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By STEVE HERRING sherring@newsargus.com The garage door has come a long way since its introduction in the 1920s. Today's homeowners' options are nearly limit- less when it come to styles, colors and materi- als, said Jeff Wolfe, co- owner and commercial sales manager at Carolina Overhead Doors, and Kelsey Wolfe, residential sales manager. Their office at 305 U.S. 70 showcases some of those options. Garage doors are a key component of a house, and are becoming more of a figure of a house to point where it is now a design aspect of the house, Jeff said. Even in the basic price range doors come in all sizes, styles and colors. The doors are very cus- tomizable from a $1,400 budget to $4,000 budget for the same size door depending on the look and material, he said. People will spend thou- sands of dollars on a front door entry system, but then just $1,200 for a garage door even though the garage door will be used much more frequent- ly, he said. A new garage door can greatly enhance the curb appeal of a house, Kelsey said. "The curb appeal of a garage door is over- looked," Jeff said. "They don't understand the possibilities. We have a program where we can take a picture of our house. "We can put any type of garage door in that pic- ture and let you look at what your house is going to look like with a differ- ent style door on it." And when it comes to repairs, they can be inex- pensive, and people should not assume it is going to be costly, Kelsey said. A repair can be much cheaper than a new door, she said. And there are things the homeowner can do as well, she said. However, the doors can pose a risk, so when it comes to repairs or instal- lation it is best to use a professional, they said. "The main thing they need to be looking at is can they disconnect the door from the operator in the closed position and then open and close it manually," Jeff said. "The biggest issue that we see with overhead doors is the springs relax over time. They decrease in strength so therefore it is advantageous to them to see if they can manual- ly open and close the doors." There are two reasons for that, he said. One is to ensure the door is opening and clos- ing properly and that the operator is not overwork- ing to open and close the door, he said. The second is that in the event of a power fail- ure or a mechanical fail- ure with the operator that the door can still be opened and closed. People tend to think that the operator is what moves the door, he said. "Its only job is to replace a person's hands from physically opening and closing the door," he said. The springs actually open and close the door, Jeff said. "The springs are cali- brated to counterbalance the weight of the door to within 10 pounds," he said. The springs do the heavy lifting, while the operator is putting the door into motion, Kelsey said. In some cases, people install the operator improperly or on a prop- erly functioning door. "So if the safety settings are not set properly, then you can have the possibil- ity of an incident waiting to happen if something or somebody gets under the door," Jeff said. Not many people understand how the doors and operators work, he said. One misconception is that the operator is pick- ing up the door so springs are not necessary, he said. "When in fact you have to have the springs and the springs have to be properly adjusted," he said. "The door has got to be properly func- tioning to allow the operator to work properly so it is not an incident wait- ing to hap- pen." There are things people can do. There are safety steps and there are online videos that they can watch. "But we don't advise people to do that unless they know for a fact that the door is functioning properly," Jeff said. It is still best to contact a professional, he said. "Our service techs can show the person a pre- ventive maintenance plan they can do on a regular basis to prolong the life and the functionality of the door to where they don't have to call us out on a regular basis to inspect it for them," he said. "There are things the homeowner can do, but we kind of like to explain it to them or show them in the showroom what they can do and how they can do it so they are just not going into it blindly." Jeff said he wants homeowners to under- stand the ramifications of things because garage doors are dangerous. The door is the largest moving part of a house and is one of the most dangerous items in a house, he said. Statistics show a num- ber of emergency room visits for children under the age of 2 because of improperly installed and adjusted garage doors, he said. "So what our focus is at Carolina Overhead Doors is to try to instill that superior service level and installation of the garage door and operators to prevent any mishaps from happening down the road," he said. For the most part, it is not wise for homeowners to do the work on their own, he said. "The most mechanically inclined person can work on their door and call us the next day and say they need us to fix it because they lack the right tools," Kelsey said. "We have people who build houses for a living come in and have stitches all the way up their arm because they messed with a garage door, and they shouldn't. "We have had people come in who the jaws of life cut them out of their door. So even if you are mechan- ically inclined and don't know what you are doing or lack the tools and the safety equipment to do it correctly, it's still dangerous." If the door and opera- tors (manufactured after 1992) are properly installed, there are safety systems in place designed to prevent entrapment under the door, he said. Garage door installa- tion is not a trade like HVAC, so anyone with a truck and tools can install a door, Jeff said. "What we see are a lot of incorrect installations that are not done accord- ing to the manufacturers specifications," he said. They still open and close, but do so in the way they were designed to, he said. For more information, call Carolina Overhead Doors at 919-751-1645 or visit http://carolinaover- head.com. Thursday, March 22, 2018 Goldsboro News-Argus — 5 To be a mentor, you don't have to be perfect. You just have to be yourself which, by the way, is pretty good. * Toll-free call. 344 N. Spence Ave Goldsboro, NC 27534 23DSP03318C© New Arrivals Weekly! New Arrivals Weekly! New Arrivals Weekly! New Arrivals Weekly! New Arrivals Weekly! Open: Mon. 11AM - 6PM Tue.-Sat. 10AM - 6PM New Overstock Apparel, Shoes, Home Goods, Furniture & More! 50 - 75% Off Retail Pricing Check out what great finds we have in for Spring! Starting April 1st New extended hours! Jeff Wolfe, left, co-owner and commercial sales manager at Car- olina Overhead Doors, and Kelsey Wolfe, res- idential sales manager, are shown in front of one of the display doors in the com- pany showroom. Garage doors are becoming more of a focal point of homes. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles. You can also cus- tomize your own garage doors. Jeff Wolfe, co-owner and commercial sales manager at Carolina Overhead Doors, shows some of the colors and designs that are available. Garage doors Today's garage doors are not just for housing cars or tools or whatever may be in your garage; they are also part of the design of the home. Photos by STEVE HERRING

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