Whether you’ve just moved in or you’ve just noticed, if you’re missing a screen for your window or patio door, you’re in for a scavenger hunt. Unfortunately, all screens are specific to the manufacturer in their parts or they way they slot into the product. Some patio door screens are top hung and some have bottom rollers. Some window screens clip in, some are spring loaded, some have latches that push into the frame from the inside—just to name a few.
If you find that you’re in need of a screen, it’s best to know the manufacturer or dealer of the window or door. Once you find out who made your product, the hard part is over. You can go directly back to the manufacturer or a dealer in your area with all the information you’ve gathered and ask for a new screen.
However, if you still have the frame of the screen, they can always be re-screened. Bring the screen in to us and we will reuse the existing frame by removing the old spline and replacing the torn or damaged screening with brand new screen. Often times, that can be easier than totally replacing a screen.
It’s that time of year again. Lawn mowers are mowing, weed whackers are whacking, landscapers are landscaping, and glass is getting broken by all the flying debris. If this has happened to you, you have a few things to consider depending on the age and type of window you have.
The two most popular windows these days are vinyl and wood. Most of them have some way to replace the damaged glass without the need to replace the entire window, frame and all. Some wooden windows have a glazing compound that holds the glass in place. In that case, the old compound can be removed and a new piece of glass can be installed with fresh compound. Vinyl windows usually have a glazing bead that holds the glass into the window frame. When the glass breaks, the bead can be removed, a new piece of glass can be installed, and you can go on your merry way.
Glass is put together in a unit similar to a sandwich with the two panes of glass as bread on the outside and argon gas like the meat between them. If only the outside pane breaks, you would still need to replace the entire glass unit because the argon gas will have escaped. The gas is important because it increases the insulation value of your window. It’s kind of the most important part of the sandwich, just like the meat.
In some cases, you might notice that your window isn’t broken but appears to have moisture between the panes of glass. This is caused by seal failure which means the seal has broken down over time or has a small crack somewhere that has allowed the gas to escape and moisture to enter. Again, it’s time to replace the glass unit.
If your glass was broken in such a way that it damaged your window frame, you might be looking at replacing the sash or even the entire window. That’s where we come in. So, take a look at your situation and decide what you’re looking for. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
June is Garage Door Safety Month. Each year over 7000 people in the U.S. will suffer from minor accidents, like getting pinched, via the garage door. Around 2200 people will be injured from the door falling onto their car or themselves. We don't want to see you fall into these statistics. Please make some time this week to check your garage door for potential hazards. Follow our advice to make sure you and your home are safe.
Keep yourself and others safe:
*The summer months mean more activity in and around your home. Make sure children know the dangers of placing fingers in or near the garage door. Teach them not to go too close to a door that is rising or closing....no games to see who can get in last. Children should not have access to remote controls or the panel inside the garage.
*Everyone who does use the garage door should know how to operate the emergency release lever. Hold a brief drill session and let everyone take turns releasing and then reattaching the lever.
*Every month or after any adjustments to the door or operator are made, the safety reversal system should be tested. The door should reverse on contact with any object that gets in the way of it's path. There are two ways to test this function:
~ With the door fully open, place an object that can give under pressure in case the system should fail. A roll of paper towels is a smart choice. Place this object in the center of the doors descending path. Press the control push button to close the door. The door should reverse when it makes contact with the paper towels. If the door does not reverse, adjustments are required.
~ Open the door and then place a cardboard box large enough to block the path of the safety reversing sensors in the path of the garage door. Press the control push button to close the door. The door should not move more than an inch and the garage door opener lights will flash. Again, if the door fails this test, your sensors need to be adjusted.
Now is also a good time to clean the sensors with a damp cloth and remove any surrounding debris that may get in the beams line. Hopefully your garage door passes both tests successfully. If not, our skilled technicians are on call to make any repairs for you.
*Always open your garage door before starting your car. Carbon monoxide fumes can accumulate very quickly in an enclosed space. If your garage is used for other things like a workshop or exercise area you may want to consider adding an exhaust fan to help circulate the air.
*Mark your calendar to inspect your garage doors cables, springs and track as least once every three months. If you find an area that needs repair, call a professional to fix the problem. Do not try and make the repair yourself. Many people have sustained injuries from cables and springs that have flown off unexpectedly.
Keep Your Home Safe:
*Don't be tempted to leave the garage door partially opened. This is an open invite to critters or potential thieves to enter your home. Even a brief summer shower can penetrate a small opening, soaking items that may be stored on the floor.
*Don't leave your car remote in a visible place in your vehicle. Stow it in a safe place or consider getting a key fob remote.
*Use your phone to its advantage and consider getting the MyQ app to monitor your garage door. Get notifications if your door has been left open or to see the doors activity, also convenient if someone is locked out of the house.
*If a vacation is in your future, make sure a trusted neighbor knows you are gone and can alert you to any unusual activity around your door. Deter thieves by disabling your automatic garage door opener by cutting the power while you are away. We do not recommend installing pad locks to the track. You may forget they are there and end up opening the door upon coming home and ruining the entire system.
We hope you will make some time this month to ensure your garage door is safe and sound. If we can be of any assistance in repairs, please call us. Have a safe and happy summer!