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Transform Your Garage Door with These Inexpensive Faux Finishes

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Transform Your Garage Door with These Inexpensive Faux Finishes

A new garage door can transform the entire look of your home. However, buying and installing a new garage door can be pricey. If your garage door is not in poor condition, there are a few inexpensive ways you can transform the appearance of the garage door with faux finishes. Here are a few popular finishes and how you can complete the looks on your own. Faux Windows Windows can make a garage door look more charming and inviting. They may not be a huge detail, but they can help your garage door stand apart from other similar garage doors in the neighborhood. If your garage door does not currently have windows, you can use paint to create the look of them. Follow these steps to add faux windows to your garage door: Clean your garage door thoroughly. Spray it down with a hose to remove dirt and debris. Fill a bucket with warm water and liquid dish soap. Scrub the door down with the soapy mixture and a soft cloth. Rinse the door with your hose. Allow the door to dry. Use blue painter’s tape to tape out the rectangles or squares for your window. If you already have a paneled door, outline the existing panels in tape. After your rectangles are outlined, create a “t” or cross in the center using the tape. This gives the illusion of window panes. Paint in your faux windows with black acrylic exterior paint. Allow the paint to dry.  Repaint the squares until the desired level of darkness is achieved. Once the paint has dried, peel away the tape. If desired, use a gray acrylic paint and a thin paint brush to outline the inner edges of your window panes and create a shadowy effect. Allow the paint to dry. Use a clear water-based exterior sealer over the painted area to preserve the color and ensure the paint doesn’t crack. Faux Craftsman Design Craftsman-style garage doors are characterized by the metal handles and design elements that are present on the garage door. While these garage doors are typically expensive, you can get a similar look by purchasing a decorative garage door kit. Follow these directions to install the kit on your garage door: Wash your garage door thoroughly. Position your hardware where you want it to go. Use a measuring tape to ensure everything is level and use a pencil to mark where you will drill. It is extremely difficult to patch a hole in a metal garage door, so make sure everything is where you want it before you begin to drill. Select the right drill bit for your job. Most garage doors are made from aluminum, so you will need an appropriately sized metal drill bit. However, if your garage door is made of a thicker metal, such as steel, you may need to drill a small pilot hole first before following with the larger hole. You can use a wood drill bit when drilling into a wood door. Position the hardware and screw them into place with your drill. Faux Wood Doors A wood garage door can add character and color to the front of your home. However, wood garage doors are pricey and require a lot of care and maintenance. If you are looking for a cheaper...

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Why Your Garage Door Needs a Proper Seal

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Your Garage Door Needs a Proper Seal

If you are like many homeowners who have to replace their garage door, you put a lot of thought into the type of door you are going to install. The look of your garage doors can make or break the look of your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not put the same amount of thought into the small extras such as the garage door seals. When the right seals are installed correctly, they offer many benefits you may not have even thought about. Knowing the various types of seals available will help ensure your door has what it needs. Why Do Garage Doors Need Sealing? Your garage door is probably the largest opening you have going into your home. Not only does this door make it convenient to get large items your want into your home, but it also allows small things you may not even notice to enter, as well as exit your space.  Garage door seals help to regulate your homes temperature. Every time your garage door opens or closes, you lose energy to outside elements. When you leave the spaces around your door unsealed, you will not only experience these loses when you door is open, but you will experience some energy loss all of the time. Proper insulation and sealing the spaces around your door will help to regulate the temperature within this space, and minimize the amount of heat loss you may experience.  Garage door seals help to keep small creatures from entering your garage. A general rule of thumb with most animals is, if they can fit their head through a space, they can fit their bodies. By sealing your garage doors, you will help to eliminate small cracks, holes, and gaps which could be used by small creatures to gain access to not only your garage but also your home. Garage door seals can help keep your garage floors safe. You may not be able to keep all of the wind and rain out of your garage when the door opens, but a good seal can keep the water out when your door is closed.  While dirt and other debris is a pain to clean up, water on your garage floor can create an unsafe environment. Allowing moisture to linger in your space can cause rust and other types of corrosion to your tools and other equipment you may have stored in your space.  Types of Garage Door Seals To check to see if your garage door needs sealing is as easy as going into your garage during daylight hours and turning off all of the lights. Anywhere you see sunlight filtering through is somewhere that needs a seal. To do this job there are three basic types of seals you need to be concerned with.  Garage Door Bottom Seals—These are the most common types of seals found on a garage door. They are the rubber, or vinyl piece you see running along the bottom of your door. When properly installed, they should run from one corner of the door to the other without any gaps. these may be nailed, stapled, or even installed on aluminum tracks.  Garage Door Threshold Seals—If you are concerned with the integrity of your bottom seal, or you want to reinforce your seal, consider installing a floor...

