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Is an Automatic Gate System Right for You?

Whether you are considering an automatic gate system for your residence or business, hiring a reliable professional to install your gate system is important. R&S Erection of Concord is just that company. We will create a gate system that best suits your needs and will design in accordance to specific environmental conditions, safety concerns, and security requirements that are unique to each application. You can be assured that your new system will provide you years of reliable, low maintenance service.

Commercial Automatic Gate Systems

Commercial automatic gates systems are not only designed to provide controlled access but also designed to keep people from getting out.  For example, prisons have multi-level automatic gate systems for take-ins, visitors, and parolees. Gated communities often install automatic gate systems to control access and exit as well.

Most often, commercial automatic gate systems utilize heavy-duty magnetic locks with electric strikes. Access control can be managed in a variety of ways:

  • Security guards
  • Cards
  • Keypads
  • Proximity devices
  • Keys

Free Exit Systems

Free exit systems make exiting the premises user-friendly, such as those installed at storage facilities and underground parking. There are several types of automatic gate system designs to meet every conceivable application. While they offer free exit, the entrance can be controlled in a number of different ways.

  • By attendant
  • Magnetic Cards
  • Remote attendant
  • Keypads
  • Biometrics

The cost of these units will be determined by the type of access/exit strategies you wish to install. If you choose to install swing gates, you need to consider the cost-effectiveness. Businesses that benefit most from these types of free exit systems include subdivisions, residential communities (gated), and apartment complexes, as well as commercial and industrial entities. Costs will vary greatly based on the size gates you install as well as the number of cameras, telephone systems, or radio controls associated with the system. R&S Erection of Concord will help you design the most cost-effective automatic gate system that is right for you.

There are various types of free exit systems available, such as:

  • Swing arms
  • Swing gates– single swing & dual swing
  • Rolling gates – single slide and dual slide

Residential Automatic Gate Systems 

From driveway sensors to rolling gates to swing gates, the biggest factor in deciding what type of automatic gate system is right for you is your budget. Residential automatic gate systems can be controlled and monitored in various ways as well:

  • By keypad – each person gets their own unique code
  • Remotely via camera feed – grant access 
  • Remotely via cell phone monitoring
  • Biometrics 

Costs will also vary greatly based on the types and size gates you install, the type of monitoring, and accessibility, as well as the type of locking mechanisms.

Gate Operators

R&S Erection of Concord services many different types and brands of gate operators. Through years of service and installation, we know which operators provide years of reliable service and will recommend operators that are proven to be tough and reliable.

Questions You Should Ask

You will have many questions during the planning stages.  Below are some guidelines to help you ask the right ones: 

  • Clarify what features are included in monitoring your system
  • Clarify your accessibility requirements – both local and remote
  • Inquire as to the ongoing cost of maintenance
  • Question any add-ons on the proposal and determine if they are a necessary
  • Considering the speed at which technology changes,  be sure to inquire about the cost of software updates

Once R&S Erection of Concord has a thorough understanding of what your requirements are for an automatic gate system, they can start designing the perfect system for you. Contact us today for a free estimate!

3 Signs You May be in Need of Garage Door Repair

For many people, their garage door is actually the most common way they enter and exit their home. If you use your garage door more than your front door, it is critical that you take proper care of your garage door so that it doesn’t break down on you when you need to leave your home. How will you know when your garage door is in need of servicing or repairs? Here are a few signs you can look out for that indicate you may need professional garage door service and repairs.

Your Garage Door is Running Slower Than Normal

If your garage door seems to take a long time to open or close, this could indicate a problem with the motor or electrical system. If you notice that it takes a long time for your garage door to start to open after you press the button, this could indicate an electrical issue, or it could simply indicate a problem with your transmitter. Either way, if your garage door doesn’t appear to be operating properly, you should have it inspected and repaired before you encounter further problems.

It Makes Strange Sounds

Another sign to be on the lookout for indicating problems with your garage door is if it suddenly starts making a great deal of noise when it’s operating. While garage doors are by no means quiet, they should not suddenly start making excessive amounts of noise, and they should not make any creaking, groaning, or straining noises. These sounds likely indicate a mechanical problem or a problem with your motor, and you will want to have it looked at before your garage door stops working altogether.  

