How the Right Garage Doors Shield At-Home Businesses
Entrepreneurs are well known for their ability to make ‘something’ out of ‘nothing’. If you run a business, you see “opportunity” where other people just move on. For instance, when you look at a garage, what do you see? Your average person will say something along the lines of “that seems like a fine place to store my car!” However, someone who is an entrepreneur might look at the wide open space, sturdy walls, general safety, and turn it into a business space. The ability to look at something meant for one purpose and change it up so it can serve another separates the good entrepreneurs from the great entrepreneurs. Many famous businesses have gotten their start working out of a garage, and while they had humble beginnings, they’re now multimillion dollar companies or household names on the cutting edge of their industry. Of course, everyone wants to end up like one of these stories. One way to do this is to focus on your residential garage doors. Sound silly? Imagine if your business was rained out, had to deal with damage from the elements, or you had your starting offices robbed. Garage door security is no joke, and it’s important that you prepare to the best of your ability. This means you need the right garage doors and you need them in tip top shape. Here’s how to pick, maintain, and ensure that your garage doors are up to the job of shielding your offices.
The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of a Garage Layout
When you walk into an office, you generally have some expectations. They say that first impressions mean a lot, and that counts for more than just people – we also observe it with environments and experiences. If you meet the head of a business for the first time, you’ll draw a different set of conclusions based on whether he’s wearing slacks and a t-shirt or a suit. When you walk into a business, you often expect to be greeted by a waiting area and a receptionist. However, garage based businesses shake up the norm. Here are the pros and cons of what this unique layout offers and how you can minimize the risks while taking full advantage of the rewards.
- Non-traditional layout and experience. When prospective clients or new employees arrive, they may not get the “first impression” that you’re hoping for. Having an attractive and professional looking garage door (with all the bumps, scratches, and squeaks ironed out), can really help diminish this effect.
- Fewer comforts of a traditional office. Part of the “office experience” is having room to stretch your legs, a carpet under your feet, and various other small things that put you in the mood to work. Obviously, if you are working out of a garage, your access to these things are limited. An insulated garage door can ensure you’re all working in a comfortable climate, even if you don’t have a shag carpet.
- Close proximity. Being near your coworkers can lead to sharing more than just ideas – you can also get confronted with their annoying habits like tapping a pencil or humming loudly. Or even worse, you could pick up their coughs and colds.
- Cost. If you look at the rent on office space, your eyebrows might raise right off your forehead! Garage door offices are much cheaper, obviously, even when you factor in costs like residential garage door repairs and garage door security.
- Unorthodox layouts. Sometimes you need to shake things up in order to really try new things. A new, fresh layout can do exactly that.
- Have your coworkers and colleagues close at hand. Want to throw out ideas or suggest something? You can do exactly that when you’re all working in an office that is working around the space confines of a garage.
The Fourth Wall: How to Keep Your Offices Safe With Residential Garage Doors
Offices generally rely on two things: employees and equipment. You need both of these things to be running well and regularly if you want your business to succeed. Even when you’re not on the job, residential garage doors shield your business in the following ways:
- If your door is getting on in years, it’s time for a full replacement. A door that is more than a few years old can have problems and rack up maintenance bills. Start fresh with a new installation.
- Canadian winters can be cold, and summers can be terribly hot and humid. The moisture from humidity, snow, rain, or wind can get into your garage if it is not maintained and insulated. Take care that your door is prepared to stand up to these forces.
- Your door should also provide adequate protection from thieves or vandals. Studies have shown that a sturdy, well protected door can deter thieves and intruders before they even start their assault. Investing in these doors is a smart decision, especially if you have equipment that could be at risk otherwise.
- Finally, ensure that the door inspires confidence in your clients and customers. An attractive finish and paint colour can do wonders in removing any stigma that visitors might have about a garage business. If your offices look great inside and out, you should have no problem winning the business you need to keep growing.
McKee-Horrigan Inc. has served both residential and commercial buildings and helped with their garage doors; but lately, we’ve noticed the trend of businesses being held inside residential buildings! If you’re interested in such an arrangement, we can help you decide which of our services you need to prepare your office, as well as a free quote. Just call us today at 1 888 244 4171.