The Benefits of a Garage Makeover

A cluttered garage can produce a lot of stress with all of the space it takes up, so going through a garage remodeling every once in a while can bring peace of mind, positive energy and even a higher property value.

There are a lot of ways to give your garage a transformation. To help with decluttering, you can install cabinets around the walls which allow more space for your vehicles. You can also just make your garage feel newer by adding a fresh coat of paint, resurfacing the floor, or hanging drywall.Makeover-min

One of the biggest benefits of remodeling your garage is the value it can add to your house. The garage doesn’t even need to stay a garage- it can be converted into an office or a home gym. Custom cabinets with all kinds of designs available can add to the attractiveness of your garage while efficiently tucking things out of sight.

Plus, when you declutter your garage and make it into a space that fits your needs, it does something to your mental psyche. You may start to feel more relaxed and want to spend more time in there. Clutter creates stress, and when you remove that barrier, your mental state is more at ease. Going through a garage remodel adds value to your property and creates a place where you want to hang out in more often.

A garage specialist can help you design your garage space to fit your needs, declutter and provide organization and storage answers. Remove the stress of having a cluttered garage by recreating it into a relaxing space.

Replacing a Garage Door in 6 Easy Steps

Need a new garage door? Don’t worry—you don’t necessarily need to break the bank hiring a professional for installation. With these easy step-by-step instructions, you can take a DIY approach to garage door installation. In fact, if you’re relatively handy, this can be done in about 8 to 12 hours. However, keep in mind that while you can do the job alone, it’s probably best to recruit some help, especially when you’re removing the old garage door. We’re here to break down how you can remove your old garage door and install a brand new one. Let’s take a look.

  1. Pick out a new garage door. A standard double garage door is typically 7 feet tall
    and 16feet wide, while a standard single garage door is typically 7 feet tall and between 8 and 9 feet wide. Because garage doors are so large and take up so much space, having a large in-store stock just isn’t feasible for most home stores and home centers. Therefore, keep in mind that you will probably need to order a garage door as opposed to walking into the store and buying it right off the shelf. Garage doors are available in wood, fiberglass, and steel. Steel garage doors tend to be the most resilient and durable. An affordable option, they are also lighter than other types of garage doors, and require less maintenance.

When choosing a new garage door, you want to choose a door that will maximize safety. Keep several things in mind when it comes to picking out a new garage door.

  • Opt for a door that is lightweight. Garage door weight typically isn’t an issue as long as the springs are properly tensioned you won’t end up needing a garage door spring repair Los Angeles. Still, however, stay on the safe side by choosing a door that is relatively lightweight. Keep in mind that insulated double steel doors, for example, will typically weight somewhere between 150 and 200 lbs.
  • Be sure to consider pinch resistance. The most common garage door injury is a finger that gets smashed—or even entirely cut off—when it gets trapped between the two sections of the garage door as it moves. The good news is that you can prevent these kinds of accidents by picking a door with pinch-resistant section designs.
  • Make sure the springs have containment cables. It is advisable to purchase a garage door with containment cables that go through the center of the side-mounted extension springs, as this ensures that if an extension spring should break, the cable won’t turn into a heavy whip that could potentially damage your vehicle or, worse yet, injure people.Replace garage door-min
  • Consider a safe automatic door opener. Always choose a garage door with an automatic opener that is equipped with both anauto-reversing mechanism and photoelectric eyes. This way, if the door is closing and something gets under it, such as a pet or a child, the beam between the eyes is interrupted and the door automatically reverses.
  1. Release the tension on the side-mounted springs. Now that you’ve chosen a new garage door, you’re probably excited to get it up and running. But before you do, there are a few things you need to do. First and foremost, you need to remove your old garage door. The first step in doing this is releasing the tension on the side-mounted springs. You need to lift the door and use a pair of locking pliers to lock each side of it in place. Once the door is secured, fasten the extension spring onto the roller track. From here, you will want to use the locking pliers to remove the cable from the bottom bracket.
  1. Install the roller tracks. Once you’ve removed your old garage door, the first step to installing your new garage door is to install the upper roller tracks. First, wrap the curved lip around the rollers, placing the top of these tracks roughly 8inches below the top of the top section of the garage door. Be sure to double check that each of the rollers are level with one another before mounting them. Next, install the lower lower tracks, placing them about 8 inches above your garage floor.
  1. Replace all hardware. When you install a new garage door it is also a good idea to replace all the hardware. Keep in mind that for garage doors with an automatic opener, this includes a support strut and an opener bracket. Remember, it is important to mount all of the hardware securely in order to maximize the safety of your garage door.
  1. Eliminate all of the old stop material. Once your new garage door is installed and all of the hardware has been replaced, get rid of all the old stop material located on the exterior of the door. Ideally, you want to replace this old stop material with a new material that has a rubber weather strip gasket, which can be found at the majority of home stores and home centers. Make sure that the door is closed when you are installing this stop material. You should also ensure that the gasket is resting against the door at a 45-degree angle.
  1. Don’t forget about annual maintenance! A garage door is a big investment, and in order to ensure that the door enjoys a long life, without too many problems down the line, proper annual maintenance is absolutely key. Check the condition of all the cables once a year, to ensures that they aren’t worn or frayed, lubricate all rollers and springs, and make sure the door is both properly balanced and operating smoothly.

