11 Ways to Boost Garage Security

The garage door is often the most prominent feature of a home’s front façade. Depending on many factors, it may also be the most vulnerable. It’s a common entry point for burglars. And garages hold many valuables, from cars to power tools, to lawnmowers and other items we don’t often think thieves are looking for. You can avoid theft with these effective ways to boost garage door security and protect your garage.

  1. Close the Door : It’s not uncommon to see garage doors left open in residential neighborhoods. Even if you briefly leave the area unattended when, for example, taking out the garbage or doing yard work, a thief can quickly do their dirty work. Simply leaving the garage door closed can avoid trouble.
  2. Add a Garage Door Lock : A handle is like an open invitation to a burglary. Many handles don’t lock on their own, but you can install a locking handle for protection. Also put a slide lock on the inside of the door, which manually slides into place from the inside. A padlock attached to a door track is also effective.
  3. Lock the Entry to Your House : If you have an attached garage, lock the door between the garage and your house. An unlocked door allows easy entry when your garage has already been compromised. Installing a steel security door with a deadbolt provides even more protection.
  4. Cover/Frost the Windows : An effective precaution is to cover the windows to your garage. Blinds or curtains work well, or you can add a translucent film that will let in some sunlight. Frosted glass will too, while hiding whatever a would-be thief may be looking for.
  5. Secure Your Garage Door Opener Remote : Never leave the remote unattended in the car. Some people leave it in the glovebox; others let it dangle from the sun visor. Instead, keep the garage door opener remote in a pocket or your purse, link it to a keychain, and always store it in your house.
  6. Cover the Emergency Release Cord : Using a coat hanger, a garage door can be opened from the outside in under a minute. To prevent this, cover the emergency release cord so a thief can’t reach it. Securing the cord with a zip tie can also boost garage door security.
  7. Add Motion Sensing Floodlights : Thieves prefer to work in darkness. A burst of bright light usually sends them running, which is why motion-detecting floodlights are an effective deterrent, especially for detached garages that might not be illuminated as well. There are solar-powered lights that don’t require electrical connections.
  8. Install Security Cameras : Place the camera in a visible location. No burglar want’s their face, physical appearance, or clothing recorded. Some security cameras are motion-activated, and start recording when you leave or someone approaches, while other models have night vision. Others sync to smart home systems so you can monitor your garage door from a smartphone.
  9. Keep Valuables Out of Sight : High-value items should not be near windows or where they can be seen from outside. Instead, place them in closed cabinets or a separate storage room. Also, store your tools in a specialized cabinet with locks; if necessary, add locks to your tool storage.
  10. Upgrade to a Smart Garage Door Opener : The newest garage door openers can be operated using a smartphone app. Some of these, like MyQ from Liftmaster, shows you whether the door is open or closed and, if someone tries to break in, you’ll get an alert on your phone. You can even tap the screen to close the door or open it to let someone in.
  11. Update Your Garage Door : A secure garage door lock isn’t enough. Your garage door should be in good condition. Warping, poor seals, and damaged/run-down garage doors are a security risk. Outdated units should be replaced with secure options like steel garage doors. A fresh new door will also improve curb appeal and likely energy efficiency.

Schedule New Garage Door Installation or Repair Today

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How to Open a Garage Door Without Power

how to open a garage door without power

Electric garage door openers make life a bit easier. But when there’s a power outage, your garage door cannot open automatically. Unless you have a battery backup the only way to open it is manually. You can do this from the inside or the outside; we will explain how to open a garage door without power in both situations. First, make sure your door is down and fully closed.

How to Open a Garage Door Without Power in 5 Steps

If you are stuck inside your garage:

  1. Unlock the Garage Door: Locks or latches near the outside of the door should be opened. Otherwise, they can prevent you from lifting it.
  2. Unplug the Garage Door Opener: Disconnect the opener’s power cord to avoid electrical shock or other injury if the power suddenly turns on.
  3. Use the Emergency Release Cord: The release cord hangs from the track’s center rail near the front of the door and has a red handle. It’s attached directly to the trolley. Pull on the cord to disconnect the trolley from the garage door opener carriage.
  4. Pull the Door Up: Lift the garage door straight up from the bottom. It should lift with relative ease; if not, a spring may be broken. The door should also stay in place once it stops moving and you let go. Call a garage door technician if you have difficulty with this step.
  5. Close the Door by Hand: Once you back your car out of the garage, you can get out and pull the door down manually. If a lock bar is installed, slide it to secure the garage door.

