Chain Drive vs Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

November 30th, 2016

If you are in the market for a new garage door opener you will have to make the decision between a chain drive opener and a belt drive opener. Here are a few points to review to help make that decision easier.


  • Strength
    • Both chain and belt drive garage door openers are perfectly capable of handling the load of most residential garage doors. A ½ HP opener is plenty of power for most doors. If you have an extra-large garage door or it has many layers, upgrading to ¾ HP is worth the extra dollars.
  • Noise
    • One of the biggest differences between a chain and belt drive garage door opener is the noise level. Some people like being able to hear their door opening and closing, a chain drive opener will definitely make more noise. The belt drive openers are almost silent, so depending on your door, you won’t be able to hear it opening and closing. This is great for people with bedrooms above the garage who may not want to disturb people sleeping.
  • Maintenance
    • Because the belt on a belt drive is made of rubber there is no need to regularly lubricate it. When it comes to maintenance required for optimal performance the chain drive will require a little extra time and money throughout the years. The chain itself will need regular lubrication and adjustments.
  • Cost
    • Chain drive openers are generally less expensive than the belt drive openers. The chain will require more maintenance but if properly cared for, the chain itself will likely outlast a belt. So replacement parts will be needed less often.

Please call DistribuDoors with any other questions you may have about the installation of a garage door opener in the Puget Sound area. (206) 443-1640

Annual Garage Door Service

September 29th, 2016

If you are like most home owners with a garage you are typically using it as the main entrance into your home. In just a matter of a few months a garage door can be opened and closed hundreds of times. Having a good quality door and opener is important; but keeping it maintained and lubricated can extend the life of any garage door.

Replacing your garage doors and openers can be a large investment for your home. Spending a small amount on a regular basis can keep this from occurring faster than you may have planned.





What’s Included?




The following is what DistribuDoors includes in an annual garage door service call…

26 Point Safety Check

Our experienced technician will review your entire system. They will be checking a list of essential points that are required for a safe and smooth operation. This will include checking rollers, hinges, tracks, sensors, cables, springs, etc.

Tune Up

All hardware on your garage door and opener will be tightened and secured. Any new parts that are requested or needed will be replaced.


All moving parts of the door system will be lubricated with a high quality lubrication.

Spring Rebalance

Our technician will weigh your garage door and rewind the springs to properly handle the load for optimal safety. This will also take pressure off of the garage door opener; they tend to be over worked when springs are not rebalanced on a regular basis.

As the weather changes seasonally garage doors and their hardware will fluctuate and cause loosening and tightening throughout the year. Having a professional check your door annually will insure that your garage door will last longer and be safer. Please contact us with any questions you may have about servicing your garage doors and openers.


Why is Clopay’s Gold Bar Hardware Better?

July 30th, 2016


Most people don’t realize just how many moving parts a garage door has to make it work. There are tracks, rollers, springs, cables, drums, hinges, and more. Garage doors weigh on average 200 – 300 lbs. With all these parts working to operate the largest moving part of your home you want something that will last and be safe.

Clopay’s Gold Bar option provides an opportunity to go from industry standard to superior quality hardware for your door. This includes an upgrade from a 3 year hardware warranty to a lifetime warranty.

Springs are probably the most important part of any garage door system. Industry standard springs will last approximately 10,000 cycles (opening and closing your door). Gold Bar means you get a 20,000 cycle spring. This doubles the life of your spring and given that a typical spring replacement will cost you about $200 makes the upgrade more than worth it.

clopay-warrant-logoAlso, a garage door usually has at least 9 hinges and 16 rollers. Industry standard gives you 18 gauge steel hinges and basic nylon rollers. Gold Bar includes an upgrade to 14 gauge commercial grade hinges and nylon ball bearing rollers.

There are so many reasons we choose Clopay Garage Doors and are proud to be Master Authorized Dealers. Gold Bar Hardware is just one reason that Clopay Garage Doors is the best option for your home.


What is R-value?

May 31st, 2016

: the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power


R-value is a term often used in home construction to determine the level of heat resistance in products including insulation, roofing, garage doors, etc. The basic concept is that the higher the R-value the better the product is at keeping your home warm or cool.

