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Technology has completely revolutionized how we live our day-to-day lives. Nowadays, we can use our smartphones to do virtually anything, from calling our friends, to booking tickets, to buying groceries, to paying our bills. How can we use technology to make managing our homes easier? In this edition of the Larry Myers Garage Door blog, meet the “smart” garage.

Smart Garage Door Systems

Smart garage door openers allow you to monitor and control your garage door, gate, or lighting, all from your tablet, smartphone, or computer.

Benefits of Smart Garage Door Openers

What are the benefits of this type of smart garage door opener, such as LiftMaster’s MyQ technology (which we recently wrote a product feature about!)? Below, we’re listing a few benefits of smart garage door openers.

Added Layers of Security

Forget to close that door? Smart garage door openers allow you to check the status of your garage door while you’re away, allowing you to control it from afar

Some smart garage openers have something called vacation mode, which disables the remote controls, meaning that the garage door can only be opened from the inside.

Automatic Maintenance Checks

Some smart garage systems have additional safety features. LiftMaster, for example, created a 3-step safety check, which quickly monitors the performance of safety features such as photo eyes or auto-reverse. This makes it easier to monitor the functionality of your garage door opener, signaling when it might need maintenance.

Energy Conservation

Smart garage systems allow you to monitor lighting, too. Not only does this add an extra layer of security, allowing you to turn on extra lights while you’re away from home for extended periods of time, but it also allows you to save on energy bills by not keeping lights on 24/7.

Additionally, many smart garage door systems are easily integrated with smart thermostats, allowing you to control the temperature of your home while you’re away. For example, LiftMaster, one of the smart garage door opener brands we carry here at Larry Myers Garage Doors, is a Nest partner.

Monitor Activity

Smart garage door openers log when the door has been opened or closed, allowing you to better monitor the activity in your garage. Additionally, many smart garage door openers have cameras, allowing you to view the activity in your garage.

Easy to Install

If you’re interested in safeguarding and optimizing your garage with the latest technology, your local garage door experts here at Larry Myers Garage Doors in Portland, OR will be glad to assist you. Reach out to us today to discuss your “smart” garage options!

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Holiday Season Tips: Damage-Free Ways to Decorate Your Garage

Holiday LightsAh, ‘tis the holiday season. A season of fun, family, delicious food, festive parties, thoughtful presents, and sure, maybe a bit of extra stress. For many homeowners, the holidays mark a time to stand out in the neighborhood, showcasing their homes with gorgeous lights and decorations. Many homeowners will choose to decorate their garages, hanging lights and festive decorations over their garage doors.

The results of decorating your garage door are beautiful! However, if not done carefully, decorations can harm the surfaces of your beautiful garage door. In this month’s edition of the Larry Myers Garage Doors blog, your local Portland, OR-based garage door experts will be providing tips for damage-free ways to decorate your garage. Read on for all the details!

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Tip #1: Magnets

Will your garage door hold magnets? Simple stars for Christmas, Hanukah, or New Year’s make for beautiful decorations, and when backed with magnets, can be stellar (pun intended!) exterior decorations. If your garage is made of steel, it may hold magnets well, making this a great solution for hanging magnets without the damage.

Tip #2: Skip the Nails; Try Clips Instead

Thinking of hanging lights? Nails or staples can damage your trim and the insulation around the wiring. If you don’t have a steel garage door and can’t use magnets, the best, damage-free way to hang lights or decorations is by using light clips.

Consider, for example, these Outdoor Light Clips. Clips like these don’t require nails or screws; instead, they use an adhesive that offers damage-free removal from surfaces.

Tip #3: Hang Lights from the Gutters

We don’t usually think of our gutters as having an aesthetic purpose, but now’s their time to shine! If your gutters are sitting above the garage door, try hanging lights from the gutters using the light clips suggested in Tip #2.

Need Professional Assistance?

We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! If you’d like an extra hand or have questions about the types of decorations you can safely use on your garage door, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask your local garage door experts at Larry Myers Garage Doors. We serve the Portland, OR and Vancouver-WA areas, and would be more than happy to assist you. Happy Holidays!


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2018 New Year’s Resolution: Fix That Garage Door

2018 is almost here. It’s that time when you pull out the pen and paper and start writing your New Year’s Resolutions. It may seem strange, but that broken garage door that’s been nagging at you all year long should be on your list of resolutions. So before you add getting in shape, quitting a bad habit, or getting a promotion at work to your 2018 resolution list, put garage door repair at the top. Here’s why:


You’re Wasting Space

A broken garage door means that there is very little activity going on in your garage. In essence, it’s just sitting there wasting space. Garage Doors Plus, LLC can fix that garage door and get things moving in and out again – preferably that brand new car of yours. We can install a new garage door opener with lots of options and features. Before you know it, you’ll be in and out of your garage with ease.


A Broken Door is a Rotting Door

The longer your garage door sits there unused, the more likely it is to start rotting away. While the panels may be intact, all of the moving parts including the springs and tracks can rust away. The more your door deteriorates, the harder it will become to open and close or repair. It’s likely you’ll need to get a garage door replacement.


