Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Garage Door

holiday decorating ideas

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

holiday preparation tips

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.

Style Your Home’s Front Entry for Autumn

style your home's front entry for autumn

Ahhh, fall – our favorite time of year. From the incredible explosion of vibrant hues, to the brisk morning air that melds with the warmth of an Oklahoma afternoon, no other season can compare. The fact that pumpkin spice everything, football, hayrides, and foliage festivals are back doesn’t hurt either.

Celebrate the beginning of fall by transforming your entry and creating porch envy with seasonal elements. Rustic leaves, pumpkins, mums, gourds, pinecones, dried corn, and tree branches are just some of our favorite seasonal elements. Here are a few ideas for how you can style your home’s front entry for autumn.

#1. Welcome Wreaths

Create a welcoming entry for guests with a fall-themed wreath. Traditional favorites like pinecones, grapevines, leaves, berries, and corn husks create a gorgeous color theme with an emphasis on natural elements. If you have a large entry way, with windows bordering the door, consider hanging matching wreaths in each window.

#2. Dress Up Your Front Porch

When it comes to curb appeal, your front porch is prime real estate. This year, create an eye-catching display by strategically placing pumpkins, bales of hay, and tall corn stalks in varying sizes and shapes, on and around your front porch. Flank your front door with oversized planters or terracotta pots filled with bright colored mums

#3. Nostalgic Comfort

If there are one place rocking chairs belong it’s definitely the front porch. Just picture it: a brisk day, a cozy throw draped across your legs, casually rocking back and forth, as you enjoy the perfectness of fall surrounding you. This peaceful dream, however, cannot exist without a rocking chair.

#4. Light the Way

As the days get shorter, and the nights longer during the fall, one of the keys to enjoying your front porch is to ensure adequate lighting. Outdoor string lights, strung around your home’s pillars or porch railings (if applicable) are an easy way to add some serious ambiance.

#5. Don’t Forget Halloween

With just 27 days until Halloween, now is the perfect time to tie some Halloween themed decorations into styling your home’s front entry. From giant spiders to wicked witch legs, Pinterest provides the best ideas for decorating your home, before trick-or-treaters dressed in Superhero and Princess costumes come knocking.

What Makes DIY Garage Door Repair So Dangerous?

diy garage door repair

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.

Are You Bored with The Aesthetics of Your Home?

Many Door OptionsEverything around us changes as the seasons come and go, so it would not make any sense to remain the same. Over time, the style of a room may become mundane and may need a bit of spicing up. This can be true for any room in a home, including the garage. For many, moving things around is essential and a way of preventing boredom of your home. There are many possibilities for arranging furniture and decorations like picture frames and vases, but an easy and fun way to spice up a room is by changing the color of the door.

There can be many doors within a home which means there are a variety of options and fun colors to try. For those who are more adventurous with colors, try using a bold color like red or blue. Change the décor around this door with complementary colors to help make the door stand out but also work well with the room. A bright bold color usually works well on your front door. For those who are not so adventurous, try neutral tones like tan and beige. This is a subtle color but can give the door a classic look.

What if you do not want to paint your door?

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your doors can help to give a new-like appeal, but not everyone wants to hassle with buying paint, tools, and painting a door. Instead, try taking the time to give your door some TLC. Use a cleaning solution to clean dirt and debris from all doors, knobs, and hinges. Clearing the walkway to the door can also make a big difference.

When things around your home begin to loose excitement, change things up with your door can help bring it back. You can paint any door a completely different color, add a fresh coat of paint, or simply give your door a good scrubbing to help bring life back to your home.

Do you need a new door?

Dynamic Door Service Tulsa is the experts in all your door needs. We specialize in residential and commercial doors. Give us a call today at (918) 938-1338.

How to Quiet a Noisy Garage Door

noisy garage door

While some noise is to be expected, particularly if you have a chain-driven garage door opener, noise that wakes the neighbors is a bit excessive. It’s even more frustrating when your bedroom is adjacent or over the garage and you’re woken up late at night or early in the morning. If this is your truth, here are a few steps that you can take to quiet a noisy garage door.

What Causes a Noisy Garage Door?

Worn Out Rollers: Metal rollers travelling along metal tracks tend to be quite noisy. Replace your metal rollers with nylon for quieter operation. Nylon rollers are also much more durable than metal rollers. They require no lubrication reducing the amount of time you spend on maintaining the door. Average 10-ball bearing nylon rollers are designed to last 10,000-15,000 cycles; the equivalent life of a torsion spring.

An Unbalanced Garage Door: A garage door that is unbalanced can cause a significant amount of noise and after a while may become non-operational. There is a simple method for testing the door’s stability. Following the instructions outlined in your garage door opener’s manual, pull the emergency release mechanism, which will allow you to manually open and close the door. Try raising the door halfway before releasing it. If the door is stable, it will not move much; but if it is unbalanced, it will start to fall. An unbalanced door should be professionally repaired.

