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Replacing your garage door? Save it for decor!

It can be cumbersome to dispose of an old garage door, and it isn’t always necessary. There are plenty of cool ways to recycle the frame, structure, and material for functional and decorative uses in your home. We’ve compiled a few ideas.

The richness and decorative quality of wood

Wood doors are hearty, heavy and often contain decorative elements. They can be stripped, refinished and repainted for a range of “looks and feels.”

Furniture. From tables, headboards, and benches, the sturdiness of panels makes them a flexible option for indoor and outdoor furniture.
Artwork. The horizontal and rectangular shape of door panels are ideal for the space above a living room couch or to cover a long space on a wall.
Walls and decorative screens. Remove the panels and hinge them together to screen things out of your oasis. The physical barrier gives you a sound and visual buffer, whether used inside or outside.
Vanity frame. Give a dresser or even a wall a background with character–embellishments, shelves, and mirrors can be added to garage doors to create a statement piece.

A touch of glass

Glass adds light, drama and draws the outside in. Create a “wow” factor by adapting glass doors as:

Interior doors. Open a room and make living space look bigger with a glass garage door. It can offer privacy without sacrificing visibility.
Windows. Getting air is as easy as lifting a glass garage door when used as an outside window.
Cabinets. Glass panels can be removed and placed in wood frames to create a charming cabinet.

Strong as steel

Steel stands up to the elements and weight. Consider using steel door material for:

Shelving. Heavy objects, like books and plants, are easy to contain and display supported by steel panels.
Benches and other furniture. You’ll want cushions because steel isn’t cozy, but it can create a modern furniture fixture, like a bench, desktop or table.

Unsure of how to remove an old garage door? We can help. Garage Doors of Indianapolis has served the greater Indianapolis area with garage door installation, maintenance, and service for more than 38 years. Contact us today!

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Outdoor Living: How to Convert your Garage into Livable Space

Homeowners are on a quest for more space. In the United States, 70 percent of households have outdoor living space, but 71 percent are planning enhancements to up curb appeal, including seating and accessories, according to American Home Furnishings Alliance’s recent study. Their primary motivation? Relaxation. And the garage is one place they are renovating to create it.

There is almost no limit to what you can create in a garage space, but common projects include converting the space into a: sun room, living room, luxury bathroom, kitchen space, studio apartment, man cave, guest house, home office, fitness room and playroom. It’s an exciting proposition–just check out examples on Contemporist and Housely.

Major home changes often require major planning, construction and consultations. What do you need to know and who should you call in to help? We’ll give you the scoop. But first, you need to get creative.

Brainstorm your vision.

Most people enjoy the process of gathering ideas, and they are everywhere: online, in print magazines in showrooms, home stores and designer boutiques. The door often becomes a showpiece in garage door conversions, because it is in a position to make a statement. What are good door choices?

Glass. By far the most popular option, glass garage doors help open up the space, add light and give you more access to scenery.

Wood. A classic choice, wood provides charm. Wood doors often feature design details and styling that create ambiance.

Aluminum. Lightweight and inexpensive, aluminum doors can be fashioned for almost style.

Plan with professionals.

Depending on how extensive the renovation is, you may be knocking down and/or moving walls, adding or moving plumbing and electrical wiring. You need to be sure that weight is adequately supported and distributed, whether you are considering changes to the number or size of windows or trusses propping up a room/attic above the garage.

It is wise to meet with specialists, including general contractors, architects, and structural engineers, to gather information, sketch out a plan and define a time frame. The job may require more intensive work than you realized. It’s common to:

Insulate and install HVAC: Walls, ceilings and the concrete floors may need insulation to make the space comfortable–and easier on the utilities. This could require raising the garage floor and insulating above the slab, for example. Space will likely need heat and A/C, which should connect to the house’s system for greater control.

Lay plumbing: Putting in a kitchen, lavatory or bar? You’ll need efficient plumbing installed and properly connected.

Creating an entry: How will you enter the garage from the house? Now that it’s becoming an added room, you have a lot of options as to how the home flows into the garage. Generally, partition walls are knocked down for an open floor plan or a new door is installed.

Get permission.

It’s best to start any project with the right information: what the project will entail and how long it will take. Make sure you are covered to proceed with the work. You’ll need to consult and comply with:

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  • City permits
  • Zoning ordinances
  • Homeowner’s association Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs)

Quite often, on-street parking for a length of time is an issue, so make sure that you go through channels to get approval. The contractor overseeing the project should help guide you in who should be contacted and what permits are necessary.

