If you’re looking for a laundry room and rarely use the garage, why not use the extra space to store your washer and dryer?
In the winter time, keep in mind that it’s going to be extremely cold so make sure to insulate your garage and avoid drying large items in the garage as the humidity level will increase. However, you can install a dehumidifier.
You must consider the utilities and how to upgrade the electrics. You’ll also need to hire a special contractor for plumbing and gas.
There are plenty of pros and cons to building a laundry room in your garage. For starters, you’re expanding the size of your home and increasing the resale value. The insulation also acts as soundproofing which reduces vibrations from the washer and dryer. However, the garage does get dirty pretty fast so the room needs to be cleaned constantly.
Some other things to consider:
- Use epoxy paint on the floor
- Paint the walls & ceiling
- Incorporate supplemental lighting
- Add new storage shelves
- Get rid of any old items that you’ve been hoarding in the garage
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There are four types of garage doors – swing out, swing up, roll up and slide to the side. If you want a distinct look or you need the ceiling clear, use swing-out carriage-house doors or opt for a more popular option, sectional roll-up doors.
It’s crucial to choose a door that matches your house’s style. Modern roll-up doors typically replicate old swing doors as they feature faux strip hinges on the sides as well as handles which come with a deep groove in the center.
A majority of styles offer panels, trim and other ornate details. Roll-up doors provide a modern look when frosted plastic panels are used.
Wood doors are ideal if you are frequently playing basketball in the driveway because the wood can withstand the basketballs bumping up against the garage. However, they do require repainting very frequently.
Steel doors are perfect if you aren’t looking to do a lot of maintenance. This material is also inexpensive and durable. However, steel does rust so you might need to touch it up if there are any scratches.
Aluminum doors are often replaced by heavy-duty versions with extruded frames and dent-resistant materials. Aluminum is suggested for homeowners who have extra-wide double doors.
Fiberglass doors usually don’t crack or dent and they don’t rust, however, they can break with rigorous impact. Steel end caps are used with fiberglass doors because they improve rigidity.
Vinyl doors are extremely challenging to dent or break which is why they are often promoted as “kid proof.” These types of doors look nearly identical to fiberglass doors but come in select colors. They are also extremely durable and don’t need much maintenance.
Having a garage during the winter months can help protect your car & other supplies from freezing temperatures, ice and snow, but what is protecting your garage. You can protect your garage and the supplies stored there by winterizing. Here are a few ways to protect your garage this winter.
Weather-stripping creates a seal between the garage door and garage door opening. Over time your garage’s weather-stripping can become brittle and cracked which will allow cold air to make its way between the door and the frame and ultimately into your garage. To fix this remove the existing weather-stripping and any remaining sealant and replace it with a new weather-stripping.
Insulate Garage Walls
Insulated garage doors will keep the harsh winter air out of your garage. Install insulated walls in your garage door. One of the most difficult parts of insulating your garage walls and doors is the installation process. The material has to fit snugly but not be too tightly packed. If you are planning on installing insulation to your garage door & walls make sure to call the professionals to ensure the job is done correctly.
Repair Garage Doors
Make sure your garage is in tip top shape before winter hits. Repair any dents, cracks or holes that could get worse during the long winter months. Sometimes, the best option is to replace your garage doors completely. If you do opt to replace your garage doors you open yourself to a wide variety of options including newly designed fully insulated doors.
Install a unit heater
Insulation & weather-stripping protection can help keep winter weather out but if you are looking to warm of your garage door from the inside you may want to consider installing unit heater. Unit heaters area a great way to heat a garage that you want to use as a work space throughout the winter. You can choose between gas & electric heaters which usually require minimal space in your garage.
The temperature are beginning to drop and the hats, scarves, and mittens are getting dug out of storage, it is safe to say the winter is almost here! But just because the seasons change doesn’t mean your garage doors have to suffer.
Many people thnk just because it is winter means you will need to wait until the warm weather for any garage door repairs, replacement or installations but that is simply not true. At Salem Overhead Door Co. Inc, we provide our exceptional garage door service year round, rain snow or shine!
In fact, winter may be the time you need new garage doors the most! New England winters can be harsh and if you have not replaced your flimsy or broken garage doors. Don’t suffer through another endless winter with old garage doors, contact Salem Overhead Door. In fact replacing your garage doors now could save you hundreds of dollars on your heating bill this winter!
