Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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People come to McDonough Garage Door Repair in McDonough, GA when they want a beautifully installed new garage door. With a team of the best service technicians in McDonough, there is no job too complicated for our highly-skilled service technicians at McDonough Garage Door Repair.

Call us at (678) 803-6170 if you need garage door repair or installation services. We provide you with affordable garage door service options. You are sure to get your money’s worth. We proudly offer you our service guarantee. Contact our representatives at (678) 803-6170 or visit our website at www.mcdonoughgaragedoorrepair.com.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sectioned garage door vs solid garage door; pros and cons

Have you ever wondered about the differences between sectioned garage doors and solid ones? Believe it or not, both have pros and cons. Here at McDonough Garage Door Repair we are often asked which one is better, and our answer may seem evasive at first as our reply is always “that depends on you.”

Each person’s garage door needs and budget are different so there’s really no one size fits all solution to this question. Read on. Here in McDonough, GA we have all four seasons of weather and, as part of the greater Atlanta metro area, we have residential neighborhoods reflecting all different styles and budgets. It all comes down to your choice in the end.

Solid garage doors 

There was once a time when all garage doors were solid. Back in the 1950s and 60s, every home that had a garage closed it with a solid garage door made of wood. This is opposed to the sectioned ones that are made of panels which are all connected to a metal frame. Your solid doors had to be manually opened and closed by either lifting up or down. Today, we can attach a solid garage door to an opener unit so manual opening is no longer required. For those desiring a retro look, solid garage doors offer a distinctive look and appeal. Just be double sure to get out of the way when opening your solid garage door; since they are solid and don’t roll up you must stand clear as they swing outward quite a bit in front.

Sectioned garage doors 

A huge benefit of these multi-paneled garage doors is that they roll up. There’s less chance of injury as the whole door does not need to swing upward and outward like the solid doors. As stated earlier, sectioned garage doors are made up of panels that are all attached to a frame. When the door is opened, these sections roll up and into the garage instead of swinging outward in one solid piece. Not only is this safer, but you don’t have to clear a path in front of your garage door just to open it. It’s a known fact that most home buyers today want the sectioned, roll up doors. These are so popular that home builders don’t even ask your preference; sectioned garage doors are automatically included with every new home purchase by default.

You still have a choice 

Don’t worry; if having a tilt up garage door is important to you, they are still sold, and can be installed by yourself or by a professional. We recommend that you do a little research first so that you don’t wind up with buyer’s remorse and spend more money and time on your garage door preferences than you need to. On the other hand, you are reading this, so that’s a good start! You are always welcome to call our shop and speak to our full service garage door repair techs. If you don’t live in the area, call a local garage door repair shop in Mcdonough for additional details. Find one that welcomes your questions and answers them gladly.

Springs for solid garage doors 

Now, if you have a solid garage door, you will use extension springs. They too, have pros and cons. For instance, extension springs cost less than torsion springs which the roll up doors use. On the other hand, they tend to not last as long so either way, the pros and cons cancel each other out. For instance, torsion springs tend to last for 15 to 20 thousand cycles while extension springs tend to last for about half of that. A garage door opener cycle is considered one open and one close. Another “con” for extension springs is that they can be dangerous when they snap or break. They contain such power that broken extension springs can actually fly through drywall or windshields!

Problems to consider 

Weight can sometimes be a problem. When you have a sectioned garage door, the weight is more evenly distributed over many pieces. You don’t have that with a solid piece of wood. On solid garage doors the weight is concentrated on the middle of the door and over time, these doors tend to collapse under their own weight and full replacement is needed. Solid garage doors cannot use metal as it is simply too heavy and even with wood doors, the material must be thin and reasonably light. Also, remember that you are manually lifting and lowering your door so you don’t want anything too large or heavy to manage. Also, wood doors require periodic painting so there will be upkeep costs there. The paint maintains a good look and also helps keep away termites and dry rot. Another possible drawback is that you can’t replace a single section of your garage door like you can with the roll up doors. If someone backs into your garage door and breaks part of it, the whole door will need to be replaced.


So, what do you think about solid garage doors now?


If you have further questions, call our shop and discuss them with our experienced staff. There are many factors to consider including maintenance, cost, appearance and style. Maybe you don’t need a sectioned garage door for your main garage and are thinking of a golf cart garage or a third car bay that won’t be used much. A solid wood garage door may be perfect for that. You may be an investor, fixing up a repo for a future renter and adding a solid garage door fits your parameters, especially if it’s an older neighborhood where tilt ups are prevalent.

