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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.

How To Fix A Squeaky Garage Door

how to fix a squeaky garage door

There are few things more annoying than hearing the ear-piercing squeak of your garage door every time you come home or leave your house.

Plus, a squeaky garage door is often an indication of a larger and more serious structural issue. In short, it’s something you need to take care of as soon as you can.

In this post, we’ll tell you the best DIY methods when it comes to learning how to fix a squeaky garage door. We’ll also let you know when it’s time to get a professional to come work on your squeaky garage door.

Read on to learn more.

Get the Right Materials

If you want to know how to fix a squeaky garage door, make sure you have the right tools. You’ll need:

  • Old rags
  • A step ladder
  • Grease designed for garage door
  • Wrench
  • Solvent
  • Silicone-based lubricant spray
  • New garage door rollers (if needed)

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to do some diagnostic work.

Identify the Problem

The first place for you to take a look is the hinges on your garage door. You should also inspect the tracks, the wheels/rollers, and the mechanism that actually opens the door.

This is where you should also consider replacing rollers–especially if you notice they’re damaged or coming loose. Check out a tutorial on how to make that happen here.

We suggest using nylon rollers as opposed to steel ones. Why? Because they’re much lower maintenance and more durable.

Now is also the time to knock away and thoroughly clean off any visible debris. This may be what’s responsible for a squeaky garage door–and it’s a nice easy fix if that’s all that’s required.

Screw in Loose Nuts

Next up, grab your wrench and carefully tighten any loose nuts and hinges. You’ll need to take care not to tighten them too much, as this can cause serious damage.

Now is also the time to get out the spray solvent you purchased. This is what you should use to properly clean off the rust or corrosion on your moving mechanisms.

For this reason, when you’re buying your spray solvent, you need to make it a point to look for options that contain anti-corrosive properties. One of our favorites is this Rust Release Spray from WD-40.

If you notice that your door has an excessive amount of rust and dirt, you may want to let the solution soak in for a few minutes. Just make sure you completely wipe it down with a rag afterward.

Properly Lubricate the Mechanisms

Now that you’ve cleaned off your mechanisms with the solvent spray, it’s time for the most important step in learning how to fix a squeaky garage door.

Now is the time to properly lubricate all the parts that you suspect might be the source of the squeaking. It’s alright to use a heavier amount of lubricant than you might initially think you’ll need.

When you’re looking to purchase the right kind of lubricant for your garage door, look for either silicone spray or grease that’s designed for use on a garage door.

There are some areas, however, that many homeowners often miss. Make sure you properly spray the tracks and springs of your door. Don’t miss the bearings, either.

You need to make sure that you spray the exterior of the door. This is because your door is often impacted by high heat and humidity levels. Properly lubricating it won’t just help you to eliminate the squeaks–it will also extend the overall life of your door.

Once you’ve done this, open your garage door and close it several times in succession. This actually works the grease or lubricant into the parts that need the most attention. Plus, you’ll be able to hear whether or not you’ve properly tackled the squeaky garage door.

If it works, congratulations! You’ve successfully fixed your garage door. Your last step is to wipe off the excess grease with your old rag.

Help! My Garage Door Is Still Squeaking

So, you’ve done everything in this post. You’ve even repeated the process again, but you’re still dealing with a squeaky garage door.

In some cases, the problem may simply be too big for you to fix on your own. You may need to invest in larger replacement parts, or your garage door opening mechanism may need replacing altogether.

If this is the case, it’s the time to call in the professionals. You don’t want to waste your time–and more importantly, your money–replacing or working on parts that aren’t actually the source of the problem.

Plus, no matter how much of a skilled DIYer you are, some issues within your garage door are just too dangerous for you to fix yourself. Ending the squeakiness of your garage door isn’t worth putting your own safety in jeopardy.

We’re here to help you to properly identify the problem and fix it correctly the first time around.

Getting Professional Help for a Squeaky Garage Door

From making sure that you start with the right tools, to using the right kind of anti-corrosion spray, we hope this post has helped you learn how to fix a squeaky garage door.

Of course, we also hope it’s made it clear when it’s no longer safe to tackle the problem on your own.

If you’ve reached that point, go ahead and give us a call. Spend some time on our website, too, to learn exactly how we can help you to tackle a squeaky garage door.

When you’re ready, get in touch with us to schedule a proper consultation and set up an appointment.

The Benefits Of Going From A Manual To An Automatic Garage Door

the benefits of going from a manual to an automatic garage door

Our front door isn’t our front door any longer. Most Americans use their garages over 70% of the time to enter and exit their homes.

Just about all new homes and most homes built within the last 20 years or so come with an automatic garage door. Older homes may not.

If you’re still manually lifting your garage door, you are missing out on the added convenience and security of electric garage doors.

Here are a few of the benefits that come with installing or replacing an automatic garage door.

An Automatic Garage Door Provides Easy Access

An automatic garage door means easy access to your garage. Pushing the button on the wall opens the door just that simple. These units come with a garage door remote that clips onto your car visor.

You don’t get out of your car to open the door. You drive right on in. No more running to the garage door in the rain. No more straining to lift the door yourself.

