Your easy fall garage door maintenance checklist

canyon ridge red garage doorIt’s getting cooler outside, and you know that that means (or at least what we’re going to say!)… it’s time to check your garage door and make sure it’s ready for the weather ahead. This season, we’ve kept the list simple, but what’s on the list is important. Trust us, you don’t want to deal with a garage door repair during the busy holiday season or when it’s bitter cold outside.

Take a look at the list below to ensure garage door is ready for winter.

Garage Door Replacement. If you’ve been planning on investing in a new garage door for your home this year, now is the perfect time. There are a myriad of benefits to replacing your garage door in the fall – from better energy efficiency to increase security to not having to worry about costly repairs.

Garage Door Springs. You’ll want to check your garage door springs now to make sure they’re working properly. Try pulling your garage door’s release handle when the door is down completely. Then, lift it part of the way up and let it go down on its own. If it comes down quickly you may need your garage door springs adjusted or replaced.

Also check that your garage door springs are lubricated. Sometimes, especially in older garage doors, the lubrication can dry up or harden which can cause your garage door springs to not work optimally.

Check the seal. The bottom of your garage door should seal to the ground. This is essential to keep drafts out of the garage – as well as any pesky critters! If there’s room between your garage door and the ground, it may be time to replace your garage door or the garage door seal.

Replace the rollers. We recommend replacing your garage door’s rollers every five years, and they should be checked at least once every year. If you haven’t done this yet, make sure to do so before the weather gets cold. Look for worn, cracked or chipped rollers. If you see any, give us a call to have them replaced.

Clean the garage door. If your garage doors are fiberglass, you can wash them down with a good all-purpose cleaner. If your garage doors are made from wood, take a look to make sure there are no warped or water damaged areas, especially if your wood garage doors are older.

It doesn’t take long to complete these fall garage door maintenance items, but it can really save time and money in the long run. We’re happy to check your garage door, too. Just give us a call to set up an appointment with one of our experienced technicians at your convenience. And if you need a new garage door you’re in luck because we’re running a Fall Extravaganza with deep discounts on replacement garage doors!

The Fall Extravaganza is Here!

Have you been putting off replacing your old garage door?
Well, now is the time during The Fall Extravaganza here at Martin Door.

We’re currently offering DEEP DISCOUNTS on all polyurethane insulated doors.

Contact us today to schedule a free in home quote at 636-928-3875

rustic collection gallery houseHurry, winter is coming!

Seven easy ways to make your garage safe

How safe is your garage? If you’re not sure, maybe it’s time to do a quick check with help from the list below. It’s doesn’t take much time – or money – to make sure your garage is a safe place for you and your family. With easy to install items like garage cabinets and smoke alarms, your garage can be made safe for your peace of mind.

Below are seven ways to make your garage safer:

Store your power tools someplace safe. Make sure your power tools are properly stored and kept out of reach of children. Consider investing in cabinets for your tools, and secure them with locks. Additionally, any saws or other electric tools should always have their safety locks on and should never be kept plugged in.

Do an electrical safety check. Check of your garage outlets and make sure they aren’t overloaded. You’ll also want to make sure your garage’s electric wiring isn’t outdated and in need of repair.

Keep fires at bay. Make sure you install a smoke alarm in your garage, or if you already have one, check to ensure it’s working properly. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in the garage, too.

Get organized. We know how easy it is to keep things stored randomly in the garage, but keeping your it organized is one of the best ways to make sure it’s safe for you and your family. In addition to storing your power tools in a locked cabinet, do the same with yard tools and cleaning supplies.

Keep hazardous materials out of reach of children. Any cleaning products, fertilizer, gasoline, paints and other materials should be kept out of reach of children. Store these materials in a locked cabinet and make sure it’s equipped with proper ventilation.

Floors need to be kept safe, too. Check your garage flooring to make sure there aren’t any cracks, or leaks in the garage’s foundation that have caused leaks on the garage floor. Cracks, leaky walls, water on the floor needs to be addressed right away.

Make sure to use a garage door floor coating to seal floor cracks. Then, do the same with any cracks in the walls.

Invest in good locks and remote access. Make sure to always lock your garage door, and if you’re prone to forgetting, consider investing in remote access so you don’t have to worry. You could also consider LiftMaster’s myQ Smart Home, which lets you control your garage door from your smart phone.

Garage Door Trends for 2019

The new year is a great time to start thinking about updating the look of your home with a new garage door. We’re excited about the latest and greatest garage doors that include bold colors, large windows and contemporary design. And while these doors are on trend for 2019, they’re also timeless, so whichever one you choose for your home, you can be confident it will add curb appeal for years to come.

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Don’t fall victim to a garage door scam

Last year, bogus garage door companies disguised as local companies – often with names very similar to real ones – purchased millions of dollars in ads with Google to operate a garage door scam.

Luckily, Google has cracked down on these bogus garage door dealers, making it more difficult for them to purchase ads and requiring legitimate companies like us go through an extensive verification process with Google, proving we are the real deal.

But there are still phony garage door companies out there preying on innocent people. As a family-owned company serving St. Charles and the surrounding area, we truly care about our community and it troubles us to hear when someone has been taken advantage of.

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June is Garage Door Safety Month

Did you know that June is garage door safety month? At Martin Door, we take garage door safety seriously and we hope you do, too.

Common garage door injuries range from getting fingers caught between sections of the door to malfunctioning doors that fall, to injuries from broken springs and the myriad of others caused when you try to repair your garage door yourself.

The good news is that injuries can be avoided. Below are some garage door safety tips to follow this month and every month.

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Daylight Savings Garage Door Tips

Daylight savings is a great time of the year to get your garage ready for spring. Our list below features spring cleaning and maintenance ideas that we recommend you do once a year around this time, and what a better reminder than daylight savings time, which is March 11?
 
It doesn’t take a lot of time to spruce up your garage or get your garage door working great.
 
Here are some tips for garage spring cleaning and garage door maintenance from the team at Martin Door. With just a few hours of elbow grease, you can sit back, sip a cold one, and be ready for the warmer months ahead.
 

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Our Top Five Places for Garage Door Inspiration 

As February sets in, so does daydreaming about warmer days ahead. Spring is the perfect time of the year to invest in a new garage door, and now is the time to start looking at garage door ideas that will inspire you to choose the right garage door for your budget and style. 
 
To help you get started, the team at Martin Door put together a list of the top five places to look for garage door inspiration. Some you can do in the comfort of your own home, maybe with a cup of something warm. The last tip (and our favorite) requires you to get up off the couch, but it’s well worth it!
 

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Martin Door’s Most Popular Garage Doors 

A new garage door adds value to your home and enhances its curb appeal. Today there are doors to fit every budget and every style. Whether you like sleek, contemporary designs or a more classic look, Martin Door has the perfect door for you.

We carry a full selection of garage doors by Clopay and our expert technicians install a variety of garage doors in homes across St. Peters and St. Louis every day. We think all our garage doors are great-looking, but here’s a closer look at three of our most popular doors.

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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 Martin Door to help your garage door stay working top notch during the winter months.

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