Practicing Garage Door Safety

December 11th, 2013

Most homes that have been victims of burglary often put the blame on neglecting to close the doors or the windows of the house securely. It is even kind of ironic that people put too much thought on durable doors and windows but fail to lock them, thus, giving thieves an easy entry to their homes.

One of the doors that provide security to the home is the garage door. Homeowners must always keep in mind the following garage door security measures.

Lock The Garage Door At All Times

Most garages are connected to the house and can provide an entry point to the interior of the house. If you leave the garage door unlocked, people walking by can just enter your home through the garage door which was left unlocked. A large number of people often forget to lock the garage door whenever they are at home, in the yard, or have put the car in the drive way. Make it a habit to always lock the garage doors even when you are at home or around your yard.

Keep The Garage Door Remote Control In A Safe Location

The remote control of your garage door should never be placed in your car’s glove compartment if it is not locked. If ever you place it there, remember to lock the glove compartment at all times. Burglars and thieves will automatically look for your garage remote in your car’s glove compartment and if you leave your car unlocked too, then you just might be asking for trouble.

Invest In A Good Alarm System

An alarm system can be very beneficial for you and your family. It can lessen the danger of being robbed and adds to the security of your home. Some people consider an alarm system to be costly but it can be a very good investment for your home.

Selecting The Best Paint Color For Your Garage Door

October 24th, 2013

Your garage doors can be the biggest door in your home so it can be very noticeable as compared with other doors in your house. That being said, careful reflection should be placed on selecting the best paint color on your garage door. The garage and the garage door can occupy a very wide space in your house’ facade and it is very essential that you make sure that your garage door does not dominate the whole front look of your home.

Many homeowners today often make the mistake of choosing bright colors that clash with colors of the home. While it is true that garage doors do not necessarily need to look boring, homeowners must also be careful not to make the garage door the main focal point of the home’s façade. The garage doors must not take away the attention from the beauty of the house itself and should just be there to complement the overall appearance of the house.

If you have a garage that is extended from the house walls, it might not be such a good idea to use bright and clashing colors to paint your garage and garage doors as it can take too much attention. However, if your garage is built indoors and in line with your house walls, it can be very appealing to have the garage doors painted in a stand out shade. But as a general rule, you should always choose paint colors for your garage doors that complement rather than go against.

Therefore, as you select the paint color for your garage door, always make sure that the color is the same as the color of your house. If you want another color which is different from your home, then choose a paint color that is in the same family as your house color. That way, you can be sure that you are choosing a color that does not clash with the color of your beautiful home.

Install A Weather Seal Under Your Garage Door

July 26th, 2013

Garage doors often need protection since they are a means through which the garage is protected. A weather seal allows the space between the bottom of the garage door and the floor to be sealed so that rain, snow, water and mud do not enter into the garage. The following steps outline how you can install a weather seal yourself.

The first step is to lift the garage door and leave it at a height where you can comfortably install the seal. The next step is to remove any old seals if they are in place and remove remnants like nails and staples. If they cannot be removed, hammer them in the garage door so that they do not interfere with the new weather seal.

Using sandpaper, smooth the bottom of the garage door and cover it with a wood preservative with a paintbrush. Then, take the weather seal and measure it along the length of the bottom of the garage door. If there are any ragged ends of weather-stripping material, it can be cut off using a pair of scissors. Do not trim the seal to size just yet.

Then, place the seal at the bottom and make sure that the excess material is placed inside the door so that if the door moves, it does not get caught between it. Once the seal has been placed in position, begin stapling it with a staple-gun. Ensure that the strip is close to the roller bracket at the bottom. Continue stapling along the length of the strip, keeping a distance of three inches between each staple. Once a foot to the door end is left, cut it down to size, removing the excess material, and then staple it in place till the end.

To secure the piece further, nails should be inserted in between the staples. The end of the strip should then be attached to the two roller brackets at the bottom by which the cable of the door is operated.

Different Types of Garage Door Seals

July 19th, 2013

Garage door seals are an ideal barrier to seal the bottom of the garage door. Not only do these seals prevent the garage against unfavourable weather, they also cushion the door when it hits the floor while closing. There are various kinds of garage door weather seals.

Foam weather seals are very common. They are mostly used for garage doors that are made of wood. The foam seal is not foam but is a rubber which is slightly spongy. A foam weather seal is a cheap option as a weather seal and is usually used when new garage doors are installed. The rubber weather seal is usually flat and has an angle that goes beyond the garage door. Rubber seals are easy to install as well as they just need to be secured to the bottom of the garage door with roofing nails.