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Three Simple Reasons Your Garage Door Won’t Close Completely

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Simple Reasons Your Garage Door Won’t Close Completely

When your garage door isn’t closing all the way, it’s not only letting in unwanted summer heat, it’s also a safety hazard. Manually opening and closing your garage door takes time and effort that could be better employed elsewhere. In other words – a broken garage door is a big hassle! Before you call a repairman, make sure one of these basic reasons isn’t to blame. Reason #1: Something is Obstructing the Garage This may seem like common sense, but your garage might not be closing simply because something is in its way. If your garage starts to shut but pauses and opens back up, this is a legitimate reason to look into. Look for something subtle that might be in the way. You might surprise yourself by finding objects like the follow that trigger the garage door sensors: Nest: A small animal nest can easily blend into your garage. Make sure no birds, rodents or even cats) have made that little corner of your garage their home. Debris: Leaves and dirt can easily cloud garage door sensors and trigger the door to reopen. Make sure to clean the sensors off after heavy storms. Hanging Obstruction: If you have storage shelves near your garage door, make sure nothing is dangling off the shelf near the door. Garage doors will reverse direction when they come in contact with another object. Reason #2: Sensors are Misaligned If you have a new driver in the home or have been moving large items such as furniture, it’s likely that your garage door sensors have become misaligned. Sensors work by sending signals across to each other. When the signal is interrupted, the door won’t close. You can tell if your garage door sensors are misaligned by looking at the beam emitted from one of them. If there is a steady light, they are level. If, however, the light is blinking or turned off, it is not getting a direct signal from the other sensor. This isn’t very difficult to remedy. First, try manually pushing the dislodged sensor back into place. If that is ineffective, cut the power to your garage and realign the sensor with only a few tools: String: Using a string, tie a knot to one sensor and then cross the garage to tie a knot connecting it to the other sensor. This will help you see which sensor is most out of place and how much you need to adjust it. Screwdriver: Loosen the brackets holding the sensor into place. You don’t need to remove the sensors, just make it easy to adjust their position. Level: Use a level to ensure that the string is even and the sensors aren’t at an angle. When you think the sensors are level, tighten the brackets and turn the power back on. Double check that the sensors are working effectively and make other adjustments as needed. Reason #3: A Problem with the Garage Door Track Lastly, your garage door might not be shutting completely because there’s something wrong with the track the door runs along. Clear your garage of vehicles and create a space so you can safely access the track that runs along the ceiling. Then look for one of these common problems: Debris: Dirt, spider webs, and all sorts of other things...

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Upgrading Your Garage: The Basics Of Adding A Screen Door

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Upgrading Your Garage: The Basics Of Adding A Screen Door

