Decorating Your Garage Doors for the Holidays

How To Wash A Garage Door

Cleaning a garage door is an important part of the maintenance of your door. You should clean the garage door once a month to keep it clean and ensure that you clear all the dirt off the door. Here is a simple step-by-step set of instructions that will teach you how to clean your garage door. To complete this task,you will need the following items: A bucket of warm water Dish soap Sponge Pressure washer Garden hose Access to the water connection 1 – Start by filling the bucket with warm water and then add dish soap and mix it together until the suds begin to show inside the bucket. 2 – Take the sponge and dunk it into the soapy water and then apply it to the dirty parts of the garage door. Cover the entire surface of the garage door with soap and allow it to sit for a couple minutes to allow the soap to break down the dirt on the door.   3 – Take the sponge and scrub tough stains on the door with the soapy sponge. You will need to apply a certain amount of force in order to get as much of the stain off the door before using the pressure washer. 4 – Hook the garden hose up to the water connection and then connect the other end to the pressure washer. After both sides are connected, turn on the water and check for any leaks in the hose or around each of the connections. If there is a leak, turn the water off and patch the leak before proceeding with the pressure washer. 5 – Turn the pressure washer on low pressure and use it to rinse off the soap on the garage door. 6 – Turn the pressure washer onto high pressure and blast away any tough stains that will remain on the door. You can increase the pressure on the stain by moving the pressure washer closer to the door, but don’t hold it in one position for longer than ten to fifteen seconds or you run the risk of stripping the paint off the door. 7 – Turn the pressure washer back to low pressure and rinse the door one final time. 8 – Let the garage door air dry to complete the job. When working on the garage door, if you notice any mechanical errors or the […]

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3 Things To Do On The Day You Buy Your New Garage Door

If you are in the process of investing in a new garage door, you might think that your garage door installation professional will take care of everything. Although it’s true that you shouldn’t have much to worry about, there are a few additional things that you should do after your garage door is installed. If you take these steps as soon as your new garage door is installed, you can help prevent future problems. 1. Add Insulation Many garage doors do not come with insulation, but this doesn’t mean that you don’t need it. If your garage door is not insulated, it will be easy for warm and cold air to get into your garage. This air can affect the things that you store in your garage and can also cause your home to get hot during the summer and cold during the winter, which can obviously make you and your family uncomfortable and can drive up your heating and cooling bills. If your garage door did not come pre-insulated, ask your installation professional for advice about adding insulation. 2. Change Your Garage Door Remote Code Your garage door remote should have came ready-to-use. However, the code that was used to program it is probably fairly standard, which means that a crafty thief could figure out your code and access your home through your garage door. This is why it’s a good idea to reprogram your garage door remote code so that it is unique. 3. Fill Out Your Warranty Paperwork There is a good chance that your brand new garage door came with a warranty, which can be helpful if you have problems with your garage door in the near future. However, you may have to fill out ownership paperwork and other warranty-related documents in order for your warranty to be valid. Your installation professional should give you all of this paperwork, so read it over to make sure that you know how to maintain your warranty, and fill out any necessary documents. This will help ensure that you have coverage when you need it and will help prevent you from accidentally losing or throwing away these documents. Taking a few steps on the same day that your garage door is installed can be helpful. Make sure that you do these three things, and then you can start enjoying your garage door without worrying about any problems popping up.

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Protective Coating: Shield Your Wooden Garage Doors From Climate Damage

Wood–while elegant–is also highly susceptible to the changing temperature and environment surrounding it. Your wooden garage doors are constantly exposed to sunlight and other external elements. This is why you should find the right coating to protect your garage doors from extreme temperatures, and this guide will help you do just that.  The Right Coating: A Layer of Defense  Your wooden garage doors have two major enemies: the sun and humidity. Thankfully, outdoor paints have coating properties that can help keep your wooden garage doors from humidity and sun damage. UV rays can degrade color and dry your wood out. Wood contains natural oils that help keep it from splitting or rotting. Whereas humidity penetrates wood and causes it to expand, which could weaken your garage doors and cause things like splinters.  Consider the following when choosing the right paint for your garage door: Enamel Coating This type of coating is usually the cheapest option and comes in a variety of colors. The layer is thick and helps hide any imperfections in your wood. The enamel coating is the best option if you want to repel rain. The thickness of this coating also protects your wood from sunlight. The problem is that humidity still penetrates this coating and may begin to degrade it.  Choosing this type of coating also means that you have to replace it frequently.  Lacquer Coating The lacquer coating is somewhat see through and allows the natural look of wood to be seen. This type of coating is better at resisting water and humidity than normal enamels. The only problem is that the lacquer coating does not repel sunlight as well, which could lead to some discoloration.  Stains This particular coating is the best to show off the natural beauty of your wooden garage door. Stain coating helps keep humidity away and also allows for your wood to breath. Wood needs to breath to help against degradation, which should help maintain your garage door longer. One of the advantages is that stains are easily removed and replaced.  These coatings are helpful, but that does not mean that they are permanent. You will need to talk to your garage door specialist about removing whatever coating you have and replacing it on your next garage service date. Make sure you stay with latex-based paints and coatings, as they tend to last longer than the oil-based options. This is simply because the structure […]

