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Installing a New Garage Door vs Front Door

The following is a transcription from an interesting podcast found on HouseLogic.com. While reading it, keep in mind that much of what is discussed could easily be applied to your garage door as well. Meaning, upgrading your garage door can have a significant impact on the visual impression of your home, among other benefits, thereby increasing the value.

A new front door. I understand one of the most valuable upgrades you can make to your home and it never fails to surprise me that upgrading the entry door is just so potentially valuable.

Well think about it. Your door and your home’s exterior are the first thing visitors and prospective buyers see.

Not to mention most people use their front door every day although there are a lot of people who go in through the garage and they completely really forget about the front door.

Yes, that’s true but the fact that you do use your front door for the most part pretty frequently is another reason is one of the most valuable aspects of your home and adds enjoyment. And in fact Remodeling Magazine’s annual cost versus value report estimates that replacing your old door with a new steel entry door can return almost one hundred and two percent of its cost. And by the way just so you know what cost vs value is – it provides national averages for how much you can recoup under his home projects if you sell your house.

Which is interesting now you said, a steel door, is that really a good material for a front door?

Yeah, some pros of steel, it’s often the least expensive of the main door materials which are fiberglass, steel and wood at a big box store, you could get one for about four hundred dollars maybe even less and if you install it yourself and you can install yourself, that’s all the better for your return. It’s very strong in terms of being a barrier to intruders and insurance companies like that though that’s not to say fiberglass and wood aren’t strong too because they are.

Right, but how’s it to compare to durability against fiberglass and wood?

So consumer reports recently found that while steel is tough, wood and fiberglass perform better in terms of normal wear and tear.

Interesting. I think a lot of people would think that steel would be better than wood and fiberglass is something I’m interested in so let’s talk fiberglass here.

Well that’s a great material. It can mimic the look of real wood. It doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. In fact you can go for years without needing paint or a stain touch up and fiberglass generally falls between steel and wood in price. So for example models hold a big box stores range from $150 to $600 to a bit more. And the cost vs. value report says a fiberglass door project could recoup about seventy two percent of its cost every sale.

And wood?

Wood doors are typically higher end and therefore usually the priciest so maybe about five hundred to two thousand dollars and of course custom jobs could cost even more. You might need to repaint or refinish them every few years to prevent splitting and warping.

Alright, let’s talk a little pop psychology here. What do doors say about you?

OK we’ll start with the red door. I have always been attracted to red doors. So what do you think a red door would say about you?

That I’m walking into a famous chain of makeup stores.

But that’s partly true. In FengShui, a red door says welcome and invites good energy, so someone with a red door might be energetic, full of life and hospitable.
OK, what about a clear glass door?

You have nothing to hide. So it implies you’re open minded, you’re friendly, gregarious.
Yeah, I may be not afraid to greet the delivery guy in a robe or pajamas.

Perhaps, perhaps.

Yeah, okay, what about a dignified gray?

Well you nailed it. So color experts have to say that gray symbolizes dignity and knowledge and because it’s a blend of black and white, gray is also the color of compromise and speaking of black, that’s a really strong color. It signify strength and authority according to color experts.

You can hear this and other interesting podcasts on the HouseLogic.com website.

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Appreciating Garage Doors in Tucson

It’s only after seeing the power of Mother Nature during events like Hurricane Patricia that we, in Tucson, can really appreciate what we do (or don’t) need in a garage door.  In many other parts of the country and the world, there are a lot of additional considerations when it comes to installing a new garage door, or repairing an old one. And you better believe there are a LOT of garage door repairs going on right about now…

Take this story for example, of what one homeowner went through after Hurricane Sandy in 2012:

Storm-Ready Garage Doors and Garage Door Openers Protect Coastal Green Home

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed Kim Erle’s house on October 29, 2012, her only choice was to rebuild.

Instead of simply making modifications to meet the new building codes, she decided to go above and beyond to build the coastal home of the future – a highly efficient, resilient house that would stand up to future storms and serve as a model for responsible building practices.

