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Are you using your garage to store gardening tools, DIY equipment, unused furniture and who knows what else? It’s tempting to use the garage as extra storage space but there are certain things that really shouldn’t be kept behind closed garage doors. Whether integral, attached or freestanding, most garages are usually not well insulated […] The post 7 items you shouldn’t keep in the garage appeared first on CDC Garage...
Are you using your garage to store gardening tools, DIY equipment, unused furniture and who knows what else? It’s tempting to use the garage as extra storage space but there are certain things that really shouldn’t be kept behind closed garage doors. Whether integral, attached or freestanding, most garages are usually not well insulated or heated, meaning temperatures and moisture levels will fluctuate more than in your house. This is what can cause huge damage to your possessions.
Take a look at these 7 items and if you do routinely keep them in the garage, do yourself a favour and find a more suitable alternative storage space.
1 – Wooden furniture
A cold, damp garage is not the ideal storage place for furniture, particularly if they are valuable pieces. Wood is a living material that will respond to changes in humidity. The wood fibres will expand and contract depending on the moisture levels in the air, eventually leading to cracks in the wood and ultimately deterioration. Proper wood storage needs a consistent temperature and protection from the elements.
2 – Books, magazines and papers
In the same way that wooden furniture can be damaged by humidity, paper fibres will also respond to moisture – only more quickly. Books, magazines and newspapers, photo albums and any other paper products kept in the garage will soon react to humid surroundings, developing curled pages and warped spines. Better to store items made from paper in a temperature controlled environment.
3 – Paint
You may think no harm can come to a tin of paint kept in the garage, but you’d be wrong. Paint should be stored in a cool, dry environment. If your garage is subject to high temperature fluctuations, being hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter, the lifecycle of your paint will be reduced. Make sure your garage is insulated before you keep paint tins on the shelf – and don’t ever put them on the floor as the tins will rust more easily.
4 – Foodstuffs
From fresh fruit and veg to sacks of grain or nuts, food should never be kept in the garage unless you actively want to attract mice, rats and other pests. Rodents are unbelievably resourceful and able to bite even through hard plastic. Neither should you be fooled into thinking that no harm can come to tinned food in the garage. The fluctuations in temperature can lead to flavour loss in tinned food.
5 – Fridge/Freezer
Did you know that a fridge or freezer kept in a very cold (winter) or hot (summer) garage will use a lot more energy to keep operating at the right temperature? And more energy means higher electricity bills to you. Unless you can easily control the temperature in your garage, this is not an energy efficient way to use a refrigeration appliance.
6 – Electronic equipment
From old TVs or DVD players to computers or games consoles, these electronic devices will deteriorate very quickly if they’re kept in a damp garage. Electronic components are particularly susceptible to changes in temperature. They’re sensitive to condensation – and if moisture gets in to the circuits, your equipment can be damaged beyond repair.
7 – BBQ gas bottles
If you have a gas barbecue and are storing propane gas canisters for it in the garage, it is highly recommended that you move them straight away. Gas bottles should always be kept in a well ventilated area – outside if at all possible. Keeping them inside is a major safety risk since it is possible for the fumes to ignite, for example when you start your car.
If you are considering upgrading or repairing your garage door and are looking for professional advice and a huge range of garage doors to choose from, why not contact CDC Garage Doors for a free quotation?
GRP is fast becoming the most popular material for garage doors and a great alternative to traditional steel or wooden garage doors. GRP stands for glass reinforced polyester, a polymer plastic composite reinforced by fibreglass. The material is tough, durable and easily maintained, providing security and style in equal measures. CDC Garage Doors is a […] The post GRP garage doors – the best of all worlds? appeared first on CDC Garage...
GRP is fast becoming the most popular material for garage doors and a great alternative to traditional steel or wooden garage doors. GRP stands for glass reinforced polyester, a polymer plastic composite reinforced by fibreglass. The material is tough, durable and easily maintained, providing security and style in equal measures.