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What Type Of Springs Are Right For Your Garage Door?

Most homeowners don’t give a lot of thought to their garage door or garage door opener until it’s not working properly. Then, they are either stranded outside in the rain, sleet or snow or trapped inside with no way to open the door and get their car, van or truck off onto the driveway. One of the most common issues with garage doors is faulty springs. These are the parts that keep a constant level of pressure on the door, allowing it to open and close smoothly. However, not all garage door springs are created alike. There are two main options when it comes to buying garage door springs. The option you choose for your door will depend on your budget, the size garage you have and how you use your door.   What type of garage door springs do I need? 1.  Extension springs. Extension springs are the most common type of springs used in residential garage doors and also the least expensive. They fit above the upper tracks on either side of the door. These springs extend when the door opens and provide the counter balance needed to keep the door from crashing down. However, this type of spring is also the most dangerous type and should always be paired with safety cables to keep the springs from escaping the track when under pressure and flying into the garage. To make sure that these are installed safely, it’s best to have a professional garage door technician make the repair. 2. Torsion springs. Torsion springs use torque to open and close the garage door, rather than spring tension. These springs slowly twist around a shaft when the door motor is turned on. While this type of spring is generally more expensive, it is also more versatile and safer. Torsion springs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with something to fit most any size of garage door. Since torsion springs aren’t under as much pressure, they don’t present the extreme safety hazard that is inherent with extension springs. What’s more, torsion springs generally have a longer lifespan than extension springs. Replacing your garage door springs–either with torsion or extension springs–is not a good DIY project. Even torsion springs are under a reasonable amount of pressure and can be hazardous if not handled properly and carefully. Professional garage door repair technicians (such as those from Door Doctor Inc) […]

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Four Reasons To Consider A Cellphone Operated Garage Door Opener

Some of the advancements that are offered on the amazing cellphones that are available today have made life much easier for everyone. Alarms, calculators, games, email, and even social media accounts can all be controlled using a device that originally just allowed someone to connect with someone else while they were on the go. Fortunately, creators are always developing new and amazing things that can be controlled using your cellphone. Another great product allows your garage door opener to be controlled by your cellphone. Use the following guide to learn a few of the benefits of having a cellphone-operated garage door opener on your home. Never Lose Remote One of the biggest downfalls of a garage door opener is that the remote is often lost accidentally. When this happens, you will find yourself searching through your car, purse, or even your home to try to find it. Just about everyone knows where their phone is every minute of every day so that you do not have to worry about not being able to open your garage door when you need to. If your phone is dead or you break your phone, the app can be downloaded onto another phone and you can access your account to open your door with ease. Remote Operation If you have a guest coming to stay with you for the weekend but find yourself stuck at work later than planned, you can open the garage door remotely to allow the visitor into your garage and into your home, if the door to your home is unlocked. Remote Alerts If someone tries to get into your garage door while it is locked, the garage door opener will send an alert to your phone letting you know that someone is trying to get into the door. This could cut down on the chances of someone gaining access to your home without your permission.   Easy Installation The garage door opener can be installed on any garage door. It is installed the same way traditional garage door openers are installed and can be maintained in the same fashion. The only difference between the two is the inner workings that allow it to be operated by your phone rather than a garage door remote. A consultant for a company that offers cellphone-operated garage door openers can come to your home and help you learn about the many options that […]

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Which Type Of Garage Door Works Best For Your Needs?

