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Guide To Having An Eco-Friendly Garage Door

guide to having an eco-friendly garage door

There are plenty of ways you can have an eco-friendly garage door. It starts with the types of materials you select for your door and its finish and continues via routine garage door maintenance that keeps it running safely and efficiently.

Your Step-By-Step To An Eco-Friendly Garage Door

Whether you’re building a new home using green building principles, or you’re interested in replacing an outdated door with an eco-friendly garage door, this guide will take you through the process.

Let your garage door installer know you want an eco-friendly garage door

This may seem like a given, but you’d be amazed how often we start to show people their options and answer all types of questions – only to learn they’re interested in a green or energy-efficient garage door. This is helpful to know right from the outset because it automatically streamlines the options your garage door installer will present, saving you time and energy.

Look for models made from recycled or sustainable materials

Garage door manufacturers understand that demand for more earth-friendly and sustainable garage doors is on the rise. As a result, certain models that are intentionally designed using recycled steel or other metal content. Keep your eye out for a SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) label, which means the door was made from a minimum of 88% recycled content and CFC-free materials in the insulation.

If you’re interested in a solid wood door, focus on garage doors that are made using wood that has been harvested sustainably. Most often, you’ll see some type of wording or logo showing the wood was certified by the FSC. This distinguishing mark ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

Invest in durability and longevity

The lowest-dollar bottom line is an understandable feature for those on a budget. The reality, however, is that you get what you pay for when paying for products you want to last for decades to come. One of the most eco-friendly features a garage door can offer is it’s high-quality materials, craftsmanship, durability, and longevity.

The fewer times you need to replace parts – or replace the door – throughout your home’s lifetime the less demand there is for materials production and the less we clog up the landfills with inferior products.

Purchase doors from:

  • Manufacturers who have a solid reputation in the industry
  • Made from durable, high-quality materials (your garage door installer can discuss the difference in products/materials with you
  • Companies that offer decent warranties

Look for insulation and weather-proofing properties in your eco-friendly garage door

If your garage is attached to your home, it’s worthwhile to purchase a door that is insulated and weatherproofed via weather-stripping/sealing options. The more insulated and weatherproof your garage is, the more insulated and weatherproofed your home is.

Homeowners who install insulated and weatherproofed garage doors – and maintain them well from year-to-year notice a decrease in heating/cooling costs, and improved whole-home comfort because the house maintains more consistent draft-free temperatures.

If you purchase a garage door with window inserts – or you add windows to your existing garage door – you want to verify their efficiency as well. Also, make sure windows are caulked/sealed well – and inspect them each year before and after storm season, re-sealing whenever necessary.

Learn more about specific manufacturers and their practices

Up to this point, we’ve discussed the tenets that make an eco-friendly garage door once it’s arrived and installed in your home. However, a truly eco-friendly garage door is made sustainably from start to finish, including its manufacturer’s business practices and production methods.

For example, you want to order a garage door from a company that:

  • Prioritizes sustainable practices in terms of product sourcing, energy-efficient production, and less-consumptive transport/shipping methods
  • Is conscious of the materials they consume and works to minimize waste and unusable scrap materials whenever possible.
  • Offers FSC- and SCS-certified products
  • Eliminates unnecessary packaging and/or focuses on biodegradable or recyclable packaging materials

Currently, industry leaders in eco-friendly garage door products and production methods include Clopay, Ankmar, Amarr, Martin Doors, Overhead Doors, and Wayne-Dalton. Your garage door pro may have other recommendations or know of locally-based, custom garage door companies or builders in your area.

Extending The Life Of Your Garage Door Is Important

Extending the life of your eco-friendly garage door – or your regular, came-with-the-house door is one of the most sustainable practices of all. What good is the world’s most sustainable garage door if lack-of-maintenance sends it to an early landfill grave? Plus, the same steps required to maintain your garage door also help to keep things safe.

The following tips extend the life of any garage door:

  • Schedule professional inspection and maintenance on an annual basis (or as per your door manufacturer’s instructions)
  • Wash your garage door inside and out once a year to reduce dirt, grime, and other debris that contribute corrosion or part malfunction
  • Keep metal springs and hinges lubricated
  • Keep laser sensors clean, free of cobwebs and other debris so the door can open/close efficiently

When homeowners perform routine inspections and maintenance, they enjoy a garage door that lasts a lifetime – and that’s about as eco-friendly as it gets.

We’re Here To Help

Schedule a free, onsite visit from R&S Erection of Vallejo – (707) 644-5537 – to learn more about eco-friendly garage door options for your home or business.

How To Avoid Garage Door Repair Scams

how to avoid garage door repair scams

While there are home and business owners who perform professional-quality DIY repairs and garage door maintenance, they are an exception. Most of the time, licensed garage door installers are called in to get the job done. The last thing you want is to call a garage door professional for a single repair, only to hear a laundry list of recommended repairs and replacements that seem ingenuine or fake.

Don’t Fall Prey To Repair Scams

Sometimes they are honest and accurate, and other times they are scamming unknowing civilians in an attempt to make more money. How do you know which is genuine, and which is a scam?

Work with the same, trusted garage door installer whenever possible

Customer-centric contractors enjoy long-term, high-quality, and loyal relationships every bit as much as their customers do. This is why we recommend meeting with at least three different contractors when you first install or replace your garage door. You’ll get a feel for their customer service reps and their staff, and can pick the one that seems the most genuine and trustworthy.

Then, over the course of time and various maintenance and repair appointments, you’ll build a positive rapport. That is the best way to avoid garage door repair scams and know that you can trust the information you’re hearing.

