A Des Moines Garage Door Blog

5 Ways to Update Your Garage This Summer

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Aug 21, 2017 1:43:00 PM

Are you looking for some new ways to improve the look, feel, and functionality of your home before the weather gets cold again? Here are some great ways to make your garage nicer, more energy efficient, and easier to use for the whole family! Any of these projects can (potentially) be conquered in a single weekend!

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Topics: residential doors

Garage Door Springs vs. Cables

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Aug 16, 2017 2:25:00 PM

Cables and springs are some of the most important components of a garage door system. Today, we’ll give you an overview of what they are, how they work, and why you shouldn’t attempt to repair either of them on your own unless you're absolutely qualified.

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Topics: broken garage door, residential doors, home safety

6 Smart, Creative Ways to Utilize Your Garage Space

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Aug 9, 2017 11:41:00 AM

A garage can mean different things to different people. Not everyone uses it only as a storage unit or place to keep the car safe from the elements. Maybe you’re looking for new ways to expand your living area without having to pick up and move to a larger home. If you need more space inside the house, consider moving one of the following areas out to the garage!

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Topics: residential doors, home safety

Creative Organizational Tricks to Use in the Garage

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Aug 2, 2017 10:21:00 AM

Is your garage a hot mess right now? Are you embarrassed to open your garage door, fearing you'll expose a deep, dark secret? Maybe you’re afraid to open the door that leads from your home to your garage because you know you may not get back inside unscathed. If so, it's about time you get organized!

While we don’t give you step-by-step instructions on how to CLEAN your garage in this post, we do in another. Check out Spring Cleaning Your Garage—It’s Time! In today's article, we offer ideas to help you organize your garage like a pro so you can proudly show off your tidy garage to all your neighbors.

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Topics: residential doors, home safety

Testing and Aligning Your Garage Door Photo Eye Sensors

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Jul 19, 2017 3:07:00 PM

The photo eyes (safety sensors) are located about six inches off the ground to the right and left of your garage door. One sensor sends a beam of light to the other. If this beam is broken due to some sort of obstruction, the garage door won’t close. If you notice that your garage door isn’t closing when you want it to and there are no obstacles in the garage door’s path, the photo eyes may be out of alignment. This is a common problem; sensors can be easily bumped by a garbage can, child, or pet.

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Topics: residential doors

How to Keep Your Garage Cooler During the Hot Iowa Summer

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Jul 11, 2017 10:23:00 AM

When you step out into your garage in the summer, do you feel like you’re almost suffocating due to the stifling heat trapped inside? Make it easier on your home's AC and your lungs by letting out the heat! Especially if you use the space for anything other than storing vehicles, such as a home gym or workshop, you want your garage to be bearable. Here are several ways to get the air flowing inside your garage so you can breathe more easily and your home won’t have to fight so hard to stay cool on hot summer days.

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Topics: residential doors

I Can’t Get My Garage Door to Close!

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Jul 4, 2017 9:41:00 AM

Owning a garage door has its ups and downs…and sometimes the ups aren’t positive ones. If you attempt to close your garage door and it either doesn't move or it pops back up before shutting all the way, something is obviously wrong. There could be a few reasons for these problems. The answer may be easier to find than you think. On the other hand, the problem could be serious and expensive to fix, but let’s stay positive and explore the simple solutions first.

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Topics: broken garage door, residential doors, home safety, garage door openers

Is Your Garage Ready for Summer Storms?

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Jun 27, 2017 9:27:00 AM

If you live in Des Moines, Iowa, or elsewhere in the Midwest, you’ve most likely experienced a power outage due to a violent storm at some point. When your electricity goes out, you lose more than the light in your home; the electricity powering your garage door will also be lost. What if your garage door won’t open when you need to rush off to work in the morning? We often don’t think of these types of problems until they actually occur, and then we’re left stressed and annoyed at the sudden inconvenience.

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Topics: broken garage door, residential doors, home safety, garage door openers

3 Things You and Your Garage Door Should NEVER Do Together

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Jun 26, 2017 12:48:00 PM

If your relationship with your garage door has recently become complicated and you're not sure what to do, take our advice and hand over the reigns to the professionals. Garage doors are complicated and dangerous pieces of machinery. If you’re not professionally trained in the art of garage door replacement or repair, you need to find someone who is.

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Topics: home safety

9 Clever Home and Garage Door Safety Tips

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Jun 22, 2017 3:08:00 PM

It’s June again, which is Garage Door Safety Month! We’ve compiled a list of clever safety measures you can take to deter burglars from breaking into your garage or home. Burglary is one of the most common crimes, but it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. Follow these tips to keep your home, family, and belongings safe.

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Topics: home safety