Read this before You Organise Your Garage

 

Before you commit to your new garage, there are a few things to consider. Here are our organisational tips and ideas to create an orderly, manageable and accessible garage.

Zone Your Storage Areas for Efficiency

Three principles for creating order and neatness are; having a place for everything, storing similar items together, and making regularly used items easily accessible.

You can implement these principles in your garage by creating different storage zones. This ensures that every item has a place and that complimentary items are stored together.

Your specific storage zones will depend on exactly what you’re storing, but some common storage zone’s you can use are:

  • Regular use zone: Keep your most commonly used items in this space and make it close to the doorway for ease-of-use. You can grab them on your way in or out of the garage.
  • Working space: Do you garden, do arts and crafts, or house maintenance? Instead of putting your tools away after each step in the project, leave them on your working space to save time.
  • Seasonal items: Some items are only used once a year, and so they can be stored away in a cupboard. Your Christmas decorations, camping gear and snow equipment all belong here.
  • Rarely used: If you have items that are infrequently used, then put them in the space that is least accessible – this leaves you with more accessible space for regularly used items.
  • Wall accessible: Put your rakes, mops, and other long tools that can be hung on the wall together. This saves room on the floor and in the cupboard and allows them to air dry. It makes them easy to grab when you have something that needs to be cleaned up quickly.

Overhead Storage Racks

High ceilings are beautiful in churches or your living room, but in garages, they’re just underused space. Instead of wasting this dry, safe and clean space, build overhead storage racks. They are ideal for storing infrequently used items.

Foldable Worktables

A big, wide workbench is amazing to work on. You can spread out all your equipment and leave parts out while you work on something else. The only problem is that they take up so much space! Instead of losing that space when it’s not in use, implement a foldable table. You can set it up when you need it and save space by folding it away when you don’t.

More Tips to Organise Your Garage

Here are some more ingenious ideas to get the most from your garage:

  • Build a wall mounted toolbox – This saves space on the ground and saves your back from constant, heavy lifting.
  • Use labelled mini drawers for keeping small items – This makes tiny items easy to find and use.
  • Build a bike or surfboard shelf – If you cycle or surf; keep your board or bike up and out of the way, while making the most of your wall space.
  • Outline your tools – creating an outline around each tool’s hanging spot makes them easy to find and ensures that everyone puts them back where they belong!

If you want to get the most out of your garage, turn to the experts at Impact Garage Doors. We ensure you have the appropriate garage roller door, panel lift door or high-end garage door for your home.

Time for a New Garage Door?

Have you noticed your garage door isn’t working as smoothly as it used to? Maybe it’s no longer working at all?

Signs that your garage door may need replacing can include seized mechanisms, rust, and weather damage from rain or hail. The door may also have been damaged by a car or other form of impact.

You may also be interested in replacing your garage door to give your property a quick and easy facelift – this one simple change can do wonders for the outer appearance of your property, increasing its street view and value.

If you’ve decided to replace your garage door, you can start thinking about your options.

For example, you could take this opportunity to upgrade to a newer model with better features, or switch to an automated door for greater security.

Let’s take a look at two popular options, panel glide and roller doors.

Panel Glide Overhead – Sleek and Strong

A sleek and sophisticated choice, panel glide overhead doors use hinged rigid sections that slide overhead, to give you garage doors that are both attractive and easy to use.

The benefits of choosing panel glide garage doors include:

  • an impressive range of styles, to complement your home’s appearance
  • an impressive range of styles, to complement your home’s appearance
  • available in a variety of finishes and COLORBOND® colours
  • can be fashioned with either a wood grain or smooth texture finish
  • advanced track and roller system and accurate torsion spring balancing for easy operation
  • remote control and automation process for extra security and efficiency
  • reliable designs, requiring little maintenance
  • high quality materials built to withstand Australian temperatures and weather conditions.

Look for the Gliderol brand of panel glide doors for an excellent maker of Australian garage doors.

Roller Garage Doors – High Security and Ease of Use

Roller doors remain a popular choice due to the high level of security they offer and their ease of use.

Roller doors consist of a steel curtain that, when lifted to open, rolls up on itself at the top of the door. The roller mechanism using a spring-assisted spindle assembly allowing the door to glide open and shut with little effort.

The benefits of choosing roller doors for your garage include:

  • strong and secure to protect your home
  • less expensive than panel glide doors
  • easy to install
  • easy to operate. The process is made even easier when you add an automated solution such as the Glide-a-Code® handset.
  • available in a broad range of COLORBOND® colours.
  • low maintenance, hard wearing and strong enough to endure the worst Australian weather.

For roller doors built to operate with minimal noise and friction, look for the Gliderol® range of roller doors, manufactured in Australia from durable BlueScope steel and fitted with a reinforced bottom rail to protect your home.