It Does Not Sit Evenly on the Ground

It should also be a cause for concern if your garage door doesn’t sit evenly on the ground. This can mean that your garage door is slightly off the track which could put unnecessary strain on the motor. Regardless of the cause, you shouldn’t ignore a garage door that is not sitting properly as this can lead to mechanical or safety issues.

Contact us to learn more about the signs you can be on the lookout for indicating that your garage door may be in need of repair or replacement.

5 Important Benefits of Automatic Gate Systems

Keeping your home safe and secure is an important task. One of the best ways to secure your house is with an automatic gate. Here are five reasons to consider adding an automatic gate system to your home.

Security

An automatic gate system will make your home much more secure. It discourages intruders and allows you to control who has access to your property. It also keeps your children and pets safe when they are outside. You won’t need to worry about your kids running into the street or strangers entering the yard. The safety and security that an automatic gate provides make it a worthwhile investment.

Add Curb Appeal

A driveway gate makes a beautiful addition to your home’s exterior. Automatic gate systems are available in a variety of materials. You can choose a gate in almost any style you like. You’re sure to find one that will complement the design of your home and make it stand out. In doing so, you’ll give your home an attractive new look and boost your property’s curb appeal.

Increase Property Value

A boost in curb appeal means a boost in home value, so installing an automatic gate will add value to your property. Many potential buyers will appreciate this feature, and it will be an attractive selling point if you ever decide to place your home on the market.

Privacy

Besides restricting unauthorized access, an automatic gate increases your family’s privacy. The proper fencing will ensure that your neighbors cannot see into your yard or your home. The only people who will have access to your home are those you invite inside.

Convenience

With an automatic gate system, you’ll never need to get out of your car in bad weather to open the gate. You also don’t need to worry if you forget to close the gate. You can operate the gate remotely with the touch of a button.

Contact us to learn more about adding an automatic gate system to your home.

4 Reasons to Install a New Garage Door

If you’re looking for a simple way to add value to your home, replacing the garage door may be the solution. Installing a new garage door offers several benefits to your home. Keep reading to learn four reasons to consider it.

Frequent Repairs
Garage doors typically last for about 10 to 15 years. As they get older, they may begin to break down more frequently. The cost of repeated service calls begins to add up over time. If your garage door needs to be repaired again and again, it may be more cost-effective to replace it.

Safety and Security
A new garage door can increase the safety and security of your home, especially if your existing garage door is an older model. Modern garage doors come equipped with several important security and safety features. You can install a garage door with a revolving entry code, ensuring that it only opens for you. A Wi-Fi connection allows you to monitor and operate your garage door with your smartphone.

Improve Energy Efficiency
A cold garage can make the surrounding rooms feel colder, too. Installing an insulated garage door can reduce the heating and cooling costs for your whole house. Insulation helps to maintain the temperature in your garage. It keeps cold air outdoors and warm air inside. Select a new garage door that has a high R-value for the best results.

Give Your Home a New Look
Remodeling your home is expensive, time-consuming, and often inconvenient. A new garage door will give your house a makeover for a fraction of the time and money. Attached garages comprise up to one-third of a home’s exterior facade. You can choose a garage door in almost any color or style you like, giving your home an attractive new look and increasing your curb appeal.

A new garage door adds beauty and value to your home. Contact us today for a free estimate.

When Is It Time To Replace Your Garage Door Springs?

when is it time to replace your garage door springs

As of 2017, 63% of all houses have a garage or carport. Garages, especially ones attached to the home, offer homeowners convenience, safety, and security when leaving and returning home.

But what good is your garage if the door springs have gone bad? Without proper maintenance, your garage loses all its glamour and glory.

Not sure how to tell if your garage door springs need replacing? You’ve come to the right place. We have the most popular signs it’s time to replace your garage door springs – check it out below.

Types of Garage Door Springs

If you’re new to learning about garage doors, you may not know there is more than one type of spring. You’ll need to know about both to determine which kind you have and the signs each one needs replacing.

Torsion Springs

Made with tightly wound coils of metal (also known as torque springs), torsion springs are the most common type of garage door springs. These springs cause the torque which lifts the garage doors up.

There are two main ways to tell if you need to replace your torsion springs. The first is to disconnect your garage door opener and manually raise the door. If the door doesn’t stay in an upright position by itself, your torsion springs aren’t doing their job.

