Discover the Best Lighting for Your Garage


What sort of garage you are building? Honestly, no matter how you answer that question, you need to consider a few issues that apply to all styles and settings. Key among them is the lighting you will use. If you already have a garage, but are bothered by the lack of good lighting, we have some great suggestions:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Step One: Do a plan of the garage

 
Whether you are just in the planning or building stage or you have a disorganized garage, do the following:
 

  • Draw a schematic of the entire space with all doors and windows
  • Select a workbench space large enough for any projects
  • Set aside space for things you can hang from walls
  • Create seasonal storage
  • Consider any electrical appliances such as household utilities, central vacuum system or a spare fridge

 
Once you have a workable floor plan, you need to also consider all that space above your head (if any). Many garages have enough room above the door to keep storage containers and other unusual items.
 
Once the floor plan shows you where you’ll work, have items stored and all the rest, you can begin to draft an effective lighting schematic.
 
 

The Lighting Available

 
Before we delve into fixtures, let’s consider the kinds of lightbulbs from which to choose:
 
To get started, let’s clear up the types of lightbulbs that are out there:

     

  • CFL or Compact Fluorescent Lamp
     
    Available in an array of styles, most consumers will purchase the spiral shaped designs. These are noted for consuming far less energy than standard incandescent lightbulbs, offering a much more natural light, and remaining cool for long periods of time. They last for roughly ten thousand hours (ten times longer than incandescent options) and create the identical amount of light with 75% less energy usage.
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  • LED
     
    You know “Light Emitting Diode” bulbs when you see them, and they are amazingly energy efficient. Superior to many other types of bulb, they have super long lives, can obtain savings levels nearing 90%, remain cool at all times, and have no harmful chemicals to worry about. They are ideal for accent lighting in addition to other applications, but they can be very costly. However, if you do some quick math, you realize that the energy savings and replacement costs kept in your pocket make LED lights a wise choice.
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  • Halogen
     
    Though these don’t compare to the energy savings of CFLs, they still far exceed the performance of incandescent bulbs, with savings over 33% and life of more than 3,000 hours. Without harmful contents like lead or mercury, they can be found for nearly any application, and their light is considered some of the brightest, whitest and clearest.
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  • Fluorescent
     
    Most of us are familiar with the long and tubular shapes taken by most fluorescent bulbs. With mercury vapor necessary to create their light, they can be found in a narrow range of hues created by the phosphor coatings applied to the insides of the bulbs. Commonly seen in overhead lighting, they are not all that efficient, but are affordable and typically last for long periods.

 
 

Choosing Your Bulbs

 
So, what is the right choice for your garage? Most experts will point towards fluorescents as the higher performers, but will say that some are bothered by the humming these bulbs make. They also have to warm up to attain maximum brightness.
 
There are some variations among the bulbs, with T5, T8, or T12 the most frequently selected options. The upper case T stands for the diameter of the tube in 1/8″ measures. This is why the T8 is the most common as it measures an inch in diameter.
 
The T8 is also more energy efficient than a larger T12, but gives off the same light. It creates far more natural light and the typical T8 is fitted with “rapid start ballasts”. These spare the bulbs from the wear and tear that “instant start ballasts” create. Most fixtures require the use of 4-foot tubes, though some fixtures have 8-foot bulb designs. It is best to avoid the longer fixtures as the bulbs are difficult to handle and the short bulbs consume much less energy.
 
The bulbs also have different intensities, with 3000k being at the warmer end of the spectrum and 5000k being a much cooler hue.
 
Make your choices based on the amount of time you spend doing work in the different areas of the garage. Most garage owners will have to install supplemental lighting, and it is best to do this knowing the type of bulb as well as the strength and type of light needed.
 
Also, remember to consider exterior illumination. Whether above the garage door, the regular door access or anywhere else, it ensures safety. Typically, experts point towards CFL bulbs for these fixtures.
 
 

When It’s Time to Change the Garage Door

 
Thinking of doing the garage door too? If so, contact us at (519) 829-3777 with any questions about well-insulated and weathertight garage doors, and how they will make your home and your garage more comfortable. You can also visit our showroom, where we are happy to take the time to explain the entire range of doors we carry and which will work best with the style of your home. You can also send us a request for an online quotation.
 
 
Lastly, if you’d need to see how your garage will look like with its new door, visit our design center, upload a photo of your garage or home, and see what the choices will really look like installed! We also have an image gallery to get you started.

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How to Choose Between Two Single Garage Doors or a Large Double One


It is interesting how home designs have changed over the years. Not that long ago homes were built without any garage at all. It was at first a real luxury to have a one-car garage. It seemed decadent to spend money on a space that only housed your vehicle.
 
Eventually, people realized that a garage was a really good idea so that your biggest investment is actually protecting your second largest investment. In areas where having a basement is not feasible or possible, garages began to be more for storage than for cars even. In any case, the idea stuck and now it is inconceivable to have anything less than a two car garage. In fact, many homes are even built with three!
 
Now that a two car garage is the norm, the next question becomes whether to go with one large double door for access or the stylish, and potentially more functional, two-door design. In making this decision, you need to consider three things – functionality, appearance, and cost.

 

Functionality

 
It may seem like both options have the same functionality overall, but that is not really the case. You’ll need to consider just how you plan to use your garage for one thing. It is also important to understand that you will need a wider garage space if you want to have two single garage doors. How much larger will depend on the size of the doors you plan to go with. Your garage will need to be at least six feet wider than the total of the two doors, so if you go with 9’ doors, your garage should be at least 24’ wide.
 
Another functionality issue you should consider is the size of your vehicles. This is mostly important for the overall size of the garage, but it does require thinking about the opening as well. While you may be able to park a larger vehicle in a garage with one door and have no problem fitting the width and can even park diagonally if need be, that option goes out the window when you have two single garage doors.
 