Now that it’s time to replace your old door you can start getting excited about these new designs and the value they’ll add to your home and lifestyle.

For expert advice on both panel glide and roller doors contact the professionals at Impact Garage Doors. Call 02 4044 0809 or simply contact us online for free advice or for more information about our products and services.

Got Mould in your Garage?

For Australian homeowners, tackling mould can, unfortunately, be a fairly common problem. Our warm and humid climate, particularly in coastal areas such as Wollongong, provides just the right conditions for mould to thrive.

While our homes usually have good ventilation to help prevent mould growth, garages are another matter. Mould loves areas of high moisture and humidity, meaning garage environments, in particular, can provide a damp and musty haven for mould growth.

Why is Mould Common in Australian Garages?

The garage can often become a neglected part of the house. We use it to store tools, unused items, storage containers full of souvenirs and unwanted gifts… in fact, it can quite easily turn into more of a junkyard than anything!

Boxes of stored belongings and stacks of magazines or newspapers can get mouldy. Camping equipment can get particularly mouldy, especially if put away when still damp. In addition, driving a car into the garage in rainy weather brings in a lot of water that can lead to mould growth.

The Risks of Having Mould in Your Garage

Mould in your garage can cause all the same health problems as mould in your house.

And because garages are not airtight, mould spores can make their way into your home from the garage. Not only can this make you sick but also mould spores can then settle in your home and start growing.

Mould can lead to serious health problems, including asthma attacks, pneumonia, other respiratory disorders, migraine headaches and allergic reactions.

A Good Garage Door Can Help Protect from Mould

Your garage door is key to keeping moisture out of your garage. Essentially, to reduce the risk of mould in your garage you want to keep water out and keep sunlight in. Focus on making sure your garage is:

  • Dry
  • Well ventilated
  • Full of natural light
  • Well-sealed

Having the right garage door will give you control over these factors, protecting your garage, stored items, and your family’s health.

Keeping Your Garage Dry and Well Ventilated

The key to keeping your garage mould-free is to make sure it’s dry and well ventilated. Mould simply won’t flourish in an area that’s bone dry and airy, as opposed to damp and musty.A simple way to keep weather and mould out is to add a seal around the garage door. These may need to be checked and replaced to ensure the protection of your door and your garage contents. There are seal options for dust and fire proofing, contact Impact Garage Doors for more information.

If your garage door isn’t protecting your garage interior from the elements, allowing rain inside, replacing or upgrading the door will be your best defence against mould.

When choosing a garage door, talk to a professional about recommending a product that will ensure dryness and ventilation. Tilt doors, for example, offer a perfect solution for enabling airflow and ventilation.

Sunlight, the Natural Mould Killer

One of the best ways to deter mould from your garage is to let in some sunlight. Mould hates sunlight! Impact Garage Doors offer Perspex garage doors, which lets a lot of natural light in, keeping your garage dryer, brighter and reduces the build-up of mould.

Unless you’re home during the day, it’s impractical to leave your garage door open for hours at a time. A windowed garage door that allows sunlight to stream in is a great solution for this.

Choose Mould-Rejecting Materials

Did you know that mould also hates aluminium? Metal and aluminium are great inhibitors of mould and can really help prevent mould from forming.

So when choosing a garage door, consider metal or aluminium products – mould won’t grow as well on these products, reducing your risk of mould spreading through your garage and home. Talk to a professional garage door supplier about products such as Gliderol steel roller doors or panel glide overhead doors – their sleek metal materials are a good bet against mould.

For more advice and information about replacing or upgrading your garage doors, talk to the team at Impact Garage Doors in Wollongong. Call 02 4044 0809 or simply contact us online.

Tips to Improve Garage Door Security

As a homeowner, maintaining the security of your home and family is no doubt a top priority.

Whether you live alone, with a partner, or are part of a large family, you’ll want to feel safe and secure in the house you live in, protecting your possessions and also your own wellbeing.

While many of us spend a lot of money and time enforcing the security of doors and entrances, you may have neglected to pay attention to your garage door. Garage doors, as key entry points to the home, must be made secure.

Here are some tips for you to improve your garage security, and increase your peace of mind.

Choose a Reputable and Secure Garage Door Brand

When buying a new garage door, visit a professional for expert advice and tell them safety and security is paramount to your peace of mind.

You may want to consider a solid door without windows. If you prefer having daylight in the garage, ask for the windows to be installed in the top section to make the inside less visible. You can also frost your existing windows.

With top brands like Gliderol and Tower Garage Doors, you can be guaranteed strength – their ranges include strong products such as roller doors reinforced with an aluminium bottom rail for maximum protection. They’ll also add a quality appearance to the front of your home, a strong appearance to deter intruders and thieves.

