Garage Door Lock Replacement
Written by craig braddick

Garage Door Lock Replacement

Keyed cylinder locks secure garage doors that are not operated by a garage door opener. Usually mounted in the center of the garage door, they have bars that enter into door tracks on the interior of the garage door. Through normal use, these loks will weaken and need replacement. It is not a long job but if you are unsure, you can hire the professionals at One Track Garage Door to help. Read on to learn how to replace your garage door lock.

Step By Step Guide

  1. Shut the door of the garage with two vice grips. Place them on the door track above the door roller and then make sure the vices are locked on the track.
  2. Take the pin and remove it from inside the lock handle to the lock shaft in the middle of the door panel. Take a nail and place it over the pin and then grab a hammer and tap the nail until the pin is partly exposed. Then use a pair of pliers to remove the pin from the shaft.
  3. Pull off the inside handle of the shaft and then take the shaft and pull the lock bars. The bars join a plate that goes over the shaft of the lock.
  4. Take a Phillips head screwdriver, and disconnect the deadbolt lock about the shaft by the removal of the four securing screws.
  5. With the same screwdriver remove the two screws securing the outside lock. Pull the lock assembly out the door on the outside.
  6. Get a friend to slide the new outer door lock assembly through the door and hold it steady, You can then secure the lock from the inside with the two aforementioned retaining screws.
  7. Take the new deadbolt lock and place it on the door. Extending through the door is a thin bar from the outer door handle. Position the bar inside the back of the deadbolt and then attach the deadbolt to the door with the four retaining screws.
  8. Take the lockbar and position it through the lock bar guides on each side of the door. Then take the lock bar plate and place it over the lock shaft.
  9. Take the new inner lock handle on the shaft and line up the hole for the retaining pin on the handle and shaft.
  10. Insert the retaining pin into the handle and gently tap the pin with the hammer until the pin is flush with the handle.

On Track Garage Door Service Offers Garage Door Lock Replacement in Mesa & Phoenix

As a family-owned and operated business, On Track Garage Door Services, Inc has been providing the Mesa & the Phoenix Valley with high-quality residential and commercial door lock replacement and installation services since 1987. Learn more about our garage door services here.

Get a free garage door replacement quote by calling the experts at On Track Garage Door at 480-641-2301 

Preventing Commercial Burglary
Written by On Track Garage Door

Preventing Commercial Burglary

Preventing commercial burglary can be pretty simple such as checking doors or doing safety and risk assessments on apartments, offices, industrial property or commercial properties.

Commercial Building Security Measures

There are some prevention tips that you can use to stop thieves and criminals. Do a walk through of your commercial location to identify potential weak points in your security.

Secure all potential entrances:

  • Roofs: You want to protect and conceal access ladders to the roof. Other ways that a criminal can get on your roof are drain pipes, antenna towers, adjoining roofs, and tree limbs.
  • Doors: Solid wood or metal reinforced doors need to be used. Exterior glass doors need to be made from laminated glass or strong glass to provide more strength. You need to have a deadbolt to be used with minimum keys available and you need to use non-duplicated keys or digital access controls to keep reproductions from happening.
  • Windows: just like a glass door, a window should be made from strong glass or laminate glass for strength. Window treatments can also be used to prevent smash and grabs.
  • Any opening that may be used as an entrance: be sure to secure crawl spaces, attics, air ducts, skylights and other areas that are shared by other businesses.
  • Security Doors & Shutters: The entrances, dock doors, and windows of your building are access points.  By installing security shutters on your windows and in front of glass doors you improve your building’s security.  Dock doors can also be fitted with locks so they cannot be lifted easily.

Put the Spotlight on Burglars and Thieves:

Adding good light can help to add protection. Criminals will normally search for hidden and dark areas to enter into a property. You can add lighting that will stay on all night or add motion activated lights near entrances like the access ladder, doors, windows, and roof. If you can see inside of your property after business hours, then use low watt lights inside.

