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Garage Door Cable Thickness and Sizing

Garage door cables come in many sizes, so using the right size is important and has a purpose!

Every garage door is a different size and weight. So the cable needs to work well with the specifications of the each individual door.

We work on many garage door repair jobs where the issue is caused by the garage door cable snapping or breaking.

The role of the cable in the garage door is to reduce the tension of the garage door’s extension and torsion springs. The right sized cable helps to keep your springs working well and can extend the life of your springs.

Cables also work to open and close your garage door smoothly.

Most of our repair calls are for broken or snapped springs. If a garage door spring does break. the cable can help support the door enough so it doesn’t come crashing down when the spring breaks.

There are 3 kinds of cables:

  • Torsion spring cables.
  • Safety cables.
  • Extension spring cables.

Cable Thickness

Remember, finding the right cable thickness depends on the door and it’s weight. Thicker isn’t always better or stronger. It depends on the door itself.

Thinner cables can wear more quickly than thicker cables, or snap more quickly. But you always need to match the cable size with each individual garage door.

As you might imagine, thicker cables are paired with heavier garage doors, as they can support more weight and tension.

You’ll notice in the picture at the top of this post, where cables are most likely to snap. The new cable, on the left, is a little thicker than the frayed one on the right. That’s because this door required a little bit thicker of a cable in the first place.

Always consult with a professional garage door tech to make sure the right cable size is installed in your garage. It’s possible that a cable can be too thick for a garage door, which will cause the door to open less smoothly and easily, as it won’t be able to comfortably glide over your pulley and drums.

Note: When you are choosing the size of a garage door cable, the gauge of your cable is the thickness. So a higher gauge is a thicker cable.

Clopay Gallery Series Garage Door Installation

Roger and Claire had an idea to paint the exterior of their home. The current condition of their garage doors was the big indicator that it had been a while since the paint had been updated.

They initially wanted to just paint their home, and their garage doors to match.

Our first visit out to inspect the home, we noticed the garage doors were actually very old and not in great shape. The overlay was falling apart due to the direct sunlight exposure.

The garage doors were also not balanced due to the old torsion springs and all the hardware (rollers, cables and hinges) didn’t work well enough to carry the weight of the garage doors.

We sat down with Roger and Claire to calculate the cost to repair their existing garage doors and paint them vs just replacing the garage doors themselves. The costs were close enough that they decided to just go with new garage doors to enjoy the benefits of an updated model

Clopay Garage Doors Installation Project

Once Roger and Claire decided on new doors, they had to think now about what style and color they wanted since their plans had changed.

Their wish list included low maintenance garage doors, durable doors, and beautiful.

We wanted to narrow down our choice with doors that would match the style of the home.

We landed on the Clopay Gallery Series in a dark oak finish.

One of the reasons we love working with Clopay is the lifetime warranty they give on their paint system. Perfect for the hot Houston summers! The house gets a lot of direct sunlight so we liked the Clopay doors that wouldn’t require a repaint every few years.

Here are the doors after installation. They are beautiful and most of all, Roger and Claire are very happy!

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Garage Door Spring Repair Projects

We repair and replace garage door springs every week here at Perfect Solutions.

It is one of the most common repairs, and it’s also a pretty easy one to do!

We of course find ourselves dealing with old springs or springs that have just worn out and break, requiring a replacement. However we also see a lot of spring installations gone wrong, which end up causing problems and more expensive for the homeowner.

If you install the incorrect size of garage door springs, they will wear down faster and break before their lifespan is up. They can also cause issues with your garage door opener, causing it to work harder and break down faster.

Garage door springs come in different sizes and factors in size selection include weight and size of the door. The springs work to support the weight of your garage door as the opener operates the door, opening and closing it.

If the springs aren’t strong enough to support the weight of your door, your opener will wear.

Generally, the biggest issue we see besides sizing is installing one garage door spring on a door that should have 2. There are very few cases we recommend having only one spring installed on a 2 car garage door.

We always recommend upgrading to a dual spring system. While it is a slightly higher upfront cost, it will last much longer than 1 spring so in the end it’s the more affordable and longer lasting solution.

Double springs also help balance your garage door better.

We also will install a brace along with the dual springs, which reinforces the garage door and helps to prevent cracks. You can see some examples of the braces installed in the pictures above.

We always recommend having your garage door maintained by a professional once a year, at least. The company should check your springs both for health, wear and tear and general functionality, including whether the springs are the right size for your garage door.

