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Purchase An Outdated Home? Update It Easily And Affordably

Posted by on Mar 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Purchase An Outdated Home? Update It Easily And Affordably

If you have recently purchased a house that has a lot of outdated features but that has a lot of potential to be great, there are a few professionals you’ll want to call. You probably want to deal with all of the textured ceilings, linoleum floors, outdated carpeting, and old-fashioned hardware to make a quick change in the space.

The right professionals can help you with the work if you don’t have a lot of DIY experience. Changing the house before you move in may be the easiest. Here are some things to start working on to get big results.  

Remove Old Entrance and Garage Doors

Removing the old doors around the house and replacing them with modern doors that have dead bolt locks and steel kick plates will improve the appearance and security of your house. Replacing an outdated garage door with a new stylish option that has insulation and a modern locking system is also convenient. Get a garage door opening system that runs with a belt so it’s quiet and an opening system that you can control from a smart device. Insulated doors are great at keeping out moisture and preventing air loss.

Replace the Flooring

All the shag carpeting and linoleum flooring can easily be replaced on a budget with some engineered hardwood flooring, off-the-roll carpeting from a home improvement store, and some ceramic tile. This is going to completely change the look of your home, and it’s going to improve the property value a great deal. Many companies offer deals to get the installation done at a low price, and sometimes you can install your new flooring right over the linoleum.


If you have brass door handles, fogged glass light figures and other outdated hardware, you can get builder combo packages at a home supply or home improvement store and change everything out at a low price. The kitchens, bathrooms and spaces with overhead lighting will look much different with new nickel finished hardware, or another stylish choice. You want to change the hardware on the entrance doors for safety purposes anyways.

The house is going to look modern and new when you are done with these upgrades. If you purchased your first home and you know it needs work, start with these projects and you’re going to feel like you’re living in a completely different space right away. These changes also improve property value right away.  

Three Garage Door Problems That Require The Attention Of A Professional

Posted by on Feb 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Garage Door Problems That Require The Attention Of A Professional

Once you’ve had a new garage door installed, you can perform a variety of small jobs related to the door, from painting it to keeping the moving parts properly lubricated so the door operates relatively quietly. Larger tasks, however, are often best left to a garage door contractor. Working on your garage door without having the proper training can result in complicating the issue further as well as the risk of injury. Even if you typically have a do-it-yourself motto for household repairs, it’s best to take a step back and call your garage door contractor if you notice one of these three potential problems.

Snapped Spring

The spring that is positioned above the door is integral to allowing you to open and close the door with ease. Because it’s constantly under a high degree of tension, the spring can often snap – typically, with an extremely loud noise that you’ll likely notice if you’re anywhere near the garage. A snapped spring will make it impossible to operate your garage door, but it’s best to avoid attempting to deal with the spring yourself. Even after a breakage, part of the spring can still be under tension, which can risk injuring you if you try to remove it. Your garage door contractor has likely replaced countless broken springs and will do so quickly and safely.

Rollers Off Track

The smooth operation of your garage door relies on the rollers following the tracks located on each side of the door. As a result of loose hardware or other mechanical issues, the door’s rollers can occasionally lift off the track, which leaves you with a dangerous predicament. Even if your door is partially open, you shouldn’t try to put the errant rollers back in place. A simple miscue when performing this task can cause the entire door to fall off the tracks, resulting in a serious injury if you’re positioned below it. Your garage door contractor, however, has the expertise to correct the problem and keep your family safe.

Uneven Operation

For your door to operate and to close properly, the bottom edge needs to be parallel with the floor of your garage. If the hardware loosens on one side of the door, it can result in a sagging movement that means your door won’t open and close evenly. Attempting to correct this problem can result in further damage and complications if you don’t fully understand what you’re doing, so it’s important to have your contractor pay you a visit right away. Contact a garage door company, like A & J Garage Door Inc, for more information.

