|Question: You talk of the need to protect fingers from entrapment on a garage door. Why would I need to worry about finger injuries from a garage door when I plan to have an automatic opener installed with my new door?
A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found over 68,000 serious finger injuries resulting from a person mistakenly placing his/her fingers in the wrong place on a garage door. Further studies showed that 85-90% of those injuries took place with doors equipped with automatic openers that had failed due to power outages, defects, misaligned eye-beams, etc. Indeed, all people are vulnerable to such an injury if their door does not address entrapment issues.
Question: I live in Southern California. Why on earth would I need an insulated door?
Good question. The insulation value of our dual layer insulated door is R-14. Insulation will only slightly help your garage stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But insulation does make the door look nicer on the inside. Also, it tends to quiet the door down in its operation and decrease road noise. If these issues are not important to you, don't get an insulated door. Please note, in spite of what some salespeople may say, insulation does not make a steel door more dent resistant. Dent resistance comes from thicker, heavier steel with high tensile strength.
Question: I like the way windows look and how they dress up a home. But many doors in my neighborhood have windows, and some of them have turned yellow and look awful now. Why?
Most manufacturers put in the window design overlays as they come from their supplier. They are molded to color. But this material left outdoors will yellow in a short time. Martin Garage Doors utilizes a special coating process that prevents yellowing. And the Lifetime guarantee assures you that you will not have this unsightly problem. Also our design overlays are double-thick to help keep their shape.
Question: When I replace my old wood door with a new steel sectional, do I have to change my automatic opener too? It's not too old and seems to be working fine.
Depending on certain circumstances, it's entirely up to you. Your opener must be able to reverse upon hitting a 2x4 laid flat on the floor. Also, your opener needs to be 10 feet long (for a 7' tall door). Keep in mind that the new openers have great safety and security features that the old ones do not have.