All in all, you can replace your own garage door and save your self a significant amount of money in installation fees. All it takes is a bit of hard work and some patience!

Keeping Your Garage Cool

Keeping Your Garage Cool.

The good news is that it only takes a few hours to install an air conditioner for a garage, so you can enjoy it when the temperatures really start to rise. A ceiling fan can help the air circulate better to keep the garage at a more moderate temperature, but an AC unit may be able to do the job on its own.

Being hot is frustrating and can greatly slow a work project, so having AC is a necessity. Through-the-wall air conditioning units can cost about $700 and window units cost even less. They are both pretty much the same except for the mounting process. A window AC comes with hardware and sealing kit while a TTW unit needs a separate sleeve that you install into the wall.

Depending on how often you need an AC, you may or may not need insulation. Having insulation will make your garage take longer to cool down, requiring an air-conditioning unit to run for a longer amount of time. However, hanging drywall on the roof can dramatically increase your cool down time and effectiveness. Drywall reduces the amount of area that needs to be cooled and helps the air circulate easier. Install a vapor barrier if you think you may want to add attic insulation down the line.

Adding in Circulating Air.

Start your garage-cooling project by measuring the length and width of the garage. Get quotes on AC units and matching TTW sleeves keeping in mind that it’ll be an additional $100 for window units.

Once you have everything you need, cut through the stud in the center and leave a three-inch bigger space than the height of the AC sleeve opening. This allows for the top and bottom plates. Then knock the cut piece away from the siding and sheathing nails and pin the top and bottom plates to the center and surrounding studs. Include a small jack stud make the opening the right width.

Before cutting out sheathing with a responding saw, test-fit the sleeve. Air conditioning units have bad circulating fans, so don’t put one at the end of a rectangular garage. To get maximum airflow, put it in the middle of your longest wall and aim it towards the door. If you have a window unit planned for the end of a rectangular garage, add a circulating fan to help guide the cold air to the other end of the garage.

Check your sleeve instruction manual to see what the opening size is for your unit. Some AC suppliers require a one-inch clearance on all sides of the sleeve, including the top. And the distance from the roof is critical- never mount an opening right below the top wall plate. The result will be rapid compressor cycling, being very inefficient.

Find the sleeve opening from the ceiling (it’s about two feet down). Remove any drywall to uncover the studs. Make any necessary cuts to the center stud to allow for the planned sill and top plates.

The biggest part of this project will be readjusting the siding. Generally, it’s better to remove unnecessary siding before cutting an opening into the sheathing and then trim and adjust around the opening. It’s best to follow the instruction manual for mounting and securing the sleeve to the frame.

Next, run electrical wires to where the unit is going to be and install the container. Most units that are 120 volts need a dedicated receptacle on a 15 or 20-amp circuit breaker. Extension cords won’t work. As a rule of thumb, a unit that’s 9-12,000 BTU will generally run on a 120-volt, 20 amp circuit. Larger units will require more voltage.Garage Door Insulation 2-min

Other Air Conditioner Options.

