Smart Home Garage Doors

Smart Home Garage Doors

The “Internet of Things” refers to the concept of creating a smart world by connecting just about anything with an on/off switch to the Internet. Smart home technology is a growing part of the IoT that involves connecting your appliances and other pieces of hardware in your home — giving you the ability to control them from your smartphone or another device. This includes everything from Nest thermostats to connected coffee makers and allows you to customize your home and automate many of your day-to-day tasks and experiences.

Some of the benefits of having a connected home include

  • Convenience – Your alarm clock and can wake you up and notify your coffee maker to start brewing
  • Security – Cameras, activity sensors, and programmable lights and locks let you know who is coming and going from your family’s home from anywhere in the world
  • Efficiency – Smart thermostats can help you conserve energy by stabilizing power demand during the day and conserving power while you’re away

Benefits of Smart Garage Door Opener Technology

A garage door may seem like an unlikely candidate for an Internet connection. But, as one of the primary entrances into your space, there are many benefits of a connected garage door.

  • Control your garage door from anywhere – You can open the door for friends and family and never again spend all day worrying that you might have forgotten to close the door
  • Get activity alerts – Your connected garage door can let you know if your kids got home safely after school (and if they closed the door behind them) or that your door opened when it shouldn’t have
  • Take full control of access to your home – You can control the garage door, lights and property gates
  • Schedule activity – Set specific times for the door to open or close, and for the garage lights to turn on and off. For example, you can automatically close up for the night and turn off the lights in the morning to save electricity

LiftMaster with MyQ

LiftMaster is one option for adding garage door opening technology to your smart home. The LiftMaster device’s capabilities are controlled by the MyQ app, which allows you to access core features like activity alerts and scheduling. Along with the previously mentioned benefits of smart garage door opener technology, MyQ also integrates with an impressive variety of smart home systems, providing enhanced control options. Depending on your existing system’s devices, that could mean anything from adjusting the temperature of your garage to viewing a live video feed to voice control options.

Some of the integrations available include:

  • Connects to Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit so you can ask your  devices to check on the status of your door hands-free
  • Network your garage door with other smart home devices using IFTTT for enhanced, customized control of your garage
  • Works with Nest products to control your Nest Cam and Nest Learning Thermostat from the MyQ app
  • Control your garage door from the in-dash touchscreen on your Tesla with LiftMaster

Visit https://www.liftmaster.com/for-homes/myq-connected-home for full compatibility details. The site also has a tool that walks you through the selection of the appropriate LiftMaster devices based on your current setup, making it simple for you to start experiencing the benefits of a smart garage.

Looking for someone to install a Liftmaster Garage Door Opener in your home? Contact RCS Garage Doors today!

How to paint your garage doors

Taking up nearly 1/3 of the front-facing exterior of the average home, the appearance of your garage door has a significant impact on curb appeal. A new coat of paint not only helps protect it from the elements but can refresh the look of your entire house.

Here are the 6 simple steps to giving your garage door a fresh new finish:

Step 1: Check the weather

You’ll need three days of mild weather between 50°F – 75°F with low humidity. When choosing your painting time, plan to work when the door isn’t being exposed to direct sunlight.

Step 2: Gather your materials

The most important purchase for this project is obviously your paint and primer. Select your coatings based on the substrate (material the door is made of), performance (weather resistance, durability, etc.), finish (level of gloss), and color. Keep in mind, most modern doors are aluminum, but some older doors may be made of wood.    

One gallon of paint/primer is enough to cover a two-car garage door with some left over for touchups. If you are painting a larger surface or putting a light color over a dark color, you may need more. Ask for help at your local paint store if you’re not sure what you need.

Other tools and supplies:

  • Sponge
  • Garden hose
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Wire brush and sandpaper
  • Clean towels or rags
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint brush and roller
  • Step stool or ladder

Step 3: Clean the surface

Using an all-purpose cleaner, thoroughly remove all dirt and dust then rinse any residue from the door with your hose. If there are rust spots, you may need to remove them with a wire brush and sandpaper.

Step 4: Prepare your door and work area

Note: Don’t forget to park your cars outside the garage, and remove anything you know you’ll need that day before getting started.

After the door is completely dry, carefully tape off handles, hinges, windows, edges, etc. with painter’s tape. Place one drop cloth on your driveway to protect it from drips, and one inside your garage to protect the floor. If you’re painting the trim and frame a different color, tape it off, too, and paint that last.

Step 5: Prime

It’s easiest to work on the door from the bottom up. To do this, disengage the electronic opening mechanism so that you can move the door manually, then raise the bottom to a comfortable height so you don’t have to stoop. As you work, carefully lower the door in sections so you are always painting at a comfortable height.

To get a nice even coat, work from the inside of any inset panels to the outside of each section using a brush on the panels and slanted insets, then a roller on large, flat surfaces. Carefully wipe away excess as you go. Let your primer dry for at least 12 hours before applying your paint.

Step 6: Paint

Paint from the bottom up again, using the same method that you used for primer. Allow your garage door to dry for at least 12 hours before painting the frame and trim.

Looking for a completely new look (and new garage door)? Contact RCS Garage Doors to learn more about the styles we offer!

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