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Have you ever stopped to look at your garage doors? Although most people don't think twice about how they appear, the fact of the matter is that garage doors can take up quite a decent amount of outdoors space, making your home look terrible. I took a good, hard look at my garage doors a few weeks back, and then I started making some changes that helped them to look better alongside the rest of my home. Read this blog to understand how to use your garage doors to improve the outer appearance of your home. After all, every detail counts.




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Why It Pays To Be Prepared For A Garage Door Installation Or Repair Job

by Sheila Berry

Whether you're planning a new garage door installation effort or to have some repairs done, having your location prepared will make everything go more smoothly. Once you've lined up a contractor to tackle a project, try to address these four potential issues before they show up.

Clear Out Any Vehicles

Moving vehicles out of and away from the garage will make like a lot easier for the folks doing the work on your garage doors. It's also a good idea to make sure that you'll have room enough for the installation vehicle to be parked, and there should be space to get materials in and out. You may also want to talk with your neighbors to let them know that you need the nearby area kept clear.

Check the Electrical System

If you're going to have mechanical driven residential garage doors put in or fixed, you should verify that the electrical system going into the garage is up to snuff. Should there be any questions about the setup, it's wise to get in touch with an electrical contractor to ensure the system will be ready. Don't hesitate to put your garage doors contractor in touch with your electrician to see that everyone will be on the same page. You may even be able to avoid performing garage door repair work if you can track a problem down to the electrical system.

Don't Make Things Worse

It's common for people to want to try to solve residential garage door repair problems themselves, but attempting to fiddle with a configuration might cause more trouble. The motor on a unit may be malfunctioning, for example, and it's often better to let a stuck door be, if possible, until a contractor can swing by. There are usually safety switches that should allow you to disengage the motor and pull the door down by hand.

Get Permits

Depending on the rules in your neighborhood, it may be necessary to obtain permits to perform garage door repair or installation work. Always take the time before any household project to contact your local code enforcement officer and ask what the requirements. If you believe there's a chance that any of the contractors, their vehicles or the materials might end up close to or on a neighbor's property, it's also good form to ask them for permission. You may also need to get permits for vehicles to be parked.