Maintain your shrubbery:

If the tree canopies are too low or if bushes are too high, then a criminal can hide behind them. Motion activated lights won’t register the movement. Shrubs that have prickly branches and leaves can add some protection.

Fences:

Adding fencing can be the first defense for theft prevention. You need to ensure that the fence is strong enough and tall enough to keep criminals out. You also need to keep the fence in good shape. Quickly repair holes under or around the fence.

Consider hiring trained security guards:

Security guards can patrol the property and look for suspicious behavior. It is vital that your security guard watch all entrances. Having a remote security guard can do the same thing using outdoor cameras. Having the right type of protection in place, a virtual or on-site security guard can call local police if the situation gets worse.

Commercial Garage Door & Security Shutters

If you want to help improve the security of your commercial building On Track can help!  We install and repair commercial garage doors, security shutters, rolling shutters,  roll up garage doors and more.  We can help you secure all of the access points in your commercial building with quality products that will help prevent burglaries and keep your location safer.

Single Panel vs Sectional Garage Doors
Written by On Track Garage Door

Single Panel vs. Sectional Garage Doors

In general, there are two types of garage doors or residential homes. The tilt-up, which is a single panel door and is a one-piece, and then there is the more common panel style, which is sectional. Both of these styles have their strengths and weaknesses, so it is wise to learn about all of your options before making that final decision.

The Cost Factor

If you have been doing your research on the single panel doors, there’s a chance that you have heard from various sources regarding these doors being a little on the cheap side. Although this may have been true at some point in time, but since there was a significant decrease in using them, and the fact that they were more appealing to those who were historically mind-set, they have become harder to find. Those who are lucky enough to locate one are finding out that they now have to pay as much for them as they would any other garage door. However, in the long run, these doors will save you money, especially in maintenance expenses. Also, you are going to find slab doors to be the easiest to care for, and the cost will be a lot cheaper should they ever need repairing.

Though tilt-up doors appear to be scarce, you’ll be able to locate sectional doors all over, giving yo more places to shop for them, with lots of different options today to choose from. The sectional doors offer a large variety in materials and styles, and with more options in their prices.

Styles

Basically, it is these factors and the fact that people see the one-piece doors as affordable, most homeowners are showing more interest in these for the inherent vintage feel they give and because they are considered to be highly personalizable. They have been designed accurately as an historically architecture, to put it bluntly, they are the real deal. And without the section gaps, the solid doors play the role of a blank canvass and they are ready and waiting to be customized by you.

It’s important that buyers to keep in mind, that even though sectional panel doors might not be historically authentic technically, however, they have only gotten better at making them appear that way. The modern sectional garage doors can be custom made to mimic any style you are interested in, from the carriage house look to the contemporary flushed panel. Furthermore, you have the benefit of material options to choose from and they include much better insulation.

Ease Of Use Comparison

You now know that both, the single panel and the sectional garage doors are easy to use. They both use a spring system that assists in their lift and they both open automatically.

There is however one drawback to the single panel garage door, and that is regarding its inclination which at times appears to bang against the openers shins, when the door is swinging outward, up, and over, and this is easily underestimated.

Space Comparison

The single panel door has another quality people desire, it the increased space that it gives, and the reason it lets you have so much space is due to needing a less number of tracks. This means they sit higher up and are out of the way, although they do need some outward clearance when opening, and also since the springs and levers are designed on the doors interior edge.

Safety Comparison

The main issue of safety that people are concerned with is the tilt-up doors and their extension springs, which are located on the sides of the doors and provide a little balance, like the torsion spring does on the sectional doors. The reason for this issue is that the doors are upgraded improperly and are not up to the current standards or they have been neglected on their maintenance care. The installation of the springs is not that difficult and require very few parts, which includes ensuring that if a spring should break it will not end up being a fatal projectile by using a cable to secure the springs. There is one more notable concern on safety with the one-piece doors, especially within the Hampton Roads, and that they are lacking in the amount of wind they are able to withstand. Apparently, they were not designed or reinforced with the ability to withstand very strong winds.

