Question: Why is light coming in from my garage door?

Garages are often dark places.  Some people ask why sunlight is able to come in through the cracks of the door.  The common excuse is that garage doors are not precision pieces of equipment and are exposed to the ravages of nature – high winds, intense storms, severe summer heat and winter cold and much more, so they get “beat up” by the elements.  The fact is that many low-cost garage doors are made of light-gauge steel which doesn’t respond well to the bending-type machinery that rolls them out.  To correct this problem, we offer a self-adhesive foam tape that can be applied in all the areas where sunlight is leaking in between the sections.  In addition, a new bottom seal will go a long ways to eliminating light and wind coming through the bottom of the door.  We also offer deluxe vinyl perimeter seal that can close off the sides and top of the door.  For more information, click our contact form to the right or send us an email at

Question: Why won’t my new Marantec remote work with my current Marantec opener?

Garage door remotes operate on different radio frequencies (measured in MHz or Megahertz). The older Marantec remotes operated on 40 MHz, but the newer models use 315 MHz. Unfortunately there are no longer any remotes available that will work with the older Marantec models so you must add an additional module known as a 315 Mhz external receiver, then the newer remotes will work. It is best to have a professional do this procedure for you, or you can call us for help over the phone at 702-795-1000.

Question: What types of garage doors work best on an apartment building?

Things to consider are:

  1. Style that will match or enhance the apartment building or garages
  2. Color availability.  Garage doors can be painted but powder coat finishes are more enduring
  3. Long life hardware and springs.  Because of high use, it is wise to consider 25,000 – 100,000 cycle hardware.  Many apartment building garages are under very high daily use.
  4. Gauge thicknesses.  Heavier gauges hold up much better in an apartment building environment.  We service hundreds of apartment building garage doors and the most common problems is denting and other similar damage.  This can be solved by using 24-gauge steel or thicker.
  5. Locking mechanisms.
    1. If the garage doors will be automatic, the garage doors will be automatically locked by the operator.  But if the garage has no other entrance or exit than the garage door, it is extremely important that you add a “vault release” locking mechanism to the top section of the door with a key that can be used to get into the garage in the event of a power outage or other problem.
    2. If the garage door will be manual with an outside key-handle lock, remember to order the locks keyed differently and perhaps consider the extra cost of master keying if the tenant loses their key.
    3. If using remotes, remember that every time a tenant changes you will need to change the codes on the garage door operator motor.
  6. Most landlords charge a refundable fee for failure to return the remotes and keys when they move out!

Planning ahead will save a lot of time and headache when administering dozens (or hundreds) of tenant garages.

Question: Why won’t a universal remote work with my garage door opener?

There is actually no such thing as a true universal garage door remote. Each manufacturer has their own frequencies and coding in the signals. A few manufacturers have attempted to create universal remotes but they still will not operate all brands and models made over the years. Your best bet is to purchase the identical remote. If it is no longer made, the manufacturer will usually offer a compatible replacement. If no replacement is available your can almost always find a conversion module (external receiver) and new remotes. The best advice is to call Martin Garage Doors of Nevada for help.  Go to additional assistance.

Question: Can I paint my garage door?

Yes, most garage doors are made to be painted. Always consult with a professional paint supplier for the correct type of paint to use for a steel garage door.  Powder-coat painted or copper doors need special care – consult the garage door manufacturer for instructions.  But for average doors, there are a few simple steps to follow:

  1. Close the door and wash it
  2. Spray off with water
  3. When the door is completely dry, lightly sand
  4. Dust off, then raise the door
  5. Mask off the jambs and header, and cover the floor
  6. Paint only the outside of the door with a good quality paint or clear sealer
  7. More detailed instructions are here:

Question: Can a garage door run up the wall for a high ceiling?

Yes.  This is called “vertical lift,” or “high lift.”  The tracks and hardware can be modified so that the door goes straight up the wall on both commercial and residential garage doors.    Use vertical lift if the ceiling is more than double the height of the garage door opening.  With vertical lift, the garage door will go straight up the wall and will not curve back at all.  Use high lift if the ceiling height is more than about 24″ higher than the garage door opening – for example if the door opening height is 8 feet and the ceiling is 14 feet, with high lift hardware the door will go vertically for about 5 feet then will curve back horizontally for the other 3 feet.  For more information on vertical-lift doors, see

Question: You talk of the need to protect fingers from entrapment on a garage door. Why would I need to worry about finger injuries from a garage door when I plan to have an automatic opener installed with my new door?

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found over 68,000 serious finger injuries resulting from a person mistakenly placing his/her fingers in the wrong place on a garage door. Further studies showed that 85-90% of those injuries took place with doors equipped with automatic openers that had failed due to power outages, defects, misaligned eye-beams, etc. Indeed, all people are vulnerable to such an injury if their door does not address entrapment issues.

Question: I live in Southern Nevada. Why on earth would I need an insulated door?

Good question. The insulation value of our dual layer insulated door is R-14. Insulation will only slightly help your garage stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But insulation does make the door look nicer on the inside. Also, it tends to quiet the door down in its operation and decrease road noise. If these issues are not important to you, don’t get an insulated door. Please note, in spite of what some salespeople may say, insulation does not make a steel door more dent resistant. Dent resistance comes from thicker, heavier steel with high tensile strength.

Question: I like the way windows look and how they dress up a home. But many doors in my neighborhood have windows, and some of them have turned yellow and look awful now. Why?

Most manufacturers put in the window design overlays as they come from their supplier. They are molded with color. But this material left outdoors will yellow in a short time. Martin Garage Doors utilizes a special coating process that prevents yellowing. And the Lifetime guarantee assures you that you will not have this unsightly problem. Also our design overlays are double-thick to help keep their shape.

Question: When I replace my old wood door with a new steel sectional, do I have to change my automatic opener too? It’s not too old and seems to be working fine.

Depending on certain circumstances, it’s entirely up to you. Your opener must be able to reverse upon hitting a 2×4 laid flat on the floor. Also, your opener needs to be 10 feet long (for a 7′ tall door). Keep in mind that the new openers have great safety and security features that the old ones do not have.