Keep Your Garage Door Closed

Always keep the garage door properly closed, even when you’re at home. Getting into this habit will ensure you don’t accidentally leave the house without securely locking up. It’ll also keep you safe from anybody entering the home through the garage door when you are at home.

Also, don’t ever leave your garage door open when you’re not around. This gives everyone visual access to anything valuable that might be stored inside. And don’t forget the garage door when you’re locking up at night.

Light up Your Garage

Illuminate the exterior of your garage with a spotlight or motion sensing light, for added security and peace of mind.

Remote Control and Alarm Code Safety

Don’t leave your garage door remote out in the open, visible to people passing by – who may include potential thieves and intruders. If you must keep the remote control in your car at night, put it in the glove box, away from sight.

Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle.

If you’ve invested in an alarm system for the garage, don’t ever give out the security code to your exterior wireless keypad. If you do have to share it with someone, such as a service provider, be sure to clear out the old code and reprogram the keypad with a new one.

Don’t Do Any DIY Modifications to Garage Doors

If you have an electric garage door, then it’s essential that you speak with the manufacturer before undertaking any modifications. Whilst you do so you may also want to ask them for their tips and tricks for security improvement.

Keeping Your Home Secure When on Vacation

When leaving for extended periods of time, always remember to lock the garage door and set the vacation lock switch on your wall station. You could also unplug the garage door opener.

The professionals at Impact Garage Doors can provide you with expert advice on the best garage doors to make you feel safe and secure in your home. Call us on 02 4044 0806 or simply contact us online for a free quote, or to book an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.

How to Choose a Garage Door Style in 3 Easy Steps

It may not sound like a big decision, but choosing a garage door is an important choice for any homeowner.

Because garage doors are generally at the front of your home and directly in street view, they can add or detract value from your home, increasing or decreasing curb appeal. Your garage door choice should complement your home’s exterior, while reflecting the lifestyle and personality of your home and family.

Whether you’re replacing your garage door, or upgrading to a more modern style, you’ll want to consider factors such as size, climate, insulation properties and door material, to help determine which model is best for you.

Here, we’ll walk you through choosing a garage door in 3 easy steps.

Choose from a Wide Range of Garage Door Styles

Whether you’re looking for something with natural beauty or a more practical and contemporary design, a good garage door supplier should offer a wide range of styles – from high-end custom designs, to more simple and traditional options.

Some of the most popular styles of garage doors include:

Garage Door Materials to Suit All Tastes and Budgets

Garage doors can be made in a variety of materials – allowing you to choose from the beauty of natural wood or the energy efficiency, durability, and low maintenance of steel and aluminium. Choose a material that fits with the overall aesthetic of your home and its existing colour palette.

You can even achieve a natural timber look without committing to the price. Panel Glide doors, for example, are available in a variety of finishes and COLORBOND® colours. The raised panel design is meant to evoke the quality of solid timber panelling, and the door itself can be fashioned with either a wood grain or smooth texture finish.

Does Your Garage Door Need Insulation, Glass or Remote Control?

Now that you’ve decided on the style and material of your garage doors, you’ll want to consider whether you need to add insulation, glass panelling, remote control access and any other accessories.

Garage Door Insulation

If your garage is attached to your home, adjacent to your family room or directly below a bedroom, you can use insulation to control both noise and temperature. Speak to a professional garage door technician about insulating your garage.

Lighting and Ventilation

Do you have enough lighting in your garage? Some people use their garage space for alternative uses, such as practice rooms, art studios or kids’ playrooms. Whether you’re using it to fix cars or be creative, you’ll need enough light and ventilation to make the space safe and comfortable.

Tilt doors offer great airflow, as well as allowing you to easily bring in natural light from the outside.

Remote Control Access

Check with your garage door expert, to see what styles come with the added benefit of remote control access. The convenience of keyless entry lets you control a range of additional features, linking your garage doors, gates, security lights and other technologies in your home – making your life a whole lot more streamlined!

Contact the Garage Door Experts

For the best advice and expert opinion, call or visit a garage door specialist. They’ll be able to provide you with all the information you need about styles, materials, and added features for your garage door.

Impact Garage Doors are the garage door specialists, offering a huge selection of high quality and high-end products, made from local Australian aluminium and fine Western Red Cedar, or even a combination of timber and metal!

Call 02 4044 0809 or simply contact us online for free advice and to discuss your options.

Creating the Ultimate Garage Workshop

Often we underestimate the amount of space provided by the humble garage – but when you think about it, it’s quite a large proportion of your overall living space!

If you aren’t using your garage to house a car you might want to start thinking of other ways to utilise the space. Your garage could become your “room of one’s own” – a space to embrace your hobbies and interests, whether it’s doing up vintage or V8 cars, DIY woodworking, jamming guitar or drums, or getting creative with pottery or painting.

