7 Garage Exterior Design Ideas Guaranteed To Boost Your Curb Appeal

“Curb appeal” is a term that’s typically associated with the visual appeal of property to a prospective buyer. However, curb appeal should be something you consistently strive to upgrade and maintain, regardless of whether or not you’re planning on selling your home.

There are numerous ways to keep your curb appeal high. Keeping your home’s landscaping, siding, roof, windows, driveway, walkways, eavestroughs, lighting, porch, and front door well-maintained are some of the most obvious ways to achieve this. As important as these all are, one of the most impactful ways to upgrade and maintain curb appeal is to keep high standards for your garage exterior design.

Why curb appeal matters

So much importance is placed on curb appeal from realtors because it creates a person’s first impression of your property when they view it from the street or curb. As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

Your home’s exterior appearance (and specifically your garage exterior design) conveys a message to passersby, neighbours, and guests. Whether or not there’s a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn shouldn’t be the sole reason you’re paying attention to projecting a positive impression of your residence to the rest of your neighbourhood.

How garage exterior design is critical to curb appeal

When you consider that garage doors can account for as much as one third of the front exterior of a home, the importance of garage exterior design in relation to curb appeal becomes even more apparent. A smartly chosen garage door that effectively complements and enhances your home’s exterior décor is a guaranteed way to boost your curb appeal.

And when it does come time to sell, you’ll also benefit from the fact that new garage doors deliver one of the best returns on investment for home improvement projects. With that in mind, let’s start with garage door ideas that can help improve your garage’s exterior appearance.

1. Upgrade your garage exterior design with a traditional garage door look

For a traditional garage door look, steel and wood doors are ideal choices to make your garage exterior design really stand out. These traditional style garage doors provide a timeless look for your home’s exterior and nowadays are highly customizable to beautifully complement most architectural designs. The range of colour choices available also allows you to match or complement your home’s notable exterior features, such as siding, shutters, and your front door.

For a more rustic garage exterior design look, wood garage doors come in a variety of wood species to satisfy your preferences. And if you’re drawn to the warm look of wood but deterred by the maintenance they can require, there’s another option. Durable steel garage doors can have realistic-looking faux wood composite overlays added to their design, giving you a traditional, high quality wood garage door look without the maintenance.

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The timeless and refined look of wood garage doors, which are nicely offset by colourful flowers in urn planters.

2. Carriage house doors add a classic look to your garage exterior design

If you’re partial to a more classic look for your garage exterior design, carriage house garage doors are your best choice. These distinct steel, wood, and fibreglass garage doors add a retro, yet stylish aesthetic to your home’s exterior.

And while these garage doors may have an old-fashioned barn door-style look, they come with the advantages of modern design features. Improved durability, quieter operation, better reliability, and loads of options (including raised or recessed panel customization) marry the old with the new to fulfill your classic-looking garage exterior design needs.

3. Enhance your garage exterior design with the right windows and custom hardware

An important component of traditional and carriage house garage door customization also includes giving you the opportunity to accentuate your doors by adding windows to them. Adding more detail to your garage doors by selecting from a wide range of window styles and layout patterns can add an extra measure of appeal to a garage’s exterior look.

Even the smaller details with your garage door can make the difference between it contributing to a mediocre or eye-catching garage exterior design. Customizing your garage doors even further with the right custom hardware (like latches and pull handles) can further enhance their appearance.

4. A modern garage door look can turn heads

If traditional isn’t your style, go modern instead. A striking full view aluminum garage door designed with clean lines has a very simple, yet attention-grabbing appearance. When paired with your home’s modern architecture, corrosion-resistant full view aluminum garage doors combined with glass panels make a bold statement that shows off a stylish and tasteful garage exterior design look.

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Modern architecture complemented by stylish full view aluminum garage doors.

5. Showcase your garage exterior design with tasteful lighting

The right type of lighting can give a major boost to curb appeal and the appearance of your garage’s exterior. There are many lighting options available to help bring out the best in your garage exterior design look, including floodlights, wall-mounted lighting, recessed lighting, and solar lighting.

