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How to Choose Glass Inserts for Your Front Door

How to Choose Glass Inserts for Your Front Door

Interior renovationsRenovation tipsHow to Choose Glass Inserts for Your Front Door

When choosing a front door, one usually considers five essential factors: security, insulation, aesthetics, maintenance, and budget. However, there’s another factor that often takes precedence—lighting. And for that reason alone, more and more homeowners are opting for glass-panelled front doors.  

While you may think that a glass insert will hinder the other sought-after features you had in mind for your front door, think again. You simply need to know where to look and what to assess.

Given the near-endless models of front doors available on the market, variety means opening the door to a world of possibilities. So, let’s shed some light on the subject. 


Lite Front Door Characteristics

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One thing’s for sure: a glass (or lite) front door doesn’t go unnoticed. Better yet, it rivals, at full force, the different models available on the market, like solid doors, even in terms of comfort and security. To help narrow down, and guide, your research, here are the main characteristics of exterior glass inserts:


A lite or half-lite door

Unlike a solid front door—whether wood, PVC, or aluminum—a lite door is made of, from top to bottom, a glass insert that sits between narrow lite door frames. Since it blends in seamlessly, it suits most architectural styles. This type of door can match the colour of the siding of the house or window frames. 

On the other hand, a half-lite front door strikes the perfect compromise between a solid and lite door. While these doors used to be made with a full panel on the bottom, and a glass insert on top, newer, more modern, models go above and beyond single-glazing, offering triple- or quadruple-glazing.


Standard or tailor-made glass

Currently, the market boasts a wide array of front door models, and that’s not to mention the companies that specialize in crafting exclusive, custom designs.

According to Stéphane Dubé, of Portes et fenêtres Lamater, glass inserts are categorized into two groups: standard shapes and tailor-made designs (non-rectangular shapes). 

“Typically, door glass is produced by three prominent companies: Novatech, Verre Sélect Inc., and Vitre-Art. Pricing [for front door glass inserts, Ed.] ranges from $300 to $1,000. The more intricate the glass design, the more costly it’ll be.”


Clear or acid-etched glass: All about privacy

Above all else, the main advantage of glass is that it allows natural light to stream in. However, to maintain a sense of privacy indoors, it’s best to carefully consider your door glazing. An acid-etched finish means concealing yourself from the prying eyes of passers-by while still enjoying ample daylight. 

You can also opt for semi-translucent or translucent glass, which allows light to stream in, yet subtly blurs what lies beyond. This optical illusion is achieved through various techniques such as sandblasting, frosting, etching, or texturing the glass surface. And, by favouring textured patterns, manufacturers give light to elegant, beautifully designed glass inserts.


Burglarproof glass: A must-have

This type of glass withstands impacts, fire, and warping, thus securing the home, and offering homeowners peace of mind, at home and away. Anti-burglary glass is often said to be layered. Security glass is made with two or three layers of glass. Each layer of glass is separated by a clear film (polyvinyl butyral). It’s the same technology used for car windshields.

Anti-burglary glass offers:

  • Better protection against burglaries;
  • Better thermal insulation (door glass inserts are a thermal bridge);
  • Better soundproofing;
  • Better resistance to fire and physical attacks.


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Different Types of Glazing

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Right off the bat, one might think that triple glazing is better compared to double, but that’s not always the case. Before choosing, consider the different factors involved. Here’s everything to know about the different types of glazing: 



Double-glazing is achieved with two layers of glass, separated by a cavity filled with either air or gas inserts. Air, argon gas, or krypton (immobilized between two glass panes) are great insulation. Given that it’s more resilient than single-glazing, the latter can effectively insulate a home, thereby slowing down heat transfer and limiting heat loss. As such, cold air is retained throughout the summer much like warm air during winter, preventing issues like condensation. Additionally, the home isn’t affected by external noise pollution.