Keyless Entry

Most electric garage doors also come with a keypad outside the garage. Set a pin and you don’t need the garage door remote at all.

Older children love the independence it gives them to be able to come home from school and not worry about fiddling with house keys.

Then there are times when you need to send someone to your house while you are away. It could be a friend, babysitter, or repair person.

You can provide them the keypad pin. You can always reset the pin after they have left to keep your garage secure.

Or, you can set a guest code for temporary users. Guest codes only work for a period. After your set time is over, the code no longer works.

Keyless entry is great for vacations. Whoever you have charged with picking up the mail and watering the plants doesn’t need a key.

Technology

The technology behind an automatic garage door lends itself to many conveniences such as automatic closing and control from your smartphone.

Automatic Closing

The automatic closing feature means you don’t need to remember to close the door or press the garage door remote a second time. The garage door closes itself.

This is a great thing if you have kids who come and go from the garage. Also helpful if you tend to forget to close the garage door. No more getting to work and worrying that the garage is open.

Smart Phone Apps

You can control many electric garage doors using an app on your smartphone. Using the app, you can close your door from anywhere. The app can also notify you when the door is open.

Added Security

The remote controls and keypad provide a bit of added security. Only folks with either the garage door remote or the pin code can access the house.

Those who are security minded will be sure to keep their cars locked and the remote hidden under the visor.

Garage Door Remote Controls

Thieves can try to access your remote control using a remote control code scanner.

To thwart this, some garage door openers have rolling codes in the remotes. The code changes every time you press the button. So, only you can access the garage.

Some remotes come with a feature called vacation mode. Vacation mode disables the remote controls. You can only open the garage door from the inside. Would-be thieves can’t use a scanner to access your garage.

From the Car to the House

If you park your garage, there is the added security of not leaving your car to walk into the house.

Say you’re coming home late at night and have bags to unload. You can make multiple trips in and out of the house, leaving your car door and private garage door open.

This can be a lifesaver if you have kids or pets that ride with you. You can leave your little one napping in her car seat while you unload the groceries.

Safety Sensors

Automatic garage doors have sensors that detect objects, people, or animals on the threshold. The door won’t come down on any of these. The door will stop once it senses something in its path.

It goes without saying that those of us with children and pets appreciate this feature. It’s also beneficial for those with medical conditions that could slow movement or cause falls.

Automatic Lighting

An automatic garage door comes with built-in lights. When you activate the door, the system turns on an overhead light.

Some electric garage doors have outside lights that light the driveway in front of the garage. This added light comes in handy at night or during inclement weather.

Cost Effectiveness

Even with all the features and technology, even an older automatic garage door is efficient. It does not use a lot of electricity. It uses very little power until you activate the opener. That event only lasts for about 15 seconds.

Along with being cost-effective to run, electric garage doors don’t require expensive maintenance. If you maintain it per the manufacturer’s instructions, you should spend little time and money on garage door repair.

Even if you do require a service technician to come out and troubleshoot a problem, maintaining your door opener should minimize the repair costs.

Any Style of Garage Door is Compatible

Any style garage door is compatible with an automatic opener, including canopy, sectional, and roller garage doors.

If you don’t want to replace your existing manual garage door, you can retrofit it. You don’t have to make any sacrifices to your home’s style or character.

Is It Time for an Automatic Garage Door?

It’s difficult for most of us to imagine life without your garage door opener. We appreciate the obvious convenience as well as the added security that an automatic garage door provides.

If you are looking to update your California home with an automatic garage opener, please contact us. Likewise, if your current opener needs maintenance or replacement, we’d love to help you.

Safety Maintenance Tips For Your Loading Dock Equipment

safety maintenance tips for your loading dock equipment

Using the right loading dock equipment for the job is just the first step of having a safe workplace.

Without the right preventative measures set in place and the proper training, however, you are allowing the risk of numerous safety hazards that could have been avoided.

Keep reading and we will share some general safety tips with you, as well as some important safety maintenance tips for your loading dock equipment.

General Tips to Avoid Accidents

Some of the most common accidents that take place in loading docks are:

  • Overexertion Injuries
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Trailer Separation Accidents
  • Forklift Accidents
  • Falls from the Dock

All of these accidents can result in consequences such as; facility, product, and equipment damage, employee injuries, and even death. This can lead to a number of other problems, like lawsuits and even bad reputations.

In this article on Safety and Health Magazine’s website, they report that about 25% of reported warehouse accidents are from loading docks. The following tips will help you cut down on these accidents.

Keep Pedestrians Out of and Away From Loading Areas

Keep employees, vendors, and pedestrians away from loading docks.

You can increase security by connecting alarms to doors and trailers and by having a watch present during operations.

Conduct Regular Safety Audits

The most important part of workplace safety is not only having the right equipment but also performing regular preventative maintenance.

According to this article by OSHA, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer over 800 deaths per year and over 18,000 other injuries.

It is imperative to have your equipment in top working order to prevent liability.

Keep Loading and Unloading Area Clean

Regular sweeps, cleaning up debris, and properly tending to spills are all crucial elements of maintaining a safe work environment.

