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Contemporary Garage Door for a Modern Style Home

You hear a lot about Carriage house Garage Doors these days.  They are a very popular and offer a classic look to your home, but what if you are the proud owner of a more modern style home?

These modern, sleek garage doors from Amarr Entre-Matic Door Corporation perfectly mirror the clean lines and glass expanses of your home’s contemporary design.  They are available in a variety of tempered glass window options.  You can choose from 24 stocked colors of powder coated frames or an unlimited number of custom colors.


Door sizes are available up to 24’ wide with wind load reinforcement systems.  Wind load doors are built specifically to withstand specific high-wind pressures with an interior wind load reinforcement system. Wind load reinforcement can be added to practically all Amarr doors to meet local building codes.  Simply choose the door style that is right for you and Steich Overhead Doors will confirm what wind load door is required in your area.  It is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure the garage door meets local building codes.  We can help you with this.  Give us a call.


ADA and Pedestrian Access Garage Door

Did you know that American Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has a resturant  in New Jersey with community in mind.  The Soul Kitchen is a Community Restaurant, a non-profit  program run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.  There are no prices on the menu; customers donate to pay for their meal. If you are unable to donate you may do volunteer work in exchange for your family’s meal. Here’s a little blurb from their website:

“It’s about the older lady who pulls into the handicap spot. She takes ten minutes to get out of her car. With a look of pain she comes to the door and says she is glad to be here because she needs to get out of the house. Yes, she is willing to fold napkins, polish silverware or write thank you notes to be here to do her part. She is seated at a table with people she has never met. Awhile later you can hear laughter from the back of the room. She is smiling, laughing and enjoying the company and her meal. She leaves later, walking a little straighter, with a smile on her face. She says, “Glad I came; it’s the best medicine. See you Thursday”.

The access to this resturant is provided by Arm-R-Lite doors, a Titan model ADA pass door.  Arm-R-Lite is one of our top Garage Door suppliers.  Take a look at this innovative door in this video.  Give us a call if you have a commercial access need.  We can help you solve your problem.

Amarr Garage Doors

Amarr Residental and Commerical Garage Door Installation

Steich Overhead Doors is proud to supply, install and service Amarr Garage Doors.  They have over 60 years of quality garage door manufacturing in the USA and provide you with a product that will give you years of service.  Check out their warranties on Amarr Garage Doors.

Here are some common issues that our customers have with their existing doors.  This information is from the Amarr website.

• My door squeaks when it opens and closes. Springs, rollers and hinges can squeak and be noisy. This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem. Before calling a professional service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (recommended specifically for garage doors). If the noise persists, call a professional garage door installer for service.

• The Cable is frayed.  Contact a professional garage door dealer/installer. Do not attempt to remove, repair or adjust springs or cable. HIGH SPRING TENSION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

• Garage door does not open smoothly, but in a jerky motion or with loud noises.  This may be due to the lack of maintenance of the garage door or garage door opener.  Consult a garage door dealer for a service check-up.

• When I push the button on my garage door remote, the garage door doesn’t open.   This could be due to several issues.  The most common is that your garage door remote may need the batteries replaced.  The safety photo eyes on your garage door opener may be out of alignment or your spring(s) may be broken.  Please consult your local garage door dealer for help.

• My garage door does not close all the way, but goes back up into the open position.  An object may be blocking the path of the photo eye sensors of a garage door opener or the photo eye sensors of the opener may be misaligned.

• I have a black residue on the exterior of the garage door.  These marks are caused by the oil-coating that is on torsion springs.  Care for your garage door with an annual washing of the door to remove these marks.

• The bottom of my garage door has rust spots.  These rust spots may be caused by salt used during the winter to melt ice and snow or chemical splatter from a driveway cleaner.  Make sure to clean your garage door with water and soap to remove any debris that may remain on your garage door exterior.

Garage Door Care and Maintenance

Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete garage door system. Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone’s business. Make garage door and garage door opener safety automatic in your home.  Consult owner’s manuals for additional recommended maintenance for your models of door and opener. 


