If your home was built more than 35 years ago and it still has its original garage door, there is opportunity for you to improve your home’s safety and resale value. If you are evaluating your next home improvement project based on return on investment as well as safety improvements, putting in a new garage door is a wise choice.
Because your garage door is the heaviest and largest piece of moving equipment in your home, it represents a potential safety hazard. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission began requiring all garage doors manufactured after January 1, 1991 to have reversing systems due to the serious injuries resulting from garage door accidents.
Not only will replacing your old garage door and its opener improve its safety, your home will benefit from improved curb appeal and ultimately a higher probability of increased resale value. In Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value 2015 benchmarking report, Garage Door Replacement ranked in the top five remodeling projects that had the highest return on investment at resale, across the nation. In the Pacific region, it ranked number one in ROI in upscale remodels (based on scope of work, complexity, and quality of finishes). The low initial cost combined with the curb appeal improvement is likely the reason for the high ranking.
To help get you started considering what this garage “facelift” might look like, use online tools like Sears’ garage door designer. It gives you the option to upload a photo of your current garage doors, and then walks you through a series of choices regarding hardware, windows, and color, to give you a great picture of what your new door might look like. Give it a try today!
Contact Sears Garage Doors and Repair, serving Spokane, WA, Coeur d’Alene, ID and the surrounding areas, for a free garage door estimate and get started improving your home’s resale value and safety.
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You can have the neatest most organized garage on the block, but if the floor is covered with oil spots and grimy messes it will always seem dirty. Keeping the garage floor clean and stain free is an important step in having the garage of your dreams. There are many different flooring choices that will make keeping your garage floor in top shape as easy as can be! One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the look of your garage floor is by giving it a few coats of paint. Painting the floor is a good DIY project but you must be sure to prep it properly beforehand. Here are some different types of paint that you can choose from to use on your garage floor:
- Latex – This type of paint is the cheapest option. Durability can be a problem with latex paint if you’re going to be parking your car on it. This option is a good choice if your garage is mainly used for things other than parking your car. Latex paint comes in many different colors and finishes, so coordinating it to your style is no trouble at all.
- 1 Part Epoxy – This is standard acrylic paint with epoxy mixed in it, so it’s more durable than plain acrylic paint. You can use this in a garage where you park your car because it resists peeling and stains. This choice also makes a good DIY project for most people.
- 2 Part Epoxy – 2 part epoxy for floors comes in a kit for DIY’ers. It isn’t the same thing as the commercial grade epoxy coating that the professionals use and it will not give you the same durability that commercial grade epoxy will. In order to get good results you must be very careful to follow the instructions included with the kit.
- Commercial Grade Epoxy – This flooring option should be applied by a professional. Commercial grade epoxy is a great choice for a durable floor that is easy to clean and also beautiful to look at. You can choose a solid color or have PVA chips added in for a splash of color. This is an excellent choice for any garage.
Go to http://www.garagedoorspokanewa.com/about-us to see more about Sears Garage Door Spokane’s full line of epoxy garage flooring and organization solutions to help get your garage in tip top shape! Call (509) 795-3834 and we’ll answer any questions you have about garage organization and flooring!
Your garage can be one possible cause of higher energy bills during the hot summer months. Cooled air can leak out of your garage door allowing hot air to build up in the garage, which will in turn warm up your home and force your cooling system to work harder. There are a few things you can do to help keep your garage cooler, which will help keep your energy bills down.
One of the easiest ways that you can save money is to have your garage door insulated. This should be done by experienced professionals such as the ones at Sears Garage Door Spokane. The added weight of the insulation can cause the opener to malfunction if it is not installed properly. Another way to keep your energy bills lower is by insulating the walls and ceiling of your garage. Wooden garage doors are naturally insulating, so if you’re replacing your garage door, that is a good option for you to consider.
One more way to help keep your garage cool is to have a ventilated garage door installed. This will help keep air flowing through your garage to prevent hot air from building up inside. You can also install a ventilation fan that will help keep the air moving as well.