With the right attention to detail, you can make the work environment a much safer place all around.

Make Sure Employees Are Trained Properly

Having employees trained properly and well rested will ensure that they are as alert as possible during their work shift.

Make sure that your employees are given frequent breaks to avoid overexertion. You can check the United States Department of Labor for laws in your state regarding minimum paid rest periods.

Preventative Maintenance Checklist for Loading Dock Levelers

Aside from checking the general condition of the loading dock equipment and your surroundings, you can increase safety and prevent accidents by making a maintenance checklist that you can use to perform regular maintenance on equipment.

Continue reading for some tips that will help you keep your leveler in safe working order.

Always Check the Dock Doors

Replacing doors can be very costly, so always check, maintenance, and repair dock doors as needed. If you do end up replacing them, make sure and look for high impact dock doors, that are made to deflect damages in the first place.

Upgrade Loading Dock Equipment Frequently

Whether you upgrade from mechanical to a push-button operation, or you are simply replacing restraints and dock bumpers, regular upgrades can prevent wear and tear from getting the best of you.

Upgrade your loading dock equipment as needed and perform regular inspections of dock bumpers, seals, and other parts on a regular basis.

Check Seals and Shelters

Having seals and shelters that are worn out or damaged can cost you money, and make life miserable for employees in extreme temperatures.

Perform regular checks on upper and lower seals to ensure that they are sealed effectively. Swing-out style doors should have proper protection to seal the gap in the hinge when doors are open.

Keep the Upper Plate Clean

Clean upper plate, lower rollers, sides, and curb angles on a regular basis, to keep everything operating smoothly.

Keeping a tight running ship is always the best way to prevent slips and keep equipment in great condition for as long as possible.

Check Roll-Out Deck, Roll-Out Plate, and Snap Rings

Always check to see if the push-in bar and roll-out plate assemblies have been damaged. Also, check to make sure all your snap rings are there and that they are not damaged, and there is no damage to the clips on the axles and rollers.

Inspect Welds

Make sure the welds are still intact under the top plate of the leveler. It is a good idea to check dock leveler after use to make sure it is operational, and no unwanted sounds or vibrations are present.

Check All Springs

The springs in the safety leg system should be checked on a regular basis, as well as any other springs. What you want to look for is visible wear, breakage, and elongation of the springs.

Forklift Safety Tips

Did you know that there are approximately 855,900 forklifts in operation in the US alone? Out of those forklifts, did you know that 11% of them will be involved in an accident in the average year?

It’s true. Around 61,800 non-serious accidents, 34,900 serious injuries, and 85 deaths per year happen in forklift accidents.

According to statistics, 70% of these accidents could have been avoided with proper training and policy.

Here are some forklift safety tips, that will help ensure safety while operating forklifts, and here is an additional checklist that we found on Linkedin Slideshare as well that you may find helpful.

Perform Daily Inspections

Daily inspections of equipment and operating environment can help avoid potential accidents that could have been prevented. Regularly inspecting equipment can also alert you to any mechanical problems before they arise.

Only Allow Qualified Operators to Drive Forklifts

Only allow individuals over the age of 18 with the proper training, licensing and authorization to operate forklifts. This is one of the worst contributing factors to forklift accidents.

Maintain Load Stability

Always inspect load for balance and stability. Keeping your loads symmetrically stacked, with a low center of gravity will help ensure a safe loading and unloading workday.

Stay within Forklift Capacity

Stay within parameters set by the load capacity displayed on the rating platform. Allowing the machinery to be overloaded not only creates added stress on the equipment, it can also easily cause accidents.

Stay Attentive

Maintain a clear visibility, stay aware of your surroundings, and slow down for pedestrian crossing areas. Treating every move like it could potentially cause an accident is a great way to prevent danger.

Also, not allowing employees to carry phones, headsets, and other distractions will ensure that they stay focused on their jobs, and performing at their peak potential for your company.

Loading Dock Equipment Summary

It is a known fact that the likelihood of accidents increases with the presence of faulty equipment. Without conducting frequent preventative maintenance inspections, you could be doubling your chances of accidents and injuries.

The steps on this list should help you know what to look for in your daily inspections, and keep your equipment in the best working condition possible.

Hopefully, our efforts to communicate these tips will help you prevent problems that could potentiate from worn out equipment, and stop accidents before they happen.

We carry a full line of loading dock equipment on our website in the case that you are replacing your loading dock equipment or expanding your operations.

Make sure and check out our blog on dock seals to learn why it is safer and better all around to go with one. Don’t forget that you can contact us anytime if you have any questions.

Extending The Life Of Your Old Garage Door

extending the life of your old garage door

The garage may only be a small portion that makes up your home, but over the course of the day, it does so much. If you’re like most folks, you take your car in and out pretty frequently, at least twice a day, if not more.

All the use your old garage door gets means that wear and tear develop over time. For an old garage door, this means the chances of breaking down increases.

There are ways to preserve your garage and keep in working in prime condition. Read on and learn more about various tricks that help extend the life of your garage door with only a little effort on your behalf.

