Category Archives: Troubleshooting

5 Tips for Childproofing a Garage

kid safety

Whether you’re a new parent or are a parent just moving into a house with a garage, you likely have child safety on the mind. Kids are curious creatures, and sometimes, their curiosity can lead to danger.

We often think of different ways to childproof the interior of our homes. However, it’s important not to forget the garage. In fact, we often store some of our most hazardous items in our garage, so this makes childproofing especially important. Below, we’re listing 5 ways for you to childproof your garage.

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Proactive Steps to Avoid Costly Garage

garage door

You may have recently installed a new door for your garage; or, maybe you’ve been trying to do maintenance on a garage door that’s showing the first signs of trouble. Whether your garage door is brand new or on its last leg, there’s one thing that’s for sure: garage door repairs can be costly—and you want to avoid them.

Depending on the condition of your garage door, it may be impossible to avoid garage door repairs entirely. However, by being proactive and taking small, consistent steps, you can save money on garage door maintenance costs in the long run. Review our maintenance tips below to find out how.

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3 Ways to Protect Your Garage from Hackers and Thieves

Hackers + Thieves

Keeping your home secure and safe from would-be criminals is paramount for maintaining peace of mind. However, a recent video on YouTube from user Samy Kamkar illustrates how a simple child’s toy is able to break through and hack a number of remote garage door openers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few ways you can make sure your garage door is not easily hacked.

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How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garage

Pests

You park your car in the garage. You step outside of the car and ack! A trail of ants is marching across the floor in front of you—or worse, you spot a rat scurrying to its newest hiding place. Not fun! This Halloween season, how can you keep those spooky little critters out of your garage? Read on for tips and tricks from your Portland, OR-area garage experts.

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How to Maximize Your Garage Door’s R-Value

R-Value Main

When shopping for a garage door, you may notice that many doors have a designated R-value. But what does this mean? R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow. So, the higher the R-value, the better insulated the door will be. When it comes to your garage door’s R-value, higher is usually better. Read on to learn more about the types of insulation and garage door materials that offer the highest R-value.

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What to Do When Your Garage Door Spring Breaks

Spring Breaks

Broken garage door springs are one of the more commonly reported garage door problems. Contrary to what many homeowners think, it’s your garage door spring that supports and lifts your garage door, not the opener itself. This means that a garage door spring is under a great deal of tension and will eventually wear out over time. Your typical garage door spring will last 10,000 cycles, which equates to roughly 7 years of use. Read on to learn how to determine if your garage door spring is broken and decide whether you should DIY or hire a Portland garage door repair company.

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