Maintain your garage door as per manufacturer’s instructions

If you maintain your garage door as per the manufacturer’s instructions, you’re rarely going to require a suspect list of repairs or parts replacement. This is because a well-maintained garage door has fewer issues, and continued maintenance extends its lifetime.

Of course, over time, certain parts will require replacement, but it’s typically going to happen at a more routine pace, and the explanation (and demonstration) of “why” the repairs are necessary should make sense.

Look for a marked vehicle and clear identification or credentials

High-quality, reliable garage door companies use marked vans or trucks, employ their own technicians on their payroll, and the technicians are identified by their uniform and name tags. Often, companies out to scam people, raking in money on upsells or unnecessary repair and replacement charges hire contracted technicians that drive their own vehicles and have no real attachment or loyalty to any one company – they only care about maximizing their take of the total bill.

You want your garage door repair technician to:

  • Work for a company with an established address and professional work history in your area
  • Drive a truck, van or car with a company logo
  • Provide a detailed estimate (and explanation) of recommended repairs
  • Leave the ultimate decision to you, without any pressure or guilt
  • Work for a company with vetted, recent customer referrals they willingly supply upon request.

Have the technician demonstrate and explain his/her recommendations

If you hear a laundry list of repair or replacement recommendations, and it has you on edge, ask for a demonstration and explanation. The repair technician should be able to show you the parts he’s referring to and explain why they aren’t working up to par. You should feel educated about his recommendations but without any pressure to do something against your will.

Call the company’s main office immediately if the technician performs repairs without your approval

Often, garage door repair scammers repair or replace parts (or said they did) without any prior approval from you. Then, they become “put out” or antagonistic if you balk at paying for charges you didn’t authorize. Playing on your guilt, they’ll make up reasons why it was necessary, and you may find yourself pressured to pay. Don’t!

If this happens to you, contact their head office immediately and ask to speak to a supervisor to explain the situation. You should never have to pay for any repairs or replacements that you didn’t approve or request.

Know just enough about garage doors to feel legitimately suspicious of repair scams

There are a few basic tenets of garage doors and parts that are worth knowing so you can sniff out a scam artist before he gets the best of you:

  • Springs. Garage doors rely on springs to operate, and springs are designed for a certain number of openings/closings. For example, they come in 15,000, 25,000 or 50,000 rated life cycles. The difference in price can be upwards of $100. So, if he recommends a spring replacement on a hardly-used garage, don’t let him sell you a “lifetime springs with a 50,000 cycle rating” or else you’re overpaying.
  • Rollers. Rollers cost less than $10 each and only have to be replaced one at a time. If your technician shows you three worn rollers and wants to replace those three, he’s legitimate. If he shows you one worn roller and wants to replace the entire set – it’s a potential scam.
  • Motors. Sometimes, the motor still works, but a gear isn’t working. If this is the case, the motor runs but the chain doesn’t move. Gears can be replaced without requiring an entire motor replacement, which saves you money.
  • Balance. Garage doors often have to be rebalanced, but you can test this on your own. Unhook the garage door motor from the door and manually raise the door to about halfway. If it’s balanced, it will remain in place or move just a little bit. If it comes crashing down, it’s out of balance.

Hire A Pro

Ultimately, the best way to avoid garage door scams is to work with a locally-owned, licensed garage door company with a good reputation in the area.

Ready to work with garage door technicians you can trust? Contact us here at R&S Erection of Vallejo.

Why You Should Cover Garage Door Frame In Aluminum

why you should cover your garage door frame in aluminum

Is your old, outdated or beat-up garage door ready for replacement? Not so fast! Did you know you can recover your existing garage door frame with new, aluminum panels – and cover the wooden door frame alongside it for a complete package? We recommend installing aluminum panels over your existing, wood garage door frame to protect its lifetime and to save yourself valuable lifetime maintenance energy.

Protect Your Garage Door Frame With Aluminum

Here are the four best reasons why we recommend covering garage door frames with aluminum if they aren’t already.

Aluminum is versatile and there are multiple styles and colors to choose from

Aluminum is a lightweight metal and can be easily stamped into a variety of shapes and patterns. Thus, you have a wide range of style options to choose from – ranging from traditional-style panels with lots of raised embellishments and borders to more modern, flat-panel options that create a sleek and streamlined look. Typically, the aluminum panels used to protect your garage door frame are simple and designed to match your garage door, and you have the option to choose additional styles if you prefer.

Most often, these sheets come in 2-foot x 8-foot or 2-foot x 10-foot options and are fabricated to accommodate the lintel and jambs. Installing them can be a DIY job, but we recommend hiring professionals. If you damage, dent or bend the panels in any way during your installation, you’ll have to pay for a replacement. Professionals know how to install them quickly and expertly, and can make any modifications necessary to amend their fit. And, if they happen to damage a panel during the installation, the professional garage door installers will be the ones paying for the replacement.

It’s easy to maintain

Wood garage doors are beautiful, but they are also vulnerable to moisture, weather, and pest damage. As a result, they are considered the high-maintenance garage door option. Aluminum, on the other hand, can be painted any color you want, and are virtually zero-maintenance. This is the main reason why aluminum garage door frame panels are becoming more popular. Now, you have the same ease of maintenance for the original wood frame as you do for your garage door.

Assuming you spray them down a couple of times a year, to remove dust and debris and wash away any evidence of mold or mildew spots, your low- to no-maintenance aluminum panels will last for decades. Aluminum doors don’t fade or rust – which means you won’t need to repaint them at all unless you’re interested in changing the color to match an exterior home update.

If you are interested in repainting your existing garage doors, check out, Repainting Your Garage Door, which provides step-by-step instructions.

