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Inspect Your Garage Door and Weather Stripping in Preparation for the Winter

Although the warm weather has continued beyond the official arrival of the fall season, it will not be too long before the bitter winds and cold temperatures of winter make their annual appearance.  While many Toronto residents may be secretly hoping for a weather phenomenon that would make the winter season disappear, a pragmatic view would say that now is the time to ready their home and property for the inevitability of the season. Consequently, many area homeowners have already begun the processes of closing the pool, covering the air conditioner, and storing the patio furniture.  However, one aspect of […]

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Replace Unsightly or Broken Garage Door Panels to Put Off Buying a New Door

In many instances, when an item is damaged or broken, homeowners face the dilemma of having it repaired or just replacing it entirely.  Regardless of the size of the item, their decision is often influenced by the respective costs – is it more economical to extend the life-cycle of the original article or is now the time to invest in a new or upgraded model? Naturally, a salesperson may try to sway the decision in favor of a new item (a vehicle, an appliance, an air conditioning unit) especially if there are commissions to be made on a new sale.  On occasion, […]

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How to Repaint Your Garage Doors

Painting a Residential Garage Door Improves Its Curb Appeal and Its Lifespan A newly-installed garage door can be an eye-catching feature in terms of the aesthetic appeal and/or resale value of a property.  An unblemished appearance and a bright shine to this significant percentage of the home’s façade can reflect favorably on how guests or potential buyers will perceive the condition of what awaits them behind that frontage. Unfortunately, exposure to the elements and general aging can have a deleterious effect on the condition and appearance of a residential garage door.  In the event that the door is constructed of wood or […]

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Top Reasons Why Garage Doors May Need Replacing

There Are Overt Signs That Replacing Your Garage Door Might Be Imminent With any mechanical device that is used regularly and repeatedly, performance can fade or perhaps fail entirely despite its age or its initial cost.  Mobile devices, home appliances, and even expensive vehicles do not last forever, regardless of how well the owners take care of such investments. When these situations occur, most owners may likely look into repairs first; this is clearly the less expensive option and will often be sufficient in extending the life of that phone, wash machine, or minivan.  But there are times, unfortunately, when the cost […]

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LiftMaster Elite Series Garage Doors from Markham Garage Doors

LiftMaster Garage Doors Offer Quality, Security, Maximum Performance At one point in time, automatic garage door openers were considered to be somewhat of a luxury.  In an era of burgeoning technology, having the capacity to raise and lower a garage door automatically rather than manually was an extravagance limited to very few homeowners. Today, garage door openers are far more commonplace in new and older homes alike. A combination of greater awareness/familiarity, advanced technology, and affordability has given homeowners an opportunity to take advantages of such benefits as: Convenient access – especially during inclement weather Increased home security– protecting family and […]

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If Your Garage Door Won’t Open, It May Be Due to a Broken Spring

A Broken Garage Door Spring is a Likely Reason Why the Door Will Not Open When a garage door suddenly refuses to open, homeowners are often bewildered – it was working just fine yesterday, so what could possibly have happened between then and now to cause this state of perplexity?  After a few unsuccessful attempts to lift the door either manually or using the remote for the automatic door opener, and perhaps a few choice words also, homeowners begin to accept the fact that something is mechanically wrong with their door. In a majority of such cases, the likely culprit is […]

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Seasonal Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

Garage Door Maintenance Should Be Part of Your Springtime Property Clean-Up Many homeowners look forward to the return of spring weather so they can begin their annual property clean-up practices.  Part of these so-called rituals includes an inspection of the lawn, landscaping, and home exterior to assess the extent of any winter damage and develop a plan-of-attack to get the property in order as quickly as possible. Very often, however, homeowners might overlook critical components of their home that should also be inspected and receive the proper attention and maintenance required to keep them in optimal working condition – one […]

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Replacing Your Old Garage Door with a Modern Glass Garage Door

Contemporary Glass Designs are Viable Options for Garage Door Replacement At one time, the composition of a garage door was somewhat elementary, consisting of a single piece of wood or aluminum that would swing out-and-up to open.  There was little in the way of insulation either, often because the garage was detached from the home and its main function was to house/park a vehicle and/or provide some storage space. Garage door designs were also rather basic; however, as attached garages became more common and door visibility thereby increased, more attention was devoted to aesthetics or curb appeal.  Furthermore, technological advances brought […]

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Choosing the Right Garage Door for Your Home

Your Choice of Residential Garage Doors Must Address Several Critical Factors Virtually all homeowners would likely agree that shopping for a new garage door is not an everyday occurrence.  In fact, unlike shopping for food or clothing, or perhaps even a major purchase such as a new vehicle, replacing residential garage doors may only be necessary once in more than 25 or 30 years – barring accident or a lack of maintenance. In addition to this inexperience, in a manner of speaking, it can be somewhat difficult to purchase garage doors sight unseen.  While it may be convenient to buy certain types […]

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How to Adjust Chamberlain Garage Door Openers

Ways to Keep Chamberlain Garage Door Openers Working at Optimum Levels In the vast majority of cases, Chamberlain garage door openers will open and close smoothly and efficiently each and every time they are so required. It is also generally accepted that the lifecycle for these garage door openers should be roughly 10 to 15 years, assuming a performance rate ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 open-and-close cycles annually. When the aggregate number of multiple-year cycles is taken into consideration, it can certainly have a toll on garage door openers, simply due to the vibrations of normal operation as well as the repeated effects of starting and […]

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