 When stuck outside your garage:

  • Find the emergency release kit near the top center of the door, and its respective lock.
  • Using the right key, unlock the emergency release cord to reveal the cable, which can be accessed via the lock tumbler.
  • Unlock the door with the key and turn the handle to a vertical position.
  • Pull the door straight up and make sure it remains open and stable.
  • Once you’re inside, pull the door down until it is fully closed.

How to Reconnect the Opener

If you have an automatic garage door opener, shut the door, plug in the opener, and activate the remote. The system should reconnect by itself and the chain should start moving the trolley. Open and close the door a couple times to make sure it’s working properly.

For doors without an automatic trolley, shut the door and move the emergency release cord towards it. A switch should engage with an audible click. Manually move the garage door arm until it connects with the trolley; you need to raise the door by a foot or two for it to click into place.

Next, plug the opener back in and open the door with the remote. Check for buckling sounds or jerky movement; if all seems okay, close the door and leave it.

Safety Tips for Opening a Garage Door by Hand

In addition to unplugging the opener as previously mentioned:

  • Never Pull the Emergency Release When the Door Is Open: If the door is open when you pull the cord, it could crash down. It’s best to wait until power is restored or call a technician to address the problem.
  • Don’t Leave an Open Garage Door: If it’s disengaged from the automatic opener, the door can suddenly slam shut from any type of movement, even a gust of wind. Children, pets, and objects below the door can be struck by several hundred pounds of force. The garage door should be attended until power returns, a technician arrives, or you can close it successfully.
  • Call a Technician If Necessary: Any difficulty disengaging the trolley can indicate a spring problem. Never attempt to work on garage door springs yourself; they are dangerous and a sudden failure can cause severe injury or damage. Call a professional.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

We hope our tips for how to open a garage door without power help. However, you can always trust Mesa Garage Doors to troubleshoot and fix any problem. Available 24/7, we address emergencies and repair needs for homeowners in Los Angeles and Southern California. Book your visit online or call 800-893-1107 today!

How Much Should a Garage Extension Cost?

garage extension cost

You may consider a garage extension if you purchased a larger vehicle than your previous one. A garage extension can also turn your garage into a home office, dining room, entertainment center, home gym, kitchen, bedroom, or play room. Bear in mind this is not a low-budget project. We’ll detail some of the basic expenses below, in addition to various factors that can impact your garage extension cost.

Total Cost of a Garage Extension

According to HomeAdvisor, it costs $27,984 on average to build a garage (with a general range of $16,994 to $39,308). This equates to about $40 to $70 per square foot. But, it can cost $50,000 or more to build or expand your garage, depending on many variables. It can pay off to have a larger, more functional garage, both in terms of your experience and the impression it can have on potential home buyers down the road.

Factors to Consider

  • Size: Construction contractors often bid on garage projects based on size. A one-car garage is usually at least 12×20 feet. A two-car garage is at least 20×20 feet. The larger the garage, the higher the basic cost of building an extension, and many people choose larger dimensions such as a 24×24-foot garage. But keep in mind size is just a starting point in determining the ultimate cost.
  • Attached/Detached Garage: Complexity will certainly add to the cost. An attached garage is well-suited for small lots and homeowners who want direct access to their homes (especially when adding living space). Detached garages can be expanded as well, and you may have more choices in terms of layout, style, and size. They often require more materials and labor to modify. But here’s another garage extension cost factor—engineering help, as hiring a professional can cost a few hundred to up to $5,000 or more.
  • Structural Elements: If you’re starting from scratch, a foundation can cost from $1,600 to $2,000, for a 20 x 20-foot garage. Excavation work will add to the cost. But you can lower the cost if the new garage is built on the same site as the old one, or little demolition work is required. And location is a factor here; you can build or keep an on-grade concrete slab if the ground doesn’t freeze, but if it does, you’ll need a footer below the frost line.
  • Materials: All the materials used will add to the garage extension cost, and can include:
    • Siding: Aluminum siding ranges up to $7, brick up to $15, Hardie board up to $5, and natural stone up to $50 per square foot. Vinyl siding averages roughly $4 per square foot as does cedar siding, a visually appealing and environmentally sustainable option. Durable fiber-cement siding averages about $10 per square foot. If you want to refurbish the side of your garage with brick, it can cost up to $9 per square foot.
    • Flooring: Expect to spend $0.15 to $25 per square foot on flooring, depending on the material. Laminate flooring is about $2 to $5, but in the mid-range, vinyl flooring costs $2.50 to $5.50, engineered wood from $3.50 to $7, and Oak from $8 to $15 per square foot. Natural tile flooring ranges from $10 to $25 per square foot on average.
    • Roofing: If you have beams and columns in the middle, they can interfere with the finished space’s functionality. Removing these involves labor and potentially redoing the roof, and new roof trusses and beams vary in cost depending on lumber prices. Roofing ranges from $1 To $15 per square foot; asphalt shingles run up to $3.50, wood shingles up to $5.50, metal up to $6, and slate up to $15.

