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A Homeowners Journey of Garage Door Discovery

A Homeowners Journey of Garage Door Discovery If you have a garage in your home, this scenario might sound familiar. You’re in the garage, maybe working on something or putting something away. You hear something outside the garage door. You’re not sure if it’s your neighbour, the one whose lawnmower you haven’t returned yet, but want to use again before you do, or if it’s the new lawn mower that you ordered being delivered. Do you risk facing the neighbour by opening the door to find out what the noise is about? Now imagine if you had windows in your […]

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5 Garage Conversion Ideas

5 Garage Conversion Ideas What’s a homeowner to do in the middle of one of the coldest winters in recent memory here in Scarborough? Aside from trying to keep your driveway and sidewalks free of snow and ice, you’re probably not getting into too many outdoor activities in what has been either double-digit below-freezing temperatures, or mini ice storms. But being stuck indoors can leave you at a loss for what to do next. Here’s a suggestion, next time you’ve had enough of Netflix, reading and social media, you can start thinking of the possibilities for converting your garage into […]

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Why You Should Keep Your Garage Door Closed – Especially in Winter

Why You Should Keep Your Garage Door Closed – Especially in Winter To get a good idea of why you should always keep your garage door closed, it helps to realize there are only two times when your garage door should be open. You should always keep your door open if you’re using something that emits noxious or toxic odours, fumes or gases, like your car engine or strong paint thinning solutions. The only other time to leave your door open is when you’re doing something that means you’ll be in and out of the garage so often that opening […]

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Why Your Garage Door is One of the Best Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Why Your Garage Door is One of the Best Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal Curb appeal means exactly what it says: it’s the ‘appeal’, or how attractive your home is, from the ‘curb’, or street. In other words, curb appeal means how good your home looks from the outside. While most homeowners have pride of ownership and want their homes to look their best, curb appeal really has no dollar value unless you’re selling your house. Then it has lots of dollar value. Still, people will go out of their way, and over budget, to keep their homes’ […]

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How to Make Your Garage More Eco-Friendly

How to Make Your Garage More Eco-Friendly From adding more efficient attic insulation to using triple-glazed windows, homeowners are constantly taking more and more steps to make their homes more energy efficient. While that means the home is more eco-friendly, burning less electricity and/or gas and oil to keep the interior comfortable, most of us are insulating our homes for more selfish reasons. We often make energy-saving upgrades to save money on energy costs and/or take advantage of government rebates to defray the costs of the renovations. Regardless of the reason, there’s one part of the home that few homeowners […]

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4 Ways to Get Your Garage Door Ready for Summer

4 Ways to Get Your Garage Door Ready for Summer Considering that about 70% of homeowners use their garage at the main entryway to the house, your garage door does a lot more than protect everything in your garage. And, as the weather finally warms up here in Toronto, you’re probably going to be heading out more often than you did when it was -20C this past January. Put the two of these things together, throw in the facts that your garage door is the largest movable object in your home and it’s just gone through a particularly harsh winter […]

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