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Garage Door Alternatives 2

2016-04-01 15:40:05

Last we looked at some of the easy and lazy ways to put off getting your garage door or garage door opener fixed. It can be an incredibly easy thing to do, sometimes just taking a few minutes on the phone, so you should never put off the repair because of laziness. The main reason why anybody might put off a repair appointment or scheduling one is because of cost. However, in this article we are going to take a look at some of the other ways you might try and replace your garage door and how they are going to end up being more expensive, more of a hassle or both. Last article we looked at some pretty obvious options, but in this article we are going to have a bit more fun. These are going to be slightly out of the box solutions to the garage door problem that people might think up as an idea to save them money in the short term. None of these ideas are recommended, but what is recommended is to simply call up your garage door professional as soon as you notice something going wrong in order to get things back in perfect working order. If you have any out of the box garage door solutions that you have thought up or heard of, please feel free to mention them in the comments.
One option you may think of, if you are the type to try an innovative solution, is a guard dog. Seemingly a guard dog ticks a lot of the boxes that a garage door does. At the same time, an open garage gives a dog the perfect place to live and sleep so that it can be on the job whenever you need. With very little thought involved it seems like a pretty good idea. Then however you begin to think about the logistics involved. You need to buy and take care of a dog, which means food, and if you live in a particularly cold or hot area then you need to give the dog shelter, which brings you back to square one. The dog also really only solves the security issue of your garage door being open. The issue that your car and anything else you store in your garage is exposed to the elements is still unsolved and, depending on the dog, possibly even more at risk for damages. Of course getting a dog for this reason just doesn’t make sense, and you should have much better reasons for getting a dog than you are feeling lazy and cheap. Those two don’t look good for the dog then.
Another option to take care of your broken garage door problem is to hire somebody. Hiring a security guard to man the entrance to your garage is pretty similar to the guard dog scenario except most likely more costly but morally okay as well. You’ll be providing someone with a job, but the job will be pretty boring and will not be worth what it is necessary to pay someone to keep your car or other things safe. After just one week of paying somebody minimum wage to keep your garage safe you will have easily over shot the budget it would take to have your garage door repaired. In this case there is pretty much no reason to go this route. A guard will be unable to protect your things and car from the weather, just like the dog and you will most likely regret the decision to use a person rather than fixing what you already have pretty quickly.
The last option that we’ll go through in this article is a bit of a joke, even compared to the ones mentioned above. A kindly worded sign might be something that you think of for a half second so here it goes. Putting a kindly worded sign or even one that says there are dogs in your garage waiting for somebody to enter, whatever your personality or mind tells you is the right choice probably won’t work. If anything putting a sign or not on your not working or open garage door is just going to draw more attention to the fact that you have left your garage door opened and there is a good chance that you wouldn’t even notice if someone were to enter and leave with something. This not or sign also assumedly would do very little to protect your car or anything else from the weather or prying eyes. Essentially the only thing this option does is give you the feeling that you did something rather than nothing. It also lets you easily still drive in and out of your garage because there is no garage door or obstacle at all to your entry or exit.
All of these, especially that last one, may seem a little far fetched. When it comes to your garage door there is really only one thing to recommend, get it fixed. A new garage door and garage door opener may cost a lot, but just repairing one you already own will probably cost a lot less. If you manage to get it repaired quickly you may not even have to deal with not having a garage door for long enough to even think of an alternative. The amount of effort and money that you would spend on any of the alternatives to having a working garage door that we have talked about would probably pretty quickly have you regretting your decision. To make the whole thing easier you can just call your local garage door professional and tell them what is wrong or have them come out and take a look. Hopefully the work will be simple and cheap and you won’t need to think about hiring a security guard or check the pound for a guard dog that you like. As was said at the beginning of the article, if you have any good or funny ideas of your own for what you might do if you had to put off fixing your garage door for a while, please tell us in the comments.


Garage Door Alternatives

2016-03-30 15:30:19

Why do you need a garage door? There are a number of reasons why garage doors are so popular, but when it comes to their alternatives you never really see them. This is because garage doors are such an integral part of many of our daily lives’ that we just are unable to live without them. This means that whenever something happens to your garage door you really have no choice but to get the garage door repaired. When you have a broken garage door there are however a few things that you may think of as reasonable alternative before you get your mind straight. Garage door repairs aren’t extremely expensive, but any unforeseen expense can send a tight budget into a spiral and you might be thinking that by putting off the cost or coming up with an easy alternative to fixing your garage door you will be able to send the bill down the line or avoid it all together. This of course is false, but you don’t need to trust me just yet. In this article we will look at some of the alternatives. We will look at the things that the average home owner might think of as possibilities to paying a garage door repair service to come out and fix whatever broken part or piece there is to be repaired.