If you love spending time in your garage working on projects or enjoying recreational activities, you have to contend with keeping the space cool during hot weather. Instead of feeling like you are cooped up in a hot box as you spend time in your garage during the warmer months of the year, install a screen door for the structure. Benefits One of the main benefits of adding a screen door to your garage is that it lets cool breezes in while still protecting the interior. You can let fresh air in and not worry about running up your utility bill by trying to keep the garage cool via an air conditioner. In addition, when you have the garage door open and the screen down, you will not have to worry about pests like mosquitoes, roaches and flies infiltrating your space. You can enjoy the nice weather and have a great view to the outdoors while keeping annoying insects at bay. Types You can choose from manual or automated screens that fit seamlessly with your garage door. If you are on a tight budget and enjoy DIY projects, you can install a hand-cranked, manual screen on your own that you can mount on the outside of your garage door. However, it may behoove you to consult with a professional installer to make sure you purchase the right size screen and have the proper tools such as a power drill, metal cutters and rulers. You may need to trim the screen mesh and perform other customizations to make the screen fit your garage door properly. If you have uneven concrete at the entrance of your garage, you will also need to level the surface with leveling compound. For installation of an automated screen that blends in with the design of your garage door, hire a professional garage door installer. An automated screen door may use a spring-loaded mechanism that should only be handled by a professional. With an automated screen, you will be able to open or close the device with a remote control or a wall button. Regardless of what type of screen you choose, you should be able to find one that fits standard single and double garage doors. If you have a custom garage door, you can order a screen that fits the structure directly from the manufacturer or rely on a garage door installer to find the right product for you. Features A high quality screen for your garage door should have a heavy-duty aluminum frame. In addition, you should be able to drive your car over the threshold of the screen frame without damaging your vehicle’s tires. You can add some privacy by selecting a screen with semi-transparent mesh. In addition to making the garage a nice, shady retreat, a semi-transparent screen also blocks wind and wind-driven rain from entering the garage. Customization If you want the screen to closely match your home’s architecture, you can stain or paint it before installation. The top corners of the screen can be square or rounded with a decorative enamel finish. For a home with carriage style garage doors, you can install manual or automated screens that slide open horizontally instead of vertically. You can add panels to screens for a more decorative look and feel as well....

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Room Without A Vroom — Garage Doors Aren’t Just For Cars Anymore!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Room Without A Vroom — Garage Doors Aren’t Just For Cars Anymore!

It wasn’t that long ago that garage doors were used only to — well — protect the garage and its contents. But recently that has changed. Creative home and business owners are now frequently using garage doors in unexpected ways and locations. Why? Because today’s garage doors are not just a convenient way to protect a large opening. They can also open up a building to the outside world, and some garage doors — especially glass ones — are also very beautiful. The following are a few creative ways you can incorporate garage doors into your structure. To Create Interior Office Spaces In some large offices with open floor plans, creative Millennials have started using garage doors to carve out private space as needed. When the garage doors are up, the office area is airy, open and free flowing, which is popular with many start-ups and high-tech companies, such as Google. But even in these types of offices, there are still times when employees need private spaces. For example, it’s hard to hold a business meeting out in the open, so for those times, garage doors can be pulled down to create conference rooms of varying sizes.  Opening a Structure to the Outside On nice days, restaurant and bar patrons often enjoy having their meals al fresco, so a number of these types of businesses have decided to replace a wall or two with glass garage doors. Why? Because when the doors are up, this allows free flowing movement for patrons and employees between the interior and exterior of the building. It also helps servers out because they no longer have to negotiate large trays of food through a narrow door. In addition, the open wall space gives the entire restaurant or bar a more airy atmosphere.  Surprisingly, a number of homeowners are also using garage doors to create an airier atmosphere in their houses. When down, a glass garage door looks just like a large floor-to-ceiling window. But when raised, the home takes on a larger feeling, especially if the area just outside the garage door has been turned into an outdoor living space.  Barns Some barn owners have also turned to using garage doors instead of standard doors. With horses, it is best to use taller doors designed for recreational vehicles, as traditional garage doors may be too low and a rearing horse could strike its head. Barn owners have found that garage doors do have their good and bad points, including: Pros: Easy to open, especially if you choose to install a remote-controlled garage door.  Door can be closed from a distance with the remote. Can give a barn an airier feeling when open. Up-and-over garage doors won’t get blocked by snow like a traditional sliding barn door can.  Cons: They can’t be partially cracked on days when you want to get just a little air in the barn. Of course, you can always partially raise the garage door for a similar effect.  Garage Door Maintenance If you do decide to have garage doors installed, make sure that the company that does the work leaves you the manual in the event that you run into problems with the door. It’s also important to have the phone number of a 24-hour emergency garage door service, because the...

