Regarding Covid-19

Discount Door Service cares about your health. Please know that we are using every precaution to keep you and our employees safe. We are licensed, insured, and bonded. We will make exceptions to limit human contact. You do not have to have close contact with us. We are a local company and we appreciate your business. We know getting stuck in your garage right now may be a challenge. We are responding quickly and safely. All safety requests are being implemented to help serve you and keep you safe. 

Tucson is Great but… Beware the Coming Heat!

Those of us that live here in Tucson already know that Tucson is great… most of the time.  But when the heat comes, it comes hot and heavy!  And we’re about to get some of that beyond what even we are used to.

120 Degrees! Western Wildfires Explode With Triple-Digit Heat Wave on the Way

WildfiresIf you live in Arizona, California or Nevada, watch out for temperatures as high as 120 degrees in the next few days.

Excessive heat warnings are in effect beginning this weekend until as late as next Wednesday for the southern half of Arizona, much of Southern California and a tiny slice at the southernmost tip of Nevada.

Cities in the mercury-popping warning area include Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona; Los Angeles, San Diego, Anaheim and Palm Springs in California; and Las Vegas — just in time for the arrival of as many as 200,000 music lovers for the annual Electric Daisy dance music festival this weekend. read more at

The thing is, despite these momentary spells of extraordinary heat, Southern Arizona is a great place to live.  And the word is getting out more now than ever…

Tucson makes top 10 of ‘worktirement’ cities

With more and more seniors staying in the job market later, Tucson comes in at No. 9 on the best “worktirement” cities in America.

SmartAsset, a financial services company, ranked communities based on several factors, including average effective tax rate, number of seniors, median housing costs and senior unemployment rate.

Tucson was the second city in the Southwest. Las Vegas is ranked No. 4. Fort Lauderdale tops the list. Check out the full list here. read more at

One of the things we love is that even when it gets this crazy hot here, there are always a variety of things that you can find to do to entertain yourself, you just have to plan accordingly.  For instance, if you need something in the middle of the day, do it inside, like a great, new release movie “Finding Dory”.

‘Finding Dory’ swims into theaters Friday

(CNN) Starting Friday, everyone’s favorite forgetful fish is back in “Finding Dory,” the sequel to the 2003 hit “Finding Nemo.”

Dory, Marlin and Nemo are leaving the reef for another memorable journey. Despite her short-term memory loss, Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories of her parents, and the trio sets off to California to find them. See more…

If you want to head out at night and the bar scene isn’t your thing, we’ve got good news this weekend…

Get Ready For Bloom Night

Every summer thousands of Tucsonans visit the gardens at Tohono Chul to catch a glimpse of the majesty and beauty of the Queen of the Night, the night-blooming cereus Peniocereus greggii. When the summer heat begins to build, the buds of the Sonoran Desert native night-blooming cereus begin to appear. After a period of start-and-stop growth, the buds blossom in a mass blooming on one night.

Bloom Night guests will experience the magnificent Peniocereus greggii in its full glory with luminaria illuminated trails leading to each plant, delectable bites and refreshments from The Garden Bistro, lectures, and the chance to win or purchase a Queen of the Night. Marvel at the gorgeous flowers and breathe in the intense and intoxicating scent at this one-of-a-kind event found nowhere else. Via


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Tucson Pulls Together

We had our turn, and we wish it would have stopped here in Tucson.  Unfortunately, Orlando, FL is now dealing with the devastation of an insane mass shooting and killing of innocent people.  Not surprisingly, Tucson’s residents wanted to do what they could to help support the victims of this horrendous act of terrorism.  However, despite the best of intentions, sometimes things just aren’t quite as easy as we would like them to be.

Confusion among Tucson blood donors after Orlando attack

The American Red Cross is clearing up confusion for blood donors in Tucson who wish to assist the Orlando terror attack victims.  Volunteers say they saw a lot of walk-in donors Sunday as people were interested in contributing blood following the mass shooting in Florida.

Spokeswoman Tammy Kikuchi Nakamura tells Tucson News Now the priority is local first, meaning donations at local blood banks are used to fulfill local need.

