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What to Expect from a Good Garage Door Service Technician

bigstock-Remote-Control-3731908The home improvement industry is filled with hard-working, reliable, and honest businesses. Unfortunately, it is also filled with some less-favorable scam artists who will take advantage of consumers if given the opportunity. The team at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors wants to make sure you know what to expect from a good garage door service technician, so you don’t end up spending more than you should.

Here are five things you can expect from a good garage door service technician:

1)      Thorough Industry Knowledge

A good garage door service technician knows the industry inside and out. They should be able to offer insight into certain benefits of products and not simply push the most expensive option. It is a good idea to quiz the technician by researching some facts in advance.

2)      Detailed Diagnostic Evaluation

A good garage door service technician will thoroughly test and inspect the garage door to determine the exact cause of the problem. They will also recommend the most cost-effective repair. For example, if there is a crack in the wood around the hinge. A good technician will remove the hinge, fill the crack with wood fill, and move the hinge to a more solid location. An untrustworthy garage door technician will insist the entire door needs replacing.

3)      Offer Less Expensive Options

A good garage door service technician will cover both quick fix options for short-term use and more expensive long-term solutions. If they are giving you a quote to replace a garage door or automatic opener, they should show you all the different price ranges available.

4)      Pricing Book for Parts

A good garage door service technician will arrive at your home with their pricing books for parts. They will know which items they have in stock and how long it will take for parts they don’t usually carry. Be careful about any technician that can’t give you a definite answer on the price or delivery of basic parts.

5)      Standard Parts On Hand

If you give a technician an idea of what the problem may be when you make the appointment, they should arrive with some replacements parts on hand. Most good garage door service technicians will have hinges, rollers, bearings, springs, screws, and weathering strip in their company vehicle. This way they can tackle the problem immediately if you approve their estimate.

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors has a solid reputation for being reliable and trustworthy. We would never jeopardize our future by trying to persuade a customer to spend more than they should. If you are concerned the garage door service technician you hired is not providing fair pricing, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for a comparable quote. If the price is the same, at least you will know that the original company was trying to take advantage of you.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Garage Door

New Garage Door Buying Tips

Most people will only need to buy a new garage door a few times over the course of their lifetime. It is something you might update every 15 or 20 years, provided that there are no issues with it. Garage door technology and materials are constantly evolving, so it is important to do some preliminary research to ensure you get the best product and the best deal.

If you are in the market for a new garage door, these are a few things you should know before approaching the first vendor.

1.      Size of Door

All of your options will be based on the size of your door. Certain sizes will require stronger mechanisms and more powerful openers. Measure the size of your current garage door or the intended size of the opening. Compare the measurements you get with standard garage door sizes on sites like Perfect Solution Garage Door. If you are unsure of the size of your door, you can always consult one of our professional installers.

2.      Material Preference

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors offers an extensive selection of garage door materials, including options that can be customized to suit the style of your home. The material you should choose for your door will depend on your budget and style of your home. If you decide to go with steel, make sure there is a topcoat designed to provide maximum rust protection. It should also be backed with rigid-foam insulation.

3.      Garage Door Safety Features

Automatic garage doors can come with many different safety features. For example, most doors that fold up in sections have shaped edges that gently push fingers out of the cracks when the sections start to close together. All automatic garage doors should also have an auto-reverse feature that stops the door from closing if there is an object detected in its pathway. This was made mandatory in 1993 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

4.      Opener Security Features

There are all types of different automatic garage door openers on the market depending on the level of security you require. You can get a remote for your keychain, a mounted access control pad, or a system with fingerprint technology. Most openers allow you to select multiple options for added convenience.

If you are interested in buying a new automatic garage door, start by doing a little research on sites like this one. Find out all your options and establish a list of preferences before requesting a quote. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be happy to provide you with a free estimate on any of the options you are considering.

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How to Repair a Garage Door

Easy to Repair Garage Door

Whether your door folds up in sections or swings open in one solid piece, all overhead garage doors are driven by a high tension spring. The garage door moves along metal tracks secured to the walls of your garage and a powerful spring(s) supplies the power to lift the massive object.

Most garage door repairs are easy, as long as there is not a problem with the spring. Any adjustments to the spring should be made by a garage door professional, like the technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors. Keep in mind that the tension in your garage door spring is so powerful that it could seriously injure you.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to repair a garage door:

1.      Inspect the Metal Tracks

Examine the door’s tracks for dents, creases, or rough spots while the door is both open and closed. Try gently pounding any damaged spots back into shape using a hammer or a rubber mallet. If the tracks have significant damage, have them replaced by a professional garage door installer.