While your garage door opener is disconnected, move the door to a mid-level position – this is halfway between fully open and fully closed. If the door stays in this position, you don’t need to worry about replacing the torsion springs yet.

But if the door begins to lower on its own or feels heavy, it’s a sign the springs are starting to break. In contrast, if the door feels unusually light, you might need to check the sizing of your torsion springs for your garage door.

Torsion springs last anywhere from four to nine years. This depends on how often you use your garage door, though.

Extension Springs

Extension springs are the most common residential garage door spring. Two extension springs, which are attached to the garage door tracks, run perpendicular to the door. Although most extension springs come in pairs, some garage door openers have one single spring between the tracks.

When your garage door opens or closes, the springs expand and contract. As the springs expand, they absorb energy. Once the door closes, they “charge”, releasing the energy when the door opens again.

You can test to see if your extension springs need replacing in almost the same way you test torsion springs, though there are ways to see if your springs have already broken.

The first way is to look at the physical springs – are there any gaps in the coils? If so, this is a sign the steel the springs are made from has given out. This means they can’t create the tension they need to open or close the garage door.

You can also check to see if both sides of your garage door are still aligned. If one side appears higher or lower than the other, one of the extension springs have given out and can’t open or close that side of the door anymore.

Other Signs

In addition to the specific signs for each spring mentioned above, there are a few more worth mentioning. If you notice:

Rust or Corrosion

If you don’t regularly maintain your garage doors, there’s a good chance corrosion and rust have weakened the garage door springs. Once this has set in, your springs needing replacement aren’t far behind.

This is easily avoidable with regular checkups and garage door maintenance.

Loss of Elasticity

Think about how often you use your garage doors. Do open and close the door every morning and night when you leave and return for work? Or is it mostly used for storage with the occasional opening?

Depending on how often you open and close your doors will determine how stretched your springs get. If you use your garage door on a daily basis, those springs are getting more and more stretched every day.

Over time, those springs will lose their elasticity – just like a stretched rubber band. If you’ve had our garage door springs for a while, it’s a good idea to check how their elasticity is doing.

You can do this by disconnecting the garage door opener and manually open the door. As we mentioned earlier with torsion springs, if the door can’t stay open by itself, they’ve probably lost their elasticity.

Unusual Noises During Operation

Do you hear loud and unusual noises when you try to open and close your garage door? Anything making noises which have you questioning their performance is worth checking out.

Garage door springs shouldn’t make any moaning or grinding noises. Although you can remedy this with by lubricating them, it will only fix the problem temporarily. It’s likely you’re springs are damaged and need immediate replacing.

Uneven Opening

We mentioned the alignment of your garage door earlier in the article. Take some time to watch your garage door open and close. Does one side move faster than the other?

If so, one spring has already checked out with the other not far behind. Any uneven opening or closing is a clear sign you need to replace your garage door springs.

When to Replace Garage Door Springs

Having a garage door opening is one of the most convenient parts of owning a home. It makes for safe comings and goings, plus protects your car or personal belongings from outside weather.

But if your garage doors stop working, it’s likely due to your garage door springs needing replacement. Luckily there are plenty of signs to tell in advance if you need to replace the springs, most of which we covered in the content above!

Want to join the automatic garage door community or think you need service on your garage doors? Make sure to check out our residential services and see how we can help!

10 Tips For Storing All Those Holiday Decorations

10 tips for storing all those holiday decorations

If you’re like millions of people across the United States, you love decorating your home and/or business during the holidays. As a matter of fact, 43% of decorators are so anxious to get their holiday decorations up that they start hanging lights before Thanksgiving!

While the process of setting up your holiday display is probably something you look forward to, we’re willing to bet that taking down your display isn’t something you enjoy as much.

Having to store all of your lights and ornaments, stuffing your artificial tree into your garage… The process can get so overwhelming that many people resort to just throwing everything onto their garage floor and pushing the pile off to the side until next year.

Resist that temptation!

Save Time With These Storage Techniques

To ensure that your holiday decorations last you a long time and to save you hours setting up your decorations next year, follow these storage tips!

Keep your sturdier ornaments in freezer bags

We love packing away our more heavy duty ornaments in freezer bags before dropping them into storage containers. This allows us to keep them from rubbing too aggressively against other ornaments which can cause paint chipping. The bag’s transparency also allows us to easily find what we’re looking for.

