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9 Ways to Reinvent the Garage in Your Perth Home

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Garages are a great asset to any home, and add value to our properties. However, they’re often neglected, and we sometimes don’t even count it as part of our home, thinking of it as a separate entity. Garages will often end up being used for junk, things we can’t bear to throw away, or unfinished DIY projects, while it could be used for so much more. A garage is more than just a space for your car or your BBQ. With just a few changes, it can be turned into something useful, whether it’s extra living space or somewhere to work. Here are some ideas for revitalising an old garage and turning it into a practical space.


  • Fix your garage door


Old garage doors can soon become difficult to operate, and can start to let in draughts or damp. They can also cause security issues, as a damaged door makes it easier to access your home. Look for garage door repairs in Perth to instantly give your garage a modern look, improving it both inside and out. It’ll also make your garage feel cosier, so if you decide to use it for a living space, it’ll be easier to heat.


  • Declutter


Some people don’t realise just how much space they have in their garage, as clutter soon piles up over the years. It can be difficult to motivate yourself to clear the garage, so having a plan for what you’ll do with the space can help. Donate anything that’s still useable, and consider hiring a van to haul away the junk to a recycling centre. If there’s anything left that you want to keep, store it properly in plastic boxes and label it clearly, so you can keep your garage organised.

Spacious and clean garage


  • Cover the floor


Garages often have old concrete floors, which can make them feel drab and unusable. By investing in new flooring, you can easily transform the space and make it feel more welcoming. Don’t have much to spend? An easy option is heavy-duty vinyl flooring, which you can buy by the roll, and is simple for even amateur DIYers to lay. However, the type of flooring you choose will depend on what you intend to use the space for and whether you want it to be practical or comfortable.


  • Decide on a use for the space


There are many different ways that you can use the space in your garage, including:

  • Family rooms
  • Playrooms
  • A study or studio
  • A games room
  • Home gym

It helps to plan how you’ll use the space and break it up accordingly. For example, you might still need some storage space, so might want to build some sturdy shelves, but you’ll then have enough room to create the room that you want. Most garages are large and square, which makes them fairly easy to plan out and give you lots of practical space. However, they can suffer from low ceilings, so you might need to plan the space to take this into account.


  • Insulate


If you plan to use your garage as living space, it’ll probably need some extra insulation. Insulation doesn’t just keep rooms warm, it also helps stop overheating during the summer months, so in areas such as Perth, it’s essential. You might want to fit new garage doors in Perth, WA to properly seal the room, and look at adding an air conditioner or other cooling system so that you can stay comfortable when working or relaxing. This will also help you prevent expensive energy bills from having to run fans or plug-in heaters in your garage.


  • Add a window


If you want your garage to be more than just a storage space, it’s worth adding a window or two to add natural light. If there’s no way to add them to the walls, then you can choose a garage door with windows to make the room feel a bit homelier. Lighting is important in garage conversions, as they can soon feel dingy, so add lamps to any dark corners or consider installing LED lighting to the ceiling if you’re going to be working in there.

Windowed garaged doors allow for more natural light


  • Cover grubby walls


Many garages have rather grim walls, usually with exposed brick that has been painted with layer after layer of paint. It can be hard to cover these walls with more paint or wallpaper, so it’s worth looking at installing drywall which is a cheap and easy way to cover uneven walls. This can also stop the walls from feeling cold to the touch and makes it easy to decorate and hang pictures. Using drywall instantly makes a garage feel like another room in your home and is a cheap way of doing a renovation.


  • Paint the ceiling


Garages often have grubby old ceilings, usually fitted with strip lights and neglected over the years. Giving them a coat of paint can make a big difference. If they’re uneven or draughty, then PVC ceiling panels can be a better option, and this can be a good excuse to update your lighting to something a bit more homely, like warm spotlights.


  • Add a personal touch


If you’re turning your garage into a games room or man cave, then don’t be afraid to add some personal touches. The great thing about garages is that you can fill them with fun, personal items such as collectibles and things you might not have on display in the house. You can hang a big screen TV, hang sports memorabilia, and generally just make the place your own. Garages can also be great as hobby rooms, whether you’re into carpentry or sewing, and it means you can have all the equipment out without it getting in the way.