Secure your space.

By nature, garages provide access and depending on the project, it may be more visible to outsiders–especially if you use glass doors. Installing a home security system if you haven’t already is a good idea. Your contractor, as well, might have additional ideas to secure the entry points.

Ready to explore possibilities in converting your garage door? Garage Doors of Indianapolis is here to help. We have nearly 40 years of experience installing and servicing garage doors in the greater Indianapolis area. Visit our showroom or contact us for ideas.

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Commercial Garage Door Tips to Keep Your Employees Safe

Your employees are not likely thinking about getting injured when they show up to work every day — even if they work in a high-risk environment. However, as an employer, supervisor or manager, it’s something that should be on your mind on a regular basis.

With OSHA recently hiking penalties for workplace safety violations, companies are on alert about maintaining safety at the workplace. Back in 1970, when OSHA was formed, about 140,000 employees were killed on the job every year. While those deaths have dropped to 4,836 in 2015 — a significant improvement — too many employees are still working in risky conditions, OSHA officials say.

Of the workplace injuries and fatalities reported over the years, some have involved malfunctioning commercial garage doors. In one case, a 32-year-old employee in Nebraska died from his injuries after a 1,200-pound commercial garage door fell on him. In New York, a 62-year-old mechanic died in a similar accident.

Safe installation and operation of commercial garage doors

Many workplace accidents can be avoided with properly functioning commercial garages that are regularly serviced, maintained and operated. Here are the key features and tips to keep your employees safe.

Invest in doors designed for safety.

Ensure that you have commercial garage doors that are designed to prevent hazards. If necessary, upgrade to new doors to make sure you’re in compliance with overhead door regulations or the latest industry standards for safe operation. The operating controls should be located in an area that prevents employees from risks in the event of malfunctioning doors. Ask the garage door specialists about various safety features, such as sensor switches on the door drive motor that automatically reverses door direction when resistance is detected. Some garage doors also require constant contact of a button to open or close a door.

Schedule regular inspections.

As with other equipment and machinery, commercial garage doors have many parts that, if defective, can result in accidents. These can include sensors, springs, support rails, and opener systems. Have qualified technicians regularly check the condition of these components and assess the proper operation of the door.

Train employees.

Along with keeping regular maintenance and repairs of the garage door, it’s essential to ensure that employees are properly trained in its operation. The training should include an overview of potential hazards. The company that installed your garage door should provide this training, which can include tips as simple as keeping a safe distance from the garage while operating the door. The worker who was killed when the door was free falling was standing underneath it. Your workplace safety program should be comprehensive, taking into account all areas of your operations. In addition, written guidelines should be easily accessible to all workers. Make sure that you have a system for enforcing safety regulations.

Immediately handle repairs.

If any portion of the garage door is hit by machinery or suffers any other damage, as was the case with the Nebraska accident, immediately rope it off or place barriers around it to prevent continued use. Schedule repairs even if it appears that the damage is minimal.

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Smart Garage Doors That Make Outdoor Living a Breeze

It takes more than just extra square footage to expand your living space–smart features are expanding from the home to the garage to help you create the environment you want with the touch of a smartphone.

Garage door openers are the “most active and frequently-used smart home device,” according to the Chamberlain Group and Parks Associates. With 14 percent growth expected in the smart home market from 2016 to 2022, garage door innovations are likely to snowball as well.   

What smart garage door functionality is possible?

Internet of Things (IoT) applications are giving homeowners the ability to make their property more secure, ease/simplify mundane tasks and even control expenses. Computer, wireless and mobile technologies are enabling a range of solutions to hit the market, including smart door locks, network security cameras and smart thermostats and meters. The technology allows for mobile alerts and notifications, digital logs regarding access activity, monitoring and remote control from mobile devices.

Brands like LiftMaster and Chamberlain are integrating home and garage functionality so that you can:

  • Open and close via smartphone and voice activation. Ideal when someone is locked out, traveling, lost the remote or just has their hands full: you can control access wherever you are.
  • Turn house lights on as garage door opens. Not only is it easier for you to walk into a well-lit house, house lights are a deterrent to possible intruders–especially when they suddenly switch on.
  • Remote-control temperature. Climate control is key, whether you are storing hot, cold or humidity-sensitive items in your (well-insulated) garage, or you want to make it enjoyably habitable.   
  • Access/use the garage even when the power goes out. Some garages shut down without electricity, and it may not be easy or possible to get in. Backup batteries and batteries that charge from the house make opening and closing the door a snap.