Garages A Flexible Space

2016-03-27 15:28:40

Garages are one of the most flexible rooms in the entirety of your home. The competition for that title is fierce, but the garage has one thing that no other room in your house has, a garage door. Obviously from the name of the door you would expect nothing less, but let us look at the competition nonetheless. Very few rooms in your house can serve as an air hockey arena one day and the next be your home office. Two rooms that many houses have though can. Those rooms are the basement and the attic. If you have all three of these rooms one or two of them are most likely used to store things that you want to keep around but just don’t always need or have room for. While the garage does this well, it should be your last choice for just being a storage facility, because it is so flexible and well equipped do other things. The main reason that a garage is so flexible is because the garage door and the way garages are built, they typically have very little in them and things can be changed up, moved around or removed from them incredibly quickly all because of the garage door. In this article we will go into some of the things that make your garage so flexible and will hopefully get you to see and appreciate the potential that your garage has to be practically anything you could want it to be.


Keeping your garage door in working order isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do. However, not every one knows what to do really. Not all of us are garage door professionals, we can’t all know what type of maintenance a garage door needs off of the top of our heads. Thankfully you have found this article. In this article we are going to go over the easiest parts of garage door and garage door opener maintenance. In reality there are three things you need to do to keep your garage door working for a long time and working well. Those things are keep it lubricated, keep it clean and keep it maintained. That last one may seem like it really encompasses all of the others and might be cheating, but you will understand what we mean later on once we get to that portion of the article. The benefits of having a well maintained garage door and garage door opener are simple to know. Having a garage door and garage door opener that are well maintained can keep your garage door running far longer and mean that it requires far fewer repairs which in the end means that your garage will end up costing you a lot less in the end.


Facts About Garage Door Seals

2016-03-21 11:57:46

One of the less talked about but still hard working parts of your average garage door is the weather seal. That little bit of plastic or rubber that runs along the bottom of your garage door does a pretty astounding amount of work for being simply a cheap piece of rubber for the most part. What exactly does it do though? Why is it so important? And how often does it ned to be replaced? These are the questions you may have if you are just really noticing that small strip of material on the bottom of your garage door. Thankfully in this article we will be working to shed some light on those questions to give you the information you need to make sure your garage door is doing everything it can for you. That means knowing when to replace certain parts and how important they are when it comes to the various functions of your garage door. The weather seal may be a seemingly inconsequential and cheap piece of the garage door as a whole, but it can make a big difference when not there or if it is in disrepair. This small piece of the garage door as a whole can make a big impact on things like weather (obviously), noise, and temperature insulation.


Garage Door Expectations

2016-03-19 11:54:27

Garage doors come with some very simple expectations. Most people who live in the suburbs or really just anywhere that isn’t all condos and apartments know how a garage door operates more or less. They know how a garage door opener operates in the sense that they know that you pass a button the garage door opens, you push the button and the garage door closes. It isn’t the most comprehensive understanding of what is a complex machine and has some form of computerization to it, but nonetheless it is what the layman really sees. This is perfectly fine of course. Those understandings and expectations are pretty much all you need to get a lot out of your garage door. Whether you are a normal garage door user, using it every day in your commute to work or if you are someone who maybe doesn’t even use a car everyday but still uses their garage door every week or so you still most likely understand this bare minimum of what a garage door does and doesn’t do. You have certain expectations as to how a garage door is supposed to function. In this article we are going to take a look at these expectations and hopefully let you learn bit more about them or at least show you some ways to tell how you should proceed if your garage door is not meeting those expectations.


Previously we have looked at things like how to keep your garage in top notch condition. It is something that you will want to do for a variety of reasons. A well kept up garage door means that your garage door is going to cause you less stress and will most likely end up lasting a lot longer while still costing less than if you did not keep your garage door well maintained. This means that while the garage door may cost a bit more to keep in good shape while you own it, it is certainly better to take that route than to have to purchase new garage door openers and garage doors far more often. You may not however know about all of the things that you need to do to keep your garage door up and running. For the most part maintenance is fairly simple, if you keep your garage door clean and lubricated you won’t need much maintenance from a professional. You may ask yourself though, what can a professional do that I can’t? That is what this article is going to dive into. We’ll take a look at where you should draw the line between an easy DIY job and something where you call your local garage door professional.


