Insulated Garage Doors: The Sensible Solution for 5 Common Garage Problems

These days, many homeowners are finding increased value, and even increased happiness, in a new garage door.  That’s no surprise – according to a study done by LiftMaster, 7 out of 10 homeowners use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home.  Though garage doors are so prominent on our homes today, many garages are still “unconditioned space,” meaning there are fewer barriers to the outside than there are in a living room or a bedroom.  An insulated garage door is a great addition to your unconditioned garage space to solve common problems in garages.

Most Amarr garage doors offer two types of insulation – polystyrene and polyurethane.  Either material will improve the insulating value of your door, though there is a difference between the two.  Polystyrene provides adequate insulation at a great value, but polyurethane is denser and is a superior insulator.

Amarr garage doors are available with no insulation (left), polystyrene insulation with vinyl backing (center), or polyurethane insulation with steel backing (right).

Amarr garage doors are available with no insulation (left), polystyrene insulation with vinyl backing (center), or polyurethane insulation with steel backing (right).

Problem 1 – My garage is too cold!

In areas of extreme cold temperatures, an insulated garage door is a must.  If you find that your garage stays cold in the winter, consider upgrading to an insulated garage door.  Without insulation, garage doors will not keep out much of the cold or seal in much heat.  An insulated garage door could mean the difference between a below freezing temperature outside and an above freezing temperature in the garage!

Problem 2 – My garage is too hot!

Yes, an insulated garage door helps your garage stay cooler than the rising hot temperatures of summer.  If you find that your garage gets as hot as a summer day, upgrade to an insulated garage door.  Non-insulated garage doors will not keep out much of the hot air or seal in any cooler temperature inside a garage.  An insulated garage door could mean almost a 20 degree Fahrenheit difference between the outside temperature and the temperature in the garage, according to Remodeling magazine!

Problem 3 – I have living space attached to the garage that’s frigid in the winter, and my energy bills are high.

Conditioned spaces attached to garages also benefit from a “buffer zone” created by an insulated garage door.  Because insulated garage doors keep the temperature warmer inside the garage than outside on a winter day or cooler inside than on a summer day, they act as a buffer and help maintain the inside temperature and keep energy costs down.  According to the polyurethane manufacturer Dow, an insulated garage door can help the average homeowner save up to 20% on their annual energy costs.

Is your garage so cold that your car is affected? Insulated garage doors can fix that.

Is your garage so cold that your car is affected? Insulated garage doors can fix that.

Problem 4 – The garage door is so noisy, I can hear the opening and closing when I’m in the house.

Did you know that insulated garage doors minimize noise when in motion?  The insulation dampens the clattering sound that non-insulated steel garage doors often make, meaning insulated doors are significantly quieter and provide much-needed relief for many homeowners with loud garage doors!

Problem 5 – My kids have hit the garage door with their basketball and caused so many dents that I have to replace the door!

Good news for homeowners with playful kids: insulated garage doors are considerably more rigid than their non-insulated counterparts, thus helping them endure minor impacts, such as rebounded basketballs.  Polyurethane insulation provides the most strength.

Want more benefits of insulated garage doors?  Check out the following infographic from our polyurethane manufacturer, Dow, courtesy of Door + Access Systems Magazine! Click the picture to view it in full size.


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Amarr 3552 Aluminum Full View Doors Help Create Dynamic Learning Environment

The Amarr 3552 commercial aluminum full view door is a popular overhead door for automobile shops, fire stations, sports complexes and restaurants – but what about schools?  Aluminum full view doors are known for letting natural light indoors from the outside, but with this architect-driven project, Amarr 3552 doors also helped to create much-needed flexibility and space in an educational environment.

Amarr 3552 doors add flexibility and space to an innovative learning environment.

Amarr 3552 doors add flexibility and space to an innovative learning environment.

Student enrollment at Elysian K-8 School in Billings, Montana doubled in two years, causing the need for a remodel and expansion.  Plans called for an innovative educational environment, unlike any other in the region, with a design that complemented nearby single-family housing developments.  Two architect firms were brought in to achieve this vision.

The aluminum full view doors needed to “break down the barriers of a traditional classroom approach, encourage collaboration among teachers and increase the flexibility of space,” according to Lucas Larson, the school superintendent during the renovation project.  Let’s take a quick look at how the Amarr 3552 doors meet these three needs:

The aluminum full view garage doors met the challenges of the school's new design.

