Vertical Shelving Garage Storage

Our garages aren’t the prettiest (although beauty is in the eye of the beholder—looking at you woodworkers and mechanics), or the cleanest places in the home, and oftentimes things that don’t have any real place, within the home, seem to just get tossed in the garage, getting in the way. And that’s one utilitarian function of the garage: it’s a place to put things that we don’t want in the house—it’s a place for chemicals, paints, recycled newspapers, the dog’s food, etc. So, knowing that, let’s talk about storage options, the best ways to manage all the stuff.

Vertical Shelving

Garages are well-suited for vertical storage. Oftentimes, garages are simply sheet rocked walls, or even just as simple as wall studs. And, while we need most of the floor space for, say, parking a car (funny that the percentage of people who park a car in their garage is low), we can use shelving, bought or built, to ascend the wall space. Racks and shelving are found cheaply, depending on materials, at your local home center. Metal is always a good lasting option, although it will cost significantly more than shelves of plastic. You can build shelving with boards—2×4 and 2×6’s are cheap and common at the home center—don’t buy expensive grade lumber for this simple project. You can also purchase shelving brackets, or build your own. Simply cut down the lumber using a circular saw, or a chop saw if you have one (If you don’t have any power saw in the home, one important DIY hack is that your local home center, lumber yard, wherever it is you buy your lumber, can make the cross cuts for you—they don’t, at least usually, make rip-cuts, so be aware if you are planning on buying wide boards and then ripping them to a narrower size.) Hang the shelving, using boards at six foot lengths, brackets spaced every two feet, or at every other stud location—every stud if you’re worried about the load.

Remember not to build anything that could get in the way of your garage door opening and closing.

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Garage Door and Openers Safety Tips

A garage door and a garage door opener should be dependable. The door should open in most any weather (considering of course you’ve winterized certain components—see the previous two blog posts for ideas on how to do this) because we need the door to be as reliable to our time schedule as anything else in our lives. However, a garage door and garage door opener should also be dependably safe; children, pets, and our belongings should be safe around it. But how do you go about ensuring that your garage door or opener is dependably safe?

Safety Features

New garage doors and openers come with safety features built in. This is a result of legislation. These safety features include a device, which (to give a non-technical explanation) works as an all-seeing eye: there are two devices (the eyes), which are positioned at opposing sides of the garage door, and these eyes essentially watch each other, emitting a beam of light between the two, and, when the beam is broken, the door will not lower to a closed position (unless you override the safety features on the garage door opener). Another safety feature (although one not found on every new garage door) is a unique joint at the connection of separate garage door panels, which prevents fingers from becoming lodged in the garage door, by essentially pushing out anything from the joint as it closes.

Tips for staying safe

It’s a good idea to explain to children that, if improperly used, the garage door could hurt them. Children shouldn’t be allowed to play with the garage door or with the opener. Never walk beneath a garage door after you’ve closed it—if you must close the garage door from the inside—and you then try to outrun the closing garage door—it may be time to invest in a portable garage door opener, if you don’t already have one at home. Remember that garage door openers operate by electricity, and, if you have a problem with your garage door, that all power should be turned off at the fuse box before any repairs are made.

We hope these tips help you to stay safe around garage doors. And, if your current garage door, or garage door opener, model is without safety features, give Bailey Garage Doors a call today to discuss your options to keeping safe.

Winter Care For Your Garage Door

Wintertime poses certain problems for garage doors. For instance, Snow can accumulate near the bottom of the garage door. The snow melts in the warmer temps of the day, and the water of it flows freely beneath the door’s weather seal, and then when the temperatures drop back down to below freezing, the garage door becomes stuck in ice. It’s a common problem, especially in a climate like ours here in Montana. Make sure to clear away any snow from the garage door. A broom works best. Just sweep away the snow from the door, then shovel it away with the rest of the snow on the driveway.

If the garage door does freeze in place, there’s a few steps to ensure that you don’t damage the garage door in trying to open it. Oftentimes when a garage door freezes to the ground, opening it could cause the bottom weather seal to stay frozen down, whereas the rest of the door retracts upward into the track. Also, the door may unstick from the ice, but retract in such a jarring, off-kilter, way, that the garage door components become damaged, or possibly even damage the track. If you suspect your garage door is frozen shut, it’s best to inspect the bottom of the door before opening it, and, if it appears that there is ice beneath the door, use an ice scraper to unstick it. If you are unsure if the garage door is stuck in ice, it’s best to disconnect the garage door by pulling the manual release cord and attempt to open the door by hand.

