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heated garage lakelandNobody likes to enter a cold garage on a winter morning — or at any other time. Even in Lakeland, Florida it can get cold during our shortened winter season.

But can you get a heated garage door here in Lakeland?

Sure. Keeping your garage warm during the cold months isn’t difficult if you follow these three steps.

1. First, stop the air flow in your garage

Before looking at heating your garage, you’ll want to make sure that neither the structure nor the garage door are letting in excess cold air. If there are warps or other compromises in the garage door, get them fixed. Replace the gasket along the bottom of the door, if necessary.

Holes in the garage walls should be repaired. Caulking around windows will make a difference in how well the garage retains heat and blocks cold, as will shrink film insulation applied to the window glass. Side or top gaps between the garage door and its frame can be blocked or have gaps in weather-stripping.

2. Insulate the walls and ceiling

After you take care of any open areas where cold air can get into the garage, the next step is to properly insulate the walls and ceiling, if this hasn’t already been done. No matter what kind of garage heating system you use, no garage will stay warm if your walls and ceiling are bare.

Fiberglass batt insulation is ideal for this purpose and fairly easy for the average person to install. When the insulation is in place, finish the surfaces with drywall and then paint according to your tastes.

Depending on the level of heat you want inside your garage during the winter, the above two steps may be all the action you need to take. These steps definitely will prevent the majority of cold air from getting into the garage. If you want your garage to be even more comfortable, you can install a heating unit.

3. Add a heater to your garage

Now that the structure is well-sealed and insulated, any type of heating system you bring in will make a positive difference. However, based on the square footage of the garage, a small electric heater may not be sufficient.

Several space heaters are an option, if one isn’t enough. But if going around and turning heaters on and off isn’t something that excites you, consider a ceiling-mount forced-air heating unit.

Your local home center (Lowes, Home Depot, Ace) should carry several models of heaters that are attached to the ceiling of the garage. These appliances come in different sizes and BTU outputs and run on electricity, so they’re completely self-contained. They’re often available with remote controls and thermostats, so you can keep your garage exactly as warm as you want it all the time.

Garage Door Repair

Garage doors often are the main culprits when outside air is flowing at-will into your garage. If you’re not familiar with garage door repair and the various parts and components included in a garage door system, it’s a smart move to have a professional take a look at the door as part of your garage-heating project.

Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service of Lakeland, FL, can help with all types of garage door issues. We offer expert spring repair and replacement, car-impact repair, opener repair and replacement and roller, track and cable repair. For all garage door repairs, call Safe Way first at (863) 701–9779.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

garage door lighting lakeland floridaWhen installing a garage door to increase the curb appeal of your home don’t forget about the garage door lighting. That's an important tip from us, your local garage door repair experts in Lakeland.

And the outdoor lighting fixtures you choose can have a dramatic impact on your home during the day and night. The best outdoor lighting should provide enough ambient light for security at night, but also create an impressive backdrop that highlights your beautiful home and garage door.

Standard flood lights that light up your home like a football field can detract from your curb appeal. Consider the following tips for increasing your curb appeal with Lakeland garage door lighting:

Measure Your Garage Door

The first item on the list before selecting your garage door lighting is to measure the available wall space around the garage door. This will tell you the maximum amount of space you have to work with to ensure the lighting you choose will fit the space. Typically, you want some “white” space around the lights and the door to create a balance. So, the light fixtures should consume no more than half of the available space. If space is tight, installing light fixtures on either side of the garage door is another way to increase curb appeal.

Select Fixture Style

Once you have the measurements, you’re ready to select an appealing garage door lighting fixture in a style that will enhance the exterior of your home. There are many exterior lighting choices that will offer the desired appearance and produce an ambient backdrop to illuminate your handsome garage door to increase curb appeal during the day or night.

For example, choose a modern style garage door lighting sconce to complement a contemporary single-family home with a one or two-car garage door. Or perhaps a classic sea gull style is your lamp of choice to round out a cape cod or barnyard theme that looks impressive above carriage house style garage doors. There is even a selection of stylistic bronze lantern outdoor lights for a more traditional old-world appearance that are ideally suited for single, 2 or 3 car garage doors.