Chain-Drive Garage Door Openers: Chain-drive garage door openers are generally affordable, durable, and…noisy. Install anti-vibration pads to reduce some of the noise caused by these openers. To install, slide one anti-vibration pad between the opener’s mounting bracket and the ceiling, and the second pad under the bracket and secure with a fender washer and lag screw. Belt-drive garage door openers provide the quietest operation.

What Can You Do to Reduce this Noise?

With your door closed, stand inside the garage and take a good look to see if there are any parts that appear broken, worn-out or very loose. Hardware (i.e. nuts, bolts, and screws) may loosen over time. That is why it is important to break out the toolbox and use a socket wrench to tighten up all of the door’s individual parts. Mind you, there are a lot! If any parts appeared damaged, you’ll want to consult a professional.

In addition to performing a visual inspection (something that should be done monthly) and tightening all hardware, you should lubricate all metal parts that come in contact with another metal part, such as hinges and the spring system. Use a high-quality silicone-based lubricant. Don’t use WD-40 and don’t lubricate the door’s tracks as this can damage the door.

If you aren’t comfortable completing these tasks on your own, it is always best to contact a professional garage door repair company, who can send an expert technician to your home at a time convenient for you to perform routine maintenance such as this. Some causes of noisy garage doors may not be fixable with just basic supplies and will require the expertise of a professional.

The Importance of Garage Door Maintenance

 

garage door maintenanceYour home’s garage door provides many benefits including: safety, security, convenience, and curb appeal. Yet, it continues to be something that homeowners take for granted, often forgoing its upkeep and maintenance all together. Unfortunately, it is only when it no longer benefits them, that homeowners start taking notice. But by this time it is in need of professional repair by a local service company.

The Benefits of a Well-Oiled Garage Door

Safety: One of the main reasons to maintain your garage door regularly is to ensure your safety and that of your family. As the largest moving object in your home, it would be foolish to continue using the door without knowing its condition. Information on the door’s condition is something regular maintenance can provide.

Security: Garage doors not only protect your vehicle from the elements. They also protect your home from external threats such as would be thieves. As the largest opening to your home, it needs to be properly cared for to ensure your security doesn’t become compromised. A neglected door is inviting trouble. Start maintaining your door today with the help of a professional garage door technician.

Convenience: Your garage door often provides convenient access to your home and as such is used four times per day (average amount for a household with two or more drivers). To make sure your door functions optimally, day in and out, regular maintenance should be conducted.

Curb Appeal: Last, but not least important, there’s curb appeal. Simply defined, curb appeal is the first impression the house makes from the outside, and is a term commonly used by real estate professionals. The most noticeable feature on most homes is the garage door. An old, worn-out door can leave your home looking old, and dilapidated. While a new garage door can leave your home looking amazing.

DIY Garage Door Maintenance

Note: Visual inspections should be done monthly.

#1. Look and Listen: The biggest, and most important, preventive maintenance task a homeowner can do is to just look and listen. Simply observe your door in action every time you use it. Is it moving smoothly or is it jerky in places? Does it operate silently or does it make grinding noises?

#2. Inspect Your Door’s Hardware: It is important to routinely inspect your door’s hardware, for loose bolts and nuts, which can loosen each and every time your door opens and closes. Tighten all roller brackets and the bolts that hold the rails to the support brackets to ensure the door’s smooth operation.

#3. Test the Door’s Balance: An unbalanced garage door can cause the opener to work harder thus limiting its lifespan. With the door closed, disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), and then manually open the door about halfway. If the door doesn’t stay open, it’s improperly balanced, and will need to be adjusted.

#4. Replace the Weatherstripping: If the weatherstripping on the bottom of your door is brittled or cracked, replace it right away to keep the elements, and insects out of your house. To install, simply cut to size, and insert into the grooves with the wide angle of the flange inside the door.

#5. Lubricate the Moving Parts: The less friction you have when the door opens, the less work the opener has to do, and the longer its motor will last. Use quality lithium grease on the opener’s chain, and a spray lubricant (NOT WD-40), to coat the overhead springs. Avoid getting any grease or lubricant into the door’s tracks.

#6. Test the Auto-Reverse Safety Feature: In order to test your door’s auto-reverse safety feature, place a 2” by 4” on the ground, towards the middle of the door. When the door touches that object, it should automatically stop, and reverse direction. If it doesn’t, then you should contact a local service provider for prompt repair.

#7. Clean the Tracks: It’s a good idea to make sure the tracks on either side of the door are free from debris. You can use an old toothbrush to dislodge any buildup of grease, grime or dirt. Light spray disc cleaner (WD-40 is okay) into the tracks then thoroughly wipe out the tracks with a clean rag to remove both the cleaner and debris.

#8: Groom Your Garage Door: To maintain your home’s curb appeal, it’s important that the garage door – which comprises more than 30% of your home’s curb appeal, looks its best. To rid it of grit and grime, you can wash steel and aluminum door surfaces with a mild household detergent, then rinse with water.