5 ways to keep your garage warm

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How do you keep your garage warm?

The summer may be a distant memory now as the days start getting shorter and colder, so if you’re going to be spending more time there, then you’ll want to know the best way to keep your garage warm.

If you’ve got plans for your garage this year, then you’re going to want to make sure that it’s warm enough for you to do what you want in it.

Here’s our guide to keeping your garage warm.

1. What will it be used for?

Knowing what you’ll be doing in your garage will help you to decide how warm your garage needs to be.

If you’re only going to use your garage for a few minutes whilst getting children or work samples in and out of the car, you won’t  need it to be as warm compared to if you plan on spending hours playing music or making something out of wood in your garage during the evening or all weekend.

2. Insulation

Spending the time to insulate your garage will be worth it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in there.

If you’re trying to get your old car back on the road, you don’t want to be undoing seized bolts lying in a draft. If you’ve turned your garage into a play room for your children, you’ll want to make sure it’s not cold.

3. Better fitting doors and windows

Better fitting doors and windows can eliminate drafts, and provide more warmth without you needing to invest in a heater.

Perhaps you can already feel a draft or can see gaps that shouldn’t be there.

It’s worth getting your garage door and windows looked at to make sure that they are doing their jobs properly, or how they can be improved.

4. Efficiency

You’ll need to make sure that you stop cold air getting in and warm air escaping. You can do this by fitting weather strips around your garage doors and checking other areas for leaks.

This will ensure that you’re not paying for heating that doesn’t even stay in your garage.

Depending on the size of your garage, and what you’ll be doing in there and for how long, you might want to organize or divide your garage differently so that you don’t need to heat the whole garage if you’re only going to be working at a small workbench.

5. Heating

Once you’ve eliminated drafts and got your windows and doors sorted out, and repaired if necessary, you can then decide how you’re going to heat your garage.

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there, then you’ll want a cost effective way of heating your garage, perhaps so that your band can practice for hours at a time, you can make things out of wood, or finally get your car back on the road.

This could be several portable heaters or it could be a dedicated heating system.

If you’re only going to be spending a few minutes at a time in there, then portable heaters might be just what you need.

Conclusion

The best way to keep your garage warm will ultimately depend on what you’re going to be doing in there, and for how long at a time.

Even if you’re going to be spending hours at a time there, it needn’t be expensive to keep your garage warm and cosy.

If you need help or advice on your garage door, whether it’s to do with energy efficiency, or it needs putting back on track, Contact Us today at 651-702-1420 and tell us how we can help you.

10 signs you need a replacement garage door

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It might not be obvious when you need a replacement garage door

If you’re not happy with your garage door, then perhaps you need a replacement garage door.

Here are 10 signs that you need a replacement garage door.

1. Obvious damage

Perhaps somebody has driven into your garage door, or it’s been damaged by bikes or balls or has seen better days and is just falling apart.

Now is a good time to replace it.

2. Doesn’t open or shut properly

If your garage door doesn’t open or close properly, then it might make more sense to get a replacement garage door than repair it.

It may be more cost effective to buy a replacement garage door than to get your garage door serviced.

3. Affected by weather

Perhaps your garage door has been badly affected by storms, or extreme heat or cold.

Perhaps it doesn’t fit as well as it used to, or it now leaks.

Why not see what a replacement garage door could do for your home?

4. Doesn’t meet your needs anymore

Your existing garage door might not meet your needs any more if your family has grown, or your children have left home, or you’ve got a classic car or a boat you want to keep in the garage.

If you now have a boat that you want to keep in the garage, perhaps you can’t get it in because your garage door opener is in the way.  A new garage door and garage door opener could keep your pride and joy safe and protected from the elements.

If your children have left home, then perhaps you can keep all of your cars in the garage now there’s no bikes or sports equipment in the way.

A replacement garage door could make life much easier for you.

5. Used by the whole family

Maybe your garage is used by the whole family know, Perhaps you want several individual garage doors rather than a single huge one, so that the children can get their bikes out without lifting a big heavy door.

6. Different use for your garage

If you’re thinking about different uses for your garage, such as turning it into a home cinema, or games room, or you simply want to spend your retirement restoring a classic car, then you might benefit from a new garage door.

Your replacement garage door could provide more light, more security, or keep your garage warmer.

7. Different material

What was an appropriate garage door material previously may not be now.

Perhaps you’re fed up with a big heavy wooden door that needs regular painting, and want a lighter metal door.

8. Security

Perhaps you know that your garage door isn’t as secure as it should be.

