Your automatic garage door opener works just fine, you say. It’s opened and closed your door reliably for years. all you’ve needed to do is change the light bulb or the battery in the remote control once in a while.

Replace it? What more could you want? What could be new in garage door openers?


Safety First

If your opener was installed prior to 1993, you may be missing out on a great safety feature that is now required on all U.s. and canadian openers manufactured since that time – photoelectric eyes or some other device that provides equivalent protection against entrapment.

Photoelectric eyes – mounted about six inches above the floor – cast an invisible beam across the door opening. If a door is closing and, for example, a child or pet were running underneath the door, they would “break” the beam, causing the door to automatically reverse.

Because your garage door is the heaviest and largest moving part of your home, a new opener with entrapment protection makes a great deal of sense, particularly if you have small children. (note – it’s important, too, to teach children that the garage door system is not a plaything.)

Your local professional door dealer can help you choose the system that makes sense for your needs – and he or she is also fully trained to install and test the system for optimum performance and safe operation.

Key to the Castle

Many folks don’t carry a house key anymore. Why? Many find it easier to enter their homes through the garage door, using a remote control or an external keypad. these devices have become the new “house keys” for many homeowners.

These keypads are especially popular with “latchkey kids” – kids who come home to an empty house. Millions of children come home every day and enter their homes using an exterior garage door keypad. in fact, one survey shows that 33 percent of parents whose homes have external keypads say that the keypad is the number one way for children to enter the homes.

“Latchkey kids are now keypad kids,” said chris long, editor of door & operator industry, an industry magazine.

“Keypad use has more than doubled in the past 10 years,” said tom Wadsworth, editor of door & access systems, another magazine for the garage door industry. “convenience is the driving factor behind this trend – no more worries about lost or stolen keys.”

The new fingerprint-activated keyless entry pads have created a whole new level of convenience. now, you don’t even need to memorize an entry code. convenience is literally at your fingertip.

You’ve Always Got the Power

Entrapment protection and keypads are great, you may say – but how do we open and close the garage door when a storm rolls through and knocks out the power?

Today’s openers won’t keep you waiting outside in the rain, or force you to manually disengage the opener and lift the door by hand. a popular accessory sold with new openers is a battery back-up system that allows you to use your garage door opener 24/7, regardless of any loss of power to your home.

Speaking of power, chances are you have a surge protector in your home to safeguard your computer from voltage spikes.

Surge protectors are also available to shield your garage door opener as well, keeping your door operating system running and protecting your investment.

If You Can Dream It …

Tt’s probably available. garage door opener accessories abound. Would you like your garage door opener to switch on lights in your home as you’re pulling up the driveway? or alert you if you left the garage door open? it’s all now possible with new garage door accessories. You can even make a fashion statement with your garage door remote by customizing it to match your car’s interior.


Beautiful homes. They’re everywhere. On TV, flawless façades get primetime coverage every night. Clean-cut lawns, pristine porches and shining windows bombard your senses. Their perfect features seem to remind you of all the updates you mean to make to your home.

Not everyone has the time to keep their home in perfect condition. With work, family and a million-and-one other duties, it’s no surprise that “landscaping chores” and “exterior maintenance” fall to the bottom of your to-do list. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard to keep a home in tip-top shape.

So what can you do to help improve your home’s curb appeal, be the envy of all your neighbors, and still have time (and energy) to go about your daily life?

Well, if you’ve got a front-facing attached garage, here’s a simple quick fix – install a new stylish garage door.

Don’t worry; you don’t have to actually lift a finger during the installation or do any of the grunt work yourself. You don’t have to perform the installation, nor should you! Garage doors are large and extremely heavy. Installing a new garage door is a difficult and dangerous task that should be left to an experienced professional.

A new garage door really can make your home the envy of all your neighbors. Think about it. If your house has an attached garage, the garage door may take up more than one-third of your home’s front façade. If that home is more than five years old, your garage door probably is a solid-colored, raised-panel door that looks like every other garage door in the neighborhood.