3 Keys For Automatic Gate And Gate Opener Maintenance

Posted by on Jan 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Keys For Automatic Gate And Gate Opener Maintenance

In order to get the most of your driveway gate or any other automatic gate on your property, it will require you to practice some thorough maintenance tips. These gates are incredibly convenient, but must be taken care of for you to move in and out of your property at will. If you want your gates to work seamlessly and continuously provide value to your property, consider these three guidelines below for thorough maintenance. 

#1: Focus On Lubricating The Important Parts

If you want to be sure your automatic gate serves you best, you will need to purchase the best lubricant possible and keep the necessary parts well lubricated. Begin by investing in a heavy grease that can be applied to your hinges, since the hinges absorb a lot of the contact and abuse that comes with opening and closing your gate every day. You must also lubricate the belt chain, since it is the mechanism that allows your gate to pull open and close. This belt is elastic and will become dry and brittle, eventually snapping or otherwise malfunctioning the more you use your gate. 

#2: Keep Your Gate Clean And Pest Free

When you want your gate to always be useful for you, the cleaner you keep it, the better condition it will remain over the years. This is more than just an aesthetic matter, as a grimy, dirty gate will be a lot more taxing to your automatic gate opener. It is best for you to take it upon yourself to proactively clean your gate, so it does not get out of hand to the point it needs to be removed and sandblasted to remove serious amounts of dirt, grime and debris. Instead, invest in a quality power washer and give your gate a thorough cleaning at least once per year. 

#3: Sign Up For A Gate Opener Service Contract

If you really want your gate to stay in the best condition for you over the years, you owe it to yourself to invest in a gate service contractor. After spending in the range of $150 and $250 per year for a service plan, you will be able to get ongoing service on your automatic gate in order to get the greatest service possible out of it, which will protect your initial investment and keep it running smoothly. 

Follow these three tips and touch base with contractors, like Bells Garage Door Services, in your area. 

What Your Garage Door Noise is Trying to Tell You

Posted by on Dec 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Your Garage Door Noise is Trying to Tell You

Unless you invested in a high-end garage door opener system, you should expect to hear some operational noise when it’s in use. However, this noise should not be alarming. Loud and forceful sounds are typically indicative of an opener system that’s not operating efficiently. If your garage door is excessively loud or making unusual sounds, it’s helpful to be able to diagnose the noise so that you know what to do repair-wise.

Balance Issues

In order for the garage door to move along the track correctly, it must be balanced. Over time, general wear and tear can cause it to become unbalanced. A door that isn’t balanced will struggle when moving along the track, leading to a loud, banging type of sound. To confirm this is the problem, you can test the door. Tug on the emergency cord that is hanging on the underside of the opener.

This will allow you to manually operate the door. From the closed position, try to lift the door about half-way along the track. Before letting the door go, move your body backwards, so that when you remove your hand, your body won’t be in the path of the door. If the door stays open, you are not dealing with a balance issue. If the door closes, then the door is in fact unbalanced and you need a repair technician.

Worn Hinges

Both the garage door and its components aren’t designed to last forever. Components like the hinges that help support the door will often need to be lubricated or replaced. Determining which step is necessary depends on the type of sound you hear. A squeaking noise is an indication that the hinges can stand a re-dose of lubrication, as friction is occurring when the door moves, leading to the sound. Once you locate the springs, you can lubricate them on your own.

If the noise you hear is a grinding type of noise, this is often a sign that it’s time for replacement. In terms of the grinding noise, you want to take heed quickly as a faulty hinge decreases the integrity of the structural support of the door, which comes along with a significant risk. A professional will need to perform this step.

If you hear any sounds coming from your door that are alarming, don’t hesitate to contact a professional, such as A AAA Allstate Door Company, for proper diagnosis and to ensure the safety of you and your family.