The owner went on to write:

“Clopay’s three-layer Intellicore® insulation technology enhances the door’s rigidity and strength.  During Hurricane Sandy, large pieces of debris were pushed by the storm surge into the foundation and siding of our old home.  A non-insulated door does not have the same ability to withstand denting as an insulated garage door.”

Even though the Canyon Ridge door’s wood-grain composite cladding looks like real wood, the durable material won’t rot, warp or crack, which is important if there is a flood. The boards are molded from real wood pieces to replicate the grain pattern and natural texture. Like wood, the material can be painted or stained.

That’s a whole lot of stuff that we don’t need to worry about (much) here in Tucson.  As you can see from the image at the top of this post taken from the Clopay Door blog, there are times when you need a really, really strong garage door!

If your home has an attached garage, think of it as a welcome mat for destruction if you don’t have a properly reinforced garage door installed when a hurricane rolls in.

When 100 MPH winds hit a non-reinforced garage door, the door can buckle, fail, and be pulled off its hinges, allowing pressure to build up inside the house until it blows apart.

So while we’re fortunate not to have to deal with hurricane force winds or severe cold and mountains of snow, that doesn’t mean that we can’t take advantage of the (finally!) cooler weather to make sure our garage and garage door is in optimal condition going forward.

The Overhead Door Company website has some great tips regarding getting ready for the winter.  While it may not all apply to us here in the desert southwest, some of it certainly does.

With cold weather approaching, fall is the perfect time to discuss an important subject – garage door maintenance. Preparing for inclement weather and freezing temperatures is just as important for the garage and garage door operating system as it is for the rest of the home. Taking preventative steps now before problems arise, and while the weather is still tolerable, can save you time, money and the headache of larger issues down the road.

1. Organize

  • Clear out and organize the contents of the garage. This is an excellent time to check for concrete damage, mold or any other issues.
  • Remove any summertime items that are no longer in use, as well as anything that could be damaged by cold or freezing temperatures.
  • Empty unused fuel from gas-powered equipment stored in the garage.  Read more here…

We’ve said it before and you can bet we’ll say it again… proper, on-going garage door maintenance is key to avoiding bigger, more expensive problems later on down the road.

Garage Door Openers as a DIY Project

It’s understandable that a lot of people enjoy DIY projects around the house. Whether it’s mainly to save money, or just the sheer pride of tackling a job without calling in a professional, the reasons don’t really matter. However, there are certain times when you really do need to consult a specialist; someone with expert training, skills and the proper tools

Having our garage door open and close on demand is something that many of us take for granted, and replacing  or repairing a garage door opener seems like something that a decent handy, DIY-er could handle. But beware! A garage door that isn’t working right might not be due to a faulty garage door opener, but rather because of bad torsion springs and/or counter balances. When it comes to repairing or replacing garage door springs, the best advice is to simply stay away from them yourself and call in a professional.

Don’t want to take our word for it? That’s OK… but how about straight from the mouth of one of the most well known and well respected home improvement gurus out there – Mr. Bob Vila himself.

From Bob’s website, you can read (or listen) to his thoughts on garage door openers, and more importantly, about the springs mentioned above. He says,

Your garage door opener controls what is probably the largest moving object in your house. But it’s not actually the motor that hefts the weight of your garage door–it’s the springs or counterbalances. The motor only controls the lifting and doesn’t have to be that powerful for most doors. Because they’re potentially dangerous, these springs are off-limits to do-it-yourselfers.

Read more on Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Openers

On the other hand, if you find that you’re not in need of any kind of repair and you actually DO want to buy a new garage door opener, Bob also has some great advice for you on that as well. He says,

Garage openers have improved substantially over the past few years, and there are a lot of options to consider when buying yours. Whether you choose a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive model, a high-end model or an affordable mid-range product, you want quality and performance. We’ve cherry picked some of the best garage door models on the market, according to real consumers.

