials, but also on the workmanship. Our professionals have the knowledge and the experience to make all of your home improvement dreams a reality. Talk to us about your next project: we will make it an efficient, rewarding and affordable experience.