Wednesday, December 30, 2015

3 Quick and Easy Appetizers

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Join Jenny Steffens Hobick, the My Well-Being entertaining expert, as she shows you how to make three quick and easy healthy appetizers perfect for any party. Get ready to show your guests your awesome culinary skills!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Outdoor Christmas Wreath

This is a large wreath with lights that I place between my garage doors. I want it to have a lot of color, but cost very little to make since it is not near my front door and will not be viewed up close.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Enhancing And Improving Your Biggest Investment

Designing Spaces host Debi Marie gets together with Ryan Smart from Crown Bolt, to give a garage door a facelift, all the while staying budget. Debi and Ryan complete two doors for ultimate curb appeal.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Garage Doors" - Mike's Ultimate Garage: Inside Look

When you want the best you go with the best and Mike hand-selected Richards-Wilcox garage doors for their insulation value and low maintenance, as well as the Liftmaster system for its strength, safety and innovation.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tips For Choosing The Right Garage Door For Your Business

Commercial garage doors need to be able to take a lot more beating than residential doors. In many cases there will be high traffic moving through these doors, trucks and other sorts of equipment entering and leaving or a combination of both. These doors also need to comply with local codes and will require heavy-duty security locks.
Commercial doors for garages are made from different materials than what you would find on simple residential garages. They can either be made from rolling steel, steel infections or high-grade aluminum.
Aluminum doors can be found in many car dealerships or at your local fire station. They are perfect for businesses that may want to have a window in the garage door or want something light that allows in more light than a steel door. They are also quick and easy to open, which is exactly what is needed at a dealership or fire station.
Steel sectional doors are more secure and have more ability to help control the climate inside the garage since they come with insulation options. Rolling steel doors are definitely the strongest type available and are commonly found at a mall or other major businesses that need a stronger type of door. They are composed of steel that is 18 - 24 gauge and they can be painted.
Choosing the right commercial garage doors
Here are a few things that you'll need to consider when purchasing a garage door for your business.
Does it need to be automated?
You'll need to determine whether the doors need to be automated or not. This will depend partially on how often the doors will need to be opened and shut. Smaller businesses sometimes only require a commercial garage door that can be manually rolled up while larger companies may need a totally automated system put in place. With an automated garage system you'll need to have a garage door that can withstand a lot of use.
Examining your budget versus security
While you'll pay more for a high-gauge steel door for your commercial business, it will be worth the extra money spent is few are concerned at all about maintaining high security. These two factors need to be weighed carefully since a lightweight garage door without a lot of security features can be quite easy to break into.
Consider your options carefully when you're examining commercial garage doors. Take a good look at the type of vehicles that are going to be using the garage to help determine whether you need a thick steel door that can withstand a lot of bumps and bruises or whether a lightweight aluminum door is really all that would be required.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

HGTV Smart Home 2015 featuring LiftMaster

A smart home needs a smart garage. LiftMaster’s smartest products are featured in HGTV® Smart Home 2015. Learn more about them below, and contact your local LiftMaster Dealer to make your garage smarter.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How to Decorate the Front Door for Thanksgiving

Decorating the front door for Thanksgiving is something you can easily do even if you live in an apartment. Decorate the front door for Thanksgiving with help from an experienced crafts professional in this free video clip.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Designing Spaces - Military Makeover - Amarr Garage Doors

Amarr garage doors were featured on Designing Spaces - Military Makeover! Watch as Purple Heart veteran Lt. Robert Keefe from Okeechobee, Florida receives a renovation on his home, including a stylish new Amarr Heritage HR3000 garage door. The dual-directional woodgrain finish provides increased curb appeal while the triple-layer insulation inside the door provides noise reduction and energy efficiency.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How to Select A Garage Door

Learn about different types of garage doors to find the door that best suits your home's architecture and your lifestyle.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Winter Garage Door Maintenance

Coming home to a garage door that doesn't work, especially in the cold, rain or snow, can be frustrating and maddening. With winter just around the corner it is appropriate to discuss winterizing your garage door. This will help to extend the life expectancy of the door and also give homeowner's peace of mind that the door will function properly when needed most.
Step 1: Appearance is everything
Tools Needed: Mild Detergent, Car Wax
Remember the old adage, "appearance is everything"? Well it also applies to the garage door. The exterior of the door should be cleaned once a year with a mild detergent. Restrain from using any abrasive cleaners as it will strip the paint from the door allowing for rust to build-up. And there is nothing appealing about a rusty garage door. Once the door is cleaned and rinsed thoroughly car wax may be applied. This will help to protect the door from ultraviolet rays, acid rain and dust. It will also add a nice sleek finish, sure to have neighbors scratching their head on how you did that.
Step 2: My lips are sealed
Tools Needed: All-purpose Cleaner, Silicone Lubricant
Alright maybe not my lips but at least my garage is sealed. It is essential to check the weather stripping and look for areas that may need replaced. The weather stripping ensures a tight seal when the door is in the closed position which helps to keep the wind and cold weather drafts outside where they belong. It is also a good idea to clean the weather stripping with an all-purpose cleaner, rinse thoroughly with water and apply a silicone lubricant. Steer clean from petroleum based lubricants as those tend to dry out the weather stripping which will then lead to cracking.
Garage doors with windows should also be examined to be sure the seals are tight. If not then frost will accumulate between the windows as temperatures reach freezing.
Step 3: It is what is on the inside that counts
Tools Needed: WD40 or similar
Lastly it is time to look on the inside of the garage where all the moving parts are located that are vital to the operation and functioning of the garage door. Prior to lubricating the moving parts remove old grease from the track and rollers with a cloth. Once the grease has been removed it is now ready to lubricate the rollers, hinges and track. Wipe away any excess oil with a cloth. Now it is ready for smooth operation.
After following the above steps you should have no worries about whether your garage door will work or not. And with the proper care and attention it can last for years to come.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Look What You Can Do With MyQ Smartphone Control