Buyer’s Guide: 7 Best Garage Door Openers

Finally, if you’re not ready to buy a new opener because you’re fairly sure there’s just something not working right with your current one (and you’re SURE it’s not a problem with the springs, as mentioned above), then you might want to do a little trouble shooting with your existing one before doing anything else.

Here’s some good advice from Tim Carter from AskTheBuilder.com – a “Garage Door Openers Checklist

A garage door opener has lots of power. In fact, if you don’t have it adjusted right, it can actually break the top portion of the door. In cold climates garage doors can actually freeze to a slab. When the opener tries to open the door it can actually rip the top rail of the door off in extreme cases. An opener that is not adjusted properly can sometimes deflect the top of the door when it closes.

The point is, be aware of these problems. Read more….

For those of you having issues with your garage door opener, we hope the information here has been helpful. Remember, if you need any help with your garage door or opener and you can’t sort it out yourself, Discount Garage Door Company is here to help you. Just call us today! (520) 579-9084

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Garage Doors – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

We see all kinds of garage doors and garage door problems all the time.  But like many “niche” businesses, what we see and deal with every day is something that most people never really stop and think much about (until there is some kind of problem with it).  It’s not glamorous and our business is rarely in the spotlight.  However, we did recently come across a few articles that we enjoyed and thought others may appreciate as well.

The first story goes from “bad and ugly” to really good in no time.  It shows that neighbors can still be truly neighborly, and with all the negative news we hear all the time, it’s nice to hear of something nice for a chance (even if it did start with the typical ‘bad news’ we’re so used to…)  And for us, the fact that this heartwarming story falls into our general line of work of garage door repairs, it was particularly nice for us to see.

Neighbors, painters pitch in to wipe away garage door vandalism within hours

KEARNEY, Mo. – Police are investigating after a senior citizen couple woke up Friday morning to find their home hit by vandals. Within three hours, their neighbors and a local painting company fixed the damage for free.

“I walked outside and the whole side of the garage door and the front of the house had fresh red paint,” said Ralph King, the homeowner. “It looked like somebody just took a gallon can and flung it over everything.” Read more and see the video on the fox4kc.com site here

While that story is truly heartwarming, the next one was something that really took my breath away.

I love great photography, and this story took a truly unexpected topic and did really incredible things with it (in my opinion).  See for yourself and let me know what you think?  Did anyone ever think of garage doors as such an inspirational art topic?

Weathered Beauty of 500 Colorful Garage Doors Withstanding the Test of Time

Lithuanian photographer Agne Gintalaite shows us that even a simple garage door can serve as the perfect muse for an entire project. Within her Beauty Remains series, the artist documents the colorful entrances that have stood intact for decades, while allowing time to leave its mark. “On a recent trip to the IKEA that has recently opened up on the edge of Vilnius, I was surprised to see a sprawling garage town nearby,” Gintalaite says. “There I stood on Prusu Street with 500 garage doors staring at me, a relic from the past inviting me to engage with a world in which there was no IKEA, no conspicuous consumption, and cars broke down. I accepted their challenge. This is how this series of photographs of garage doors was born.”  See full article at http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/agne-gintalaite-beauty-remains

We don’t expect many people to be as interested in garage doors as we are on a regular basis, being able to share something like this, that’s truly magnificent and about garage doors… well, it was just too good an opportunity to miss!  We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did!

3 ft lizard in Tucson

Add One More Reason to Why a Secure Garage Door is Important in Tucson

Yes, your garage door protects your valuables.

Yes, it’s important to keep burglars out of your home.

Yes, an insulated garage door can make a big difference when it comes to how hot your garage gets (and therefore how hard your air conditioner needs to work in the summer time).

Yes, keeping the garage door seals in good shape helps keep out excess moisture, bugs, mice and other small critters.