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Energy Efficiency | 5 Ways To Green Your Garage

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Energy Efficiency | 5 Ways To Green Your Garage

If you are trying to live a greener lifestyle, don’t forget about your garage. There are changes you can make that will help you save money and make your garage more environmentally friendly. If you have an attached garage, it’s an outlet for energy loss and allowing fumes into the home. Your garage may already be mirroring a storage room, turning it into a health hazard. Here are some changes that will reduce hazards in your garage while reducing your carbon footprint on the earth. 1. Swap out your lights If you still have large incandescent garage lights, you are consuming way more energy than necessary.  Swapping out your garage lights for fluorescent or CFL bulbs will give you a greener garage. Fluorescent lights use up to 35% less energy and last 10 times longer than their incandescent counterpart. If you want to use even less energy, you can opt for CFLs. They use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last almost as long as fluorescent lights. 2. Choose energy efficient doors Many garage doors are flimsy and uninsulated. These, or if you have a broken garage door, makes your garage freezing in the winter time and hot in the summer time. When you open the door from your home to the garage, the hot or cold air comes rushing in and you waste energy. If you air conditioner or heater kicks on every time you open that door, it’s probably time to upgrade to something better. Check the R-value to make sure you buy something that significantly increases your energy efficiency. Here are some other things you can do to help: Install or replace broken weather stripping Seal cracks in the door if you don’t buy a new one Have maintenance performed on the opener to keep it moving quickly and efficiently Caulk around your garage and garage door windows 3. Introduce a ventilation fan Install a ventilation fan in your garage. The fumes that build up from chemicals and starting your vehicle are hazardous to your health and the environment. A ventilation fan will circulate the air and properly diffuse the dangerous fumes. 4. Safely handle hazardous materials Numerous individuals store dangerous materials in their garage that they never utilize, which represent a danger of spills, off-gassing, and harming pets and kids. Paints, substance solvents and petroleum-based items are among the top risks to physical health. If you store pesticides, auto fluids, and other dangerous chemicals, here some safety and handling tips: Keep ice-melt and other similar materials locked up in cabinets and out of reach. It can make pets violently ill. Another chemical that is very dangerous to animals is antifreeze. It smells sweet so animals may be compelled to drink it. It only takes a tablespoon to kill a cat and five to kill a dog. Keep it up high and in a locked cabinet as well. If you have a shed, use the shed for chemicals instead of the garage. 5. Better walls & windows Often people will skip insulated on garage walls because they don’t want to bear the initial cost of the insulation. Many people may think it isn’t important because they don’t really care about the temperature of their garage, not considering how much it will impact the temperature of...

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What To Know About Wood Garage Doors

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The beauty of wooden garage doors is unmatched. It adds an eye-catching pop to your house that attracts attention. If you’re considering replacing your garage doors with wood, check out these must-know facts to help you determine if they are right for you. Wooden Doors Can Be Customized Wooden doors really stand out, especially because you can customize them in so many ways. Even if you go with a basic wood and style, you can paint or stain the doors in practically any color.  The customization, however, doesn’t stop there. Wood doors made from knotty alder, cedar and ironwood have a unique appearance because the grains have an uncommon look, and the woods have a distressed appearance. Plus, with a wooden door, you have the option to have it carved, turning it into an elaborate work of art. No other garage door gives you the beauty of natural wood or the limitless opulent possibilities. They Are Extremely Durable Wooden doors are one of the most durable options for garage door materials. Unlike aluminum or steel doors, they are not prone to denting. Wooden doors also do a good job of withstanding scratches better than metal and fiberglass. If something does happen, and the door is damaged, repair is easy. You don’t usually need to replace the entire door. You can simply repair the damaged panels. Wooden Doors Offer Great Insulation Wooden garage doors have a high level of insulation because the wood itself has a decent R-value, so you may see a decrease in your energy bills, especially if you heat your garage. Wood is also good at blocking sound. However, a solid wooden door cannot have any extra insulation added to the center, so if your main concern is a high R-value, it’s best to stick with a steel door with insulation inside. They Require a Lot of Maintenance To keep your wooden garage door looking its best, you have to do a lot of routine maintenance. Besides standard garage door maintenance, such as examining the working parts, keeping moving parts lubricated, cleaning the tracks and checking alignment, you also have to protect the wood, which is prone to water damage and insects. This means you must keep the door properly sealed and/or painted to block against water and bugs. Checking and repairing the weather-stripping, especially on the bottom of the door, is also a must. Failure to do so impacts the durability of the door and causes it to become weakened, warped or cracked. Installing a Wooden Garage Door Is Expensive Looking for a cheap solution? Keep looking, because wood garage doors are expensive. Of course, the price greatly depends on whether you choose a stock door or a custom door. Stock doors average about $575, but a custom crafted one can reach at least $3000. If you choose stock doors, expect it to be made from pressed wood, which won’t last as long or look as good. A custom door is much more expensive, but it allows you to choose the hardwood and design you like. Wood Garage Doors Are Heavy Solid wood doors are extremely heavy. This means you’ll need a more powerful garage door opener and accessories (springs and wires) to work it. These more powerful openers are more expensive than standard ones, adding...

