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What to Look For When Purchasing a New Garage Door

Your garage door is not your average “door” at your home. It is a big part of the style and curb appeal of your exterior. This means choosing the right one is important and has a big impact.

Your garage door is also the main entry point to your home, so ensuring that you have a door that is secure and provides safety for your home, yourself, and its contents, is important.

If you are one of the many homeowners who use their garage door to work, work out, or as an extra living space, you know that choosing a garage door that is well insulated is key to using your garage door comfortably.

Purchasing a new garage door means choosing function AND style together with your budget to find the right one.

Garage Door Materials

You want to first consider the composition and durability of a garage door when you are purchasing a new one.

Garage doors are made from wood, steel, aluminum, vinyl, fiberglass and more.

The design of your home will influence what garage door material you choose. Also depending on your budget and the level of durability you need.

Other things to consider:

Consider the insulation value of a garage door you choose based on the climate and what you use the garage door for. Insulation R values are either polystyrene material or polyurethane. Ask your tech what you need based on your how you use your garage.

 

Finding an Installation Company

Ensure you do your research when hiring a garage door company to install a new door for you. Read Yelp and other 3 party review sites to get the whole picture. Ask around, and ensure the company will: offer a free inspection and quote and if they guarantee their work.

The company should be knowledgeable enough to help you find the right door that suits your style, your needs, and your budget!

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4 Reasons Your Garage Door Isn’t Closing Properly

It is very frustrating when your garage door isn’t working as it should. Imagine waking up one morning, or coming home from work, and your garage door won’t open or close.

This kind of garage door problem is a headache. Late for work, garage door companies are closed at night, etc. Such a hassle.

Some people might try to fix it themselves before calling a professional. This can be dangerous, or at the very least, can make the problem worse. Unless you know what you’re doing, you probably won’t be able to fix it.

Calling a professional garage door company is the best course of action if your garage door isn’t opening or closing properly.

Why Won’t My Garage Door Open?

There are a few reasons why your garage door isn’t opening or closing properly. Below are a few possible causes:

1. Photo-Eye Obstructed

Most garage doors have a photo eye that detects an object underneath your garage door that prevents it from closing all the way. The photo-eye is a safety feature that prevents a child or valuable object from being crushed by the heavy garage door. It works by shooting a laser light from one end of the garage to the other. If something gets in the way of the laser, it will automatically open back up if it’s closing.

The photo-eye is located about 4 inches above the ground. It needs to be aligned with the other photo-eye on the opposite side of the door. Sometimes readjusting this is all it takes to get your garage door working properly. If the photo eye is actually broken, you’ll need a tech to fix it for you.

2. Your opener is unplugged.

This has actually happened to a customer of ours, who called us out because her garage door wasn’t working and all we had to do was plug it in! She felt a little silly but it happens to the best of us.

If your garage door won’t open or close, before you call a tech check that the door is connected to its power source. A good indication that your power is disconnected is if you don’t hear a sound when you attempt to open the door.

If you discover the power isn’t connected, just plug it in! Should work like new!

3. Malfunctioning Remote Control

If your power is connected, next look at your remote. You can try replacing the battery on the remote to see if that helps. If it doesn’t, time to call a tech!

4. Broken Springs

Your torsion springs could be to blame for your door not opening or closing properly. Springs work to make your garage door easier to lift open and shut. If the springs weren’t there, the door would be too heavy to open with the garage door opener.

If the spring breaks, the garage door won’t open.

If you see a broken spring or suspect this is the case, don’t try and fix it! This can be dangerous. If the spring is not fully broken, it can snap at any point and fall down on you or anything in the way. Be safe and call a tech.

If you try any of the above “fixes” and they don’t work, or you discover that a spring is broken or your photo-eye is out of alignment, the best bet is to call a professional, licensed tech who can properly assess and fix your door.

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Installing 2 Garage Door Openers in 1 Garage

This job was a fun and unique one, but very challenging. Though considering the unique set up, it was a one day job and we got everything checked off our customer’s wish list!

Our customer, Mark, called us when his garage door opener stopped working. He assumed after excessive use, the opener just gave out. Mark wanted to be able to use his garage door, so fixing this was necessary.

Sounds pretty straightforward, except there’s more. The opener was definitely old, probably fifteen to seventeen years old. Mark didn’t want to fix it, just to replace it.

But in the SAME garage, Mark also had a second garage door, which faced his garden in the back, that had never had a garage door opener connected to it. So he wanted to add a second garage door opener so he could operate the second door as well.

The pictures here should help explain:

 

You can see, the same garage with two doors on either side.

You can see in the pictures above that we didn’t have much clearance or space to install 2 openers side by side. The garage is very narrow, and long. But not long enough to comfortably accommodate two full-size garage door openers. We got creative, and in the end, everything is working perfectly!