You need one more reason you want to make sure your garage door is in good working order?  You don’t want this guy to be able to scratch his way in! (but you DO want to be sure your door opens quickly to let YOU in, if you happen to come across him in front of YOUR house!)

Three-foot lizard found roaming streets of TucsonTUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Updated: Oct 07, 2015 5:29 AM 3 ft lizard in Tucson

A three-foot lizard was captured in Tucson on Tuesday, after apparently escaping from his owner.

Lane Smith of Tucson Reptile Rescue said his organization is taking care of the carnivorous lizard. He said it is a Nile monitor lizard, which is not native to Arizona.

Smith said that somebody called the Tucson Fire Department at about 2 p.m. to report a three-foot lizard scratching on their door. The lizard was taken to a fire station, and then turned over to Tucson Reptile Rescue.

If you know who owns the lizard, call Tucson Reptile Rescue at (520) 991-9553.

And just in time for Halloween, too!  🙂

Fall Tips for Pest-Proofing Your Home and Garage

I love October. Here in Tucson, it seems like it’s always a long time coming to get a break in the hot weather. But once it’s here (give or take a week or so), it’s always worth it!  And with the nicely cooler temperatures, it’s a lot easier to get motivated to take care of some of those “honey dos” that have been piling up over the summer… stuff like “pest proofing” around the house and in the garage.

Your Complete Guide to Pest-Proofing This Fall

The cooler temperatures of autumn send all types of critters scurrying for the indoors. To defend your home against unwanted guests, follow these simple steps from the National Pest Management Association.  Read more…

The quote above makes sense and probably explains why I recently found a little mouse near our garage. It’s also a good reminder of why you should keep your garage door in good working order with proper garage door seals (so the mouse stays on the OUTSIDE of the house!)

Here’s one other neat little trick from the Bob Vila site that can help keep those little buggers away – while keeping you feeling good about being a good, “green” Tucsonan:

It’s been rumored that mice and other creepy-crawlies cannot stand the smell of peppermint. Place used bags of peppermint tea strategically throughout the home—for example, near doors and inside cabinets—to help repel unwanted creatures. Infuse the bags with a few drops of peppermint essential oil to strengthen the scent and drive away pests even more successfully. See original article here

This could be especially important for those of you who have your homes on the market (or are considering it, as many folks do in the fall).  And here in Tucson, it does seem like the housing market is looking a bit better.  Here’s some recent numbers (though these are national numbers and not specifically the Tucson or Arizona market)

Housing Indicator Approaches Peak Level

Consumer confidence in the home-buying and -selling market bounced back from a recent dip, suggesting continued gradual improvement in housing activity. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index™ (HPSI) increased to 83.8 in September, and The HPSI Good Time to Sell component increased 13 points on net, due likely to a strong home price environment coupled with a slight improvement in consumers’ economic outlook.

Even if your house isn’t going on the market, the fall can be a great time to motivate to declutter before the end of the year, and before the holidays take over.  And of course, the garage is always a great place to start when it comes to decluttering!

Need some help on how to get started?  Thought you’d never ask!

6 Easy Steps to Efficiently Declutter Your Home

Does your home look like a storage locker or a pack rat’s dream? If so, it’s time to purge, declutter and refresh. It may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some quick, effective ways to declutter your home without feeling overwhelmed:  Read more

There you have it.  Take in the beauty of October in the Sonoran desert, spruce up the house and garage as needed, but keep the rodents out using natural methods.

Oh, and Go Cats!

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Dealing With Common Home Repairs

You are prepared as possible for home ownership and, specifically, for these little repairs that are part of home ownership? We gathered some costs and tips for the top most common home repairs to give people a benchmark for how much you’ll pay to bring in a professional.  So, to your list and I am sure toilet fill valves are somewhere on this… or a plumber.

When you hear the water continuously filling and draining from your toilet tank, it’s often because a leaky fill valve and with labor and materials, you are looking at between about sixty and two hundred and twenty-five dollars in terms of repair, depending on your area. The job takes about two hours, which is often the minimum some plumbers require just to take a job. And also, speaking of leaks, another repair you’re sure to encounter at some point is a leaky faucet.

