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The Do’s & Don’ts of Garage Door Shopping

The Do’s & Don’ts of Garage Door ShoppingThe Do’s & Don’ts of Garage Door Shopping | Garage Door Center

Choosing a new garage door is a big deal, as it can change the entire look of your home — no pressure! Fortunately, we’ve got a quick list of do’s and don’ts for you to keep top of mind as you narrow down your options and make your final selection.

The Do’s:

  • Consider style carefully. We understand you’ll want your new garage door to make a statement, but that statement should be in line with the architectural style of your home. Putting a modern, steel door on a Victorian or Craftsman bungalow will raise a red flag.
  • Think practically. You may have always dreamed of a gorgeous, custom carriage door, but do you have the space to allow it to swing open and closed? Consider how often your driveway is filled with cars, and how many times you’ll be opening and closing the garage door. You may be able to “swing it,” but then again, maybe not.
  • Remember the weather. If your area is prone to extreme storms, you may want to factor that into your decision making process. You’ll need a strong door that can withstand the elements and keep your family safe and cozy while the wind and snow whip and whirl.

The Don’ts:

  • Forget to insulate. Here in the New England area it can get mighty cold in the winter. That being said, your HVAC system is probably working pretty hard to keep your home nice and toasty. Why waste those efforts with a poorly insulated garage door?
  • Ignore the maintenance. Installing a garage door is no set-it and forget-it task. Remembering to check your door for damage each month and perform regular maintenance is essential. After spending all that money on a beautiful new facelift, wouldn’t you rather keep your new door functioning for as long as possible?
  • Wait to speak with a professional. Meeting with a professional garage door manufacturer and installer, like those here at The Garage Door Center, can help you feel confident more confident about your decision. We’ll help you select the perfect style and material for your home.

Think you’re ready to take the plunge and swap out that old, run down garage door for a brand new edition? If so, just dial 203-255-3033 and set up an appointment to swing by our Fairfield, CT showroom.

Garage or Man Cave? Makeover Musts!

Garage or Man Cave? Makeover Musts!

They key to every man’s heart is a well-planned and designed man cave; a space where the boys can just be boys. We say, what better space to transform into a man cave than your garage? The opportunities for design and decor are truly endless, as long as you make sure to include these garage makeover musts.

Garage or Man-Cave? Makeover Musts! | Custom Garage Doors Westport CT | The Garage Door Center

Comfortable Seating

What’s a man cave without a comfy set of recliners to kick back and relax on? Whether you’re a reader, a napper, or a televised sports watcher, adding some comfortable seating to your garage-turned-man cave is a hit for all.

Wall-Mounted TV

The car fanatics out there will want to be watching the races while working on their baby, and the sports fans will want to cheer on their favorite sports team with their pals. No matter which way you slice it, a man cave isn’t a man cave without a nice, big television for everyone to enjoy.

Stocked Wet Bar

Nothing says ‘relaxation’ like cracking open a cold brew and kicking up your feet in the comfort of your own man cave. For that reason, a fully stocked bar area is a must, especially if you plan to entertain in your newly transformed space.

Entertainment Options

For some, a television isn’t enough, and we get that. That’s why we suggest pool tables, poker tables and dart boards. Stock your man cave with all your favorite activities — that way you’ll never have to leave! Boys’ night in, in the near future? We think so.

Think you’re ready to relax? Not so fast! The exterior of your garage is just as important as the interior — the garage door in particular. Make sure you’ve got a well-insulated and secure garage door to keep the cold air and intruders out of your beloved man cave.

For more details about our garage door repair and installation options, call The Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033.

4 Reasons to Replace a Garage Door

4 Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door

4 Reasons to Replace your Garage Door | Garage Door Repair Fairfield CT | The Garage Door Center

Just like every other aspect of your home, your garage door requires a bit of extra TLC to keep it working properly every now and again. That being said, there will also come a point when your trusty garage door is ready for retirement. If you’re not quite ready to say ‘out with the old, and in with the new’ just yet, perhaps these five reasons to replace will help you reconsider.

#1: You’ll give your home’s value a boost.

Whether you’re planning to sell now, or never, it’s always beneficial to keep thinking of new ways to maximize ROI down the line. A fresh garage door will significantly raise your home’s value and increase its curb appeal.

#2: You’ll save on energy bills.

Older doors tend to be less insulated, which means if you’ve got an attached garage, the warm air from our heating unit is going right out the door. Look for a door with an R-16 insulation rating for the most energy savings.

#3: Your home will be more secure.

As a homeowner and a provider, your number one job is to keep a safe, secure roof over your family’s head. A new garage door will be more sturdy and better equipped to keep intruders and pests out.

#4: You’ll maximize convenience.

Imagine how easy it would be if you didn’t have to wrestle up that old overhead door every time you wanted to unload the car with groceries. A new garage door with a built-in electronic opener will making going in and out as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Think your garage door is ready for a replacement, but could use an expert opinion? Whether it’s a new installation or simple repair work you seek, The Garage Door Center of Fairfield CT is here to assist.

For more information about our garage door repair and installation services, call 203-255-3033. We return calls. We arrive on time. We care about our customers.

How to Perfect Your Exterior Paint Palette

How to Perfect Your Exterior Paint Palette

How to Perfect Your Exterior Paint Palette | The Garage Door Center | Custom Garage Doors Fairfield CT

Whether you’re repainting your entire home, just your garage and entrance doors, or simply adding a pop of accent color here and there, choosing the perfect hues can be hard. Fortunately, we’re here to help ease the burden, with five tips to perfect your exterior paint palette.

Tip #1: Consider the long run.

Your roofing, stonework and paved pathways are likely to stick around for a while. For that reason, it makes the most sense to plan your color scheme around these elements. Do they carry warm beiges or cool gray and blue undertones?

Tip #2: Break it down.

You’ll want to attach your paint picking in three different main areas: the field color for the body of the home, meaning the shingles or siding; the trim color for window and door casings, fascia boards, etc.; and the accent color for doors, windows, shutters, and other small areas.

Tip #3: Stick to a style.

Consider your home’s architecture. Certain architectural periods give way to complimentary color palettes. Fortunately, many paint manufacturers offer “paint collections,” which group historically accurate colors schemes together. That way you’ve got an easy starting point!

Tip #4: Think about the visuals.

Do you want to create a certain depth? Highlight a specific architectural feature? May you’d just like to have your home pop against a background full of beautiful bushes and trees. Having a vision for your home’s facade is important.

Tip #5: Test your options.

Don’t forget that paint colors will look different on the swatch than when actually applied, and different throughout the day based on how the sunlight hits. Just like when choosing and interior paint color, it’s important to give exterior paint a test run first. Test your paint on a large patch of your home and give yourself a few days to decide whether you love it or not.

At The Garage Door Center, we realize that the color and material you choose for your home’s garage and entrance doors are a huge part of bringing your exterior color palette full circle. That’s why we offer complete customization, from start to finish.

To learn more about our custom garage door and installation process, call 203-255-3033.

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