Do A Double-Take: Commercial Garage Doors That Do Not Have To Look Like Commercial Garage Doors

Posted by on Nov 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do A Double-Take: Commercial Garage Doors That Do Not Have To Look Like Commercial Garage Doors

Commercial garage doors serve a functional purpose–to keep trespassers out of your business while allowing truck deliveries in. You may just go for the usual steel or aluminum doors, but you do not have to. There are some commercial garage doors out there that make everyone do a double-take. They can be quite attractive, decorative and some can even make more money for you. Here are some variations on a common product that does not have to look like a boring old garage door.

Wooden Slat/Carriage House Commercial Garage Doors

Wooden slat or carriage house-style garage doors are available for commercial garage door use. These are especially useful if you are attempting to restore a particular look to your commercial property. The wooden slats are all mounted to a frame that allows the slats to move easily and freely when you activate your garage door opener. There are only two issues with choosing wooden commercial garage doors:

  1. After a while, you will need to do some refinishing or resealing maintenance to keep the doors looking nice.
  2. If a truck backs into a closed wooden door, it may do more than just dent it–it may crunch some of the slats, resulting in a repair bill. (However, the driver’s insurance should cover the repair costs.)

You can get a couple of different finish colors to suit your needs or wants for a particular commercial door appearance.

Custom-Painted Garage Doors

Regardless of whichever garage door material you choose, be it wood, aluminum or steel, you can get a custom paint job on these doors too. You can either order them a specific color from the manufacturer, or hire a local artist or graphic designer to create murals on the doors. That way, when the doors are all down/closed, you can have a really attractive set of commercial garage doors from the outside view.

Advertising Doors

If you want to advertise your own business, you can place company logos and information on your commercial garage doors. If you do not mind other companies placing their information on your garage doors, you can charge for the advertising space available on your doors and make a profit off of blank space you currently are not using. You could even offer paid advertising rights to companies with whom you frequently conduct business. As contracts for this type of advertising expire, you can either use the garage door space yourself, or offer it to other companies who want to use highly visible space to advertise their own goods and services.

How To Correct Vulnerabilities In Your Garage Door

Posted by on Oct 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Correct Vulnerabilities In Your Garage Door

If you are like most people, you have many tools and other items stored in your garage. These items may or may not be valuable, but they are yours and you want to keep them as safe as possible. Many thieves like to target garages because in most cases they can be broken into without the people in the household hearing what’s going on. Garage doors can be quite vulnerable to break-ins and you can learn about some of those vulnerabilities in this article so you can secure your garage door better to prevent a break-in.


While windows along the top of garage doors are great for aesthetic reasons as well as for allowing natural light in the garage they also pose a risk. Windows in garage doors can often be popped out and a person who’s on the thinner side can squeeze their way into the garage where they can then open the door from the inside and leave with your belongings.

If you have windows in your garage door, make sure they are securely in place and change out the glass with plastic glass so a person can’t break the window out to get inside.

Wooden corners

If you have an older wooden garage door then it may be possible for one corner of the door to be pried or cut open by one person while another person shimmies their way into the garage. Since this is done lower to the ground, it is less likely that your neighbors will be able to see anything odd going on.

If you have a wooden door then secure the corners by using 2 x 4s to reinforce the inside of the door. You can nail them in place in a diagonal manner so the corners are no longer a weakness.

Emergency release handle

Doors with automatic openers can make it extremely easy for a thief to break in. These doors have an emergency release handle located at the top, near the ceiling. Some thieves have become proficient at using a long and thin item, such as a metal coat hanger, to reach through the top of the door from the outside and pop the release handle which will cause the door to open.

You can put a piece of wire through the hole in the emergency lever and secure it to the nearby track. This will make it so a person can’t pull the lever from outside.

Now that you have a better understanding of how you can protect your garage, you can rest easier knowing your belongings are better protected. For more information, contact a company like Garage Door Systems Inc.

