Has your garage door been looking the same over the years? Or does it look plain and dull? Your garage door is part of your curb appeal and if it looks good, then your whole entrance looks good. If it looks unkempt or plain, so does your entrance.
Breathe New Life Into Your Garage Door
Fresh coat of paint - If the paint on your door is chipped or faded, a fresh coat of paint should be your first point of action. Choose an outdoor paint that is made to withstand the elements a garage door is always exposed to. While you may want to see a difference, consider the color scheme of the rest of the house. You don't want a garage door that clashes and stands out. It should blend with the colors on the rest of the house and if there is contrast, it should be by design and should still work with the design of the rest of the house.
Automate - If your garage door is manual, consider upgrading to an automatic one. It's more convenient and safer thanks to safety features like infrared and photo eye sensors. It also adds esthetic and fiscal value to your home.
Garage door decals - One quick and inexpensive way to add color and interest to your garage door is with decals. Decals are one type of wall art along with murals, wall paper and stickers. There are many designs to choose from, including those that give the illusion that you have parked a plane or spaceship in your garage. Unlike wallpaper, which has similar designs on different pieces of paper, decals are in large dimensions on a single sheet. They are quick and easy to apply thanks to the adhesive on the back.
Garage door screens - These make it possible to keep the garage door up to let in fresh air and light while keeping the garage from prying eyes. They come in different colors and sizes and you can have them custom made.
Climbers and vines - Go green over your garage door with climbers and vines. You can choose those with bright, colorful flowers or perennial ones that are really easy to maintain. You’ll need to put up arbors and trellises over the garage door, which can be done for you.
Hardware - One smart option is to install hinges and spears that give your door the appearance of a carriage door. There are also decorative handles, window inserts and welcome signs to easily stick or screw on.
Ready To Go All The Way?
If your door is 10 years or older, consider going all out and installing a whole new door. There are so many new designs to choose from especially for automated garage doors. Willow Creek Overhead Door offer top of the range doors and friendly, efficient installation and repair services with long term warranties. Contact them today and explore the options.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is paramount in today’s health-conscious world. Studies indicate not only do you need to manage intake but also maintain or increase energy. Getting to a gym can be challenging and if you like outdoor activities, the weather may not always cooperate. You may want to consider converting your garage into a gym or exercise area for you and your family.
3 Things to Consider When Converting Your Garage into an Exercise Room
When you are thinking about turning your garage into a gym, consider the following:
1. Space: Space is the final frontier, especially when it comes to garage space. How are you currently using your garage?
Cars: Are you storing one car, two cars, three or none? If you are storing cars, what are your plans for caring for your cars against environmental elements? Do you have a boat in your garage? Does your homeowners association have any restrictions regarding cars on the street?
Lawn equipment or workshop area: Even if even a small part of the garage is being used for storing these items, you do need to consider where these items will go and where you will do even your most basic of tinkering or repair work. Losing a small work area is fine until you really need it and you find yourself staining a chair in the kitchen or the patio.
General catch-all: Studies show that less than 25% of US homeowners can store a car in the garage because of storage. If you are in the general catch-all category, you may need to consider how you are going to sort, sift, and move on your belongings. You may want to consider including a storage nook as part of your new exercise area.
2. Health: Once you decide you are ready to transform your garage space, think about why you need to exercise and how that need links to a home gym.
Are you already a certified instructor and you want to open your own studio? Do you want to save time going to a gym? Are you a cyclist and you need to train during extreme hot or cold seasons? Do you want a circuit type training method to use at home? Do you want to create a “family fit” center so you can enjoy exercising together or do you just despise going to the gym and working out in front of people? Consider your need for exercise and then the types of equipment you want to include in your new exercise area.
3. Cost: There are many components to transitioning a garage to a workout space. Depending on your location, you may need to add air conditioning, heat, insulation, fans, a new garage door and other structural elements to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing workout space.
Will adding a gym affect my home's value?
In addition, how much value will be added to your home with this add-on? How easily can the space be converted back to a garage should you need to move and resell the house? How will the expense of a home exercise space offset any current expenses you currently incur such as gym memberships? What will improve in you or your family's life if you did convert your garage to an exercise room?
As you can see, there are many questions you should ask before knocking down any walls. If you want an expert opinion about your garage space, contact Willow Creek Overhead Door, an Amarillo garage and overhead door company. Owner Tony Hall has seen it all, and he can make sure you choose the right garage door, opener and operator for your new home gym. Contact him today for a free quote.
