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Upgrade Your Insulation for Less Noise

There are some areas in the home that generate more noise than others. Power tools in the shop, loud movies in the family room or even the old washing machine can generate bothersome noise to others. There are several benefits to upgrading your insulation with Owens Corning acoustic batts that help take care of any unwanted noise. 

Benefits for upgrading your home’s insulation

  • Inexpensive compared to other options. Despite this, it adds value to your home if you ever wish to sell. 
  • Made by the number one insulation manufacturer – Owens Corning
  • Comes in multiple sizes to fit your needs. 
  • A great way to customize the volume and privacy in your home. 
  • Specially made to absorb sound vibrations instead of just blocking them. They can decrease noise by up to 30% and improve Sound Transmission Class ratings by 4 to 10 decibels. 
  • The acoustic batts are compliant with building codes. They also don’t absorb water because of their fiberglass composition. This means they are very resistant to mold and mildew growth unlike other types of insulation. 
  • Can be installed in walls, floors, and even ceilings. 
  • Are made to last and don’t lose their shape over time meaning that even after years they will still keep noise out.  

Your Local Owens Corning Experts – Metro Garage Door

If you need more information or want to get Owens Corning insulation in your home, contact the experts at Metro Garage Door Inc. 

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4 Garage Door Styles You’re Sure to Love

Finding the right garage door style for your home isn’t always easy, especially with so many great options to choose from. In today’s blog, we explore four popular garage door styles that can transform your home, boost your curb appeal, and wow your neighbors.

Oversized Garage Doors

Especially if you own one or more large SUVs, vans, or pick-up trucks, oversized garage doors aren’t just more functional, but they can also create a bolder, more stylish look. If you’re looking to draw attention to your garage door, choosing a custom size or opting for the largest size within standard garage door dimensions can help you create a look that catches the eye and boosts your curb appeal. Plus, it will make it easier to park your vehicles.

Modern Garage Doors

While more traditional garage doors will certainly never go out of style, there has been an increase in demand for modern garage doors. In the modern garage door style, you’ll see minimalist designs, unique window arrangements, and the use of clean, sleek lines arranged either horizontally or vertically. Many modern and contemporary garage doors also make use of metal accents and bold colors, so if you want a slightly more modern look without replacing your current garage door, you still have options.

Garage Doors with Decorative Hardware

Looking to boost your curb appeal? One of our favorite garage door styles features carriage style or other traditional garage doors with decorative strap hinges and door pulls. This upscale, vintage look adds layering and visual interest to your garage door and your home. Plus, it allows you to personalize your garage door and create a look that’s unique to you.

Two-Tone Garage Doors

Looking for a garage door style to complement your home? More and more consumers are choosing two-tone finishes. Not only do the multiple colors create a beautiful aesthetic, but this style looks great with a wide-range of different homes. The best part? Using various tones looks sophisticated and interesting without the added expense of decorative hardware.

Feeling inspired to try your own garage door makeover? When you choose Larry Myers Garage Doors, you’re choosing quality installations, repairs, services, and products! Check out our garage door blog, where we cover everything from what color to paint your garage to the advantages of having a detached garage.

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You Asked, We Answered: FAQs About Garage Door Springs

Without functioning garage door springs, your garage door won’t open. In today’s blog, the garage door experts at Larry Myers answer some of the most frequently asked questions about garage door springs.

How Long Do Garage Door Springs Last?

It depends on what type of springs you have and how often you open and close your garage door. Standard torsion springs have about 10,000 cycles on them, and we offer a 3-year warranty. You can upgrade to hi-cycle springs, which have about $20,000 cycles for between $200 and $300. For upgraded hi-cycle springs, we offer a 5-year warranty.

How to Open a Garage Door with a Broken Spring?

Opening a garage door with a broken spring is incredibly dangerous, as the spring supports the weight of the door, and without it, there’s nothing to protect you from the full weight of the garage door falling on you. If you need to open a garage door with a broken spring, we recommend contacting a professional like Larry Myers. For decades, we’ve built a reputation on quick, affordable, and high-quality service.

