Garage Storage Solutions

garage storage solutions

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.

Spring for Garage Door Maintenance

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Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to start spring cleaning, organizing and maintenance. On the top of your list should be garage door maintenance. Maintaining your garage door and garage door opener is one of the best ways to ensure they function properly all year long. Use these tips to get started.

Cleaning a Garage Door

Clean the outside of the garage door at least once a year. Use your hose to wet down the surface of your garage door, and then with a rag or sponge, gently scrub the door down with warm soapy water (one cup of dish soap to five gallons of warm water). Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry. For metal doors, you can apply a coat of wax, following the instructions on the wax’s packaging.

Inspecting a Garage Door

By visually inspecting the door each month, you’ll protect yourself from potentially expensive repairs down the road. To inspect the door, run it up and down its tracks, noting the movement and the presence of any unusual noises. You should also check the tracks, rollers, springs (torsion or extension), and cables to be sure they are securely fastened and functioning properly. If anything seems amiss, contact an expert.

Testing a Garage Door

Photo Eyes – The first thing you’ll want to test are the photo eyes (black devices). They should be mounted on both sides of the door, no higher than six inches off the floor. These devices prevent the door from closing should they spot an obstacle in its path. To test, block them with an object over six inches tall, and activate the garage door opener to close. The door should not be operational.

Door Balance – You can also test the functionality of your garage door on your own. Disconnect the opener by pulling on the release cord or lever. This puts it in manual mode. A properly balanced door will lift easily. If it difficult to lift or doesn’t stay in an open position, there could be a problem with the spring tension and you should contact a professional for repair.

Safety Reversal – A common method for testing this system involves placing a roll of paper towels or a 2×4 piece of wood in the center of the garage floor. If upon impact, the door fails to immediately reverse direction, the opener should be disconnected until repairs have been completed by a garage door professional. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends testing this system monthly.

Hiring a Professional

Though these are some simple steps you can take on your own to keep your garage door operating smoothly and safely, nothing can take the place of a preventative, ongoing maintenance schedule from a garage door professional. A garage door professional will adjust springs and cables, lubricate moving parts, tighten all hardware, tracks and hinges, test the safety sensors and reversal, as well as troubleshoot other issues.

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.

Garage Door Resolutions

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Home improvement, or at least the desire for it, is a shared American hobby. It’s why so many of us browse Pinterest, pinning DIY projects that interest us, determined to complete them. Despite our best intentions, however, only a tiny percentage of us follow through – especially when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions. Fact: Statistic Brain shows that only 9.2% of people are successful at achieving their New Year’s goals. Are you one of them? If you are, or you hope to be, here are four garage door resolutions you can make to ensure it functions properly all year long.

Resolute to Perform Regular Maintenance

All too often, we take our doors for granted, pressing the button on the remote once to open it and again to close it. Like most homeowners, you probably use your garage door to get into and out of your house; no matter how many times you come and go. That’s why it’s so important to take a few minutes at least once a month to perform a visual inspection. Certain parts, like the rollers, hinges and springs, should be lubricated twice per year (in the spring and fall).

Resolute to Optimize the Space Provided

In order to take full advantage of the space provided by your garage, take the time to browse websites like Pinterest and Houzz; both of which will provide you with a wealth of garage organization inspiration. Not only are many of these ideas easy and effective, many of them will cost you nothing but a little time. We do, however, recommend purchasing some storage containers to avoid the space ever becoming a mess again.

Resolute to Hire a Professional for all Repairs

Aside from preventative maintenance tasks, such as those previously mentioned, you should never attempt to repair any of your garage door’s major components. Many of the door’s components are under an immense amount of tension that can cause injury if improperly handled. Always consult a professional garage door repair company in your area. You will find that most provide free, no obligation, no pressure estimates.

Resolute to Invest in a New Garage Door

Upgrading your garage door can enhance your home’s curb appeal, and according to this year’s Cost vs. Value report, literally pay for itself should you ever decide to sell or refinance your home. If you have a damaged, malfunctioning or unsightly garage door that needs to be replaced sooner rather than later, make 2017 the year you treat yourself and your home to a new garage door.

Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Garage Door

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Nothing says the holidays have arrived like seeing your house and that of your neighbors decorated in holiday grandeur. While you are stringing lights and hanging garlands in preparation for the holidays, don’t overlook the largest flat surface on the front of your home – your garage door. Make the exterior of your home just as festive as its interior with these holiday decorating ideas.

Reusable Murals: Designed to be used on overhead, sectional garage doors, these unique holiday decorations allow you to easily use your garage door as normal. You can find a wide variety of pre-made, ready to stick murals online, which are quite durable allowing them to be reused every year. Magnets are also available.

Wrap it Up: Who doesn’t love presents – especially giant presents? With the door completely closed, wrap it up in much the same manner you would a holiday present using festively designed wrapping paper, and a little bit of box tape. For a finished look, don’t forget a big, velvet bow.

Star Light Projectors: Today’s light projectors use the same holographic technology found in theme parks to project spectacular stars onto any surface including your garage door. Projection coverage for most projectors is 4,000 square feet. Simply stake the projector in your lawn to illuminate your home with hundreds of twinkling stars.

Holiday Lights and/or Garland: If you have the ability to string a set (or two) of white or colored lights and/or some pre-lit garland around your garage, you can make it stand out in a tastefully, beautiful way. Just frame the outside of your garage door with the lights and garland. You can finish the look by hanging a wreath just above the door.

Should you encounter any problems with your garage door, contact Garage Door Repair Tulsa immediately at (918) 938-1338 for prompt, professional garage door repair you can count on. No job is too big or too small for us to handle.

Holiday Preparation Tips

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It’s amazing how quickly time flies, isn’t it? At Dynamic Door Service Tulsa, we can hardly believe its November, let alone the fact that it’s nearly holiday time again! With only 19 days left until Thanksgiving, 50 days left until Christmas, and 58 days left until we ring in the New Year now is certainly the best time to begin thinking up ways to spruce up your home for holiday celebrations.

Here are some holiday preparation tips that we hope will help you make the most of the quickly approaching season.

Prep Your Porch

Greet your holiday guests with cheer by placing a few festive decorations right outside your front door. Cozy up any outdoor furniture with pillows printed with holiday reindeer, ornaments, and/or messages. Display mini pine trees by your front door (add one to each side of the entry to frame the door). Hang a seasonal wreath – and don’t forget the garland. Line the walkway with DIY luminaries.

Clean the Gutters

A yard speckled with crimson, golden, and tangerine-colored leaves is beautiful. The same leaves in your gutters, not so much! Rainwater cannot flow through clogged gutters – period. The result? Spillover that may damage your home’s siding, roof, and even its foundation. If you haven’t already, you should immediately remove the leaves from your gutters, rather than chance the buildup turning into a costly problem.

Tidy Up Your Landscaping

There are few traditions more associated with Thanksgiving Day than football. Make sure your landscaping is turkey and game day ready by trimming the shrubs, mowing the grass, adding new mulch, and raking up those beautiful leaves. If it snows in your area, you’ll want to shovel the walkways, and ensure they’re not slippery by adding some salt. Don’t forget to air up the football!

Consider a New Garage Door

Are you dealing with the annoyance of a garage door that doesn’t function properly? Gift yourself a new garage door this holiday season! There are several benefits that make purchasing a new garage door beneficial including improving your property’s curb appeal, adding value to your home, increasing your home’s security, and reducing the need for professional repair. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.