Black Garage Doors That Can Modernize Your Home
Black Garage Doors That Can Modernize Your Home
When you imagine a garage door, black might not be the first colour that comes to your mind, but black garage doors have been a growing trend for homes over the last few years. If you’re looking to modernize your home’s exterior, we have a variety of the best black garage door options for you at Scarboro Garage Doors.
Some advantages of installing a black garage door for your home include:
- A fresh, modern look: If you ever get tired of looking at the front of your home because it’s too plain or boring, installing a black garage door can fix your problem almost immediately. Not only does it add a little bit of contrast to your home, but it also makes the outside look newer and more modern. So, the next time you walk out into the yard, you’ll feel good about what you see.
- Increased property value: Replacing your garage door is a great way to increase your home’s value — and replacing it with a modern black door can increase it even more!
Top Black Garage Door Options We Offer
If you’re looking for an attractive, reliable black garage door to install on your property, Scarboro Garage Doors offers multiple styles that will improve your home’s aesthetic.
GALLERY® Collection Garage Doors
One of our best black garage door options is the GALLERY® collection by Clopay®. You can buy the doors in a number of colours, including black, charcoal and ultra-grain oak slate finish. These are carriage house style garage doors with large windows that let in some light and help keep the garage from being dark and stuffy.
The windows come in almost two dozen different designs with multiple types of glass options. You can also choose to have your garage doors made with or without insulation depending on your individual needs. Take a look online for more decorative hardware options.
Modern Steel™ Collection Garage Doors
Our other top black garage door for sale is part of the Modern Steel™ Collection. Like the GALLERY® collection garage doors, these also come in the attractive shades of black, charcoal and ultra-grain oak slate finish.
The Modern Steel™ Collection doors come with flush panels or grooved panels, as well as a multitude of window designs. For instance, one of our popular designs is flush panel with four windows down the side. This gives the door a contemporary feel that many other decorative window inserts fail to replicate.
Many customers also choose the flush panel choice over other black garage door options thanks to its strength and insulation capabilities. If you want something durable and pleasing to the eye, this is the best garage door we have for sale.
Choosing garage doors from either of these collections will allow you to strike a balance between aesthetics and practicality. Give us a call at 416-286-2100 or contact us online.
Pickering Ultimate Garage Door Buyer’s Guide: How to Increase Curb Appeal and Energy Savings
Pickering Ultimate Garage Door Buyer’s Guide: How to Increase Curb Appeal and Energy Savings
Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, the Toronto suburb of Pickering is best known as home to one of the world’s largest nuclear power facilities. The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station has proudly been producing 14% of Ontario’s power for decades, resulting in 4,500 jobs for hard-working locals. And, the best part is — this electricity is emissions-free, allowing us to continue protecting Canada’s natural resources and the community around us.
While many often lump Pickering in with Scarborough and Ajax because of its location between these other suburbs, Pickering itself is home to 94,00 residents. If you reside in the Pickering area, you might be living there because of a job or because your family has lived there for decades. Maybe you were drawn to the area by its lower housing costs or because of its views of Lake Ontario.
Whether you live in a detached house or a townhome in Pickering, you likely know that home improvement projects are a fact of daily life for any homeowner. The longer you live in your home, the more likely it is that you’ll want to make improvements. One home improvement that many homeowners overlook or put off is a garage door replacement.
Even though a large number of homeowners rely on their garage door as their primary entry and exit point for their home, most don’t actually pay attention to their garage door until it breaks or starts to become an eyesore. Then, they’re left to find and install a replacement as quickly as possible.
Wondering how to choose a garage door? When it comes to residential garage doors, today’s market offers a wide variety of styles and materials designed for beauty and functionality. So how do you decide on the best door for you?
Selling Your Pickering Home: Why Your Garage Door Is One of the Best Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
One of the big reasons many homeowners decide to replace their garage door is to increase their home’s curb appeal. The term “curb appeal” is a real estate term that has come to refer to how a home looks from the street. It’s often tossed around when a house is for sale because the way a home looks on the outside has a huge impact on a potential buyer’s interest in what’s on the inside.
A relatively simple and inexpensive way to quickly improve your home’s curb appeal is to purchase a new garage door. Besides making your home more appealing to potential buyers, this change is also a great way to increase the value of your home.
According to U.S. News & World Report, four out of the five home improvement projects with the greatest ROI happen on the exterior of the home. In fact, a new garage door yields an 90% return on investment. If you plan to sell your home, you’ll see a return of at least 85% of what you spent on your door.
The point of those numbers is simple: If your home is for sale or you’re planning to put it on the market soon, it’s important to focus much of your time and effort on your home’s exterior. Sure, an updated bathroom or new carpet can be appealing to some buyers, but if people aren’t drawn to your home by what’s outside, the things you’ve done inside just aren’t going to matter.
Besides those numbers, many homeowners who are considering selling their home don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a major renovation or remodelling project. As a result, they need to find ways to improve their home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank. That’s why installing new garage doors is a great option. Besides offering a high ROI once you’ve sold a home, it’s a relatively smaller investment up front.
Curb appeal only has a monetary value if you’re planning to sell your home, but even if you’re planning to stay put for years to come, there’s something to be said for taking pride in your home’s appearance. Putting the time and money into keeping your home looking beautiful — even if you have no intention of moving — shows your family and even your neighbours that you care.
A new garage door can also go a long way to take your home from good to great. For example, replacing an older vinyl door with a wood composite door will give your home a more elegant appearance. It will also keep your home operating efficiently, protecting your family and providing comfort for years to come.
