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Why NOW is the Best Time to Repair Your Garage Door

Garage door repairs and replacements usually occur at one particular time: when your garage door breaks. Many people simply don’t think about their garage doors very much until they aren’t working. But fixing or replacing your garage door when it’s already broken really isn’t the optimal time. In fact, NOW – springtime – is really the best time of the year to repair or replace your garage door. Here’s why:

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Post-Winter Tune Ups

Even if your garage door is working, the winter has taken a toll on it. Your garage door is frequently confronted with two very different “climates” during the winter: the outside temperature and harsh weather, and the inside, which is generally warmer. The contrast of these two temperatures on either side of your garage door (and the constantly changing temperature) means the parts of your garage door have been subtly expanding and retracting all winter – and this means they are weakening. It’s always a good idea to have your garage door and its operating system looked at by a pro at this time of year to see if you need a little tune up or even need to replace anything.

 

If It Ain’t Broke – FIX IT!

The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” simply doesn’t hold sway when it comes to your garage door. When your garage door breaks, it often means you can’t move the door from it’s position until it’s fixed, or you can only do so with great effort. If your door is stuck open, that can leave the contents of your Tools for Repair Garage Doorgarage vulnerable to thieves. If it’s stuck closed, you may have problems getting your car out or be forced to leave your car in the driveway for a few days while the door is repaired. Don’t get caught with a broken garage door!

 

It’s No Rush

When your garage door suddenly breaks, you want it fixed as soon as possible, and this could potentially cost you more and may cause a problem if you need to call off work to wait for a repair person to come. Instead, get it tuned up and looked at by a professional now, who you can schedule to come when it’s convenient for you.

 

New Technologies

New Technologies are springing up all the time when it comes to garage doors and garage door openers. If you haven’t replaced your system in a few years, there are likely new and better ways to protect your garage and your home. Did you know that there are wi-fi enabled garage door systems that can even send your smart phone a message whenever your garage door opens or closes? It’s great for parents who want to monitor the comings and goings of teenagers or anyone who is away from their house and wants to keep an eye on what’s going on. Check out your options on our website today.

Have a Heart

Tools for Repair ARBE RepairsYes, we will come out to your house to repair your garage door when it’s sleeting. We will come out to replace your garage door when it’s deathly cold. We will come out to repair or replace your garage door whenever you need us. But we’d sure prefer to do it during the wonderful spring weather! Truth be told, it’s easier for us to gauge how well your garage door is working when we aren’t dealing with extreme temperatures and weather. So let us get an accurate read on the state of your garage door during these few weeks of mild weather.

 

Specials from AR-BE

We think these are all pretty great reasons to call us to schedule a repair or replacement of your garage door today, but if we haven’t convinced you yet, we know that money talks. So, check out our coupons on our website. We have specials for repairs, replacements, and top-of-the-line garage door openers that are good through the end of May.arbe_logo

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Avoiding Garage Door Scams

Many people these days keep more than just their cars in their garages so when your garage door breaks, you often need it fixed quickly. Unfortunately, this has left a lot of homeowners vulnerable to garage door scams over the years. These scams hurt both homeowners and legitimate business, by giving garage door technicians a bad name, so we wanted to shine a little light on garage door scams this month to help you avoid them in the future.

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8 Creative Ways to Use Your Garage

At AR-BE, we get excited about garages. You might even call us garage nerds. But that’s our job – we get excited about a space in your home that you probably don’t give much thought to, even though you probably use it just as much or more than any other room in your house. So we thought we’d compile a list of our favorite alternative uses for your garage in the hopes that they might spark your enthusiasm about the potential your garage has.

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Great American Entrepreneurs and Their Garages

 

What do you do use your garage for? To park your car? Maybe to store a few things? If you’re handy with tools, maybe that’s where some of them reside. But the garages of our homes aren’t just boring empty boxes, waiting to be filled by the things we can’t keep inside the house. Since garages became a standard part or accompaniment to American homes in the mid-20th century, they’ve become the incubators, the safe space, and the meeting place for some of the most inventive and influential creators of our time.

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Are Insulated Garage Doors Worth The Money?

If you are building a new home or replacing an older garage door, one question you will face is whether or not to opt for an insulated garage door. You won’t be surprised to learn that an insulated garage door is going to cost a couple hundred dollars more than the non-insulated variety, but we’re here to tell you: especially in the Chicagoland area, that couple hundred bucks up front is going to save you money in the long run. Here are the three main reasons we encourage all of our customers to purchase insulated garage doors for their Chicago-area homes.

