Cleaning Out and Organizing Your Garage

Do you feel comfortable showing off your garage to your visitors? If you don’t feel confident opening your garage door for your neighborhood to see, you’re not alone. Only 11% of Americans feel satisfied with their garage and wouldn’t change a thing about it according to a survey by the Wall Street Journal.

Most people put effort into making their home interior to look spotless and picture-perfect, but the garage remains the room most often forgotten. Your garage doesn’t have to be an abandoned, dark storage room. Restore life into your garage by decluttering and developing better organization habits both for your own good, as well as the longevity of your garage. 

The issue isn’t a lack of space in your garage. Garages are usually the biggest room in a house, but they are also the room least attended to. The problem begins when you become disorganized because then clutter accumulates. Declutter your garage by doing the following: 

  • Garage sale: Part ways with your unused items by allowing someone else to give them a second life. 
  • Donating: Take your old belongings to your local thrift store. The objects you want to get rid of can go to others who are in need. This not only helps your garage be free of dusty items, but you’re also helping others.
  • Creating zones: Separate your garage into multiple parts. Create a zone to store your gardening tools, sporting goods, car parts, storage boxes, and all your other material items. You can even designate space for you to do your hobbies in.
  • Using wall space: Effectively use your wall space by attaching shelves and modular hooks to your walls for vertical storage. 

Having a cluttered garage can not only feel embarrassing, but it also creates safety hazards such as: 

  • Rodents such as rats and field mice claiming your garage as their new home
  • Pesky bugs such as spiders, cockroaches, and termites invading your space
  • Fires that could be detrimental to the rest of your home and your family’s safety
  • Slipping on chords that are scattered on your floor

Cleaning out your garage isn’t only for aesthetic purposes; it’s a necessity in order to live a safe, comfortable life. 

Your garage has the potential to be repurposed into a fitness room, a recreational area, a living space for your pet, and to become a habitable room in general. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to only be once a year–show those bugs who’s boss by taking ownership of your garage. Make the most out of your garage by maximizing your storage space today. 

4 Common Garage Door Problems

It always seems to happen on your busiest days or those with the most extreme weather. You come home from work to find that you can’t get your garage door to open.

Or it’s time to mow your lawn and the garage door sticks halfway up the track.

Perhaps you’ve been trying to ignore the grinding and crunching sounds when your garage door operates. What can you do?

Issues with garage doors are normal, even if they are rare, and Garage Door Man is ready to help you. 

Whether your garage door is decades old, or brand new, you should learn how to identify the common garage door problems so that you can be prepared in the event that your garage door stops working for you on the most inconvenient day of your year. 

1. Dead Batteries

You wouldn’t believe how often we get a call about a broken garage door, only to find that the transmitter batteries are dead. Save yourself the embarrassment by checking the batteries first. Buy a backup battery for your transmitter and keep it in your vehicle, so that the very first time your transmitter fails to work you can replace the batteries immediately.

2. Sensor Problems

The sensors at the base of your garage door, or “photo eyes,” communicate to the garage door mechanism whenever there are obstacles in the way of the garage door’s path. Sensors are small and lightweight, so they can easily be bumped or kicked out of alignment. In addition, they can accumulate dust and other debris over the lens. These issues are easily fixed. You can adjust the sensors to be back in alignment with pliers or manually. You can carefully clean the lens with a microfiber cloth, taking care to avoid scratching the lens. If you find there are still issues with your sensor (the garage door will come up but won’t come down) then it’s time to call Garage Door Man for repairs.

3. Track Issues

When your garage door is working but doesn’t quite feel right, it’s usually due to an issue with the rolling track on which your garage door glides. This can be due to obstruction, rust, bending, gaps, or other structural issues. Depending on what is blocking your garage door from sliding smoothly up and down the track you might try lubricant, cleaning, reshaping, or possibly replacing the tracks of the garage door. Our experts at Garage Door Man can advise.

4. Springs & Cables Broken

If your garage door comes crashing down or hits the garage loudly when it closes, you may have broken or outlived your tension springs or suspension cables. These help to hold the garage door as it runs along the track and difficulty raising or lowering the garage door could be due to these springs or cables, which can be easy to repair or replace, even by yourself.

 

At the first sign of garage door problems, call Garage Door Man for your repair, replacement, remodel, and garage consultation needs. 

   

Do You Need Garage Ventilation and Insulation?

Your attached garage is an extension of your home, but do you think about it that way? Do you consider the temperature, ventilation, and security of your garage the same way you do for your main house? More homeowners should think that way about their garages, but fail to do so. We sometimes think of our garages as mere parking spots for our vehicles or storage for our lawnmower, but in reality, they’re just as much a part of the house. 

So what does this mean? It means that your garage also needs proper insulation and ventilation. There are many reasons to improve your garage’s insulation and ventilation, and today Garage Door Man will help you determine if you could benefit from upgrading your garage this summer. 

Garage Ventilation and Insulation

Traditionally, garages aren’t well ventilated. It’s not technically necessary since that giant door is going up and down every day, but you may notice that the air in your garage is stagnant, stale, smelly, or even harmful. Many people use their garages as workshops, so chemicals and shavings can release impurities into the air that make it unsafe to breathe. Our vehicles emit fumes and drip oils as well. Adding better garage ventilation can be as simple as adding a garage ventilation system to your garage door. Insulation is a little trickier. You may need to beef up the insulation in your garage walls and ceiling, then invest in an insulated garage door. This creates a more balanced and resilient garage that doesn’t swing with the temperatures. 

