You’re not sure what you should do. Should you try to get the garage door fixed or should you shop for a new one? First step, call a licensed, reputable garage door repair and replacement company and ask for an opinion. Here’s a brief guide with 3 replacement and 3 repair problems that can help you make the right decision.
1. Sudden Breakdown — Repair. When the garage door quits all of a sudden – it worked last night, but not this morning — believe it or not, it’s probably a problem you can fix. A sudden breakdown is usually an isolated problem that can be identified and fixed. One word or warning – be sure to check the batteries before you call for repair. If it turns out you just need replace them, you’re going to be embarrassed.
2. It just hasn’t been Working Right — Replace. This is the opposite of the sudden breakdown. You’re likely to need a new garage door. If the door has been working but not working right and you’ve continued to use it, the odds aren’t in your favor. All those ups and downs have probably caused damage that can’t be fixed. The moral to the story – call for repair while the problem is a small one. Continue reading
Use your garage for its intended purpose – pull your car in every night. Here are 6 reasons that will show you that it’s worth moving some of the stuff and making room for your car.
1. The Engine. You may have never thought that your car’s engine might benefit from being parked in the garage – after all, it’s already under the hood. However, the more consistent temperature of parking the car inside is good for the engine. It keeps the fluid and oil in a more stable condition – the car engine runs better. Your car’s engine is protected along with the car.
2. Your Visibility. It’s annoying. You get in a car and there’s that dew, frost or ice. You have to get it off so you can see where you’re going. Even in warm climates, that light coating of frost still happens and if you live where it’s cold, have an ice scrapper handy. Keep the car in the garage and you’re handled the problem. Continue reading
You know it needs to be replaced. It looks old. It doesn’t operate as smoothly as it once did. You’re about to go garage door shopping – and, it may be the first time you’ve ever shopped for a this big, huge door. Here are 5 things you want to consider before you get started.
1. How big is your Garage Door Opening? Of course, the final measurements will be done by the pros, but you want to have an idea of the dimensions when you start to shop. The size is the best guide to how much the new door will cost. Knowing the size will help you stick with your budget while you look at different styles and options. Garage door measurements include the height and width of the door, but you may also want to measure the headroom between the top of the door to the ceiling and the distance between the sides of the door and the walls on either side. Continue reading
You want the things in your garage and the people who go in and out of it to be safe. You don’t want to have your things ruined by a rodent visitor or your children’s safety threatened by a biting insect. Here are 5 ways to keep your garage pest free.
1. Look Down. That concrete floor may be a freeway for crawling insects. The little crack or chip may look like 4 lanes to a troop of ants or a spider or two. You don’t want roaches to wander in and set up a home. You can fill up those cracks with a garage floor coating to put up a stop sign on the “roads” into the garage. Continue reading
A garage is a garage is a garage – not necessarily! Here are 5 decisions that need to be made. You want a garage that is right for you, your vehicles and how you will use it — so don’t ignore the garage!
1. The Door: One big door? One bigger door and one single-car door? Two doors? Part of this planning should be the aesthetics of your new home and how the garage fits into its style. If the garage door faces the street, it can account for up to 40% of the way your home looks. Even a side garage will be seen from the street. You want the garage to enhance the style of your home, but you also want it to be usable. Doors should be wide enough so the vehicle you drive (no matter how big) can get through with side mirrors intact.
2. The Driveway: Again, think about the vehicle you drive and future landscaping. A beautiful curved driveway may be great looking, but not if your super-sized truck can’t make the tight turn into the garage. Pay attention to the placement of any utility boxes so they are not in your path if you make a small mistake coming up the driveway. If your garage has columns or pergola make sure there’s enough space so when you turn, the front of your car doesn’t hit them. They’re beautiful – but not if they’re broken or bent. Know your vehicles and your path. Continue reading
Think it’s impossible? It’s really not that hard to get your garage ready for a party. Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy an evening with friends – with room to spare.
1. Get Ready to Party. Start with decluttering the garage. It’s a good time to get rid of the things you don’t use and don’t want. As you declutter, make an “I’m going to donate it” pile and an “I’m taking it to the dump” pile. This will pay off with more space when the party is over – you may even make enough room to bring in the car. Put the things you need along one wall so they can be concealed (see #3).