Placement of the lighting will obviously be key. When planning how your garage lighting will be set up, keep in mind how it will look from further away. Also remember that along with showing off your garage exterior and making it easier to navigate in the garage entrance area, you also want the lighting to function as a security deterrent against thieves.

6. Clean up your garage’s exterior appearance with aluminum capping

Any garage exterior looks better with aluminum capping added to the wooden doorframe. Wrapping your doorframe with capping projects a cleaner, more finished look for the exterior of your garage.

You’ll also save hours of future work because aluminum capping removes the need for scraping, staining, and painting your wooden doorframe every few years. Another benefit of capping is that it can improve your home’s energy efficiency by decreasing drafts that occur around garage doorframes.   

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Aluminum capping adds a more finished look to a garage doorframe.

7. Don’t forget your garage exterior when landscaping

When landscaping, don’t forget that your garage exterior can benefit from the addition of foliage to enhance its appearance. Tastefully placed hanging baskets, wall planters, urn planters, or a trellis around a garage exterior with well-manicured foliage can further enhance your home’s appearance and make it look even more welcoming.

Upgrade your garage exterior design to improve your home’s overall exterior look

Overlooking your garage exterior design will negatively impact the overall look your home and, by extension, your curb appeal. Investing in your garage exterior’s appearance can result in a home that stands apart from all others in your neighbourhood. You’ll also reap the future benefits that come with the boost to your home’s resale value that garage upgrades provide.

Find out more about how we can help with improvements to your garage exterior design by scheduling your free in-home consultation today.

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7 Garage-related Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Dads Who Are Hard To Buy For

Certain Father’s Day gift ideas can convey a rather “going through the motions” approach to gift-giving on what’s supposed to be dad’s special day.

We’re talking unimaginative gift ideas like socks, a tie, a gym membership, or the dreaded gag gift. A quick online search will show you that these are among the most common Father’s Day gift ideas. They’re also some of the least appreciated gifts that dads say they want to receive.

Father’s Day gift ideas that are unique and very practical

Sure, dads generally are hard to buy for. This Father’s Day, surprise and delight dad by choosing some of these unique and practical Father’s Day gift ideas for the garage. They’ll show you put a little more thought into this year’s gift and also make dad’s life easier for years to come.

1. A garage floor transformation

For dads who enjoy spending lots of time in the garage, a dull-looking concrete garage floor that’s damaged and uneven doesn’t exactly contribute much to his comfort level in this space. You can significantly transform the feel and appearance of your garage by having a polyaspartic Floortex™ floor coating applied.

The Garage Living 5-step Floortex™ application process produces an attractive textured surface that’s smooth, clean, and easy to maintain. A high quality foundation underneath dad’s feet while he’s spending hours in the garage doing vehicle maintenance, using a garage workshop, or working out will be greatly appreciated. And your new garage floor project can be completed in as little as one day.

2. Garage storage cabinets for dad’s tools

If dad’s tool collection has grown and he’s lacking an adequate organization system for storing them, it can make it difficult to find the right tool when he needs it. That’s why garage storage cabinets are so useful. With lockable tool drawers and the ability to customize the cabinets according to dad’s needs, storage cabinets make it much easier for dad to keep his garage space organized.

And along with the extra storage space, cabinets also add a lot to the interior look of a garage. Does dad own a high-end car that he loves? You can nicely enhance the vehicle’s surrounding environment by adding custom storage cabinets that complement its colour (our GL Custom Steel and GL NEOS Elite cabinet systems are particularly well-suited for this purpose).

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3. A garage workshop

When it comes to thoughtful Father’s Day gift ideas, it’s always nice when dad’s hobbies and pastimes are taken into consideration. If your dad or husband are the tinkering type, what could be better than a garage workshop? A garage workshop gives dad a private space that lets him indulge in his hobbies (and won’t disturb the rest of the family).

Our storage cabinets are ideal for creating a highly functional garage workspace by adding a countertop work surface and, as mentioned, lots of room for storing tools. Our rugged GL Hayley cabinet system is ideal for a multi-functional garage space. An infrared heater can be added so dad can use his workshop even when the temperature drops. And for smaller garages, we can add a space-saving foldaway workbench.

