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May / June 2017

6 Steps to A Safer, More Organized Garage

A messy garage is not only hard to look at; it can be dangerous to live with. Here are some reminders about what NOT to store in yours, and some pointers on how to make it a more usable space.

SAFETY FIRST

It is best to avoid using the garage to store chemicals of any kind. They can be flammable and their fumes can also be toxic. Wherever they are stored, be sure it is out of reach of children. Items that are poisonous to pets like ice-melt mixtures and antifreeze (which can be fatal if ingested) should be kept out of reach and in their sealed, original packaging. 

Gas grills and generators are often stored in the garage too, complete with their propane tanks or even holding gasoline. Propane is highly combustible, and if the propane leaks, one spark of static electricity or the flick of a light switch could cause an explosion.

Anything with propane or gas should be stored at least 10 feet away from the house.

ORGANIZATION SECOND

Expect the organization of a garage to take an entire day or more. Schedule it on a day/weekend when good weather is expected. Try to get all members of the household involved to make it go faster. One incentive to get them to help is to offer a treat to everyone like dinner out. After a long day/weekend of organizing, you will deserve it!


1. Pull everything out of the garage—and we mean everything—and sort it all into piles of KEEP, THROW AWAY, or GIVE AWAY. (This is why it’s good to have everyone participate. Trust us, you will come across items and have NO IDEA what they are used for.) Bonus Tip:  Sweep the floor and any existing shelving while the space is empty.

2. Load the GIVE AWAY items into your car or truck and on your lunch break, drop them off at a thrift store or other donation center. You could also make arrangements for a junk pickup service to haul them away. Put THROW AWAY items in trash or recycle bins.

3. Sort the KEEP pile into categories such as Toys, Automotive Supplies, Landscaping Items, Tools, and so on.  It is helpful to have storage bins or labeled boxes ready to put these items in when possible.  You can also create storage out of things you already have, like using jars or coffee cans to hold screws, or old trash cans to store rakes and shovels.





CONGRATULATIONS!  YOU ARE HALFWAY DONE!

4. Designate an area of the garage for each category. One idea is to keep items used outside (ride on toys, landscaping supplies, etc.) closer to the garage door, and items used indoors (tools, overflow pantry items, seasonal decorations) closer to the entrance to the house.

5. Now, you have to create an organization system for all of the KEEP items. Hooks and shelving will keep things accessible but out of the walkway. There are plenty of affordable options including:

  • Sterilite makes a plastic shelving unit that can be assembled in about 30 seconds and each shelf will hold 50 pounds. It only costs about $30.
  • E-Z Ancor's Tornado hooks have a pin in the back that acts as an anchor in drywall. You put the screws in with a Phillips screwdriver; they'll hold 30 pounds. If you hit a stud, the hook will hold 70 pounds.
  • Rubbermaid also has a system called the Fasttrack System that mounts horizontally on the wall with screws and has a variety of attachments for hanging things. You can adjust the hooks whenever you need to very easily.
  • Pegboards are great too, because you can see everything at a glance. If you want, draw the outline of the item on the pegboard; that way, you can quickly tell what is missing and it’s easy for someone else to put things back where they belong.
6. Bring all of the now sorted KEEP items back inside the garage and store using the organization method you have chosen. Keep most used items handy with least used items on upper shelves/hooks.

Good luck and enjoy your newly organized garage! 

Source DIY Network



March / April 2017

6 Things to Consider When Buying Your Garage Door

Is it time to replace your old garage door?  If it’s been 15 or more years since you did, it just might be. But here’s the good news: Today's door models are stronger, more secure and better insulated; and they require much less maintenance than their predecessors. Before you get started shopping (and the Clopay Design It tool on our website is a great place to start!), there are six things you will need to consider: Budget, Material, Insulation, Decorative Details, Tracks & Springs and Installation. Following are some details on all of these issues.





