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Improving Home Resale Value and Safety with a New Garage Door

If your home was built more than 35 years ago and it still has its original garage door, there is Improve your home's resale value with a new garage dooropportunity 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.

Meet our Sears Garage Door Spokane Team Members

We had a chance to capture some photos of our team and wanted to share them with you. Our technicians are licensed, bonded and certified, and are friendly too! Give us a call if you have a need for garage door repair in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, or most surrounding areas. We offer free in-home estimates on new garage doors. Contact us today!

Our Sears Garage Door and Repair team in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene

Our great Sears Garage Door and Repair team serving the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area

Our great Sears Garage Door and Repair team serving the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area

When to Repair or Replace your Garage Door

garage door repair in spokaneMaintaining your garage door is an important part of keeping your home safe, secure, and energy-efficient. It is likely the largest and most heavy piece of moving equipment in your home, and keeping an eye on how it’s functioning can ensure you keep your family safe. But how do you know when to simply repair your garage door or actually replace it? Here’s what we recommend.

When to Replace your Garage Door

1. For aesthetic reasons

If your door has become rusted, scratched, warped or damaged on multiple panels, or you are simply ready for an update to your garage door’s appearance, it makes sense to replace the entire door. To help you see what a new door might look like, you can use online tools like Sears’ garage door designer, that gives you the option to “try on” various garage door styles, colors, hardware and windows.

2. Due to major damage

If you’ve had a high-impact accident from forces such as high winds or a vehicle, where damage has been done to the garage door panels, springs and/or the garage door opener, you will likely need to replace it, especially because a damaged door can present a serious safety hazard.

There are multiple factors to consider when selecting a new door, one of which is whether to go with an insulated or uninsulated garage door. Read our related article about garage door insulation and how to decide which is right for you.

When to Repair your Garage Door

1. When it makes unusual noises

Your garage door mechanisms – the springs, rollers and hinges – can become squeaky through normal use over time. Using a spray-on lubricant specifically recommended for garage doors can often do the trick. But if the noise persists or sounds more serious than simple squeaking, we recommend calling a professional technician to perform a safety inspection.

2. When the cable is frayed

If you notice fraying on the cable, do not attempt to replace yourself. These cables are under significant tension, and high spring tension can cause serious injury and even death.

3. When the door does not open or close smoothly.

Most garage doors come standard with plastic rollers that tend to break or chip over time, causing them to get stuck in the tracks or become noisy. You may benefit from replacing your rollers with ultra-quiet nylon ball-bearing rollers that deliver years of quiet and smooth operation.

4. When only one panel is damaged

If damage to your garage door is isolated to only one panel, you do not need to replace the entire door. Ask your Sears professional technician about low-cost garage door section replacement. We can replace most makes and models of garage door sections.

With the amount of use our garage doors get, it is a good idea to schedule regular maintenance tune-ups in order to protect your garage door investment. Our Sears technicians can perform a cost-effective, 20-point safety inspection and tune-up to insure all of your garage door parts are tightened and functioning properly. Contact us today and ask about our current repair specials.

Garage Door Opener Buying Guide: Types of Drives

craftsman garage door openerIf you’re in the market for a new garage door opener, chances are you have found they use several different types of drives: belt drives, chain drives and screw drives.

Belt Drives

Belt drives use a sturdy, rubber-like belt for opening and closing garage doors, and are generally the quietest type of drive. They offer years of service and require minimal maintenance over time, although belts can wear out and require replacement.

Chain Drives

Chain drives use a metal chain to open and close garage doors, and are the oldest and most popular type of opener. They tend to be the most economical, but are the noisiest, and may not be a smart option if the garage is under or adjacent to a room where quiet is preferred! Chain drive openers are fairly dependable but can require maintenance or replacement over time.

Screw Drives

Screw drives use plastic-lined tracks to reduce noise and are midway in cost and noisiness relative to belt and chain drives.

Choosing to offer solutions that are both economical and the ultimate in quiet, Sears Garage Solutions offers a variety of garage door openers that use belt and chain drives. Contact us for a free in-home estimate today!

Let’s Talk About Your Garage Floor

Garage CabonetsYou 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.
  • Nice Epoxy1 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.
  • Professional EpoxyCommercial 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!

Tips For Keeping Your Garage Cool This Summer

White Garage DoorYour 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 onesWooden Garage Door 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.

White Garage Door 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.

Garage Door Safety Tips

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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:Home

  • Storage
  • Workshop
  • 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.

SearsGarageSolutionsLogoBlueCrewBIGThese 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.