Garage Upgrades Worth Considering

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Here are our favorite garage upgrades that can be knocked out in a weekend.

Smart Garage Door Opener

Recently, we offered some tips for purchasing a new garage door opener, ensuring you can get in and out quickly and securely. One opener worth mentioning again is a smart garage door opener. Connecting your garage door to your home’s wireless network can be very helpful – especially if you have kids that leave the door open all the time. You can operate and monitor your door remotely courtesy of a smartphone app.

Epoxy Floor Coating

Cover oil stains with a fresh coat of epoxy. This high-performance flooring is a great solution for garages, workshops, and industrial environments. Epoxy can be applied in your choice of tint, color chip and extent of non-skid protection, so lots of options. One of the greatest benefits of epoxy floor coating is durability.

Overhead Storage

Make better use of your garage’s space and get things off the floor with overhead storage. Store frequently used items, like holiday décor, on these racks. You really can’t go wrong with freestanding shelving units either. Use heavy-duty storage containers to consolidate the clutter and prevent the garage floor from being used a dumping zone.

Work Bench

If you work in the garage, whether on home improvement projects or Pinterest-inspired creations, consider installing a workbench. You can buy a pre-made workbench or make your own. Then, equip the surrounding area with pegboards, complete with hooks and storage containers. You may also want to consider adding shop lights.

Insulate

Here in Oklahoma, the summers are HOT, and the winters COLD. If you like spending time in the garage, insulating the space allows you to, no matter what the weather might be like. Make sure that the insulation you buy has the right R-value (measures how effectively insulation resists heat flow) and is cut to the proper thickness.

4 Tulsa Home Improvement Projects That Boost Curb Appeal and Value

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Even in hot housing markets, this adage holds true: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” If the exterior of your home doesn’t impress people, they aren’t going to want to tour the inside, which is cause for concern if the house is listed for sale. By upgrading your curb appeal, you have a better chance of selling your home faster and possibly, for more money.

As they have done for the past fourteen years, Remodeling magazine recently released their Cost vs. Value report, comparing the average cost of 29 popular home improvement projects with the value they retain at resale in 99 U.S. markets. Curb appeal is a major reason why some projects rank higher than others on this report. Many of the projects listed in the report also offer the added value of being low maintenance and/or energy-efficient, an important issue for cost-conscious buyers.

If you’re thinking of sinking some money into Tulsa home improvement projects this year, you cannot go wrong with one of the four ideas listed below, as they offer the biggest bang for your buck. For more information on replacing your entry door or garage door, contact Garage Door Repair Tulsa at (918) 938-1338. We provide free estimates on all new installations.

Entry Door Replacement: One of the quickest ways to make a big impression is to install a new entry door. This low-cost option not only gives the home additional curb appeal, but today’s materials and construction offer increased durability and greater insulating properties, which can create an entrance that is as functional as it is attractive. Entry door replacement has a 90.7% (steel) and 77.8% (fiberglass) ROI.

Garage Door Replacement: Your garage door takes up from 20 to 40% of your home’s front facing façade. If your current door is rusted, dented or damaged beyond repair, this is reason enough to consider replacing it. An attractive, new garage door has been shown to increase home values and curb appeal; helping it sell faster. Garage door replacement recouped 76.9% (midrange) and 85.0% (upscale) of its cost at resell.

Energy-Efficient Windows: If you’re still rocking single pane, uninsulated windows, your monthly heating and cooling costs are likely higher than they should be. With double pane windows, you can enjoy incredible energy efficiency, resistance to sound and durability, without paying a premium for triple pane windows. Energy-efficient window replacement has a 79.9 percent (vinyl) and 73.0 percent (wood) ROI.

Landscaping Your Front Yard: Maximizing your front yard’s attributes while minimizing its problems to create beautiful curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. There are ton of great landscaping ideas that can be completed in little time on both Pinterest and Houzz. To date, the actual return on investment for front yard landscaping has not been computed.

What Makes DIY Garage Door Repair So Dangerous?

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As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, such as “The Importance of Garage Door Maintenance,” there are a lot of things you can do to extend the life of your garage door system. DIY garage door repair, however, is NOT one of them!