We know that portable AC units are available but didn’t include them in this article because of the hot air that can come back into the garage. Portable AC’s use the existing cold air to cool down the condensing coil, and then they push that air into the outdoors. But by creating pressure inside the garage, the air conditioner brings in an equal amount of hot air from outside. Then the portable unit has to work harder to cool that hot air it just brought in. It’s a never-ending cycle, wasting capacity and energy of the unit. A window of TTW unit is way more efficient.

The best garage cooling system is an HVAC arrangement, which costs about four grand. A split system is pretty heavy duty and will do the best job of keeping a garage cool in the hottest weather.

One More Thing about Installing the Sleeve.

To secure the sleeve, integrate filler strips and tighten the sleeve brackets (if your kit came with them). A TTW air conditioner will push most of the cool air to the center of the garage, in turn making hot spots around the sides. For consistently cooling the whole garage, consider adding a ceiling fan to push the hot air from the corners down to the floor. A floor fan can then push that warm air back to the AC unit intake.

 

Prevent Mold Growth In Garage

Prevent Garage Mold.

Garage mold growth is a fairly common problem homeowners have to deal with. Homes usually have good ventilation to help prevent mold growth, but garage space is slightly more prone to being exposed to mold. It doesn’t take much for mold to start forming – just some humidity and condensation. Driving your car into the garage after a rainy or snowy ride could lead to mold growth because your car is bringing water in. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent mold from growing in your garage.

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Prevent Mold Growth From Occurring in Your Garage

  • Look around and make sure there are no leaks coming from garage roof, pipes, etc. If there are, take action immediately.
  • Getting ventilation for your garage may be necessary. Make sure to not block any vents in your garage. Washers and dryers are commonly used in the garage, which create excess heat.
  • A professional may need to remove the drywall and replace with new materials to make sure that the mold problem has been stopped.
  • Air humidifiers – this won’t make the existing mold go away, but will definitely help with decreasing more mold from forming.

Risks Associated With Garage Mold.

Keep in mind that an overgrowth of mold could get pretty dangerous. Why is it that dangerous, you may ask? Well, it can result in serious safety concerns regarding your health; including migraines, asthma attacks, allergy reactions, etc. It is important to deal with mold growth in the garage as soon as possible, because leaving mold sitting can cause greater growth which will cause more and more harm with time.

If you see mold and you would like to get rid of it on your own you can do so by scrubbing the surface mold stains with a mixture of a quarter water and half cup of bleach. This will kill the mold. Do this until you see the mold disappearing. Do not rinse because the moisture will create even more mold!

To get rid of garage mold that is serious, your best bet would be to call a professional to come handle the problem.

 

My Garage Door Squeaks!

Stop Those Garage Door Squeaks!

Noisy garages can be caused by loose hardware, worn-out rollers, dry parts, or a garage door simply having a lack of anti-vibration pads, but luckily it usually takes less than an hour to fix it.When inspecting a garage door, here are some tips that may help stop those squeaks:

Get Your Ratchet Out and Start Tightening Things Up

The best place to begin is by tightening up all of the bolts on the garage door.While doing that, check and replace any parts that look worn. All of the moving components on the garage door should be well-oiled with a garage door-specific non-silicone based product.

Make sure that the door and track nuts are tautened by using a ratchet and deep socket for getting additional torque. But be careful not to tighten them too much as that can strip the holes that the screws go in, making it much more difficult to fix. Overtightening can also cause the flat or oval carriage bolts to go right through a thin garage door.

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Check for Worn-Out Parts

Common parts that wear out on a garage door are rollers and hinges. A lot of track rollers have bearings that are not sealed, which causes them to naturally deteriorate after years of use in an unclean atmosphere. The bearings can get so bad that the rollers tremble and shake the door as it operates. If your garage door has a crazy, scary shake, try replacing the rollers with nylon ones that have sealed bearings.

Any business that carries garage doors should have sealed nylon rollers in stock and they are easy to find online. Sealed nylon rollers are quieter and require less maintenance, but they tend to be more expensive than steel.