  1. 2283-steel-garage-doorsAn insulated garage door will help your energy costs in winter and summer. The exterior walls and roof of your home are insulated – so why shouldn’t your garage door be as well? After all, the garage door makes up a large portion of many homes’ facades. An insulated garage door will buffer your home from outside extreme temperatures – both hot and cold – and, as a result, will help keep your energy bills lower. As an added benefit, the vehicles you keep in the garage will be easier to warm up on those particularly icy mornings.
  2. An insulated garage door is quieter than the non-insulated option. This is especially pertinent if there are living spaces – even possibly a bedroom – over the garage. The insulation absorbs sound, making for less racket as the door goes up and down.
  3. An insulated door is sturdier than a non-insulated one. If anyone in your house might be tempted to, say, toss a tennis ball against the garage door or use it as a backdrop for goalie practice, we definitely recommend an insulated door. They stand up to dings and dents better and just aren’t as fragile as uninsulated doors.

So now that we’ve gone over the pros of an insulated garage door, the next question is whether you should go with a pan-style polystyrene, and sandwich-style polystyrene, or a sandwich-style polyurethane insulated garage door.

Pan-Style Polystyrene

Polystyrene is the same material that cheap coffee cups or disposable coolers are made from. The polystyrene is cut in blocks and secured to the interior of the garage door. It provides some insulation of both heat and sound and gives a slight bump to durability. The downside of pan-style polystyrene doors is that polystyrene itself is not the most durable substance.

Sandwich-Style Polystyrene

These garage doors are made with the same material as those in the “Pan-Style” category, but the polystyrene is “sandwiched” between two steel doors, providing greater insulation, stability, and protection for the polystyrene itself. These doors are a great middle-of-the-road choice.

Sandwich-Style Polyurethane

There’s no question about it: if you want optimal temperature and sound insulation and the sturdiest door possible, you want to go with polyurethane insulation. Polyurethane is a foam that is sprayed between the two outer layers of the garage door. The foam expands to fill the available space. It hardens, sticking to the shell of the door. Unlike the sheets of polystyrene that are cut to fit into place, the polyurethane foam fills every nook and cranny between the steel doors, providing exceptional insulation and greatly increased stability.

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Whichever Option You Prefer…

We are thrilled to offer a Winter-long (2016/17) deal of $50 off your replacement or brand new garage door!

At AR-BE, we have a variety of stylish insulated garage doors of all three types: pan-style polystyrene, sandwich-style polystyrene, and sandwich-style polyurethane, as well as non-insulated pan-style doors. You can browse our style options on our website. Alternately, feel free to give us a call today and chat about how we can help you beautify your home, while also enhancing its functionality and value with a new garage door.

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Maintain a Burglar-Proof Garage

How To Keep Thieves From Breaking Into Your Garage

Keep Your Garage Burglar-Proof

A Chicago-area garage door is statically known as the most common entry point for any theft when they are trying to enter your home. By knowing this, you are now given a head start to proofing your own garage door so that these would be burglars are kept out. There are a variety of different creative ways that you can keep out criminals.

We have outlined a few here for you to apply to your own garage door, that will help you maintain a safe and secure home.

Replace Your Garage Door Remote 

Leaving your garage door remote on the visor of your vehicle is a very common and understandable practice. You have it right there for you when you enter and leave your garage to easily open or close it. But what you may not know is that it gives the burglar an opportunity. If your vehicle is the one that is left outside the garage, the burglar can break into your car and then into your garage.

The simple and easy solution to this occurrence is to replace your garage door remote with a smaller one. You can now purchase miniature sized remotes that fit perfectly in your purse or key chain. Allowing you to keep your remote on you at all times—away from potential thefts. 

Find Your Lost Remotes

As you replace your old remotes try to remember if you have ever misplaced previous remotes in the past. Most of the time you may not need to worry about this, but for those of us who may have lost some it is of the utmost importance. Sure chances are that the remote may be lost forever but why risk the chance that it might fall into the hands of a theft? 

Motion Sensor Lighting

In today’s world home security equipment has advanced enough to give us optimal safety. Motion sensing light fixtures are made available for you today giving you the same effect that a home security sticker does. With motion sensing lights installed, any movement in front of your garage door will be picked up and the lights will expose anyone who may be there.

Do not opt for any fluorescent light bulbs if you do decide to install motion sensors. These type of bulbs can take a while to light up completely, especially in the cold winter months of Chicago.