The aluminum full view garage doors met the challenges of the school’s new design.

Break Down Traditional Barriers
The Amarr 3552 aluminum full view doors allow for so much more than the typical classroom-box school design.  With doors located in hallways, in the library, and in classrooms, more natural light is able to filter in and workspaces are dynamic, facilitating learning.  Students can even write and draw on the glass panels in the door with colorful dry-erase markers!

Encourage Collaboration
When at least one door is open, classroom space is larger and students are able to collaborate together on projects, especially across different disciplines and subjects.  This helps students learn to work together in cross-functional groups.  Teachers can also work together and teach the children in groups.

With the garage doors open, classroom space becomes collaborative for students and teachers alike.

With the garage doors open, classroom space becomes collaborative for students and teachers alike.

Increase Flexibility of Space
In the school’s Yellowstone Room, art and science are taught separately, but children from up to three different classrooms combine when the Amarr 3552 garage door is open.  The various combinations of open and shut doors create a flexible and exciting environment for teachers and pupils alike.

To learn more about the use of Amarr 3552 aluminum full view garage doors in the Elysian K-8 School, including BIM software usage, safety challenges, and more ways the garage doors were able to meet the facility’s challenges, download the complete architectural case study here.

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10 Design Tricks Professionals Put to Work in the Garage

By Shane Inman, Houzz

Don’t let your garage become an afterthought — this valuable space doesn’t have to be dirty, disorganized and crowded. Get inspired by these professional spaces and tips to turn your auto space into an organized and fun addition to your home.

Studio and Office contemporary-home-office

1. Garage edition. Short on space? Convert your garage into an additional room for friends and family. Invest in insulation and electrical work, and you will have yourself a family-fun space. Instead of a traditional garage door that blocks light, consider a glass garage door.

Garage Cabinets shed

2. Garagescape. Visit your local big-box store and pick up an assortment of organizational items specifically for the garage. Install them wherever you like to organize everything to perfection.

Private residence eclectic-family-room

3. At the drive-in. Transform your garage into your favorite theme room. This one’s a Coca-Cola fan’s dream space.

Garage contemporary-shed

4. Floor it. Dress up your garage with a tiled floor — it’s a great way to add cohesiveness from your home into the garage. Ooooh, so fancy!

5. Man-tastic. Give the man in your life his very own room. Whether it’s for working on projects or hanging out with the guys, the space will be all his.

Organized Garage Storage Area - Mount Kisco, NY contemporary-garage

6. Garageworks. Create the perfect workstation to handle all of your projects. Industrial-style cabinetry and simple countertops can be purchased at your local hardware store. It’s a great look for him or her.

7. Laundry service. No laundry room inside your house? Add plumbing to an expansive garage, install some cabinetry and never schlep your dirty clothes to the laundromat again.

Woodmeister Master Builders - Entertainment Rooms eclectic-garage

8. Garagenous zone. A garage that’s fully outfitted from floor to ceiling will turn anyone’s crank. Add everything: flooring, walls, ceiling, cabinetry and more. It’s not done until it’s overdone.

Highcroft Hunting Barn industrial-shed

9. Vintage vestige. Step back in time and pick out all of your favorite period pieces to install in your garage. Open shelving, marine lighting and reclaimed wood allow this space to convey creative as well as practical.

San Francisco Custom Multi-Use Garage contemporary-garage

10. A garage for 007. Install sleek wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets for all your gizmos and gadgets. Oh, James!

Which design trick is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Amarr SuperFlex Sections Solve Common Warehouse Problem

If you work in the industrial or commercial sector, you know how busy warehouses can be.  As business booms, warehouse traffic increases.  Sometimes, that means damage to doors.  Amarr SuperFlex flexible impact sections are the answer to common lower door section damage!

Amarr SuperFlex flexible impact sections help protect your warehouse doors from damage.

Amarr SuperFlex flexible impact sections help protect your warehouse doors from damage.

The unique construction of the Amarr SuperFlex section allows it to flex, providing durability and reliable operations.  Made from high-performance Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TOP) interior and exterior polymer skin, the flexible fiberglass tube frame with steel corner brackets allows the section to flex in and out at an average of 8”-10”, withstanding and deflecting minor blows from forks, boxes or pallets.  The section also retrofits to most 1-1/2” to 2” thick sectional doors, working with most door types.