Framing is another factor. It can run, with materials and labor, from $15 to $30 per square foot if your garage frame needs to be expanded. Lumbar generally starts at $250 per 1,000 board feet; however, costs do fluctuate. Wood averages $1 to $5 per square foot and a steel frame averages around $2 to $6 per square foot in 2022.

  • Project-Related Costs: The garage extension cost can increase with various fees, which can include:
    • Architect Fees: An architect can charge from $2 to $25 per square foot, or from $125 to $250 per hour.
    • Architectural Plans: Custom planning can take a lot of time and effort. However, you can save with premade plans (cost between $500 to $1,000).
    • Permits: You’ll need a garage building permit, which can range from $1,200 to $1,500. However, permitting costs vary by location; according to the National Association of Homebuilders, permit fees typically account for 1.7% of the total project cost.

Other Garage Extension Costs

In addition to materials and labor, other costs you may incur include those for materials delivery, debris removal and disposal, and for protecting existing structures on your property. Modifications to your electrical and plumbing system add to the final cost as do HVAC, insulation, lighting, and security elements. Project management is another factor. Your project can cost 15% to 23% more to have someone supervise construction. And don’t forget the sales tax on materials and supplies in your state.

Schedule Your Consultation and Estimate with Mesa Garage Doors

We install high-quality garage doors throughout Southern California. Specializing in leading-brand garage doors and garage door openers, our factory trained installers and repair technicians do all it takes to ensure your satisfaction. Call 800-893-1107 to schedule an estimate on work related to your existing garage or an extension.

How to Heat a Garage

How to Heat a Garage

Most Americans use their garages for more than just housing their vehicles. Some choose to modify their garages into makeshift storage spaces, workshops, play areas, or even art studios. But even with these clever adaptations, most garages aren’t designed to stay warm in the dead of winter. The reason being is they lack adequate insulation. It’s far too costly to heat an uninsulated garage without spending a fortune on heating costs. 

Even in Southern California, where we enjoy ideal weather year-round, it still gets chilly in the evening during the winter months. Using a space heater is an often futile gesture to heat your garage and likely would only increase the inside temperature by a marginal difference and certainly not worth the expense or electricity. 

So what’s the solution? Believe it or not, there are ways you can affordably heat your garage. We’ll help explain how to heat a garage and what options are best for your needs and budget. 

How to Heat a Garage

Choose a Heat Source Based on Garage Square Footage

As we stated before, most portable space heaters aren’t powerful enough to successfully heat an entire garage, especially when the temperature outside plummets. However, there are some options, such as ceiling-mounted garage heaters, that do crank out enough BTUs to sufficiently warm your garage. Before heading to your local home improvement store to purchase a garage heater, you’ll want to find the exact square footage of your garage. This should help you determine what size and wattage your garage heater will need to be. 

Most garage heaters, because they are installed on the ceiling, will come with remote controls for optimal convenience. There is one drawback to ceiling-mounted garage heaters and that is that they don’t typically keep the garage floor warm. Heat rises, and when you consider the heat that’s lost through any gaps in the garage door as well as having a concrete floor, it’s easy to see why your feet may stay a little chilly regardless of your ceiling heaters. 