4. A high quality hose and hose reel

If you own a house, you have lawns, shrubs, flower beds, and vegetable gardens that all need the attention of a hose during the spring and summer. Not enough dads invest in a quality hose or hose reel, however. Cheap hoses will crack and start leaking after just a couple of years. And inexpensive hose reels will also reveal their poor design and cheap construction materials far too soon, with wheels falling off and mechanical components breaking down.

Invest in a high quality garden hose and hose reel instead of replacing these items every two or three years. Garage Living carries the highest quality hoses and hose reels on the market. Dad will appreciate having reliable, well-made equipment to use when it comes to doing his watering chores.

5. A more organized garage so dad can park inside

One of the smartest Father’s Day gift ideas to consider is adding slatwall panels with hanging accessories. This system lets dad store his lawn tools, ladders, power cords, and any other items that can be hung up. If dad likes to golf or fish, we have a fishing rod rack and golf rack that are perfect for storing his angling and golf equipment on the slatwall panels. Garage Living also carries specialty storage racks for more heavy-duty storage requirements.

By using your garage walls and overhead space for storage purposes, your garage floor will be organized and clutter-free. That frees up floor space so mom and dad can park their vehicles inside the garage once again, which is supposed to be one of the main functions of a garage, right?

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6. Extra parking space to store dad’s prized vehicle

Does dad own a classic car or truck that he, understandably, wants stored inside? If so, that can come at the expense of a garage parking space for one of your vehicles that gets driven on a more regular basis. Create an extra parking spot in your garage by adding a 4 post car lift.

A 4 post car lift takes advantage of your garage’s unused vertical space, which allows for a vehicle to be stored above another vehicle. Dad can store his classic vehicle up in the air during the months when he won’t be driving it, leaving room for an everyday-use vehicle to also be parked in the garage. Car lifts can also be used for storing motorcycles and items like lawnmowers and snowblowers, which helps keep your garage floor uncluttered. 

7. Better garage lighting

Many garages still use only a one or two incandescent bulbs as a lighting source. Adding an energy efficient, long-lasting LED light fixture can greatly improve the lighting quality in the garage. Better lighting makes it easier for dad when he’s looking for a certain tool or working on a task, in addition to improving the atmosphere.

Upgrading a garage’s lighting is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to improve this space. It’s also a must-have feature if you’ve chosen to add any of the previously mentioned Father’s Day gift ideas. Dad’s dream garage needs to be seen in the best light possible!

Visit our showroom for inspiring Father’s Day gift ideas

You can visit your local Garage Living showroom to have a look at these practical Father’s Day gift ideas up close. A member of our design team is available to visit your home to discuss your garage project – simply schedule your free in-home design consultation.

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Why A Garage Makeover Increases Your Home Resale Value

Your home resale value will be determined by many different factors. Some factors, like the age of your home, its location, and the selling prices of nearby homes will be out of your control.

You can determine how your house looks when it comes time to sell, however. Smartly chosen home upgrades and improvements play a large role when it comes to figuring out what your home resale value will be. More and more, homeowners are realizing the value that garage makeovers can have when it comes time to put their house on the market.

Garage makeovers provide home resale value benefits later with daily benefits now

While worrying about what your home resale value will be years from now might not top your list of current priorities, it’s worth considering the daily benefits you’ll get from a garage makeover until that time arrives:

  • your garage will look much nicer both inside and outside
  • garage storage space can be put to better use and maximized
  • your garage can stay organized and clutter-free
  • home energy efficiency will be improved

Adding new garage doors increases home resale value

The return on investment estimate varies from year to year, but buying new garage doors is consistently considered to be one of the most sound home improvement investments that impacts home resale value. In 2015, Investopedia estimated garage door replacements yielded an 88.4% return on investment.

With garage doors accounting for as much as a third of a home’s front exterior, it’s no wonder steel, fibreglass, wood, or full view aluminum garage doors have such an impact on curb appeal. High quality garage doors get noticed by your neighbours now and by prospective home buyers later.

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Include garage storage solutions in your makeover

Garage Living offers numerous smart storage and organization solutions that improve any garage space:

We would expect you’d take the garage cabinetry with you when you move, but chances are you’ll love all of these garage storage solutions so much that you’ll want to take all of them! If you don’t for whatever reason (perhaps you’re downsizing or moving into a condo), these smart storage systems will provide value to the home’s next owner and can be factored into the selling price.

