Entry Door Smart Tech

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Smart deadbolts and video doorbells are two of the best ways to keep an eye on your house. Installing smart tech on your front entry door is relatively easy. Connected technology allows you to monitor your children, package deliveries (and thieves), and visitors even when you’re at work or at an exotic resort.

Make your front door smarter with these smart deadbolts and video doorbells.

Smart Tech: Doorbells

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Compatibility: Amazon Echo, Google Home, IFTTT

Field of View: 160 degrees

Motion Detection: Yes

Video Resolution: 1080p

Price: $240 on Amazon; $3/monthly subscription fee per camera.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro features 1080p video, custom motion zones, and pre-buffering to capture what was going on before the triggered event. It also integrates with Amazon Echo and Google Home as well as a several other smart devices via IFTTT. Uses three infrared LEDs to provide up to 30 feet of night vision. Comes with four interchangeable faceplates (black, bronze, nickel, and white) for customization.

SkyBell Video Doorbell

Compatibility: Amazon Echo and Google Home

Field of View: 180 degrees

Motion Detection: Yes

Video Resolution: 1080p

Price: $165 on Amazon; $0/monthly subscription fee.

Feature-rich, the SkyBell HD Video Doorbell is easy to install, delivers sharp 1080p video and offers free cloud storage at an affordable price. It also integrates with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Additionally, the SkyBell HD uses multi-color LEDs to provide full color night vision video, and captures several seconds of footage prior to a triggered event. Comes in a brushed silver or bronze finish.

Smart Tech: Deadbolts

August Smart Lock Pro

Alarm: No

Compatibility: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomeKit

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Number Pad: Optional

Price: $230 on Amazon

Go keyless with the August Smart Lock Pro. Features include automatic unlock and remote monitoring. It is easy to install and can be controlled remotely or with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri voice commands (requires a hub). Can also be integrated to work with other smart home gadgets, such as lights, thermostats, and garage door openers. Comes in your choice of silver or dark gray.

Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

Alarm: Yes

Compatibility: Amazon Echo (hub required)

Connectivity: Z-Wave

Number Pad: Yes

Price: $180 on Amazon

Another option for going keyless, the Schlage Connect features a sleek, modern touchscreen as well as remote capabilities. It is also equipped with a keyed cylinder for backup purposes. An audible built-in alarm notifies you if anyone attempts to tamper with it. The lock is available in a variety of finishes, including satin nickel, satin chrome, bright chrome, and aged bronze. Installation is straightforward.


Must Have Gadgets for Your Garage

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The garage: It’s where we park our cars and store our stuff. Garages, whether attached or detached, add a great deal of value. However, no garage is complete without its share of gadgets! Here are some must have gadgets for your garage.

Smart Garage Door Opener

Have you ever driven away from home wondering if you left the garage door open? With a smart garage door opener, you can monitor and operate your door using only your smartphone from virtually anywhere in the world; assuming you have a reliable Internet connection. Whether you’re upstairs, at the office or on vacation, you’re always in control. You can also receive notifications whenever your door is opened or closed.

Emergency Roadside Kit

Getting stranded with a dead car battery or being caught off guard by a flat tire is not only stressful, but potentially dangerous, which is why it’s a good idea to store a well-stocked emergency roadside kit in the trunk of your car. AAA endorsed, this kit features both first-aid and automotive emergency items, including (but not limited to) jumper cables, tools and first aid items. You should also add:

  • Blanket
  • Paper towels
  • Fix-a-Flat sealant
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Coolant (one gallon min)
  • Motor oil (one quart min)
  • Flares or triangle reflectors
  • Non-perishable food and bottled water
  • A portable jump starter kit (optional)

Laser Parking Assistants

Whether you share your garage with another car or space is at premium, a laser parking assistant takes the guesswork out of parking by telling you exactly when and where to stop. When the garage door opens, a laser beam turns on automatically, guiding the driver to a predetermined location as evidenced on their dash or hood. No more need to inch back or forth, or worry about damaging your vehicle.