A new door, quickly, safely and correctly installed by a local professional, will differentiate your home and add style, value and curb appeal. The hottest new style in garage doors is the carriage house design. It’s available in steel, wood or composite materials and in many price ranges.

This year, installing a new garage door could even save you up to $500 off your taxes. The U.S. government’s Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 extends tax credits for energy efficient home improvements, including qualifying insulated garage doors. Why not save on taxes and lower your home’s energy consumption while increasing your home’s curb appeal?

What are you waiting for?


Garage door as a hot new fashion statement? Absolutely! Because so many homes are now built with the garage door as the most prominent feature, style-conscious Americans are replacing old, drab doors with fashionable new garage doors to increase their home’s curb appeal.

Let’s face it – You don’t get a distinct personality when you buy into a development. Your garage door looks pretty much like every other garage door on your street.

A trendy new garage door is not only a fashion statement, it says something about your personality. You’re unique. You’ve got style and flair. Unless you’re selling your house, you’ve got to look at that huge garage door day in and day out as you come and go. Why not liven it up with a stylish new look?

Hot New Garage Doors Add Dollars to Home Value

Garage door makers heard the demand for more decorative doors, and boy, have they answered! You can now choose from more than a thousand different looks in elegant and stylish carriage-house doors.

“People are definitely becoming more style-conscious when replacing their garage door,” said Chris Long, editor Ofinternational Door & Operator Industry, a garage door industry magazine.

And replacing your garage door with a new upscale model just may boost the resale value of your home. a recent online survey revealed that a whopping 71% of homeowners who recently replaced their garage door believe it definitely increased the value of their home.

It makes sense. for most homes, garage doors take up 30 percent of the front view of the home. With one easy purchase, you can add dazzle to a major portion of the curb appeal of your home.

And with professional installation, the job can be done in a few hours. But don’t try to install the door yourself. it’s a complex and dangerous task. a professional door dealer can help you find the right look for your home and install the door correctly, quickly and safely.

More Than Just a Pretty Face

There’s more to new garage doors than just beauty. We use the garage door as the main way to get in and out of our homes more than ever. another survey said that 71 percent of homeowners use their garage door openers to get in their homes every day. the key to the front door is now the garage door’s remote control.

It’s just more convenient. getting in through the garage makes it easy for us to get groceries into the kitchen. You can leave muddy shoes or boots and drenched coats in the garage and keep your house cleaner. and with a keyless entry pad, you don’t have to fiddle with a key, and neither do your kids.

“Once you have a keypad, you’ll never go back. it’s a small luxury that quickly becomes a necessity,” said Tom Wadsworth, editor of Door & Access Systems, another industry magazine.

And you can kick-up your garage door opener as well with a battery back-up system so that even in a power outage, you’re good to go – in or out of your home, that is. Your kids will never be locked out of your home in a storm again, even in an extended outage.

Accessorizing Access

Would you like your garage door opener to switch on lights in your home as you’re pulling up the driveway? or alert you if you left the garage door open? It’s all now possible with new garage door accessories. You can even make a fashion statement with your garage door remote by customizing it to match your car’s interior.

And once you’re inside your garage, there are attractive new organizers and storage units, rubberized flooring for a smooth entry, and appliances designed just for the garage. “The garage has become the new focus of home makeovers,” added Wadsworth. “The garage is no longer the junkpile of the home. today’s homeowners want an organized, clean garage that looks great, inside and out.”


It goes up, it goes down. But a new garage door can do a lot more than that. Here are a dozen reasons why you need a new garage door and garage door opener.

1. New garage doors can increase the value of your home.
An online survey says that 71% of homeowners who recently replaced their garage door believe it increased the value of their home. When nationwide real estate agents were shown “before” and “after” photos of houses upgraded with new, stylish garage doors, they increased the list price of the home anywhere from 1 to 4 percent. That means a $2,000+ investment in a garage door could increase the sale value of your home by as much as $7,000 if you’re selling a $175,000 home. Look at some dramatic “before and after” photos at GarageWowNow.com, and you’ll see the difference a new garage door can make.