If you are transforming your garage, make Fix-a-Door in Perth your first call to repair and restore your garage door. Simply call 04 3800 2603 to get a free quote today.

A Guide to Your Garage Door Options

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

As experts in garage doors, we’ve put together this brief guide to help you understand the different types. Garage doors can make up to 20% of the overall façade of your home, so it’s important they look good as well as function properly. We’ve overseen thousands of garage door repairs in Perth over the years and can tell you that there are four basic types of doors: swing out, swing up, roll up, or slide to the side.


The most popular choice is usually a sectional roll-up door because they are the most compact and functional. However, if you need to keep the ceiling clear, swing-out or sliding doors are a good choice. If you prefer a basic garage door and have space, you can go for a swing-up door.

Style and Look

There may be space constraints that determine the style of the garage door you choose, but it’s also important to pick a door that suits the style of your home. For example, a modern roll-up door may look out of place on an older property, where a more traditional style of swing door may fit in better.

However, you needn’t allow the look of your home effect which style of garage door you have in place because there are many features that will determine how your garage door looks, such as panels, trim, and other detailing. You can change the way your garage door looks without changing the way it opens.

Stylish Garage Door


The traditional material to use for a garage door is wood, and it is still popular because of the way it looks. Wood doors may be visually appealing, but they require frequent repainting or refinishing and are susceptible to rot, particularly in damp climates.

Steel doors require much less maintenance. It is an inexpensive but very tough material, but if left exposed, steel will rust. This means any scratches to the paintwork have to be dealt with immediately and is one reason why some people choose a steel door with a fibreglass overlay, which resists dents and doesn’t rust.

Aluminium has long been a material of choice for garage doors, especially if they are the sturdy versions with heavy-duty frames and dent-resistant laminated panels. Although these can get expensive, many people feel it’s worth the investment over time. If you want to spend less, consider a door with an aluminium frame but panels made of other materials, such as high-density polyethylene, which is light and strong and much more cost-effective.

If you’re interested in having your garage door repaired or replaced, then please call now on 04 3800 2603. Greg at Fix-a-Door will be able to provide you with a free quote whether you want a wooden, steel, or aluminium door in any style. You can also contact us through our website, using the form on the ‘contact us’ tab and Greg will get back to you. Just leave your name, email address, and phone number, and let us know when is most convenient to give you a call.

The Most Common Garage Door Problems

Monday, November 20th, 2017

There are several problems with garage doors that we regularly encounter through our work in Perth and the surrounding area, some of which only affect automatic doors and some of which may afflict manually operated doors as well. The good news is, such problems are rarely fatal and can normally be repaired in a matter of hours, either by yourself or by one of our experienced technicians. Below, we have listed 4 of the most common issues encountered by local residents, along with some tips on what to do if you should encounter these problems in your home.

Common Garage Door Repairs in Perth

If you should happen to experience any of the problems in the following list, you may either attempt the suggested fixes yourself (for those problems that are easily fixed without calling a technician) or simply get in touch with us, and we will be happy to send one of our garage door engineers in Perth to your home.

  1. Your Door Opens or Closes with a Bang – If you can hear a banging or thudding noise as your garage door opens or closes, the root of the problem is probably a broken torsion spring. Another common issue that causes the same symptoms is a broken lifting cable. In both cases, asking your local garage doors repair specialist in Perth to replace the broken component is the recommended solution.
  2. Your Automatic Door Fails to Open or Close Intermittently – If your garage door sometimes fails to open or close, there are a couple of common reasons behind such a fault that it is worth exploring before calling a technician for help. Firstly, the battery in your remote control may be coming to the end of its useful life. If this is the case, replacing the battery should immediately restore your garage door to normal working order. The second possibility, which is far less likely, is that your neighbour has an automatic door with the same remote control, and it is interfering with yours. This only occurs with older garage doors and can be fixed by upgrading the remote control system.
  3. Your Automatic Garage Door Starts To Close Then Opens Fully Again –  In the event that your door should start to close then go back up again, the most likely reason for this behaviour is poorly aligned photoelectric sensor units. Our garage door service in Perth covers the realignment of such sensors, so please feel free to call and ask for help if you are unable to align them yourself.
  4. The Motor Runs But Nothing Happens – Another common issue that happens with some automatic doors and one that is usually due to the disconnect switch having been enabled. To resolve the problem, simply disable the switch.

