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 Cool Uses For Your Garage

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Having your own bar is just one of the cool uses for your garage

We talked about practical garage uses, but what if you’re not the outdoors-y type with a garage full of boats, camping equipment and bikes, and you don’t need somewhere to make things out of metal or wood?

Perhaps you’re looking for cool uses for your garage instead.

Here’s our suggestions.

1. Bar

Why not turn your garage into a bar? It’ll be like going out, but without the expense.
You can decorate your garage how you like, whether you  prefer a traditional local bar, something more modern and minimal or just want somewhere to go when you invite friends over for a drink.

2. Bedroom

Adding another bedroom to your home can mean you don’t need to move house.
Perhaps you have a new baby on the way, or need to look after an elderly or infirm relative.
Why not put your garage to good use instead?

3. Casino

Rather indulgent, like the bar, but if you’re looking for a bit of excitement without losing your shirt, why not turn your garage into a casino?
From just a few packs of cards to bringing Las Vegas to your home, you could turn your garage into somewhere everyone wants to be.

4. Family room

Why not turn your garage into a more laid back or even a smart front room?
Your family room can be as formal or informal as you like, and doesn’t need to be in keeping with the rest of your home décor, so why not make the most of it?

5. Games room

Whether you enjoy first person shooters, adventure games or sports games, you can turn your garage into an impressive gaming room with just a few TVs, games consoles and couches.

6. Guest room

If you have relatives you’d like to see more often, why not turn your garage into a guest room so that they can stay over?

7. Hang out spot

Why not give your children their own independence and space by turning your garage into a place they want to be?
Instead of moaning that there’s nothing to do, and nowhere to go, their friends will be queuing up to come round.

8. Home gym

If you’re the sporty type who lacks the time or motivation to go to the gym, why not bring the gym to you?
With some well chosen exercise equipment, you can get the workout you need without leaving your garage?

9. Home theater

If you like your movies but can’t afford to go as often as you’d like, why not bring the movie theater home instead?
Whether you spend your evenings and weekends in your garage watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters, or simply send the kids to watch their favorite DVDs, you’ll save a fortune on tickets and popcorn.

10. Man cave

Why not combine all of these uses by creating a man cave?
It’s the perfect place for your games console, gym equipment, huge TV, whiskey collection and sports memorabilia.

Conclusion

No matter what cool uses for your garage you choose, you’ll want to make sure that your garage door works properly, and that it is safe and secure.
Need help? Call 651-7021420 today and tell us how we can help you.

10 Practical Garage Uses

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There are many practical garage uses for you and your family,from cars to home cinema

If your garage is a mess, full of things you didn’t know you still had, and you’re always complaining about it, then perhaps now is the time to do something about it and think of all the practical garage uses.

Here are our top 10 practical uses for your garage

1. Car storage

It’s what garages were designed for, but they seem to attract all the other things that have nowhere to live in our homes.

Perhaps you’ll want to restore a classic, save on mechanics bills by working on your car yourself, or just be able to open the doors without knocking a bike over.

Why not clear your garage so that you have a place to store and work on your car if you need to.

2. Sporting equipment

Sporting equipment like bikes, weights benches and rowing machines, tend to be bulky, so you could make sure it has its own place in your garage.

Why not make your own gym at home and save on gym fees?

3. Work things / stock

If you’re a travelling salesperson who needs to store stock or samples in your garage, then why not make them easier to get to?

Perhaps you need certain equipment or tools for your job, and you can’t easily get to them because of the other clutter in your garage.

Why not make your time in your garage before work or after work easier?

4. Leisure equipment

We all have good intentions to spend our leisure time wisely, so whilst we though the boat, tennis rackets, and tents would be used often, the chances are they aren’t.

Why not make them easier to get to, so that you can play tennis, spend the weekend camping or go fishing when you want to.

5. Office space

If you’re able to work from home, then perhaps you’re always interrupted by the children, or distracted by having to do other jobs around the house.

Why not make your garage your office space, so you can feel like you’re at work without leaving your home.

6. Workshop

If you’re a practical person, then perhaps you enjoy making or fixing things. By making the space for the machines and tools you need you could perhaps turn your hobby into your job.

