Keyless Entry Garage Door Openers

If you have a garage door opener installed at your home and you would like to make it even more convenient and safe for you and your family to use your garage door to get in and out of the house, a keyless entry garage door opener system may be exactly what you need. The garage door has taken on the role of a second front door for many homeowners since it eliminates the need to find your keys every time you want to enter and exit the house, not to mention you don’t need to worry that the front door was locked behind you. A keyless entry system works in conjunction with your existing garage door opener rather than replacing it entirely so you don’t need to invest in a new garage door opener as well. A keyless entry system is relatively inexpensive compared to a new garage door opener and can provide an extra layer of security. If you forget or misplace your garage door opener or even if the battery dies in your garage door opener remote, you won’t be at a complete loss to open your garage door from outside.

If you already use the garage door as a front door, a keyless entry system can make it even easier to use that way. There are a number of great advantages to installing a keyless entry system for your garage door opener. The keypad can be attached to the jamb of the garage door so you only need to press a few buttons to open your garage door. For additional security, you can program a unique code for yourself and your family members, preventing anyone else from gaining access to your home via the garage door without the code. A keyless entry system can also be programmed on a temporary basis with a specific code you can provide for deliveries and/or service people who may need to enter your house while you’re not home. This can be a much safer alternative to a key to your front door that could be lost or copied. If you are looking for additional security above and beyond a keypad and/or you don’t want to have to remember a code, some keyless entry systems offer a fingerprint scanner as an option instead of a keypad. These systems generally allow up to 10 fingerprints to be programmed, allowing you to grant access to family members and eliminate the need to have a code that can be forgotten or given to anyone unauthorized.

Even if you have an older garage door opener, you should still be able to use a keyless entry system. Most keyless entry systems that are designed for universal use with any garage door opener brand name will work with garage door openers manufactured after 1993. Additionally, there are many excellent keyless entry systems made specifically for each garage door brand name. These typically are designed to take advantage of the “rolling code” functionality included in many garage door openers, ensuring that your keyless entry system cannot be exploited by tapping into the signal it transmits to the garage door opener.

Keyless entry systems are generally very easy to install since they are usually wireless and often only require a couple of screws to attach them to the garage door jamb and a small battery to provide power. You will not have to worry about running wires or working with electricity in order to set it up. To protect them from damage by exposure to the weather, keyless entry pads come with a waterproof cover that slides on and off as needed. Other great features that may be included with your keyless entry system include a lighted keypad and a security lock-out feature that will temporarily lock the keypad after a certain amount of incorrect entries.

With all of these advantages to consider, a keyless entry garage door opener may be one of the best investments you can make when it comes to your garage door. For assistance in choosing the right keyless entry system for your garage door opener, it is recommended that you contact GSM in your area. We will be able to make the best recommendation possible for your needs.

San Diego Automatic Gates

Home security is a top concern for any San Diego property owner. When it comes to that, preventing access to your property is your first line of defense. An automatic gate for your driveway is one great way to control access and can be very attractive as well. If you’re thinking about getting an automatic gate for your property in San Diego, we’ve put together some useful information.

Automatic Gate Types

The first issue to consider is whether you want a swinging or sliding gate – this will typically be dependent on your driveway’s location. Swinging gates are designed to swing in or out when the gate is operated while sliding gates are designed to move to one side of the driveway. If you want a swinging gate, they are generally best for driveways that have plenty of clear space on either side of the gate – making them a potentially poor choice for a sloping driveway. For a sliding gate, you will need to have enough open space on one side of the gate in order for it to work correctly.

Automatic Gate Materials

Automatic gates are well-suited to a variety of different materials such as chain link, iron, wood or aluminum – each has its strengths and weaknesses. Chain link is typically the least expensive option but considered less attractive than other options. Iron is a very popular choice for ornamental or security gates, but it requires regular maintenance to ward off rust. Wood is another attractive option for an ornamental gate, but can require a good deal of maintenance. Aluminum is often preferable to iron as a gate material since it is considerably less prone to rusting, but is more expensive as a result.

Automatic Gate Safety

Once you get an automatic gate for your San Diego home, you may have some concerns about it closing on your car by accident or even injuring your children or pets if they happen to stray into the path of the gate while it is operating. Generally, an automatic gate will have a sensor that reverses the gate if it encounters an obstacle, but this isn’t a sure-fire precaution. If you want to provide additional protection, there are some other options you can choose from:

Photo Eye: An invisible beam is projected across the gate’s path. If anything breaks the beam, the gate will automatically reverse.

