Garage screen door system

  • US 8,151,858 B2
  • Filed: 10/14/2009
  • Issued: 04/10/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/14/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A garage screen door system for providing a supplemental single panel garage door having a centrally positioned screen door, the system comprising, in combination:

  • a garage having a chamber with a front opening, the garage having a horizontal floor and a parallel ceiling spaced for a garage door with a height of between about 6 feet and about 16 feet, the garage having vertical side walls spaced for a door with a width of between about 8 feet and about 20 feet;

    primary tracks, each track being in an inverted L-shaped configuration and mounted to a side wall, each primary track having a vertical section within the chamber adjacent to the front opening and a horizontal section extending into the chamber, each primary track having a curved intermediate section with a radius of curvature of about 15 inches, the primary tracks adapted to receive and support a primary garage door for movement between a closed orientation between the vertical sections and an open orientation between the horizontal sections;

    secondary tracks, each secondary track being in an inverted L-shaped configuration and mounted with respect to a side wall, each secondary track having a vertical section adjacent to the front opening and a horizontal section extending into the chamber and depending from the primary track, each secondary track having a curved intermediate section with a radius of, curvature of about 4 inches, the secondary track with its vertical, intermediate and horizontal sections, all being radially interior of and spaced from the primary track;

    a single panel secondary garage door having upper and lower rails and side rails mounted for movement in the secondary tracks between a closed orientation between the vertical sections and an open orientation between the horizontal sections, the single panel secondary garage door when in the closed orientation adapted to cover the entire front opening of the garage;

    a rectangular portal centrally positioned within the secondary garage door, first and second vertical door rails, defining the lateral extent of the portal and central extents of the upper and lower rails defining the elevational extent of the portal;

    major screens secured laterally between one of the side rails and an adjacent vertical door rail, each major screen secured elevationally between the upper and lower rails at locations remote from the portal;

    a small screen door formed of a flexible screen having a height essentially equal to the height of the portal and having a width greater than the width of the portal, the flexible screen having an exterior end with a vertical support, the small screen door having an interior end, a vertical housing coupled with the second vertical door rail, the housing having a spring loaded spool receiving the flexible screen for movement of the flexible screen between a closed orientation covering the portal and an open orientation within the housing, the vertical support having a handle and encompassing the spool to facilitate opening and closing the small screen door, the first vertical door rail and the vertical support having magnets for retaining the flexible screen in a closed orientation;

    a lifting assembly for the secondary garage door, the lifting assembly including a 2 inch roller extending outwardly with respect to each end of the upper and lower rails, the rollers received for movement within the secondary tracks, a first bracket coupling the upper rail and one of the rollers, a cable having a first end coupled to the first bracket, the cable having a second end laterally secured with respect to the horizontal section of the secondary track remote from the front opening, a major pulley and secondary pulleys guiding the movement of the secondary garage door when lifting and lowering, the lifting assembly also including a coil spring coupling the secondary pulleys with respect to the horizontal section of the secondary track adjacent to the front opening to minimize the strength needed to lift and lower the secondary garage door; and

    a beam deflector secured to the secondary garage door adjacent to one side of the lower rail and adapted to disrupt an electric eye light beam normally extending close to the floor from one side wall of the opening to the other side wall of the opening as a safety measure to preclude interference between the primary garage door and secondary garage door while each of the primary and secondary garage doors are moving between their respective to open and closed orientations.

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