2. New garage doors can put money back in your pocket.

The Federal Government’s Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 extends tax credits for energy efficient home improvements. This includes qualifying insulated garage doors. That means that adding a new garage door in 2009 can save you money by helping to lower home energy consumption and costs AN D it will help pay for itself this year through the tax credit incentive, worth up to $500.

3. New garage doors help you Lower The Door On Crime.  

According to statistics compiled by metropolitan police departments, approximately 50 percent of all residential burglaries can be traced to an open or an unsecured garage door. How many times have you gone in your house after working in your yard or carrying groceries out of your car and left the garage door open? The garage door industry suggests that you Lower the Door on Crime in 2009 by making it a practice to always close and secure your garage door to protect the valuables in both your home and your garage.

If you’re looking for helpful security devices to remind you to close your door, you can purchase an open garage door indicator that can be affixed to your door. When a garage door is left open, a warning light will indicate “open door.”  Homeowners can sleep easy, knowing their garage doors are closed and their families are safe.

4. New garage door openers have built-in safety features.

Photoelectric eyes – mounted about six inches above the floor – cast an invisible beam across the door opening and provide extra protection against entrapment. If a door is closing and a child or pet runs underneath the door, the beam breaks, causing the door to automatically reverse.

5. New garage doors can work even during power outages.  

A popular accessory sold with new garage door openers is a battery back-up system that allows you to use your opener several times, even after the loss of power to your home. It’s a wonderful feature that prevents you from being trapped outside in a storm.

6. New garage doors are today’s front door.  

A nationwide survey of consumers said that 71 percent of homeowners use their garage door openers to get into their homes every day, even more often than the front entry door. The key to the front door is now the garage door’s remote control and keypad. Yesterday’s latchkey kids are today’s keypad kids.

7. New garage doors can help you keep your house clean.  

With a keyless entry pad mounted outside your garage door, why traipse dirt in through the front door when you can enter through the garage? You can leave muddy shoes or boots and drenched coats in the garage and keep your house cleaner.

8. New garage doors can be a fashion statement.  

People are becoming more style conscious when replacing their garage door. On many American homes, the garage door claims a third of the façade, so it’s a snap to quickly makeover the look of your whole house. You can easily increase curb appeal when you choose from hundreds of different looks in elegant and stylish carriage house, contemporary or raised panel doors.

9. New garage doors can express your individuality.  

Housing developments have their advantages, but individuality usually isn’t one of them. In homes that are more than five years old, chances are your door is a solid-colored, raised-panel door that looks like every other garage door. Choose a fashionable contemporary or carriage house garage door, and your house instantly stands out from the crowd.

10. New garage doors can protect your family from powerful winds.

Reinforced garage doors are now available to help your home stand up to brutal winds. Researchers studying the wind effects of devastating storms know that garage doors are often the entry point for severe damage. A new strong garage door is an integral part of maintaining the structural integrity of your home.

11. New garage doors can help accessorize your life.  

Garage door opener accessories abound. Many new garage door openers switch on lights in your home as you’re pulling up the driveway. Some alert you if you left the garage door open. Some door openers are activated only by your fingerprint. You can even make a fashion statement with your garage door remote by customizing it to match your car’s interior.

12. New garage doors should be installed by a professional.  

Don’t try to install the door yourself. It’s a complex and dangerous task. Garage door springs are under extreme pressure and, if not handled properly, can release with enough power to seriously harm or kill someone. Specific tools and training are needed; therefore, it’s highly recommended that you have a professional who can do the job in just a few hours and haul the old door away. The cost of installation is well worth it.


Think about it. Garage doors often make up more than one-third of the home’s front façade. If your garage door is bland, chances are your home looks bland and boring, too. Look at your garage door. Is it attractive and distinctive, or does it look like every other door on your street?

