Keep Your Garage Door Working This Winter

Your garage door is one of the most hardest working doors in your home or business, and when the weather gets cold, it has to work even harder. But let’s face it, the last thing you need when the temps are freezing outside is a garage door that won’t open or close.

Below are helpful tips from the team at All Island Garage Door to help your garage door stay working top notch during the winter months.

  • Make sure all the garage doors are properly lubricated. Use a lubricant spray to avoid leakage on your car or garage floor.
  • Tighten loose bolts on the track.  Your garage door can open and close several times a day. Normal wear-and-tear can cause bolts on the track to become loose. Make sure they’re all tightened to ensure the door keeps working properly when the weather turns cold.
  • Keep it clean. Make sure the tracks of the garage door are free from debris
  • Keep it warm. If you have a rubber seal strip on the bottom of your garage door, make sure it is free from cracks. And also check to make sure any garage door windows aren’t cracked and are properly sealed and insulated. This is especially important if your garage door attaches to your home.
  • Check the cables and the rollers. Worn rollers should be replaced before or during winter. And high tension cables should be working properly. Make sure there are no broken strands near the roller. If you see any, give the team at All Island Garage Door a call. Never try to fix cables yourself.
  • Listen up. If you hear any scraping or high-pitched noises when you open or close your garage door, give us a call. Your door should work quietly, and unusual noises may indicate a problem.

Don’t be left out in the cold this winter. All Island Garage Door can help you stay safe and warm this season by helping you with all your garage door and garage door opener needs. We offer high quality work at a great price, so you can spend the money you save on that beach vacation you deserve.

5 Ways To Add Plumbing To Your Garage

There are many reasons to add plumbing to your garage space. Not only can it make your garage truly multi-functional, it can also help with drainage, which is extremely important, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. Adding plumbing the garage could also increase your home’s value and even help create more living space for you and your family.

simple illustration of a car inside the garage

Not sure where to start? Here’s five ways to add plumbing to your garage to help you get started.

Add a utility sink. The large sinks that you typically find in basements, or the laundry room work great in garages, too. Consider installing one if you work on cars or have hobbies (particularly messy ones) that you do outside. They’re also perfect for washing tools and recreational equipment – and for washing the dog, too.

Install floor drains. One of the easiest ways to keep your garage from pooling with water and from flooding is with the addition of floor drains. These are relatively easy to install on your own and work well in garages with flat driveways that lack the slope to  divert water away from the garage.

Add a toilet and sink. If you’re in need of another bathroom, don’t forget that the garage is a great location option. Adding a half bath to the garage is a fantastic upgrade for homeowners who entertain outdoors on a regular basis. Garage half baths are also a great addition for garages that double as a workout space or artist studio.

Make the garage the laundry room. Installing a washer and dryer in the garage is an excellent way to create more space in the basement or repurpose the laundry room inside your home so it can be used as more living space. Since washers and dryers can be a bit noisy, it could just keep your home a little quieter, too.

Create a wet bar. If you’d like to add an area at your home dedicated to entertaining, look no further than your garage. With plumbing, you could add a sink and a refrigerator and some nice cabinetry or shelving to create your perfect wet bar. Like the half bath, this is another good option for homeowners who enjoy hosting parties outdoors.