Surplus donations are then sent to the next area of priority. There is no way for donors to know where their blood will be sent, but the American Red Cross uses a tracking system. If a donor provides an email address at the time of donating, they will receive an email identifying their blood type and informing the donor where their donation was used. read more at

Tucsonans also showed their support by turning out for a vigil on 4th Ave, showing love will overcome hate

Only a little over a week ago, Arizona had a different kind of news story that caught my attention (I only caught the story, and not the actual event).

VIDEO: A Small Asteroid Lit the Arizona Night Sky

An asteroid unexpectedly lighted the quiet Arizona night sky last June 2. The fireball has strong flares, which illuminated the night sky. The sky nighttime sky turned into day for less than a minute due to the asteroid.

The residents caught the celestial event on video, seeing the asteroid approximately 5-feet (1-2 meters). Experts say that the rock collided with Earth’s atmosphere, creating a fireball capable of illuminating the sky. The fireball was so bright that the NASA’s meteor cameras were overpowered by the light of the asteroid according to a report by VIDEO: A Small Asteroid Lit the Arizona Night Sky : News : Nature World News


In my mind, these two stories happened out of sequence, and the light seen in the sky should have been traveling UP from Orlando, not down over Arizona.  In fact, in my mind, there was something(s) far more brilliant than that asteroid which rose up into the sky over Orlando the other night.  It wasn’t supposed to be there yet… but nonetheless, it was. I’m certain each of those lights was unbelievably brilliant, and with each of them, a bit of all of our hearts go along for the ride.

Converting a Garage to an Office in Tucson? Insulate That Door!

While we here in Tucson enjoy beautiful weather much of the year while friends and family in other areas are suffering, it seems that now is about the time that the tables are turned and no one is interested in coming to visit us here in Southern Arizona!  It’s been hot, eh?

With the onset of summer, many people turn their attention to taking care of some of those ‘things’ they’ve been putting off until we had a bit more time – like creating that home office in the garage.  Well, if that’s on your list of things to do (or consider doing), you want to make sure you’ll be able to be comfortable in that garage/office.  That means not only having adequate cooling set up, but also making sure your garage door is properly insulated and sealing to keep the heat out and the cool in, as much as possible.
A well insulated garage can make a very nice office space.

Using Your Garage for Business

When you operate a business from home you save not only the expense of renting an office, but also tax dollars.

Provided you meet specific requirements, you can deduct at least a portion of the cost of utilities, rent, depreciation, home insurance, and repairs in addition to your regular business expenses. Many people believe that such tax deductions are only available for rooms within the home, but there are viable alternatives, like working from a separate space such as a garage, workshop, or home studio. Originally posted on

Especially when we’re dealing with the kind of weather we’re seeing these days in southern Arizona…

Tucson ties heat record; worst yet to come

Tucson’s high Friday tied a record at 107 degrees. Don’t ask about what the expected highs are for Saturday and Sunday.

In fact, Tucson officially hit 100 degrees Friday — the second day in a row — reaching it at 10:58 a.m. at the airport, according to a National Weather Service tweet.

It gets worse: Weekend temperatures will leap up another few degrees, expected to top out at 111 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

Excessive heat warnings are in place. Tucson ties heat record; worst yet to come | Local news |

If you’re having issues with your garage door in this heat, give Discount Garage Door a call and we’ll make sure to come out and get things working for you again right away!  (520) 579-9084

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Garage and Automatic Gate Safety Tips from LiftMaster for National Safety Month

Safety and security are always our top priority when it comes to garage door installations and repairs.  Not only for us as we work on your home or business, but making sure everything is working properly for you to keep you, your home and personal property safe and secure.  That’s why we were glad to see the following from LiftMaster, one of the top garage door manufacturers that we are proud to work with.

For home and business owners, safety and accessibility are a main priority, particularly as it pertains to entry and exit points. Unfortunately, millions of homes and businesses are at risk, with 1 in 15 garages and 3 out of 4 gate systems lacking the latest safety features that ensure protection for everyone who comes into contact with garage door openers or automatic gates.

