Measre Your Garage Door

When you are in the process of replacing your garage door, taking the right measurements is super important. Most garage doors require a fixing sub frame of some description- that has to be taken in to consideration with the measurements. Also manufacturers size references can vary from one to another to insure that replacement parts are bought from them only.

Different garage door brands use different criteria to specify the order, price and the overall door. When you are in the market looking for a new garage door Most sectional garage doors are installed behind (inside) the garage opening to maximize drive through dimensions and most have quite large space requirements for the frame legs and the height required for the curved part of the track the door panels move in. However because a sectional garage door does not go through the opening it is possible to install sizes larger and smaller than your actual opening on the width and height. Very rarely will a standard size sectional door be the exact size when replacing an old door.

If you are looking in to replacing your garage door and not sure where to start here are some important instruction to measure your door to be able to determine the size of the door.

Step 1- You will first measure the width of the opening at the widest point. This is the distance between the right and left sides of the finished opening. For best results, the inside of the garage door opening should be framed with 2″ x 6″ wood. Look for general irregularities, such as jambs which are not square.

Step 2- Measure the height of the opening at the highest point. This is the distance between the floor and the top of the finished opening. Look for general irregularities, such as un-level floor.

Step 3- Measure the width of the areas beside the openings. Up to 3.75″ is required on each side for installation of the vertical track. If this is a double car garage door installation, center post should be a min. of 10″ wide.

Step 4- Measure the area between the top of the door opening and the ceiling (or to the lowest obstruction at ceiling). See headroom requirements on the “Step 2 – Installation Options” page when getting a garage door quoted on-line.

Step 5- Measure the distance from the opening to the rear of the garage or nearest obstruction. For sectional type doors, the backroom requirement is the door height plus an additional 18″ for manual lift doors. If an electric opener is to be installed, the door’s backroom requirement is the door height plus an additional 4’2″.

Be more knowledgeable- there are curtain sizes that are considered standard sizes and those are usually easier to find right away. most companies would carry them and they would be the cheapest way to go.

standard sizes are 8′x7′ for a single car garage door and 16′x7′ for a double car garage door.

There is one way to measure your garage door to determine the size of your existing door. Please follow the instructions but keep in mind it is always better to call professionals like Supreme Garage Doors to come measure your door to determine an accurate size to get an accurate quote to replace it.

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All About Gate Loops-

Loop Wire-
Located underground, slots with Impermeable insulation placed in cuts prepared to the asphalt or concrete and sealed with loop sealant. The loop connects to the detector which is connected to the gate motor. Most gates have a built in socket to accept the detectors but some may require to wire it in manually.
* Preformed Loops are installed below the surface before pouring concrete or laying cement. Available in different sizes according to driveway width.

Loop Sealant-
Used to seal the cuts in loops. Available in asphalt or concrete colors.

Loop Detectors-
Loop Detectors are installed in order to detect if any vehicles are present at the gate, It is connected to the detector and provides the right signal to allow the gate to open.

Exit Loop-
An Exit Loop is to detect a vehicle wanted to exit and open the gate.
*Self contained probe style detectors are installed below the surface on the side of the driveway and are used only as an exit device.

Safety Loop-
Used to detect if there is a vehicle present and prevent the gate from closing and opening on the vehicle. You may wire 2 loops to 1 detector placing one loop in front of the gate and one behind to prevent any danger while closing or opening.

Shadow Loop-
Mostly installed in commercial properties. Used to detect a vehicle passing and immediately closes the gate to prevent any other vehicles to enter by tailgating from behind.

Supreme Garage Doors Repair have professional trained technicians that specialize in Gate Repair waiting to help you with any repair, new installations, up grade or adjustments.

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Garage Door Gadgets

Universal Laser Parking Assist

Universal Laser Parking Assist was designed to help make parking inside your garage an easier process. The unit projects a laser beam to create a border line to which your dashboard should line up with to prevent any accidents.
This product is manufactured universally so it can work with all brands out on the market.

