In many cases, homeowners do not properly utilize the full organizational and storage capacity in their garage. By employing a few simple strategies, you can free up space, create a workable and organized storage area and improve your garage’s overall appeal and function.
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The garage often becomes a dumping ground all for unwanted things in the house. Do you really need to keep those old bikes, fishing rods, tyres and buckets? A quick sort and dump every year is not only good for the soul, it’s great for maximizing your space.
Stuff everywhere? You know you have the right sized screwdriver somewhere, but where is the damn thing. Don’t underestimate the satisfaction you’ll receive from a well organised garage space. Not only you will be able to choose the right items at the right time without having to grope around for it, you’ll also impress your friends and family. Just because they don’t say anything, it doesn’t mean they’re not judging you!
With a bit of thought and planning, think what you need access to and how often you’ll need it. Is it a once a year or weekly bit of kit? Streamline – one shelf car detailing, one shelf pet supplies, one shelf gardening, three shelves tools. Your surfboard wall racks, your bike area, your workbench. It’s like Minecraft for adults.
Hide the ugly stuff. Soiled boots and coats, old paint tins, oily rags. Get them on racks, behind doors, in plastic storage containers. Did Picasso leave his dirty overalls in his gallery? This is your domain, your work of art, your pride and joy. Give it some love.
Quite often the garage becomes messy and unorganized because of a lack of storage space. Consider vertical rather than horizontal storage. Take a quick trip to Bunnings – cabinets with sliding metal storage bins, slatwall storage systems – these can be inexpensive and make a world of difference.
Jazz It Up
Who wrote that garages need to look dull and drab? A new coat of paint, new flooring, lighting, that cool stuff that your partner won’t let you put on the walls in your home – your favorite Jimi Hendrix poster, Fosters beer sign or that imitation samurai sword you picked up on your travels for example.
The back wall of the garage often goes unused and is a great place to hang skis, surfboards, fishing rods, power tools – with some planning and attention to balance, color and symmetry, you’ll get your creative juices flowing and create your very own mural for years of viewing pleasure.
Light It Right!
Garages should be as bright as possible so a small investment in the right lighting system, giving an even distribution of light, may pay off in spades. Many quality garages also have chandeliers which add beauty and sophistication to the whole place. Chandelier not your thing? Try a disco ball or strobe light!
When space is a constraint it makes better sense to try and make use of ceiling as best as possible. You could use strong hooks on the ceiling to hand bicycles, cruisers and also kayaks if you are fishing and boating enthusiast. Get your mates over and feel the satisfaction as they look up quietly and nod their approval.
Your garage door gets a lot of use, so it’s important to keep it in good working order. Here are some basic tips for maintaining a garage door properly.
As part of a regular maintenance program, test all moving parts of the garage door to ensure none are broken or bent.
Regularly lubricate springs, hinges, rollers, rails and axles with a 30 W or other light household oil and check axles for tightness. Do not lubricate tracks.
Every now and then, wash the inside and outside of the door with a soft cloth and diluted household detergent to protect the finish. Just like a car, you can also apply a layer of wax to protect against dirt and moisture.
Check the sensitivity of the garage door opener and if necessary, adjust it, using your owner’s manual as a guide.
If your garage door is made of wood, it will require more maintenance, with an occasional coat of paint inside and out and caulking applied to cracks or gaps. Do not paint tracks or locks.
Regularly check the weather seal strip along the bottom of the door and replace if it appears cracked or broken.
Check for rust on all metal parts and apply a suitable preparation to any spots you find.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE:
Your garage door is usually the largest moving piece of equipment installed and attached to the home or building. As such, its weight can approach or exceed 150kg. ADJUSTING SPRING TENSION is a DANGEROUS PROCEDURE and may cause physical injury if improperly performed, and should be performed ONLY by qualified door service personnel.
There are plenty of options for your new garage, including:
Insulation – roof and wall insulation will keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but you will need to install a ceiling and interior cladding first. An insulated garage door will not only keep your garage warm in winter and cool in summer, but it also reduces your energy bills.
Window – consider at least one window to provide natural light and ventilation. You can also install a garage door with window or ventilation.
Paint – you can paint the exterior to match your home, or you can choose Colorbond or Zincalume cladding in a complementary colour.