Garage Door Repair & Installation

Whether you own or want to install either a single panel  or sectional garage door, our team can help!  We specialize in nothing but garage door systems.  We install, maintain, and repair every imaginable component of a garage door system from the garage door and opener to the springs, photo eyes, track, to smartphone control integration.  When you need fast service, affordable costs, and the most professional garage door team in the Phoenix Valley, call On Track Garage Door Service at 480-641-2301.

Roll Up Garage Door Advantages
Written by On Track Garage Door

Roll Up Garage Door Advantages

Read about roll up garage door advantages to understand where they work best.  You’re likely searching a new door option for your business, home, or other property.  Roll up garage doors offer convenience, security, and a variety of other major benefits.  Read more below to fully understand how they can help at your facility.

Break-in Protection

The biggest benefit for roller shutters are that they provide security to your home from any intruder. It is hard to remove roller shutters because they are closely fitted to the window or door and can’t be pulled away without a lot of effort. Not to mention that they are a great physical deterrent, they are also a visual deterrent. Intruders will see the shutters and decide that it isn’t worth the effort to try to get into your home, and go elsewhere. We use flange tracks or guide rails where the intruders won’t see them when they are in the closed position. This gives you more security. Roller shutters will protect your home and family against threats of vandalism and burglary by making it hard for intruders to access the doors and windows. Once the roller shutter is a closed position it is quite hard for people to open the roller shutter from the outside.

Protection from the Sun

Many people cover their windows with curtains, or blinds from inside of the house thinking it will stop the heat from entering the house during the summer and keep the heat inside during the winter without ever realizing that once the window glass gets hot, it will pass the heat to the blinds or curtains and then into the inside of the house.

We use roller shutters that are foam filled which will stop 70% of the heat from entering the house during summer and 60% of the heat that is leaving the house during winter. The foam is made from polyurethane. We will only use roller shutters that are made in Australia only and we aren’t like other companies that show Australian made shutters and then installed Chinese made roller shutters. When the roller shutters are installed on the window, the sun will hit the roller shutter not the glass. The roller shutter curtain will get heated up, but because there is a gap that is between the window and shutter, and air circulating between them, there is a less amount of heat that will transfer from the shutter to the window glass. The window glass will get less heat and the house will never get very hot and this saves you money on your energy bills.

Weather Protection

Another benefit is that roller shutters will protect your windows and doors from the weather. If you have bad weather such as hail, simply close your shutters then you can feel safe knowing that your roller shutters will deflect branches as well as other debris that may break the glass and cause other damage. Roller shutters will not rattle during high winds and can maintain the warm air inside of the house during winter and keep hot air from coming in during summer. Roller shutters are filled with polyurethane and that offers a thick wall of insulation. Whenever you want to have control over the temperature and you want to keep it a comfortable level, the insulation from the roller shutters will keep it cooler or warmer and will provide you with energy savings. Our roller shutters will provide you with year round protection from hail, severe storms, and rain. The security shutters that we installed will normally prevent extreme damage that may happen during bad weather. These shutters are built to withstand winds of 100 MPH or more and are made and installed to high quality standards.

Energy Saving

Energy is becoming scarce in this modern world. The prices are going up. Energy savings have become a big concern. 46% of your air condition and 70% of your heat is leaving your home through the door and windows and that is if they happen to be in good condition. The demand for roller shutters has grown as residents try to reduce their growing power bills, especially in the last 5 years.

Roller shutters are aluminum that is foam filled that are used over windows and doors to keep out extreme weather like heat, dust, cold, and high winds. The industry standards have stated that the roller shutters lower power usage by 64% yearly. Roller shutters can be operated manually, by remote control or with a switch. Families are growing rapidly, and more people are building houses. In summer using roller shutters will keep the hot weather out of your home and keep both downstairs and upstairs cool. In most cases, not having roller shutters, households haven’t been able to control the rising heat, which will overload the air conditioning unit, but this issue can be resolved by installing roller shutters.

