Keeping Your Garage Dust-Free

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If you spend a lot of time in your garage, whether that’s polishing your cars or tinkering at a workbench, then the air quality inside the garage might be a concern. There’s the risk of fumes building up from your vehicle and chemicals stored in the garage, and there’s an increased risk of mold and mildew growth in your garage, which release spores into the air. Another common household problem that is even greater inside the garage is dust. Why is dust a problem in the garage? The garage is kind of like an intermediary between your home’s outdoor and indoor spaces. We park our cars in there and walk in and out of it with wet or muddy shoes. We store things in the garage that we wouldn’t want…
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Lighting Your Garage Door

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Lighting isn’t just for functional use inside your garage, but it can also be used for great effect outside of your garage door. In this article, we’ve got a useful guide for the uses of lighting your garage door on the outside and tips for choosing the best garage door lights. Lighting for safety One reason you might want lights outside your garage door is to illuminate your driveway or front yard after dark. This will make it easier to walk out to your garage or from your garage back to your house without the risk of tripping and injuring yourself. This is especially useful for families with young children or when guests are visiting. Lighting for security Lighting at the front of your house and outside of your garage…
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A Guide to Flipping Houses

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Moving house doesn’t always mean you’re looking for your “forever home” or even one that you’ll live in for a long period. It’s becoming increasingly popular to use buying houses as an investment – moving somewhere new, doing it up, and then selling it and moving on to the next house. This is known as “flipping houses”. Read on to find out more about this process. What does flipping a house involve? Flipping a house means buying the property with the main intention of selling it again, ideally for a profit. You might live in the house until you sell it or you might buy an additional property to flip while living elsewhere, if you can afford it. People look to buy properties for a relatively low price and then…
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A Guide to Weatherstripping for Your Garage Door

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When not properly insulated and sealed, your garage door can let in a lot of cold air and rain in bad weather, not to mention bugs and other pests. This makes it harder to maintain your garage in good condition and at a comfortable temperature, which is why proper weatherstripping is so important for your garage door. Read on to find out more about weatherstripping and how to maintain your garage door. What is weatherstripping? Weatherstripping refers to both the process of sealing your garage door (or other openings) to prevent wind, rain and other things getting in, and the materials used to carry out this process. Thanks to their durability, vinyl and rubber are commonly used to seal a garage door in this way. Why is it important? Proper…
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Adding Solar Panels to Your Garage Roof

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If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to provide energy for your home, then solar panels could be an option for your home. Your garage roof is an ideal location for installing solar panels, a great option if you live somewhere that gets a lot of sun. Read on to find out more about solar panels for your home and how to install them on your garage roof. How do solar panels work? Solar panels are made up of lots of small photovoltaic cells. The material used to create these cells is usually silicon, but can be any semiconducting material. When the sun’s rays shine on the solar panel and its photovoltaic cells, the photons essentially create an electric field with the cells, converting the energy…
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The Pros and Cons of Garage Skylights

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Are you looking for more ways to upgrade your garage? Adding one or more skylights to the roof of your garage can add to its visual appeal as well as offering various functional benefits for the space inside your garage. Read on to find out more about adding skylights to your garage and some of the pros and cons. The pros of garage skylights If you’re on the fence about adding skylights to your garage, then here are some of the benefits that might convince you. A source of natural light – Garages are often dark, dank places with no natural light. Adding a skylight can brighten up your garage and give the impression that it is airier and more spacious. Reduced electricity costs – With more natural light coming…
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Soundproofing Your Garage

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Garages are great multipurpose spaces, providing somewhere for you and other members of the family to pursue their hobbies, as well as being somewhere to park your car and store various belongings. But what if those hobbies are noisy? If you or your family members complain that there is too much noise coming from the garage, then soundproofing could be an option. Why you might want to soundproof your garage People particularly might want to soundproof their garage if it is attached to their house. Noise can really carry through the walls, so any noise coming from the garage may disturb the rest of your family. And for any type of garage, a noisy garage might disturb your neighbors, too. How much of an issue this is depends largely on…
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What You Shouldn’t Store in Your Garage

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For most people, the garage provides a useful additional space to store a variety of things. This may be belongings that you don’t use very often, ones that aren’t suited to indoor storage, or are too large for the house. But not everything is suited to garage storage, ranging from reasons of impracticality to safety. In this article, we’ll list some of the items you should keep out of the garage and explain why. Fabrics You might be tempted to store seasonal clothing or bedding in the garage for a few months until you need them again, but fabrics such as these are best kept in the house. The humidity in most garages promotes damp and mold growth on fabrics, which can ruin your clothes. Fabrics can also provide a…
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The Best Materials for Garage Floors

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If you’re looking for a new way to spruce up your garage and make it a more stylish or comfortable space, then why not look to the floor? A garage floor needs to be sturdy and resilient enough to stand up to regular foot and vehicle traffic. It also should be fairly waterproof and weather-resistant as rain is likely to be tracked through, spills might occur, and moisture levels may be generally higher than inside your home. So, what types of flooring are the best choices for garages? Read on for a few ideas to inspire your garage renovation… Vinyl Vinyl is a versatile flooring option for your garage with lots of different color options available. You can install vinyl tiles or roll-out vinyl flooring, both of which are fairly…
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Electrical Safety in the Garage

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Many residential garages tend to be the darkest and dampest part of the house. So, operating electrical equipment in this kind of environment can be a hazard. As well as tools, some people use their garage to store appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators. In this article, we’ll provide some tips to help keep your garage a safe place when it comes to electrics. Use appropriate extension cords Since garages can be damp places and you may also use extension cords to extend an appliance from a garage outlet to outside of your garage, you should buy extension cords that are suitable for outdoor use. These are more weather-resistant and have greater insulation to help ensure safety. You should also check extension cords before using them to check for…
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