We can’t stress enough that this trick is best suited for ornaments that aren’t too damage prone. A freezer bag won’t provide much in the way of impact protection.

Hang artificial wreaths

Wreaths, artificial or real, can be expensive. That’s why it’s important that yours don’t end up stuffed at the bottom of a box somewhere where they can get bent and ruined.

The safest way to store your wreaths is by hanging them.

You can do this by placing them on a nail in your garage or by using a clothing rack or similar safe hanging spot.

Wrap your artificial tree in shrink wrap

Artificial trees are great because they save you from the hassle of having to go out each year to purchase a new tree that’ll shed all over your house.

To keep your artificial tree safe from the elements until next winter and to maximize your garage space, shrink wrapping is a good way to go.

Shrink wrapping shouldn’t ruin any of your branches so don’t let that keep you from trying this trick. When you unwrap your tree next year, it should look as good as new after a quick fluffing.

An old belt can also keep your artificial tree in check

Don’t have shrink wrap? Want to limit your use of plastics for environmental reasons?

Then leverage old belts to whip your unruly tree into shape.

You may need 3 or 4 belts depending on the size of your tree but if that’s not a problem you can cut down on the amount of room your tree takes up significantly with a quick wrap.

Use cardboard when storing string lights

The top annoyance of most people’s holiday decorations storing process is putting away string lights. They’re hard to wrap, they get tangled, bulbs break…

To get your lights stored fast and to save a ton of time untangling things next year, wrap your lights around old scraps of cardboard before putting them into storage.

If you do, you’ll avoid tangles and reduce the risk of your light’s wiring getting bent which can ruin your light string.

Put your garland inside of empty water bottles

If your home or business went heavy on the garland this year, it’s important to know that if you don’t store it right, you’re going to end up with tangles that are very hard to remedy.

The way to avoid that fate is as easy as pouring your garland into empty water bottles. A single bottle should fit up to two strings.

Use egg crates for small, fragile ornaments

Have small ornaments that are breakable and mean a lot to you? Put each of them into their own individual slots within an egg carton.

Once they’re in place, shut the crate and tape it closed.

Egg cartons are designed to protect (you guessed it) eggs. That same design will keep your holiday decorations safe in storage.

Store leftover wrapping paper in garment bags

Wrapping paper can get costly depending on the number of presents you have to wrap each year. While most people end up having a ton of wrapping leftover at the end of the holidays, the elements take their toll throughout the year which can leave your paper unusable.

To keep your wrapping paper in pristine condition for the next 11 months, throw all of your spare rolls in an old garment bag, zip it up and hang it.

You can even put other paper products like cards, gifts tags, and more in your bag to afford them the same level of protection.

Safely stack ornaments by using red plastic cups

Dumping a bunch of glass holiday decorations on top of each other in a box is a recipe for some to get crushed under the weight of others.

To help keep your storage container organized and your decorations safe, put your items in red plastic cups before placing them into storage. Doing this will offer your fragile decorations an extra layer of protection that will prevent breakage in the event that items shift over the course of the year.

Label storage containers based on your unpacking order

When you throw all of your holiday decorations into random boxes, you’re left trying to remember where you put your lights or other things you want to work with first when starting work on your holiday display.

Save yourself time and organize your decorations into containers based on the order that you want to use them.

Doing this will make it so you can easily access what you need imminently next year without the guesswork.

Wrapping Up Tips For Storing Holiday Decorations

Armed with our tips for storing holiday decorations, you’ll preserve the value of your lights, ornaments, and other essentials for years. You’ll also ensure that decorating next year will be low on pain and big on fun!

Now that our storage tips have your garage looking great on the inside, let’s talk about its outside. Specifically, its door

If your garage door isn’t performing as well as it could be, it can slow down your whole day. To make sure that your door is working properly and safely, there’s no better team to call than R&S Erection of Concord.

Our team specializes in everything from residential garage doors to commercial commercial doors and beyond.

Let us provide you with the outstanding service that so many of our customers have come to love over the years.

Contact us today about any of your garage’s needs and let our team help you get the most out of your space!

Choosing The Right Commercial Door For Your Business

choosing the right commercial door for your business

Your business is coming together, and soon it’ll be ready to open and operate. But first, you need to choose the right commercial door for the job.