2.      Clean the Metal Tracks

You can clean the tracks while you are inspecting them for damage. Use a concentrated household cleaner to wash away any dirt or hardened grease. Be sure to clean the rollers thoroughly and then wipe down with a dry cloth.

3.      Lubricate the Metal Tracks

It is a good idea to lubricate your garage door twice a year even if you are not having issues. There are two types of lubricants you can use on an overhead garage door. The hinges, rollers, and pulley will need a little light-weight oil, while the track and springs will benefit from a silicone spray lubricant.

4.      Double Check All Hardware

Check the hinges that hold together the individual sections of roll-up garage door and replace any that are damaged. On swing-up doors, check the mounting plate for the spring to make sure the screws are secure. Sagging at one side can usually be fixed by repairing the hinges. If the wood has a crack by a hinge, take off the hinge and use wood filler to fill in the crack and screw holes. You should move the location of the hinge to an area with solid wood behind it. Replace the screw with a longer one inside of a hollow fiber plug filled with carpenters’ glue if the hole is enlarged.

5.      Make Sure the Tracks are Aligned

Use a level to make sure the tracks are properly aligned. Horizontal tracks will slant slightly towards the back of the garage. On roll-up doors, the vertical sections should be completely straight. Both tracks must be at the same height on the garage walls. If the tracks are not properly aligned, only loosen the screws (do not remove them completely) that hold the mounting brackets, and then carefully tap the tracks back into position. Recheck the tracks to make sure they’re level and then tighten the screws.

If you are unsure of any of these steps, please consult a professional garage door technician. A heavy garage door and high spring tension can cause costly property damage or bodily injury if handled incorrectly. The garage door experts at Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be happy to help with any repairs your garage door needs.

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Six Reasons to Invest in a New Automatic Garage Door

New Garage Door Opener Not a Big Investment

If you currently have a manual garage door or if your garage door opener is causing more trouble than it’s worth, it’s probably time to invest in a new automatic garage door opener. Automatic garage door openers are now more reliable and affordable than ever.

Here are six reasons to invest in a new automatic garage door:

1)      New Safety Features

Every garage door opener made since 1993 has an auto-reverse safety feature that ensures nothing or no one can get pinned underneath the massive door. They also come with an emergency manual release pull-chain in case there is ever an issue with the opener. If your garage door does not have these features, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door for a free estimate.

2)      New Security Features

Today’s garage door openers come with many beneficial security features like fingerprint recognition access and rolling code technology. Thieves can crack the code on older garage door openers and then break into the home using the interior garage door. New automatic garage door technology makes it practically impossible for someone to gain access to your home using your garage door opener.

3)      Safer Storage

If you have a high-quality garage door opener, you will feel more comfortable storing your valuables in the garage. Garages are the perfect place to store sports equipment, bicycles, gardening tools, and lawnmowers.

4)      Increased Home Value

If you are considering selling your home, a new automatic garage door opener will increase the resale value of your home. Potential home buyers will appreciate the convenience and security it provides. You can also update the garage door at the same time. Garage doors are now available in a variety of stylish materials, designs, and colors. Please feel free to visit any of our Perfect Solution Garage Door locations to view the wide selection of doors that we can custom order for you.

5)      Safer Home Entry

An automatic garage door provides a convenient and safe entrance way into your home. You can click your keychain remote, pull the car into the garage, and immediately shut the door behind you. This will ensure that no one has the chance to sneak in.

6)      Affordable Home Upgrade

The best part about treating yourself to a new automatic garage door is that it’s not a huge investment. You can find a reliable, state-of-the-art garage door opener for a few hundred dollars. Some models are priced as low as $150. When you consider the cost of most home repairs, an automatic garage door is one of the least expensive upgrades you can do.

A new automatic garage door opener is not a large investment, but it is definitely a worthwhile one. Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door if you are interested in a free quote for a new automatic garage door.

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Top 10 Security and Safety Hints for Garage Doors

Garage Door Safety and SecurityApart from being the entrance to the place you park your vehicle, (and maybe store your tools and sports equipment as well) a garage door acts as a massive, mechanical entrance way into your home. Preventable accidents and burglaries involving garage doors happen way too often, mostly as a result of complacency.