Choose a light colored garage door, or paint your existing door a lighter color such as beige or white. Dark colored doors absorb the heat from the sun and heat them up which causes the garage to heat up! Also, install weather stripping along the bottom of the door to keep the heat out and your garage cool. Before painting your garage door you can caulk any visible gaps between the garage door and the garage frame with silicone caulk. When you do this, be careful not to apply the caulk to any of the door’s moving parts! If you have any questions about ways you can improve your garage door and lower your energy bills give Sears Garage Doors Spokane a call at (509) 795-3834 or visit them on the web, here.
For many households, the garage door is the main point of entry into the home. Garages can be used for many purposes other than just parking your car. Some of them are:
- Bike shop
- Game Room / Play Room
- Even a “Man Cave”
- Craft Room
Garage doors weigh several hundred pounds and have over 300 moving parts, so it is very important to learn a little bit about them. They can be a safety hazard if you don’t! Since 1990, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of about 20,000 people visit the emergency room per year for garage door related injuries. A little knowledge about garage safety can go a long way in protecting you and your family from becoming one of the statistics. Here are a few safety rules that you and your family should know in order to help keep you safe around your garage:
- Test the garage door’s reversing mechanism monthly to make sure it is operating properly – If it is not, the door could cause damage to your car, or even worse, a child or pet that accidently gets caught in the path of the closing door.
- Be sure that the wall panel controls are installed at least five feet up from the floor in order to keep them out of the reach of small children. – Accidents can happen if children play with the controls to the garage door opener.
- Also be sure to keep the remote garage door openers out of the reach of small children. – Teach your children about the dangers of playing with the garage door opener.
- Does your wall control have rolling access code functionality? – Homes can be broken into by thieves who use a universal remote to find the access code to garage door openers. Rolling access code technology changes the code of your automatic opener after each time it is used.
These are just a few garage door safety points that you and your family should know. If you have any questions, give Sears Garage Doors, Openers and Repairs at (509) 795-3834 or visit our website by clicking here.
When the fall season arrives, preparing the garage and its parts becomes a priority. As we have mentioned before in our blog, having a maintenance routine is important in order to have a smoothly functioning garage door throughout the entire year. With temperatures below 20°F and possible snow fall next week, if you haven’t already, now is the time to do 3 simple tasks to help keep your garage door working this winter season.
Step 1: Wash the Garage
Just like you would wash your car, use a gentle soap and water to scrub and clean the exterior of your garage door. Rinse thoroughly and dry. For an added shine, you can even wax the exterior of the garage. Not only will the garage door look fresh, but your garage door will benefit from the wax by preventing damages from acid rain, dust, and the hot rays of the Sun.
Step 2: Inspect Weather strips
Tis the season to ensure that your weather strips in your garage are not cracked or damaged. If damaged, make sure to replace with new weather strips to prevent drafts from the temperature from getting inside and vice versa. If your garage has windows, make sure to do the same check for the windows, as well.
Step 3: Lubricate
Now is the step that will help keep your garage door opening smoothly, even during snowy weather. Take a washcloth and wipe away the buildup grease and debris from any moving part, like the rollers and track. Next, using a lubricant, lubricate the rollers, hinges, and track of the garage door parts. Make sure you are using a regular grade lubricant that is made for machines.
Now that you know the 3 steps, pick the warmest day of the week and get your garage ready for winter. Do you need other assistance? Give us a call at (509) 795-3834 today!
Fall has been here for a month now and it has brought in the cold weather. As the days go by, the weather will only become colder. With that being said, are you ready for fall? During this time, our garages become emptied as it is too cold to stay in this room. For some, this may mean having to stop a project that has been in the garage or a vehicle that needs to be fixed. Whatever the project or task, without the proper insulation in the garage, continuing your tasks may mean doing it uncomfortably.
How do you prepare your garage for the fall?
Weather proofing your garage is important for those who spend a lot of time here or have items that are sensitive, such as an antique car or collectables that are stored in the garage. Getting your garage insulated is crucial. The insulation will help to keep the cold weather out and keep the temperature of the inside of your garage consistent with what you choose. Not only will this help in the cold season, but it does the same for the hotter weathers.
For example, during the summer the temperatures rise and can warm up the garage let alone your home. An insulated garage will also keep the warm temperate outside from coming in and vice versa. Insulation works for both cold and warm temperatures and can help to keep you comfortable during any season.
By weather-stripping your windows, if there are any, you can add extra protection from the outside elements. This fall prepare your garage for the cooler weathers and you will reap the benefits in comfort in any season.