Increase Accessibility with These Garage Upgrades

Feb 11, 2020 | Broken Garage Door Springs

Most Phoenicians know how vital a garage is. In an area where temperatures can reach a sweltering high of 110˚F, having a garage is incredibly convenient, as it helps you avoid getting out of your car until you’re indoors. It can also protect your vehicle’s finish from harmful UV rays. Upgrading the garage door springs and opener, as well as adding storage, can make the garage even more accessible.

High-Cycle Garage Door Springs

Homeowners have two options for garage door springs: torsion and extension. Torsion springs are the preferred choice among service professionals as they are far more reliable and durable than extension springs. Both spring types should last about seven years, assuming the door is operated four times a day, for a total of 10,000 cycles.

High-cycle torsion garage door springs are also available. These springs have lifespans that can last about 14 years, determined by daily use, and are ideal for residences with multiple drivers. A trained professional can help you select the right springs for your garage door system as well as install them, ensuring they are correctly balanced.

Smart Garage Door Opener

Today’s smartphone/tablet apps allow you to conveniently request a ride, grocery delivery, even operate your garage door. The latter communicates with a smart garage door opener that connects to your Wi-Fi network. Openers are available with LiftMaster, belt drive and battery back-up. Most smart openers require a hub, which can connect all your smart devices.

Smart garage door openers allow you to monitor and operate the door from virtually anywhere remotely. You’ll never have to worry again whether you left the garage door open. Additional features include instant alerts, automatic scheduling, and guest access. In-garage delivery via Amazon Key is available in select areas as well.

Laser Parking Assist

Dents, dings, and scratches on your car are a thing of the past with laser-guided parking assists. “Powered by the opener, a bright red laser beam activates as the door is opened, tracks along the vehicle’s hood as it enters until it reaches the preset marker and indicates when to stop.” Parking assists are mounted on the garage ceiling in proximity to the opener.

Storage Space

The garage often protects a hodgepodge of tools and equipment, holiday decorations, and excess belongings rather than vehicles. While your first goal should be to sell, donate, or recycle/repurpose anything that is just taking up space – having an effective storage system in place is key to preventing the clutter from creeping back in.

Shelves, racks, and cabinets can help turn your garage into a functional space that includes room for your stuff and vehicles. Overhead storage racks are excellent for adding extra space. To ensure everything has a place in which it can be quickly returned, label totes and baskets, and use pegboard to hang frequently used tools – grouped by item.

APEX Garage Door & Repair can install, service, and repair garage doors and automatic openers for residents and businesses throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. With trained technicians, fully stocked trucks, and convenient scheduling, we can efficiently service your door or opener. Contact us today at (480) 460-1199 to schedule an appointment.


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