How to Fix or Replace a Garage Door Spring?

While there are certain DIY garage door repairs you might be able to execute on your own, the best way to fix or replace a garage door spring is to hire a professional garage door repair service. Torsion springs especially are under a considerable amount of pressure and trying to repair or replace them without proper training can be fatal. Because of this, we do not recommend trying to replace the garage door springs on your own.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Garage Door Springs?

When garage door springs are broken, they must be replaced. At Larry Myers, we tend to charge between $140-$210 to replace torsion springs, between $265-$320 to replace torque springs, and between $185-$215 for extension springs. If additional parts as needed, such as cables or rollers, you’ll have to pay for the additional parts.

If you have any additional questions about garage door springs or any other part of your garage door, contact Larry Myers Garage Doors at 503-761-5674. We proudly serve Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington!

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Do you need a new Garage Door?

Garage Doors –Douglasville, GA

It’s October in Douglasville, Georgia and as you get ready to set out the pumpkins, Metro Garage Doors wants to make sure your garage door is functioning safely and properly. Metro Garage Doors is your Douglasville, Georgia garage door, insulation, and fireplace company. We install, repair and service all makes and models of garage doors. We offer a broad range of products for any opening in your home, entry doors, patio doors, storm doors, security doors as well as same-day service. Contact Metro Garage Doors today for all your garage door needs.

Common Questions about your Garage Door –Douglasville, GA

When it comes to your garage doors, we know you have questions. Metro Garage Doors has your answers. Here are a few common questions.

What is your warranty policy?

At Metro Garage Doors, we stand behind our work and offer a one-year minimum warranty on new doors and motor operators.

My transmitter opens my garage; however, when I close the door it goes down 6 inches and then reverses. Why?

This can be an easy fix, first make sure there is not an obstruction in the way of the photocell safety beam. If the photocell safety beams are clear, they may be out of alignment.

How do I reset my operator?

While operators don’t have a reset button, we would suggest to unplug the unit, wait 60 seconds, then plug the unit back in.

How do I know if I need to replace a section of the door on my garage or the whole door?

Depending on the damage of your door, replacing a section of your door is possible. For the best help, contact Metro Garage Doors, we will evaluate your situation and recommend the best plan of action.

Where can I get a new remote?

At Metro Garage Doors, we carry a wide variety of remote controls in our showroom. We are even able to ship one to you. If the original manufacturer no longer supports your transmitter, we can find an alternative that will work for your garage door.

What kind of doors and operators do you repair?

We repair all makes and models of garage doors and motor operators.

Can I just buy parts?

Metro Garage Doors is happy to help provide parts to all makes and models of garage doors, even if you didn’t buy the door from us. We take pride in providing a safe and functioning entryway to your home.

Metro Garage Doors –Douglasville, GA

Metro Garage Doors has been serving Douglasville, Georgia and the Metro Atlanta area since 1992. We are a family-owned and operated garage door, insulation, and fireplace business. We provide repairs, service, replacements, and new installations for all our customers. When it comes to your garage door needs, we have you covered. Our technicians are highly trained professionals. We consider them the best in the business and offer same day service. Our service trucks stock the most common parts and equipment to repair your garage door on the first visit.  We offer a free estimate, affordable financing and always guarantee 100% customer satisfaction.  If you have questions about your garage door, need a repair, service or installation contact Metro Garage Doors.

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Benefits of using ICC-ES air infiltration

ICC-ES air infiltration option for model 800C

Do you know the benefits of using ICC-ES air filtration in your house? Here are the five benefits of the new ICC-ES air infiltration option for model 800C for insulated rolling service door:

1. It is efficient and effective
This ICC-ES air filtration type can help you remove up to 99 percent of airborne articles that are as small as two microns from air passing throughout it. This high level of efficiency makes it among the best that you can ever buy when you want a good product from the market.