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Garage Door Opener Drive Systems: Four Options Introduced And Explained

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Not too long ago, electric garage door openers almost always used a chain mechanism to open and close them. However, in recent years, a variety of drive mechanisms and garage door parts have been made available to homeowners. Each has its own features as well as advantages and disadvantages. Below is an explanation of the four common garage door opener drives in use today: Chain drive Chain drive garage door openers have a well-regarded record of use among homeowners, and they are still a reliable, cost-effective choice among garage door opener drive mechanisms. They raise and lower doors via a long, linked metal chain that resembles a bicycle chain; sprockets on the opener move the chain which is, in turn, attached to the door. Here are some of the advantages offered by a chain drive opener: Economical – chain drive openers are the least-expensive of all available opener drive mechanisms. Familiarity – garage door professionals are knowledgeable about chain drive openers due to their commonality and long history of use in residences. This makes installation and repair accessible to customers from almost any location. They also present a few disadvantages that should be kept in mind: Noisy – chain drive openers are usually the loudest of all opener systems. Damage-potential – the use of a long, heavy metal chain presents possible dangers for parked vehicles if a link breaks or a chain slips from a sprocket. Screw drive A screw drive garage door opener utilizes a long, threaded rod that manipulates the garage door when the rod is turned one direction or another. The screw drive opener is advantageous for the following reasons: Quiet – the use of a rotating screw makes the operation of these doors less noisy than competing chain drive openers. Fast – the screw can be rotated at higher speeds than a sprocket can be turned, and this can permit garage doors to open at a fairly quick pace. Screw drive openers have some disadvantages worth keeping in mind: Unreliable operation – in some climates where large temperature variations are common, screw drive openers have a propensity to malfunction. Temperature differentials can cause moving parts to misalign due to expansion and contraction of materials. Relative expense – screw drive openers are moderately more expensive than chain drive openers. Belt drive Similar to the way a chain drive opener functions, belt drive openers use long flexible belts instead of linked chains. This system offers homeowners the following advantages: Quiet – belt drive openers are much quieter than chain drive systems. Reliability – the belt used in these openers can be expected to last many years and operate without significant concern about its maintenance or adjustment. Belt drive openers posses one slight disadvantage compared to their chain-drive “cousins”, and that their higher price tag. Wall-mounted drive A wall-mounted drive system is radically different than chain, screw or belt openers. Rather than using a ceiling mounted motor that manipulates the door via a mechanism of some sort, wall-mounted drive openers are attached directly to the door’s torsion bar. They present the following advantages to their users: Non-interfering – for homeowners with a need to keep their ceiling space clear, wall-mounted drives are the best option since the hardware is mounted on the wall next to the door. Reliable...

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Converting Your Garage Into A Food Storage Facility