If you are experiencing any type of problem with your door and you would like some help, please do not hesitate to call at any time. We specialize in garage door repairs in Perth and will be delighted to be of service.

The Importance of Regularly Servicing Your Garage Door

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Your garage door is likely a main entrance to your home and will be used regularly. This is especially true if you park your car inside your garage, meaning its door will receive near-daily use. Your garage door is likely to be located at the front of your home, meaning it will be a major factor in how your home looks from the outside.

Wear and tear through regular usage, and visual appeal are both reasons to keep your garage door well-maintained. Here are some of the main reasons we recommend regularly servicing your garage door:


If your garage door fails to open or close properly, or worse, falls down, this presents some real dangers to you and your family. Falling on top of people creates an obvious risk but can be avoided by ensuring that all working parts are maintained, and the door is kept safe.

If the door fails to open properly, it could mean trapping someone inside the garage unnecessarily. If the door cannot open properly, it may also expose your home to possible break-ins if the garage has a door leading to inside your home.

Keeping yourself and family safe is one of the main reasons to have your garage roller doors maintained. You can make sure that your door is fully operational by having a professional from a company specializing from garage door repairs in Perth regularly visit your home in order to maintain it.


You may rely on your door to open and close easily, at least twice per day on most days. This would be the case if you’re someone who drives to work and likes to park their car in the garage. It will cause a real hassle to you, and waste time, if your garage doors don’t open and close properly.

To make sure your garage doors operate effectively and won’t fail, it is an excellent idea to have them regularly serviced by a professional service. You can set up a convenient service plan to ensure that your garage doors are kept operational before any mechanism breaks down by arranging this with a company offering roller door repairs in Perth.

Avoid Emergencies

Prevention is always better than cure, as they say. It’s also cheaper in the long run. By keeping your garage door well-maintained and operating smoothly, you will do well to prevent unexpected problems that may lead to a total breakdown. In this case, it is likely to cost more to have your door fixed when it is broken rather than keeping it operational with regular maintenance.

Garage doors are sturdy pieces of equipment and should keep going for years after being installed, but as with any heavily-used door, they need regular maintenance. It’s an excellent idea to regularly service your garage door, and keep it fully functional, rather than waiting for something to go wrong.

At Fix-a-Door we offer professional repairs to all garage doors, and also provide regular maintenance. Please contact us now on 04 3800 2603 to have a chat with us about servicing options.

The Dangers of DIY Garage Door Repairs

Friday, September 15th, 2017

When something breaks around the home, there’s always a temptation to try and fix it ourselves. After all, nobody wants an unexpected expense, and sometimes a problem looks easy to fix. If your garage door is broken, it may look pretty simple to fix, but sometimes these systems can be much more complex. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t attempt a DIY repair of your garage door.

Garage doors are heavy and prone to fall

Even seemingly lightweight garage doors can weigh over 100 pounds, and if you attempt to fix them without specialist knowledge, they are prone to fall. This can damage your property and mean the doors will need to be replaced; it’s dangerous for you. It’s much better to look for someone who can do a garage door repair in Perth or your local area, as they’ll be used to working with garage door systems, and can minimise the risk of damage or injuries.

DIY injuries can be serious

Many people injure themselves through DIY each year, and it’s not just cuts and scrapes. Recent figures show that Australians suffer over 3,000 DIY related injuries each year, including amputations of limbs, fingers and toes caused by power tools. Fixing a garage door also means climbing a ladder, and this can be a peril of itself, and that’s before you consider specific dangers that come with doors such as springs and mechanisms.

It’s easy to use the wrong parts

When something like a garage spring becomes worn, it may look easy to repair and you may be able to pick one up in your local DIY store. However, it’s very easy to buy the wrong parts and you need to know:

  • The specific model of garage door
  • The year it was made
  • Whether there’s a better part to improve performance

It’s also difficult to tell what the real issue is when it comes to garage doors. It may seem like one part is the problem, but it could be something very different. Looking for garage door services in Perth or your local area means the problem can be properly diagnosed, and the repair carried out with the correct parts so further damage is avoided.

