DIY: What You Really Can Do Yourself.

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So, to do yourself, or not? That is the question. Is DIY garage door maintenance or general upkeep something you can do yourself? Well, yes and no. There are definitely certain things you can keep an eye on, make sure they still work properly but there are also many things people try to do themselves and fail miserably. These failures can result in more money and headache than you originally started before your DIY pride got in the way.

What exactly can you do on your own? Well, here’s a few things you can do yourself:

  1. Tightening up all roller brackets several times a year.
  2. Check the garage door balance.
  3. Lubricate all moving parts of the garage door.
  4. Touch up weatherstripping with proper adhesive.
  5. Check the variety of safety features.

 

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Now, go on, keep an eye on your garage door. In case something more serious happens, you know we are here to take care of you guys. Garage Headquarters is here to make sure your home is beautiful, and safe.

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There Are So Many Choices….I Need An Adult!!!

Gosh, so many garage door choices, so many different prices, so many styles. It’s overwhelming, we get it, but luckily we’re professionals and we can help you out. Below are a few things you should think about before you purchase that new door.

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1. Modern or Classic? So there are a bunch of options even when just trying to narrow it down to just these. Normally, we like to look at, of course, your personal preference, but also what the outside of the house already looks like. It would not make much sense having a Victorian style house with a modern or barn-style door. Take a look, see what makes sense, don’t go over the top and have it be cohesive. Too much drastic changes in your home can result in a lack of curb appeal.

 

2. WiFi Or No WiFi? Having the latest and greatest technology is great! Forget to close your garage door? No worries, an app on your phone can close the door for you! Also, if you are starting to hop on the home automation train, having a WiFi enabled garage opener would be a great addition to your setup. There’s so many WiFi enabled devices to make your home do all sorts of cool things!

 

3. Is The Curb Appeal Worth It? Well, if you intend on selling your home in the future, then of course. If this is the home you will being staying in for many years, then you may have some concerns and we completely understand that. Increasing curb appeal for your particular home attracts potential wealthier neighbors in the future, plus forcing your current neighbors to step up their game!

 

This help you at all? Well give us a shoutout on our Facebook page, Twitter account, or LinkedIn page and we’d appreciate any feedback!

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So You Bought An Automotive Shop That Looks Like A Base Out Of “The Walking Dead”.

And you “saw the potential” in this place?!

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You started looking around, planning out the construction, where the lifts will go, the tools, cooling system…And you realize after the initial shock, that holy smokes, this looks like something out of The Walking Dead or some post-apocalyptic Mad Max compound.

Well, now after you beat yourself up a bit, you finally buckle down and think…well I already own it and have the loan, might as well make this something I can use. All the inspectors come in, check out the damage and you start contemplating insurance fraud (just kidding…but maybe). So what’s the cheapest way to immediately start securing your building, at a reasonable cost while still looking good?

Ever think of a custom commercial garage door?

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Yeah, something like that? Well over here at Garage Headquarters, we will assist you in any way we can with your new business, or if you’re looking for an upgrade to your existing door. We have a ton of products to choose from, and will customize it any way we possibly can to fit to your specific needs. Give us a call at (877) 624-2724 and set up an appointment for a FREE ESTIMATE!

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3 Reasons Why Your Rickety, Old Garage Door Needs A…Doorlift?

 

Get it? Facelift? Doorlift?

I know, horrible. But it made you click and really, that’s just awesome. I mean really, you’re a real peach coming by our blog and taking a look at the incredible info we have to offer.

Well, joking aside, your garage door is a crucial part to your home’s security. Here’s a little stat from the FBI that will wake you up: the average dollar lost per burglary in the US is roughly $2,185. OVER $2000!! That’s a lot of money to most of us! So, because we’re swell people over here at Garage Headquarters, here are a few reasons why replacing that dumpster fire of a garage door is more of a necessity than you think.

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1. Because it looks like you can’t wait to get broken into. And you know what, that’s just wrong. Showing that you do not upkeep the necessities in your home means more likely that you spend your money on the unimportant things, like computers, phones and video games. These kinds of things are easy to sell quickly, giving the burglars the perfect incentive to break in.