Why not see what you can make when you have everything you need where you need it?

7. Workspace

If you enjoy things like crafting, knitting or painting, you could dedicate your garage space to your hobby if you can’t spare the space in your home.

Why not spend more time doing your hobby, and less time looking for what you need?

8. Kids stuff

Perhaps your kids have a huge amount of toys and games, or always seem to be under your feet. Instead of getting annoyed with them, you could help them.

Why not see if they want to make more of the garage to give them a bit of freedom and independence too?

9. Band practice area

If you or your children play a musical instrument, then there might not be the chance, space or time to play often.

Why not set your garage up so that you or they can play more often?

10 Living space

If you’re short of space in your home, or want to give a teenager a bit of independence, or want somewhere to get away from everyone else, then you could convert your garage into living space.

Why not add another front room to your home without having to move?

Conclusion

There are lots of options for your garage, whether you want to play your guitar more often, or work on your classic car.

By investing a bit of time and maybe some money, you can make your garage work for you.

If you need help or advice on your garage door, whether it’s to do with energy efficiency, you want a new garage door opener or it needs servicing, why not call us at 651-702-1420 today.

5 DIFFERENT MAN CAVE DESIGNS FOR YOUR GARAGE

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A pool table is just one of the many man cave designs for your garage

Every man needs a place to call his own, a place where he can be himself and do what he wants.

In recent years, homeowners have begun repurposing rooms in their home to create a place for men.

These man cave designs for your garage can give you a place to blow off steam after a long day at work.

Since every man is different, these sanctuaries range in function and purpose.

Listed below are five of the most common man cave designs for your garage.

1. The Gamer’s Den

The Gamer’s Den is a place where you can enter a world of race car drivers and monster hunters, athletes and dragon slayers.

This room pays homage to your inner video game enthusiast.

To pull off the Gamer’s Den, you’re going to need a few key items:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Fridge complete with drinks
  • Multiple next-gen gaming consoles
  • Top of the line HD television

You may also want to include arcade style games, high-quality sound system, and a fast internet connection to take your gaming online.

Or you can convert the Gamer’s Den to accommodate a pool table card games, board games, and other forms of analog entertainment.

2. The Theater

Similar to the Gamer’s Den, the Theater is a film lover’s paradise and one of the most popular types of man cave designs for your garage.

This type of man cave turns your garage into a comfortable place to enjoy the latest Hollywood has to offer.

Install a high definition projector and a quality speaker system. Soon you’ll hear the explosions in your favorite movies as they were meant to be heard.

Other electrics you may want to consider include:

  • Home media hub
  • Blu-ray/DVD player
  • Satellite TV

You should also invest in comfortable seating. Multiple couches and recliners can increase your movie going experience.

For larger rooms, use sectional couches to accommodate more movie goers.

For increased functionality, skip the fridge and install a soda or beer dispenser.

Having your favorite beverage on tap makes any movie that much better. You may also want to invest in a popcorn maker for fresh, theater-style popcorn.

3. The Pub

If you enjoy going to a bar after work, convert your garage in the Pub.

Having a bar in your garage gives you all the benefits of a night out with friends, with none of the frustrations like needing a cab or paying for overpriced drinks.

Your bar should have a serving/mixing area, comfortable seating, and the right lighting.

Place your serving area in a location easy to navigate but doesn’t take up too much space, such as in a corner or along a main wall.

You can stray from stools as your typical bar seating and use couches, chairs, or benches.

Remember, no bar would be complete without a neon sign or two.

4. The Craftsman

The Craftsman is a man cave for the man who loves working with his hands. This is a place where he can see his creations take shape.

This room should start with a clean workspace. A proper workbench is large enough to allow a man to multitask.

As per our Top 8 Things Every Man Should Have In His Garage, if you’re a craftsman your garage should have plenty of lighting so he can see every angle of his project. It should also have power connections so he can charge his tools and work at the same time.

From here, you’ll want plenty of garage storage. You will want to invest in wall cabinets, tool storage, and shelves to keep lumber and pipe safe and secure.

Make sure the Craftsman garage has proper ventilation. Opening a garage door may provide enough fresh air during the summer months, but when the chill of winter sets in, the garage door will likely stay closed.