The section also contains 1-3/4” thick insulation with an 8.5 R-value.  It is suitable for environmental temperatures from 20°F to 131°F (-7°C to 54°C), and provides an excellent thermal seal.

Amarr SuperFlex sections deflect minor blows from warehouse equipment.

Amarr SuperFlex sections deflect minor blows from warehouse equipment.

The benefits of the Amarr SuperFlex flexible impact section include:

  • Reduced lower door section damage
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Excellent UV resistance
  • Outstanding chemical resistance
  • Seals against tongue & groove or shiplap door sections
  • Easy installation
Amarr SuperFlex sections stay in action when the door is open or closed.

Amarr SuperFlex sections stay in action when the door is open or closed.

Amarr SuperFlex sections are available in one- or two-section configurations for Amarr 2002/2012/2022, 2402/2412/2422 and 2502/2512/2522 ribbed panel doors.  Click here for more information!

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8 Garages That Get Creative With Parking

By John Hill, Houzz

One of the biggest problems with the single-family home is the garage: its design (apparently an afterthought in many cases), its size, and its placement. The norm, an attached multi-car garage often closer to the street than the front door, needs improvement. This blog post takes a broad look at garages, garage doors and driveways to see how the storage of cars can be better integrated into the design of houses.

Tarrytown Phase II modern-exterior

A four-car garage is unwieldy whatever the circumstances may be, but the architects on this project created four distinct doors, instead of two bigger ones. Above is a cantilevered glass volume that utilizes the roof above the garage for a terrace.

Garage Entry contemporary-garage

This contemporary house — two boxes with large irregular glass openings — incorporates the garage by continuing the irregular nature of the windows above. The garage is tight to the corner, showing the depth of the exterior wall in the process. It’s a unique design, but one can learn from it how the garage can be integrated with the house, both physically and in terms of style.

Home Front Yards contemporary-landscape

The next batch of examples are what I call the “village approach.” Both the house and garage are composed of smaller volumes, sometimes literally but in most cases formally through the articulation of roofs and exterior walls. In this example the garage, covered in wood with a translucent garage door, fronts a house that is highly articulated modern composition.

Saxon Hill Vernacular traditional-exterior

The garage (left) and farmhouse (right) are linked by a covered walkway that is echoed in the design of the house.

Central City Oasis exterior

A new garage can be found to the left of this house. A closer look beyond the gate between the two volumes reveals a quaint walkway linking the garage and house. A sliding metal door provides access to and from the garage, an interesting touch.

Moncada contemporary-exterior

But let’s not forget city dwellings, where a village approach is quite difficult. Small lots require other solutions, such as this ground-floor garage that has a similar appearance to the windows above.

At the very least the way the windows are stacked above the garage and entry give the facade a logic, even though each pieces is detailed differently.

PH-1 contemporary-exterior

The zone in front of the garage is just as important as, say, the garage door or where the garage is located relative to the house. An increasingly popular approach is to use a drivable grass surface, be it a product that is hidden beneath the blades or incorporating grass between pavers. Grass paving allows water that would normally run into the street and sewer to enter the ground and be naturally filtered. Here grass is found next to the garage, at the bottom of a more traditional driveway.

3 modern-exterior

The pattern in this lawn points to how it is a hybrid surface that can be driven upon.

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How would you integrate your garage and garage door with your home’s design? Do you have a favorite out of these eight garages? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 Tried and True Garage Organization Tips

By Vanessa Brunner, Houzz

Garages tend to become dumps for just about everything. Because they are big open spaces, they’re easy targets for that suitcase that won’t fit in the closet, the rollerblades your daughter doesn’t want to throw away yet, the sewing machine you need to give back to your neighbor, and anything else that doesn’t have a set place.

Follow these 6 tips from Houzz users and home professionals to clean your way to a neat and organized garage.


1. Use as much vertical and ceiling space as possible. This rule is particularly important if you’re planning to actually park your car here. Make sure that you’ll have room for your car without running into or onto anything.

For Houzz user Janet Henry in Illinois, getting everything up and off of the floor was a priority, so getting rid of as much junk as possible was a must. “The biggest challenge was just getting started,” she says. After a yard sale, it took her three days to paint the walls, scour the floor, and paint the cabinetry to get the garage spic and span. “I make it a point to sweep it out and wipe things up every week. I want it to stay nice for a long time,” she says.