2. It is easy to operate
Since it has three speed settings that provide options to choose from, you will always get different conditions, as well as optional ionizer assists in removal of particles in your house. You will always be certain that you would get the best product that would work for you. With the simple guide, you will always know how it works for you especially when you want a perfect product.

3. It has a slim dual positioning design
It has a slim dual positioning design that you can place horizontally or vertically to fit well in your space, you will always increase the flow of air depending on what will work for you. In addition, this design is recommended for those rooms that go up to 109 sq ft or 10ft by 11ft.

4. It uses an ozone deodorizing technology
This ozone deodorizing technology makes works at a rate of 180 mg ozone/hr  to remove all bad odors/ chemicals/mold smells/ smoke smells easily. This normal ozone
function can help you create a potentially unpleasant smell when operating.

5. It is durable
When compared to other options, this ICC-ES air infiltration is always durable when
compared to many other models.

In conclusion, the above are the five the benefits of the new ICC-ES air infiltration option for model 800C for insulated rolling service door.  Give Metro Garage Door a call today to discuss the benefits of the new ICC-ES air infiltration.

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Benefits of using ICC-ES air infiltration

ICC-ES air infiltration option for model 800C

Do you know the benefits of using ICC-ES air filtration in your house? Here are the five benefits of the new ICC-ES air infiltration option for model 800C for insulated rolling service door:

1. It is efficient and effective
This ICC-ES air filtration type can help you remove up to 99 percent of airborne articles that are as small as two microns from air passing throughout it. This high level of efficiency makes it among the best that you can ever buy when you want a good product from the market.

2. It is easy to operate
Since it has three speed settings that provide options to choose from, you will always get different conditions, as well as optional ionizer assists in removal of particles in your house. You will always be certain that you would get the best product that would work for you. With the simple guide, you will always know how it works for you especially when you want a perfect product.

3. It has a slim dual positioning design
It has a slim dual positioning design that you can place horizontally or vertically to fit well in your space, you will always increase the flow of air depending on what will work for you. In addition, this design is recommended for those rooms that go up to 109 sq ft or 10ft by 11ft.

4. It uses an ozone deodorizing technology
This ozone deodorizing technology makes works at a rate of 180 mg ozone/hr  to remove all bad odors/ chemicals/mold smells/ smoke smells easily. This normal ozone
function can help you create a potentially unpleasant smell when operating.

5. It is durable
When compared to other options, this ICC-ES air infiltration is always durable when
compared to many other models.

In conclusion, the above are the five the benefits of the new ICC-ES air infiltration option for model 800C for insulated rolling service door.  Give Metro Garage Door a call today to discuss the benefits of the new ICC-ES air infiltration.

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Amarr Garage Doors

Whether you live in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington, Larry Myers Garage Doors is your trusted source for garage door installation and repair. Not only are we locally owned, operated, licensed, bonded, and insured, but we’ve been providing the best quality overhead door installation and repairs since 1973. In order to provide the highest quality service, we only carry doors we believe in. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on one of the most trusted names in the garage door industry: Amarr Garage Doors.

Why Choose Amarr Garage Doors

For over 65 years, Amarr has been providing the highest-quality in garage door design, style, durability, and safety. There’s a reason more than 3,000 professional independent garage door dealers trust Amarr, and Larry Myers Garage Door is proud to include Amarr in their list of suppliers, not just because of their high-quality products, but because of their shared values. In addition to the fact that all of their residential and commercial steel and aluminum garage doors are manufactured in the USA, Amarr products are also made with up to 90% recycled content.

Our Favorite Amarr Garage Doors

Amarr has 12 residential product lines, as well as a wide array of commercial doors. As you consider which garage door is right for you, we want to highlight two of the best residential garage doors from Amarr.