Line Garage Walls With Batt Insulation and Paneling 

Regardless of whether you install top-of-the-line garage door heaters, it is recommended that you couple that with insulation so that your heaters don’t have to work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature in your garage. Most garages don’t have finished walls, meaning they just have bare walls and lack adequate insulation. If you choose to heat your garage, this is easily remedied. 

Installing basic batt insulation along the interior walls of your garage can make a world of difference and save your heaters from having to run nonstop just to take the chill out of the room. Cover the interior walls with batt insulation and then install cover with plywood or additional drywall sheets. You can find batt insulation at any home improvement store or hardware store. 

Insulate the Garage Door 

Why stop with just insulating the walls? If you’re going to insulate your interior garage walls, it would only make sense to insulate the garage door as well. Depending on the thickness and material of your garage door, you’re likely losing a lot of heat through the garage door itself. Insulating your garage door may help keep your garage anywhere from 10-15 degrees warmer in the winter. Not only does insulating your garage door help during a frigid winter, but it helps keep your garage cooler in the summer months as well. You can find garage door insulation kits on Amazon or Home Depot and are a really simple DIY project for those that enjoy being handy. 

Eliminate Drafts and Seal Cracks

While installing insulation and mounting garage heaters are the first steps to heating your garage, it will do little good if vital warm air is being lost through unsealed cracks or gaps in the garage door, between the panels, or through windows that are improperly sealed. To find out where the air is escaping, you’ll need to conduct a visual inspection… 

  • Garage Door Frame: Most garage doors aren’t air-tight. In fact, few are. If you are heating your garage you’ll want to use weather stripping to seal the small gaps in and around the garage door. These strips have adhesive already on them and are extremely easy to install. Find and seal any gaps you see on the sides, between panels, and underneath the garage door where drafts are the most common. 
  • The Gap Under the Garage Door: Garage doors typically come with a seal at the broom that is intended to block drafts. But if your garage door is a little older, you may want to inspect the bottom seal of your garage door. If it appears that air is escaping, tighten or replace the seal/gasket that runs the length on the bottom of the garage door. If the seal has become cracked or has started to fall apart, you can easily purchase rubber weather stripping and replace the seal. Just remember to take your measurements before purchasing the weather stripping. 

Call Mesa Garage Doors to Install Garage Door Heaters

Serving Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, Mesa Garage Doors has over 50 installation and service teams to manage all of your garage door needs. Our factory-trained technicians can help install and refurbish your garage door as well as assist in mounting garage door refacing panels. Call 800-893-1107 to learn more.

Does Your Home Need a Pedestrian Gate?

pedestrian gate

As the name suggests, pedestrian gates are designed with the intent of offering a thoroughfare for pedestrians to walk onto a property, home, or business in a controlled fashion. Pedestrian gates typically aren’t wide enough for automobiles to pass through but are large enough to allow access for non-motorized vehicles like bikes or scooters to pass through. 

Not only are pedestrian gates aesthetically pleasing and can be designed to add a certain allure to a home or business, but they offer business owners and homeowners the opportunity to monitor and restrict who comes onto their property. They act as a stylish way of deterring solicitors and unwanted guests. If you are considering installing one on your home or business we’ll outline some of the benefits of pedestrian gates and how they can offer you increased security and peace of mind. 

Does Your Home Need a Pedestrian Gate?

The pedestrian gate is an elegant way to allow people inside your home or gain access to your property. These gates can be positioned in fences or walls, and they usually have some form of locking mechanism or security access technology installed along with them. Here are 5 reasons why your home needs a pedestrian gate. 