On the other hand if you like certain garage door styles and materials like aluminum, steel or fiberglass, you might want to stick with sectioned garage doors for versatility and appearance. Always keep in mind that unless you plan to hold the property long term, your future buyers or renters may prefer a more modern and convenient sectioned garage door.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Does your garage door open and shut randomly? There are a number of common reasons this is happening:

  1. Test the transmitter frequency. Your neighbor’s remote has perhaps inadvertently been programmed to the same exact frequency as yours. If so, first erase the remote control from the memory of your garage door opener, and then reprogram the remote control and keyless entry.
  2. Look at the transmitter. It could be wedged under something that accidentally depressed your remote control mechanism. In other words, somewhere, there’s a button stuck. The transmitter might be sitting under some things you forgot you left in your car, or under something else you left nearby. If the LED light by the learn button is continually flashing, then your garage door opener is getting a steady signal from the remote control. (You’ll find the learn button above the antenna wire that’s hanging from the motor head, or underneath the light cover. It’s either green, red, orange, purple, or yellow.) Remove the batteries from your remote, and if the light stops flashing, then the issue is a stuck button.
  3. If neither of these is the problem, you may have a short in the wall-mounted door control, which means that unwanted signals are being sent to the garage door opener or to the logic board (i.e., the circuit board).
  • If the garage door opener activates all by itself while the wall-mounted door control panel wires are disconnected, you’ll likely need to replace the receiver logic board.
  • If the opener does not activate by itself while the wall-mounted door control panel is disconnected, then, in all probability, the answer is to replace the wires to your wall-mounted door control panel.
  1. Besides a possible short in the logic board, there might be a short in the wall button wiring, the wall button, the wired keypad, the garage door opener remote, or there are some other electronic problems.
  1. Your remote may be emitting random signals. This is often a sign that the batteries are almost worn out, or that your remote is defective.
  1. Believe it or not, it’s true: A CB radio, police radio, local radio station, or radio tower can all make a garage door close and open all by itself.

Do It Yourself

There are additional issues you can probably solve on your own. If your garage door ever goes on the fritz, there are many possibilities for the troubles you’re encountering:

Does your garage door not open with your remote? There are several reasons for this problem. 1. You could be out of range from your garage door. 2. Maybe you need to recharge or replace the batteries. 3. The garage door motor’s antenna is possibly damaged, or it is blocked from the signal. 4. Your remote requires reprogramming.

Does the garage door opener run a few seconds, yet it turns off? Often this will occur on older garage doors. The garage door is closed, and the garage door motor attempts to lift it, yet it still won’t budge. First, examine the springs. If the springs are not broken, then inspect the track for any tiny obstacles or grime. If neither of these is the issue, check to see if your garage door is the type that has a built-in lock that’s unintentionally engaging.

Does your garage door opener run, but the garage door still doesn’t open? If there’s a power outage, your garage door opener has a disconnect switch, so that you can open or shut your garage door manually. This switch is generally attached to a knob or rope, which can sometimes mistakenly come unhooked. Close or open your garage door all the way, and then securely reattach the hook. Now your transmitter should return to normal.

More Complicated Issues, Requiring Expert Attention

Does your garage door go only part of the way down, yet open again? A garage door is designed with a reversing mechanism to keep it from crushing an object in its path. The reversing instruction is triggered by any item that’s blocking the garage door’s path ~ a garbage can, a bicycle, or a box, for example. Another likely possibility is that there is a build-up of debris on the tracks ~ grime or a minute object ~ which prevents the rollers from moving. For proper repairs, you’ll need the expertise of a garage door repair professional in Mcdonough.

Did your garage door slam down, making a loud bang? You probably have a broken garage door spring, which isn’t properly offsetting the garage door’s weight. Or, the cables could be broken. Either way, this is serious. Call a garage door repair technician.

Your garage door track might have gotten out of alignment. This is also a major problem. When the metal track isn’t in alignment, the garage door won’t move at all. Look closely for any gaps between the rail and the rollers, and find out whether there are any bends in the rails. The garage door’s substantial weight will eventually worsen all these issues, so don’t procrastinate! Your garage door is bound to grow increasingly dangerous. It’s time to hire a garage door repair expert.