Loop Sensor: A sensor embedded in the driveway detects cars above it and will reverse the gate.

Miller Edge: A sensor is attached to the gate itself that will reverse the gate if it encounters an obstruction

Automatic Gate Troubleshooting

While an automatic gate is fairly reliable, you may encounter some simple issues that can prevent the proper operation of your gate. If your gate isn’t responding when you use the remote or punch in your code, check to make sure that your remote’s signal isn’t being blocked by trees or any obstructions between you and the opener – and that you are punching in your code correctly. You may also want to check that the gate’s circuit breaker hasn’t tripped and that the opener’s sensors are not dirty or blocked by debris.

If you’re having difficulty with the automatic gate on your property in San Diego, we recommend that you contact a San Diego automatic gate repair company for assistance. They will have all the necessary experience required to troubleshoot your automatic gate and make any necessary repairs.

Roofing Types

At GSM, we understand that choosing material for a new roof can be a challenging process. We’ve put together a guide to the various types of roofing available as a service to homeowners who are in the market for a new roof. When you’re ready to get started with your new roof or you need assistance in choosing the best materials, call GSM! We offer complete roofing services for homeowners, including roof repairs, maintenance, tear-offs and installation of new roofs.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are commonly used for residential roofing since they are usually the least expensive option and are easy to install compared to other popular types of roofing. In addition, asphalt shingles are available in a diverse range of colors and are generally highly fire-resistant, making them suitable for use on a wide variety of homes.

Wooden Shakes

Another popular option for roofing is wooden shakes, which are commonly cut from a variety of woods such as cedar and redwood. An advantage of wooden shakes is their insulating properties that help reduce the amount of heat passing through the roof – plus a wooden shake roof allows better airflow underneath, improving ventilation of the spaces under the roof. On the negative side, wooden shakes need to be maintained regularly to prevent rot and other issues, plus insect damage is also a possibility. Fire safety is another concern – some wooden shakes are pressure-treated to increase their fire resistance, however.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are extremely popular in the Southwestern US and can make a great addition to many homes that have a Mediterranean look. When it comes to longevity, clay tiles do very well since they cannot be damaged by rot, insects or fire. Another benefit of clay tiles is increased energy-efficiency – light-colored tiles can reflect much of the sun’s heat and lower energy costs to keep your home cool. However, clay tiles are extremely heavy and may require modifications to your home’s structural supports to allow them to be used.

Slate

Slate is another very attractive option for roofing that offers many of the same advantages that clay tile does and can be expected to last for at least 100 years under ideal conditions. However, slate is very expensive compared to other roofing options and like tile – is very heavy and can be easily broken. Color choices can be a bit limited as well since slate is a natural stone and not a man-made product.

Metal

Metal is one other excellent choice for roofing that offers a number of advantages – it is very lightweight, will not rot or burn, is very heat-reflective and very low-maintenance. A metal roof is also very environmentally-friendly – the steel used is typically comprised of a good portion of recycled metal. However, a metal roof can be very expensive compared to other roofing options.

Fence Services

A fence can be a great addition to your property for a variety of reason including additional security or privacy, keeping your children and pets safe in the yard, marking your property line or simply to set off your landscaping. The most commonly used materials for fencing including chain link, wood, iron or vinyl – each has its own advantages or disadvantages. If you have questions about getting a new fence for your home or you have an existing fence that needs to be repaired, please contact GSM for assistance today – we’re happy to assist you!

Chain Link Fences

Chain link is not quite as widely used for residential fencing needs mainly due to the fact that it is not as attractive as the other options for fencing – which leads to it being used mainly for backyard fencing or other applications. On the positive side, a chain link fence is typically much less expensive than a comparable fence in another material and it will require a lot less maintenance. Chain link fences can also have slats inserted to add privacy or make them more attractive.

Iron Fences

Iron is frequently used for ornamental fencing, especially wrought iron fences. Along with the decorative options, it is also widely used for security fences since it is extremely durable and the bars can be sharpened to discourage anyone from climbing over the fence. However, an iron fence will require regular maintenance to keep it from rusting or corroding.

Wooden Fences

Wood is one of the most popular options for fences since it easily lends itself to a wide range of different fence styles that can be an attractive addition to any property. Some of the more common wooden fence styles include:

Solid Dog Ear: A very common style of privacy fence with the boards tapered off at the top. This fence style is designed with a “home” side and a “neighbor” side – the “home” side has the posts and rails exposed.

Split Rail: Consists of posts connected by two or more widely-spaced rails. Very often used in rural areas as a decorative or property line indicator.

