• Safety Tips for Garage Doors

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    A garage door is a convenient addition to any home, allowing safe, convenient entry and protecting your garage space and the contents from the elements. It’s important to utilize proper maintenance and operating procedures to ensure it’s safe to use your garage door. Here are a few tips to follow to make garage doors as safe as possible. 

    Periodically Test the Electronic Controls

    Electric sensors and control units enable modern garage doors to open and close safely. However, if these devices malfunction, your garage door may not sense that a person or animal is in its path.

    When a garage door’s electronic controls sense that something is in its path, it reverses course as a safety feature. A garage door without functional electronic controls is a huge safety hazard and can cause serious injury. 

    Test the sensors by passing an object in front of them when your garage door is closing; it should immediately stop closing. Your sensors are mounted to the side rails a few inches from the ground. 

    Regularly Examine Your Garage Door for Signs of Wear or Damage

    Each month, examine the components of your garage door, like the rollers, hardware, springs, and cables, to confirm that nothing is stretched or broken. If something looks broken or worn out, don’t use your garage door until a professional examines and fixes the damaged component. 

    Encourage Safe Habits

    Make sure that your kids and family members understand safe garage door habits. Your family should understand that the garage door remote isn’t a toy or something for kids to use. Store the remote where it isn’t easily accessible to ensure children don’t accidentally gain access to it.

    Teach your kids to stay away from the springs and garage door hardware, as these components can cause injury. Tell them to wait until the garage door is completely open and finished moving before going underneath it. 

    Increase the Safety of Your Garage Door

    Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. has the experience and knowledge to fix any issues that cause your garage door to pose a safety risk. Contact us at 724-443-1437 to get started. 


  • Why Fall is a Great Time to Replace Garage Doors

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    If your garage door is starting to show signs of wear and tear or it just doesn’t work properly, it may be time to replace it. While it might seem inconvenient to replace your garage door, fall is a terrific time for garage door replacement for a few different reasons.

    You’ll Better Insulate Your Home Against Chilly Winter Temperatures

    Your garage door plays an important role in insulating your commercial or residential space. A door with poor insulating properties or damaged areas will make it harder and more expensive to keep your garage at a comfortable temperature. This will also cause rooms beside or above the garage to be less energy efficient. 

    It’s Easier to Install a Garage Door in the Fall

    Replacing a garage door exposes the garage to outside temperatures during the replacement period. Installing your new garage door in the fall means that you won’t be exposing your garage space to ultra-cold temperatures. 

    Winter is a less-than-ideal time to install a new garage door. Unexpected precipitation and frigid weather can affect your garage space, and unfavorable travel conditions can delay the arrival of your new door.

    Fall is less likely to have weather-related delays, and if delays do occur, they’ll have less disruption on your home or business. 

    You’ll Have More Convenient Access to Your Home

    The fall and winter months are busy times for homes and businesses. You may have a host of holiday gatherings to attend or expect high customer volume. A new garage door makes it fast and convenient for you to open, close, and access your garage.

    Thanks to smart garage technology, you can even open and close your gatrage door when you’re away from your home. If out-of-town holiday guests show up early or you need to allow employees unexpected access to the space, you can do so remotely. 

    Get Started on Your Garage Door Replacement

    Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. is ready to help with your residential or commercial garage door replacement. Contact us at 724-443-1437 to get started. 

  • Solutions for Loud Garage Doors

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    When you open or close your garage door, it’s worrisome to hear a lot of noises or screeching when it’s operating. If you have a residential garage, you may worry that the noise is disruptive to your neighbors. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fix a loud garage door. 

    Adjust the Chain Drive

    If your garage door opener uses a chain drive, you should check that the chain is properly adjusted. Though chain-drive garage door openers tend to be a bit noisier than other alternatives, tightening the chain may reduce the noise that it makes. 

    Replace Worn-Out Rollers

    The rollers are attached to the sides of your garage door and sit inside of the track. They help your garage door move smoothly when you open and close it.

    When the rollers start to wear out, they make more noise. If worn-out rollers are the cause of your loud garage door, replacing them will solve this issue. Consider replacing your rollers with nylon rollers; nylon rollers are the quietest roller option for your residential garage door. 

    Check the Placement of Your Garage Door Opener

    It’s normal for a garage door opener to vibrate a little when it opens or closes your garage door. If your garage door opener isn’t installed in the correct location, these vibrations will cause your garage door opener to rattle against your ceiling.