 

Turn Your Garage Door Manual

You can easily un-plug your garage door opener at any time. This automatically turns it into a manually operated door. This would be an ideal thing to do when you are leaving for an extended period of time for work or on vacation. By eliminating the possibility of a burglar hacking into your garage door, you can add an additional layer of security. Locking a padlock or a latch so that the door cannot be moved no matter what the theft may do. 

Install Automatic Timers

We all can make mistakes from time to time. Leaving the garage door open after get home and forgetting about it entirely is one of the most common. Thefts have adapted and become more intelligent. Noticing when this occurs they have been known to sneak into your garage and hide until they can move later on that evening or they can quickly come in a grab something and walk out immediately.

With an automatic timer, you can set your garage doors to close after a set interval of time after you pass through your laser sensors. Giving ease of mind, and securing your garage and home. 

Purchase An All New Residential Garage Door

The best and most effective way that you can keep a burglar out of your garage and home is to purchase an all new residential garage door. Updating you garage door with a dependable service gives you the latest in garage door security and performance. Consider purchasing and updating your residential garage door in Chicago today, and keep you and your family safe!

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6 Garage Door Opener Accessories To Make Your Life Easier

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Having an automatic garage door opener in Chicago gives your life convenience and efficiency. But what if we told you that there are accessories out there that can enhance your simplified life even more? Simply pressing a button seems to be as easy as it gets.

But we have 6 different accessories listed here to take it to the next level for you!

Garage Door Open/Close Monitor

Have you ever gone to bed and thought “Did I close the garage door all the way?” With a Garage Door Monitor you can monitor and operate up to four different garage door openers from anywhere in your home. Eliminating the need to get up, walk down, and check in the middle of the night.

Wireless Exterior Access Keypad

Use a 4-digit interchangeable code to access your garage door with a keypad that has zero wire connections. Acting as basically a remote control that stays securely on the exterior of your garage. Allowing you to access sheds that may not have an entry door or are not able to have one installed.

Laser Sensing Parking

Never have to worry about parking your vehicle perfectly again. This exceptional accessory allows you to fit your car into your garage every day exactly how you want it. Allowing you to use your garage space for maximum capacity while avoiding having your vehicle pulled in too far or sticking out. These laser sensors indicate when you are right on the money—eliminating the need for that hanging tennis ball!

LiftMaster Internet Connection

LiftMaster garage door openers offer their customers the latest in garage door technology. By using a handy remote control app, you can access the control of your garage door to open or close it with a few simple touches on your smartphone.

This gives you the ability to control your garage doors wherever you are. Whether you are all the way upstairs or half way down the road when you are on the go.

This also will allow you to access your garage doors operations when your at work. Letting someone enter or leave a package safely in your garage. You can find these types of apps made for other tops brands such as Chamberlain and Mastercraft too.

Battery Backup System

Having your garage door opener in Chicago connected electronically can have some down sides. If on the chance that you are hit with one of the windy cities notorious storms you may lose your power temporarily. If that is the case, you want to ensure you will still have opening and closing functions with a Battery Backup System installed. Mostly compatible with top name brands like LiftMaster, Battery Backup Systems allow you to never have to worry during those stormy months.

Miniature Remote Control

Remote Controls are no new thing when it comes to garage door openers. These have been well known accessories for years. Making your life a whole lot easier when you are on the go with just a simply press of a button. But when you opt for a miniature sized remote you are not only making it less visible to would be thefts, you keep it out of your viewpoints if you want to place it in your vehicles visor.

With a compact size you can place the mini-remote inside your purse or backpack or even on your key ring. Allowing you to take it with you wherever you go, without taking up a whole lot of room.

Contact AR-BE Garage Doors today and ask about any of these user-friendly garage door opener accessories to help improve your garage door.

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Reviewing 3 Different Kinds Of Garage Door Openers

Reviewing Different Kinds of Garage Door OpenersWhen it comes time to decide on your new garage door opener, you want to consider all of your options. Most of us are not even aware of the different types that are available to them. There are in fact three different kinds for you to choose from. Each of them giving you distinct advantages over the other and each of them ideal for a variety of homes.

The three different types that you can choose from are shown below. Read on to decide which garage door opener is right for you!

  1. Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

A chain drive opener is the most commonly found on the market. Designed with a chain mechanism to pull and push the trolley. Your trolley is what moves your garage door up and moves it down.

Chain drives are the most affordable openers you will find, and are by far the most dependable. There is a reason why they are the most commonly found doors. They work efficiently, and the maintenance for them is easily performed—and rarely needed.

One of the only negatives that these types may have is their noise level. Because they are a chain mechanism and made of steel, if they are not adequately lubricated—they can become squeaky. It is suggested that they are used on garages that are not connected to your home for that reason, but we do not see why you cannot just apply the right lubricant to fix this issue.