Triple glazing is the preferred option to optimize the energy efficiency of low-energy or passive homes. The detailed manufacturing process of triple-glazed windows provides excellent thermal performance, during both winter and summer

Windows are known culprits responsible for 10% to 15% of heat loss in households. With this in mind, one might assume that triple glazing, with air-, argon gas-, or krypton-filled cavities, is the way to go. However, this isn’t entirely true. While triple glazing is highly effective in cold, sun-sparse regions, it isn’t recommended for sunny regions. 


Decorative glazing

Although decorative glazing only accounts for a select portion of a front door, it’s often the main appeal of modern entry doors. This type of glazing, whether featured as an insert or applied to the panel, is typically translucent, coloured, frosted, or acid-etched. It comes as a single piece or an amalgamation of geometric patterns or abstract shapes that seamlessly blend together, reminiscent of a mosaic or stained glass window. 

It showcases all the appeal of front doors. Whether modern or classic, it comes in a variety of textured backgrounds, granite-textured, bevelled glass pieces, and gray-toned glass, interspersed with nickel or patina cames…


Custom-made designs

Ornamented glazing is a bustling new trend that came about with the onset of undeniably talented manufacturers on the market. Their designs allow for tailoring front doors to showcase a unique and distinctive look. And, architects and designers are having a blast with it. 

There are countless combinations to be made: stainless steel or resin inlays, copper or aluminum plates, etc. 


How to Replace a Front Door Glass Insert

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More and more homeowners are going the DIY route when it comes to home renovation projects. So, here’s a guide to replacing your front door’s glass pane. 

First, here’s a list of tools you’ll need:

  • Drill and bits
  • Lever bar scraper
  • Painter’s tape (strong enough to hold the frame but not too sticky as to not damage the paint on the door)
  • Gloves
  • Suction cups (optional—if proceeding without one, have help and work with a partner)

Note that the service life of a door is roughly 20 years. If your door is bent, distorted, or warped, it’s probably best to replace it altogether, rather than just the glass.


Few precautionary measures before starting:

  • To prevent mismeasuring the size of the glass pane, measure all around the outside frame of the opening, from top to bottom, then left to right. 
  • When removing the existing pane, hold on to the screws. Since they’re not entirely threaded, they can be used to tighten the window seal without crushing it.
  • Beware of the weight of the glass, it can easily weigh as much as 40-50 pounds.
  • Even if the glass is resilient, the corners and edging are still fragile. Glass is sharp; so wear gloves and handle with care.


Step-by-step instructions:

  • Apply painter’s tape to the outside of the frame to temporarily secure the glass pane in place.
  • Using the scraper, carefully remove the pane moulding to access the assembly screws.
  • Unscrew each screw, starting at the top, and working your way down, but leave the middle screws to hold the glass.
  • Remove the bottom screw first, then the top one, while preparing for the pane to shift in the frame. Gravity will help the glass insert detach itself. If needed, use the scraper to gently remove it. 
  • Remove the painter’s tape, take out the frame, and place the glass on a mat or piece of cardboard.
  • Position to the new frame (always from the outside) while using some painter’s tape to hold it in place.
  • Clean any dust and dirt inside the frame using a dry rag.
  • Insert the new glass pane going in from the outside of the frame ensuring it’s oriented correctly since it isn’t interchangeable. (The manufacturer’s label on the glass will indicate this.) 
  • The clearance around the glass, and the door frame, is meant for the expansion joint.
  • Reposition the frame and start tightening the assembly screws, starting with the middle one, then the top, and finally the bottom.
  • Continue with the screws located in the corners, and then secure these last ones ensuring they compress the window seal properly. 
  • Reinstall the glass pane moulding to conceal the screws, starting with the corners and then pressing down toward the middle.

No surprise here, but hiring a professional has its advantages. As mentioned by Stéphane Dubé from Portes et fenêtres Lamater, “Having your glass pane installed by a contractor ensures the work is done according to industry standards and warranties.”


PRO TIPS, courtesy of Stéphane Dubé’s, from Portes et fenêtes Lamater

If you decide to replace the glass insert on your door yourself, at least do it with a partner. It’ll minimize any risk of breaking the glass. First, remove the screw caps on the inside of the door, then unscrew the moulding to take out the old pane. Consider applying Adseal, a sealant, in the corners before reattaching the moulding to conceal the screws. Gently screw in the moulding to not overtighten.