CDC Garage Doors is a leading supplier of GRP garage doors in the South of England. If you’re thinking of having a garage door installed in your home, here are the key reasons why we would recommend GRP.
First class performance
GRP is one of the strongest materials available for garage doors. The outer layer protects against the weather, able to easily shield your car and possessions from wind, rain and snow. The invisible insulated thermal lining and composition of the door means there won’t be any warps or bumps as a result of weather exposure. When it comes to home security, GRP garage doors are also an excellent choice. What’s more, the can be fitted with locking systems for extra protection.
Rust and fade proof
Rust and corrosion may be common problems with steel garage doors, particularly in coastal homes where the salty air can play havoc with metal door. GRP garage doors are unaffected by salt and will protect your home wherever you are in the country, giving you many years’ enjoyment. What’s more, GRP is fade proof, meaning even the strongest colours will stay bright for years, with no need to repaint.
Wide choice of styles and designs
Finding the right style of door for your home is not a problem with GRP. The material allows for a huge variety of sleek design and colour choice. And if you like the look of a traditional woodgrain door, you will find it almost impossible to tell the difference between the real thing and a GRP version. This means you can have all the rustic charm your home desires without any of the disadvantages of a wooden garage door.
Low maintenance solution
Being a strong and durable material with no warping, corrosion or colour fading, there’s very little maintenance required for GRP garage doors. The material is also highly resistant to damage and can withstand knocks and bumps that would leave marks in other types of doors.
All that’s required is the occasional wipe down with a damp cloth to keep your GRP garage door looking like new.
CDC Garage Doors have a wide range of GRP garage doors on offer in a variety of styles that can mimic traditional timber garage doors, up and over doors, side hinged doors and much more. Why not take a look at our Gallery or, better still, visit our showroom for a closer look? Contact us today for more information.
Are you thinking of putting your house on the market this summer? If you’re preparing your property for sale, don’t forget that kerb appeal can make all the difference for getting you a swift sale at the asking price. It’s all about first impressions – you never get a second chance to make one. Did […] The post Use your garage to add kerb appeal to your home appeared first on CDC Garage...
Are you thinking of putting your house on the market this summer? If you’re preparing your property for sale, don’t forget that kerb appeal can make all the difference for getting you a swift sale at the asking price.
It’s all about first impressions – you never get a second chance to make one. Did you know that ¼ of house hunters make a decision on a property in just 10 minutes? With so little time to impress potential buyers, you need to make sure the front of the house looks nothing less than perfect.
Garages are, of course, a desirable feature in any home, particularly if yours is big enough to accommodate a modern car – most pre-war garages struggle in that respect. But regardless of size, it always pays to make the most of the space available.
Let’s start with the garage door.
Assuming your garage faces the road and is clearly visible at the end of your drive, it will be one of the first things visitors will see. In fact, your garage door may be the main elevation to catch your potential buyer’s eye as s/he approaches the house. No surprise, then, that having an attractive garage door will substantially influence the perceived value of your home. If your garage door is not up to scratch, now is the time to repair whatever needs fixing and give the door a new paint job – or better still invest in a brand new door.
In terms of what buyers are looking for, it’s best to play it safe so that you can appeal to the widest possible market.
- Choose a colour that adds interest but isn’t so bold that it can put potential buyers off. Whichever shade you select, make sure that it fits with the rest of your property’s exterior.
- The same goes for the style of door. Whether you go for UPVC up-and-over garage doors or a traditional timber garage door, make sure they complement your home beautifully.
- Your garage door must be fully functional. A creaky, sticky or damaged door is not a good selling point while a smoothly gliding door may just clinch the deal. If the budget allows, invest in automatic garage doors that you can show off by using a remote key fob or your smartphone.
- Finally, cleanliness is next to godliness. Even the smartest, snazziest garage door won’t get you any brownie points with house buyers if you haven’t bothered to look after it.
Once you’ve wowed your potential home buyers with the outside of the garage, it’s time to take a look inside.