Did you drive away and forget to close your garage door? No problem… close it with the MyQ App and never look back.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Amarr Safe Guard System

The Amarr Safe Guard System features patented section and component design that enhance overall safety for homeowners.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

How To Change The PIN For Keyless Entry

In this video, we will show you how to change the PIN for your wireless keyless entry for your LiftMaster Model 877LM.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tips To Easily Maintain Your Garage Door

Quite often we forget to take good care of one of the most important parts of our homes which is - our garage door. These days many families use the garage door as the main entrance, which makes it more important to maintain the door and its functioning. Taking this for granted can put you at risk of:
  • Facing a sudden breakdown of the door
  • Inconvenience caused due to its improper functioning
  • You or your kids getting hurt due to any accident because of any issue with the door
  • Unpleasant and irksome noises from the door while you close or open it
  • Increased probability of having a major fault in the door later
  • Ending up spending a huge amount on the door repairs due to lack of maintenance
Maintaining the garage opener is not a difficult task if you keep a few things in mind and maintain it on a regular basis. You must consider maintaining the garage door as a part of your home maintenance activity. Following are some tips that will help you to maintain your door:
1) Clean the door regularly: It is important to clean the door once in a while and make sure that there is no dust and other deposits and ensure that the door is properly weather stripped.
2) Oiling the garage door and its parts: It is wise to oil your doors, the springs, the opener and some other parts twice or thrice a year. This will help to avoid any noises from the door. Stripped gears, noisy hinges, is a common problem due to which there are squeaky noises and which also obstruct the opening and closing of the door. Lubricating the door and its parts can help you to avoid such issues.
3) Get your garage door inspected once in a while: It is recommended to inspect garage openers and to do that you can hire professional services. A professional can accurately investigate the door and its minute details and can let you know if there is some problem with any of its parts.
4) Make sure to have a pest control if required: Termites and ants can damage the garage walls. Look out for sawdust or chewed wood and if you find any immediately call pest control experts and get rid of it.
It is not time consuming to maintain your garage door. You just need to check it regularly and if at any point of time you discover that it needs to get repaired or services do not compromise on quality of the services.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Carriage House Door Company Decorative Hardware

Each overhead garage door in our extensive Carriage House collection offers the timeless beauty, authenticity, and quality of a carriage door constructed a century ago, yet functions using the latest modern technology. Carriage House doors will bring an added dimension of beauty and value to your home.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Garage Door Construction And Insulation Options

Understand what makes a garage door safe, durable and long-lasting. And learn about the benefits of an insulated garage door.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Garage Door Spring System

Understand how the spring system on a garage door operate the opening and closure of a garage door.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

One Of The Top 10 Home Improvements

The overhead garage door used to be something that was only used when moving a vehicle into or out of the garage space. It was utilitarian in the max, and no one thought about it much until they had to brave the elements to get out of their cars to raise or lower it. They didn't much care what their doors looked like as long as they functioned as expected. No one back then could have imagined how important automatic garage doors would become to 21st century homeowners. In fact, statistics show that garage doors have replaced the front door as the main entrance in 71% of all homes.
The advent of attached garages and automatic door openers has sparked the new uses of the doors. Face it. The automatic door is by far the easiest access to most homes and the most convenient. With the push of a button, you can sail your car into the garage and out of the rain and snow. Loading and unloading groceries and other supplies from your car to your home is a whole lot faster and more efficient. Older folks will remember when they had to unload their car from a garage that was some distance from the house and then carry everything to a locked door of their home in order to get it inside through pouring rain or on driveways covered with snow and ice.
It's no wonder that people have embraced a much easier way of accomplishing the same chores. In addition, experts have ascertained that just replacing your garage door with a new mid-range model will pay back almost 72% of the approximate $1,512 cost. Even high-end garage doors will recoup almost this much of their cost with the value they add to a home.
Determining the type of replacement door to install may be the biggest challenge involved. Doors are now available in wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and vinyl. In order to narrow down the choices, you will need to base your decision on four key factors: aesthetics, safety, insulation, and maintenance.
1. Since curb appeal has become such a large factor in the resale value of a home, the way the garage door looks has become increasingly more important. Your choice of doors, therefore, will need to take the way the door will look with your home into account.
2. New doors feature safety devices that weren't available on older models. You may have heard the sad stories about children being killed when trapped under the heavy doors. Choosing a new door that includes stops for doors that hit something during their descent and technology that prevents pinched fingers can be important.
3. Garages aren't just used to store vehicles any more. Many of them contain workshops, and some even have living space above them. If your garage is being used for these types of functions, you will want a well-insulated door which will keep the space at more comfortable temperatures.
4. You also probably don't want a door that's going to need a lot of maintenance. Steel doors are a popular choice because they are so cost-effective. You can buy them already well-insulated and with 25-year warranties against paint fading and rust.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Carriage House Door Company