Attempting to fix a malfunctioning garage door can be a recipe for disaster. Not only is garage door repair complicated, it is also quite dangerous! To avoid the dangers associated with garage door repair, always contact a professional garage door company.

Personal Injury

You risk the door falling when performing DIY garage door repair. Weighing hundreds of pounds, a falling garage door has the potential to damage the door itself, the floor beneath the door and anything within close proximity to the door. The latter may include you, your car, a pet, or just about anything or anyone else.

Spring Rupture

Torsion springs are an integral part of the door. They’re wound very tightly to enable the door to open as effortlessly as possible. However, they will inevitably lose this tension over time, making it increasingly difficult to control the door’s movements. In order to repair the damage, the springs must be rewound or replaced by a professional.

Improper Use of Tools

Making sure to use the right tools is absolutely essential to ensuring a successful repair. Using the wrong tools often results in unsafe work conditions and increases your chances of further damaging the door or the tools themselves. Think power tools are the answer? Think again! One wrong move with a power tool could lead to serious injury.

Worsening Problem

Without the proper tools and know-how, you may actually make the problem worse – a lot worse. Should you inadvertently mess something up, you could cause the door to sustain additional damages. Additional damages equal more out of pocket costs. Damage to anything or injury to anyone are also possible.

A World of Garage Door Options

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How many of you would agree that the garage door is one of the last things we think about when we think about tackling home improvement projects? If it’s not broken, why fix it, right? This oversight is bit unfair though – especially when the market contains a world of garage door options that are sure to increase your home’s curb appeal. And as a result its value.

In fact, with modest costs and solid returns on investment, a new garage door should be the first home improvement project you consider! According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine, the national median cost of a garage door replacement project is $1,652, and recovers 91.5% of your investment should you decide to sell your house. This is one of the highest percentage returns in the report.

Common Garage Door Materials

Wood: Wood offers unparalleled natural beauty and sophistication. It can be customized according to your size and aesthetic requirements, and stands up well against normal wear and tear. The downside; however, is that they are more prone to chipping, fading, and warping than many of the other options available. This simply means that they require regular upkeep. A good alternative to real wood is composite.

Steel: Steel is a better choice than wood simply because it doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. Steel is also much more energy efficient than wood. It can easily be insulated for even greater energy efficiency. The downside to steel garage doors; however, is that they can rust depending on the environment. Scratches should be touched-up immediately to avoid rusting. They are also more prone to denting.

Aluminum: Aluminum is both lightweight and rust-resistant which makes it a good choice for humid environments. Because of its lightweight, aluminum is a good choice for extra-wide openings, because it won’t put too much strain on the garage door opener. They downside to aluminum; however, is that it can be a bit more expensive than many of the other options available.

Garage Door Types

Sectional: Sectional garage doors are the most popular type available. They roll up and down with the help of a garage door opener – and countless other components. Before purchasing a sectional door, make sure to accurately measure the space between the top of the door’s opening, and the ceiling or overhead framing to ensure proper fit.

Swing-out: Swing-out garage doors, while traditionally less common, are gaining popularity in areas consisting of more modern and contemporary homes. They are also a good choice if you need to keep the ceiling clear or if you want a distinctive look. Another option is sliding barn doors.

Common Garage Door Openers

Chain-drive: Chain-drive openers are the oldest type of openers available, which continue to be a popular choice among homeowners, thanks in large part to their perceived value. These openers use a metal chain, must like a bike chain, to lift the door up and down along its tracks. The downside to these openers is that they tend to be quite noisy.

Belt-drive: Belt-drive openers, while appearing almost identical to chain-drive openers, operate with a rubber belt rather than a metal chain. This rubber belt is said to be as strong as a steel-belted tire. They can lift the heaviest doors with the utmost ease. Belt-drive openers also offer very quiet operation – making it a good choice for homeowners with rooms directly above or adjacent to the garage.

Screw-drive: Midway in cost and noisiness are screw-drive openers (also commonly referred to as operators). A screw-drive opener uses a lifting mechanism that moves along a threaded steel rod. There are very few moving parts on these openers, which lends to their minimal maintenance requirement. These are the most expensive types of openers available.