1. Budget.  A new garage door can range in price from $750.00 to more than $4,000.00.  Factors affecting the cost include material, insulation, hardware, windows and of course size. Because there are almost limitless ways doors can differ, it's difficult to make accurate price comparisons between types. Generally, steel doors are the most budget-friendly, while wood and composite models are more expensive.

2. Material.
Garage doors can be made of steel, aluminum, wood or plastic.
  • Steel: Most new garage doors are made of steel since they offer the broadest range of color, insulation, and price options. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door: $900 to $3,500.
  • Aluminum: Rust-resistant aluminum is ideal for humid, caustic environments. Replace solid panels with frosted glass for a modern look. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door: $2,000 to $5,000.
  • Wood: Once the mainstay garage door material, wood has taken a backseat to other materials in the middle of the market largely due to the added maintenance and regular painting wood doors require. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door made of quality wood: $1,200 to more than $4,000.
  • Composite Wood: A durable, low-maintenance material that looks like real wood, faux wood composite eliminates many of the drawbacks of natural material. It’s moisture-resistant, so it won’t rot, split, shrink, separate or crack. It’s insulated, and can be painted or stained. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door: $2,000 to $5,000.
3. Insulation. If you live in a three- or four-season climate and your garage is attached to your home, or if there's finished space over your garage, an insulated door makes sense. Most garages aren’t heated, but your garage door still impacts your home’s energy efficiency. Not only does it cut down on cold, but it also dampens noise and makes the door surface less vulnerable to denting. Also take note of which direction the door faces. If it’s baking in the sun all day or getting blasted by the wind, an insulated door will better regulate the temperature inside. Construction materials and insulation technologies for garage doors have improved significantly over the last five to 10 years. Today’s doors provide a tighter seal against the façade to keep out the elements, and rubber bulb or flange weather sealing at the bottom of the door help limit the dirt, debris and water that get inside.

4. Decorative Details. A garage door can be a big part—up to 30 percent—of the front exterior of your home, so looks matter. There are numerous options to customize a standard door, from the size and number of panels, to the shape and style of windows. A good rule of thumb is to keep the color neutral and replicate the shape of windows on the home itself.

5. Tracks & Springs. When you buy a door, you'll need to select spring and track systems as well. There are two kinds of spring systems. Extension springs function in pairs, stretching along either side of the door, parallel to the ceiling. They need about 10 in. of headroom. Torsion springs go over the opening of the door. They work by winding and unwinding in place when the door is raised or lowered and are better suited for extra-heavy or wide doors. They require 12 in. of headroom, although special hardware is available for doors with low clearances.  Carl’s recommends using torsion springs for safety reasons and also because they help the door to operate better.

6. Installation. A garage door installation is as important as the product, so it is best to entrust door installation to an installer/dealer who will get the job done in about three hours and haul away the old door, too. (Be sure to ask if the cost of the garage door includes installation. Most likely, it will.) Installing a garage door without the proper training, experience or equipment can lead to a serious injury or costly repairs.

Special tools and equipment are required, such as a counterbalance spring system, which is needed to lift the door.  Since the garage door itself is extremely heavy, using improper tools and techniques make accidents far more likely. Garage door parts are also highly specific to the manufacturer and model. A novice could use a wrong part which could impair function, or fail to install the door correctly on its track level. They could also have improper spring tensions, and a snapped spring can cause major damage to any body part it comes in contact with. A professional installation will end these problems, plus most installations come with some sort of warranty on parts, labor and door operation.

Carl’s Door Service is here to help with all of your garage door and opener needs. Call us at 410.557.8700 to make an appointment or visit CarlsDoorService.com for more info.



