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July 13, 2017

How to Organize Your Garage

How to Organize Your GarageAre you wondering how to organize your garage? Or where you should even begin? Boulder Garage Door in Colorado has a few tips to help you get started! Now that the weather is warmer, you may be feeling motivated to attack this chore that you kept putting off during the winter months. Believe us, now is the perfect time to get started and once it’s all done you will be so happy that you did it!

A messy garage not only makes it difficult to find your holiday decorations or that tool you need to fix the sink, it can also affect your garage door. Piles can spill over and damage your tracks or throw off your sensors. Your worst case scenario is having heavy items fall against your garage door, causing a dent or even breaking a window. For peace of mind and fewer hassles, here are 7 easy steps on how to organize your garage. Let’s take a look.

  1. Settle on Your Priorities

Not everyone has the same reason for cleaning out their garage. Of course, we all want to be more organized, but every individual’s end goal might be a little different. For example, it may be important to you to have enough space to store your vehicle inside the garage. Or perhaps you want a useful workspace. Or maybe you just need a more efficient and organized system.

You might even find that more than one of these things, or something else entirely is most important to you. Whatever the case, sit down and prioritize your goals. A clear plan will help you stay on task and cause the process to end up how you want it to. 

  1. Start from Scratch

The best way to properly organize a disastrous garage is to start from the beginning. Lay out a few tarps or blankets in an open area and move everything out so you can see what you are doing. You can even use this time to sweep and clean the walls and floors. If you need to do any painting, freshening up, or inspecting your suddenly clanking garage door, this is also an excellent opportunity to get it done.

  1. Put Similar Items Together

You can incorporate this step into the last one. As you are bringing all your items out of the garage, you can put similar items together rather than just haphazardly piling everything out there. For example, put all your sports or summer equipment in one spot, seasonal items in another, tools in another and so on and so forth.

  1. PURGE!

This step is difficult but necessary. We all have more stuff, than we need, taking up space in our garages and organizing one’s garage is the perfect time to get rid of anything unnecessary. Designate 4 different areas for items to keep, trash, recycle and donate and be ruthless in your assessment of each item. Set a mental goal of getting rid of at least 50% of your stuff. You might not actually toss that much but setting a high mental goal will help you be more cutthroat in your decision making.

If you are having trouble being as tough as you should be, try asking yourself these questions. Do you love it? Do you use it? Have you used it in the last year? Do you really need it? If you can’t positively answer any of these questions, decide whether it should be thrown away, recycled or donated and say goodbye to it.

  1. Create an Organizational Plan

Once you’ve thoroughly purged, step back and take a look at your keep pile. Think about logical places to put items and how to categorize them and start mapping out the space. Get creative and remember that you can hang things on the walls or add some shelves. Don’t forget to look up; you might be able to put some plywood sheets across the rafters to get seasonal stuff up out of the way.

A note here, don’t ever buy organizational items until after the purge step. Once you’re done purging, you might find that you don’t need many of the items purchased and you’ll end up wasting money and having more unnecessary items to store somewhere. 

  1. Get Your Supplies Together

Now that you’ve got a plan coming together buy or gather organizational supplies. A few ideas can be to use big trash cans to store long items like rakes, brooms, shovels and even sporting equipment like skis and fishing poles. Put hooks on the walls to hang ropes, extension cords and even bicycles. Be sure to check item weights and support them accordingly to ensure heavy equipment (like a bike) can’t fall and damage your car or garage door.

Clear plastic containers are ideal for smaller items so that you can see into them. A rolling tool rack or cabinet is perfect for when you want to be able to move stuff (like tools and whatnot) while keeping them organized. If they’re placed close to the garage door sensors, make sure you have locking wheels to avoid any issues.

  1. Put it All Away

Now that you have your supplies ready, you can easily start storing your items in their designated places. To help yourself out a ton, get a label maker and label everything that you can. Even if you don’t have a real label maker, get some masking or duct tape and a permanent marker and start labeling. This step might not be absolutely necessary, but it certainly is a great help when it comes to remembering what you did with everything!

Now you get to sit back and survey all your hard work. If you followed these steps, you should have reached your goals and have a neatly organized garage full of only items that you need. And the best part is that you will be able to find them when you want them.

From all of us here at Boulder Garage Door, we hope that these steps on how to organize your garage have been helpful to you. Having spent a lot of time working on and in garages, we’ve seen it all, and we know that an organized garage keeps piles from damaging your garage door. The good thing is, once you have taken care of this big job if you commit to putting things back in their place, your garage will stay organized and tidy indefinitely and you will be continually thanking yourself.