  1. Keep Unwanted Guests Out! – The number one reason why home and business owners install pedestrian gates on the perimeter of their properties is security. Entry gates may be one of the most effective ways to keep your home safe and secure, especially at night. These sturdy gates, when designed and installed properly, can help minimize unauthorized foot traffic while also protecting you from potential break-ins or other criminal activity. Pedestrian gates can also be installed in multiple locations throughout a property to partition off different areas and offer enhanced privacy where it is needed the most. Outfit your pedestrian gate with cameras, two-way microphones, keyless entry, or a gate code so that you can buzz visitors in upon confirming their identity. 
  2. Ward Off Solicitors – Let’s be honest, an unexpected knock at the door isn’t always a welcomed sound, especially these days. But when that phantom knock happens, your pedestrian gate can save you from unwanted conversations or having to interact with annoying solicitors. Keep in mind that entry gates don’t prevent deliveries or mail from reaching you, it merely stops the occasional passersby from coming to your front door. 
  3. Keep Children and Pets Inside the Perimeter – Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety and security of those you love. When it comes to young children, nothing can compare to the feeling of being able to provide a safe haven for them. With a pedestrian gate, you can keep strangers out and your loved ones inside a designated and secure area. When it comes to pets, these security gates are a godsend. Pets are great companions, but they naturally are tempted to wander off. Fencing your pet’s perimeter and outfitting it with a pedestrian gate will help ensure they stay far away from busy thoroughfares and potentially fatal traffic accidents.
  4. Adds Curb Appeal – There are a wide variety of security and pedestrian gates on the market today. While their main purpose is to offer enhanced security measures, they do add value to your property or business. Most pedestrian gates are constructed of wrought iron or solid wood. These beautiful pieces of functional art can add serious curb appeal and increase the resale value of your property.
  5. Reduces Your Insurance – When you keep your home safe, it’s easier to make sure that nobody will try breaking in or vandalizing your property. This means less risk and cost for insurance companies because they’ll be able to significantly decrease any potential claims on property damage or theft. Insurance companies are big fans of pedestrian gates. And when you add security cameras and intercom systems, you create an almost impenetrable perimeter around your home. 

Contact Mesa Garage Doors to Install a Pedestrian Gate

Serving Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, Mesa Garage Doors has over 50 installation and service teams to manage your pedestrian gate and garage door needs. Our factory-trained technicians can help install and refurbish your garage door as well as assist in mounting garage door refacing panels. Call 800-893-1107 to learn more.

 

5 Reasons to Install Wooden Driveway Gates

wooden driveway gates

The safety and security of your home and family are a very real concern to most homeowners, as they should be. Installing a driveway gate is one option that some property owners are looking towards to enhance the security and privacy of their homes. This is especially the case for those that may live on a larger property or compound.

The decision to install a driveway gate is one that should not be taken lightly. There are many factors you will need to consider before making your final selection, including material availability, cost-effectiveness, and access. While driveway gates can be built in a wide array of materials like wood, steel, and wrought iron, here we’ll be discussing the main reasons why installing wooden driveway gates may be the best fit for your home and family.

5 Reasons to Install Wooden Driveway Gates

Wooden driveway gates are a design choice that gives any property a regal quality and also offers superior protection and security. It should be noted that the design and appearance of wooden driveway gates have changed a lot over the years. Now manufacturers offer a more modern version of traditional wooden driveway gates, and they all aim to please. Here are 5 reasons why choosing to install a wooden driveway gate would be a good investment for your home.

1.   Cost

While wood isn’t the least expensive material to use for your driveway gate, it is high-quality and falls in the mid-price range. Priced at around $1,500 for a single panel, moving upwards to under $9,000 for a custom build with multiple panels, wooden driveway gates are still an economical choice for homeowners.

2.   Maintenance

Depending on where you live in the United States, wooden driveway gates have an average lifespan of around 15-20 years. Manufacturers usually craft wooden driveway gates out of pressure-treated wood and frame them inside a separate steel or aluminum frame to prevent them from sagging. Provided you don’t live by the ocean, in a rainy climate, or have your sprinkler system pointed at your gate on a daily basis, you can expect to get a long life out of this sturdy driveway gate. Keep in mind that wood is meant to withstand the outside elements. So take care of your wooden driveway gate and it will take care of you.

3.   Appearance Over Time

A wooden driveway gate will never lose its beauty as it is a natural product of Mother Nature. The decay process only enhances its mystique, making them more beautiful with time. Keep in mind that other materials like iron, which can rust, and vinyl, that fades over time, wooden driveway gates are preferred by many homeowners for their ability to get better with age.

4.   Privacy

As opposed to wrought iron gates that are almost entirely see through, wooden driveway gates offer the most privacy in comparison to other materials. The long slats typically used to assemble these majestic gates offer a continuous wall of privacy that onlookers are unable to peer through. This is an especially enticing option for families with children that play in the driveway or courtyard.