If your garage door spring snaps, it can cause the garage door to fall quickly and suddenly in the middle of opening or closing. This is a safety hazard, both for pets, children and yourself, as well as for your car or other valuables. Please make sure to check your springs and ensure they are properly fitted and installed!

Garage Door Replacement for a Flip Remodel Project

Patrick and his wife Bethany bought a house that they planned to flip, or remodel and put back on the market again.

As you might know, if you are flipping a house you want a quick turnaround time and you want to get the house in proper shape for reselling. For this old home, that meant a FULL gut job and repair, including the garage door.

The garage door when Patrick and Bethany purchased it was falling apart. The door itself was made of wood and had rotted in many places.

Not only was the door not safe, but repairing it was out of the question. It needed to be replaced. But Patrick and Bethany didn’t want to blow the budget on a new door. It needed to be safe and functional, but that’s it!

As you can see in the photos above, the door is really not looking good!

Once we got to the site and understood the project, we also realized that the opening was not a standard size that would fit a garage door on the market. So in addition to getting and installing a new door, we would need to adjust the wood frame around the door to fit the new garage door.

Patrick and Bethany chose this 25 gauge steel garage door in white by UDT.

The 25 gauge steel offers great durability and insulation, especially for the price.

In addition to the new garage door, we installed a garage door spring. Since the door is a 1 car garage opening, we installed only 1 spring. We always recommend installing 2 springs for a 2 car garage door or a very heavy 1 car garage door.

We installed brand new tracks as well.

The only thing left to do is paint the trim around the garage and it’s a big improvement for this flip project!

Top Reasons to Insulate Your Garage Door

There are no bad reasons to insulate your garage door.

  1. Insulation offers temperature control, for both your garage and your home if the garage is attached.
  2. Steel backed insulation can make your garage door stronger and hold up better to wear and tear.
  3. Insulation is a great sound barrier. This is great if you live on a busy street, or if you use your garage for working, working out, or any other purpose.

There are some challenges to insulating your garage door to be aware of.

garage door insulation

It’s a great DIY project for a handy person on the weekend. However, you have to keep in mind a few things…

It adds weight. 

Adding insulation to your garage door adds weight. This means that your garage door system is affected.

When you add insulation, you have to check and adjust your tension on your torsion springs to help support the extra weight.

If the door is too heavy for the settings on your springs and the force setting on your garage door opener, they will work overtime and eventually break.

If you understand how your garage door system works, then installing insulation and making the necessary adjustments is easy.

If you aren’t so sure how to adjust the settings on your garage door system, then after installing the insulation, call a professional garage door company to make any needed adjustments so your garage door can operate safely.

Most garage door companies are also able to install the insulation for you. They are a great resource for what insulation is best for your door and your needs and can buy the proper amount to cover your door.

If you’re in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call and we can get your garage and garage door insulated properly to help keep you cool in the hot summer and save on your energy bills!

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Custom Carriage House Doors

A customer of ours called us wanting to install custom carriage house garage doors for their home.

They were in the process of a complete home renovation and that included updates to their home’s exterior and their garage doors.

They love the carriage house style look, so that is what we zeroed in on when looking for the right doors to match their remodel.

Their existing doors weren’t so bad, just a bit weathered and needing a paint job. Instead of just adding some carriage house hardware to give the look of the carriage style, we decided to go with brand new doors.

Below you can see their old doors.

Carriage House Garage Door Installation BEFORE

The new doors they ended up choosing are wood and steel backed, for durability and insulation.

Carriage house style doors always look great, but they are great quality as well and will las for years!

In the picture below, we had installed only one of the two doors. It’s a great side by side to see how weathered the existing doors were.

Carriage House Garage Door Installation before and after

Despite the weathered look of the old doors, you can see how the deep rich wood tone in the new door really compliments the existing paint color of the home’s exterior. The contrast is perfect!

Custom Carriage House Hardware

The great thing about the carriage house style is there are many sub styles to go with when choosing hardware. You can get a specific look you want, and a unique one based on your choices.

For this project, our customer chose some iron handles and rivets to accent their beautiful new garage doors.

There are many great names for the hardware styles available to customize carriage house doors, including Tuscan, Barcelona, Park City, Virginia, Carolina, Santiago, and Cambridge. You can see the styles here.

Below is a great shot of both doors installed. Such a difference to the home’s curb appeal and best of all, our customers are happy!

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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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Cracked Garage Door Panel Repair

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

cracked garage door panel

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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