• Improving Garage Layout

    You might feel completely swamped and overwhelmed by your cluttered garage. The next step you need to take is to clean it up – but where should you start? Here’s some tips as prepared by the garage space wizards at Garage Door Repair Chicago on how to improve the layout of your garage interior.


    Assessing the contents of your garage

    Before you finalize your plan, take a solid inventory of what’s in your garage. Ask yourself whether you want to use your garage to park your car, to keep a fridge or freezer, or a place to keep your workshop materials. What storage items do you keep in your garage? And is there anything you keep in your garage that you can give away to charity or throw in the garbage or recycling?


    Imagining your ideal garage layout

    By using the Gladiator website, you can design a full garage plan in either 2 or 3 dimensions. You start from an empty garage template, input the garage size parameters, and any access areas like doors and windows, as well as lighting. Then you add the items you want to keep in the garage according to their specific measurements. This will take between 30 and 45 minutes of your time – this is a fantastic way to figure out exactly what your ideal garage can look like.


    Organization and Shelving

    Make a list of what sorts of shelving and appliances you want to keep in your garage including hook and wall hangers, storage boxes, metallic or wooden shelving, and hooks for gardening tools. It’s important to visualize in 3 dimensions so you can get a picture on how much storage room is left above doors – or even an idea if you can install a loft or mezzanine level. If you have a stairwell leading to the basement from the garage, think about how you can utilize this space for keeping things that you only use a few times a year like spare tires or holiday decorations.

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  • Garage Flooring

    There’s many reasons you might want to upgrade the floors of your garage. You could intend to protect the floor’s concrete from surface wear or from chemicals or gasoline. Or you might want to make the floor more artfully beautiful or comfortable to walk on. Or you might simply want to increase the material value of your home. There’s tons of garage flooring options – here’s a guide from the experts at Garage Door Repair Chicago  on how to determine the best kind.


    The First Questions

    Are you intending on transforming your garage into a living space? In that case you might want to use the same kinds of flooring that you would in any home like tile or laminate flooring. If you’re certain that you’re never going to utilize the garage for any other reason than a living space, carpeting might be an alright option – but if you’re not certain, we advise installing a more durable surface. And if your garage is a workspace, you need to choose a durable store with safe levels of friction and an ease of cleaning it up.


    Durable Flooring

    We recommend epoxy as a floor covering since it’s stain resistant, waterproof, and attractive. Epoxy is a coating made of an acrylic-latex that’s extremely tough and can be used in commercial or residential settings, as well as coming in a wide range of colors. Floor mats can protect the surface of your floors, provide sound insulation, and keeps the floor warm. These mats can be used to cover up the whole surface of your garage including workout areas, and they come in a range of colors and textures. These floor options can work great in either workshop spaces or entertainment spaces – with epoxy being a versatile flooring choice for rooms that are used for both living and working.


    Further Options

    Other flooring options include sealers, paint, and concrete stains. However, we recommend either rubber mats or epoxy because not only are they more comfortable, but they are safer. Rubber floor mats are more pleasant to walk on, not to mention safely slip resistant. However, if you can’t spend lots of money, concrete sealants are a great option for you to extend the longevity of your concrete floor and help your floor stay stain resistant.

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  • Common garage door questions

    Here at Garage Door Repair Chicago we receive tons of questions all the time about purchasing a garage door – here’s a brief guide to our most common questions.


    Should I get a wood or metal garage door?

    Each one of these materials have their own unique benefits and drawbacks. Wooden garage doors are ideal for their sense of warmth. Steel or aluminium garage doors are low maintenance. However, there’s additional features that can bolster both of these garage door types.


    Should I get an insulated or uninsulated door?

    This depends on how you utilize the garage, if it’s attached or detached from your home, or if it’s heated. If you have a room over the garage or use it for other purposes besides car storage, we recommend getting an insulated door.


    Should I get polystyrene or polyurethane insulation?

    Polyurethane provides higher levels of thermal performance than polystyrene based on door thickness. The thicker the door with polyurethane foam is, it has a higher thermal resistance value.


    What’s the lifespan of a garage door?

    This depends on how it’s constructed, but we like to provide an estimate of over 20 years. The paint finish of a primer coat and two baked on top coats should remain as long as you wash it twice a year.


    Should I get a double garage door or two separate single doors?

    Two single doors can be a practical choice, as if the opening mechanism isn’t working, you can still get your cars out. However, this depends on your aesthetic preferences.


    Should I use extension or torsion springs?

    If you have 12 inches of headroom, we recommend torsion springs, as since the system is installed over the garage door, all the weight of it is concentrated on the anchor plate in the center. Extension springs utilize two coiled springs over the horizontal tracks that work separately.


    What’s a good amount of headroom over the door?

    We recommend 14 inches, 12 for normal, and an extra 2 for the electric door opener. However the true minimum amount of space is 6 inches. In this situation we use a double track system for reduced headroom.


    Should I put windows in?

    You want to consider security as well as lighting. If there’s no other windows in the garage then choosing to install some can be practical, for ease of use within the garage. You need to pay attention to, however, whether the windows are secure or would compromise your security.

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  • Why did my garage door fall off it’s tracks?

    There’s many reasons that garage doors fall off their tracks, hitting the ground. By understanding what can cause this situation, you can be better prepared to help prevent it from ever happening. Garage door track derailment can be very dangerous, so it should be avoided at all costs. Here’s a guide to the causes of garage door track derailment, as prepared by the experts at Garage Door Repair Chicago.


    Hitting the Garage Door with a car

    This is the most common reason garage doors come off their tracks. Even simply backing up into the door can cause the system to suffer damage, even at really low speeds of 3 to 5 miles per hour. This usually causes the rollers to come off their tracks, leaving the garage door hanging from it’s cables. If this happens, get away from the garage and call a licensed garage door specialist.


    Weight on the Horizontal Tracks or Track Misalignment

    If the garage door has cheap horizontal tracks, the door’s weight can cause the tracks to bend under the weight. If this happens, they should be replaced with steel tracks that contain iron reinforcements. Additionally, the tracks may be misaligned, not at total parallel positioning that’s aligned with the vertical tracks. This can happen if the bolts on the brackets become loose, causing the wobble to move them, preventing the rollers from staying on the track.


    Worn out Rollers

    If a single or double of your garage door rollers break from wear, they are likely low quality to begin with, and their breakage may cause the rest of the rollers to experience too much stress, causing them to break off in turn – which will then cause the horizontal rails to bend. Make sure to understand which type of rollers is best for your garage door- steel, nylon, or nylon covered steel – and how many ball bearings is required. As a general rule, the heavier the door, the more ball bearings the better – so when replacing rollers, ask for ones with at least 10 ball bearings.


    Broken Lift Cables

    If the lift cables on either side of the door break off their wound position around the drum grooves, the cable won’t line up correctly, unraveling and eventually suddenly snapping. This will cause all the weight of the garage door to suddenly shift to a single side, which leaves the door open on one side, and partially closed on the other – which will obviously cause the rollers to fall off the tracks. Make sure to get cables that are properly wide and thick according to the heaviness of the garage door – just make sure to ask your garage door expert what the proper cable diameter for your door is.

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