Cost-Effective Solutions

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Here are three cost-effective solutions:

  • To save money, consider opting for a half-lite door rather than a full-lite one. In some cases, prices vary based on whether the pane is translucent or semi-translucent.
  • Remodelling is also a worthwhile option. If your current front door is still in good condition, a glass insert is definitely worth considering. The variety of glass pane styles and sizes retail for one-third of the price of a new front door and can revamp just about any door.
  • Albeit it’s not as energy efficient as double-glazing, improving single-glazing with a secondary pane can still offer added comfort and lessen outdoor noise pollution.


What about energy efficiency?

To reduce costs, choose high-quality double or triple glazing. You'll save energy and ensure a comfortable indoor temperature, year-round.

Another option is to rely on current industry standards for front door glass inserts. These standards ensure ceiling temperatures during periods of intense heat, reducing the need for air conditioners and limiting energy consumption in new buildings. Note that triple-glazed panes offer the best thermal and sound insulation.

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When it comes to choosing a garage door, many homeowners naturally gravitate towards metallic options. Factory-painted steel garage doors are an appealing option for many reasons, including their low maintenance requirements and the diverse array of available colours and finishes. This type of garage door offers such a wide range of styles and designs that it becomes a stand-out choice, regardless of the architectural style of the home. In this article, we’ll open the door to all the essential factors regarding the matter, so as to leave anyone in the dark, so to speak. What are the benefits of steel garage doors? Source: Canva Steel garage doors may be more expensive than PVC doors, but they’re nonetheless more budget-friendly compared to aluminum doors while offering superior impact resistance. This is likely the reason for their popularity amongst homeowners. Steel garage doors are lightweight, durable, and low maintenance. Their high-temperature baked paint coating makes them resilient against harsh weather conditions and scratches. While steel garage doors are available in an extensive array of colours, they can also be custom-painted to perfectly match the siding of your home as well as the shade of your window frames. However, at this time, the fan favourite remains the faux wood steel door. Looks-wise, it very much resembles hardwood, yet doesn’t require the same level of care and maintenance. For the best thermal performance, choose two-layer garage doors, which typically have an R-value of 12. These doors are injected with polyurethane, making them both robust and well-insulated, thereby reducing the likelihood of dents. Moreover, only a few materials can claim to provide such exceptional protection against break-ins, as is the case with armoured or reinforced models. PRO TIP: For an impact-resistant door, look for 24 gauge steel, while thinner models are 28 gauge (the higher the number, the thinner the steel panel). Galvanized steel is also a worthwhile option. What are the different types of steel garage doors? Source: Canva Not unlike the majority of garage doors currently available on the market, steel doors are offered in a wide range of classic or trendy designs, to suit even the pickiest of homeowners. Beyond style, here’s what distinguishes the different types of garage doors available if you’re looking to purchase a steel model. Single-layer garage door Non-insulated garage doors have a single layer of 2-inch thick steel that provides the structure with a certain sturdiness. Insulation is a feature that’s typically offered by the manufacturer. This is done by adding a polystyrene insulation panel coated in a fireproof material. Double-layer garage door The double-layer steel garage door is between 1 ⅜ inches and 2 inches thick. Between these layers, there’s insulation, which typically is expanded polystyrene or polyurethane. Note that polyurethane-insulated doors offer twice the level of resistance compared to a polystyrene panel of the same thickness. Galvanized steel door Galvanized steel garage door panels are coated in a protective primer, shielding the panel from harsh weather conditions and also preventing it from corroding. While a galvanized steel garage door is more expensive than other models, it however doesn’t need to be repainted and basically is maintenance-free. Also, it almost always offers superior thermal insulation. It’s available in a vast selection of shades and sizes, an array of finishes, numerous models, and a range of pricing options. Some even come with a lifetime warranty! Are you looking for experts for your doors and windows projects? