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Preparing Your Garage Door for Summer

It’s almost summertime! And just like harsh winters can wreak havoc on your garage door, so can hot summers. To keep your garage door in good condition all year round and to avoid any surprise repairs, here are some tips to help you prepare your garage door for summer.

Check the finish

Cold weather, ice, snow, and hail may have caused some superficial damage to the finish of your garage door over winter. Check for worn areas and scratches on the surface of your garage door. You may need to repaint or refinish your door if it suffered from any extreme weather. If your garage door is often in direct sunlight, you might consider a paint or finish with UV protection. You should also properly clean the surface of your garage door to get rid of built-up dust and dirt that could damage the finish.

Check the weather-stripping and insulation

Weather-stripping and insulation will stop your garage from becoming too hot in the summer sun. Check around the weather-stripping to ensure it hasn’t become cracked or damaged, and replace it if necessary. Your garage door should also be properly insulated to control the temperature inside your garage. Consider upgrading your garage door if needed or purchasing a new garage door with insulation.

Test the sensors

Garage door sensors are a useful safety device that stops the garage door from closing if something is blocking its path. Unfortunately, bright sunlight can sometimes interfere with this process, preventing the safety system from working properly. If your garage door receives direct sunlight during the day, then you may be able to get around this problem by creating a shade for the sensors.

Lubricate moving parts

It’s important to keep moving parts well-lubricated to keep them functioning, in good condition, and to prevent wear and tear. Changes in temperature can cause hardware to expand and shrink slightly, which can leave parts vulnerable to wear and tear. So, make sure you lubricate all moving parts in time for the summer heat.

Book a garage door tune-up

As well as your own checks and maintenance, it’s a good idea to book a professional garage door tune-up in time for summer. A garage door technician will be able to inspect all the parts of your garage door, like the springs and cables, to make sure there is no damage and everything is functioning properly. If there are any problems, it is better for a professional to spot them now and fix them before they become more serious.

If you need garage door repair or maintenance in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or High Point, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our support and services.

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Weatherproofing Your Garage Door

The front surface of your garage door is always out in the open, making it subject to whatever weather you’re experiencing that day. Sun, wind, rain, snow, fog, and ice – your garage door has to put up with it all. All of this can weaken and even damage your garage door over time, especially during extreme weather conditions. But there are certain things you can do to protect your garage door from the elements.

Here are our tips for weatherproofing your garage door…

Make sure all the seals are intact

Garage doors should have seals and weatherstripping around them to help seal off any gaps that might let water, debris, and pests inside. These can deteriorate over time, so inspect all the seals around your garage to check if any of them need repairing or replacing. If you see any cracks in the weatherstripping or gaps between the door and the floor or walls around it, then contact a garage door technician to make sure your garage is properly sealed.

Add insulation

Whether it’s hot summers or cold winters, a properly insulated garage door can help to keep the inside of your garage at a comfortable temperature. This can help you save on heating and cooling costs inside, especially if your garage is attached to your home. If your garage door isn’t insulated, then you can add insulation or install a new garage door that is properly insulated.

Add a protective finish

Rain, snow, hail, and UV rays can all weaken or damage the surface of your garage door over time. The sun may cause the color of your garage door to fade while heavier weather like hail can cause scratches and dents. Plus, rain and humidity can cause metal doors to rust and wooden doors to rot or warp over time.

Your garage door should be sealed or finished appropriately to provide the level of protection it needs. The kind of finish you’ll need will depend on the material of the door and whether or not it is painted. This will help your garage door last longer in good condition. You can also paint the walls of your garage with a waterproof sealant to help keep mold and mildew out of your garage’s interior.

If you need help maintaining or repairing your garage door, or upgrading it to better withstand the weather, Carolina Garage Door are here to help. Get in touch for our garage door tune-up and installation services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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Garage Door Cleaning Tips

Your garage door takes up a large proportion of the front of your home, so you want to make sure it looks good. Part of this is keeping it clean all year round. Dust, dirt, and grime can build up on the front of your garage door, particularly in seasons with little rain. So, we’ve got some tips to help you keep your garage door clean and in good condition.

How to clean your garage door

When preparing to clean your garage door, you should fill a bowl or bucket with warm water and dish soap or any other kind of mild detergent. If you have a specialty car wash soap, then this would be preferred. You will also need a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth and your garden hose. In most cases, you can clean your garage door in just 4 simple steps:

  1. Rinse the front of your garage door with the garden hose to wash away any surface dirt and dust.
  2. Soak your non-abrasive sponge or cloth in the bucket of water and wring out the excess water. Wipe down the front of your garage door with the soapy sponge.
  3. Spray your garage door again with the hose to rinse off any soap or detergent left behind.
  4. Leave your garage door to dry thoroughly.

