Learning All About Barn-Style Garage Doors

Learning All About Barn-Style Garage Doors

The Green Machine: Four Tips For Creating An Eco-Friendly Garage

Posted by and Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Green Machine: Four Tips For Creating An Eco-Friendly Garage

The “green” trend is popular today because many people realize that they can save cash—as well as help the environment by switching things up a little. The garage is one area of the home that many people simply overlook, however a few upgrades can really make a difference. If you are interested in creating a more eco-friendly garage, start by following these four tips: 1. Double Check for Hazards The garage is a hot spot for hazardous materials and chemicals because so many people store them in it—and it makes sense. However, you need to periodically check on these items to ensure that they are being stored correctly. If they are not stored properly, you may be leaking dangerous chemicals into the ground—and ground water. When going through your garage, check to make sure the old items and chemicals are stored properly: motor oil, gasoline, chlorine, old electronics, paint thinner, and Freon. If they are stored correctly, but you haven’t used them in the past six months you may want to consider getting rid of them. Just contact your local waste collection agency to determine the best way to discard these items. 2. Invest in a Green Garage Door Standard garage doors usually aren’t very eco-friendly. They are usually thin and weak, which means they leak hot and cold air easily. If you want to make your garage a little friendlier for the environment, invest in a door that is thicker such as metal or steel. You should also consider applying weather stripping and caulking to reduce air leakage. If you want to go a step further, consider investing in an insulated garage door. These doors will hold air in much better, and will help cut down on your energy usage and costs. 3. Add Insulation Another way to beef up your garage is simple: add insulation. As mentioned above, insulation will help protect your garage from harsh weather. It will also help keep it a moderate temperature year-round, which is good for the items you store in it. You can apply insulation yourself with some spray foam insulation, or hire a company to do it for you. 4. Switch the Light Bulbs A simple, yet effective, solution to making your garage “greener” is to switch out the light bulbs. Energy-efficient light bulbs, such as LED or CFL options are quite affordable and make a big difference. Just purchase the new light bulbs, store them, and toss the old ones. Creating a more eco-friendly garage might seem intimidating at first, but a few simple upgrades can make a big difference. Use these four tips to get started. To find more information, contact a company like Mike’s Garage...

read more

When Should You Repair Or Replace A Garage Door?

Posted by and Uncategorized | 0 comments

You are in a hurry and rush into your driveway, click your button to open the garage door, and . . . BAM! What happened? Your garage door didn’t open but you drove in anyway. While this is an extreme scenario, it is pretty much indicative of how most people think a garage door failure occurs. One moment it is working, the next it isn’t. However, there are usually signs before your door fails that can keep you from experiencing this unfortunate scenario. How to Know if Your Garage Door Needs Service Garage doors may be one of the areas of heaviest traffic in and out of your house. Most people leave and return at least twice a day, if not more. Many people run in and out of the house via the garage for quick trips to the garbage, side yard, etc. In all these trips, you can look for some key signs that your garage door is ready for service: Too Much Noise During Operation Garage doors make noise, but they should operate relatively smoothly in their tracks. If the door is squeaking excessively, you hear whining from the opener, unusual noises from the springs, or what sounds like popping from the wheels, your door likely needs to be serviced. Garage Door Sags or Slides Back When Manually Opened Granted, you probably don’t have a manual garage door, but opening and shutting your door manually is a good test. Lift your door up about halfway (no need to strain yourself going all the way up) and let go. If the door starts to come back down, then likely one or more springs are wearing out and need to be replaced. Wheels Skipping in the Track The wheels that guide the door up and down should fit and move smoothly within the tracks. If those wheels skip and jump during operation, the door may be out of alignment. Re-balancing the door and adding new lubricant to the tracks can alleviate this problem without a costly repair. Broken or Rotting Panels Most doors today are made of metal or man-made materials. Some older doors or decorative doors are made of wood. Broken, bent, or decaying panels can hurt door operation and definitely compromise the integrity of the door. Sometimes, you can replace or patch individual portions of a door to extend its life. When Should You Decide to Replace Instead? Sometimes, a door just can’t be fixed. How do you know when to throw in the towel? Really, the best way is to ask your repair technician, one like General Door Services. When you get an estimate of the repairs, you can also inquire as to the overall health of your garage door. If you are in for more frequent repairs or your door just won’t operate as it used to, even with the repairs, it is time for a full door...

read more

Which Material Is Right For Your New Garage Door?

Posted by and Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you looking for a new garage door? If so, you’ll have a lot of options to choose from. Style is a big factor when choosing a garage door, as is budget. One of the biggest factors, though, is the door’s material. The material influences everything from appearance to cost to durability. Garage doors usually come in three different materials: wood, steel, and aluminum. Here are the biggest differences between the three: Wood. A wooden garage door can have a unique and charming appearance that is hard replicate with steel or aluminum. Depending on the type, wood can also be inexpensive. This is especially true if the door is made of lightweight wood and insulation that is only covered with an outer layer of hardboard skin. If the door is made entirely of heavyweight lumber, then it can be more costly. The downside to a wooden door is that they need frequent repainting and refinishing. If you don’t refinish your door regularly, it could warp because of the elements. Also, garage door manufacturers often only offer short-term warranties on wooden garage doors. Again, this is because of how vulnerable wooden doors are to the elements. Steel. Many people choose steel because it is durable and relatively inexpensive. You can get a steel garage door in a variety of colors and styles, so it can fit in with any aesthetic. Many steel doors come with long-term warranties and some are even covered for life. While a steel door may not have the natural look of a wooden door, it will generally require less maintenance. Steels doors aren’t completely maintenance-free, though. Exposed steel can rust, so it’s important that you quickly address any scratches. Also, steel can dent easily, so it may not be a good choice if your kids play basketball in the driveway. You can get a fiberglass coat that reduces scratching and dents. However, you can expect to pay more for steel doors that have that kind of protection. Aluminum. It used to be that nearly all garage doors were made from aluminum. It’s a lightweight, durable material that is also inexpensive. Steel has largely overtaken aluminum as the inexpensive garage door of choice. However, aluminum doors are still available. Aluminum is often used for extra-wide doors because it’s lightweight. Since the door is on a wide frame, the lightweight aluminum reduces the odds of the door sagging or the frame getting pulled out of position. You can also find inexpensive doors where the frame is made of aluminum, but the panels are made of composite materials. These doors may not be very durable, but they’re a good option if you’re on a tight budget. Visit an overhead door showroom (such as one from Calgary Overhead Doors LTD) in your area. They can answer your questions and offer...

read more