How Your Firehouse Can Benefit From New Garage Door Opener Technology

Posted by on Oct 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Your Firehouse Can Benefit From New Garage Door Opener Technology

Because safety, security, and utility are priorities you need to meet when using a garage door opener in your firehouse, it may be time for you to upgrade your dated system. Updates and improvements to modern garage door openers make using one in a firehouse safer and more convenient for personnel, as well as more secure for your valuable life-saving technology. So if you hadn’t considered upgrading your garage door opener to a newer model, here’s how your firehouse can benefit from giving one a try.

Smarter Controls

Not all manufacturers are making smart technology available for commercial garage doors, but it’s becoming a feature of some models that should catch your eye. For firehouse operations, smart controls, or ones you can operate from your smart phone, tablet, or computer app, allows you to operate your firehouse from any distance to enhance security and accessibility when coming and going from emergency sites. Though simultaneous improvements to radio receivers on door openers are improving the distance from which you can operate a remote, having a unit that also uses smart technology can allow multiple people to connect to the controller at one time. So you don’t have to limit the number of radio controls you send out on trucks, as anyone you want to connect can do so with a smartphone through a secure gateway.

Automation For Safer Access

Automated features now go beyond retraction when there’s an object in the path of a moving door to include traffic light indicators, maintenance alerts, timed closing, and fast-open options.

Having a sensor that can halt and retract doors that are about to cause injury during opening or closing are important. But using a system that also gives visual alerts, like red and green light safety indicators can also help you avoid expensive collisions when attempting to leave the building. Maintenance alerts are an automated feature that will give you the best idea of when it’s time to make a routine inspection, and they can also tell you exactly when your opener is in need of repairs.

Automated door opening and closing provides a smoother and optimized way of operating your garage doors, so the investment in a new system will go the distance. Timed door closing after trucks have left the building enhance security for your building, as it can help you respond to an emergency without worrying about closing the doors behind you. And because fast-opening options give you the opportunity to make a quick exit, you can always get the access your firehouse needs with minimal wait times.

To learn more, contact a company like Lipe Brothers Garage Doors

Signs You May Be Missing That Indicate You Need Garage Door Repairs

Posted by on Oct 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs You May Be Missing That Indicate You Need Garage Door Repairs

Your garage door is likely the biggest door on your property; it is wise that you keep it in good condition. However, if you’re like many home owners, you might not think very much about the door on the garage until it is broken. Here are some signs you might be missing that might mean your door is in need of repairs.

Door Not Opening and Closing As It Should

Improper opening and closing of the garage door is often a sign that something is wrong. However, finding the reason that your garage door isn’t closing or opening properly can help you make minor changes to get it back on track.

Sometimes there is something in front of the automatic sensors that is stopping the door from completely closing. You might also need to replace the batteries in your remote control. There might be electrical component problems, as well as weak connections between the circuit breaker and the door. 

Unusual Noises

If you are like a lot of people, you have music or news playing when you pull up to your home in your car. However, it might be a good idea to turn the radio down and listen for unusual sounds your garage door might be making. You need to get a good idea of what normal sounds are like so that you can immediately tell when something is amiss.

Noises might be part of the normal wear and tear on your garage door, but it can alert you to changes that must be made as soon as possible. For instance, you may need to lubricate metal components in your door, such as the springs. Worn door rollers and loose opener brackets may also be the source of grating, loud sounds as your door opens sand closes.

Door Moving On Its Own

You might not open your door midway on a regular basis, but doing so on purpose can help you determine whether you need help. Manually move the door until it is halfway open and wait to see what happens next. If the door drifts downward or continues rising, there might be tension spring issues that need to addressed.

Use the information in this article to help you recognize signs that there may be a problem with your garage door. If you need repairs or suspect you may need to have a new door installed, consult a professional garage door contractor who can assess your situation and help you have a garage door that functions properly.

For more information, visit websites like http://www.shankdoor.com.

