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Your Garage Door Balance

A lot of homeowners probably don’t give their garage door much thought. It’s often seen as a reliable fixture of the home that works as and when you need it. But garage doors shouldn’t just be ignored. They need proper care and maintenance in order to keep them in good working condition.

One thing that should be kept in mind is your garage door’s balance. Read on to find out more about this and how to keep it in check.

What is garage door balance?

Your garage door needs to be properly balanced in order to open and close smoothly without causing any strain on the various parts of the garage door. When a garage door is balanced, it means that the weight of the door and from the force of lifting and lowering the door is evenly spread across the garage door spring or springs. An unbalanced door, if left that way, could cause the garage door spring to snap as well as affecting other parts.

Signs your garage door might be unbalanced

If you notice that your garage door starts opening more slowly, less smoothly, or that it makes more noise when opening and closing, then it could be a sign of an unbalanced door. You may also notice that your garage door opens slower on one side than the other or that it stops opening or closing completely.

How to check your garage door balance

To check your garage door balance, you should disconnect the door from the opener while it is closed. You should then manually open the door and observe whether you can move it easily and smoothly. Check also that the door remains straight when moving up and down, rather than sloping to one side.

Then, open your garage door part way and, ensuring you and any other people or obstacles are carefully out of the way, let go of the door to leave it open. The door should remain open and should be level if it is properly balanced.

What to do if your door isn’t balanced

Balancing a garage door requires adjusting the springs, which could be torsion springs or extension springs. This can be extremely dangerous if you are not experienced with this kind of garage door repair, so we would always recommend that you call a professional when garage door springs are involved.

If your garage door needs balancing or you require other types of repair or maintenance, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our professional home and commercial services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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The Best Roof for Your Detached Garage

If you’re building a detached garage for your home or are upgrading and maintaining an existing one, there are a lot of factors to consider and areas to design. As well as your garage door, the roof of your garage is an important choice. For attached garages, your roof is likely going to be the same as that of your house, but you’ve got a little more freedom when it comes to detached garages. Let’s look at some of the styles and materials for you to consider for your detached garage roof.

Mix or match?

If your garage is a separate building to your house, then you might want to style it in this way by having a contrasting roof. Or, you might want to match the roof to your house to create a sense of unity between the two. This decision primarily comes down to preference, although some materials can be better suited to a garage than a house, adding practicality factors to consider.

If you are mixing things up between your house and your garage, you might still consider adding a unifying factor. For example, a trim below the roof may match even if the roof itself doesn’t.

Garage roof materials

The material for your garage roof needs to be durable and weather-resistant. Shingled roofs have long been popular, most commonly asphalt or fiberglass shingles, or even wood materials like cedar and redwood, which are naturally moisture-resistant. Shingles can be a stylish choice and asphalt is impressively long-lasting, but it is not the most eco-friendly material to choose.

A tiled roof can give a similar aesthetic as shingles, with some more sustainable material options. Clay tile roofs provide a classic look for increased curb appeal, but this can be an expensive option. Another option is slate tiles or other types of natural stone. The downside of clay and slate tiles, however, is that they are heavier than other materials.

Metal roofs are becoming an increasingly popular choice thanks to its durability and the fact it is more environmentally-friendly than asphalt. Aluminum and lightweight steel roofs are among the most common. The appearance of metal roofs might not be for everyone, but their variety of styles and designs have come a long way to make them much more aesthetically pleasing. Copper roofs are a particularly stylish choice, but these are much more expensive than other options.

If you’re upgrading or building a garage for your home, contact Carolina Garage Door for all of our garage door installation, repair, and maintenance services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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Does Your Garage Need A Side Door?

At Carolina Garage Door, we specialize in the large garage doors that make up a large portion of the front of your home. These are the main entrances for most garages and have the most impact in terms of style, function, and curb appeal. But let’s not forget the lesser talked about entrance to garages across the country – the side door. If you’re deciding whether or not to add a side door to your garage, read on for some insight into the subject.

Commercial garage side doors

In a commercial setting, a side door to a garage is often called a personnel door. This alternative entrance is usually necessary because a lot of people will be going in and out of the garage throughout the day. Opening and closing a full commercial garage door each time this happens is more time-consuming and wasteful, so a personnel entrance is added for greater convenience.

This can also help with temperature control in spaces where this is important, such as in refrigeration. Having the main, larger garage door open more often could cause the temperature to rise if it is warmer outdoors than inside the garage, and vice versa in other situations.

Residential garage side doors

While side doors are less important for residential garages, they can still be useful and add convenience to your day. Just like with a commercial garage, you can save a little time and energy by entering or exiting your garage through a side door rather than opening and closing your garage door with an electric opener.