January / February 2017

5 Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Garage Door

  1. Clean the door. As you use your door, debris can build on the track and rollers which interferes with how easily it opens and closes. Removing debris and build up will help to eliminate damage. Start from inside the garage, and use a cloth to wipe away and remove any grease build-up. Wipe down the outside, too since that is where most of the dirt and pollen will gather, which can migrate into the tracks. To clean the door, use a detergent and water like the kind you would use to wash your car.
  2. Inspect weather-stripping. Weather-stripping at the bottom of the door can often crack after extended use, which can allow snow and ice under the door, thus causing the door to freeze shut. As you clean the door, take a good look at the seal and take note of any problem areas. If you see problems, call an expert to help with the repairs.
  3. Check windows. Damaged windows should be replaced. The sealing around them should be also checked for cracks and replaced before rain and snow can damage the frame or get into the garage.
  4. Lubricate moving parts. As temperatures drop, heavy oil and grease lubricants have a tendency to harden up which will create more friction and make the door and opener run rough. Applying a small amount of WD-40 to all moving parts (hinges, rollers, bearings, springs and the opener rail) can prevent problems. NEVER USE GREASE ON ANY PARTS OF THE GARAGE DOOR SYSTEM.
  5. Check batteries in the remote and keypads. It’s a simple thing to check, but its often forgotten.

A final tip: when it does snow, be sure to clear the concrete in front of the door to prevent the door from freezing to the ground as the snow and ice melt. If it freezes, the door and opener could get damaged.





November / December 2016

3 Common Causes Your Garage Door Opener Stops Working

Ever try opening your garage door and when you press the button, nothing happens? This is a common problem among homeowners. If the simple fix-- replacing batteries--does not resolve the problem, there are three other typical reasons why the device may not be functioning.

  1. Problem with the gear and sprocket assembly. In garage door openers, a motor turns the gear and drive shaft inside the opener, which rotates the sprocket attached to the top of the drive shaft. This turns the chain and moves the door. Most of the time the problem is when the ridges in the gear wear out. As a result of the worn gear, the sprocket cannot turn the chain and the door will not open or close. Problems might include stripped gears or a broken sprocket and we suggest replacing both at the same time to ensure proper operation.
  2. Faulty logic board.  Most garage door openers now have a logic board which is the “brain” of the opener. The logic board contains the radio frequency (RF) receiver for the remotes and other control components. If the remote controls don't work or the garage door doesn't open and close properly, the logic board might have failed.
  3. Issue with safety eyes. If your garage door isn’t closing properly, the problem could be the safety sensors located at the bottom corners of your garage door. These ensure children, pets, or others are not obstructing the safety eyes signal. The safety eyes must maintain a clear line of sight to one another. Once that line is obstructed, the broken signal tells the opener to stop closing.

As always, Carl’s Door Service is ready to help repair your unit, or if it’s time for a replacement, give you professional advice on the best model for your home or business. Remember, we also offer gift certificates so if someone on your holiday shopping list is having trouble with their opener, call us to give them a gift they will use every day!







September 2016

Why Does Your Garage Door Squeak?

Six Common Causes and How to Fix Them

As a rule garage doors aren’t particularly quiet, but a squeaky one can be especially bothersome. There are many things that could cause squeaking and since knowing the problem is half of the solution, following are six common causes for a noisy garage door along with suggested fixes. Of course, prevention is the best cure, so to minimize noise and improve the performance and life of your unit, use a metal or garage door lubricant like WD40—do NOT use grease—along the tracks and the chain to reduce friction once or twice a year. Also consider having a professional conduct a garage door check-up annually. As always, Carl’s Door Service is here to help with inspections, repairs and replacements when needed.

Call us for more info or to make a service appointment:  410.557.8700.


Squeaky Door Cause #1: Out Of Alignment
One of the primary reasons why a garage door squeaks is because a door is out of alignment. This could be due to moving parts which are incorrectly installed or worn parts that need to be replaced. If a garage door is not perfectly aligned, then metal parts are going to abnormally rub against other metal parts, which will inevitably result in constant squeakiness.
Solution: Have a certified garage door technician professionally align the entire garage door.