For National Safety Month, LiftMaster – the number one manufacturer of professionally installed garage door openers and access solutions – is raising awareness on the importance of safety around automatic gates and garages, and recommends residents and business owners pay attention to the following:

Don’t Chance It. Check It.®: For more than 70 percent of homeowners, the garage is the main access point which makes it vital that garage door openers function safely and properly. “At LiftMaster, safety is our top priority,” said John Villanueva, Vice President of marketing at LiftMaster. “To help those at home ensure their operators are working as they should, we developed a simple 3-Step Safety Check that can be done in a matter of minutes and should be conducted throughout the year when checking other home safety devices like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.” Homeowners can use LiftMaster’s simple 3-Step Safety Check to monitor the performance of key industry-standard safety features such as photo eyes and auto-reverse. If a garage door opener fails any step of the check, a professional garage door dealer should be contacted to resolve the issue. Via

In other news that we came across and thought worthy of mentioning, especially during this time of year when you may be tempted to clean out the garage and hold a garage sale, is being careful with your property. It seems crazy, but in some places it seems that thieves are actually targeting super inexpensive garage sale items, as was reported in this story out of Denver:

Garage Sale Crime

garage saleSummer is the season for garage sales, and you can find plenty of steals. But in an Aurora community, neighbors are now warning others their stuff is being stolen.

“On our neighborhood app, one lady last week said she had some purses stolen,” said Mindi Phipps, who was holding a garage sale at her home Friday morning. “Somebody else had some chairs stolen. It’s crazy. Things are so cheap in the first place, it’s kind of like, why even bother?”

I guess it just goes to show that low-lifes will stop at nothing… so keep your eyes peeled and don’t turn your back on your yard sale items, Tucson!  We’ll make sure that what you have in your garage on a daily basis stays safe and accessible with a properly working garage door.  But if you are having any issues with yours, don’t hesitate to call us at Discount Garage Door Company. We’ll make sure things get fixed right, fast and at a fair price.

Opening and Closing Doors in Tucson – Sometimes the Latter Isn’t So Good

The Tucson Weekly reported on Friday that Acacia restaurant will be closing it’s doors forever in less than a week.  This was definitely sad news to us here at Discount Garage Door because we’ve enjoyed Chef Hall’s product for many years and we always hate to see a good, local Tucson business have to shut down.

So even though we aim to make sure all of our customers’ (garage) doors open and close properly, we truly hate to see these doors closing on such a permanent basis.  We sincerely wish Chef Hall all the best going forward. Whatever direction he chooses to go, we’re sure he’ll be appreciated and enjoy the sweet taste of success again – and hope that he’ll choose to stay here in Tucso.

As Acacia Prepares to Shutter, Chef Albert Hall Looks to the Viability of Fine Dining in Tucson | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch | Tucson Weekly

Albert HallIt seems no matter where you look, fine dining restaurateurs are tweaking the typical protocol in order to find a system that works across the board: a good quality to price ratio for guests, a fair wage and sane hours for employees and a workable amount of cash leftover for the owner. It might sound simple just to list those three things, but achieving them, especially in a town like Tucson where the median household income is about $5,000 less per year than the rest of the state and about $10,000 less than that of the U.S. as a whole, is another story entirely. At 60 years old, he’s been in kitchens for 45 years and has seen some dramatic shifts—particularly in the last 11 years while his fine dining restaurant Acacia was in business. read more at

As you can see by the coverage, it’s not just that this was one of my favorite places to eat, but it was news worthy enough to be covered by a variety of local Tucson news agencies.  I’m sure they’re all as sad as I am to report on this news.

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Be Heard, Tucson! Only the Best

I don’t know about you, but I love “The Best of Tucson” every year.  While I don’t always agree 100% with the winners, I don’t think there’s been a single issue where I didn’t find something new, something really, really good, that made me wonder, “How in the world did I not know about this place already?!?”

Stop keeping your favorite places a secret – share them with the rest of us!