A garage should be tidy and organised, with plenty of room for the car as well as all the other bits and bobs that are typically found there – gardening equipment, DIY tools, bicycles, toys etc. That said, many home owners may see much more than just a place to park the car. Garages represent very valuable extra spaces that can be used in a variety of ways. From home gyms to artists’ studios, man caves to home offices, your humble garage offers huge potential that you can easily exploit through good presentation for sale.
Use clever storage and lighting solutions to make your garage look as spacious as possible, and show off any windows by letting in natural light. Finally, it should go without saying that everything should be sparkling clean.
Security is at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind, and most of us will go to great lengths to protect our family and our possessions. You may have invested heavily into the latest front door locks, intruder alarms and security equipment around the house – but what about the garage? If you’re anything like most […] The post 4 top tips to make your garage secure appeared first on CDC Garage...
Security is at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind, and most of us will go to great lengths to protect our family and our possessions. You may have invested heavily into the latest front door locks, intruder alarms and security equipment around the house – but what about the garage?
If you’re anything like most people, the contents of your garage may be very valuable to a burglar. Tools, bicycles, toys, gardening or gym equipment and all sorts of possessions may be attractive to a thief on the lookout for a quick return. Ladders and tools, of course, may also come in very handy to gain access to the rest of your house. What’s more, if your garage is attached to or an integral part of the property, breaking into the garage may be one way into your home.
It’s worth remembering that most burglars are opportunists that will take advantage of what they see as an easy target. Luckily, there are a few things you can do that will make your garage look like a difficult prospect for thieves, so take note.
1 – Garage door
Let’s start with your garage door. How old is it? Is it in good condition? Does it have a lock? Older style garage doors won’t offer the same level of security as newer models, so it may be time for an upgrade. Whether you choose a timber, GRP or steel garage door, a sturdy new door with up-to-date security features will go a long way to protect your family and your belongings.
2 – Garage maintenance
Do you look after your garage? A silly question perhaps, but weak windows or a dilapidated structure will provide easy access for any passing thief. Check all possible entry points, repair whatever needs fixing and give your garage the TLC it deserves.
3 – Outside lighting
What about garage lighting? Exterior lighting around the garage is particularly important if your garage is located a distance from the main house. Burglars love the dark – it gives them the cover they need to work undetected. Fitting some motion sensor security lights is a very effective burglar deterrent indeed.
4 – Human behaviour
Finally, how security conscious are you in your everyday actions? Many homeowners are unaware of how their own inactions can jeopardise security. Be honest, do you always lock your garage? Perhaps you live in a low crime residential area and believe no-one is likely to break in? If this sounds like you, how about considering upgrading to an automatic garage door that always opens, closes and – most importantly – locks at the touch of a button.
If you’ve had a quality garage door professionally installed at your home, it should give you many years of trouble free operation. But what do you do when there’s a problem? Let’s take a look at the most common garage door faults and what to do about them. 1 – The door won’t open or […] The post 4 common garage door problems and what to do about them appeared first on CDC Garage...
If you’ve had a quality garage door professionally installed at your home, it should give you many years of trouble free operation. But what do you do when there’s a problem? Let’s take a look at the most common garage door faults and what to do about them.
1 – The door won’t open or close fully
If your garage door is jammed or won’t close properly, there may be an obstruction. Check carefully around the door inside and out. The problem may be due to a piece of gravel, small stone or other garden detritus that has become lodged in the door mechanism. Or perhaps poorly stored garden tools or other objects on the inside may be the cause? Make sure the garage door is free from any obstruction, both inside and out. If you have located the problem but you’re still struggling to get the door to behave properly, call CDC Garage Doors’ repair service to take a look at it.
2 – The tracks and rollers are stiff or heavy
If your garage door feels unusually heavy to open and close, check the tracks to see if there is any sign of debris or obstruction that may cause impaired operation. If necessary, take a cloth and give the tracks a good clean so that the rollers can glide across more easily. You may need to add extra lubrication to help things along. Also take a look at the rollers and check for signs of damage – if repair or replacement is needed, give our repair team a call and we will come out to your home as soon as we can.