Each overhead garage door in our extensive Carriage House collection offers the timeless beauty, authenticity, and quality of a carriage door constructed a century ago, yet functions using the latest modern technology. Carriage House doors will bring an added dimension of beauty and value to your home

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Garage Door Repair: Why You Should Hire A Professional To Repair Your Garage Door

It seems simple enough: Your garage door isn't working, so you decide to tackle the issue. You're not sure what the issue is. Maybe the opener has gone bad, or one of the tracks needs a bit of TLC. But, it's a garage door. How hard could it be to fix?
You'd be surprised.
Garage door repairs are among the most tricky to do, thanks to the mechanics and bulkiness of the door. In more cases than not, it's often best to go with a professional garage door repair company to fix problems and issues, instead of trying to tackle it by your lonesome. Why? There are several good reasons to give a few bucks to someone to take care of the problem instead of going it alone.
Reason No. 1: Safety
These types of doors are heavy. It's one of the reasons they're operated by openers with tracks, springs and so forth. They are so heavy that some have been injured - and worse - when they get trapped underneath a closing or falling door. These doors are a lovely convenience to have, but can be dangerous in the wrong circumstances.
Deciding to repair your garage door by yourself is a dangerous decision. What happens if something falls on you, and there is no one around to help? Most professional garage door companies send out at least two to three persons whenever a job needs done. They know that it takes more than one person to properly repair a garage door, so no injuries or hazards occur during the process.
Reason No. 2: Knowledge
How familiar are you with how this type of door works? Do you know what a torsion spring is? What troubleshooting processes should be done if the opener isn't working? If you're unable to answer these questions, then it's best to put down the tools and pick up a phone to get in touch with your local door repair provider.
The persons who work for companies in the industry know the mechanics - inside and outside - of how your door should work. Most have dealt with similar issues hundreds of times before, so they won't have to finagle or mess around with equipment or pieces in a vain effort to get your door working again.
Reason No. 3: Benefits
If you handle your own repairs, how are they safeguarded against possible future failures? Are you able to provide yourself a warranty for parts and labor? The answer is probably no, but repair companies can. Many offer significant warranties on parts and labor, so you won't have to worry about what to do should repairs be necessary again.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

How To Check The Balance Of Your Garage Door

This video will show you how to check the balance of your garage door. A balanced garage door is an important part of your garage door opener working properly and safely.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


New Overlap, garage doors Silvelox, is an innovative sectional door thanks to its opening mechanism that does not need sliding bars and rails on the ceiling and reduces the internal space needed.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

The 6 Second Garage Door Break-In You Can Prevent

A wire hanger is all a thief needs to bust into your garage. A number of online videos show how it's done. Which made us question how easy it is and what you can do to protect your home. We're not going to show you the entire process, but, Consumer Reporter Bettie Cross will demonstrate an inexpensive and easy way to keep from becoming a victim.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

New American Home 2014 - Clopay Avante Collection, Glass Garage Doors

Learn how architect Jeff Berkus and builder John Anderson selected Clopay's AvanteTM Collection to be featured on the 2014 New American Home.

Monday, August 10, 2015

How to Select A Garage Door

Learn about different types of garage doors to find the door that best suits your home's architecture and your lifestyle.

Friday, August 7, 2015

How To Program A Wireless Keyless Entry

This video will show you how to program the model 877LM wireless keyless entry to your LiftMaster® garage door opener using the LEARN button.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Garage Door Materials - Pros and Cons

For most home owners the garage door came with the house, and few of us give it much thought other than to make sure it was open when we drove through it and closed at night when we locked up the house. But when it comes time to replace an old worn out door, we are suddenly confronted with an array of choices we didn't even know existed for garage doors.
The first choice you must make is what type of material you want your garage door to be made of. The most popular material is steel. Steel is reasonably priced, low maintenance, and is available in a faux wood or can be custom painted. The quality of steel will vary depending on the gauge of steel. Thin steel at 27-28 gauges will dent easily but be a less expensive steel door. A mid level 25-26 gauge is at a mid range price that won't dent as easily as the thinner gauge. The highest quality steel is a 24 gauge door that should be able to endure more impacts and bumps without any surface impacts. Steel isn't as good of an insulator material as wood, but it can have insulation added to make it more energy efficient.
Wood doors were the original door material for garages and have the advantage of being a good insulator against the elements. Wood can be painted or stained depending on preference, but it also requires high maintenance and if it is neglected it can crack, split, and experience expansion or shrinkage, so it shouldn't be the material of choice unless you are prepared to maintain it.
Wood composite doors are a little more expensive than steel doors but cheaper than wood doors and have the advantage of looking like wood but not requiring the high maintenance of wood. The wood composite doors can be made out of a variety of composite materials including plastic and wood fiber or wood and resin. This type of material can resist cracks, splits, rotting, shrinkage and expansion. It can be a good door choice in a mid price range that offers the best of both steel and wood.
Vinyl and aluminum are two other material choices that are not very popular because they dent easily, look cheap, and don't hold up to the weather or time as well as other materials. The only good thing about this type of material is it is cheap, so you get what you pay for with it.
Figure out how you want your door to look, how it will be finished, if you need to withstand the elements of heat and cold, wind or rain, and then pick materials. Of course, the next step is to decide what style you want, but that's a whole new discussion.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Improving Your Garage Door

