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Cracked Garage Door Panel Repair

Do you know what a cracked panel looks like? It’s probably obvious, but here’s an example:

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The only thing worse than a cracked garage door panel, is cracked garage door PANELS. Plural.

You might not see the crack, if it’s small or if the paint on your door masks it. However, if you hear loud sounds when your door opens or closes, or popping noises, this is generally a good indication you have a cracked panel, or panels.

Other signs of a cracked garage door panel include:

  1. Trouble closing your garage door.
  2. Dents in your garage door. This is sometimes just a dent, but can also be a cracked panel.

Is it safe to operate my door with a cracked panel?

No! If the panel cracks even more, the garage door itself can collapse. You need to properly repair the panel, which should be done by a garage door professional.

How do you fix a cracked panel?

The most cost effective way to fix a cracked panel is to replace the panel. This is easy if your garage door is newer, and still being manufactured. A garage door company can simply order a replacement panel for your garage door model and install it.

You can also go ahead and replace the entire door. This is a good option for doors that are very old and should be replaced anyway. It’s also a great option if more than 1 panel is cracked, since the cost to replace several panels vs. just buying a new garage door might make a new door cost effective.

A new door might be more expensive, but if you are replacing an older door it can really benefit you. Not only can you choose the right garage door material for your needs, you can also benefit from the warranties and other protections newer doors provide.

Many warranties actually cover cracks, so you could avoid a similar problem in the future.

 

If your crack is pretty mild, you can fix it without replacing any panels or doors. Allow a garage door technician to determine whether this option works for your crack.

The fix is to install braces on the door. The braces works to support the damaged panel to prevent it from cracking further and collapsing. The brace is a great option, but it’s not a permanent fix. It will support the cracked panel for about a year, until you will have to replace the panel or the door.

Remember that while a cracked panel can look and sound annoying, it is also dangerous. Call a professional to check whether your door is in fact cracked, and what the best course of repairing it is.

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Should You Install Your Own Garage Door?

A new garage door is a great investment for your home, both your home security and your home’s value. It can end up costing you a pretty penny if you don’t have it installed correctly. Perfect Solutions has been called many times because low budget garage installers left a big mess for the homeowner to clean up.

Save the headache by choosing a professional garage door company, with excellent reviews on a 3rd party review site, the first time. Low installation prices sound good, but generally they are too good to be true.

Below are 5 reasons you should never install your garage door yourself, or hire a cheap company to do it.

1.    Safety

Many valuable objects, and more important, pets, children and other adults, have been hurt severely by a garage door that crashes down unexpectedly. Hiring a professional installer, or avoiding installing a new garage door yourself, can help prevent injury and damage so that never happens.

2.     Expensive Repairs

Many inexperienced installers can damage the garage door tracks and pulleys during an installation that can prevent the garage door from opening and closing properly, or at all. An experienced professional will install your door and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs down the road.

3.    Bad Warranties

Many low budget garage door installers go out of business because of the poor quality of their work. So if you happen to be one of their last customers, the warranty they offered isn’t valid once they are out of business, and you’re left with a garage door that isn’t installed correctly. Don’t let this happen to you. Investigate an installer before you hire them, and read reviews!

4.    Find an Installer with Experience!

If you think you can handle installing a garage door on your own, think again! Unless you have extensive experience working with garage doors, and are a licensed garage door tech, you probably should avoid installing your own garage door.

Safety issues can crop up easily when the job isn’t done right. It’s one thing to fix an isolated garage door repair issue, and another to install and set up an entire automatic garage door!

5.     A little more expense on installation, goes a long way! 

Spending a little more money and using a reputable garage door installation company, will save you money in the long run. You’ll get better quality work and a warranty or guarantee on work and repairs performed.

 

The reasons listed above are just a few of the important reasons why you should never skimp when it comes to hiring a professional and qualified garage door installer!

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Should You Invest in a New Garage Door?

There are many reasons to invest in a new garage door: update your curb appeal, your current garage is not functioning or broken, extra home security, and storage.

Investing in a new garage door isn’t just about looks, it’s about safety and security. Protecting not only what you keep inside your garage, but your entire home security is paramount when choosing a new garage door.

Below are 5 main reasons you should invest in a new garage door for your home.

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1.     Accessibility

It might seem obvious, but the garage is the main entry point for many homes. It’s a keyless way to enter and exit your home quickly and comfortably. Investing in a good quality door that is well-maintained will allow a hassle free way to gain entry to your home.

2.     Garage Door Curb Appeal

There are so many makes, models, and styles of garage doors on the market today, it’s easy to update your curb appeal and get a new style, and within your budget. You can customize virtually anything on your new garage door, including color and style to match your home’s decor.

A new, beautiful garage door also helps to increase your home’s resale value, making it a great investment!

3.    Garage Door Security

Garage doors are one of the main ways intruders gain entry into your home. A wood or steel garage door, with a secure lock and opener with added security features, will help keep your home safe from break-ins.

4.     Garage Door Storage

Many homeowners use their garage door, not for their car, but for storage. This doesn’t mean securing your garage door properly isn’t important if it’s being used as a storage unit. Often the items you are storing are valuable and important to you. And if you have an attached garage door, it is still an entry point to your home.

Updating your garage door will help keep your storage space secure and protected from intruders, and the elements.

5.     Upgrading Your Garage Door Technology

Automatic garage doors offer the newest technology, including keyless entry, smartphone app connectivity, and fingerprint recognition. These features not only are fun and exciting, they increase the level of security on your garage door.

Newer garage door openers also have auto-reverse safety features that will stop the door from shutting if an object is detected in its path. If your automatic garage door is 10+ years old, it is definitely time for an upgrade!

Upgrading your garage door opener, and your garage door is a quick and sometimes inexpensive way to give your home a curb appeal and security boost. It is a great investment that can increase your home’s value as well.

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Why Garage Door Safety Is Important

Most people assume that if their garage door is opening and shutting, then it’s safe to use. And while that is mostly true, it’s also true you need to ensure your garage doors are safe at all times. A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal

A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal tracks and a spring loaded tension setup. Ensuring these parts are working as they should takes constant care and vigilance.

While there have been many improvements to garage door safety in the last 20 years, many doors are older than this. They don’t meet essential safety standards that keep you, your car, your belongings and family safe.

Below we’ll look at ways to keep your garage door safe and how to ensure garage door safety in your home.

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Child Safety and Your Garage Door

Kids love playing in and around your garage. The remote makes this big door go up and down, how fun! But using the remote over and over again can be dangerous. Keep remotes away from children, and mount a keypad for adult use only.

 

Auto-Reverse Garage Door Safety System

All garage doors installed after 1993 have a safety sensor, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s mandatory order.  The door has a sensor so that if something is in the path of the garage door, the door will automatically reverse. This helps prevents accidents and bodily injury.

It is key for the safety of your belongings and other people, to ensure your door is updated with this feature, especially if you aren’t sure whether your door was installed before or after 1993.

Test Your Garage Door’s Basic Safety Feature 

Regular maintenance of your garage door includes checking safety features. The first thing you can do during this type of check is to pull the emergency release cord. Most garage door models have this cord hanging from the motor of your garage door opener. This will allow you to open the door manually.

Once you pull the cord, you can then test the balance of the door. This is done by how easily (or not) you can open the garage door manually. You can also test the force setting of the door. You do this by evaluating in manual mode whether the door reverses with resistance.

Your opener should have a manual, which should also give maintenance instructions that you can follow. If you can’t find the manual, or you prefer a professional to perform the safety checks, call a professional garage door company. If you’re in the Houston area, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351

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