Keeping Warm this Winter

As the winter months are approaching we are all beginning to think about how we are going to keep warm this winter.  We can look at the animal kingdom for some examples.  The polar bear survives frigid, arctic temperatures with an outside layer of fur that is only about 2 inches thick.  A Canada Goose can have between 20 and 25 thousand feathers.  Many of them are down feathers which are used to keep the bird warm by fluffing them up which creates a warm layer of air and feathers.  Marine mammals are equipped with a layer of blubber to keep their bodies warm in the cold ocean temperatures.

polar bear

It’s no surprise that fur, feathers, and blubber are not an efficient way for us to stay warm during the cold, winter months.  We light a fire, use a warm blanket, or even crank up the thermostat despite the large bill.  One way we often overlook is heat and cold transfer through the garage door.

Our garage doors are the largest moving objects in our homes.  Having an insulated garage door can regulate the transfer of hot and cold air.  There are many reasons this is important:

Samples of garage door insulation in our Laguna Hills showroom.  Stop by and check it out!

Samples of garage door insulation in our Laguna Hills showroom. Stop by and check it out!

1-If your garage is attached to your home, air from the garage can transfer from the garage to your living space very easily.

2-If your garage is a work area, having an insulated door will make it more comfortable working in the colder months.  An insulated door will also reduce unwanted noise from the street.

3- If you have a living space above the garage, temperature can easily travel through the garage ceiling, causing the room above to drastically change in temperature.  Keeping the garage within a smaller temperature window will help maintain the temperature of the room above.

4-An insulted door is more aesthetically pleasing than a non-insulated door because it adds a more finished look to your garage.  It is also quieter when opening and closing.

An insulated garage door can make a big difference in the comfort and efficiency of your home.  However you choose to keep warm this winter, we hope you enjoy the season with family and friends.

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Save over $100 this holiday season!

Use your smartphone to monitor & control your garage door, Christmas lights, & more this season with a FREE MyQ Bundle!

LiftMaster is offering a really great rebate this holiday season! Save $20 on the installation of the LiftMaster 8550 or 8500 and receive a FREE Internet Gateway! Also receive a FREE  Remote Light Control with the installation of the 8550 (a $30 value)! Simply print out the rebate below, fill it out, and mail it in with your invoice. Installations must be completed by 12/12/2014 and rebates must be postmarked by 12/26/2014!

Call us at 949-495-0835 for more information and to schedule an installation!

Click here to download and print the LiftMaster rebate.


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LiftMaster September Rebate

LiftMaster is offering a great rebate for the month of September! Save $10 on the installation of the LiftMaster 8550! Also save $20 on the Internet Gateway (828LM) with the installation of the LiftMaster 8550 or 8500! Simply print out the rebate below, fill it out, and mail it in with your invoice. Installations must be completed by 9/30/2014 and rebates must be postmarked by 10/31/2014!

Questions? Call us at 949-495-0835!



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50% OFF MyQ Bundle – This Month Only!


MyQ Bundle ($110 value)

50% OFF MyQ Bundle lets you use your smartphone to control your garage door opener from anywhere in the world! Can’t remember if you closed the garage door? Smartphone integration lets you monitor your garage door and set custom alerts. This month only- save $55 on the MyQ Bundle after $20 mail-in rebate! While supplies last! (Compatible with 1999 or newer LiftMaster/Chamberlain models.)


Visit our Design Center and mention Promo Code: MYQWEB to redeem this offer!

26941 Cabot Road, Suite 122
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Save 10% OFF on additional accessories to control light switches, lamps, Christmas lights, hair straighteners, etc.– virtually anything that you can plug into a standard outlet!

Offer valid September 1-30, 2014 while supplies last. Please call ahead to insure availability- 949-495-0835.

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Garage Door Springs – A Safety Warning

Never, in any circumstance, should you ever attempt to adjust your garage door springs unless you are a trained professional.

