Before you invest in residential garage doors in Rancho Cordova, CA, it is a good idea to take stock and see that you are not abusing your garage. There are many ways garage doors sustain damage, and one way is through over-cluttered garages where items fall down, block doors or dent them through blunt force impacts. The best way to avoid these scenarios is to know what is appropriate to store in your garage. Here are four items that belong in there:
- Cars and car supplies: The primary purpose of most garages is to store cars. You can preserve the paint and avoid long mornings spent defrosting windshields if you see your garage as primarily a place for automobile storage. Keep anything having to do with your car in there, too, whether that is extra oil, car wash supplies or an ice scraper. Anything having to do with your car should be easy to access, and the garage is the perfect place for that purpose.
- Outdoor entertainment: Hot tub or pool supplies, bicycles or your volleyball net are all appropriate items for the garage. Unused lawn chairs or tables also work well with garage storage. All these items go outside regularly, and that makes the garage the easiest place to store them. Also, some items, like pool chemicals, can be dangerous, so it is more appropriate to keep them in the garage and away from small children and pets. However, it is also very easy to clutter the space with these items, so consider garage storage systems that can help keep your garage neat.
- Yard and garden tools: Like your outdoor entertainment, yard and garden tools are normally used outside, and that makes the garage the most appropriate place for them. Also, weed and insect killers are toxic, and the garage is a better place so they do not pose a risk to pets and children in your home. The same is true with dangerous implements like lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. It is much safer to keep them in your garage. If these items clutter your garage, look for wall-hanging options or consider adding a garden shed if your large yard equipment or tool collection starts to become overwhelming.
- Infrequently used items: Anything sturdy and weatherproof that only comes out once a year is a good garage storage candidate. However, when it comes to papers and electronics, consider basement or attic storage, since garage conditions fluctuate wildly with temperature swings. Extra dishes or clothes in sealed plastic boxes will work well in the garage. But avoid food items or loose clothing, as that will attract vermin.
There are a few things to never store in a garage. Gasoline and propane are flammable and risk accidents. Store them outside in well-ventilated areas. Even if you have an insulated garage, there will still be temperature swings, so anything fragile should stay inside your home.
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