Universal Emergency Key Release

Some garages do not have any other entrance to the garage beside the garage door. In case of a power outage or power failure an Emergency Key Release will enable you to manually open the door from the outside.
This system is mounted on the outside, flush with the door. On the inside, the back end of the cylinder is connected to the garage door motor by a cable which allows you to operate the door manually when needed.

Universal Keyless Entry Wireless

Universal Remotes are mainly designed for the older motors that are not manufactured anymore and do not have replacement parts. Instead of replacing the whole motor because the remote has stopped working Universal Remotes offer the more cost effective solution. Call Supreme Garage Door Repair if this remote is compatible with your existing motor.

LIFTMASTER / Chamberlain Safety Sensors Only

Replacing your garage door sensors on time is crucial for your family and your safety. Garage Sensors are to prevent the door from operating if something or someone are in its way. The sensor package includes 2 safety sensors all mounting brackets needed and wires to wire the sensors to the motor.

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What is your fit?? Chain Drive, Screw Drive or Belt Drive?

When you are in the market looking for a new garage door opener there are three main options to choose from- Chain Driven Motor, Screw Driven or a Motor that drives on a Belt. Many of our client will call us to ask for some recommendations and we always go out to the house to check which will be the best match. Here are some of the specifications to help you determine which will be the best fit for your garage door.

The first most basic option would be the chain drive motor- This is the most cost effective garage door opener and most popular among home owners. Chain driven motors run on a metal chain which makes them the loudest of all options. However if the noise does not matter (if there are no rooms above the garage) this will be the best fit as these motors are durable and have long life time. They do require yearly maintenance but with good care you can expect this motors to work for years.

The second option is the Screw Drive. These motors have less parts inside the motor what means lease maintenance of all three But if the weather at your home is very very cold or very very hot even good maintenance will not prevent a shorter lifetime for this opener. Newer Screw Drive models might have a plastic lined track which reduces noise and speeds up a little bit the opening and closing process.

Last but not least is the Belt Drive Garage Door Opener- Most garage door companies would consider this motor to be the best one out there. The reason being that due to the rubber belt system it is basically silent and not much more expensive then a chain or screw motor. Therefore if you want a unit that is super quiet and lasts longer than any other motor- Belt is the right fir for you.

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Garage Door Materials-

New Wood Garage Door-
Wood offers an authenticity look to your home that other materials cannot mimic. Wood doors are manufactured in any size needed. Wood garage doors are the strongest material and are best to prevent any dents. The only downside is that the wood garage door panels require more maintenance. Luckily Supreme Garage Doors offer a maintenance program to prevent future problems.
Wooden garage doors price range from standard prices but can get very expensive. It all depends on the way the door is built. Wood panels can be light weighted wooden frames that are filled with insulation (foam) which is wrapped in a plywood or hardboard skin or panels made of durable mahogany, redwood, or cedar.
Wood garage doors carry the shortest warranty.

New Steel Garage Door-
Metal garage doors are the best way to minimize maintenance on your door. Steel is the less expensive way to go but is durable and tough. Steel does rust but all that needs to be done is touch ups scratches promptly. Steel also dents but all you need to do is insulate the door with foam and a steel back. In addition, to minimize this risk choose a door with 24/25-gauge panels rather than 27/ 28-gauge (the lower the gauge number, the thicker the metal).
Consider an option of a steel door with a fiberglass overlay, which resists dents and doesn’t rust. Fiberglass does require a periodic paint touch up because the color fades over time.
Most of high-quality steel doors may carry a lifetime warranties. Budget doors may have a shorter warranty.

New Aluminum Garage Doors-
Aluminum doors have been replaced by sturdy versions with heavy-duty extruded frames and dent-resistant laminated panels. Only door on the market that is rust-proof. Very expensive doors but the best choice of material.
The less expensive aluminum garage doors consists of aluminum frame, the panels are made of other materials, (such as high-density polyethylene).
Supreme Garage Doors can recommend what will be the best choice for you.

