Known as the Door Operator Guru, Roy Bardowell is one of the most respected and knowledgeable men in the garage door and operator industry. His special passion for residential garage door, commercial door and gate operators leaves an impression on everyone he meets. Roy's training sessions at IDA Expos are always the one of the most widely attended sessions. He has been recognized by IDEA with the "Commitment to Excellence Award" and is an IDEA Certified Door Dealer Consultant. Roy is a member of the tech service team at Micanan Systems. He was Operations Manager at Guardian until 2012. We hope that you find Roy's articles informative and entertaining. Feel free to leave your comments for Roy.
By Roy Bardowell, CDDC
The operator is the perfect scapegoat because it cannot speak and defend itself. Being in door repair for 45 years I have developed a detective-like mind and by looking at the damage to the door and vehicle, I can determine what really happened. People ask me all the time—how can we prevent people from crashing into the door? One thing you can do is post a 15MPH speed limit or place tall speed bumps to force people to go slowly. Secondly you can install in-ground loops 20 feet on each side of the door to reverse the door when closing. An added benefit to loops is a car will reset a timer giving the driver extended time before the door closes. A third option is too install barrier arms on each side of the door which will prevent a vehicle from getting close to the door until it is fully open. Extra logic and costs will be associated with this option. Of course none of these options would apply to a residence. People have to learn how to take care and be careful. On multi-family apartments building manager should notify the users they will be financially responsible for damage due to their stupidity. A camera that tapes the door area when the door is in motion is probably a good option to consider.