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How to Childproof Your Garage

Once your child starts crawling and then walking, their surroundings are like an adventure park waiting to be explored. Parents and grandparents know to childproof their homes to keep children away from sharp objects, chemicals, and other dangers. But, often, the garage is forgotten about. Sure, you don’t spend much time in there, but there are lots of things in the garage that could pose a threat to your curious child.

Here are some quick tips for childproofing your garage and garage door.

Keep the photo eyes clear

All modern garage doors now come with safety features like auto-reverse. This feature depends on two sensors at either side of the garage door, close to the ground. If something is stopping these sensors from “seeing” each other (like a small child in the path of the door), then the garage door won’t close and may reverse its direction. Keep these sensors clean and clear of debris so they can properly communicate with each other.

Keep remotes and keypads out of reach

If the remote to your automatic garage door opener gets into the hands of a child, they could easily get themselves hurt. Make sure the controls to your garage door opener, whichever form they’re in, are out of reach or locked away if necessary.

Keep tools out of reach

Most people store their tools and other sharp, heavy objects in the garage. Find a place to store these that’s well out of reach or secured with either child locks or actual locks. And make sure you always tidy them away after you’ve used them. Don’t leave them lying around for little hands to get hold of. The same goes for storing chemicals and gasoline.

Keep vehicles locked

If you store a car or other vehicle in your garage, make sure you always lock it before leaving the garage. If a child can get inside the car, they might be able to release the handbrake and roll the vehicle. A small incident like this probably won’t injure the child, but it could damage your car and garage door.

Regular garage door tune-ups

Your garage door can be extremely dangerous, especially if it’s not maintained properly. Broken garage door springs can fly off and seriously injure someone, or a damaged door can suddenly drop. Make sure you arrange regular maintenance and tune-ups for your garage door and call a garage door repair technician if you notice any problems with it.

If you need a garage door tune-up or a new garage door with modern safety features, then contact Carolina Garage Door. We operate around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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Are Metal Garage Doors Better Than Wood Doors?

There are lots of different materials you can choose for your new garage door, even the lesser-seen glass garage doors. But, the two most commonly used materials are wood and metal. Typically, either aluminum or steel are used in metal garage doors, and various types of wood can be used, such as plywood or cedar.

If you’re in the market for a new garage door, this article will help you decide whether you should go for wood or metal.

The benefits of metal garage doors

  • Highly durable – Metal garage doors, especially steel ones, are extremely tough and can stand the test of time. It is difficult to scratch or dent metal doors, and they are not sensitive to the elements like wood doors, which can warp due to moisture and expand in the heat.
  • Lower cost – With average prices of $740-$1,140 installed, metal garage doors are generally the cheaper option compared to wood doors.
  • Low maintenance – Unlike wood doors, metal doors don’t need sealing, sanding, and refinishing. In general, metal doors are much easier to maintain, which could mean you save money on garage door maintenance in the long-run.

The benefits of wood garage doors

  • Better insulation – Wood is a much better insulator compared to metal. This means that the inside of your garage will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without you having to run AC or heating inside. As well as saving you money on energy bills, this could also mean you don’t have to spend extra to insulate your garage and garage door.
  • A luxurious aesthetic – Most people consider wood to add more of a luxury appeal to the front of their home, compared to metal. It can also be matched to other elements of your home like the front door or window frames, creating a cohesive, elegant look.
  • Adds curb appeal – With better aesthetics also comes improved curb appeal. If you’re looking to sell your home, then installing a new wood door could raise interest in your home and perhaps even add to its value.

Whichever you choose, Carolina Garage Door can help you choose the perfect garage door and install it at your home or business. Get in touch for our installation services or for a garage door tune-up around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.