It’s not a good idea to attempt to adjust the garage door yourself, unless you’re an engineer! If your garage door is not properly serviced, the garage door springs can go directly through the wall! What’s more, there’s the possibility of serious injury, and even death. The garage door cables, bottom brackets, and drums probably require adjusting also. It’s just not worth it to take any avoidable risks. Unless you already know what you are doing, then your best bet will be to hire a local garage door repair specialist. If you live any place in McDonough, Georgia, then you ought to consider a reputable garage door technician you can rely on, such as a garage door repair mobile specialist on staff at McDonough Garage Door Repair, where free consultations are available.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Garage Door Won’t Open or Close With Remote Control

McDonough Garage Door Opener InstallationThe convenience of a garage door remote control just can’t be disputed. People who are able to use their remote to operate the door enjoy ease that can’t be beat. Remember when you used to have to get out of the car, bend down, and physically exert energy to lift open the garage door? These days are long over. You no longer have to strain yourself to close or open the garage door!

But if you are in a situation in which your remote control is failing to work properly, then you know how frustrating it can be. Maybe you can’t figure out why your garage remote won’t work. The team at McDonough Garage Door Repair provides services to locals in McDonough, Georgia and they are here to make sure you have all of the information that you are looking for. This will save you from potentially spending money on a service that you don’t need, and it will hopefully simplify the situation for you. Issues could range from a garage door motor’s broken antenna, which might not be getting the right signal, or it could be something simple like a dead battery. Here, you will find everything that you want to know – perhaps the solution is quite easy!

If your garage door will not open or close using the remote control, have a look at these scenarios which may help you:

  1. Have a look at the batteries. Do they look like they could be problematic? Are they swelling inside of the remote? Have you checked to ensure they are not dead? If you have done these things, and they don’t appear to be the problem, notice if your remote works while you are standing inside of the garage. If this is the case, then you might want to consider a universal garage door opener receiver which will extend the range of the remote control.
  2. Consider if the issue is a communication problem. This might be the case if the opener system is working, but the opener is not receiving the right signal. Try the garage door button located on the wall to determine if this is the cause for concern. This, of course, is assuming that you’ve already made sure the remote’s batteries are not dead. While in the garage, does the remote control work correctly? If you utilize another remote, does the issue change? A remote that only works while inside of the garage indicates a broken antenna wire. Moving the antenna around a bit might solve the problem. If not, it could be the receiver. The receiver can be found on the opener. Problems with radio transmitters are best handled by professionals who know what they are doing. Why? Because there are electrical components that could end up being damaging. So, see to it that the communication problem isn’t just that the remote control’s battery is dead – if it is something else, contact an expert.
  3. Did you know you can use your smartphone to operate your garage door? Many openers can be set up to your smartphone. If you do this, you might never have to even worry about remote control problems again.
  4. Check to make sure you didn’t accidently activate the lock button. This button is there for security and safety, so people often times turn them on when they leave for vacation, knowing they won’t be home. Activating this button means the remote will not work at all. Did you turn it off and forget about it? Or perhaps shut it off by accident? See if this is the case before spending money on an expert’s services.

If you have a garage door that refuses to respond to its remote control, then try these steps before calling an expert. You might find that the solution was quite simple. Other options include buying a new garage door opener, or purchasing a brand new garage door opener receiver. You can buy a safety beam if needed as well. But if you have questions on what the issue actually is, an expert will be able to point you in the right direction. McDonough Garage Door Repair would be happy to assist you if you are in this part of Georgia, but make sure to do your research if you are hiring someone somewhere else. You want to make sure that the company you hire has good reviews, answers all of your questions, is licensed and insured, and is available when you need them. Many garage door repair services offer 24/7 assistance for problems that just can’t wait. You will find a great deal of convenience at your fingertips when you are searching for a company to assist you. It is recommended that you ask for reviews and references – if your neighbor recently hired a business in your area to help with garage door problems, ask them what they thought – were the prices fair and provided upfront? Did the expert answer all questions with professionalism? Did they test the door to make sure it worked upon carrying out the services? These are all things to ask about.