Garage Door Appreciation

2016-03-13 19:57:07

Do you underestimate how often you use your garage door? There are simple things in our lives that we often overlook, but the benefits of acknowledging the little things of importance in your life can be extremely powerful. Something as simple and seemingly mundane as your garage door opening can be transformed into something like an appreciation for the little things in life or just a moment to understand that your garage door opening at the touch of a button is actually a pretty cool thing. Something that would not have been possible just a century or so ago but now is extremely common place. In this article we are going to look at a few of the things you can do to take yourself out of the moment and slow things down for those two seconds while your garage door opener does it’s work. It may seem like an odd thing to do, but the little things in life sometimes pass us by so why not take a moment that you probably aren’t doing anything else during to be grateful for something simple in your life that is really quite marvelous.


Things Not To Store In A Garage

2016-03-11 19:54:35

Garages are known for their usage as storage rooms basically. Household warehouses if you will that typically house a few boxes of miscellaneous objects along with a car or two. The things kept in your garage are kept there so they remain close to home, private and secure. Oftentimes if given the chance you might even store some of the things in your garage in something like a self storage depot, but the cost and ease of your garage outweigh the other option. There are things however that probably shouldn’t be stored in your garage. Your garage is a pretty forgiving place with lots of room, a big garage door to move things in and out and its very close to your home. However, there are a few things in life that don’t belong in your garage. In this article we are going to have some fun and look at some of the thing that are better left stored or kept elsewhere in your home ore out of your home. The main thing is that these things shouldn’t be in your garage for whatever reason. There are really now right or wrong answers here as everyone’s situation is different so feel free to comment on these or suggest some of your own tips.


A Wine Cellar Garage

2016-03-08 19:52:35

If you are a home owner or garage owner you may have thought a few times about what your dream home would entail. Whether it’s floor to ceiling big screen TVs or an old rustic home with oil lamps we all have a vision of what our dream home could be. It’s almost never realistic or even functional, but we have things that we would love in our home on a sort of list. One of the things that many people dream about is a wine cellar. For all the big wine drinkers the wine cellar is the epitome of class bringing the love or a beverage to a whole other level. If you’re the type who has thought about having something like a wine cellar before then what would you say to the idea of a wine cellar in your garage? Having a garage wine cellar is a great use of your garage especially if you haven’t got a car to store in your garage any longer. If you don’t have anything in your garage it is easy to just fill it with junk that doesn’t really belong in your home anymore and could pretty easily be disposed of. That space would much better be suited for something like a garage wine cellar, I can almost guarantee it.


Garage Door Failings

2016-03-06 14:43:40

Unsurprisingly, I am of the mind that garage doors and garages are in a way somewhat underrated. They are used everyday and yet they really don’t see a lot of praise for the work they are doing. They may not be solving world hunger one garage door opening at a time, but they are providing a service that many of us would really miss or regret not having if it was gone or even just provided a lower quality service. Because they are not often thought about as a necessary piece of machinery or appliance this article is going to look at a few ways in which they could be made to bring you a lower quality of service and just how that would affect you. The average home owner may not think about their garage door and garage door opener everyday, which they probably shouldn’t, but every once in a while it may not be a bad idea to give the appliance a bit of respect or acknowledgement. This hopefully will lead to home owners maintaining their garage doors and garage door openers better which means that everybody wins. Better maintenance leads to greater longevity and a better quality of service. In particular this article will look at things like safety, security and weather protection to help drive the point home that if your garage door and garage door opener dipped in quality in any of these areas you would not be happy about it.


Garage Doorless Garages

2016-03-03 14:39:18

The positives behind having a garage as opposed to not should be pretty apparent at this point. If you have read some of the articles specifically focused on how helpful and flexible a garage can be on its own you are most likely sold. However, what if you aren’t quite sold on the idea of a garage door being totally necessary? Well, if that is you then you are in the right place. In this article we are going to look at the garage door in particular or more accurately the lack of a garage door and some of the problems it would pose to the general usefulness of a garage or garage space. As a home owner we often may find that we might actually be able to downsize. We may be able to live rather comfortably with less house, a smaller more well organized condo or apartment. These sorts of things have their advantages of usually being easier and cheaper to maintain and cheaper to live in as well. However, one ‘less’ thing that you really shouldn’t try and live with is the garage door. The garage door and the whole automatic garage door apparatus are pretty integral to the usage of your garage and here we are going to look at a few examples of why.


