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How to Easily Replace the Bottom Weather Seal on Your Garage Door
It’s that time of year when you want to keep rain and bugs out of your garage. One of the most overlooked home DIY repairs is the replacement of the bottom seal on your garage doors. What to keep the driving rain out? Want to keep scorpions out? Want to keep spiders out? If your garage door is more than 10 years old it’s time to replace the bottom seal.
At stardoorparts.com we carry a full line of bottom seal to fit almost any garage door. Just follow our easy to install tips and in less than an hour your garage will be sealed from water, bugs and even light! Need help? Contact us at [email protected]
-Start by removing the existing weather strip gasket (you may also need to replace the bracket if necessary) using a Philips or standard screwdriver to remove the existing screws. Be careful not to dent or damage the steel garage door panels or to scratch the wood garage door panels.
-Next, raise the garage door to a comfortable work height for you to take your measurements. Start by measuring the length of the garage door. Add 1" for each side to allow for any adjustments needed to be made. -Measure the width of the bottom of the door and the width of the existing garage door gasket (if possible). Do not remove the existing bottom weather seal until you have purchased a replacement gasket!
-Now trim any excess length of the bottom seal gasket with a utility knife. Make sure you don't damage the surface of the garage door when trimming the excess gasket. Also, don't let the gasket interfere with the raising and lowering of the garage door. You will want to verify this before you continue.
-Finally, test the new garage door gasket seal by lowering the door and checking for a continuous seal along the bottom of the garage door.
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Over the past few weeks, we have seen a rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the country. As that spread has occurred, we recently have learned that a number of our suppliers around the county have closed or are in the process of closing their warehouses due to stay at home orders in their states. As you can imagine, this is going to have a significant impact on our ability to fulfill orders, especially custom spring orders and low stock items. We value your business and realize this will impact you, our customer. We continue to have a significant quantity of parts in our warehouses but some of those items are in limited supply and we don’t know when we can expect new shipments from our suppliers due to the worldwide disruption in the supply chain.
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What Type of Garage Door Opener is Best to Buy?
Among all the factors to consider when shopping for residential garage door openers, the type of drive mechanism is generally not something most homeowner think a lot about. However, when using the garage door opener you can hear a sound difference in the belt drive opener because they are quieter than chain drive openers. But, this is not the only operating feature to consider.
There are many advantages of chain drive openers despite being a bit louder when they operate. We don’t recommend that you rule them out. If you have an attached garage and especially if there are bedrooms located on the second floor directly above the garage, the sound rating of the garage door opener may indeed be very important to you.
Belt Drive Openers
Today's high-strength and durable drive belts will handle the weight loads of most single and double residential garage doors. This type of drive system runs along the track or rail and wraps around a drive sprocket located on the top of the operator head. The ends of the belt are joined at the drive trolley with a threaded clip that you can easily adjust to tighten the belt as it may loosen over years of use.
Chain Drive Openers
The chains used on residential garage door openers often times have higher tensile strength and greater weight lifting capacity. They can also last longer based on garage door weight and usage. Just like belts, the chain is joined by an adjustable clip and driven by a drive sprocket on top of the operator.
Belt drive garage door openers tend to be higher priced but also tend to have a greater range of features. In many cases, belt drive units come or can include as an option a battery backup or corner-to-corner LED lighting. Both chain and belt drive models range from 1/2 hp to 3/4 hp.
The biggest advantage of chain drive garage openers is that they offer more power for the job for less money and are often specified for heavier garage doors and arid climates. With proper maintenance, a chain will generally outlast a belt but that also depends on the number of cycles the garage door is opened and closed. Like belt drive openers, chain drive models are equipped with 1/2 hp to 3/4 hp motors that will provide sufficient power for all residential garage doors.
Chain and Belt Drive Garage Openers
How To Lubricate Your Garage Door
Is your garage door getting a little noisy lately?
Residential overhead garage doors are some of the most opened and closed of any door in the home. Your garage stores your cars, equipment and more importantly services as a main access to your home.
The sectional garage door contains metal parts such as hinges, bearings, rollers, and springs that require regular lubrication to ensure proper, efficient and safe operation for many years. Using the proper lubricant will waterproof the garage door parts and help to prevent rust and corrosion. Always refer to your garage door and opener’s manufacturer's specific recommendations if you have any questions.
Here are some basic steps to follow to hep get your garage door lubricated and working smoothly and efficiently. Start by cleaning the garage door tracks with a cloth and cleaner such as our Citrol Citrus Degreaser. Next you will need to lubricate the rollers such as our 3-in-1 Garage Door Lubricant. Make sure you know what type of rollers that you have as the lubrication process is different for each type. If you have all-metal Rollers then you need to use a non-silicon based lubricant. Lubricate each roller and allow the rolling action to draw it into the bearings. Don’t use grease because this will just gum-up the tracks and collect dust, debris and dirt. For nylon rollers make sure to lubricate the bearings ONLY – DO NOT allow the lubricant to come into contact with the nylon rollers.
