How the Summer Heat Affects Your Garage Door

Sun Above Mountains In a DesertSummers in Middle Tennessee are brutal. All that heat and humidity plus the occasional severe thunderstorm can present quite a few challenges for homeowners. Extreme summer weather can take its toll on your entire garage door system, from the door to the motor. Understanding how the summer weather affects your garage door allows you to be ready for the headaches and be in a better position to fix the problems. 

For any of your Middle Tennessee garage door services this summer, be sure to give the professionals at Superior Overhead Doors a call.

Extreme Heat

You can’t look back on a Middle Tennessee summer without fleeting memories of scorching heat and suffocating humidity. Your garage can reach temperatures of over 100 degrees regularly in the summer, easily pushing your garage door’s electric motor system to the brink. The circuit board inside your garage door opener may not up to the task of operating in such heat. Our technicians are always ready to help if your system is feeling the effects of high heat and humidity. Just call today for an inspection!

Intense Sunlight

A garage that gets a lot of direct sunlight throughout the day can be negatively affected in a couple ways. Obviously, extended periods of direct sunlight will cause a drastic increase in the heat levels of your garage, which combines with the already high temperatures to produce a very extreme environment. Also, the sun’s rays can interfere with your remote opening system. Direct sunlight can trick your opening system into recording an obstruction is in the way, preventing it from closing. 

Severe Storms

Thunderstorms are common in the hot summer months, and the more severe storms can quickly turn into lightning-producing electrical storms before you know it. If lightning strikes near your home during a storm, the chance increases of a power surge which can permanently damage the inner-workings of you garage door opener. This can leave with no choice but to completely replace you garage door opening system. Plugging your garage door opener into a surge protector is a great way to help prevent these power surges from damaging your system, but any existing damage should be treated by a professional. 

While there’s really nothing you can do about the weather, now you know what to expect when the high heat and storms of the summer arrive. If you notice any heat related problems with your garage, call Superior Overhead Doors and have a technician inspect your system today.

What Does A Wire Hanger Have To Do With My Garage?

What Does A Wire Hanger Have To Do With My Garage?

You’ve equipped your entire house with the latest security equipment, made sure that every door is locked and that your family is safe and secure. But did you remember to check out your garage door? Depending on the type of garage door your home currently has, you may be at risk for a burglary.

All The Burglar Needs is a Wire Hanger

Did you know that in a matter of seconds, your garage door can be opened wide by an intruder? All the burglar needs is a simple wire hanger. Check out this video to learn more about just how easy it is for a robber to enter your home through your garage door.

Robbers can enter your home by bending a wire hanger, maneuvering it through the garage door, and pulling on the emergency lever. Shocking, right? You may have never thought about your garage door being used by robbers, but now it’s time to pay attention and take action. No matter how up-to-date or sturdy your garage door is, it is possible for unwanted individuals to enter your home if you do not take action.

Garage Door Locks

If you are ready to invest in the safety of your family, it is worth checking out the multiple garage door lock products on the market. These products will automatically lock your garage door using a deadbolt. This type of product provides another layer of protection to your home.

Affordable Security Methods

As seen in the video, a simple zip-tie can do the trick. By looping the zip-tie around the emergency lever, a wire will not be able to sneak through your garage door and pull the lever to open your door. In addition, it may be best to keep a security camera outside of your garage in case you are truly worried about the security of your home.

If you would like more information on protecting your home and garage door, call the professionals at Superior Overhead Doors in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Smyrna TN. Remember, the first defense is a strong garage door without holes, damage or wear.

3 Garage Door Safety Tips You Should Know and Use

3 Garage Door Safety Tips You Should Know and Use

You know that your garage door is the largest moving object in your entire home, but are you confident that you know all the safety features and tips? Superior Overhead Doors of Nashville, TN has your back. Check out these garage door safety tips that you should know and use in your Middle Tennessee home.

Understand the Reversing Mechanism

Did you know that your garage door has a reversing mechanism that will signal the door to go in the opposite direction if it comes in contact with an object? Instead of finding out the hard way that your reversing mechanism is damaged, test the feature every so often. You can do this by placing an object, such as a plank of wood, in the way of the garage door path. When the garage door makes direct contact with your object of choice, it should reverse and move in the opposite direction. If it does not complete this action, call the team at Superior Overhead Doors to schedule your garage door repair appointment.

Know How To Operate The Emergency Release

In the case of emergencies, your garage door opener and system is equipped with an emergency release system. Be sure that you are knowledgeable of how to operate this feature. Instead of trying to figure it out on your own, ask a garage door professional to properly show you how to work the emergency release system. It is ultimately better to take a bit of time to understand the mechanism than to figure it out in the moment an emergency strikes.

Always Have a Professional Assess and Fix Damage

If you notice that your garage door has been damaged by the severe weather or that a cable seems to be out of place, always alert a garage door company and their team of experts. One of the leading cause of injuries and more garage door damage is when a homeowner or individual attempts to fix the system without any education or experience with the process. Contacting your local garage door professional is your best option when you encounter any harm to your physical garage door, the system or the technical aspect of the system.

Superior Overhead Doors in Middle Tennessee wants to keep you and your family safe with a great garage door system. If you are in need of a garage door repair, installation or replacement, give our offices in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Nashville a call today, or contact our offices online.

Your Garage Door and Your Children

Your Garage Door and Your Children

Did you know that your garage door, whether automatic or manual, could cause harm to your children? If your garage door has outdated hardware, parts in need of repair, or is extremely old, it could malfunction and potentially hurt your family or friends. Take these precautionary steps to ensure that your garage door is functional and up-to-date.

Frequently Inspect Parts

From the springs to the cables to the pulleys, all parts of your automatic garage door should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are still functional and not in need of immediate repair. If you notice any sign of wear, aging, or something suspicious, your best bet is to contact your local garage door professional to provide a thorough inspection and repair.

Practice Makes Perfect

Always teach your children, from a young age, to be cautious of a moving garage door. Never let your children come close to the moving parts, and remind them that if they are to touch these mechanisms, that the consequences could be dire. Have your children stand a good distance back from the opening garage door, and teach them to never run under an opening or closing door.

Control the Remote

Ensure that you have full control over the remote for your automatic garage door. If a child gets ahold of the remote and repeatedly opens and closes the door, it can cause significant wear and tear on the important parts of the machine. This damage can cause the garage door to malfunction all of a sudden. Prevent any damage to your automatic garage door and other catastrophic situations by having full access to the remote and keeping it away from your young children.

If you believe that your garage door is in need of repair, or you would like to have a precautionary inspection to protect the safety of your family and children, call the garage door experts at Superior Overhead Door today at 615.867.1163.