Make the Most of Your Garage Space

If you don’t use your garage for storing a car, then the space inside can go to waste. For many people, it is just a place to store clutter that you don’t use or want lying around the house. If you’re tired of the clutter and wasted space, then we’ve got some interesting ideas for other things you can turn your garage into.

A workshop

Does someone in your house have a hobby that could use a dedicated space? It might be woodworking, painting, renovating old cars, growing potted plants, or whatever else. You can put in a workbench, storage, and whatever else you might need. With a dedicated space for your hobby, you’re likely to spend more time on it – productive time that you can enjoy.

A kid’s playroom

Tired of the kids messing up the house? Then turn the garage into a comfortable and colorful place for them to play. This is especially good for garages that are connected to the house. You can lock the main garage door so that they’re safe, and they can come and go between the house and the playroom whenever they want. Add in storage units for their toys and a soft playmat or carpet for the floor.

A home office

If you work from home, it can be hard to find somewhere that allows you to work productively and distraction-free. Then why not turn your garage into your own home office? You can decorate it the way you like, put in windows to let in natural light, and move in all the office furniture you’d need.

A spare bedroom

Do you need an extra room for when friends and family stay over? Or perhaps you’re thinking of renting out a room to bring in some extra income? You can completely renovate your garage to turn it into a cozy spare bedroom.

A home gym

By turning your garage into a home gym, you’ll save money on expensive gym memberships and make it more likely for you to actually work out, since you don’t have to convince yourself to go all the way to the gym. You can buy the equipment that you’ll use and skip the ones you don’t, and you won’t have to wait to use a piece of equipment.

Whatever you decide to do with your garage space, make sure it’s secure from intruders and safe from extreme weather. A quality garage door from Carolina Garage Door will help you achieve this. Get in touch if you need a new door or garage door repair for your home around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.


New Garage Door Opener vs. New Garage Door

If you’re having recurrent problems with your garage door, then you might decide that it’s time for a replacement. But is it the actual door that’s the problem or is it the garage door opener? Let’s look at some signs that you need a new garage door and others that indicate you need a new opener to help you decide which is the best fix for you.

Replace your garage door if…

  • It’s more than 20 years old – Garage doors can last between 15-30 years on average. If your garage door has persistent problems with opening and closing smoothly, then it might be getting old and need a replacement. Garage doors suffer from wear and tear over time, especially if they are used frequently.
  • It’s visibly damaged – Maybe it’s been bumped a few times with the car or bikes, or has suffered damage during bad weather and storms. Whatever the cause, a garage door that’s badly damaged may be better being replaced rather than attempting repeated repairs.
  • It has outdated features – Older garage doors were much easier to break into than newer garage doors with more modern security features. Upgrading to a new garage door will give you access to better security and safety features.

Replace your garage door opener if…

  • Your door or opener vibrates – If you notice vibrations when opening or closing your garage door, then it’s probably a problem with the opener rather than the door itself. This could be caused by the motor in your opener being worn out, which could cause a malfunction if the problem isn’t addressed.
  • The door doesn’t open or close – If nothing happens when you press the open/close button on your remote (and you’ve already changed the batteries), then your opener is not recognizing or responding to the signal coming from the remote. This could indicate that the opener needs replacing.
  • Opening and closing randomly – If your garage door suddenly reverses or starts closing without anyone pressing the button on the remote, then it could be a problem with the garage door opener. This could be a big health and safety risk, especially if photo eye sensors are malfunctioning as a result, so get it checked out as soon as possible and replace your opener if needed.

If you need garage door repair or replacement in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, or Kernersville, then contact us at Carolina Garage Door.