Interested in learning more about your smart garage door options? We’d be happy to show you around the Garage Doors of Indianapolis northwest showroom or contact us for a consult.

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How to Install a Garage Door and When to Call an Expert

Changing the look of your home could be as easy as changing your garage door. And depending on the door type and features, it can be a DIY project. What does the work entail? We’ve laid out the steps below.  

Detach the door. Your old door may have specific removal instructions, per the manufacturer’s manual. But in general, you want to separate the door from the pulleys, remove each door panel and unfasten the tracks.

Be prepared for the weight. Doors made of wood, glass, and steel are heavier than the aluminum and can be cumbersome. Take care to disassemble the door in pieces, so that you aren’t holding more than you can handle.

Get the right dimensions and lay new tracks. You need to know the height and width of the door opening, of course, but overall depth and capacity above the door should also be noted–this is the fly space, providing enough room for an open door. Shoot for about 12” above the door and enough clearance to encompass its height, with at least 20” buffer.

When you install a new door, make sure to install the corresponding vertical and horizontal tracks–they’ve been designed with appropriately spaced gussets, which allow the door to open and close at specific distances. Without these pre-sets, the door can get caught along the jambs, increasing pressure and instability.   

Attach brackets and rollers. Put the framework in place, whether it be mounting brackets on the wall or door jamb and sliding the rollers onto the tracks.

Place panels and secure from the bottom up. Weatherstrip the bottom panel and level it, laying it into the door frame and securing according to manufacturer instructions. From here, attach hinges as necessary, which allow the door to fold as it rises/falls.  

Spring the door and test it. Attach the springs to the pulleys in the final step and test the door–it will probably take two or more people to hold it steady while lifting it slowly, making sure the tracks are even, parallel and smooth.

There are a lot of pieces to manage in garage door installations, not to mention the need for exactness and adequate support. For many, the project requires calling in garage door experts to do the job. Here’s why you may want to do so.

Why and when you need a professional tech to install your garage door

The process–and doors themselves– can be cumbersome. Here at Garage Doors of Indianapolis, we may send two or three techs for an installation, depending on the door type, because they can weigh up to 400 or more lbs. The doors must be secured and tracked in various positions, which calls for a degree of expertise and manpower. It’s not a one-man job.

Your safety is at risk. Do you know what could happen if you don’t use the correct/level tracks, install hinges in the wrong places or have incorrect spring tension or counterbalance? Lack of awareness of how the pieces play together could result in door falls that harm to your vehicle–or yourself.   

Lack of security. Even if the door functions properly, is it secure? Most high-tech features that customers find desirable include electrical wiring or computer programming that complicate the installation process, requiring expertise to make sure it is tamper-resistant.   

You gain warranty, service, and support. Not only is the door covered by a manufacturer warranty, most garage door companies back their product and workmanship. We offer 24 hour emergency service, annual maintenance, and regular repairs.

 

Interested in updating your garage door? Contact us to schedule a consult and/or installation.

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How to Prevent Flooding in Your Garage

Neglecting your gutters can cause a flooding problem in your garage. Gutter traps guide the rain and snow from your roof to the ground protecting your home and its foundation.  Without gutter traps, the water will fall next to your house creating a pool near the foundation structure. Clogged gutters traps interfere with the operation of your garage door and can damage your home. If your gutters are not clear, then rain run-off water will trickle onto your garage door as it makes it way to the pavement. If you own a wood garage door, the moisture can cause swelling and operational issues.

Your garage door can freeze shut during the winter if too much water leaks and pools around the foundation and under door leaks due to blocked gutters. So what should you do?

Clean your gutters and route the water away from your house. Weatherstrips are tight seals between the bottom of your door and garage floor; they protect your garage from minor flooding. Replacing weather stripping will keep snow, rain, sleet and other weather elements out of your garage. Weather stripping wears away after years of friction and exposure, so make sure to stay on top of repairs.

Inspect the foundation for cracks and damages. When your home settles it shifts. This can cause the foundation to crack slightly. On rainy days the small cracks in your garage can make it flood easier. When the water seeps p through the cracks, it erodes and widens the space until the water pours through your garage.  Consider sealing them with waterproof paint or vinyl concrete patch.

Install adequate drainage. If your yard slopes toward your garage the water may pool up faster than it can drain. You may need to install french drains or trench drain along with your driveway or in front of your garage. This way, you channel the water away from your home.  Keep in mind to direct the drain away from your neighbor’s yard or public sidewalk.

