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What To Look For in A New Garage Door

What To Look For in A New Garage Door

While a lot of thought goes into deciding what light fixtures to use in your bedroom or what faucet looks best in your bathroom, one of the biggest home improvement deliberations you will have to make is picking a new garage door. Are you making this home improvement upgrade this year? A garage door is one of the first things anyone sees when they come to your home, so it makes sense that you want to spend a good amount of time thinking about its design. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, here are some features you should keep in mind.

  • Insulation: Many homeowners don’t bother with their front doors anymore and simply use the garage as the main entrance to their homes. Constantly opening and closing the door will let precious heat out of your home if it’s attached to your garage. That being said, if you use your garage as a gym or spend a good amount of time in it, yonew garage-door-garage-door-centeru’ll want to have an insulated door that holds in heat and is energy efficient.
  • Low Maintenance: It’s true that some garage door materials require more maintenance than others. Wooden garage doors require sanding and repainting. However, if you don’t have the time for this time of upkeep, you may want to choose a steel model instead.
  • Style Consistency: You should always choose a new garage door that fits with the architectural design of your home. If you live in a contemporary home, buy or design a new garage door that has clean lines.
  • Customization: Customizing your garage door is a great way to add beauty to your home while including a touch of your own personal style. You can customize everything from the material to the decorative accents used.

Why fit in when you can stand out? Don’t settle for having a garage door that looks like every other one on your block. At Garage Door Center, we allow you to create a fully customized garage door to meet every detail you desire for your home. Call us at 205-255-3033, or visit our showroom in Fairfield to get started designing your dream door.

Converting Your Garage

Converting Your Garage

As time goes on, your home gets packed with more people and possessions. At that point, you may be thinking of adding a new addition to your home. Did you ever think of converting your garage into a new space rather than building something from the ground up? If not, you should!

 

Why Convert Your Garage

Since your garage already has a foundation, walls, and a roof, you can save a ton of money in comparison to building an entirely new space. Renovation is a much easier project compared to building framework for a new extension. Converting a garage into a living space also adds significant value to your home and can serve many purposes, such converting-your-garage-garage-door-centeras:

  • A close-by living space for aging parents.
  • A more private space for your college graduate who’s not quite ready to move out yet.
  • An apartment you can rent out to gain a new income.
  • A man cave – because we know every guy wants one.

How to Convert Your Garage

Even though it’s easier to do than a full-scale addition, converting your garage is still no simple task. The project could take between four and six weeks to complete since there are many steps to making your garage a livable space. You’ll have to:

  • Raise the floor in order to install insulation over the concrete.
  • Completely insulate the walls and ceilings.
  • Set up heating and cooling for the new space. (This can be done either by connecting to your home’s main system or adding an independent HVAC unit.)
  • Upgrade the electric to accommodate heavier use.
  • Add stud walls, windows, and doors.

Converting your garage has a plethora of benefits, including adding space and value to your home. Until the day you do decide to renovate that space, keep your garage looking spiffy with a custom garage door from Garage Door Center.

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.

 

Steel v. Wood Garage Doors

 

 Steel v. Wood Garage Doors

Picking out a new garage door can be tricky. What style do you like best? Do you want windows? What material should it be made out of? The experts at Garage Door Center can help answer that! Here are the pros and cons of two of the most popular garage door materials: steel and wood.

Steel

Steel doors are usually a homeowner’s choice if he or she needs a faster, more convenient installation. If you think you’re leaning more towards a steel garage door, consider these pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Less Expensive: Steel doors tend to be cheaper than wood and can save you a decent amount of money during construction.
  • Easy Maintenance: The only maintenance steel doors require is a power wash from time to time, so you’re left with little work.
  • Lighter: Steel is a much lighter material than wood and is easier to open.

Cons:  

  • Rusting: Over time, steel doors will likely rust. If you live in a humid climate, steel is probably not your best option.
  • Denting: This material is more easily dented than wood, so you’d have to watch out for it during your kids’ soccer season.

