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You Need a New Garage Door Opener When…

Garage door openers can last a very long time. If you don’t use your door too often, or if you simply ‘got a good one’, your door opener can work efficiently for decades. But that longevity can also hide the signs that it’s time for a new opener. It’s simply human nature to ‘adjust’ to the things around us. As things gradually change, we adjust to the changes and don’t really notice they’ve happened. Kinda like watching your children grow up. But, while not realizing that your ‘little boy’ is now shaving is just one of those foibles of life, […]

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Why You Should Call a Pro if Your Garage Door Doesn’t Open or Close Properly

While there are lots of reasons why your garage door might not open and close properly, if you eliminate reasons due to the garage door opener, like blocked or misaligned photo eyes, or a stripped gear, then the issue very likely involves the garage door spring(s). If you have a manual door, you should be able to open and close the door relatively easily. If not, and there are no other obvious problems, like a blocked runner, then the problem will be with the spring(s). If you suspect there’s a problem with your garage door spring, we strongly recommend you […]

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How to Open Your Garage Door When the Power’s Out

People who live in Markham are very lucky. We rarely have to worry about power outages. And if the power does go out, it’s usually back on in a matter of minutes. But, if there is a downside, if the power does go out for more than a few minutes, it often means it will be out for an extended amount of time. And occasionally, like during the ice storm we suffered at the end of 2013, it can be out for days. Despite our absolute dependence on electricity, most of us made it through the ice storm relatively unscathed, […]

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How to Resurface Your Concrete Garage Floor with Epoxy

It’s the middle of a cold winter and, if you happen to use your garage as a place to park your car (really?!), the floor’s a mess. With all the snow falls we’ve had so far in Markham and Southern Ontario, your car picks up salt, sand and other road debris in the snow and slush that clings to it as you drive. Then, after you get home, the heat of your car’s engine raises the temperatures in your garage enough to melt all the snow. And what’s left? All that salt, sand and dirt ends up on your garage […]

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5 Tips to Childproof Your Garage

Do you remember what it was like when your children first came along? Among the many massive changes to your life, there was one small detail. You had to go through your entire home and remove or lock away almost everything that was within your child’s reach. Suddenly anything that was breakable or could be swallowed was strictly prohibited. You probably never knew your home could be such a dangerous place. But did you think of doing the same in your garage? While it’s not a problem while they are still infants, once toddlers begin to walk, they can get […]

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5 Ways to Maximize the Storage Space in Your Garage

Garages are for cars. But, judging by what you find inside most of them, garages are the place for anything but the car. Especially if you have kids, you have a lot of ‘stuff’, and anything that doesn’t have a place or is too big for your home, gets tossed in the garage. Not that there’s anything wrong with your garage playing that role in your home. It’s just that, in the act of tossing the stuff, garages can quickly become unorganized stacks of random items, fill up far faster than they should and never be a place where you […]

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Treat Garage Door Maintenance with the Same Emphasis as Car, Appliance Care

The responsibilities of home ownership should include, among many other tasks, regular servicing of the furnace and air conditioner.  The smooth and effective operation of these major domestic appliances is vital to home comfort and the personal safety of all family members; in fact, many homeowners participate in maintenance plans that incorporate an annual cleaning and preventative check-up along with emergency service visits in the event of a mechanical failure or a potential health hazard. On an even more frequent basis, these same homeowners will book routine maintenance check-ups for their vehicles; oil/filter changes, parts lubrication, and tire rotations are […]

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How to Tell that Your Garage Door Opener is Broken

Steps to Help Assess if Your Malfunctioning Garage Door Opener Needs Repair To the casual observer, it may at first be testing to find any similarity between automatic garage door opener and major household utilities like hydro, water, and gas.  Let’s face it; the former is a mechanical device while the latter are fundamental services that help make a home inhabitable. Upon closer inspection though, there are some similarities when comparing garage door openers with public utility services, principally with respect to convenience and reliability.  At basically the flip of a switch or the push of a button, one can open/close their […]

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Comparing the Various Types of Garage Door Materials

  Table of Contents Types of Garage Door MaterialsAluminum Garage DoorsFiberglass Garage DoorsSteel Garage DoorsVinyl Garage DoorsWooden Garage DoorsWood Composite Garage DoorsA Comprehensive Range of Garage Doors Made from a Wide Variety of Materials Types of Garage Door Materials For the most part, as garages became more common features for residential properties, the doors for these structures were constructed from wood.  Wood was the most readily available material and, since many garages were detached from the home and/or tucked fully or partly behind it, there was more emphasis on function than style or curb appeal. However, as attached garages grew […]

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Things to Do and Avoid During Garage Door Safety Month in June

Garage Door Safety Can Be Heightened with Greater Awareness and Attentiveness There are no shortages of warnings on packages and product labels with respect to risks of personal injury when the item is used incorrectly or without proper precautions.  While this is often mandated by law for the manufacturer/supplier, it is the responsibility of the user or the consumer to read and heed these recommendations and warnings. For the most part, the purchasers or users of these goods do adhere to their responsibilities, and particularly when there is some risk/danger to the well-being of their children and pets.  This is […]

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