Here are some ideas to get you started on planning your ultimate man (or woman!) cave.

Organising Your Garage Space

First things first… time to get organised!

The garage can often become a neglected part of the house. We use it to store tools, unused items, storage containers full of souvenirs and unwanted gifts… in fact, it can quite easily turn into more of a junkyard than anything!

However, with a little bit of organisation your garage can become a clean, efficiently organised space where everything is relatively easy to find. Garage organisation is not difficult, and doesn’t have to be expensive.

Ground Works

First, you need to get everything off the ground. A few strategically placed metal shelves (that you can make yourself) and some large plastic storage bins will really help you to get that garage organised.

Plastic bins are really cheap, waterproof and water-tight. In addition, they are see-through, and can also easily be labelled, meaning you’ll be able to find what you need so much faster.

You can also stack them neatly along your shelves.

Just adding a few shelves will help immensely with storage issues and when you utilise wall space, you have much more floor room for larger items, as well as neat clear space around your cars.

Hanging About

The key to keeping your garage organised is having a place for everything. Hanging things takes up little to no floor space and utilises wall space that is typically left forgotten.

You can add as many hooks as you like to your garage walls, to customise your wall space and neatly hang tools, toys, surfboards, tennis racquets… even large items like bikes.

Handy Tool Towers

Tall long-handled tools such as brooms, mops and rakes can also be stored vertically and efficiently in tower racks. A tower rack in the corner gives you the perfect storage solution.

Getting Creative with Your Garage

Now that you’ve cleaned and organised your new space, you can keep it as your ultimate workshop, or start getting creative about how you want to utilise it.

The large open space of your garage makes it an incredibly flexible space. Try these ideas for size!

An Extra Playroom for the Kids

An unused garage makes the perfect play space. Kids will love having their own established space as they grow into their teenage years as well.

Your Own Home Office

Use glass sliding doors and light timber frames to fill your “home office” with natural light and plenty of fresh air, to give a clean, contemporary look.

Studio Dreaming

The garage is the perfect studio space, providing the space needed for painting, drawing or even dance and yoga. It also won’t matter too much about getting paint or clay on the floor.

A Home Movie Theatre

Impress your family and friends by hosting movie nights in your own home cinema. Teenage kids will love this idea – don’t forget the popcorn machine!

Whatever you decide to do, discuss your ideas with a professional before you start renovating. Garage doors will play a large role in creating your space, maximising the amount of space you have to work with, filtering light and air, and adding the right aesthetics to your transformation.

Talk to the team at Impact Garage Doors about your ideas – call 02 4044 0809 or simply contact us online for free advice and any quotes or enquiries. We’ll have plenty of practical information for your new fit out.

Important Tips for Keeping Children and Pets Safe near Garage Doors

Your home garage, full of sharp tools and hazardous chemical, can be one of the most dangerous rooms of your house – especially for children and pets.

You’ve no doubt taken precaution against these risks, placing them out of reach of young hands, paws and mouths, but have you also considered the safety of your garage doors?

Electric doors in particular can cause accidents and injuries in the garage – here are some important tips to make your garage door a danger-free zone for the whole family.

Always Fully Close or Open the Door

Rule number one – never leave your garage door partially open, particularly if it’s electric. When activated again, it may travel downward, closing on anything in its path. Don’t risk this happening to the kids and pets in your household. Even though there is a built in safety mechanism which will reverse the door, it could still injure a smaller person, pet or damage to your car if parked too close to the door. For this purpose, it’s important to have your Garage Door checked and serviced to ensure the sensitivity and working order of this mechanism.

Educate Your Kids

Have a talk to your kids about the potential dangers of the garage door, and make it clear that they need to be extra careful around that area of the house. Preventing accidents from occurring in the first place is key.

Also talk to anyone else who will be looking after your kids and/or pets in your home – they’ll need to know how the garage door works, and the potential risk it can be for little ones.

Check Your Door for Changes

Make a visual inspection of the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained garage door technician must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

Remote Controls Aren’t Toys

Always make sure the remote control that opens your garage door is out of reach of small children. Some children may think that the garage door remote is a toy for them to play with – don’t ever be tempted to let them play with it.

Emergency Release Can Save a Life

Consult the garage door owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature – it could save a life, and you’d be surprised how many people don’t even know this feature exists.

Guard Your Remote Control

Thieves can gain access to your home by stealing the remote control or even the car itself, with the remote control inside. Never leave your remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience to pay for safety and peace of mind.

If you’re looking to replace or upgrade your garage door, talk to the team at Impact Garage Doors. They can provide you with expert advice on the safest and best option for your Wollongong home. Call us on 02 4044 0809 or simply contact us online. Our garage door professionals can offer you a free quote and provide you with all the information you need.