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Garage Door Questions and Answers

Fire department garage doors are not as straight forward or simple as they may appear. Arm-R-Lite has complied a few frequently asked questions regarding our fire station doors as well as general garage door questions from our industry.

Firehouse Garage Door Frequently Asked Questions

What is headroom?

  • Headroom is the space from the top of the garage door opening up to the bottom of lowest obstruction on the inside of the header wall. Headroom is used to determine the track type and set up required for an application. A fire station garage door cannot be properly installed without sufficient headroom.

What is R-Value?

  • R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance. The higher the R-value of a product, the better the insulating performance. Arm-R-Lite’s welded aluminum fire department garage doors with our Energy Efficiency Package can achieve an estimated R-value of up to 8.

What is the difference between polystyrene and polyurethane insulation in fire station garage doors?

  • Polystyrene offers a much lower insulation value than polyurethane. Polyurethane expanding foam insulation in aluminum and glass firehouse garage doors is unique to Arm-R-Lite and is incorporated into our Energy Efficiency Package.

Why are Arm-R-Lite fire department garage doors different than what other manufacturers make?

  • Arm-R-Lite is the only fire station garage door manufacturer that welds our aluminum extrusions. All other manufacturers use weaker methods such as self tapping screws or thru-bolts. Thru-bolts and screws can loosen over time, resulting in sagging sections and a shorter operating life for a fire station garage door. Due to our construction method our fire department garage doors consistently out perform against our competitors models and come with an unmatched 20 year welded frame warranty.

I was told 1″ thick insulated glass is not available in fire station aluminum and glass garage doors. Is that true?

  • Not true. Arm-R-Lite’s welded aluminum firehouse garage door models can accommodate up to 1″ thick insulated glazing safely and securely.

What is the difference between your Titan Model and your Electra Model?

  • For a comparison of our Electra and Titan models, please click here.

How do I find an Arm-R-Lite dealer?

  • To find an Arm-R-Lite dealer in your area, please contact us at 908-754-2600 or reach out to us by email at [email protected]

I need to service a really old Arm-R-Lite welded fire station aluminum door, can I still get replacement parts for it?

  • Yes you can! Arm-R-Lite tags all of our fire station doors with a unique serial or WO#s which allow us to look up the paperwork from when your door or doors were first fabricated. We can manufacture replacement sections, tracks, and parts to match your original door. Competing manufacturers discontinue or modify their doors for cost cutting, but Arm-R-Lite has manufactured our welded aluminum fire department doors constantly for more then 50 years! Arm-R-Lite will never abandon our customers by phasing out our welded models. If you need a replacement part, please click here. It doesn’t matter if our door was installed 30 years ago or 3 weeks ago, Arm-R-Lite has your back!

We want our aluminum firehouse garage door to match a specific color, can you do that?

  • Yes. Arm-R-Lite aluminum fire department garage doors are available with custom Kynar®/Duranar® finishes, RAL powdercoat finishes, Faux wood, or anodized finishes. If you can provide us with a color swatch, we can match it or come as closely as possible, with a custom Kynar®/Duranar® 20 year warranty finish.

What are the requirements of your ADA Compliant Pass Door?

  • Arm-R-Lite’s exclusive ADA Compliant Pass Door is available in either the Titan or Custom CI aluminum and glass models only. For a full set of requirements please visit our ADA Pass Door page or contact our sales and customer service department.

If you did not see your question above or if you feel an explanation is not complete, please feel free to contact our sales and customer service department. We would be glad to help you regarding Arm-R-Lite fire station garage doors or any general garage door questions you might have.