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Questions to Ask When Investing in a New Garage Door

A new garage door purchase can be daunting, especially if you're not quite sure which features are most important for your home or budget. The good news is such a purchase isn't something you need to tackle on your own! Consulting with a professional can provide answers to your questions and peace of mind for you, as well as a more clear vision of which garage door best suits your home.
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Cold Weather Preventative Maintenance for Your Garage Door

Frigid and blustery weather may seem to be months away but in reality, it could happen at any time. Perfect fall weather typically only seems to last a handful of weeks in the Midwest and is often disturbed by extremely hot temperatures one day and snow and rain the next. Most of us have a list we diligently check off to prepare our homes for winter, like winterizing sprinklers and lawn equipment, moving temperature-sensitive solvents indoors and adding insulation around windows and doors. But your garage door also needs some attention when temperatures drop. Follow our tips below to mitigate and prevent damage from cold weather.
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Easy Garage Door Upgrades that Boost Your Home’s Value

Those looking to sell their homes want to get the most money out of them as possible. While a hot real estate market, like the one we’ve been having, might mean your home has a better chance of selling fast, investing in a couple of upgrades could provide a bigger return on investment or ROI. Garage door upgrades are an easy, cost-effective way to upgrade the look of your home, boosting its value and curb appeal.
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How to Extend the Life of Your Garage Door

Garage doors are marvelous pieces of equipment that keep vehicles safe and out of inclement weather. But like any other household item, residential garage doors don’t last forever. In fact, the more you use your garage door, the faster it will wear out. Typically, residential garage doors can last up to 30 years, but that’s only if the door isn’t influenced by outside factors, e.g., it is never used. More importantly, your garage door is only one part of the system that can wear out. For example, springs have a lifecycle of about 10,000 cycles. So if you use your residential garage door system twice a day, it will last roughly 14 years. That may seem like a lifetime, until you realize your family is likely using your garage door a minimum of six times per day, reducing its lifespan to about 3.5 years. But there are things you can do to extend your garage door in the meantime.
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Don’t Let a Power Outage Lock You Out of Your Garage

Power outages happen often in the spring and summer when there’s a greater chance of thunderstorms. Thunder booms, lightning cracks and boom, the power goes out. Typically, outages don’t last too long but if a storm is severe enough, the energy company could take longer to restore power to all its customers. Over Memorial weekend 2022, there were more than 2,300 power outages reported in Sioux City and the surrounding areas. Luckily power was restored within a couple of hours but that couple of hours could be devasting during an emergency if you can’t get to your vehicle.
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Google’s Top 5 DIY Garage Door Fixes (And Which Ones You Should Actually Hire Us For)

One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic was people had to learn to do more for themselves. We had to be our own chefs, IT support and handymen and Google was often our go-to for learning how to take care of ourselves and our homes. It’s not surprising that when it came to repairing garage doors, many choose to reference Google first. The top five garage door repair searches on google are:
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Your answers to these 5 questions can help determine if you need a new garage door.

Upgrade. You hear that word a lot today when it comes to mobile phones, televisions, sound systems and even cars. We’re willing to buy newer models of these items because we know they’ll work better and make our lives easier. So why do homeowners wait for their garage door to break before buying a new one? New garage doors offer benefits way beyond the old, inefficient doors. Plus, money is almost never wasted on buying a new garage door; the ROI on garage doors is more than 97%. Your answers to the following five questions can help you determine if it is time for that old garage door to go. 
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Treat Your Weatherstripping Right and It Will Treat Your Garage Door Right

Your garage door protects your vehicle and home from intruders and inclement weather. But even with the most level garage floor, a garage door will never sit flush enough to create an air-tight seal. That’s where weatherstripping comes in. Weatherstripping forms a seal between the bottom of your door and the ground, keeping out pests, dirt, rain and flooding. The seal also keeps out freezing wind and snow and hot, humid air, helping to reduce your energy bills. But like any other piece of machinery, it needs to be taken care of to do its job properly. 
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How-To Clean Up After Halloween Pranksters

It’s that time of year when pranksters are out in full-force smashing pumpkins, stealing outdoor decorations and toilet papering houses. Shaving cream, eggs and toilet paper are common tools for those trick-or-treaters who are more interested in the “tricks” than the “treats.” And while these household products may seem harmless, they can do lasting damage if not cleaned up quickly. If you’re an unfortunate homeowner who wakes up to one of these messes on Nov. 1, this is the blog for you.
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Weather Stripping: Your Garage Door’s Best Friend

There’s a little-thought-about part of your garage door that does a pretty big job – it’s your door’s weather seal. This narrow piece of rubber or silica runs along the bottom of your door and seals it from whatever is lurking outside – snow, rain, sub-arctic breezes and so on. Given its vital task, this part of your door should be given some real consideration, especially in the fall. 
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