Protect the Life of Your Garage Door Frame

Similarly, covering your garage door frame with aluminum panels protects the life of the frame itself. Your door’s wood frame is easy to neglect and because of its exposure to the elements, especially when the garage door is open, it is also more vulnerable to peeling paint, rotting wood, mold or mildew, and pest infestations.

Once the aluminum panels are installed over the existing frame, they act as a shield, protecting the wood beneath from the environment, which means fewer repair and replacement costs over the years.

Improve your home’s curb appeal

Your new aluminum garage door frame immediately boosts your home’s curb appeal. As mentioned above, the finish on your aluminum garage door panels is virtually impervious, which means it never peels, chips or cracks. The same is not the case for traditional, wood garage door frames.

If your garage door is west- or south-facing (with more sun exposure) or is on the side of the house that seems to get the most wind – and, therefore, the most driving rain – you are an especially good candidate for using aluminum garage door frame covers. There is no more worry of paint fading, peeling, cracking, or chipping that diminishes your home’s curb appeal. 

Bonus Benefit: You have a driver who’s hard on the frame

Do you have a driver in your house who is hard on the frame? Do the kids seem to knock or scrape their bikes, skateboards, toys and sporting equipment on the existing frame when they move them in and out of the garage? Your door frame will thank you for an extra protective layer that protects the wood below from permanent damage.

Ready to Cover Your Garage Door Frame In Aluminum?

Are you ready to move forward with your plan to cover your garage door frame in aluminum? Contact us here at R&S Vallejo. We have decades of experience behind us and work diligently with Vallejo-area homeowners and residents to find the garage door and frame styles that are best suited to your architecture and the garage’s use. Give us a call at 707-644-5537 to start the conversation.

Repainting Your Garage Door

repainting your garage door

Repainting your garage doors may be all you need to spruce up curb appeal and make a well-maintained garage door look like new again. Unlike a new garage door installation, repainting a garage door is a straightforward, low-risk, and enjoyable DIY project.

There are several tenets for adding paint to a garage door:

  • Use a paint that’s specific to the garage door material
  • Invest in the highest-quality, exterior paint you can afford
  • Take the time to complete each step thoroughly, so the job looks professional when you’re finished

If you have a touch-up can or container of paint left for you from your garage door installer or the door manufacturer, that’ great. Be prepared, however, for visible signs that the door was touched-up. As a result of sun, weather, and time, odds are the new paint patch will be noticeable.

If you are adding paint to address or cover up anything larger than a small nick or scratch, it may be worth your while to repaint the entire door. In many cases, it’s less time consuming than trying to create “invisible touch-ups.” This is especially the case for wooden doors, which may require additional attention – such as rot or mildew removal – before they can be painted again.

Repainting Your Garage Door If It’s Metal

If you have a metal garage door, you’re in luck because there is far less preparation involved than with a wood door.

What You’ll Need:

  • Old clothing
  • Safety goggles
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Paintbrush/roller and tray
  • High-quality exterior paint (marine-grade is even better)
  • Fine-grit sandpaper and wire brush (optional)
  • Dropcloth to protect the ground below

Before you start, we recommend disengaging the door from its automatic opener so you can manually open/close it. That way, you can open the door and set the lower panels at a comfortable height to paint. Then, slowly lower the door as you complete each panel.

First: Pressure wash the exterior of the door

Note: If your garage door hasn’t been maintained, cleaned or repainted in a long time, you may need to use fine-grit sandpaper and a wire brush to remove any rust, stubborn stains, chipping paint, etc.

Before you paint, you need to remove all of the dust, cobwebs, and general debris that accumulate on the door. There is no need to get up too close while pressure washing. In fact, if you pressure-wash too close to the door, the powerful spray winds up chipping off the existing paint. Standing a reasonable distance from the door is sufficient to clean it thoroughly.

Second: Tape off the trim

Once the door has thoroughly dried, use the masking tape to protect the door trim, surrounding brick or siding, and so on.

Third: Apply the primer

For the most professional and durable look and effect, apply an exterior paint primer designed for your door’s material. The primer should dry for at least 12 hours for the best effect – so consider this a two-day job.

Fourth: Start painting

Keep in mind that the weather will dictate how you paint. Ideally, it’s best to save the project for a warm-ish day (50° to 70° F is ideal), at a time when that area of the house is out of direct sunlight. That way, you can paint comfortably and efficiently – without the paint drying too fast on you.

Work little by little. Flat paneled doors are easier to paint, more ornate panels require extra time and attention around the details, borders, and raised areas. As you paint, make sure to get the “lips” of each panel (the surface at the top and bottom that separate and then come back together as it opens and closes. Once you’re finished, look at the interior side of the door and see if there are any areas where the old paint color shows and then repaint those as well.

Repainting Your Garage Door If It’s Wood

Ultimately, the process for painting a wooden garage door is the same as a metal one, but it may require more preparation work.

The list of what you need should also include a scraper and caulking material. If the door hasn’t had attention in a while and paint peeling or wood splintering is more severe, use an electric sander to smooth the entire surface. If mildew is an issue, you’ll need to use a degreasing cleaner and a mildew cleaner once the door is sanded. Apply these, remove evidence of mildew, spray the door with a hose to rinse it and then let it dry completely before applying the primer.

Wood is an organic material, so it’s more susceptible to wear and corrosion than metal garage doors.

Once you’ve pressure washed the door – inspect it carefully for:

  • Flaking, peeling paint
  • Rotted areas of wood
  • Cracks or nicks

All of these should be scraped away, and any rotted or cracked areas should be filled and sealed with caulk. Follow the caulking manufacturer’s directions in terms of process and drying time.

Now you can prime and paint the garage as indicated above. Some homeowners opt to use a paint sprayer to expedite the process. Just make sure to thoroughly clean the machine between the priming and painting steps.