The SBA estimates that more than 600,000 new businesses open each year. If you’re opening one of them, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the equipment you need to succeed. Taking a new business from opening to profitability is much easier when everything is running smoothly.

As you buy equipment and hire workers, it’s easy to let your commercial doors become an afterthought. But in many businesses, your commercial doors will get used every day, and are an important part of operations. With the wrong kind of door, things can get held up, reducing your ability to meet client demands.

Make sure you choose the right commercial door for your company by reading this guide first!

How Commercial Doors Differ from Residential Doors

It’s tempting to think that just any old door will work. But in a business, your needs are different than in a home.

The size is an obvious different: many commercial doors need to be bigger than those used in residential locations. However, the use is also very different for a commercial door.

For example, if you’re buying a door for a loading dock, you need one that can withstand being opened and closed far more often in a given day than a residential door. It might also need to stand up to accidental collisions from heavy equipment like forklifts.

Most commercial doors are thicker than residential ones, and have insulation to maintain energy efficiency. If you have a temperature-controlled building, you’ll want to be sure that heat or cool air isn’t getting lost through the door.

You’ll also need a door that resists dents and bending in case there’s a collision. The hardware also needs to be more durable, as does the lift function on a commercial garage door. Basically, they need to be able to stand up to heavy, frequent use over many years.

Choosing the Best Commercial Door Style

Which type of commercial door will best meet your needs? It depends on the nature of your business. Here are a few of the most common commercial door types.

High-Speed

If you have a lot of traffic going in and out of a door, a high-speed option can make things more efficient. They also help prevent temperature loss by reducing the amount of time for outside air to get in, and vice versa. They can even reduce the transfer of dirt from outside to inside your business.

Garage

An overhead garage door is necessary for warehouses and any business with a loading dock. In fact, if your company needs a large door opening for any reason, the garage door is a good fit.

However, there’s also more than one kind of garage door. For example, you can choose between a steel roll-up door and a sectional door. Some companies make garage doors in all different sizes to meet the exact needs of your business.

Since these doors are large, you’ll probably want an insulated option if you need to control the temperature inside in any way. If you’re going to be running a showroom space or a space where visibility matters, consider a see-through, full-visibility garage door to let light in and showcase your products.

Storefront

If you’ll be opening a retail space, you’ll need a storefront door. These can come in many different styles, although they don’t generally need to be as big as a garage door.

Your storefront door needs to be attractive, since it’s one of the first things customers will see when they arrive. They also need to be durable, since they’ll be opening and closing hundreds of times a day, potentially. Finally, they should be easy to repair in case of damage or wear and tear.

Fire

Fire doors are a requirement if you’re running a company. They offer a way for customers and employees to get out in the event of a fire, and they also help block the fire from spreading. You should also consider installing doors that will close whenever a fire alarm goes off, to help contain the fire.

Other Commercial Doors

There are other commercial door styles, but most of these have specialty uses. For example, you can get cold-storage doors if you’re operating a climate-controlled space that needs to maintain a certain low temperature. Or, you can use a grill instead of a door for complete visibility and security. The right choice will depend on your business, and you’ll probably need to install different kinds of doors in different areas.

Choosing the Best Commercial Door Material

There are a few materials that are commonly chosen for commercial doors, for good reason. Chances are, you’ll want one of these for your business’s doors.

Glass doors are more durable than you might think: they even resist dents. Of course, they do shatter under enough force. But they give a sleek, attractive look to a space like a showroom.

Aluminum doors have a similarly modern, appealing look. You can also choose many different colors or textures for the finish. However, they’ll quickly dent under pressure.

Fiberglass doors are limited in insulation value, but they also resist corrosion from salt in the air. You can paint them or choose a number of different finishes, even faux wood.

Finally, steel doors are ideal for strength and durability. They don’t require much maintenance, and they’re easy to insulate.

Choosing the Best Commercial Door Company

Now that you have an idea of what kind of commercial door to choose, you need to pick the best company to install it.

Experience and reputation are two of the most important factors to consider. If the brand has a track record of doing good work, they’re probably a good choice for you.

If you need a great source of commercial doors and installation services, we’ve got you covered. Check out our work gallery to see more about what we can do.

8 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Garage Door Paint Color

8 tips to help you choose the right garage door paint color

Your garage door paint color is more important than you think.