When it comes to garage doors, R-value can be incredibly important. The first question to ask is how you are planning to use your garage. Are you storing valuables? Are you using it as a living space or working space? Or are you simply parking vehicles inside? Is the rest of the garage insulated?

If you have reason to want to keep it warm in the cooler months and cooler in the warm months than you will want a higher R-value. If you are not concerned with the temperature inside your garage then you can afford to purchase a garage door with a lower R-value.

It is also important to keep in mind that your garage temperature can have an effect on the rest of your home. Also, garage doors with higher R-values are typically higher in stability and dent resistance. R-value is only one factor to consider in deciding the garage door that is best for your home.

Can I Replace just a Panel or Section of my Garage Door?

March 31st, 2016

Yes. If the model of your garage door is still in production you can purchase a single panel/section to replace a damaged portion of your door. All garage door brands are built differently, they do not all fit together. You will need the same brand and same model as your current 001

The first step whenever your garage door is damaged, if possible, is to safely close it and keep it closed. Do not continue to operate the door, it may cause more damage. If the door does not close you may need to call a garage door technician to come out and get it closed for you. A service fee will apply.

Once your door is safely closed search the inside for any brand or model information. Write down the information you find, or simply take a photo. A lot of time these stickers have fallen off or have been worn off.

You will also want to take a photo of the inside and outside of the garage door. Make sure the whole door is in the photo. Often experienced garage door technicians can tell you the brand and model information just by seeing the pictures.

Next, get a tape measure and measure the full width of your door and the height of the section needed. Write it down. Garage doors are measured by width first (eg. W 16’ x H 21”)

Once you have whatever brand/model information that you could find along with a photo and measurements contact the local garage door company of your choice. Give them all of your gathered information. They should be able to give you pricing over the phone or email in order to get your replacement on order ASAP. Some basic garage door designs may be available immediately, others will need to be ordered. pics 002

If you are unable to gather all of this info yourself, simply let your garage door dealer know that you will need someone to come out to get the information and provide pricing. Schedule an appointment and the garage door technician can determine the door you need after inspection. Gathering the information yourself will simply expedite getting your garage door fixed ASAP.

Replacing one or two sections will typically be more cost effective than replacing your full garage door. However, if three or more sections need to be replaced you may want to also ask how much it would cost to replace the whole door with new hardware. Often installing a new garage door with brand new hardware will cost about the same as replacing three sections of an existing garage door. This all depends on the brand and model you have.

When contacting DistribuDoors to order a new section we will ask if you have the following…

  • Brand/Model information (found on the back or side of garage door)
  • Photos of inside and outside of garage door (can be emailed or texted to the office)
  • Measurements (width first, then height)

Major brands that DistribuDoors carries include: Clopay, Northwest Door, Amarr, Wayne Dalton

Will replacing my garage door increase my home’s value?

January 27th, 2016

Every year Remodeling Magazine releases a report showing the Cost vs. Value of a homeowner’s remodeling projects. The goal of this report is to show which home improvement projects gain you more value compared to the other home upgrade options for your specific region. If you are looking to increase the resale value of your home this report will help determine where your money is more wisely spent.

They have separated their data to show how midrange projects may differ from upscale projects. The type of home you have and the type of upgrade you are planning can affect the percentage of the cost that is recouped in the value of your home.Property-Value-increase

For the Seattle area, garage door replacement has consistently ranked as one of the top three midrange remodeling projects. On the upscale project list, garage door replacement does even better. This year’s report shows it with an average of 141.8% of the cost added as value to your home. This is great news if you are in the market for a new garage door. They estimate if you spend an average of $3175 on a new garage door system, you will be adding an estimated $4503 to the value of your home.

Anytime you can recoup the cost of a home project it is good news, but knowing your project is going to be giving even more in return makes garage door replacement a wise investment.

View report here…

Garage Door Springs – Hardworking and Underrated

November 30th, 2015

The truth is, if a quality garage door is installed by an experienced professional, the average homeowner will rarely deal with an issue with their garage door. Annual maintenance will help ensure this, whether done by a professional or by the homeowner.