Plus, if your garage is attached to your home, a side door connecting your house to your garage allows you to go in and out without going outside, which is convenient in bad weather especially.

There’s also a benefit when it comes to noise reduction. If you need to access your garage early in the morning or late at night when others in your house may be sleeping, then a side door is much quieter than the noise of opening and closing your garage door. Of course, this won’t make a difference if you need to get a car in or out of the garage, but can be useful in situations where you’re just going into the garage to use a workbench or retrieve something, for example.

If you want to add a side door to your garage or need any other installation, repair, or maintenance services for your garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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All About Garage Door Trim

If you’re looking for ways to spruce up the front of your home and improve curb appeal, then your garage door should be one of your main targets. Your garage door takes up a large portion of the front of your home that’s visible as people drive by or when you walk up to it. So, we believe it’s something that you should take pride in.

If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your garage door, then you could try a decorative garage door trim.

What is a garage door trim?

Garage door trim is made up of decorative boards, most often associated with carriage house or barn style garage doors. These boards are available in a variety of materials, colors, and styles to suit the aesthetics of your home and garage door. Garage door trim is added to the outside face of your garage door or around the edge of the opening.

Why add garage door trim?

Garage door trim is added to garage doors to provide a more decorative and aesthetically pleasing design. They are often in a different color to the garage door itself, such as white boards on a dark garage door, to produce an attractive contrast. They also provide a sense of framing on the garage door, separating different sections and emphasizing the difference between the door and windows, for garage doors that have windows.

All in all, garage door trim can help your garage door stand out and improve your home’s curb appeal.

Garage door trim design ideas

You have lots of different style and design options when it comes to choosing and installing garage door trim. We’ve already mentioned the idea of a contrasting garage trim, such as a black trim on a white garage door to create an interesting contrast that stands out. You could also choose a trim that matches the front of the rest of the house, helping to seamlessly blend the garage door with the house exterior.

The thickness of your trim is another consideration. You could have a thin, subtle trim around the edge of your door or a thicker trim for something a little bolder. You could also opt for a curved trim for a softer, more rounded look.

If you’re going for a carriage house style, then the trim is usually on the face of the door rather than around the edge. There are lots of different styles of trim to choose from, such as cross rails, center posts, and V bucks, Z bucks, or cross bucks.

If you need help designing or installing your custom garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for all of our residential and commercial services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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How to Hold A Garage Sale

Garages are great places for storing all the things you no longer need or use. But it comes to a point where you actually need to get rid of those things to make more space for storing other items or just more space to move around in. Luckily, you don’t have to move your items far if you want to sell them or even give them away. You can just hold a garage sale in your driveway or inside your garage. Read on for some tips on how to hold a successful garage sale and finally get rid of your unwanted clutter.

Seek out good weather

Not only is a garage sale in the rain no fun, it could also lead to water damage to some of your items. Plus, people will be less inclined to come to your garage sale because they’d rather stay indoors where it’s dry. Check the forecast before you schedule your garage sale, and consider rescheduling it if the forecast changes.

If you simply can’t avoid the bad weather, then some kind of canopy or tent could help you, your belongings, and your customers stay dry. Or you could hold the sale inside your garage if you have space.

Clean your belongings first

Some of the things you’re selling might have been untouched for years, so give them a quick check to see what needs cleaning. Wipe off the layer of dust on ornaments, put any clothes through the laundry, and scrub the dirt and grime off anything that has it. Your items will look more attractive as a result and people will be more likely to buy them.

Advertise your garage sale

You need to make sure people know that your sale is happening, so you need some advertising. Depending on the size of your garage sale and the area you live in, this could simply involve putting signs and posters up around the neighborhood, or you could advertise it online for more exposure.

Be willing to barter

People love looking for bargains at a garage sale, so don’t be surprised if people try to get you to lower your prices. You’re more likely to sell if you’re open to this. Set an advertised price for each of your items but also consider how low you’d be willing to go for each of them, this way you’re prepared for the bartering.

Collect plenty of change

You should start the day with plenty of coins and notes of different amounts to ensure that you can make change for anyone who needs it. Someone might decide not to buy if they find out that they can only purchase something if they have the correct amount of change.

Be fully prepared for your garage sale with a complete garage door tune-up before the big day. Contact Carolina Garage Door for all your garage door repair and maintenance needs around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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The Pros and Cons of Roll Up Garage Doors

If it’s time for a new garage door, either commercially or residentially, then you might be wondering how to navigate all your different options. From wood to metal garage doors, various colors and finishes to choose from, and all the different styles of garage doors. As one of the most common garage door types, let’s look at roll up garage doors and some of the pros and cons of choosing one.