A new garage floor coating can impact home resale value

There’s no comparison between a cracked and dull-looking concrete garage floor and one that’s had a Floortex™ floor coating applied. Our polyaspartic floor coatings will last for years and can have an impact on home resale value, depending on how long after the floor coating was applied that you sell your home. At the very least, a Floortex™ floor coating stands out with its decorative flake surface that’s sealed with a durable top coat.

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A garage workspace may be attractive to some buyers

If you’ve created a garage workspace to indulge your woodworking or auto maintenance hobbies, some like-minded potential buyers may find your home more appealing. Our GL NEOS Elite garage cabinets, for example, are ideal for garage spaces that need a higher degree of functionality, such as a home automotive workshop.

Garage insulation improves your energy efficiency and helps home resale value

Our renovation services can help improve the energy efficiency in your garage. A properly insulated garage door and professionally installed wall and ceiling insulation, in addition to weather stripping around door and window frames, helps lower your monthly heating and cooling bills. And years from now when you’re ready to sell, these upgrades can be used in your favour when determining your home resale value.

Schedule your free in-home consultation to find out more from a member of our design team about how garage makeovers help increase your home resale value.

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Q & A: Find Out Why Jay Loves His One Car Garage Makeover

Toronto resident Jay Kerr, recently had a one car garage makeover by Garage Living that left him quite impressed. This Q & A finds out why Jay needed the one car garage makeover, what he had done, and why he absolutely loves it.

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What made you decide to get this one car garage makeover?

For over a year, I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have a clean and organized garage. I was tired of the unfinished look of the garage and the overall lack of organization, which made it difficult to park my car in there. The garage floor needed to be finished. The concrete floor was cracked in a few place and just didn’t look very appealing.

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Jay’s garage prior to the makeover.

Was it difficult keeping your one car garage floor clean?

The garage floor was always dusty and dirty and it wasn’t particularly easy to clean. I would often need to sweep it out, which was a messy job. In the springtime, it was especially messy with the dirt and salt that accumulated over the winter.

Were you aware of the high quality garage floor coatings available?

Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating completely opened my eyes to the fact that a high quality floor coating can add undeniable visual appeal to your garage space, as well as be easy to maintain. I did my homework and learned that polyaspartic garage floor coatings have several advantages over epoxy coatings.

What type of garage organization system were you using?

I had a metal shelving unit from a big box store that was falling apart. That seems to be a common thing with many of their products – they have a very short shelf life, no pun intended. The cheap particle board shelves were warped, sagging, and popping out of place.

Hockey sticks were piled in the corner and I had a few cheap hooks and nails to hang brooms and lighter items. I wanted to get things off the floor and organized onto the wall, something that could support items such as a ladder, garden hose, or a work bench. I’m the type of person that likes to have things neat and organized, but the DIY storage system I had wasn’t working.

Tell us about the slatwall garage storage system you had installed

The grey slatwall panel system is a great storage solution. It was installed along the length of the side walls, which I now realize is underutilized storage space in most garages. Now I have a place for everything. The slatwall system allows me to get nearly everything off the garage floor and onto the wall. That gives me space to park my car. It also makes it much easier to clean the floor because the only thing I have to move out are the garage bins.

Before photo of garage

Before – unfinished garage.

After the garage renovation

After – new slatwall panel system and Floortex™ floor coating in Nightfall color.

How about the slatwall accessories you chose?

I’m still figuring out new ways to utilize and arrange the different hooks and shelves that are available. One of my favourite slatwall accessories is the 8″ double hook I use to store my hockey sticks. I also use these hooks to store other items like brooms and shovels. My ladders are now on the wall and the hanging wire bins are perfect for car cleaning products.

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Hanging slatwall accessories for all of your garage belongings.

What type of Floortex™ floor coating was applied in your one car garage makeover?