Increase Curb Appeal at a Great Value
A new garage door is a simple way to improve your home’s curb appeal because today’s garage door manufacturers offer a wide variety of options to customize the look of a door. Rather than purchasing a cookie-cutter door that looks the same as their next-door neighbour’s and the one down the street, today’s homeowners can get creative and personalize their garage door to match the architecture of their home — as well as their personalities.
Sure, this variety can be great, but it can also be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never purchased a garage door before. Understanding what you’re looking for and what kind of door is right for you will take a little bit of shopping before you can narrow down the selection. Let us help you cut through all the information and break this decision into more manageable choices.
Before you select a garage door for your home, ask yourself the following questions.
1. What’s It Made Of?
Garage doors can be made from different materials, including steel, wood and aluminum. At Scarboro Garage Doors, we sell 3-layer insulated steel and aluminum doors because these materials hold up well in our cold Canadian climate, and they’re a great choice if you’re looking for a beautiful door on a budget.
Steel garage doors are manufactured using 3-layer construction that combines 2 layers of steel skins that are protected through a layered coating system, including a hot-dipped galvanized layer, a protective metal oxide pretreatment and a baked-on primer and top coat. Thermal break separates the interior from the exterior skin to improve energy efficiency and comfort. You can further increase the insulation and strength by installing garage doors featuring Intellicore® insulation technology. Clopay’s Intellicore is a proprietary polyurethane foam that is injected into a garage door, expanding to fill the entire structure. The result is a door with incredible strength and durability. Its dense insulation also produces a quieter door, while its industry-leading R-values (up to 20.4) provide year-round comfort and improved energy efficiency — a great option if you live on a busy street or in an area with a lot of noise.
2. What Colour Do I Want?
One of the great things about steel and aluminum doors is that they come in a wide variety of colour and finish options. You can even choose a steel door with Ultra-Grain®, Clopay’s exclusive faux wood grain finish. We love these doors because they provide the classy look of a traditional wood garage door without the maintenance or cost associated with wood.
3. Should I Add Decorative Features?
Once you’ve selected the material and colour you want for your door, it’s time to think about decorative features. Windows can be a great way to improve the look of any garage door. While it was once believed that having windows in your garage door was a safety hazard — tempting thieves to peruse your belongings before helping themselves — today’s garage door windows are high up and discourage any Peeping Toms from taking a look inside.
You can also select short or long panels to give the door some detailing. Panelled doors are a more traditional option for a traditional home or a homeowner with a tight budget. They can add visual appeal without breaking the bank.
If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, you can also purchase decorative hardware for your door. This hardware looks especially nice if you opt for a carriage house-style garage door because it makes the door look like an old-fashioned outward swinging door — even though it’s actually a modern overhead model. While the handles and hinges won’t necessarily be functional, they can add a traditional look to your door that will make it stand out against the others in the neighbourhood.
4. Should I Invest in an Insulated Garage Door?
Insulated garage doors are a great option for any home with an attached garage, especially if you have living space such as a bedroom or bonus room located directly over your garage. If you opt for an insulated door, you’ll be purchasing a model with multiple layers, ensuring additional durability as well as comfort. While an insulated door isn’t a must, we recommend it for any Pickering homeowners with an attached garage. An insulated garage door can make a difference in the interior temperature of your home as well as your home’s overall energy efficiency.
An insulated garage door is also a must for anyone who uses their garage as a workshop or for additional interior living space. While it’s not the same as a wall, an insulated garage door that seals properly can help keep temperatures in the garage more comfortable, especially if you have a heater or fan that runs when you’re using the space.
Energy Savings With an Insulated Garage Door
One of the big questions people often ask when they’re in the market for a new garage door is: Do insulated garage doors really help improve your home’s energy efficiency? And the answer is: Yes, they absolutely do. But to get the most out of an insulated garage door, it’s important to understand what it is and how it works.
An insulated garage door is comprised of a layer of insulation surrounded by layers of steel. These layers are crafted to provide extra protection that prevents outside air — hot or cold — from passing through the garage door and entering into the home. This feature is a big deal because the average garage door accounts for at least 1/3 of a home’s facade. That’s a lot of space to leave without insulation, especially during Canada’s cold winter months.
Insulated garage doors are measured by their R-Value, which is the industry’s way of referring to how well a door blocks heat from entering the interior of your home. Higher R-values are better because the higher the number, the slower the transmission of heat from outdoors to indoors. So when you’re selecting an insulated garage door, pay attention to the doors’ R-values.
When you purchase an insulated garage door, you’ll increase your home’s energy efficiency, the comfort of your family and, in many cases, the money in your savings. How?
1. Lower Energy Costs
Insulated garage doors help to make a home more energy efficient. In other words, these doors act as a barrier between indoors and out. In the summertime, this quality means the doors slow the flow of warm air into your home. In the winter, it means cold air is kept at bay.
When you prevent exterior temperatures from infiltrating your home, your home’s heating and cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable interior environment. When your HVAC system isn’t working as hard, it’s not using as much energy. When it’s not using as much energy, you’re saving money.
However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that your garage door is the only way to improve your home’s energy efficiency along with your utility costs. An insulated garage door can’t make up for a poorly insulated home. If you’re serious about improving your home’s energy efficiency, go beyond a new garage door. Repair holes and the spots where air is leaking into your home. Repair or update old windows. Add insulation in your crawlspace and attic.
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2. Protected Valuables
Most homeowners use their garage to store at least one vehicle, as well as lawn mowers and other yard equipment. While an insulated garage door isn’t going to keep your garage the same temperature as the interior of your home, it will prevent extreme outside temperatures from coming in, ultimately protecting the valuables stored in the garage. This characteristic is especially important during winter months because extreme cold can damage the engines of cars and lawn mowers if they aren’t being used frequently.