The bottom weather seal of the garage door can also be prepped with a silicon spray such as WD-40, or even PAM cooking spray, which will prevent the rubber door seal from sticking down to frozen water. However, silicon sprays should be applied every few weeks, because the effects will eventually wear off. Spray the bottom parts of the door when it is opened. Another option is to use a cat litter or sand along the bottom seal of the garage door to soak up any excess moisture near the door.

Contact Bailey Doors for all of your garage door needs.



Winter Garage Door Care Tips

Winter weather can pose some problems for your home’s garage door. Often, this time of year, our cars and trucks are parked inside, and out of the elements, but what happens when the cold weather prevents the door from opening? What happens if your garage door freezes to the ground? These things do happen, and, unfortunately, could happen to you just before you’re trying to leave for work, take the kids to school, etc.

Garage doors can freeze to the ground. This poses the obvious problem of a stuck-in-place garage door, one that won’t move up the track. But, the other problem to a frozen garage door, is that if the garage door is frozen to the ground, even just a little bit, and you open it, it may travel upward in the track, and, as it comes unstuck from the ground, it may go ajar a bit in the track. Any deviation of the upward motion of the garage door in the track could lead to damages within the track, and damage may prohibit the door from functioning correctly.

So, what do you do? Well, obviously you shouldn’t shovel snow in a pile at the base of the garage door. Clear that snow out from the base of the garage door, or else, when it melts, it may seep under the closed garage door, and when the temperatures at night drop back below freezing again, the door will freeze solid to the ground.

There are a few other remedies for this. One being to rub a layer of WD-40 on the bottom of the garage door, and, because WD-40 repels water, this will prevent any water from sticking to that surface, thereby eliminating freezing! However, the WD-40 will need to be applied frequently, as it will wear out in time. Another option is to apply a thin layer of salt to the ground at the spot where the door contacts the ground, and this will also prevent freezing and sticking. Salt will also need to be reapplied throughout the winter season as it will dissipate.

Contact Bailey Doors for all of your garage door needs.


Garage Storage

The garage is the most utilitarian room in the home. It’s used for practically everything. Everything from odd, dirty jobs, to refined woodworking, the garage can handle it. But in the evolution of things going on inside a garage, it’s possible to crowd out the cars or trucks for which the garage was made. But you can have it all, have a place for cars, a place for hobbies/dirty work, and a place to store it all, with just a few simple modifications to the way in which you utilize the space in the room.

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Shelving is important to the garage because it allows open storage of the things we are not necessarily trying to display. On shelves things can be placed which have nothing in common, other than that they are supposed to be stored in the garage. This is a great area for cans of paint (there’s almost always some paint leftover after a job), for the misc. tools (considering you don’t already have a workbench in place), etc. Shelves can be as complex as reinforced steel bought at a home center, or as simple as a bracket screwed into the wall studs, with certain care given to ensure the brackets are even and level. The brackets are then topped with a common board for a shelf, nothing fancy. If you are going to put in shelves, put the shelves on the same side of the room, so that you don’t further hem in the space for the cars to park.

Vertical Storage Options

Because most garage’s function better with as much floor space open as possible, vertical storage is a wise choice. This could be shelving, but it could also be overhead storage, to be affixed to the ceiling joists away from the space dedicated to the garage door. There are many options for this vertical storage system, and they basically function as shelving brackets which have screwed into the ceiling joists, supporting then, at ninety degree angles, a shelf which is dropped below it. While this is an excellent storage idea, it’s also important that you don’t use this option to store the things for which you have constant use.

Contact Bailey Doors for all of your garage door needs.


Fall Garage Cleaning Tips

The leaves on the trees are starting to turn from green to yellow, and there’s a coolness to the air; Daylis stadium is again a murmur of high school football fans on Friday nights, and the tractors are already out cutting cornfield mazes to the west of town: It must be fall. You’re not the only one feeling the oncoming cold weather, however, and mice and other critters are preparing for the cold weather, possibly even taking refuge to the warm confines of your garage. Mice can find a way into most spaces, so let’s not give them a reason to try. Here’s a few tips to keep them out.