How to Change Out Rollers

Always swap out track rollers one at a time. If you notice torsion springs above the garage door, don’t even try to repair the bottom bracket ones yourself.  The rollers in the bottom brackets are under constant tension and can snap back if you try to unbolt them. To prevent a potentially harmful accident, just call a professional repairman.

Dilapidated hinges are less common than bad rollers, but can be a reason for garage door noises as well. Bad hinges not only make the garage door loud, they can cause its seams to wear out. A little bit of give is normal, but if you see an unnatural size hole where the hinge pin meets the bracket, it is time to replace the hinge. Metal filings around the hinge pins is an early sign of the joints starting to give.

Don’t Forget to Check the Garage Door Opener Chain

As you are checking the door components, take a look at the opener chain on the garage door. A loose chain makes loud and annoying whacking sounds that can also cause the door to make erratic movements, in turn making rollers hit against its track. Garage doors usually come with track drive or screw drive openers which should be lubricated as well. If in doubt, refer to the owner’s manual which should provide a process for repairing the chain.

Continue to Lubricate

Lubricating all moving parts is the key to getting the garage door opening and closing quietly. Use a special door lube like the Prime Flo Garage Door Lubrication Kit, sold on Amazon or at most home improvement centers.

By spraying the springs, hinges and unsealed-style roller bearings with a special garage door lubricant ensures that that the dry film doesn’t attract dirt. For extra measure, hit any swivels or rotation bearings to shake loose anything that could be gummed up.

All moving garage door parts should be re-sprayed every six months to keep the garage door running smoothly. Keep in mind that although other oil or spray lithium greases may be less expensive, they tend to pick up the dust and dirt that you don’t want on your garage door’s moving parts.

How Anti-Vibration Pads Help With the Noise

The erratic shaking of the garage door causes the noise, so something that can alleviate this shaking can be installing anti-vibration pads over and under the garage door bracket. To do this, use a socket wrench to fasten a fender washer/lag screw and the pads to the ceiling.

One more thing…if you have problems with noise inside your house because of an attached garage, try this solution: Separate the opener from the garage trusses with rubber pads. Buy special rubber or cork anti-vibration pads or make rubber pads yourself out of old tires. Four 5.5” x 5.5” x 0.375” pads are $14 through Amazon, but since you are adding more thickness, remember to also get four fender washers and longer lag screws.

Easy Garage Storage Solutions

Garage Storage Solutions

Your garage is a wonderfully spacious storage facility. You can keep all the belongings you have no space for in the home with our recommended garage storage solutions. With garages, finding storage space is not an issue. It is keeping the space organized that frustrates homeowners. Luckily, these useful easy garage storage solutions can help make it cleaner and easier to manage.

1) Section the Space
Putting items all over the garage might not be a problem at first if it still looks neat. Trying to find one item in a packed garage, on the other hand, can be challenging. An easy solution is to create different sections for types of items. You can have a section for fitness equipment, another for seasonal items and so on. That way, your garage stays clean and accessible.

2) Sort Your Items
Not everything in the garage belongs there. You may have items that should be in other rooms but are left in the garage on your way into the home. Take time to sort your items and assign them to appropriate rooms or outdoors. This will help create more space for those things that actually belong inside the garage.Garage Storage Solutions

3) Use Storage Bins
Using storage bins can organize the space and make it easier to find specific items. You can label them so you know what is stored inside each one for faster access. They are also major space savers because you can stack them on top of each other.
First, separate all items and group them into batches that go together. Place them in storage bins, and make labels with duct tape and a permanent marker. Stack them up neatly and you’re sorted.

4) Get Shelves
For a cleaner, neater look, consider installing shelves in the garage. Not only do they tidy up the place, but also free up a lot of floor space. If you have experience building shelves, you make them yourself. Just make sure they are strong enough to hold heavy items. Check to see if they are sturdy so they don’t buckle and injure you or your loved ones.

Organizing your garage is worth the time and effort. It will help you make the most of your storage space and make room for more items that need to be safely tucked away.

If you have any other questions about garages do not hesitate to call us and we will be more than happy to assist  you!