Insulated doors are made of solid-core insulation that’s surrounded by an exterior and interior steel layer. This construction — which is different from non-insulated doors — makes insulated doors more durable. Their increased durability means your garage door is less likely to sustain damage from wind, weather or a teenager playing basketball in the driveway.
The strongest option is our Intellicore insulated garage door sections that are nearly twice as strong as a polystyrene door section of the same thickness. This enahanced rigidity provides greater resistance to everyday wear and tear. Broadly speaking, a Clopay door with Intellicore will look better and last longer when faced with the challenges the neighborhood or weather throws at it.
4. Added Value
Because a new garage door offers such a large return on investment, you’ll likely make back most of what you spend, even if you spring for a more expensive door. Besides that, an insulated door — and a garage with a more even temperature — will keep the temperature of the rooms around your garage comfortable as well. That way, if you have a bedroom or bonus room over the garage, it can become a comfortable living space rather than a room to be avoided.
In some cases, an insulated garage door also opens up the option to turn a garage into additional living space, making it comfortable enough to turn the room into a playroom or gym.
Besides adding to your home’s value with an increase in usable living space, an insulated garage door can also reduce the ambient outside noise filtering into your home. Since insulated doors have more layers of material in them, the noise from the street doesn’t filter through as easily. These doors can keep your home a comfortable and quiet oasis, even in a bustling suburb.
Doors for Every Style Home
Sure, traditional panelled steel doors are a popular option with Pickering residents. They look good and hold up well in our colder climate. But if you’re looking to kick it up a notch or give your home’s exterior a makeover, you might want to consider one of these Clopay garage doors.
1. Modern/Contemporary Garage Door
Clopay’s Modern Steel™ Collection offers crisp, clean lines that complement mid-century modern homes as well as more modern architecture. If you’re looking to update your home’s exterior, consider one of the modern garage doors from this collection. When you select a door from this series, you can choose from 13 different colour finishes, as well as long- or short-design windows.
2. Carriage-Style Garage Door
COACHMAN® Collection doors offer the traditional beauty of an old-fashioned carriage house with the modern convenience of an overhead garage door. We love these doors because they look great on so many different styles of homes, and their 4-layer steel construction can be customized with a variety of paint colours. These doors are also fun because you can add decorative hardware or cross pieces to give them a more rustic, nostalgic look.
3. Steel — Wood Composite Door
Clopay’s Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series doors are similar to the carriage-style models we mentioned above, but these unique doors are so special that we just had to talk about them on their own. Constructed using an Intellicore®insulated steel base, these doors are then covered with a wood composite overlay. The result is an insulated solution that’s made of steel but has the look of a traditional wood garage door.
These doors look great on a variety of home exteriors, but they’re a game-changer for historic homes and houses with a more traditional look to their exterior. And since they aren’t made from solid wood, there’s none of the cost or extensive upkeep that comes with having real wood garage doors.
Contact Scarboro Garage Doors to Discuss How to Increase Curb Appeal and Energy Savings for Your Pickering Garage Door
There’s no doubt that a new garage door will increase your home’s curb appeal and energy savings, especially if you opt for a new insulated garage door. So how do you choose from the wide variety of options on the market today? Let Scarboro Garage Doors help.
Locally owned and operated, Scarboro Garage Doors is your one-stop garage door company in Pickering. Offering affordable doors in a variety of styles, we’re proud to offer sales and service for residential garage doors of all kinds. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff can work with you throughout the entire process, from explaining your options to helping you make your selection and preparing for installation.
Our goal for each of our clients is for no one to ever regret their purchase. As a authorized distributor of Clopay garage doors, we offer our clients the chance to use the Door Imagination System, which allows them to upload a photo of their home and “try out” a variety of garage door options on their homes’ exterior. This process will allow you to try before you buy, giving you peace of mind that the choice you’ve made is the right one.
You can also visit our Scarborough showroom to view colour and material samples so that you get a true-to-life look at what you’re choosing before it shows up with our installers.
Have a garage door that needs service or repair? We can handle that too. Our experienced garage door technicians will offer high-quality, same-day service for all your garage door repair needs. If you’re in need of repairs or a new garage door, let us help. Contact Scarboro Garage Doors to discuss how to increase curb appeal and energy savings for your Pickering garage door.
Dangers Associated With Old Garage Doors
Dangers Associated With Old Garage Doors
Your garage door has performed dependably and efficiently for many years with little issue, so why should you consider replacing your old garage door system? Older garage doors pose several safety risks for homeowners — they can abruptly stop working, or parts and hardware can unexpectantly break and cause severe personal injury or property damages. With a new garage door and opener, you can enjoy several significant benefits, including:
- Improving your home’s visual appeal
- Increasing safety and security measures
- Energy efficient insulation options
- Experiencing today’s best technological and convenience advances
While garage doors may function longer than their expected lifespans, it’s best to consider upgrading your old garage door to avoid costly inconveniences and safety issues and enjoy exceptional, reliable performance.
Dangers of an Old Garage Door
Having a safe, functional garage door is essential for your daily activity. Old garage doors showing signs of wear or lacking modern safety and efficiency upgrades can pose several security and safety risks. Dangers of old garage doors often include:
- Ageing spring systems: The torsion or extension springs are under an immense amount of weight and tension. If these parts become worn and break unexpectantly, they can cause significant damage to your garage door or nearby items. Broken springs can even severely injure homeowners. To prevent breakages, note that extension springs typically work for up to 7,000 cycles, and torsion springs last up to 10,000 cycles.
- Worn and damaged hardware: As your garage door ages, parts wear and loosen. This can cause significant damage to your garage door system and presents an opportunity for burglars to manipulate the weakness and force the door open. Over time, if moving hardware like springs and cables aren’t appropriately lubricated, they can form rust. This rust can lead to extensive water damage throughout your garage, unexpected hardware failure or ability for thieves to easily enter your garage. Keep your hardware properly lubricated to extend the lifespan of your garage door.