Noise Reduction

Besides light control and privacy, roller shutters also provide additional benefits of reducing noises that come from living next to an airport, a busy main road, or pets in your neighborhood, which helps to reduce your stress level. Roller shutters can reduce noise up to 50%.

Privacy and Light Control

Roller shutters likewise give you an enormous measure of control over the measure of light that goes into the room. You can decide to totally darken a room by bringing down the shades, or you can have them completely open with the goal that daylight surges the room. It’s totally your decision. You can likewise open or close the Roller Shutters according to your prerequisites. Roller shutters give you control over wind current into your home. You can open the roller shutters for enabling outside air to stream through the windows or entryway. Roller shutters likewise give you control over security. Roller Shutters gives protection to you and your family.

Roller Shutters are exceptionally prescribed to those are situated in loud surroundings like main roads and close to airports. Noise pollution influences everybody in our day by day life possibly one way or the other. Aluminum window roller screens are intended to lessen or control the commotion up to half giving your family a clamor confirmation condition. Giving protection may not really mean disposing of noise pollution, it might likewise be the stress over outsiders from looking in your home. Regardless of whether your room, parlor or kitchen is confronting the street, with roller shades introduced, will give you the significant serenity.

Phoenix Valley Roll Up Garage Doors

If you’re interested in having roll up garage doors installed, maintained, or repaired at your property in the Phoenix Valley, On Track Garage Door Service can help!  We have decades of garage door service in Phoenix and work on both commercial and residential garage doors.  If your door has stopped working, stuck, or if you are building a new facility you’ll need quality doors to ensure that it’s secure and they last.  For more information about how On Track can service you, please call 480-641-2301.

Garage Door Buying Guide
Written by On Track Garage Door

Garage Door Buying Guide

If you’re searching for a Garage Door Buying Guide you are replacing a garage door, or you might be building a new home.  Either way you want to choose one that will last, look great, and work trouble free.

Garage door buying need not be stressful or break your bank.  A common question is where to buy a garage door and homeowner’s have options.  While it is possible to buy and install them yourself it is dangerous.  The garage door springs are under incredible tension and can seriously injure people.

Garage doors can make up most of your home’s façade and be a really big part of curb appeal. Before you buy, you should learn about the options, the cost and how insulated they are.

Curb appeal, first impressions, and much more: your garage door will do it all, when it comes down to how your home looks with unique garage doors.  That is true for the suburban homes that have been built over the last few decades. They are designed for drive in accessibility, and most will have in your face garages that take up 30% of the façade.

It is a small wonder that upgrading your garage door is a very popular home improvement. According to Remodeling magazines, garage door replacement is the only project that shows an increase in value compared to prior years.

Garage Door Style & Color Options

If you are ready to check out styles and options for a new garage door, then take a breath. There are so many types of choices that you will be dreaming about garage doors. For example, Wayne-Dalton has 12 design options, 15 colors, and 10 window patterns for the 9700 model alone. When you do the math, that is over 1800 possible combinations.

Garage Door Construction

Manufacturers have certain techniques and methods for putting a garage door together, but below are the basics:

  • Single layer construction – This a single outer layer of engineered wood, steel or fiberglass. The basic doors are light weight, easy on springs, and low cost. They don’t insulate very well.
  • Double layer construction – has an outer and inner layer around polystyrene board for rigidity as well as between a insulating value of r4 and r7.
  • Premium construction – this has inner and outer layers of fiberglass, wood, or steel around polystyrene or polyurethane insulation for stiffness and insulating values above r15.

Garage Door Materials & Options

There is a variety of materials garage doors are made from and options you can choose.  Which works best for your home will depend on the budget you have, horsepower of your opener, and what look you want for your home.