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you buy in bulk to save money on your grocery bill or you’re a survivalist planning for the eventual zombie apocalypse, long-term food storage is likely a top-of-mind issue. To maximize the shelf life of dry goods, it’s best to store them in a cool space like a basement. However, if your home doesn’t have a basement and you don’t have enough space inside your house, you can convert your garage into a viable food storage facility. Here’s what you need to know about making this happen. Basic Food Storage Requirements There are three things you must account for if you want to use your garage to store foodstuffs: temperature, rodents, and theft. Of the three, maintaining a constant temperature will be the most challenging since the majority of garages are built to store vehicles, utility controls, and other machinery that aren’t as affected by fluctuations in temperature as food is. The optimal temperature for storing food is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the closer you can maintain the temperature at the lower end the better. The coolness helps retard water loss and decay as well as minimizes the production of the ripening agent ethylene in some fruits and vegetables, so your foods will stay good longer. Temperatures above 70 degrees will cause food to spoil faster while anything below 50 degrees may result in poor quality food due to freezing. Another thing that can affect the life span and quality of foodstuffs stored in the garage is the humidity, particularly if you live humid areas such as Florida and Louisiana. The humidity in your garage should be 15 percent or less; anything higher may cause spoilage. Rodents and insects will also be a concern, especially if you still plan on using the garage to store a vehicle (thus opening and closing the garage door frequently). While judicious use of airtight containers and shelving can help minimize any damage pests may do, vermin-proofing your garage will also help protect your investment. Tricking Out Your Garage The first thing you should do is insulate your garage. The insulation will provide some protection from fluctuations in exterior temperatures while also holding in air treated by your heating and cooling system. Don’t forget to also install insulated garage doors to prevent exterior heat and coldness from getting in and treated interior air from bleeding out. When choosing a new garage door, avoid getting one with a lot of windows (or get one with frosted windows) as direct sunlight can also destroy your food stores. You’ll also want to make sure it’s rodent and insect proof to help keep the vermin out. To regulate temperature and humidity, you’ll need to install a way to heat and cool the air. If you have central air, you can hire a contractor to extend the system to your attached garage. Another option is to install a separate ductless HVAC system. No matter which option you choose, you need to be sure to install a thermostat so you can keep an eye on the temperature. You’ll also need to build in adequate ventilation, particularly if you want to store fruits and vegetables in the space. Racks and cupboards provide an excellent way to organize your food supplies and protect them from environmental elements. Open...

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Use Your Garage For Storage? Here’s How To Protect It All From Mold And Mildew

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably use your garage for storage as much as you do for parking. After all, there is typically plenty of room against the walls and in the corners for boxed mementos, seasonal clothing, holiday accessories, and important family photos. But it can be tough to protect all of your stored belongings from mold and mildew exposure in a drafty space like the garage. Here’s how to provide the protection your things need to maintain a healthy condition throughout the years: Repair the Garage Door Due to things like dust, loose pieces, missing hardware, and unsealed frames, the garage door is one of the biggest culprits of promoting moisture buildup within the overall garage. Having the garage door inspected, repaired, and insulated is the most effective way to protect your stored belongings from mold and mildew buildup. And along with a fresh coat of paint, you’ll find having a professional, like one from The Garage Doctor, service your garage door makes it look and perform brand new again – it’s a method that will prevent the need to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in the coming years. Do Some Insulating An insulated garage door makes it tougher for air and moisture to enter the space, but it is not the only source of outdoor exposure to worry about. Consider implementing more insulation with the help of these tips and tricks: Use spray foam insulation along the frames of your windows and the door that leads to the interior of your home. Use insulation snakes along the bottoms of windows and doors when they aren’t in use. Cover the windows with insulating treatments such as honeycomb cellular shades or long double-lined curtains. You can further protect the garage from excess moisture by attaching insulation window film to the interior of your window panes. They’ll help maintain a comfortable temperature in the space and naturally protect your storage and vehicles from UV sun damage. Install a Ceiling Fan A ceiling fan keeps the air moving so the moisture in it doesn’t have a change to settle and seep into cardboard boxes, curtains, clothing, and photos. It can also save you some money on your heating and cooling bills if you find yourself spending a lot of time in the space. To keep air flow moving and to maintain comfortable temperatures, program your ceiling fan to run counterclockwise during the summer months and clockwise during the winter. Include an Area Rug or Two Putting area rugs on the floor in front of doors and windows will help to trap cold air underneath them so it doesn’t mix with the warm air and create excessive moisture for the space to contend with. Area rugs give you the opportunity to create comfort and perk up the space with warm colors and soft lining. Look for rugs with a layer of thick lining on the base. This will ensure moisture can’t penetrate through it from the concrete floor and collect within the fibers of the rugs. Put Spacers Along the Shelves To ensure mold and mildew do not build up between the walls and your storage boxes, place spacers along the backs of your shelves before putting your belongings on them. You can find rubber spacers in your home...

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