- Outdated technology: If your garage door opener was manufactured in 1993 or earlier, then you may want to consider purchasing an upgrade. Older garage door openers weren’t built with modern safety features like photo-eye sensors. Photo-eye sensors placed at the base of your garage door are responsible for preventing the garage door from lowering on an object. Without these sensors, the garage door can close on people and personal property, causing severe injury or damage.
Replacing Your Old Garage Door With the Professionals at Scarboro Garage Doors
When it’s time to replace your old garage door, trust a professional garage door company to perform an efficient, quality installation. By hiring a garage door installation professional, you can benefit from:
- Installation and product warranties: Have added assurance that your garage door was installed using the best tools and industry techniques available with services backed by various workmanship and product guarantees.
- Proper tools and technician experience: A highly trained and experienced installation professional will understand the most effective installation techniques available. They’ll install the finished product properly to ensure lasting efficiency, safety and reliability.
- Safe installation: Garage doors are under an immense amount of weight and tension. Homeowners can be severely injured if they attempt to install the door themselves.
Reimagine the look of your home and experience unmatched convenience and security with a new garage door from Scarboro Garage Doors. We have the most extensive selection of classic and contemporary garage door products and accessories throughout the Scarborough area from top-rated, quality manufacturers like Clopay. Visit our local showroom today to fully explore our products — our team of helpful experts can help you select, design and install a new garage door that best suits your needs, expectations and budget.
Contact Scarboro Garage Doors Today to Replace Your Old Garage Door
At Scarboro Garage Doors, we pride ourselves on providing local Scarborough, Toronto and Pickering, Ontario residents with the most comprehensive garage door repair and maintenance services and quality new garage door installations. Our team is happy to help you select and install a new Clopay garage door to replace your old one. We even offer free estimates on all installation projects.
For the best garage door services throughout Scarborough, reach out to Scarboro Garage Doors today by calling 416-286-2100 or completing our online contact form.
Decrease Your Energy Bill With a New Garage Door
Decrease Your Energy Bill With a New Garage Door
Have your utility costs been steadily climbing lately? Most homeowners upgrade their windows and doors to improve their household’s energy efficiency, but many overlook their home’s garage door as a source for poor energy conservation.
While regularly opening and closing the garage door can allow small amounts of your indoor air to escape, most of your home’s energy loss is happening while the door is closed. The best solution for minimizing energy loss through your garage door is by installing a new insulated door. But even with this structural improvement, you may find your efficiency isn’t as optimal as it could be. By better securing your insulated garage door, you can have even more energy efficiency and decrease your energy bill.
How a New Garage Door Can Decrease Your Energy Costs
The first step towards achieving better household energy efficiency is by installing an insulated garage door with a high R-value. Insulated doors include added layers of insulation — unlike conventional garage doors that feature no insulating materials — that prevent heat from escaping through the door. But in harsh Canadian winters, homeowners want to achieve superior energy efficiency to reduce air transference and lower annual energy costs. To improve the performance of your insulated garage door, consider these improvements:
- Wood end blocks: End blocks help keep insulation materials in place. Many manufacturers use steel sheets to cap the ends of the garage door, which can lead to thermal bridging — allowing heat to readily transfer through the material. By upgrading the end blocks to wood materials with superior thermal performance, you can easily reduce heat loss through the garage door.
- Efficient joint door sections: To secure the end blocks to the door, manufacturers often use metal staples or glue, which can also cause thermal bridging. During your garage door’s construction, specify that you’d like to secure these joint door sections with a triple-contact PVC weather seal. This seal prevents the inner and outer metal materials from touching and limits thermal bridging.
- Proper weatherstripping: Work with your local garage door installation company to make sure your garage door’s weatherstripping is optimal quality and not worn or damaged. Weatherstripping at the bottom of your garage door forms a tight seal between the door and the floor, preventing air transference. Make sure your weatherstripping can withstand frigid temperatures without becoming dry and brittle while maintaining its flexibility.
Contact Scarboro Garage Doors Today to Learn About Our Energy Efficient Garage Doors
To achieve optimal energy efficiency for your home, visit Scarboro Garage Doors’ local showroom to explore our wide selection of Clopay energy-efficient garage doors. Our Scarborough showroom is available to all residents and throughout the Toronto and Pickering, Ontario areas. Our helpful, innovative team of professionals will work closely with you to find the best energy-efficient garage doors that best suit your tastes, efficiency needs and budget.
Learn more about our energy-efficient and insulated garage door options today by stopping by our showroom, filling out our online contact form or calling 416-286-2100 to speak to a team member.
Tips to Get the Best Return on Your New Garage Door
Tips to Get the Best Return on Your New Garage Door
Many homeowners are looking to modernize the exterior of their homes and improve curb appeal. But did you know that replacing your garage door is one of the fastest and most budget-friendly solutions for adding home value and visual interest to your house?
Installing a new garage door for your home not only improves the value, functionality and appearance of your home, but also offers one of the best home improvement project returns on investment. This is particularly appealing for many homeowners looking to sell their house in the near future.
Benefits of Replacing Your Garage Door
Whether you’re looking for a fresh upgrade to enhance your home’s architecture or need to replace a drab, aged or damaged garage door, with a new door, you can freshen the look of your home and add real value. A new garage door for your home can also improve safety and security, offer exceptional protection and add convenience to your daily routine.
By upgrading your home’s garage door, you can also expect:
- Exceptional Return on Investment: Of all home improvement projects, garage doors offer one of the highest returns on investment, with at least 85 percent or more. No matter how old your home is or how long you’ve lived there, a new garage door design can make your home appear modern and fresh.
