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Choosing the Right Automatic Garage Door Opener

If your garage door opener was made before 2016, there have been a ton of recent upgrades and abilities compared to the one you have, especially if yours is several years old!

If you are looking at a new garage door opener, there is a lot to consider and a ton of features you can get! Garage door technology gets more reliable every year, and the various safety and security features go a long way in the security of your home. There is also a lot more options when it comes to the horsepower and mechanism of openers that can best suit your needs.

Choosing the Right Horsepower For Your Garage Door

You have a few horsepower choices for an automatic garage door opener: 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, or 1 HP electric motors.

1/3 HP motors are best for lighter garage doors. Heavier garage doors like wood or steel, or a set of double garage doors needs at least 1/2HP so it can lift the extra weight.

It always makes sense to choose an opener with more horsepower than you need, especially if the price difference isn’t large. Generally the difference between a 1/3 HP and 1HP isn’t big, so it’s worth it for the extra power.

Choosing the Right Mechanism

There are 3 types of garage door mechanisms: belt drive, screw drive and chain drive.

A belt drive is the most expensive mechanism, but requires no maintenance.

A screw drive is a mid-range option, and is quieter than a chain drive opener.

A chain drive is the most affordable type and also the most commonly used. The only drawback is it can be loud and requires regular maintenance.

Choosing the Right Garage Door Opener Security Features

There are tons of great security features in new garage door openers, including:

  • Motion detectors that turn on lights when motion is detected.
  • As of 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission made this feature mandatory for automatic garage door openers to include an auto-reverse feature. If the door detects something in it’s path, it will open back up instead of continuing to close.
  • Rolling code technology: this changes the code every time on a remote which makes it very hard for thieves to crack it and open your door when you aren’t home.
  • There are even new features out now that use finger print recognition software for openers!

 

Choosing the Right Garage Door Company

A garage door company is a great partner in choosing the right options listed above for your home, garage door, and budget.

Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors in Houston, Texas for help with selecting the right automatic garage door opener. If you live in the Sugar Land, Pearland, The Woodlands, Missouri City, Richmond, Pasadena, Spring or Greater Houston area, give us a call!

 

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3 Benefits to Sealing Your Garage Door

We often recommend a garage door sealing when we are servicing a garage door. Most people say no, because they feel it’s an unnecessary expense. And while it does cost money, there are 3 big benefits to doing it that you might want to consider before you decline.

 

Why Should I Seal My Garage Door?

The main job of a garage door seal is to fix the gaps under your garage door. There are 4 main advantages of sealing. They include keeping insects out, energy efficient benefits, and home security.

Below we’ve gone into more detail about each advantage.

  1. Garage door sealing prevents insects from entering your garage!

Insects are a pain. If you have electronics in your garage, they can do a number on those as well. They love to start colonies in electronics! A good garage door seal prevents this from happening.

Insects can easily crawl through gaps in your garage door and bring more with them! An airtight seal goes a long way to stopping these insects from a way in.

Depending on where you live, poisonous insects like spiders or scorpions can also come through gaps in your door. Even more reason to seal your garage doors!

  1. Sealing your garage door is energy efficient!

Controlling the temperature in your attached garage door directly affects the temperature in your home. Sealing any gaps in your home’s windows and doors helps to save on energy. And so does sealing your garage door.

The cooler your garage is in the summer, and warmer in the winter, will help to keep your home’s temperature regulated as well.

In the hot climate in Texas, the money spent on sealing your garage doors will soon equal the savings on your energy bill!

  1. Sealing your garage door keeps your home secure.

Burglars love when they find a garage door with a broken seal. If there is a gap big enough for a crowbar to fit under, even better!

Many burglaries actually happen because of the gaps in your garage door. Sealing your garage door can keep your car and other items in your garage safe, and prevents an access point to the rest of your home.

