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Benefits of Garage Door Insulation

We recently added this insulation to a customer’s garage door. Isn’t it shiny!?

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Why should you insulate your garage door?

This is a pretty straight forward DIY homeowner project, but there are some things to keep in mind if you take it on yourself.

  1. You are adding weight to your garage door when you add insulation. Your opener, springs, etc are all working to support the weight of your door. By adding weight you could add strain and tension to those parts. Depending on your insulation, weight of your door and opener, you might have to make adjustments to your springs or other operating mechanisms to compensate for the added weight. When you add weight you are also putting more strain on your opener, which can make it break down faster.
  2. You can also mess with the balance of your garage door when you add insulation. Make sure you re-balance your door when you are done.

If you still want to DIY your insulation vs having a garage door tech do it for you, you can still save money by doing this and having a garage door company come out and inspect once you are done. They can make any adjustments to your springs, ensure your opener can handle the weight, and re-balance your door.

Benefits to Insulating Your Garage Door

  • Temperature control is the main reason people choose to insulate their garage door. If you are thinking about working in your garage, setting up a home gym or whatever ideas you have, making sure you are warm in winter and cooler in summer is key. Insulation really helps this!
  • Insulation helps to make your garage door stronger! If you use steel backed insulation, this is even more true!
  • Insulation also is a great noise reducer. If you live on a busy street, insulation can really help cut down on the noise in your garage, and in your home!

Give us a call today if you want to learn more about garage door insulation!

 

 

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Three Basic Ways to Care for Your Garage Doors

Garage doors among all exposed areas in the house need the most care. It is the part that gets the most beating from the elements and changes in weather. It protects the house from intruders and effectively helps the home save greatly when it comes to electricity consumption especially for those with insulated doors.
Why Care for Your Garage Doors

The reason why you need to maintain your garage door is simple. Garage doors are very expensive to replace and chances are, once the problem has worsen, it may be too late to salvage them altogether. As with anything, prevention is still a million miles better than cure. Here are some ways to care for your garage door:

  1. Lubricate often.

Having a dedicated garage door oil available or a silicone spray can help grease the wires and cylinders. This ensures the smooth opening and closing of the door. A few sprays are all it takes to keep them rust- free and quiet. If you use your door frequently, you should lubricate it every 6 months.

  1. Have a professional look into it.

As much as do-it-yourself techniques are convenient and much cheaper, having a professional garage door technician work on the door helps a lot in saving money and time in the long term. Issues such as misalignment can eventually cause the door to go unhinged from the base and put the residents at risk for accidents.

Having a technician check your door at least twice a year can also provide you the necessary advice on what needs to be done and what needs to be replaced or repaired. They easily detect parts that are showing early signs of malfunction. The goal here is to diagnose problems early and resolve them immediately so that further damage and accidents will never happen.

Schedule this at least once every six months for residential garage doors. Those used in business and have the door as the first line of defense against theft should be checked more frequently. Check the digital sensors and remote controls as well as the batteries. Anti-hacking programs should be incorporated in the gadgets connected to the door and have the CCTV thoroughly check to guarantee 100 percent view of the whole area especially the area leading to the door to the main house.

  1. Look out for paint peeling.

Paint peeling from the body of the garage door is a sure sign that the door has aged considerably. Schedule a re-painting immediately to avoid further exposing the material to air and dust, which cause the door or the parts to rust. Remember, rust is the number one enemy of any garage door. It can weaken its structure and further spread in the other areas of the whole garage door.

Take the painting job a step further by choosing one that is can guarantee UV protection and water resistance. This makes the paint work last longer and be more cost efficient in the process.

If possible, consider switching to sturdier materials such as stainless steel, fiberglass, or plastic which is rust-free and is virtually indestructible.

Maintaining Your Garage Door

Basic garage door maintenance includes lubrication, hiring a technician to check your door’s status, and looking for signs of wear and tear like rust or peeling paint. For repairs and complete maintenance work, contact a trusted garage door services company nearest you. Those in Placer County, California and nearby areas may contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

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Considerations for Buying an Environmentally Friendly Garage Door

Two violet, purple, amethyst, or lavendar garage doorsWhen the time comes to purchase a new garage door, you might consider going green. Today many people are concerning themselves with sustainability to the point where they consider the environmental impact of everything they do – Including the articles they purchase. If you are keen to be green, then you might want to consider buying a new garage door with the lowest possible environmental impact. If so, here are a few things to bear in mind when shopping for your new, eco-friendly garage door.

Consider the Material Used for Construction

The construction of your new garage door should be the first thing you consider when buying green. For example, if you want to buy a wooden door, make sure it’s made from composite, recycled wood and not from virgin timber. Steel and vinyl doors are also readily available which use only recycled materials in construction.

If you really want to be sure your garage door purchase has a low environmental impact, you should be prepared to ask a few questions of the supplier. Any reputable supplier or installer will be happy to give you a straight answer to the following questions:

  • Do you support sustainable business? If so, how?
  • Where do the materials for your doors come from?
  • How much energy is consumed in the manufacture of each door?
  • How will you dispose of my old garage door?

If you are shopping around and your priority is sustainability rather than price, ask these questions of all potential suppliers or installers on your shortlist and choose the one whose answers are most satisfactory.

Consider Insulation

If you are buying your garage door with sustainability in mind, then you should certainly purchase one which is already insulated. Try to choose a door with the highest stated R-value. However, it’s important to note that the R-Value claimed by manufacturers only relates to the door panels. You will still need to have weather stripping installed around your new door when it’s in place to stop air leakage into and out of your garage.

Buying a well-insulated garage door and installing weather stripping will win half the battle against heat loss from your garage and therefore from your home (or cool air loss if you are in a warm climate and use air conditioning). To get the maximum benefit from a green garage door purchase you should also have the walls and ceiling of your garage insulated.

Consider Durability and Finish

Finally, to have the least possible impact on the environment, you should make sure you buy a garage door which will stand the test of time. The more durable your door, the less materials will need to be used for upkeep and repair. You should buy a door with a protective finish, or be prepared to apply a finish yourself. This will actually extend the life of your door by further improving durability.

If you shop for your new garage door with these points in mind, you can rest with a clear conscience, knowing that you have done the environment one more small favor. Furthermore, you should end up with a new garage door which will protect your car and your home for many years to come.

 

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