Hard rubber weather seals are also an option but are better for wooden garage doors. Because they are stronger, they are also more durable. Since these are hard rubber seals, they will not stick to the floor when the weather is cold. Hard and foam rubber weather seals come in different sizes but they can be cut to the required size by scissors.

T-bulb weather seals are usually slid into the bottom of the garage door through the aluminum channel that runs at the bottom of the garage door. T-bulb seals are available in rubber as well as vinyl. In order to insert the seal, the t-bulb weather seal is shaped into a “u” in order for the edges to be easily inserted into the channel and then straightened out.

Another form of a weather seal is a threshold seal. This kind of seal can be attached directly to bottom edge of the garage door. These seals are ideal for garages that have a slope that bends towards the garage. Threshold seals act as a barrier against rain or water seepage into the garage and these seals are the second protection once the garage door is shut.

According to your needs and requirement, you can choose a weather seal that suits them best.

All About Garage Door Seals

July 10th, 2013

The Different Garage Door Seals

How much do you know about garage door seals? What kind of seals are you using? Garage door seals are available in three kinds. The first one is the one made from polyurethane and it is permanently bonded to the garage door. This type of garage door seal can fit over the track of the garage door and seals the door effectively when the door closes.

Another kind of garage door seal is made from metal or fiber. This type of garage door seal can be installed at the bottom of the door by using screws. Seals of this kind can be adjustable; however, many homeowners have commented that this kind of garage door seal does not last very long.

The third kind of garage door seal is hose-like in appearance and is fitted at the base of the door. It offers a very firm seal and is attached with the use of epoxy. The disadvantage is that this seals often becomes damaged by direct sunlight.

Make Your Seal Last Longer

Your garage door seal can actually last for a long time especially if you know how to preserve it.

  1. In order to have a permanently waterproofed garage door seal, apply over it another polyurethane seal. This will help to make your garage door seal snug and helps even out potholed garage floors.
  2. Choose seals that are permanently bonded as they have proven to provide tighter seals.
  3. Use a rubber protection over your garage door seal to offer some shield against the strong rays of the sun.

Ask For Professional Help

Garage door repair and installation services can give you more information about garage door seals and other garage door concerns. Ask a the local garage services about the best seals available to suit your needs.

The Three Easiest Ways To Reinforce Your Garage Door

June 28th, 2013

Your garage door can be unsafe at the moment but you can do something to make it a much safer structure in your home. A simple reinforcement to your garage door can really help improve the security and the safety that your garage door provides. Do these simple steps and have some peace of mind knowing that your garage door is reinforced for safety.

1.  Buy and install a new door.

If you want a safe and secure garage door, buy and install a new door. New garage doors will not need reinforcements as it is in top condition. If your garage door has been with you for a very long time, perhaps, you should consider parting with it to ensure the safety of your family and your vehicle. Old doors, faulty doors, damaged doors must be replaced as soon as possible to prevent accidents.

2.  Reinforce the garage door by putting braces on the frame.

If buying a new door is not an option, your next best option is to reinforce your garage door. Especially if you live in areas that are prone to earthquakes, typhoons, and other natural disasters, you may want to add braces to the frame of your garage door. This will add strength to the door frame. Remember to check the door frame itself. If the frame is not secure, then the braces will be useless so make certain that the frame that will be braced is also sturdy. Vertical and horizontal braces made of steel can be used.

3.  Make use of triangles.

Support your garage door with triangles made of plywood or steel. Triangles have been used in many structures due to its strength.

Your garage door must be kept in the best condition possible. Call the professional garage door services anytime and ask them to inspect your garage door system for you. They can also offer other advice on how to take care of your garage door.

Easy DIY Project: Lubricating The Garage Door

June 21st, 2013

To avoid extra costs in your home and to be able to save money, you can do your own little things to keep your garage door running smoothly. One of the simple things that you can do to your garage door without endangering your safety is to lubricate your garage door. Here is a guideline for doing the task safely and effectively.

  • Take precautions before starting with the task. For instance, never manually handle or touch anything in your garage door without turning off the power switch off first. You can get serious injuries and have an accident without doing this little precaution.
  • Always consider your safety and never take risks when handling your automated garage door parts.
  • Prepare all the things you will need for lubricating the garage door such as the oil, rags, and other materials.
  • Make sure that you clean the parts first before putting in the lubrication. You can do this by using some brushes to dust of the dirt and fibers that may have become lodged in the parts of your automated garage door. Next, you can wipe the parts with soapy water and make sure to let it dry first before lubricating.
  • Lubricate the parts that need lubrication. Be careful that you do not put oil on the parts that need to be dry and not slippery. So it would also be helpful to know beforehand what parts will need the lubrication such as the springs, rollers, tracks, etc. But to be safe, you can contact your garage door distributor or the store where you bought it and ask if it is safe to apply lubrication to these parts of the garage door.
  • Finally, you can always call and ask for professional help. They can help you to lubricate your garage door and you can learn from them so that you can do this by yourself the next time.


