Is your Dream Home ready for some garage upgrades?
You’ve found the perfect dream home plan, decorated it perfectly, the landscaping is immaculate. But you may have ignored the garage and it’s potential functionality. Laura Hunter with Builder Online brings you these upgrades that will help you make better use of this often neglected space.
CHI Overhead Doors’ Model 2206 incorporates recently engineered innovations designed for structural integrity and thermal protection. The door features 1 1/2-inch thick, thermally broken tongue-and-groove sections and adds continuous foamed-in-place urethane during the manufacturing process to achieve a 13.4 R-value. Choose from factory-finished white, almond, or sandstone colors to blend with a variety of exterior designs. chiohd.com
Braced for Wind
Clopay’s new tapered strut (T-Strut) design has recently received a U.S. Patent. The T-Strut’s construction makes installation of the maker’s Storm-Ready and WindCode garage doors faster and easier, while the strut itself strengthens the door in cases of severe weather. The T-Strut also takes up less space than other reinforcement bars, allowing for leaving more useable space inside the garage. As long as the door is locked, WindCode and Storm-Ready overhead doors don’t require additional posts or pins to secure the door, which can be a time-saving convenience in the case of quick evacuations.clopaydoor.com
Practical Peace of Mind
If the power goes out, chances are your garage door opener goes out of commission – unless it’s plugged into a CyberPower Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) like model LE825G. The unit is designed to safeguard small loads, such as garage door openers, home entertainment systems, and office workstations in the case of a power outage. For a garage door opener, the UPS would install on the garage ceiling and plug into the outlet where the opener would normally plug in. Then, plug the opener in the UPS for back-up power. The unit offers enough power for a handful of full open-and-close cycles so homeowners and their vehicles won’t be stuck inside or outside during a power outage. Recommended for use in temperature ranges from 32 to 104 degree Fahrenheit. cyberpower.com
Safe & Sound
Safety and security bolster the LiftMaster Elite Series 8550 opener. The unit features the maker’s Battery Backup so users can gain access even if the power is out, and a variety of features safeguard the opener and the home in day-to-day operation. Security+ 2.0 resets the unit’s code with every click, and the Timer-to-Close features automatically closes the door after a pre-programmed number of minutes. PosiLock locks down the garage door and electronically monitors the door against forced openings. The Elite Series 8550 also features Liftmaster’s MyQ Technology so users can operate and monitor the door, as well as linked lighting and comfort controls, from anywhere using a mobile device. The Elite Series 8550 offers quiet DC motor, belt-drive operation and consumes up to 75% less power in standby mode than other openers.liftmaster.com
Classic & Affordable
The Thermacore insulated steel garage door product line now includes Model 192 V10. The door’s embossement features a classic wainscoting design, giving it an upscale look at an affordable pricepoint. Available in five designs, nine colors, and two finishes, the new door is also available in a long panel design for a wide variety of opening options. Thermacore doors are designed to reduce air infiltration, and help maintain thermal efficiency in both hot and cold climates.overheaddoor.com
The garage isn’t just for car storage. Valley Craft’s Collector’s Edition Garage System is designed and build in the USA using heavy-duty 14 and 16 gauge steel. The all-welded cabinets range from 48 to 84 inches high and feature 3-point locking mechanisms, and optional drawers, bins and shelves. The work benches are available with or without wheels, and come in 24- or 48-inch widths and multiple configurations of drawers, doors, and tops (choose from maple butcher block or heavy duty rubber mats). Companion products in the product line include wall-mounted cabinets, pegboard or louvered wall panels, and 6-, 7-, or 8-foot work benches. valleycraft.com
Wayne Dalton’s new Model 9405 in its Carriage House Steel Collection is designed to capture old-world charm. A painted, galvanized-steel backer adds strength and helps prevent thermal cupping in extreme weather. Choose from expanded color options, including two-tone paint finishes, as well as a variety of windows and decorative hardware. The new model will replaces the 9400 garage door. wayne-dalton.com