Picket: One of the classic fence styles that is often used as a decorative fence

Hybrid: A variant of privacy fence with a lattice running along the top.

Wood is generally less expensive than iron although it is prone to weather damage over time. However, staining or painting in addition to regular maintenance can help reduce the toll weather will take on your fence.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl is frequently used in place of iron or wood since it can imitate the look of those two materials. It is very sturdy, won’t rust, is impervious to insects and comes in a range of colors. While more expensive than wood, the considerably lower maintenance can make it a great alternative.

If you’re interested in getting a new fence for your home or you have an existing fence that is in need of repair, please contact GSM for assistance today. We can provide recommendations for various types of fencing depending on your needs and budget, plus we can repair and install all types of fencing, ensuring that you get the most out of your fence.

Bathroom Lighting

So you’ve got a great plan in mind for how you want your new bathroom to look – but it is also very important to make sure that you have enough lighting and/or lighting in the right places to set off that new tile or to give you plenty of light for your daily routines. We’ve put together some great bathroom lighting tips that you can use to make sure your new bathroom looks great!

Avoid Shadows

Ideally, the lighting in your bathroom should be placed in order to avoid shadows on your face. In particular, avoid using recessed lighting to light the sink and mirror area – if it is placed incorrectly, it can result in deep shadows on your face. If you prefer to use recessed lighting for that area, then it is strongly advised that you place it as close to the mirror as possible and center it over the faucets – this will minimize the shadows caused by recessed lighting. For the best light coverage of the mirror and sink area that will minimize shadows, we recommend placing lights on either side of the mirror – this will shine light on both sides of your face rather than from above and avoid causing shadows cast by your brows, nose or chin.

Combine Lighting Types

Ideally, your bathroom remodel will include a number of different lighting types – the task lighting for your mirror and sink area which is designed to provide the best illumination for your face, ambient lighting which helps soften shadows by reflecting light off the ceiling and walls, accent lighting which helps illuminate various features of the bathroom such as tile or decorations, and decorative lighting which simply adds more beauty to your bathroom.

Use Different Lighting For Each Situation

To get the most out of your lighting and also reduce your energy bills, we recommend using varying levels of lighting for each situation. You can accomplish this by using dimmers to control the lighting levels in the bathroom, allowing you to turn the lights up in the morning while getting ready, turn them down to create a relaxing mood for a soak in the tub or even provide a minimal amount of light for a late-night trip to the bathroom.

Add Natural Light If Possible

Ideally, a bathroom should incorporate natural light via a window or skylight if possible – allowing you to enhance the appearance of your bathroom and also save on your energy bills in the long run. One great way to add a bit of natural light to the bathroom is to add a solar light tube – this can channel indirect sunlight or even moonlight into the bathroom, enhancing the existing lighting and reducing the need to turn the bathroom lights on each time.

Add Energy-Efficient Lighting Where Possible

Another great idea for bathroom lighting is to incorporate energy-efficient lighting where possible. There are many attractive options for sconces and diffusers that can accommodate a fluorescent bulb, plus LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are also becoming a popular option – they are extremely energy-efficient, last much longer than standard lightbulbs and put out a good deal of light.

San Diego Garage Door Repair

At GSM Garage Doors, Gates and Fences, we understand that finding quality garage door repair service in San Diego can be a challenging task. If your garage door or garage door opener has broken down and you need assistance, we urge you to call us today. We gladly provide a complete range of garage door repair services that covers every possible issue you might experience with your garage door over its lifetime. Issues we commonly deal with include:

Garage Door Spring Replacement: A typical garage door has one or more springs attached to it – these balance the weight of a heavy garage door and make it very easy to move. These springs are usually designed to last for at least 10 years under normal use but if not properly maintained or if the garage door is heavily used, they can wear out much faster and break, making the garage door inoperable.

Garage Door Opener Troubleshooting: Your garage door opener is a fairly simple piece of equipment but can be prone to issues such as sensor malfunctions which could prevent the garage door opener from working correctly. We troubleshoot all makes and models of garage door openers and can assist you with any issues you might experience.

Garage Door Track Repair: Many San Diego homeowners have a sectional garage door that moves on tracks. These need to be properly aligned and free of dents or obstructions in order for the garage door to operate correctly.