Use with care when dealing with an old garage door

Using care is obvious, but many people don’t realize the importance of going easy with their garage door.

That means exercising care by:

  • Not opening and closing the door repeatedly
  • Not allowing children to play with the garage door opener

The less you open your garage door unless absolutely needed, the longer it’ll last. If you have an alternative door to use when going in to get something stored in the garage (and not driving anywhere), it’s even easier to maintain the life of the door.

This might sound like a difficult habit to break, but once you get into a routine of only using your garage door when absolutely necessary, you’ll avoid further problems and keep it around longer.

If you live in an area where cold weather affects your buildings, pay attention to how you can keep your garage in prime condition. Learn how to winterize your garage and keep it safe, no matter how much the temps drop.

Evaluate the balance once a year on your garage door

Every garage door has a balance that keeps it working properly. This allows the door to open and close automatically, without you worrying about it not closing fully.

Evaluating the balance on the garage door is important because it prevents further problems from occurring. Catching the problem early on means it’s easier to fix and usually cheaper.

It’s time to have a professional look at your door if you notice problems such as:

  • The garage door doesn’t close fully
  • The door isn’t closing evenly
  • There are issues getting it open

There’s no reason for your old garage door to not work properly if there are issues with the balance. All it needs is TLC from a professional who knows how to fix them, and you’ll find it works as good as new.

Ensure the system stays clean and check performance

Garage door systems can run into problems if they haven’t gotten cleaned recently. Similarly, noticing an issue in the performance and neglecting to have to fixed contributes to further problems.

Because your garage door is outside, it withstands the elements and a variety of other things that could get into the system. Dirt, gravel, and other elements sometimes blow into garages and can get into the system.

Make sure your garage area is kept free of birds nest, spider webs, and other forces of nature that create issues when left unattended. Doing so prevents a host of problems and makes your life easier.

Check out the performance and make sure everything works normally. Don’t just do a quick once-over when you’re pulling out.

Make time to open the garage door and examine if it’s slow, not pulling back all the way, or showing signs of neglect somewhere. Old garage doors that are starting to show signs of neglect in certain areas cause further problems and create strain.

Once your garage door is straining, it’s putting pressure on other parts, causing certain areas to pull double duty to get the door open or closed. Correct it early on before it becomes an issue, and you won’t need to worry about having to replace the whole door later on.

if you’re looking for a change of pace, check out our blog on high-speed doors, and see if this is the best option for you.

Have a professional assess your garage door

Many people put off having a professional come to their house to check out how everything is working. They usually find it an unnecessary expense and want to save money, thinking nothing is wrong.

This sounds like a good idea, but it’s important to have everything checked out for your safety. A garage door that works properly protects you and your family from having items stolen, keeps your cars safe and dry, and prevents unwanted visitors from getting in.

Make time to have someone come out and check on your garage door. If you notice a small problem, you’ll prevent it from turning into something bigger. Garage doors that don’t close properly are dangerous to have around, especially if you have children or pets.

Besides that, you won’t have to tread carefully and worry about how much longer your door lasts, or take care of maintenance yourself, with the help of a professional.

Make getting your garage door serviced an annual checkup, and see how simple it is to keep this extension of your home safe.

Learn more

When you think of your garage door as an extension of your home, and an important storage unit for the whole family, you understand the importance of keeping your old garage door in working order. Checking for problems and calling a professional when routine maintenance is needed helps you preserve the life of your door.

If you’re looking for a serviceman to help get your garage back on track, troubleshoot problems, or want a new door installed, let us help. Contact us, and see how we can assist you in keeping your “second home” in prime condition.

Choosing the Perfect Automatic Gate for Your Home

choosing the perfect automatic gate for your home

Are you thinking about having an automatic gate installed for your home?

There are many reasons why some homeowners prefer automatic or electric gates to manual ones. Number one would be security, as electrically controlled gates offer better protection against thieves, vandals, and so on. They can also be fitted with CCTV or audio intercom for controlled access.

Another reason is convenience. If you find getting out of your car just to open and close gates annoying, then installing an automatic gate is a great idea. Plus, it’s a good way to keep pets and children safe, especially if you live in an area with busy roads.

If you’ve decided to go for an automatic gate, your next step is to consider which one is right for your needs.

Don’t worry! With this guide, you can choose the best electric gate for your home.

What’s Your House Style?

Cape Cod, country French style, Mediterranean, contemporary…these are just some of the many different house styles that you may be familiar with.

Whatever style your home, it’s best if you choose an automatic gate system that doesn’t clash with the overall look of your property.

Keep in mind that your gate is probably the first thing visitors to your home will see. If you’re thinking of selling your home in the future, an electric gate will help increase your home’s curb appeal.

And even if you never plan to sell your home and just want people to admire your “humble abode,” a great-looking gate with high-tech safety features is a worthy investment.

It’s best, of course, if you can hire a company that can custom fabricate your electric gate. That way, you can make sure it truly fits the style and design of your home.

Swing or Slide?

Do you want an automatic gate that swings or slides?

Sometimes, it’s not up to you. For example, a swinging gate isn’t the best choice if it has to swing toward an upward slope. You also have to check the length of your driveway if you’re considering a gate that swings inward.