The main goal for Janet was to create a space that was clean, organized, and presentable when the garage door was open. Luckily, she has a shed and a basement where any extra-large equipment can go.

This is a great solution for anyone who has a smaller garage; small storage sheds can be built and installed relatively inexpensively. “Just driving into a nice, clean space is great,” she says.


2. Before reorganizing, try taking everything out of your garage. Looking at the space you have as a blank canvas can give you a better idea of what you’re working with. Houzz user Ivan Prefer of Hillsdale, New Jersey has a vertical storage setup similar to the previous two garages, but has also incorporated a neat and tidy workshop area towards the back. Working with a clean slate can help you decide which areas are best to designate for certain activities.


3. Decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away. When you find yourself questioning a particular item, ask yourself :

  • Do I love it?
  • Do I need it?
  • When was the last time I used this?
  • If I donated it, could it be safely used by another person?

Clearing out clutter is incredibly satisfying, and odds are you won’t really miss that fifth spare tennis racket. When in doubt, donate or toss it. Recycle as much as possible, and be sure to dispose of paint and other hazardous waste safely.

Just a Girl traditional-entry

4. Group like items together so they’re easy to find. For Chris Carey from Just a Girl, the garage in her Michigan home was a tricky space because it’s also the primary way that most people use to enter the home. She decided that even though it was a garage, it didn’t necessarily have to look like one.

A few coats of paint, metal shelving and some cute decals for the door completely transformed the space without spending a lot of money. Chris decided to put the items that they’d mostly need for in-house use on the larger wire shelf, including drinks, paper towels and toilet paper, and other cleaning materials.


Like Chris, Erin of Sunny Side Up tends to use her garage door as the main entrance for her home — so it often becomes a gathering place for shoes and coats.

A neat and tidy shoe and coat rack encourages her children to place their own clothes in the right place and makes it easy when searching for that much-loved pair of pink Velcro sneakers. Storage on the ceiling and walls saves room for larger items, and things that are used on a daily basis.


5. Decide which area of the garage is going to be used for what purpose. Think carefully about what you want your garage to be used for, and the best possible way that this space can be divided up.

For Houzz user Mikki Lesowitz-Soliday of Sherman Oaks, Calif., the priority was to clean out her garage and transform it into a studio where her craft group and classes could meet. However, space still had to be allotted for storage and workout equipment. By dividing up the room into zones, she was able to create a setup that made sense and was still neat and organized.

Mikki’s biggest challenge was trying to figure out what to do with the extra-large items, which included four bicycles, lawn equipment and lots of luggage. Instead of attempting to cram every little thing in her space, they built a long, narrow shed for those items along the side of the garage. That left space for two large tables, a sewing station, and plenty of art and craft supplies.

“I have loads of storage, which I recognize is a real luxury,” she says. “But I’m always purging. Everything from art supplies to my kids’ clothes. I think it’s the key to staying organized!”


6. Label absolutely everything. Another shot from Erin’s garage shows how taking the time to label each and every drawer and shelf can make a world of difference. Tired of drawers and bins full of a hodgepodge of nails, screws, and bolts, Erin took the time to organize each individual piece by type and label accordingly. Tedious? Yes. Worth it? Yes.

What’s sitting in your garage right now? Do you have plans to tackle the mess? Or have you already sifted through the clutter to create a new space? Share your before and after photos in the comments!

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2017 Cost vs. Value Report: Garage Door Replacement Still a Top Project

Are you planning to sell your home, or looking to increase your home’s value?  A new garage door could be just what you need!  In addition to increasing a home’s curb appeal, garage door replacement ranks as a top home improvement project with a high return on investment.

Curb appeal is important, but also consider return on investment when deciding between remodeling projects.  Garage door replacement gives you both!

Curb appeal is important, but also consider return on investment when deciding between remodeling projects. Garage door replacement gives you both!

The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine ranks many different home improvement projects in terms of the percentage of cost recouped when the home is sold.  The report presents data in two categories: midrange projects and upscale projects.  Garage door replacement is presented in both categories.