Need A New GarageDoor?

Once your door is dry, you’ll benefit from a whole new look. Is your garage door beyond the help of a paint job? Contact us here at R&S of Vallejo and schedule a consultation. We’ll help you select a high-quality, low-maintenance garage door that compliments your current architecture and design.

Your Guide To Adding Garage Door Windows Yourself

your guide to adding windows to an existing garage door

Are you tired of the monotonous aesthetic of a plain garage door style? In the design phases for a garage door facelift or renovation?

The Benefits Of Garage Door Windows

Rather than replacing the entire door, windows are an easy modification that enhances the door’s look as well as its function. Adding windows to your existing garage door no only affect the doors exterior appearance, well-installed garage door windows:

  • Add natural light that saves energy and utility spending during daytime hours
  • Make it easier to utilize the garage for hobbies, social gatherings, or as a game room
  • Enhances garage conversions such as in-law units, an additional rental opportunity or a man cave – making creating a more indoor/outdoor environment

Install Garage Door Windows Correctly

Your professional-level window installation is key to ensuring the windows achieve your overall goals, without compromising garage door safety, function, or security.

Step One: Decide which window style is best for your needs and architectural design

Ultimately, the installed garage door windows should complement your architectural design while also addressing your needs – lighting, upscale aesthetic, etc. There are several styles or designs to choose from. Your professional garage door installer can show you various examples and discuss the pros/cons of each to ensure the windows you select are the best ones for the job.

However, you also need to make sure the windows are customized to address certain functional features:

While installing garage door windows into an existing garage door can be a DIY project, we still recommend consulting with a professional garage door company to ensure you address all of the major bullet points associated with the job.

Step Two: Install a new lift system

If you’re installing new windows into a garage door that currently lacks windows, you’re inevitably going to need a new lift system. The large majority of today’s garage doors are intentionally designed to be light and easy to lift/close. Most spring systems are designed with only about a 5% variance in weight restrictions, so it doesn’t take much extra weight to create an imbalance. Ideally, garage doors are balanced such that they weight about eight- to ten pounds.

Glass is heavy and the additional weight associated with a string of window panels and that requires a substantial lift system to ensure the door opens/closes smoothly and can accommodate built-in safety features. The last thing you want is for the automatic door opener safety system to fail when it comes in contact with a family member or pet who gets in the way of its function.

Step Three: Decide on the right placement

Deciding which panel to remove for your window installation typically depends on the reason you’re adding window panels. Most garage doors have four panels, and we count them from the ground to the top. When the garage door is in the closed position, Panel 1 touches the ground/floor, while Panel 4 is the one at the top of the door.

  • Optimizing daylight: The higher up the windows, the more light can get in. If daylighting is your main purpose, install windows in Panel 4 – at the very top of the garage.
  • Optimizing privacy and security. Similarly, if someone will be living or staying in the garage conversion, or you don’t want passersby to see everything stored in the garage, Panel 4 or Panel3 is the best choice – depending on the slope of the driveway and visibility into the garage.
  • Creating a more indoor/outdoor feel. If you’re planning to use the garage as an office, your hobby spot, or a place to hang out with family and friends, you may prefer to place the panels in Panel 3, where insiders benefit from natural light, but also have a better view of the outside world.

Step Four: Purchasing and installing the garage door windows

Here’s a general outline of the steps involved when adding garage door windows.

TOOLS REQUIRED:

  • Measuring tape
  • Blue or colored masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Screwdriver
  • Waterproof caulk
  • A Rag

Measure the panel. Take accurate measurements of the panel where the windows will be installed. The windows must fit exactly – and can never exceed these measurements.

Mark the opening of the window. The back of the window goes inside the garage, while the front attaches directly to the garage door panel. Therefore, the opening you’ll cut out of the panel has to be big enough for the back of the window to fit. Measure the back and then draw its dimensions on the panel using a pencil. Remember the contractor’s golden rule: Measure twice, cut once. Use colorful masking tape to highlight the cut marks and use the inside line as a guide.

Use a jigsaw to make the cut: Use your jigsaw to follow the inside of the masking tape guide and make the cut. Be extra cautious. If you cut the hole too big for the window, you will have wasted the effort and will have to make unfortunate adjustments (new windows or new panel…)

Caulk the window edges. Weatherproof caulk is essential to sealing your garage door from the elements, preventing water infiltration and keeping the garage more airtight during the cooler months. Run the caulk around the edges of the window before installing it into your freshly cut hole. Carefully place and secure the window in the hole and use your rag to wipe away excess caulk around the edges.

Attach the window back(s). Most window backs are screwed to the front, but not necessarily. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions and attach the back of the window securely.

Let Us Help You

Congratulations! You’ve just completed the installation of your new garage door windows. Does something look a little off? Is your garage door not opening/closing well now that the windows are in place? Not sure you want to tackle this project on your own? Give us a call here at R&S in Vallejo, (707) 644-5537, and we’ll send a professional door installer over to give you a hand.

Why Do Commercial Buildings Require Fire Doors?

why do commercial buildings require fire doors

In the United States, commercial buildings are required to be equipped with fire doors. This is true regardless of the nature of the businesses contained within them.

The question is, why do commercial buildings require these doors? What exactly is the law as it pertains to commercial buildings and fire safety?

We’re going to get into those questions below. Let’s begin!

What Exactly Is A Fire Door?

To put it simply, a fire door is a door specifically designed to withstand the effects of fire. Made out of hollowed metal, solid wood, or thick glass, they are big, bulky, and heavy, offering protection against arsons and other types of building fires. Sometimes equipped with panic devices and crash bars, they exist on both the exteriors and interiors of commercial properties.