For a gate that swings outward, you need to make sure your street doesn’t have heavy vehicle traffic. And if you’re thinking of sliding gates, you have to factor in the curvature of your boundary wall.

If you can’t quite decide, don’t panic! Your trusty gate installation company should be able to help you pick the right one for your property.

How Will You Get In (or Out)?

Since we’re talking about automatic gates here, we won’t cover manual access. Instead, we’ll focus on the different types of entry or exit methods an electric gate allows.

One access method is by code, electronic key, or swipe card. Yes, they’re kind of fancy. But they’re one of the best options if you’re keen on keeping your property secure and away from prying eyes.

Another access method to consider is a remote control, which is the same method used for opening garage doors. Remote control access is perfect if you’re okay with letting guests enter your gate even without you going out to greet them.

Last, but not least, is intercom access. It works best when combined with a security camera, in order to be able to see visitors before allowing them through your gate.

Of course, there are other features, such as retinal scans or fingerprint checks you might want to think about. It all depends on how much you value your privacy and security.

What’s Your Power Source?

How you will power your electric gate is another thing you’ll need to think over. Are you okay with running electric cables from your house to your driveway? Or is it possible for your gate to be solar-powered?

And you need to factor in how often your area experiences power outages. If it’s frequently, make sure you don’t forget about manual overrides. You don’t want to be stuck inside or outside of your home if there’s a sudden blackout.

What’s Your Budget?

Some electric gates can be costly. The type of material and design have a lot to do with how expensive an automated gate can be. Before you set your heart on a top-of-the-line electric gate, decide on your budget, so you won’t be surprised when a company gives you an estimate.

But don’t go too cheap, either. You don’t want to pay a little at first, only to spend a lot of money on maintenance and repairs. Aim for an electric gate that gives you the best value for your money.

Who Will Install Your Automatic Gate?

Choosing the right installer is just as important as choosing the right automatic gate for your home. You want to make sure you enjoy your brand new gate without worrying it will break down or not work as well as it should.

Plus, if you work with the right company, you don’t have to worry as much about choosing the perfect electric gate for your home. With their years in the business, they will be experts in the field and able to point you in the right direction.

Now, if you’re currently evaluating installers and still haven’t decided on which one to choose, there are certain things to look out for. Customer service, price, and experience are good starting points that will help your decision making easier.

If your family or friends have recommendations, don’t forget to check them out. The important thing is you choose carefully, as it’s your home’s security at stake.

Looking for the Best Automatic Gates?

Don’t stress about it! If you follow our guide, you’ll have no trouble picking the perfect automatic gate for your home.

Just remember, you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics if your main concern is security. Electric gates can be custom fabricated.

If you’re worried about your budget, contact us to discuss your options. We offer high-quality residential and commercial gates at reasonable prices.

How To Choose The Best Access Control System

how to choose the best access control system

Is your business or residential property as secure as it should be?

Are you wondering how to choose the best access control system?

If you’re looking to get started with access control, there are a few things you need to think about first. Not every access control system is created equally. Each has varying levels of security and reliability. Your requirements may also be different depending on your current building and business needs.

If you’re ready to choose the best access control system for your business, look no further. Below we’ll tell you exactly what you need to know.

Consider Access Control Policies, Models, and Mechanisms

One of the first things to consider when looking for an access control system is what kind of access control policies, models, and mechanisms you would like to use.

These three access control components help designate requirements on both hardware and software for who can gain access and how and when they are going to do it. It’s important to know exactly how you want to structure access and there are multiple models for how this can be done.

You may choose to allow access based on rank within an organization (Role Based Access Control, for example). Alternatively, you may also base access on specific names on a list (Discretionary Access Control).

Know the Type of Hardware You Need

The next thing you need to consider is what access hardware you will use. How will a person actually gain access and what kind of locks will you use? Will you use locks, login credentials, keypads or fingerprinting?

This hardware is what will allow someone to gain access while also rejecting others from getting in. Different types of access features can affect the level of security that you will have and each has different advantages and disadvantages.

For example, fingerprinting will offer a much higher level of security than a basic door with only a keyhole.

Consider the Level of Security

As mentioned above there are different options when it comes to access hardware as well as policies, models, and mechanisms. Much of what you decide when it comes to these features will depend on the amount of security you want in place.

This will vary a lot depending on your individual needs. A large office building may have different access control needs than an automatic gate system in a gated community, for example.

To decide what level of security you need you should take many factors into consideration. These factors may include the location of your business, the crime level in your area, and your business hours.

Manufacturer Reliability and History

If you’re getting ready to install an access control system you’ll want to consider the installer and manufacturer carefully. Take the time to decide if they are the right fit for the job.

Do your research and find out how long the manufacturer has been in business and how long they’ve been developing these types of systems.

You may also want to ask what other types of businesses and end users have used the same solution in the past. Are they similar to the size and scope of your own business needs?

Also, get references if possible and find out as much as you can about the reliability of the business before you get started.

Know What to Expect Going Forward

Implementing an access control system is a big investment so it is important to treat it like one. You should know what to expect after system installation.

