• How to measure for a new garage door

    Is it time for a new garage door? Maybe your old one has seen better days, or maybe you need to winterize your garage with a higher-quality, insulated door. Whatever the reason, the first step in getting a new door is measuring to see exactly which size you need. To do this, you’ll need a measuring tape, a step ladder, something to write with and on and, ideally, an assistant. All measurements should be noted in feet and inches.

    • First, measure the width. Choosing the widest point of your garage, measure between the right and left sides of the finished opening. While you’re doing this, look for any irregularities, like an opening framed with anything other than 2” by 6” wood, or jambs that are not square. This is where a second person comes in very handy because it’s difficult to stretch a tape measure across such a large space on your own.

    • Next, measure the height . This is the distance from the floor to the top of the finished opening, and it can be affected by issues like an un-level floor, so that’s something you’ll want to notice. It’s also good to make sure the top of the finished opening is level.

    • The area beside the openings is the next area to measure. There must be some room on each side so that a vertical track can be installed. The requirement is usually up to 3.75”, but between double garage doors, the center post should be at least 10” wide.

    • You’re almost finished: now it’s time to measure from the top of the door to the ceiling. The distance between the top of the door opening and the ceiling is called the headroom, and it’s where the garage door is going to go when it rolls up on tracks.

    • Last but not least, measure from the garage door opening to the back of the garage. This is an important step, because this area, known as the backroom, is where your garage door will retract when it’s open. You’ll need at least the door’s height plus 15”-18” for a manual door, and more if you’re installing an electric garage door opener.

    When it’s time to get a new garage door, it’s time to call Guardian Garage Door Service, Inc. A family-owned business we offer the best garage doors and parts, the best service, and the best warranty, and we’re happy to help you find a new garage door that’s perfect for your space and your specifications. Visit our website or call 732-269-9667 to learn more about our family-owned business and all we can do for you.

  • How to warm up the inside of a cold garage

    Is your garage so cold in winter that you have to put on outerwear to get something out of your car? Has your garage band lost its signature sound because the guys can’t keep their fingers warm? Are you just as cold doing a workout in your garage as you would be working out in the snow? Do polar bears reject the shelter of your garage in favor of a warmer bed on an ice floe? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, it’s time to warm up that garage.

    • Seal it up. Check your garage for any gaps in the walls or other surfaces that are allowing cold air to come in. Anywhere you find a gap, use a high-quality caulk to seal it. Not sure where to look for cracks? A good place to start is anywhere two materials meet; windows and doors meeting walls or two different building materials connecting create likely spots for leaks.

    • Insulate! One of the reasons your garage is cold could be that it’s less insulated than the rest of the house. Installing additional insulation in the ceiling and walls will go a long way toward warming up the garage.

    • Look to the windows. When cold air is seeping into your garage, there’s a good chance your windows are to blame. Pay attention to your windows, making sure they close completely, repairing any cracks that you find, and replacing old windows with insulated ones.

    • Invest in a good door. When you’re trying to warm up your garage, perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle is a good garage door. Choose a sturdy, insulated door with a high R-value, because that means it will provide thermal protection to keep the winter out and the warmth in. The right door can make all the difference in keeping your garage as warm as the inside of your home.

    All jokes aside, at Guardian Garage Door Service, we offer the best garage doors and parts, the best service, and the best warranty, and we’re happy to help you find a new garage door that’s perfect for keeping winter out. Visit our website or call 732-269-9667 to learn more about our family-owned business and all we can do for you.

  • Garage Door Safety Tips

    A garage is a welcome addition to any home. Garages provide storage, a safe place to park your vehicle, and add to the security of your home. Due to their size and the way they operate, garage doors are associated with a number of safety risks as well. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your family safe by paying attention to the condition of your garage door and using it wisely and safely. The following tips can help keep your family safe around your garage door.

    • Garage door openers are not toys; make sure to keep them out of the reach of small children. Don’t let kids play with any aspect of the garage door and don’t let them play under or near where the door opens and closes.

    • Read your owner’s manual to learn how to use the emergency release feature.

    • Each month take time to visually inspect the garage door including cables, springs, rollers, and pulleys. Look for signs of wear. Avoid trying to repair anything but call in a professional.

    • You can test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism. Place a 2 x 4 or a roll of paper towels in the garage door’s path and push the button to close it. The door should reverse after it contacts the item.

    • Keep your garage door fully opened or closed at all times. A partially open door may travel downward even if there’s an object in its path.

    • Use a vacation lock or unplug the garage door opener unit when you’ll be out of town.

    • Avoid leaving your remote control in your vehicle or with a parking attendant.

    • Teach your kids to never race under a moving garage door and set a good example by never standing or walking under a moving garage door.

    • Have your garage door inspected annually by a professional to make sure everything is working properly.

    To schedule a garage door inspection or maintenance give Guardian Garage Door Service Inc. a call at 609-693-8040 .