Garage doors come in a variety of styles and materials to meet nearly any need and budget. Whether you are shopping for cost-effective garage doors or a style that can stand up to scratches and bumps, there is sure to be a design that works best for you. Discover the different types of garage doors so you can shop with confidence for what you really need. Durable doors If you are looking for durable garage doors, you want to seek steel and insulated varieties. Hollow steel doors are lightweight and relatively cost-effective since they are not solid, but still offer durable resistance to vehicular contact and other bumps and scratches. Insulated doors provide soundproofing and temperature control, making your garage more comfortable to enjoy for recreation and storage. These durable varieties can be purchased in traditional white or custom colors to fit your home’s style best. Decorative doors If you have a larger budget or want doors that add decorative flair, then consider wooden garage doors with ornate etching in them. Sturdy walnut, pine, or oak versions with a vibrant finish give your garage doors added pizazz. You can have custom engraving and etching placed in your garage doors in attractive patterns, including: floral patterns geometric shapes stripes If you don’t want wooden garage doors, you have the option of getting steel doors with windows installed in them. Windows give your garage doors an attractive touch. You can have privacy windows installed if you use your garage often and don’t want people to be able to see in. Cheap doors If budget is the only thing you are worried about, then you want to choose basic doors. Aluminum garage doors are flexible in design while still being resistant to bangs and scratches, and are much cheaper than steel doors. You can buy aluminum garage doors with or without windows, and can have them powder coated in any color you choose. Your local home improvement store can assist you in choosing garage doors that are within your budget without sacrificing any quality you desire. Garage doors make your property look more attractive and are a great way to make utilizing your garage more efficient. You have several styles to choose from, whether you want to go with decorative wooden doors, sturdy and reliable steel, or even low-cost aluminum. If you cannot decide which kind of garage door you want, go to […]

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3 Ways To Add Beauty To Your Garage Doors

If your garage doors are used solely for their function, why not make them gorgeous like the rest of your property? After all, your front door has some pizzazz, and even your walkway is lined with pretty shrubbery and flowers. Your garage doors deserve some attention, too. It’s super easy to make them look trendy and gorgeous. Try any of these 3 ideas out and transform your tired old garage doors into something new and engaging: 1. Sconce lights You probably already have an overhead light above your garage doors, but wall sconces added on either side of your doors add a sense of whimsy and charm. White birdcage-style wall sconces match any modern home decor, or you can place brass or gold sconces with soft gold lighting in them on your doors to add a Victorian look to your home. Outdoor lighting is something you need, why not do it in style and let your garage doors take center stage? 2. Color blocking Color blocking is a fashion term used to describe blending large blocks of different colors together in an outfit. The effect is surprisingly attractive, and makes a bold, trendy statement. You can color block your garage doors as well. Choose two totally different colors that will still work together (rust orange and hunter green, for example) and paint each door a separate hue. Or, you can choose to create a border with painter’s tape and paint the inner area one tone and the other on the outside. Make sure the tones go with the overall color scheme of your home so the results are awe-inspiring instead of head-scratching. 3. Add glass Glass windows give your garage doors a beautiful, contemporary appearance. You can have glass windows installed in your current doors or you can upgrade to new garage doors. These windows can be installed at the base of your doors or near the top. If privacy is a concern, ask about obscure glass when you inquire about an install from your local garage door specialist. Garage door glass comes in tempered, solar, and basic varieties for safety and UV ray control. Garage doors can be a part of your home’s overall decor. There are personal touches you can add to these functional doors to make them more appealing. Whether you want to add charming lighting or paint a beautiful color scheme in your doors, you will […]

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Protecting Your Home from Burglaries

