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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.


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.


The bulk, and by bulk I mean nearly all, of this blog is targeted at homeowners. People who have a say in their home’s construction and maintenance with the only real obstacle to them being money. They might not always know what needs to be done in their home, but if something necessarily needs to be done they can do it. However, in today’s day and age the amount of renters in the country is quite high. People are buying real estate less often and moving around more. This means that there are at least a few renters out there. Renting a home can be tough, you are stuck in a spot of not often being allowed to have much say over things like repairs and improvements. When it comes to your garage door this very well may be annoying and even dangerous at times. What should you do then to make sure that your garage door doesn’t give out on you one day and ruin your day or week even? As a renter you won’t really have the luxury of being able to simply call the repairman to get your garage door fixed as quickly as possible. You will most likely need to go through your landlord or whoever they feel will do the best job for the money. This can take time if they have multiple properties and you can end up with a less than perfect solution to a problem you may not be equipped to handle. What are ways then that you can prevent these sorts of things from happening? That’s where this article comes into play. Below are just a few tips on how to avoid garage door disaster as a renter with not the greatest amount of control over your home.


It can be somber to think about but danger is out there. Modern day life has made things much safer and easier than they used to be, but there are still things that can surprise and even harm you if you still aren’t careful. Thankfully there are things like garage doors in the world. Garage doors keep us safe from intruders or extreme weather, but they also would keep us safe from other things that you may not think about. In the last post we talked about some of the specific things that garage doors protect you from everyday. Some of those things though were actually quite ridiculous, but today we are back with more ridiculous garage door benefits so get ready to enjoy the little things in life as your garage door saves you from vague threats that you could somehow imagine coming across. All you have to do while reading this article is remember that all of the safety you feel from not having to deal with these things is brought to you by your garage door. If you enjoy this article and haven’t read the previous one head on back to it and enjoy some more great garage door features that you may have never thought about.


Garage Doors Save Lives

2015-12-22 19:17:49

Life in many respects is dangerous. We do all we can to mitigate the risks that we take, but in the end for many of them there is nothing we can do. On somewhat less somber note however there are things that in our everyday life protect us from harm, be it ridiculous potential risks or real everyday harm. In this article today we are going to look at some of the more hilarious and ridiculous risks to your health and well-being that your garage door may keep you from. While you most likely won’t face any of these problems in the near future it may be fun to not take for granted some of the life saving that your big metal, wooden or otherwise garage door does for you. Many of them may be wildly improbable but for the most part they are just meant to be fun and not to scare you or to really teach you how to keep yourself safe.


One thing that many homeowners find themselves wondering about is why does my garage door need its garage door springs replaced? In today’s day and age we see more and more things being treated more or less as disposable goods. Even many cars these days are manufactured in such a way that the first problem that arises in them makes them too costly to fix. A garage door however isn’t the same type of machine and so has parts that last longer and shorter than other parts. The garage door spring is one of those less lasting parts despite being one of the best engineered parts of your garage door opener system. This is because your garage door springs do pretty much all of the hard work related to you garage door opening and closing. In order to give you a better understanding of why your garage door spring broke in this article we will take a look at what sort of pressures are on your garage door springs that make them wear down. While these won’t help you fix the broken garage door spring that is keeping you from getting your car out of the garage right now it will help you understand why you are shelling out the money to get it fixed instead of buying an entirely new garage door opener system.


Your Garage Door Matters

2015-05-23 15:34:36

Home owners, in terms of home improvement, fall on a spectrum with two ends there are the do-it-yourselfers and the call-someone-for-everythingers. That second term hasn’t quite caught on yet but once somebody figures out a better way to say the acronym I am sure you will be seeing it everywhere. Regardless most home owners fall somewhere in the middle and enjoy knowing when they are out of their depth of expertise and when they can save a bit of money and be rewarded with doing a project themselves. A garage door installation or garage door repair certainly falls near the "I think we should call someone" end of the spectrum as far as home improvement projects go. Your problem may be as simple as a dry belt that needs greasing or it could be something much larger, the problem is while many of us use a garage door every day it is a whole other animal to take it apart and find out what might be wrong with it. A skill set that is honest going to waste if you are only fixing your own garage door once in a blue moon. It seems we've gotten ahead of our selves though, what I'm here to talk about today is the importance of your garage door.




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