It's an odd testimonial for the quality of a garage door, but one gained the hard way.
Firefighters from the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, in Castle Rock Colorado underwent a unique training exercise recently, where they took a bunch of different garage doors and cut them up. All three shifts took part in the training on forcible entry. 

firemen practice

Cutting through a tough Martin Garage Door, designed with a wrap around 1 1/2" flange without thermal breaks was hard enough to make at least one key firefighter believe in the quality of Martin Garage Doors.
"Martin are the best doors around," Lt. Tad Anderson said, as they concluded the cutting exercise.
Not everyone has to cut up doors, to see the quality difference, however.
Designed with built in safety features and innovations, Martin Garage Doors use high-tensile steel, not mild steel, which is common in the industry. Thus a Martin Garage Door section has a 40 percent higher load-carrying capacity than identical sections manufactured with mild steel, according to independent consulting engineers. 

SALT LAKE -- Not all torsion springs for garage doors are created equal. Not even close.
Even though most springs look similar to the untrained eye, there is only one company in the world who dares to offer a lifetime warranty on both the door and the springs----a Martin Garage Door with galvanized torsion springs. 
Not so coincidentally Martin was the first company to develop the galvanized torsion spring for garage door use in 1985. This completed a 25-year research process of finding the right engineering to make a spring that will last with the clean look and corrosion resistance that galvanizing offers.
In the rush to save money by buying so-called imitation clean galvanized springs, many door dealers are actually committing themselves to an inoperable door sooner than they experienced with the old-style greasy or paint-flaking torsion springs.
A small gathering of door companies in California illustrates the point. The door executives shared their concerns about the galvanized springs they were buying and about early fatigue issues. It was no surprise to learn none of the companies were using Genuine Martin Galvanized springs.
One official said his experience with the galvanized springs he had purchased angered him to the point of wanting them outlawed and the spring manufacturers reprimanded. He admitted that he had no experience with Martin.
Martin galvanized springs are engineered to last 20,000 to 30,000 cycles. This is a great complement to the Martin garage door product offering, which includes high cycle openers and high cycle garage door components.
Martin's approach to quality extends beyond the spring, to offer a safer garage door system and a safer door opener that requires no photo eyes.
Originally known as Martin Overhead Door in 1936, Martin Doors are sold to 93 countries.

Martin Door Manufacturing spent 25 years perfecting the galvanized torsion spring and Dave Martin shows off the world's finest garage door torsion spring.

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Try as they might, its hard to put a dent in the quality of a steel Martin Garage Door.
Martin Door Manufacturing is very careful about what kind of steel it uses in its residential garage doors and the resulting quality is hardly an accident. 
Consider some reasons why:
  • Martin has developed an exact formula steel alloy blend that is strong, light weight, and durable enough to be part of the world's finest and safest garage door. That alloy contains a blend of carbon, manganese, sulphur and silicone.
  • Martin uses high-tensile steel, not mild steel, which is used widely throughout the garage door industry. Thus a Martin Garage Door section has a 40 percent higher load-carrying capacity than identical sections manufactured with mild steel, according to independent consulting engineers. 
  • The average yield strength of the steel used in a Martin Garage Door is 45,000 psi (pounds per square inch) compared to a yield of 24,000 on most other brand doors made of mild steel.
  • Martin doesn't compromise its quality in steel, with different models. Martin's 24 gauge and 26 gauge steel garage doors are made of high tensile steel.
  • The high tensile steel blend in a Martin Garage Door includes a higher carbon ratio, which gives the door superior corrosion resistance to low carbon mild steel. In addition, painted coatings adhere better to high tensile steel than mild low carbon steel.
  • Martin Garage Door sections are engineered for more structural strength than their competitors. A typical Martin Door section has a minimum of two trapezoidal ribs, while most competitors sections have none. 
If high-tensile steel is so far superior to mild steel, why isn't it more prominent in the garage door industry? The answer comes in the engineering, according to Robert Scott, director of Engineering for Martin Door. High tensile steel is harder to work with, involves better engineering and more sophisticated equipment and costs more, according to Scott.
The simple result of this engineering and special steel shows up in a number of areas. Martin Garage Doors simply handle the fury of Mother Nature better than others, whether it is in being less prone to dents, or in providing more corrosion resistance.
Besides toughness, Martin utilizes hot-dipped galvanized steel with a special baked on enamel paint finish, which translates into a door that provides lasting curb appeal for the homeowner.
A quality high tensile steel begins with the right formula.  Martin uses steel with levels of carbon that make it more durable than most of the steel found in garage doors offered by other garage door manufacturers.

This steel tensile tester pulls steel until it comes apart.  The average yield for the steel used in Martin Garage Doors is 45,000 lbs.  That far exceeds the average yield for steel used by other door companies, which normally falls in the 24,000 lb average.

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