Other characteristics of fire doors include an ability to block smoke, an ability to close automatically when a fire is detected nearby, and an ability to stop the spread of heat from one of their sides to the other.

Fire doors are required by law in specific parts of commercial buildings. Most typically, they will be found on stairwells, between different sections of a building, and on buildings’ exteriors.

Fire Door Features

As was noted, fire doors are made out of either solid wood, hollow metal, or fire-resistant glass. These three materials work terrifically as fire-stoppers, ceasing the spread of fire almost soon as it meets them.

To offer further protection, fire doors are equipped with intumescent seals. These seals exist on fire doors’ edges and will expand whenever temperatures exceed 200 degrees Celsius. By doing so, they close off the gaps between their corresponding doors and doorways, preventing the inward flow of smoke.

Fire doors can be equipped with a wide variety of locks, from cylindrical locks to crash bars to electronic locks and more. These locks are no different from the ones you’ll find on conventional doors.

Why Are Fire Doors Required?

In the United States, commercial buildings are required by law to possess fire doors. The reason for this is for the protection of employees, customers, and other individuals who make their way into a commercial property. While private residences aren’t required by law to have fire doors, homeowners could still benefit from having them.

In most municipalities throughout the US, the regulation of fire doors is determined by the National Fire Protection Association. While municipalities are allowed to determine their own building codes, they tend to stick with the fire-protection outlines provided by the NFPA.

Where Must Fire Doors Be Installed?

When it comes to commercial properties, fire doors must be installed in a few different locations. The layout of your particular property will determine how many fire doors you require.

First, it’s necessary to install fire doors on all main exits. These will help protect the interior of the building from any exterior fires which might arise.

In addition, if you have a stairwell in your property, it might necessitate a fire door. Other areas which might require fire doors include corridors and horizontal exits.

Consequences Of Not Having A Fire Door

Business properties which don’t have fire doors located in the proper areas can be subject to legal penalty. In fact, even if you do possess the proper number of fire doors, you could be charged for using them in an unlawful manner. For instance, you could have your doors blocked by large objects, preventing them from opening or closing when needed.

If you break fire door laws, you could face jail time. And that doesn’t even include the substantial fines that your business would likely have thrown its way.

In short, you don’t want to break fire regulation laws. And believe us: if you do, you will eventually be caught. Play it safe and have yours installed today.

Understanding Fire Door Ratings

After they’ve been manufactured, fire doors are put through an intensive independent testing process. During this process, they are rated on how well they can handle fire exposure and high heats.

Fire door ratings are generally provided in hours. For instance, a door might have a rating of 0.5, meaning that it can withstand direct fire exposure for a total of 30 minutes.

These doors are generally assigned one of five ratings. These include 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, and 3.0. The higher the number, the greater resistance the door will have against fire.

Fire Door Certification

When buying a fire door, it’s important to keep an eye on certification. Fire doors are required by law to possess certification stickers. If they don’t, they’re not legitimate and should be avoided at all costs.

Certification stickers should possess a few different pieces of information. These pieces of information include the name of the door manufacturer, the fire-resistant efficacy of the attached hardware, a temperature rise rating, the standard fire rating, and the nature of its smoke-resistant capabilities.

Assessing The Condition Of An Existing Fire Door

Already have a fire door installed? Wondering if it’s time for a replacement? There are a number of signs that a replacement might be needed.

First, check the gaps between the door and the door frame. If the gaps measure in at any more than 4 millimeters, they are too big, indicating that the door can’t do its job properly. Also keep an eye on the bottom of the door, which should not allow any light through.

Next, take a close look at the seal around the door. If it’s damaged in any way, it (or the door) needs to be replaced.

The state of the door’s hinges is important as well. Each fire door should have three hinges, each of which should be firmly equipped with tight screws.

Purchase Fire Doors Now!

Are you in the process of building a commercial building? Looking to purchase fire doors right now? If so, and if you’re in Napa or Solano County, California, we here at R&S Erection of Vallejo are the people to see.

We offer and install a wide variety of commercial fire doors. Regardless of your needs, our team can help you.

Contact us today for a free estimate!

Installing A Pet Door In Your Garage Door

installing a pet door in your garage door

Installing a door for your pet in your garage is a convenient and simple way to grant your pets the independence they want while keeping away unwanted critters from the rest of your house.

This is especially true for outdoor cats, as keeping your garage door cracked open in the evening encourages both robbers and vermin.

Read on to learn about the many types and how to install one.

The Perks

If the rest of your yard is fenced and gated, energetic dogs can take advantage of garage doors by letting out excess energy all on their own in-between walks, as the traditional leash and walk around the neighborhood should never be replaced. And accidents that inevitably occur with puppies and elderly dogs will be easier to clean up.

Not only that but if you live in cold or hot climates and your pets still insist on living their best life outside, a pet door for a garage door enables them to access a safe, insulated environment all on their own. Moreover, garage pet doors won’t waste energy like the ones usually installed on back doors.

Of course, before you even attempt this make sure your is indeed clean and safe for your best friend! Now, read on so you can learn how to install a pet door.

Tools You Need

Before we get started, here is a list of tools you’ll need:

  • Pet door
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Jigsaw
  • Caulk
  • Pencil
  • Carpenters square
  • Caulk
  • Drill and bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver

Your Options

Determine what kind of pet door you’d like by considering what your main reason is for installing one. There are some that only go one way, while others, only open if your pet is wearing a special electronic collar. Others provide exceptional insulation.

The Traditional Flap

This is a classic that is easy to use for pets, and everyone has seen them. They are durable, but there are also issues when it comes to possible intruders or vermin. But if your pet door leads into a garage and your door is locked, this shouldn’t be an issue!