Curious about what the best-dressed homes are wearing this year? At GarageWowNow.com, you can see photos of this year’s most fashionable garage doors and read design tips for finding the right door for your home.

So you’ve got this gaping hole in the front of your house that fits two to three cars. That’s a huge design opportunity!  Carriage house doors are hot, hot, hot this year! They open just like your old door, but they fool the eye by echoing the hinged, swing-out door style of quaint and charming carriage houses.

New carriage house garage doors are available in real wood or wood composites and can be stained or customized to match the décor of your home. Steel carriage doors offer a low-maintenance yet attractive and durable choice.

Fitted with all the latest accessories, from gorgeous glass window designs and wrought-iron decorative hardware that adds a distinctive period look, new carriage house doors give any home a spectacular makeover.

Does your home boast a sleek, modern style? If so, a wide variety of contemporary designs are available that will truly make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Vibrant colors and a range of metallic finishes allow you to express your sense of style.

Most manufacturers now make an attractive opaque glass and aluminum door that creates a “screen” effect that would be as much at home in San Francisco or Phoenix as it would be in the Far East.

If your home has more of a Mediterranean or southern European look, you might consider French door styled garage doors. They appear to swing outward, but feature the hinged panel operation of a traditional garage door. Opaque glass adds to the elegance of these classically styled doors.

The most common style is the traditional raised panel steel garage door, which has dominated the American neighborhood for 25 years. These steel doors are now available in “woodgrain prints,” beautifully imitating the rich colors and patterns of real wood. This stunning appearance was all the rage at the 2008 International Garage Door Expo, and many manufacturers now offer it. Garage doors can now offer the rich look of real wood with all the maintenance and durability advantages of steel.

This year, insulated garage doors will not only help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but they can also save you money thanks to a tax credit. The federal government’s “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008” extends tax credits for energy efficient home improvements. A long list of insulated garage doors qualify for this

That means that a new garage door in 2009 can lower home energy consumption and costs AN D lower your taxes. So if you’re going to makeover your home, why not start with a garage door that adds style and value to your home – and could earn you up to $500 off your taxes?

Fancy yourself a designer? Do you have a one-of-a-kind home where only a one-of-a-kind garage door will do? Some garage door manufacturers will create a custom door that would look perfect on your home. A warning to the designersto-be: custom doors are not the most inexpensive way to go. But since the garage door is usually the largest design element on a home, this investment can create a showcase garage door that will set your entire home apart from the rest.

Whether you live on the coast, inland or in the heartland, your home needs to stand up to the powerful winds that extreme weather brings. Whether this means winter snowstorms or the howling, battering winds of more severe storms, new wind-resistant garage doors are tested to face the raw challenges of Mother Nature.

During hurricanes, tornadoes and extreme winds, houses with an attached garage can literally blow apart if they’re outfitted with flimsy garage doors. Wind damage experts know that garage doors are a home’s first line of defense against strong winds. Weaker garage doors are often the first to succumb, letting pressure build-up in your house, blowing off the roof and destroying your life’s investment.

Responding to new, more stringent building codes, many manufacturers now offer garage doors that can withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 145 mph. This means that garage doors can help maintain your home’s structure during a hurricane or other severe storm.

With today’s assortment of styles, finishes and strengths, garage doors make it easy to makeover your home’s look, express your own personality and make fashion headlines in your neighborhood. What’s stopping you from making your home one of the best dressed this year?


New garage doors, garage door openers and accessories prevent intruders from invading your home

CLEVELAND, OHIO – according to statistics compiled by metropolitan police departments, approximately 50 percent of all residential burglaries occur because a garage door is left open or is outdated and no longer secure.

The garage door industry is reminding homeowners in 2009 to make it a practice to keep their garage doors closed when not in use.

“An open garage door is an open invitation to thieves,” says chris long, executive director of the international Door association. “thieves are also targeting remote controls that are not locked up in vehicles parked outside.”