- Affordable Upgrade: Not only is the ROI for garage doors exceptional, but it’s also one of the most affordable upgrades a homeowner can invest in. Average double door replacements, without windows, cost just over $1,500.
- Improved Features and Functionality: With a new garage door, you can not only easily recoup your investment when you sell your home and increase your home’s curb appeal, but you’ll also enjoy improved convenience and the most advanced garage door improvements. Many garage doors today feature better materials and can be customized with added insulation. Insulation upgrades in your garage door will improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your overall annual utility costs. With garage door insulation, your door will also be sturdier and operate more quietly.
Getting the Best ROI on a New Garage Door
When replacing your home’s garage door, don’t settle for a standard and underwhelming sectional garage door design from your local hardware store. To get the best ROI for your garage door, maximize efficiency and create striking curb appeal, consider the following:
- Style: Purchasing a new garage door isn’t about finding the most expensive option. Find a quality door that enhances the natural charm of your home and complements your neighborhood.
- Upgrades: Consider investing in added garage door insulation. Insulated garage doors will improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower annual heating and cooling costs. Additionally, many buyers find this added feature appealing and may be willing to offer more money for your home.
- Durability: Consult with your local garage door company to find construction materials that are guaranteed to offer lasting protection in your climate. For example, upgrade your door for improved storm and wind resistance in areas with bad storms and freezing winters.
Reach Out to Scarboro Garage Doors Today to Explore Your Door Replacement Options
For the most attractive, durable and efficient garage doors in the Toronto, Ontario area, contact the skilled professionals at Scarboro Garage Doors. We proudly stock a wide variety of Clopay® garage doors, the finest, highest-quality products, available in several styles ranging from classic to contemporary. Our creative and innovative team is happy to work with you to find styles and materials that best suit your needs and budget. For customer convenience, we even offer same-day services, competitive pricing and free service estimates.
Explore your garage door replacement options today. Call us at 416-286-2100 to learn more or fill out our online contact form to request a free quote.
How Does a Garage Door System Work?
How Does a Garage Door System Work?
Most people use their garage doors every day to leave and enter their homes. With such frequent operation, that means you likely open and close your garage door at least 1,500 times per year. With so much use and dependence on your garage door, do you even know how it works? Most homeowners likely don’t understand how garage door openers work and only note their garage door system when something unexpectedly breaks.
But by understanding the mechanics, parts and operations of your garage door system, you can better identify worn-out hardware early on, understand when you require garage door maintenance or repairs, and communicate more effectively with garage door specialists.
Anatomy of a Garage Door System
Better understand how garage door systems work by brushing up on the different parts and hardware that make up your entire system. Your garage door reliably and smoothly opens and closes using the mechanics of the door itself, a variety of small parts and hardware working together simultaneously, and the garage door opener machine.
Parts of the Garage Door
Most homes have a sectional overhead garage door — made from galvanized steel, fiberglass, aluminum or wood — that glides along a track using rollers located on the ceiling of the garage. To assist the door’s movement, the door is attached to a garage door opener by a curved arm. When prompted, the motor directs the movement of the door open or closed using the torsion spring system — or extension springs — to counterbalance the weight of the door, allowing safe and steady motion.
Garage Door Hardware System
While the operations of your garage door system seem simple enough, several pieces of hardware work together simultaneously to ensure dependable and smooth functionality:
- Springs: Most garage doors feature either a torsion or extension spring system — although torsion springs are among the most popular option today because of their superior quality, safety and longer-lasting operations. Torsion springs are large springs installed on the top of the garage door that wind and unwind in a controlled motion to open and close the door while sliding into a channel. Extension springs are two springs located on either side of the garage door. Typically, torsion springs last up to 10 years, while extension springs are only safe to use for up to seven years.
- Cables: The cables work alongside the springs to lift and lower the door, and are made from braided steel wires. The thickness of your garage door’s cables is determined by the size and weight of your door.
- Hinges: Hinges are installed on the garage door panels and allow the sections to bend and retract as the door opens and closes. It’s recommended that larger garage doors have double hinges to help hold the door while it’s in an open position.
- Tracks: There are both horizontal and vertical tracks installed as part of your garage door system to assist with movement. Thicker steel tracks mean your garage door can better support the weight of the door and resist bending and warping.
- Rollers: To move along the track, your garage door uses steel, black nylon or reinforced white nylon. Nylon allows for quieter operation. Proper rollers that are cared for and lubricated will easily roll along the track and not slide.
- Reinforced Struts: The struts help support the weight of double garage doors while in an open position for extended periods of time.
- Weatherstripping: Located between the door sections, on the exterior frame and along the bottom of the garage door, weatherstripping is responsible for maintaining energy efficiency and insulation and preventing exterior elements from entering your garage, like moisture, pests and debris.
For lasting strength, dependability and performance, garage door parts are made from quality galvanized steel. The thickness of these parts is measured in gauges with lower numbers indicating a thicker steel product.
For Garage Door System Installation or Repair, Contact Scarboro Garage Doors Today
Garage doors are an essential tool used by homeowners every day for safe, convenient entry to their homes. You want to ensure your garage door system is in good condition and working reliably, smoothly and efficiently. At Scarboro Garage Doors, we’re a locally owned and operated company serving homeowners throughout and beyond Toronto, Scarborough and Pickering in Canada. Our team of trained and friendly technicians is dedicated to providing quality garage door services at an affordable price.