It is a given that you must be cautious when you are handing your garage door and its many parts. Some parts are more dangerous to work with than others, and sometimes, a small mistake can end up causing a whole lot of damage. Be careful when working with your garage door, but keep in mind that you should always check the basics to make sure the problem is actually as serious as it might appear to be. Hopefully you found that this information has saved you money or at least provided the guidance that you need to hire the right person for assistance. Good luck with your remote control! Take these steps to get things back “under control” – no pun intended! Thanks for checking out what to do when a garage door won’t open or close with the remote control.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Frequently Asked Garage Door Questions-Answered

McDonough Garage Door Spring RepairMost homeowners are unaware of what to do or what to look for when they need a new garage door or are replacing an existing garage door. The one thing that they will need to consider is the cost of the door and their budget. Trying to figure out the cost associated with having a new garage door installed isn’t always the easiest or the most fun but it is necessary to do when you are having a garage door installed. Garage door expenses will vary considerably.

You might be able to spend only a couple hundred dollars on a basic door up to thousands of dollars on a high-end garage door that is expertly installed. If you have an existing garage door, replacing it may be a good investment move. This is one of the single things that you can do to your home to add value to your home; installing a new garage door. Even if you have an inexpensive door installed due to your budget, you can add certain features to make it look more expensive than it actually is. If you’re thinking about getting a new garage door, here are a couple of things that you might want to consider:

Do You Need a New Garage Door?

This is an easy question for someone who has a door that has rotted, one that has been banged up so much that the door will no longer run along the tracks or the door is simply falling apart. However, if it isn’t that obvious, there may be a chance that there are some small things that you can do to maintain your existing door. At McDonough Garage Door Repair, we always suggest that you have annual garage door repairs performed on your garage door.

When you have routine maintenance performed, you prolong the need to replace your garage door. There are some general things that can be done to help protect the condition of your garage door. Consult with a garage door service professional about things you can do to help maintain the condition of your garage door. If it is the appearance of your door that has you thinking about buying another door, think again. With a little paint and some changes to your door’s hardware, you can have a door that looks like new in no time.

What Type of Garage Door Should I Buy?

One of the biggest factors to consider when buying a new garage door is its material. The material is what will significantly change the cost of the door. The steel door is the most popular door installed because of it is low-cost, durable and offers low maintenance. However, you should know that the steel door doesn’t offer good insulation and are made of thin panels, which will not hold up to extreme weather conditions. On the other hand, it is the wood door that is amongst the most expensive because of the way they look and the way they are constructed. They are more costly but rightly so considering the level of craftsmanship needed to design them. They are also good for insulation purposes.

What Expenses Can I Expect?

This is a logical question, especially since it is important to count the cost before taking on this expense. Expenses involve more than just the cost of buying a garage door. When you are replacing a garage door, you must consider that the tracks will also need to be replaced. This is definitely something that should be included in your estimate. If it isn’t, then make sure you ask them to include this fee in the written estimate. Since the prices of having a new garage door will vary because of certain factors, it is best to discuss what you are looking for with several different services.

The estimate that they provide for you will give you an idea of what expenses you can expect to pay for no matter which service provider you use. You will need to make sure that the price they quote you is the same price that is found on the estimate. Many people ignore the written estimate and only focus on what was quoted to them. It is hard for you to dispute the written estimate after the work has been completed. This is why it is very important to pay close attention to the written estimate.

Should I Install My Garage Door?

Your garage door is the largest piece of equipment in your home. It also has moving parts that can become dangerous if they are not handled properly. While you might assume it will be more cost-effective, it is usually far more expensive when you attempt to handle the job on your own. The problem is that when you are not a trained professional, you run into problems and have to buy some of the same things over again. This is counter-productive if you are doing it so that you can save money. It is best to allow a qualified, experienced garage door service technician.

Should I Replace the Opener?

As long as your garage door opener is not the reason you are having a new garage door installed, you should be fine continuing to use the same garage door opener. The only time you wouldn’t be able to use the same opener is if you buy a new door that is heavier than your existing door. If you want to be sure that you can continue using the same garage door opener, purchase a lightweight door. This will also help you save money and keep your expenses to a minimum.

If you need a new garage door, take the necessary time to make sure that what you are buying is really going to suit your needs. There is nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on something this is useless. Everyone wants to get their money’s worth and surely you can if you take your time to do your research.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


McDonough Garage Door Opener InstallationYes, it happens – garage doors that won’t stay open! It is not only surprising, but it gets annoying after a while. Let’s say you open up your garage door to load some groceries into the house. You just made it to the kitchen when you hear it close! Or, you are working at your tool bench inside the garage. You are totally engrossed in your project when you notice the garage door closing, seemingly on its own. Enough of our McDonough Garage Door Repair customers have contacted us about this problem to let us know that it is more common than first thought.

