Where to Start with Commercial Doors

Commercial DoorsWe recently wrote about choosing the right commercial doors for your business and broke down the basics in doors for businesses. We are commercial door specialists in terms of installation, repair and, replacement. We want to make sure your business is not only functioning properly in terms of entryways but also in terms of feeling safe. (more…)




Garage Sale Season is Here!

Spring has sprung and so have the garage sales that go along with it. This is the time of year when spring cleaning not only means removing that layer of dust that has accumulated during winter, but also asking yourself why you still have that panini maker that was gifted to you at your wedding…10 years ago. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to have a garage sale! (more…)




Keep Out!

To many, the garage is the place where vehicles and your overflowing/seasonal possessions call home. This is perfectly fine and normal for most items, but there are some that should not be kept in the garage. Reasons range from how it can impact the item’s “life” to the potential safety hazard it can present. We’re talking paint cans, foods, fuels, and electronics. Did you just do a quick inventory of your garage in your head? You’ll find many of these items in nearly any garage you’d walk in to, even yours. (more…)







Doing Laundry in the Garage

How many times have you planned on incorporating something new into your home only to realize that you don’t quite have the space for it? Where do you turn? To the garage! It’s pretty amazing how versatile a garage can be. It’s like the blank canvas of the home. Depending on its layout, the garage can be the perfect spot for many function specific rooms that would be in the house. Let’s take the laundry room for example. Maybe you have a room currently devoted to it or it’s simply in a room that is the most convenient and unused for now. What if you wanted to change that though? What if suddenly you wanted to use the space that the washer, dryer, and other laundry specific items for something else? No problem! Set your laundry room up in the garage! (more…)







The Revolving Door

While it may be a rare occasion, we’ve probably all encountered a revolving door at one point in our life. It was likely entering a large building that sees a high amount of foot traffic. There is a reason for a revolving door being their choice and we’ll get to that later. As this style of door is virtually never used in homes it begs the question, why do revolving doors exist? Is it simply for aesthetic reasons? Let’s dig deeper into the reasons, which will end up being quite obvious, as to why the revolving door was invented.

The Need for Revolving Doors

Why were revolving doors invented? One story claims that they came about as a means to keep horses out of buildings. That reason may not seem so farfetched as the door was invented in 1888, a time when horses were a main method of transportation.  Another claim is that the inventor, Theophilus van Kannel, designed the door so that he would not have to hold the door open for people as they entered the building. While there are many tales as to the reason behind the revolving door, efficiency is the only one that is true.

Benefits of Revolving Doors

Did you ever get yelled at as a kid to “shut the door, we’re not heating the neighborhood”? Your parents wouldn’t have been able to say that had your house had a revolving door. This is the largest benefit of revolving doors, their ability to minimize the amount of air that transfers between the inside and outside of the home. This reduces energy consumption and thus energy costs. As far as businesses go, this type of door offers even more benefits. They allow for people to enter and exit the building at the same time rather than single file. They also prevent debris from entering the building, great for the fall and winter seasons.

If your business is in need of a new revolving door or other entryway, be sure to give us a call!




Access Systems for Your Business

Business Access SystemsIn this day and age, especially for commercial entities and small businesses, the days of keys to open your doors are fading away. The use of access systems for employees has been in use for a long time, but access systems have also come a very long way; they help with a lot more than just security for the front door to your shop or business. Here are a few points to look for when deciding on the access system that is right for your entryways. (more…)




Above the Garage – Stacking Up Space

Building Above GarageSo you’ve been in your home for a while now and it seems that you’ve exhausted every possible method of gaining more space but your possessions just seem to keep adding up. One might suggest putting an addition onto the home but in the tightly designed neighborhoods of today where homes are separated by just a few feet, that usually isn’t a feasible option. So what option does this leave you with? How about building up above the garage? (more…)




Don’t Go Cold on Your Garage Door Maintenance

It’s a topic we talk about every year at this time but that just goes to show how important it is. There’s almost nothing that winter doesn’t put stress on. Cold temps combined with snow and ice can wreak havoc on your door and its components. Imagine coming home during a blisteringly cold night with howling winds and as you pull up to your home and press the garage door opening button, nothing happens. So naturally you try it again but still nothing. Now you have to get out of your vehicle, potentially carry whatever is in your vehicle to the house and fumble for your keys as you get to the front door. This could have all been avoided with a simple inspection. We get it, it’s cold out and you don’t want to be stuck in it performing inspections and possibly repairs. So that’s why you should call us! We’ll gladly stop by and take care of what is needed to keep your garage door functioning properly this winter!

Up to the task?

If you’re feeling like you’ve got this, then here’s how you’ll want to approach it.

  • Check for broken or worn components :

This is the most obvious of tasks but also the most important. If you know everything is in working order right now, it would be a good idea to take pictures of every component so you can reference them later should something appear to be out of order.

  • Test Safety Features:

Your garage door is likely equipped with a reverse safety feature that will engage and bring the door back up should it come into contact with an object during its down cycle. A great way to test this is to put an inanimate object on a space where the door meets the ground. If functioning properly, the door will strike the object and quickly reverse its direction. Your door may also be equipped with eyes that engage the reverse feature when something passes in front of them. Make sure that these are clean and free of obstruction to ensure they will work properly.

  • Tighten lose bolts

Garage doors go through the same motion far more often than you might realize. When you leave you open and shut it, then go through the same process when you return. That is four trips it has to make. As with most anything that goes through repetitive motions, things such as bolts and fasteners can become loose. Perform a check of these pieces and tighten them if they have come loose but be sure not to apply too much pressure.

 

This process should be done every few months to be on the safe side. Not only will you have more confidence in your garage door, you’ll extend its life by preventing prematurely wear on parts. Again, if you are not comfortable doing this, do not hesitate to give us a call!