Benefits of Garage Ventilation & Insulation

  • Safety: A properly ventilated and insulated garage is a safer garage. Better ventilation means cleaner air, reducing your risk of breathing toxins and impurities. Better insulation means your garage will remain more temperate, protecting your vehicle, children, pets, and possessions from extreme cold and heat. 
  • Comfort: Have you ever climbed into your car on a summer afternoon to find it baking – inside your garage? It’s so much more comfortable to exit your home into a garage that matches your home’s interior instead of walking into an inferno or an igloo. 
  • Money: Did you know that your uninsulated, poorly ventilated garage is affecting your energy bills? Your garage gets hot, and that heat transfer causes disruption every single time you open and close your door. Even just the contact of an attached garage inadvertently warms and cools your house depending on the outside temperature. A garage that is better insulated and ventilated will be much easier on your home’s HVAC and decrease your monthly utility bills. 

How well ventilated and insulated is your garage? Have you noticed poor air quality, extreme temperatures, and high utility bills? It may be time to consider updating your garage to better support your needs and to improve the quality of your home. Garage Door Man can offer you a total garage upgrade that makes your boring garage a perfect option for whatever you need. 

   

The 4 Benefits of Garage Door Windows

How functional is your garage? Does it work well for parking your car? Is it a storage unit? Maybe it’s your workshop, or your kid’s bike track, or an art studio. Your garage can serve many different functions, and it should work exactly as you need it. Your garage can evolve over time to respond to the needs of you and your family. Perhaps in a few years, the sports equipment storage will become more important than parking your cars inside. When kids move out you can finally clear out all that extra storage in the garage to use for a mini-workshop. It all depends on what you need.

Garage Door Man loves to make garages more functional and even pleasant for owners. We want your garage to meet your needs exactly, and become more than just a parking spot or a drop zone.

Garage Door Man works with customers to create solutions for your garage door that will make it the perfect spot for whatever your home may need. Adding windows is one of our favorite ways to customize your garage, and we’re here to tell you why.

  • Light. The first and most obvious benefit of garage door windows is that they add increased light to the usually dim garage space. Have you ever tried to locate a dropped screw or discarded shoe in the sad lighting of a garage? It’s a challenge. No matter how you use your garage, increased light is the very best way to upgrade the space. Better lighting makes your garage feel more spacious, welcoming, and cheerful. It can help with whatever activities you need to accomplish in your garage as well.
  • Functionality. Garage door windows can help make your garage more functional all day and year round. Your kids can still ride bikes in there in the winter without having to open the big garage door. You can work on projects or clean out your car without needing a flashlight during daylight hours.
  • Safety. Increased lighting can also keep your garage space from becoming a comfy spot for pests and rodents who prefer dark corners. Light can also prevent mold and help show the buildup of dust and spiderwebs before they grow out of control.
  • Curb Appeal. It’s undeniable that garage doors with windows simply look better than standard garage doors. The windows provide a level of sophistication and curb appeal that looks more luxurious and expensive, even though garage door windows are affordable. This small upgrade can make a big difference in home appearance and value, as well as helping you stand out in the housing market.

If you’ve been considering a garage upgrade, we highly suggest the easy and transformative choice of garage door windows. This simple change can make all the difference in your garage door’s functionality, and there are options for every budget. Start by calling our garage door experts today to discuss garage door options that will work for you.

   

The Pros and Cons of Epoxy Garage Floors

Fancy flooring isn’t just for car dealership showrooms and million dollar homes. Any homeowner can enjoy the luxury and beauty of an epoxy coated floor for their garage. From simple epoxy coatings that you can do-it-yourself in a weekend, to professionally completed stunning garage floors that look like they’re out of a magazine. Have you ever considered this type of upgrade for your garage?

Garage Door Man knows all there is to know about garages, from doors to windows, to floors, we can help you determine exactly what you need to make your garage work for you. Today we’re covering the pros and cons of getting the showroom look of an epoxy coating on your garage floor.

Epoxy Garage Floors

An epoxy coating is a popular treatment for a luxury garage or showroom. It provides a coating for the concrete garage floor that provides better traction and protection against oil and other spills. Colors and patterns can be customized, and even the surface style can be catered to the way you use your garage. There are epoxy flooring kits you can buy at your local home improvement store to complete yourself, or you can hire professional contractors to upgrade your garage floor.

Pros of Epoxy Garage Floors

  • Resistance to Spills: one of the primary reasons you see epoxy floor coatings in auto body shops, showrooms, and even hospitals is because epoxy flooring is very resistant to oil, bleach, gas, cleansers, and even bacteria.
  • Enhances Concrete: another major benefit to epoxy garage floor coatings is that they enhance your concrete flooring. Your concrete garage floor is susceptible to water, oil, cracks, and abrasions. Adding an epoxy coating can protect the concrete and make maintenance much easier.
  • Appearance: It’s hard to beat the look of a glossy and stylish epoxy coating in your garage. It’s a fast way to make your garage more modern, luxurious, and even brighter since epoxy flooring reflects more light. If you spend lots of time in your garage, it’s a no brainer.

Cons of Epoxy Garage Floors

  • Preparation: without a doubt, the worst thing about epoxy coatings for your garage is the extensive preparation it takes to begin the process. The concrete garage floor has to be meticulously cleaned and prepared with various chemicals. It’s hard work, and not everyone is up for it.
  • Intense Process: after the preparation, the process of applying an epoxy coating to your concrete garage floor is intense. Many specialized and expensive products need to be used, and proper ventilation for the strong fumes is required. Carefully completing each step is vital to the success of the project, and it can take days. If you’re looking to DIY this epoxy garage floor you should do plenty of research into the process to determine if you can handle it.
  • Slippery When Wet: Like many plasticized floor coatings, epoxy flooring in your garage can become very slippery when wet. This can be a problem if you live in a wet or snowy state, but you can always add texture as part of the process if desired.

For your garage questions and needs, call us at Garage Door Man!