The garage is usually taken for granted even though it remains to be one of the most important areas of your home. It is within the garage that your treasured car is when you are not using it and a place that also contains other valuables. There is therefore the need to take care of it and keep it secure. The garage door is a piece of furniture that can go a long way in improving the look and security of your garage. Luckily, garage door professionals offer all kinds of services and you can use some of them to make improvements to your existing door.
Repair It - It is the most obvious step in making improvements to the garage door. It is common for any door to go through wear and tear and such issues need to be taken care of as soon as they arise. Some of the areas that commonly require repairs include chain and cables, broken torsion springs, squeaky and broken doors. Garage door opener repairs are also necessary at times. What most people don't realize is that issues like this can be prevented from getting worse if they are repaired as soon as they are noticed.
Replace door parts - Some problems can be beyond repair, thus requiring replacement services. If you call in your garage door professional, he might advise getting some of the parts replaced depending on the level of damage. The most common areas that might require replacement services are automation systems, hinges and rollers, extension springs and cables. Replacement of a given part is better that bringing down the entire door for a complete replacement.
Proper installation - If you don't have a garage door or you are not content with the current one, then you can enjoy new installation for the same. The good thing about new garage doors is that you give your garage a complete new look and you also get to choose the door features you find most appealing for your home.
Automate the door - Another great way of improving the garage door is automating it in that you can open and close the door with a touch of a button. There is no greater convenience than when you are able to open and close the it using a garage door remote without having to step out of the car to manually open it. This kind of automation also adds a degree of security to you since you don't have to take time waiting for the door to be opened.
Install security features - They could be anything from locks to alarm systems. With such features in place, you will find it easy to relax knowing that your valuables are safe. You will also get alerts to act in case there is any interference with the lock on your door.
When looking for professionals, it is important to look at the services they can handle, the experience and reputation. Settling for a company that has all important garage door services and years of experience will get you good results within a short period of time.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Garage Doors That Pose Dangers

One functional part in your house is the garage. Some prefer an older style tilt-up garage door, while most homeowners today prefer a roll-up garage door. In the garage you place your car, your child's bicycles, and your repair tools. Around the house, a lot of accidents may happen. It is possible to burn your hand while cooking in the stove, break your leg while falling down the stairs, or accidentally knock your head under the dining table while reaching for that fork you dropped. There is danger everywhere, and your garage is not an exception. Do you have an automatic garage door? If its garage door opener is non-reversing, your family may be in trouble.
Hundreds of years ago, garage doors were made of wood. Then from the old barn door-style, garage doors developed into steel doors and doors made of synthetic materials for better insulation and durability. Basically, a garage door may weigh hundreds of pounds. True, it isn't a good idea if your child, or even you, get trapped under a garage door. So certain precautions are needed in order to ensure your family's safety.
If you have an automatic garage door that does not automatically reverse, you should replace it with a new opener that can do reverse. Reports received by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that approximately 60 children between the ages of 2 and 14 have been trapped and killed under automatic garage doors since 1982. Other reports show that other children had severe injuries when the closing of garage doors almost crushed them. That is why non-reversing garage door openers should be replaced at once. Or, you may opt for a new residential garage door installation if you want a new door with a reverse garage door opener. Don't be satisfied with garage doors that only stop whenever it hits an object under it. You should be pining for the reversing one.
Check your garage door for signs of malfunction and failure. Replace parts that needed to be replaced. To do that, you have to make sure that your door is balanced. It should stay in place when stopped in any partially opened position. If your garage door is unbalanced, it may just crash whenever somebody is under it or not. Never allow your child to be near the area of the garage when a door check-up is going on. In many reported instances, even professional garage door technicians have suffered serious injuries like broken bones in the process of replacing garage door springs. The tension spring and torsion springs are hard to replace because of the great force imposed by the weight of the garage door. That is why it is very important not to do it on your own or by a family member who is not also qualified to change or replace garage door parts. So never ever think that you can do garage door repair by yourself.
You have to maintain your garage door more often than maintaining your car. If your garage door fails to function it may crash to floor then probably hurt someone under it, which is more likely to be your spouse or your child. Therefore, it is a wise precaution to have regular maintenance and repair for your garage doors.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Cre8tive Hardware

Cre8tive Hardware provides magnetic decorative hardware that is easy to install on any steel garage door. Quickly add to your carriage house designs for an even more authentic look!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

