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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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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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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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Want a Smart Home? Consider Installing Liftmaster MyQ Smartphone Control

Technology is a wonderful thing, and the pace of technological advancement has never before been so rapid. The resulting tools and applications are also far more available to the average person than in decades past. Gone are the days when computers took up an entire room, or when only the wealthy could afford the newest gadgets. Today, most of us have Smartphones that can make just about any aspect of daily life easier, and new applications are presented on a daily basis. While many of the first Smartphone apps were geared toward personal entertainment and productivity, the power of those tiny computers in our pockets and bags is now being put to use within the home. An example is found in the Liftmaster MyQ Garage Door Controller.

Control Your Garage Door Anywhere, Anytime

Being able to remotely control your garage door is impressive, considering how recently Smartphone technology has become widely available. However, MyQ Smartphone Control goes beyond the ability to simply raise and lower a garage door from a remote location. It also gives homeowners information about the safety and security of their home while they are away. Users can sign up to receive garage door activity alerts, which will send information about any changes that take place while the owner is away. For example, if the garage door remained open after the owner drives away, he or she will be alerted and can then close the door using the same phone app.

Reduce Worries, Increase Security

There is nothing worse than sitting at work and wondering if you closed the garage door as you left the driveway. An exception would be driving across town wondering if your teenager closed the garage door after coming home from school and leaving again with friends. With the MyQ technology, you can check to make sure that your home is secure, and make any necessary adjustments. This is also a great tool for families with children, as it is possible to remotely open the garage door to give kids access to the house in the event that their keys are lost or they have locked themselves out. Remote entry is also helpful when a homeowner is expecting a dog-walker, babysitter or cleaning staff. Having the ability to remotely allow these service providers to enter and exit your home eliminates the need to provide them with a key, which can lead to security issues. Expecting an important delivery? With a Liftmaster MyQ connected home, it is possible to leave a note for the delivery driver to call or text you, at which point you can raise the garage door to allow your package to be placed ina  secure location, then close the door before the truck has pulled out of the driveway.

Contact AR-BE Garage Doors, Inc. to learn more or with any questions about our products and services. We take pride in having served the Chicago area since 1947. We are a family company, and we hope to become a trusted and valuable resource for your own family.

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