A proper ventilation system rids your workspace of toxic fumes.

5. The Auto Shop

Like the Craftsman, the Auto Shop is a place for the man who likes to work with his hands.

Designed for the car enthusiast, this man cave creates the perfect space to work on your car.

From changing your oil to restoring vintage cars, the Auto Shop provides you with the tools to keep your car running smoothly.

Unsurprisingly this one of the most popular man cave designs for your garage.

Like many of these man caves, lighting is crucial in the Auto Shop. Install high-quality overhead lights to help illuminate even the smallest corners of your vehicle.

You should also purchase hanging shop lights, desk lamps, and portable work lights for easy access.

In addition to lighting, you will also need space for this cave to work effectively.

Using wall hanging cabinets will free valuable floor space, while investing in a rolling tool chest will help you keep your tools always within arm’s reach.

Conclusion

These are just a few man cave designs for your garage to help you can create your perfect retreat.

Whichever man cave you decide to create in your garage, make sure it fits the needs of the man occupying it.

TOP 8 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE IN HIS GARAGE

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Find out the top 8 things every man needs in his garage

Not every man is a handyman, but every man should have the tools in his garage he needs to get household chores done.

When you own your own home, you can’t rely on a landlord to make basic repairs for you. And after all, a man’s home is his castle.

So keep your garage stocked with the basics you’ll need to make minor repairs, complete major projects, or just create a space that’s all your own.

1. A Good Light Source

Garages can be dark and dingy. Buy a bright light that you can hang directly over your workspace.

Fluorescent fixtures work well because the bulbs last a long time and they tend to be big enough to light a large space.

Make sure your lights are bright enough to illuminate your work space during the day and night.

2. Bench Space

You’ll need a clear space to get your projects started.

If you have a small budget, you can find an old, sturdy table for your garage. Or, if extra space is an issue, choose a specialty workbench that folds up against the wall.

The bottom line is you’ll need plenty of work space for tools, projects, and plans.

3. Extension Cords

You might not think about this as much, but you need extension cords and power strips to power all your electronics. And you might not be close to the wall whenever you need a tool.

Save yourself time and hassle by getting at least a 10-outlet metal-encased power strip and a 15-foot cord.

You can also set up a charging station for your power tools so you don’t waste time looking for a spare electrical outlet.

4. Fire Extinguisher

Protect yourself and your family from the danger of fire. Garages contain powerful tools, electrical energy, and gasoline.

Together, they can spark a fire. Have a fire extinguisher on hand and learn how to use it in case of an emergency.

For all the exciting tools a man has in his garage, he needs to be safe too.

5. First Aid Kit

When you’re dealing with power tools, you never know when you might get hurt.

You’re dealing with heavy loads, sharp edges, and hot surfaces. So stay prepared.

Keep a first aid kit somewhere prominent and keep it stocked with antiseptic, bandages, and a cold pack.

6. Tool Chest

The more tools you own, the more important organization becomes.

There’s almost nothing more frustrating for a man than spending an hour looking for a tool in his garage he needs for a 15-minute project.

Try a chest made from quality steel with shallow drawers. You want a chest that uses more space vertically, since that will take up less of your work space.

We recommend finding one that’s 16 inches deep and 26 inches wide. Consider a chest with wheels that you can move around your garage as needed.

7. Wall Mounts

If you get serious about repairs, you’ll likely collect a lot of large tools that won’t fit in your tool chest.

We recommend installing hooks for the tools you use the most often. You can also hang up gardening tools, sports equipment, camping equipment, and other tools that gather in the garage.

Try to arrange your tools by category so you don’t have to wade through odds and ends to get to what you want.

8. Fiberglass Stepladder

When you set your mind to do odd jobs around the house, you may realize that a lot of them require you to be taller than you actually are.

Whether you’re changing a light bulb, putting up curtains, fixing a cabinet door, or repainting a room, you can benefit from a sturdy stepladder.

You can get two-a six-foot model for outdoor chores and a three-foot model for indoor ones, or just get a tall one that works for both spaces.

Conclusion

It’s never too early to start organizing your garage or collecting tools you’ll use for repairs. Take a trip to your garage to see what you need to get started.