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Its time to see your garage in a whole new way! Why tolerate a messy garage with garden tools and bikes resting against the wall? With a few easy and inexpensive steps it is possible to make your garage into a room that you are proud of. Here is a list of things to do adapted from Angie's List. First of all assess all the stuff you have been storing. If you don’t use, chances are you never will, so give it to a neighbour or arrange a garage sale and sell it. Move everything onto your driveway including your vehicles and clean the floor which can be difficult because of dust, oil and fuel. A coat of white paint brightens up your garage so before tackling the floor consider giving the walls and ceiling a coat of paint. Then tackle the floor. First use a large broom to sweep up and dirt and dust that has built up on the garage floor. Then remove oil and grease stains with a specialty oil or grease-absorbent, thoroughly coating dark stains from oil or grease that are on the floor or use kitty litter. Use chemical cleaners specifically labeled for heavy-duty floor cleaning jobs. Use it according to the instructions on the label, taking care not to use too much. Then use a garden hose to rinse the cleaner away, and let your floor air dry. Lastly seal the floor. Roll on a sealer from your local hardware store. Painting a floor is about the easiest and most satisfying paint job there is.
Use hooks, baskets shelves and racks to organize everythingIf you only have a one-car garage, or if you're trying to store a lot of items in your garage along with a car, you'll need some organizing products to help you make the most of tight spaces. Overhead storage is a great way to instantly gain space in your garage. These storage devices consist of a wire rack that hangs from your garage ceiling. The overhead storage device you see here is motorized for easy access to bicycles. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marcia H.) Wall storage is great to store tools and loose items that would be lost on the garage floor. You can find kits that are specifically designed for tool storage, or you could even invest in wall-bolted cabinets or wire basket storage. When organizing, group like items together. If using boxes, be sure to label the outside so you won’t have to dig through all of them while looking for one specific item.
Take another look at your garage doorsAfter a hard day’s work there is no finer feeling than arriving home and pressing the button on a garage door opener and seeing the door slide open to welcome you. How about giving us a call at Aurora Overhead Door and seeing all the hundreds of door styles. We’ll install the door, the opener, the weather stripping and capping to make the garage and front of your home look wonderful. Lastly move your barbecue from the backyard, buy a 2-4, some ice and celebrate your amazing better-than-new garage. It will become party-central and focal point of your neighbourhood.
When homeowners think about possible hazards garage doors don't generally come to mind. However when garage doors that are improperly installed they can be dangerous in several regards. Firstly they can be hazardous to install. Secondly they can provide one of the easiest ways for intruders to break into a home. Thirdly they can cause injuries to children. Here are a few considerations when you install garage doors:
- Installing doors can be dangerous. Falling off ladders in one danger among many. Always use a reputable installer who is fully insured, well trained and complies with WSIB practices. Installers who operate out of the back of their truck often save money by cutting corners on safety and the homeowner can be liable if they have an accident.
- The torsion spring that assists the door when opening stores a lot of energy. Never try and adjust it unless you know what you are doing. If it releases unexpectedly it can easily break a wrist or cause other injuries.
- Make sure the light sensors on your garage door are working properly. Test them by rolling a ball under the closing door. Does it reverse instantly? Also garage door openers are designed to reverse direction when meeting an obstruction. If your door does not reverse readily after contacting an obstruction, call us.
- Irrespective of the technology, particularly if you have young children or pets you should always watch the door until it closes completely to make sure nothing gets caught under it.
- Your door should be easy to open and close when disengaged from the door opener. If it is not the tension spring or rollers need attention. Doing this can be dangerous. When repairing please be careful or call Aurora Overhead Door.
- The wall push button for your garage door opener should be mounted at least five feet above the floor, out of the reach of children. Running under a closing door can be deadly. Make sure children never play with opening and closing the door.
- If you park a car outside your garage, be sure to lock your car so that potential burglars cannot access your remote control and gain easy access to your garage.
- On early models of garage door opener remotes thieves are able to record the transmitter’s signal enabling them to open the door when no one is home. Make sure your remote control has rolling code technology. Call us if you need this checked.