Get Inspired! Artists Transform Building With Clopay Garage Door

When Natasha and Brett, two artists living in Vermont, wanted to create an artist’s studio, they looked no further than an outbuilding on their property. There was only one issue (make that several issues). For starters, there was no insulation in the outbuilding, it had plywood floors, bare stud walls and a very ugly garage door.

With a little elbow grease and plenty of inspiration, Natasha and Brett transformed the outbuilding into a gorgeous space. Now it features plenty of light thanks to a Clopay Avante garage door.

Read Clopay’s latest blog post and get ready to be inspired!





Ask All Island: How Do I Keep My Garage Cool?  

If you think it’s hot outside, just imagine what the temperature is in your garage. During the summer months, garages are often a good five to ten degrees warmer than the temps outside. Without proper ventilation or a good cooling method in place, your garage may not just be uncomfortable – it could be downright dangerous if you’re in it for an extended length of time.

Don’t let summer keep you out of your garage. Instead, follow our tips below to keep it cool this summer.

Park Your Car Elsewhere (for a little while). That’s right. We’re recommending you don’t use your garage to park your car, but only until it cools down. If you park a car that’s just been driven in the garage and close the garage door, the heat from the engine can get trapped inside, raising the temps inside the garage even more.

We recommend parking your car outside the garage (preferable in the shade) and then moving it into the garage when the sun goes down.

Limit Your Time in the GarageYour garage can be a lot more than just a place to put your car. With a little effort (emphasis on the little) your garage can be a workout space, workshop, and even a play area for the kids.

If you’ve got a multi-functioning garage space, or if you enjoy working on your car, consider using the garage in the early morning hours or after the sun goes down during the summer months. Ideally, you should limit your time in the garage between 3-6 p.m. when the temperatures in Long Island are usually the warmest.

Choose a light-colored garage door. Since darker colors absorb heat, consider choosing a garage door that’s light in color. This is especially important if your garage faces west. Additionally, you can paint your garage exterior walls and roof a lighter color to keep it cooler as well. You could also add trees that will offer shade around your garage, if you’ve got a decent sized area where you can plant.

Use fans. Although fans won’t necessarily lower the air temperature in your garage, they’ll help increase air flow to make it a much more comfortable space to be in. The easiest and least expensive type of fan to use is a simple, inexpensive oscillating fan that you can pick up at any home improvement center. A high-powered shop fan is another great option.

You can place one fan in the window or in the opened garage door area with the fan blowing air outward, while placing another fan in the area you want to the breeze to blow to keep the air circulating.

Invest in a ventilation system. Passive and active ventilation systems are the next step up from the use of fans. Passive ventilation is the easiest and often the least expensive vent system to install and usually consists of spinning turbines in roof vents that get the air moving freely quickly.

Active air ventilation systems are a bit more complex and require installation by a professional.

Air condition your garageIf you spend a lot of time in your garage, or if it’s attached to your home, you may want to think about getting it fitted for central air. If you’ve got a window in your garage, an A/C window unit is another option, provided you’ve got electricity and an outlet near the window to use. Portable air conditioners also work well in the garage, especially because they’re designed to cool a small space.

One of the drawbacks to using A/C in the garage is that it can lead to expensive monthly energy bills. Having the garage set up for central air can be a rather significant financial investment as well.

Insulate your garageIf you’re thinking of going this route, start with an insulated garage door. This alone can help keep your garage cooler. If want to insulate the garage itself, start simple by caulking the windows and your garage door frame. Check to make sure your garage door is fitted properly. If you see any space between the ground and the bottom of the door, give us a call.


Ask All Island: Is it OK for me to do my own garage door repairs?

We don’t recommend it. In fact, there are many reasons why you should leave garage door maintenance and repair up to professionals. For starters, if you aren’t familiar with the many components of a garage door and how they work, you could be putting your safety at risk. Additionally, you may not have the tools required to do the job right, and should you make a mistake, you’ll likely need to pay for a far more expensive repair.

While painting your garage door, lubricating garage door parts and cleaning and organizing the garage are great DIY projects, we recommend leaving the rest to us.

Below are 4 garage door repairs you should never DIY.

Broken garage door springs. The spring system in your garage is complex, and rarely is repairing one a simple job. You’ll know you need someone to take a closer look at your garage door’s springs when you hear your garage door make squeaking or straining sounds. Often, the springs will lose their ability to recoil and your garage door won’t operate smoothly.

If you notice these signs, call a garage door professional immediately. We can inspect the garage door springs and replace or repair them properly, so you can stay safe. Handling these without knowing how can be dangerous.

Misaligned tracks. When you notice your garage door is off track, it can be very tempting to want to fix this yourself. Not only can this be unsafe should the garage door become unstable, but it can be very difficult to determine why the garage door is misaligned in the first place, unless you are a garage door professional. Some causes of garage door track misalignment include bent or old tracks, or broken tracks. These repairs should always be made by a garage door technician.

Broken cables. Cables and pulleys operate under great tension (like garage door springs). Should you try to repair a cable yourself, it could snap and lead to a serious injury. Occasionally cables break if they are older or haven’t been maintained on a regular basis. This is why we recommend having your garage door inspected once every year.

Garage door openers. You wouldn’t repair your computer or phone on your own (or at least you shouldn’t). The same goes with garage door openers that today rely on state-of-the-art technology to operate. Should your garage door opener stop working, call a garage door technician who has the training and knowledge to diagnose and repair the issue properly. Otherwise, this could lead to a costly repair or even require you to purchase a new garage door opener.

Ask All Island: Why is my garage door making noises?

Got a garage door question? Ask All Island! Once every month, our team picks a topic and answers one of our most frequently asked questions. Our first addresses noisy garage doors. 

“Why is my garage door making noise?”

Are you hearing clanking, squeaking or a grinding sound when you open or close your garage door? If you are, it’s usually a sign that your garage door is in need of attention — sooner than later. When you hear those suspicious sounds, it’s best to contact a garage door professional who can locate the source of the problem and fix it quickly.

Here are common reasons why garage doors start making noises, and what you can do about it.

Rollers with wear and tear. This is one of the main culprits of a noisy garage door. Rollers, like garage door springs, wear over time. You’ll likely have to replace your rollers once they start making noise. As a general rule, nylon rollers make less noise than nylon rollers.

Your garage door is off track. If you hear a loud cranking or rumbling sound when you open or close your garage door, it could be due to a garage door that’s out of balance or gotten off track. Alignment issues always need to be addressed by a garage door professional. Do this sooner than later, as delaying this repair can lead to bigger issues.

Loose parts. If components like nuts and bolts are loose, you may be able to hear it. Usually, this problem creates a screeching sound. A garage door technician can look closely to quickly find the loose parts and tighten or replace them.

Springs and rollers need lubrication. We recommend lubricating your garage door with a good quality metal lubricator on a regular basis. Luckily, this is an issue that can usually be solved by picking up a can of good quality metal lubricant at your local home improvement store.

Your garage door is old. Sometimes, no matter how well your garage door is maintained and lubricated, it will still make noises. This is usually due to wear and tear from opening and closing for years, if not decades. If this is the case, it’s time to invest in a replacement garage door.

Worried about your noisy garage door? Give the team at All Island a call.