Have you ever checked the strength of your garage door operator?? Did you know that if you have a "cheap" operator, you can open your garage door simply by lifting it really hard??? You can test this my raising your garage door half way and then stopping the door. After you have stopped the door, go try and lift it... If it's a high-quality operator, the motor will hold and the door won't move. If it's a "cheap" operator, you may be able to raise the door. This is called "back-driving" the operator, and this can be done even when your door is all the way closed!! Keep yourself and your family safe by investing in a high-quality motor... See our page for the operators that we carry here.
Do you have a manual garage door? These doors have a handle on the outside with a key, making you feel secure. BUT they make it easy for someone to break into your home. Often, the handles can be twisted with a pipe wrench and forced open. For security, look into removing the outer handle and give yourself more peace of mind. (We sell a little plate to cover the hole.)
We are now taking orders for our new Steel Athena and Steel Pinnacle garage doors, with a short lead time. The new Martin garage door has a refined manufacturing processes that rivals the compitition. The popularity of the full-view glass door and the aluminum carriage house door is increasing due to the price of aluminum. We are confident that the new Steel Athena and Steel Pinnacle models will be priced lower, not only because of their elegant style and robust durability but also because of their competitive prices.
Take a look in your car window... Is your garage door remote visible? Did you know that a common practice among burglars is to break into a car, steal your vehicle registration (for your address), and your GARAGE DOOR REMOTE?! They then go to your home and with easy access raise little-to-no suspicion and take whatever they want. AT YOUR EXPENSE. And you have no idea anything is wrong until you get home, try to open your garage, and realize your remote is GONE. By then, said burglars, are long gone and so are your valuables.
So, look in your car window again... and if your remote is visible, move it. To an uncommon place. The common places to find remotes are visors, ash trays, center consoles, and the glove box. And make sure it is not visible from the outside.
Take this small step towards your home security!
Copper is resistant to corrosion and will last for centuries and has been introduced in all panel styles. Martin's copper doors can be customized to any application and also come with the choice of many beautiful window options. Martin's copper doors come with the highest grade rollers and are some hardware is powder coat white for long lasting beauty and duriablitly. In time, copper doors will change to a patina verde finish or can be professionally finished to achieve any desired effect.
Martin draws on the beauty of 99.9% pure copper, photo taken near Las Vegas.
Martin continues to bring variety in the commercial industry with the introduction of new door models that will blend in with your buisness style, making it exceptionally versatile. They are also a perfect fit for high end architectural all glass or steel designs.
Safety and security for your buisness and patrons is their specialty.
Coated/Galvanized Springs Interview
-Interview questions to Ken Martin from Tom Wadswonth, editor of Door & Access Systems magazine
1. Are you currently offering coated or galvanized springs (or both)? (Please briefly describe your offering.)
Galvanized torsion springs are included as standard equipment on all Martin garage doors. They are also sold in bulk or as single replacement parts.
2. If so, which option(s) are you offering, and in what year (approximately) did you start offering them?
In the early 1980's, Martin Door Manufacturing ® began working with spring wire producers to pioneer galvanized torsion springs. This product was introduced in 1985 and trademarked, Zinc-Tempered Torsion Springs ™ to differentiate them from the common oil-tempered springs in the industry. Using a patented process and higher quality metric spring wire, these unique new springs featured longer cycle life, clean handling and a pleasing look. Because of their unique properties, special spring charts were required. By 1987, Martin furnished Zinc-Tempered ™ springs as standard equipment on every Martin garage door.
Tips for Buying a New Garage Doors
Buying a new garage door is a big investment, and its best to go in with prepared with a little knowledgeable. We’ve compiled a list of things to consider before purchasing a new garage door in Austin, Texas.
Is the Garage Door Safe
Not all garage doors are created equal, be sure to have finger safety in the joint and rollers. FYI Martin doors are one of the safest in the industry and have these safety features built in on all most all models.
Determine if You Want an Insulated Door
Construction materials and insulation technologies for garage doors have significantly improved over past few years. Most garages aren’t heated, but your garage door still definitely impacts your home’s energy efficiency. Martin provides a garage door that has a tighter seal against the façade to keep out the elements. In most cases you won’t need a weather shield either.
In most cases a garage door will help insulate the garage from the odor weather as well as sound.
Insulation will help in extreme heat from the sun or getting blasted by the wind, an insulated door will better regulate the temperature of your garage.
Carriage House Doors are affordable
Are you interested in carriage house doors, but think they are too expensive. You now can buy a carriage house door built with steel that will not break the bank. These new steel doors have a woodgrain texture that looks like wood but without the upkeep. Add windows and antique hinges and handles to complete the look
It’s important to note that a garage door opener is usually not included in the price of a new garage door. However, most garage door installation companies also sell openers. Make sure to plan ahead, and be prepared to purchase a garage door opener in addition to buying the garage door itself.
Ask if the Garage Door Cost Includes Installation
The cost of the garage door will most likely include the cost of installation, but it’s always good to ask early and clear up that question ahead of time so there are no surprises down the road.
We would be happy to answer more of your questions!
Custom Garage Doors Adapted To World's Most Crooked Street
This picture of a home near Lombard Street during a recent visit to San Francisco. Note the contour of the bottom panel, the location of the mail slot and two vents, plus the placement of the windows. Martin Door Manufacturing can customize a garage door to any setting, with hundreds of options, big and small.