Another consideration is that a large garage with one door can sometimes accommodate three compact cars but that won’t be possible without careful maneuvering at best with two single garage doors. Another option in the case of three cars, or two but extra items such as ATV’s, a boat, or motorcycle is to go with one double door and one single door, or three single doors, if your garage is large enough to support them or can be built to accommodate this added storage space.
 
Energy efficiency is another practical point to consider. While the difference may be minimal, opening one smaller door rather than one large door allows less cold or hot air, as well as humidity, to enter.
 
Last, but not least, consider that if your garage door opener or other hardware breaks down if you have one large door both of your vehicles may be stuck inside. If you have two doors, at least you should be able to get one of the vehicles out while waiting on the repairs to the torsion spring or another component.
 
 

Appearance

 
Not that long ago there really weren’t many style options to choose from for garage doors, regardless of whether you were looking for a single car or double. Now it is recognized that the garage door is the largest feature of a home and thus deserves special attention. As such many different styles are available, including the very popular carriage-house style.
 
With so many different styles to choose from, you may find that the one you like best has a better appearance as two single doors rather than one large, but it could go the other way as well. When making a decision, you should also consider what is most popular for your area and neighborhood as this can make a huge impact on the value of your home at resale. In most cases, to gain maximum buyer interest a double door system is recommended as that is where the market has been gravitating overall.
 
 

Cost

 
Generally speaking, all other things equal, the cost for two doors will be very close to a single, large door. That does not consider any structural changes that may be needed to change your home from one to the other, however. It is best to choose the one you desire when building a home to avoid this added cost. This may involve a bit of extra work to construct the wall between the doors but that is generally minimal.
 
The only real difference in cost is going to be those related to having an extra electric garage door opener. Not only will you need to cover the cost for the second one during installation if you go with two doors, but you’ll pay extra to have them both maintained, repaired, and one day replaced. The important thing is to make sure the opener is sufficient for the door. A double door does not need a more powerful opener, but you should make sure the door is well balanced so that the spring system is not unduly taxed.
 
 

Conclusion

 
If you have more questions about double and single garage doors, contact us at (519) 829-3777. We have the expertise to answer your questions and show you options that will easily fit into your budget as well as meet your needs perfectly. If you are interested in a quote, you can contact us or use our online quotation request option.
 
 
With the aid of our design center, you will be able to see how your home will look with the various garage door options available. Our image gallery provides plenty of ideas if you do not know the many beautiful options that are now on the market.

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Winter is Here! Ice Prevention and Maintenance

Now that winter has arrived, we at Door Guys would like to remind our clients and readers about some winter tips for keeping overhead doors running smoothly throughout the winter. First of all, a simple salting of the area around the door works wonders. Assess the condition of your garage door and potentially consider an insulated door if you haven’t already, you should do a little routine maintenance. The importance of lubrication can’t be stressed enough. The Metal moving parts should be lubricated regularly, but it’s even more important to keep them lubricated when the icy conditions strike.

If your garage door is already insulated it will have weather-stripping around its edges, it’s important to check over these things before winter swings into full gear. Insulation degrades over time, and things like garage door seals and weather-stripping lose their ability to keep out cold air and moisture. Ensure you use a lubricant that’s designed for garage doors and their components. WD-40 will work in a pinch, but avoid lubricants made with petroleum and silicone.

Do-It-Yourself Winterization for All Types of Garage Doors

Waterproof the garage floor if you have not already done so.

Coating your garage floor with epoxy is a relatively easy (albeit time consuming) task which can greatly prevent disaster down the road. All the snow and slush tracked in in the winter will slowly eat away at the floor creating massive headaches down the line and a couple gallons of epoxy can save that trouble.

Caulk around your garage door.

Caulking around your garage door can seem intimidating to first-timers, fortunately, Lindsay Ballard — who runs a home improvement blog called Makely  put together this video tutorial that details how to weatherize your garage door:

Insulating an existing door

If you have a wood frame-and-panel garage door, rigid insulation is optimal. Foam board is  probably the most popular and effective option, and it comes in rigid panels that can be cut to size. If these are well-placed in the recesses between the frames of your garage door, it can provide some excellent insulation at a fraction of the cost of a new insulated door. For extra insulation, consider installing two layers, while initially less cost effective, it will provide excellent results. Foam board insulation has an R-value of between three and six.

If you have a steel garage door, technically, you can use any kind of insulation. However, batt insulation tends to be the most popular, versatile and easiest to use.The R-value of batt insulation ranges from three to four per inch. The more you use, the better the insulation rating you will achieve.

Garage Door Seals and Weather Stripping

If you’ve noticed that there are gaps around the edges of your garage door, you may need to install or replace the weather stripping. This is totally normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Those cracks expose the interior to the conditions, where they can wreak havoc. Properly installed garage door seals and weather-stripping can be used to close those gaps in order to insulate your garage more efficiently.

PVC stop molding is great when it’s properly installed, it effectively closes those gaps. The durability of PVC is astounding. Reverse-angle jamb seals are also popular. Another option is to install garage door seal retainers around all edges of the door. You can then easily swap out new inserts when needed. Popular materials for such seals include vinyl and rubber.

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We service, repair and install:

  • Overhead Doors
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  • Automatic Entrance Door Openers
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If you are interested iScanned ad 045n repairing or replacing your overhead door, contact Door Guys today. We will be happy to provide you with a broad overview of products and services we can offer, a set of sample materials, and the peace of mind that comes with working alongside a team of dedicated professionals.

With a one-day process, we at Door Guys are happy to work alongside your schedule and guarantee installation or repair within a concise time frame. A friendly, customer-oriented approach is key to our service.