Benefits Outweigh the Cost of Garage Door Sealing

We have found that the benefits of sealing your garage door outweigh the cost of having the sealing done. Whether it’s home security or energy savings, the ROI is there.

Ask your garage door tech next time you see him to seal your doors!

 

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Garage Door Accident: I hit my garage door with my car!

We got a call from a customer who was having a bit of a problem. It seems she drove into her garage door on accident. Reverse vs forward can be tricky sometimes!

When we drove up, this beautiful door awaited us:

garage door accident

After inspecting the damage and the situation of her doors in general (she has a 1 car garage door next to the 2 car garage door that is broken), we decided to replace her doors. There were some cracks in her 1 car garage door. Plus the amount of labor required to fix her broken door was a big factor.

Ultimately choosing to replace both doors meant she got an upgrade, and it was honestly the most cost effective and logical solution.

Our customer chose to go with UDT short panel 25 gauge garage doors. The plus side is these doors aren’t custom garage doors, so we were able to go pick up both doors that day and install them!

Repair Process

The first step in getting her new doors installed, was removing the old doors.

For the damaged door, we had to take safety measures to ensure we removed it safely. The springs were still loaded on the door, so we put the door back on it’s tracks so we could remove the springs and door safely.

We found some rotted wood in the frame of the garage door opening, so we took care of that by removing the rotten wood and repairing the damaged area.

The next step was installing and anchoring a new seal plate and framing out the new opening to fit the UDT doors she chose. We replaced the tracks and then we were ready to install the new doors! Check them out!

garage door accident

Once the new doors were installed we got to work finishing the project! We installed the trim and a vapor barrier. Then we installed wire to reinforce the stucco. We then were able to re-stucco the wall around the garage door, and then paint to match the exterior of the house.

The UDT doors that our customer chose are a solid choice. Considering she had cracks in her old door, these doors are perfect. They come with a lifetime cracks and rust warranty. These doors are much more durable than the ones she had before. They might not survive another car crashing into them! But they will definitely stand up better to repeated wear and tear.

 

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Replacing Wooden Garage Door Project

Our latest project involved totally tearing down this existing garage door and installing a brand new one + an opener.

The owner wanted to actually use his garage door to park his car. A garage door that opens with the a push of the button was, of course, pretty necessary to achieve his goal.

The project was a big one because the existing doors were wood, and rotten in many places. We had to completely remove the door and the rotted areas before re-framing the opening.

The homeowner also wanted to access the garage with a regular walk through door, so we took that into consideration when we framed out the opening, and chose a door size.

With the doors framed out and the walk through door installed, the next step was installing the new door and then installing a new opener to make it work!

The also added insulation to this door to keep the garage regulated and comfortable.

The opener we went with was a LiftMaster 8550W. We install this opener quite often as it’s a solid choice. Affordable, great security features and WiFi abilities, so you can open and control your doors with a smartphone or tablet.

The project was a huge success. It not only looks way better with brand new doors and a coat of fresh paint but those rotted wood doors and other problems with the garage structure itself were resolved.

Now the homeowner can happily enjoy this new garage, park his car out of the elements, and control it all from his phone!

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Help! My Garage Door Only Opens Halfway!

We recently had a client with a very annoying problem. Every time he went to open his garage door, it would open part way but then immediately close again. Frustrating! You can see what we mean below:

When we got to his house, we started trouble shooting possible problems to understand why this was happening. We eventually landed on the problem: the door is too heavy for the opener to properly open the door all the way.

Upon further inspection, the reason the door is too heavy is because the torsion springs installed on the door are too small for this particular door. Properly fitting springs is a major safety feature and component to a properly functioning garage door.

As you can see below, once we switched out the old torsion spring to a new dual spring system, we adjusted the motor and the door is able to open and close safely.

We generally recommend to all customers that they install a dual spring system. Ensuring your springs fit properly is one important factor to the safe operation of your garage door. But a dual spring system goes a long way in extending the life of your springs and your garage door opener.

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