4 Tips to Select the Right Garage Door for Your Home and Budget

It may be the biggest feature of the front of your home. Even if it's tucked to the side, it's still big and very noticeable. When it's time to replace your garage door, you're not only making an investment in the security of your home; you can add a beautiful new look! Increasing the curb appeal of your home can even increase its value. Here are 4 things to consider.
Start with the material. Steel is the most popular material for garage doors. Steel is easy to maintain and can be insulated to be more energy efficient. Wood is another choice. You pay for a beautiful, natural look with increased maintenance. Wood doors need to be repainted or re-stained on a regular basis. Aluminum is the least expensive garage door in some instances and very expensive in others. It's light which makes it easy to open manually and good for large openings. Today's aluminum doors are sturdier than older aluminum doors and may have dent-resistant laminated panels. The least expensive aluminum doors may have panels made of other materials such as high-density polyethylene.
Match your home. Today's garage doors come in many different styles. You can find a door that looks like the opening to a walled Spanish mission for your territorial home. Go architectural and modern with the look of smoked glass panels in a sleek frame. If your home is All-American and you want a traditional panel garage think about spicing it up with extra features.
Color. If you can match the color of your trim, go for it. It will give you a tied together look. If you want to be bold, paint your front door the same color as your garage door. Don't go too bright - that garage door is big.
Windows. Don't underestimate what the addition of windows can do to add a stylish look to your garage. Try to match the shape or design of the windows in your home for a very chic, tied-together look. A hint. Have the windows frosted because (choose one)
  1. You don't want the neighbors to see your mess, or
  2. You don't want a thief to see all the valuables you have stored in your garage.
Have fun. Take your time. Some garage door manufacturers have apps on their websites that let you upload a photo of your home and try different styles so you can get a clear idea of what looks good with your home. When you're ready to buy, contact a locally-owned garage door company. They'll know the most about your climate and can help you make good decisions on materials and insulation.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Ups and Downs of Garage Exterior Wood Doors

Many view the garage as simply a place to park the car, store your stuff or hide out when your spouse is on the warpath. While all of these uses have merit, they merely scratch the surface of what is possible. Yes, the garage will store your car, but with the clever use of exterior wood doors and other design features, it's also the perfect vehicle for sprucing up your home's curb appeal.
By not tapping into that potential, you're ignoring a facet of your home that can have a major impact thanks to its size and location. But take heart, because it to doesn't have to be that way. It's just a matter of changing your perspective and seeing exterior wood doors in a whole new light.
Strike a Match
Would you prefer to mix or match? If you'd rather not commit on that, or you're a guy and thus incapable of committing, there's good news: You don't have to! By blending the two approaches with exterior wood doors, you can achieve much more than using either one on its own.
Where the home's fa├žade employs a light color like cream or beige with a darker toned roof, use that same dark shade for the garage's exterior wood doors and admire the results. As well, if your property's layout lends itself to this, you might try painting the garage and shutters in identical hues. The combination of mixing and matching will be striking and a real attention-getter as long as you commit to it. Yes, there's always a catch.
Arch Your Front
The most famous arches may be golden, but your house can be almost as noteworthy if you incorporate the brick variety with exterior wood doors. Garages that are otherwise unremarkable lose the "un" when you surround them with classic brick arches. Sure, these arches can't brag about "10 billion served", but they CAN give your home front a look that's one of a kind.
A High Pane Threshold
Maybe you're happy with the style and color of your garage door, yet you still feel it needs "something". That "thing" could take the form of glass panels inserted at the top of exterior wood doors. In addition to being inviting and unique, they treat your garage interior to some natural light without exposing it to prying eyes.
Make it a Double
Except where spouses are concerned, generally if one is good, two are better. Depending on your needs, double exterior wood doors for your garage may fit the bill. From a practical standpoint, it nicely accommodates two vehicles and extra storage, and it can also score high on aesthetics if you paint both doors to match the home's exterior.
Read Between the Lines
If you prefer a look for your garage that whispers rather than shouts, subtle paneling on exterior wood doors can speak volumes about your knack for design. Even on a traditional style home dressed in muted colors, this approach makes a statement, stressing class over brash and providing an added touch without overdoing it.
The garage may not be the star of the show in this instance, but it's part of a strong ensemble cast that's greater than the sum of its parts.
Regardless of the size and structure of your garage, there are numerous ways to enhance its appearance and the contribution it makes to your home's overall image. By simply changing the color, fashioning a classic accent or adding windows, you'll be amazed at the transformation.
Just keep one thing in mind: If you still plan to use it as a hideout, lose the windows.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Include Metal Garage Doors in Your New Home Design

If you are replacing an old garage door or selecting one for your new home you already know that you have a lot of choices in terms of door design and materials. There is a strong trend toward carriage house doors and natural wood materials. Many manufactures will help you design wooden garage doors that will accent your home with woods natural beauty. In terms of garage doors pricing they can be expensive with some exceeding $5000. Natural all wooden garage doors do require a higher degree of maintenance and are subject to warping. In general all wood doors do not have the strength of metal garage doors.
Probably a smarter option is to install a metal garage door that has an exterior layer of wood. The major benefit of this type of door comes from the fact that a garage door with panels framed with steel are stronger and more secure. In addition the new metal garage doors can be insulated to a higher R-value than an all wood door. However you will still have to spend more time maintaining the exterior wood surfaces just like you wood on all wooden garage doors.
One of the best garage door designs on the market includes a multi layer metal panel that includes two or more galvanized 25 gauge steel or stronger layers that sandwich 2 inches of polyurethane foam between them. When these panels are married together with a shiplap style joints you end up with a strong, quiet and very energy efficient garage door. These doors do not warp as a result of moisture and temperature and as a result have a higher level of operational reliability. Basically this means that your automatic garage door opener is not going wear out as quickly.
If you live in an area that is subject to high wind risk from tropical storms or hurricanes then a metal garage door can provide you with to protection necessary to keep your family and home safe from destruction. Metal high wind garage doors that meet the Miami-Dade wind code will provide you will as much as 150 mile per hour protection. Engineering studies conducted after severe hurricanes show that once you lose your garage door in a storm it is only a matter of minutes until you lose the roof of your home. A high wind code garage door may make the difference between losing your home and your life and survival. Installing this type of door will in many cases reduce your insurance costs as well.
A good quality steel garage door will have very little maintenance. You can purchase a garage door that has a finish that only needs to be occasionally washed off to keep it looking good. Doors with new composite exteriors are extremely tough and durable. No matter what kind of metal garage doors you decide to install they will outlast just about any wooden garage doors.
Spending time on the Internet will help you to the best garage doors for your home. A visit to the local home improvement store such as Home Depot will also provide a good deal of information. If you are handy with tools they can also help install a metal garage doors yourself. We feel that these metal doors are the best option available for the majority of new home

