June Is Garage Safety Month!

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We know…there are so many different monthly celebrations. National Pizza Month. National Baby Month. National this, National that. Well, this is actually a super important one. National Garage Safety Month is a time that we inform residential and commercial garage door owners the dangers you should be aware of while owning and operating your door. Take a look at these stats from a few years ago regarding garage door injuries from our helpful friends at Garage Door Child Safety:

 

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1. Pinch/Crush Section Joints 7557 Fingers caught between section joints, includes amputations, avulsions, etc.
2. Falling Doors 2102 Door fell for whatever reason
3. DIY 1610 Person working on a door
4. Sharp Edges 805 Lacerations from door hardware or tracks
5. Glass 313 Lacerations from garage door window glass
6. Spring  313 Spring injuries
7. Broken Door 224 Miscellaneous injuries due to doors needing repairs
8. Other Entrapment 179 Half of these were fingers caught between rollers and tracks
9. Race To Beat The Door 134 People trying to get through the opening before the door closed
10. Riding Door 89 Children riding the door
Total
13325

 

But, come on. We’re not that much of a ‘Negative Nancy’. We will also give you some helpful pointers to make your ownership of a garage-door as uneventful as it should be.

 

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From us at Garage Headquarters, we hope you have a very safe rest of the month with your garage door. If you ever are questioning the safety of your current door, give us a call at (877) 624-2724 and have our expert associates and technicians install your high quality door for your business or home!

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5 Ideas You Should Think About Before Throwing More Baby Clothes In Your Garage

There it goes. Hundreds of dollars worth of baby clothes thrown in a moving box, taped up, then thrown into the garage to sit and rot. Boxes piling up to the ceiling, taking up so much space that parking your car feels like you’re docking a boat. Don’t even tell me the acrobatic maneuvers you have to perform to get out of the car without scrapping the blazes out of your car door.

Before you decide to finally donate those clothes to the people in need or recycle those 8000 boxes from online shopping, make a plan so you don’t fall back into this nonsense. Here are a few ideas if you feel like a lost puppy.

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1. Make it into a second living room for adults only. Take your garage and make it a separate living or entertainment area to have your friends and family come over where no kids are allowed. Set up a bar, put a nice surround sound, use the garage doors as a way to make it look modern and artsy, not just a plain white door.

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2. Make it the dining room you never had space for. Most “entry level” homes nowadays have an open layout which combines the living room and dining room together, why sacrifice? Instead, take advantage of all of your decorative ideas to create your perfect living room. Use the garage as a way to make it rustic, modern, or whatever YOU want!

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3. Make it that home-brewery you’ve always wanted. Craft brewing is a big thing nowadays. Everyone wants to make their own beer but use those small at-home brewing contraptions and have it come out tasting like garbage. Be that guy on your block who goes big or doesn’t even bother doing it.

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4. Make it a big race track for your kids, or you. Hey, people of all ages love miniature model car replicas. We’re not judging you if you like these little guys. Imagine if you had a huge race track that you could race on for hours and hours. You would also be the coolest mom or dad in the world if you had this (hint hint).

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5. Make it a workspace for your entrepreneurial side. Small businesses are a huge part of our economy. Without those small businesses starting off, they don’t have a chance to grow into a large business or keeping the competition alive for capitalism to thrive. Starting your business and getting a workspace for your employees is tough, make your garage that space with everything you need in there!

 

Well, I hope some of this helped for you guys. Or at least sparked a fire under you to finally clean out that storage facility…oh, I’m sorry…I mean your garage. Well, in any case, visit our website and check out our impressive variety of garage doors to bring that idea to life!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Garage Headquarters, we believe that knowledge is power. Understanding garages and the associated maintenance, will not only help you chose a new garage but enable you to get the most longevity. By identifying problems early, not only will your garage thank you, but your wallet as well. Since knowledge is power, below is a list of frequently asked questions about garages.