Maybe you just want an update to your home. Beautiful new garage doors can make the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season!
At Salem Overhead Door we pride ourselves on providing the very best in quality & customer service in the business, which is why we provide our service all year round. If you need a garage door replacement or repair this winter make sure to call the trusted garage door professionals at Salem Overhead Door Co. Inc. today!
Add some curb appeal to your home with a new garage door installation, repair or service. Salem Overhead Door Company can give your home the facelift it needs.
We carry a wide variety of residential garage door so you are sure to find one that fits your home and budget. Some of our top brands include Haas Door, Wayne-Dalton, Clingerman Custom Doors, Richards-Wilcox and many, many more. All of our garage doors are stylish in design with superior efficiency that will add the style you are looking for your homes curb appeal.
Check out our Haas Door, American traditional Series & 600 series or our Cergyman custom wood doors shown above. Or stop by our showroom located in Salem MA to view our entire variety of garage door.
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Fall is here and that means the air gets crisper, the leaves begin to fall and the temperature begins to plummet. Soon many homeowners will be reaching for the thermostat and turning on the heat. And if you want to keep your utility bills as low as possible don’t forget about one of the biggest doors in your home, your garage door.
Opening your garage door in the winter isn’t like opening your front door, your garage door is much larger and is usually open for a much longer period of time than other doors in your home. This is why having insulated garage door is crucial for keeping the heat in your garage & home during the cool New England months.
They will keep your garage warmer
It’s no surprise that when the weather begins to cool down so does the temperatures in your garage. But by installing insulated garage doors when the temperature drops below freezing you don’t have to worry about your garage getting that cold. In some cases, cars and other equipment that are stored in your garage door are unable to start if garage temperatures get too cold.
Helps with the vestibule effect
If your garage is attached to your home it will act and a “buffer zone” between your cozy homes temperature and the great outdoors. By installing insulated garage doors this buffer zone is able to stay warmer and in turn keep your home at a constant temperature. This way every time you open the door to the garage you aren’t being blasted with cold air.
Creates for quieter operation
Insulated garage doors don’t just help with keeping heat in, they also help with reducing noise. The insulation helps to reduce noise from the outside as well as keeps the door from rattling less during operation.
Now is the time to install your insulated garage doors, you’ll be happy you did come the harsh winter months. Contact Salem Overhead Door Company today to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE.
Your garage door should last you about 25-30 years if properly maintained. But often times you move into a home and do not know the last time the garage door replaced or maybe the previous owner did not take the proper care of the garage door significantly reducing its lifespan, or maybe you just think it is time for a cosmetic upgrade.
Here are a few ways to know when it may be time to replace that old garage door.
Have you noticed your garage doors significantly slowing down? It should only take a moment between hitting the opener button and your door beginning to open or close. If you experience a delay it may be time to have your doors examined by a professional who can tell you if it’s time to replace them.
Garage doors should run smoothly and quietly. As garage doors get older a number of factors lead to an increase in noise of operation. If you begin to notice an increase in how noisily your garage door opens or closes it may be time for a complete overhaul.
Your garage doors are some of the most prominent parts of your house that make up a large part of your home’s curb appeal. If your garage doors are outdated and out of style it may be time for a replacement. Replacing your garage doors can is proven to provide a return on investment greater than many other home improvement efforts at the same time as improving your home’s curb appeal.
Are you constantly repairing your garage door? You can invest in replacement parts over and over but eventually, you will reach a point where is may be more cost effective to simply replace the entire system.
Have you noticed an increase in your energy bills? You may be losing heating or air conditioning through and outdated and poorly insulated garage door. Now garage doors have an installation to help keep your heat or AC where it belongs in your home.
If you are noticing one or more of these factors with your garage door it may be time for a replacement. Contact Salem Overhead Door Co. Inc. today, one of our skilled technicians will come out to your home or business and perform a full inspection to determine if a garage door replacement is necessary.
Garages are often a place for storage. Whether it is storing you vehicle or housing your tools having proper storage space in your garage is extremely important. Too often does your garage turn from a place for organized storage to a cluttered overcrowded mess. Here are a few tips on how to eliminate clutter and take your garage back!