Amarr Vista

Amarr Vista Garage Door

When it comes to quality, it doesn’t get any better than a specialty glass door from Amarr. The Amarr Vista model delivers on style and safety. Fans of modern garage doors will love the sleek, clean lines, which will perfectly highlight your home’s contemporary design. In fact, this garage door model even comes with a variety of glass options and frame colors, so you can customize your own unique look. Have a door that exceeds standard garage door dimensions? The Vista model can fit any size up to 24’ wide. Plus, the door is reinforced to meet or exceed high wind building codes in your area.

Amarr Horizon

Amarr Horizon Garage Door

Love horizontal lines and contemporary garage doors? The Amarr Horizon model features long, sleek lines combined with narrow expanses of glass. In fact, the Horizon model features no verticals on 8’ doors with single pane glazing. The Amarr Horizon can be used on openings up to 20’ wide. Plus, they have dozens of glazing and color options, so you can customize a garage door that fits your aesthetic perfectly. If you’re looking for a garage door that will boost your curb appeal and get the neighbor’s attention, the Amarr Horizon garage door might be right for you!

Feeling inspired to try your own garage door makeover? At Larry Myers Garage Doors, we offer the best garage door prices, service, and reliability in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Contact us today to get started!

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Did you Know 9 out of 10 Homes in the U.S. are Underinsulated?

Upgrade your Home’s Insulation

According to the experts at energystar.gov, 90% of homes in America are underinsulated. What does this mean for you? If you are like most homeowners, it means you are losing energy. As you read this, your home is allowing costly heat or air to escape through attics, drafty exterior walls and from around drains, pipes, and electrical outlets. This energy loss is costing you money. 

What Difference Does Proper Insulation Make?

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) states that — with proper insulation, homeowners could save as much as 5% in electricity and 10% cost savings on natural gas if insulation was adequate. Additionally, a study by Harvard found it to be better for the environment when homes are properly insulated as it decreases carbon emissions. The same study cited several potential health benefits, like decreased asthma attacks and fewer premature deaths.

“The magnitude of the economic and public health benefits indicates that creative public policies to encourage retrofits … may be warranted.”

How to Check Your Insulation Levels

The first and easiest place to check is any exterior walls, such as those in a garage or basement. Insulation batting is generally used in these areas. Make note of the condition of the batting, the brand, and rating. Look for gaps and tears. Feel for drafts. 

The next area to check is around pipes, vents, fireplace, drains, and electrical outlets. These are areas that are often overlooked, however, can be a significant source of energy loss. 

Your attic is the final area to observe. Typically, the type of insulation used is a blown type that may settle over time. Using a stiff ruler, measure the depth of the insulation and make note of that. Look around for any areas that might have become wet, or thin due to animal activity. 

What is the R-value of My Insulation?

The R-value or resistance value is the capacity of the insulation material to resist heat flow. A higher R-value indicates greater insulating power. To determine your current R-Values measure the depth of the insulation in inches and multiply that number according to the type of insulation. See below.

  • Fiberglass Batting R-value is 3.2 x depth in inches
  • Vermiculite or perlite (granules) R-value is 2.7 x depth in inches
  • Cellulose R-value is 3.7 x depth in inches
  • Rock wool R-value is 2.8 x depth in inches
  • Blown fiberglass R-value is 2.5 x depth in inches

Recommended R-values vary by climate and other factors and can be found here

Contact your Insulation Professional at Metro Garage Doors

If you have found that you need insulation added or if you are concerned that you might, contact our insulation professionals at Metro Garage Doors to inspect your insulation and evaluate your needs. 

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How to Soundproof a Garage for Band Practice

Practice makes perfect, and unless you have access to professional musical studios or practice venues, many amateur musicians start out practicing in the garage. In today’s blog, the garage door experts at Larry Myers Garage Door cover how to soundproof a garage for band practice so that you won’t disrupt the whole neighborhood while perfecting your sound.