June 22, 2017

Yes, a Garage Door Can Help Sell Your House

Yes, a Garage Door Can Help Sell Your HouseIf you’re wondering, Boulder Garage Door is here to tell you that yes, a garage door can help sell your house. The right garage door is not only an important security feature but also a huge part of the aesthetics of your home. An old, damaged or just plain ugly garage door can significantly hurt your selling potential while the right door can add a lot of dollars to your sale price. Here are a few things to keep in mind about garage doors when you’re thinking of putting your home on the market.

Curb appeal is essential when thinking about selling your home. Because a garage door is so large, and usually sits facing the street, the eye is naturally drawn to it. First, let’s talk about a few of the ways that a garage door can harm your home’s curb appeal to help determine if you should add replacing your door to the list of things to do before putting your house on the market.

  • The Color is Faded

Even if your garage door is still in good shape, faded paint can make potential buyers think it isn’t. Human nature doesn’t always allow people to separate looks from function and a faded door can make your garage door, and thereby the rest of your home, look old and outdated even if it isn’t.

  • An Old, Outdated Door

This is particularly noticeable if you have made other updates to your home, such as new windows or a new roof. Your door may still be perfectly fine but look out of place next to the other improvements that have been made.

  • The Door is Damaged

A damaged garage door will send up red flags for potential buyers. Even if the damages are purely cosmetic or don’t affect the function of the door in any way, buyers can be turned off thinking that you haven’t cared for your home well and they may start to wonder what other problems may be hiding under the surface.

  • The Door Doesn’t Match Your House

This concern is purely cosmetic and probably shouldn’t even be a concern for buyers, but it is. If your door’s color or style doesn’t match the rest of the home your curb appeal is going to be affected--and not in a good way.

  • The Door Doesn’t Work Properly

Now, this of course really does matter. A door that doesn’t work right is a big turnoff to buyers. And in this case, it doesn’t matter how pretty the door is, the poor function doesn’t bode well. At the very least, it will hurt your selling price and maybe even stop the sale altogether.

I Have an Ugly, Broken Door – Now What?

If you find that the garage door is exhibiting one or more of these characteristics, it’s time to look at what can be done about it. In some cases, it may not be necessary to replace the door altogether--which is obviously a relief for the pocketbook. Here are a few suggestions for ways to improve the look or function of your garage door to help up the curb appeal of your home.

  • Put on a New Coat of Paint

This is a great option for that faded, but otherwise good garage door that we mentioned earlier. Or maybe the current color just doesn’t match the rest of the house or is downright unsightly. Refreshing the color can also help liven up an outdated door without entirely replacing it. 

  • Make Repairs

If it’s basically in good shape, but there are a few cosmetic damages or even small gashes you may be able to repair the garage door rather than replace. Obviously repairing it is a much less expensive option than replacing it and still, fixes the issue of your home looking uncared for. If your garage door opener is loud or moving a bit slow, look into swapping that out, too.

  • Add Accessories

If your garage door looks good you might want to draw attention to it to help strengthen the curb appeal of your home. You can do this by stationing some interesting plants on either side of the door or even adding some decorative stonework around the opening. Sometimes a trellis with a beautiful climbing plant can work too. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

  • Add Lights

Along the same lines, if your garage door looks sharp, you can add some lighting to draw attention to it. However, be aware that not all lighting is the same. If you choose poor quality lights, they can harm rather than help the beauty of your garage door.

  • Replace the Garage Door

If your door is just plain old and outdated, too damaged for practical repairs, or just doesn’t work right, consider installing a new garage door it before trying to sell your home. The great thing about replacing the door is that you can choose from a myriad of colors, materials, and styles to add the perfect ambiance to your home and create a whole new look. It can even be a great way to spruce up your home in general without having to perform more extensive work.

Hopefully, you now understand that yes, a garage door can help sell your house. The next step is to figure out what to do about it. The suggestions offered here should help get you on the right track, but we know that you probably aren’t an expert in garage door maintenance and replacement.

So, if you are unsure what is the best option for your home, don’t be afraid to ask for advice from the experts. Here at Boulder Garage Door, we have been helping customers in Boulder, Colorado and the surrounding area for over 40 years. We are a family owned and operated company that is more focused on happy customers than promoting brands. We will do our absolute best to help you find the perfect solution for your home and your budget, so that you can sell quickly and for top dollar.