Garage door repair is not recommended as a do-it-yourself project for a San Diego homeowner. The garage door itself is very heavy and could easily fall if not secured. The springs are another potential hazard since they are under extreme tension that must be released properly – otherwise the tension could break the spring loose and turn it into a projectile that can easily cause serious injury. Additionally, your garage door may need to be properly balanced on the springs and aligned on the tracks to avoid causing premature wear on the springs and rollers that could lead to another breakdown.

As a courtesy to new and existing San Diego customers who need garage door repair services, GSM Garage Doors, Gates and Fences is happy to provide free estimates on any service. Simply call us for assistance today – we will be happy to schedule an appointment for one of our expert technicians to come out to your home and take a look at the garage door. They will be able to easily make a determination regarding the problem you’re having and provide an estimate to repair on the spot so you can make the decision. There is no obligation to use our services if you receive an estimate from us, and we will gladly beat any competitor’s written estimate for the same service!

In addition to our regular garage door repair services, we also gladly offer 24 hour emergency service throughout San Diego. If your garage door breaks down unexpectedly at any time of day or night, please call us for fast and friendly emergency service within an hour of your call!

Green Bathroom Remodeling

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, this can be a great time to also implement some green bathroom remodeling ideas to help you save money on your energy and water bills as well as minimizing environmental impact. Fortunately, there are a number of great ideas that can not only make your bathroom look great but help you go green at the same time!

Reduce Your Water Usage

Naturally, the bathroom accounts for a lot of your water usage, due to the toilet and shower. However, there are ways to significantly cut down on the amount of water you use, which can translate into a fair amount of savings on your water bill.

Studies show that an average toilet uses over a quarter of the water in a household. While a low-flow toilet may not be an entirely desirable solution since it often requires multiple flushes to take care of everything – fortunately, there is a much better alternative. Dual-flush toilets give you the option of using only a minimal amount of water or the maximum amount of water per flush, depending on what you need to flush. This can save you a good deal of water per year – approximately 17,000 gallons. Alternately, you can install a dual-flush mechanism in your existing toilet and eliminate the need to replace the toilet altogether with a new dual-flush model.

The shower is the other prime water user – it can account for at least 15 to 20 percent of your water usage. Replacing a standard high-flow showerhead that flows about 2.5 gallons per minute with a low-flow showerhead that flows about 1.5-2 gallons per minute can easily save a good amount of water – reducing your water bills.

Reduce Energy Usage

Your bathroom also accounts for a fair bit of energy usage since the water heater is naturally kept busy heating water for showers and baths. You can reduce the amount of energy the water heater uses by wrapping it in an insulating jacket and insulating any exposed pipes leading from the water heater – this will help keep water hotter longer. It is also possible to save some energy by turning your water heater down to 120 degrees from the standard 140 degrees most water heaters are set at – you will still have comfortably hot water while saving energy.

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, there are two excellent alternatives to traditional water heaters that can help you conserve energy. Condensing water heaters are designed to put almost all of the energy they use into heating water – making them much more energy-efficient. Alternately, tankless water heaters save energy by only heating water when it is actually needed, rather than keeping water heated constantly.

Green Bathroom Remodeling Materials

In addition to reducing water and energy usage, you can also choose materials for your bathroom remodel that will look great while still minimizing your environmental impact. For bathroom tile, there are many attractive options available in ceramic, which is very durable and low-maintenance as well. Recycled glass tiles are another possibility for attractive yet green tiles. Light fixtures can be replaced with LEDs which use a very minimal amount of electricity while still allowing for a good deal of light – saving you money on your electric bill over time.

If you plan on repainting your bathroom, there are many excellent green paints available that you can choose from which are made from sustainable materials and do not emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can cause health problems over time.

For a free consultation on your bathroom remodel, call GSM today!

Green Kitchen Remodeling

If you’re thinking about moving forward with that kitchen remodel you’ve had on your mind for a while, but you also have concerns about both being energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly – there’s good news for you. GSM specializes in complete kitchen remodeling services for homeowners and we’re always happy to help you make the right choices for your needs. Contact us today for a free consultation!

There are a variety of green kitchen remodeling options you can choose from to help you not only make your kitchen look great, but save energy and reduce environmental impact.

Cabinets:

There are a number of excellent green cabinet options on the market that are typically constructed from either bamboo or wheatboard. Bamboo is a great sustainable option since it grows extremely fast and is very durable, while wheatboard utilizes agricultural waste such as wheat chaff. In addition, green cabinets are typically assembled using non-volatile compounds that do not give off harmful vapors that can cause additional air pollution or health problems.

Countertops:

There are many excellent alternatives to traditional stone or wood countertops available that utilize recycled or reclaimed products such as paper, glass or wood from demolished buildings. They can be a very attractive addition to your kitchen while still being a great way to minimize your environmental impact.