Garage Door Opener Tests:  Reversal Test, Force Setting Test, Additional Safety Devices
Garage Door Visual Inspection:  Springs, Rollers, Pulleys, Cables and Track Lubrication, Door Balance.

There are routine safety and maintenance steps that you should follow once a month. Review your owner’s manual for the door opener. If you don’t have the owner’s manual, look for the opener model number on the back of the power unit and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Garage Door Opener Reversal Test

Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present, it should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have advanced safety features which comply with the latest U.L. 325 standards. Contact your manufacturer or installer for additional information.

Test the reversing feature every month.

First, test the balance of the door (see “Testing and Maintaining The Garage Door”). If the door is properly balanced, then proceed.

With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2″ thick piece of wood (a 2″x 4″ laid flat) on the floor in the center of the door.

Push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the wood. (Note that the bottom part of “one piece doors” must be rigid so that the door will not close without reversing.)

If the door does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Have a qualified individual adjust, repair or replace the opener or door.

Garage Door Opener Force Setting Test

Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Test the reversing feature after any adjustment.

Additional Safety Devices for Garage Door Openers

Many garage door openers can be equipped with additional safety devices. Consider adding a photo eye or edge sensor as an extra measure of safety to protect against entrapment. Keep in mind that adding more safety devices will not make an old opener meet the current U.L. standards.

Make sure the additional safety devices, such as photo eyes or edge sensors, are properly installed and adjusted (see owners’ manual).

Never remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.


Perform routine maintenance steps once a month. Review your owner’s manual for the garage door. If you don’t have a manual, look for the model number on the back of the door, or check the lock handle, hinges, or other hardware for the manufacturer’s name and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Visual Inspection

Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear. If you suspect problems, have a qualified person make repairs.

Lubrication:  Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However, do not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Consult the door owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.
WARNING - Springs are under high tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them.

Garage door springs, cables, brackets and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions should adjust them. The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust torsion springs yourself.

A restraining cable or other device should be installed on the extension spring (the spring along the side of the door) to help contain the spring if it breaks.

Door Balance

Periodically test the balance of your door.  Start with the door closed.  If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand when doing this test.

You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three to four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Have it adjusted by a qualified service person.

Commercial Roll Up Overhead Doors

We would like to show you some of benefits of Commercial roll up overhead doors from Armarr Entrematic, one of our major suppliers of Overhead Door products.


The Model 2700 is Amarr’s top-of-the-line high R-Value door designed exclusively for the Commercial and Industrial sectional overhead door market.

Amarr’s top-of-the-line high R-Value door is constructed with a thermal break, and uses foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation createing a strong monolithic panel that is energy efficient.

  • Duty Rating Heavy-Duty
  • Insulation/R-Value19.40
  • Layers 3
  • Warranty 10-Year
  • Upper Price Range

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Amarr Model 2400 Commercial Garage Doors provide the security and durability needed for industrial use.

The Model 2400 is the workhorse of the industry.The deep ribbed 24 gauge steel sections can be factory- or field-modified with CFC-free polystyrene insulation that features a nylon or steel backer to fit the needed application.

  • Duty Rating Heavy-Duty
  • Insulation/R-ValueN/A Or 6.64
  • Layers 1, 2, or 3
  • Warranty 10-Year
  • Mid Range Price

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The 4000 Series Rolling Steel Service Doors provides maximum security and years of worry free operation.

The standard of the industry, the 4000 Series provide excellent security and years of worry free operation. Doors are available in three steel gauges (18, 20, and 22) , depending on the size of the door.

  • Duty Rating Extra HD or Heavy-Duty
  • Insulation/R-ValueN/A
  • Layers 1
  • Warranty 2-Year Limited
  • Upper Price Range

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The Amarr Model 5536 Rolling Sheet Door is designed to be economical without sacrificing performance, craftsmanship, or aesthetics.

The Model 5536 is economical and durable door option for most light-duty commercial applications.