May 23, 2017

Get to Know Your Garage Door Opener Options

get to know your garage door opener optionsAt Boulder Garage Door, we like to assist our customers any way we can, from quality installations to helpful information. Today, we’d like to help you get to know your garage door opener options. Each type of garage door opener has its own advantages, and while there is no clear winner overall, there is usually one that works best for your particular situation and goals.

There are three types of garage door openers: chain, belt and screw drives. The differences among these three categories boil down to variables like speed and noise factor. Let’s take a look at each type to help you determine which is right for you.

Chain Drive Openers

Chain drive garage door openers have been around the longest and are considered the classic garage door opener type. However, they are still one of the most common styles found in homes today--probably partially since it’s a very economical option. The unit works by using a chain (similar to the idea of a bicycle) to push a trolley, which pushes the J-arm which causes the door to move along a track.

Because of the way these openers are designed, they tend to be noisier unit with their vibrations and metal-to-metal noises. This can be an advantage or a disadvantage. Many people prefer their garage door to be as quiet as possible, particularly in homes with attached garages or that are close to their neighbors, while others like that a bit of noise gives a warning that someone is trying to enter the home. 

Belt Drive Openers

Belt drive openers basically work the same as chain drive openers, with the exception that instead of using a chain, it uses a durable belt made of fiberglass, steel-reinforced rubber or polyurethane. Because of this belt, much of the racket and metal-to-metal noises of chain belt drives are fully eliminated. They tend to cost a bit more than chain drive units, but the reduction in noise is worth the added expense. Belt drive garage door openers are also easier to install, easier to maintain and open the garage door faster (which is great if you’re trying to escape hail or bad weather). 

Screw Drive Openers

Screw drive openers work by using a trolley on a threaded steel rod to rotate the motor and cause the door to move up and down. It does not make use of the pushing and pulling motion that the other two drives use but rather the rotation of the giant “screw.”

The design is very simple, and many people prefer it because with less moving parts it is easier to maintain. However, they are not recommended for use in areas where there are significant temperature changes as they don’t do well with these changes. These types of drives are typically the most expensive option but sometimes pay themselves off in the long run with lower maintenance costs.

Of course, this information is just to help you get to know your garage door opener options. To answer any further questions and help you decide which unit is right for you, you can always talk to one of our experts here at Boulder Garage Door. We are always happy to help our customers in any way that we can, including providing quality garage doors and openers along with professional installation.

May 17, 2017

Is Your Garage Door Waking Up the Neighbors?

Is Your Garage Door Waking Up the NeighborsIs your garage door waking up the neighbors? Whether it’s a squeaking, clanking or grinding noise, our experts at Boulder Garage Door are here to help you keep up good relations with the people next door. Today we offer a few tips to take care of your squealing, rattling door before you get banished from the next neighborhood party or BBQ. And if none of these things work, you can always call us for repairs or to completely replace your door if needed.

Let’s take a look at a few simple things that you can do on your own. Just be careful around the springs and other garage door mechanisms as they are part of a heavy-duty piece of machinery that could cause a serious injury. Not really the handy type? Just give us a call for garage door help.

Check and tighten all nuts and bolts

Nuts and bolts loosening a bit with the daily vibrations of the door is a very common occurrence with a very simple solution. If this is the only issue causing excess noise, a few minutes with a proper wrench or socket set will take care of your problem.

Switch out the rollers

Carefully inspect the rollers as the garage door is going up and down, and you may be able to spot a problem there. As rollers become worn, they start to squeak. If the rollers don’t look worn but do seem to be causing noise, they probably just need lubrication. Also, if you have metal rollers, try changing them out for nylon rollers which are quieter. Call a garage door professional for this job, as specialized skills are required to perform the work safely.

Check the springs

Another possible culprit is the springs. Whether you have extension or torsion springs, check them out. Call in a specialist immediately if you see that they are broken. If they are just squeaking or squealing, a bit of lubricant should do the trick.

Check the hinges

Over time, garage door hinges can loosen and become worn, leading to annoying squeaking. Take a look at the hinges to make sure they are still tight and in good shape. If they don’t appear damaged or worn out, try some lubrication.

Check the garage door opener mechanism

Another possible noise trigger is the mechanism for your garage door opener. Check the tension and ensure that it is correct according to your garage door manual. If you already threw it out, you can probably find a copy online. By now, you’re probably already jumping ahead to lubrication, but be careful here. Depending on the type of drive, lubricant may not be recommended, or you may need to use a particular kind. Again, consult your manual for instructions specific to your model.