So when a customer calls us about a garage door being stuck or having a hard time operating smoothly, it is quite common that they are completely unaware that there are springs on their garage door at all. They just haven’t really paid much attention to how it works as long as it is working.

To them the garage door opener is in charge of opening the door and closing it. If the power is out, they open it manually and think nothing of it. But in reality, your garage door is a very heavy and dangerous, typically wood or steel, object on tracks. Our installers place garage doors one section at a time, put the whole thing together and it is rarely operable with the strength of one person. That is, without the garage door springs.garage door springs

The springs are everything to your garage door. They are what allows you or your garage door opener to lift your garage door with ease. When a quality spring is used as part of your garage door hardware package they can last up to 10 years or longer, but if you plan on living in your home for longer than that, there will come a day when they will start acting up or break completely.

Here is a great article that discusses further the different types of springs as well as the dangers of replacing them yourself…

Garage Door Weather Seal

September 24th, 2015

It’s that time of the year. The weather is changing and the insects, rodents, and other critters are seeking warmer temperatures. Often inside our homes.

A garage door can make your home easily accessible to small creatures if not well maintained. Checking your weather stripping regularly and repairing it as needed can reduce this issue.

DOOR-SEALYour garage door should have vinyl or rubber seal (astragal) connected to the bottom of the door (in a metal retainer). If your concrete slab is uneven often a larger piece of rubber will be needed in order to complete the seal.

It is best if your door has vinyl seal along each side and across the top of the opening as well. When installed correctly this will be touching your door when it is in the closed position. This will also keep air from sneaking in or out of the garage. If you have an insulated garage door, this will be necessary in order to get the most out of your energy efficient investment.garage-door-seals

Typically, over time this seal will wear out as it is rubbing against the door on every open and close. It will need to be replaced every few years or so (all doors vary). Keep an eye on your garage door and make sure if your weather seal is falling apart or tearing that you have it replaced. If you have questions regarding the type of seal you have or need to use on replacement, please call us at (206) 443-1640.

Insulated Garage Door vs. Non-Insulated Garage Door

July 16th, 2015

When choosing a new garage door most people’s first decision is how they want their door to look. But equally important is what’s on the inside. How your door is built, if it has insulation and what type of insulation affects the longevity of your investment. Where the door is and how often it is going to be used are important factors when deciding which door is best for your space.

Clopay’s line of residential steel doors comes in 1, 2, and 3 layer options.

The 1 layer door (Value Series) is a basic frame with a stamped steel face. These doors are affordable and look great. They are often used on garages with minimum use and minimum traffic.

The 2 layer door (Value Plus Series) is the same as the 1 layer with a polystyrene foam insulation sandwiched between the steel face and a hard vinyl backing. These doors add some insulation to the door which decreases noise and increases energy efficiency and dent resistance. This works as a great middle of the road option for a minimal budget.

The 3 layer door (Premium Series) comes in a 1 3/8” frame or a 2” frame. There is a foam insulation sandwiched between the steel face and a steel backing. This is great for main residences as it greatly increases energy efficiency and dent resistance while decreasing noise. It better handles high traffic which increases the longevity of your investment.

The Premium Series also comes in two insulation options. This is a polystyrene foam insulation and their trademarked Intellicore foam injected insulation. Intellicore increases the density of your insulation which greatly increases your benefits. When purchasing an insulated steel garage door, this will be the highest quality option.

Clopay has provided the below chart to better compare all of these options so that homeowners can make an informed decision for their garage.

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What is the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

May 13th, 2015

You may have seen the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval before, but do you know what it is or what it means?GoodHousekeepingSeal

It actually began back in 1909.

DistribuDoors is the ONLY Master Authorized Dealer of the Clopay brand in all of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Clopay Garage Doors is the ONLY garage door brand backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

“This is Good Housekeeping’s LIMITED WARRANTY: If any product that bears our limited warranty Seal proves to be defective within two years from the date it was first sold to a consumer by an authorized retailer, we, Good Housekeeping, will refund the purchase price or $2,000, whichever is less or, at Good Housekeeping’s sole discretion, repair or replace the product.”

This means they believe in a product or company so much that they will put their own money up to say they are the best and guarantee the quality!!