Install flood vents. Allow water to flow through your garage unobstructed so that water doesn’t exert pressure on your doors or foundation. The flood waters might not rise high enough to reach your home’s living space.  However, a minor floor can have enough pressure to crush your garage door.

Use flood barriers and sandbags. This technique is used to redirect water away from your property and toward the street via sandbags. This option will not completely seal your garage, but it will reduce flooding during massive downpours. Stack the sandbags in a pyramid-shaped wall near the flood zone area. You will not need a fortress of sandbags around your property. It can cause more damage. You can purchase flood barriers or “quick dams” and place the products around your property. Quick damns expand once in contact with water. The swollen barriers can reach several inches high in a few minutes.

Understand what type of water is flooding your garage. If the water is contaminated or sewage, for example, then contact your local professional for help. However, if it’s fresh water from pipes then:

  1. Stop the water from spreading
  2. Remove wet items and allow them to dry
  3. Use towels, mop, or a wet vac to remove the water

If your garage has an overwhelming amount of water, don’t use an extension cord as the connection – it can shock you. Consider renting a sump pump from a hardware store. You have to remove all of the water, even if it’s an inch, to prevent mold growth. Dry out the area and disinfect it. Use a good disinfectant to get rid of bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc.  Clean the walls, wood, and non-upholstered furniture that sat in the flood water.

Need help repairing your garage door and restoring your garage space? Garage Doors of Indianapolis is available for emergency and regular repairs for commercial and residential garage doors. Contact us to schedule an assessment.

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Finding The Best Rust Removal Process For Your Garage Door

While a lot of modern garage doors are rust-resistant, it’s a naturally occurring problem, so it will never be entirely avoidable. Rusting will commonly become an issue toward the bottom of the garage door. This is where the door comes in the most contact with corrosive materials, such as road salt, snow, and rain.

Rust on your garage door not only looks unappealing, but it can also compromise the door’s integrity, causing it to lose the ability to keep dirt and moisture out of the garage. Before you can go anywhere near the rust on the garage door, you need to determine what material the door is made from. Each material will have its own cleaning and removal instructions in order to make sure you aren’t stripping the material. 

You’ll also want to determine the extent of cleaning that is needed and that you wish to do. This requires you to fully inspect the entire garage door. While you can remove the rust from only the areas it is visible, you may want to consider taking the time to clean the garage door as a whole. This will remove the rust and prevent rusting on parts of the door you can’t see yet.  

Removing Rust From Steel and Aluminum Garage Doors

Once you’ve inspected the door and determined that it is a steel or aluminum garage door, it’s time to get cleaning. For the rust removal you will need:

  • A rag, sponge, or soft-toothed brush
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • White vinegar (do not use apple cider vinegar or spiced vinegar)
  • A steel-wool pad
  • Sanding paper
  • Auto body filler or other bonding agent for metal
  • Primer corrosion inhibitor
  • Some things you may need:
  • Primer
  • Paint (preferably rust-resistant and designed for metal)
  • Paintbrush 

Here are the next steps in how to remove rust once you’ve gathered all the right materials:

  1. Take a rag, sponge, or brush with some warm water and the dishwashing soap and clean the door, starting where the rust is most concentrated. Rinse and allow it to dry. 
  2. Scrape away and sand any areas with paint flakes, focusing on the rusted areas the most. 
  3. Take a clean rag, sponge, or brush soaked in white vinegar and begin wiping down the garage door. 
  4. Use the steel-wool pad to brush down all the parts that you wiped with white vinegar. 
  5. Repeat wiping it down with the white vinegar-soaked rag and brushing with the steel-wool pad until the surface is shiny. 
  6. Use the auto-body filler or other bonding agent to fill any holes that have occurred from the rust. Allow the filler to dry, then sand the area. 
  7. Sand the whole area, then clean it thoroughly again with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Allow to dry. 
  8. If you are not repainting the door, apply the primer corrosion inhibitor in order to prevent future rusting. 
  9. If you are repainting or need to due to rust damage, make sure you brush off any dust. Then prime the door entirely or just the parts you wish to re-paint. Then paint the primed areas. 

