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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How tough is your garage door?
Not as strong as you might think, if it includes thermal breaks.
Thermal breaks are long on hype, but short on performance----especially in a garage door, which is often seven times wider than an entry door.  A thermally broken door is a door waiting to be broken.
Thermal breaks do more to compromise a garage door, than they do to ensure a sustained R value for energy efficiency. In essence, the push for greater R value often compromises the strength of the garage door.
The marketing of these compromises is often intriguing. One manufacturer boasts it uses wood blocks to ensure thermal breaks for hinges holding sections together, noting the wood gives them more fastening leverage than other companies.
Wood cracks, warps and rots easily, so any sustained value of the extra fastening, would be easily compromised. Many companies use a mild steel self-fastening screw which is used to fasten the hinge to the section. Those are often short and don't adjust to jarring use well. 
The anatomy of a strong garage door goes beyond thermal breaks, to include injected foam insulation in many doors on the market today.
Utilizing injected foam, sandwich garage doors are shaped by the insulation. The injected foam often translates to a higher R value initially. But it too comes with big compromises.
Foam breaks down quickly and easily. The constant jarring, twisting and flexing of a garage door moving up and down shifts the insulation within the panel, causing the door to lose its shape. So the result is diminished R value and an ugly delaminating garage door.
Martin Garage Doors has designed its door differently than other manufacturers.
A Martin Garage Door features a full wrap around flange. The heavy-duty style hinge features a custom-designed dimple, which helps ensure a lifetime connection when the professional installer fastens the hardened thread forming screw. The screw actually binds the hinge, stile, and door section into one solid unit.  In essence there is a binding of steel to steel.
There is more durability in binding steel to steel, than in trying to hold something together by plastic, rubber, foam or glue.
The insulation in series II Martin Garage Doors is contained with heavy-duty multi-contact steel stiles, with a continuous sheet of a textured, galvanized steel back-skin. The Martin raised panel door's steel face is not laminated to the insulation.
In essence, Martin's hardened steel fasteners hold up to four layers of steel together. 
The durability with which the door is held together manifests itself over time. A dent is repairable even on an insulated Martin Garage Door. The insulation is recyclable, removable or reusable and the R values of the door remain the same over a longer period of time than other doors.

Martin binds steel to steel with its garage doors, rather than trying to hold something together by plastic, rubber, foam, wood or glue.

Martin Doors are built tough

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