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Extending Your Garage or Adding a Second Garage

Do you need more space from your garage? We’ve talked about extending above your garage to add a bedroom or another new space in your house, but what if it’s the garage itself that needs more space? You have two main options if you’re in this position, build a second garage or simply extend your existing garage. Let’s look at these options to help you decide.

Reasons to extend or build a new garage

Is it worth extending your garage or adding a second one? If you have the need for it, then it can certainly be worthwhile. Here are some reasons why a garage extension might come in handy:

  • To create more space for parking your car or to fit a second vehicle
  • To add more storage space
  • To create more space for a workshop, home gym, or other uses of the space
  • To create space to add appliances such as a washing machine, dryer, or fridge/freezer

These home improvements can give you a more functional space and also free up space in your house.

Which is right for you?

When deciding between extending your existing garage and building a second one, the main things to consider are your budget, the space you have available, and the purpose of your extension. If you only have a small amount of space, then a simple extension may be your only option. Alternatively, if you have no space around your garage, then building a second one elsewhere on your property could be an option.

A new garage will typically provide you with more additional space than extending your garage, but remember that it’s also likely to be more costly due to the need for more materials and higher labor costs. HomeAdvisor provides guidelines for the average costs of remodeling a garage or building a new garage.

Think about your new garage doors as well. Of course, a new garage will require a new, additional door. If you’re extending, then plan how big your extension will be and research garage door sizes to figure out if a single garage door or double garage doors would be more suitable.

If you’re planning on adding a second garage, then contact Carolina Garage Door for a high-quality new garage door and installation services. We can also provide all the repair and maintenance that you need for your garage doors, serving homes and businesses around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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Cleaning Your Garage Roof

Just like the inside of your home, you should keep the exteriors of your home clean and tidy to maintain its condition and leave it looking nice, helping to boost your home’s curb appeal. Your roof is something that’s easy to forget because you can’t always see how cluttered or dirty it’s becoming. But dirt, debris, and things like moss can build up on the roof of your home and garage, so it’s important to stay on top of this.

It’s a good idea to have your roof cleaned once a year to keep it in good condition, so read on for some tips and benefits of cleaning your garage roof.

Why it’s important to clean your garage roof

When the tiles on your roof are left uncleaned, things like moss and algae build up over time. When left to grow, this can gradually eat away at the tiles and cause both external and internal damage. Cleaning your roof once a year or so is much more economical than having to replace roof tiles due to damage. Moss and algae can also cause bad odors inside your home and garage, and attract pests to your roof, garage, and attic.

Cleaning your home and garage roof is also important for aesthetic reasons. A clean, well-maintained roof will look much nicer than one that’s been left unmaintained. This is especially important if you’re trying to sell your house. And since garage roofs are lower than the rest of your house (unless it’s built with a room above it), they are even more visible when approaching or walking past your house.

Tips for cleaning your garage roof

Keep an eye out for any debris accumulating on your garage roof, such as fallen branches and leaves, and get a ladder to remove this debris from your roof. This is something you can do as and when you notice it. When it comes to a build-up of moss, you can use a brush or a trowel to gently dislodge the moss from the roof. Try not to be too rough with it, especially if the growth is extensive, as you could cause more damage to your roof.

If a gutter spans your garage, then make sure to clear debris out of this regularly. For more extensive and thorough cleaning of your garage roof, you can use a pressure washer. However, the high pressure of this technique can cause damage to your roof if not done properly. You may be better off hiring a professional roof cleaning service to give your roof a good clean.

While you’re sprucing up your garage, don’t forget regular garage door tune-ups to keep everything in good, safe working order. Contact Carolina Garage Door if you need garage door maintenance, repair, or installation around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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Heated Garage Floors – Are They Worth It?

The garage is usually the most difficult part of the house to manage when it comes to temperature control, especially if you have a detached garage. If you spend cold winter days tinkering in your garage or you use the space as something else, like a gym or a kids’ playroom, then you might be looking for more effective ways to warm it up.

One option is to install underfloor heating in your garage, but is it worth it? Let’s look at some of the ins and outs of heated floors and the pros and cons of installing them in your garage.

How does underfloor heating work?

