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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Raynor Discontinues Innovations Series Of Garage Doors

Since 2002 Raynor has offered a line of garage doors named the Innovations Series. The models included in this series of doors were the Affina, Centura and Relante. As of August 12, 2016 Raynor is no longer manufacturing this series of doors.

The Affina, Centura and Relante models were the main residential garage doors that Raynor has offered for the past 14 years. So why has Raynor decided to shut down the production line and retool the machines necessary to make a different door? I don't know except to say that the new model of door that they are coming out with on September 19th 2016 will not have the "pinch proof" section design that the Innovations Series of doors had. I would think that is a major reason for the new models that will incorporate a more standard tongue & groove design. Here is what to expect from the new models of garage doors  by Raynor according to their website:

Raynor's new residential door line called the Aspen™ series will be available September 19, 2016. The Aspen residential door line is a thermally efficient, Neufoam™ (polyurethane) technology door, available in 1-3/8" and 2" thicknesses and will feature:
  • Exclusive new Raynor WeatherLock™ tongue and groove section joint, with full thermal break
  • Air and water section joint seals
  • 8 colors and 2 woodgrain finishes
  • New recessed ranch and colonial embossments in conventional and carriage house spacing; flush panels; plank (beadline) panels; raised colonial and ranch embossments and mixed panels in both raised and recessed panels.
  • Injection molded colonial and ranch frames and inserts
  • Wide variety of decorative hardware
  • Supplied with heavy-duty nylon rollers
  • Optional EnduraCote™ track & hardware

When the Innovations doors came out I was not a complete fan because of the pinch proof design of the sections. Because of this design the doors had to use specially made hinges and bottom cable brackets. This added unnecessary costs to the doors. Plus the fact that most homeowners didn't care about the pinch proof design because they have garage door operators on their doors. They almost never operated their doors manually so the chance of getting one's fingers closed in the garage door were almost nil.

I'm excited to see the new doors offered by Raynor. I think this is a good move but think it's one they should've made years ago. I have had a Centura garage door on my home for the past 14 years and love it. Before putting the door on the garage the bedroom above the garage was always cold in the winter. Since installing a good insulated door on the garage the bedroom stays nice and warm in the winter (as does the garage).

What if you need parts for the Affina, Centura or Relante? If you need rollers, cables, pulleys or bottom seals you'll still be able to get them for years to come as those are common garage door parts (and can be found here at the Garage Door Zone store).  You'll also still be able to get the extension and torsion springs from your local Raynor dealer since those are also common garage door parts. What about the hinges and replacement sections? I'm sure Raynor still has plenty of hinges & bottom cable brackets in stock and probably will for a few years. I doubt that they will manufacture any more once they run out of stock though. As far as replacement sections? Unfortunately we're out of luck. They are retooling the machine that makes the Innovations garage doors so they can make the new Aspen line of garage doors so they won't be able to make replacement sections. So drive carefully & try not to hit your door because you can't get replacement sections.

What do you do if you need to replace an Innovations door or have a warranty issue with an Innovations door? Contact your local Raynor dealer (which you can lookup here). Raynor Mfg. has always been very good with customer support and will probably work with homeowners on a case by case issue.

If you're looking to replace some worn out rollers or cables on your garage door click here and shop with us at the Garage Door Zone store.


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Plymouth police: Remember to close garage doors

Plymouth police: Remember to close garage doors: Plymouth police are asking residents to remember to keep their garage doors closed, especially at night, to prevent theft.




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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Choosing The Right Bottom Seal For Your Raynor Garage Door


RAYNOR BOTTOM GARAGE DOOR SEALS



The bottom seal is essential to any garage door. The seal helps keep out the wind, rain & insects. Over time the bottom seal will harden and no longer seal to the floor like it did when it was first new. This can happen in as little as 3-4 years or you may not notice it for 8-10 years but it will eventually happen. It all depends on where you live and what type of weather your garage door has to endure.