Note: You do not want to lubricate the roller tracks because lubricant can cause the garage door to slip or become unbalanced.
Remember to use the right type of lubricant to use and the important parts that need routine lubrication for long lasting performance and quieter operation. It's easy to do! You now have the knowledge and keep your garage door operating dependably for years to come.
Garage Door Openers & Remotes
When you install your new garage door, one of the most important things for you to keep track of is the remote control for the garage door opener. Openers and remotes have a variety of options that you will want to consider. When you look at the openers, you will need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type so that you can make a well-informed decision.
Opener Styles Include:
In addition to selecting the right type of drive, you also have to keep track of how much power the opener has. If you have a smaller garage door, you can get away with less horsepower in the motor that drives the opener. However, if your garage door is large or heavy, then you need to make sure that you get an opener with a motor than can handle the extra requirements of the larger door and that means more horsepower.
You will also want to verify the safety protocols that the opener uses as well as the warranty information to help you make the best choice. You can find garage door openers that meet every budget.
Garage Door Remote Controls
Remote control transmitters come in a variety of styles to better serve your needs and here are some that you will find:
Premium remote that lights up
3 button remote
One button remote
Multi-function remote for garage doors, gates, lights, and even small appliances
Wireless keyless entry
Multi-function control panel
Motion detecting control panel
Car visor remote
If you need a new garage door remote control because your old one is broken or if you are installing a new garage door and need a new opener or just want to upgrade your current opener or remote, you should visit Star Door Parts today to view our excellent selection online!
LiftMaster MyQ Partnership Change with Nest
Works With Nest Update:
As you may know, Google is discontinuing its Works With Nest program. As a result, the Nest devices you've integrated into your myQ app will no longer be supported.
Your existing Nest devices will continue working with your Nest Account. And eventually, the Works With Nest functionality will be available on the Works With Google Assistant platform.
You will receive an invitation from Nest to migrate your account when that functionality is available.
In the meantime, there's no action required on your part. We’ll be removing Nest devices from the myQ system over the next several weeks.
New Garage Door Opener Law Went into Effect July 1, 2019
Any and all automatic garage doors sold in California after July 1, 2019 must, by operation of law, include a backup battery system that can adequately provide power to operate the overhead garage doors in the event of a power outage.
Old garage door openers are NOT allowed to be utilized with a new garage door installation.
Imposition of a civil penalty of $1,000 for offending garage door openers or installers.
The new law does not require existing openers to be backed up with batteries, but it is recommended that all homeowners consider upgrading for the increased safety features. When an opener is replaced it must be a battery backed up system.
Eventually all manufacturers will be making this battery backup system a standard feature. There are already companies that are implementing these technologies in their products. For example, the LiftMaster 8500 opener series includes an integrated battery backup system, and Smart features with Wi-Fi connected to your phone – to make your life safer, simpler and easier. The Genie ProSeries opener has monitoring features and soft closure operation in addition to the battery features. Easy Lift openers have already implemented battery backup products to insure compliance.
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10 Ways to Ensure the Safety of Your Garage Door Read tips on keeping your family and belongings safe in and around the garage. You should learn how to prevent home invasions and keeping kids safe.
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Update to the myQ + Nest partnership from LiftMaster
As you may have heard, Nest has decided to shut down the “Works with Nest” program effective August 31, 2019. Because of this, Nest cameras and thermostats will no longer be able to directly integrate with myQ through our app.
Delivering solutions is important to us and we will continue to work with leading connectivity brands to complete your smart home experience. To see who we connect with and learn more about exciting services visit our partner page.
Have questions about Google Nest? Visit the FAQ.
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Benefits of Insulated Garage Doors
Does Your Garage Door Stand Up to the Cold?
Take a look at some of the benefits of owning an insulated garage door, along with other best practices to maintain your garage door this winter.
Your garage door is ultimately the barrier between your home and the winter weather outside. Studies have shown that replacing an uninsulated garage door with an insulated one can reduce heat loss through the garage by more than 70 percent, especially if the walls of your garage are insulated. Insulated garage doors will block cold air from entering your garage and keep the warm air inside using polyurethane insulation and sealed air gaps.
Protect Your Tools
Freezing garage temperatures can damage your vehicles and anything else you might be storing inside. Tools or appliances with water in them such as a power washer can freeze and crack, ruining the equipment. The same is true of fuel gels. These can “gel up” inside the engine of your lawn mower and destroy a very expensive piece of machinery.
Extend Your Car Battery Life
A car battery is most reliable between 30 and 90 degrees, so an insulated garage door could be the difference between a working or a dead battery.
