LiftMaster 8500 Side Mount Garage Door Opener

Garage Door Openers have certainly made our lives easier. Between keychain sized remotes, keypads, remotes built into our cars, and smart phone apps, the garage door is now the primary point of entry and exit into many of our homes.jackshaft_garage_door_opener

The only downside to most modern garage door openers is the mounting system. The motor head is mounted in the center of the garage and an 8’ or longer boom is suspended between the motor head and the wall above the garage door. This system blocks access to lights, storage rafters, attics, and other ceiling options in the garage.

LiftMaster has a solution. The 8500 is a side mount (also called a JackShaft) garage door opener. That means the motor head is mounted to the torsion shaft and on the wall next to the garage door. There is no boom or rail. The 8500 turns the torsion shaft directly. It is out of the way, clearing the center of the garage ceiling for better uses.

As part of the Elite Series of openers from LiftMaster, the 8500 comes with a lifetime motor warranty and a 5 year warranty on other parts.  There are a variety of accessories available with the 8500 as well; they include: battery backup, a remote light kit, and MyQ internet access.Elite Series 8500 Garage Door Opener

Call us at 602-495-1555 to find out more about the 8500 and schedule yours today!

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Wood Overlay Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

This article will cover Wood Overlay Garage Doors.

Wood Overlay doors offer the greatest degree of customization available to designers. Wood overlay doors will start on a sturdy steel door. Real, and sometime composite, wood is then attached to the steel door. The overlay is hand built and constructed. The result can be stunningly unique patterns that truly enhance the visual design of a home. These garage doors can designed to match entry doors and gates to bring together the total design concept of a home.

Of course, window and hardware options galore exist. The only limit to overlay doors is the imagination of the designer.

Here are some examples of Overlay Garage Doors:Custom Overlay Garage Door Unique Custom Overlay Garage Door Overlay Garage Door Matching Entry Door Overlay Garage Door in Carriage House Style Custom Overlay Garage Door with Windows

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Glass Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

This article will cover glass garage doors.

Glass garage doors are also sometimes known as “Full View” Garage Doors. Theses doors will use steel, or more commonly aluminum frames with full length glass. The appearance is very modern and similar to some commercial buildings. We’ve even seen these doors used in patios, foyers, sun rooms, and great rooms to either extend the living space or open a home to fresh air and the fragrances of the great outdoors.

The glass can be clear, tinted, opaqued, or otherwise decorated to match the style of the home and privacy needs of the home owner. Additionally, multi-color and style frames can be use to provide additional style options.

Here are some examples of Glass Garage Doors:Opaque Full View Glass Garage Doors Opaque Full View Glass Garage Doors Full View Glass Garage Doors at Night Full View Glass Garage Doors Full View Glass Garage Doors

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Carriage House Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

This article will cover the steel garage doors designed to look like Carriage House doors.

Carriage House style garage doors are near the upper end of the product line of garage doors. As such, the steel used for Carriage House doors is at least 24 gauge. Another major difference between Carriage House doors and other styles, is the use of just 3 sections or panels. Most steel garage doors will use 4 sections for a 7’ tall door and 5 sections for an 8’ tall door. Because the stamp patterns are unique and complex, Carriage House garage doors are made with just 3 sections.

Multicolor paint is often used to help highlight the Carriage House style and appearance. Windows or “lights” are a frequent design element in Carriage House doors, as are decorative straps hinges and handles.

Here are some examples of Carriage House garage doors:

Recessed Carriage House Garage Doors with WindowsCarriage House Garage Doors in Santiago with multi-color Paint Carriage House Garage Doors in Tuscany with wood tone Paint Carriage House Garage Doors in North Hampton with wood tone Paint Carriage House Garage Doors in Lucern with multi-color PaintIf you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Designer Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

We will continue with what we call a Designer Series garage door.

As with traditional garage doors, Designer Series Garage Doors are made of steel. The thickness of the steel can vary between 25 and 24 gauge with the larger the number the thinner the steel.

A pattern is stamped in the face of the steel to reduce flexing as the door rolls up and down. Most commonly, that pattern features a subtle wood grain and more decorative elements that resemble a wooden structure. The pattern may be smaller and tighter or larger and broader with raised or recessed elements.

Here is a picture of a “short bead board” door:Designer Garage Door in Short Panel with Windows and Inserts

Here is a picture of a “long bead board” door:Designer Garage Door in Long Panel with Windows and Inserts

Here is a picture of the “raised panel” door:Designer Garage Door in Raised Panel with Windows

Here is a picture of the “recessed panel” door: Designer Garage Door in Recessd Panel with Windows

As you can see, Designer doors can have windows or “lights” installed in a section. Usually this is the top section, but some people prefer to look of a door with the windows in the third section. Decorative inserts can be added to the windows to create designs that further the customization possibilities.

Finally, while designer doors come in a variety of solid colors from the manufactures, multiple tone wood grain effect paint is also available. This really helps give a Designer door the look of real wood.Designer Garage Door in Short Panel Multigrain Oak with Windows and InsertsIf you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Traditional Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. In the series, we will include the design options of each category of door and some before and after pictures.

We will start with a basic or Traditional garage door.

Most garage doors today are made of steel. The thickness of the steel can vary between 26 and 24 gauge with the larger the number the thinner the steel.  A pattern is stamped in the face of the steel to reduce flexing as the door rolls up and down. Most commonly, that pattern features a subtle wood grain and either squares or rectangles.

Here is a picture of the squares, which we call a “short panel” door:

Traditional Short Panel Garage Door in WhiteHere is a picture of the rectangles, which we call a “long panel” door:

Traditional Long Panel Garage Door in WhiteAlso, with the thicker steels a “flush panel” is available, this has neither squares or rectangles:

Traditional Flush Panel Garage Door in WhiteTraditional doors can have windows or “lights” installed in a section. Usually this is the top section, but some people prefer to look of a door with the windows in the third section. Decorative inserts can be added to the windows to create designs that further the customization possibilities.

Traditional Short Panel Garage Door in White with Windows and InsertsFinally, traditional doors come in a variety of colors from the manufactures. While white and almond are far and away the most popular colors, brown, green and shades of tan and gray are available. And, of course, garage doors can be painted to match any décor.Traditional Flush Panel Garage Door in Red

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.