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Contemporary Style Garage Doors

Today, contemporary style garage doors are making a strong design statement all across the country. Although carriage style doors are all the rage again this year, they simply don't fit the design style of many modern homes. Sleek, contemporary architecture calls for a garage door that will complement the look, not detract from or clash with it. Beyond boosting curb appeal, sleek roll-up doors are finding their way inside the home also.
Modern Garage Doors for Modern Architecture
Made from aluminum, glass, and even wood, contemporary garage doors give a clean, uncluttered, and simple look. Designed with sharp, 90-degree angles and straight lines, this door style is sleek and sophisticated. The most popular styles feature an aluminum frame with frosted glass, acrylic, or polycarbonate insets. Aluminum frames are typically anodized in natural, bronze, or black; however, almost any color frame is available. Hardware is typically minimal to maintain the style's sleek lines. Besides these basic framed styles, modern roll-up doors are also popular in real wood. Although wood doors are more expensive than other options, some homes call for this style. Contemporary hardwood doors may have metal insets of copper, stainless steel, or painted aluminum, with wood species including cedar, cypress, teak and mahogany.
Bringing Contemporary Garage Doors Inside
Although businesses have used indoor roll-up doors for decades, this feature has only recently become popular in residential design. Where French or Arcadia doors were once the only way to merge indoors and outside, glass roll-up doors are now an architectural feature of choice. Create indoor-outdoor living space, frame in a courtyard, or use this technique to open up a loggia to the great outdoors. Inside the house, use a glass rolling door to separate living/dining and other areas without sacrificing light or visually shrinking the space the way a wall would. Because most homeowners don't want the unsightly motors of automatic door openers hanging inside the home, garage doors used inside must be carefully counterbalanced and properly maintained to ensure easy operation.
Cool Accessories for Contemporary Doors
Contemporary garage doors are already pretty cool, but some fun new accessories up the awesome factor even more. Door hardware includes clavos (nail heads), hinge kits, pulls, and shutter dogs in stainless steel, carbon steel, or aluminum. Although some of these touches may be too fussy for ultra-modern architecture, designers use them today in non-standard ways that add a high degree of visual interest. There are also several fun new mechanical accessories that fit the modern ethos of this door style. New remote control devices allow you to use wifi and your Smartphone to open and close garage doors from anywhere in the world and to alert you when the door is used. Improved access controllers use fingerprint and even retinal scan technology to protect the home from unwanted entry. Battery backup units, surge protectors and the ability to program openers to turn on house lights, temperature controls and music when you get home are quickly gaining in popularity.
Whatever your home's design style or architecture, there are new and exciting garage door design and accessories trends for you. If your home is modern in design, the industry has a multitude of contemporary style garage doors and accessories to choose from. Contact a professional garage door sales and service provider in your area for more information.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

How to Repair a Garage Door Opener

Electric garage doors are a great convenience -- until, of course, they break. The bad news: a dozen things could be to blame. The good news: many are easy to fix yourself.

Working with electricity is very dangerous — be extremely careful and, if you have any doubts, contact a professional.

Step 1: Check plug
See if the opener’s cord is plugged into a working outlet. Of course it’s a 'duh' — but it’s also the most common reason electric garage doors don’t open.

Step 2: See if lock is on
Now check the second most-common stupid reason that an electric garage door won’t open—the owner inadvertently activated the 'lock' feature. Many people aren’t even aware of this feature—consult your owner’s manual.

Step 3: Turn off and on
Try unplugging the garage door opener and then plugging it in again; this sometimes does the trick by resetting the sensors.

Step 4: Try new batteries
See if dead batteries in your remote control opener are the problem.

Step 5: Reprogram the remote
If the batteries are fine, the remote might have become deprogrammed. Consult your manual for instructions on resetting it.

Step 6: Check beam
Next, make sure the beam sensor is plugged in.

Step 7: Clean the sensor
Clean the sensor’s eyes—usually located in front of the on/off button—with a wet cloth. When these eyes get dusty, it can block the signal that turns on the motor.

Cleaning the sensor every season can reduce problems.

Step 8: Check the chain
Next, check to see if the chain is broken or loose. Unfortunately, if it needs to be tightened or replaced, you’ll need to contact an electrician.

Step 9: Open manually
If none of your quick fixes have worked, pull the red release cord to free the door so that it can be opened and closed manually.