Things That Need Maintenance

2016-02-29 14:30:51

Maintenance is a big part of the appliance world. It used to be that the bulk of the money you spend on appliances was spent on maintenance as things just lasted. Maintenance was an essential part of having your refrigerator running for 20 years or your tv lasting for decades. The appliances as a whole just costed more so small maintenance bills were well worth getting a number of more years out of an appliance rather than tossing it away. However this isn’t really the case for a lot of things these days. For most things like TVs and other large appliances the first thing to break really doesn’t warrant the money it would cost to fix it so we just throw it out and get a totally new appliance. Nowadays there are really only a few things that are really as worthwhile to take in for regular service or have regularly serviced when it comes to cost. In order to drive home the point that something like a garage door and automatic garage door opener are still in this group this article is going to focus on some of the things that share this type of feature if you will. The first thing that probably comes to mind as something that you should keep well maintained is your car. You keep it uno your garage behind that garage door and know that you there are certainly things that need to be done to it even if everything is going well with your car. Our manuals have things that need to be replaced at a certain amount of use in order to keep them working efficiently and without trouble in the long term. While this is changing in some ways there are still things that need to be changed, replaced and lubricated every so often when it comes to a car even if they aren’t as often or numerous as they used to be. This is pretty much exactly the case when it comes to garage doors and garage door openers. There is lubrication that needs to occur relatively often and replacing of things like belts and garage door springs just like you would in a car. The similarity is also true when it comes to the costs, while something like a tune-up and a new belt for your car may seem expensive when compared to the price of a whole new car it is a fraction of the price. The same goes for a garage door, just at a much smaller rate.


Things That Need Maintenance

2016-02-29 14:30:51

Maintenance is a big part of the appliance world. It used to be that the bulk of the money you spend on appliances was spent on maintenance as things just lasted. Maintenance was an essential part of having your refrigerator running for 20 years or your tv lasting for decades. The appliances as a whole just costed more so small maintenance bills were well worth getting a number of more years out of an appliance rather than tossing it away. However this isn’t really the case for a lot of things these days. For most things like TVs and other large appliances the first thing to break really doesn’t warrant the money it would cost to fix it so we just throw it out and get a totally new appliance. Nowadays there are really only a few things that are really as worthwhile to take in for regular service or have regularly serviced when it comes to cost. In order to drive home the point that something like a garage door and automatic garage door opener are still in this group this article is going to focus on some of the things that share this type of feature if you will. The first thing that probably comes to mind as something that you should keep well maintained is your car. You keep it uno your garage behind that garage door and know that you there are certainly things that need to be done to it even if everything is going well with your car. Our manuals have things that need to be replaced at a certain amount of use in order to keep them working efficiently and without trouble in the long term. While this is changing in some ways there are still things that need to be changed, replaced and lubricated every so often when it comes to a car even if they aren’t as often or numerous as they used to be. This is pretty much exactly the case when it comes to garage doors and garage door openers. There is lubrication that needs to occur relatively often and replacing of things like belts and garage door springs just like you would in a car. The similarity is also true when it comes to the costs, while something like a tune-up and a new belt for your car may seem expensive when compared to the price of a whole new car it is a fraction of the price. The same goes for a garage door, just at a much smaller rate.


Why Garages Are Important Part 2

2016-02-25 12:16:42

Last we looked at why home owners and home buyers are often looking for a garage to come with their house because of it’s near ubiquity and usefulness when it comes to protecting a car from things like the weather. We also touched on how people with things other than cars, think bicycles and motorcycles, could also benefit from a garage in the same way and so would also look for their homes to have garages included as well. The weather is a big reason for people to enjoy the use of a garage, but there are other things that a garage and garage door can really help you with. The uses of a garage go further than simply having a place to put your car and so in this article we will look at some of the other great uses of your everyday garage and garage door, and why they have become a staple of the American household. Some of the things we will get into today are in many ways just as big as using a garage for car storage, the biggest one is security, which is probably more important than simply saving your car from the wear and tear that it gets subjected to because of the weather.


