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Tips for Choosing the Right Garage Door

Garage doors are like any other part of the house that also needs to be designed to fit in. Luckily for homeowners, more options in terms of material are now available and accessible for their use and needs. It truly is just a matter of knowing what kind of look and feel they want to achieve and where they are located to be able to have the perfect fit.

Are you searching for the right garage door for your home or office? Read up!

Aluminum

As a material, aluminum is really the most affordable among all. However, its greatest strength as a material is unfortunately its weakness: it’s malleable enough to adjust to any need but is more prone to dents or holes. Thickness-wise, it is also not as effective which of course makes it not ideal for extreme weather. It can also be given a different kind of finish to help it blend in further.

Good points: Easy to adjust to any kind of need there is, cheap to purchase, great for those in starter homes or looking for something not permanent.

Steel

Steel is probably the most common material for garage doors and is the most widely used in different capacities. It is, like aluminum, also very affordable. As a material, steel is also versatile and can be available in different styles and finish. It comes in various thicknesses, with 27 to 28 gauge being the most thick. Usually, commercially used garage doors are much thicker. Still, it offers very poor insulation.

Good points: Available in the market, can be adjusted for commercial use and great for places like factories and manufacturing plants. 

Wood

Wood is the go to material for homeowners who are more inclined to choose romantic-looking homes. Designers opt for stain-grade wood to fully maximize the color effect that wood provides especially for Mediterranean-inspired houses. But as expected, the upkeep and maintenance for wood garage doors can be too burdensome for homeowners who are more carefree. As most garage doors are located outside and near lush gardens, constant exposure to water can make the wood expand. Replacement is much more frequent for this material as well.

Good points: Gives off a really warm look to the house, timeless feel, great for people who have the patience to replace garage doors every year, provides better insulation than steel and aluminum, looks good from the inside as well. 

Fiberglass

As a material, fiberglass is the lightest and gives the least amount of pressure from the whole structure. It gives off a very modern vibe instantly as it is coated in aluminum frames. The aluminum frames can be painted later on to achieve the desired look for the place. Sadly, fiberglass is not made for extreme weather. It does get faded from repeated exposure to the elements.

Good points: Amazing material to incorporate for indoor use for to achieve modern looking apartments and retail spaces, durable and is a long-term investment given the price, good for beachfronts as it is salt water corrosion-resistant. 

Plastic

This is a very current material that’s steadily gaining ground. It can last absolutely for years as it is resistant to almost all kinds of garage door problems – rust, pest, and corrosion. It provides good insulation and it does not fade. Some plastic garage doors are even mixed with UV-resistant elements, making this the best material to ever hit the garage door business.

Good points: Almost lifetime warranty, zero to none maintenance, easy to clean and absolutely does not rot.

Whatever route you choose for your garage door, make sure that it fits your style, taste, and preference! It’s the only way to choose anything after all. If you’re unsure which material you should go for, you can always consult your trusted garage door maintenance company.

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A Quick Guide to Garage Door Cleaning

Imagine taking a friend of yours to your garage to see some of your collection and a dirty garage door greets both of you. What an embarrassment! Of course you would try to explain it away sheepishly, but your friend knows that you have just been too lazy to clean your garage door. Yes, your garage door needs cleaning too especially because it is exposed to dust and other pollutants.  A dirty garage door is an unhealthy garage door and soon, you may have to spend money to repair it.

Garage door cleaning is an essential part of maintenance and won’t take so much of your time. Here are the steps to quick and effective garage door cleaning:

Step 1: Get your tools

Prepare your tools for the job—bucket, mild detergent/dishwashing soap, hose and some rag or scrub brush.  If you are using a scrub brush, you have to make sure that it is not very hard or it will scratch the finish of your garage door. You can use any mild detergent that you have at home, never use a strong detergent or your garage door will look awful in the end.

Remember:

  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Mild detergent or dishwashing soap
  • Rag or scrub brush

Step 2: Wash and clean

  1. Fill the bucket with water and dissolve some mild detergent or dishwashing soap, not too much though or it will ruin the finish. You have to ensure that all the detergent is thoroughly dissolved in water. You have to check the bottom for soap powder that has not dissolved yet.
  2. After preparing your soap solution, attach the hose to the faucet and let the water flow. Wet the garage door using your hose. Make sure every part of the garage door is really wet so that you can proceed to the next stage without any problems.
  3. After wetting your garage door with water, get the rag or scrub brush and wet it with the soap solution you have just made, and scrub every part of your garage door. Don’t scrub it too hard though. Just be gentle but firm. To make sure that every part of the garage door is scrubbed, start from the upper left and scrub down to the bottom.   After completing one part, move the next area. Make sure it’s organized.
  4. After scrubbing, rinse the garage door using the hose.
  5. Let the garage door dry naturally.

Step 3: Inspect your garage door

  1. Check for peeling paint or warped paint. If you have a metal garage door, areas where paint peeled off are susceptible to rusting.
  2. Dust the tracks of the garage door. Stones or other debris there could affect how the garage door closes and cause many problems.
  3. Check the mechanisms of the garage doors to see if they have problems.
  4. You can also apply wax to metal doors to maintain the luster of the metal.

Clean your garage doors and check for problems at least once a month. If you spot areas that need repair work, call your trusted garage door company. Doing so will help you maximize and extend the life of your door.

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When to Replace Your Garage Door Panels

Most garage doors are made of panels, which allow you to close and open them easily. Sometimes these panels would need replacement for variety of reasons. While some of these reasons for replacing garage door panels can wait, there are many urgent reasons why they should be replaced immediately. Sometimes people don’t see the urgency for garage door panel’s replacement, which will result in them paying more costly repairs than they should.

Here are the possible reasons why you need to replace your garage door panels:

When it no longer looks presentable

If you love your house, you would want it to look its best.  When garage doors become ugly because the panels have become old and discolored, you might want to change it.  Remember the garage door is one of the most visible parts of your house from the outside. So, if you want people to appreciate your home contact a garage door company to help you find perfect garage door panels.

When it keeps the garage door from working properly

Even if only one garage door panel that’s bent, dent or misshapen, it could greatly affect how well your garage door works. When you raise up your garage door to open the garage and there is one that gets stuck because it’s misshapen, it could cause you a lot of problems. That is why it is important to replace your garage door panels when they are bent or misshapen. Door panels that are bent or misshapen are often caused by cars accidentally hitting the garage door.

When it’s very old and worn

Being proactive is a good way to ensure you will not face big problems in the future. When your garage door is very old, there is a chance it may be nearing its last days of usefulness. Garage door panels are subject to wear and tear.  If you have had those same garage door panels for years, maybe it’s time to have it checked by a garage door maintenance company and ask them whether you need to have them replaced instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen.  If you search online, you will find many good-looking garage door panels that may fit your desire, all you have to do is check them out.

Hire a garage door company

While there are many tutorials on the internet on how to change your own garage door panels, it is still best to hire a garage door company for some very good reasons. First, replacing garage door panels may take time, and if you are busy, you may find it hard to insert this activity on your schedule. Second, professionals do it better because they have the training and experience when it comes to garage door issues. Third, hiring garage door companies is absolutely risk-free because they get the job done right the first time and they do it safely, which will help you save more money in the long run.

If you see the signs above, don’t hesitate to call your reliable garage door company to have your garage door panels assessed. They can advise you on whether you need to repair or replace your garage door panels.

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