Which Home Improvements Offer the Best Return on Investment
Which Home Improvements Offer the Best Return on Investment
If you’re looking to update your home, whether it’s to create a brighter space, increase curb appeal or finally complete that bathroom makeover, there is a wide variety of home improvement projects you can tackle — but which upgrades are the most likely to offer you the greatest return on investment if you plan on reselling in the future? Traditionally, kitchen and bathroom remodels or converting drab areas into functional, comfortable living spaces were popular improvement projects. However, upgrades intended to improve curb appeal actually have the greatest home improvement returns.
Best Returns for Home Improvement
Home improvement projects like kitchen and bathroom remodels, finished basements or new flooring may make your daily living more comfortable, but prospective buyers are often drawn to and paying more for homes with exceptional curb appeal and stunning exterior finishes. The projects with the best home improvement returns include:
- Garage Doors: Garage doors can occupy up to 40 percent of a home’s exterior, and a new door can modernize your home’s aesthetic. Garage door upgrades can expect up to 98 percent return on investment.
- Entry Doors: Like the garage door, the entry door is one of the first features a visitor sees. With a new, stunning entryway, you can earn a return of up to 91 percent.
- Wood Decks: Having a functional, attractive indoor and outdoor living space is important for many prospective home buyers, and a welcoming wood deck addition can have a home improvement ROI of nearly 83 percent.
- Kitchens: Kitchens are the heart of the home, and while they’re not the most profitable home improvement project, they still do tend to return over 80 percent of your investment.
- Vinyl Windows: Not only can old windows negatively impact your curb appeal and date your home, but they can also reduce your energy efficiency. New efficient and attractive vinyl window upgrades can return 74 percent of your initial investment.
Other Benefits of a New Garage Door
- Modernized Home Exterior: With the latest designs and customization features available today, you can tailor your new garage door to suit your personal tastes and enhance your home’s architecture. Choose from carriage-style doors to create a warm, welcoming and traditional look or install a new door with bold modern designs for a fresh and sophisticated home exterior.
- Improved Home Safety and Security: Newer garage doors are crafted from exceptional materials and feature the latest safety and security upgrades to improve daily usage. Doors manufactured and installed after 1993 have photo-eye sensors to ensure the door doesn’t close on a person or object and rolling door codes to prevent duplication.
- Increased Energy Efficiency: An insulated and weathertight door can reduce air transfer between indoor and outdoor environments, allowing you better temperature control. Your HVAC system won’t work as hard to regulate indoor temperatures, resulting in lower annual utility costs.
Contact Scarboro Garage Doors Today to Install a New Garage Door
Installing a new garage door for your home is not only a cost-effective upgrade project, but it also has the greatest home improvement ROI. At Scarboro Garage Doors, we offer a wide variety of durable, reliable and attractive Clopay garage doors that can boost your home’s curb appeal and offer an excellent home improvement return. We’re proud to provide comprehensive garage door services for residents throughout the Scarborough, Pickering and Toronto, Ontario areas. Explore your garage door design and installation options today by calling 416-286-2100 or contacting us online.
Improving the Appearance of Your Driveway
Improving the Appearance of Your Driveway
First impressions matter. This saying isn’t just true when you’re meeting your new boss or welcoming a new neighbor. It’s also true about your home. And as far as first impressions go, driveways are incredibly important. After all, they’re one of the first things your guests notice when coming to your home for the first time.
Because you want to make an excellent first impression and improve your curb appeal, you want to make sure your driveway always looks its best. Here are some tips to ensure that your driveway creates a lasting impression for your home.
Lighten It Up
Keep your driveway well-lit and welcoming with lights lining your drive and entryway. Not only will lights add a beautifully classic touch to your home and highlight its exterior, but they will also keep your guests safer as they park and walk into your home.
In fact, lighting the outside of your driveway and home with lights can help to deter burglars. Motion-activated lights, in particular, are often enough to frighten trespassers. Solar lights are an electrically and environmentally friendly choice, as they require no wiring or electrical outlets.
Installing a border along the sides of the driveway gives it a textured, polished look. It also adds a buffer between the driveway and your yard, preventing accidental mishaps. Edging can be made to fit your home’s aesthetic, as there are many options available. The edging can either be raised or flat, and it can be made using a variety of materials such as brick, concrete, logs, stones and even railroad ties to add a beautiful edge around your driveway.
Flowers and bushes add vibrant colors and pleasant scents along your driveway. These plants raise your curb appeal and act as beautiful welcomers to your guests.
Different regions host different types of wildlife, so before you plant, contact a local nursery to decide what kinds of flowers will thrive in your area that you’ll have the time to maintain. Remember to continuously take care of your plants to ensure that they continue to add to the beauty of your driveway.
Replace Your Garage Door
At the end of your driveway lies your garage door. No matter how good your new driveway looks, a run-down garage door can detract from the beauty of your entrance and ruin that good first impression guests had of your home. Keeping your garage door maintained and up-to-date allows guests to have a beautiful experience from the first tire that pulls into the driveway to the first step they take into your door.
At Scarboro Garage Doors Ltd., we believe you deserve a driveway that gives an eye-popping first impression to every visitor of your home. We offer a selection of beautifully designed garage doors that will add a classic touch to any traditional or modern driveway. Contact us today or stop by our showroom — the only showroom in Scarborough — so we can provide you with the door you deserve.
Garage Door Safety Tips
Garage Door Safety Tips
A garage is more than just an empty space. It welcomes your car, yourself and your family. It stores snowmobiles, soccer balls and power tools. It’s basically part of your family. But if you go in and out of it every day, you may forget your garage door is even there — or that it’s still a powerful machine that needs to be taken care of to ensure that your family is kept safe.
Avoid severe mishaps by following these garage door safety tips:
1. Perform Self-Checks
It’s important to continually check the safety sensors in your garage door.