  1. Why should I use a professional garage door dealer/installer?

    A. At Garage Headquarters, we believe that the installation of a garage door is not a do-it-yourself job. A garage door is the largest moving object in your home and because of the large number of small parts, installation of a garage door is highly technical. Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous and proper installation is critical to the performance of your door.

    Professional garage door dealer/installers can typically install a door in a few hours and are careful to make sure safety requirements are met. Installations by most homeowners typically span several days and cause much frustration. In addition, incorrect installation can void certain warranties, so we recommend a professional handle the job for you. One of the other services a professional garage door dealer/installer can provide is the disposal of your old door, if you are replacing a door.

  2. Is 25 gauge steel thicker than 24 gauge steel?

    A. No. When comparing strengths of steel, remember, the lower the gauge number, the thicker (and stronger) the steel.

  3. Why should I choose an insulated door if my garage is not insulated?

    A. A garage door opening is very large. Insulated doors will help to reduce the transfer of heat or cold air into your garage. This is important for a number of reasons:
    1) If your garage is attached to your home, air in the garage can travel through the doorway to your living area.
    2) If you use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top priority.
    3) If your garage is below another room in your home, air can travel through the ceiling of the garage into the floor of the room above. An insulated door will keep temperatures in the garage fairly stable to reduce the temperature fluctuation in the room above.
    4) An insulated door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than a non-insulated door.

  4. What are the benefits of a steel door versus a wood door?

    A. Steel doors may require less maintenance than a wood door. Garage Headquarters steel doors are pre-painted with a factory-applied baked-on coating. Garage Headquarters recommends an annual cleaning of the exterior of the door with a common household detergent and warm water at least one time per year. Garage Headquarters wood doors are unfinished and need to be primed and painted or stained on all six sides of the door upon delivery. Garage Headquarters recommends visual inspection of the paint or stain finish on wood doors one time per year to confirm if another finish application is necessary.

    Q. What is required for installing an electric operator?

    A. In the event that an electric opener is installed, the top section of the garage must be reinforced with a strut or angle iron spanning the length of the top section.

    Q. I want to replace my old door, but don’t know how to dispose of my old one. Will my Garage Headquarters dealer take care of that?

    A. Most garage door dealers will haul your old door away after the new door is installed for a small fee. Discuss this with your local dealer when you get an estimate on your new door.

    Q. When I replace my existing door, can I keep my old track?

    A. Garage Headquarters recommends replacing your track when you replace your door because each brand of garage door has been specifically designed to work with a specific type of track. In addition, replacing your track is an inexpensive way to insure that your entire garage door system is as safe as possible. By replacing your track you also ensure that your door warranty will apply, in the event that you have a problem.

    Q. I have a one-piece door now. Can I replace it with a sectional door?

    A. Yes. Your professional garage door dealer/installer can install a sectional door for you by installing track and springs to accommodate a sectional door. Depending on the construction of your garage, other modifications might be necessary. We would advise you to ask your dealer to evaluate the job prior to installation, so that any required modifications can be performed.

    Q. I’d like to purchase a Garage Headquarters steel door, but need a color other than those you offer. Can I paint the door once it’s installed?

    A. Yes. All Garage Headquarters steel doors are pre-painted with a factory-applied baked-on coating that is suitable to be repainted. Garage Headquarters doors will accept a wide variety of commercially available latex exterior paints, when applied in accordance with the paint manufacturer’s recommendations. Do not use oil-based paints.

  5. Are special size doors available? I have a custom-built garage that features an unusual size door.

    A. Yes. Garage Headquarters offers residential doors in widths between 6′ and 20′ in two inch increments and in heights between 6’6″ and 12′.*
    *Not all door models are available in this range of widths.

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A Clutter-Free Garage Can Be Worth Millions

As the weather starts to warm up to match the proper season, it’s also time for spring cleaning. Having a clutter-free garage doesn’t only allow you to park your car inside, but it gives you space to do additional projects. Whether you want to use your garage to build certain diy objects, or storage for quick access to your bike, cleanliness is the key. Don’t buy that? Then ask any of the successful businesses or bands that started in a garage below.