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Full-view garage door or with windows Much has changed since the time when garage doors merely featured tiny square-shaped windows in the upper part of the panel serving the sole purpose of letting light in. Nowadays, windows have merged into a decorative element that’s either clear or tinted, transparent, mirrored-like, acid-etched, frosted, sandblasted, translucent, with stained glass or decorative film. That’s without accounting for fully glazed garage doors. New finishes are the perfect balance between privacy and natural lighting, no compromise is needed. Full-view (glass) models are increasingly sought-after and aren’t limited to garages, they’re also used for verandas, gyms, and summer kitchens. Their modern, commercial look offers a unique look onto the outside world as it has never been seen before. Note that these doors aren’t insulated, and due to the extensive nature of their glazing, their thermal resistance value is nearing that of R-2. All things considered, think it over carefully before choosing the full-view garage door. Modern garage door Naturally, the full-view garage door stands out as one of the prime choices highlighting a contemporary style. It goes hand in hand with the trend’s inclination for maximizing open spaces with large sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Steel garage doors are available in an array of refined designs, with simple lines and neutral colours. Its elegance perfectly suits that of a modern aesthetic. Overhead steel garage door From a mechanical standpoint, the overhead garage door has a streamlined and efficient system that’s also cost-effective. The latter benefits from a straightforward installation and doesn’t require much repair. It has a one-piece panel that effortlessly slides into the two tracks located on either side of the panel as soon as the opening mechanism is triggered. Once fully opened, the panel rests parallel to the garage’s ceiling. For increased rigidity, consider steel panels that are at least 0.6 mm thick, with a textured surface and stamped panel design. For added comfort, and to reduce electricity bills, opt for an insulated model, while the galvanized steel will ensure its durability! Steel Garage Door Maintenance Source: Canva To ensure the opening mechanism functions properly, and to preserve the door panel’s original beauty, it’s recommended to clean the garage door at least twice a year. (If you live in coastal, urban, or industrial areas, you may need to clean it 3 to 4 a year.) To clean a garage door panel, use a gentle cleaner, like one used on a car, and steer clear of abrasive products and pressure-washing. Clean the tracks as well (these must be kept clean to ensure the proper functioning of the drums). Remember to lubricate the hinges, stud and clevis pulleys, and extension springs every year. At the same time, check the door’s bolts and screws and other hardware. If you use an automated garage door opener, try manually opening the door. If you have difficulty opening or closing it, it may be indicative of a problem. If so, it may be wise to consult with a professional. To learn all there’s to know about garage door maintenance, check out our article on the subject matter. How much does a steel garage door cost? The cost of a steel garage door depends on its quality, design, colour, finish, size, insulation, and features. In other words, prices may vary significantly from one model to the next. While you can purchase a garage door for $850, you should still plan for a budget of $3,000 to $5,000. You should also consider additional fees for installation, the cost of which will differ from one company to the next.