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2. Because technology is a heck of a thing! There are so many updates to garage doors, openers and keypads now to keep you, your family and your home more secure. Wifi garage door openers to make sure your door is always closed, even when you forget! (pssst. we sell the Liftmaster that’s in the picture above)

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3. Because you want to look spiffy and secretly want to one-up all your neighbors. When you are trying to sell your home, or increase the cost of your home to match up with the other homes in the neighborhood, garage doors are an effective way to make your home look spiffy! Curb appeal is crucial for increasing your home’s worth, and also drives organic traffic to your open house!

 

Well, it’s been a real blast informing you incredible people about something as vitally important as your garage door. Give us a call or shoot us an email on our website http://www.garageheadquarters.com and we’ll take care of you.

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June Is Garage Safety Month!

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We know…there are so many different monthly celebrations. National Pizza Month. National Baby Month. National this, National that. Well, this is actually a super important one. National Garage Safety Month is a time that we inform residential and commercial garage door owners the dangers you should be aware of while owning and operating your door. Take a look at these stats from a few years ago regarding garage door injuries from our helpful friends at Garage Door Child Safety:

 

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Estimated
USA Total
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1. Pinch/Crush Section Joints 7557 Fingers caught between section joints, includes amputations, avulsions, etc.
2. Falling Doors 2102 Door fell for whatever reason
3. DIY 1610 Person working on a door
4. Sharp Edges 805 Lacerations from door hardware or tracks
5. Glass 313 Lacerations from garage door window glass
6. Spring  313 Spring injuries
7. Broken Door 224 Miscellaneous injuries due to doors needing repairs
8. Other Entrapment 179 Half of these were fingers caught between rollers and tracks
9. Race To Beat The Door 134 People trying to get through the opening before the door closed
10. Riding Door 89 Children riding the door
Total
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But, come on. We’re not that much of a ‘Negative Nancy’. We will also give you some helpful pointers to make your ownership of a garage-door as uneventful as it should be.

 

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From us at Garage Headquarters, we hope you have a very safe rest of the month with your garage door. If you ever are questioning the safety of your current door, give us a call at (877) 624-2724 and have our expert associates and technicians install your high quality door for your business or home!

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5 Ideas You Should Think About Before Throwing More Baby Clothes In Your Garage

There it goes. Hundreds of dollars worth of baby clothes thrown in a moving box, taped up, then thrown into the garage to sit and rot. Boxes piling up to the ceiling, taking up so much space that parking your car feels like you’re docking a boat. Don’t even tell me the acrobatic maneuvers you have to perform to get out of the car without scrapping the blazes out of your car door.

Before you decide to finally donate those clothes to the people in need or recycle those 8000 boxes from online shopping, make a plan so you don’t fall back into this nonsense. Here are a few ideas if you feel like a lost puppy.

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1. Make it into a second living room for adults only. Take your garage and make it a separate living or entertainment area to have your friends and family come over where no kids are allowed. Set up a bar, put a nice surround sound, use the garage doors as a way to make it look modern and artsy, not just a plain white door.

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2. Make it the dining room you never had space for. Most “entry level” homes nowadays have an open layout which combines the living room and dining room together, why sacrifice? Instead, take advantage of all of your decorative ideas to create your perfect living room. Use the garage as a way to make it rustic, modern, or whatever YOU want!

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3. Make it that home-brewery you’ve always wanted. Craft brewing is a big thing nowadays. Everyone wants to make their own beer but use those small at-home brewing contraptions and have it come out tasting like garbage. Be that guy on your block who goes big or doesn’t even bother doing it.

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4. Make it a big race track for your kids, or you. Hey, people of all ages love miniature model car replicas. We’re not judging you if you like these little guys. Imagine if you had a huge race track that you could race on for hours and hours. You would also be the coolest mom or dad in the world if you had this (hint hint).

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5. Make it a workspace for your entrepreneurial side. Small businesses are a huge part of our economy. Without those small businesses starting off, they don’t have a chance to grow into a large business or keeping the competition alive for capitalism to thrive. Starting your business and getting a workspace for your employees is tough, make your garage that space with everything you need in there!

