How to Handle Pests in Your Garage

How to Handle Pests in Your Garage

You might see your garage as a storage space, but mice, bugs, and other pests see it as a warm sanctuary from the winter cold. To keep your home safe from unwelcome critters, use these tips for handling pests in your garage.

Identifying Pests

Before figuring out how to remove them, you must know how to tell if pests are making a home in your garage in the first place. The easiest way to do this is by actually spotting the critters. Since some may be smart enough to hide when you’re around, look for droppings or gnawed spots in the walls where mice and other pests may burrow. Sounds in your garage can be another sign of pests. At night, mice will usually make scratching noises, and you may also hear chirping if a new litter has been born. Always check any piles of clothes or papers since these are a popular place for pests to hide.

Removing Pests

There are a variety of ways to remove pests from your garage, some more humane than others. The best way to safely get rid of pests is by removing their food and water source. Electronic pest removal systems don’t always work since mice can get used to the sound given off and learn to ignore it. Traditional methods of pest removal include pesticides and spring-loaded traps. These are the least humane options you can choose but are also the least expensive. Whatever method you decide on, make sure to check your garage regularly until you find no signs of pests.

Preventing Pests

Once your garage is no longer a critter motel, you must make sure that future pests can’t take up residence. Block off all openings with mesh wire, and find and fill any mice holes with steel-wool and caulk. Remove any food or water sources in your garage and store clothing or papers in pest-proof, plastic bins.

A common way to end up with pests in your garage is by having a broken garage door. Critters can sneak in through damaged weatherstripping or holes in the door itself. Garage Door Center is your go-to for garage door repairs in Fairfield, CT. Call us today to have us inspect your door for damage and make any repairs necessary to keep your garage pest-free.

If you need garage door repairs in Fairfield, Ct, call Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033.

 

Garage Storage in Winter Don’ts

Garage Storage in Winter Don’ts

More often than not, the garage is a space used for storing items you don’t want or don’t have room for in your home. The average garage will be filled with seasonal clothes, some workshop tools, a few bikes, and maybe a car. However, there are a few things you shouldn’t keep in your garage during winter. Check out these garage storage don’ts.garage-storage-donts-garage-door-center

  • Propane: While you may want to store a propane tank or two in your garage so you’re ready for barbecues when summer finally comes, having them there can be dangerous. Propane tanks should be kept outside, where it is well-ventilated, so if one leaks, you don’t risk a fire or explosion when starting your car.
  • Open Stacks of Linens or Paper: These make the perfect homes for mice and bugs since they provide warmth and shelter for the little critters. Store all of your paper goods in your pantry instead. If you have to store old linens in your garage, place them in sealed, plastics bins.
  • Refrigerators: While it’s nice to have an extra fridge or freezer in your garage to keep food in during winter, your fridge will cost you a pretty penny when it comes to your energy bills. Plus, once the temperature drops below 60 degrees, your fridge won’t work as efficiently since it’s already cold.
  • Canned Food: The changing weather can significantly affect the shelf life of canned food kept in your garage. If your food freezes in the winter cold, it may be able to be thawed, but it may not be as good of quality.
  • Paint: Leftover paint won’t make it to your next home project if subjected to falling winter temperatures. Plus, leaving cans on a cement floor will cause them to rust faster than those left on shelves.

Contrary to popular belief, your garage is not a catch-all when it comes to storage. Knowing what and what not to store in your garage can make a big difference in how safe and healthy your garage space is.

When sorting out your storage, take notice of your garage door. If it needs repairs or replacement, come to Garage Door Center of Fairfield, CT. We offer an amazing selection of custom doors to refresh your home’s look. Call us today at 203-255-3033 or visit our showroom!

Tips to Cut Garage Energy Costs

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When you think of cutting energy costs in your home, you probably see your kitchen and bathrooms as the culprits of costly operation. You may not know that your garage could be costing you a pretty penny in energy efficiency too. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and cut garage energy costs, follow these tips.

  • Insulation: If you have an attached garage, your home shares walls with your house itself. A lack of insulation can cause hot and cold air to flow back and forth through those walls and make controlling your home’s temperature harder. Insulation will prevent thermal energy from escaping your home and keep fumes from your car from seeping into your home.
  • Concrete Floors: Even if you have cement floors, continual changes in temperature can cause them to crack. Those cracks, no matter the size, seriously decrease your ability to control temperatures in your garage. You can seal cracks with concrete caulk, but also try laying mats and carpets down to control climate changes.
  • LED Lights: LED Lights help reduce your home’s overall carbon footprint by running on less energy than common CFL bulbs do. If you find yourself leaving the lights on in your garage, invest in a light timer to shut them off automatically as a way to cut energy costs even more.
  • Older Appliances: Many of us have a spare refrigerator or freezer in our garage. If yours is a bit older, it may be time to replace it with a more energy efficient model. It costs more to run an older appliance than it does to invest in a newer, Energy StarⓇ one.
  • Seals & Thresholds: A quick way for hot and cold air to move throughout our homes is through the connecting door and garage door itself. Repair any cracks, rips, or gaps in your weatherstripping to prevent air from going in or out of your garage. Also, check your weatherstripping regularly as it tends to wear down and need replacing over time.

There are a bunch of improvements you can make to cut garage energy costs and increase efficiency. Plus, by following these tips, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and helping our planet. Garage Door Center offers garage door repairs to help keep your garage as energy efficient as possible.

For more information on the garage door repair services we offer,  call 203-255-3033 and set up an appointment to swing by our Fairfield, CT showroom.

 

Garage Safety Tips

Garage Safety Tips

Each year, there are 6,600 garage fires in homes across the U.S. These fires, according to FEMA, cause $457 million in property loss, and injure 400 people. No one garage-door-center-garage-safetywants to be the victim of a fire, so follow these garage safety tips to protect you and your home.

Construction
-Connect your garage to the inside of your home with a 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching.
-If a garage wall is attached to your house, install a half-inch Type X gypsum board, or an equivalent, on that wall. This will slow the fire from spreading to your home.
-If you have access to your attic from your garage, install an attic hatch to block fires.
-Always have a heat detector in your garage so you are alerted of any fires.

Storage
-Store materials that can catch fire away from your home.
-Use safety locks and guards when storing products on shelves or in cabinets to prevent items from tipping or falling.
-Store materials that can cause a fire out of the sunlight and away from open heat and flames.
-Do not fill gasoline containers indoors, and only store them in well-ventilated locations.

Electrical
-Plug in only one charging appliance at a time.
-Do not use an extension cord when charging appliances – plug them directly into an outlet.
-If you see or experience any faulty wiring, call an electrician to fix it. (Most garage fires are caused by electrical problems.)
-Keep appliances away from any materials that can burn.

Disposal
-Throw out products according to the label instructions. Do not keep them longer than advised.
-Don’t throw an aerosol can into the trash, as it may contain chemicals that can burn and start a fire.
-If you have a spill, clean the area and place the container in a well-ventilated space.
-If you find that a spill cannot be contained or you are not sure how to handle the cleanup or disposal of the product, call your local fire department for help.

At Garage Door Center, we recognize that the best way to enjoy your garage is by being safe. The last thing anyone wants is to turn their garage into a man-cave or install one of our custom garage doors, only to have a fire put it all in jeopardy. Follow these garage safety tips to ensure you, your family, and your home are protected.

Have your home stand out with a custom garage door from Garage Door Center. Call 203-255-3033 today, and schedule an appointment to meet with us at our Fairfield showroom!

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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