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. 

   

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.

   

How To Prevent Garage Door Rust

One reality of our garage doors is that most of them are steel, with steel hardware and mechanisms. The great thing about steel garage doors and mechanisms is that they’re durable, hardworking, and lightweight, making them an excellent material for a garage door. One drawback about steel garage doors and mechanisms is the inevitability of rust. Rust can commonly accumulate on your steel garage door panels or garage door mechanisms due to moisture or age.

Have you noticed rust anywhere in your garage? Maybe it’s time to check. As we come out of the winter months and into spring and summer, you may find rust has begun to appear due to the moisture in your garage during the winter and wet spring we’ve had.

Garage Door Man is here today to share our expertise in the field of garage door maintenance, rust prevention, and rust removal for garage doors.

Garage Door Rust

Rust is more than just an unsightly addition to your garage door. Rust can cause potentially serious issues for your garage door and garage door mechanism. Rust is corrosive, which means it weakens and breaks down the metal of your garage door and garage door mechanisms, making them less durable and even less functional. Left untreated, garage door rust can compromise your entire garage door system. Further, rust in your garage door mechanism can create creaking, squeaking, clunking, and other scary sounding noises as your garage door operates.

Preventing Rust

The best way to prevent rust is to choose galvanized materials for your garage door. Galvanized metal is dipped in a zinc solution that resists rust and other forms of corrosion. Be sure that your garage door utilizes galvanized metal and that any replacement parts you use are also galvanized.

To prevent rust on your garage door panels, paint the panels with an even coat of latex-based paint. Be sure to get the sides and edges of your garage door panels as well, to prevent moisture and rust. Your garage door panels should be repainted every 1-2 years to ensure continued protection against rust.

Lubricating your garage door mechanism is another way to prevent rust and other buildup. Clean your garage door mechanism first with gentle soap, then apply a thin layer of an oil lubricant such as household oil or WD-40. This will prevent scratching which can invite rust. Apply lubricant every 4-6 months or as needed to prevent rust.

Garage Door Rust Removal

First begin by cleaning the entire area affected by rust with a mild detergent and dry thoroughly. Once clean, take the time to carefully sand down the rust. This will take a lot of work and finesse, especially if the rust is in hard-to-reach places. Use sandpaper or a power sander if you can access it. Once all the rust is removed, carefully wipe and dry all moisture. Then prime and paint to prevent further rust damage.

For all of your garage door needs – resurface, repair, replacement – call Garage Door Man.

   

Bug-Proofing Your Garage

The garage is an important storage zone for your home, as well as a functional space for your cars, toys, and gear. However, the garage can also become breeding grounds for bugs and creepy crawlies. Your garage door opens multiple times a day, and your cars and bikes drag in dirt and other debris. If food or crumbs are dropped, it can be an even more appealing space for critters. Keeping bugs out of your garage can be important for keeping your kids safe, eliminating webs, and minimizing damage to the storage in your garage.

Garage Door Man wants to help you create the perfect garage to meet your needs, and that includes keeping it clean and bug-free. We are here today to give you some helpful tips for bug-proofing your garage for spring and summer.

Bug-Proofing Your Garage For Spring and Summer

Start Clean. Begin by removing all of your belongings from the garage on a sunny Saturday. It’s important to start with a totally empty garage since bugs and attractive elements can be hidden all around your garage.

  • Sweep Away. Sweep out all dirt and crumbs from your garage floor, then be sure to sweep off spider webs and debris from your wall junctions, corners, and the fixtures of your garage door mechanism.
  • Seal Holes. Bugs can find their way into your garage through the tiniest of holes and nearly invisible cracks. Take this opportunity in a clean, empty garage to identify any cracks, holes, or damage. Use caulk to seal off any holes or damage to prevent bugs from entering and setting up shop in your garage. Put new weatherstripping or rubber seal on the bottom of your garage door to keep any bugs from sneaking under.
  • Repairs. Any standing water will attract bugs and create mold. Check for any plumbing leaks or issues with your water spigots and have them repaired. If you are concerned about the functionality of your garage door, call Garage Door Man for repair or replacement of your garage door.
  • Spray & Prevent! Spray the baseboard of your garage and the exterior of your home with insect repellant. You can get bug repellant at a home improvement store or you can call an insect control company to service your home regularly. Consider placing bug traps in the corners of your garage and anywhere you saw bugs when cleaning out your space.
  • Airtight Storage. If you store food, dog food, barbecue supplies, coolers, or anything else with a food smell, it’s important to seal these in airtight containers. Use plastic tubs, metal bins, or plastic bags to contain anything that will attract bugs.

Keeping your garage bug-free is easy, and helps maintain the cleanliness of your garage and storage. It’s well worth the time and effort to keep your garage in pristine conditions since it will save you time, effort, repairs, and gross cleanup in the future. Garage Door Man stands ready to help you with any garage updates, repairs, or maximizing your garage space.