Monthly Archives: December 2016

Last Minute Garage Gadget Gifts For Dad

Last Minute Garage Gadget Gifts For Dad

If there’s someone you shouldn’t forget a gift for, it’s Dad – but the holidays are almost here!! If you haven’t done your shopping yet, you’re almost out of time. To make sure you have a great present for the guy who helps your household run smoothly, check out these last minute garage gadget gifts for dad.

Golf OrganizerWhen the cold eases up and dad wants to hit the links, make sure he can easily find his equipment. Golf organizers offer a convenient way to store bags, shoes, hats, tees, and balls. You can even go the extra mile and get him a putting green so he can practice during the off-season.Garage-Door-Center-Last-Minute-Gifts-Dad

Ball ClawThis one is for all the sports dads out there who like tossing the old pigskin around. Ball Claw attaches to your garage wall to securely hold your sports equipment. It comes in two versions to hold footballs and rugby balls, or basketballs, soccer balls, and volleyballs.

Dry RackFor any dad who’s a big skier or who’s going to be the one shoveling snow this winter, the Dry Rack is the perfect gift to keep them warm. This silent radiant heating system can dry Dad’s boots, shoes, or gloves overnight while also doubling as a storage rack for your garage, mudroom, or winter cabin.

Trac-GrabberThe last thing Dad wants to do this winter is get on his hands and knees and dig his car out of the snow. Trac-Grabbers make it easy to get your car unstuck from the snow just by wrapping the grooved band around your tire. You’ll be giving Dad the gift of convenience with this one!

This holiday, fill Dad’s garage with fun gadgets that he’ll really love. Are you looking to give him a more long-lasting gift? Bring him down to Garage Door Center in Fairfield to help him design a new, custom garage door for your home.

Don’t settle for the selection “they” offer. Call The Garage Door Center at 203-2558-3033 and start designing your dream garage doors today.

Selecting a Garage Door 101

Selecting a Garage Door 101

If you’re looking to enhance your house’s curb appeal, a good place to start is with your garage door. When it comes to the aesthetic of your home, especially if you have a front-facing garage, a good-looking and properly functioning garage door is a must. If yours is beat-up or barely works, it’s time you invested in remodeling your garage door. Here’s the 101 on selecting the perfect one for your home.

Types & Styles
Garage doors open in four basic ways: swing out, swing up, roll up, slide to the side. If you need to keep the ceiling clear, swing-out carriage-house doors or sliding barn doors are your best bet. If not, you can go with the most popular option: roll-up. You’ll need about 14 inches to allow for the door’s headtrack, otherwise you can get a low-headroom track.

The style you choose should suit the type of home you have. For example, if you have a Craftsman bungalow, you might want to opt for something that looks like the swing-out doors found on garages behind early Craftsman home. Many styles include glass panels on the top row which allow light inside and looking nice from a street view.

Common Garage Door Materials
Wood: Wood doors have a certain charm and authenticity that other mimicking materials may lack. They are sturdy to bumps and knocks, but may need to be refinishing frequently, especially in you live in a damp climate.

Steel: If you want low-maintenance and inexpensive, tough steel is the way to go. The downside is that bare steel rusts and will need quick retouching, and steel also dents. You can minimize risk by choosing a steel door with a fiberglass overlaying, which would just need to be retouched when the color fades.

Aluminum: The inexpensive version of aluminum doors is being replaced with heavier-duty versions that are dent-resistant and rustproof, but also more expensive. The less expensive version is a good choice if you have an extra-wide door since its light weight will be less of a strain on the operating mechanism.

Insulation & Energy Savings
An insulated door is more durable due to its sandwich construction, and the enclosed back panel adds a more finished look. However, the insulation won’t save energy unless you heat your garage as a whole as well.

If you look at you garage door and see discoloration, dents, or drab, it’s time you replace it. Don’t settle for the same look everyone on the block has – get a custom door from Garage Door Center in Fairfield.

Are you ready to take your home’s curb appeal to the next level with a custom-manufactured garage door? If so, call 203-255-3033 today and schedule an appointment to meet with us at our Fairfield showroom!

How to Protect Your Garage from Winter Cold

How to Protect Your Garage from Winter Cold

It’s easiest to use your garage as a functional storage and work place when it’s warm, especially when the Connecticut cold gets brutal. A cold garage can damage your car and freeze pumps or water lines. By following these steps, you can protect your garage from winter cold and save yourself time and money in the long run.

Fix or Replace Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping creates a seal between your garage door and its opening. Over time, the material can wear down or become brittle and let cold air into your garage. If you feel a draft coming in, remove the weatherstripping and any remaining sealant. Measure and install a new one to create a good seal for easy operation.

Install A Unit Heater in Your Garageprotect-garage-door-winter-cold
Unit heaters are a good way to heat your garage with few space requirements or construction costs. Decide if you want a gas or electric heater as both have their pros and cons. Gas heaters are harder to install, but electric ones are more costly to operate. You can also choose a mini-split heat pump which is more efficient and relatively easy to install.

Insulate Your Garage Walls
Buying the insulation itself is easy. The installation – not so much. Be sure to purchase the right thickness and carefully read the instructions before starting to place the insulation in the walls. Pro Tip: Your insulation should have a snug fit, but it shouldn’t be jammed into the wall.

Fix Up the Garage Door
In addition to your walls, you can also insulated your garage doors. You can choose from a variety of options including foam boards, reflective barriers, and fiberglass batt insulation. If you have issues insulating your garage doors or still feel cold after doing so, your best option is replacing your door with a more modern, insulated one.

Protect your garage and everything in it this winter by keeping the room warm and toasty. You’ll be able to keep your car safe and not worry about any pipes freezing and causing a costly mess. Plus, you won’t feel like you entered an arctic tundra every time you need to run in there to grab something.

