Thursday, September 17, 2015

Garage Door Accessories You May Not Know About

If you've just installed a new garage door or are looking to revamp your garage, you may be wondering what you can add to make your garage easier to use, maintain and enjoy with the members of your household. Here is our list of a few accessories we think you'll be interested in adding to your garage!

Garage Door Openers: Garage door openers are a convenient and secure way to open and close your garage with ease. Openers can be installed on the inside or outside of your garage, as well as in your vehicle. Automatic openers are designed to handle varying weights and sizes of garage doors, so matter what type of door you have, an opener is a great accessory to invest in.

Garage Door Seals: A seal on your garage door will ensure that your garage stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The seal will provide protection from weather, pests, and even home intruders. A seal is an accessory you do not want to be without.

Fresh Air Screens: Zipper garage door screens allow you to keep bugs and dirt out of your garage while still letting some fresh air and sunshine in. They will not interfere with your door opening and closing and are easy to install. This is perfect for those who use their garage as a recreation or laundry room!

Parking Mats: A parking mat in your garage will catch any debris that falls off of your car. It will help to keep your walkways clean and dry, protecting you and your family from injury. It will also prevent you from dragging any mud or grime into your home. A bright colored parking mat with ridged material can help you to park in your garage as well!

Parking Sensors: Sensors come in a wide variety of models, but all are designed to help you park your car in tight garage spaces and ensure that your garage door has enough room to close behind you. Some models include a light sensor that will turn on to indicate you should stop, or a hanging object that is positioned to touch your windshield when your car is positioned appropriately.

To learn more about garage door openers and other accessories, contact us here at Overhead Door Company of Lansing!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Different Ways to Use Your Garage

Garages can be so much more than just a place to park your car. In order to take full advantage of your garage, consider utilizing the space in other ways. Here are some tips you can follow to maximize the value of your garage area.

Use garage walls for vertical storage. Use mounts and hooks to hang athletic gear, yard tools, and other types of equipment from the walls. Attaching a basket or a mesh bag to the wall can be a great way to secure sports balls and other small objects. Keeping these items off the floor will allow you to free up space and prevent possible hazards.

Don’t waste high spaces. Shelf space near the ceiling is the perfect place for long-term storage. Consider keeping seasonal items and other less-frequently used materials in these high places. Larger bulky items can even be hung from the ceiling with garage hooks.

Mount recycling bins. Keeping these bins off the ground will save valuable floor space, and will also allow you to easily access and sort your recyclables. Shelving units can also be used an alternative to wall mounts.

Build a fold-down workbench. This space-saving technique will allow you to quickly convert your garage into a workshop, without permanently occupying space.

Convert the area. If you decide that your garage is underutilized as a storage area, you may want to consider completely repurposing the space. Although it may be hard to image, your garage can actually function as another living space for your home. Because they are semi-detached from the rest of the house, garage conversions can be an excellent alternative to standard additions.

We hope that this has given you some insight into different ways to utilize your garage space. Feel free to contact the garage experts at Overhead Door Company of Lansing for additional tips and ideas!