5.   Environmentally Friendly

It goes without saying that wood is a product of nature, while other materials aren’t biodegradable. Furthermore, wood that is used in manufacturing is usually sourced from land that grows trees purely for this purpose. So not only will your wooden driveway gate become one with the Earth again someday, but you won’t suffer the guilt of chopping down elder trees to create your gate.

As the market for automated driveway gates is flooded with more and more designs, materials, and color palettes, all of which are also viable options, there is just something about the inviting look and feel of a wooden driveway gate that makes any homeowner feel welcomed and protected.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors to Install Wooden Driveway Gates

Serving Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County, Mesa Garage Doors has over 50 installation and service teams to manage your driveway gate needs. Our factory-trained technicians can help install and refurbish your garage door as well as assist in mounting garage door refacing panels. Call 800-893-1107 to learn more.

How Long Do Garage Doors Last?

How Long do Garage Doors Last

A professional, high-quality garage door can make your home more inviting and secure. Maintaining it will help you maximize its life span, too! Proper maintenance and care are the key to ensuring that this vital piece of equipment lives up to its potential for many years to come. Invest time and care into your garage door now, and protect yourself from expensive repairs down the road.

How Long Do Garage Doors Last?

The lifetime of your garage depends heavily on how much you use it and how well you maintain it. It is true that garage door manufacturers offer warranties, but they vary, with most lasting only three years. Experts claim that the average lifespan of a quality garage door should be between 15-30 years, while garage door openers typically last 10-15 years before they need to be serviced.

There are steps you can take to get the most out of your garage door and your garage door opener. Read on to find out what you can do to ensure you are taking care of this very valuable investment.

The lifespan of your garage door is determined by a number of factors…

Usage: If you have a larger family, you’re probably using your garage door quite often. The up and down motion of your garage door and the opener can wear on the springs and offer more wear and tear, which will ultimately play a part in how long your garage door lasts before it is in need of garage door repair or replacement.

Maintenance: Regular maintenance is a vital part of the longevity of your garage door. Most garage door repair companies offer inspections to keep the openers, springs, and any components operating in tip-top shape.

Local Climate: Weather plays another factor in the lifespan of your garage door. Colder climates, inclement weather, salty sea air, arid habitats, all contribute to the wear and tear of your garage door and its components.

Steps You Can Take To Extend the Lifespan of Your Garage Door

Apply Lubricant – Garage doors are one of the largest pieces of equipment in a household. They need attention. A light coat of lubricant every 3–6 months will work wonders. Though there’s more than one type of lubricant for different purposes (heavy oils can get dirty), a graphite compound or spray-on supplies will work best on hinges and rollers. They’re lightweight enough not to accumulate grime over time while still being durable against wear from opening the garage door regularly.

Clean Sensors – Sensors play a critical role in the safety and proper operation of your garage door. They detect when there’s an obstruction in their path, which is critical to the safety of your family, especially if you have small children. Make sure you regularly clean off any cobwebs around these important parts (a dry cloth works best). Lastly, check that both eyes on one side are working correctly by pressing each button with its corresponding number until all LEDs turn red then white again at least once a month.

Visual Inspection – Use your common sense to visually inspect each part of your garage door. Look for rust, corrosion, or any obstructions that may be occurring. It’s best to catch these issues before they become a safety hazard or wind up being an expensive repair.

Call a Professional – While you are more than capable of doing your own garage door maintenance, it is sometimes wise to contact your local garage door specialists for an inspection and maintenance. Oftentimes they may be able to spot something that you overlooked and take care of it before it becomes a larger problem.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

Serving Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, Mesa Garage Doors has over 50 installation and service teams to manage your garage door needs. Our factory-trained technicians can help install and refurbish your garage door as well as assist in mounting garage door refacing panels. Call 800-893-1107 to learn more.

What Is Garage Door Refacing?

Refurbishing your garage door can significantly improve curb appeal and increase home value. Options include replacing a garage door or even adding windows or painting it. But with garage door refacing, panels can be changed to alter its appearance. Upgrading the surface is a viable option if your budget is limited and your garage door system is in relatively good shape.