An example of a midrange garage door replacement would be a brand new 16’x7’ single-layer, uninsulated Amarr Stratford ST1000 or Amarr Lincoln LI1000 garage door.  Based on national averages, the average job cost of a midrange garage door replacement is $1,749, and the resale value is $1,345.  This means a homeowner would recoup 76.9% of the cost, ranking midrange garage door replacement as the fifth-highest return on investment.

This Amarr Stratford ST1000 garage door with short panel design also features window inserts.

This Amarr Stratford ST1000 garage door with short panel design also features window inserts.

An example of an upscale garage door replacement would be a brand new 16’x7’ triple-layer insulated Amarr Classica CL3000 garage door with insulated glass windows and a lifetime warranty.  Again, using national averages, the job cost for this type of door is about $3,304, and the resale value is $2,810.  The homeowner would recoup 85% of the cost – the highest return on investment in the upscale projects category!

The Amarr Classica CL3000 garage door is not only attractive; it’s also a great investment for any home!

The Amarr Classica CL3000 garage door is not only attractive; it’s also a great investment for any home!

For your next home improvement project, if your goal is to increase the value of your home, think garage door replacement.

Click here to read the entire 2017 Cost vs. Value report.

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Magnetic Clavos – Giving Garage Doors Rustic Charm

Garage doors aren’t merely functional these days – they can be the style star of any home!  Curb appeal is incredibly important, and many homeowners are looking for ways to upgrade the look of their garage door.  Whether they opt for a woodgrain finish on their doors or choose an overlay or carriage house style, it’s becoming easier to dress up the garage door.  Thanks to the introduction of magnetic decorative hardware, enhancing the look of a steel garage door is both fast and non-permanent.

Rustic design can pack a huge punch with just a small item.  Take, for instance, the clavos.  Clavos, Spanish for “nail” or “spike,” is historically used as a decorative element on building exteriors, particularly doors, especially to complement ironworks.  These days, clavos give an authentic period appearance to any home.  Placed on and around door designs in creative ways, these unassuming pieces create antique drama.

Tasteful Tuscan mediterranean-exterior

Now, it’s easy to recreate this antique look for the garage door.  For homeowners that are looking for a beautiful, rustic look that won’t break the bank or take up valuable time, look no further than our NEW Magnetic Clavos!


The Magnetic Clavos are made of lightweight ABS vinyl and measure 1-3/4” in diameter, large enough to add an easy accent to garage door designs.  They feature a textured finish with the look of hammered iron for an authentic rustic appearance.  Magnetic Clavos can be used in conjunction with any other decorative hardware.

Homeowners don’t have to worry about time-consuming measurements to get the exact desired look, or costly installation errors caused by drilling holes in the garage door.  They attach easily to steel garage doors with strong, rare-earth neodymium magnets, and can quickly be repositioned.  The magnets are also covered with a silicone backing, meaning the hardware is sturdily attached to the magnet.

Magnetic Clavos make the designs of Amarr carriage house garage doors even more distinct!

Magnetic Clavos make the designs of Amarr carriage house garage doors even more distinct!

Got your creative juices flowing?  Click here to design an Amarr garage door with Magnetic Clavos.  Or, want to add Magnetic Clavos to your existing garage door?  Find an Amarr dealer near you!

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4 Ways Amarr SafeGuard System Keeps Your Family Safe

You’ve probably thought about how safe your car, your child’s bike helmet, or your babysitter is, but have you thought about how safe your garage door is?  According to the annual United States Garage Door Injury Report, the most common garage door injury involves fingers and hands getting caught or pinched between sections, and approximately 20,000 people are injured by garage doors each year.

Consumers pay a premium for safe products, but for practically no additional cost, homeowners can own an Amarr steel garage door designed with the Amarr SafeGuard system to reduce the risk of serious hand and finger injuries.  Practically all Amarr steel doors are designed with the Amarr SafeGuard safety system that enhances overall safety for the homeowner.

Below is a chart that shows the low cost of added safety in a garage door as compared to other safe items we purchase:


Read on for four ways the Amarr SafeGuard system gets the job done, from the top of your door to the bottom!

Patented end hinge design.  Amarr’s patented end hinges are made from 14-gauge galvanized steel to extend the life of the garage door.  With most of the action hidden inside the garage door, our end hinges leave no room for fingers and provide a clean-finished look to the interior of the garage.