Squeaky Door Cause #2: Malfunctioning Chain
When the chain on a garage door opener malfunctions, it’s usually because it’s either too slack, too tight, or because one or more of the links are missing or broken.
Solution: If nothing is visibly wrong with the chain, but you suspect it is the source of the problem, try applying some WD40 or similar product along the entire length and inside the track. If this does not resolve the issue, have the chain professionally diagnosed.

Squeaky Door Cause #3: Warped Sheave Wheels or Loose Rollers
If your garage door sheave wheels are dented, bent or warped; or the stem connected to the roller is loose, the door is going to go up and down in a skewed direction causing immense metal-to-metal friction along the way. This will result in enormous and constant squeaking.
Solution: Replace the warped wheels or loose rollers. This job is best done by a garage door installation company.

Squeaky Door Cause #4: Rusted Nuts, Bolts & Hinges
Rusted or stuck nuts and bolts along the frame, track or chain are a very common cause of squeaking.
Solution: Use spray lubricant to help stop the noise.  If that doesn’t help, the rusted parts may need to be tightened or replaced. Calling a professional garage door technician is probably the safest way to do this as over-tightening the parts could put unnecessary strain and wear on the door. 

Squeaky Garage Door Cause #5: Stuck Debris
Debris such as dead bugs, dried leaves, pebbles, dirt, or even snake and bird nests can get stuck in any part of the garage door system, including the track, rollers, chain, or frame. These foreign objects will create friction and prevent the door from rising and lowering smoothly and squeak-free.
Solution: Clear objects by hand and go over all parts with a stiff bristled broom to remove wedged-in debris.

Squeaky Door Cause #6: Broken Track
If any part of the track in which the wheels travel is broken, cracked, splintered or gouged from overuse, squeaking will ensue.
Solution: You can have the track either repaired or replaced depending on how severely damaged it is.





July 2016

Not All Super Heroes Wear Capes—Some Wear Carl’s Door Service Shirts!

If your garage door or the door opener have ever stopped working, you know firsthand what a feeling of relief it is to see a technician from Carl’s Door Service pull up in the driveway to take care of the problem. It really is like a super hero has arrived on the scene to save the day!
That’s because Carl’s customers know that our technicians are experts in their field. Each member of the crew is highly trained and many receive specialized instruction in programs provided by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) in order to maintain the highest possible level of knowledge about their industry.

Residential garage door technicians, rolling steel fire door technicians and commercial sectional door technicians can also get certified through IDEA.  In addition, installers and service technicians have professional recognition opportunities including “Super Tech Day,” which was just celebrated on June 24. Certification standards are fairly new to the industry, but have become increasingly important for consumer safety. Carl’s Door Service was among the first overhead door companies to encourage employees to participate in these programs.

As an IDEA certified and accredited dealer, Carl’s Door Service also completed a comprehensive six-part course of study covering all aspects of the residential and commercial door and access systems industry. Staff also regularly attends management education seminars and professional development workshops.

Carl’s voluntarily seeks out these distinctions because we believe that companies that earn IDEA Dealer Accreditation hold themselves to a higher standard. We want our clients and the general public to know that, with or without capes, they can count on the Carl’s team at a moment’s notice to provide safe, reliable service and guarantee their complete satisfaction.

For more information about the IDEA certification program visit www.dooreducation.com.




May 2016

10 Tips to Get Your Garage Organized This Spring

Ready to reclaim your garage so you can actually park your car in it? These tips from the organizing experts at Sappari Solutions can help you get started. For more help with organizing, check out this free Sappari seminar coming up on May 24th.

The two most important clutter-busting tips for a garage (or any space) are to remove trash and to keep items off the floor. Doing so will leave room for your car while also making it easier to find things when you need them.  Here are some more guidelines for clearing it all out.