Long says many americans are now upgrading their garage doors to stylish new models that are now available.  “Unfortunately, many homeowners are in the dangerous habit of leaving their garage doors open. if you’ve just bought a stylish new garage door, why not show it off and keep it closed?”

Today’s technologies enable new garage doors to provide greater security than the garage doors of yesteryear. garage doors paired with open-door alert systems, miniature keyring remote controls and numerically coded or fingerprint keypad entry systems keep unwanted visitors out of your home and away from your family’s belongings.

GarageWownow.com, a non-commercial, home improvement resource sponsored by the garage door industry, provides ways to improve home safety and security. in addition to explaining the advantages of installing today’s new garage door styles, the site also offers insight to the many garage door accessories that can keep a home safe.


How many times have you gone in your house after working in your yard or carrying groceries out of your car and left the garage door open? new garage doors can be equipped with an open garage door monitor that can be affixed to your door system. When a garage door is left open, a warning light will indicate “open door” – a signal for you to close your garage door. Homeowners can sleep easy, knowing their garage doors are closed and their families are safe.


Another tool for the security-minded homeowner is a miniature keyring remote control. think about it. leaving your garage door remote control opener in your car – whether it’s parked in your driveway or anywhere – is the same as leaving your house keys on your driver’s seat.

For immediate release“crafty thieves are breaking into vehicles and grabbing the garage door remote and getting your home address from your car’s registration or insurance documents,” adds long. “they then drive to your home and pull right in your garage.”

Long recommends replacing your visor-clip remote control with a handy miniature keyring remote control. Hooked onto your keychain, these remotes can easily be carried with you at all times.


One of the most popular garage door accessories is a keypad entry system mounted outside your garage door. With these devices, you can open your garage door with a simple swipe of your fingerprint or by entering a 4-digit code.

These tools keep out intruders while providing easy access only to the people who need it. give your personal code only to family and trusted friends. fingerprint controls can also be programmed for multiple fingerprints.

Long invites homeowners to visit garageWownow.com for information on the newest accessories, the latest styles of garage doors and a dealer locator. the site is a valuable resource that sells no products and is sponsored by the garage door industry’s dealer and manufacturer associations.


Now that you’ve decided you are ready to add to your home’s beauty and value by purchasing that new garage door, the most important thing you need to remember is that you must have it installed by a professional.

This is so important, let’s say it again: have your garage door installed and serviced by a professional. this is not a job for a DIY-er with minimal knowledge of the task at hand.


One word – SAFTEY.

For most Americans, a garage door is the largest moving object in the home.   Garage doors are both large and extremely heavy.   This means that not only are they incredibly difficult to lift, but install it wrong and it can come crashing down with unbelievable force.

The garage door springs that help the doors open are under extreme pressure and can release enough power to severely injure or even kill someone.   Specific tools and training are needed when dealing with these springs.

“Installing a garage door system is complicated, and can be a dangerous task if not done properly.   A professional door dealer will help you find the perfect door for your home, and install it correctly and safely,” said Chris Long, Managing Director, International Door Association.  There are plenty of other jobs around your place that are perfect for the weekend warrior, but installing a new garage door is not one of them.  You want it installed correctly, functioning safely and smoothly, and you want it up right the first time.   So how do you choose a professional installer for your new garage door?   Here are some questions to ask:


Look for a door dealer professional that is a member of the International Door Association (IDA).  It’s the only national association devoted to the professionalism and continuing education of garage door dealers. IDA members tend to have more experience, more knowledge and are guided by a customer-friendly professional code of ethics.  Does your local dealer use the IDA logo in advertisements?


How long has the company been in business?   If it’s a new company, do the owners have experience working in the door and operator industry?   As a general rule, the more years, the better.


This may be the most important checkpoint. Does the door dealer have satisfied customers?   Are you willingly given phone numbers so you can talk directly to past customers, or do you have access to letters of recommendation from customers?