There are a bunch of floor coating colors to choose from and I chose the Nightfall color. The new Floortex™ floor coating is a huge improvement compared to my old concrete garage floor and I look forward to enjoying it for many years to come. I had the work done in November and it was convenient that the colder weather wasn’t an obstacle to having the Floortex™ floor coating applied.

How much easier is it to clean your garage floor now?

The floor is much, much easier to clean now. I can sweep out the dirt and hose it down to keep everything looking new. Garage Living also has a great squeegee that I can use to make the cleaning process quick and efficient. The Nightfall’s dark grey colour also hides the dirt well in between cleanings.

Did your one car garage makeover include anything else?

Yes, one of the biggest improvements was simply upgrading to an LED garage light. I’m sure many homeowners just live with a single light bulb in the garage, as I was doing. It’s a simple upgrade but it makes such a huge difference. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.

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A new LED garage light makes a huge difference.

Did your one car garage makeover have any challenges to deal with?

I had a few issues with one wall. We renovated the house eight years ago and the contractor left an electrical conduit and a wood post on what used to be the outside of the house, now the inside wall of the garage. I was concerned about the Garage Living installers being able to remove everything but it was gone within an hour. I also had some concerns about the natural gas line on the inside wall. They put the slatwall behind it and everything looked neat and tidy when they were done.

Any challenges with the garage floor?

The front corner of the garage was unfinished and there was a gap between the concrete floor and the drywall. There was also a cinder block in the corner that jutted out a bit. Garage Living suggested two options. They could fill the gap in the floor with cement and finish the drywall in the corner. That would take longer and add more to the cost than I anticipated. A cheaper and easier solution was to box in the awkward corner and seal it with the Floortex™ coating, which is the solution I chose.

The outside wall of the garage had a cinder block foundation that was two blocks high. Garage Living applied their Floortex™ floor coating up and over the cinder block for a finished look that also seals the floor and acts like a baseboard. Now when I hose out the garage to remove the dirt and salt from the winter, I don’t have to worry about the water damaging the drywall.

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A problematic corner with a cinder block jutting out and gap between the garage floor and wall.

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The problem is solved by boxing in the corner and adding Floortex™ coating.

How long did the one car garage makeover take?

The flooring took a full day to clean and prepare. By the end of the day, the floor coating was done and had to dry overnight. I couldn’t walk on it for a day. After that, my car and garbage bins were back in the garage. The slatwall and new light was installed in less than a day after that. Everything was completed on time and to my complete satisfaction.  

How easy was Garage Living to work with?

Everybody was courteous and happy to answer any questions I had throughout the entire process. I especially appreciated the advice and options that were presented to me in regards to the issues with the garage wall and corner. That’s what great customer service is all about.

How satisfied were you and your wife with the garage makeover?

I was extremely happy with the end result. Everything looked brand new and finished and I look forward to keeping the garage much more organized now. My wife was amazed when she saw the final results.

What are your neighbours’ impressions of your one car garage makeover?

Many neighbours have come by to look at the end result and everyone has been more than impressed. I think most people aren’t used to seeing a clutter-free garage with a finished floor and a car parked inside. One neighbour even said that my garage looked nicer than some of the rooms in his house!

So you find yourself parking your car in the garage more now?

I park my car in the garage all the time now. We have a large maple tree that shades our driveway and the birds love sit on the branches and bomb our cars. My car stays cleaner now and I love that I never have to brush the snow off in the winter. I also have the peace of mind knowing that my car is protected and secure. Our other car was left unlocked in the driveway one night and somebody broke in.

Are you planning on using Garage Living for future garage upgrades?

Yes. My next upgrade will be a better garage door and garage door opener. I’m a tech geek and I love that today’s garage door openers have modern features that allow you to control the door from anywhere with a smartphone. I sometimes forget to close the garage door and would like something that does this automatically or that alerts me when it is left open for a long period of time.

Find out more about garage makeovers with your free in-home consultation

Jay loves what his one car garage makeover has done to improve his garage space. His is just one among the thousands of transformative garage makeovers that Garage Living has done throughout North America, for garages of all sizes. Some of them can be viewed here. Schedule your free in-home consultation today with one of our design consultants to discuss your own garage makeover.

