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Buying an Automatic Garage Door? 4 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

  • By James Null
  • 14 Sep, 2017
Replacing your garage door may be a necessity due to the condition of your current one. Or perhaps you're interested in improving the curb appeal of your home. If you're curious about what you can do to make your garage door a smart addition to your home, it's best to consider which safety features are the most helpful.
When you have young children or pets, such as dogs or cats, you need to look into finding an automatic garage door with a number of safety features in place. Instead of focusing only on looks, make sure to ask about the following features so that your new garage door is a safe addition to your home that won't lead to potential injuries.

Consider the Height of the Sensor

One of the benefits of having an automatic garage door is being able to open and close the door without any physical effort. This can be especially convenient when your car has your kids in it or you're returning home in poor weather and would prefer to stay inside your car and garage. When you have an automatic garage door installed, it's important that you consider the height of the sensors.
Automatic garage doors are installed with a photo eye at the same time, allowing the door to stop moving if it detects movement where there shouldn't be. When you have pets or young children, the height of the sensors is going to need to be at a specific height to prevent the door from injuring anyone when closing. Asking for adjustments to the sensor can ensure that it's installed right.

Choose Doors With an Auto-Reverse Option

Along with making sure that the door can stop closing when it detects any obstructions or movement underneath, it's vital to look for ones that have an auto-reverse option. What this feature will do is ensure that the door automatically stops closing when it detects anything and begins opening once again.
The reason this is important is it will alleviate any pressure if the door starts closing on something or someone. Not all automatic doors have an auto-reverse option, making it vital to look into doors with this feature already installed.

Make Sure the Door Can Open Manually

While you're likely buying an automatic garage door for the convenience of it opening and closing without physical effort, it's still important that it can be handled manually. This feature can be so important if the power ever goes out or the battery for the garage door opener dies. Having the ability to open and close the door as needed can ensure that you're always in control of the door being opened.

Look for Doors With Easy-to-Use Handles

Even if the automatic garage door can be opened and closed manually, you want to make sure that it can be done comfortably. Some modern garage doors lack any handles, making it difficult to open and close the garage door without struggling. Looking for handles that have comfortable grips is vital since it can ensure that you're able to control the garage door without hurting your hands.
Even with handles that are easy to hold, you should consider a garage door that's easy to keep locked from manually opening and closing. This feature will ensure that your children aren't able to handle the garage door without permission.

As you look into buying an automatic garage door, it will become clear to you that some garage doors are safer choices for your family. Contact us at  Durbin Garage Doors LLC  to discuss your options for a new automatic garage door to be installed in your home. 

By James Null 06 Dec, 2017

From covering your windows with plastic film to repairing any cracks, holes and damage to your window and door frames, you do a lot to prepare your home for winter. However, many homeowners tend to overlook the need to weatherproof their garage.

Winterizing your garage door can help keep the temperatures stable, which in turn can prevent damage to your vehicle and anything else you store in your garage. Here are a few tips to help you winterize your garage door.

By James Null 06 Dec, 2017
Your garage door is more than an entry point - it's part of your home. If your garage entrance is not working right, everyone knows. Even though a loud or squeaky door may sound annoying, a broken door is much more than a mere irritation to your ears. A garage door that isn't functioning properly isn't safe for you or your family to go near.

While there are times when the obvious grinding of the door alerts you to a problem, other times you might think that the noise is just a normal part of how your door works. Sometimes you can't tell if the noise indicates a problem.

That means you need a garage door repair professional to assess the situation and make a repair. But, what if you don't think that the problem is a major issue? Should you try a DIY fix? The answer to this question is simple - no. Take a look at why you need to call in the pros for your garage door repair.
By James Null 06 Dec, 2017

When it is time to purchase a garage door, you will need to decide between several garage door options. The garage door opener allows you to open the garage with a panel, keychain, or a garage opener located in your car.

Garage door openers are the easier and more secure option compared to garages that must be opened manually. Once you fully understand your options, you'll find it easier to decide which option is best for your family. Here's a guide to the different types of garage door openers available to you.

By James Null 14 Sep, 2017
Replacing your garage door may be a necessity due to the condition of your current one. Or perhaps you're interested in improving the curb appeal of your home. If you're curious about what you can do to make your garage door a smart addition to your home, it's best to consider which safety features are the most helpful.
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