Find out if the company will offer updates in the future as well as what kind of support you can expect to receive. Be sure to discuss these things at length before choosing a system for your business.

Also, have a plan for any changes your business may go through later on. If you may decide to change systems in the future you need to know how easy this will be, what the costs will be, and what else to expect.

Operating Systems and Connectivity

Before having an access control system installed, it is crucial that you find out about any compatibility and connectivity requirements you have.

Not all access control systems work with all types of operating systems. Take the time to find out beforehand if you will have any compatibility issues.

Some access control systems will offer web-based connectivity solutions as well. If web connectivity is important to you and your business, make sure to discuss this beforehand.

Map Out Which Doors You Want

You should also think long and hard about which doors will need access control. Not all doors or gates will need the same level of security in place.

Too much security control can lead to a business slowing down since each time someone goes through a door they will need to take a moment to verify their credentials and gain access. It’s good to find the right balance that allows your facility to be secure while at the same time ensuring that your business isn’t unnecessarily interrupted.

Take the time to map out your building. Decide which areas need to be secure through the use of access control and which ones don’t.

Know Your Access Control System Costs

Before you install access control in your facility you also should take the time to accurately assess the costs. It’s a common mistake to only take the upfront expenses into account.

Maintenance of the system, upgrades, regular operations, training, and acquisition can all require additional costs. It can be more expensive than you may realize.

Be sure to ask any company you’re considering working with what the related costs will be in addition to the upfront costs. Ask what the breakdown of costs will be over a five year period, and you’ll get a good idea of what you can expect.

Final Thoughts

Installing an access control system can do wonders for your business. It will help ensure that your business is safe from harm and has the security it needs.

However, installing access control is not a decision to take lightly. There are a lot of factors that you need to be aware of. By considering the points listed above you’ll have the best chance at having an easy access control installation.

Looking for an access control system for your business? Contact us today to learn more about what R&S Erection of Concord can do for you.

Garage Door DIY: Do’s and Don’ts

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Want to save money this year?

Try garage door DIY maintenance and installation. This is one of the easiest ways to spend less around the house, so you’ll have more money for the things you really want.

However, there are right ways and wrong ways to approach garage door DIY work. If you do things right, you’ll have a garage door that looks and works nicely for years to come. If you do things wrong, you can damage your home and even put yourself at risk for injury.

We’ve compiled this guide to garage door DIY dos and don’ts, so you can approach this DIY project with confidence. Keep reading to learn what you need to know!

Garage Door DIY Do’s

These are the things that you can safely do on your own to keep your garage doors working properly. If it’s on this list, you don’t need to call a professional.

1. Reduce Noise

You can easily reduce the sound of a loud garage door on your own. The trick may be finding out just what is causing the noise.

You can try updating the rollers from steel to nylon to help cut down on noise issues. The friction of steel rollers on steel tracks is a common source of the noise.

Next, try lubricating every part if you hear squeaking sounds. Unlubricated springs, pulleys, rollers, and cables can all add extra noise when the door opens and closes.

Tighten any nuts and bolts that might be rattling. If you notice rust on hinges or other moving parts, replace them to reduce scraping sounds.

Next, check the motor. If the motor is not running correctly, you’ll get extra noise. For a quieter motor, swap out a chain-driven motor for a belt-driven motor.

Of course, your garage door will never be perfectly silent. But you can reduce the noise it makes using these tricks.

2. Open a Closed Door

If your garage door won’t open, chances are good you can fix it yourself.

First, check the door’s power supply. If the door opener isn’t plugged in or otherwise connected to power, that could be your problem.

Next, check the safety eyes. These are placed a foot or two from the bottom of the door on either side of it, and look like cameras. The safety eyes face each other, so they can detect something blocking the door and prevent it from closing.

When the safety eyes aren’t working, your door may no longer open or close. Wipe off their lenses – it’s possible that a buildup of dirt is preventing them from working.

The sensors also need to be lined up to work properly. If a sensor was bumped or kicked, it may no longer be aligned with the other one. When the sensors are in line, their lights should come on.

Of course, if these tricks don’t work, you may need to call a professional. However, in the meantime, you’ll have to manually open and close your door. It’s important not to operate the garage door motor if the photo eyes aren’t working since they protect people from having the door accidentally close on them.

3. Paint and Stain

When your garage door needs a fresh coat of paint or stain, you can easily do it yourself.

In fact, a wooden door should get painted and stained annually to help prevent rot and damage. This is an easy maintenance task to do on your own.

Garage Door DIY Don’ts

These are the garage door issues that you should never attempt to fix on your own. If you have a problem on this list, get in touch with a professional.

1. Fix a Broken Spring

If one spring on the door breaks, you’ll actually need to replace both of them. The springs need to be working in tandem for the door to run properly. If one pulls more than the other, you’ll get a wobbly door or even one that doesn’t move.

Every garage door runs on springs, and every door can have a spring break on occasion.

However, you should never attempt to fix the springs on your own. These springs hold a surprising amount of tension. If one of them hits you with the force of all that tension, it can cause serious injury. Even if the spring appears to have lost all tension when it broke, it could still be holding some back.