WHY DO I NEED SEAL?: The vinyl seal can get hard and it won't seal tight along the garage floor. A new seal will be more flexible and follow the small contours of the floor better. A new bottom seal can help keep water out of the garage but there's no guarantee that it will stop it. If you install new bottom seal on the garage door and you're still getting water in the garage then you have other problems that need addressed and more than likely it's the garage floor. The floor may have cracked, sunk or slopes in a way that is letting the water in...most of the time new seal won't stop the water from coming in. The floor should be corrected to keep the water out.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A RAYNOR BRAND OF GARAGE DOOR: If you purchased your house that already had an existing garage door then you probably don't know what brand it is or perhaps you purchased the garage door so long ago that you can't remember. Finding out what brand of garage door you have will make things easier when purchasing bottom seal. Some brands of garage doors use the same type of seal as Raynor but most of them are different so identifying the brand will be helpful for finding the correct seal.

Raynor brand garage doors have a sticker on the end stile of the sections that contain a lot of info about the door. Look on the end of the sections of your door for a white sticker. Once you find it  (don't remove it) you'll be able to find all the info you need. It may be a little hard to read so using a flashlight is recommended or you can take a picture of the sticker with your phone & read the info off your phone.

Below is a picture of a sample tag found on all Raynor garage doors. There's a lot of different info on the tag but the most important is the manufacturer. If you see Raynor Garage Doors then you have a Raynor door. Don't remove the sticker as there is other info on the tag that will be useful if you ever need to replace a part or a section of the door. The Door Serial Number is also on the tag but isn't shown in the picture below (the serial number is off to the right). This is usually a six digit number with a letter in front of it (like B321456). So if you have a warranty issue or need to replace a section you can give that number to a Raynor dealer & they can have Raynor Mfg. look it up. This will give the dealer all the info they need to help you in getting the correct replacement part or section. 


What if you can't find any stickers on the door? Someone has either removed the stickers or it's not a Raynor door. You can still determine if the Raynor seal will work on your door by looking at the bottom seal. Below we explain the different Raynor bottom seals.

NO RAYNOR TAG? NO PROBLEM - MEASURE YOUR SEAL: If you can't find a Raynor tag (like the one pictured above) on your door it doesn't mean that you don't have a Raynor door or that the Raynor seal won't work in your door. You'll need to measure the existing seal on your door.
  • Disengage your garage door opener (if you have one) and lift the door manually. Raise the garage door about 3/4 of the way open. Put a pair of vise grips on the track just below the bottom roller - this will keep the door from falling. If you do this using the opener you should unplug the opener while doing this so no one presses the opener button & starts the door in motion while you're looking at the seal. 
  • You should now have easier access to the seal from the end. 
  • The end of the seal is probably tucked back into the seal retainer. This is done to keep the seal from sliding out of the retainer. Pull the tucked piece out of the seal.
  • Measure the "T" part of the seal. If you're having a problem measuring it you could cut a 1"-2" piece of seal off.
  • If the "T" measures 1/4" then you know that you may have a Raynor door but more importantly know that your door needs the 1/4" "T" seal. 
  • Also measure the seal as it lays flat. The seal should measure 3" or 4" across - these are the two widths of seal that Raynor use.

THE DIFFERENT RAYNOR SEALS: Assuming that you found the sticker on the garage door (or measured your existing seal) and identified it as a Raynor brand garage door lets take a look at the four different seals available for the Raynor brand doors.
First let's look at a profile of the seal. Raynor uses what is called a "T" seal. The seal has a "T" on either side with the seal material between the two "T"'s. The seal slides into the aluminum retainer on the bottom of the garage door with each "T" on the seal sliding into a slot on either side of the retainer forming a "U" shape.
IMPORTANT: Raynor seals have 1/4" "T"'s on their seal. A couple other brands also use 1/4" "T" seal but most of what you'll find in the hardware & box stores is 5/16" "T" seal. The 5/16" "T" seal is too big for the retainer on Raynor doors & won't work. Some vendors online claim to have a seal that will work on Raynor doors but their seal actually is 5/16" "T" and won't work in Raynor doors.

There are two different widths of seal available - 3" and 4". The width of the seal is determined by measuring the seal when it is laying flat. The 3" seal is what is installed on the doors at the factory.  Most likely this is what's on your door BUT it's possible your door has the 4" seal. The factory could put the 4" seal on the door if the dealer requests it when the door is ordered or if the dealer puts it on while they are installing the door. The reason this would be done is usually because of a known problem with your garage floor that was noticed by the dealer.