You should always avoid rough and abrasive materials when wiping down your garage door as these can scratch the finish of the door. Strong detergents can erode the finish, so always stick with mild soap or detergent. And you should not power wash your garage door as this can also be damaging to the paint or finish.

It’s a good idea to clean the inside of your garage door while you’re in cleaning mode. Even though this doesn’t add to the image of your home, keeping it clean will help to maintain its condition. While doing so, you should also check the hardware of your garage door, removing any debris from the tracks and lubricating moving parts.

Tackling stubborn stains

If there are still marks or stains left behind after cleaning your garage door, then you could try diluting bleach with water and using this solution to scrub away the stubborn stains. Still ensure that you use a soft cloth to avoid damaging the surface. And make sure you thoroughly rinse the solution off after cleaning to avoid damaging the finish.

If you need any help maintaining your garage door in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or High Point, then contact us for our professional garage door service.

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Give Your Garage A Spring Clean

Spring is here, and a lot of people are using this time to get their homes in order. It’s a lot nicer being cooped up in your home if it’s clean, tidy, and well organized. Giving your home a good spring clean will give you more space and make your home more comfortable, but make sure you don’t forget about your garage during this spring clean.

Garages can often be dumping grounds for everything you don’t use regularly. But not anymore. Giving your garage a thorough spring clean could transform it into another space you can spend time in. You could even repurpose it as a gym or playroom, for example.

Ready to get spring cleaning? Here’s how…

Start from scratch

You can’t clean around all the clutter, so the first step is to get it all out of the garage. Pile everything up on your driveway, in your yard, or in your house so you’re left with an empty garage (or as empty as it can be).

Scrub it clean

Now your garage is empty, it will be much easier to clean. Start by removing any larger bits of debris before vacuuming the entire space. Think about all the dust and cobwebs in the top corners as well as just vacuuming the floor. Dust off any surfaces such as workbenches and shelves. Then you can wipe surfaces clean with soap and water and wash down your garage floor.

Sort through your stuff

While the garage floor is drying, you can turn to that pile of things on your driveway. Chances are that you don’t need all of it, so sort through it and determine what can be thrown out or given away. Once you’ve decided what you’re going to keep, you can decide whether it still belongs in the garage or whether to find it another home.

Move back in

Now it’s time to move everything you need back into the garage. But you’re not going to pile it back in; you’re going to organize it so that you have a tidy garage with everything in its place. Use storage solutions like shelves, drawers, and wall hooks to organize everything properly. This will make your garage much more spacious and will make it easier to find things when you need them.

While spring cleaning your garage, it’s also a good idea to give your garage door a once over to check for any damage or faults. Now is the perfect time to book your annual garage door tune-up, so call Carolina Garage Door for all your repair and maintenance needs across Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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Attached vs. Detached Garages

When you’re moving home, you have a lot of decisions to make when determining the criteria for your perfect house. One of these decisions is all about the garage – do you want your garage to be attached to the house or detached? To help you make your mind up, here are some of the advantages of each choice.

The pros of a detached garage

  • No impact on home temperature – If you don’t spend much time in your garage, then you’re unlikely to be heating and cooling it to an ambient temperature. This means that the space will be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Since your garage isn’t attached to your home, this will not affect the temperature inside your home, which otherwise could make heating and cooling less efficient.
  • Less noise – Noise also won’t be transmitted through the walls between your home and garage with a detached garage. This means you can use noisy tools or instruments without disrupting the rest of your family.
  • Easier to extend – If you plan to extend your garage, you will have more flexibility to do so with a detached garage since you will not be limited by the walls of your house.
  • More secure – An attached garage provides an additional point of entry to your home. Your garage may be more vulnerable to break-ins compared to your home, but at least an intruder breaking into a detached garage won’t be able to get any further through it.

The pros of an attached garage

  • Stay undercover – Going back and forth between your garage and your home won’t be a pleasant experience when it’s raining outside. With an attached garage, you don’t have to step foot outside, making it easier and more comfortable.
  • Adds to the front of your home – An attached garage is a part of the façade of your house. This can boost your home’s curb appeal by making it look larger and complementing the overall design of the house.
  • Cheaper to build – If you’re building a new garage from scratch for your home, then an attached garage will be the simpler and cheaper option. This is simply because it will be using at least one of the walls that already exists in your home, so less building work is required.

We hope this has helped you make your mind up. Both are good options so it will, ultimately, come down to your own personal preferences and needs. If you need a new garage door installed after moving home around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our professional services.

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Maintaining Your Garage Door Cables

Your garage door cables are a vital component of the safety and functionality of your garage door. A snapped cable could lead to serious risk of injury, not to mention the cost of replacing the cable and repairing the resulting damage. So, it’s important that you keep them in good condition to prevent them from deteriorating too much. Here are some tips for maintaining your garage door cables.