  • Duty Rating Medium-Duty
  • Insulation/R-ValueN/A
  • Layers 1
  • Warranty 25-Year
  • Mid Range Price

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Choosing a Garage Door Dealer


We believe that the installation of a garage door is not a do-it-yourself job. A garage door is the largest moving object in your home and because of the large number of parts, installation of a garage door is highly technical. Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous, and proper installation is critical to the performance of your door.

Professional garage door dealer/installers can typically install a door in a few hours and are careful to make sure safety requirements are met. Installations by most homeowners typically span several days and cause much frustration. In addition, incorrect installation can void certain warranties, so we recommend a trained garage door installer to handle the job for you. One of the other services a professional garage door dealer can provide is the disposal of your old garage door if you are replacing a door.

Steich Overhead Doors Is a Leading Supplier of Garage Doors

Steich Overhead Doors is a leading supplier of residential garage doors in Montgomeryville PA and the greater SE Pennsylvania area. Our manufacturers include Amarr, Overhead Doors, Clopay, General and all the major residential overhead door manufacturers.

Proximity, 24 hour service, or dealer showroom available may be factors in determining the right dealer for you. Other factors to consider may be insurance, lead safety certification, warranties, professionalism, references, as well as dealer service and support.  We will be glad to provide you with all of this information so you can feel confident in your selection of the best garage door dealer in the area.

Garage Door Safety

One in fifteen residential garages may lack the latest garage door safety features or may not be operating properly.  Many more garage doors and openers could be showing sins of wear and tear, indications of a need for service.

One of our most trusted garage door opener suppliers is Liftmaster.  LiftMaster® has always been a leader in safety, quality and innovation and  has recently created “Don’t Chance It – Check It”, a national campaign designed to boost awareness of garage safety and encourage you to check your garage door and opener to make sure it is operating properly.


Give Your Garage Door and Opener a Checkup

You may not be able to see or hear it, but your garage door may not be operating properly, or even safely. Don’t Chance It. Check It. with these 3 easy steps.


  1. Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed Photo Eyes (black sensors) mounted no higher than 6 inches off the floor.
  2. Block the Photo Eye with an object over 6 inches tall and press the garage door opener’s close button. The door should not close.
  3. Lay a 1.5 inch-high object on the ground in the door’s path and press the close button. The door should reverse off this object.

Steich Overhead Doors, Your LiftMaster Dealer, Can Help

Once you complete the 3-Step Safety Check, if you find that your garage door is not operating properly or are unsure, contact us immediately and we will work with you to determine the most efficient and economical solution.

Painting Your Garage Door

If you are considering painting your garage door, here is a few tips from our friends at Haas doors, one of our trusted suppliers here at Steich Overhead Doors.  Like most anything else, there is a right way to prepare and paint your door so you will be proud of the results.  You can figure on about 4 hours to complete a double garage door.  It”s an easy weekend or Saturday afternoon project.

Take a look.  And as always, give us a call if you need any advice or have any questions concerning your overhead door for your home or business.  We would love to hear from you.

Smart Garage Door Openers

I was surfing the internet the other day and came across a blog about how you can use your phone to open your garage door.  According to the article, all you need is the following:

  • transistor from Radio Shack
  • soldering iron
  • Bluetooth headset
  • handful of wire ties
  • couple of 12” wires
  • various pliers, wirecutters, etc.

After your have acquired this assorted equipment, you disassemble the headset, remove the earpiece housing by carefully working it loose with a pair of pliers, isolate one of the speaker wires, cut off the black wire and solder the transistor to the red wire from the headset.  Then you need to plug this apparatus into an outlet and hang it from your garage door opener.  You then are able to open your door by going to settings on your phone, hitting the Bluetooth setting and then hitting disconnect.  You do have to do this within a couple of seconds, apparently, or it won’t work.  Different phones do require slightly different instructions.

All seems a bit much, doesn’t it? I mean, unless you possess a love of tinkering, I couldn’t imagine a normal person going through all of this trouble for the simple pleasure of opening a garage with a phone. With all the aps that exist in today’s smart phone marketplace, there should be a far more optimal way to use your phone to open a garage door.

