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Why is the garage door track a white tube?
Monday, June 25, 2018
The Clipenglyde garage door system is now history but was hailed as the next big thing in garage door technology in the mid-1990s. It was invented by John Jella, of Spillman-Jella Manufacturing, in 1993. Clipenglyde is a patented track system that uses aluminum tubes instead of steel, and
U-shaped thermoplastic clips instead of rollers. The powder-coated aluminum tubes enable it to have extremely quiet operation. Plus, the lack of steel components made the system corrosion resistant and a sensible choice for coastal and other corrosion-prone areas. The Overhead Door Company agreed to purchase 10,000 units of the system in 1994 and renamed it Ultraglide to merchandise through Overhead Door Company dealerships. Clipenglyde/Uttraglide won a new product award the following year at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) convention in Houston, but what happened afterwards is a little murky, except that it disappeared from the market within the next decade.
What we do know is that the plastic track clips did not hold up as well as expected, and that replacement parts are now difficult-to-impossible to find. If you come across one like we did recently and operate it, you will experience an amazingly quiet and elegant solution to a noisy, rusting steel garage door track. The Clipenglyde just never caught on.
Also, see our blog post How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe?
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