9 min read 28 Jun 2023

How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Fireplace

In many Canadian regions, fireplaces become the heart of the home for 3 out of the 4 seasons. The wood crackling in the hearth, the comforting smell of burning wood, and the cozy ambience of the room—whether we consciously acknowledge it or not—all contribute to a fireplace's undeniable charm. While environmental problems have led government and municipal authorities to issue legislation regarding the use of fireplaces, as citizens, we may also have to question our choices. Fortunately for us, there are eco-friendly options that rival—both in terms of beauty and comfort—traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Whether it’s electric, gas, propane gas, pellet, etc., the options aren’t lacking. Thus, when considering purchasing a more eco-friendly fireplace, it’s best to carefully weigh the various options available. After all, not everything can be taken at face value. Let’s delve, full fire, into a red-hot topic. Characteristics of an Eco-Friendly, Indoor Fireplace Source: Canva An eco-friendly fireplace isn’t too harmful to the environment. It boasts clean combustion and increased energy efficiency, effectively heating a dwelling to desired temperatures. In a nutshell, it’ll meet your needs and wants, without having a negative impact on the environment. Let’s put this out in the open right away: Finding a product that has zero environmental impact is especially challenging. Direct environmental damage results from a direct interaction between a product and the environment, for example, fireplace emissions. Indirect environmental damage isn’t a product-related hazard, although they may be linked. Therefore, when a fireplace is deemed eco-friendly, it, however, doesn’t exclude the fact that it can be the root cause of indirect environmental damage. That said, one can significantly reduce their ecological footprint by making smart choices. Over the last few years, Natural Resources Canada, invested in research with the purpose of mitigating pollution and improving appliance energy efficiency. The result: Most fireplaces manufactured after 1990 are both more energy efficient and eco-friendly than their predecessors. Are you looking for heating and air conditioning experts? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Eco-Friendly Benefits of Fireplaces Source: Canva While some fireplaces are considered more eco-friendly compared to others, note that even a wood-burning fireplace can show the planet some mercy. Here are the benefits associated with eco-friendly fireplaces. Ethanol fireplace An ethanol fireplace is supplied by a biofuel known as ethanol, which is mainly derived from corn and sugarcane. The main advantage of this type of fireplace is that it can be easily inserted into the opening of an existing wood-burning fireplace. Rather eco-friendly aside from the energy required to produce biofuel, it doesn’t emit any fumes. Its combustion is clean and practically odourless. From an aesthetic point of view, the latter creates a cozy atmosphere while still giving off a stylish and modern look. Retailed at varied costs (from $300 to $13,000), it’s the best option for those looking to benefit from the cozy vibe but not necessarily a portable heater. Electric fireplace An electric heater is both ecological and safe and doesn’t consume fuel. It doesn’t emit any harmful particles, therefore, it doesn’t require a chimney installation or an exhaust duct. Basically, the flame-like visual is the product of the subtle use of light on mirror-like surfaces. It runs without the need for an electrical outlet. You can set it up yourself, move it from one room to another at will, and use it in an apartment building in which wood-burning or gas fireplaces aren’t authorized. The energy produced doesn’t measure up to that of wood-burning or gas fireplaces but can suffice in terms of heating a 10 by 10 room. And, since it can run without emitting heat, one can benefit from its cozy setting 365 days a year! Not only is it ecological, but this type of fireplace is economical; six hours of use barely costs a dollar. However, its main downside is that, without a generator, it can't double as a portable heater during a power outage. Pellet stove A pellet stove is supplied by small pellets made from compressed sawdust, wood shavings, agricultural waste, and other organic materials. It’s very energy efficient, without so much as contributing to atmospheric pollution. Once the tank is full, it can run for 12 to 24 hours, thereby converting up to 80% of the fuel into heat. A house that’s under 1,500 square feet can thus be heated with the use of a single boiler. For a bigger home, we recommend a larger biomass boiler that’s connected to the water heater or radiators. Since pellet stoves cleanly burn renewable resources, it makes for an eco-friendly choice. In fact, the CO2 released into the atmosphere during the combustion process is equivalent to what’s absorbed by plants during their growth period, meaning the environmental balance is maintained. Gas fireplace A gas fireplace can be supplied with artificial firelogs for the purpose of mimicking real firewood. While it does burn fossil fuels, it releases fewer harmful emissions and still generates comfortable heat. However, it’s the cleanest fuel one can burn. Its rate of greenhouse gas or particle emissions remains one of the lowest. There are three options available, whether it’s gas or propane gas: A gas fireplace insert, which is designed to fit directly into the opening of an existing wood-burning fireplace; Zero-clearance gas fireplace, which can be