Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to measure for a new Garage Door

Before you ever start looking at new garage doors, be sure of the proper size garage door you need. Fortunately, measuring your garage door can be a quick, easy process with the right approach.


Before you start, you’ll need to be prepared with some basic materials. You’ll want a tape measure to get the actual measurements, a step ladder for easy access to all areas, and a pen and paper to write it all down.

Now you’re ready to actually measure the garage door.

Start by measuring the width of the door. For this measurement, you want to make sure you record the width at its widest point. You will measure from the middle of the left side of the finished opening directly across to the right side. Measure in feet and inches. It may be difficult for you to stretch a tape measure all the way across by yourself, so get assistance or use a digital tape measure.

Once you’ve got the width, the next step is to measure the height, also in feet and inches. Again, you want the highest possible point. Make sure the floor is level and the top of the finished opening is as well. Measure from the garage door floor to the top of the finished opening.

Now you need to know how much room you have between the door opening and the ends of the garage. Measure the width from the opening on either side to the end of the garage on that side. You’ll need up to 3.75 inches on each side to install vertical track. For a double car garage door, you need a center post at least 10 inches wide.

You’re almost done. Next, you’ll need to measure the distance from the top of the door opening to the ceiling. You’ll need a stepladder for this part. This area is known as the headroom, and it is important because the garage door will need to roll up on tracks through this area.

Finally, you’ll need to measure the distance from the garage door opening to the back of the garage. This is called the backroom, and it is also critical because this is the area where your garage door will retract when open. If you have a sectional door, you’ll need the amount of the door height plus 15 inches for manual lift doors or 18 inches for doors that retract with an electric garage door opener.



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Sunday, June 11, 2017

5 Reasons Why Now is the Time to Get a New Garage Door

People often put off getting a new garage door. They may think: “as long as it opens and closes, upgrading to a new door is really not necessary.”

The most obvious reason to get a new garage door is that you should not wait until it stops working altogether. You do not want to end up in a situation where you need your car but you cannot get it out because the garage door will not open.

Yes, you certainly want to replace an aging garage door so that you can avoid this kind of emergency situation. Here are five other equally important reasons why you should consider upgrading your garage door right now.

1- It will increase your property value.

A new garage door will make your home more attractive. If the property looks better, cosmetically, then the value will increase in the eyes of prospective buyers or home appraisers. Even if you do not plan on selling your property in the near future, a new door will make your home more attractive and, hopefully, give you a greater sense of pride in your property.

2- It will bring a higher level of safety and security

New doors are more secure than older ones. This means that you can store something of value in the garage and feel better about its security. As of 2014, some doors have the capability to be opened via a smartphone app. This means you can control access to your garage from anywhere in the world.

Also, all new garage doors have photoelectric reversal systems that will stop and reverse the door if the sensors detect something or someone under the door when it is closing. This has been mandatory since 1993, so older doors still may not have this important safety feature. Photoelectric reversal systems are an invaluable feature for homeowners with children and pets.

3- You can customize your new door

Rather than getting a stock door, you can combine the different elements of a garage door to create exactly what you want. When designing your own door, you can have control over both the look (color, decorative elements, windows) and the features (size, insulation).

4- It will lower your energy costs

A new door can literally pay for itself by lowering your energy costs. New doors are airtight and many models come with insulations. This will allow you to control the climate inside the garage with a minimum amount of heating or cooling. Furthermore, the airtight design will protect your car and items stored in your garage from the weather no matter how harsh the conditions outside get.

5- You will not have to worry about maintenance

Like other appliances, a new garage door will add value because it will probably not need maintenance or major repairs for a long time. If you sell your property, the buyer will value this peace of mind, and if you do not sell, you can enjoy not having to worry about paying for major maintenance projects.



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