What is a roll up garage door?

A roll up garage door is made up of lots of small slats that essentially fold up one by one, causing the door to roll upwards in order to open. The rolled garage door sits at the top of the door when open, then rolls back down vertically to close. These are most commonly made from steel or aluminum, but fiberglass or wood can also be used.

The pros of roll up garage doors

Roll up garage doors are ideal for homes and garages with limited space. They tuck themselves up and out of the way when open, requiring very little clearance space when opening or closing. This means you’ll have more space in your garage to fit your vehicle or to store more things. And since the door doesn’t move into the ceiling of your garage, like some doors that open up and inwards, you can use your ceiling space for storage, too.

Roll up doors are extremely versatile. As already mentioned, they are available in a variety of materials, each with its own benefits, and are also available as either automatic or manual opening doors. They can also be made in a variety of sizes, meaning they can be made to fit large commercial garages. Roll up doors can also be insulated, helping with energy-efficiency and sound reduction.

A roll up garage door is also durable, particularly the steel options. This means they can effectively withstand weather conditions and will last a long time before needing replacing. Plus, they’re relatively easy to maintain.

The cons of roll up garage doors

When it comes to the potential downsides of roll up garage doors, they are not always a favorite when it comes to aesthetics. Particularly with steel rolling doors, some people find their appearance to be a little too industrial. They can be painted or finished in a variety of ways, but this should be done before installation. Customization options after installation are limited.

Since the installation can be complex, the initial costs of a roll up garage door can be higher than other alternatives. It is also not a job that you should DIY. Make sure you call a professional garage door technician to install your roll up garage door.

If you require installation, maintenance, or repair for your roll up garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our professional garage door services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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How to Keep the Air Inside Your Garage Clean

Between parking your car and storing a variety of chemicals and other toxic materials, it can sometimes be difficult to prevent the build-up of fumes inside your garage. While the air quality in your garage may not be as important as the air quality inside your home, it’s still an area you should try to keep clean for the health of your family and your property.

As well as being exposed to this air while you’re in the garage, toxic fumes can also seep into your home if you have an attached garage. Let’s look at some tips on how to keep the air inside your garage clean and healthy.

Run motors outside

If you have a lawnmower or other types of equipment, such as a chainsaw, that runs on gasoline, then you should always start these up and use them outside in the fresh air. Running these machines inside your garage will allow the fumes to build up in an enclosed space, particularly if you do so with the door open.

So, when you’re starting your car or another vehicle to drive it into or out of the garage, make sure you always have the garage door open. Then, switch the engine off as soon as you get in the garage, or only start it up when you’re ready to drive out of the garage. Don’t leave your engine running for any longer than you need to while inside.

Properly ventilate your garage

Some fumes are bound to be released in your garage, whether that’s from your car or cans of paint. So, ventilating your garage properly is important for keeping the air fresh and clean. You can achieve this in a number of ways, such as leaving your garage door open periodically, installing windows in your garage or garage door, or using fans and vents to circulate the air.

Safely store any chemicals

If you have cleaning products, paint cans, solvents, and gasoline in your garage, then make sure these are stored correctly and safely to keep the toxic fumes properly contained. They should be sealed and any spills should be thoroughly cleaned, and monitor the containers to ensure that they are not damaged or becoming degraded due to factors such as weather conditions.

Carbon monoxide detectors

In case carbon monoxide is being released in your garage, it’s important that you know if it is reaching dangerous levels. Carbon monoxide can be produced by your vehicles and any appliances that burn fuel, and breathing in this gas can be deadly. Installing carbon monoxide detectors inside your garage and your home helps to keep your family safe.

Could a new or upgraded garage door help to keep your home cleaner and safer? Contact Carolina Garage Door if you need garage door repair, maintenance, or installation around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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Different Styles of Garage Door

When it comes to choosing a new garage door for your home, there are various types for you to choose from. Which one you choose may come down to practicality or it may be a case of style preferences. To help you decide which type of garage door is right for your home, let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles of garage door.

Sectional garage doors

Sectional garage doors tend to be the most commonly seen style in the US. As the name suggests, they are separated into connected sections and open overhead one section or panel at a time, essentially folding the garage door upward and into the garage. They are a versatile type of garage door, available in a variety of colors and materials to suit your style preferences.

Roll-up garage doors

Roll-up garage doors slide vertically upward and roll into the garage to open the entryway. This style of garage door is especially popular in commercial buildings as they can be made to withstand a lot of use, so they are often seen as a no-frills style of door simply made from steel or aluminum. They can, however, still be used for residential garages and can be painted a variety of colors.