The main culprit – your springs!

Your torsion or extension springs can cause a lot of confusion at times. People know that they have them and that these powerful metal coils do the heavy lifting of your garage door when needed. What they don’t know is when they are acting up. Sometimes our McDonough, GA garage door repair customers assume that the problem is the opener system or maybe a snapped cable. Often, the photo electric safety eyes are blamed. Usually though, when garage doors won’t stay open, the problem is with the springs.

Adjustment needed!

Sometimes your faithful and trusty garage door springs act up. These tireless workers can lift and lower garage doors for up to 10 years with no problem. In the garage door industry, springs last for life cycles. One open and one close equals one cycle. If you come and go through your garage door 4 times a day, you use 4 cycles. Obviously you will use up your cycles faster than someone that only opens and closes their garage door once a day. Springs can break, snap, become damaged and need adjusting. If your garage door won’t stay open, it is usually because the springs can hold its weight.

Don’t adjust on your own!

Please refrain from trying spring repair on your own. Torsion springs (the ones horizontally above your garage door) are safer than extension springs (vertically installed on either side) but both can still be volatile when damaged. Every year folks become injured and property is damaged when an innocent attempt is made to repair or replace garage door springs. We recommend that you call a full service McDonough garage door repair shop and have your springs repaired or adjusted by the pros. Many locations including ours are affordable and offer same day appointments.

Do this test

You can test the overall quality of your springs by doing this simple test. With your garage door closed, pull on the emergency release cord. That is the one with the red knob at the end of it. This will disconnect your garage door from the opener system and allow you to manually open your garage door. Ok, try lifting your garage door and pay attention to its movement. Does it lift easily and smoothly? Or, is it hard to lift and choppy? Now open your garage door all the way (up) and see if it stays. If it comes right back down you have spring damage and will need to call for help. Tell your garage door repair professional about the test that you did and see if he recommends that your springs be re-tensioned.

Culprit #2

If your garage door opens and then reverses itself soon after, there may be another culprit – the close limit switch! It may need adjusting and here’s how you tell. When your garage door rises, its limit switch stops the garage door once it has reached the correct height. If the switch needs adjusting, your door will open too much or not enough and start making its way back down. It is possible to adjust the limit switch on the motor to restore it to normal usage. Do you still have your owner’s manual? Refer to it for directions on how to do this. If not, you can find one online by searching for the PDF or you can view any of dozens of online videos that show you in detail how to do this.

Other tips

Dealing with a garage door that closes on its own can be confusing; especially if it is not your property! Are you renting or leasing to own? If so, contact the property manager, owner or seller. Check your lease-to-own agreement to see what repairs you have responsibility for and which ones the seller should claim. If you are straight leasing, your lease agreement should spell out how any repairs should be handled and paid for. It’s standard to put in a dollar amount (like $30) that should be the tenant’s responsibility and anything over that should be the responsibility of the owner or manager.

Did you recently buy the property? If so, the garage door and any repairs to it might be covered by warranty or service guarantee. Check with your realtor and the builder or contractor to see. Always be sure to save contracts, leases, receipts and other important documents in a folder or drawer for fast and handy reference when needed. Why pay for a repair bill if you really don’t have to?

Call in the pros!

Each person has different circumstances and priorities. You may be busy with your career or vacation plans. You may be limited to what you can do due to health issues or age. Each person has to calculate what their time is worth, and decide whether to attempt garage door repair on their own or to call a professional. As stated earlier, our McDonough Garage Door Repair crew recommends that you do NOT try to service your own springs. Some things are just not worth the risk involved and spring repair or replacements are included in that. Whether you call our technicians or another local shop, we urge you to use the best service that your budget allows for. Your garage door springs and accessories are built to last for many years with the proper care. Even after all is fixed, you should consider basic and regular maintenance for them.

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Friday, January 27, 2017


McDonough Garage Door Opener InstallationIf your garage doubles as a shop, game room, or office, then you ought to have an insulated garage door for your home. When your garage is properly insulated, you’ll achieve the benefit of maximized thermal efficiency with optimal air infiltration reduction. No matter what the weather is outside, a well-insulated garage will give you a workable garage space inside all year round, providing superior comfort. You’ll keep as much cold out as possible during winter, and as much heat out as possible during summer.