installed on an indoor or outdoor wall; Standalone fireplace, which looks exactly fire a wood-burning fireplace, meaning it can be admired on all sides and is the most energy-efficient option. If the house in question is already fitted with a natural gas distribution system, the fireplace will be supplied using the same source as other appliances. Otherwise, the fireplace can be connected to a propane tank located outside, which will require occasional fillings. PRO TIP: Prior to purchasing, request to see the flames, as not all models have realistic, nice-looking flames. Wood-burning fireplace While not long ago, the wood-burning fireplace was presented as the worst option, the industry has come a long way, making eco-friendly innovations over the last few years. So much so that, nowadays, people are reconsidering it. New wood-burning fireplaces have an efficiency of over 70%, while their emissions are barely one-tenth of those emitted by traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Certain EPA-certified wood-burning stoves have a residue-free, clean combustion. Some maintain that the energy produced is neutral in terms of greenhouse gas emissions since the amount of fuel released while wood burns are equal to what’s released by a dead tree deteriorating in a forest. Lastly, due to the current restrictions imposed on the forest industry, more trees must be planted than cut down. Wood is a renewable source of energy. By buying locally, you’re thereby reducing the carbon footprint associated with material transportation. Ventless or Flueless Fireplaces Source: Canva A fireplace fire is always enjoyable; however, it may not necessarily be eco-friendly since, normally, a chimney is synonymous with emissions. Pollution and greenhouse gases produced during combustion can be harmful to the environment. As a result, one can conclude that ventless fireplaces have an eco-friendly advantage over those that require a chimney or vents, or at the very least, in terms of direct repercussions. Here are 4 types of ventless fireplaces: Propane or natural gas fireplace More and more homeowners are favouring this type of fireplace that can be installed practically everywhere since it doesn’t require a chimney. It only requires an exhaust duct or a vent used to exhaust the gas combustion outside. Electric fireplace The electric fireplace doesn’t require an exhaust system. It doesn’t burn fuel and doesn’t generate smoke. Ethanol fireplace This type of fireplace generates clean combustion. Albeit it doesn’t need an exhaust duct, it still releases a subtle odour. Some experts suggest planning ahead for outward ventilation. Gel fuel fireplace Although it isn’t really sought-after, the gel fuel fireplace is slowly breaking ground in Quebec. It’s a worthwhile option for those who have a chimneyless home. While some models are rather decently sized and have a mantel (like the real deal!), smaller-sized models can be easily positioned atop furniture. Its fuel is non-polluting—it’s a thickened isopropyl alcohol to which sea salt is added to obtain a pleasant fire-like crackling sound. While its gel-fueled logs are still hard to find in stores, it’s still a wise choice for those who live in an area where air quality restrictions are rather strict. Which fireplace is really the least pollutant? Source: Canva When purchasing an eco-friendly fireplace, one has to consider the direct environmental impacts, as well as indirect impacts. As the most eco-friendly solution is the least damaging to the environment as a whole, consider not only what the fireplace releases into the air, but also what it uses to run (where the fuel comes from, electricity supply) and what's required to manufacture the device. For example, an ethanol fireplace may seem like the best option because of its minimal direct impact, yet the pollution involved in its manufacturing process must also be taken into account. Given all these factors, an electric fireplace stands out as the most environmentally-friendly choice on the market. It produces zero toxic fumes or greenhouse gas emissions. It requires no fuel, and 100% of its energy is converted into heat. Moreover, while it can't heat the whole house, it releases a significant amount of heat and can cut your heating costs by 20 to 40%. In terms of the indirect environmental impact associated with an electric fireplace, hydroelectricity is the preferred ecological option in the province of Quebec. However, if you live in a province where electricity is coal-fired, such as Alberta, Saskatchewan, or in the Maritimes, you might want to rethink that option. Cost of ​​Eco-Friendly Outdoor Fireplace Logs Source: Canva While a lot of people benefit from outdoor fireplaces six months out of the year, true, hard-core fans never seem to take a break. Eco-friendly firewood is naturally a good alternative to real firewood logs. The former is 100% natural and made from hardwood sawdust and is devoid of chemical products and additives. They're high-density logs that burn longer, meaning you don't have to keep feeding the fire. Plus, they produce a pretty flame and release up to 30% more heat. Since they’re retailed in most stores, you can buy as you go and don’t need to stock up and have a dedicated storage area. One can purchase a 6-log bag for $4.39 only. A pallet (72 bags or 576 logs) costs roughly $475. Worth a try: The buchandel (a combination of the French words for log and candle) as it’s known in Quebec—literally taking an eco-friendly log and lighting its tip to create a candle-like effect. Its high-burning flame generates tremendous heat, and it's easy to light, smoke-free and burns for over an hour.