Choosing an Outdoor Lightbulb

Generally, lightbulbs are not included when purchasing light fixtures. When choosing exterior light fixtures for the garage door be sure that they are durable, rated for outdoor use and do not exceed the maximum wattage for the light fixture. Most outdoor light fixtures are rated for a maximum of 100-watts.

The best type of outdoor bulbs are weatherproof LED lightbulbs. They are energy-efficient, durable and will last up to ten years or more requiring less frequent bulb changes. However, some garage door light fixtures require specific types of lightbulbs such as a medium 60-watt incandescent bulb. You will need to check the light fixture specifications to determine the type of bulb you will need.

Also, exterior light fixtures certified Dark Sky compliant by the International Dark Sky Association are fully shielded and designed to minimize glare at night while still providing the ambient lighting effect you desire.

How Many Light Fixtures You Will Need?

Finally, determine the number of garage door lighting fixtures you will need. For a single garage door, one light fixture should suffice. Double door garages will generally require two fixtures mounted above the doors.

And carriage house style garage door may require three light fixtures to achieve the desired lighting effect. Now all you need to do is to install your garage door lighting fixtures, insert the bulb and marvel at your home’s exquisite appearance.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

garage door pet door lakeland, floridaThinking about installing a pet door in your Lakeland garage door? It might not be a bad idea.

By installing a pet door in your garage, you and your pets may have several advantages. Your pets will be able to enjoy some independence in accessing a comfortable insulated shelter without constantly scratching on the door to your home.

This is better than a pet door into your house, which could allow access to unwanted visitors of all types. As for the garage, leaving the garage door cracked or a door partially open at all hours invites potential thieves as well as vermin.

The following is information about types of pet doors if you decide that installing a pet door in your garage is a good solution for your home, family, and pets. A brief overview on how to install a pet door in a garage door can be found below.

Choosing a Pet Door

Pet doors come in a variety of options. Your reasons for installing a pet door may be a deciding factor on which type you choose. The following are some of the kinds of pet doors available today:

Plastic or Aluminum

The most basic kinds of pet doors are designed to install on an exterior door, whether the home exterior or the garage door. This type has an aluminum or plastic frame and hard or soft flaps that pets pass through. This is the easiest type for do-it-yourself installation.

Options for this type of pet door include extreme-weather flaps that help to keep outdoor temperatures outside. With the year-round warm weather in Florida, even your insulated garage will stay cooler if the outdoor heat is kept out.

Built-in Pet Doors

If you were in the market for a new door into your garage, you may want to consider a door with a pet pass-through already built-in. These are high-quality options that provide a greater measure of protection and energy efficiency.

Installed in a Wall

You may find that the best option for your family is to provide a pet door through a wall of the garage. This is more involved than installing a pet door in an entryway. In fact, it is recommended that a carpenter or experienced handyman install this type of pet door.

Electronic Pet Door

Electronic pet doors will only allow pets that wear a sensor tag to enter and exit. The tags and the door can be programmed to allow pets access in and out of the garage at certain times of the day and remain locked at other times.

According to the Humane Society, using this type of electronic pet door is the most effective way to keep out unwanted wildlife such as skunks and raccoons.

Steps for Installing a Pet Door in your Lakeland Garage Door

The following is a brief overview of the steps involved in installing a pet door in your garage door for DIYers:

  • Decide the best place for installing a pet door in your garage door. Keep in mind that the bottom of the pet door must be installed at least 2 inches above the bottom of the garage door. The size of the pet door must be at least 2 inches above the height of your pet’s shoulder.
  • Do measurements to mark off the placement of the door with a pencil.
  • Drill holes with a ¼ inch bit just inside each of the corners of the markings for the pet doors, which will create rounded corners.
  • Use a jigsaw with a blade that is appropriate for the thickness and material of your garage door. Start with one of the corners that you’ve drilled and cut out the outline of your opening. Sand the edges afterward, to ensure safety for your pets.
  • As you assemble the door, ensure that the door lines up with the opening of the frame and no raw edges are exposed. Apply caulk all around the edge of the opening and then screw the pet door frame into place.

Safe Way Garage Doors Can Help

If you live in or around Lakeland FL, give us a call at (863) 701–9779 for any help you may need with your automatic garage door opener system. We can help with broken spring replacement, garage door cable replacement, pet door installation, and all of your needs for garage door repair services.

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