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If you are in the process of replacing your garage door but not sure if it is the right route to go, Here are 10 great reasons why Supreme Garage Doors recommend you should definitely go through with it-

1. A new garage door will increase the value of your house.

2. Get Money Back- install an energy efficient door and get up to $500 tax credits.

3. Assure your and your family’s safety- Install an opener with a built in safety feature such as a photo eye.

4. New garage door, cleaner house ? Enter your home from the garage and leave all the mess outside your home.

5. Be sure that when everybody around you has a power outage your opener will still function with the backup battery.

6. New garage door can be your next fashion statement as well as a way of expressing your design skills due to many new options and designs.

7. Is it windy where you live? protect your garage with a powerful wind resentment new door.

8. Windows on the top panel are an inexpensive way of adding some natural light into your garage space.

9. Make sure you choose the right brand for you, here are Supreme Garage Doors top 10 brands-
The right brand can offer up to a lifetime warranty.

1st United
Unique Garage Door
C.H.I Overhead Doors
Amarr Garage Doors
Aluminum Doors
Overhead Door
Clopay Building Products
Midland Garage Door

10. A professional installer like Supreme Garage Doors will guarantee that you will not have to deal with any repairs in the near future.

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Some FAQ’s Regarding Garage Door Spring Replacement-

Should I replace both springs on my double car garage door?

Supreme Garage Doors Repair would normally recommend to replace both torsion springs due to the fact that they normally wear at the same time. If one has yet to break it usually breaks within six months or less. Similar to car tires, you can’t tell from looking at them when they are ready to break.

Garage door springs break because every time the door opens and closes, the spring wire bends a little. You may have broken a paper clip or a piece of wire before by bending it back and forth. This is what happens to torsion springs. If the other spring looks like it has been replaced, but no one knows, I usually ask the customer to decide. Newer springs usually look black. Older springs that have an orange tint from rust should be replaced right away to avoid a danger hazard.

Should I replace both cables?

Unlike springs, cables do not normally wear at the same time. Some cables rust more than the other from more sun exposure. Many cables fray because of a rough spot on only one of the cable drums.

When we replace your cables, there is a good chance that our cables will be slightly longer or shorter than yours. If you replace a cable with one that is a slightly different length, you run the risk of having the door not balance. Therefore, to avoid the possibility of the extra hassle of trying to level your door, we suggest that you replace both cables which would be a more cost efficient solution.

Replace One garage door spring or two?
If your door has only one spring it may be an option to substitute one larger spring with two smaller springs. It may prevent serious problems in the future with cables breaking or peeling off the drums, and steel sections getting damaged.

Supreme Garage Doors Repair should help you understand the problem and determine if it would be better to convert from one to two garage door springs.

For a more detailed look at the problems of only having one torsion spring CALL TODAY FOR AN INSPECTION.

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Some Recommendations From Supreme Garage Doors Repair When Purchasing a New Door-

It does not happen every day that you are in the market for a new garage door. If you pretty much know what to expect when shopping for a new door and you feel that current models are the same as your 20-year-old door- you are in for a big surprise.
These days the doors are much stronger, more secure and better insulated. They require less maintenance than their predecessors. You have never before had such a range of choice in materials, styles, colors and window inserts.

Most new garage doors are made of steel insulated with foam. Panels made of 24-ga. steel are the strongest (26- and 28-ga. steel is also used). Most doors are produced with a wood-grain texture or with a smooth finish. Look for a model with a baked-on primer and polyester topcoat for maximum rust protection.
Warranties for steel doors start at 7 years; limited lifetime coverage is not uncommon. Wood doors on the other hand might be less. This is due to the added maintenance and regular painting the wood doors require. Most wood doors are constructed with a hemlock frame and hardboard panels. Custom doors are often made from solid Douglas fir. The typical warranty for a factory-made wood door is one year; many custom doors are backed for 15 years. Plastic doors are fairly new to the scene, and they might eventually be the door of choice.