Hard Plastic Doors

These hard plastic doors come with a locking mechanism that slides a plastic cover over the door. Although your pet won’t be able to use it while it’s locked, this is especially helpful if your pet isn’t allowed out at night and you want to ensure your house is secure while you’re asleep.

Magnetic/Electric Door

These work with your pet’s collar and will only open for your pets when they attempt to go through. Although these are more expensive than traditional flap or plastic doors, these ensure that no other creatures can go through the door, and may be worth it for the peace of mind alone!

Installing A Pet Door In 6 Easy Steps

Placement

Determine where you’d like to place the pet door while considering the garage door. Make sure that the pet door won’t be blocking or cutting into any supports or braces.

Also, you’ll need to ensure that the bottom of the pet door is two inches above the bottom of the garage door, and the top of the pet door is two inches above your pet’s shoulder.

This will give your pet a comfortable fit while avoiding any structural issues that could occur with your garage door.

Measure

Next, use your tape measure and carpenter’s square to measure where the top of the garage pet door will be, marking it with a pencil line. Draw perpendicular lines so that you’ll also know where the top corner is, and utilize your level so that all your lines are even.

Outline

Finish marking the rest of the lines where the pet door will be. Hold up your pet door to the outline to ensure it’s accurate, and double check with your level to make sure all lines are even.

If the lines are off, your pet door won’t close evenly, which is especially important if you live in the north – you don’t want your garage getting cold and drafty!

Cornering

With your drill and a 1/4 inch bit, drill a hole just inside each corner of the pet door markings. This will create rounded corners.

Cutting

Make sure that your jigsaw is equipped with a blade that’s appropriate for the material and thickness of your garage door. Starting with one of the corners you’ve drilled into, cut the outline of your opening. Afterward, sand the edges so that your pet won’t hurt themselves getting in and out.

Assembling Your Pets New Door

Line up your door with the opening of the frame you’ve just cut and ensured that there are no exposed raw edges. If they are, seal them with weatherproof paint or sealant before you continue with the next steps.

Afterward, hold up the pet door again and mark all the locations of the screw holes. Apply beads of caulk all around the edge of the opening while avoiding the locations of those screw holes.

Now, screw the pet door frame into place! Test the door to make sure it opens and closes correctly and apply more caulk around the edges.

We Can Help

While these steps are simple, it still takes time just learning how to install your pets door as well as crafting your own garage pet door while ensuring you’re not damaging the structural integrity of your garage door.

Finding a professional may be worth it instead because you can use the time saved playing and interacting with your best friend! Not only that, but your peace of mind that everything was done properly is almost priceless – these are our babies, after all.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you install a pet door or any of your garage door needs!

What Is A Personnel Door And Why Does My Business Need One?

what is a personnel door and why does my business need one

Did you hear about the guy who first invented door-knockers?

Apparently, he won the no-bell prize.

…Sorry. Enough with the bad door-jokes.

Indeed, the entryways to businesses are no laughing matter. They’re of huge importance for a host of reasons. For instance, take security. A burglary happens every 18 seconds in the United States. And, according to the same source, 34% of burglars get in through the front door.

Clearly, for businesses with valuable equipment, materials, and products onsite, it pays to get the right door for the job. But which do you choose? Of all your options, personnel doors won’t let you down. Indeed, these particular doors offer a wide range of benefits to any business.

But what are they, and why do you need one?

Keep reading to find out.

What Is A Personnel Door?

First, let’s take a look at what a personnel door actually is.

At their core, they’re simply another form of a commercial door. However, what sets them apart is their primary purpose. They don’t cater exclusively to the needs of customers or the public. Instead, they’re intended to withstand the rigors of employee usage too.

In essence, personnel doors are those used most commonly by the employees in the building.

Think about the classic sales line of ‘I’ll go check out back’. The doors they pass through are a prime example of a personnel door. Likewise, think waiters and waitresses passing in and out of a restaurant kitchen. That swing door is another personnel door.

They have a different function to the average door. Whether the public uses them as well or not, they’re in near-constant use. Compare that to the average household door, which might open a handful of times each day.

The requirements are just different. As such, the materials, hinges, styles, and features vary accordingly to match the specific needs of the business.

Why Your Business Needs One

Now we know what a personnel door actually is, let’s turn to the advantages they offer your business.

Separate Employee Areas

Some businesses demand areas that are off-limits to the public.

Personnel doors are exactly that. Regardless of the type (whether it’s a rotating, sliding, swinging, automatic, or standard door), they help designate areas that are specific to staff members.

They can be fitted with locking mechanisms too. Codes, key cards, fingerprints and so can all be used to open them, in relation to your business’ requirements.

In so doing, the working area becomes private, secured and separated from the outside spaces. No unwanted visitors can gain unexpected entry.

Greater Security

As a result, these doors offer far greater security.

It all depends on the use and requirements of the building. But businesses that demand added security will usually opt for heavier-duty doors with specific locking mechanisms. Banks, prisons and forensic hospitals are all examples of premises that would require security from their doors.

The specific features included are customizable depending on the need. Strong, hardy materials such as steel can be used, any glass can be reinforced, and the frames and hinges would be impervious to movement.

It’s worth mentioning fire-security too. After all, not all dangers come from intruders. In most public buildings the doors must be able to protect against fires. Personnel doors are what’s required.

Need security? Get a fit-for-purpose personnel door.

Aesthetic Appeal

These doors offer a nice blend of the functional and aesthetic.

Simply, they look good as well as performing to a high standard. That’s important for all sorts of businesses that must combine style and practicality. Take the example of banks again.