If you need to replace your garage doors in Fairfield this winter, choose us for custom designs that meet your desired function and aesthetic. Call The Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033 today! We’ll schedule an appointment for you to meet with us at our Fairfield showroom and start the garage door design process.

How To Organize Your Garage

How To Organize Your Garage

How To Organize Your Garage | Garage Door Center CT

Your garage is the room where everything you can’t find a spot for in your home usually goes. It gets stuffed with sports gear from every season, old clothes from the past, workout gear (that likely rarely gets touched), and so much more. If you’re tired of your garage looking like the a volcano full of miscellaneous items just exploded, follow these steps to have an organized space you can actually appreciate.

  1. Set Aside Enough Time: As much as we all would like this task to take only an hour or so, organizing your garage takes a decent chunk of time. Set aside a few days, ideally a weekend, so you have enough time to fully do the job. Pro Tip: The more people you have helping you, the faster you’ll be finished. Enlist some family members, friends, or even a professional to assist you.
  2. Categorize & Group Items: Figure out what can go with what, and where. Create categories of what you have – sports and recreational gear, seasonal decor, tools, auto items, etc. Once you have that done, group everything together in different spots so they are easier to organize and to locate.
  3. Trash & Donate What Doesn’t Belong: If it doesn’t fit into a category or doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore, get rid of it. Do you really need to save that puffy ski jacket from the 80s? (Hint: The answer is no). Donate old clothes to shelters or other charitable organizations and trash anything else you don’t need to save. You’ll be surprised how much space this frees up.
  4. Install Built-In Storage: Invest in shelves and pegboards to make the most of vertical wall space. Store items that aren’t currently being used (like summer decor in December) in bins and stack them to use minimal floor space. If you’ve got any tools in the mix, hang them on the pegboards to keep them decluttered.
  5. Set Up an Organizing Schedule: Unfortunately, cleaning up your garage isn’t a one time deal. We all know that everyone will simply toss more stuff in there, which will eventually requiring more tidying up. Set a date every 4 or 6 months on your calendar to revamp your garage space to keep everything organized.

While it may be a bit of a tedious task, organizing your garage on a regular basis lets you take full advantage of the extra space your home offers. Whether your garage is in shambles or it just needs a touch-up, these steps will help you turn the space into a beautifully functional storage room.

As you tidy up, take notice of your garage door. Could it use a facelift as well? If so, call The Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033 today! We’ll schedule an appointment for you to meet with us at our Fairfield showroom and start the door design process.

Garage Door Decorations For The Holidays

Garage Decorations For The Holidays

Garage Decorations For The Holidays | Garage Door Center

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were sitting here rounding up a slew of fun DIY garage door decorating ideas for Halloween. Now we can’t believe that the holiday season is here and Christmas is right around the corner already – 19 days away to be exact! With that in mind, we wanted to keep with tradition and bring you some more fun decorating ideas for the holidays that will transform any garage door into the merry and bright focal point of your home’s holiday display.

Tie A Big Red Bow

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like a big red bow! If you’re looking for elegance and simplicity, just grab some sturdy red fabric and get to work. For an added wow-factor, try covering the entire door in fabric first, then add the bow to give the appearance of a large present.

Frame It Fancy

Make a timeless statement with some fresh green garland and a few strings of holiday lights. Simply drape the lit garland around your garage door to create an elegantly framed and fully functional focal point. Since your decor is put around the door and not on it, you’ll be able to open and close the door as you please.

Make It Frosty

Here in the New England area, if there’s one thing we know – it’s snow! For that reason, we absolutely cannot imagine a holiday season without adding a few friendly snowmen to the mix. Luckily, with this easy garage door transformation trick, we’ll never have to!

Go Big, or Go Ho-Ho-Home!

While this one might not be so DIY, it can certainly make a bold statement! There are companies out there that specialize in vinyl wraps and decals that would love to come wrap your door up festive for the holidays! Otherwise, you can take a stab at creating your own fun imagery if you think you’re up for the challenge!

How will you and yours be dressing up your garage door for the holidays? Feel free to spread some holiday cheer on our Facebook page!

Ready to take your home’s curb appeal to the next level with a custom-manufactured garage door? Call The Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033 today! We’ll schedule an appointment for you to meet with us at our Fairfield showroom and start the door design process.

Checklist: Garage Door Maintenance 101

Garage Door Maintenance 101

Checklist | Garage Door Maintenance | The Garage Door Center

Installing a new garage door is no “set it, and forget it” task. If you want to keep it looking and working great for years to come, you’ll have to employ a little bit of elbow grease every once in awhile to keep it maintained properly. While this isn’t an end-all be-all list, these four steps provide a great start to keeping your garage door in the best shape possible.

Step 1: Oil Up

Once a year it’s important to oil your garage door’s rollers, hinges and tracks. This will ensure it opens nice and smooth year round.

Step 2: Clean Out

In addition, you should be removing debris, leaves and dirt from the doors parts often. A leaf blow is a great tool to get this done easily!

Step 3: Replace

All that opening and closing can do a number on the rubber seals on the bottom of your door. These are important for keeping warm air in and critters out. Check your seals regularly and replace then if you notice any ripping, hardening or chipping.

Step 4: Soap Down

Give the door itself a refreshing facelift a few times per year. We suggest some extra TLC in the fall and winter months, when the wind is whirling and the weather is prone to piling dirt up onto you home.

If you find you garage door needing a little extra attention after carrying out your regular maintenance, not to worry! The garage door experts at The Garage Door Center can handle all of your garage door repair and installation needs. Whether it’s a simple fix, or a new custom door you’re after, we’re here to make it happen.

For more information about our garage door installation and repair services, dial 203-255-3033.

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