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Modern Garage Door Systems

Modern Garage Door Systems

Garage doors have been essential to American homes since we started to fall in love with our cars. Just like our cars, however, garage door systems have advanced in technology, aesthetics, and value. The benefits of a new garage door are safety, energy efficiency, and increasing the value of your home.

Buying a garage door is easier than you would expect. Many dealers have massive showrooms where homeowners can see multiple options and styles. Visiting the company’s website will give you a good idea of what products they have to offer and if they have good reviews. Once you decide to go to the showroom, you can walk in and browse or make an appointment for a more personal experience. Most companies have software programs that allow you to upload a picture of your home on a tablet or smartphone and then display different doors. Some things to consider are insulation, windows, and style.

The garage is an easy access point into your home for intruders. Modern garage doors are stronger, more durable, and are better equipped with technology to ensure top notch security. You can also purchase a door system that syncs with your home security system and be alerted if the door has been opened. Another safety concern is if the door will shut or open on those coming in and out. Today, garage doors have motion sensors and automatic lighting that reduce the risk of injury.

If your garage door is well insulated and weathertight it will prevent the transfer of outdoor air into the inside of the garage. This includes keeping your garage warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This will help to lower your electric bill by keeping the transfer of unwanted air at a minimum every time you open the door to the garage. Be sure to look for doors with a R-16 insulation rating.

When you look at the front of your house, how much space does your garage occupy? Most garage doors take up 20-40% of a house’s facade. Replacing an old garage door with a new one can significantly increase the value of your home. New buyers will be happy to have a low maintenance door as well as modern curb appeal.


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Liftmaster Swing Gate Install

LiftMaster Swing Gate Install

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LiftMaster LA412 Dual Swing Gate Operators make for very clean installs and happy customers.

Liftmaster Driveway Gates

LiftMaster is the #1 brand of professionally installed residential garage access systems, commercial door operators and a leader in gate access systems.

Driveway gates offer security, privacy, and elegance. They’ll prevent your child’s basketball from rolling out into the street, and unwanted salespeople from knocking on your door. With the majority of burglaries being moment-of-passion crimes, driveway security gates are also the best deterrent for home burglars—whether they hint at, or actually include, further security.

Style, Space, and Comfort

Driveway gates can be as simple as a hand-moved wooden gate attached to stone pillars. This is a simple, rustic option that many people use in the country to either hold back livestock or look as if that might have once been the purpose. For the urban and suburban areas, a more modern approach is typically used. Driveway gates come in many styles. Some are meant merely as a way to stop unwanted cars from entering your property, others are attached to privacy fences or security fences that run around the whole property.

Like a fence, driveway gates are made from any material, with the most common being iron, steel, or wood. They come rustic or grand, painted or gold-plated. But whatever you choose, simple or extravagant, you will find that it adds elegance either way. The choice is more in deciding what style matches your own home’s style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more: http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Driveway-Gates-Add-Grace-Security-and-Space.13914.html#ixzz4AvxN5zEj


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June is National Garage Door Safety Month

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June is national garage door safety month! While garage door safety is important all year round, make this an opportunity to make sure everything is operating safely because more time is often spent in the garage in the summer months.

10 Garage Safety Tips

1. Make sure garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.

2. Do not let children play with garage door remote controls.

3. Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.

4. Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

5. Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.

6. Never place fingers between door sections and explain the dangers to children. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.

7. Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.

8. While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a wall vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.

9. If the opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.

10. A new trend in home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.

 

source: blueskybuilders.com


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Garage Door Safety Tips

6 Garage Door Safety Tips

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With garage doors rapidly advancing in both materials and construction, garage door safety is still one of the industry’s main focal points. Read on for a few garage door safety tips!

So what can you do to ensure that your garage doors are performing to their optimal safety potential? Here are 6 simple checkpoints which will help assure that you will have one of the safest garage doors in the neighborhood.

  1. Check the Sensors and the Auto Reverse Feature
    If your garage door has an automatic opener, make sure it also has a functional obstruction sensor and auto reverse feature. Two easy ways to test this are to block the sensor and see if the garage door stops and reverses, or to stand outside the door and lean your weight against it with your palm. The door should stop and reverse directions when you apply resistance. If it does not, your auto reverse feature may not be functional. Disable the opener and call a garage door professional to service it. Do not stand underneath it, or place your hand under the door when testing.
  2. Check the Balance of the Garage Door
    You should be able to able to open and close the garage door smoothly, with the door moving freely over its tracks. If it does not open easily, or you have to use excessive force to shut it, it can often lead to accidents, since the extra force can eventually cause the heavy door to come off of its tracks, or cause the door to close with excessive speed or force.
  3. Don’t Let Children Play with the Door
    Do not let your children think of the garage door opener as a form of entertainment. To ensure garage door child safety, teach your children how to treat the door respectfully, and do not let them play with potentially dangerous pulleys, cables, or torsion springs that can catch clothing or skin.
  4. Do not let children hang off the garage door, or “race” under the garage door when it’s opening or closing.
    Children should stand well away from a moving garage door as well. They should not be allowed to play with the garage opener control at all, and if possible, it should be kept above of their reach when it’s a wall mounted version, or locked in the car if it’s portable.
  5. Buy a Quality Garage Door
    Purchase a garage door made out of sturdy, durable materials. Not only will your garage door be likely to last longer and be more difficult for burglars to vandalize, but having a well-built garage door will protect your family against mechanical failures brought about by flimsy construction.
  6. Perform Regular Maintenance
    Make sure your garage door gets regular routine maintenance to ensure it is working properly and safely. While doing your routine maintenance, make sure that the area around the garage door and its controls are well lit and free of debris.