There are a few different types of underfloor heating, but they all work by radiating heat from the floor, allowing it to rise in the air to heat the room evenly. The two main types of underfloor heating are electric systems and pipe-based systems. So, either warm water runs through pipes installed beneath your floor to emit heat into the room, or an electrically heated wire does the same.

Just like other heating systems, a thermostat is used to control the temperature of the house or individual rooms, so that the underfloor heat is triggered when the room drops to a certain temperature.

The pros and cons of heated garage floors

Heated floors have some advantages over traditional heating systems such as radiators. They can heat a room more evenly because the warmth is coming from across the entire floor rather than one or two heating points. They can also heat the room more evenly because the warmth is coming from the floor and rising all the way up, so you won’t face the problem of having cold floors in an otherwise warm room.

What about when it comes to the garage? Of course, you’ve got to consider the cost of installing heated floors as well as the cost of running them, so it’s something that’s probably only worth your while if you regularly spend time in your garage. It is fairly easy to install, though, so the costs of installation should not be too high. And heated floors are pretty energy-efficient and cost-efficient compared to other options.

Underfloor heating is a versatile system that can be used with lots of different flooring materials, so it’s suited to most garages. But remember that your floor level will be raised slightly after installation, so make sure this is suitable for your garage.

If you need a new, insulated garage door for your home, or you’re in need of garage door repair or maintenance, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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Stamped and Overlay Garage Doors

The detail of carriage style garage doors, or barn style doors, gives them a classic, timeless appeal that’s extremely popular and can be great for curb appeal and resale value. If you’re planning on adding a new carriage style door to your home, then read on for more information about the two main options you’ve got to choose from – stamped and overlay doors.

What’s the difference?

The terms stamped and overlay refer to how the design of a carriage style door is produced. A stamped door has the detail stamped into the door whereas an overlay door gets this detail by having panels laid over the surface of the door. These panels are typically made from either steel or wood and can be placed on doors of lots of different materials. Stamped doors are usually made from steel and have a wood grain finish stamped onto them, although there are a variety of options.

The complexity of your overlay panels will depend on the type of barn style door you have. A different number of panels will be required for true swing doors, bifold doors, and trifold doors, for example.

How to choose between stamped and overlay doors

Both of these options create an attractive aesthetic, so how do you choose between the two? First of all, overlay garage doors are a little more versatile, offering more design options than stamped doors. So, if you have a certain aesthetic in mind, then you may be more likely to achieve it using an overlay. Overlay doors can use either raised or recessed panels. You can achieve lots of different finishes for each option, though, depending on your choice of paint or stain.

Because overlay doors are a little more intricate, they are also typically costlier, so a stamped door is the more cost-effective option. The intricacy can also make overlay doors a little harder to clean and maintain, and stamped doors can be slightly more durable. This is because the overlayed panels may need repairing and replacing occasionally. However, both of these options are usually easier to maintain than other garage door options.

Whatever style of garage door you choose, contact Carolina Garage Door for our professional installation services plus repair and maintenance to keep your new garage door in good shape over the years. We’re here to serve you around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville, NC.

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Fire Safety in Your Garage

The garage is often a storage place for flammable materials, such as gas, oil, paints and paint thinners, and cleaning products. Then there’s electrical wiring and equipment, as well as high levels of moisture and combustible materials like cardboard boxes, if you use your garage for storage. This all adds up to big potential fire risks in your garage. So, let’s look at some safety considerations and precautions to take to keep your garage, home, and family safe.

Install a heat detector

Just like inside your home, the inside of your garage should be equipped with detectors and alarms to alert you of a fire. However, heat detectors are better than traditional smoke detectors for your garage. This is because things like humidity and fumes that are common in garages, especially if you park your car there, are likely to trigger a smoke alarm. If a fire starts in your garage, then a heat detector will sound an alarm in response to the increase in temperature.

Consider electrical safety

A frayed cable or loose connection in your garage could cause a serious fire risk, so make sure to check your wires, extension cables, and sockets frequently to check for damage or wear. GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets are recommended for garages. These automatically shut off the flow of electricity when a fault is detected, helping to prevent electrical fires and injury.

Store flammable materials properly

Flammable materials that are improperly stored or contained pose a great fire risk, as well as releasing potentially harmful fumes into your garage. Make sure that containers storing paint, gas, and other solvents and flammable liquids are properly sealed and the containers are intact without any cracks or holes. If you have another place to store them, such as a garden shed, then this can be a safer option than the garage.