    You can solve this issue by installing anti-vibration pads that stifle the vibrations. Another option is to reinstall your garage door opener so that it doesn’t come into contact with your ceiling. 

    Lubricate Your Door

    Without proper lubrication, your garage door’s components will rub against each other and cause excessive noise. Regular lubrication will help the hinges, springs, and roller bearings operate smoothly and quietly. 

    Get Help with Your Loud Garage Door

    Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. is ready to help you diagnose and fix the source of noisy residential garage doors. We also offer garage replacement. Contact us at 724-443-1437. 

  • Adding a High-Speed Door to Your Business

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    Is your business in the market for a new commercial garage door? If so, it’s important to ensure you’re getting the most out of your purchase. This can be achieved by installing a high-speed door.

    Adding a high-speed door to your business can be an excellent way to improve the efficiency of the staff and the overall workflow.

    What Are High-Speed Doors?

    High-speed doors are high-performance doors that open and close quickly and are typically used in commercial and industrial settings. They can be made from a variety of materials, such as fabric and rubber, but most are made from aluminum or steel.

    The Benefits of High-Speed Doors

    Below are some of the benefits associated with using a high-speed door: 

    – Durability. A high-speed door can withstand harsh conditions and a lot of wear and tear, so it’ll last longer than other doors.

    – Energy efficiency. These doors use less energy than traditional garage doors because they don’t have as many moving parts. They also provide insulation from both heat and cold, which means lower utility bills year-round.

    – Improve Operational Efficiency. A high-speed door will significantly decrease your wait time, and thanks to a lift system, it won’t take any extra effort on your employees’ part to raise or lower the door.

    – Prevent Damage. The automatic control and opening/closing mechanism of a high-speed door help prevent damage caused by people bumping into the door while entering or exiting.

    – High-speed doors also increase the security of your premises since they are harder to break through and have better security features. In addition, they can help improve indoor air quality by keeping out dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants.

    What Kinds of Businesses Can Benefit From Them?

    Do you have a facility that regularly deals with traffic in and out or crucially requires quick access? If so, you might want to consider adding a high-speed door. What makes them so beneficial is that they are extremely versatile and can be tailored to your business’s needs. They are therefore ideal for industries such as food processing plants, breweries, warehouses, emergency rooms, distribution centers, and more.

    Upgrade to a special-function high-speed door from Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. today. We have plenty of options to choose from and can custom design the perfect door for your needs. Contact us for more information.


  • 4 Benefits of Having an Awning

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    Awnings are coverings that are installed over an outdoor space. Often used on patios or over a window, they help protect you from the elements and improve your outdoor areas. 

    But they more than protect your space from rain. If you’re considering installing an awning, they might have more benefits than you previously thought. Here are 4 of the top benefits of having an awning.

    Increase your outdoor space

    One of the top reasons families choose to install awnings is to increase useable space in their homes. An awning can help provide shade in the warmer months and block out light rain on cloudy days. This way you can spend more time outside and enjoy time on your patio or in your yard.

    A retractable awning can make your space more flexible by extending further or closer as necessary.

    Make your home more energy efficient

    Adding an awning to your residential property can help block direct sunlight in the summer months. By reducing sun rays, you can reduce the heat in your home – saving on air conditioning costs and reducing your carbon footprint.

    Protect from UV rays

    An awning that’s strategically placed over a window or doorway can reduce the amount of direct sunlight coming into your home. Not only are excessive UV rays harmful for you and your family, but they can also damage and discolor furniture and finishes over time. 

    An awning can provide up to 80% SPF protection and increase the longevity of the interior of your home.

    Improve privacy

    If you have outdoor spaces that directly face neighbors, awnings can help block direct views into your home. While they don’t give complete privacy, like window coverings, awnings also don’t block out all the natural light. Giving you the best of both worlds.

    Awnings can also improve the privacy of your outdoor spaces.

    Get an awning for your home today

    A professional can help evaluate your outdoor spaces and suggest an awning that will maximize the benefits for you and your home. From retractable to fixed awnings, Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. has a selection for everyone. Contact us today to explore our selection of awnings.

  • Benefits of a Three-Layer Insulated Door

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    Garage doors are often thought of as purely functional items, but they can be much more than that. In fact, your door can be an excellent way to improve the overall appeal of your home or commercial building’s exterior while also increasing safety and security.