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Have a garage but not a garage door? Typically, a house comes with a garage. However, if you live in anything but a typical house such as a trailer home or cottage, you may have to organize a garage for your vehicle yourself. You may also need to put up another structure to house an RV, classic car or boat that you use occasionally. Maybe you run your own business and need a workplace that isn't overrun by family and pets. If any of those scenarios sound familiar, you've probably considered constructing a building on your property. One type of building you can get is a Do It Yourself building.
Where can I get a Do It Yourself building kit?
Choose one from the companies that are known for high quality structures. SteelMaster is a good choice. You should also choose kits that are not too difficult to assemble. Maintenance is another factor to consider. You don't want a garage that will be too demanding to maintain. On this note, steel garages beat the rest. The ones coated with a special coat of Galvalume Plus in particular are virtually maintenance-free. They look good and remain in good condition for years and years. You can also rest easy about decay which is a problem with wooden structures. Pest infestation and damage such as termites is also not an issue.
The best kits come with only one size nut and bolt which makes assembly that much easier and faster. Your metal garage will not take you more than a few days to assemble with the help of one or two people.
The structure doesn’t come with a garage door. Where do I get one?
So you have successfully assembled your metal building but you are missing one crucial element: the garage door. You have to get the measurements exactly right if you are to have a door that closes completely so that your car is secure. It should also close and open smoothly.
You would do well to consider leaving this part to the experts. Depending on the metal garage kit that you have purchased, it may be necessary to have a door custom made. An expert will also fit the door correctly so that it will not give you problems in future. Just in case a problem does arise, you can call on the company to come back and correct it without additional charges to you thanks to the warranty you will have been given for the job. This is of course subject to terms and conditions.
It will definitely take an expert to measure out your garage door, make it and fit it. It is a feat you can give a go if you so wish but it will most likely be an effort that may give you more frustration than progress, not to mention a lot of labor and stress. You may also have to invest in some tools that a professional garage door installer already has.
Who can custom build garage doors?
Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door provides custom garage doors. Owner Tony Hall will expertly measure out, custom make and install your garage door for your Do It Yourself building or another type of struction. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today for a free estimate.
Is your garage door all scratched up? A well designed and well maintained garage door adds fiscal and esthetic appeal to a home, and one that is all scratched up has the opposite effect.
It's very easy to scratch your garage door. Just gently backing or running into can cause damage. The good news is that you can do a neat job of covering scratches yourself.
Can I fix dents in my garage door?
Steel doors don't hide dents and scratches very well. The good news is that it is possible to do a nice job of covering up both. Start by scrubbing off the dented spot with a cloth dipped in mild detergent, then rinse and let the area dry completely. Sand the dent lightly using 80-grit sandpaper so that the patching compound bonds. Wipe clean and then fill the dent by pressing patching compound into it using a small putty knife. Smooth it out and feather out the edges like you would do if your spreading drywall.
When the filler dries, sand the area flat with a 120-grit sandpaper wrapped around a flat block. Finish with a 150-grit sandpaper to completely smooth out the the edges of the filler.
You can then go on and paint the garage door with paint that is similar to the one on the door. It is important to use the same type and shade of paint that was originally used on the door. This information should be on your manual or you can get the information from your garage door supplier or installer.
How can I cover up scratches on a wooden garage door?
Wooden garage doors need to be treated differently from steel doors. If the door has minor dents, you can repair them yourself before painting the door. Fill the dents using a caulking compound that can be painted over. Do not use silicone caulk as it cannot be painted over.
If your wooden garage door is made of plywood and hardwood panel doors, all four sides of the door need to be caulked. If your door is made of redwood, cedar or hemlock panels with wood grain that runs horizontally, caulking will be needed on the left, right and bottom. If the wood grain runs vertically, caulking should be done at the top and bottom of the panels.
After caulking, use a stiff brush to remove to remove dirt from the spot. You then need to use a primer before applying the finish paint. Some wooden doors are primed and others are not. Those with priming have a light-green finish. If the door is primed already, you can skip the primer. If it is not, apply primer using a high quality latex or oil-based exterior primer following the instructions on it.
When the primer is dry if you used it, finish the job with an exterior paint that is also latex or oil based. It is important that the finish coat base is the same as the primer coat base. Both the primer and the paint should be oil based or latex based. A second coat will give you a perfect finish.
Do I need a professional to repair my garage door?
There are many garage door repairs you can do your self. However, there are many that require a professional. If you have a question about a repair to your garage door, call on the experts at Willow Creek Overhead Door. This garage door company in Amarillo has years of experience, is professional, timely and offers outstanding customer service. Contact owner Tony Hall today for a free estimate.
