Posts made in September, 2015

Common Garage Door Repairs You Need To Be Prepared For

Your garage doors are a luxury you enjoy as part of your home’s extension every day. You have the convenience of being able to park your vehicle(s) within your garage while keeping items and equipment out of sight behind closed doors. The more you use your garage doors, the more they are going to run into maintenance issues. Garage door repairs are easier and less expensive if you fix small malfunctions as you see them. Here are common garage door repairs you need to be prepared for. 

Loose springs

Every time you open and close your garage doors, its accompanying springs (responsible for the smooth action) go through a single cycle. Springs are typically good for 10,000 cycles, which sounds like a lot. But if you use your garage doors several times a day, you may go through springs much sooner than you’d think. You can test your springs and their durability by manually closing your garage door. If it slams to the ground or squeaks as it makes its descent, then new springs are what you need.

Stubborn door

If you press your garage door opener to get inside your garage and nothing happens, you are facing one of two repairs: your garage opener needs new batteries or replacement, or the issue lies in the door itself. If you can pull the emergency cord and your door opens (pulling the cord frees the garage door from the commands of the garage door opener), then the issue lies with your opener. If not, then you may be facing broken or stuck hinges in your door or even a door that has come off its track. A garage door company can inspect and then repair your issues for you.

Yearly maintenance

Maintenance is the key to avoiding future garage door repairs, and is something you should be prepared to do yearly. A garage door inspection specialist will check your springs to make sure they are lubricated and free of rust and will make sure your track and motor are working as they should. If any repairs are needed, they can be done at the time of inspection. Your garage door company can also show you how to lubricate your coils and check for other kinds of repairs your garage may need with continued use.

Garage doors do need repairs from time to time. The more you use your garage doors, the more likely you will run into issues of your own. Being able to recognize and anticipate the more common repairs can help you keep your garage doors in good working condition for years.

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French Exterior Doors: Natural Artwork For Your Walls

Trying to decide what type of artwork you want for the back walls of your home can be solved with French exterior doors. These doors are available in all different sizes and are comprised mostly of glass panels. While it is not a good idea to have them on the front of your house, for privacy issues, when you have them on the back wall, they provide a view of whatever lies beyond them. Here are a few situations to have French exterior doors installed (from a local outlet such as The Door and Window Store).    

Between the Back of the House and a Patio

If you have a back patio or porch that is often used for entertaining, or just relaxing, having French doors leading to it adds space to both the inside and outside living areas. You can open the doors if you will need to be inside cooking while your guests are enjoying the outdoor area. They are also great for the times you want to keep an eye on children playing on the porch but do not want to have to hear it all; simply close the doors.

Exiting a Sunroom

When you have a sunroom off the back of your house, having a wooden door breaks up the look and feel of it. To add a touch of formality to the room, use French doors instead of regular sliding glass doors. You may have the French doors slide or fold if you prefer that to having them hinged.

Directly to the Back Yard

Having extra-wide French exterior doors installed on the back wall of your living room creates a panoramic view of the yard. A well-landscaped yard can be a natural work of art. You can choose to put the doors in a location that looks out onto a lovely garden, a water feature or sitting area. Once you have them installed, you can make changes to the view as you wish. As the seasons change, you will be treated to new views. This will be much less expensive than buying art for the wall.

In addition to providing you with a lovely view, having French doors make a room appear larger and allow more sunlight into an area. You may choose to hang drapes or blinds on them for times you want more privacy or to keep the sun out on extra bright days. Advancements in glass have made it so these doors can be energy efficient to help save on your utility bills. You can enjoy a snowy scene, watching birds at the bird feeder in the winter without losing any heat from in the room. 

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