    A three-layer insulated sectional garage door perfectly plays the security role and more. Having the best three-layer insulated garage doors is essential, and a great investment for your home or business—here are five reasons why you should invest in one today!


    With three layers of protection, your door will be better able to withstand the elements and day-to-day wear and tear, making it more durable.

    Protection From the Elements

    Whether it’s extreme heat or cold, your garage door will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This will help protect your car and other belongings from weather damage. 

    Energy Efficiency

    Traditional garage doors are only single-layer, meaning they don’t do much to keep heat in or out. But a three-layer door has two additional layers of insulation, making it much more effective at regulating temperature. This can help save you money on your energy bills, as well as make your home more comfortable year-round.


    If you live in an area with a lot of traffic or other external noise, a three-layer insulated garage door can be a great way to reduce the amount of noise that comes into your home. Additionally, if you have a home workshop or studio, the door’s soundproofing properties can be essential to avoid disturbing your neighbors. 

    Less Maintenance

    Since sectional three-layer garage doors are made with high-quality materials and can withstand extreme weather conditions and the wear and tear of daily use, they require less maintenance than other types of garage doors. This also means you won’t have to replace your door often, saving you money in the long run.

    Get Your Three-Layer Insulated Door Today!

    If you’re looking for a high-quality, durable garage door, a three-layer insulated door from Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc is just what you need. Contact us today for an installation.


  • Decorate Your Garage Doors This Summer

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    A garage door isn’t uncommon to have connected to a house. However, it can be a little outdated looking just being painted. What’s the best way to spruce up your garage door? How can you make it look amazing without overdoing it? We’ll go over some ideas to get you one step closer to having an eye-catching garage door area.

    First Things First 

    Renting- If you rent, you may need to get the owner’s permission and make sure they’re okay with you making the changes. They may have conditions to negotiate to ensure it’ll still look nice. They may only let you make changes to the surrounding grass, or say potted plants or decorations only.

    Own- If you own your home, then this isn’t an issue to update your door. Now you just have to figure out if you want to plant flowers, pot plants, paint the garage door or change it completely. 

    Plants and Flowers

    Ivy- You can plant ivy to grow around your garage door. It looks beautiful and elegant as it drapes around it. However, you need to make sure the ivy you decide on can handle the amount of sun and shade the area gets. 

    Potted trees- A small species of tree is always a wonderful look to arrange near your garage.

    Hanging baskets- A beautiful way to delicately showcase your favorite flowers. Pair colors for a homier look, or choose bright, stand out colors.

    Bushes- Rose bushes are a popular choice to dress up a yard. Especially a focal point like your garage door. 


    You don’t have to settle on just changing the color of your garage door. You can also consider changing it all together, especially if you’ve gotten some dings in it throughout the years. There are all kinds of designs with or without windows with different styles to choose from. Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc will make the changes for you if you decide to switch your door out. 


    There’s no limit to this unless your landlord gave you a specific color only. Matching a nice paint with the outside of your home can be tricky though.


    With many ways to decorate around your garage doors, or designs you can decide on. There’s no reason to keep hating your current doors. Let’s get your garage door needs taken care of and your home looking even better.  


  • Understanding R-Value and Why It Is Important

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    You’re ready to shop for a new garage door and want to make sure you make the best selection. One term that you need to be familiar with is the door’s R-value.

    Here’s what you need to know about R-value and how it relates to your garage door.

    The Basics of the R-Value

    A garage door’s R-value refers to how much insulation the door has. A higher R-value means that the garage door is created from materials that don’t conduct heat well, allowing it to provide high levels of insulation. An R-40 value is considered a high R-value by the US Department of Energy.

    Lower R-values mean that the garage door is manufactured from materials that conduct heat well. This means that it does a poor job of providing insulation for your garage.

    Why Insulation Matters

    Your garage door encloses a space that would otherwise be a large hole in the side of your home.

    A garage door with poor insulation qualities will allow the air temperature inside the garage to quickly change temperature, creating a space that’s uncomfortable and expensive to heat and cool.

    Selecting a garage door with insulating qualities helps you keep the space at a comfortable temperature and use less energy to do so.

    Is a Higher R-Value Always Better?

    With R-values, you need to consider the price of the garage door and how much more efficient a high R-value is at insulating your garage.

    Insulation R-values adhere to the law of diminishing returns. This means that as you increase the R-value, the amount of additional insulation gradually gets smaller and smaller.