 

Well, I hope some of this helped for you guys. Or at least sparked a fire under you to finally clean out that storage facility…oh, I’m sorry…I mean your garage. Well, in any case, visit our website and check out our impressive variety of garage doors to bring that idea to life!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Garage Headquarters, we believe that knowledge is power. Understanding garages and the associated maintenance, will not only help you chose a new garage but enable you to get the most longevity. By identifying problems early, not only will your garage thank you, but your wallet as well. Since knowledge is power, below is a list of frequently asked questions about garages.

  1. Why should I use a professional garage door dealer/installer?

    A. At Garage Headquarters, we believe that the installation of a garage door is not a do-it-yourself job. A garage door is the largest moving object in your home and because of the large number of small parts, installation of a garage door is highly technical. Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous and proper installation is critical to the performance of your door.

    Professional garage door dealer/installers can typically install a door in a few hours and are careful to make sure safety requirements are met. Installations by most homeowners typically span several days and cause much frustration. In addition, incorrect installation can void certain warranties, so we recommend a professional handle the job for you. One of the other services a professional garage door dealer/installer can provide is the disposal of your old door, if you are replacing a door.

  2. Is 25 gauge steel thicker than 24 gauge steel?

    A. No. When comparing strengths of steel, remember, the lower the gauge number, the thicker (and stronger) the steel.

  3. Why should I choose an insulated door if my garage is not insulated?

    A. A garage door opening is very large. Insulated doors will help to reduce the transfer of heat or cold air into your garage. This is important for a number of reasons:
    1) If your garage is attached to your home, air in the garage can travel through the doorway to your living area.
    2) If you use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top priority.
    3) If your garage is below another room in your home, air can travel through the ceiling of the garage into the floor of the room above. An insulated door will keep temperatures in the garage fairly stable to reduce the temperature fluctuation in the room above.
    4) An insulated door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than a non-insulated door.

  4. What are the benefits of a steel door versus a wood door?

    A. Steel doors may require less maintenance than a wood door. Garage Headquarters steel doors are pre-painted with a factory-applied baked-on coating. Garage Headquarters recommends an annual cleaning of the exterior of the door with a common household detergent and warm water at least one time per year. Garage Headquarters wood doors are unfinished and need to be primed and painted or stained on all six sides of the door upon delivery. Garage Headquarters recommends visual inspection of the paint or stain finish on wood doors one time per year to confirm if another finish application is necessary.

    Q. What is required for installing an electric operator?

    A. In the event that an electric opener is installed, the top section of the garage must be reinforced with a strut or angle iron spanning the length of the top section.

    Q. I want to replace my old door, but don’t know how to dispose of my old one. Will my Garage Headquarters dealer take care of that?

    A. Most garage door dealers will haul your old door away after the new door is installed for a small fee. Discuss this with your local dealer when you get an estimate on your new door.

    Q. When I replace my existing door, can I keep my old track?

    A. Garage Headquarters recommends replacing your track when you replace your door because each brand of garage door has been specifically designed to work with a specific type of track. In addition, replacing your track is an inexpensive way to insure that your entire garage door system is as safe as possible. By replacing your track you also ensure that your door warranty will apply, in the event that you have a problem.

    Q. I have a one-piece door now. Can I replace it with a sectional door?

    A. Yes. Your professional garage door dealer/installer can install a sectional door for you by installing track and springs to accommodate a sectional door. Depending on the construction of your garage, other modifications might be necessary. We would advise you to ask your dealer to evaluate the job prior to installation, so that any required modifications can be performed.

    Q. I’d like to purchase a Garage Headquarters steel door, but need a color other than those you offer. Can I paint the door once it’s installed?

    A. Yes. All Garage Headquarters steel doors are pre-painted with a factory-applied baked-on coating that is suitable to be repainted. Garage Headquarters doors will accept a wide variety of commercially available latex exterior paints, when applied in accordance with the paint manufacturer’s recommendations. Do not use oil-based paints.

  5. Are special size doors available? I have a custom-built garage that features an unusual size door.

    A. Yes. Garage Headquarters offers residential doors in widths between 6′ and 20′ in two inch increments and in heights between 6’6″ and 12′.*
    *Not all door models are available in this range of widths.

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