The sensors, located on the rails of the door, reverse the direction of a closing door if a person or animal crosses underneath it. To test the sensors, begin closing the garage door as usual and stick an object such as a broom under the door. If the door doesn’t immediately reverse, call a professional to inspect and repair the sensors.
2. Keep Children and Animals Away From Doors and Door Openers
Children are naturally curious. But the garage door is never something that should be played with. When opening and closing the garage door, make sure children and animals don’t come near the door until it is all the way up or down.
Also, make sure that children know never to put their hands in the joints between the panels of the door while it’s opening or closing. NEISS reports over 7,500 injuries from fingers getting stuck in garage doors every year.
3. Keep Your Remote With You at All Times
Likewise, keeping your garage door entry remote with you at all times ensures that children will not accidentally get access to the remote and hurt themselves or others. Remind children that the remote is not a toy. Explain the dangers that can occur with the improper use of the garage door.
Not only will you be protecting your children and yourself from harm by keeping your remote with you, but you can also prevent break-ins by never leaving your remote in your car. Leaving a garage door remote out in the open creates an easy target for burglars. Your garage door is a key to your home. Treat it like one by keeping it with you like you would a house key.
4. Keep Your Garage Door Closed When Not in Use (And Avoid Giving Out Passwords)
Another way to protect your home from theft is by keeping the garage door closed when not in use. Only give out your passcode to people you trust — never to repair or delivery people.
If you need to let someone in temporarily, many newer entry systems allow you to enter a temporary PIN that you can set to be used a certain number of times. Making use of this feature ensures that only those you trust have continuous access to your garage.
5. Get Regular Garage Door Maintenance
Getting your garage door regularly tuned up allows you to have peace of mind that your door is working as it should.
Trust Scarboro To Ensure Garage Door Safety
At Scarboro Garage Doors Ltd., we are proud to offer quality repair jobs — never rushed jobs — to the Scarborough, Toronto and Pickering areas. Contact us today to schedule your garage door service and repair. We look forward to becoming your trusted garage door provider.
Top 2018 Garage Door Design and Color Trends
Top 2018 Garage Door Design and Color Trends
Keeping up with yearly real estate trends is hard. You want to stay relevant and keep your property value high, but you don’t want to spend a fortune to get a look that’ll go out of style within the next 12 months. You need durability that will last you for years with the effortless style that the whole neighborhood will envy.
Many homeowners work tirelessly to improve the appearance of their home. From sidewalks and driveways to siding and shutters, they approach the summer ready to tackle all the projects they can handle to improve their home’s beauty.
But they often miss the one key feature that will instantly improve a home’s value and charm.
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to increase your home’s curb appeal is through the purchase of a new garage door. In fact, garage door replacement has the highest payback rate of 2018 home remodeling projects, giving you an average 98.3 percent return of the amount spent on your upgrade. It’s important not to take your garage door for granted any longer.
Many home design trends continuously change. But the right garage door will look timeless, providing you with the beauty and style you need for your home to look its best and maintain its maximum value and curb appeal for years to come. Here are some of the top garage door trends and design ideas in 2018 that you should consider when you’re in the market for your home’s next new look.
Biggest Design Trends
Your garage door’s design builds your home’s character. Gone are the days when nearly every house on the block featured simple white-paneled garage doors that matched neither their home’s aesthetic nor its personality.
These top garage door design trends taking over 2018 will add a personalized charm and sophistication to your home:
Your door should be a fun addition that welcomes visitors into your house with its eye-catching design. Classic garage door materials regained popularity in 2018, and modern styles allow you to customize your door to match your home’s look perfectly.
Garage doors were primarily made of wood from the carriage-house days of the 18th and 19th centuries to the late 1960s. While they were replaced in the ’70s by more modern materials such as aluminum and fiberglass, wooden garage doors recently resurged in popularity and gained exposure through home decorating magazines.
Wood garage doors provide an appealing rustic charm to those looking for a country aesthetic. Wood adds a cozy feeling to any home, particularly to farmhouse-style houses, and can be paired with metal and glass windows to create a pleasing blend of vintage and modern architecture.
Of course, real wooden doors are often impractical.
Wood is hard to maintain and protect from harsh weather and rot. Traditional wood doesn’t last as long as modern materials, which is why many suppliers offer the best of both worlds with steel or aluminum doors made with faux-wood overlays.
These doors will boost your home’s value while protecting your valuables from the harsh outdoors and your wallet from frequent garage door repairs. They provide the beauty of the classic wooden garage door with the anti-wear protection of newer materials.
For an added vintage touch, evoke the traditional wood door aesthetic of long ago with carriage style garage doors. Despite its age, homeowners love this time-honored style for its added charm and country appeal. Carriage house doors accounted for one out of every five garage doors sold in 2013, a number that has remained steady ever since.
2. Modern Materials
Of course, you want your doors to match the existing aesthetic of your home. You also want doors that you’ll enjoy looking at for years to come. So if wooden doors don’t appeal to you or don’t match your home’s current look, fear not. Other favorite 2018 options like fiberglass, aluminum and steel can prove just as successful at creating an eye-catching look for your garage.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass still reigns as the most popular garage door material. Easy to maintain and available in a range of style and color options, these doors effortlessly give life to your garage. They’re also easily paintable, so you can add unique trim that pops from your home.
- Aluminum: Aluminum offers a more modern upgrade with a sleek design that allows your home to look stylish at an affordable cost. It’s easy to take care of and requires little maintenance. A favored choice for modern-style homes, aluminum gives your door a contemporary flair and make the garage look more expansive, specifically when combined with glass.
- Steel: Steel-paneled doors come in a variety of different colors and provide another affordable alternative, with the broadest range of pricing options. These doors are durable and dent-resistant, allowing them to last for years if properly cared for.
