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Ding-Dong! It’s Information You Need to Know About Video Doorbells

With the help of video doorbells, you’ll always know who’s at your door even when you’re not home! Video doorbells are beneficial because they provide an extra layer of security to your home. You’ll be able to tell the deliveryman where to leave your package, see when friends and family have arrived, and know when your children are leaving and returning home.

Video doorbells are web-connected
intercom systems that incorporate a standard doorbell chime with a video
camera. Here at A1
Door Company
, we offer Ring
video doorbells
. These doorbells not only buzz to alert you
when a visitor is at your home but can also send notifications to your mobile
devices showing you video feed of whoever is at your door.

Ring’s video doorbells have a motion sensor that detect any activity on your property which triggers instant mobile alerts, giving you peace of mind when you are away from your home. Additionally, video doorbells are easy to install and setup! Ring doorbells can either be wired up to your home or powered by a rechargeable battery. They also come equipped with the option of recording everything so that it’s captured by the video camera and can be replayed later. This information is then stored on your smart doorbell provider of choice’s could storage system and is accessible at any time.

Do you need help deciding if a video
doorbell is right for your home? Give
us a call today
and we’d be
happy to discuss your options! By knowing what is most important to you, we’ll
be able to pick the best device for your specific situation. If having a clear
picture is important, a certain Ring model may be better than another. If you
are interested in having a Ring video doorbell or camera system installed at
your home or business, we’re here to get the job taken care of!

Educational Information Regarding Smart Door Locks

When it comes to securing your home
and your front door, a well-made conventional lock does the job just fine.
However, a smart door lock adds an entirely new dimension to a lock’s utility, security,
and overall convenience!

A smart door lock essentially works as
an electronic lock—using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or an alternative wireless—for your
door. In most cases, you can either use your phone, an app, or a fingerprint on
a touchpad to open the lock. Some locks can also be programmed to automatically
bolt behind you as you leave. Smart
locks
offer one or a combination of these
keyless lock/unlock options.

There are many benefits to installing
a smart lock, including:

  • Providing
    temporary access for deliveries, home services, or neighbors
  • Providing
    permanent access for family and friends
  • Prevent extra
    keys from floating around
  • Ability to
    monitor visitors with smart phone app

Smart locks are designed to replace
the bolt lock on your door. All smart lock apps have features that allow you to
be alerted of who’s coming and going and allows you to send virtual “keys” to
family, friends, and visitors such as delivery men. Smart locks are battery operated,
with the average battery life lasting six months to a year – and, you’ll be
alerted when the batteries need to be replaced so you don’t get locked out of
your home!

Despite the benefits, smart locks
aren’t right for everyone, and you should always consider your specific needs
before investing in any piece of smart-home technology. Please give us a call
today
with any questions or for a free
estimate on adding a smart door lock to your home!

Differences Between Four-fold & Bi-fold Doors

Folding garage doors offer several
advantages over conventional systems in addition to giving the exterior of your
building a unique aesthetic. One of the main benefits of folding doors is that
they can permit easy entry and exit and optimize your space fully. There are
two different types of folding doors: four-fold and bi-fold

Bi-Fold Garage Doors

Bi-fold garage doors feature two
horizontal slats that fold outward and slide along a track as they open. When
opened, the doors are stacked at either side, resulting in a completely
unobstructed view in order to make the most of a space. The flexibility of
bi-fold doors can accommodate almost any requirement.

Bi-fold doors are available in a
variety of materials like wood, UPVC, and aluminum. Timber bi-fold doors are
particularly aesthetically pleasing, and aluminum bi-fold doors are a popular
choice for the modern homeowner. Also, you’ll find a multitude of color options
available!

Four-Fold Garage Doors

Compared to bi-fold doors, four-fold
garage doors feature two additional slats to cover a wider area. For this
reason, they are common in fire stations and mass transit facilities where
large trucks come and go on a regular basis. Because of their additional moving
components, four-fold garage doors typically require service more frequently than
bi-fold doors. Four-fold doors are designed for high speed, low maintenance,
and long-term durability. These doors move horizontally instead of vertically,
which makes the door visible throughout the opening motion and can allow
drivers to know the precise second the doorway is clear to exit.

Both four-fold
and bi-fold doors
are ideal for
fire stations, emergency medical services, transit facilities, security gates,
parking garage gates, and other commercial applications. Contact
us
today to discuss which style of
four-fold or bi-fold doors will best fit your application!

What Causes Garage Doors to Become Off-Balance?