Your security can be compromised

Garages can contain expensive items, and if the garage is attached to your house then, it can be an access point for thieves. It’s important to secure your garage door properly, and if the door isn’t properly fixed, then it can become a security risk, perhaps even invalidating your insurance should you be burgled. Therefore, it’s important for a professional to check it over and ensure it’s secure.

If you’re a keen DIYer, you make think that your garage door will be easy to repair, but the systems can be more complicated than they look. To ensure a professional and secure repair, get in touch with Fix-A-Door, who can carry out all sorts of garage door repairs to a high standard.

Garage Door Repairs and Insurance

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Making Insurance Claims for Garage Door Repairs

In this article, we are going to take a look at the topic of home insurance policies and garage door repairs. Whilst admittedly not a topic that is likely to generate a huge amount of interest at the average dinner party or neighborhood BBQ, it is one that all homeowners should consider. If you have your garage door serviced on an annual basis you will minimize the chances of it breaking down unexpectedly but you will still need to be ready to deal with accidental damage should it occur. With this in mind, we have collected our thoughts on the subject for your consideration.

Why Your Garage Door Matters

When your garage door is operating normally, it doesn’t seem like a very important part of your home but if it is accidentally damaged, you will quickly realize that this is not in fact the case. Whether you drive into it with your car or it is damaged by freak weather conditions, the result will be the same: a door that no longer looks or functions as it should.

Any damage to your garage door can seriously detract from your property’s curb appeal, which is one reason most homeowners are keen to repair such damage as soon as it occurs. This is especially so if you have used a garage door as an architectural feature in your home. Another reason is security: a garage door that no longer closes properly presents local criminals with an easy way into your home. Yet another reason to repair a damaged door at the earliest opportunity is the fact that it can leave your property exposed to the elements. Last but not least, you should consider the fact that a damaged or poorly functioning door can put excessive strain on the motor and other moving parts every time you open or close it.

Paying for Repairs to Your Garage Door

As you can see, it is essential that you repair a damaged door as soon as possible, in order to make sure you do not incur further costs in the long run. The good news is this: your garage door is considered to be part of your home, which means that it is almost certainly covered by your building insurance policy. If you want to make sure this is the case, call and talk to your insurer and when you do so, you might like to ask about taking out extra coverage for the opening mechanism so that you do not have to pay for a replacement motor in the event your existing one should burn out or otherwise malfunction.

What Steps to Take

If your garage door is damaged you should:

  • Contact Your Insurer to Initiate a Claim
  • Call Us to Request a Competitive Quotation for Our Garage Door Repairs Service
  • Send Details of the Quote to Your Insurer

Once these steps are completed, we can liaise with your insurance provider to make sure the repairs are carried out quickly and efficiently. If you do not have insurance, it is still worth calling to request a quotation as we are one of the most competitive repair companies in the area and our work will be backed by a 1-year, no-quibble guarantee.

Wireless Safety Beams

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Fix A Door – Garage Door Service

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Your garage door is normally the largest moving part in your home and, as such, needs a regular Garage Door Service to meet the terms of your warranty, prolong its life and ensure it continues to operate safely.

Our skilled Service Technician provides a total maintenance service on residential manual and automatic garage doors. Our standard service is a similar requirement to your regular car maintenance and covers the following:

Check that all bolts are tight.

Check and retention springs, if necessary.

Clean door guides.

Lubricate all moving parts.

Check and adjust safety reverse system on automatic openers. Check and adjust open and close limits on automatic openers. Test to ensure safe and smooth operation.

Report and advise on further work, where necessary. Call Fixadoor Garage Door Repairs for a Free Quzote  Or Service on 0438002603


Receiving a call from a very distraught customer today

She was asleep in her bed and a sound woke her,

She noticed a man leaning over her taking her jewellery on

Her bedside table.

She started screaming luckily the intruder left, She noticed her bag was stollen and her keys. The keys were here house keys attached

with the Remote to the Garage Door.

She reported to the Police and rang Fix A Door

knowing safety is our priority we met Sally her house that morning Deleted the old codes and gave Sally new Remotes so the intruder  could not get in through the Garage Door

Sally also got her door locks replaced that morning.

With Fix A Doors quick response we were able to relieve Sally’s fear of the intruder returning.