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  • Garage Door Maintenance To Perform Before Winter Sets In

    Author: Garadry | November 14, 2018

     

    Your garage door stands as your property’s first line of defense against the elements. Protecting the largest point of entry into your home means it keeps out cold air that can chill you and drive up your heating bills. It does this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all winter. Though because your garage door is always there, it’s easy to take it for granted. That means you may not be giving yours the attention and care it needs to continue doing its job.

    Before the coldest days of the year settle in, take a moment to do some preventative maintenance. With these tips, give your door a fighting chance to stand up to the worst the season has to offer.

     

    Check Your Insulation

    Your door’s insulation is one of the most important aspects for keeping the draft out of your house. Check to make sure that it is still in good condition. If your garage door isn’t insulated or it needs replacing, you can find a kit at your local home-improvement store that will add protection.

     

    Install Weatherstripping

    Any gap between the door and the floor can allow cold air into your garage. Even a small crack of less than an inch might lead to big problems because melting snow could get inside and damage your belongings. This is why installing a threshold seal such as the ones made by Garadry are essential. Available in various sizes, they can close any gaps, offering superior protection and energy efficiency.

     

    Inspect the Hardware

    Frigid conditions can wreak havoc on metal and wood, so it’s a good idea to check and tighten your door’s hardware before the temperature drops. The heat of summer may cause bolts to expand ever so slightly — meaning they may be loose by the time the mercury starts to dip. This is also a good opportunity to apply grease to your opener’s chain or screw, and spray lubricant to your springs.

     

    Make Sure It Opens Smoothly

    Any hiccups in how the door opens or closes will be exacerbated in the winter, when the components are at their stiffest. Take a close look at the tracks and see if there are any obstructions that could be hindering its performance. Rollers that appear to be cracked, chipped or otherwise out of shape should be replaced as soon as possible, too. If your opener has an electric eye, check it for anything that may be blocking the infrared beam.

     

    Ensuring that your garage door will survive the winter is a good idea for many reasons. Not only will it prevent breakdowns that can be even more inconvenient during the season, but it can help keep your house more energy-efficient and lower your heating bills. Don’t wait until something goes wrong to pay attention to yours.

  • Prevent Fires In Your Garage

    Author: Garadry | October 30, 2018

    Each year, nearly 6,600 fires start in residential garages. These typically aren’t spotted right away. That means they tend to spread farther and cause more damage than those that start in other areas of a home. Hundreds of people are injured and more than 60 die as a result of these each year. The fact is, most of these tragedies could have been avoided with the proper precautions. Taking the time to inspect your garage along with some preventative steps could mean the difference between life and death. With that said, here are some imperative tips homeowners should follow to prevent a fire.

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  • Garage Door Weather Seals Explained

    Author: Garadry | September 19, 2018

    Your home’s garage door does a lot to protect your property. As the first line of defense against the elements, it blocks most of the weather, debris and pests found outside. However, any gaps in your door provide an opportunity for them to enter your garage. The results can be disastrous. Rain and melting snow can leak under your garage door and soak your belongings. Dirt, leaves and other debris can get inside and make your space a mess. Mice, insects and snakes can find their way into your property, building nests and spreading disease. To make sure your door provides the strongest level of protection against these threats, a garage door weather seal from Garadry is the best choice.

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  • How A Reinforced And Bottom-Sealed Garage Door Helps Provide Hurricane Protection

    Author: Garadry | September 13, 2018

    Most homeowners who live in areas prone to hurricanes understand what they must do to protect their houses from these devastating storms. They know to take precautions such as protecting windows, using tarps and securing loose items. However, not as many people think about their garage doors. They assume that because they are large and heavy, they already offer adequate protection against the elements — but this isn’t necessarily the case. To provide the most defense against gale-force winds and punishing rain, reinforcement and proper weather sealing are required.

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  • Maximize Your Home’s ROI With Garage Door Insulation

    Author: Garadry | August 3, 2018

     

    When most homeowners think of increasing home value, they tend to associate such projects with kitchen and bathroom renovations, a new outdoor deck or patio, or new windows. Many homeowners fail to realize that there's a very affordable, value-adding opportunity present to them, as long as their homes have a garage: garage door insulation. Yes, a garage does more than provide a place for your vehicles and yard tools — it also acts as somewhat of a window to the home.

    This post is designed to explain what garage door insulation is, its benefits and the type of value it can add to your home.

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  • Solutions To Common Garage Door Problems

    Author: Garadry | July 16, 2018

    When your garage door doesn’t work the way it should, it’s usually pretty obvious. Your garage door is built to open and close. What’s less obvious, however, is what the problem may be and how you can fix it. Because it’s easy to take our garage doors for granted, any problem with your garage door can seem like a disaster that requires professional intervention. However, that’s not always the case. Many garage door problems can be dealt with yourself — as long as you know what to look for and how to handle it.

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  • Proper Garage Door Maintenance

    Author: Garadry | July 16, 2018

    A well-maintained garage door is more important than many homeowners know. Not only does a properly functioning garage door help protect your belongings and property by keeping them secure, but it also plays a crucial role in the energy efficiency of your home. A garage door that isn’t taken care of can allow all sorts of unwanted things into your garage — including vermin, drafts and water. These all have the potential to cause serious damage to anything inside your garage as well as raise your energy bills through inefficiency.

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  • Six Things To Consider Before You Buy A New Garage Door

    Author: Garadry | June 4, 2018
    If you’re like most people, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your garage door. In fact, you probably only pay attention to it for those moments when you need it to go up or down. However, the truth is, your garage door does a lot of work — even when you’re not thinking about it. A high-quality garage door not only keeps your garage safe and looking good, but it also can save you money on your energy bills. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, don’t assume one is as good as another. Here’s a list of six factors to consider before buying your next garage door.
  • How To Hire The Best Garage Door Repair Company

    Author: Garadry | June 4, 2018
    Your garage door is one of the biggest investments on your house because of all the work it does. If it malfunctions, you want to be sure that you can get it fixed as quickly as possible. Not only does a faulty garage door create a serious inconvenience for you, but it also creates a safety hazard - leaving your garage vulnerable to intruders and energy loss. To get your garage door back to perfect working order, you need to find a reliable garage door repair company. Yet there are so many options out there, you may not know where to begin. With that in mind, here are some tips for finding a garage door repair company you can trust.
  • What Stops Your Garage Door From Opening When It's Cold Out?

    Author: Garadry | June 4, 2018
    There are a lot of reasons why it’s harder to get the day started in winter. It can be tough to get motivated when you wake up and it’s still dark outside, for example. You may not want to get bundled and brave another day of subzero temperatures. You almost certainly don’t look forward to another commute made longer by slick roads. Your garage door may have a hard time getting started in winter, too, but for different reasons. If you’re having winter issues with the garage door, here are some of the most common causes.

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