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3 Key Components in an Automatic Garage Door

A surprising 45 percent of homeowners use an automatic garage door as the primary means of entering their home. For that reason, automatic garage door openers not only rank among the most convenient home appliances but also the most heavily used. Yet despite the ubiquity of automatic garage door openers, many homeowners fail to understand how these systems work.

Unfortunately, that lack of knowledge can make it hard to diagnose problems as they occur. If you would like to improve your understanding of your garage door and help keep repair costs to a minimum, keep reading. This article takes a closer look at three key components necessary for keeping your garage door functioning smoothly.

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Getting a New Garage Door Installed

Do you need a new garage door? Getting a new garage door installed will both update the look of your home and make your garage safer and more convenient. Here’s what you can expect when installing a new garage door.

Finding the Right Garage Door

Before you get your garage door installed, you will need to figure out which garage door is best for you. Garage doors come in a large inventory of styles and materials, from rustic wood to modern metal.

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How Key Fob Openers Can Help You

The image of a clunky, handheld garage opener remote is forever imprinted in society’s memory, but an alternative version of remote could be what you and your neighbors are looking for. Many remotes are available in humble key ring fob form, easily replacing the larger remote.

Fobs are often thought of as additional openers, not the main one that you need to carry around. However, fobs function just as well and let you operate the door in a normal manner. These smaller versions can solve some hairy security issues, though fobs are not cure-alls if you live in a neighborhood where security is critical.

If you’ve been having trouble with missing remotes and remotes that are hard to store, or you are tired of the inconvenience, fobs may be all you need to make using that garage door more user-friendly.

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What You Should Know About Garage Door Safety

Garage doors are perfectly safe when used properly and kept in good operating condition. However, garage doors that aren’t well-maintained or are misused can cause serious injury or even death. On average, over ten thousand people per year are hurt in garage-door mishaps, and around one-fourth of those injured are children.

That’s why it’s important to understand how to safely use garage doors and ensure safety mechanisms are working as designed. Below is more information about what you should know about safe garage door use to keep yourself and others in the home protected from harm. Continue reading “What You Should Know About Garage Door Safety”

How to Winterproof Your Garage

After a brutally hot summer, you’re grateful for the cooling temperatures. The chillier weather allows you and your family and friends to spend a little more time outdoors, and you can finally get to all of those projects you’ve postponed due to intense heat waves.

While you create a schedule for finishing those crafts and projects before winter sets in, you may want to add garage winterproofing to your list. This maintenance will ensure your garage and all its components work properly even if it’s snowing and freezing outside.

Read on to discover what simple steps you can take now to keep your garage completely functional over the next several months.

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Silence is Golden: Achieving That Quiet Garage Door

Nobody likes a noisy, rumbling garage door, especially in the late evenings. The grumble of your garage door can be disruptive, and the unpleasant sound can get on your nerves. While you’ve endured it in the past, it’s now unbearable and you’re ready to do something about it.

But as you stare at that annoying garage door, you may wonder where to begin and what kind of work your garage door will need. Below, we’ll address what areas of your garage door system may need maintenance so you can finally attain that quiet garage. Continue reading “Silence is Golden: Achieving That Quiet Garage Door”

Making Your Home Energy Efficient? Don’t Forget About the Garage

As the media continually reports about dwindling natural resources, homeowners and business owners have made their buildings more energy efficient. This change has allowed individuals to cut back on energy consumption and preserve the natural resources left on the earth.

You, like many other homeowners, have decided to do your part in conserving energy. You’ve chosen to make your home more energy efficient. But before you call your contractor to begin renovations and upgrades, you need to remember one key location in your home: your garage. After all, what’s the point in making the main part of your home energy efficient if your garage is energy unfriendly?

Below, we offer several tips to help you transform your garage and make it more energy efficient. Read on to learn what you can do to maximize your energy-saving efforts as you renovate your home. Continue reading “Making Your Home Energy Efficient? Don’t Forget About the Garage”

What Should You Know About Your Garage Door’s Torsion Springs?

Compared to some of the more complicated aspects of your home, such as your HVAC system or your plumbing and sewage system, your garage door seems fairly straightforward. You push a button, a pulley lifts the door, and you safely back your car onto the driveway before you use a remote to close the garage door.

But even though your garage door appears straightforward, it actually has several working parts, all of which need to function correctly. Otherwise, your garage door can’t raise or lower safely and efficiently. Take a look at your door-along with the door’s panels and remote, you’ll see cables, hinges, belts, and springs all working in harmony to ensure your door works.

For the rest of our blog, we’ll talk about one of the most crucial components of your garage door: its springs. Without functioning springs, your door will refuse to open or close, or it will slam shut at the worst moments. We’ll show you how springs work and how to recognize a problem with your springs without putting yourself in danger. Continue reading “What Should You Know About Your Garage Door’s Torsion Springs?”

Turn Your Garage Into a Spring Play Place With These 12 Games

As winter’s frigid air becomes spring’s gentle breezes, you and your family want to spend more time outside enjoying the blossoming flowers and the bright sunshine. But you don’t have to go to a local park or a nearby nature hike. You can discover hours of fun in your own front yard. Even your garage can become a charming play place.

Next time there’s a beautiful spring evening, take your family outside, swing open the garage door, and play one of these driveway games. Remember to supervise your children rather than letting them play these games on their own, just to ensure they stay safe. Continue reading “Turn Your Garage Into a Spring Play Place With These 12 Games”

16 Emergency Essentials to Keep In Your Garage

Your garage houses more than just your car. Over the years, it’s accumulated boxes of family home videos, old trophies, and timeless photos. It’s also become your go-to storage area for pet supplies, camping equipment, sports memorabilia, seemingly countless boxes of tools, and maybe even a ping-pong table.

But of all the things you keep in your garage, how many of them are actually useful? Valuable? Worth keeping? Would they help you in an emergency?

Rather than tell you how to clean out your garage and what to get rid of (only you can determine that), we’ve put together a list of essentials you should keep in your garage in the event an emergency does strike. Whether a massive snowstorm keeps you and your family shut in for weeks or a zombie apocalypse actually comes to fruition, the following 16 things will make you extra thankful for your garage. Continue reading “16 Emergency Essentials to Keep In Your Garage”