Home Improvement for Your Garage Door

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Ah, spring! The season for new beginnings has sprung. For most, the home feels like the most logical place to start, and with good reason. Improving curb appeal by cleaning or replacing the garage door; maximizing space through organization; and safeguarding your vehicle from damage can decrease costly repairs and add value to your home.

Here are some things you can do for your garage door this spring.

Organize the Space

Is your garage a catchall for stuff? Optimize space by selling, donating or trashing what you don’t need, and installing organizational products. Wall and overhead storage racks work great for getting stuff off the floor. As you’re organizing, store like items together, keeping those you use the most easily accessible.

Clean the Garage Door

Cleaning the garage door is an easy chore that with the right products (i.e., a detergent with <0.5% phosphate and soft sponges/cloths), takes only minutes. Begin by wetting the door using a hose, then washing from top to bottom, rinsing thoroughly. Allow to dry completely. Avoid using a pressure washer as it could damage the door.

Replace the Garage Door

If your garage door is worn, damaged or in need of constant repair, replace it. A new steel door with two coats of factory-applied paint and R-12 foam insulation has a 98.3% return on investment. New doors are available in a variety of colors and styles to compliment any architecture. They are also safer and energy efficient!

Install an Easy Parking Aid

Have you ever bumped the wall by pulling too far into the garage? A parking aid is an inexpensive way to save you from damaging your car and home in the future. A laser parking assist works by directing a laser light to a location you determine is safe. The aid is automatically activated whenever you pull into the garage.

Perform a Safety Check on the Door

To test the automatic reversal feature, open the garage door and place a 2×4 or roll of paper towels on the floor, directly in the door’s path. Press the “close” button. The door should reverse direction as soon as it contacts the object.

To test the photoelectric sensors, the door should be open. Press the “close” button. As the door is descending, pass a broom in front of the sensors (attached 6” from the floor on both sides of the horizontal track). The should immediately reverse direction.

Should the door fail either of these tests, the door can become a safety hazard for pets and children, and you should contact a local garage door professional for repair. Note: Disconnect the opener from the door until repairs have been made.

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Take Back Your Garage

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Follow these tips to achieve your dream of a Pinterest-worthy organized garage.

Step One: Declutter

The first step to organizing your garage is to take everything out of your garage – after ensuring no rain is forecasted that day. Then, sort items into three groups: sell/donate, trash, and keep. Be ruthless during this process. If you come across an item that you’re unsure about, it may help to answer the following questions:

  • Do I love it?
  • Do I need it?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Do I own more than one of this exact item?

While you’re sorting through the clutter in an all-out effort to take back your garage, there are some items that should be stored anywhere else, but the garage. These items include paint; propone and other hazardous materials; pet food; paper products; and large appliances like a spare refrigerator or freezer.

Paint: Extreme cold or heat can ruin it. Store paint in a low-moisture, climate-controlled area, rather than the garage. Responsibly dispose of any left-over paint you don’t plan to use in the very near future.

Propane: A spark could ignite the fumes. Propane tanks should always be stored outside – away from the house. Always ensure the valve is fully in the “off” position after using the tank. Propane tanks also require responsible disposal.

Pet Food: Mice and other pests consider pet food – whether open or unopened – an open dinner invitation. This includes birdseed. Store pet food in sealed containers and place in a climate-controlled area.

Paper Goods: Another thing that may attract mice and other pests is paper goods (e.g., toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, etc.). It’s a good idea to store these items in your pantry instead.

Refrigerator or Deep Freezer: In areas that are not climate-controlled, these appliances will battle against the ambient temperature to keep your food and/or drinks cold, thus using more energy than if they were stored in the house.

Step Two: Storage

Now that you’ve thrown away the junk and sold or donated anything of value that is no longer useful to you, you should have a better idea of how much storage you need, and what kind. Your objective in this step is to get as much as you can off the garage floor and onto the walls or shelves.

Storage-solutions ensure that there is a place for everything and that everything goes back in its place after use. Before going out and purchasing storage-solutions or the materials to make your own, it’s important to determine whether you prefer to store items behind closed doors, on shelving units or a mix of both.