2. Fix Bent or Broken Rollers

Your garage door has rollers to help it run nicely. If a roller gets bent, pops out, or otherwise breaks, you may no longer be able to open the door easily (or at all).

However, this isn’t a problem you can fix yourself. If not done correctly, trying to fix the rollers can result in your door falling on the ground – or worse, on you. Call in professional help for this issue.

3. Straighten a Bent Track

The track keeps your garage door traveling along the correct path so it can open and close. If that track gets bent, the door can no longer open as it should.

Many things can bend a garage door track. It can happen when the door malfunctions, or when the door is hit by a car or something else. This is another fix you can’t DIY – a professional will have the knowledge and tools needed to fix it.

4. Repair Broken Cables

Cables, like springs, hold a lot of tension for the door to work. Fixing a broken cable on your own can result in death or injury if a cable hits you with full force. Professionals know how to safely repair garage door cables and avoid injury.

What To Do When You Can’t Do-It-Yourself

Many garage door fixes can be safely and easily handled on your own. However, as you can see, the things that you shouldn’t do alone can be extremely dangerous. Never try one of these “don’ts” at home – there are plenty of qualified professionals who can help you.

Wondering where to look for a garage door maintenance professional? Contact us today – we can help.

How To Choose The Perfect Garage Door Color

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Your garage door is one of your home’s largest outdoor facades to greet visitors. Additionally, it is the single-most defining factor of your property’s overall curb appeal.

Considering these two factors, we’d say the color you choose to paint your garage door is a pretty big deal!

Ultimately, your garage door color can affect the overall value of your home, and for potential home-sellers, this is one of your most vital considerations.

In this post, we will guide you on how to choose the best garage door color for your home!

Choosing the Best Garage Door Color for Your Home

While there is a myriad of elements which add to the overall aesthetic of your home, your garage door defines your curb appeal.

Finishings such as window trim color, exterior sidings and even the grass and shrubbery you choose to use, make your house a home.

But your single-most important consideration when defining the overall appeal of your home has to be your garage door color.

It’s quite simple: the larger your garage doors, the greater impact they will have on your home’s look and feel.

Whether you are looking to sell your home or give it a much-needed make-over, a good place to start is your garage doors.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

Consider the Color of Your Home

If you are looking to make your property appear larger, a great tip is to paint your garage doors the same color as your home.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to make a statement and want your home to stand out in the neighborhood, a white garage door is always a head-turner.

This is especially noticeable when your home is painted a neutral color, such as beige or grey. A white garage door will create a great contrast.

Brighten Things Up

If your home is white or any other neutral shade such as light grey, cream or beige, adding a pop of color can do wonders for your curb appeal.

It all depends on how much of a statement you want to make and whether your color choice will match the look and feel of your neighborhood.

Unique garage door colors include:

  • Mocha brown
  • Charcoal
  • Black
  • Evergreen
  • Dark blue

These colors are bound to make a simple, yet effective statement.

Add Richness to Your Curb Appeal

If you are a traditionalist and prefer the appeal of warm, rich tones, then these garage door colors will appeal to you:

  • Maroon red
  • Rich, dark brown
  • A faux wood / wood-grain finish

This type of garage door color tends to fit in well with homes crafted from brick, complementing the natural brick color of your home.

Consider Your Home’s Accent Colors

Another important aspect to consider when choosing a garage door color is your home’s accent colors.

In other words, the trim colors of your home i.e. window trims and shutters, exterior sidings and your front door.

Essentially, you want your garage door color to complement the trim colors of your property.

If you are looking to draw attention away from your front door and windows, paint your garage door the same color!

Stick to One Shade

If you’re looking to incorporate a little personality into your curb appeal, using more than one color is not advisable!

Clashing colors on your garage door can actually detract from your home’s curb appeal, hurting the value of your home.

Additionally, multiple garage door colors may not fit in with your neighborhood. Sticking to one, solid block of color makes your home look neat, sleek and appealing.

Follow Your Neighborhood Style

Keeping to the overall theme of your neighborhood is always recommended.

One of the most important reasons is based on your home’s resale value. The bottom line is that no one wants to buy a new home which sticks out like a sore thumb!

If you live in a neighborhood which is a little more traditional or reserved, ideally, you should stick to this trend.

For example, of your neighbor’s front door and garage door are the same color, it may be best to do the same.

However, if your neighborhood allows for a statement, go ahead and add a little personality to your curb appeal!

Consider Your Home’s Building Materials

Lastly, it’s wise to consider the materials which define the exterior of your home.

If you live in a wood-sided home, a warm, earthy color for your garage door would fit right in.

In this instance, you wouldn’t choose a bright, contrasting color – it just wouldn’t match the look and feel of your property. A brick home would benefit from a similar color garage door in order to complement the exterior.

Vinyl-sided homes generally allow for a range of garage door colors.

The deciding factor will be matching up your trimmings and your garage door to tie it all together.