It is important that door dealers carry the proper insurance on their business and employees.  Ask for a copy of the company’s certificate of insurance.  If it doesn’t have one or hesitates to provide it, this could be a red flag.


There are many requirements that apply to safety and the installation of a garage door system.  Federal, state and local codes and regulations must be followed.   Ask the dealer about how he or she complies with the codes in your city.   Selecting the right door dealer is as simple as asking a few questions. Don’t hesitate to call two dealers and ask these same questions.   They take only moments to answer, and yet they can help you find an honest, competent professional who can solve your garage door problem.


For most people who remodel their home, return on investment is important. The reality is that you usually won’t recover the cost of your investment right away; however, there are projects that recoup faster than others and play a strong role in a home’s resale value.

For most people who remodel their home, return on investment is important. The reality is that you usually won’t recover the cost of your investment right away; however, there are projects that recoup faster than others and play a strong role in a home’s resale value.

Projects that impact curb appeal tend to impact resale value. When a buyer approaches a house, the curb appeal can affect a potential buyer’s first impression and, consequently, a home’s resale value.

Every year Remodeling Magazine releases a Cost vs. Value Report going through the current costs of projects, how projects impact resale, and what percentage of the cost is recouped in the first year.

For 2010-2011, the editors at Remodeling Magazine added a Garage Door Replacement project to both the mid-range and the upscale project lists. In the report, the garage door replacement projects ranked high, recouping from 69 percent of the cost on the upscale garage door to 83 percent on the mid-range garage door. The editors attribute this high rate of return to the facts that garage door replacements are among the least expensive projects in the survey, and that they improve curb appeal instantly.

Look at the overall design of your home when considering a garage-door upgrade. Having the garage on the front of the house is not ideal, architecturally speaking, so the object is usually to make the door look as nice as possible without making it the star of the show.

An updated garage door that not only looks good but functions well and saves energy will leave a great first impression for guests or prospective buyers.

Garage Doors Are the Largest and Heaviest Moving Part of Most Homes

Garage doors are the largest and heaviest moving part of most homes. While you may think of it as a door and an opener, there are many components to the “system” that is your garage door.

Doors can be either sectional (rolling) or single piece (swing out). Most doors today are opened and closed by electronic openers. Springs, cables and other hardware counterbalance the door’s weight and assist in lifting and closing the door. The garage door moves up and down via rollers on metal tracks.

Your garage door system includes tight tolerances to keep it operating properly.

Some things everyone in your family should know about your garage door:

    • The springs, cables and other hardware attached to the springs are all under extremely high tension that can cause severe injury or even death if broken or tampered with.
    • Doors equipped with openers utilize electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled.
    • Door sections can trap and injure fingers or hands when opening or closing.

The video below provides an overview of your garage door’s operation. It will show you a few simple maintenance procedures that you can perform, such as door lubrication and adjustment of the photo electric sensors that visually “know” when an object is blocking the path of a closing door.

Children and Garage Door Safety


It’s important that parents teach their children that the garage door and garage door opener are not toys. That applies to both their home as well as those of playmates and relatives.

At Garage Door Care, we’ve developed a simple learning tool we call D O O R  SAFE that will help you to teach children about garage door safety – four brief messages that you can review with children that will help keep them safe.

D OORS are heavy – never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.
O PENERS are for adults – never play with the button on the wall that opens and closes the garage door.
O UCH! – never touch any part of a moving garage door. Your fingers and hands can get hurt!
R EMOTES are for adults – never play with the remote control in the car or on Mom & Dad’s keychain.

Please help us to keep your children safe. Review the D O O R SAFE information with your children from time to time.

And, please remember to keep garage door opener transmitters and remotes out of the reach of children. The garage door opener button installed in the garage should be installed at least five feet from the floor, out of the reach of the little ones’ hands and fingers.

Thank you for taking these important steps regarding children and garage door safety.