In fact, most people assume their garage door paint color should simply be white. However, when you consider the sheer size of your garage door in relation to your home, it’s a large surface that can have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic.

This is not only good for the look of your home, but a strong first impression may even help you sell it in future.

Read on to discover some important tips for choosing the right color.

How To Choose A Garage Door Paint Color

You don’t have to be an expert designer to make your home look good.

All it takes is a few steps and a process of elimination to find out exactly the right color for you.

Cross The Street

When most people start this process, they’ll usually go to their driveway and look at the door from there.

This is still too close.

The best way to get a full picture of your home and how it appears to others is to cross the street and look at it from a distance. This way, you can easily take in all of the home’s colors and begin getting a stronger idea of what you have to work with.

If it’s been a while since you took a photo of your home, this is the perfect time to do it. It will be a great reference to look at when you go into the store looking for paint colors.

Consider the Seasons

Your home on a bright sunny day will look different during the cold winter. This will also have an effect on how your garage door looks over the course of the year.

When looking at your home, think about the surrounding trees and flowers. What colors do they bloom in the spring and fade to in the autumn?

If the changes are very dramatic then light greys or darker colors are your best option as they provide excellent backdrops to the colors around your home.

If your lawn is more clear, then your colors can be bolder without contrasting with anything as the year goes on.

Look At Your Home’s Facade

Every home is different and has features which can be customized to suit your preferences.

When considering the color of your garage door, think about the front of your home in terms of the colors you can see. Is it built with red brick and wooden frames? Or is it mostly white with a few accents and a dark roof?

A good trick is to draw your house as simple rectangles and triangles on your computer filled in with a color that matches each section. From there you can try changing the garage door color to see which works best or looks the most interesting.

As you play around, consider the following stylistic options available to you.

Go Bold

Some people are afraid to go for a vibrant color. However, what they don’t realize is that it can add a lot of character to your home and make it stand out for all the right reasons.

For example, a red brick house with dark wooden trims could easily have a bold red garage door to add a pop of color.

As long as the color complements the rest of the home you should definitely consider richer colors if it’s something you know you would like.

Match the Trim

If you’re concerned about making the wrong choice and want to keep things simple then simply look at your home’s trims.

This is an easy way to guarantee that your garage will match the rest of your home while still adding a nice touch of color.

Enhance

Of course, you can also reverse this logic and elevate your home by repainting the garage door and the trims as well.

This works very well if the front of your house is simple and only consisting of one or two materials like brick and wood or stone and plastic.

For example, imagine a white home with a white garage and black shutters and trims. Painting the garage a navy blue would look a bit odd, but if you also change the shutters and trims to the same blue, the entire house will look much better.

Plus the addition of color will help it stand out and look clean and modern.

Avoid Opposing Colors

Another tip for choosing garage door paint colors is to look at a color wheel. These are a simple way to see if the colors you’re thinking of using can work together or not.

For example, green is the opposite of red so a green garage door on a red brick house will not look good at all.

If you want help balancing colors, there are also plenty of other online resources that can help you match complimentary colors together.

Use Swatches and Samples

If you get stuck and really can’t decide on a color, then head to your local hardware store and grab some color swatches.

By holding them up against the walls and trims, these will give you a good visual on how the color will look compared to the rest of the house.

You can also get some material similar to your garage to try painting yourself to see how it will look.

Give It A Go

Considering a new garage door paint color takes a little bit of imagination and time.

But once you find the perfect shade and apply it, your home will look significantly more modern and new.

Check out our range of garage door services if you are looking for a fresh change or read our blog for other useful hints and tips.

9 Reasons for Replacing a Garage Door Opener

9 reasons for replacing a garage door openerThere are many things consumers think about when they want to do some home improvement. Perhaps they want to renovate the kitchen or set up a home entertainment center with surround sound.

Replacing a garage door opener is often overlooked in the home improvement decision-making process. There are many important reasons why you should consider replacing yours.

The Benefits Of A New Garage Door Opener

Read on to find out why replacing your garage door opener will benefit you!

It’s Broken

It may seem obvious like an obvious reason for replacement, but many people neglect to replace their garage door openers when they break. Instead, they opt to repair it themselves, manually open their doors, or park outside the door if they can no longer open the door.

