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3 Features to Look For in a Garage Door Upgrade

When the time comes to upgrade your garage doors, it’s important that you consider all of your options before making a decision. Gone are the days of the one-style-fits all landscape of garage door and opener models. Nowadays, new garage doors systems offer much more variety as well as new features. In this blog, we’ll highlight three important features to consider for your new doors.


The temperature of your garage often affects the comfort level in all of the rooms adjacent to it. Between the hot summers and cold winters of Virginia, the garage’s temperature can put a burden on your home’s HVAC system. Insulation used to be an add-on for garage doors, but more and more manufacturers are making garage door insulation the standard. Before choosing your door replacement, verify how insulated they are – if at all. The right door can lock your home’s temperature in and save you money on your monthly heating or cooling bill.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Some features for garage doors can feel like bells and whistles, but no substance. Having a Wi-Fi enabled garage door system, however, can offer several security and convenience benefits. The popular LiftMaster myQ system (which works for a variety of systems, not just LiftMaster) connects your garage door opener to the internet, allowing you to open and close your door with your phone. This system also won’t leave you wondering whether your door is open or closed; you just open the app on your phone and see for yourself! Wi-Fi openers can also serve as hotspots that boost internet speed in your garage, which is great for those that use their space to work or entertain.

Available Customizations

If you’re worried that you have to make a compromise or settle for a garage door style that matches your home’s – don’t be! Any decent garage door today is able to be customized to fit the design of your home’s façade. From glass windows to iron accents and more, there are no shortage of ways to make your next garage doors your own.

At A1 Door Company, we maintain solid relationships with the nation’s top garage door manufacturers. This allows us to provide Richmond, VA, and more with the most current garage door models – at great value to our customers. If you want to hear more about modern garage door features or about upgrading your system, call us today!

Your Fall Garage Maintenance Checklist

As the leaves begin to change and the autumnal seasons draws near, now is a great time to mark all of your garage-related items off of your to-do list. The change in weather and temperature has lasting effects on many aspects of your garage. Rather than deal with those items as they come up, why not handle them now and be prepared this fall?

Below are some autumn garage maintenance items that you can take care of:

Clean Out the Garage

Fall and spring are the best times to clean out your garage, since the crisp temperatures are conducive to a pleasant work environment. Take all of the items out of your garage and think about what can be thrown away, what can be stored, and what can stay. Be sure to not store items like propane tanks, canned items, or firewood, as these items all can be hazardous and pose health and safety risks to your home. Once you’re done, you should have no problem parking your car in the garage once it starts to get really cold outside!

Pest-Proof Your Garage

As temperatures start to drop, pests will be itching to get into warmer spaces for food and shelter. Do a scan of your garage and take note of any open spaces that can allow pests to enter. If your garage door has windows or worn-out weather stripping, make it a point to address those items and seal off these potential entrances. Also, make sure that any food or garbage in your garage is completely sealed, as to not let out any inviting odors to pests.

Clean Out Your Gutters

When gutters are clogged, the buildup can cause water to sit in the gutters and eventually seep into walls and ceilings of your home. Your garage can fall victim to this leakage, which is why you should be sure to prioritize gutter cleaning this fall. Remember to be safe and bring the right tools for the job!

Complete Garage Door Maintenance

To get the most time and use out of your garage doors, they need to be maintained regularly. If you rely on experts for this, an annual maintenance appointment is recommended. Regardless of who completes the maintenance, it’s important for the different parts of your garage doors to be checked on. From the rollers to the springs to the weatherstripping to the openers… There’s a lot that needs to be managed! The best part of maintenance, however, is that you can detect small issues before they turn into big, expensive problems.

Autumn is an amazing time of year, especially in Virginia! By completing maintenance and knocking out to-do list items early, it will give you more time to spend with the ones you love. If you want your garage door needs handled promptly, call A1 Door Company. We’ve been Richmond, VA’s top garage door maintenance provider since 2002.

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