Step Three: Layout

Cabinets: If you’d prefer to store items behind closed doors, consider thick, low-gauge steel cabinets with sliding doors for longevity. Sliding doors are preferable in a garage over swing out because they help to minimize potential dings to your car.

Pegboard: Pegboard (now also available in galvanized steel) with an array of hooks and baskets is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to store your most often used tools. Slat walls or track systems with hooks and baskets are two more viable options.

Shelving: Industrial strength storage units are perfect for storing large items. Combine with stackable clear-plastic bins with lids for loose or small items. Use mason jars or other clear jar for nuts, screws, and bolts.

Workbench: A built-in workbench is the perfect accessory to any garage. You can custom build a standing or fold-down workbench in little to no time … or you can buy one. Painting the top using chalkboard paint allows you to jot down quick measurements.

Overhead Storage Racks: An effective cluster-busting storage solution is overhead or ceiling-mounted storage racks. Installation is very easy and straightforward. Their ability to free up valuable floor space is why so many people choose them.

Use the following rules of thumb as you assign everything a home:

  1. Store similar items (e.g., camping, gardening, woodworking, vehicle maintenance, etc.) together and within reach of where you are likely to use these items.
  2. Put bulky items, like lawnmowers and trash receptacles, in corners where they won’t get bumped or knocked over.
  3. Store seasonal decorations towards the back of the shelving units. Rotate forward during the month you’ll be using them.
  4. Finally, the single, most important tip for ensuring you’re able to park your car in the garage is to keep items off the floor whenever possible.

Picturesque Fall Porch Ideas

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Celebrate the change of season by decorating your front porch with the colors, elements, and plants that show off fall in all its glory. Create a picturesque fall porch using the following ideas:

Focus on Natural Elements

Add interest to your fall porch by focusing on the differences in texture that happen when you group bales of hay with pumpkins in varying shapes and sizes, and gourds that are both bumpy and smooth, layered with mums in rustic wooden baskets. This display’s contrasting colors also add punch to your porch, especially when viewed from the street. Other natural elements to consider include dried cornstalks and leaves.

Oversized Welcome Signs

Oversized welcome signs, either homemade or Etsy bought, are a great way to decorate your fall porch. These signs look stunning surrounded by pumpkins and colorful mums. You can dress it up for the holidays using strings of white or colored lights. Pinterest offers great advice for creating your own welcome and other versatile signs that can be used inside or out.

Add Lighting

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, a need for lighting is created. If your outside lighting is currently limited to one porch light at the front door, add more lighting such as landscape or motion-detection lighting to your home, ensuring no one trips or falls in the dark. Lighting also allows you to enjoy your fall porch well until the midnight hour.

New Entry Doors

One of the first things people see when they look at a home is the entry door. Look for a door featuring durability, efficiency, and good looks. Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report revealed that replacing an entry door is one of the best ways to increase home value. Steel entry doors show a 90.7% return on investment. Make sure to choose a door that complements your home’s architectural design.

Join the conservation: What are you most excited for this fall?

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.

Buying a New Garage Door Opener? Read This First!

If the time has come to replace your garage door opener, either as part of a system upgrade or because the old one has outlived its useful life, you are likely in unfamiliar territory. In this article, we’ll help you narrow down your options, ensuring you’re able to choose the perfect garage door opener for your home.

Garage Door Opener Drive Units

The first choice to make is the way your opener will be operated: either by chain, belt or screw drive.

Chain drive openers are the most common and least expensive units available. As their name implies, these openers rely on a bicycle-like chain to push the trolley connected to the J-arm, which is attached to the garage itself. One caveat is noise. For that reason, chain drive units are typically best suited for detached garages.

Belt drive openers are a good choice if your living quarters are directly above or adjacent the garage. Belt drive units use the same mechanisms as chain drive openers, with the exception that instead of a chain, they use a steel-reinforced rubber belt. These openers are almost silent by comparison with other types of openers.

Screw drive openers are an excellent alternative to chain drive units because they’re durable and low-maintenance. The downside is that screw drive openers are somewhat sensitive to temperature. Noise wise, screw drive units tend to be nosier than belt drive openers, but quieter than chain drive units.

