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The Power Behind What Opens Your Garage Door and Gate.


The american dream includes the owning of a nice house, and a car love. Unstated, but implied, is the ownership of a garage to go with this american dream. Since the creation of cars, garages have been the site of the fondest memories to families across the country. And yet, when it comes time to buying a new garage door, the device used to open and close such things as your garage door and electric gates are usually what is least understood. Gate Operators,  are not the remote itself, but rather the actual device or motor responsible directly for the opening and closing of the gate. Found on both residential and commercial properties, they are literal life savers and provide increased ease of access to countless numbers of people.

Whether it be for your sliding, swing, and/or dual gates, there are a variety of gate and garage door operators on the market today. It is important to know which type you need and the function it plays.

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Swing Gate Operators

Swing gate operators easily and reliably allow ease of access to the swinging gates themselves. For commercial properties or large residential estates, it may be a wise investment to invest in high traffic swing gate operators.

Most swing gate operators come with security devices that follow pre-installed security codes. No unwanted guests will be getting onto your property with these gate operators.

Sliding Gate Operators

Sliding gate operators are used to open sliding gates, and can come in a few different types. The two most common are gear and chain gate operators. Both relatively cost the same price, their only main difference being the purpose they serve utilizing different opening components.

In some cases, sliding gates may not include the movement you wish, so it is important to fully research their moving capabilities.

Dual Gate Operators

Dual Gate Operators can open and close two gates at once. This is perfect for commercial properties especially, or residential properties with two garage doors, for example.

By buying dual gate operators, you save money and difficulties than when compared to buying two single gate operators.

Of course, there are other factors that need to be kept in mind. Do you want your gate operator to be plastic or metal, for example? Metal is much more durable and is used more with heavy traffic, than plastic operators are. They also have a big difference in weight, so it is a good idea to discuss the ideal one for your home or business.

This is especially true when considering the final aspect, which is the mounting system. The weight, specific purpose, and type of gate operator will determine your mounting system. A few gate operators may work with any mounting system, but slide gates, for example, may require the installation of tracks.

Fortunately, American Garage Doors California can help determine which type of gate operator will give you the best results that is sure to bring immense satisfaction. Call Today for a FREE estimate. 323-904-9913 and visit our site at American Garage Doors California


Factors To Consider When Purchasing a Garage Door

Garage doors can go for years before requiring replacement; they are supposed to be durable. The main materials used to make garage doors include, aluminum, steel, wood, vinyl and fiberglass.

With a large selection of door types to choose from, buyers are bound to make mistakes when purchasing garage doors. To avoid making mistakes, there are several factors that buyers should always consider when purchasing doors for their garage.

Materials and Cost

As already mentioned, garage doors are manufactured from a variety of materials. Therefore, the most important factor to consider when purchasing a garage door is the material used. Aluminum doors are ideal for humid environments as the material is impervious to rust. The price of aluminum doors range between $1,500 and $ 2,000.

Steel doors offer more options in terms of color, insulation and price. The price range of a steel garage door ranges from as low as $750 to $3,500. Steel doors can be categorized into entry level, single layer, insulated and non-insulated.

For custom made garage doors, wood is the recommended raw material. This is because wood is more flexible than other materials. Additionally, the distinctive appearance of wood makes it a better choice for custom made doors. Wooden garage doors are mainly made from water resistant cedar, cypress or redwood. However, it is worth noting that wooden doors require more maintenance. The price of a wooden door ranges from $1,200 to over $4,000.

Composite wood is a material that is similar to real wood. This material is used in the manufacture of garage doors due to its many benefits. Unlike real wood, composite wood is impervious to shrinking, cracking and even rotting. Doors made from this material have a cost of between $1,200 and $2,200.

Insulated Doors vs. Non-insulated Doors

Garage doors are generally categorized into insulated and non-insulated, with the latter being cheaper than the former. The location of the garage should influence a buyers choice; a garage that is located below an occupied room should have an insulated door. The insulated door will reduce the amount of noise coming out of the garage and also reduce utility bills. The direction that a garage door faces will also influence a buyers decision. If the door is designed in such a way that it is exposed to the sun it should be insulated so as to regulate indoor temperatures.