Energy Efficient Garage Doors

Energy Efficient Garage Doors

Upgrading your entry and garage doors to ENERGY STAR® qualified energy efficient garage doors can help you save big this fall. Not only will you benefit from the tax savings of up to 10% of the product cost, you will also cut heating and cooling costs in half. If you are not sure whether to simply repair your doors or install a replacement, here are some handy hints to help you decide.

How to Tell If You Need Door Repair
Check the weather stripping on every side of the door. Stand inside your home just next to the door. If there is light coming through the door perimeter and the weather stripping is worn, it means moisture and drafts can also get in. Replacing the weather stripping is highly recommended.

On hot and cold days, touch your door from the inside. If the interior surface of the door is the same temperature as the exterior, it means your door is not well-insulated. Consider upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®qualified option.
If your door sticks on humid days, it is very likely it leaks on dry days. The best solution is to install a fiberglass door. This model not only prevents swelling, but can improve energy efficiency and add to your home’s comfort too.
Fiberglass doors are a low-maintenance alternative to wood designs and can resist damage caused by weather conditions. Some fiberglass doors come with a smooth surface that are easy to paint and other models a wood grain finish for staining.

Fiberglass door options include:
• Cherry fiberglass detail
• Mahogany fiberglass detail
• Oak fiberglass detail

You can request Low-E coating on glass, tripled paned glass or sidelites for privacy or decorative purposes.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dream Garage Door. We will be more than happy to assist you!

You may also want to check out this article if you’re in the market for a new garage door!

Garage Door Remote Not Working

Garage Door Remote Not Working? No matter what you call your garage door remote – clickha, visor button or opener, a broken garage door remote causes jeopardy to your home’s security and comfort. If your garage door remote is not working, you can use our troubleshooting techniques to get things back on track. If after you’ve tried everything and still need help with a garage door remote not working, we will be more than happy to help.

Is Your Garage Door Remote Not Working?

Garage Door Remote Not Working

1. Old Batteries -Check the remote battery for corrosion and replace it if necessary.

2. Loose or Dirty Battery Terminals –oftentimes, battery terminals become loose with frequent replacement. Simply squeeze the terminals and battery together to make sure they are properly connected. Use a small emery board to clean off any fluid or dirt that might have accumulated before inserting a new battery.

3. Reprogramming – if changing the battery and cleaning terminals don’t help, try reprogramming the remote using instructions in the owner’s manual. Older remote models often need to be reprogrammed compared to newer versions. If you need help, feel free to contact us and we will guide you through it over the phone.

4. Sticky or Soft Buttons –when buttons wear out, they can become sticky or soft. They might become this way if you have dropped the remote several times. If you need to press the button more than once or it sticks when you try to open and close, replace it.

5. Dirty Lenses – garage doors have safety sensors that are usually installed at the bottom on either side. These sensors have LED lights. One should be red and the other yellow or green. If the lights are not lit, both your remote and entry keypad should not be functioning.

6. Misaligned LED Lights – sensor lights normally have a small metal bracket that holds them in place. It’s not uncommon for people to bump into them and shift the lights out of alignment. Just fasten the bracket and jiggle it. If the light comes back on, you’re good to go. If not, refer to the owner’s manual or call us for assistance.

7. Shorted or Damaged Wires – check the wires of safety sensors. If they are disconnected, reattach them. If rust formed at the end of a wire, cut off the damaged section and peel back the plastic sheathing until you see clean wire. Reconnect it to the eye. Check for breaks and staples in the wiring starting from the sensor eyes to the top of the ceiling where power head is mounted. If you spot flaws in the wires, have it replaced by a professional.

8. Sun in the Eye –if a sensor’s eye is in a positioned in direct sunlight, cover the sensors or adjust their location. The sun can trick sensors into detecting a false obstruction and may stop the remote from working or reverse the garage door.

9. Power Outages and Lightning –a power outage can fry the circuit board of your garage’s operator. Lightning can have the same effect by sending a surge of power throughout your home. Power outages and lightning (even at a distance) also affect the wiring of your sensors and wall station. If there has been storms or power loss in your area, contact a specialist to inspect the unit and make repairs.

10. Water Damage – moisture can damage important components of a garage door operator, especially the logic board. This is a common problem with garages that are poorly insulated and in homes with leaking basements.

