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How to Fix a Damaged Garage Door

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Ideally your garage door will be in great working condition at ALL times. But in reality, this isn’t always the case.

It’s very easy for your garage door to get damaged. This post looks at some common sources of garage door damage.

We’ll also look at some ways you can prevent your garage door from being damaged.

Rats and Mice

They say there is probably 1 rat or mouse for every human on earth. Think about that for a second. Shudder! If this is true, that means there are over 7 billion rats and mice!

Even if that isn’t true, I’m sure we all know rats and mice are EVERYWHERE. Especially in and around our homes. Rats and mice enjoy your garage! Usually it’s an easy room to access from the outside, and it offers protection from the elements.

Rats and mice love chewing on things, including wooden garage doors and cables, both garage and electric!

The damage for your garage door is not just cosmetic, but weakening the door and creating holes. The rats and mice can then use these holes to get in and out of your garage more easily.

When it comes to eating through wires and cables, this can pose a fire hazard as well as problems with your garage door support if a cable is rendered useless.

 

 

What can you do about rats and mice in your garage?

Some tips for keeping rats and mice out of your garage:

  1. Don’t keep trash in your garage. Rats and mice like hiding in and under trash, and eating it!
  2. Get a cat! Cats love eating rats and mice (yuck!) but also can chase them away!
  3. Get traps and check them regularly. This can help reduce the rat population in your garage. You can do this yourself, or hire a pest control to spray regularly and set/change your traps.

 

Hitting Your Garage Door

Another form of garage door damage is the door getting hit, especially with big force.

This generally happens when a car crashes or runs into your garage door. It can also happen if you use your garage as a workshop or workout studio with heavy weights and tools. One small mishap can have a large object hitting your door and damaging it.

How to Prevent Damage to Your Garage Door

A few things can help reduce the chances of your garage door being hit:

  1. Make sure the garage and surrounding area is well lit. When you get can see better, less accidents happen.
  2. Don’t allow teenagers to drive the car in and out of the garage. Let them start on the street!
  3. Create a barrier or reinforcement while you work in your garage so there is less chance of the main door being hit by something.

Rodents and general human accidents are the biggest contributors to damaged garage doors. We hope this post helped you think about a few ways you can improve the chances your garage door stays safe and protected!

Having your garage door serviced at least annually can help catch any problems or damage before they turn into a bigger problem!

If your garage door is damaged, and you’re in the Houston, Texas area, give us a call!

 

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Wrong Size Garage Door Spring Replacement

It is very important to use the correct size garage door springs when replacing the springs on your garage door. You also need to make sure you are using the right type of spring.

If your springs are too small for your door, then the door will be heavier than it should be for the opener. It can fall or wear out your opener easily. The springs will most likely break or snap more quickly too.

broken springs

The way to figure out the correct sized spring for your door, is to figure out the weight of the door. This is done with a common measuring tool garage door techs carry on their trucks.

There are 2 options once the weight of the door is determined.

  1. Install a single spring system. This is recommended for one car garage doors only or very light 2 car garage doors.
  2. Install a double spring system. This is the preferred installation for 2 car garage doors and all heavy garage doors.

If you want a 1 spring system on a 2 car garage door, it can work. But we don’t recommend for the following reasons:

  • Shorter Life Span: single springs don’t last as long as double springs. It’s a higher upfront cost, but lower over the life of the spring or springs.
  • Safety: Single spring systems carry a bigger risk of springs snapping while the door is in motion. If this happens, the door can fall quickly down and damage property or worse, a person.
  • Opener Wear and Tear: The door will be heavier, which will wear down the opener more quickly. More money to replace it sooner!

Conversely, there are some big advantages to installing a 2 spring system on your 2 car garage door.

  • They last longer! They can last up to twice as long as some single spring systems.
  • If a spring does break or snap while the door is moving, the 2nd spring acts as a backup to support the door so it doesn’t fall. It is VERY rare that both springs would snap at the same time.
  • 2 springs make your door much lighter, so the opener has a much easier time opening and closing it. This will allow your to get more years out of your opener.

You can see in the picture above the broken springs and the new ones we installed. You’ll notice they are MUCH bigger than the older springs. These old springs are ONLY 4 years old, and they already snapped! This is what happens when you put in the wrong size.

Correctly sizing your garage door springs will ensure accidents don’t happen.

If you’re in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call so we can fit the proper size springs for your door and ensure your safety!

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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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Finding a Legitimate Garage Door Company

Ensuring you hire a reputable and legitimate garage door company is the first, and the most important, step before any garage door work or repair happens.

Sadly, there are many people who aren’t qualified to repair and help you maintain your garage doors. They do a half effort job, for a lot of money, which ends up causing you trouble and more money down the road.

 

How to Choose a Legitimate Garage Door Company

The first thing you can do is google garage door repair in your area and look at 3rd party sites for review. Yelp and Facebook are popular choices for people, and you will probably find the greatest number of reviews here.

Read the reviews, including looking at the overall rating. You should eliminate options with several bad reviews of course, and read the actual reviews to see if you can find any themes, both positive and negative. This will help narrow your options.

You can also check BBB to see if any problems exist that are attached to a company you want to choose.

Next, ask for proof that the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Any legitimate garage door company will be happy to provide these details. They have nothing to hide, and most companies appreciate the thoroughness of a consumer to verify their company.

Next, once you make an appointment, ask the company to confirm the name of the tech that will be sent out. Then, once the tech arrives, check their ID and confirm they are who they say they are. This is helpful for security and to prevent any fraud.

Why do I need to do all of this?

Taking some extra steps, in the beginning, to do your research and ensure your safety, will increase your chances that the company performing work on your garage is good at what they do.

Many poor or illegitimate garage door companies cause more damage than they repair, and it will cost you time and money down the line. Preparing yourself in advance will help avoid this headache.

If you are in the greater Houston area, feel free to give us a call! We will happily provide our license and insurance information, and guarantee our work for 5 years! We provide top notch service, and have the reviews to prove it!

 

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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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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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