Where do you even start when you need garage doors? Honestly, my first thought was a big box store [like Home Depot or Lowes’]. A little research produced results showing there are other companies that specialize in garage doors and all the needed accessories. We actually are familiar with a small business that services garage doors and their openers because we had our openers replaced a few years ago by that company. I didn’t realize that they also offered new doors too but once I realized that, we had them come out to give a quote to replace our two doors. To compare, we received two quotes. The second one was done by Aaron Overhead Doors.
Our garage doors were original to the house, meaning they were 30 years old and made up of a composite of some sort of MDF type of board and wood. The doors were not insulated and the tracks and springs, while serviced over the years, were also 30 years old. They had pretty much reached the end of their lifespan. During this process, I learned that garage doors need to be serviced when the weather changes. They should be oiled (not WD-40, with a garage door lubricant) and if they are properly maintained they can last 20 to 30 years. If they are not properly maintained, the lifespan shortens by half. I’m glad ours lasted as long as they did! They were still functioning but they were beginning to rot at the bottom near the concrete.
I was pretty impressed with the knowledge John, from Aaron Overhead Doors, shared on the initial visit. John came out and presented a thorough education on the types of construction for garage doors. The visit included taking pictures of our current situation and simulating a mock up picture of doors so we could see how our choice would look before installation. The visit lasted about thirty minutes and ended with a quote for replacing our 2 doors including all brackets, rollers, and springs.
Basically, you have four types of construction with garage doors:
- Single layer/Non Insulated/Pan Door
- Two layer/insulated/vinyl back door
- Three layer/insulated/sandwich door with polystyrene (On wider doors, it’s best to have a sandwich door because it’s double reinforced and less likely to crack)
- Three layer/insulated/sandwich door with polyurethane (this is sprayed in to fill the door)
At the beginning of summer, we arrived home from vacation to a busted pipe. After dealing with the plumbing portion of the problem, and replacing the plumbing in our entire house, we then had to deal with the aftermath of water damage. The pipe burst on the second floor in my office closet so the flooring (carpet) in 50% of the second floor was affected. We originally had Berber carpet in two bedrooms (office and guest room) and the hallway. The guest bathroom had ceramic tile and our master bedroom had laminate flooring.
We had to remove the carpet in the office and hallway immediately and so we decided to replace all of the flooring on the entire level. With our awareness heightened, we wanted to choose flooring that was resistant to any water damage in the future, but we also have and like real wood flooring on the first floor. We chose Aquaguard flooring (in Coco) from Floor & Decor. Aquaguard is water resistant and really does have a great look of hardwood. The finish is durable and promises a lifetime warranty. The product is thick, it seems to be double the thickness of regular laminate. It would be a good choice for laundry rooms and bathrooms too.
Laminate flooring is a bit easier to install than real wood as it is a floating floor and the pieces click together over a noise reducing underlayment. Although we have done flooring installs in our house ourselves in the past, this time we chose to hire someone to install it. It took about five days to install in three rooms (including closets) and the hallway, about 700 square feet.
We really like the way it turned out! Take a look.
Master bedroom before and after:
Office before and after
Paint Colors We’ve Used