  1. If your garage is large or very full, take out items in sections and stage in a nearby area like the driveway.  Only take out what you can handle in the time you have available.  If you can empty the garage at once great—but if you can’t, don't stress over it.
  2. As you remove items, put them in groups of similar things. For example, group gardening and lawn tools together, then automotive supplies, seasonal décor and items, sporting equipment, etc.
  3. Once the garage or area of the garage is completely empty, sweep the floor and dust any shelves.
  4. Go through each group of items and sort into common piles of Keep, Give Away or Trash. If the item is a duplicate or hasn’t been used in over a year, it can go in the Give Away pile. If it is broken or expired, Recycle or Trash it.
    Note: Be sure to dispose of toxic items like motor oil, batteries, paint, etc. in an eco-friendly way. Arrange for a dumpster or junk haul service like BumbleJunk to remove Trash and deliver Give Away items to charities as soon as possible. BumbleJunk makes sure everything hauled away is either delivered to a charity or goes to the proper recycling facility. And remember, you can get a tax deduction for what you donate.
  5. Look at what you’re keeping and consider how and where the items will be stored. Open shelving is the least expensive option and can be easily customized to fit your particular garage. Shelves are also easier to access and let you easily scan what you've stored. However, it may be a good safety measure to store certain things in a locked cabinet.  Rubbermaid FastTrack is easy to install and very effective for long handled items.
  6. If you are going to use a ready-made organizing system, you can choose from track or panel systems. See our latest newsletter for a comparison of each kind. [link to email signup]  Another idea: Put your old kitchen cabinets to use after a remodel by using them in the garage.
  7. Storage products that are very helpful in a garage include clear, stackable plastic bins to group similar items together and prevent spills on shelves; pegboard to hang things on the walls; and clear plastic containers to hold smaller things such as screws and bolts.
  8. Put bulky equipment, like lawn mowers, in corners, where they won't get bumped or knocked over by your car.
  9. Place frequently used items like bikes close to the garage door and stash seasonal or rarely used items in the hardest-to-reach spots.
  10. And don't forget to look up!  Consider installing a ceiling mount pulley system for bikes and drop down ceiling mount storage for seasonal items.  

Bonus Tips

DO play it safe:

  • Get a 5- to 10-pound U.L.–listed extinguisher and mount it in an easy-to-access spot. It should carry an ABC rating, certifying that it's effective against wood, oil, and electrical fires. 
  • Keep things away from the garage door tracks (sides and top), the travel of the door, the photocells, and the spring system to help prevent issues with the garage door.

DON’T put these items back in your garage:

  • Paint. Extreme cold or heat can ruin it.
  • Propane. A spark could ignite the fumes.
  • Paper Goods. They're a magnet for bugs.
  • Pet Food. Seals on a garage door are not meant to keep, and won’t keep, critters out of the garage. Possums, mice and other critters will sniff out the food.

To keep your garage clean after all your hard work, plan to weed through the belongings in your garage at least once a year, and sell, donate, or toss what you don't need. Happy organizing!



March 2016

How to Pick the Perfect Garage Door

A garage door can increase--or decrease!--both the curb appeal and actual value of your home. So when it’s time to replace yours, would you know how to choose the right door?

There are three main features that help determine the style of a garage door: panels, windows, and hardware. Color and construction (steel vs. wood) can also enhance the look of a door to help it match a particular style home, but the decorative details play a larger role.

Panels
Garage doors can be customized to match a multitude of home styles. For contemporary homes, a door with clean lines and functional details would be a good choice. Doors that offer these features are available in a variety of materials including aluminum, glass, steel and wood, and come with or without grooves.




This door has no decorative or raised panels or windows, and works well with the contemporary features of this home.

If your home has some elements of contemporary architecture, but also some traditional elements, a decorative panel style door may look best. There are three main panel designs from which to choose: flush, raised, and carriage style. Panels can be short or long.



The length of panels can really change the look of a garage door.

  • Flush Panels. These are flat and usually slightly textured to complement the surrounding wall area without drawing too much attention to the door itself. Flush panel doors are a good choice for a contemporary home, but can also enhance traditional homes when certain details are added.


