Adding a garage to a 120-year-old farmhouse

How gorgeous is this? Many of us dream of living in an old farmhouse, full of history, where every creaking floor board tells a story, the ceiling and windows are sky high to let in light, and the craftsmanship is stellar.

We’re lucky to be on Long Island, where farmhouses and older homes can be found all over — not to mention new homes that evoke the farmhouse style.

But just what do you do when it comes time to replace the garage? After all, older homes have a wonderful aesthetic but if they’re older, you’ll need to make updates for both comfort and security.

Luckily, Clopay has it covered. Just take a look at this fantastic article (at least check out the photos!) to see how a couple in Minnesota added a garage to their 120 year old farmhouse.

And if you love the farmhouse style as much as we do, let us know. We can help bring it to your home, too.

Photo courtesy of Clopay.

Ask All Island: Can this heat affect my garage door?

We’ve been getting this question quite a bit this summer, since this summer has been such a scorcher here in Long Island, and our answer might surprise you. Yes, hot temps can in fact wreak havoc on your garage door.

One of the most common areas of the garage heat can affect is your garage door opener’s photo eye. When the sun gets bright, the glare can get in the way of your garage door opener’s photo eye, and that can cause the door to fail to open or close when you need it to. Additionally, the hot weather can cause your garage door opener remote to malfunction.

Then there’s the issue of thunderstorms that can get particularly strong in the summertime, especially closer to the ocean. Hail and wind can damage your garage door, and storms can also lead to a power outage or power surge that could cause the power in your garage to go out. To avoid this, we recommend using a single plug surge protector.

Humidity can also affect your garage door in the summertime. When there’s more moisture in the air than usual, it can cause garage doors to stick. We recommend lubricating your garage door parts once a month to help avoid this conundrum.

Warm summer weather can also cause wood garage doors to warp over time and the sun can fade garage door color, too. Cleaning and waxing your garage door can help counter fading, as can applying a fresh coat of paint to spruce up the color.

Once of the best ways to protect your garage door in the summer months is to schedule a check up with a technician from All Island before the summer gets into full swing. We can do a thorough check of both your garage door remote and garage door parts to make sure your garage door can stand the heat.

 

 

What’s your garage door style?

With so many beautiful garage doors to choose from these days, it can be tough to know which one is the perfect fit for your home. After all, the garage door you decide on will be an integral part of your home for years, if not decades, to come.

To help you choose, we recommend using Clopay’s Design Your Door feature that lets you upload a photo of your home and “try on” different garage door styles, colors and other design options. But to get you started, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you narrow down your search.

Looking for a traditional garage door?

If your tastes lean traditional, classic and timeless, you’re in good luck. Clopay has several garage door collections that compliment traditional style homes. Here are three to consider:

Coachman Collection 

The perfect blend of beauty and practicality, these carriage house doors look like wood, but they are actually crafted of multiple layers of durable, low-maintenance steel and insulation topped with a woodgrain textured composite overlay.

Canyon Ridge Limited Edition Series

Beautiful and unique, Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series carriage house doors are constructed with an energy-efficient, Intellicore® insulated steel base and finished with faux wood composite cladding and overlays. The appearance is that of authentic swing-out doors but with the convenience of modern, upward operation.

Classic Wood 

 

Unlock the beauty of natural wood with a handcrafted hemlock, redwood or cedar garage door from Clopay®. These handcrafted wood garage doors feature traditional raised, recessed and flush panels that allow you to choose the best look for your home and its architecture. The addition of a wood garage door from Clopay® can transform the appearance of your home’s exterior and greatly enhance its curb appeal.

Ready for a modern garage door? 

Clopay’s modern garage door styles are contemporary and elegant and look great on any style home.

Avante 

Transform your home’s appearance with the modern look of a glass and aluminum garage door. The Clopay® AVANTE® collection gives you the beauty of natural light during the day and a beautiful a warm glow at night. Different glass garage door panel options allow you to choose the right degree of natural light for your home.

Modern Steel 

Modern Steel™ Collection garage doors perfectly complement contemporary and mid-century modern home styles. Doors are available with or without grooves in multiple paint and Ultra-Grain® finishes to create the perfect look for your home.

Reserve Wood Modern

Clean lines and simple forms let the beauty of natural wood stand out. Clopay’s versatile Modern Series lets you mix materials, shape and tone to create a stunning contemporary garage door that blends beautifully with other woods and materials on your exterior.

Garage doors on a budget

If you’re ready for a new garage door but are trying to save a little money, we have great news: you won’t have to sacrifice style with the Grand Harbor Collection. When budget is the deciding factor, this low-maintenance, insulation-optional steel frame carriage house style garage door combines clean lines and classic charm to provide a popular style at a great value.

Looking for something completely one-of-a-kind?

We recommend Clopay’s Reserve Wood Custom Collection 

Working from a professional drawing or just a sketch on a notepad, Clopay can create the doors you’ve only imagined, with windows or without, in wood like Knotty Alder, Spanish Cedar, White Oak, Ironwood and African Mahogany. Each door is handcrafted from the material of your choice using your precise specifications.

We love helping homeowners throughout Long Island find their perfect garage door. When you’re ready to replace yours let us know!   

Keep Your Garage Cool This Summer

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.

 

Take a look at our latest work (we’ve been busy!)

Did you know that new garage doors are one of the easiest ways to increase the ROI for your home? We love how homes can be completely transformed just by installing gorgeous garage doors.

This summer, we have been busy replacing garage doors on all sizes of homes, all across Long Island. We’ve also helped with a few barn conversions and added custom garage doors to brand new homes. No day is the same at All Island!

Take a look at some of our most recent work. 

We installed these Clopay Limited Edition Mahogany (8×8) Garage Doors on a home in Sagaponeck.

 

These Clopay Avante custom three panel, anodized aluminum, tempered frosted insulated glass garage doors were added to a home in Quogue. Our professional technicians also installed three Liftmaster garage door openers.

 

This Syosset homeowner definitely increased their curb appeal by updating their home with a set of three Clopay Coachman Collection garage doors. Our technicians also installed three Liftmaster side- mounted electric openers.

We added three Clopay Avante, garage doors with a dark bronze anodized frame, and frosted insulated tempered glass on a brand new home in Watermill.

Check out this finish! We installed a 8×7, Clopay Gallery, long panel glass garage door on this cute garage in Bayport.

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.