2. Think about the Smell. If your garage has a musty smell or a gasoline and chemical smell, get to the source. Make sure that chemicals are covered and capped so the odors don’t escape. That musty smell can probably be controlled by opening the door and washing down the walls and the floor – and that wash down is a necessity even if there aren’t any odors. Continue reading
You want your garage door to go up and go down. Plus, it’s about 40% of the front of your home so you want it to be good looking. Investing in a garage door can pay off – you can recoup over 90% of your investment when you sell. Take a look at these 5 reasons to replace and see if any of them are meant for your garage door.
1. It’s loud and you know the repair number by heart. When your garage starts making sounds of protest every time it opens and closes, that’s a sign. You need to call a trained garage technician to make sure that even if it’s noisy, it is still safe. And, when you dial that technician and find his phone number is at the top of your most-called list, that’s another sign that your garage door is probably ready to be replaced.
2. You have an attached garage and a high utility bill. Your garage door could be part of the problem. If you live in a climate that is extreme – very hot or very cold, every time someone opens that garage door and then comes into the home, they’re bringing that hot or cold garage air with them. If the walls and ceiling are insulated, that leaves the door. Replacing an old garage door with an insulated door may bring that utility bill down. Continue reading
You don’t have to be overwhelmed. Getting started on beautifying your garage and getting it organized can be done one step at a time. Here are 5 things you can do in a few hours or over the weekend that will get your garage in better shape than ever.
1. Create Carriage House Style. You’ve seen hose carriage house garage doors and you wish you had one, but your door is in good shape and you’re not ready for a new one. Create a carriage door from the garage door you have! You can buy fake windows and magnetic hardware that will give you the carriage or coach door look – and it’s so easy! Just add them to your existing garage door and, presto, you have created a very stylish look for your home.
2. Look Up and Add Storage. If your garage is home to tottering stacks of boxes full of things you need only once a year or so, it’s time to think about hanging storage from the ceiling. You can get those boxes out of the way – and, maybe, create space so you can actually park your car in the garage easily. There are even bike racks that can hang from that overhead system. Move things up and regain the space. Continue reading
Is your garage floor making you crazy? Is the concrete cracked? Are there stains? Garage floor coverings are easy. You can make a floor look great in just a few hours. Plus, floor coverings can open up new uses for your garage – from parties to making working on your car easier.
1. Rigid Tiles. If you like working on your car in your garage, rigid tiles may be the right choice for you. They will stand up to the intense pressure created by a jack. They can handle the load – even big motorcycle kickstands. Rigid tiles are more stable – they don’t expand or contract like flexible tile. Some even come with perforations to drain spills or rainwater. You can choose from many different colors and styles. Installation is literally a snap. You just line them up, lay them down and then step on them to click the male and female connectors together. The costs averages from $2.50 to $4.25 a square foot, depending on your selection. Continue reading
You wanted a three-car garage – maybe, even a four-car garage, but instead you got a double or, worse, single-car garage. Now, how to you maximize the space? How do you use it? Here are 6 good ideas.
1. Mark the Space for the Vehicle. Protect that shiny new truck or any other vehicle you keep in the garage. If you need to, paint a space that can guide you. Then, make sure that you know exactly where to stop so you don’t bump the wall or let the closing door bounce off your bumper. You can use a hanging tennis ball as a marker. You can put a soft “noodle” from the pool on the wall to avoid dings if you go a half-inch too far or open the car door too wide. You can put some blocks or bricks where your tires absolutely, positively have to stop. You can do-it-yourself or you can shop for items and devices to warn you when to stop online or in a car supply store. Make it safe to park the car and/or truck that needs the protection of the garage.
2. Make a Map. If there are items that you want to keep in your garage – whether it’s a vehicle or equipment and boxes, get out the measuring tape. Know the size of everything you want in the garage and use a CAD program or drawing program to “move” those items around until you get a good, safe fit. Not comfortable with doing it on the computer? Use graph paper and shapes that are to scale. Continue reading