Why Garages Are Important

2016-02-22 12:14:53

Garages come with the majority of homes these days. Whether it is simply a one car garage in a small home or condo or a two or even three car garage in a larger family home it is pretty much a given. Garages aren’t so much of a selling point for a home but more of a negative if there is an absence of one mainly because it is just assumed that a home will have one. Whether it is connected to the home or not it is seen as a bit of a problem for most if you don’t have a proper garage. You may be asking yourself though why that is? It can’t possibly be that terrible to go without a garage for a portion of your life. Well if that is the way you are thinking then this article is here to prove you wrong. There are tons of things that make your garage a necessary part of your home and will have you re thinking the entire space after you are done reading. If you aren’t in that line of thinking and are just looking to see your garage in a new light or maybe you are just stuck with a broken garage door and deciding whether it is worthwhile to get your garage door fixed, then this article can still help you. And, if we miss something as always feel free to comment on the reasons you believe that a garage is a necessary accessory to every home.


Gas Tanks In Your Garage

2016-02-19 12:12:17

We’ve talked about the future of garages quite a bit lately. Whether you are going to be one of the first people to get an electric car or maybe one of the first to head to a car sharing service instead of having two cars there is a certain allure to your average car. Gasoline motors and automobiles are in many ways a pert of the fabric of America and will continue to be for a long time most likely. They may become less common as we move forward, but for the lovers of the machines there will always be room in the garage for a great car or two. On the horizon many can see the start of a most likely very slow decline of car ownership. The majority of us will at least own one car for the foreseeable future but it may not be a gas car. However, for those who love their gas guzzlers there may never be a better time than now to invest in something that may seem outdated but in a few decades might make your garage the talk of the real estate market. That thing is an at home gas tank.


Darkroom Garage

2016-02-07 11:31:37

Whatever your hobby or interest is there is a pretty good chance that you will need room to enjoy it and let it expand. When I say room, I really mean a room. What better room for your hobbies to flourish than your garage? It can often handle housing your cars as well as a number of other things while giving you room to fool around with whatever else seems to give you a bit of happiness. Most hobbies need a bit of space to be enjoyed plus there is all of the gear or the tools that you need for the hobby and you end up needing to put aside a fair bit of space. The ability to move something as large as a car in and out of the space means that it is incredibly easy to transform your garage space into an alternative space. This, among other reasons, makes your garage a perfect spot do experiment with a hobby that is surprisingly still popular that we are going to delve into in this article. That hobby is film photography. Your garage can make a great darkroom with an astonishingly small amount of money and work put into it. Film and film cameras are in many ways cheaper than ever and so we are just going to go through a few of the reasons why your garage makes the perfect dark room with almost no investment and changes needed. If you have a garage darkroom or a similarly odd use for your garage please feel free to share with us.


We have previously looked at things that you can do with your garage and things that you should not be storing in them. Whether you plan to store your car or cars behind your garage door or garage doors is probably the biggest decision you’ll make but as always we are here to make that decision a bit easier by giving you the knowledge to educate yourself on what you can and can’t do with a garage space. This article is going to be dedicated to a more fun and exciting side of things by showing you just what you really shouldn’t be storing in your garage. Everyone knows that you can keep your car in your garage in order to keep it safe from theft, damages, and to just generally make your life easier. What some might not know is that there are a few things that you probably shouldn’t be keeping in your garage because of how the space is used or how it could be. Now, this article may not be the most accurate or serious, but you should still probably not go and store any of these things in your garage, not that you would probably ever thing to do so in the first place.


How Not To Use Your Garage Door

2016-02-02 11:28:25

We last talked about some of the things that you shouldn’t store in your garage. There are a few things in this world that just don’t make sense to keep in your garage. They are pretty easy to avoid and so in general your garage can store most of the things that would reasonably need to be stored near your home. However, many people use their garages for different purposes. The open space and garage door offer a lot of flexibility for people wanting to use their garage for things that you normally wouldn't have the luxury of having attached to your home. Garages are turned into home gyms, art studios, work spaces and the like all the time to fit a need because of their flexibility. However, there are some purposes that they really just don’t work for because of how they are built and designed. It may come as a shock to some that your garage isn’t equipped to tun into every type of room for any purpose imaginable. Don’t you worry though, because we have got a list of the garage changes that you shouldn’t be making. As always if you have any ideas or comments on how we’re wrong or could be more right feel free to let your voice be heard and give us some ideas for another article if you’d like.




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