It Makes Your House Unattractive

An old worn-out garage door can kill your property’s curb appeal. It can become an eyesore and the first thing that your guests notice when they drive up to your home. We can give your house an upgrade by repairing the garage door or replacing it with a brand new one. You’ll be amazed at how much better your entire home exterior will look after we complete the job.


It’s Cold (or Hot) Outside

There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to drive your car in the garage out of the rain, sleet, snow, heat, high wind, and any other climate condition. Rather than running down the sidewalk to get to your car during a downpour, you’ll be happier walking out to your garage, getting in your car, and driving away without getting a single drop of rain on you.


It’s a Great Home Investment

Read any ‘Best ROI Home Repairs’ blogs, and garage door repair (or garage repair in general) is always near the top of the list. Financial planners estimate that a garage door replacement can add as much as $10,000 to the overall value of your home. Compared to the cost of other home improvement projects Our garage door repair or replacement is far more affordable and will yield a better return on your investment.


Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet with Garage Doors Plus, LLC

Let Garage Doors Plus, LLC help you ring in the new year with a brand new garage door installation or a garage door repair. We offer a wide selection of products to choose from. You can get your garage door in almost any style, color, texture, or dimension. Call us today for a free inspection and a free quote. Our number is 612-760-7551, or you can message us on our contact page.

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7 Tips for Adding a Garage Door to Your Brand New Home Construction

If you’re building a new home, then you’ll need to carefully consider what type of garage door you’ll add. Garage Doors Plus, LLC can help you make the right choice.

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7 Tips for Adding a Garage Door to Your Brand New Home Construction

If you’re building a new home, then you’ll need to carefully consider what type of garage door you’ll add. Garage Doors Plus, LLC can help you make the right choice.

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7 Tips for Adding a Garage Door to Your Brand New Home Construction

If you’re building a new home, then you’ll need to carefully consider what type of garage door you’ll add. Garage Doors Plus, LLC can help you make the right choice.

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7 Tips for Adding a Garage Door to Your Brand New Home Construction

If you’re building a new home, then you’ll need to carefully consider what type of garage door you’ll add. Garage Doors Plus, LLC can help you make the right choice.

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Garage Door Repair Phoenix News & Articles Feb 2016

Benefits of Using Roller Shutter Garage Doors

Phoenix garage door experts are specialists in garage door installation and repairs with the best professional experience concerning garage doors. One of the pieces of advice we always give our clients and customers is to consider the use of Roller Shutter Garage Doors for their residential garages.

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Easy Ways to Tune Up The Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers help automobile owners in making their lives easier by doing the work of lifting the garage door whenever it is time to park their cars. Though garage door openers last for long, they would, in time, just stop functioning.

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How to Replace Garage Door Springs?

Garage door springs can consist of either tension springs or extension springs which are located at the edge of the garage door. These springs are essential in facilitating opening and closing of the garage door and the functionality of the garage door opener.

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Different Types of Garage Doors Based On Material And Style

Garage doors guarantee the safety and protection of your home and office to the grip. If you are thinking of a real garage door for your house, you can find many companies offering the service.

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Let HOUZZ inspire and guide you in renovating or reorganizing your garage

If you’re not familiar with HOUZZ, it is a website and mobile app that provide you with ideas about architecture, interior design, decorating, landscape design Read More

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Pros & Cons of Using Garage Doors in Indoor Living Spaces

It’s true: garage doors aren’t just for our garages. One of the latest home design trends? Installing glass garage doors in interior spaces. And really, it’s not just popular in homes—businesses, such as local restaurants, are doing it, too.

Could an indoor garage door be the right fit for your living space? In this edition of the Larry Myers Garage Door blog, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of this increasingly popular design trend.

Pros & Cons

Pro #1: Bring in the Light

Is your living space feeling a little dark, stifled, or drab? Indoor glass garage doors bring in tons of light, giving your indoor living space an open and airy feel. With light pouring in your home, you’re essentially bringing a piece of the outdoors in; a beautiful look!

Pro #2: Opening Up Space

Indoor garage doors create more space; in fact, they can make a small space look much larger. Plus, if you have a beautiful yard or patio area to show off, a glass garage door allows you to tear down a wall and create a window into your outdoor oasis.

Pro #3 A Unique Aesthetic

If you’re looking to make your interior space stand out, then a garage door is a perfect way to do just that. For a more in-depth look into this aesthetic, hop on over to read our blog on the Striking Ways Garage Doors Can Be Used in Modern Design.

Con #1: Insulation

If you plan to install a glass garage door in your home, be sure you’re working with a professional garage door installation company. You need to make sure the door is properly insulated, as glass doors can allow a lot of heat to escape. If you’re not careful, this could drive up your utility costs.

Con #2: Privacy

If your glass garage door is facing a street, it can feel too exposed. You’ll want to make sure to strategize the proper window coverings, such as roller shades. Before launching into this design project, be sure you’ve taken privacy into consideration and have the options to create more privacy if need be.

Specialty Garage Doors in Portland, OR

If you live in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA area, we’re always happy to consult with you about your garage door plans and provide expert recommendations on these types of specialty garage doors. We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! Be sure to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

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