Cleaning Wood Garage Doors

While wood garage doors won’t necessarily rust, they still should be cleaned in order to avoid issues such as rotting, termites, and warping. To clean wood doors, all you will need is:

  • An old cloth or rag
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Soft-toothed brush
  • Wood-staining protector or paint

For the actual cleaning, wash the door with the cloth soaked in warm water and dishwashing liquid mixture. Use the soft-toothed brush to brush certain door elements, such as recessed panels or windows. Once the door is dry, apply the wood-staining protector or paint. 

When Not To Remove Rust 

There will never be a time when rust should not be removed, however, there will be times when you should be removing the rust yourself. Newer garage doors will likely have a warranty, so you won’t need to do anything yourself. Sometimes the rust can be so extensive that it makes more sense to get a new garage door entirely. If you’re not up to the task of rust removal, Garage Doors of Indianapolis can remove the rust for you. 

Here are some additional rust removal tips and methods:

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Adding a tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of vinegar will dissolve the rust on the door allowing it to come off easily. Use a steel-wool pad dipped in this solution to scrub it off. You may need to scrub hard before you get any results, but it will happen.    

Citric Acid

This cheap rust removing solution can be made by adding a tablespoon of citric acid to a half of a cup of water. You can use a steel-wool pad, cloth, or soft-toothed brush dipped in this solution to remove rust. This will also require a good amount of scrubbing to ensure you get all the rust. 

Salt and Lemon

Lemon’s acidity is able to dissolve the rust, while the salt is used as the abrasive to take the rust off the door. Squeeze lemon juice all over the rusted area, then cover it in salt. Be sure to use a generous amount of salt and start scrubbing before the salt begins to dissolve. 

Proper Maintenance

The best way to remove rust from garage doors is to uphold proper maintenance. Garage Doors of Indianapolis can provide proper garage door maintenance services for you today!

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Garage Renovations Rank Among Top Home Projects of 2017

What is the state of your garage today? Is it a two-car space with barely enough room for one car? Or is completely overflowing with boxes, sports gear, and lawn equipment to the point you can barely squeeze a motorbike into the chaos?

If so, it may be time to seriously consider a garage renovation, which is widely considered one of the top renovation projects for homeowners in 2017. These updates make the space more enjoyable and appealing to prospective buyers.

The New York Times describes garage makeovers as the “Final Frontier in Home Renovations.” Following updates to kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, homeowners are focusing on garages as an untapped opportunity to expand their home’s living space.

Realtor.com says upgrades to garages, like a simple garage door replacement, is one of the top renovations that could pay off for your home this year.

Stunning garage renovation options

Garage renovations can be as simple or extravagant as desired. If you’re simply looking to make your garage more organized, your project could fall into the $2,000 to $5,000 range. On the hand, if you’re truly looking to expand it into a living space that blends seamlessly with the rest of your home, it could cost as much $20,000 or more.

A finished garage can boost the value of your home and attract buyers, depending on the current value of homes in your neighborhood.

Here are several garage renovation goals worth considering:

Make room for two (or three) cars. You may simply want to organize your garage so that it performs the function for which it was built: to contain vehicles. In this case, you need to take an inventory of its contents and decide which are worth holding onto.

Do the hard work to downsize. Check out tips from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up if you need some extra motivation. For everything else that remains, consult a specialist to help you with options for clearing the space and storing the contents effectively. Vertical shelving, for example, is a good solution for tools, bikes and lawn equipment.

Extend your living space. If you like to have friends and family over to hang out, you may consider using your garage as an extension of your home. This could be a great project to take on, especially if you already park your cars outside. Living space expansion typically involves downsizing–just don’t work at cross-purposes and rent a storage unit for unused items.

Garage door renovation will likely involve sourcing for insulation, drywall, heating, flooring, furnishings and a garage door replacement to complement the upgraded interior.

Expand your garage. Perhaps you want it all: capacity for another vehicle, motorbike, and workstation. An expansion project gives you the opportunity to rethink the space and add extra touches that can be transformative, like an epoxy floor. Just make sure you are ready for a functional change. It would be a shame to invest in a beautiful expansion project only to clutter it.

Technology upgrades. The Internet of Things (IoT) has ushered in a new level of automated convenience. More than likely you already have a keypad attached to your garage. You can now program the garage to open automatically with an IoT device when your car pulls up. Security cameras and other technology devices can be installed in the garage and monitored virtually as well.

A garage door professional can explain a variety of options available for homeowners–it’s definitely worth a conversation to learn more about maximizing the use of underused space and expanding your home.

Contact us today to discuss your garage expansion.

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How Often Should I Have My Garage Door Serviced?