The front entranceway is key to attracting people into the building. But it must be strong and easily secured in case of an emergency too. Corporate offices and major hotels are two further examples.

It’s easily done with personnel doors. There’s no real limit to the aesthetics you can find. All manner of materials and designs are available.

Different Styles

By style, we mean type.

And the type of door places a big part in its aesthetic and functionality. Personnel doors come in a wide range of different styles. As we’ve already noted, you can opt for sliding, swinging, revolving, and traditional doors.

You can also find corrosion resistant doors that mitigate particular environmental hazards. There are materials designed to be weather-resistant too (to protect against the elements). Then you have double-door systems and more.

Anything you need for your specific business, you can usually find a door to match.

More Durable And Long-Lasting

Durability is a foundational part of a proper personnel door.

Think of the rigors they’ll have to put up with each day. For security and fire purposes you may need to keep them shut. You can’t prop them open. That means people may pass in and out hundreds of times on a daily basis.

Ordinary doors would wear out in no time. The hinges would deteriorate and the frame would suffer. By contrast, personnel doors are intended to withstand such use.

Adhere To Regulations

A final advantage derives from your responsibility to adhere to regulations.

As you know, your business premises must provide a safe working environment for employees. That extends from the general (such as fire safety) to the specific (for instance, panic hardware). Personnel doors can cater to all regulations you’re required to meet.

Time To Wrap Up

There you have it: exactly what we mean by a personnel door and the main advantages they offer your business.

Doorway and entranceway consideration may seem like an unnecessary bore to keep in mind. After all, there are much more important business tasks to do.

However, the doors in your buildings shouldn’t be forgotten. Among other things, a proper door can be the difference between a successful and failed burglary attempt. Personnel doors are a vital inclusion on your premises.

Hopefully, this post has highlighted and convinced you of their many virtues!

Like this piece? Click here to get a free estimate for how much personnel doors will cost in your premises.

7 Reasons To Hire A Pro For Your Garage Door Installation

7 reasons to hire a pro for your garage door installation

Did you know that a new garage door can have a significant impact on the value of your home?

Of all the home renovations you can invest in, it also has one of the highest returns on your investment — about 85 percent.

Are you interested in installing a new garage door for your home? If so, it’s important to work with a professional to choose the right door and make sure it gets installed correctly.

Read on to learn more about the importance of hiring a professional to handle your garage door installation.

Signs You Need A New Garage Door

Sure, a new garage door will boost your home value, but how do you know if a replacement is a good investment for you? How do you know if you actually need to purchase a new garage door?

It’s not always obvious when you need a replacement. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for to determine whether or not you should purchase a new garage door:

  • It reverses direction
  • It’s slow to open
  • It closes or opens by itself
  • You can see track misalignment
  • It makes strange noises
  • It has temperature inconsistencies
  • It’s warped or weather damaged in some way

If you notice any of these signs, a replacement would be a wise investment.

Why Hire A Professional For Your Garage Door Installation?

If you’ve taken a look at your current garage door and decided you need a new one, your mind might have immediately jumped to the steps you can take to cut down on costs.

You might even have thought about installing the door yourself. There are a lot of reasons why that’s not a good idea, though.

Listed below are seven benefits you’ll experience if you hire a professional to install your garage door for you:

Increased Safety

Every year, garage doors are responsible for thousands of injuries. These include pinched fingers and crushing injuries.

Many of these injuries occur when people are doing everyday activities like opening and closing the garage door. Imagine what could happen if you tried to install one by yourself.

If you have no experience installing garage doors, now is not the time to learn.

To avoid injuries, it’s best to hire a professional who is part of a team and understands the proper safety precautions they need to take.

Experience

Speaking of experience, it’s best to have someone installing your garage door who knows what they’re doing.

There’s a lot that can go wrong during the installation process, but a professional will know how to handle these potential hiccups and adjust to them more easily.

An installation professional will also make sure the job gets done correctly the first time around.

Proper Equipment

Garage door installation professionals also have access to all the equipment needed to install a garage door properly. You won’t have to worry about purchasing or renting equipment to get the job done. They’ll have everything that’s necessary readily available. This helps to save you a lot of time and money.

Efficiency

Between their extensive knowledge and access to professional-grade equipment, garage door installation professionals work much faster than you will when it comes to getting your garage door installed.

You might fumble around and have to spend a lot of time consulting Google and YouTube to try and figure out what to do next.

Installation professionals, on the other hand, have this down to an art. They will get the job done much faster than you will if you try to go it alone.

Warranty

When you have a professional install your garage door, you also get to enjoy the benefit of a warranty.

If anything goes wrong with the garage door within a certain time period after it’s been installed, you will have access to repairs or replacements.

This can give you some much-needed peace of mind and allow you to rest easy knowing your new door is covered and backed up by a professional who trusts their work.

Increased Security

There’s a possibility that you might be able to get the actual garage door put in place by yourself (although we still don’t recommend it for all the reasons listed above).

Can you handle setting up the automatic opening and closing mechanism, though? These are essential if you want your garage door to function properly and keep your home secure.

An installation professional will know how to wire these devices for maximum security.

Choose The Right Door

You know you need a new garage door. What if you aren’t sure which style to buy or which materials it should be made from, though?

If this is the case for you, an installation professional may be able to help you make the right choice.

They can take a look at your home and the setup of your garage and let you know which one will work best for your specific needs.

Finding The Right Installation Professional

Okay, you’re convinced that it’s a good idea to hire a garage door installation professional. How do you choose the right one, though?

Here are some tips to help you in your search:

  • Ask about their experience and the types of garage doors they install most often
  • Find out how long they’ve been in business
  • Ask what parts and tools they have on hand
  • Find out how long it will take, approximately, for them to install your new door
  • Find an installation professional who offers free estimates
  • Ask about their repair policy and when they’re available should you need their help

It’s also a good idea to read their online reviews and testimonials to see what past customers are saying about them.

