Winter Garage Door Dangers

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The freezing cold of Chicago winters doesn’t have to negatively affect operation of your garage. In this brief guide, the expert garage door repair people at Garage Doors Chicago will help you ensure that your garage door stays intact and in full operation during this freezing winter, where metallic parts tend to shrink.

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How to Know it’s Time to Replace your Garage Door

Here at Garage Door Repair Chicago, we can repair and replace almost any part of a garage door that may not be working correctly, but in certain cases, it’s simply a wiser choice to replace the garage door, as it’s a more practical, convenient, and financially viable decision. Here’s four situations where it’s smart to replace your garage door.



There’s many ways a garage door can become irreversibly damaged. You may have backed into it, or wind may have knocked something heavy into it. Even extreme temperatures can severely warp the door itself. Garage doors are quite tough, but extreme damages can cause them to require replacement. The experts at Garage Door Repair Chicago are prepared to provide repair service for entire doors, or their individual parts, so contact us for an in-person evaluation of the specific damages. However, as we said above, sometimes wearing, tearing, and time can damage doors enough to severely compromise their functionality. If this has happened, the best thing to do is replace it completely.



There’s a billion appearance based issues that can affect your garage door, from bent areas, floppy rubber seals, warping, sagging, cracking, or peeling paint. When your garage looks worn down, your home will appear worn down as well. Think of it this way – the average garage door opens nearly two-thousand times a year. When any mechanical item is used this much, wear will eventually begin to show – and after a while, the operation of this machinery will be affected.  A brand new garage door won’t only operate better, but will improve the look of your home as well. Today there’s a wide variety of garage door aesthetics, makes, models, and functionality types that you can choose from, all carried in the massive garage door library of Garage Door Repair Chicago.



If your door isn’t completely broken – but is still giving you trouble, not operating the way that it really should, contact the experts at Garage Door Repair Chicago for an in-person inspection. Our technical experts will let you know if the door is a major safety risk or if it can be repaired. If it’s beyond repair however, they can provide a gratis consultation to help you look at brand new door options.


Real Estate

Each neighborhood has a home with a brand new paint job and lovely landscaping….AND a shoddy garage door. Since a garage door occupies up to half of the exterior facade of your home, their effect on the general appearance of your property should never be underestimated. A brand new garage door can vastly improve the resale value of your home – so when you’re considering curb appeal during a re-sale of your home, it’s important to make sure you have a brand new garage door so that you can get the highest investment returns on your property.

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LED Bulbs in Garage Door Openers

LED and fluorescent light bulbs are increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency. It’s much better to use LED light bulbs in electric garage door openers since they last 25% longer than normal fluorescent bulbs, and they don’t have a disruptive effect on the signal between a garage door’s opener and remote control.

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Improving Garage Layouts

We at Garage Door Chicago understand how to make the most of garage space. In our days as leading professionals in our field, we’ve seen countless variations on messy and disorganized garages. If you have a cluttered and messy garage, and want to clean it, you might be confused as where to start. Here’s our guide on where, and how, to start doing so.


What’s in your Garage?

First sit down and make a plan and inventory of exactly what items you keep inside your garage. First, ask yourself what you want to use your garage for. Do you want to keep it as a place to park your vehicle? Do you want to use it as a place to keep a freezer or another refrigerator? Do you want to keep it as a home workshop or place to store your tools? What sort of items will you store in there that you may want to use regularly? And is there anything that you currently store in your garage that you can give to charity or throw away?


Once you answer these questions, you will more better understand the true purpose of your garage, and what sort of items you will want to keep in it, versus what items are just nonessential clutter.


Garage Layout Visualization

We recommend using the website, Gladiator. It allows you to build a garage plan in either 2 or 3 dimensions, with the ability of starting from scratch. SImply input the width, depth, and height of the garage, as well as any objects inside the space including doors to the home, windows, lights, or others. Then add any items that you want, using their sizes. This process should take around 30 minutes to an hour, and allows you to prepare a 3D plan that can help you better visualize and plan out your storage needs.


Storage Options

There’s many possibilities for storage including shelves, hooks, or cabinets – and once you have a list of all the items that you want to acquire, those that you have already that absolutely need to remain in your garage, and a clean workshop space, you can be creative to find a way to maximize every inch of available space. You can use hooks and wall hangers, shelves and storage boxes, brackets for hanging bicycles, metal or wooden shelving, or hooks for hanging garden tools. You could even consider adding a mezzanine, or upper level storage areas. If your garage’s ceiling is 10 feet tall and the door is only 7 feet tall, you can use that remaining space above the door for storage. If your garage ceiling is even higher than that, around 15 feet, you can add a lofted area or a mezzanine to maximize your storage space as well as organization. If your garage has stairs that go to eh basement, consider what items you can store in the basement that you won’t need too often – like tires.


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If you need any professional service for your garage door, please don’t hesitate to contact total experts at Garage Door Chicago – they will take care of your every need, and ensure that you’re 100% satisfied with the fruits of their labor.

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