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors wants to make sure your home’s garage door doesn’t compromise your family’s safety, or present a weak point in your home security.

Here are the top 10 security and safety hints for garage doors:

  1. Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism once a month. To do this, place an object in the path of your home’s garage door as it is closing. The door should reverse immediately upon contact. If it doesn’t do so the auto-reverse sensor is not working and needs immediate repair or replacement. The Consumer Product Safety Commission passed regulations in 1993 stating that all garage door openers must have a working auto-reverse sensor to prevent children and pets from being injured.
  2. A garage door should be examined on a monthly basis. Check for any damage to the pulleys, cables, rollers or springs. Never attempt to work on these parts yourself, or any items connected to them. The mechanisms are under extreme tension and only a certified garage door technician should attend to them. Perfect Solutions Garage Door has a team of trained technicians that can replace or repair any part of a garage door.
  3. The internal door, giving access to your home, should be kept locked. While this may seem inconvenient, the added protection for you and your family makes it well worthwhile.
  4. Children should not be allowed to play with garage door remote controls. Make sure your controller is kept out of their reach.
  5. Install sensor lights around your garage entrance to scare away intruders.
  6. Make sure you and your family know how to use the emergency release for your home’s garage door. There should be a cord hanging from the opener’s motor.
  7. Intruders can get into your home by breaking into your car and stealing the remote door controller. Don’t keep your controller in an unoccupied car. Perfect Solutions Garage Door can provide you with a keychain remote.
  8. You should never use the manufacturer’s access codes on the remote control or opener if they are not equipped with rolling-code technology.
  9. Disconnect the power supply to your home’s garage door whenever you know you will be away for a few days.  Alternatively, you can have a switch installed to lock the control console when you are absent for a while.
  10. Don’t leave your home’s garage door open for lengthy periods of time, even when you are at home. Thieves will scope out neighborhoods during the day and they come back to any that look promising. If the garage door is open, you could be showing off your valuables to someone who intends stealing them.
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How to Choose a Reliable Garage Door Company

bigstock-Garage-Door-Opener-20287970Depending on where you live, there are countless garage door companies advertising their services and expertise online. Every garage door company will claim to have the best deal and the most experienced installers, but sadly many fail to follow through on their promises. It is time-consuming to sort through all the fly-by-night installers and find a company that you can count on.

Here are a few fundamental tips for choosing a reliable garage door company:

Online Reputation Is Critical

The first step in choosing a reliable garage door company is doing extensive research of their online reviews. You can search in Google for the company name and just add the word review after it. For example, “Perfect Solutions Garage Door reviews”. This will show you all of the online reviews that have been posted about our company. Make sure to pick a company that has a higher than 3.5 star rating and at least a few dozen positive reviews.

Evaluate Their Expertise

Read a few articles on the company’s blog to see if they offer helpful and accurate information on garage door maintenance and security. You should also test their knowledge by asking questions that you already know what the correct answer should be.

Do some preliminary research on benefits of different garage door materials or types of automatic openers and then ask the installer their opinion. If a garage door installer says aluminum is stronger than steel, please walk away or hang up the phone. They should know their products strengths and weakness, and base their recommendations on what will work best for you.

Look for 24-hour Service

Problems with your garage door can occur at any time. It can get stuck in the tracks and it is not safe to leave your garage door open overnight, especially if there are any valuables inside. A reliable garage door company will offer their customers 24-hour emergency service.

Expect Free Estimates

A legitimate and reliable garage door installer won’t charge a customer for a consultation. They are willing to access your needs for free because their goal is to build a long-term relationship. Be leery of any company that has unusual costs like a consultation fee.

The most important tips for choosing a reliable garage door company is finding someone with positive online reviews, proven expertise, 24-hour emergency service, and free estimates. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors encourages homeowners to research our reputation and services before trusting in our capabilities. We have nothing to hide.

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5 Tips on How to Efficiently Organize Your Garage Storage

Your garage should be more than just a convenient place to keep your car or an additional entranceway into your home. If you have a high-quality garage door with a secure garage door opening system, you can also use your garage to safely store countless valuables without worry.

garage 1If your garage is currently easily accessible to intruders, Perfect Solutions Garage Door can help you update your garage to ensure that everything inside is properly protected before you turn it into a storage facility.

