Garage Door Opener What Size Should I Buy?

If you’re in the market for a garage door opener, the purchase can be a bit confusing. There are different types of garage door openers… you can read about them here. Once you’ve decided on the kind of opener to get, you’ve got to determine what size motor and how much power you’ll need. The determining factor here is the weight of your door and what material it’s made from. You’re looking for the “goldilocks” effect. Too small, and the motor will go through unnecessary wear and tear. Too powerful, and you’re wasting money on additional horsepower that you don’t

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Smart Garage Door Openers The Top 5 Reasons

These days, lots of families are making the switch to home automation. With all the convenience and comfort it offers, it’s easy to see why. Today, we’ll look at smart garage door openers and the top 5 reasons you will love this technology. The beauty is, most smart garage door openers hook right up to your existing garage door opener, so there’s no need to buy a whole new system. They run off your WiFi and use your smartphone, just like any other smart home device. So, installation is a snap! Reason #1 – Security When it comes to the

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Buying a Garage Door Opener

Like most things in life, buying a garage door opener involves making decisions. There are a few different types on the market, and each has its pros and cons. In this article, we’ll review some of the most popular varieties, and you’ll be able to decide which one will work best for you and your garage. What’s the Difference in Garage Door Openers? The main difference between garage door openers is the drive type. The drive is the machine that the garage door opener runs on, and there are choices you will have to make. Chain Drive Units The chain

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Testing Your Garage Door Springs

Safety and Security… that’s what many of us think of when we think of our homes. When it comes to your garage door, it’s the largest entryway to your home. If your springs wear out, you are jeopardizing the safety and security that you value in your home. Before you call a professional in, you can do a few things to diagnose the problem yourself. Let’s review the steps to testing your garage door springs. Visual Inspection of Your Garage Door Springs Sometimes, it’s easy to see that the springs are in bad shape just by doing a visual inspection

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The Best Garage Door Colors for Your Garage

These days, your home is so much more than a place to protect you from the elements. Curb appeal is KING when it comes to making a statement with your home! Some folks are using their garage door to tell the world something about their personality and sense of style. But you may be wondering what the rules are… Should your garage door match the color of your front door? Is classic white really the best way to go? What are the most popular garage door colors? In this article, we take a look at the decision process involved in

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Keep Kids and Pets Safe – Garage Door Safety!

Summertime means days filled with outdoor fun! Kids love to play in the yard and on the driveway. As they move in and out of the house and play around in the garage, make sure they are safe! It’s a great time to have a talk with them about safe practices around garage doors for kids and pets! Let’s take a look at some timely garage door safety tips you can apply to your garage to keep everyone safe. Don’t Throw Toys or Balls Around When the Garage Door is in Motion Let them know that when they see the

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Convert Your Garage to a Summer Garage Party Room!

It’s summertime, and after a long, isolated spring, people are ready to start socializing. Most folks are taking it slow, and we won’t see huge crowds without observing social distancing.  Now is the perfect time to consider finding extra living space, or party space, in your home. Why not convert your garage to a garage party room… space where you can entertain and have people over? Let’s take a look at what’s involved in the garage party room conversion. Organize, Clear the Clutter, and Deep Clean Your Garage Unless you’ve seriously buried your garage, this should be a weekend job.

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Your New Man Cave!

You already spend time in the garage. Let’s make it official and turn it into a Man Cave! In this article, we’ll show you how easy it is to take your garage and turn it into a living space that you can relax and have fun in! First Things First – Clearing and Deep Cleaning! Using three boxes, labeled Sell, Keep, and Toss, sort the contents of your garage and see what you can find to get rid of. Then, starting from the ceiling, give everything a good cleaning…ceiling, walls, and floor. PRO TIP – Get Some Help Deep Cleaning

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Easy Ways to Install Garage Door Insulation for the Summer

As Summer approaches and the warm weather can make your garage feel like a furnace. Let’s take a minute and look at one of the easiest DIY projects around… installing garage door insulation! It will cost you around $200 if you’re insulating two garage doors. Adding insulation can turn your garage into usable space, and make it easier to tolerate during seasons of extreme weather. What Types of Insulation Can You Use on Garage Doors? Foam Board Insulation – Panels Made from polystyrene will yield high insulating value, and don’t have to be especially thick. You can use panels from

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Maintenance to Prolong the Life of Your Garage Door

How long can you expect your garage door to last before you have to replace it? Most professionals will tell you that it will last between fifteen and thirty years. That’s a difference of fifteen years. One thing that makes a big difference is how often the garage door is used. Another factor that affects the lifespan of your garage door is how often you perform simple maintenance on it. Let’s take a look at some of the regular maintenance you can do or should call a professional to do, to make your garage door last longer. Clean Your Garage

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Flipping Houses? Optimize Your Property Value!

As the trend for flipping houses grows in Maryland, there is more competition. How can you make your property stand out? Did you know that doing exterior improvements can actually make more of a difference than interior remodels? Weigh Your Investments When Flipping Houses It’s essential to consider your ROI on all improvements that you make to the house. Some investments you make on enhancements will be worth the money, and some will cost you more than you recoup in the sale. Investing in the curb appeal of the property is a safe bet! You can’t go wrong by fixing

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6 Tips to Tighten Your Garage Security

What do you keep in your garage? Can you afford to lose it? For many of us, your garage door is the largest entryway into your home, and the easiest way to gain entry. How’s your garage security? Let’s look at six ways you can guard against a breach of security through your garage. 1. Secure Your Remote It’s common practice to leave your garage door remote in your car… often on the visor. When someone breaks into your vehicle, they have access to your entire home if they have your garage door opener. Keep it in your purse, briefcase,

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Five Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your Garage!

Do you have unwanted guests living in your garage? When it’s cold outside, bugs and other animals look for someplace a little cozier than the out of doors. Whether they are causing damage or just hanging out, the situation is less than ideal. Let’s look at some ways you can discourage and prevent unwanted tenants this winter. Eliminate garage pests! Clean Your Garage and Declutter – Get Rid of Cozy Garage Pest Areas Pests love to see that you are messy and unorganized. Prevent clutter from accumulating in your garage. The more places there are to build a home, the

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Garage Door Inspection Before Traveling for the Holidays

As you return from your holiday trip, you’re glad to finally get home. You push the remote for your garage door, and nothing happens. As you push it repeatedly, you find yourself thinking, “You know, it was acting a little funny before we left… I should have had it serviced.” You replace the batteries… still nothing! You’re frustrated when you should be celebrating. Get a garage door inspection before your travel this holiday season! Don’t Let Garage Door Problems Happen to You! It doesn’t matter where you’re going… even if it’s just over the river and through the woods. Today

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How to Choose the Best Garage Door Opener

How to Choose the Best Garage Door Opener Most folks have no idea what they are looking for in a new garage door opener. Sure, they want something reliable and a product that delivers long-term value. With all the options available, how do you sort through the choices and find what fulfills your needs? Here are some pointers on how to choose the best garage door opener. Drive Options There are three types of power drives to consider in choosing a new garage door opener. Chain Drive — This choice is the least expensive and most durable. But it is the

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