A-All Style Garage Door Blog

Does My Garage Door Need a Tune-Up? Plus, Free Annual Maintenance Checklist

A good garage door is like a good umpire. If they’re doing their job well, you don’t even notice them. Still, a garage door system is a piece of mechanical equipment. It has moving parts that can fail or wear out, so it is important to ask yourself, “does my garage need a tune-up?” from time to time. There are two situations specifically where a tune-up is likely necessary:   Something is wrong with the door. Things can go wrong with your garage door before it stops working entirely. If your door is excessively noisy, opens and closes much more slowly than it should or shudders when going up or down, for example, a tune-up is probably called for. Here are some common problems... Read more

Reasons to Have a Keyless Garage Door Opener

Are you considering getting a keyless garage door opener system? Are you wondering if a keyless garage door is safe? If you are working with a traditional key and lock garage door, even one that also has a remote garage door opening system, you may be wondering if you should make the switch to a keyless garage door opener. Here’s what you need to know about garage door keyless entry systems. Benefits of a Garage Door Keypad There are several reasons why people choose a keyless garage door system, as we’ve listed out below:
  1. No Lost Keys
Most of the time, you’ll probably use your remote garage door opener to open your garage door. But what if you’re locked out of the house and the car is in the garage, or you’ve misplaced ... Read more

Adding Windows to Your Garage Door — What to Consider

Adding Windows to Your Garage Door — What to Consider Adding windows to a garage door can be a great idea for a number of reasons. They allow more natural light into your garage, and they can beautify your garage door, increasing your home’s curb appeal. So, what do you need to know before you consider adding windows to your garage door? Can You Add Windows to a Garage Door Yourself? Adding windows to an existing garage door yourself sounds simple — just replace a garage door panel with window glass, right? In practice, it is not as simple as it looks. For one, your garage door has a delicate balance. The torsion springs are designed to lift just the weight of your current garage door. Adding windows will change that weight and could throw o... Read more

Getting Your Garage Ready for Summer and Keeping It Cool

Do I need to check my garage door for summer? The answer is almost definitely yes. The Chicago area can get notoriously hot in the summer, usually hitting between 78 and 92 degrees on a typical summer day. This can cause your garage to get quite toasty if you don’t know a few tricks to help make your garage cool in the summer. The garage is one of the most overlooked areas that can have a big impact on your home efficiency, and makes for a more enjoyable car temperature! Getting a Garage Door Ready for Summer Much of the secret to keeping a garage cool is in the garage door. What can you do to get a garage door ready for the heat? Here are a few garage prep ideas for summer: Insulate Make sure to properly line your garage with quality insula... Read more

Clopay Garage Door Color Matching and Touch-up Paint

Love your Clopay garage door color, but want the rest of your house to match? We frequently get this request from homeowners looking to match trim, doors, accents and other areas of their home to their garage door color. You now have the ability to coordinate the exterior of your home to your garage door for greater curb appeal, or to match a specific home design. In addition, many homeowners are looking for touch-up paint for their Clopay garage door. This is an inexpensive way to get the matching paint color for your garage door for minor paint fixes. Note that if your garage door is older, it may have weathered and no longer be an exact match. For matching and touch-ups, visit your neighborhood paint store to get the perfect color match. For the most precise color matching, Beh... Read more

Wood vs. Steel Garage Doors: The Pros and Cons

When it comes time to install or replace your garage door, one of the biggest questions is: steel or wood? With so many styles available nowadays in a wide range of colors and finishes, it can be hard to determine which is the best for your home. To help you choose, we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of each material:

Steel Garage Doors

Pros:  Low maintenance: In general, steel garage doors don’t require much maintenance. Their corrosion-resistant coatings keep them from rusting and acquiring small dings or blemishes.
  • Insulation: Steel offers good temperature and sound insulation. Adding additional insulation is easy and many
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Maintenance Tips For Wood Garage Doors

Wood Garage Door on Shed

To make sure that your wooden garage doors are looking their best and last a long time, we suggest several maintenance tips for reliable upkeep:
  • Keep them clean. The simple step of regularly cleaning your wood garage doors makes a huge difference in how they look and last. Build-up of dirt or moisture can cause garage doors to bend and warp.
  • Keep them protected. The other key to proper wood garage door upkeep is keeping them protected. The sun and harsh weather can shorten the life of natural wood garage doors, so ...
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Popular Garage Door Styles

Comparison of Garage Door Styles Choosing the right garage door style can go a long way to complementing the look of your home by giving it an instant upgrade and curb appeal. At A-All Style Garage Door, we install a wide range of garage door types and styles to suit your home perfectly. Some of the most popular styles include:
  • Carriage House Style: The carriage house style of garage doors, as the name suggests, harkens back to old-style carriage houses. This timeless style of door often featured swing-out doors, though we can offer the appeal and style of carriage doors, in convenien...
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Benefits of Ultra Grain Garage Door Finish

Benefits of ultra grain garage doors When choosing your garage door you need to consider factors like insulation value, durability and appearance. If you want a top-quality door that requires little maintenance and offers a natural look at a fraction of the price of real wood, an Ultra Grain door finish is an excellent choice. Get the Look of Wood with Less Maintenance and Cost Available for aluminum and steel Clopay garage doors, Ultra Grain perfectly mimics the natural beauty and grain of wooden garage doors but with several bene... Read more

What to Do If Your Garage Door Is Frozen Shut

Garage Door Frozen Shut As the temperature drops and the snow starts to fly, problems with your garage door can arise. While it’s not a common problem, from time to time you might find your garage door frozen shut. This is obviously a major inconvenience, especially if your vehicle is inside and you can’t get it out. It can also prevent you from parking your car inside at night, leaving it exposed to harsh weather and freezing temperatures. If you find your garage door is frozen shut, there are a few steps you can take to open it without causing damage:
  • Remove ice: In most cases ...
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