This door features flush long panels and has rectangular windows with grills.



  • Raised Panel. These doors are classic styles that can work with both traditional and contemporary homes. The size of the panel (short or long) along with the size and shape of windows (with or without grills) can dramatically change the appearance of the individual unit. Long raised panels give depth and distinction to the door, while adding to the home's overall appearance. Short raised panels also lend depth to the door, and make excellent additions to traditional houses such as Victorian, Colonial and Tudor styles.


This door showcases a raised short panel style with arch windows.


  • Carriage House Panels. These doors often have larger panels and mimic the ornate styles commonly used on 19th-century carriage houses.  They are a good choice for a traditional style home.

Carriage style doors look like they swing out to open, but they actually operate the same way as other overhead doors.


After you have settled on a panel style and size, you can customize your garage door with other details, like windows and hardware.

Windows
Window panels are a great way to add a personal touch to a garage door. Many window options are available to complement the look of any home. 

This chart shows the window options offered for Clopay garage doors.

To seamlessly blend the garage door with the house, consider matching the window shape on the garage door to the windows on the home. For instance, a ranch home typically features horizontal rectangle windows, while a Colonial home may have a vertical rectangle shape.

If your windows do not have grills, a garage door window with grill inserts may look out of place. If you prefer to make the garage door stand out, a starburst insert on an arched window can give the garage door a very distinctive look regardless of the shape and style of windows on the home.

Hardware
Garage door hardware is an easy and affordable way to update the look of an existing or new garage door, or subtly change the door to better blend with the architecture. Hinge and handle sets can coordinate with the style of your home and can also be painted to match your home’s front door or window shutters for a customized look.

Clopay offers the following decorative hardware items:

Remember, although your garage door is an investment to boost value in your home, ultimately it should reflect your personal tastes. To try out different looks on your home, visit the Carl’s Door Service website in the Products section. There you will find the “Design It with Clopay” online tool which lets you upload a photo of your house and garage and see how it would look with different options.

As always, our friendly staff is also available and happy to offer additional guidance or answer any questions. Call us at (410) 557.8700 or stop into our office for a consultation.




November 2015

3 Ways a Garage Door Can Enhance Home Safety & Security

In addition to adding beauty and value to your home, a garage door can also enhance security. Here are three ways “the new front door” and related accessories can help keep your home and valuables safe.

1.  Construction: An older garage door can be a weak point in home security. An insulated steel door with a steel backer panel can make your door more secure.

2.  Closing: According to statistics compiled by metropolitan police departments, the biggest reason why crimes occur via garage door is because a garage door is left open.  To prevent this from happening, consider adding a garage door alert system. 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.

3.  Automatic Openers: An automatic garage door opener typically has a keypad entry system mounted outside the garage door. With these devices, only the homeowner can open the garage door by entering a 4-digit code.



October 2015

LiftMaster: Technology for Tomorrow

For more than 45 years LiftMaster® has been exceeding expectations by providing peace of mind through expert services and innovative solutions. The company has a rich history as a conglomerate of many firms, all with the common thread of being leaders in technology.

The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI) is the name behind LiftMaster.  CGI is a subsidiary of The Duchossois Group, a family owned business that began in 1916 as the Union Wagon Company,  a small rail car repair shop that went on to become an independent manufacturer of rail cars.  CGI was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Elmhurst, IL and Saarwellingen, Germany.  The LiftMaster division manufacturers garage door openers and gate operators for both the residential and commercial markets.

When the first LiftMaster Garage Door Openers were manufactured, the garage door opener was considered a luxury. As automobiles became ever more prevalent, however, so did garages and hence, garage door openers. Now, more than 70% of homeowners use the garage door as the primary point of entry into their homes. The company made its first mark on the industry with the introduction of the first ever wireless, keyless entry system. To further bolster its position as a leader, CGI acquired various other related technology businesses, including manufacturers of telephone entry systems, universal remote transmitters and commercial door operators. The expansion continued through 2002 with the addition of other garage door opener companies and their patented systems, and today CGI and LiftMaster own almost all the breakthrough technology in the industry.