What’s stored in the garage?

Mice can build little nests in the most cramped of spaces. Going into your garage you should look at what’s being store there.  Are there old pieces of furniture? Do you store boxes or other loose trash there? Is there a woodpile stocked in the garage? All of these places make for excellent mouse habitat. First, clean out the garage, specifically what’s on the floor. While mice can take up residence about anywhere, place like a cardboard box stuffed with tissue or even the pile of dead grass and leaves beneath the lawnmower are nothing more than future rodent residencies. Also, wood stacked in the garage is convenient for those cold days, but it’s also providing a comfortable nook for mice to sleep.

Clean the Garage

Mice are drawn to the smells of most things, especially food, trash, or dog food. Keep the garage clean of bags of trash. Also, if you store food in the garage, make sure everything is well-sealed. Loose food should be stored in cans or containers with a tight fitting lid. Dog foods should be also kept in a sealed container. Remember, Mice really, really love dog food—don’t give them a reason to come in for a meal.

If your garage is a mess and you’ve decided to clean it up, take precautions. You may already have mice, and mice can carry certain diseases like hantavirus, which can be transmitted to humans by breathing in the dust exposed to it.  It’s nothing to overly worry about, because diseases like these are very rare. However, when you’re cleaning, take simple precautions such as a breathing mask and keep the garage well-ventilated.

Contact Bailey Doors for all of your garage door needs.

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

On this Blog we’re constantly discussing garage door safety, and delving into the reasons as to why a garage door may cause a problem.  But there are a few safety tips that we haven’t covered, tips and tricks that can be performed routinely at home to ensure that your garage door continues working to your satisfaction—and to your health and safety—each and every day.

First, consider the children in your home.  Don’t allow the children to play with the functions on a garage door.  Remember that the safety mechanisms built into a garage door, like its safety sensors—which prevent the door from closing on a person—can be disabled if the opener is held down.

Keep the garage door opener button out of a child’s reach at all times, and don’t allow children to play unsupervised around the garage door.  Explain the inherent dangers to your children.

Remember, a child will be more likely to experiment with something that they don’t understand, even if you’ve told them to stay away from it.  Hopefully a thorough explanation of the dangers of playing with a garage door will fizzle out any curiosities they once had.

Your garage door most likely has safety equipment built into it, and you should test some of this equipment periodically to ensure that it’s working properly.  One of the easiest tests is to place a two by four in the path of the light on the safety sensors, and try and close the garage door.  If the garage door continues in a downward track even with the obstacle, the safety sensors are not working properly.  Also, visually inspect the garage door monthly, looking for any obvious signs of damage or wear to the garage door or to its hardware and accessories.

Also, remember that a garage door is a route into your home.  It’s so common for someone to leave a garage door opener on the visor of their vehicle, which they’ve left in the driveway, and to go on vacation.

That garage door opener is a key into your home.  Leaving it on the visor of your car is akin to leaving the keys to your house in the lock of the door handle.  Also, while you are away on vacation, consider disengaging the garage door opener, and adding a vacation lock to the garage door, so it’s unable to move freely in its track.

Contact Bailey Doors for all of your garage door needs.

A Noisy or Shuddering Garage Door

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It’s common for garage doors to need regular maintenance, but even with a consistent maintenance schedule, the hardware on the garage door can become loose or begin to wear out.  Usually you will know the hardware is damaged or loose, because the garage door will shudder in its track, or it may even get stuck halfway up (a stuck garage door is also a symptom for other door problems).  Think of it as a garage door tune-up, and here are a few ways to do it.

First, with the garage door in the closed position (if someone might accidentally turn on the garage door while you are working on it, it may be wise to disconnect the garage door opener) tighten down all of the hardware.  Usually the hardware that causes the most trouble will be near the track, where the continual jarring of the door moving up and down may loosen it.  A socket set and a wrench should be the right tools for the job.  However, be sure, when you are tightening down the hardware, that you don’t over tighten any of the screws or bolts, because this could strip the threads.