Travel Tray

It’s inevitable. From the grocery store, pediatrician’s office or local amusement park, today’s families are always on the go. Make car rides easier with Travel Tray; an innovative two compartment snack and drink travel tray. It can be taken anywhere and fits conveniently into vehicle, car seat and stroller cup holders. 100% food grade safe; BPA-free, PHT-free, and PVC-free; and top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

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.


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.

Show Your Garage Door Some Love

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February is a time for love. While it’s traditionally been synonymous with fancy dinners, boxes of chocolates, extravagant gifts, and long-stemmed red roses – why not part with tradition and show your garage door some love this Valentine’s Day? After all, your relationship with your home is one that will last a long, long time.

Here are some ideas you can use to show your garage door some love.

Spiff up the paint

Your garage door is exposed to the elements. Over time, it can fade, chip and rust. Painting the door will do wonders for your whole house. One trip to your local home improvement store will unlock a world of paint options for your garage door. Before laying down a coat, however, it’s important to make sure you’re using the correct type of paint for the application (e.g., metal, wood or composite). Also of importance is the tasks of prepping and priming the door.

Fix or upgrade it

If you’ve been wondering whether to fix or upgrade your current door, consider this – garage doors have a lifespan of approximately 30 years. If your door malfunctions more often than not or it’s nearing its expiration date, it’s probably not worth your while to invest more time and money in having it repaired…yet again. Today’s garage doors are available in a wide variety of shapes, materials, and colors. They will also add enormous curb appeal to your home.

Buy it something pretty

Trending now: Smart garage door openers. Coupled with a smartphone app (iOS or Android), this technology allows you to monitor the status of your door, as well as operate it remotely. It can also integrate with other smart home devices. Other ideas include decorative hardware, window inserts, parking guides, and more. Storage cabinets, peg boards, shoe racks, and workshop lights are also good gift ideas – especially if you use your garage for more than just protecting your vehicle.

Maintain the garage door

Your garage door requires regular maintenance to ensure its operating properly. Failure to do so can lead to damage and may even render the system inoperable. To keep things in working order, you should routinely inspect the door and its components for visible wear and tear, in addition to cleaning any exposed surfaces to remove dirt and grime. Lubricate your door’s springs, hinges, rollers, and locks using a silicone spray. Other tasks may also be required. When in doubt, contact a local garage door company.

Smart Garage Door Openers: Making Your Home Smarter

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Imagine that you’re sitting on a beach in Bermuda, sipping on Mai Ties, when you suddenly get a case of door anxiety. Fearing the absolute worst – hence the door anxiety – you frantically start dialing numbers in an attempt to reach at least one of your neighbors. Only sighing with relief after learning that the door is closed and your home is safe.

But what if we told you there was a smarter way?

76 percent of all households living in single-detached homes have a covered shelter for vehicles – according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Therefore, the chances of your garage door being the first and last thing you pass through each and every day, I’d say are pretty good. This also means that your garage door opener is operated at least four times per day!

Until recently, your options for ridding yourself of that dreaded door anxiety were probably slim, as you only had two real choices: either double back and check (not really an option if you’re in Bermuda) or talk yourself into believing that would-be thieves won’t invite themselves inside. With the advent of the connected home, however, there’s a smarter way to go.

A Smart Garage Door Opener

When you want something smarter think smart garage door openers! The job description of a smart garage door opener isn’t limited to just opening and closing the door at the press of the button. Oh no! It’s a device that can be controlled via your smartphone no matter where in the world you may be. It’s a device that can also turn on the lights, lock the front door and more.*

Some models even come pre-equipped with battery backups – you know just in case of a power outage. Many of the available openers today connect wirelessly to a centrally located hub which allows you to connect over Ethernet to your Wi-Fi router.

These openers are designed to work hand in hand with a companion application that provides you with the power to control your garage door from virtually anywhere in the world. Newer models also allow you to communicate with other devices within your home including the entry door, appliances, lights and more.

*Depending on make and model.