Ever opened and closed a door and pinched yourself on the hinge? Painful isn't it? Well, the same can happen with garage doors, only these injuries can be much more serious. That's why there are pinch-resistant garage door hinges. They are designed to prevent accidents where you pinch your fingers when making repairs, such as placing fingers near the door's section joints. The pinchless hinges are typically used on upward sectional doors as found on garages, warehouses, airplane hangars and other structures where there is a large door opening that needs to be opened and closed selectively. The selective opening and closing is for the purpose of security so that only authorized people can gain access.
Do sectional upward doors need pitch-resistant hinges?
Sectional upward doors are typically made of a number of horizontal sections that are held together by hinges. When a door has pinch-resistant hinges and joints, the hinges have a high quality fixture that can be secured to the upper panel and another one that can be secured to the lower panel.
These security fixtures on the upper and lower panels are held together with links. Each link has one end that is fixed to the upper panel and another to the lower panel. The way the links are placed ensures that the upper panel is spaced closely enough to the lower one such that it's not possible for a person to insert their fingertip into the joint. There is also an elongated foot that pushes away a fingertip away from the joint when the door is closing. There is also a door seal on each of the panels which moves to engage the adjacent panel when the door is closed. The seal lifts away as the door opens.
What about standard hinges?
The challenge with standard hinges on upward opening sectional doors is that their pivot pins are typically placed outwards not inwards. This creates gaps that are quite large on the outside which tend to come together in a fold when the door is being door closed. Many people tend to hold the door by the edges of the sections to pull it shut rather than by the handle. The fingers can get pinched between the door sections as they come together when the door is closing. This can result is some serious and painful hand injuries.
Before pinch resistant hinges were introduced, there were a number of attempts to eradicate this problem. One such solution was to move the pivot pin of the door hinge to a different location between the interior and exterior panels. Another was to design doors such that the top and bottom surfaces rotating while remaining close to each other so that there was no gap that was large enough for a finger to fit through when the door is being pulled shut or opened. Both of these solutions did not work because doors with these designs were expensive and difficult to construct.
Another solution that was put forth was to design doors with single metal panels and no insulation to that opening and closing the door was not a problem. This meant using insulated door pockets but this also flopped because the pockets made the door weak and reducing its insulation and energy efficiency.
How to decide between pinch-resistant hinges and standard hinges
Pinch resistant hinges were designed to protect you and your family. To have a garage or overhead door with pinch-resistant hinges installed,contact Willow Creek Overhead Door, an Amarillo garage and overhead door company. Owner Tony Hall has years of experience and can help you decide on the best garage door for your needs.
Can't get in or out of your garage? It’s a big problem when your garage door is stuck and you can't move your car in and out of it. Depending on the cause of the problem, this may be one that you can take care of yourself. However, if you get stuck, don’t hesitate to call a professional.
There are some parts that are usually the cause of a stuck garage door and these are the ones that you should check first. Sticky tracks, chains and wheels are common culprits. Without regular lubrication with the right products, these are the parts that often cause a garage door to stick.
What can I do to fix a stuck garage door?
Start by pulling the cord. This will usually be a red handle that hangs from the guide track of an automatic garage door. When you pull on this cord, you manually override the controls so you can open and close the door manually. If you do this and the door opens and closes without a problem, then the problem is most likely with the electric motor. You can either follow the owner's manual for troubleshooting or you can call in the experts. It is best to leave motor related problems to them.
Another check you should make is on the sensitivity settings on the garage door if it is automatic. Try to open the door with different settings. Sensitivity that is set too high can make a garage door stick.
It could also be the weather. Cold weather can cause garage doors to stick, especially if you have used grease to lube it before.
Have you been lubricating your garage door?
If you have been neglecting the lubrication, do it now and see if this sorts out the problem. Place a ladder under the door to give you easy access to the tracks when the door is opened.
Lubricate the wheels and tracks while open using good quality garage door lubricant rather than any metal lubricant. Spray every wheel with lubricant to coat it evenly and follow with a quick stream of spray on the tracks. Get off the ladder to work your way down the tracks on every side.
Then, position yourself next to the chain of automatic doors. Try to open the door with the garage opener with your aim to get spray lubricant on the chain as it moves through the motor. This will coat the entire chain with lubricant.
Are there dents and bumps in your garage door?
Another check that you want to make is for bumps and dents on your door. Place a wooden block over a damaged track then take a hammer to the block to straighten the track out. Avoid hitting the track with the hammer directly as you may worsen the damage. Using the wooden block ensures that you get smooth, even results.
