5 Important Things to Look for Before You Need a New Garage Door

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garage doorAn attractive and properly functioning garage door adds to the quality and value of a home. According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, homeowners recovered up to 98% of the value of replacing their garage door. You should ask yourself whether the time to replace your garage door is now. Here are five important things to look for before you need a new garage door.

 

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What Your Garage Door Says About Your Home

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Does Your Garage Doors Convey The Right Image?

Today, property owners in the Greater Philadelphia Area enjoy a wide variety of attractive choices when they select new garage doors. Many manufacturers have improved their products over the years. Appealing new materials, enhanced automatic door performance features, and exciting new customization options all contribute to this marketplace.

Currently, customers of O’Brien Garage Doors enjoy numerous pleasing style, construction, and color choices as they shop for overhead doors and door openers. The availability of so many superbly designed brands raises an interesting question. Do your garage doors convey the right image?

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Which Style Of Garage Door Fits Best for Your Home?

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Wooden Garage Door with WindowsIf you’re thinking about replacing your garage door, then you’ll first have to consider the style of garage door you will want for your home. To help you create a shortlist, we have compiled a list of popular garage store styles along with the pros and cons of each style. Once you have found the best garage door style for your residence, we encourage you to contact us at O’Brien Garage Door. We have over three decades of experience in serving and installation all makes and models of garage doors. (more…)

6 Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Old Electric Garage Door Opener

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There are many reasons to replace an electric garage door opener even if you think that it is operating correctly. Garage door openers can function for many years, but technology has dramatically improved them. Now garage door openers are safer, quieter, and smarter. Here are six reasons to buy a new garage door opener.

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Clearing Way For The Garage Of Your Dreams

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Finding the smallest item in a cluttered garage can feel like setting out on a treacherous trek through an Amazonian jungle. Whether it’s because of scattered boxes or towering bins, this quintessential storage space can seemingly develop a gravitational pull for lost stuff. Venturing into your garage doesn’t have to feel like an Indiana Jones film, however. Here are some surefire ways to tame this savage space.

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Does a Dent in the Garage Door Mean I Need a Full Replacement?

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The purpose of your garage door isn’t all that difficult to understand. When all of its parts are in good shape and everything goes according to plan, the garage door keeps your home, vehicle and the entire contents of your garage safe from both the elements and home intruders. At the same time, it should automatically open and close on demand to ensure you and your vehicle still have easy access to get in and out of the garage as needed. The only problem is that a dent in your garage door can potentially harm its ability to perform these vital functions, which is why it is essential that you get the dent repaired or the door replaced as soon as you can.

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Preventing Garage Door Break-Ins

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A garage door is large and can be one of the most challenging entry points in a house to successfully secure. The checklist below provides homeowners with items to make sure their garage doors are protected against break-ins.

 

Select a strong, rigid, and thick material for the garage door.

A common tactic for home intruders when owners and neighbors are not around is to cut or break through the garage door. A rigid material will deter an intruder from cutting or breaking through. Effective materials include steel and solid wood. Stay away from weaker materials such as thin aluminum and fiberglass. Also, a thicker door will make break-ins more difficult for intruders. Ensure that the door is continuously solid and at least 1-3/4″ thick. A 2″ thick insulated heavy gauge steel door or a continuously solid 1-3/4″ thick wood door are ideal choices.

 

 

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Save on Your Energy Bill with Insulated Garage Doors

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When you start thinking of ways that you can save on your energy bill for your home, your garage may be the last place you consider. After all, you do not live in that area of the home, and you often use it only as a glorified storage zone. However, whether you have a workbench in your garage or only use it as a place to pull your cars into, you may be amazed at just how much better the space becomes when you enclose it with an insulated garage door.

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The Basics about Garage Door Lubrication

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garage doorYour garage door is most likely used just as much as your front door is. Therefore, you must keep it in good working order if you want it to perform smoothly and dependably well into the future. Part of any good garage door maintenance schedule is regular lubrication. Lubrication is an easy self-care step that any homeowner can take with a few simple materials and less than an hour on the weekend. Here are all the basics about garage door lubrication that you will need to know to take care of this home maintenance project yourself.

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Garage Doors for More than Just Your Garage

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shedDo you have a shed or barn and want to switch up the look? Have you ever considered swapping out the regular doors for sectional garage doors? Getting sectional garage doors can not only help with the aesthetics but can offer more security as well.

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