Has your garage turned into a catch-all? If you’re like many, your garage is unorganized and a place you just throw the stuff you don’t want in the house. Don’t neglect your garage! It can be a great place to store your belongings, park your car, and can also be the perfect place to work on projects.
What’s the Best Way to Save Space in the Garage?
When you clean up and ditch the unnecessaries taking up space in your garage and then get organized with the help of storage racks and shelves, you can have an orderly garage that has the space to park your car and do various projects! Here are five ways to save space and get your garage organized.
- Ditch the Unneccessaries
- Get Clean & Organized
- Wall Storage Unit
- Ceiling Storage
- Install Pegboards
1) Ditch the Unneccessaries
The first step in getting your garage organized is to throw away the clutter and stuff you never use. If you haven’t used it in a year–it’s time to throw it out.
2) Get Clean & Organized
Now that you have thrown away unneeded items, give your garage a deep cleaning. Start at the back of the garage and clean outwards. Scrub the garage door and floor, and if needed, spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint.
ProTip: To get your garage organized, consider itemizing things to store them into “regularly used”, “annually used”, and “sentimental storage” areas so you can access them only when and if needed.
3) Wall Storage Unit
Wall storage is a must-have when it comes to organizing your garage. Open shelves and better than shelves with doors because they allow you to see where everything is and access it easier. Another good idea is to make a simple tool rack and get those garden tools off the floor.
4) Ceiling Storage
There is so much available space on your garage ceiling! Make space on the floor by installing a ceiling storage to put things you don’t need access to very often. This is the perfect place for holiday items that you only need to pull down once a year.
5) Install Pegboards
Pegboards are relatively inexpensive and easy to install and help you keep track of all your tools. They can be cut to size and even painted to customize the look; several manufacturers make a wide variety of compatible hooks, shelves, and organizers.
Keeping Your Garage Organized
Now that your garage is organized, make sure you keep it that way! Be sure to put everything back where you found it and every few months, do a light cleaning to keep the dust at bay. Once a year, go back through and weed out items you just don’t need anymore.
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No matter what you use your garage for, there is nothing more irritating than hearing an ear-piercing screech of a noisy garage door when it’s opening and closing. A noisy garage door can annoy your neighbors, wake up people who are sleeping in your home, and generally bother everyone in its vicinity.
A noisy garage door can be a serious disruption, but as long as the door is opening and closing properly, it is usually pretty simple to reduce the racket when you tighten up the nuts and bolts and lubricate rollers and hinges. Here are some great ways to fix a noisy garage door.
Tighten It Up
Sometimes a garage door can get noisy if nuts and bolts become loosened. Tightening up nuts and bolts should be the first step to quieting down your door. First, inspect your garage door for any loose parts. Then, tighten the nuts and screws with a wrench or socket. Be careful as the nuts should not be too tight..
If your garage door is older or the weather has recently changed, it could be easy to fix your noisy garage door simply by adding lubricant to all the metal parts of your garage door. Spray lubricant on the rollers, hinges, and track. Lubricating is not a one time job. Make sure you repeat this procedure every six months to keep your garage door quiet.
ProTip: Frequent lubrication of your metal garage door parts, like springs, hinges, and rollers, can help keep your garage door from being squeaky and loud while opening and closing.
Rollers, Hinges & Springs
If the above two fixes don’t do the job in cutting down on the noise of your garage door, there could be a more serious problem, and your garage door might need to have the rollers, springs, or hinges replaced or repaired. You should never attempt to do this on your own, so make sure to contact your local garage door specialist to discuss the repairs.
Contact Your Local Garage Door Professional
Preventing a noisy garage door can be easy when you perform monthly maintenance. Keep metal parts lubricated and all moving parts tightened. It is also a good idea to have your garage door professional come out once a year to make sure the springs and other moving parts are functioning properly.
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Your garage door is many times, the first thing people see when they pull up to your house. Getting a new garage door can help elevate the look of your home, as well as boost your home’s value.
What Should You Look for in a New Garage Door?
It’s important to ask your garage door professional about the style, size, and material you want your garage door to be. Be sure to ask the following questions to make sure you get the right garage door for your home and needs.
- Garage Door Style
- Door Size
- Door Material
- Insulated Door
- Garage Windows
- Warranty Included
1) Garage Door Style
When it comes to your garage door, you want to take into consideration the style of your home. You want to choose a style that fits with your house’s architecture. There are many options, from doors with windows, carriage doors, traditional style garage doors, or even doors with a contemporary flair.
2) Door Size
Not all garages and garage doors come in exactly the same size. You should have your local garage door professional come out and measure your garage area to ensure you get the correct size door for your home.
3) Door Material
Your garage door is not just another door. It should not be looked at for only its functionality, but also its form. Garage doors are made from a variety of materials and the best one for you is dependent upon the climate you live in, as well as the style of your home. Choose between wood, metal, fiberglass, and vinyl to name a few options available on the market these days.