Are the tracks misaligned?
If the alignment of the garage tracks seems to be off, use a level to check. If the tracks are indeed misaligned, use a screwdriver or wrench to loosen their screws or bolts. Use a hammer to tap them back into place and tighten the screws or bolts.
I’ve tried everything and the garage door is still stuck. What should I do?
There is only so much you can do. If these checks and repair attempts do not work and the garage door is still stuck, then you need to call in the experts. You can count on Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door to respond to your distress call fast. Call on owner Tony Hall today and get that door moving again.
If you go digging around the Internet, you can find information on how to install your own garage door.
Many property owners think this kind of instruction is enough to let them do the installation themselves. The fact is that a DIY garage door installation is not as easy as it sounds or looks.
What is so difficult about installing a garage door? For one thing, it can be dangerous. Secondly, you could void your garage door warranty.
Why Should You Not Install A Garage Door Yourself?
Installing a garage door is more than just putting some panels into a track. The garage door itself is part of a larger system that you have to set-up correctly for it to work properly. You need the garage door opener to work when you hit the clicker. You need the door to rise and fall smoothly and evenly. You need the springs to do their job in controlling the door's rise and fall.
The garage door is the largest moving object in your home and maybe even your business. It has many parts which makes installation highly technical. Connecting the springs is very dangerous if not done by a trained professional.
What Are The Advantages of Hiring a Professional Garage Door Installer?
When you hire a professional door installer to do the job, you will see the advantages they bring to your project:
- Getting the job done in a timely manner. Even working with a partner, many property owners cannot install a new garage door in a few days or weeks. The professional installer will handle it in less than a day.
- Ensuring the safety requirements are met. Garage doors can be dangerous. It is important to have working sensors and tension checks to make sure everyone, including children and pets, are safe.
- Providing the kind of installation that will not void the warranty. Many DIY door installations actually void the warranty because it does not meet the manufacturer's standards.
-Offer a lot less stress and frustration to the property owner. Trying to install a garage door can be very frustrating for anyone who doesn't have experience. Getting a professional to do it is much less stressful.
- Handling the disposal of old garage door. Sure, a DIY'er can haul the old door to the dump and pay the tipping fee. But, the contractor gets better rates and this means no trip for the property owner.
Who Can install Garage Doors in the Texas Panhandle?
If you need a residential garage or commercial overhead door installed at your home or business, contact us here at Willow Creek Overhead Door. We carry a full line of garage doors from Raynor and Midland and offer full installation services. Owner Tony Hall, who handles all repairs and installations himself, can help you find a style and design you can fit into your budget. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today for a free installation quote.
When you need to replace your garage or overhead door, you need to know about headroom, backroom and sideroom. Precise measurements of these areas are critical for the correct fitting and smooth operation of your garage door if you are looking to purchase a garage door or install one yourself.
What is headroom?
Headroom refers to the distance from the top of the garage door going down to the lowermost point of either the ceiling or obstruction. Obstructions include ducts, pipes, rails and the garage door opener.
The headroom needed depends on which type of spring system is to be installed with the garage door if this is what you are taking measurements for. If it is extension springs that will be used, at least 10" will be needed for the garage door to operate smoothly. If it is torsion springs, a minimum of 12" will b needed.
Keep in mind that these measurements are ideal if they are being taken for the installation of a garage door. If a garage door opener is also being installed, more headroom will be needed. Again, it is best to bring in the experts to take additional headroom requirements.
What about backroom?
Backroom is the distance starting from the garage door up to the back wall of the garage. When it comes to backroom, the height of the door and an additional 18" in needed. If an automatic garage door opener is to be installed, more backroom may be needed to accommodate it for the smooth operation of the garage door.
How is sideroom measured?
Sideroom is the measurement from either side of the garage door opening going outwards to the closest wall or obstruction in the garage. The distance is measured by starting from the the clearance to the left and the right of the jamb of the garage door. Starting from the outside edge of the jamb, measure the clearance from the left and the right jamb going up to the wall or the nearest obstruction. This will give you the left sideroom and right sideroom dimensions.
Typically, the minimum distance that most garage doors require is between 3 1/2 and 4 feet. If your measurements are less than this, bring in an expert. It may still be possible to have your door installed but it is advisable to take the precaution of having an expert take a look beforehand.
Should You Call A Professional Garage Door Installer To Measure?
If you would rather leave taking accurate sideroom, headroom and backroom measurements for the installation of a new garage door or other part to the experts, pick up your phone and call Amarillo garage door company, Willow Creek Overhead Door.
