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.

All Island Garage Door is Hiring!

Looking for a fulltime job with a great team? All Island Garage Door is hiring! 

Take a look at our open positions:

Garage door installer/helper (possibly 40+hours)

Year round, must have clean license and construction knowledge

Front Desk Receptionist, fulltime  (8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.)  

To learn more about these positions, please contact us.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you! 

Top Reasons to Work in the Garage Door Industry

Looking for a career that offers plenty of variety, job security, and an excellent steady income? You’ve just described some of the benefits of being in the garage door industry and now (maybe more than ever) is an ideal time to get started on this career path.

There was already a shortage of skilled tradespeople before the pandemic, and now the shortage is even greater. That means there are plenty of opportunities to stay working and advance in your career as a garage door technician.

Here’s what you can expect  

Job variety. In this field, every day is different, which means you’ll get a chance to put all your skills to good use. The possibilities are endless. So, if you don’t like performing the same tasks every day, this job is for you.

Stability. Imagine living in a world without teachers or doctors. Impossible, right? Some professions are absolutely essential, and that goes for garage door technicians as well. You’ll never have to worry about finding a job in this industry, which is helpful if you have a family to support. And technicians don’t get outsourced, so you won’t have to worry about that, either.

No debt. There’s nothing wrong with getting a four-year degree, but the cost of college can really add up. While many students graduate owing a significant amount of money to Uncle Sam, students who graduate from a trade school usually do not.

Career advancement. We encourage our technicians to deepen their knowledge through continuing education and advanced certification. The garage door industry Is constantly evolving, and the more training you have, the higher your salary will likely be.

You can skip the gym. By now you’ve probably read that sitting behind a desk all day can lead to health problems. But that’s not something you’ll have to worry about if you’re a garage door technician. This is a physical profession that lets you get out, move, and stay active. It also requires plenty of critical thinking and problem-solving, so your brain will stay sharp, too.

You get to be a part of a team. The team at All Island supports and encourages each other. We truly believe that teamwork is a big part of why we’ve been a leading garage door company in Long Island for decades. Simply put: we’re a family and our team thrives because of it.

You’ll meet new people. If you’re a “people person,” you’ll love being in this industry. Every day offers technicians a chance to be out in the community, meeting and helping new and longtime customers alike. This means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make someone’s day a little better. This is definitely not a job you can do remotely from the comfort of your couch!

We’re hiring! If you’re looking for a great new job opportunity, contact us today. Come be a part of our team!

 

Four Signs You Need a New Garage Door

Should you repair the garage door you have or invest in a new one? If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’ve been wondered this at some point. It can be difficult to know which option is best. After all, with help from a garage door professional, a garage door issue – like a broken spring or damaged garage door panel – can be fixed quickly.

Other times, however, it makes better sense to purchase a new garage door. With regular maintenance, it can stay in top shape for years to come. Below are four signs that it’s time for a new garage door.

It’s no longer safe. Nothing is more important than keeping you and your family safe. If your garage door no longer fits securely to the frame, or it has older locks or no security features, we recommend replacing it. Older garage doors that fit improperly can be easy targets for thieves. And garage doors with security features like keypad locks are excellent deterrents. It’s also a good idea to invest in a garage door opener with MyQ smart technology by LiftMaster.

It keeps breaking down. If your garage door seems to constantly need repairs, it may be time for a new one. While garage door parts like springs and belts need to be replaced eventually, if several parts are worn, they could continue to break or stop working. Sometimes it’s simply better to replace the garage door than to fix an older one that requires a lot of repairs.

It’s not attractive. We know looks aren’t everything, but a great-looking garage door can add a lot of curb appeal to your home. Take a look at Clopay’s residential garage doors to get inspired. Whether you have a traditional style home or a modern home, you’re bound to find one (or a few) garage doors that would compliment your home perfectly.

You’re moving. Did you know that the average ROI for a new garage door is 97%? Before you put your home up for sale, consider investing in a replacement garage door, especially if yours is older and showing signs of wear.

Ready for a new garage door? The team at All Island is here to help.

Take a Look at Our Latest Work!

We’ve been busy at All Island Garage Door. Our team has been all over Long Island installing garage doors of all styles at homes (and businesses, too!). Take a look at some of our latest projects.