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Garage Door Safety Tips To Avoiding A Garage Door Accident

Many garage door accidents occur while the individual is attempting self-repair.

Since 1990, an average of 20,000 people a year are treated for garage door related injuries. While the manufacturing and design of modern garage doors makes them safer than ever before, trying to repair the mechanics of these systems without proper training, may pose a danger to homeowners. It is crucial for the safety of home and business owners to know the basic garage door safety tips.

The federal Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends that garage doors be regularly inspected by professionals to ensure they are working properly. Should someone discover that their garage door is no longer working correctly, they should immediately consult a qualified professional or service. When it comes to performing any kind of work on a garage door, the task is best left to those with the proper training and experience. Heres a few garage door safety tips to be aware of when you notice a garage door isn’t operating or functioning properly. Wear and tear from normal use, as well as weather changes can affect the functioning of their garage door. Such as when the weather gets cooler, ice blockages can slow these doors, meaning power must be increased to produce an opening or closing movement. When too much pressure is applied the door may fail and cause disastrous consequences. Also, any doors installed before 1982 should be replaced as these older models do not feature automatic reverse mechanisms for safety purposes.

Another operating issue that may arise, and garage door owners should be aware of are the garage door springs functioning. Because these springs are tightly wound, the amount of pressure that they are under can be hazardous when attempting to repair or replace them. American Garage Doors California is equipped to handle the repair or replacement needs of homeowners with any door brand or kind.
 American Garage Doors California can guarantee swift skilled and safe garage door services. As a local business they are familiar with every part of the garage door system including springs rollers panels and openers. With over 25 years in business, they have provided countless residents with the repairs and replacements they need to enjoy a fully functioning garage door.

To learn more about us, American Garage Doors California , in Los Angeles, call
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Electronic Gate Maintenance 101

To keep your electric gate running smoothly, there are a few simple steps to take to ensure the longevity of your electric gate.

Automatic gate openers are simple to operate and require very little maintenance.The major thing that needs to be done is to spray silicon spray directly to the inner tube that goes in and out of the arm. Do NOT use any type of spray oils or penetrating oils as these just collect dirt and grime, this includes WD-40. Silicon spray helps to keep the inner seal flexible and it does a good job of keeping the moisture out of the arm, therefore keeping the arm from locking when the temperatures drop below freezing as they have recently.

The hinge area is another area that needs maintenance. Most hinges for ornamental swing gates have grease fittings on them. These should be greased at least several times a year. It would not hurt to periodically remove the arm from the gate and swing the gate by hand to check that it is working properly. It is also advisable to make sure all hinges are still tight and solid. Check for any cracks around the joints and welds and have them repaired as soon as possible.

Chain drive slide gates are imperative to oil the chain regularly. This is an area where we see a tremendous amount of problems. Chains need to flexible, if they are not oiled regularly, they will get stuck and cause significant problems for the gate operators down the road.

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Garage Door Insulation

 Uninsulated garage doors allow a garage to become very cold in winter, and if the garage is attached to the house it fails to serve as an efficient buffer against ambient cold. Also, cold can be hard on a car battery, and entering a cold car in winter is miserable. Furthermore, if the door(s) faces east or west the garage can become very hot during summer. Instead of buffering the house from exterior heat, the garage without insulated east or west doors heats the house in summer.

Figure 1 is an infrared photograph of an uninsulated east facing door taken from inside a Reno, NV garage on an August morning (10 am). The door temperature (red area) is 145 °F and the air temperature inside the garage is above 90 °F (higher than outside) and rising.

This uninsulated east facing garage door heats the garage to 100 °F every sunny morning in summer, which in turn heats the attached house. The freezer in the garage also works harder and consumes more electricity as the temperature rises. The solution for both winter and summer conditions is to insulate the garage door.

Figure 2 shows a garage door in Reno that was insulated with mostly foil backed insulation Prior to insulation, every sunny summer afternoon the air temperature inside the garage would reach 105-110 °F. After insulation the garage high temperature reaches 85° F. The insulation cost for the three car garage was about $60 for materials ~ the homeowner required about 3 hours total labor. An ancillary benefit is the garage door opens more quietly because the insulation absorbs rattle.

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