Each material has different pros and cons that you should take into consideration and discuss with your garage door supplier before your purchase. But each can provide the perfect look for your 2018 home renovations.
You need your home to appear friendly and inviting. And a gloomy, cave-like appearance isn’t the warm welcome you want to give your family and visitors. Garages shifted in 2017 from gaping, storehouse-like spaces to open expanses of natural light and beauty, aided by the addition of huge windows in garage doors.
Windows provide the inviting openness of natural light that garages of the past lacked, and the shift from bland slabs of panels to sunny, windowed designs signifies a change in overall garage use and perspective.
Glass windows come in a variety of style and color options that can be set to match the accents of your door and your home. Vertical window patterns add a modern look, while an all-window door can add a bold statement to your home’s design.
Frosted windows are a useful option that allows you both privacy and inviting natural light. They come in a range of opaqueness options, so you can choose how much privacy you want in a garage.
Top Color Trends
Garage doors are becoming a focal point for your home’s exterior. While homeowners of the past wanted sophisticated traditional doors that blended into their homes, experts increasingly place eye-pleasing garage doors as one of the home’s most critical outdoor pieces.
This makes sense because the garage door is one of the first things you and your guests see upon pulling into your driveway.
To take full advantage of this focal spotlight, use splashes of color to wow and welcome visitors. Color is a simple way to keep up with changing home improvement trends, as many types of doors are easily re-paintable and can be customized to fit your needs.
Bold color combinations that brighten the garage are rising in popularity in 2018. Here are some color trends that will boost the appeal of your new garage door:
1. Matching or Complementary Colors
Your home already has its own unique style. The trim, window panes, shutters and other outdoor features are what make your home yours. Don’t try to force the garage door to fit a different mold apart from your home’s preexisting aesthetic.
Use colors that match your home’s preexisting color scheme to make your garage door an effortless part of your home. Matching colors can be used on the trim surrounding the door, on any window trim or on the door itself.
On the other hand, complementary colors — colors found opposite each other on the color wheel — prove that opposites do indeed attract when it comes to fashion and design. These colors bring out the best in each other and allow the other to stand out. Color wheels can help you choose your perfect complementary shades. These can also be used as a decorative trim to highlight the garage door’s features or as a bold standalone color to draw attention to your door.
Play around with a mix of matching and complementary colors for the perfect blend of sophistication and eye-popping design that will set your home apart in its appeal.
2. Blues, Greens and Browns
One of the top new trends of garage door color is the rise in the popularity of cool colors like soft green hues and deep shades of blue. These colors will pop out from a traditional off-white home exterior. Greens and blues have calming qualities, perfect to come home to after a long day of work.
Again, avoid colors that mismatch your home’s preexisting color scheme. Brown, the color of most wooden doors, is another favorite 2018 option that can be paired well with both cool and warm color tones. It works well with nearly any home.
3. Black Doors and Accents
Black is back.
A perfect match for wooden garage doors or with virtually any paint color, you can use black to paint the door’s trim, handles or faux hinges to accessorize your door and make a sophisticated statement.
For a strikingly bold look, take the extra step and get an all-black garage door. This move might seem daunting, but off-blacks such as blue-black or dark grey have remained some of the trendiest color options throughout the years.
Other Top 2018 Trends
Sometimes the best features of your home are the ones you can’t even see. While color and design are important parts of your garage door’s appearance, the following non-visual trends boost your door’s comfort and security:
Insulated garage doors are becoming a hot new trend in garage door renovation. One of the most sought-after features in a garage door is its ability to keep the garage protected and warm through all seasons and types of weather.
If you’re looking to save energy while keeping your home warm during harsh winters and cool during hot summers, insulation is a crucial part of your garage door, especially if you use your garage as a hangout spot or a home office. Insulated doors are eco-friendly and cut down on heating and cooling costs, so you’ll save money in the long run if you spend a little more on your door’s insulation.
Today, most collections of garage doors come with insulated and non-insulated options. But this trend won’t be going away any time soon. Hop on board to increase your home’s market value, improve your comfort and allow you to get the most use out of your beautiful new garage.
In a time when the top five spots on the Forbes list of Most Valuable Brands are technology-based, it comes as no surprise that 2018 ushers in the rise of technology-based garage door accessories.
Smartphones have controlled televisions, thermostats, drones and security cameras for years. And that’s not a bad thing. Smartphone controls can provide you and your family with added comfort and security. Now, the remote control trend has extended to the garage.
Open and close your garage door, turn lights off and on, check your door’s security and more with Wi-Fi-connected smart garage doors and accessories. Added smart security cameras allow you to monitor your garage from any part of the world with the touch of a finger.
Any smart garage door hub easily adds to your garage’s value, but it also gives you added peace of mind. It allows you to go through your day without worrying about your garage door and your home’s security, making this trend well worth your money.
Get the Most Out of Your Door
With so many changing design and color trends, 2018 is the perfect time to update your garage door and get the most out of your garage use. And whether you’re looking for a boost of color, some eye-catching windows or an entirely new door style altogether, Scarboro Garage Doors can help.
Scarboro Garage Doors offers some of the best selections and most competitive prices in the Scarborough, Toronto and Pickering areas. We’re a proud dealer of Clopay products, so you know you’re getting a top brand you can trust when you order from our vast selection of garage door styles and sizes. And with our employee-based workforce and excellent customer service, you know you’re always getting a quality job, never rushed.
Our selection includes many of 2018’s top trends, including faux-wooden and carriage-style doors. All our garage door series come with a variety of window designs and color options, so you’re sure to find a combination to fit your home. Don’t just dream about making your garage door dreams a reality. Contact us today or visit our showroom in Scarborough to learn how we can help you get the most out of your garage with a door you’ll love.