Business:

  • Google
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • Disney
  • Hewlett – Packard (HP)

 

Bands:

  • Paul Revere and the Raider
  • The Who
  • The Yardbirds
  • The Ramones
  • Nirvana
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Windows or No Windows – That Is The Question

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So, spring has officially arrived and now you’re thinking about replacing your garage door. Your current door has served you well however, it’s time to update your curb appeal for 2016. As you search the web (hopefully Garage Headquarters), you discover that your options for garage doors are limitless. Yet, you find one that you really love and as you read the options, you learn that it can come with windows or without. But what are the pros and cons when it comes to this matter?

Pros:

  • Windows add more details to your garage which increases your curb appeal. If you are planning to sell your house soon, curb appeal helps seal the deal.
  • Even if you and your neighbor buy the same garage door, the glass can be matched to your house. This creates a custom look and removes the cookie cutter element.
  • Windows will provide natural light into your garage. The area will appear more spacious, and if you use your garage for activities other than parking your car, this is a plus.

Cons:

  • Windows can increase the cost of a garage door. Inquire with your specialist about pricing difference, if any.
  • With the addition of windows, comes the possibility of unwanted guests looking into them. Just ensure you have some type of cover to prevent peeping toms.
  • If you don’t use insulated glass, your energy efficient deceases.
  • Depending on the type of glass, your garage door might take a few extra days. When determining timeframe, always communicating your timeline/expectations.
  • Glass is just that, glass. It can break and require repairs at some point.

 

Though it might seem that there are more cons than pros, the choice is ultimately up to you. The addition of windows increases character to any garage door but due to other concerns, it might not be in the budget. Nevertheless, take some time when it comes to deciding.

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Simple Garage Security

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When it comes to the security of your house, did you know that your garage is a highly vulnerable area? Most garages aren’t cover by a security system and once burglars have access to the garage, the rest of the house is accessible. However, we have a few tips to effectively secure your garage.

  1. Ensure your security system includes your garage.
    • What better way to secure your garage than extending your security system to your garage? Therefore, if someone tries to enter through your garage, the alarm will be set.
  2. Cover your garage door windows with blinds, curtains, or frost glass.
    • Don’t advertise what you keep in your garage. Let it be a mystery and the less people know, the safer you are.
  3. Install motion detector lights.
    • Know what is going on when warm objects are by your garage. If they aren’t supposed to be there, the light will scare them away.
  4. Secure the garage door.
    • The door that leads into your home from the garage, should be as secure as any other external door. In the event that an intruder does break into your garage, they will not have further access to your house. Look into placing a deadbolt or another locking system on this door.
  5. Don’t leave your garage remote in the car.
    • Replace your oversized garage remote with a keychain remote. Most cars have GPS, and if a burglar gets access to your garage remote and your address, you can see the problem here.
  6. Close your garage door.
    • Keep honest people honest by ensuring that your garage door is close and secured when not in use.

Following these six simple steps will increase the security of your home. If you have more questions about security, leave a comment or call one of our experts.

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Don’t Forget Your Preventive Maintenance

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Last week was Groundhog Day and it was determined that we would have an early spring. To be honest, it seemed like we would miss most of winter and this post was going to be about prepping for spring. However, winter said not yet as we have had a couple days of snow and more to come. So what better advice to get than receiving preventative maintenance for all year long. Whether it feels like spring, summer, winter, or fall, these ten tips will keep your garage in the best shape.

1. Observe
By just watching and listening to your garage door open and close, you can tell when there is a problem. Detecting and fixing a problem early, will save future headaches.

2. Tighten the Hardware
With moving parts comes the opportunity for loose hardware. Check and tighten all hardware that is loose.

3. Analyze the Garage Door Balance
To ensure that your garage door opener has a long life, evaluate the balance of the door. This is done manually by disconnecting the opener and then opening the door halfway. Once the door is up halfway, it should stay up. If it doesn’t, then your door isn’t balance. Call us to properly balance your door.

