How to Make Your Garage “Greener”

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.

What Questions to Ask Yourself When in the Market for a New Garage Door

When it’s time to purchase a new garage door you may have a lot of
questions. There is a long list of garage doors out there and choosing the perfect one isn’t always clear. Purchasing a garage door is something you only do a few times in your lifetime, so you may not know the right questions to ask. We are here to help! Here are some of the most important questions to ask when purchasing a new garage door.

Why are you purchasing a new garage door?
By clearly defining your motivation for why you are purchasing a new garage door you can more easily orient your purchase decision. Are you looking to change the appearance? Are you tired of freezing temperatures in your garage? Are tired of having to force it open? Whatever the reason it is best to identify it before you begin shopping around.

What are you plans with your new garage door?
Determine how you will be using your garage door so you can prioritize your selection criteria. Will you be using it for renovations or new construction?  Will you be using it for storage to park your car or both? Is it someplace you’ll spend time all seasons? How important is weather- tightness? Knowing what your main use for your garage door will help you answer some important questions down the road.

Which criteria is most important to you?
Now that you know what you will be doing with your new garage door you should prioritize the criteria. These criteria usually fall into 3 categories including functionality of door, the aesthetics of the door and the budget you’re prepared to allocate to your project. Once you put these in order of most important to least important you can then begin to look for the perfect garage door for you.

What type of garage doors are available on the market?
You should now have a good idea of what you will be looking for in a garage door and you can look to see what’s available on the market. Basically, there are 3 types of garage doors wood, metal, and fully-glazed aluminium.

If you are looking for wood doors there is a variety of different wood from low end to solid wood doors. Often times the most desirable aspect of a wooden garage door is the traditional and natural appearance although they usually require maintenance.

Metal doors can be insulated or uninsulated and vary in thickness. Metal doors require little to no maintenance and are usually manufactured with a fire glazed insulation and weather tightness.

And finally, fully-glazed aluminium is a style of door used primarily on modern or contemporary style homes and usually has a large number of windows. Although these doors are a little pricier they really give your home a facelift.

Whatever budget, style, brand or material you are looking for in a garage door, Salem Overhead Door Co. Inc. is sure to find the perfect fit for you. So if you are in the market for a new garage door contact Salem Overhead Door Company Inc. today or stop by our showroom in Salem MA.