Cold Weather Protection

Should the temperature ever drop to below freezing, if you have winterized your garage, you’ll save money and time overall.

Insulate your garage walls. For correct installation of insulation in your garage, carefully study the installation guide, and be sure you select the appropriate insulation thickness for your garage’s walls. Some typical mistakes people make are: not securely fastening the batt insulation, cutting it too long or too short for the location, or not supporting it properly. Keep in mind that insulation must fit snugly; nevertheless, don’t jam it in too tightly.

Insulate your garage. If the garage interior were ever to grow too cold, it would damage not only your vehicle, but also anything you keep in storage there. Are your washer and dryer in the garage? In freezing temperatures, if you have a washing machine with any water left in the lines or the pump, it can freeze and crack. The same risk is possible with your vehicle’s fuel gels, which can freeze inside the combustion engine. Another problem that can come up is that paint can separate and become ruined in a prolonged stretch of freezing temperatures.

Insulate the garage door. A great variety of products is available for insulating your garage door, including a kit specifically designed for doing so. The options for successful insulation include foam board, reflective barriers, and Fiberglass batt insulation.

Regardless of which option you decide on, first you’ll have to cut the insulation to fill the garage door panels. Next, fasten them with adhesive and make sure each remains fixed in place. If your garage door is not the type with recessed panels, the entire project will become easier.

For most folks, insulating your garage by yourself is too overwhelming a task. If it all seems too much of a bother, then your best bet will be to hire a professional to install a modern-designed insulated garage door for you. If you are located any place in McDonough, Georgia, consider hiring a trusty expert from a reputable garage door company such as McDonough Garage Door Repair.

Repair or replace the weatherstripping. This will create a very effective seal between the garage door and the garage door opening. If you feel a cold draft leaking into the garage between the frame and the door, then remove any of the existing weatherstripping if it’s cracked or brittle. Take off any residual sealant with a pry bar and putty knife or flat scraper. Make the surface as clean and smooth as you possibly can. After you remove the old weatherstripping completely, measure so you can apply the new weatherstripping. To align it, close the garage door and make sure the rubber flap flattens slightly against it. You’ll have a good seal and the garage door will operate without any trouble.

Install a unit heater in the garage. Insulation and weatherstripping effectively guard your garage from extreme winter weather; but if you’d like to be extraordinarily toasty, you can add a unit heater. (On the other hand, if you have only mild winters, then rather than insulation or weatherstripping, an electric unit heater is probably all you’ll need, since you’ll want heat only once in awhile.) This is a great way to heat your garage with nominal cost and space requirements. Gas-fired units are generally cheaper to operate overall, but they’re more difficult to install since they require exhaust venting and a gas supply. An electric model, is easier to install, but more expensive to operate. A good electric choice is the mini-split heat pump, which provides remarkably efficient heating and cooling for your garage with only a 3″ hole through an exterior wall.

Hot Weather Protection

In the summer months, the main goal is to increase the airflow in your garage. The following measures are worth considering:

Wall insulation keeps out summer heat economically. Use wallboard or other paneling to encapsulate the material. You’ll prevent teenagers, toddlers, and pets from tearing things out.

Leave the garage door slightly open, about a foot from the ground, and add a fan.

Attach an adjustable rollaway awning onto the sunny side of the garage. You’ll be creating shade to cool things off.

Insulate the garage ceiling. If you use paper-backed batt insulation, ceiling wallboard isn’t required. Install the insulation using staples, paper side down, or keep the insulation in place with netting. You can also use staples to fasten the netting. Experts advise that you do both.

Plant a tree nearby. A hardwood or deciduous tree is an affordable and aesthetic way to cool your garage in summer. (It will even keep the garage warm in winter.) Plant the tree between the garage and the position the sun takes during the hottest part of the day. The tree’s leaves will provide welcome shade. (In winter, the bare branches will let sunlight through to provide warmth.)

Install a stationary vent on the roof. This is an inexpensive way to make an exit point for hot air trapped in the garage attic. Or, if you can spend more, install a mechanical exhaust system, in which fans will draw cooler air from the garage into the attic. This will cool the attic and also the space below.

Insulate the garage overhead door. For a metal garage door, add a layer of rigid insulation 2″ thick, attached to the inside of each panel using contact cement. Or, an insulated sectional overhead door is an ideal alternative.