If the door is especially noisy near the track, it may be time to replace the rollers and the hinges.  For most people this will be a job for professionals, and the garage door technicians at Bailey Garage Door can certainly handle this job.  If you choose to do this yourself, you can contact Bailey Garage Doors for the necessary hardware for the job.  Use caution if you are replacing the rollers, and only replace one roller at a time.  If your door has tension springs at the header, a job like this can be dangerous, and you should refer to a professional to do the job.  Mishandling tension springs could cost you serious injury.

Garage Doors like the kind found at Bailey’s can last for years if kept up with regular maintenance.  If you think that your garage door is having problems, and you have been unable to diagnose the problem yourself, call Bailey Garage Doors, and rely on the experience of their garage door technicians.





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Like most things, Garage Doors have moving parts that need to be maintained regularly.  Regular Garage Door Maintenance will contribute to the garage door’s reliability and longevity.  A reliable garage door could last for decades.  Here are a few helpful tips to ensure that it does.

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First of all, it’s important to give the garage door a look and listen test.  When you open and close the door are there any strange sounds?  Does the door move smoothly in its track?  If the door’s making a rubbing sound, try to locate the sound—eyes only, don’t put hands anywhere near the moving parts of a garage door!  Also, if the door comes jarringly up the track, check the track when the door is in a down position.  Both sides of the garage door’s moving parts—springs, cables, and pulleys—should look symmetrical.

It’s a common problem for a garage door to have problems with the springs.  Springs are under intense pressures and often, because of this, the springs can wear out or break over time.  A worn spring could cause the garage door to stick in its track, or open and close jarringly.  To check the springs, disable the garage door opener, and lift the garage door halfway up into its track.  If the door balances there, the springs are in good condition.  If the door doesn’t balance, it’s often the springs, and, because springs are a notoriously dangerous component to fix, it is important to call a professional.

It’s also important to keep the garage door and the moving components lubricated.  There should never be any lubricant applied to the track.  This can do more harm than it would do good.  The track can be wiped clean, but lubricant could cause the door to slip in its track.  Lubricants can be applied to all the moving parts of the garage door.  For Garage door opener models, like Screw and Chain Drive models, it is also important to lubricate this component.

Also, make sure that all of the safety components are working properly.  The safety sensors should be working appropriately: the sensors are lit with green lights and the door can be closed by pressing the garage door opener.

Visit Bailey Garage Doors for all of your garage door needs.

Commercial Garage Doors Billings MT

Bailey Garage Doors not only specializes in garage doors and garage door openers for residential use, but also high-grade commercial garage doors and commercial-grade openers as well.  But who needs a commercial garage door?  What are the benefits of adding a new commercial garage door to your business or home shop?  And, most importantly, when I choose to buy a commercial garage door from Bailey Garage Doors, which model will best suit my needs?


There are many obvious choices as to why a commercial garage door is needed: shops and other places where bigger vehicles are constantly pulled into and out of the garage, loading and unloading areas, etc.

If you own a business or have a home shop you probably already have a commercial garage door in place, so, why would you need a new one?  Newer commercial garage doors are well-insulated.

Models today can be built with polyurethane foams and thermal breaks, which, just like the insulation in the walls of the shop, business, home, etc., help to reduce energy costs. For those of you running a business you know that every penny counts, so putting in a new garage door—even though there may be some upfront cost for the door and opener—that door will save you money, and help your business to become environmentally friendly.

Commercial garage door openers are built for repetitive use: consider the mechanic who opens and closes the garage door periodically throughout the day; he is going to need a garage door opener that is built to withstand the repetitive abuse.

We carry three types of commercial openers: Jackshaft (J) Style Operator (optimal for industrial applications), Trolley (T) Style Operator (Optimal for general industrial applications for doors built in sections), and Hoist (H) Style Operator (optimal for industrial applications, with the added accessory of a chain that can be used to manually operate the garage door in the event of a power outage).

For Commercial Garage Doors, we carries three types: Thermally-Broken insulated steel sandwich door, Sandwich construction polystyrene models, and Ribbed steel models.  If you are unsure which model will best suit your needs, call the garage door professionals at Bailey Garage Doors.