Keep Your Garage Door Panels In Mint Condition

June 14th, 2013

Among the parts of the garage door, the panels are the ones that often get damaged first. It can be the thrashing that it takes from the daily opening and closing of the garage door or it can be due to another reason. But whatever the reason for damages in your garage door panels, you will need to replace them. When you inspect the panels in your garage door, you may notice that not all of the panels can be damaged. It can be just a couple or more and in that case, you can economize by replacing only these parts and not all of the panels in your garage door. But it is really up to you since replacing only the damaged ones will entail more work such as repainting the whole set and if you are a very busy person, that task can be worst than paying a little more to have all of the panels replaced. Nevertheless, there are ways to maintain your garage door panels without spending too much money.

Did you know that your garage door has a one year warranty and that all parts of your garage door are covered? In some cases, the garage door manufacturers give separate warranty for special parts of the garage door. So check your garage door warranty and find out if you can have your panels replaced by the manufacturers for free or for a discounted amount.

Another helpful piece of information to know about garage door panels is the fact that they are exclusively made by the manufacturers, especially the old models of garage doors. Newer garage doors have available parts that can be bought anywhere but the old model garage door parts will need to be ordered from the company that made the door.

Finally, it seems too much trouble to do all this and you can just do a DIY garage door panel replacement by yourself. It will save you the time and money too.

Top Garage Door Styles Used By Most Homeowners

May 31st, 2013

Are you shopping for a garage door for your home? Do you know what kind of garage door to get? Well, it seems that it is no problem at all. You might think that you’ll just go to a garage door shop and just pick out one that suits your fancy. You might be surprised that there is more to choosing the best garage door for your home. There are actually factors that you will have to take into account when buying your garage door such as the style most suitable for your house and vehicle, the size, and the garage door style. It would be harder to decide if you have no idea about the garage door style. No matter, here is a very helpful article about the types of garage doors most preferred by homeowners.

The Carriage Style Garage Door

Do you want a garage door that is warm and homely? Would you like a classic style of garage door? The carriage style garage door is the perfect style for homeowners that want to have a classic appearance for their home’s exterior design. The carriage style garage door can be used both for traditional styles of homes and even for modern homes. This type of garage door is not only limited to the swinging open function, but also in overhead and even fold.

The Raised Panel Style Garage Door

This type of garage door is used by so many homes that it can be considered the standard style for both modern and traditional houses. Many prefer this style due to its simplicity and uncomplicated operation. You might also consider getting this style if you want a simple yet highly functional garage door.

Modern Designs

These days, garage doors can be manufactured with the use of contemporary materials and made into special designs. Thinking out of the box has never been more fun when having garage doors custom-made. Inquire from local garage door manufacturers and you might just decide that this is the type of garage door for you.

The Cheapest And Most Effective Garage Door Insulation Materials

May 14th, 2013

Is your garage door already insulated? Garage door insulation is a really wise decision made by most homeowners as it brings great advantages. Installing garage door insulation can help prevent the entrance of air, moisture, and insects to your garage and into your home. The garage door insulation also works as sound insulation making your garage sound proof. With the use of effective garage door insulation materials, you are sealing off your garage from outdoor elements.

If you are planning to insulate your garage door, you should pick out the best materials for the insulation. Among the best options for insulation materials is the foam board. The foam board is a tried and tested material that has been used to absorb sound and effectively seal off edges. An interesting combination with aluminum foil creates an insulation material that is more durable and gives better results.

Foam Boards

Foam boards are very cheap and can be availed of easily as it is sold in almost every kind of shop. Foam boards, when used as a garage door insulation material, can add to the strength of the garage door. The foam boards are firm and rigid so it can add to the power of the garage door. This insulation material can be used for all kinds of garage door materials such as wood, metal, fiberglass, and plastics.

Aluminum Foil

It is quite interesting that the combination of foam boards and aluminum foil creates the best insulation materials for your garage door. The foam boards will absorb the sound and the aluminum provides thermal regulation. A garage door that has been lined with foam boards and aluminum foil can benefit from warmth on cold days and coolness in warm weather.

Other Insulation Materials

Polyurethane and other plastic materials are also popular choices for garage door insulation. These are also very effective but can be more expensive than foam boards and aluminum foil.