Yes, that drip-drip-dripping is annoying, but the main thing is it can increase your water bill.

Exactly. It’s not something to let go. And depending on the faucet, you might need to simply replace the rubber washers, the old ring, a faucet cartridge. With labor and materials, you are looking at roughly ninety seven to about three hundred and thirty dollars. So again, probably because of the minimum time that it would take the plumber to come.

By the way, if you do replace a bathroom faucet or fixture, just a little tip: look for products with a Water Sense label, it’s an EPA certification that means the product meets certain set of water conserving criteria, which is usually twenty percent water savings over a product that just meets code. And there are Water Sense certified shower heads, toilets, and bathroom sink faucets.

What else is on the list?

How about replacing a ceiling fan?

Yes. Sooner or later the motor will burn out, the blades will wear out, or your fan just kind of looks outdated and a lot of people walk in houses they’re looking to buy and they look at the ceiling fan and it just looks so thirty-forty years ago and you need t replace it.

Exactly. Replacing it isn’t a really big deal, because it comes with upgraded wiring and reinforced ceiling box, a light switch for ceiling fans controls. So, usually, all that stuff is in place with the unit.

What you are paying for is the electrician’s time, which is probably one or two hours and the new fixture. So, total labor and materials could be a hundred to twelve hundred dollars, depending on how fancy your fixture is.

And I wanted to share a little tip, it’s really a myth I’d like to bust for people, because I think a lot of people tend to leave their ceiling fan on all the time, they leave a room and they never turn it off and it’s actually counter-productive to do that, because they don’t cool rooms, they cool people. So, you are actually wasting energy if no one is in the room to feel the breeze.

Interesting. Also, people do it because, you know, for the cat.

Exactly. There’s nothing wrong with that, I totally support that.

Gutter is on the list.

They are. Because, at the very least, you are going to need to have your gutters cleaned every year. But, common problems, that they pull away from the house, or they pitch at inefficient angles because of the weight of snow or soggy leaves.

So, chances are you are going to need to call in a gutter contractor who will clean the gutters, replace or reinstall the supporting hardware and hangers and if they’re going restore the correct pitch, the contractor has to detach and reattach each gutter section. So, total cost for labor and materials could be anywhere from a hundred and forty to three hundred dollars, possibly even more. How about another common thing is a faulty light switch?

Yes, that is common. You turn on the light, nothing happens or there are sparks when the light turns on.

Yes, and it’s an easy fix for an electrician. They’ll turn off the power, they’ll take off the face plate, maybe they’ll tighten the wires or replace the switch, it should take less than an hour. Labor materials usually run about forty to a hundred and five dollars.

Really get a pro for these thing, if you don’t know your way around electricity, this is not something you want to mess with as DIY-er.

I totally agree. And one more problem that many new home owners encounter and that’s a out of alignment door.

Yes, I hate those. That happens because over time your house moves, as the foundation settles and building materials expand and contract with changes in humidity, so it’s natural.

Exactly. It’s not necessarily a sign of something really bad, although it could be a sign of a more serious foundation problem.

So, door frame shift and that causes the hinges to creek and the doors to not shut properly. So, a handy man would add wood shims to frames and hinges to align the door so they open and close easily. He might also replace worn out screws with longer screws, which helps secure the hinges tightly. This probably it’s a fix he can do in about an hour and labor and materials are anywhere from thirty-five to more than three hundred and fifty dollars.

Every once in a while we really enjoy sharing more than just information about garages… If you enjoyed this article, you can find more like it by tuning in to the weekly podcast at www.HouseLogic.com/radio

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Tips on Hiring Contractors – From Garage Doors and More

Tips for Finding a Great Contractor – Whether For Your Garage Door or Something Else

Contractors- they can be life savers, miracle workers, or they can be just a total dud. I’ve had my share of total duds. What was I doing wrong, how do I find a good contractor?