Maybe you’re keeping valuable or expensive items in your garage and want to keep them away from prying eyes to make sure that they stay there.

9. Old and less effective or efficient than a new door

Maybe you’ve lived in your home for decades and have never replaced your garage door.

Perhaps you want to make your garage warmer, or add windows to your garage, so you can spend more time in there.

A new garage door could provide more insulation and save on heating costs, whether you’re fixing something, watching movies, adding an extra bedroom or giving the kids their own space.

10. Doesn’t fit with your home aesthetic

If you’ve recently moved house, then perhaps the garage door isn’t to your taste.

Whilst you’re making the rest of your new home perfect, why not think about a replacement garage door too?

You can have the exact style of garage door you want, and material you’ve always wanted, whether it’s wooden swing out garage doors, or ornate bifold doors.

After all, you’ll probably use your garage door a lot more than a guest bedroom.

Conclusion

A replacement garage door might make a lot of sense if you’re currently struggling to open it, or know that you can’t spend time in there because it’s too cold.

Why not Contact Us at 651-702-1420 today and tell us what you need from your replacement garage door?

10 Tips for choosing the right garage door material

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Have you decided on the right garage door material yet?

If you’re looking for a new garage door, then perhaps you need help determining the right garage door material.

Here’s what you need to know:

Steel Garage Doors

Pros
  • Popular, versatile, cost effective
Cons
  • Poor insulator for heat and noise, cheap doors are usually thin

Wood Garage Doors

Pros
  • Beautiful, good insulator, durable
Cons
  • Expensive, low cost usually means less durable, requires regular maintenance

Aluminium Garage Doors

Pros
  • Affordable, versatile, light
Cons
  • Easier to dent, easier to break, not ideal for families with bikes, balls and other outdoor toys

Fiberglass Garage Doors

Pros
  • Lightweight, customizable, innovative designs
Cons
  • Can weaken and crack in cold winters, poor UV radiation protection

What should you think about?

 

1. Aesthetic

What sort of look are you going for? Is your house modern or traditional? Do you want something beautiful to look at, or does your new garage have to be functional first?

2. What size of garage?

Thinking about the size of your garage and garage door will help you to decide what will work best for you.

Do you want several smaller doors? Do you want a single swing-up garage door? Are you looking at folding doors?

3. How often will your garage door be used?

If you’re constantly in and out of your garage and use it all the time, then you’ll have some obvious requirements, which will help you choose the right material.

4. Who will use it?

If your children use the garage as much as you do then your garage door needs to be easy to use. Will they benefit from an automatic garage door opener?

5. What’s do you use your garage for?

Do you keep your classic car in there? Is there a boat? Your work supplies? A home cinema? A spare bedroom?

Depending on what you keep in your garage, you’ll want a suitable garage door.

6. Security

Again garage door security will be an important consideration, so that what lives in your garage stays there.

7. Insulation

If you’re spending time in your garage, or using it as an additional room then insulation will be important so that your garage door doesn’t leak heat.

8. Windows

You might want windows in your garage door to bring some much needed light if you’re using your garage as another room. Perhaps windows are not important if you’re simply using your garage for your cars and tools.

9. Do your homework

If you’re not sure what garage door material will be best for your needs, then why not ask friends and family about their garage doors, and read online reviews?

10. Budget

Whilst it’s never a good idea to buy things on price alone, you’ll want to have some idea of what your new garage door will cost.

Conclusion

If this has helped you determine what your new garage door material will be then why not order your new garage door today?

If you’re still none the wiser, why not Contact Us at 651-702-1420 today, and tell us what you need from your new garage door?

How much does a new garage door cost?

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You’ll need to decide what you want and need before asking how much does a new garage door cost

At AA Garage Door, one of the most asked questions is “how much does a new garage door cost?”

The answer is dull, boring and predictable.

It depends.

There are a lot of variables, and things that you’ll need to decide before you can even get a ballpark estimate for a new garage door cost.

Here’s what you need to think about before asking how much does a new garage door cost.

1. What type of garage door do you want?

Knowing what type of garage door you want will help.

Do you want a folding garage door? A simple steel garage door? A high security insulated garage door?

2. What material is your new garage door made from?

Knowing what material you want your new garage door to be made from will help to determine the cost.

Do you want steel, wood or fibreglass? The right material will depend on your needs and your taste.

3. What size of garage door do you need?

Knowing the size of your garage door will help too.

Do you have a standard garage door size? Do you want individual garage doors rather than a single large one?