Silent and Durable
Today’s insulated garage doors are often made from steel. These doors feature sandwich construction of steel-polyurethane-steel. The higher the R-value of the insulation, the better it will keep your garage’s air in. The added insulation also makes it less likely that it will be dented or damaged by everyday life.
As well as adding durability, the insulation in the door also dampens most of the vibration of your garage door and reduces street noise. The reduction in vibration comes in handy if you have living spaces above or next to the garage door, and do not want to be disturbed every time it opens and closes.
Have Your Door Inspected by a Professional
Winter is a great time to have your garage door inspected by a professional. The garage door is often the primary entry point of the home and if your garage door malfunctions, you could be locked out in the cold. A professional inspector will check the door’s springs, the weather stripping and lubricate all the moving parts to keep them running smoothly. This is also a good time to replace the garage door remote and keypad batteries.
Benefits of an Insulated Garage Door Insulate your garage door and save money.During the cooler months, homeowners aim to keep the cold air out and the warm air in, including their garages.
Garage Door Tune-Up An annual garage door tune-up helps ensure reliable, quiet operation and safety. Each step of these garage door maintenance tasks takes 10 minutes or less.
5 ways to prepare your garage for winter Be prepared when the temps drop.
SPECIAL WARRANTY NOTICE:
888LM Quality Program: LiftMaster has resolved the loss of function affecting some of their LiftMaster 888LM Control Panels. These units were packed in with garage door opener models 8500 and 8500C, and/or sold as an accessory, such as MYQPCK. While the incidents of improperly functioning units are low, they are extending the warranty for affected customers until September 2023. For any customer who wishes to receive a replacement 888LM Control Panel for free, please use the following link to complete the form: Request Replacement 888LM. Upon completing the form, you will receive your coupon code via email for your free replacement 888LM Control Panel along with free shipping on your entire LiftMaster.com order. (Limit 1 quantity per person and open to U.S. residents only).
How to inspect and maintain your garage door Your garage door goes up and down several hundred times every year. You want to keep it running smoothly, but really big repairs are best left to professionals.
Tips for Winterizing Your Garage
As fall moves into winter, it’s that time of year again to begin making preparations for the cold weather.
Below are several tips for winter-proofing your garage. These might look like big chores now, but compared to having to clean snow/mud/salt mixtures from your garage floor, taking these steps will potentially save you both time and money.
Winterizing Your Garage
Insulate your garage door.
Your garage loses a lot of warmth simply via conduction across the surface of your garage door. Over the course of the winter, that can bring your garage’s temperature down close to outdoor temperatures, which is particularly unpleasant if you live in a place that regularly sees -10 degrees F or -20 degrees F in the winter.
One of your first lines of defense is to insulate your garage door. This can be done for wood-and-panel doors, flat doors and steel doors.
Foam board is the most popular option, and it’s sold in rigid panels that can then be cut to size. Place them in the recesses between the frames of your garage door. For extra protection, considering installing two layers. Foam board insulation has an R-value of between three and six, so it is worth the money. R-value refers to insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better a material’s insulating power.
Insulate your walls, too.
Insulation installation tutorials can be found online. Be sure that when installing garage insulation it covers both exterior walls and knee walls.
Upgrade your weather stripping.
Most people tend to go with the cheapest option when weather stripping, and in many cases the cheap option is just fine.
Door-bottom edge stripping, often referred to as threshold or bottom seal, is usually shaped like a flattened-out U with one long leg and one short leg. Install the stripping on the top and side jambs with the long leg lightly pressing on the door. Hold the strips in place with plywood battens 1/4 in. thick by 1-1/4 in. wide. Once the battens are screwed in place, use a razor knife to trim the short legs flush with the battens.
You can also just install a weather seal.
There are a number of online video tutorials on how to install a seal at the threshold where your garage door meets the ground. This is a great way to not only keep out the cold, but all rain, insects and anything else that could find its way under your garage door.
Caulk around your garage door.
Caulking the perimeter of your garage door is not particularly different from doing the same to your windows.
Waterproof the garage floor if you have not already done so.
Consider coating your garage floor with epoxy (it is not that difficult to do). Once the snow starts to fall, anytime you pull your vehicle into your garage it is going to track in caked-up mud, salt and slush. Deal with that now, before it becomes a problem.
You might not want to fill in your floor’s contraction joints.
The contraction joints in your garage floor will move about, especially in the first years after your garage is built, as the earth below settles. Some homeowners want to fill those in after a while, and that’s fine under certain circumstances. Filling the joint is not an issue if you are covering your garage floor with vinyl composite tile and isn’t even necessary for garage mats or interlocking tiles. However, if you plan on painting your garage floor or doing an epoxy coated floor, you can potentially create some cosmetic problems with that seamless looking floor later down the road.