Pinch protection sections.  Amarr’s pinch protection sections are designed to reduce the risk of serious hand and finger injuries.


Patented center hinges.  Amarr’s patented 14-gauge flush mount, inboard designed, center hinges allow Amarr’s finger-friendly, pinch protection sections to operate smoothly and provide a clean-finish interior.


Safety bottom brackets.  Amarr’s exclusive tamper-resistant, safety bottom bracket protects homeowners from accidental removal of fasteners that are under tension.


According to a study by GarageWowNow, 71% of homeowners use their garage door as their entry door.  It’s sensible to want it to be as safe as possible!  An Amarr garage door with the Amarr SafeGuard system gives you the peace of mind you deserve.  Learn more about the Amarr SafeGuard system and the Amarr Advantage on our website.

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Outdoor Home Prep to Do Before Hard Winter Hits

By Kenny Grono, Houzz

The holiday season is upon us, and cold weather is setting in across the country. Now is the time to make one final pass around the exterior of your property to make sure your home will be safe and accessible all winter. Organize unheated garages and sheds to prepare for the damage that freezing temperatures can cause. You’ll be ready for winter, and spring will be that much better when you go looking for that spade shovel and don’t find a nasty surprise instead. Here’s what to do.

Additions and Remodel in Palo Alto CA traditional-exterior

Walks, Patios and Driveways

A paved outdoor surface in the summer can get away with a lot of flaws — cracks, loose pavers, missing mortar. When you can see where you’re going, you can step around the flaws, but once the first snow falls and you’re shoveling the walk and the shovel keeps hitting the edge of that loose paver, making it even worse and slowing you down, you’ll wish you had taken the time to set it back in place.

Any crack or hole where water can pool and freeze in your hardscaping is going to become bigger when water, which expands when it freezes, settles in for a cold night.

What to do: For pavers set in sand, get some paver sand and a rubber mallet and reset loose pavers. If mortar is missing, mix some up and place it with a margin trowel. For small joints you can also get a tube of mortar repair (I like Quikrete), which you can apply with a standard caulk gun.

3 car garage traditional-garage

Garages and Sheds

If you have a garage or shed where you store tools and supplies, a couple of housekeeping tasks are in order.

What to do: Make sure any things you’ll need for the winter — shovel, snowblower, rock salt — are easily accessible. That way when you’re late for work and need to clear the driveway, you won’t waste time digging through bikes, rakes and a volleyball net.

Look for liquids stored in the garage that will be harmed by freezing temperatures. Latex paint should not be allowed to freeze. Open it up and if it still seems good enough to keep, move it to the basement.

If you don’t run your gas- or diesel-powered equipment dry, put a fuel stabilizer like Sta-Bil in the tank to protect the fuel over the winter. Turn off the water supply to exterior hose bibs and open the spigot outside in case there is water left in the pipe. Detach hoses from the spigot, then coil and store them in the shed or garage.

Birmingham, MI Private garden traditional-shed

Hand Tools

What to do: The most important tip for tool maintenance is to clean any dirt off the metal parts. Oiling the metal or spritzing it with WD-40 will get you extra points.

Now is also the time to inspect handles for signs of decay, so you won’t end up with a splintery mess when you dig into that 2-foot-high snowfall.

If the wood handle just needs a little TLC, sand it and oil or paint the wood. Store tools somewhere dry, and they’ll be ready to go when the ground thaws.

Prospect House contemporary-exterior


Even if you swept your deck at the end of fall, there will probably still be built-up organic material between the boards. This can lead to rotting of the boards and the structural framing.

What to do: Clean the stuff out with a stiff bristle broom or a pressure washer. Check your outdoor lighting, too. Replace bulbs as needed. When the sun goes down early and there is potential for icy paths and steps, good lighting is important.

Potager Garden traditional-landscape

Bird Baths and Other Water Features

When the mosquito threat abated, you may have relaxed about standing water, but freezing temperatures are a good reason to do another once-over.

What to do: Any birdbath, bucket, kiddie pool or chiminea that collects water can be damaged when that water freezes, so turn items over or cover them up.

For all this, you’ve earned a hot toddy.

How are you preparing your home for the winter weather? Let us know in the comments below!

Related links:
How to Make Your Walkway Safer This Winter
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Give Backyard Birds a Warm Home in the Winter

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