Owner Tony Hall will be glad to assist you over the phone or pay you a visit, assess your needs and advise you accordingly. You can also leave the installation of a garage door or replacement of other parts to him. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today to find out more abouts its range of products, great customer service and affordable pricing.
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Your garage door spring broke. You think you can save a bit of money by doing the replacement yourself. You saw some guys on a YouTube video doing it and it looks simple. Don't do it. Do not try to install garage door springs yourself. It is potentially very dangerous, so it is best to have a professional garage door installer deal with your springs. While you can make some garage or overhead door repairs yourself, there are some that are best left to professionals with ample training and experience.
Why is it a bad idea to try to install garage door springs yourself?
Garage door can have two kinds of springs: torsion and extension. Torsion springs sit just above your garage door. Their job is to carry most of the door's weight when you open and close it. Extension springs are the ones that sit along the tracks. They help pull the door along the tracks evenly.
Those springs need a large amount of tension to do their jobs properly. The tension is what makes replacing the spring dangerous. When a spring breaks, it releases all the built-up tension at one time. If you had a garage door spring break, you probably found destruction in its wake. You are lucky if it is just a dent in the wall. Some people have had extensive damage to a vehicle after a spring broke.
When putting up a new spring, the installer must use a special winding bar to get the spring to the proper tension level. The amateur online videos show doing it with two screwdrivers. Those are not the proper tools. One slip of a screwdriver and all the built-up tension in the spring will release. If you are in the path of the spring when it uncoils, you will get injured.
A broken hand is quite common. If you are on a ladder when this happens, you may end up falling off it and sustaining other injuries. That could make your low-cost fix into a costly trip to the hospital.
What should you do if you have to replace garage or overhead door springs?
Leave it to the professionals. Bring in a licensed, bonded and insured garage door company to handle the replacement. They have the training and experience to install the new one without anyone being injured. They can get the job done in a fraction of the time it would take you. Plus, you will likely get a warranty on the work they do.
If you need a garage door spring replaced, give us a call here at Willow Creek Overhead Door. Our Amarillo overhead door company offers a range of springs at affordable prices. We offer great deals as well for those living in the Amarillo, Texas area. Delivery and installation packages include a free garage door lubrication, which is valued at $50.
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All mechanical parts need to be well-oiled for them to move well, including your garage door. There are two things you need to know when lubricating your garage door. 1) Never use all-purpose grease; and 2) How to apply lubricant correctly.
Why Can’t I Use Grease On My Garage Door?
Most people reach for anything that's available to lubricate their garage door if it is making a terrible noise. They will use motorcycle chain lube, axle grease or any kind of oil, even vegetable oil. The fact is that every lubricant is meant for a specific purpose. It is therefore best to use the right lubricant for the right job.
The reason grease is such as bad idea is that in cold weather, it can become gummy, and therefore won’t do the job you thought it would. It also attracts dirt and dust, and a build-up of this stuff will prevent your garage door from operating smoothly and efficiently.
It is also best to avoid all-purpose grease because it may be one of those that are nuclear options. These are lubricants that have a chemical level that is so high that they are not good for the environment. They may also have components like rust inhibitor that you may not need.
Why Does My Garage Door Need Lube?
The main purpose of a lubricant is to reduce the heat, wear and friction on moving parts of machinery and mechanical equipment, such as garage door tracks. Others prevent or dissolve rust, displace the water that can cause rust or simply remove dirt. To choose the best lubricant for your overhead door, consider what the door is made of and the kind of maintenance that it needs.
The main element of every lubricant is the base oil, which can be mineral or it can be a vegetable oil made from lanolin, soy or synthetic polymer. Lubricants are then modified with additives that make one suitable for one job rather than another.
Is penetration oil best for a garage door?
It is best to use a lubricant that is made specifically for your garage door. Penetration oil is ideal because it will keep the parts well lubricated so that the door will open and close with no problems. It is quite thin and has rust-killing properties. Its thin consistency means that it will get into every nook and cranny of your garage door.
Penetration oil also works very well if you need to loosen a bolt that is stuck or a spark plug that is frozen. It works on rust by softening it and will also free heat-seized threads. There are different brands of it. Good brands come as a solid, microscopic synthetic lubricant rather than a graphite particles with Cerflon. Silicone-based lubricant is also good for garage door tracks and springs.
Willow Creek Overhead Door is a leading overhead door company in Amarillo, Texas. If you have a question about your garage or overhead door, owner Tony Hall can point you in the right direction if you wish to fix the problem yourself. Or he can do it for you at an affordable price. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today for any of your garage door needs.