3 Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door

Posted by on Oct 6th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door

As a homeowner, you want to make sure that every part of your home is working efficiently, including the garage door. To help you ensure that the door is always in the best of shape, you will want to check out the following steps that you should take.

Keep The Sensor Clean

If your garage door is hooked up to an automatic opener, you need to know that the sensor will always be able to receive the signal from your remote opener. To do this, you will want to take a slightly damp soft rag and gently wipe down the sensor every few weeks, or whenever you notice a buildup of dirt or dust on it. If you forget to do this and the sensor becomes overly dirty, it may not be able to recognize the command to open or close.

Clean The Tracks

You will want to grab a ladder and wipe down the garage door tracks a few times a year. This will ensure that there is not a buildup of dirt, grime, or grease on the tracks, which can cause the door to get stuck. All you need is a wet rag to do this. Just make sure that you are also taking a dry rag and wiping up any moisture leftover from cleaning them in order to prevent the development of rust.

Inspect The Safety Feature

Most garage doors come with a safety feature that protects people, pets, and your personal belongings from danger if they are in the way of a door that is closing. The door should be able to sense that something is in the way of properly closing. If something is in the way, the door should stop closing and open back up until the path is clear. To make sure that this is still working, you will want to occasionally place an object, such as a large stuffed animal, in the way of the garage door. If the door does not stop and reverse itself, the safety feature is no longer working. You will need to call in a garage door repair specialist to fix this problem.

With those three things in mind, you should have little trouble ensuring that your garage door always remains in the best possible condition. The better you maintain your garage door and call for professional assistance as soon as it is needed, the longer your door will last.

3 No-Drill Methods To Fix Dents In Steel Garage Doors

Posted by on Oct 1st, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 No-Drill Methods To Fix Dents In Steel Garage Doors

If you have a steel garage door, you likely appreciate for being almost maintenance-free. However, steel doors take hard hits occasionally from falling objects, a vehicle, or flying baseballs, which make it look unattractive. This doesn’t mean you have to do any drilling, or buy a replacement. Here are some tips to fix dents in steel garage doors without drilling.

The Hammer Method

A hammer and block of wood to flatten out dents behind the door. This method works by transferring force between the wood and hammer to flatten the dent. Set a wooden block on the part of the dent that sticks out if possible. 

Start tapping from the inside of the door, and keep knocking in different until you flatten the dent. Don’t use a standard hammer without a block of wood unless you want to make more damage. You may also try a rubber mallet without a block of wood. 

The Heat and Aluminum Foil Method

For this method, you need:

  • bucket of water and soap safe for steel garage doors
  • tape
  • safety gloves
  • sponge
  • hose
  • a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • a heat source like a hair dryer or standard lighter
  • can of compressed air (used for cleaning cameras and keyboards)

Clean the dented area with a sponge and soapy water rinsing thoroughly with the hose, and let it dry. Wearing safety gloves, rip off enough aluminum foil to cover the dent, and tape it in place. Move the heat source around the foil for around one minute being careful not use a high heat setting on the area.

Hold the compressed air can upside down, and spray the area for thirty seconds. The change in temperature should make the steel pliable snapping back in place.

The Auto Body Filler Method

Auto body filler is commonly used to fix deep dents in metal doors. For this method, you need:

  • 80-grit sand paper
  • 120-grit sand paper
  • putty knife,
  • paint, card board
  • protective clothing
  • auto body filler

Prepare the dented area by sanding it with 120-grit sandpaper. Combine enough auto body filler and hardener on card board, then apply the mixture with the putty knife smoothing and filling voids as you work. Let the filler dry, remove overfill with the 80-grit sandpaper, smooth the surface further with 120-grit sandpaper, and paint the repair with a paint made for steel doors.

These do-it-yourself dent repairs will make your door look new again without drilling or replacing. If you think the dent is too big for you to fix or none of the methods you try work, call a professional garage door repair service (or local suppliers like J & D Door Sales Inc.).