The United States is the leader in home burglaries with one happening every 15 seconds. This number can be alarming for homeowners. Unfortunately, homeowners can make it very easy for thieves to gain access into their home without even realizing it. As a homeowner, you should be well aware of possible threats to your home and how burglars can gain access into your home. About 30% of all home invasions are considered unlawful entry. This means the burglar did not have to use force to gain entry into the home. Here are some ways to protect your home from thieves. Secure Your Garage Doors Hacking is not just for gaining access to your computer or bank account. These days, criminals are able to hack into your garage door code. This means they can open your garage even if it is closed and you have the opener. By hacking your garage door’s keypad system, which may be as simple as a child’s electronic toy, a burglar can quickly gain access to your garage door’s code. If you have a fixed-code garage door system, you will want to change it to a rolling-code system. This type of system prevents thieves from using a radio signal to open your garage door. Ask your local garage door service, like Raynor Door Company, what type of system you have and how to make it more secure. Watch Your Trash Junk mail seems to accumulate very quickly for homeowners. Without paying much attention, many of us will simply toss it in the trash to avoid clutter. A lot of this junk mail includes personal information that can be used by thieves to gain access to more of your personal information. In order to avoid this, you want to make sure you take the time to shred all papers that have personal information on them.  Don’t Advertise Your Vacation Social media is a popular addition to many people’s lives. It is a place to share your thoughts, events, and photos. While you are on vacation, you want to be careful about what you post. Should the wrong person find out that your home is unoccupied, this makes it an easy target to be robbed. Don’t post pictures of your vacation until you return back home. This will help keep you protected while you are gone. You also want to be sure that your newspaper and mail are picked […]

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Secure Your Vehicles And Guarantee Your Safety – Signs Your Garage Door Spring Is In Need Of Repair

Keeping your vehicles safe and secure can be a huge concern, but your garage won’t remain in its best shape without your attention. Over time, the stress put on the moving parts of your garage door can cause some serious issues, and it’s important that you can identify early signs of trouble before they become more serious. Below, you’ll find a guide to some signs that your garage door spring is in need of replacement or repair. These high tension springs can cause serious damage if they rupture, so keeping an eye out for these red flags will help guarantee that you can avoid dangerous consequences. Out Of Balance Springs When your garage door starts to move slowly and hesitantly, it’s often a sign that your balance is starting to fail. While this can occasionally be caused by mechanical faults or worn batteries in your automatic opener, there’s an easy way to verify that the issue is originating in the springs. If you notice your garage door raising or lowering unevenly, you should disconnect the opener and attempt to articulate the door manually. If it still seems jerky or hesitant, the balance is likely off. This may require you to have the door springs replaced before the balance is so far askew that it stresses the supporting components of your door and causes a failure. Ruptured Safety Cables Garage door springs store enormous tension, and if they break, the energy released could cause significant injury if a person was nearby. In order to mitigate those concerns, safety cables are installed along with the high tension springs.  If those cables are severed, however, you could potentially be at risk. If you ever notice a safety cable being disconnected from it’s mount, it could be a sign that stress and forces have started to wear on your door. Safety cables offer your last line of defense, and as such, they need to be carefully monitored. Bent Spring Brackets The brackets which attach the spring to the door are under perhaps the most strain of any component of the garage door. While they’re typically made of very strong metal alloys which are designed to stand up to that stress, they can be worn down over time. If you notice spring brackets beginning to bend or pull away from the door, you need to replace them. Otherwise, the rest of the door will lose […]

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Top Reasons To Have Your Garage Door Professional Repaired

Does your home have a garage door? Is it starting to malfunction and need repair? While you may be tempted to perform the repairs yourself, here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a professional to do it for you:  No risk of injury:  When trying to perform your own garage door repair, you could be injured in a number of ways. Since garage door can be heavy and unwieldy, especially if you have one that is solid and not segmented, the door itself could fall on you. It’s also possible that you could get your finger or a limb caught between gears or other moving parts as you’re trying to unstick part of the motor. A professional will know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it safely.  Less risk of damage: If you escape injury to yourself or any helpers that you’ve recruited, it’s still possible that you could damage the door itself. Some garage door motors can be delicate and difficult for the average person to service. If you attempt to do so, you may risk stripping or bending the gears. You could also warp part of the track badly enough that it will need to be completely replaced. A professional will be able to take care of the repair without causing any further damage. Warranty: If you do your own garage door repair work, you won’t be able to guarantee or warranty any parts that break afterwards. Instead, you’ll have to pay for any additional repairs out of your own pocket. In addition, your the garage door or motor may come with a warranty that only applies if it is installed or repaired by a qualified professional, like those at Doors Unlimited. Hiring a qualified workman to complete the job may mean fewer out of pocket expenses in the long run. Repairs last longer: Even if you’re sure that you’ll manage to not injure yourself or damage the garage door system in the process, you should still consider having a professional do your garage door repair. Without access to the replacement parts that you need, you may be tempted to make substitutions. While these substitutions may work for a little while, they can end up wearing out and breaking much sooner than the correct parts would. Because of this, you may wind up stuck in a constant cycle of repairs that could wind up costing you much […]

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