If your garage door opener is broken, now is the best possible time in which to replace it. Opening and closing your door manually is a huge hassle. The repair needs to be done anyway, and putting it off means you’re not getting full use of your home.

Increased Energy Efficiency

Did you know that your garage door opener uses electricity even when you are not actively using it? Garage door openers are always on standby to receive the signal from your garage door remote to open, so they are always using electricity.

This type of electricity use is termed a “phantom load” and costs households up to $200 in added electricity usage per year. That’s quite a bit of money for an appliance that you are not actively using.

There’s good news about phantom loads for homeowners who are trying to keep their energy usage down: garage door opener manufacturers are creating energy efficient openers to reduce phantom loads.

So while investing in a new garage door opener has a cost up front, it will save you money in the long run, and you won’t have to worry about your energy usage.

Noise Reduction

Let’s face it, older model garage door openers are loud. This is a great feature for parents who want to catch their teenage children in the act of sneaking out or breaking curfew. For everyone else, loud garage door openers are an annoyance.

Today’s screw drive and belt drive garage door openers provide homeowners with a much quieter door opening experience. If your garage door opener lets the whole neighborhood know you’re home, consider replacing it.

Keypads

Have you ever forgot your garage door remote, or has the battery on it died? In those times, you likely had to get out of your car and use a key to open the door, and then manually open the door all the way in order to park your car.

It’s frustrating, but luckily you don’t have to do that forever.

New models of garage door openers offer keypads that are mounted on the wall outside the garage for easy opening and closing. All you have to do is punch in the code and the door will open. No key, no manual opening.

Backup Battery

Garage door openers are connected to your home’s electricity as its source of power. This basic power setup works well for homeowners in areas with reliable electricity. Homeowners in areas that have frequent power outages due to thunderstorms, ice storms, or brownouts from heatwaves are not lucky.

Situations that cause power outages are typically ones in which you prefer you and your car to be safe in your garage.

Modern garage door openers have the option of added battery backup systems that the opener will rely upon in the event your home is without power.

Replacing A Garage Door Opener Means Increased Security

Older garage door openers make it easy for thieves you access your home. This is because they rely on remotes that have a fixed code, so a thief can bring a remote to your home and change the code until it opens your door.

This is also the reason why many homeowners accidentally open their neighbor’s garages when they mean to open their own. This leaves your neighbors’ homes vulnerable to theft.

Newer models use a different code every time you open or close the door, making it extremely difficult for uninvited visitors to gain access to your home.

Safety

If your garage door opener was installed prior to 1993, then it may have an issue that puts you, your family, and your pets at risk.

Garage door openers manufactured since 1993 are required to have a safety reversal feature that stops the door from closing in the event that something or someone is stuck under the door. This is achieved through the placement of sensors a few inches above the floor that triggers the door to reverse whenever the sensors detect something under the door.

If your garage door does not have this feature, then you should seriously consider replacing your opener to prevent injury to your family. It also protects against liability should a neighbor’s child or pet get stuck under your garage door.

Updates In Technology

Modern garage door openers add increased security and convenience to your life. Many permit you to open or close your door from anywhere through an app and Wi-Fi.

Did you drive off this morning and can’t remember if you shut your garage door when you left? Just open the app and close the door without having to lose time at work. You can even ask the app to alert you if you’ve left the garage door open.

This is also beneficial if you have something delivered but can’t be there. Just open the app and the person dropping off the delivery can leave it in your garage.

Increase Your Home’s Value

Today’s homebuyers have a lot of options available to them. If you want to sell your home, or if you’re thinking you will sell soon, a garage door opener with the latest technology and safety and security features will increase the value of your home.

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There are many changes you can make to your home, but replacing a garage door opener has multiple benefits for you and your home. Not only can it make your life more convenient, but it can also help protect against intruders and reduce your electric bill.

If you have any of these issues, consider replacing your garage door opener to improve your quality of life.

Check out our blog for more information about garage doors and your home.

10 Tips For Creating Space In Your Garage

10 tips for creating space in your garageDo you wish you had more space in your garage? You’re not alone in your thinking.

A study conducted back in 2015 revealed that about 25 percent of American homeowners have a garage that’s too cluttered to fit a car. And while not everyone wants to fit a car in their garage in the first place, the study is an indication that many people wish they could have more space in their garage, regardless of what they choose to use that space for.