Get Your Garage Door Installed Today

If you’re in need of a new garage door, it’s imperative that you have the garage door installation handled by a professional.

This increases the safety of the task significantly, and it also ensures that the job will get done correctly the first time around.

Are you ready for a new garage door? If so, we can help at R&S Erection of Vallejo.

We have tons of garage doors available for you to choose from, and our installation experts have the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure they get installed properly.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or to get a free garage door estimate.

8 Garage Makeover Ideas To Inspire A Garage Clean Up

8 garage makeover ideas to inspire a garage clean up

Does your garage need a spring cleaning?

Garages tend to hold all sorts of odds and ends. Sometimes, they can look a little chaotic.

In a cluttered garage, anything can happen. Stuff gets lost, lawn tools will trip you, and bikes get knocked down. Plus, clutter makes cleaning difficult.

Don’t simply wash over the mess. Complete a garage makeover this spring!

8 Amazing Garage Makeover Ideas

Allow your garage to serve a higher purpose. Revamp this space with these awesome DIY garage makeover ideas!

Open New Doors

Start your garage makeover ideas from the outside in. Allow your garage door to make a statement about the style of your home.

Glass garage doors will stand out on the street and allow you extra light on the inside. This design saves save you a little space, compared to other garage door styles.

Faux wood carriage house doors allow durability. They will take you back in time, as they open out, rather than up, the way doors used to welcome carriages.

For a more contemporary look, choose a steel panel door for your garage. This will offer more durability than aluminum doors. It also provides better insulation to help you save on your energy bill!

Whichever style you choose, consider color to make it pop. Some people paint the door to blend with the rest of the house. But, you can use this as an opportunity to create a trendy accent on your home.

Look Up

Your garage can serve a number of purposes. Garage makeovers should expand your options. Using the ceiling space can help clear the area to do just this.

Install sturdy ceiling racks. Use them to seasonal equipment that normally clutters the floor.

You can also store your family’s bikes overhead. For this, install ceiling hooks that will latch to the wheels!

Overhead storage shelves work perfectly for storing odds and ends. Build them and use crates or storage bins with lids to keep decorations, costumes, and other items you do not need daily.

Upgrade Your Floor

The garage is an extension of your home. Make it look as such with your DIY garage makeovers. Get rid of that cold cement look and putting in something a little more stylish.

Painting your garage floor will give you a fresh look for less money and effort. Epoxy paint will allow you a stylish look while providing you an easier to clean surface. This design still leaves you with exposed concrete but allows you the opportunity to play with color and design to match your vision.

Another easy-installation option is roll-out vinyl garage flooring. Though this does not allow you much room to customize your design, it does protect the floor from chips and cracks. If you drop tools or heavy equipment and crack this type of flooring, you can easily cut out the section and lay more.

Using interlocking tiles for your floor allows you a little more room for creativity with borders and patterns. This type of flooring also creates a safer surface, as it prevents slips.

Section Your Wall Space

While the ceiling stores sometimes stuff well, you want the everyday items more accessible. Use your wall space wisely, so accessibility does not turn into clutter.

Stop doing this by throwing things wherever they seem to fit. Section out your walls to create a more organized space.

Put cleaning supplies in one area and sporting equipment together in another. You will no longer find yourself rummaging through the garage in search of things.

Use wire shelving for this. It will easily and inexpensively allow you to customize each section for what you will hang in that area.

Consider Cabinets For Your Garage Makeover

To avoid the space from appearing cluttered, you may want to consider getting a customizable cabinet system against one wall. If you own a ton of stuff, the ceiling and walls will only hold so much without becoming a mess.

You can pay a company to install them, but this may cost you thousands of dollars if you want something that looks stylish. Learn how to build your own wooden cabinets for a functional look you can customize.

Screen It

Everybody jokes about the Italian Americans who do summer dinners in their garage. But why not use this extra space for an indoor/outdoor experience?

Screens keep bugs and debris outdoors, while you enjoy the fresh air. They allow for summer brunches, holiday food buffets, a nighttime hangout on nice nights, and more.

You can choose from a variety of options.

Some styles, like magnetic screens, go up and down as needed. They do not cost much but require a little work every time you want to use them. Others, like lifestyle screens, go on the same track as your door to remotely open and close.

Fold Your Workspace

Garages make great workspaces. But a workbench might leave you parking outside. Installing a wall mounted, fold up workbench will allow you the extra space you need.

Collapsing the bench allows you ample workspace for your needs. Folding it back up an offer you hidden storage space for your tools, if you build it so that it folds up into a cabinet.

Fit In Your Fitness

Your garage can double as a work area and a workout space! Use the tips listed above to make a designated space for equipment storage.

Use a secure wall mount with an arm extension to hang your punching bag. As with your workbench, build fold out weight benches and design wall racks for free weight storage. You may want to consider using rubber interlocking tiles, for the safest flooring option.

To know your equipment options, understand how much space different activities require:

  • Treadmills: about 30 square feet
  • Free Weights: about 20-50 square feet
  • Yoga: 21 square feet
  • Heavy Bag: 8 feet x 8 feet

Some activities require up to 200 square foot of space. When setting up your workout area, keep this in mind. Leave yourself plenty of space so you can safely get in a good workout.

Make The Most Of Your Garage

All too often, garages turn into cluttered storage areas, leaving much of their potential in the dust. Do a garage makeover to make the most of this space!

Your garage can both store stuff and create extra space for other needs. Contact us to start your remodeling with a garage door that will set the style for this extension of your home.