Overlay Your Garage Door

A garage door overlay is a flexible, and affordable, way to update your garage door. There are different material choices and most options come in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors so you can customize the overlay to your needs. Overlay options include:

  • Wood: Wood décor is fashionable and many homeowners are adding different types of wood trim. But you don’t have to install real wood. Materials such as PVC or composite wood with a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and binding agents are durable, heavy, and reliable and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. Even a standard steel door can be made to look like a wooden classic.
  • Steel: If you have an aging garage door and don’t prefer traditional wood, a steel overlay can be a lasting, cost-effective option. By adding steel, you benefit from its strength, durability, and resilience. Steel tolerates adverse weather well and is suited for a range of climates. It also doesn’t crack or warp due to moisture and does not require much investment in maintenance or repair.
  • Aluminum: Its lightweight nature makes aluminum a good choice for double garage doors and wider models. Durable and resilient, aluminum can also be made dent-resistant with lamination. It can also be tinted, glazed, or painted in any color. Clear and translucent aluminum is also available. Therefore, refacing your garage door with aluminum allows for many design options.

Garage Door Skins vs. Garage Door Replacement

It generally costs just a few hundred dollars to update the skin of your garage door (you can also add insulation while you’re at it, which can improve efficiency and reduce energy costs). On the other hand, you could pay a couple thousand dollars to replace a single garage door. Installing a real wood door can be prohibitively expensive. But you can have the same look for less by refacing your garage door.

Garage door overlay kits allow you to perform a complete makeover. There are many options on the market so you can either choose from what is available or have panels customized. Installation is often easier than you think. Many kits consist of magnetic panels, so all you need to do is properly measure your garage door and choose the matching panels. If you have a metal garage door, the magnetic panels can be attached without tools (just be sure to clean the door and let it dry before installation).

The panels are usually marked by the manufacturer to help you install them in the correct order. With the door raised chest-high, start fitting the bottom panels from left to right. The manufacturer’s instructions should show you the correct order; once you’ve aligned the panels on the first row, move to the one above it, until you reach the top of the door. For double doors, start by fitting the edge panels.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

Servicing Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, Mesa Garage Doors has over 50 installation and service teams to manage your garage door needs. Our factory-trained technicians can help install and refurbish your garage door as well as assist in mounting garage door refacing panels. Call 800-893-1107 to learn more.

Everything You Need to Know About Garage Door Repair

If your garage door needs repair, there are two options—attempt to fix it yourself or call a professional. Many repairs require experience and personal protective gear. As for the types of garage door repair you can do with the right tools and parts, here is a look at how to approach the process.

Common Garage Door Problems You Can Fix

Garage door owners will almost certainly experience these issues eventually:

  • The Garage Door Won’t Fully Close: This is usually an issue with the photo eye sensor. Check the sensor and transmitter on either side of the door to make sure they’re aligned (they’re mounted about 6” from the floor). If not, adjust the pivot bracket so both components face each other. Also make sure there are no objects blocking the path of the infrared beam; if there are, remove them and any dirt, debris, or cobwebs that may be in the way. These issues usually take about five minutes to fix.
  • The Garage Door Is Dirty: Excess dirt increases wear and tear and reduces curb appeal. But you can wash a garage door with a wet cloth, sponge, or soft brush and some mild dish soap. Wipe down the door and then use clean water to rinse it down. For glass garage door windows, use dish soap, vinegar and water, or other non-abrasive cleaning solution. Also, clean any debris out of the tracks and, twice a year, use a spray-on car wax to protect steel doors from corrosion.
  • The Garage Door Is Noisy: Noise can mean a lot of things. If it’s caused by springs, hinges, or roller bearings that need lubrication, you can apply a lubricant. This should be done every two or three months. Lubricate lift cables as well. You can also tighten any loose nuts and bolts using a screwdriver. It also helps to clean dirty rollers and tighten loose hinges; misaligned tracks can be fixed by loosening screws or bolts, moving tracks into position, and retightening the mounting brackets and fasteners.

But if you’ve tightened and lubricated metal parts, and the garage door is still noisy, contact a garage door repair professional.

Do Not Fix Garage Door Springs on Your Own

A professional can replace a garage door spring quickly. It’s not a complex job but attempting it without the proper experience is extremely dangerous. A broken torsion spring is easy to identify; the coil will be visibly separated, leaving a gap. When a break occurs, there’s typically a loud bang. But it’s the high tension and rapid unwinding that is dangerous. A spring unwinds in less than a second and, if it breaks apart, can cause severe injuries.