As it is often said, living a life of
balance is key when it comes to your health, harmony, and happiness. For some,
it could mean the right repetition of self-care. For others, it could mean a
home that serves as a well-organized safe haven. That said, your garage door
needs proper care too in order to provide you and your family with assurance of
safety. So, in this blog post we will be discussing garage door balance.

A standard garage door can weigh up
to 400 lbs. – which is a lot of weight working against you if a problem should
arise! Garage doors are equipped with two springs; one spring being on either
side of the door. When a garage door closes, these springs are under very high
tension. So, any time there is movement of the garage door, the springs need to
adjust in order to balance the weight of the door. In other words, it is
crucial that the springs be in balance in order to maintain efficient and safe
operation.

The balance of the springs is
what maintains level movement of your garage door. If one spring becomes loose,
that side of the garage door will move at a different speed which then leads to
disproportionate wear (and a lot of noise!) while the door opens and closes.

With any high functioning piece of
machinery, a garage door will experience wear and tear over time which is why
we can’t stress the importance of maintenance enough! Most indications of
garage door repairs can be visible to the eye which is why visual
inspections
can sometimes be done by a homeowner.

However, if your garage door
springs are already broken, there are safety issues involved that you should be
aware of! First, you should never pull the emergency release handle when
the door is open because it will come down fast and hard. With the spring being
broken, there is nothing that will slow the door down. Another safety concern
is that if the door is left open, it can fall at any time or someone may try to
close it without realizing that there is an issue. If you must leave the door
open, you should place something sturdy underneath the door on both sides to
help support it, and make sure children and/or pets do not go near it. You
could also have a couple of people hold the door up while you disconnect it
from the garage door opener, and then close it manually.

A garage door that is balanced feels neither too heavy nor too light and remains at whichever level that you choose to leave it at. If a garage door is noticeably out of place it means your door is off-balance. If that’s the case, a garage door professional can come out and assess the springs. Generally, your garage door will call for spring replacement in order to work properly.

It’s imperative to have the balance
of your garage door checked regularly so that it can be adjusted when
required. If you notice any signs that suggest your garage door springs
have become off-balance, please do not hesitate to call A1 Door Company for repairs!

How to Program Your Car Garage Door Opener

Garage door
experts are naturally the most qualified when it comes to handling projects
regarding your overhead door. In regards to installation or repair, you’ll always
want to call on a professional. Programming your garage door opener, however, is something that most homeowners can typically handle, should
they choose to do it themselves. Garage door opener manufacturers, such as
LiftMaster, make the programming process simple and easy to comprehend.

Manuals can be
a tough read, though, which is why we wanted to help you to program your doors with
the help of some simplified instruction. Continue reading in order to find out
how you can program your garage door opener and remote to meet your needs!

Before you get
to any actual programming, you’ll need to ensure that the light bulb in the
opener is working and functional. The opener’s light is often used as a
programming indicator, so this will need to be operating in order to verify
that everything is working.

  1. The first step to programming your garage door opener is pushing the
    “Smart” or “Learn” button on the opener. The color of the button will vary
    based on the year and model of garage door opener you have, so you may be
    looking for green, red-orange, purple, or yellow. Once this button is
    activated, you should see an LED light turn on.

  2. Next, you’ll want to grab your remote and look for a program button.
    Again, the make or model will vary when it comes to the location of this
    button. On some, it’s found behind the visor clip – which can also be used to
    press the hard-to-reach button. On others, you will need to look for holes on
    the side of your device, using a pin or paper clip to press the button. A light
    will turn on somewhere on the remote to indicate that it’s ready to be
    programmed.

  3. We’d like to say that there’s no rush for the next step, but that wouldn’t
    be entirely accurate. When the program button has been activated, you have
    about 30 seconds to sync up the remote. Turn back to your opener and hit the
    same “Smart” or “Learn” button from Step 1 until you see the light turn on
    again. Then, push on the button on the remote that you would like to control
    the door. Pressing the button once should make the opener’s light blink to
    indicate a successful pairing.

    Note: If the indicator light doesn’t go off, select the button on the
    remote again. Once the light does come on again, do not click the button more
    times.

  4. To complete the programming process, hit any other button on the remote.
    You should see the remote’s light turn off.

And there you
have it! Your garage door should be able to open and close at your command. If
you experienced any difficulty with the steps listed above, or if you have questions,
please feel free to contact the experienced technicians at A1 Door Company. We’re here to
help!

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