It can be a challenge to find a good contractor, whether you’re talking specifically about garage door repairs or any other aspect of home repair or remodeling, especially this time of year when a lot of folks are fixing up their homes. And, of course, the very best place to start is to talk with your friends and neighbors who had some work done recently. People love to brag when they’ve done something well and they usually aren’t shy about complaining when someone is done bad work.

Another good idea is to talk to people who work at your local hardware store or lumber store. Local business people who serve the construction industry, they know who pays the bills regularly, who gets jobs done on time and who has the best reputation. You should also cross references referrals if you can.

And how do I do that?

For starters, check them for complains with the Better Business Bureau, but you don’t have to jump to conclusions if there are complaints, just see if the dispute has been resolved.

And number two, check the worker’s references. Ask the contractor to let you see some of his other jobs and if you can, talk to those homeowners.

And third, check the person out on online reviews sites. One really important note of caution: don’t rely just on one review site, consult several.

All right. I know this is an on-going debate. I should not always trust online reviews.

No, overall you can totally trust them, you just want to apply a little common sense and scrutiny because some companies might plant reviews to increase their rankings. For instance, we’ve heard about some reviews that have been written anonymously by a company’s employees, some reviews might have been paid for, companies hire people to write glowing reviews, or a rival company might write a negative review about a contractor.

That sounds like a total mess. So, how do you I know what’s real?

It’s not hard. It’s just a matter of applying a little judgment and leg work. So, check reviews over a person under few sites. Like I said, just don’t rely on one.

And when you see extreme reviews, like “Don’t let this guy step foot on your property!” or “It’s the best experience of my life”, take it with a grain of salt. Balance positive and negative reviews.

If you find a negative comment about a contractor you are interested in, check to see if he resolved it.


All right. Let’s say I found my contractor, I think I found the person I want the person I want to work on my house. How do I protect myself when it’s time to sign the contract?

First, you want to get itemized bids from three contractors, so that you get a good number of bids to compare and itemizing it’s important so you can see where the costs are assigned. So if you need to trim, you can find specific that you might be able to do without.

Some things that your contract should include is that the contractor will get all the permits and the approvals, that it names the start and end dates for the projects and a payment schedule.

And just as a tip: be sure to specify fifteen to thirty percent for the final payment, so you’re holding something back and that final payment should be made only if the work it totally completed and you were able to verify that the subcontractors have been paid.

Speaking of subcontractors, before you hire out , ask who will be in charge of the job site and meet the foreman.

Okay. So, say I’ve signed a deal with a contractor and he’s hired a team, what happens if the crew then is not reliable or they show up late or maybe sometimes not at all?

If you need to throw a hissy fit, because it is tempting to do so, do it privately, then take a deep breath and if the problem is chronic, document your grievances, know the days and times that the crew failed to show and for how long, make note of delayed deliveries of materials, appliances and then take photos of any shoddy work or inferior materials.

And talk to your contractor away from the crew. If that doesn’t work, then you need to consider other options like firing them, getting an attorney, or going to small claims court. Usually, it doesn’t come to that.

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A New Website For Our Continued Commitment to Tucson

Discount Garage Door Company is pleased to announce that we now have a new website!  Our hope is to be better able to both reach you, (both present and future customers), as well as for you to more easily know us and reach us.

Our focus and specialty is garage doors and everything involved with them.  Web sites and social media aren’t really our strong suit…  And just like we recommend having someone knowledgeable help you when you have problems with your garage, when it comes to website design… it was time for us to call in some help!

You’re looking at the result, and our sincere hope is that you find it helpful, informative, and reassuring as to who Discount Garage Door is as a company and as local Tucson residents.  We’re here to serve our community and welcome any questions or feedback you may have for us. Not only regarding the new website, but anything to do with garage doors, openers, or installations.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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