Make your Garage Door Stand Out from the Rest

Imagine yourself driving or walking towards your home and seeing your home looking great from the street – isn’t it satisfying? One area that steals the attention from the exterior of your home is your garage door. Maintaining it, or better, giving it a makeover will do a lot for the overall look of your home!

Ways to make your Garage Door Stand Out

Choose the perfect design that will fit your home

There are 3 common styles for a Garage Door; Traditional, Contemporary and Carriage House. Make sure to choose the style that will go with the design of your whole house. Here’s a quick description of each style:

Contemporary Garage Door – This is famous for a modern looking house. With that simple and minimalist design because of its clean lines and functional details.

Traditional Garage Door – This is usually manufactured with Steel or Wood and with a roll-up mechanism and horizontal, hinged panels.

Carriage House Garage Door – This door usually has hinges and multi-pane windows. A common design is that of a barn door.

 

Consider the materials to be used

Prioritize also in checking the materials for its durability, maintenance, and price. There are various materials to choose from like Wood, Steel, Metal or Aluminum. The most commonly chosen material is Steel because of its price, quality, low maintenance and its style.

 

Paint it

Choose a color that will complement your whole house. You can experiment on the color by making it contrasting from your house so it would stand-out. Choose from making it lighter or darker. But be sure to be considerate and pick a color that would still neutralize the garage doors and not make your neighbors cringe!

 

Add some outdoor lights

Having lights outside your garage door has an extra benefit. It just doesn’t make your garage better looking but it’s also good for safety measures. You can choose either from ground lights or Up Lights. This is a great way to improve the look instantly and brighten up your home!

 

Add other accessories

There are decorative handles and hinges, potted plants, trellis or anything that adds texture. Just don’t get overwhelmed with displaying a lot of accessories and remember to keep the balance so it won’t look like you are trying hard to draw attention.

 

Maintain and Keep it Working

As days, weeks, months and years go by, like almost everything, the garage door is prone to get old and rickety. Whenever a problem occurs regarding your garage door, always hire professional garage door technicians who are trusted and can do the job effectively and efficiently.

 

Try experimenting with other things you can do with your garage door. There are a number of ways to spruce up that door and make it even more attractive! You’ll love staying in and seeing people stop and stare in front of your home admiring what they are seeing. Improving the way it looks is just as important as its functionality.

 

Considerations for Building a Swimming Pool

Before building a swimming pool and before you even check the local building codes for requirements. I recommend to you a free booklet put out by the US Consumer Safety Product Commission. called Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools. It’s in the public domain and is available on the website www.cpsc.gov. It’s main purpose and subtitle is to prevent the drowning of children.

The booklet emphasizes the construction of barriers to prevent submersion injuries, especially to young children. Statistics show that children under the age of three are the largest group of these kinds of injuries. The booklet makes it quite clear that it does not mandate anything or contradict any local ordinances. Its purpose is just to provide information and guidelines to save children’s lives.

After reviewing statistics, the CPSC has concluded that the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities to children is using barriers, a nice word for fences. Barriers prevent children from gaining access to swimming pools unless an adult is present. The booklet considers the variety of possibilities for fencing with illustrations and suggestions as to height, spacing and most of all latches intended to keep kids out of the pool unaccompanied. It does not leave out above ground pools which are very much a contributor to child fatalities. Even small portable pools have made a contribution to these fatalities.

Another statistic that is significant is that a large percentage of pool mishaps occur in home pools, either your own or of friends. The booklet describes where fences should be placed to maximize safety. In describing the variety of barriers possible, the booklet also points out how curious children can slip through, around and under the different type of fence. The booklet doesn’t really indicate any preference as to type but they show how to maximize the effectiveness of each type of fence. The height, the spacing of slats, the horizontal members are all considered in the construction of fences. Each type of fence is considered with illustrations to help the pool constructor.

A good deal of consideration is given to the type of latches that should be used and where to place them, keeping in mind the curiosity and innate ability of kids under the age of five. The booklet also talks in depth about alarm systems that can be installed and pool cover as additional safety features.

They haven’t overlooked hot tubs and the specific problems created by indoor pools. We strongly suggest getting this booklet if you intend to have a pool, whether you do it yourself or have to oversee the construction by a contractor.