If a garage door spring is broken or beginning to fail, the signs include:

  • The door stops after moving just a few inches.
  • The garage door is bent at the top.
  • The door won’t open when the emergency release cord is pulled.

Other DIY Garage Door Repair Tips

When realigning or tightening metal tracks, check for dents, flat areas, or crimps. Minor damage can be fixed by pounding the affected area with a rubber mallet, or a hammer and block of wood. Use a level to check alignment. A horizontal track should have a slight downward slant, toward the back of the garage. If you have a roll-up door, the tracks should be plumb, or upright. Also check that each track reaches the same height on the opposing walls.

Dirty tracks should be immediately cleaned to prevent excess wear and tear. A household cleaner can be used to remove dirt and grease. Then wipe the tracks and rollers dry before operating the garage door again.

When tightening loose hardware, check the hinges of your roll-up door to make sure they are tight and can hold the door together. Tighten any loose screws and, if any hinges are damaged, replace them. And when you find any enlarged screw holes, find a longer screw of the same diameter; dip a hollow fiber plug in carpenter’s glue and insert it with the new screw.

If you have a wood garage door and it cracks at the hinge, this can be fixed. Just remove the hinge, fill the crack with wood filler (including the screw holes), and replace the hinge after the filler dries. You can also move the hinge onto solid wood if there’s another place to secure it to.

Contact Us for Garage Door Repair

Mesa Garage Doors can fix any issue with your garage door and we’re available 24/7. For most other issues than the ones mentioned above, you should not try to fix them yourself. It can risk serious injury, damage, and avoidable expenses. For garage door repair service in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Southern California, book online or call 800-893-1107 today.

The Sandstone Garage Door: Unique, Yet Chic

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With so many designs to choose from, homeowners often face a long process of planning garage door installation. Sandstone is one option available with many doors, including Mesa’s steel series doors with 24-gauge steel and a 2-inch steel frame. A sandstone garage door can feature a wide array of design elements and creates a unique flair that can compliment various other colors and textures.

Where Can a Sandstone Garage Door be Used?

Steel garage doors with a wood grain finish are common. But a tan, warm brown, or similar color is used in many homes. Sandstone is in fact a very light shade of brown. If you’re looking for a tan color to complement your décor, sandstone is the way to go. It is more of a neutral choice, so can blend in or stand out with many types of facades, especially brick or stone.

Garage door options have become so flexible that you can use sandstone for practically any type. That includes:

  • Standard Garage Doors: Traditional-style doors that provide aesthetics and durability. Thermal foam insulation protects against the weather and blocks noise. Steel garage doors can often be fit with an interior reinforcement system to offer more resistance against the wind (and prevent noise too).
  • Carriage Style Garage Doors: Include the features of a standard steel model but have a more traditional wood appearance. Carriage house doors are insulated with foam. The color and style options are numerous and steel doors are also low in maintenance, contribute to energy efficiency, and can protect against break ins.
  • Raised Panel Garage Doors: Sandstone garage doors can feature a short raised panel design, which adds volume using small square or rectangular shaped planes. Many find the repeated pattern attractive. The garage door can catch the eye as a centerpiece of your home’s exterior façade. Another variation is long raised panel doors, which feature a protruding plane of rectangular shapes that repeat. There are fewer raised elements, so the pattern typically appears less cluttered.

Carriage style garage doors can have a long panel design that resembles historic two-panel hinged doors. Short panel doors have a busier pattern of short squares or rectangles. Both designs can feature windows and decorative hardware.

Choosing the Right Color

As with any color, sandstone must be selected based on various criteria. One option is to match your garage door to the color of your house. This can create a seamless blend and you can enlarge the perceived size of your house as well. It’s better not to match your garage door with the same color as your entry door. And while some may want a two-toned garage door to be unique, this doesn’t usually provide the same curb appeal as a single-colored garage door. In other words, if sandstone is the perfect match for your home, the entire garage door should be that color.

Let Mesa Garage Doors Help You Decide

Mesa Garage Doors has over 30 years’ experience installing residential garage doors in Southern California. We specialize in many different styles and can help you with a sandstone garage door if it suits your home and creates the chic vibe you long for. Our technicians can match a door style with your house and customize it in any color, window, or hardware option. Call 800-893-1107 or use our online booking system to schedule an appointment.