Pipe Insulation
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 3" AND 4" SEAL: Some people may think that the 4" seal is better than the 3" seal....bigger is better right?
Not in this case. The 3" seal is the standard seal used because it usually will do the best job. The only reason to use the 4" seal is when the garage floor is out of level. The 4" seal is able to fill in some of the gap between the bottom of the garage door and the uneven floor. It's usually only about a 1/4" - 1/2" gap that the seal can fill. If your floor is anymore out of level than that then you should fix the problem with the floor. So if your door doesn't need the 4" seal it's not recommended.
TIP: Use 1/2" pipe insulation inside your weather seal to help keep the "U" shape of the bottom seal. It works well in both the 3" and 4" seals. The pipe insulation won't absorb water and will help in filling in any small gaps in the floor. It will also keep the seal in a "U" shape and keep the seal from getting floppy or folding over. You can usually find it at the hardware store in the plumbing supplies. Note that if you do put the pipe
insulation in your seal you may have to readjust the garage door operator down travel limit since the pipe insulation will slightly raise the door and the operator will sense it as an obstruction. Read the owners manual for your operator on how to adjust the operator's down travel limit.

GRAY SEAL OR BLACK SEAL: Raynor offers two types of seals - a gray vinyl seal and a black rubber seal. The gray seal is the standard seal that is installed on the doors at the factory. The gray seal is made of vinyl and is thinner & more flexible than the black seal. The black seal is made of rubber, has ribs on one side and is a little more heavy duty. Both seals are made specifically for Raynor doors but will work in other makes of garage doors that have retainers that accept a 1/4" T" seal.


BUYING RAYNOR SEAL: At the Garage Door Zone store we offer the Raynor seal that is used on Raynor garage doors. This seal can also be used in other brands of garage doors that use the 1/4" "T" seal. The seal is available in 3" Gray Vinyl, 4" Gray Vinyl, 3" Black Rubber and 4" Black Rubber. All of the seals are cut to the width of your garage door plus 4"-6". The seal is cut an extra 4"-6" so you'll have that extra seal to tuck back into the retainer. So if you have a 16' wide door and order the 16' seal you'll actually receive a 16'6" seal. You may wonder why the extra seal...if you tuck the extra seal back into the retainer this will keep the seal from coming out of the retainer over time. Click Here to go to the Garage Door Zone store and purchase bottom garage door seal today!

Do you have a question about the seals that wasn't answered above? Fill in the contact form on the left side of the blog, click on the CONTACT US tab at GarageDoorZone.com or email us at Store@GarageDoorZone.com and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.




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Monday, May 16, 2016

Washing Your Garage Door


Washing Your Garage Door

Clean the garage door when you wash the car


If you have a steel garage door then you'll probably notice that dirt & grime likes to collect in the grooves of the sections (especially if the door faces a street). The next time you have the hose & bucket out and you're washing your car take a few minutes to show your garage door some love by washing it also. In addition to making your house look better it will also give you a chance to look over the door & make sure everything is working properly.

Hose the door down with some water and then take a soapy sponge & wipe the sections just like washing the car. We don't recommend using a power washer since it can actually take the paint off of the sections if there are any nicks or scratches in the paint. A good old garden hose & sponge will work just fine. Hose off all the soap suds and hand dry with a towel. If you are feeling adventurous you could wax the sections but be warned that most garage door sections have simulated wood-grain type grooves in them and it can take some time to get the wax out of all of those grooves. Just hand washing the sections every six to twelve months will be plenty to keep the door looking great.

If you don't want to spray water inside of your garage then just use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the garage door. Most likely the inside of the door won't be near as dirty as the outside. This is also a good time to look over the door & see if any parts need replaced. The rollers should be able to roll freely. Check the hinges for cracks and the cables for frays. If any parts are in need of replacement and you're handy with tools visit us at the Garage Door Zone for replacement parts.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Super Seal Sale is Back! Save on Bottom Garage Door Seal

Super Seal Sale

The Super Seal Sale is back! Save on bottom garage door seals now!

Start saving today on Raynor bottom garage door seals at the Garage Door Zone. There are two widths available - 3" and 4". Both widths are available in either gray vinyl or heavy duty rubber. The "T" on the seal that slides into the bottom retainer is 1/4"  and fits all Raynor brand garage doors as well as other brands that use a 1/4" "T" seal.

Shop today as this sale ends soon!

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