Be sure to shop Star Door Parts at www.stardoorparts.com for garage door bottom seal and threshold as well as all the other parts you need for your garage door and opener. Be sure to visit our DIY library at https://www.stardoorparts.com/Garage-DIY-Library-s/29.htm for helpful articles and tutorials. Be sure visit us on Pinterest for lots of other helpful articles, links and videos.
Another reminder to never leave a remote garage door opener transmitter in your car when parked outside your home!
Burr Ridge police blotter: Numerous vehicles searched, garage door openers taken A Burr Ridge officer on patrol noticed numerous vehicles had been rummaged through and several garage door openers were reported missing.
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Is Your Home Vulnerable to Thieves?
Be sure you don’t forget to close (and lock) your garage door.
This falls into the same category as forgetting to lock your front and back doors. People may forget to close their garage door after they go inside or while they’re in the backyard mowing the lawn. Another individual noted that “thieves like to drive around nice neighborhoods, looking for people who left their garage open. They love a situation where someone might be mowing their backyard. Quickly hop out of the car, run into the garage, grab as many tools as they can, and run.”
Being more cautious about keeping your garage door closed at all times will help keep many thieves at bay.
But some burglars are a little more ambitious. Thieves know that most people don’t lock the door from the garage into their home. A security system worker explained, “I have sold more security systems by demonstrating the ease of getting into a garage. Go to your garage door, and press firmly towards the top, does it open enough to see up into it?
Then they can break in. With a coat hanger they can grab the red string and up goes the door. So cut your garage string/rope. You have a remote and don’t need it.” Locking the door from your garage to your home sounds like a better idea now doesn’t it?
Garage Door Safety Checklist
While modern-day garage doors are very convenient, resilient, aesthetically appealing as well as secure, like all the other features on your property, they too require regular maintenance and safety checks. In this article, we're taking a look at the different things you can do to maintain the safety of your garage door. All these precautions can help protect your family from harm. Keep this safety checklist handy, and conduct periodical inspections on our garage door:
Door Springs - These are a very important component of your garage door, however, when not maintained well, can also be the most dangerous aspect of the system. Most homeowners fail to consider the hidden dangers of old and deteriorated garage door springs.
Just like your car’s shocks, garage door springs face a considerable amount of wear and tear over time. If this feature breaks, it can cause a collapse of the entire garage door causing injury to your vehicle or anyone in that space. If your garage door is more than five years old, the recommendation is that you should get the springs inspected by professional technicians and replace them if required.
If the door and has double springs, it is important that both be replaced simultaneously to ensure optimal functionality and equal lifespan. Since these elements have a high spring tension, it is important that they are serviced by skilled, certified and experienced professionals.
Garage door cables - Regularly inspect the cables that are attached to the door’s spring system, connecting them to the bottom brackets of the feature. When you are visually inspecting these cables, look for signs of fraying or wear. Deteriorated or damaged cables can cause serious injuries and replacement of these features should be handled only by trained and experienced technicians.
Squeaky Springs - Sometimes, your garage door springs can be pretty noisy or squeaky. Regular use, as well as exposure to the elements, can cause this noise. Fixing the problem is very simple; all you have to do spray some WD40 on the springs. While you’re doing this, inspect the elements for signs such as damage or cracks. If you have noticed any kind of damage or if you find that the noise persists call in garage door professionals to attend to the problem.
Door Doesn’t Open Easily - When homeowners find that the garage door doesn’t open up easily, they simply tell themselves that it's sluggish because it’s old. However, even old garage doors that have been maintained well should operate very smoothly. Sluggish doors can impact the spring system and throw it off-balance resulting in an unsafe condition. Garage door systems can be dangerous, and it’s always important to hire skilled garage door technicians to inspect and fix them.
Brackets That Are Tamper-Proof - In most cases, the garage door brackets are connected to the springs, and these systems operate under extremely high tension. Older doors do not have tamper-resistant hardware like the newer counterparts. Attempting to either replace or tighten these brackets on older doors can prove to be very dangerous. This job should only be handled by professional technicians.
New Doors Need New Tracks - Most property owners are under the impression that new doors can be fitted on older door tracks. The fact is that keeping your old track isn’t a cost-effective option. It's why garage door manufacturers provide door sections as well as tracks as a complete set, and they are designed to work seamlessly with each other. The best way to ensure optimum performance and a longer lifespan for your door is to use the track that has been specifically designed for your garage door.
Keeping these pointers in view and maintaining a safety checklist is one of the best ways to ensure that your garage door functions well, and doesn’t become a safety risk.
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Keeping Your Garage Safe During The Summer Most people spend a lot of time outdoors during summer. Some go on long trips while others visit local parks or attractions to enjoy the outdoor weather. You are out of the house during these trips, which can leave it vulnerable to threats like home invasions or burglaries.
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