• Tips for Storing your Summer Gear

    As the season draws to a close, it’s time to find a place for all your summer gear. Fun in the sun requires quite a bit of equipment and if you’re like most of us, when the summer ends you may not be quite sure how and where to stow it all. Sports equipment, camping gear, and water toys seem to multiply in the summer, but they can all be safely stored in your garage.

    Of course, the question is not just where to put it all, but also how to keep it safe for next year. Nothing ruins a summer outing faster than finding out your gear has degraded while it was stored. Follow a few best practices for storing summer things, and it will all be fresh and ready the next time you take it out.

    • When packing away beach or pool equipment, make sure it’s clean and dry. Knock off any loose sand, hose off whatever you can’t get off otherwise, and allow everything to dry completely before you store it. You can pack your water toys and gear into closets, cupboards, bins, or anywhere else you find convenient, but it’s a good idea to pack some DampRid in with these items, to ensure there’s no mold or mildew when you take them out next year.

    • Hang your canoes, surfboards, and bikes from the ceiling or on wall racks. Making the most of vertical space is a great idea when you’re looking for somewhere to store these bulky items. Before you put them away for the season, make sure to give them a good cleaning and oil anything that has wheels or moving parts. It’s also smart to use the appropriate protectant on metal, rubber and plastic items before you store.

    • Clean your camping gear thoroughly before putting it away.

      • Set up the tent in the garage and vacuum it. Then wipe it down with soap and water and allow it to dry completely

      • Clean your sleeping bag and hang it to let it air out between uses. It’s better to store sleeping bags hanging in a closet than rolled and stuffed into a plastic or nylon bag.

      • Vacuum and wipe backpacks. You don’t want to leave any crumbs or debris in your bags that might attract unwanted attention from bugs or rodents.

      • Remove batteries from flashlights and other electronic gear before storing. At best, storing things with the batteries still inside will deplete the batteries. At worst, it can become a fire hazard.

    Keeping your gear safe also means having a garage that’s secure. Is it time to update your garage door, to make sure you have the security you need? Guardian Garage Door Service, Inc is a family owned business in Lacey Township, specializing in residential garage doors in New Jersey. We professionally service all makes & models of garage doors and garage door openers, our experienced technicians use the highest quality parts, and we offer our industry-leading ten-year parts & labor warranty. For more information, call 732.908.1941 or reach us through our website for more information.

  • Can a Garage be Unique?

    Garages are functional spaces and, for the most part, they’re pretty similar. They can be attached to the house or detached, and typically they have room for storage and one or more cars. Most garages have a concrete floor and a sturdy door that’s usually made of steel, aluminum, wood, copper, glass, or vinyl. So what would make a garage unique?

    • Some garages are unique because they’re made to house unique items. Maybe the garage is unique because it holds a charging port, in order to house an electric car. A garage might be made of glass or some other translucent material, to show off its contents: maybe it holds a beautiful sports car. Some people build luxury garages to house high-end cars while also providing hang-out space for car enthusiasts to gather.

    • Other garages are created especially to fit with their surroundings, rather than standing out as unique spaces. Often, beautiful estates will have garages that are made of the same materials as the house and built in a way that brings symmetry to the home’s overall look. As a rule of thumb, garages should match the architectural style of the home. High-end homes deserve custom garage doors, like carriage house doors or specialty doors.

    • Sometimes, garages are designed to make the most of natural resources. A garden on the roof of the garage is one example of a way to utilize otherwise wasted space in a beneficial way. While a garden produces natural resources, other garages respect nature in the way they’re constructed. Garages can be made of sustainable local materials, or they can be made from recycled or reclaimed materials. Garage roofs can also be designed in such a way that they divert rainwater into a rain barrel, which is another way to make wise use of natural resources.

    • High-tech garages are a high-end solution. Today’s garage doors come with many high-tech options, like Wi-Fi garage door openers that work with your smartphone. Ceiling lifts provide a convenient storage option, and solar panels mounted on top of a garage can provide energy to the whole home. Some people build underground home garages, often using hydraulic lifts to optimize available space and store cars in a space that’s uniquely integrated into the home. For people with many cars, a multilevel garage may be the best solution and is another configuration in which hydraulic lifts can be used for convenient storage.

    Whatever kind of garage you choose, Guardian Garage Door Service, Inc. can install a garage door that meets your needs and fits your specifications. A family-owned business in Lacey Township, we specialize in residential garage doors in New Jersey. We professionally service all makes & models of garage doors and garage door openers, our experienced technicians use the highest quality parts, and we offer our industry-leading ten-year parts & labor warranty. For more information, call 732.908.1941 or reach us through our website for more information.