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Planning A DIY Garage Makeover? Here’s 5 Reasons That’s A Bad Idea

After years of neglect, you’ve finally decided to give your garage a much-needed DIY makeover.

Yes, it can feel rewarding when you’ve completed a home improvement project yourself, but beware. Although you may consider yourself the handy type, doing a DIY garage makeover is a bad idea for a number of reasons. And if you’re all thumbs when it comes to using tools, tackling a DIY garage makeover is a downright terrible idea. Here’s five reasons why.

1. A DIY garage makeover requires expertise

Even if you’re confident that your skills will enable you to successfully complete a DIY garage makeover, it’s highly likely you’ll find yourself out of your depth. Browsing online home improvement forums and watching instructional YouTube videos will only get you so far.

They’re simply no substitute for the vast amount of experience a garage makeover specialist like Garage Living has. We’ve completed thousands of garage makeover projects throughout North America since 2005. During that time, we’ve encountered just about any potential problem one could face when doing a garage makeover. We also know how to make sure all aspects of your garage project are safely installed.

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2. You’ll miss out on great garage storage and organization solutions

Part of Garage Living’s expertise includes knowing which high quality products to carry and use in our projects. Your DIY garage makeover experience would probably involve using products purchased from a big box store. They won’t have the same level of quality as our products, in terms of construction materials, craftsmanship, and longevity. That puts you at a disadvantage before you’ve even attempted installing anything for your DIY garage makeover.

Our garage professionals can also suggest storage and organization ideas you’re probably not even aware of. For example:

3. Floors from a DIY garage makeover won’t look as good as our Floortex™ floor coating

A damaged garage floor that needs to be redone is commonly an instigating factor in deciding do a garage makeover. Applying a store-bought epoxy floor coating during your DIY garage makeover won’t produce the same impressive results that our Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating can. The application process also needs to be done perfectly, otherwise the floor will need to be redone far sooner than you’d like. This is why garage floor coating application experience matters.

Here are some advantages that a Floortex™ garage floor coating has over epoxy coatings:

  • it can be applied in as little as one day and be ready for normal use by the following day (an epoxy coating can take up to five or six days to cure and dry)
  • the UV stable topcoat helps the floor maintain its glossy sheen longer than epoxy coatings
  • it penetrates concrete surfaces better than epoxy coatings, giving the floor a higher level of surface protection
  • there’s more design flexibility to complement your garage decor (choose from 15 floor coating colours)
  • it can be applied virtually year-round (epoxy coatings need a minimum application temperature of about 10-13° C)

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4. Installing your own garage door and opener can be dangerous

One of the best examples to illustrate the perils involved in a DIY garage makeover is the installation of a new garage door and opener. There’s little room for error when it comes to installing a new garage door and opener for a few reasons:

  • the garage door needs to fit the doorframe perfectly to ensure proper operation and optimum energy efficiency by eliminating gaps
  • a garage door system has lots of moving parts that need to perfectly interact with each other
  • the garage door springs will need to be adjusted to account for the different weight of your new door (adjusting these springs without having prior experience can potentially cause serious injury)
  • your garage door opener needs to be able to handle the weight of the door, otherwise its motor will be overtaxed and have a short life
  • your garage door is one of the most frequently used doors in your home and needs to be able to handle a heavy workload safely and efficiently

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5. Your garage cabinets and specialty storage racks need to maximize space and be safely hung

Adding garage cabinets and specialty storage racks and shelving to your garage will be a huge help when it comes to keeping the garage organized. You’ll find that we have a very appealing selection of products in these categories, in addition to the ability to customize your garage cabinet system for maximum looks and functionality.

But where’s the best place to put them so that your garage storage space is maximized? What about existing wall obstructions that present an additional challenge during installation? And most importantly, how can the racks be hung safely? Our overhead storage racks can hold up to 600 lbs., so knowing which part of the wall or ceiling to safely attach them to is of the utmost importance.

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Cancel your DIY garage makeover and choose a garage makeover expert instead

Instead of attempting a DIY garage makeover, schedule a free in-home design consultation with Garage Living. One of our design consultants can discuss your makeover plans and ideas with you. Choosing a garage makeover expert like Garage Living ensures your project will be done properly and with high quality, long-lasting products.

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