Soundproof the Windows

When you’re playing music in a garage, the majority of the sound escapes through the windows. That’s why, when you’re soundproofing your garage, it’s a good idea to start with the windows. If you’re looking for a quick DIY method, you can try stacking bricks in the windows. This effectively turns the window into a wall. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to move in and out, you can buy an acoustic plug for your windows. These plugs work as an air-seal, which can capture sound in the garage.

Try Sound Dampening Sheets

If you’re looking for a way of effectively soundproofing the garage without much maintenance, sound dampening sheets could be the best option. Because they come in a wide range of widths and heights, these sound-absorbing foam sheets can be quickly and easily installed in your garage. Depending on which brand you buy, sound proof sheets for walls can reduce up to 70 percent of the mild and high frequency noise generated in your garage.

Build a Room Within the Room

Building a room within a room can be an inexpensive way of soundproofing a garage, though it is more labor intensive than sound dampening sheets. To make it work, you’ll need to hang three layers of walls within the garage to block additional sound. Typically, you’ll start by hanging drywall on the inside perimeter of the wall, followed by a 4-inch thick fiberglass insulation. From there, you’ll frame another wall and add another layer of both drywall and insulation. Finally, you’ll add a third frame and an additional layer of drywall. In addition to being labor intensive, this method can take up a lot of space in the garage, and while you can easily remove sound dampening sheets, this solution is a bit more permanent.

Choose the Right Garage Door for Soundproofing Your Garage

In general, if you’re planning to soundproof your garage, it might be best to choose a garage door without windows, as a great deal of sound can escape through the glass windows. You might also want to choose a garage door with a higher R-Value, as a garage door with better insulation is more likely to keep sound in.

If you live in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA area, we’re always happy to consult with you about your garage design. In the meantime, check out our garage door blog, where we cover everything from the pros and cons of using garage doors in indoor living spaces to how to fix a garage door gap.

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How to Soundproof a Garage for Band Practice

Practice makes perfect, and unless you have access to professional musical studios or practice venues, many amateur musicians start out practicing in the garage. In today’s blog, the garage door experts at Larry Myers Garage Door cover how to soundproof a garage for band practice so that you won’t disrupt the whole neighborhood while perfecting your sound.

Soundproof the Windows

When you’re playing music in a garage, the majority of the sound escapes through the windows. That’s why, when you’re soundproofing your garage, it’s a good idea to start with the windows. If you’re looking for a quick DIY method, you can try stacking bricks in the windows. This effectively turns the window into a wall. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to move in and out, you can buy an acoustic plug for your windows. These plugs work as an air-seal, which can capture sound in the garage.

Try Sound Dampening Sheets

If you’re looking for a way of effectively soundproofing the garage without much maintenance, sound dampening sheets could be the best option. Because they come in a wide range of widths and heights, these sound-absorbing foam sheets can be quickly and easily installed in your garage. Depending on which brand you buy, sound proof sheets for walls can reduce up to 70 percent of the mild and high frequency noise generated in your garage.

Build a Room Within the Room

Building a room within a room can be an inexpensive way of soundproofing a garage, though it is more labor intensive than sound dampening sheets. To make it work, you’ll need to hang three layers of walls within the garage to block additional sound. Typically, you’ll start by hanging drywall on the inside perimeter of the wall, followed by a 4-inch thick fiberglass insulation. From there, you’ll frame another wall and add another layer of both drywall and insulation. Finally, you’ll add a third frame and an additional layer of drywall. In addition to being labor intensive, this method can take up a lot of space in the garage, and while you can easily remove sound dampening sheets, this solution is a bit more permanent.

Choose the Right Garage Door for Soundproofing Your Garage

In general, if you’re planning to soundproof your garage, it might be best to choose a garage door without windows, as a great deal of sound can escape through the glass windows. You might also want to choose a garage door with a higher R-Value, as a garage door with better insulation is more likely to keep sound in.

If you live in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA area, we’re always happy to consult with you about your garage design. In the meantime, check out our garage door blog, where we cover everything from the pros and cons of using garage doors in indoor living spaces to how to fix a garage door gap.

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