How Long Do Garage Doors Last?

How Long Do Garage Doors Last

Garages serve more purpose than just a place to store your car and other household items. Your garage door is an entryway into the home and provides curb appeal, adding to your property’s overall appearance. It’s essential to maintain and repair it regularly to increase your garage door’s useability and overall lifespan. You may wonder how long do garage doors last? It would be best if you considered several factors to determine the lifespan of your garage door. What is the Lifespan of a Garage Door? On average, you can expect to get between 15 and 30 years of life

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The Different Types of Garage Doors

The Different Types of Garage Doors

The style of garage door you choose can add instant curb appeal to your home. But it also has to function with ease and withstand all the seasonal changes Maryland has to offer. Whether your style is more traditional, contemporary, modern, or something else, there’s a garage door style to fit your home’s aesthetic. Most door styles can include details to further set your home apart, including handles, faux outside hinges, crossbeams, and more. Here are some of the different top styles of garage doors from which to choose. Composite Garage Doors Composite doors consist of materials that won’t dent

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The Two Different Types of Garage Door Springs

The Two Different Types of Garage Door Springs

One of the most essential parts of your garage door and opener are the garage door springs. These parts raise and lower your garage door safely and efficiently every time you press the button or open/close the door. Garage door springs should be inspected regularly and replaced periodically to ensure your door is always working at its best. There are two main types of garage door springs: torsion springs and extension springs. Do you know which type your garage door has? Torsion Springs A torsion spring gets its name from the torque created to lift and lower the garage door,

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Rethinking Garage Organization

Rethinking Garage Organization

Have you looked around your garage lately? Are you thinking of making some changes? Tired of the clutter and disorganization, or that you just can’t seem to find the one thing you know you put over there, but now it’s gone? Or maybe you’re ready to convert your garage to a useable man cave, or she shed? Before you start scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration, there are some things to consider when rethinking your garage organization. Assess Your Needs Every garage serves a different purpose. What is the purpose of your garage space? The garage is a multi-use

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Garage Storage Tips for Cold Weather

Garage Storage Tips for Cold Weather

Before the cold weather takes hold, it’s time to get your garage ready. If you’ve been meaning to get this off your to-do list, here are some tips for improving your garage storage, just in time for the cold Maryland weather. 1. Declutter the Garage The first tip is probably going to be the most cumbersome, but it needs to be done. When is the last time you stood in your garage and looked around? Has the garage become your catch-all for clutter? Maybe you’ve got summer items piling up, off-season clothes, or stuff you’ve been meaning to donate or

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Garage Door Safety During Winter Conditions

Garage door safety during the winter time

How’s your garage door safety for winter? If you answered anything but “great” to that question, make your garage door safety a priority. Completing this task will ensure that your garage door functions correctly and safely to avoid any potential issues or accidents. Here are some things to consider during the winter months and why it’s essential to inspect your garage now. Parking Your Vehicle in the Garage With the winters we’ve been having here in Maryland lately, our cars have seen more salt and slush than snow. Having the ability to park your car in the garage is great,

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Winterizing Your Garage Door

Winterizing Your Garage Door

You’ve cleaned the gutters, turned off the outside faucets, and brought in your outdoor furniture. Like it or not, winter is fast approaching in Maryland. As you go about winterizing your home, don’t forget about your garage door. You don’t want unwanted cold air blasting into your garage and, potentially, your home. If winterizing your garage door is still on your to-do list, you can use these tips to make sure your garage is ready for whatever winter has to offer. Insulate the Garage Door Suppose your garage door isn’t already insulated. In that case, you might want to consider

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5 Popular Garage Door Looks for 2021

5 Popular Garage Door Looks for 2021

What’s the best way to increase your curb appeal, give a better first impression, and get the best resale value on your home? If you answered, “upgrade your garage door looks,” you’d be right! According to many experts, you can get an 88 to 94% return on investment (ROI) by replacing your garage door. Suppose your garage door is over 15 years old and not insulated to withstand Maryland’s cold winters and sweltering summers. In that case, it might be time for an upgrade. Here are some of the hottest garage door looks for 2021. Full-View Glass Garage Door If

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Garage Door Opener What Size Should I Buy?

What Size Garage Door Opener 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

Top 5 Reasons for Smart Garage Door Openers

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

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

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

The Best Color for Your Garage Door

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!

Keep Kids and Pets Safe

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!

Convert Your Garage to a Summer 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!

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

Easy Ways to Insulate Your Garage 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

Prolonging the Lifespan 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!

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

6 Tips to Keep Your Garage Secure from Intruders

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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