Consult your owner’s manual — older systems may not have a red release cord. They can be opened by pulling down a handle or a spring-loaded clip, or by unbolting the arm between the door and opener.

Step 10: Get help
Operate your door by hand until you can have the unit fixed. Contact either an electrician or the service department of the store where you bought your unit.

Did You Know?
The overhead garage door was invented in 1921, and the first electric door opener was installed in 1926.

Friday, July 3, 2015

How to Lubricate a Garage Door

Lubricate the hinges, rollers, and tracks on your garage door every year to keep it opening and closing smoothly and quietly.

Do not oil roller tracks with nylon rollers.

Step 1: Apply oil
Apply two drops of penetrating oil onto the seams of the hinges. Squeeze the oil onto the top of the seams, so as it drips, it will lubricate the entire seam.

Before lubricating, wipe away grease buildup on all rollers and roller pins.

Step 2: Apply to roller mount
Apply 2 drops of oil into the seams of all roller mount brackets on the door.

Step 3: Apply oil
Apply 2 drops of oil onto the ends of each roller pin on the roller mount brackets.

Step 4: Apply oil to track
Apply 6 drops of oil onto the roller track, approximately 1 foot from the curve of the track.

Step 5: Open and close
Open and close the garage door with your garage door opener a few times to distribute the oil.

Did You Know?
The number of new homes built with a 3-car garage doubled from 1991 to 2005.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Common Problems That Can Cause Garage Door Opener Failure

There are many things that can cause a garage door opener to malfunction. Some can be easily fixed; others will require replacing the whole unit. With the exception of the most expensive of garage door openers, the majority are made with plastic parts- which can strip away or break if the door itself isn't in top working condition. Sometimes though, it is all a matter of knowing a few tricks...
Before becoming a garage door technician, I did not give a second thought to how the garage door works, or what the maintenance procedures were...I just knew it went up and then back down when I pressed the button! With a little bit of knowledge, you can prevent a lot of garage door problems from ever happening.
  1. Safety Eye Misalignment or Malfunction: the safety eyes are the sensors that are located at the bottom of the door on each side (about 6 inches above the floor). They have been mandatory since the early '90s, but if you have an older opener there is a chance it will not have them- skip to #2. They are responsible for stopping the downward travel of the door if the beam (generated between the eyes) is broken, sending it back up to the top. In case a small child or pet tries to go out while the door coming down.
  2. Symptom of the safety eyes not working or misaligned: the remote will not close the door AND the wall station will not close the door UNLESS you hold down the button until it closes all the way.
  3. First, make sure nothing is blocking the beam (boxes, shovels, etc.) Then, check to see if the small LED lights are lit on each of the safety eye housings (the little boxes). If one is lit, but the other is not- bend the safety eye bracket (which attaches the eye to the wall or track) of the eye that is not lit around until it 'sees' the other side, and the LED comes back on. If neither light is on, check the wiring out of the case- sometimes the wires get clipped. NOTE: I recommend NOT storing anything near the safety eyes because they are fragile and easily blocked.
  4. Another common mistake made by homeowners, with some opener brands, is the multifunction wall-station. Some manufacturers include a wall station that has a locking feature, or vacation mode, which will lock-out the remotes and outside keypad. Some will even render the wall station useless as well. The little switch is usually on the top of the wall-button, but the location varies per manufacturer. Check out the owner's manual or usually you can find them online. If it accidentally gets 'locked' it will seem like the opener is dead. A good thing to check before calling a repair technician.
  5. Garage Door disconnected from opener: this happens more often than you would think! If someone has pulled the red-handled emergency release cord and disconnected the door from the opener, the motor will just run the 'trolley' back and forth- but the door is not attached. This may cause you to think the opener is malfunctioning and call a technician. So check it first- while the motor is running look for the 'trolley', which is the part that is attached to the chain (or belt) and connects to the 'j-arm', which connects to the door itself. If the trolley is moving back and forth, simply wait for it to stop running and then manually move the door until it locks back on to the 'trolley'. Then test the opener and see if it runs the door. If you have a screw-drive, look up from directly under the opener rail and see if the screw is spinning. If so, follow the red cord up to the switch it hangs from and move that switch up until it locks onto the screw, and test opener. If you still cannot figure it out, and if the manual doesn't help- THEN call a technician!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Helpful Tips To Know The Ideal Time To Repair Your Garage Door

Garage doors are often the most overlooked part of any household. A number of US homeowners, in some of the major cities like Oahu and Pearl City, do not prefer even to spend a minute on checking their carport gates for possible damages. If these heavy structures are checked on a regular basis then it would help avoid any major technical defect in the future. It is also true that timely repairs can increase the life span of these gates.
Garage doors are used frequently. They have to move up and down numerous times in a single day. This would result in wear and tear of these heavy structures, so lack of proper repair may ultimately make these gates unusable. It is always better to hire a company which deals in garage door service to perform all the necessary repair work of your garage door. There are numerous parts of these heavy structures which may require repair. Here are some tips to understand when these parts may need a repair:
* Gate tracks: Since your garage door is frequently used, there are high chances that the tracks of these structures may get damaged. If the gate does not move properly then it may mean there is something wrong with the tracks. In case it is a minor damage then with the help of a hammer you can pound them back in shape. However, if it is a major damage then you may have to get them replaced. Most homeowners, in US cities like Oahu and Makaha, prefer to hire a technician to do the repair work of the tracks in case of any serious damage.
* Springs: If you are checking your garage gate, then ensure to check the springs also. This is important especially if you have a roll up garage. Most of the times these springs need to be readjusted. However, it is important to know that it is always better to let an expert who deals in garage door service do the repair work of the springs, since these are dangerous if dealt with by a person who knows nothing about the technicalities.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Garage Door Repair Dealing With Dents