Our professional technicians installed this black Avante Garage Door with frosted glass at a home in  Southampton. We also installed two LiftMaster electric garage door openers.

Aren’t these garage doors gorgeous? Our professional technicians installed these beautiful Avante Garage Doors at a home in Sag Harbor in 10 degree weather and two feet of snow!

We love working with home owners and builders alike. These two Clopay Coachmen Garage Doors were completed for a Watermill builder on a brand new house. 

We also love helping homeowners create custom garage doors that will compliment their home perfectly. These 9×9 Clopay Custom Wood Herringbone Garage Doors were recently installed on a home in East Hampton. 

Clopay’s Canyon Ridge Garage Doors look great on any style of home. These feature a faux wood-look overlay with steel backing that is low maintenance and will stand up to time and the elements. We think they look very sharp in black!

Like what you see? Check out our gallery, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration and  helpful tips.

6 Ways to Update Your Garage in 2022

If you’re thinking about making improvements to your garage in 2022, we’ve got more than a few ideas, From adding storage, to replacing your garage door, to making your garage more secure, there many ways to spruce up your garage in the new year.

Here’s six ways to update your garage in 2022 

Get organized. If you’ve got tools, recreation equipment, and cleaning supplies strewn about your garage, why not add shelving and storage to make everything in close reach while adding more space in your garage. Peg boards, simple shelving are easy to install. Even a row of hooks can make a world of difference.

Storage tips for your garage 

Clean it up. Spend a day deep cleaning your garage. Remove everything, start by washing down the floor to get rid of the grime and grease, clear the cobwebs and dirt from the garage door (carefully), and get rid of anything you’re storing in the garage that you don’t need.

Schedule maintenance. Give the team at All Island a call to schedule regular garage door maintenance. We’ll make sure that your garage door is working at it’s best, and if it isn’t, we’ll make the repairs to ensure it does. Garage door springs, belts, and the garage door itself should be inspected by a professional once a year.

Keep it secure. One of the easiest ways to keep your garage door secure is to invest in a new LiftMaster garage door opener. LiftMaster’s MyQ technology let you open, close and monitor your garage door from anywhere in the world. And it will send alerts to your phone and home security system if it detects suspicious activity.

Seven ways to make your garage safer 

Make it multi-functional. Need more room in your house? Look no further than the garage. With a few cans of paint and a little creativity, you can add additional living space to your garage.

Transform your garage into more living space  

Elevate with a new garage door. Have you checked out the latest garage doors by Clopay? They’re pretty fabulous. Whether you’re tastes are traditional, modern, or a little bit of both, you’ll find the perfect garage door by Clopay to elevate the look of your home.

Peruse Clopay’s LookBook 

New Year, New Garage Door: Four Reasons to Upgrade in 2022

2022 will be here before you know it, and what better time to make updates to your home than the new year? One of the easiest and best ways to elevate the look of your home while also increasing it’s value is to invest in a new garage door.

Of course, there are many reasons why replacing your garage door is a great investment and a smart idea. Here’s our top four.

Curb appeal. A new garage door can dramatically change the look of your home – and with very little time invested, as opposed to having your house painted, for example. In just a few hours, the team at All Island Garage Door can professionally install a great looking, brand new garage door. Take a look at Clopay’s collection to get inspired.  Then, use our Design Your Door feature to choose the perfect garage door for your home.modern house with three wooden garage doors

Added value. If you’re thinking about selling your home, you’ll want to give careful consideration to the state of your garage door. Does it fit properly? Is paint chipping from the door or is it dented? If your garage door is showing signs of wear and tear, it’s a good idea to get it replaced. A new garage door could add value to your home so you get more money at closing time.

Increased safety. Protect your family and your belongings with a new garage door. Older doors that no longer fit tightly to the frame and ground make it easier for thieves to do their dirty work. In addition, many new garage door models offer extra locking features. Want to really keep your garage secure? Choose a new garage door opener by LiftMaster.

Less repairs. If you have an older garage door, you may be worried that, one day, it won’t operate the way it should. With a new garage door comes new parts, not to mention a warranty. Avoid unexpected garage door repairs by getting a replacement garage door.

And… here’s a bonus reason to choose a garage door from us. When you buy locally you’re investing back into your local economy. Ready for a new garage door? Give the  team at All Island a call.