4. Are you fitting it yourself?

Knowing whether you will fit your new garage door your self will help to determine the cost too.

If you’re confident you know what you’re doing and can install a garage door to the same standards as trained professionals then you could save some money.

However, getting the professionals to do it makes sense to most people.

5. Does it need to be insulated and energy saving?

Knowing whether you want an insulated and energy saving garage door or not will be a factor in your new garage door cost.

If you’re spending a lot of time in your garage then you’ll want to be warm there in the colder months.

6. Will you need an automatic garage door opener

Knowing whether you want an automatic garage door opener or not will also make a difference to your garage door cost.

7. What style and color are you looking for?

Knowing what sort of style and color you want will help to determine your garage door cost too.

Do you want something traditional and simple? Do you want something more colorful and modern looking?

8. Maintenance

Knowing whether you want a new garage door that’s easy to look after yourself, or you’re prepared to pay for someone to come out and perform the maintenance tasks will help to determine your garage door cost.

If you’re not the DIY type, or have a busy life, then perhaps you‘re willing to let the professionals keep your garage door working properly.

9. How often will it be used?

Knowing how often your new garage door will be used will help to determine how much you want to spend on it, and so what your garage door will cost you.

Will you and your family use it several times a day, or just a few times a month?

10. Is everything included?

Knowing whether everything is including will enable you to compare quotes from different garage door suppliers.

You don’t want to choose the cheapest quote only to discover it doesn’t include installation, new tracks, or fasteners.

Conclusion

With so many things to think about, this is why you can’t expect a garage door company to be able to give you a price immediately unless you know what you need.

Now you know what to look for, you’ll be better prepared to understand your new garage door cost, and make sure you get exactly what you need.

Need help choosing your new garage door or getting it fitted? Why not Contact Us now at 651-702-1420 and tell us what we can do for you.

How to choose a new garage door

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A new garage door can make a huge difference to your home and family

If you’ve decided that you you need to choose a new garage door, then perhaps you already know exactly which garage door styles you’re looking at, and why. You might have already decided the features, color and material that you want.

Alternatively, you might not know what to look for, and want to know more about how to choose a new garage door.

Here’s our guide.

1. Reasons

You’ll need to know why you want ti choose a new garage door. Perhaps yours is broken, is hard to use, or you’ve moved house and you’ve got exciting plans for your garage.

2. Priorities

You’ll need to establish your priorities so that you’re focusing on the right areas. Perhaps you’ve got security, convenience or energy saving at the top of your list.

Remember, that you can have a secure garage door that it easy to use, or an insulated garage door that looks good.

3. Features

Whilst things like the lock, and style of door are likely to be important,  you may need additional features. like windows, or an automatic door opener to help you make more of your garage, and to make it easier to open and close.

4. What will you use your garage for?

Knowing what you will use your garage for will help you to choose a new garage door that will work for you.

If you’re only using it to store your cars then security and ease of use will be important. If you’re going to turn your garage into a family room then windows and insulation are going to be more important to you.

5. Who will be using it?

If your whole family will be using the garage then you’ll want to make sure it’s easy to use.

If you don’t have children and will be using your garage to store your tools, or as a man cave then you might not want to make it easy to open.

6. How often will it be used?

Depending on what you use your garage for will depend on how often it is used.

If you store your cars in it then it will be used daily. If you have converted your garage into a home cinema then you might use it weekly.

If you only use your garage for your sports equipment, camping gear and outdoor toys, then it might be used less frequently.

7. Material

You might have already decided which material is right for your garage door. Wood, steel and fibreglass all have their advantages, and the right one for you will depend on what you will use your garage for.

8. Colour and style

Whilst it is subjective, you’ll have an idea of what the right garage door will look like. Perhaps you want something traditional, modern, or simply easy to use.

You might choose a new garage door that can be painted when you want a change, or one that will blend in with the rest of your home exterior.

9. Maintenance

Whichever garage door you choose, you’ll want to make sure it’s low maintenance, so that you don’t need to spend time sorting out springs, or wondering where the squeaks are coming from.

10. Price

Like many products and service you should choose a new garage door based on your requirements rather than the price.

It makes no sense to buy something that you know isn’t right, won’t work for your family and you don’t like, just because it’s cheap.  Buying twice because you got it wrong the first time won’t save you money.

You should choose a new garage door that works for your family, your situation and your needs.

Conclusion

Now you know some of the many things to consider when the time comes to choose a new garage door, you’ll be able to get it right first time.