    For example, an R-16 garage door isn’t twice as effective at offering insulation as an R-8 garage door.

    Instead, an R-16 door provides a 5 percent improvement in energy efficiency. An R-32 garage door is 7 percent more energy efficient than an R-8 product.

    For garages that are heated or cooled, look for an R-9 to R-13 garage door. If a garage functions as a living space, an R-13 garage door is ideal.

    Purchase Your New Garage Door

    Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. offers a wide selection of commercial and residential garage doors, as well as installation and maintenance services. Contact us at 724-443-1437 or visit us online to get started!


  • 5 Things to Know When Buying a Garage Door

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    A good garage door is an important long-term investment in your property. The right choice of garage doors enhances the appearance of your home, adds security and protection to your property, and improves energy efficiency.

    In this article, we’ll discuss the top five things you need to know before buying a garage door. Let’s get started!

    In-Person Quote Works the Best

    Although we live in an era dominated by online purchases, don’t be tempted to order your garage door online. Remember, each garage is different, so the best way to handle this is to get a knowledgeable salesperson to check the details of your garage and advise on the best design decision. An in-person quote may be the best director for this.

    Know Which Material Best Suits Your Needs

    Garage doors are made of different materials, and you have the privilege of choosing one that perfectly suits your needs and complements your property.

    • Aluminum doors work well for humid areas because of their rust and corrosion resistance.
    • Wood is a popular option that looks fantastic in most homes but requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best for years.
    • Steel doors are another popular option and come in various colors, designs, and price ranges.
    • Composite wood doors provide the attractiveness of real wood but with enhanced insulation and moisture resistance.

    Garage Door Installation Isn’t a DIY Project

    Regardless of how handy you are around your home, don’t be tempted to install your garage door on your own. Although handling the installation as a DIY project can help you save a few hundred dollars, it’s best if you let professionals handle it.

    Professional installers are trained on the right installation procedure and have years of experience in the field, making them perfect for this job.

    Garage Door Warranties

    Some garage doors come with warranties so that if any repairs or replacements are needed, you won’t struggle with financing. Most warranties have limitations, so it’s important to know what the warranty covers before getting your garage door.

    Garage Door Insulation

    You should also know about garage door insulation and its benefits. Insulated garage doors are slightly more expensive than hollow doors but are worth the extra bucks.

    Insulated garage doors improve energy efficiency, increase the value of your home, are durable, regulate temperatures in the garage, and act as a noise barrier.

    Get Your Garage Door Today

    For quality and affordable garage doors, contact Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. and start exploring the many designs available!

  • Benefits of Routine Maintenance for Businesses

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    Business owners have a lot of tasks on their to-do lists, but one item that’s essential to add to your schedule is preventative maintenance for your facilities.

    Preventative maintenance will keep your doors, shutters, security grilles, and garage doors functioning correctly so that they don’t interfere with your operations or pose a safety hazard to your employees and customers. Here are a few benefits associated with routine maintenance for your business.

    Minimizes Downtime Related to Unexpected Repairs

    By scheduling preventative maintenance, you can schedule downtime when it’s ideal for your business. While some downtime is necessary to keep your business functioning properly, emergency repairs nearly always have more downtime than scheduled maintenance.

    You won’t have to worry about losing hours of productivity because your security grille breaks or your garage doors won’t open when you have shipments to get out or inventory to process.

    Instead, you can schedule garage door maintenance and other tasks when it’s convenient for you.

    Regular Maintenance Keeps Your Employees Safe

    Heavy doors, gates, and security shutters that don’t work properly are a safety risk for your employees.

    An employee who’s depending on your security grille or door to remain open can suffer severe injuries if the door shuts on them.

    Or, if you neglect to call a garage door company and a garage door malfunctions, this can potentially cause an accident that hurts your employees and damages your vehicles and equipment.

    You Can Lower Your Overall Expenses

    By budgeting for regular maintenance, you can reduce your need for costly emergency service calls. This helps you keep your expenses associated with maintaining your facilities at a reasonable level.

    Regular maintenance also prolongs the lifespan of your doors, security grilles, and shutters, ensuring that they achieve their maximum lifespans and that you don’t have to prematurely pay for their replacements.

    Get Started on Your Maintenance-Related Tasks

    Want to make sure that all of your business’s maintenance is up-to-date? Contact Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors, Inc. today at 727-443-1437 to schedule your service call.