Failure to respect this warning could result in permanent physical damage. Torsion springs are very high powered springs and without the proper training, you will not know how to adjust or work on them safely.  Never  release the garage door in the open position. If you have a broken spring and you don’t realize it, your garage door will crash down, resulting in injury or damage to anything underneath it. Regular maintenance checks are recommended to prevent personal injury and damage to the garage door.

Always start with the garage door closed to check your door balance. If the garage door starts to fall, never try to catch it with your hands or feet. Just let it fall. Never put your fingers in between the sections. To prevent pinching use handles or hinges to assist the door up or down. Springs counterbalance the weight of the door making the door seem as if it only weighs 10-15 pounds. If you have a broken spring, you will feel the weight of couple hundred pounds even on a lightweight door.


Keeping your door well balanced will not only make your home a safer place but will also keep your garage door operator running longer and quieter.

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How Do Garage Door Torsion Springs Work?

Torsion springs often go unnoticed until they break.


Here’s how the torsion system works:

  • The bottom section of the garage door has brackets on which the cables attach.
  • The cables run alongside the door and are attached to cable drums.
  • The cable drums are tightened onto the torsion tube which runs along the top of the door and is slid inside the springs.
  • The springs are secured on the center bracket which is attached to the header of the garage.
  • The other end of the spring is wound up, creating tension, and then secured to the torsion tube using set screws.
  • The spring distributes its power through the tube to the drum, from the drum to the cable to the bottom of the door.

Every time you lift the door the springs unwind.  Anytime you close the door the springs wind up. Springs are typically wound one full revolution per foot high of the door. The springs are calculated per the weight of the door. If the weight of the door increases by more than just a few pounds (whether it be by adding decorative or structural changes), the springs need to be replaced. If the springs are not the right size, the door will either be too light or too heavy.

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10% off MyQ accessories!

10% off MyQ Accessories that let you monitor and control your garage door with your smartphone!

MyQ provides peace of mind while you’re away with customizable alerts. Aside from controlling garage doors, MyQ can be used to control lamps and light switches throughout your home. MyQ can be added to all major brand garage door openers. (Accessories required is based on existing equipment.) Claim the offer now on Facebook!


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Our best deal in 40 years!

We are excited to announce that we are able to beat our deal from August making this the best one in 40 years! We love the 8550 because aside from being one of LiftMaster’s quietest, most reliable operators, it comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor/belt and is loaded with the latest technology. Forgot to close the garage? The Timer-to-Close wall console can be set to close 1-99 minutes after being left open. Can’t find the house key during a power outage? The battery back up can operate for 1-2 days without power! Need to let in the repairman but can’t get away from the office? You can control your garage door from your smartphone, anywhere in the world. You can also set up alerts to be notified when your garage door is operated while you’re away. Peace of Mind. Reliability. Safety.

LiftMaster 8550 – Fully Loaded (SAVE $270!)

Operator includes: 2 Remotes, Keyless Entry Keypad, Battery Back Up, Timer-to-Close Wall Console, Internet Gateway (smartphone integration).
Only $460 installed!
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Amarr’s Coastal Collection

We are proud to announce that we carry Amarr’s Coastal Collection garage door! It is built with resilient vinyl facing and edges on each section, sealing out the weather elements and preventing dents and rust.  The Coastal Collection is perfect for homes near the beach experiencing wear and tear from the ocean breeze.  Available in classic carriage house and traditional designs, these garage doors provide years of maintenance free performance.  Solid vinyl construction of the Coastal doors prevents denting, rotting, warping, and cracking.


Call us today at (949)495-0835 to schedule a free estimate or stop by our office to see a hand sample!

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Control your Christmas lights with your smartphone!

Entry Systems is making it easier for you to spread holiday cheer.

Control your lights from anywhere this season, even if you won’t be home for Christmas. Whether it’s an early gift for your favorite technology geek or a way to get your kids excited about hanging the lights, we’re giving you a sale to brighten your holidays. For just $79 you will be equipped to use your smartphone to not only control your lights, but set reminders for when you want to turn them on and off. Call us at (949)495-0835 to place an order or for more information.


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