Show Your Garage Door Some Love

show your garage door some love

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.

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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.

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.