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Reclaimed Wood Garage Doors Add a Vintage Charm

Upgrading your home with a vintage reclaimed wood garage door adds more than just beauty, it adds value with a 91.5% return on investment.

by Bonnie Joy Massey


Image Source: Barns of Sonoma

It was easy falling in love with “rural” living when I moved to Northern California to study at Sonoma State University. I would run past the vineyards, the Christmas tree farm and my neighbors’ horses, cows and chickens. I would breathe in the smell of manure and freshly baked bread from the bakery down the street (obviously an unusual pairing). But one of my favorite sights was the old dilapidated barns. They were beautiful—full of history. They were worn through and through by storms but still standing.

These structures were a far cry from the buildings I grew up with in South Orange County. I was used to strip malls and Cape Cod or Spanish style two-story single family homes. These old barns had character! They had a past—were well used, well loved. They once provided income (or so I dreamed) for hard-working farmers to support their families for generations to come. Since I grew up in our family business Entry Systems, I have a deep appreciation for small, family-run companies. I felt pride and nostalgia looking at those beautiful, historic barns.

Modern trends utilize reclaimed barnwood to beautify the home.

Naturally, as an artist and a supporter of sustainable living, I’m delighted by the vintage reclaimed wood some homeowners are using for their garage doors. They are visually stunning, and I love the fact they are authentic barn doors recycled for the needs of a modern home. Some of these doors used are over 100 years old!

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Boost your curb appeal with the beautiful, rustic charm of a vintage reclaimed barnwood garage door.

reclaimed wood garage door

A reclaimed wood garage door is available from Carriage House Door in three colors: Sienna, Umber and Cordovan.









One of our garage door manufacturers Carriage House Door out of Sacramento, California- offers these beautiful doors.

Upgrading your home with a vintage reclaimed wood garage door adds more than just beauty and charm, it adds value. This retrofit project has a great return on investment (ROI). In fact, according to Remodeling Mag’s Cost vs. Value report for last year, upgrading your home with a high-end garage door has a 91.5% ROI. This is one of the highest returns of any single home improvement project. Entry Systems would love to give you a free in-home estimate for a new garage door if you are ready to boost your curb appeal and add value to your home!

About Entry Systems: Established in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Why Harrison Ford Has Me Considering Garage Door Safety

By Bonnie Massey

Harrison Ford / Garage Door Safety
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I grew up on the Star Wars franchise, binge watching all three original episodes with my dad and three brothers when we could. My favorite was always the second one,  The Empire Strikes Back. Honestly, like many children of the eighties, the main reason I loved watching Star Wars was that I thought the rugged Harrison Ford was incredibly handsome.

Years later while working in our family garage door business, I attended the International Door Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. While walking through Caesar’s Palace, who did I see sitting alone, but Harrison Ford? Like an excited schoolgirl, I mustered up my courage to talk to him: “Hello?” He raised his head. I continued, “I just wanted to tell you that I have loved your movies since I was a little girl, and I wanted to thank you for making them.” He looked down shyly, shook my hand and smiled. It was an exciting moment for me to meet this actor I had looked up to for so long.

Now Harrison Ford is making news headlines, not for his acting, but for winning a lawsuit regarding an injury he sustained on a London movie set while filming one of the newest films in the Star Wars franchise: The Force Awakens.

There was a lack of communication between the person operating a hydraulic door and the actor on the set of the Millennium Falcon. The operator unknowingly closed the door while Harrison Ford was underneath it, and the door fell like a “blunt guillotine” millimeters from Ford’s face. The steel door hit him with the weight of a small car and pinned him by the pelvis to the ground as he passed underneath it. Disney was fined over $2.6 million dollars over this incident. The court was told that Ford could have been killed by the heavy door and that the production company was responsible for ensuring a safe workplace. Ford suffered fractures to his fibula and tibula, and he had a dislocated ankle. Ford was airlifted to a hospital in Oxford after the incident and later had surgery on his left leg.

Harrison Ford’s injury has raised much needed public awareness of the potential dangers associated with operating any large moving door, and this relates to garage door safety at home.

While hydraulic doors and garage doors are not exactly the same, they share some important similarities. Both are powerful machines, which provide security and convenience, but both can be dangerous if one is not careful.

It’s critical to be aware and pro-active with your garage door in order to avoid possible injuries, and keep your loved ones and yourself safe.  As the International Door Association website states: The “proper installation, operation, and maintenance and testing [of your garage door] are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.”

This is some scary stuff! Our company, Entry Systems strongly suggests regular maintenance of your garage door and operator to ensure safe operation. You can do your own garage door safety check by following some simple steps from IDA’s garage door safety reference guide.

Remember, we are always here for our local Orange County residents, and would love to set up a maintenance plan for you to avoid those stressful emergency calls when something breaks unexpectedly!

About Entry SystemsEstablished in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Nest Smart Thermostat: A Great (& Now Affordable) Holiday Gift









If you’re looking to purchase a gift this holiday season for a loved one or friend who’s excited by the latest and greatest in smart home technology, you don’t need to look much further than Nest’s smart thermostat.  This thermostat retails at $250. However, currently you can receive up to $125 in rebates in addition to using the beloved Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupon (saving you $50 up front). Costing only $75 and offering up to $60 annually in energy bill credits, the Nest Thermostat makes an exceptional (and now affordable) holiday gift that keeps on giving.

Many homeowners may be familiar with LiftMaster, one of the leading manufacturers of garage door products in the United States. The Nest Thermostat is one of a few, smart home products (including the popular Nest Cam) that now integrates with LiftMaster’s MyQ app.  My coworkers at Entry Systems have raved about the MyQ app, which is compatible with all LiftMaster garage door motors. Instead of needing a separate remote only used for your garage door, this MyQ technology connects to a free smartphone app allowing you to open or close your door from anywhere, even if you are miles away. When my brother offered me bicycles in his garage that needed to be removed for the garage sale the next day, I stopped by at his home while he was out to dinner and texted him that I was there. He then used his MyQ app to open the garage door for me! It is also good for those who are forgetful, like me, who always wonder- “Did I leave my garage door open?” This truly is a great tool for peace of mind!

LiftMaster’s MyQ technology has advanced one step further by allowing for integration with the innovative Nest Thermostat. Using the smartphone app, you can easily look at your 10 day history use and control your home’s temperature from anywhere.  The Nest Thermostat is a big step in changing how we look at our energy use. It learns what temperatures you like so it can keep you comfortable and help you save energy. It allows you to build a personalized temperature schedule as its smart technology learns what you like. It automatically saves energy when you leave home so you don’t waste money and energy heating or cooling your home when you are away. Southern California Edison will pay you to use less energy when everyone else is using more– making it a perfect, affordable holiday gift that will not only make the recipient’s life easier, but also save them money.

If you’re interested in learning more about how the Nest Thermostat works, check out this video:

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