5 min read 01 Jun 2023

Optimize Your Storage System with a Garage Cabinet

Have you finally decided to organize your garage and store away the tools that have just been piling up everywhere? Are you looking for the best storage system? If so, go for a garage storage cabinet! It’s a functional, utility cabinet that allows you to organize and secure your tools and other items. Learn more about the various types of garage storage cabinets, their features, and their advantages down below! The Different Features of Garage Storage Cabinets Source: Canva A garage storage cabinet can be used to store various tools and equipment such as: Cleaning products; Gardening tools; Old paint cans; Sharp objects; Hazardous products. Therefore, such a storage cabinet will allow you to store cumbersome materials to gain more space and conceptualize your workspace. That way, you’ll know exactly where your stuff is, which will save you time and render your chore process more efficient. There are several types of garage storage cabinets on the market: Metal cabinets A metal storage cabinet is better suited to humid and dusty environments than wood cabinets and is a great option for a garage storage system. It’s also lighter and easier to put together. Furthermore, it’s fitted with a lock and key, which comes in handy to secure hazardous materials. Plastic cabinets Plastic garage storage cabinets are very sought-after for their lightweight feature, which means they can be easily moved from one corner of the garage to another. They’re also low-maintenance. Some models are modular, while others have hooks to easily hang a mop, bucket, or garden hose. Rolling cabinets Storage cabinets on wheels are available in a wide range of sizes and styles. They’re a practical and versatile garage storage solution. It’s the perfect model for you if you plan on moving it often or regularly rethinking the layout of your garage. Wood cabinets Wood utility cabinets are liked for their clean and simple design, they last a long time and are low maintenance. It’s the perfect storage option to store heavy equipment. Are you looking for general contractors for your renovation project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! The Benefits of a Garage Storage Cabinet Source: Canva Garage utility cabinets are multi-faceted storage systems: Space gain Garage cabinets are useful to efficiently store and organize tools, household products, cleaning products, and other items that can clutter a space. It offers a significant space gain in an area with limited storage options. You can even pair numerous cabinet models together to better meet your needs. Garage utility cabinets can also be used to store clothes and other household items. Resistant These furniture pieces designed for garage use are able to withstand heavy loads. They’re more resistant and robust than traditional home storage solutions. Some shelving units can withstand up to 50 kg. What’s more, garage utility cabinets are made with durable, low-maintenance materials. They’re designed to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. Modular design Some garage storage cabinets are equipped with adjustable shelving. This design allows you to reposition the shelves at various heights based on the objects you want to store and change their positioning at will. Safe space Garage storage cabinets are ideal for storing fragile or hazardous items. They’re typically designed with two hinged doors and a lock and key system. Therefore, you’ll be able to keep out of reach from kids any sharp or dangerous objects. Tall, Low, and Wall-Mounted Cabinets Source: Canva There are numerous types of garage storage cabinets; all models differ from one another. Whether it’s a tall, low, or wall-mounted cabinet, you should choose the format that best suits your space and meets your storage needs. Tall garage cabinets have a big storage capacity and take up very little floor space. As for low garage cabinets, these aren’t especially cumbersome and their flat surface can be used as a workspace to carry out minor handiwork or store small items. You can also mount a pegboard above it to have your tools ready and available at arm’s length. And, as for wall-mounted garage utility cabinets, these are ideal if you have very little floor space. They’re affixed to a wall, which protects your belongings from damage and certain parasites. Pro tip: To select the storage system that’s best suited to your garage, you should first determine which items you want to store to figure out the best height and storage capacity needed. You should also consider some factors such as the cabinet’s sturdiness, whether it has different compartments and the width of the shelving. A Few Examples of Garage Storage Cabinets Source: Canva Garage utility cabinets are retailed in big hardware stores and online, via manufacturer websites. The most common colours are grey, beige, and black. You’ll also find colours like apple green, lemon yellow, and vermilion red. Red, 28” Craftsman storage wall cabinet: $200 Steel grey Proslat Elite base cabinet: $400 Steel grey Proslat Elite tall cabinet: $480 Black Prepac Hungups wood composite cabinet: $1,706

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