Glass and Aluminum Garage Doors

This modern construction is basically tempered, all glass or acrylic panels that are set in aluminum frames. The choice of frame finishes and types of glass will make it very contemporary.

Heads up: The glass is fragile.

Insulating value: negligible.

Cost is between $1500 to $2000

Steel Garage Doors

Premium steel doors will have outer layers of steel that is embossed to mimic wood grain or even stucco. Overlays like cross buck and molding designs will make it look carriage doors. Foam cores help to add strength and insulating values.

Many steel doors can be bought with factory applied finishes. Even though color choices are limited, they are maintenance free. Steel can also be primed or painted to match your home.

Heads up: Steel may dent

Insulation values: R6 – R17

Cost can be between $750 to $3500

All Wood Garage Doors

All wood garage doors are often made from moisture resistant redwood, cypress and cedar which give you bragging rights for having the best looking garage doors.

It isn’t as strong as steel or tough like fiberglass, but it still has curb appeal. Wood will come in various prices and levels of quality. The best doors will have all wood panels and frames. You should opt for polystyrene backing to add insulating value and the options for prefinished stains are great.

Heads up: Needs to be refinished every now and again.

Insulating value: R3 – R6

Costs for low quality is between $400 to $700 while premium quality is between $1200 to $4000 or more.

Fiberglass Garage Doors

Fiberglass doors are known for moisture resistance, resistance to insects and even warping as well as changes in humidity. The thick outer skin of the fiberglass will surround a foam core and steel frame that gives it strength and stability.

Fiberglass is great at mimicking grain patterns and colors of real wood like mahogany, cherry and oak.

Heads up: single layer versions are brittle.

Insulation value: R4 – R12

Cost is between $1100 to $1800 for a double door.

Composite Wood Garage Doors

This type of construction has a strong insulating core that is wrapped in composite wood. The panels are made from wood fibers and weatherproof resins. Most manufacturers will use recycled wood fibers for the panels which give it a green feel.

They are molded with grain patterns and it can be hard to tell it from the real wood. Unlike wood, composite doors won’t split, rot, or crack. Composite doors will come finished or can be custom painted or stained.

Heads up: Can cost as much as wood

Insulating value: R5 – R8

Can cost between $1200 to $2200.

DIY Composite Garage Doors

Turn your old door into a look alike with resin and glue on urethane plank kits.

Costs between $1200 to $1400.

Vinyl Garage Doors

There are layers of durable, weatherproof vinyl that surrounds foam insulating but the cheaper models do not have a foam core. They are impervious to insects and rot and are lightweight. The colors go through the layers, so scratches won’t show.

Unlike steel, vinyl is quite resistant to dings. Most will have a lifetime warranty. Despite the high price, during the long run, vinyl doors are more cost effective than steel.

Heads up: PVC is not environmentally friendly.

Insulating value: R4 – R12

Cost is between $900 to $1500.

Where To Buy A Garage Door

Homeowner’s have options when buying garage doors.  Hardware stores carry them along with garage door service companies such as On Track Garage Door.  Our service offers years of experience to get your new garage door install without a hitch.  Old tracks might be bent, springs may be worn out, and the opener you’ve got may not be strong enough to lift a new heavier door.  When you call on our experienced garage door installation team you get the peace of mind that no matter what condition your system is in, we will help you reinforce or upgrade what you’ve got to work with your new garage door.

When replacing a garage door is a great time to consider a new cedar garage door, smartphone controlled garage door opener, or any number of upgrades such as garage door windows.

Phoenix Valley Garage Doors

If you need a new garage door for your home our team of experts can help you choose from the wide variety of materials, options, and styles.  We sell high quality doors, openers, and accessories which last and offer our valued customers worry free operation.  By selling the latest and greatest we help you invest smart and enjoy new features like smartphone garage door monitoring and control.

Contact us today for more information – 480-641-2301