Up and over garage doors

Up and over doors are single panel overhead garage doors. The single panel tilts upward and some models complete a trajectory into the garage to be more out of the way, whereas other models will extend out of the garage when fully open. These are simple garage doors and often require slightly less maintenance than other options as they have fewer moving parts and sections. Steel, aluminum, and wood doors are common in this style, all of which can be painted or finished to your tastes.

Carriage or barn style garage door

If you’re looking for a more rustic or traditional look for the front of your home, then a barn style or carriage style garage door could be your best option. These typically swing outward like a barn door and are often designed to imitate the style of an old farmhouse. The popularity of this barn aesthetic means that you can now find barn style doors that open in different ways, including sliding and overhead garage doors.

What style of garage door is best for your home? Contact Carolina Garage Door if you have any more questions or require garage door installation, maintenance, or repair around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point, NC.

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A Guide to Drive-Through Garages

Are you looking for a new and interesting way to spruce up your home and garage? Something you don’t see very often in residential homes is drive-through garages. For most people, this is because they don’t have enough space around their garage to make it an option. But if you do, then a drive-through garage could be a game-changer.

What is a drive-through garage?

As the name suggests, a drive-through garage is one that you can literally drive or walk all the way through. It would have a full-sized garage door at both the front and back of the garage so that you can enter and exit from either direction.

If your house backs onto a road, then this means you’ll have street access from both sides of your garage. But a drive-through garage can be an option even if it doesn’t, if the back of your home is fenced in or backs onto another row of houses, for example. This just means you will have a more private and secure garage entrance at the back of your home.

Here are some of the advantages of drive-through garages…

Avoid reversing

If your drive-through garage door gives your vehicle access to the street on either side, then this means you can avoid reversing your car if you want to. Backing out onto the street can be more difficult and less safe, especially if you have a larger vehicle or something attached to it, like a trailer.

Easier access

If you have two vehicles, then you might park one in the garage and the other in the driveway in front of it. You would then need to move the car in the driveway every time you wanted to get the other vehicle out of the garage, causing a lot of hassle. A drive-through garage eliminates this as you can drive out of either door.

Even if your rear garage door only opens up into the backyard, it still offers convenience. If you want to get a lawnmower out of the garage and into the backyard, for example, then you would have to go around to the front of the garage and then back to the yard. Perhaps you’d even have to move your car to access it, depending on the size of your garage. A rear garage door allows easy access to large equipment like this.

Better ventilation

Keeping your garage well-ventilated can be difficult. But with two full-sized garage doors, it becomes a lot easier. If you want to air out your garage, you can open both doors and let the air flow through. If your drive-through garage has a back entrance that’s enclosed by your backyard, then this means you can leave this door open to help ventilate the garage without the security concerns of leaving a street-side garage door open.

If you’re getting ready to remodel your garage or garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our design and installation services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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Stand Out or Blend in With Your Garage Door

Are you looking to install a new garage door? You have so many design options to choose from, between different materials, colors, and garage door styles. So, you should first decide what kind of aesthetic you want from your garage and the front of your home in general.

Look at the other houses on your street to see the kind of garage door designs that they have. Then, one important question to ask is whether you want to blend in with a similar design or stand out with something different. In this article, we’ll look at some of the advantages of each of these options to help you choose the right garage door for your home.

The pros and cons of a stand-out garage door

Some streets are very uniform, with each house looking almost identical to its neighbors. But not everyone wants to blend in, in which case you will probably be happier with a garage door that stands out from the rest and suits your personal tastes when it comes to style and aesthetics. Installing a stand-out garage door can also improve your home’s curb appeal, which can help it attract more attention when you’re trying to sell.

Having a garage door that stands out from your neighbors can also have its downsides when it comes to selling your home. An expensive garage door upgrade might increase the sale cost of your home. This can be a good thing, meaning that you’ll benefit from a higher resale value. However, it can also make your home harder to sell.

If your house is significantly more expensive than the ones around it due to home improvements and additions that you’ve made, then this might put people off buying it. They may be more likely to opt for a cheaper house on the same street or worry that there is very little earning potential on a more expensive house.

How to make your garage door stand out

Here are a few simple ways to make your garage door stand out:

  • Colour – Instead of the neutral colors you usually see, opt for something bolder such as a bright color or a striking black door
  • Style – Choose a style of garage door that’s different from the norm, such as a barn-style garage door for a rustic aesthetic
  • Material – Steel and aluminum are the most popular garage door materials. You could choose wood, which is slightly less common, or something really different such as a glass garage door

If you want to install a new garage door that helps your home stand out from the rest of the crowd, then contact Carolina Garage Door for garage door design and installation around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.