Check the garage door for water leaks and see if there are any brown stains on the logic board. Add a new seal around the garage door to protect cables, wires and other components from water damage. If the logic board is stained, call us for a quick replacement.

Many homeowners use extension cords to run their garage door operators. It might be a temporary solution but it needs to be replaced with a permanent strategy. Extension cords use more power than necessary and can cause you to lose the manufacturer’s warranty.

If you need further help with a garage door remote not working, Dream Garage Door will be more than happy to help!

Aging Front Door

Do You Have An Aging Front Door?
1. Does opening and closing your door every day feel like a full-body workout?
2. Is the glass in the door foggy all year round?
3. Does your door have rust and dents that make it look a little ragged?
4. Do you have to stuff a towel under your door to keep freezing air out?
5. Is rot and damage from water and insects starting to show?
6. Are there cracks in your door that keep widening so much you can almost see outside?
7. Is the exterior of your home starting to look a lot older than it is?

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If the above scenarios sound familiar, your front door may be past its prime. Aging doors, particularly those with little to no insulation, can cause energy loss of up to 20%.

Cracked and warped exterior doors, worn weather stripping and gaps can drive up heating and cooling costs. To put it in perspective, a gap one eighth of an inch on your door is just as bad as a six inch-square hole. Stop paying for energy you don’t use and switch to energy efficient doors. According to the Department of Energy, upgrading to “green” doors like ENERGY STAR® qualified models can cut your heating and cooling costs by 15-20% a month. Doors with a dense polyurethane foam core can help cut your energy bills in half. You can also add triple glazed glass for improved insulation that will cool your home in the summer and keep the interior warm in winter.

Q-ion weather stripping can keep air, moisture and dirt out by providing a tight seal along the sides and top of your front door. You can toss away the towel and replace it with a composite seal that fits perfectly at the bottom of the door to prevent water and air infiltration, and rot.You can go for the double bulb sweep that features four fins for extra protection against air and water. Moisture-resistant window frames are also good options and feature a durable design that prevents doors from shrinking, expanding, shifting, warping, sagging and twisting when the weather changes.

If an aging front door is costing you more to keep than replace, upgrade with energy efficient designs and accessories to reduce monthly energy bills, protect your interior against the elements and enhance the comfort of your home.

Feel free to call us at Dream Garage Door if you have any questions!

Types of Garage Doors

Types of Garage Doors

There are several different types of garage doors out there. Depending on your personal lifestyle or preferences you may prefer one over the other.

With all the different types of garage doors to choose from, we can imagine how overwhelming it can be to choose a garage door that fits your home. To make things simple, there are three main types of garage doors: sectional roll up, swing up and swing out.

Types of Garage Doors

Sectional Roll up – This is the most common and practical type of garage door. Sectional garage doors allow for the door to take up less space. You may consider this type of door if you don’t have much space in your garage.

Swing Up – also known as tilt up doors, are swing up garage doors are usually preferred with older homes because they match better with the old style. They are available in a variety of styles, colors and designs.

Swing Out – Swing out carriage type doors are not something we see all too often, but this may an option for studios or barns. Unfortunately these are not great options for areas with cold climate.

There are also different types of materials to choose from (but not limited to). Here are a few choices:

Wood – Wood garage doors have been around the longest and are the most commonly used by residents today. They are easily customized, allowing them to fit any size or shape garage. The most common reason people go with wooded garage doors is that they are able to withstand even extreme temperatures.

Steel – Steel garage doors may be the best choice for you if you do not want to undergo too much maintenance. The kinds of doors are strong and sturdy; it would take a lot for them to be broken down. They could easily handle very harsh weather conditions.
Types of Garage DoorsAluminum – Aluminum garage doors shares most of the characteristics as steel, but are much more light weight if you compare the two. In addition, they are easy to install and offer extreme durability. For those who are more budget friendly, you may want to go with the aluminum.

Vinyl – Vinyl garage doors are often referred to as “child proof” because they are incredibly hard to break or dent. Minor dents will also not be visible because of its material. One downside to vinyl doors is that you may be limited in options for colors and designs.

Check out this article for style ideas for your dream garage door!..

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