Inspecting your garage door cables

Visually inspecting your garage door cables on a regular basis will ensure that you notice any damage or wear and tear to them. When inspecting your cables, you should check their condition both with the garage door open and closed. Look out for the build-up of dirt, grime, and debris on your cables. Check for signs of wear and tear such as fraying along the cables, rusting, and any bends or kinks in them.

If frayed cables are left and you continue to use your garage door, then they will continue to deteriorate and can eventually snap, which is a great danger. Another problem with the operation of your garage door may have caused the cables to become kinked or frayed, so it is important to call a professional to inspect your garage door so they can identify and repair any issues with it.

Maintaining your cables

There are certain maintenance tasks that can keep your garage door cables in good condition. Applying a spray lubricant to them can help to fight rust and oxidation. Just try not to use a too heavy lubricant as these can attract a lot of dust and dirt. You should also have a garage door technician check the balance of your door regularly to help prevent imbalances placing too much stress on the cable. This can cause the fraying and kinks that you want to avoid.

When to replace them

Your garage door cables should last several years, but it is important to have them replaced if they start to fray. You should also consider replacing rusting cables as the rusted areas will become weaker and may also lead to the cables breaking.

If your cables need repairing, maintaining, or replacing, then we advise calling a professional garage door technician as this can be a very dangerous job. The cables carry a lot of the load when lifting your garage door, so a mistake can cause the door to come crashing down hard. This is why it’s also important to have them replaced sooner rather than later.

If you need garage door maintenance or repair, whether it’s for your cables or something else, contact Carolina Garage Door. We provide garage door services for both residential and commercial garage doors around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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Why Is Your Garage Door Finish Fading?

You choose the perfect color to paint or stain your garage door. Then, over time, you notice it start to fade and no longer look its best. What causes this to happen? And how can you keep your garage door looking as good as new for years to come? Read on to find out…

What’s causing your garage door finish to fade?

The number one culprit when it comes to damage and degradation of your garage door is the weather. The sun, in particular, could be responsible for a faded finish. Because just like the sun’s UV rays are harmful to our skin, they can be harmful to other materials, too. Regular sun exposure causes colors to fade.

The heat from the sun can also do some damage, especially if your garage door is in direct sunlight for extended periods. The sun’s heat and rays can damage the top layer of the garage door and cause the paint to crack. Under ongoing extreme fluctuations of temperature, the garage door material itself can even start to crack and degrade, especially if its protective top coating has been worn down by the sun.

Wind, rain, snow, and hail can also cause your garage door finish to fade. It’s not only hail that can scratch your top coating, but also dirt and debris carried by strong winds. Prolonged exposure to moisture has its problems, too, including rusted metal and moldy wood.

How to prevent fading

There are a number of things you can do to help your garage door fight the elements and keep it looking good all year round. Firstly, figure out which way your garage door faces. If it faces southward or westward, then it will be getting the sun during the times of day it’s at its strongest. If this is the case, you should employ additional measures to protect it.

You could, for example, plant trees or install sun shades to keep the sun off your garage door. Another good idea is to finish your garage door with a paint or stain that is resistant to UV light. This will help to slow down the fading process and make your garage door last longer.

Make sure you inspect your garage door on a regular basis to check for fading, wear, and any damage. If you do notice that your finish has faded, then you can simply refinish it to give it back its original vibrancy.

If you’re in need of garage door repair or maintenance around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, High Point, NC, then contact Carolina Garage Door to find out more about our professional garage door service.

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Garage Flooring Options

When you picture a garage floor, the first image that comes to mind might be unfinished concrete. But it doesn’t have to be like this in your garage. Sure, you probably don’t want polished hardwood floors if you’re going to be working with tools and parking your car, but there are still a variety of flooring options that could improve the appearance of your garage and even make it more comfortable.

Let’s look at some garage flooring options for you to consider…

Polished concrete

If you’re happy with your concrete flooring but still want to neaten it up and make it look nicer, then you can opt for a polished concrete floor. This makes it look sleeker and more appealing than unfinished concrete, and is still tough and durable.

Tile flooring

There are various kinds of tile flooring you could choose for your garage. A popular choice is interlocking tiles or jigsaw tiles. These are commonly made out of rubber or vinyl and easily connect together with interconnecting grooves on each side of the tile. This makes them easy to apply and dismantle, so you can remove and replace a single tile if it becomes damaged. You can create a solid-colored floor or mix and match to create patterned flooring.

Roll out mats

Large roll out mats, as the name suggests, simply roll out to cover your garage floor. These also come in a range of materials, such as vinyl, rubber, and various plastics. They can be textured to create a less slippery surface. These mats create a durable surface that’s still comfortable underfoot, although you can’t remove sections when repairs are needed, unlike tiles.

