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Re-Purpose Your Old Garage Door

What happens to your old garage door when you replace your old one with a new one? You probably think, what can I do with it? It’s old. I can’t sell it. But there are some fun ways you can re-purpose the door you might not have thought about!

If you purchased your old garage door from a quality manufacturer, the materials are high quality and can be reused! Plus, it’s always great for the environment to re-use!

What to do with a metal garage door.

Metal garage doors are generally made of steel, which is a very strong material. These doors can withstand many natural elements, like wind and water, and even fire. This highly durable material can be used to create:

  • Something to hang plants on.
  • Shelves
  • Benches for your backyard.
  • A safe or vault.

The options are endless! Get creative!

What to do with an aluminum garage door?

Aluminum is also a strong metal, like steel. Except it is also malleable and light. When installing a new garage door, many prefer an aluminum door since it’s affordable while providing the same benefits as any metal.

Since aluminium is easy to manipulate, there are some fun projects that can be done with your old aluminium door:

  • Fence reinforcement
  • DIY room divider
  • Table or chairs for your backyard
  • A new grill!

What to do with your wood garage door. 

Don’t worry, we aren’t going to suggest you just burn your old wood garage door. There are some great ways to re-use the wood from your old garage door, including:

  • Accent panels for inside your home.
  • Use the wood to make new furniture. Cabinets, shelves, etc.
  • Use the old door as a headboard for your master bedroom!

Be creative!

This is a small amount of ideas of what you can do to re-purpose your garage door. There are great skilled local craftsmen you can call to do the work for you and create a unique piece of art or furniture for your home.

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How to Polish Your Wood Garage Door Using Natural Cleaner

When your wood garage door starts looking a little worse for wear, it might need a good polishing. There are tons of commercial wood polish on the market, but these days people prefer natural methods. While you can debate “green” all you want, a natural cleaner for polishing your wood door is a great idea.

Beeswax polish is cheap and simple to make, and is safe to use! Commercial wood polish usually contains petroleum as a base, and beeswax does a better job anyway!

How to Make Beeswax Polish For Your Wood Garage Door

The recipe is easy: beeswax and oil. You can use either olive oil or coconut oil. The first step is pouring the oil in a microwave safe dish. Then grate some beeswax into the oil. You want a ratio of 1 part beeswax to 4 parts oil.

Heat up the mixture in the microwave until the max is melted. This can take several minutes. Stir the wax and oil together until its totally incorporated. Let is cool, and voila! Beeswax polish!

How to Clean Your Wooden Doors with Beeswax Polish

First wipe down your doors with a vinegar and water mixture. This helps remove the dust and any other dirt from the doors and will make polishing much easier. Let the door dry naturally before you begin polishing.

Once the doors are dry, apply the polish directly onto the door. Take a soft cloth and start rubbing the polish into the door. Starting from the upper left corner and working down to the bottom right is a good method.

Apply the polish as evenly as possible. Once you’re done, wait for the wax to get hard. This can take several minutes. After the wax is hard, take your cloth and scrub the door until the wax turns glossy. Make sure to scrub the entire door for an even look.

 

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Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have is that their garage door makes too much noise. There are several items to consider, if the garage door noise has increased. It is important to first determine the cause because it may be a warning that something more serious.
Many of the causes of the increased noise are rather simple to fix, especially for experienced DIYers. Of course many times it is not the knowledge, but time that prevents them from completing these tasks. All of the things are very good reasons to call a garage door specialist to ask for advice.

Dampen Noises

Components to inspect for the cause of the noise include loose hardware, lack of lubrication, worn out rollers, and faulty door opener anti-vibration pads. All of these things may be rectified by anyone handy around the house. Below is a comprehensive list of inspect items to determine the issue.
• Garage door hardware loosens with use and can create a great deal of noise during operation. Use a socket or traditional wrench to systematically tighten all of the hardware.
• The second cause may be that they are so worn that they have begun to squeak when they move. A quality lubricant may do the trick, if the rollers are still in good shape. Non-silicone lube is best for metal rollers; however, if they are nylon, lubricate the bearings only and do not use any lubricant for nylon rollers.