4. Investigate Your Rollers
Rollers should be inspected twice a year and changed around the seven year mark at a minimum. If during your inspection, you notice damage and worn rollers, change them as soon as possible.

5. Weatherstripping
If you notice your weather seal strip located at the bottom of the door is fractured or frail, then it’s time to replace. Especially now during the winter time, it will keep the snow and all other elements out.

6. Lubricate the Correct Parts
Moving parts work much better when they aren’t dry. Use grease designated for your garage to preserve the door.

7. Know your Cables
Never mess with your cables. Just note the condition and call an expert when you suspect a problem.

8. Evaluate the Auto-Reverse Safety Features                                                                           Your garage comes with safety features for a reason. If you know your safety features aren’t working, then call a professional immediately to get it fixed. To test these features, you will need a piece of wood or a brick, and two beams. For the mechanical safety, take the wood or brick and place it under the garage door. When the door hits the brick or wood, it should automatically reverse in direction. For the photoelectric system, place a beam on each side of your garage. As the door closes, quickly pass your leg in the door path. It should reverse when it senses your leg. However, if your door is older than 20 years check to see if you have these safety features.

9. Clear the Tracks                                                                                                                  Just like your gutters, make sure your tracks are clean and clear of all foreign objects.

10. Don’t forget the Door                                                                                                     Don’t just pay attention to your internal mechanism. Scrutinize your door for any damage and repair as needed. Also, don’t forget to keep a clean door as it plays a role in your curb appeal.

Doing these simple maintenance steps can extend the life of your door. However, if you don’t feel comfortable with any of the maintenance provided, then contact us and we will gladly help with all your maintenance needs.

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The Landsdown Collection

A timeless collection, the Landsdown Collection comes in 4 traditional panel designs, 11 color choices and 21 decorative windows.

Choose from 3 different types of garage doors:

  1. Landsdown 10: single layer steel door that is durable, reliable and low maintenance.
  2. Landsdown 20: single layer of steel with a second layer of insulation for increased thermal insulation.  The Landsdown 20 is environmentally friendly, energy efficient and quiet.
  3. Landsdown 30: Insulation sandwiched with steel.  The Landsdown 30 provides the ultimate thermal protection and energy efficiency!

Before heading to our website to check out all the possibilities with the Landsdown Collection, check out some of our before and afters featuring the Landsdown Collection installed by our technicians!

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Franklin Collection

Meet Garage Headquarters’ Franklin Collection!

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Offering durability, reliability and low maintenance care instructions, the Franklin Collection is made out of durable steel.  Once you’ve said yes to this beautiful steel carriage house garage door, choose from:

  1. The Franklin 1o: single layer of steel featuring a 15 year paint warranty.
  2. The Franklin 20: single layer of steel PLUS another layer of vinyl-coated insulation made out of environmentally safe polystyrene thermal insulation for, you guessed it, increased thermal protection.  The Franklin 20 is quieter and comes with a 25 year paint warranty.
  3. The Franklin 30: a single layer of steel PLUS insulation PLUS another interior layer of steel for superior energy efficiency, durability, reliability and protection with a LIFETIME paint warranty!!

With the ability to choose from 13 DectraTrim Window Inserts or 9 DecraGlass Windows and 11 color options, the possibilities are endless!  Check out the options here and give us a call at 1.877.624.2724 to start designing your own Franklin Collection!

P.S.  You can save up to $2,000 on this collection!  Fill out a form here before our offer ends for the month!

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The Hingham Collection

Exuding a timeless look with wood grain texture, the Hingham Collection is built best from the inside out. The Hingham Collection is made out of bonded steel, polyurethane and vinyl providing incredible strength, impressive sound absorption and energy efficiency. Coated with UV-resistant resin, you do not have to worry about the color of your garage door fading nor will you have to worry about scratches with through-and-through color PVC construction!

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Choose from 4 timeless colors, 6 different glass options and 6 window options when designing your own Hingham Collection garage door for your house! Head to our website now to peruse your options and design your own!

 

P.S.  Check out some of the garage door that we converted to the Hingham Collection!

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