Fire-rated garage doors

A fire-rated side door is essential if you have a garage that’s attached to your home. If a fire breaks out inside your garage, a fire-rated door helps to prevent or at least slow down the spread of the fire into your house. This will help to limit the amount of damage that occurs, as well as keeping you and your family safe from the smoke and flames.

If you need a new garage door or side entry door to improve the safety of your garage, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our installation, repair, and maintenance services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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The Difference Between A Carport and A Garage

At Carolina Garage Door, we specialize in garage doors for your commercial and residential garages. We’re sure everyone’s familiar with what a garage is, but there’s a similar option that has a few differences – a carport. Let’s look at the differences between carports and garages to help you decide which one to choose.

What is a carport?

A carport is not a full, contained building like a garage is. It consists of a roof or covering supported by a frame rather than solid walls. Like regular garages, carports can either be detached or attached to your home. This means that the carport will be open on either 2, 3, or 4 sides as it also doesn’t have a door.

While a garage is often used as a multi-purpose space (and may not even be used to park a car), a carport is specifically designed for sheltering a car and for sheltering people when going between the car and the house. And like a garage, you can also build a double carport if you need more space to park two vehicles.

Which is right for you?

When choosing between a carport and a garage, you should consider your specific needs. Are you just looking for somewhere to park your car or do you also want a space for storage and somewhere to pursue hobbies like DIY or band practice? A carport is sufficient if you just want a parking space that’s protected from the elements, but you’ll need a garage for any of the other requirements.

If you do just need a parking space, then a carport will be a more affordable option as fewer materials are required compared to a garage. However, a carport won’t provide as much protection against the weather as it is open on at least two sides. This means rain, snow, and hail could still reach your car, particularly on windy days. It also won’t protect your car from pests as they are not locked out like they would be with a garage.

One advantage that carports have over garages is that you don’t have to worry about ventilation as they aren’t enclosed, avoiding problems like mold and damp that you may have with garages. You may also have aesthetic preferences when it comes to carports vs. garages. Carports are very varied in terms of materials, design, and size, so do some research to decide which you prefer the look of.

If you’re installing a new garage or upgrading your existing garage, then contact us for garage door installation, repair, and maintenance services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville, NC.

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Recycling and Repurposing Your Garage Door

If you’re having a new garage door installed, then you may be wondering what to do with your old one. It can be difficult to dispose of something so large, but there are services that can help you get rid of it. Alternatively, you could keep your door and use it for something else. Read on for some ideas of how to recycle or reuse your garage door.

Recycling your garage door

If you simply want to get rid of your old garage door, then you may be able to recycle it rather than just sending it to the landfill. The door’s material and other parts could be used for other things, depending on the material. This is a great way to contribute toward waste reduction. For example, you could find a scrap metal composter who will buy your door and/or parts of you. It’s a good idea to look and your local regulations and advice when it comes to proper disposal and recycling.

Creative ways to repurpose your garage door

Now let’s look at some ideas for upcycling and repurposing your garage door.

Outdoor furniture

Garage doors are already built to withstand the elements, making them ideal for use outside. You could cut down the material to make an outdoor table or bench, for example, or a bar top for an outdoor kitchen. Wooden garage doors are particularly ideal for this, although metal doors could provide an industrial aesthetic for your outdoor area, and can look especially attractive once finished.

Garage workbench

Move your old garage door inside your garage and turn it into a workbench for any DIY that you do at home. You know that the material is nice and durable for this purpose, and you’ll have plenty of material to work with. This means you could use it for the top of the workbench and even a shelf or lower level for storage.

Indoor décor

Small pieces of your old garage door could make great accent pieces or décor inside your home. For example, you could create add hooks to a piece of the door to hang coats or keys from. You could make picture frames or paneling for walls.

Headboard

A wooden garage door can make a great addition to your bed in the form of a rustic headboard. Or you can finish and paint it if rustic isn’t the style you’re going for.

Storage

Create shelves or a complete shelving unit using your garage door, or even cabinets, wardrobes, and other kinds of storage systems for inside your home or your garage.

If you need installation services for your new garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our installation, repair, and maintenance services for both residential and commercial garages around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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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.