Paint

Another low maintenance option is to simply paint over the existing floor to give it a nicer aesthetic and to add a layer of protection. You can choose from a variety of paint colors to achieve the style you like. Make sure the floor is clean and free of cracks before undertaking this.

Epoxy flooring

Epoxy is another option that you can paint onto your existing floor, except it creates a slightly tougher surface compared to paint, making your garage floor more durable and resistant to moisture. Again, you can choose from various colors and styles.

A new garage door may be first on your list of garage renovations (since it offers such a good return on investment), but think next about your garage floor. Having supportive flooring underfoot can be especially important in commercial garage spaces where workers spend many hours per day. So, think about the perfect flooring to go with your commercial garage door.

And for a new overhead garage door or a garage door tune-up around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, contact Carolina Garage Door.

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The Most Sustainable Garage Doors

If you’re choosing a new garage door, then one of the factors you consider in your decision might be sustainability. Lots of people are trying to do their bit to make their daily habits a little more eco-friendly. Luckily, since garage doors can last decades before they need replacing, there’s already no a lot of waste involved. But choosing the right materials and supporting sustainable manufacturing practices are small changes that can contribute to a big difference.

Here are some of the most sustainable materials you can choose for your garage door…

Wood from responsible sources

Wood is a relatively sustainable material because it is produced naturally in the earth rather than manufactured, making it renewable. But it is not a limitless material, and the negative effects of deforestation have been documented around the world. If you opt for a wood garage door, do some research into the suppliers to ensure that they source the wood responsibly and follow environmental regulations. Responsible practices may include replanting trees after harvesting others for manufacturing.

Recycled materials

Recycling materials rather than wasting them is another sustainable practice. Garage doors can be made from recycled or reclaimed wood as a more environmentally-friendly option. Waste steel and aluminum can also be used to manufacture garage doors, making this a sustainable process that doesn’t involve cutting down trees.

Insulative materials

If your garage and garage door are properly insulated, this means you need to use less energy to keep your garage at a comfortable temperature. This is especially important if your garage is attached to your house. So, it’s important that you choose insulative materials for an eco-friendly garage. Wood is a better insulator than metal, making it a greener choice.

Aluminum is the worst insulator of the commonly used garage door materials because it is lightweight and thinner than steel. If you opt for a steel or aluminum garage door, then you should add insulation to your door to improve this property.

The pros and cons of windows

Will adding windows to your garage door make it more or less eco-friendly? The answer is complicated. They will let light in during the day, meaning you’re less likely to need lights switched on inside. But this depends on the size of the windows and how much light they let in. You may still need some lights on inside, mitigating their benefit. Make sure you opt for energy-efficient lightbulbs in your garage. The downside of windows as that they will let in more of the cold from outside (or the heat during summer), increasing your heating and cooling demands inside.

How sustainable and eco-friendly can you make your garage door? Contact Carolina Garage Door if you need any help choosing the right materials and style, or installing your garage door in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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Make Garage Door Maintenance Your New Year’s Resolution

Often, new year’s resolutions revolve around looking after our bodies or our bank balances more carefully. Unfortunately, more often than not, these new year’s resolutions fail by around February. We fall back into old, familiar habits and forget about the things we pledged to do.

The same can be said for garage door maintenance. We have the best intentions to look after our homes and garages, but then life gets in the way and we forget to do those little checks or put off booking a garage door tune-up.

Make 2020 the year you make a change and start taking good care of your garage door! Here are a few things to prioritize this year with your garage door…

Give it a once over

Here’s something you can do right now while it’s on your mind. Go out to your garage and open the door. Pay attention to how it opens and how much noise it makes. If you notice loud or unusual noises, if the door doesn’t open smoothly, or if it looks crooked, then it’s worth calling a garage door repair technician to arrange a tune-up for it. Don’t put it off!

If it opens fine, check around all the hardware to ensure everything’s in good condition. Make sure there are no loose bolts, that the cables aren’t frayed, and that the springs aren’t damaged. Monitor the door when you close it as well to spot anything unusual in the way it operates. Remember, if something seems off, call a professional.

Plan a maintenance schedule

A quick inspection like the one we’ve just described should be done at least every few months, if not more frequently. To help you stick to this for the year ahead, schedule a date and time for all your routine inspections. This could be once a month or every two months, for example. Put them in your calendar and even set a reminder on your phone to make sure you stick to your maintenance resolution.

Book a garage door tune-up

If it’s been a while since you last had a professional tune-up for your garage door, then call a repair technician now to schedule a time for them to come around. If you’ve had one in the last 6 months, for example, and your garage door and opener still seem in good shape, then plan when you’re going to book your next one. Mark your calendar for 3 months from now, for example, when you’re next due professional maintenance. And, in the meantime, pledge to call a professional if something goes wrong with your garage door.

If you need a garage door tune-up or repair in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or High Point, then contact Carolina Garage Door today.