Garage Door Insulation Tips

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Garage door insulation, when installed correctly, can make your life all the more comfortable. An insulated garage door reduces noise pollution, increases energy efficiency, and brightens what might otherwise be considered a dreary space. Garage door insulation is a relatively easy and affordable DIY project; although safety precautions should be taken. Here are six tips for getting you started.

#1. Types of Insulation Materials

Batt Insulation: Commonly made of fiberglass, batt insulation is more flexible than the other two options listed below, with insulation values between R-3 and R-4 per inch of thickness. Batt insulation is one of the more affordable options.

Foam Board Insulation: Typically made from polystyrene, foam board insulation is more rigid than batt insulation, but provides a much higher insulating value for relatively little thickness. R-values range from 3.3 to 6.5.

Reflective Insulation: Available in either rigid panels or rolls, reflective insulation reflects radiant heat, making it a viable choice for homeowners. R-values range from 3.5 to 6. Reflective insulation is one of the more expensive options.

What is an R-value? An R-value is the resistance of heat flow through a given thickness of material. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance and in turn, the energy savings. An R-value, however, is just one of four key factors you should consider. Wind, humidity, and temperature are all factors that should also be taken into consideration when selecting an insulation material. For maximum energy savings, it’s also important to consider insulating the entire garage, and not just the door.

#2. Matching Insulation to Your Garage Door

  • Steel garage doors can accommodate any type of insulation.
  • Wood frame and panel garage doors can accommodate either type of rigid insulation: foam board or reflective insulation. Consider applying two layers.
  • Flat garage doors (doors without panels) can accommodate foam board or reflective insulation.

You can purchase any type of insulation at your local home improvement store, for do-it-yourself installation, or contact a garage door repair company for professional installation. If you choose to do it yourself then you’ll need a tape measure, straight edge blade, and utility knife. Shut power off to the opener during installation to avoid someone coming home and opening the door.

#3: Measure

We cannot reinforce the importance of measuring your garage door’s panels before shopping for insulation and again during the installation process enough. Whether you choose boards or rolls, cut the insulation to fit. You can attach insulation to the garage door using liquid nails or fasteners. Fasteners are available in kits, which range anywhere between $50 and $70 dollars, for a 9-foot-wide door.

#4: Apply Weather Stripping

Once you are finished installing the installation, with the door in the raised position (after powering the opener back on, of course), apply high-quality bottom rubber gasket, weather stripping, to seal the space between the bottom of the door and the floor of the garage. This will stop dirt and debris to enter your garage as well as put a stop to air escaping from under the door.

Garage Door Services

Do you currently own a garage door and could use some maintenance work, or are you in the market looking for a new garage door? Garage Door Tulsa specializes in Residential and Commercial garage door services in your area. We have certified technicians that are trained and knowledgeable to assure you the best Garage door installations and repairs. Garage Door Tulsa Services provide garage door repair and services, which include:

  • Garage Door Repair Tulsa
  • New Garage Doors Installed (Most can be repaired, ask us if you’re not sure)
  • Garage Door Openers Installed
  • Garage Door Openers Repaired
  • Broken Overhead Garage Door Springs
  • Torsion Spring Experts
  • Broken Garage Door Cables
  • Broken or Bent Rollers
  • Bent Track, Misaligned or Rusted Track
  • Replacement of Sections or Panels
  • 25-Point Safety Inspection
  • Garage Door Hardware Overhauls
  • Noisy Garage Doors Silenced

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Schedule a Service or Call Us Now at (918) 938-1338 today!!

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Before & After: Carport Driveway to Carport Garage

Before And After

Dynamic Door Service Tulsa enjoys helping our customers find the best solutions to their problems. For example, we had a customer who had a carport driveway and he wanted something different. He wondered, Can I turn this into a garage?

The answer to that question is, “Yes”, and we can help! We have 48 years of reliable and honest service to Tulsa residents and businesses. As you can see from our “Before And After” pictures, we were able to help this customer.

We are expertise in the Door Service field and we can help you in your next home project! We helped convert this carport driveway into this beautiful and classic carport garage with a side entry door and we can do the same for you!

Give us a call at (918) 938-1338  or simply visit our website to learn more about your next Garage Door!