Creating space in your garage isn’t necessarily as difficult as it might seem. There are ways to make space for yourself if you’re willing to put in the time to do it.

Here Are 10 Helpful Tips For Creating Space In Your Garage

Throw out items you don’t need

This tip is usually easier said than done. But one of the ways to go about creating space in your garage is by simply throwing a bunch of stuff out.

Spend a Saturday afternoon going through everything you keep in your garage and getting rid of things you don’t need anymore. Everything from those old Christmas lights that don’t work to that old lawnmower you’ve been trying to fix for years now can go.

By throwing out items you don’t use, you can free up more space for the things you do use.

Find storage bins for all the stuff in your garage

The average homeowner has a little bit of everything in the garage. From sporting equipment to holiday decorations, the garage tends to be the place where homeowners throw anything they don’t want inside their houses.

It’s OK to use your garage for this purpose. But everything in your garage should be placed neatly into storage bins rather than just chucked inside the garage on a whim.

A storage bin filled with sports balls will take up much less space than a bunch of balls just randomly scattered throughout the garage. Bins will help keep things organized while also allowing you to keep your garage space safe.

Create storage space on your ceiling

Stand in the middle of your garage and look up. Do you see all that unused space above you? That is where you should be keeping the majority of the things you don’t use on a regular basis.

Whether you choose to build a little attic space above your garage or you hang hooks that can hold things like ladders and bikes, use the ceiling area in your garage to its full potential. It can double your garage space in some cases and allow you to make the most of it.

Hang tools up on the wall

Do you have tools laying all over your garage right now? From rakes and brooms to hammers and screwdrivers, most homeowners have dozens and dozens of tools in their garage.

Rather than putting them wherever you feel like it, devote one of your garage walls to your tools and hang them up on it. Outside of saving you space, it’ll also help keep your tools organized.

You’ll be able to find any tool you want at a moment’s notice when they’re not all over the place.

Put up shelves on the walls

In addition to hanging your tools on one of the walls in your garage, find a space on a separate wall for shelves.

Your shelves can be used to hold the storage bins that you have in your garage. They can also be used to hold other boxes and containers you might have on the floor right now.

The shelves will protect your possessions in the event that water ever makes its way into your garage. They’ll also keep everything more organized while making the most of your wall space.

Come up with different zones within the confines of your garage

If you have a particularly large garage that is difficult to organize, try breaking it down into different zones. Each zone can provide a specific set of items with their own place.

For example, one zone might be set aside for your vehicles. Another zone might be set aside for seasonal items. A third zone might be set aside for tools and so on and so forth.

By breaking your garage down into zones, you can cut down on the amount of clutter you have and make sure everything has a specific place in your garage.

Make a workbench that folds up and down

Do you currently have a big workbench in your garage that’s taking up entirely too much space?

Replace it with a workbench that attaches to the wall and folds up and down when you need it. Chances are, you probably only use it once or twice a week anyway. So why allow it to monopolize the entire garage?

Place heavy workbenches and other large items on wheels

If you insist on having a heavy workbench or another big item in your garage, put it on wheels so that it’s easy to move around.

If your workbench is stationary, you’re going to have to plan the rest of your garage layout around it. But if you attach wheels to it, you can move it around as needed to free up space at certain times.

Consider building a shed if you have the outdoor space for it

If you’ve followed most of these tips and are still struggling as far as creating space in your garage, you might need to do more than just organize your garage. You might need to build a new structure to give yourself more space.

Building a shed is a great way to open up space in your garage. You can also purchase a smaller outdoor cabinet to house some of the tools that might otherwise end up in your garage.

Install a garage door that doesn’t waste any space

Is your garage door taking up space in your garage when it’s open or preventing you from making the most of your ceiling area?

new garage door might do the trick and free up the space you need. It’ll also make it easier for you to access your garage whenever you want.

Take a look at some of the latest garage doors to see how they could benefit your home.

Start Creating Space In Your Garage Today

Creating space in your garage might seem like a lost cause right now. But with a little bit of creativity, you can find the space you need and make the inside of your garage look a whole lot better.

You can also make the outside of it looking better by installing a new garage door to it. It’ll improve the curb appeal of your home while making it easy to get in and out of your garage.

Check out our blog for tips on choosing the right garage door for your home.

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