Wood


Wooden garage doors are a great way to add a flare of elegance to your home’s curb appeal. If you think a wooden door is for you, know the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Customizable: The style options for wooden doors are endless. You can choose a wide variety of colors, designs, and sizes to fit your needs.
  • More Attractive: This material is considered more elegant and luxurious than steel doors.
  • Dent-Free: Wood doesn’t dent like steel does, so you won’t have to worry about knocking into your garage door with a lawn-mower.

Cons:

  • More Expensive: The combination of more expensive materials and the customization of wood doors will cost you more than a steel door would.
  • Maintenance-Heavy: Wooden doors can chip, warp, or rot without good care. You’ll need to sand, stain, or repaint the wood to keep it in good condition.

No matter what material you decide to go with, Garage Door Center of Fairfield will work with you to design a custom garage door that fits your needs and budget. Don’t settle for what the other guys offer. Call us at 203-255-3033, or visit our showroom today.

Common Garage Door Repairs

Common Garage Door Repairs

You probably wish everything in your home would stay in the pristine condition you bought it in. Unfortunately, weather, time, and wear-and-tear can take their toll on your home. One thing that can take the biggest hit is your garage door. Do you happen to notice any problems with your door that could use some repairs?

Problem: My garage door won’t open or close.
First, check the sensor on the base of your opener’s track. If something is blocking it, your garage door will not operate properly. If there’s nothing in the way of the sensor, check the opener itself. If you press the button near the small light on the opener, and it doesn’t light up, you’ll need to replace the battery. Lastly, check for wheel track obstructions and dents on your door.

Problem: My garage door moves unevenly.
The likely culprit of this problem is an issue with your spring mechanism. Roll-up doors commonly have a single torsion spring mounted in their center which creates great tension. Uneven movement could also be a result of problems with your tracks. If you notice either of these issues, you should call a professional in order to avoid getting injured.

Problem: My garage door closes very quickly.
If you notice that your garage door falls more quickly than it used to or bounces when it hits the ground, you most likely have broken chains or cables. The cables will need to be replaced to stop the door from closing so fast. This repair will require professional attention.

Garage door repairs can save you time and money from having to replace your door sooner than necessary. Since it’s the largest moving object in your home, garage doors need to be repaired very carefully. While you may want to take a crack at the repairs yourself, we highly suggest calling professionals so you don’t risk an accidental injury. At Garage Door Center of Fairfield, we offer garage door repairs to maintain the quality of your door and keep you and your family safe.

For more information or to have problems with your garage door repaired, call us at 203-255-3033.

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

It’s pretty easy to forget about garage door maintenance, but you really shouldn’t. Your garage door is your home’s largest moving object and is probably opened and closed more than 1,000 times a year. Make sure yours operates efficiently and safely by performing garage door maintenance regularly.

  • Look around. Visually inspect your door and its components. Do springs look rusty or broken? Are the tracks or hinges worn down? Are the roller wheels crooked? All these problems require maintenance to keep your garage door from deteriorating or becoming unsafe.garage-door-maintenance-sensor
  • Test the automatic reversal system. By law, all automatic garage door openers are required to have a feature that will stop the door’s closing if something gets in its path. When your garage door is closing, place an object, such as a cinder block, in its way. If the system is working properly, the door should reverse when it touches the block.
  • Test the infrared motion system. Many garage door openers now come equipped with a motion sensor that reverses the direction of the door if an object moves within range of it. The sensor is usually about six inches off the ground and should cause the door to open if you place an object in its path.
  • Test the emergency manual release. You’ve probably noticed a bright red handle hanging from a rope on your automatic opener. In the event that your door was to malfunction or the opener should lose power, the manual release is meant to allow you to open and close the door on your own. If the door won’t open or only opens partially, call a professional to solve the problem instead of forcing it.

Performing routine garage door maintenance will keep your door working properly for longer, and more importantly, will ensure safety for you and your family. If you find that your garage door isn’t up to snuff, Garage Door Center of Fairfield, CT offers garage door repairs to help. We are able to fix your weather-stripping, door opener, and more in order to keep your door in good condition.

For more information or garage door repairs in Fairfield, CT area, call Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033.

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