The garage is the main entrance to many homes, which makes it the perfecting dumping spot for shoes and other common items. Avoid this clutter by adding a shoe storage area where kids can drop off things like shoes, backpacks, and sports equipment before entering your home. Having a place to store these items neatly can instantly clear up the floor. For added organization include hooks and cubbies for extra storage for coats and other items.
Overhead storage units are a great way to take advantage of unused space on the ceiling. Add suspended shelving above garage doors to provide out of the way storage for items that you may not need to access daily like holiday decorations.
Installing a wall of cabinetry is the perfect way to add organization to your cluttered garage. You can go with built-in storage or added cabinets from your local organization or home goods store. Adding cabinets with doors allows you to store all your items and close the doors creating a clean look in your garage.
Pegboards are perfect if you are creating a workspace or looking for a way to store tools. This organization tool is simple, affordable and incredibly effective. Hang a sheet of pegboards and simply add pegs, you can then hold just about any tool for your garage workspace.
Slate walls are often used by retail stores as a way to keep things off the floor but still within reach. You can add different hooks and shelves to fit into the horizontal slates making for a customized storage center right in your garage. Slate wall storage are perfect for getting cluttered items off the floor of your garage door while still maintaining easy access, for items such as toys and bikes you use on a daily basis.
Garage doors are heavy duty equipment and can pose an often over-looked danger especially when it comes to young children. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your family safe around your garage doors.
Check your garage door’s sensors & auto reverse feature
Almost all automatic garage door openers now come with a functional obstruction sensor and auto reverse feature. This help detect is anything whether it be a ball, pet, or small child is in the path of the garage door before or during closing. There are some simple ways to check to ensure these functions are working. You can block the sensor and see if the garage door stops and reverses, or you can stand outside the door and lean your weight against it with you palm. The door should stop and reverse directions when you apply resistance.
Don’t Let Children Play with the Door
It’s important to teach children the proper way to handle garage doors and that your children do not consider garage door a toy or something to play with. Do not let your children play with the potentially dangerous pulleys, cable or torsion springs that can catch clothing or skin. Don’t let your children hang off garage door or race under the garage door when it is opening or closing. Children should stand away from moving garage doors as well.
Invest in Quality Garage Doors
By investing in quality garage doors made out of sturdy, durable materials you can help protect your family against mechanical failures brought about through bad manufacturing. This can help protect your family from any future accidents that may occur with your garage door.
Perform Regular Maintenance
No matter what you should always perform regular maintenance on your garage doors to ensure they are working properly and safely. Check things like the balance of your garage door. You should be able to open and close your garage door smoothly with the doors moving freely over the tracks. Regular maintenance could help you discover a minor issue with your garage door before it becomes a major one.
When making your home “green” many people forget about their garage, but garages are one of the most important places to tackle when looking to reduce your home’s carbon footprint. You may not know but your garage uses a lot of energy, with these simple tips you’ll be able to lower your home’s energy usage and even your monthly utility bills.
Change Light Bulbs & Fixtures
Many times garages are filled with incandescent lights. These lights consume more energy than you may think. Replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights to help reduce your energy usage. If you use your garage as a workshop and need extra lighting consider utilizing task lighting to reduce energy cost while only using the light you need.
Insulate your Doors
Many garage doors do not utilize proper insulation. Garage door insulation becomes important for conserving energy and preventing outdoor air from leaking into garage doors that are attached to homes. Other ways to help insulate your garage doors include sealing cracks and installing weather stripping to prevent hot and cool air from getting in or out of your garage. You can also caulk around any doors that lead from the garage to your home or yard to help prevent leaks.
Install a Ventilation Fan
By installing a ventilation fan in your garage you can help prevent stale garage interiors, circulate air, and disperse dangerous fumes in your garage. Ventilation fans can help your carbon footprint and keep your family safe from dangerous fumes caused by exhausts, cleaners, and other chemicals often stored in the garage.
Prevent heating & Cooling loss
Heating & cooling loss through your garage can have a big impact on your home’s utility bills, forcing you to spend more money & energy. Keep your automatic garage doors in good working condition to help reduce the time that your doors remain open which prevents heat or cool air from escaping.
By taking these few simple steps, you can make your garage more eco-friendly and reduce your home’s carbon footprint all while saving energy and money.