LiftMaster remains on the pathway to redefining home access by breaking ground with its state-of-the art products that incorporate the latest technology and innovations. It has streamlined its operations to better serve its targeted markets by manufacturing under three brands:

  • Chamberlain, which manufactures do-it-yourself garage door opener kits
  • Liftmaster, which manufactures openers for professional installers
  • Clicker, which manufactures a whole line of universal garage door remote control devices

The company’s products are sold throughout North and South America, and in many European countries including France, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Mexico and the Middle East.




September 2015

An All American Company:
The History of Clopay

Clopay is an American- founded company that was established in 1859 as “Benard Seinsheimer Corporation,” a paper wholesaler. In the 1930s the business began to manufacture blackout window shades which were used during WWII; so the company name was changed to Clopay, a combination of the words “cloth” and “paper.” The firm entered the garage door business in 1964.

While Clopay originally made its wood doors in Ludlow, VT and Ada, OK, after the company produced the first steel doors in 1980, leading the market conversion from wood to steel garage doors, all production was consolidated in a factory in Russia, Ohio for improved regional customer service.

Throughout the ‘80s, Clopay continued to develop the business, and added a focus on professionalism. The company’s Dealer Advisory Board was formed in 1986, and is still active today. In 1988, Clopay also established an Authorized Dealer Network and organized the first Authorized Dealer Conference, a name later changed to the “Clopay Leadership Conference,” but an event that is still held today.

Clopay was the first manufacturer to focus on garage door appearance, and they introduced Leaded-Look windows among other features. Consumer protection is also a priority for the company, and they created the SAFE-T-BRACKET® bottom bracket and additional innovations to enhance door safety. These were initial achievements, but Clopay has remained a pioneer in all elements of garage door design ever since.

In the 1990s, Clopay experienced rapid growth acquiring multiple businesses and production plants around the country.  As a result, the company was recognized as the fastest growing garage door brand and in 1996 was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, the only firm in the garage door industry to earn that honor.  As of 2011, Clopay’s primary door manufacturing plant is in Troy, OH with corporate headquarters in Mason, OH, which is also home to technical development center.

Carl’s Door Service values Clopay’s commitment to bringing customers the latest innovations and designs in garage doors, along with the safest products and the most reliable service in the industry. When you are ready to replace a garage door on your home or business, let Carl’s and Clopay help  you choose the best style for your needs. Call us today for info, or shop our Clopay line at carlsdoorservice.com.



August 2015

Why Carl’s Door Service Recommends ProVia Entry Systems

Like Carl’s Door Service, ProVia is a family-owned, American business. It was started in a garage by Bill Mullet more than 35 years ago and though still privately owned by the Mullet family, it has grown into a nationally recognized manufacturer of high quality entry door systems, energy-efficient windows, super polymer vinyl siding and more.

ProVia is known for its superior products and commitment to customer satisfaction. The faith-based company culture is fueled by a workforce that is 60 percent Amish, each dedicated to “serving customers and each other by caring for details in ways that others won't.” Examples of this old-world craftsmanship include the fact that each entry door is custom fitted and the assurance that any glass inserts are handmade on site.

Another reason Carl’s works with ProVia is because of its well established relationship as an ENERGY STAR partner. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.  ProVia has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Door Manufacturing (four times), Sustained Excellence (four times), and Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion in 2015 for outstanding efforts in educating communities with the Sammy the Star ENERGY STAR Educational program. That means when a Carl’s Door Service customer invests in a ProVia product, they will get quality and save money, too.

To learn more about ProVia visit their website.  To design a new look for your front door entry with ProVia products installed by Carl’s, use the Design It with ProVia tool on our website.