You can see the setup in the pictures below. We decided to install a new LiftMaster 8355 series garage door opener that includes built-in WiFi, so Mark can control BOTH of his doors conveniently from a tablet or smartphone.

 

What is most important is that Mark is very happy. We were even able to finish the whole job in just a few hours, which made Mark even happier!

If you’re looking for Garage Door opener repair or replacement in the greater Houston, Texas area, give Perfect Solutions a call today: 281-557-6351

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4 Non-Residential Ways to Use a Garage Door

It has become popular to use garage doors recently outside of a traditional residential application.

Many restaurants and businesses are using gargae doors as part of the overall design and structure. One reason is because garage doors are inexpensive as compared to other building materials. They are also easy to use and install. Plus, garage doors provide the industrial vibe many places are going for.

Below are 4 ways to use garage doors for non-residential and commercial use.

Many businesses can now enjoy the same benefits homeowners enjoy with their garage doors, like insulation, easy maintenance, security, and style.

Insulation

Insulation helps to regulate temperature in a space, and can lower cooling and heating bills.

Offices enjoy the benefits of an insulated door at a lower price!

Easy Maintenance

Garage doors are easy to maintain. Plus, there are special companies that deal specifically with garage doors, so it’s easy to find a tech who can help with any issues.

Garage doors don’t need to be painted regularly, which is a must in office spaces. Plus all the parts on a door, unless subjected to extreme weather conditions, are not prone to rust or denting.

Garage doors are also a fun way to divide up a space or a room. Garage doors can provide privacy for a conference room or for parties. Garage doors are built to have soundproofing as well, so it doesn’t require padding and other expensive soundproofing features.

Security

Normal doors or those big stainless steel pull down doors, don’t provide as much security as a garage door can.

Garage doors are built with strong nuts and bolts, so breaking in is harder on regular doors. Garage doors are also made with much stronger materials than a regular door, and even a stainless steel gate. Garage door materials are typically steel, aluminum, PVC and fiberglass.

Additionally, new garage door models have many security features built in, including CCTV cameras and locking mechanisms to control with your smartphone. This is great for businesses to watch over their property if they are away.

Garage doors can also be installed with alarm systems, which work like it would in your home. If a break-in is detected, the police will be notified.

Modern Design

While design doesn’t impact security or function, it’s an important consideration for a lot of people. Industrial spaces or any office or business looking for a fun and quirky modern feel can enjoy a garage door for both style and function!

 

Garage Doors Are Not Just For Your Garage

Garage doors can serve many purposes, not just to hide your car from the street! They provide security, are cost-effective, low maintenance and are stylish.

Any garage door company is qualified to install garage doors. Ask them about commercial applications!

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Installing a Garage Door Opener Safely

If you are going to forego hiring a professional to install your new garage door opener, this post will help to guide you in safely installing a garage door opener.

It can be dangerous to do this, so make sure you take safety precautions when installing a brand new garage door opener. These safety tips not only prevent injury to you, but damage to your garage and garage door opener.

Step 1: Read the manual!

Seems silly, but it matters! Settings and installation are specific to the model you are installing, so you need to read it and be aware of any special notes.

 

Step 2: Test your door.

Make sure to test your garage door before you install the opener. Ensure it is opening and closing properly and is lubricated well.

You should not install a new opener if your garage door won’t open or close easily using a manual method.

Step 3: Remove Cords and Dress Properly!

Inspect your garage before installing the opener. Check for any ropes or cords near your garage door. These can get in the way of your garage door opening and closing, and cause damage.

Also, consider what you are wearing and that no loose threads or parts of your clothes can get caught in the door while you are working on it.

 

Step 4: Leave Your Tracks Alone!

We don’t recommend DIY-ing track replacement, cable replacement, pulley replacement or spring replacement. These jobs are best left to a professional. 

 

You shouldn’t need to adjust this if it’s the same door, when you are installing a new opener. If something isn’t going right, it might be an issue with one of these components and it’s best you call a professional garage door company.

Step 5: Ready to install!!

The first thing you need to do is disconnect the power to the garage door at the main breaker. Whether or not your opener requires electrical wiring, we still recommend shutting off the power to play it safe.

Ensure the power cord for the garage door opener is plugged into a properly grounded outlet.

Step 6: Test!

Once you install the opener, per the manual instructions, test all the security features and general features of the opener.

The most important test is the auto reverse. Place an object in the path of the garage doors and attempt to close them. If the door senses the object and automatically reverses, opening again, it’s all good!

Another safety feature to check include the emergency release.

Installing an opener can go smoothly, or terribly wrong. Make sure to read the manual and if you feel you can do it, go for it! If anything sounds confusing, call a professional to give you a hand! Better safe than sorry!

If you’re in the Houston area, give us a call!

 

 

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