Sure enough, there is.

Liftmaster, the leader in Garage door openers, has a solution that doesn’t require soldering iron. Their new technology “MyQ-enabled” Internet Gateway is a simple solution for using any brand smart phone to not only open your garage door but also to control your home lights as well.  And you don’t need to be standing in front of your garage.  This can be done from any remote location

Their four new garage door openers – the LiftMaster® Elite Series® 8550 and Premium Series 8360 with Battery Backup, the Elite Series® Model 8500 Wall Mount opener, and the Premium Series 8355 – are the only ones in the marketplace with MyQ® technology built right in. This offers you a new level of home activation as opposed to an expensive, hardwired home automation system.


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If you would like more information about the latest technological advances in Garage Doors and Garage Door openers give us a call at 215-795-2500.


Commercial Overhead Garage Doors

Commercial overhead garage door product information provided by one of our suppliers –  General Doors Corporation.  They have a complete line of products for pretty much every commerical overhead door application.  This is just a sampling of their insulated door product line.

24 Gauge Insulated VB (vinyl back)

Industrial & Commercial Steel Garage Doors by General Doors Corporation are designed, engineered and manufactured specifically for the rigors of everyday use. All of our doors are built tough with the proven strength of deep ribbed, box girder construction eliminating sag, resisting wind load and reducing impact damage. A strong continuous exterior of galvanized steel provides optimum security, while the double coated, baked enamel finish promises years of low maintenance, good looks and worry-free durability.

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Steel Raised Panel (SRB)

Compare the Steel Raised Panel (SRP) Commercial model with any other make of steel door. The manufacturing quality and superior appearance are readily apparent after installation and for years to come. Engineered for widths up to 20 feet and heights up to 14 feet, this door combines the beauty of our raised panel design with the rugged construction details needed for any commercial application.

Our 24 gauge door construction is…

17% thicker than 25 gauge
31% thicker than 26 gauge

The SRP is 2-1/8″ thick pan-type door constructed with full 24 gauge steel.(.022 thickness)

  • 1-3/8″ thick Polystyrene insulation with a vinyl backing.
  • R-Value of 6.85, U-value of .85
  • Steel is rust-proofed with hot dipped galvanizing, pre-painted on both sides with a primer, and finished with a top coat of baked on polyester for an exterior paint thickness of 1.0 mil.
  • Finely detailed wood grain surface with deeply embossed panels for a sharp, well defined appearance.
  • Raised panel sizes of appropriate proportions and spacing ensure all door sizes have an authentic raised panel look.
  • Tog-L-Lock fastening system provides strength to joints without burning or piercing the metal.
  • Resilient vinyl weather strip attached to the door bottom with an aluminum retainer minimizes air infiltration.Rivet-free door surface creates a smooth, uniform look.




Advantage Commercial

General’s Advantage Commercial Door is a three layer product, made with a 1-3/8” thick polystyrene core sandwiched between two 26-gauge pre-finished steel skins with a thermal break. The steel is protected by a G60 galvanizing layer topped by a heavy duty two-coat baked–on polyester paint system. Available in widths up to 18ft, and heights up to 14ft.

  • Sandwich-type construction with 1-3/8’’ polystyrene insulation, pressure bonded between two skins of 26 gauge (.017) G60 steel
  • Steel is rust-proofed with hot dipped galvanizing, pre-painted on both sides with a primer, and finished with a top coat of baked on polyester for an exterior paint thickness of 1.0 mil
  • Three layer construction provides a calculated insulation value of R-6.7, along with exceptional strength and substantial, solid feel during operation
  • Finely detained wood grain surface with deeply embossed panels for sharp, well-defined appearance
  • Raised panel sizes of appropriate proportions and spacing ensure all door sizes have an authentic raised panel look
  • Double tongue and groove joint for the tightest section fit possible
  • Thermal break between steel skins
  • Also available in a flush versionHeavy duty hardware and commercial grade 14 gauge full leaf hinges are standard
  • Three year hardware warranty


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