  1. Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

A belt drive opener utilizes a belt rather than a chain to move your garage doors trolley up and down. These openers work efficiently and when compared to a chain drive, have little to no noise level. Because of the materials used to make these and their performance, these types of openers are typically more expensive.

However, in our opinion, they can be well worth the money spent. Ideally used for any garage that is connected directly to your home.

  1. Screw Drive Garage Door Openers

The third and final type of garage door opener use a thread steel rod to position your door up and down. These types of doors use fewer parts and pieces than the other two that we have listed. Since this type uses fewer components, it requires much less maintenance than a chain or belt drive.

However, a screw drive opener can operate a much slower pace. With the mechanism requiring to screw up and down rather than pull. This results in more work and therefore more time. A screw drive also produces higher noise levels than you would find with a drive belt, but not as high as a chain drive. You can use these types on either a detached or attached garage.

Additional Safety Tips To Consider

Choosing the type of garage door opener that is the best fit for you and your home is only the start. Once you have selected and hired a professional garage door installer, you need to ensure that it is installed correctly.

Check the following to guarantee you and your families safety.

→    Test your garage door sensor for proper operation by lifting your door and then lowering it. Your sensor shoots a beam that is invisible to the human eye across your garage doorway. If anything crosses this beam when the door is dropping, it will automatically sense it and reverse its operation. Move your foot or place an object across it to see that it is functioning.

→    Test your garage doors battery backup system. This system is in place to operate your garage door opener when the power goes out. Some garage doors will have a manual setting that you can perform, but most require power. Check your battery backup system so that your door is not stuck in one position during a power outage.

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Save Energy In Your Garage With 18 Improvement Tips

Garage MaintenanceInsulating your home is seen as one of the most important home care endeavors you can do. Just as important, your garage door requires you to insulate it also. If you do not properly perform garage door repairs, than you open your home up to cold winter air seeping through and into your home. If you neglect to take care of these simple tasks, you can cost yourself hundreds on wasted energy costs.

We have come up with 18 different tips that will help you improve your garage doors insulation.

  1. Over time your garage door will become old with wear and tear. Even after performing essential maintenance doors will deteriorate over time. Installing a new garage door can eliminate any worry you may have and fix any issues you may be facing.
  1. Insulate all the windows that you may have within your garage. These are prime locations for cold air to come into your garage area.
  1. Lay down quality garage mats onto your garage’s floor to help prevent the cold air from coming up from the ground. Bare garage floors can feel frozen in the winter months, these type of mats can eliminate that.
  1. Install the correct type of insulation into the walls of your garage to maintain a warm interior and to block the cold air pressing against your exterior.
  1. Check the entry way door that you use to enter and exit your garage from the side for proper insulation. Purchase a sealing kit at your local hardware store if you feel air coming through.
  1. Look over the floor and walls of your garage for any cracks. If you find any cracks be sure to fill them in with caulking.
  1. If you have an attic or second level to your garage check to see that it is completely insulated so that any warm air that rises does not escape through the roof.
  1. Examine the roof of your garage to check for any damage, deteriorating, or leaks. Replace any area of the roof that requires it to help reduce your energy costs and keep warm air inside.
  1. If you have any pipes that run through the garage and into your home for plumbing be sure that they are covered with pipe insulation. Heated pipes can be dangerous to touch and can emit high temperatures, while cold pipes can give off a lot of cold air.
  1. Insulate your hot water heater tank that you may have inside your garage with the correct insulation.
  1. Check your weather stripping on your entry and garage doors to ensure that they are working properly and replace any that are needed.
  1. A small space heater can be a terrific way for you to maintain a warm temperature in your garage without needing to leave your house door open and risking losing your home’s heat.
  1. Check any electrical outlets to see if any cold air is seeping through them and replace any covers that may need it.
  1. If you have a skylight in your garage check that it also has been sealed with caulking or a commonly found window kit to block the cold air out.
  1. Insert insulated door stops along your garage doors bottom to help decrease cold drafts that blow into your garage.
  1. Replace any damaged sheetrock around your garage with adequate thickness to give your garage an added layer of insulation.
  1. Make sure you always close all your windows completely and properly.
  1. Organize and maintain your garage’s interior so that heat can flow throughout the interior.

Proper garage door repair and care can help you prevent you from paying extra for energy costs. But if you want to eliminate the worry completely, hiring a quality residential garage door installer can take care of all the details for you. Giving you a dependable service and a brilliantly styled new garage door!

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