Electric door opener – you can choose from several styles of automatic garage doors, but whatever you choose will need to be properly mounted. If you are at all unsure about this, it would be wise to have your supplier install it for you.
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It seems like an unusual problem to have, but it is possible! If your automatic garage door opens by itself, it can be a security concern for your property.
Find out what’s causing your garage door to open on its own and how to stop it with these tips.
Check Everything Over
Firstly, do a quick look over the door and the automatic mechanism. When a garage door opens on its own, the issue might be a loose wire in the motor, or the sensor may be stopping the door from closing completely. Other things to look for are bare or pierced wires, and damaged casing around the motor. If you find problems with the wiring, call a service technician to come and take a look.
Undue strain on the opener may also cause problems, so test the weight of the door regularly by manually opening it. If you find it difficult to open, call a technician to examine it and find the source of the problem.
Have Your Door Serviced
An automatic opener, just like other mechanical devices, needs regular servicing to keep it in good working order. Dust it thoroughly and wipe down the chains and sensors to ensure they can receive a clear signal.
In addition to the opener, other parts of a garage door require maintenance as well. Springs, hinges and rails need regular dusting and oiling to prevent seizing.
If you want to adjust the sensitivity of the garage door opener to prevent accidental opening and closing, you can do this yourself by following the instructions in the owner’s manual.
Check for Interference
For some older models of garage openers, radio frequency interference can be a problem. Baby monitors, wireless door chimes, heating systems and other equipment that uses wireless transmission can interfere with the signal to your automatic opener. Try switching off the devices and trying your garage door remote again.
A garage door that opens on its own is definitely a security concern, so it’s worthwhile having it inspected. Steel-Line Garage Doors service division can help with maintenance requests, ensuring your door functions safely and securely. Call us today: 1300 767 900.
When your garage door is showing its age, it can drag down the appearance of the whole property. The good news is, you can enhance the look of the door with a quick coat of paint.
Get some tips on how to paint a roller door before you start to avoid any mishaps! These are the things you need to know:
Preparation is Key
Before you start, there are some essential preparation steps to follow to get the door ready, starting with a good cleaning.
Grab yourself a cloth or a small brush and remove any dust on the garage door.
Give the door a thorough clean with an all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt and grime.
Rinse the door with clean water.
Once the door is clean, cover the handles and any trimmings with painter’s tape.
Remove old Paint and/or Rust
For the best results, remove any existing paint or rust from your garage door. You can either sand the paint off by hand, or use a sanding tool to speed up the removal. When you’re removing the paint, you can move the door up and down to make it easy to reach every spot.
Your Safety is Important
When preparing and painting garage roller doors, your safety should be a big consideration. Wear a dust mask and some goggles to protect yourself while you sand, prime and paint. Make sure any ladders are secure before you climb onto them, especially while using sanders and other power tools.
Product Choice is Important
To ensure a good paint job, you’ll need to choose the right primer and paint products for the material of your garage door. In most cases, a latex outdoor primer will be suitable, but check with the paint retailer before purchasing. A semi-gloss paint is the best option for painting garage doors, as it’s quite low-maintenance. Using a paint sprayer ensures a more even finish without leaving brush marks.
Paint in the Right Conditions
When it comes to repainting garage doors, the weather should be just right. Weather that is too hot or too cold can affect the paint job, so try to paint on a day that is warm and dry. Too hot and the door may expand, making it hard for the paint to adhere properly to the surface. A second coat of paint may be needed for even coverage, but be sure to allow time for the first coat to dry first.
Following these tips can help to ensure the best results if you’re repainting a garage roller door yourself. Good luck!
Your Colorbond steel garage door has been pre-painted with a special formulation, providing a long lasting and durable coloured finish. However good a product may be, all exposed surfaces require some attention to guard against corrosion and any other harmful atmospheric effects. Washing the garage door with clean water and a cloth at least every six months is recommended. More frequent washing is advised in salty or industrialised areas. For other custom and wooden garage doors consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
REMEMBER, WHEN YOU THINK OF CLEANING YOUR CAR, THINK OF YOUR GARAGE DOOR.
NOTE: THE OPENER IS AN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE AND IT COULD BE EASILY DAMAGED IF IT GETS WET.
DO NOT WASH THE OPENER, AS IT WILL VOID THE WARRANTY AND COULD CAUSE ELECTROCUTION.