4) Insulated Door
You may want to talk to your garage door professional about the benefits and if you might need an insulated garage door. If your garage is attached to your home or is used for store items that need to be in a climate controlled area, then an insulated garage door is a good idea.
ProTip: Insulated garage doors are more energy efficient, especially in extreme climates.
5) Garage Windows
Adding glass to your garage doors also boosts home value and curb appeal and there are many different options to choose from. Choose from Sunburst, Cascade, Cathedral, Mission, or the many other window designs available. Once you choose what type of windows you would like, you can decide whether you want clear, plain, frosted, glue chip, tinted, or obscure glass types.
Buying the Right Garage Door
Your garage door is one of the most prominent features of your home and it doesn’t deserve to be neglected. Give your home a new look and boost the value and curb appeal by buying the right garage door for your home.
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Your garage and garage door is a large part of your home and if you aren’t careful, it can pose a safety risk, just like any other moving equipment. It is important to follow certain safety rules in order to keep your family safe from harm.
How Can You Keep Your Family Safe Around Your Automatic Garage Door?
The garage door could pose a threat to the safety of your loved ones, but there is no need to worry if you perform monthly maintenance, keep fingers away from moving parts, and don’t let kids play with the garage door opener. These five tips can help you keep your family safe around your automatic garage door.
- Monthly Maintenance
- Keep the Garage Door Opener Away from Kids
- Open the Door Prior to Starting the Car
- Keep Your Fingers Away from Garage Door Parts
- Keep It Locked
1) Monthly Maintenance
One of the top (and easiest) ways to keep your loved ones safe when dealing with an automatic garage door is to perform monthly check-ups on your garage. You can easily do this yourself by opening and closing the door while inspecting gears, cables, and garage door springs to make sure nothing has broken, and nothing is blocking the track.
2) Keep the Garage Door Opener Away from Kids
The garage door opener is not a toy and it is important to keep it away from your children. Be sure to discuss with them the dangers of a garage door and how it can cause serious injury if they play with the garage door and opener.
3) Open the Door Prior to Starting the Car
Never start your vehicle while the garage door is closed. Vehicles emit exhaust when running and sitting in a closed garage with the car running can be dangerous and even deadly.
4) Keep Your Fingers Away from Garage Door Parts
When opening and closing your garage door, make sure no one’s fingers are anywhere near the door and the moving parts. They could get stuck between the door sections, causing injury and pain.
ProTip: To keep kids safe around your automatic garage door, teach them to never touch or be too close to the door while it is opening or closing.
5) Keep It Locked
Unfortunately, there has been a rise in home invasions over the past few years and if you keep your garage door unlocked, it can be an easy way for intruders to make their way into your home. Always keep your garage door closed and locked to help keep the whole house and family safe.
Staying Safe Around Automatic Garage Doors
Garages are great for many reasons—storage, home projects, play—but, they can also pose safety and security challenges. By following the above safety tips you can help ensure that everyone stays safe around your automatic garage door.
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Just like any moving part of your home, your garage door can sometimes experience a hiccup and stop working. You might encounter a time where your garage door won’t close. There is no need to panic!
Why Won’t My Garage Door Close?
Sometimes when your garage door won’t close, it isn’t anything serious. It could be a blocked track, a disrupted power source, or you need new batteries in your remote control. Check out these five reasons that can sometimes cause a garage door not to close.
- Sensor Issues
- Blocked Track
- Disrupted Power Source
- Broken Torsion Springs
- Remote Control Malfunction
1) Senor Issues
Garage doors have safety sensors to help protect your family from an unfortunate accident. These sensors send a beam of light across the bottom of your garage door. If your garage door safety sensors are not lined up correctly or if something is blocking the sensor lights, they could be the culprit. First, check to make sure nothing is obstructing the beam. If there is nothing in the beam’s way, contact your local garage door professional to assist you in realigning the sensors.
2) Blocked Track
Another reason your garage door won’t close could be a blocked track. If the track has been knocked out of position or the track is clogged or blocked by an object, it could cause issues and prevent the door from opening or closing.
3) Disrupted Power Source
It may seem simple, but sometimes another person in the family might have turned off the power source to the garage door opener. Double check and make sure all wire connections are plugged in.
4) Broken Torsion Springs
Garage doors move by torsion springs and cables, and sometimes a torsion spring can snap, causing your cables to break and your garage door to malfunction. In fact, broken garage door springs tend to be the number one reason people call to have a professional come out. Never try to replace these on your own. Always contact a local garage door repair company.
5) Remote Control Malfunction
If you have gone through the above list and your garage door still won’t close, the issue might be coming from your garage door remote control. Check the batteries first and see if they need replacing.
ProTip: If your garage door won’t close, try running the garage door from the wall button first. If that works, it is most likely your garage door remote control causing your issue.
Keep Your Garage Door Functioning Properly
There could be several causes if you find your garage door won’t close. By going through and checking all the above reasons, you can help eliminate any issues. However, if these tips don’t help solve your problem, or if you need a cable, sensor, or spring repair, never attempt to do this yourself–always enlist the help of a professional.
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