3 – The automatic door has stopped working
If your automatic garage door has suddenly stopped working, you should first check the battery in the access remote in case it needs replacing. If the remote works perfectly but the door refuses to respond, there may be a more serious problem, possibly with the motor, tracks or springs. This will need professional attention. Call the repair technicians at CDC Garage Door to arrange for a home visit as soon as possible.
4 – The garage door refuses to stay open
If the door doesn’t stay up when opened, or it has started to droop down a little, the fault may lie with the springs. Your garage door will either have torsion springs situated along the top of the door frame, or extension springs that are fitted to each side of the frame. If the springs lose tension with age or fail completely, they won’t be able to support the door properly when it’s open. In that case, you will need to call out a garage door repair specialist to have the springs adjusted, repaired or replaced.
At CDC Garage Doors, we know that even the best garage door can succumb to wear and tear, either from years of repetitive use, accidents, neglect or wilful damage. Our expert team of technicians provide a comprehensive repair service for garage doors in and around Dorset. What’s more, we supply a broad range of spares and accessories including springs, rollers and cables, handles, locks and remotes and a range of sliding door gears. Why not give us a call today on 01202 348241 to discuss your requirements.
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Choosing a new garage door is an important decision for your home. With so much choice out there, you need to do your research to find the best solution in terms of functionality, security, aesthetics and budget. Sectional garage doors are very versatile and may be just what you’re looking for. Take a look at […] The post 5 benefits of sectional garage doors appeared first on CDC Garage...
Choosing a new garage door is an important decision for your home. With so much choice out there, you need to do your research to find the best solution in terms of functionality, security, aesthetics and budget.
Sectional garage doors are very versatile and may be just what you’re looking for. Take a look at these 5 benefits to help you reach the right investment decision for your garage.
1 – Protection from the elements
Do you consider your garage to be part of your home’s interior or exterior? Whether you store a valuable sport car or the trusted family car in the garage, or use the space as a home office or gym, it’s important to protect it from the elements.
Wind, autumn leaves, garden debris, even rain and snow can all find themselves into the garage and it can be a right nuisance to constantly having to keep the Great Outdoors at bay. Unless, that is, you install a sectional garage door, which will come with a floor seal. Problem solved.
2 – Excellent security
All entry points to your home, including garage doors, should offer the most advanced security features to protect you, your family and your belongings. The advantage of sectional garage doors is that they have minimal pivot points, which makes them very hard to break into.
As we all know, most break-ins are opportunity based. Faced with a sectional garage doors, burglars will be put off even trying to overcome the doors’ obvious security features. Job done.
3 – Good for small driveways
Homeowners not blessed with a large driveway will be only too aware of the added problem of garage doors. Trying to park the car, then squeeze into or out of the car without damaging the bodywork is bad enough without a rogue garage door to navigate too.
The beauty of a sectional garage door is that you can drive right up to it. There are no doors to swing out; the garage door opens and rises vertically. The benefit is even greater if you have a larger car, meaning more space inside and no worries about drive through width.
4 – Good for unusual garage openings
If your garage has an unorthodox opening it can be nigh on impossible to find a garage door that fits. However, sectional garage doors can work with a wide range of entrance shapes, including arched and domed shapes.
If you’re not sure whether your garage entrance would be right for a sectional garage door, why not take a picture of your garage opening and show it to us? Our garage door experts will be happy to talk you through all the available options.
5 – Manual or electric opening
Many home owners have strong preference towards manual or automatic garage doors. Whichever you prefer, sectional garage doors can be fitted with either option. The best way to make a decision is to visit the showroom to see and try out both in person. That way, your purchase decision will be based on information and experience.
If you’re curious to find out more about our wide range of our sectional garage doors from many major manufacturers, or to arrange for a free quote, please contact us here or call 0800 294 2002.
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