Popular Garage Door Colors

In today’s property market, some of the most popular garage door colors include:

  • Light green
  • Light blue
  • Black
  • Light grey
  • Dark grey
  • Dark brown
  • Wood-textured brown
  • Beige
  • Cream white
  • Bright white

Choosing the right color may seem overwhelming, but factoring in a few of the above considerations could go a long way in upping the value of your home.

Increase the Value of Your Home with Us

At R&S Erection of Concord, we are your one-stop-shop for all your garage door and automatic gate needs.

Our service extends to both residential and commercial properties, offering 24-hour emergency service, 7 days a week.

Our business prides itself on being ‘manufacturers with a personalized touch’.

Whether you’re looking for garage door maintenance or installation, we do it all.

View our gallery of residential garage door installations, and get in touch with us for a quote today!

The Benefits of Garage Insulation

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Garages aren’t just for cars anymore.

In fact, 2/3 of Americans use their garages for all kinds of other things, like bedrooms, storage rooms, or extra living spaces.

But even though most people use their garage as an extension of their house, they don’t treat it like one.

No matter what you use your garage for, garage insulation should be your top priority.

Why Should I Insulate My Garage?

It Saves Money

With cooling and heating costs only rising, an insulated garage will lower your utility bill and help you save money.

An uninsulated garage can’t retain warm or cold air. In other words, if you try to heat it up during the winter, the warm air will seep out through the walls, and if you try to cool it down in the summer, the cool air will escape, as well.

Most garages are connected directly to the rest of the house. If your garage isn’t insulated, it will actually suck hot or cold air from the rest of the house, making you spend more money on heating and air conditioning.

Garage insulation will keep the garage from drawing air from the rest of the house, so your electric bills will go down while your house stays comfortable. This is especially worthwhile if you have a furnished room over the garage, also known as a FROG room.

It Keeps Your Items Safe

Insulating your garage also protects the items you store inside, including your car (if you still keep it there).

Hot weather is one of the main reasons a car battery dies. A car battery contains liquid, and hot weather evaporates the liquid and causes the battery to stop working.

Cold weather can also negatively affect your car battery. If the temperature in the car battery gets too low, the chemical reaction inside the battery slows, often meaning the car fails to start.

Insulating your garage will keep the temperature inside from getting too hot or too cold, keeping the items inside undamaged.

Do I Have to Insulate the Whole Garage?

If the only reason you want to insulate your garage is to lower heating and cooling costs, you don’t necessarily have to insulate the entire garage.

All you really need to insulate are the walls touching other parts of your house. This could also include the garage ceiling if you have a FROG room above it.

You can also use weather stripping kits around the garage door threshold. You can apply these kits yourself, and they will help keep things like drafts, rain, and snow out of your garage.

If you want your garage insulation to protect your car or if you’re planning to use the garage as another bedroom or living space, you’ll want to insulate the whole thing.

How Do I Insulate My Garage?

There are a few different ways you can insulate your garage, and they all depend on your garage insulation goals and your budget. Some of these options may also require a contractor.

Batt Insulation

This insulation is made of cotton-fiberglass material. It is very light, which makes it easy to use. All you have to do is hang it between the wall studs with nails or staples.

Because batt insulation is made of fiberglass, it is not good to breathe in, so you’ll want to cover it with drywall if you’re planning to use the space a lot. You can hire a contractor for this job, or because drywall is fairly easy to install, you can do it yourself, as well.

Blown-in Insulation

If your garage already has drywall but doesn’t have insulation, you can insulate the insides of the wall with blown-in insulation. This means a contractor will cut a little hole in your wall and blow a cellulose material through the walls.

When they are done, the contractor will fix the hole they made. This method is quick, but it may be more expensive than batt insulation.

Other Alternatives

If you use batt insulation but don’t want to put up drywall, you may be able to get by with thick, foam board. This is not ideal, and you will have to check with building codes and make sure it’s completely fireproof.

After you get the insulation installed, take some time to make sure everything is sealed correctly. Caulk cracks between the drywall, where the drywall meets the floor, and where the drywall meets door or window frames.

You should also weatherstrip the access door to the house to prevent any car exhaust from seeping into the house.

What About the Garage Door?

The garage door is the tricky part. Obviously you’ll want to weatherstrip the garage door, as previously mentioned, but actually insulating the garage door is a little bit harder.

There are ways you can insulate your garage door on your own, but they are not usually good longterm options. Because the garage door is meant to open and close a lot and folds in many different places, batt insulation or spray-on foam insulation won’t work well.

Even if you find a kind of insulation that is specifically meant for garage doors, it will often flake off or break apart after a while.

Unless you want to insulate your garage door, again and again, you should look into buying insulated garage doors. These are garage doors that are made fully insulated.

However, if you aren’t planning to use your garage as a living space, you probably don’t need to worry about the garage door.

Whether you try to insulate your garage door yourself or buy one that’s already insulated is completely up to you and your garage needs.

Garage Insulation Keeps You and Your Things Comfortable

What’s the point of insulating the rest of your house if the garage sucks away or transfers hot and cold air? Insulating your garage will help you lower your energy, save money, and even protect your possessions. It is a good choice no matter what you use the garage for.

Getting ready to make some changes in your garage? Contact us and we will get you on the right path!

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