You should have your garage door serviced at least once a year if no other issues arise. Service technicians prolong the life of your garage door with preventative maintenance: lubricating areas of the door, tightening bolts and screws and adjusting spring tension. Although your door may work just fine without it, annual service will prevent issues in the future.

It’s also a good idea to conduct your own monthly check. Take these things into consideration when doing an overview of your garage door:

  • Determine if the door can be opened manually from the outside without the opener
  • Check for broken glass if your door has windows
  • Listen for unusual noises, such as clicks or a whine when opening and closing the door
  • Ensure that your door is able to completely close without issues

The information you provide to service technicians can help them diagnose and fix issues faster. Following are two tests that you can conduct yourself.

The photo eye is the mechanism in your garage door that keeps your children, pets and belongings safe if they are in the way of a closing garage door. It forces the door open to prevent accidents.

Check the eye’s effectiveness using a broom or other long object — not an arm or a leg –by placing it under the door close to the ground as it closes. The door should reverse and open back up. If it does not, keep people and pets away from the door and consult a garage door specialist.

Evaluate your door’s alignment by first disconnecting the opener. (Liftmaster provides a very helpful guide for disconnecting and reconnecting your opener, so do your research to know what you are doing beforehand).

The door should rise and lower manually. If opening it requires excessive force, or does not open relatively smoothly, there may be an issue that needs to be resolved. Next, raise the garage door halfway and let go. If it moves up or down, the door is out of balance and you should call a service technician.

If all goes well, you will be able to reconnect your opener after this test, and know that your garage door is good to go!

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Garage Door Trends for 2017

Smart garage door design and function that raise home values  

In yesterday’s down real estate market, garage door updates were one inexpensive way to raise home values–garage door replacements, in fact, produce an 83 percent return on investment, according to U.S. News & World Report. That fact isn’t changing. As we head into 2017, however, homeowners can also take advantage of design, material and smart technology improvements driving innovation in garage space design and function.

On deck for 2017

 

Statement pieces

A garage door’s color and design can make or break your house’s aesthetic. That’s why you don’t want to stray far from its current colors and shapes; these elements can create a powerful effect even if you have opted for a neutral instead of a current bold, trendy color.

Extending accent colors and shapes from the home to the garage allows you to make a cohesive and interesting statement. Accent colors featured on shutters, window trim and the front door are excellent starting points and references to start brainstorming; you might want to consider using lighter or darker shades for the garage.

Your house will inform not just the color, but also garage door design elements, particularly angles, arches and patterns that can be applied to windows and panels.

Flexibility

Lines are blurring between indoors and outdoors; patios and decks now function as livable spaces, and the same concept has finally reached the garage. It’s not just a place to park your car anymore–garages are being outfitted with movable walls, outdoor furniture, screens and insulation to make them inviting and usable year round.

Look for garage door details to also appear in interiors via transparent walls and glass doors that replace windows in offices, living and dining rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms.

More light

Because garages are used for a variety of purposes, they are being designed to let in more light. Big windows that produce brighter, better-lit spaces are popular options.

It’s not just physical light that is a trend; lighter-weight material gives garage doors a modern, sleek look without the weight of wood, steel or glass. These materials are good-looking substitutes and practical, inexpensive choices. They require little maintenance and ease wear-and-tear on parts. Try:

  • Aluminum instead of steel
  • Polycarbonate instead of glass
  • Fiberglass instead of wood

Smart technology

Convenience and user-friendliness are two concepts driving many tech-based improvements in our daily routines, including how to enter and secure your home. Smartphones, for example, can open and close garage doors, reveal their current position and cite the person who last opened them.

Other options are well on their way to being adopted, including parking guides, which use lasers to illustrate your path in and out of the garage. People prone to grazing walls and dinging cars will appreciate this feature, which cuts down on potential damage.

Additional safety features are available on remote-controlled, wireless/keyless, smartphone-controlled and Internet-activated remotes. Many garage door companies also provide rolling codes, which are virtually impossible for hackers to replicate.

Energy efficient

An outdoor living space has to be just that–livable, which isn’t possible when your garage is 98 degrees or cold enough to hold items from your refrigerator. Maintaining a comfortable temperature is critical for comfort–and cost.

Insulation is a must. If you have a finished room against or above an uninsulated garage, you are likely overspending/losing money on heat and air conditioning. The warm/cool air is being leeched by the garage space.

 

Insulated door panels and walls are critical. Consider insulated options like aluminum, fiberglass, wood, and vinyl, but steer clear of glass.

 

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