You Only Have One Week to Vote in the First Round of Best of Tucson | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch | Tucson Weekly

How could we be here already? The first round of Best of Tucson® voting closes at the end of next Sunday, May 15.

Once the gates close on this ballot, our team of caffeinated pandas will comb through your answers and compile a ballot of finalists based on the top 5 nominees in each category.

Give us about a week to get everything together then be on the look out for the finalists to be announced (and the second round of voting to open)! read more at

Some personal favorites…

Thunder in the desert

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Some Great Ideas for Laundry Rooms – Not Only in the Garage

Lots of folks around Tucson make use of their garage area for their washer and dryer.  When space is limited in the house, the garage makes a lot of sense.  On the other hand, it’s pretty amazing what people are doing with small spaces these days, not only for laundry, but for all kinds of things.  Always on the lookout for great home improvement ideas, I saw some great ones here on houzz that I thought you might enjoy too.

Top 10 Trending Laundry Room Ideas on Houzz

Laundry rooms have been coming into their own in recent years, with more thought and design savvy being put into this workhorse space than ever. From farmhouse style to patterned tile, here are the top 10 trending features of the year so far, as measured by the number of people saving photos of them to their Houzz ideabooks. Are any of these in your own collection? read more at

Also found some good tips for a kitchen that feels too small.  Pretty interesting stuff here that I now would have helped me out a LOT back in my bachelor days!

Making the Most of a Smaller(er) Kitchen

If your kitchen is clean but still cluttered: start decluttering. Check out our daily missions. FlyLady usually sends out one during the week which concentrates on decluttering one small area of your kitchen.

If your kitchen is decluttered: (that means no more clutter — only the things you use and love) Start the detailed cleaning list. You will be amazed at how quickly the shiny sparkle from the kitchen sink spreads throughout the entire kitchen when the clutter is gone! Via


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Spring Inspiration for Garage Renovations and More

OK, it’s spring time in Tucson, meaning the weather is PERFECT for tackling any kind of DIY projects round the house in general, or the garage in particular.  Interestingly enough, between some situations going on at our house as well as discussions with some friends about what they’re trying to deal with, I’ve been involved in some great conversations and brain-storming sessions about ways to organize things effectively (which is not naturally my strongest trait).

By doing a bit of reading online, I came across a number of really good articles that helped send me on my way.  Maybe, hopefully some of these can be of some help to you as well.

The first one came because my buddy was talking to me about the best way to convert his garage into his “man cave”.  While I was able to give him some professional advice and share a few pointers based on variations I’ve seen over the years, the following article turned out to be helpful for him as far as coming up with some ideas of his own.

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Adding Storage and Style to a Manly Space

I thought it would be a fun challenge to give Kevin a family-friendly man cave. That might be an oxymoron, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Here we go!

As always, I like to start off by scouting out some inspiration photos. Kevin asked for shelving so I found loads of fun images to get my creative wheels turning. While there are so many options for adding storage around a fireplace, I kept my focus a bit narrow for this project, opting for a more masculine look. To me, a rustic-modern style is perfect for a space like this, so I kept an eye out for open shelving, rustic finishes, and man-cave vibes. Not all of these images fit into all of those categories, but it’s a good starting point for the look I had in mind.


Coincidentally, the timing of the conversation with my friend about creating his own “man cave” and the subsequent internet research for him, led me to another article that I wouldn’t have expected to be ‘for me’, but it actually was.

It was the first paragraph that grabbed me (about living in close quarters with 4 dogs), because I could relate to it so much.  From there, while the author was discussing more of a ‘girly’ closet situation, once I put aside the rediculous macho stuff, I realized she was making a lot of sense. Not only for how I could create the most from my remaining space in our closets at home, but also how to thing about organizing my garage.  Brilliant!

Easy Tricks to Create More Closet Space

My life is a little bit on the crazy side right now (whose isn’t?!)- my husband is in training for 5 months and I am living in with my parents. And our 4 dogs. In the bedroom I grew up in. Oh boy.

We sold our first house in a day (woo! and ohmygosh!), so when I moved in, it was in a bit of a rush. Fast forward a few months and I still couldn’t find things in the closet, couldn’t fit anything in my dressers and was an all around mess. It was time to organize.