Is your garage door waking up the neighbors? If so, you can always skip the DIY fix and give the experts here at Boulder Garage Door a call. We can help pinpoint the issue and get your garage door quieted down from a squeaking, rattling, clanking monster to like a nice, gentle purr. Well, maybe not that quiet, but you get the idea. Feel free to give us a call today. Your neighbors will thank you for it!

April 14, 2017

Common Garage Door Problems

Common Garage Door ProblemsGarage doors are our business at Boulder Garage Door, so we know all about the common garage door problems that our customers often face. In fact, with over 40 years of experience serving the residents of Boulder, Colorado and surrounding areas, we can honestly say that we’ve seen just about everything.

Garage doors are just one of many components in your home and chances are you don’t ever think about them too much, until something goes wrong! A malfunctioning garage door is quite a pain, especially if you’re having to leave your vehicle outside and exposed to the elements and or unscrupulous passersby.

To help avoid running into one of these common garage door problems, you can put a visual inspection on your to-do list once every couple of months. Twice a year, you should also lubricate the main parts. A well-built garage door should provide faithful service for years if you just keep up on these couple things to keep it well-maintained.

So, what about when you perform your inspection or any other time for that matter, you notice something not quite right with your door? Of course, when in doubt you can always immediately call the experts at Boulder Garage Door to come out and help you determine what’s wrong. However, if you like to try to figure things out on your own a little first, we’ll give you a basic idea of what might be wrong, and what you will need to do to get it fixed.

The door begins to make a thud when opening or closing

In smaller garage doors, as in 9 ft. X 7 ft. two systems are generally used. If you have a torsion spring system, it’s possible that the torsion spring is broken. To determine this, you can visually inspect the spring (keep hands away from springs at all times), which should be located somewhere above the door. If you have an extension spring system, find and observe the two springs, one above each horizontal rail. One of them may be broken and causing the problem.

Larger garage doors, as in 16 ft. X 7 ft., generally all use a torsion spring system but have two springs. Again, check the springs to see if one is broken. The one other possible cause for thudding is a broken lifting cable, or it is just about to break. If your springs look to be in good shape, check out the cables. If you find that any of these things are broken, it is not safe to be using your garage door. Call in the professionals immediately to get this hazard addressed.

The door is no longer on its hinges

The door can come off its hinges for a few reasons:

  • One of the horizontal tracks is no longer in alignment
  • A little metal bracket that can be found at the end of the track has come loose
  • The bolts that hold the bracket have come unscrewed

If it is simply a case of the bracket coming loose or the bolts coming unscrewed you can tighten them yourself and see if that fixes the problem. This can only be done if the rollers are still in the tracks and you have the ability to close the door safely. While you’re at it, check to make sure that all tracks are aligned, and everything is parallel the way it should be.

Safety Tip! If your door has fallen on the floor, do not try to remedy the problem yourself. The door will need to be set up again professionally, and doing it on your own could result in serious injury.

Your door only works some of the time

If you’re having trouble getting the door to respond, the most common issue is that the batteries in your remote are dying. Obviously, that’s a simple fix as you just need to change out the batteries and see if that fixes the problem.

Another possibility, although somewhat unlikely, is that your neighbor has the same type of garage door opener and is using the same transmission code. This is only an issue on openers made before 1993, so as you can imagine it is pretty rare. However, try changing the code on your remote and see if that resolves the issue.

The door starts to close but then opens again

This is most likely due to one of the safety sensors getting knocked out of alignment. Garage doors have an invisible beam that goes across the opening, and if something interrupts that beam, the door will automatically open. This is to prevent garage doors from closing on people, pets, cars and more. Just find the sensors and make sure they are aligned properly. To help you with this, a blinking indicator light on the control panel will stop blinking when the sensors are in line.

Whenever you mess with the garage door sensors, you should also check the sensitivity to ensure that it is still functioning correctly. To do this, place a 2x4 board on the floor where the door will touch it when it closes. If the sensitivity is correct, the door will open immediately upon touching something in its way. Again, this is to make sure that your heavy garage door doesn’t squash someone or something.

You just get home, and your door suddenly won’t open

If your door stops working out of the blue, the simple solution could be that the power is out. Check to see if any lights work, and you’ve got your answer. If the power is out and you need to get your vehicle into the garage, you can tug on the emergency cord that will disengage the motor so that you can open the door manually. Just pull it forward again when you are ready to reattach the door to the motor.

So, as you can see some common garage door problems are easy fixes that you can easily handle yourself, and others can put you in a dangerous situation and are best left to the pros. Whenever you have issues with your garage door and don’t know what to do, you can always count on the friendly staff here at Boulder Garage Door to help you out. Get in touch for more information.

 

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