Source: garaga.com

The fact of the matter is, regardless of age, or construction materials, it is your responsibility to ensure that your garage door system is functioning flawlessly. If you are unsure, or just have questions, don’t hesitate to call Alliance Garage and Gates. Unmitigated safety is our standard.


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Garage Door Repair

Gorgeous Transformation

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Look how Gorgeous this transformation of last week is!!
We replaced these two doors with AMARR Mahogany Oak Summit 3000s. Giving not only the perfect contrast to the home, but energy efficiency as well.

Before Mahogany Doors After Mahogany Doors

Before Mahogany Doors

After Mahogany Doors


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Garage Door Repair

Commercial Garage Repair

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We offer residents and businesses of DFW Commercial Garage Door Repair as well. Known for fast, dependable quality service at a fair price. Alliance Garage & Gates strives to be the best in the industry.


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STAY TUNED!

We have some big projects in the works this week that we can’t wait to share with everyone.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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Garage Safety Tips

Garage Safety Tips

When it’s time to think about home security, the garage is sometimes forgotten, which is problematic because this is one of the biggest home security vulnerability areas. Items inside the garage – power tools, lawnmowers, and cars – are appealing to thieves and once a burglar makes it into your garage, they get easier access to the rest of your home.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Try these six garage safety tips:
1. Install a security system.
A security system in your garage, connected to your home security system, is your best line of defense. If anyone tries to enter your garage when your system is set, the alarm will sound and can alert emergency services to be dispatched.
2. Keep your windows covered.
Keep any windows in the garage covered with blinds or curtains so potential burglars can’t window shop. If that’s not possible, apply a translucent or opaque film to the glass. This lets light in, but prevents others from seeing inside.

3. Upgrade to motion detector lights.
Along with motion detector lights that may come with your security system, upgrade your current light fixtures in and around the garage to motion detector lights. Motion detectors are infrared waves that detect body temperature and moving objects. Warm objects, like animals, cars, and people are detected by motion lights. When motion is detected, a light turns on and stays on for a preset time. The light then shuts offs, unless motion is detected.
4. Secure the garage door.
The door that leads to your house from the garage should be as secure as other external doors around your house. You want to stop any potential intruders from making it farther into your home, if they do somehow come into your garage. Make sure you garage door securely locks, which can include a deadbolt, having more than one lock, or putting in padlocks with a programmed entry code. The door should also be made of a sturdy material. Fiberglass, solid wood, solid wood core, or metal doors are best.

5. Don’t leave your garage remote in the car.
Avoid giving a burglar easy access to your garage by taking the remote with you, whether you’re parked in the driveway for the night or if you’re headed into the office. Never leave your remote garage door opener in the car, even when it’s parked in the garage. You can get a small keychain remote to replace your big remote at most home improvement stores or the place where you bought your garage door opener. You’ll want to match the remote to the brand and year of your current opener and follow the enclosed instructions to program it.
6. Use timers.
Leaving home in a rush, kids forgetting to push the button, or neglecting to put the garage door down for the night happens to everyone. However, when your garage door is left open, it’s an open invitation for anyone to come in. Don’t rely on your memory to make sure the garage door is closed; use a timer that signals your garage door opener to close the door after a set amount of time. You determine the time that can be elapsed before the door closes. Most timers are easily installed on the garage door track and the keypad that connects to the opening/closing control.

 

Source:safewise


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Top 10 Garage Door Safety Tips

Garage Door Safety Tips

Through the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), the Overhead Door Corporation has prepared this list of garage door safety tips for keeping everyone and everything safe and secure.

  • Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.
  • Do not let children play with overhead door remote controls
  • Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.
  • Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained garage door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.
  • Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.
  • Never place fingers between door sections and explain the dangers to children. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.
  • Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.
  • While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.
  • If the garage door opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.
  • A new trend in home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.

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A HUGH THANK YOU to Phil at Alliance Garage and Gates for the awesome new garage door they installed today. They are extremely professional, and I highly recommend them. I had several estimates done and Alliance Garage and Gates was the best company by far. I have a 1954 house and the old garage door was falling apart. The new door is beautiful! I am extremely happy with Alliance Garage and Gates!

Linda H