What I’ll be doing exactly is still a bit up in the air, but these to articles really helped me pull a few ideas together.  I’m hoping it may have helped you in the same way, too.

2016 Off to a Good Start in Tucson

Just over a week into the New Year and I have to say that what I’m seeing (for the most part) regarding the outlook for Tucson, Green Valley and the surrounding areas is generally pretty encouraging. Not that we’re necessarily surprised by that… at Discount Garage Door Company, we’ve been very optimistic for a long time. Nonetheless, seeing it in different local publications coming from a number of different sources is certainly encouraging.

For example, recently here, from the Inside Tucson Business website, I read the following:

Tucson businesses cautiously optimistic

If one word was to be used to describe the overall economic outlook for the Tucson Metro Area heading into the New Year, optimistic would probably best fit. One word isn’t enough, however. Cautiously optimistic may be a better fit.

From unemployment rates to housing sales, many of the traditional indicators by which a region’s economy is measured and assessed have displayed improvement over the previous 12 months — with no signs of changing. Growth is slow in Tucson, as many are quick to remind, much behind both state and national averages.

Despite hardships, Tucson is on the mend, and businesses in the region are looking forward to what 2016 will bring.

Then in a separate article from the same source, another positive vote (even it it was perhaps slightly less positive than the first one, but still, hey, I’ll take it!)

J.D. Fitzgerald/Tucson Local Media
J.D. Fitzgerald/Tucson Local Media

Tucson slowly rebounding after economic slowdown

Though news of economic recovery in the region has been generally optimistic in more recent memory, any numbers need to be analyzed with a grain of salt. The dark fiscal tidings of the late 2000s have generally been put in the rear view, though full recovery has yet to be attained.

A rebounding effect has taken hold, though Arizona, and Tucson in particular finds itself a little bit behind the curve on recovery.

In order to find itself in better circumstances, Arizona will need to begin investing in its future, according to George W. Hammond, director and research professor at Eller’s Economic and Business Research Center.

All good (especially as it shows a picture of my good, long time friend Vince Bianchi serving up some of his famous food!)

Maybe it’s because we’re personally currently involved in the local real estate market and because I love food… but after catching these two articles that put me in a good mood, I was quickly drawn to yet another great local Tucson website, where I was inspired by yet some more great information combining two of the best things about southern Arizona – hiking and restaurants!

7 Tucson Hikes With Nearby Eats To Ring In The New Year

January always brings a renewed sense of resolutions and promises to try new things. After a season of cocktails, celebratory meals and cookies, what better way to start out the year than exploring some of our great Tucson hikes?

While Tucson’s food scene has blossomed the last few years, the hiking trails and complementary weather have always been a main attraction for tourists and locals alike.

Here is our list of places to hike and work off all of the holiday treats. But, as a good hike always earns you a good meal, we are also recommending nearby places to indulge (or eat light!) afterwards.

Finger Rock: Goodness Fresh Food & Juice Bar

Finger Rock Trail (Credit: Jennifer Stash)

Located in the heart of Tucson, this distinctive landmark looks like a closed hand with an index finger pointed towards the sky. The hike starts out easy and progressively gets steeper as you ascend the side of Finger Rock. The trees provide some much needed shade as you weave your way through the desert landscape. Take this trail for the full stretch, which is close to 9 miles, or until you decide it is time for lunch and head back to your car.

Juice Options at Goodness (Credit: Goodness)

If you are craving something healthy and nourishing, try the newest Goodness location at Skyline and Campbell. Grab a fresh juice and vibrant salad while sitting on the patio. If it’s a late hike, this Goodness location now offers an amazing dinner menu on the healthier side.Read more here on

I have yet to try the new location of Goodness, but I can speak from experience regarding their location on Campbell Ave, just north of Grant (very near me, actually). I’ve had some fantastic breakfast burritos and delicious ‘smoothies’ and juice concoctions there. I’ll definitely be checking out the new place for dinner soon when I’m up in that area.

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