Remember to go step by step-

Choose the material
Choose the color
Choose features like- Insulation and Windows

And call Supreme Garage Doors to schedule your new installation with the best technicians in town.

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Supreme Garage Doors are here to tell you all about the newest innovations-

LiftMaster has been one of the world’s most reliable, efficient, and cost-effective manufacture. Chamberlain has been determined to build on its established reputation as the industry leader.

As of today, more than 50% homeowners rely on the garage door as the main entrance into their house. The garage door is also the largest door to the home, and for that reason, it is important that it open and close when you need it to. Professional installation is key and that is why you should call Supreme Garage Doors Repair to install your opener.
Jackshaft Garage Door Opener by LiftMaster.

3800 DC Motor Residential Jackshaft Opener

LiftMaster has brought a new innovation to the garage door opener market with the Jackshaft design. Jackshaft openers are unique because they do not require ceiling installation. They are installed on the wall to the side of the garage door. This is best for garages with tall ceilings, such as those with cathedral ceilings. In addition, Think about all the ceiling space you could save with a wall-mounted opener. You could use your entire garage ceiling for storage!

See the following for some of the great features-

• Easy wall-mount installation means no rails to hang
• A 6-foot power cord makes connecting to a power source easier than ever
• Remote light delivers 200 watts of light with adjustable time delay
• The Protector System safety sensors project an invisible light beam across the garage door opening and automatically reverse the door if anything interrupts the beam while the door is closing
• Security+ rolling code technology assures a new code is sent every time the remotecontrol is used
• Lifetime motor warranty and 5-year parts warranty

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California state laws regarding automatic garage door openers

Supreme Garage Doors will keep you updated with regards to the state law of garage door openers installation.

Did you know a California building department may be awarded civil penalties for violations of the California state laws regarding automatic garage door openers? It is true! Health and Safety Code Section 19891 allows a local building department bringing a civil action for violations of Health and Safety Code Sections 19890, to be awarded civil penalties to offset the cost of bringing the action. These two sections of law are referenced in Section R309.4, of the 2010 California Residential Code in Part 2.5 of Title 24, California Code of Regulations.

The civil penalties provision was part of a legislative effort to reduce deaths and injuries caused by automatic garage door openers. The civil penalties may be either $500 or $1,000 per violation, depending on the violation of HSC Section 19890. Interesting provisions of Section 19890 are:

Supreme Garage Doors would like to inform you that it is unlawful to manufacture, sell or install a residential automatic garage door opener that does not have an automatic reverse safety device that complies with the specified ANSI/UL standard. The required devise must cause a closing garage door to open when the door path is interrupted, or when the device is disabled.
Each sold or installed residential automatic garage door opener shall include a set of installation, operation, maintenance, and testing instructions.
No replacement residential garage door shall be installed in a manner that connects the replacement door to an existing residential automatic garage door opener that does not meet the requirements of this HSC section.
Any person hired to service or repair any residential automatic garage door opener shall, upon completion of the service or repair, if any, determine whether the door reverses upon contact with a rigid two-inch -high obstacle placed on the surface beneath the garage door. If the residential automatic garage door opener does not pass the test, the hired person shall complete and conspicuously affix to the residential automatic garage door opener, a red certificate with a warning as specified in this HSC section.
Garage door openers manufactured for commercial purposes are subject to all the same requirements of this HSC section when installed for residential use.
Did You KnowThere is more, so read HSC Sections 19890 and 19891 for all the detail: from the legislative codes page, select Health and Safety Code, then select Division 13, then select Sections 19890-1.

Call Supreme Garage Doors for an inspection or for an up-to-code installation.

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