Garage Door Opener Features and Accessories

The second choice is to decide which features and accessories you’d like your opener to have.

Horsepower: The higher the horsepower, the more weight the opener can handle, with the least amount of strain. Today’s standards are ¼, ½, ¾, 1 and 1 ¼. Some newer models offer 2. You will need to know the weight of your door to determine the minimum horsepower needed.

Battery Backup: Do you need a battery backup? Depends. A battery backup provides 24-hours of reverse power to operate the garage door up to 20 full cycles during a power outage. If you’re in a region that experiences severe weather, such as monsoons or thunderstorm, you’ll likely benefit from a battery backup.

Internet Connectivity: A relatively new feature is the addition of home automation capabilities to garage door openers courtesy of a Wi-Fi connection. Smart openers allow you to operate and monitor your door remotely via a smartphone app. Some models can also integrate with other smart devices for total home automation.

Keyless Entry Keypad: This convenient and time-saving technology makes it very popular with today’s homeowners. Keyless entry allows you and other family members to open the garage door without a remote or key in hand. You can also set temporary codes for guests or service workers and use one button to close the door when you head out to walk the dogs.

Wall Mount: If the height of your garage doesn’t permit standard, ceiling mount openers, a wall mount opener (also known as a jackshaft operator) may be an excellent choice. A powerful, 24V DC motor delivers relatively no noise.

Rolling Code Technology: In addition to the above, all garage door openers should feature rolling code technology, which selects a new, non-repeating access code from approximately one million possible code options each time you press the button on your opener remote.

Installing Your New Garage Door Opener

If you’d like your garage door opener professionally installed, our experienced, licensed and insured technicians are ready to help. In addition to garage door opener installation, we can with garage door opener repair, new garage door installation, and garage door repair. Contact us today at (918) 938-1338 or visit us at www.tulsagaragedoorrepairs.com for a free quote.

Garage Storage Solutions

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Looking to organize your garage?

Here are some of our favorite garage storage solutions.

Magnetic Tool Holders: You might already have one of these in your kitchen. Magnetic tool holders, such as this one here, are great for storing hand tools within arm’s reach. No more digging through a tool box to find what you need.

Shoe Storage: The garage door is often a family’s main entrance into their home. If you have a strict “no shoes” policy, a shoe organizer with or without built-in seating, is a great way to stop the pileup of shoes outside your main door.

Overhead Storage: Suspended shelving just above your vehicles or the door itself provides out-of-the-way storage space. Use these shelves to store items you rarely need to access such as holiday decorations.

Shelving Units: To get the most out of your garage, it is worth investing in some high-quality, sturdy shelving units from your local home improvement or warehouse store. Assembled just like a bookcase, shelving units are a good choice for items you frequently need to access, such as lawn chairs and sporting goods.

DIY Recycle Bin Hangers: Keep your home recycle bins from taking up valuable floor space with just a few pieces of scrap wood. This project also makes remove each bin a breeze compared to when they’re stacked on one another. For step-by-step instructions, click here.

Peg Boards: Peg boards are a great option for garage storage. These relatively inexpensive wall boards allow you to store your tools both vertically and horizontally. Hooks and small bins can be purchased for storing power tools, hardware, and materials.

Cabinetry: Cabinets, drawers, and shelves purchased from your local home improvement store make it easy to keep everything tidy. Look for storage that stands on legs to avoid any potential water or rodent issues.

Garage Door Cleaning Tips

  • Set aside at least a full day to get the job done
  • Make organizing a family or household project
  • Sort all items into four piles: keep, donate, sell, and trash
  • Have lots of black garbage bags and boxes ready to be utilized
  • Further sort those items you plan on keeping into broad categories (i.e. sports equipment, power tools, hand tools, holiday decorations, paint supplies, etc.)
  • Paint, propane, and other hazardous materials should never be stored in the garage

Contact Us Today!

Need your garage door repaired before you can park it inside your newly organized garage? Give the experts at Dynamic Door Tulsa a call at (918) 938-1338 for an initial consultation and free estimate. We offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair, and don’t charge extra for nights or weekends.

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.