Note: WD-40 is not a lubricant, but a powerful cleaner. Never lubricate the tracks with anything. This may cause the garage door to become unbalanced due to slippage. It may be wise to consult a professional for the lubrication or replacement process.

• Springs which are in need of lubrication tend to make a great deal of racket. A metal lubricant or motor oil may be used for them. Home owners should be aware that while this is a simple task, it is also extremely hazardous. Due to intense pressure it may result in injury to persons, death, or damage to personal property. Call a garage door tech for safety.
• Move garage door hinges from side to side to inspect for damage and wear. If these are worn, they will need replacement. If the hinges are not worn, they may simply need lubrication.
• Inspect the tension on the trolley apparatus to determine if it is loose as well as whether it is a belt drive or chain drive system. A metal lube may be used for a chain drive system. A belt drive system should never be lubed or greased. Check the garage door and opener instruction manuals for exact directions. In the event that the manuals have been lost, they most likely can be downloaded for free from the respective websites.
• Note that many types of concrete garages are noisy in general even when functioning properly. The concrete amplifies the noise from the garage door operation. It may be possible to insult the garage door supports to dampen the noise.

Let Us Get Started

Our professional garage door crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door consists of highly trained specialists. Contact us for any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to address them. We can take care of all of your garage door needs whether you simply have no time, no knowledge, or do not have the proper tools for your project.

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Why Repurpose Your Old Garage Door

When garage doors are no longer functioning well, it is only right to consider replacing them with a new one from a reliable garage door company.  Imagine how much you would have to spend for maintenance if your garage door gets broken every week.  However, one question needs to be asked: What happens to the old garage door?

Repurposing Your Old Garage Door

You may immediately think of disposing it to a landfill or sending it to be recycled, but don’t be too hasty because even though old garage doors may not be useful for your garage, it can still be useful for other things, especially considering the materials they are made of.

Repurposing is a good way to deal with an old garage door and give it a new life.  Here are some compelling reasons to repurpose instead of disposing old garage doors:

  1. To avoid waste of useful materials

Your old garage door may not be fit to guard the contents of your garage anymore, but the materials it’s made of are still usable and it would be wasteful to just put them on a landfill. The panels of a wooden garage door for example can be converted into a cabinet for your clothes. Your metal garage door panels can be used to make a safe.  Imagination is the limit to the things you can do with your old garage door materials.

  1. For the environment

Wasting your old garage door materials is also a burden to the environment. For example, if you buy a new wooden coffee table, some trees will have to be cut to make them. You can save some trees by re-using the wood from the garage door panels to make one.  Metals are mined from under the earth and the more mines there are, the more damage it may do to the ecosystem. So instead of buying new metal furniture, use instead the panels from the metal garage door and help save the planet.

  1. To make money

If you are savvy with tools and have a hidden artistic talent, you can make money by making artworks out of the materials from your old garage door. Maybe you can use the wood panels as an elegant photo frame and the metal panel into unique modern art.  Then you can sell them at the flea market for some cold cash. You can also sell the old garage door itself to some companies who will repair and refurbish it for those people who are looking for cheaper options

  1. Donating it

Donating your old garage to charity like for example to the group Habitat for Humanity, does not only give your garage a new purpose, it also  gives you that sense of  fulfillment  and joy that can only come from helping others. Charities will sell these garage door materials and the money is going to be used for their projects.

Don’t Dispose of Your Old Garage Doors

Don’t dispose of your old garage doors right away. Think first if there is something else you can use it for. The materials used in these doors are high-quality, especially if you have purchased it from a reputable garage door company. They are perfect for furniture, home decor, and modern art. You can also make money from them or help others by donating them to charity.

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