Flooring:

Three excellent green flooring options that you may want to consider for your kitchen remodel are cork, linoleum and concrete.

Cork is manufactured from tree bark and is a very sustainable option that is also attractive, provides a slip-resistant surface and is waterproof, making it excellent for kitchen flooring.

Linoleum is manufactured from various green products including linseed oil. It is fairly moisture-resistant and can be manufactured in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Concrete might seem like a surprising option for a home kitchen, but in fact it can be an excellent choice. It can be stained or dyed in a number of attractive colors or even patterned or textured to complement the look of your kitchen.

Lighting:

There are numerous energy-efficient lighting options available on the market that will last much longer, saving you money on your energy bills and reducing the impact on the environment.

Appliances:

If you’re considering replacing your appliances such as the refrigerator and dishwasher, look for appliances that carry the Energy Star label – they are designed to be energy-efficient. An energy-efficient dishwasher in particular can help you save money on energy costs as well as using less water.

When you’re ready to begin your kitchen remodel to save money and help protect the environment at the same time, call GSM for a free consultation!

Sunroom Additions

A sunroom can be a great addition to any home – it can be used for entertaining, family gatherings or just a great place to relax in the warm midday sun. In addition, a sunroom has the potential to increase your home’s resale value. GSM is highly experienced in room addition services including sunroom construction and will be happy to assist you if you’re thinking about putting a sunroom in. For a free consultation, please contact us today!

When considering a sunroom addition for your home, it is important to keep some points in mind:

Which direction do you want it to face?

If your sunroom faces to the east, you will get morning sun but not in the afternoon. If your sunroom faces west, you won’t get sun in the morning but you will in the afternoon and evening when it is hotter. Ideally, you should have the sunroom face either north or south – this depends on whether you are in a warmer or cooler climate. In a warmer climate, the sunroom should face north and vice versa in a cooler climate. This will allow you to take advantage of the sun at all times of the day.

Will you use the sunroom all year long?

If you plan on using it in every season, you may want to plan to add air conditioning or heating. Additionally, you will want to choose windows that minimize the amount of heat coming in or out of the sunroom, making it as comfortable as possible in every season.

Which material would you like to use?

The three common options for a sunroom framework are wood, aluminum and vinyl.

Wood: The most attractive option but is naturally the most expensive. Insulates well but does require regular maintenance.

Aluminum: Less expensive than wood, very light and durable but is a fairly poor insulator.

Vinyl: The least expensive option. Very durable and a good insulator, but isn’t nearly as strong as aluminum.

How will this affect your property values?

A sunroom can boost the resale value of your home, but you may also find that it is counted towards your square footage and raises your property taxes and/or home insurance. Some areas may consider it as a porch addition and not part of your home, however.

When you’re ready to build your sunroom, call GSM today for a free consultation. We are always happy to assist you!

Drywall Services

Drywall (also called sheetrock or plasterboard) is one of the most common building materials you’ll find in the average home. It is inexpensive and easy to install for even a do-it-yourself homeowner, making it a popular choice for interior walls and ceilings. Drywall has its origins in the early 1900s as an alternative to the traditional “lath and plaster” method that was commonly used up to that point – though it didn’t gain popularity as a building material until the 1950s. It is typically composed of crushed gypsum rock molded into sheets and pressed between thick paper. As a result of the popular use of drywall, it is estimated that the average American home contains approximately 7 tons of gypsum. Should you need new drywall installed in your home, the experts at GSM will be able to assist you – contact us today for a free estimate!

Drywall Types

There are 3 popularly used drywall types:

Regular – The most commonly utilized form of drywall in most homes and buildings.

Fire-resistant – The nature of drywall makes it resistant to fire since the gypsum used to make it contains crystallized water that is released when exposed to heat. Fire-resistant drywall is manufactured with other additives to help increase its natural resistance to fire.

Green boardDrywall is prone to crumbling and falling apart when exposed to moisture. Green board is generally used in areas where drywall would be exposed to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. It consists of drywall that has a waxy coating applied to it, making it resistant to moisture damage.

There are many other types of drywall available as well that offer different properties such as mold resistance, soundproofing or waterproofing.

Drywall Specifications

Drywall usually comes in 4-foot wide sheets of varying lengths ranging from 8 feet to 12 feet or even longer. Depending on the area it will be used in such as a ceiling or wall, drywall typically comes in varying thicknesses from 1/2″ to 5/8″.