Aluminum and steel garage doors are made to be light and lift easily. Unfortunately, this means that they are also easy to dent. In addition to being unsightly, these dents will weaken the door and should be fixed. Thankfully, many dents can be easily repaired on your own or may only require a single panel replacement.
Why does my door dent so easily?
Insulated garage doors, though more expensive than other types, are comprised of a metal skin surrounding a core, which serves to improve energy efficiency as well as a protection against being bent out of shape. Wooden and fiberglass garage doors involve quite a bit of upkeep, so the majority of homeowners have doors made of aluminum or steel. Though sturdy, a door made from 24- to 28-gauge steel, for example, will be very susceptible to front bumper taps, kids' ball games, and other accidents.
Does it need to be replaced?
Depending on the extent of damage and the garage door repairs necessary, replacement is not your only option. You may, however, need to replace the entire panel if the dent is that large, rather than trying to bend it back into place. When dealing with larger problem areas, use caution to avoid making the problem worse, such as bending a section so out of shape that it affects the opening and closing process. Still, many garage doors are paneled, and a single panel can be replaced if needed at a fraction of the cost of a new door.
Do-it-yourself garage door dent repairs
If you are hesitant to make garage door repairs yourself, call a specialist; otherwise, you may enjoy a do-it-yourself project. There are several methods for repairing dents, depending on the type, location, and the extent of damage.
Some dents can be filled in, using a specialty filler, and then sanded until flush with the surface. This type of repair may mean having your garage door repainted in order to hide the patchwork.
Using brute or physical force is one of the most common methods of dent removal. Working behind the dent, place a block of wood over it to protect the door. Tap the wood over the affected area with a hammer or rubber mallet. Use great care as you work to find the necessary amount of force until the dent begins to even out. Continue working around and over the dent until it is gone.
One additional method of dent removal is through rapidly heating and cooling the problem area. With a hair dryer, warm the dent for about two minutes. Be sure to hold the hair dryer back far enough to avoid overheating the area, which can cause cracking or paint damage. Once the whole of the damaged area has been warmed, spray it with a can of compressed air for several seconds. This blast of cool air should cause the metal to contract quickly, popping the dent out on its own.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

4 Hot Tips for Replacing a Garage Door

What Kind of Garage Door should I buy?
When looking for a garage door, you notice that there are two major designs: tilt-up doors and sectional roll-up doors. Sectional roll-up doors are more expensive than tilt-up doors, but the extra cost is well worth it.
Tilt-up doors consist of a single panel of material. To open the door, you have to pull it out and pivot it up to slide it along the roof of your garage. Sectional roll-up doors, on the other hand, are made of a number of horizontal sections. Each section is hinged to the next section, allowing the door a certain degree of flexibility. Because the door is mounted on rollers, to open a sectional roll-up door you just have to lift the door and it will roll into place along the roof of your garage.
Sectional roll-up doors are superior to tilt-up doors. From a purely practical point they take up less room. Because you don't have to pull the door out, there will be more room in front of your garage door for things like your car. The door will also take up less room in the garage, since it can be placed higher up than a tilt-up door.
What should my Garage Door be made of?
Garage doors, both tilt-ups and sectional roll-ups, are primarily made from wood or steel. Of these two materials, wood is the cheaper and - arguably - more attraction option. If you decided to get a wooden door please keep in mind that just like your deck, a wooden garage door will be more easily damaged by the weather than a steel door. If you live in a particularly hot or cold climate, you may find your self with a warped or damaged garage door.
Steel garage doors are more expensive, but you will not face the same problems that you would encounter with a wood door. If you decide to get a steel door the main thing to check is that it has been properly prepared to prevent rust.
Garage doors are also occasionally made with aluminium or fibreglass. While both of these materials are less expensive than steel doors, you should be careful when using them. Neither material is as strong as steel so they will not hold up to the usual wear and tear of a garage door. And once again depending on your climate, they will not be as energy efficient as a steel door if that is a concern to you.
How do I look after my Garage Door?
Just like any other exterior surface on your house, your garage door will need periodic maintenance to keep it working smoothly and looking as good as the rest of your house. You'd be surprised how the look of your garage door not only affects the overall look of your house, but the perceived value of your house too.
No matter what material your garage door is made of, it should be washed regularly. If you have a wood door, you should repaint the door every other year to ensure that the wood stays protected. If you have a steel door, you can give it a yearly shine with car wax
To prolong the life of the mechanical parts, you should lubricate all moving parts with motor oil whenever the door starts to feel sluggish.
Safety Concerns with Garage Doors
Every year, children are seriously injured from accidents involving garage doors. To avoid these preventable accidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you should only use automatic garage door openers if they have an automatic reverse function. This will reverse the closing of the garage door if an obstacle is encountered.

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