Here are five handy tips for efficiently organizing your garage into a superior storage space:

1.     Install Shelving Systems

Shelves are an easy and inexpensive way to keep your garage organized. Try to dedicate one entire wall to a shelving system, if it still leaves enough room for your vehicle. Shelves are great for organizing cleaners, motor oil, or gardening tools. You can place plastic baskets on the shelves to keep smaller items organized.

2.     Overhead Racking System

Purchase some form of racking system for the ceiling of your garage to utilize all of the available space. The overhead section of your garage is perfect for suspending sporting equipment like tennis rackets, baseball bats, and hockey sticks. It is also a great spot for things you only use seasonally like camping gear, the weed-whacker, and fishing poles.

3.     Buy a Cabinet for Your Garage

Add a simple two-door cabinet in your garage to keep all of your more expensive tools hidden and protected from the elements. If you have a tight budget, choose a cabinet made with an inexpensive wood or hard plastic. There are also some incredible steel cabinets and tool chests you can use, if you have room in your garage and the budget to afford it. It is a good idea to put a lock on the cabinet, unless you are completly confident in the security of your garage door system.

4.     Pegboards for Tools

Another great organizational tip for your garage is installing a pegboard to hang your small tools on. This will make them look neat and ensure they are easily accessible when you are using them inside of the garage.

5.     Ask a Professional

If you have an exceptionally large garage or a lot of stuff that needs organizing, you can always consult an organizational or home interior specialist for advice. The garage door specialists at Perfect Solutions can also provide some tips specific to your exact garage layout.

A garage is an extension of your home, and you should be proud of its exterior and interior appearance. If you need help securing your garage door, or you are looking for more tips on how to maximize the space, please contact the team at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors.

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What You Need to Know Before Calling a Garage Door Company

garage doorIf you are having issues with your automatic garage door, it will be beneficial to prepare yourself for the questions you will be asked before you call the repair company. Most reputable garage door companies like Perfect Solutions will ask questions on the phone, so they can serve you more efficiently once they arrive at your house.

Be leery of any garage door company that doesn’t ask the following questions during the initial phone conversation. There is a good chance they plan on dragging out the diagnostic process, so they can charge more in labor later on.

Here are four answers you should have ready before you call a garage door company:

1.       Know Your Make & Model

Professional garage door technicians will ask the make and model of the garage door opener in advance, so they can bring the right tools and spare parts to fix that particular model. The team at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors will also conduct some preliminary research to see if there are any common problems with that particular make or model.

2.       Know the Type of Drive Mechanism

It will be easier for the garage door technician to diagnosis the problem if they know what type of drive mechanism is being used, especially if it is an issue with the motor. Your automatic garage door will either have a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive system. Your owner’s manual should specify the drive mechanism if you are unsure of it.

3.       Know the Doors History & Symptoms

Most garage door companies will ask how long you have had the garage door opener and how long the problem has been going on. Make sure you can clearly describe the reason you are calling, when it started, and any steps you’ve taken to try to fix it on your own.

4.       Know the Cause of the Problem

Take a few minutes to inspect the tracking, pulleys, springs, and chains before calling the garage door company. Try to figure out what may be causing the problem on your own before the repairman visits your house. Some less-than-trustworthy companies will take advantage of homeowners by exaggerating the cause of the problem, although you will never have to worry about that happening at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

Most garage door repairs will be easy and inexpensive if you use the right company. You can make it easier on the garage door company by knowing your garage door’s make, model, drive mechanism, history, symptoms, and possible cause of the problem. The experts at Perfect Solutions Garage Door are available if you have any questions or concerns.

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Five Essential Tips for Better Garage Door Security

shutterstock_1589767Unwanted intruders will often choose a garage door as an entry point for mischief and mayhem because it is more discreet than the front door and more accessible than a back door. Garage doors also make it easier to sneak inside the house unnoticed, especially since most people fail to lock the door connecting the garage to the house.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door wants to help our customers stay safe and secure, which is why we are positing these five essential tips for better garage door security.

1.     Lock the Inside Door

It may take away from the convenience factor for your family, since they will need to unlock the door to get inside and out, but it will also make the entryway less convenient for an intruder. You can hang up a key to that particular door on the inside of the house, so your family can bring it with them if they plan on traveling in and out of the house through the garage door. For greater security, you should have an alarm on both the garage door and the interior door to your home.

2.     Shut the Garage Door

Hopefully you already keep the garage door shut when you are not home or sleeping, but you should also keep it shut when you are doing work around the house, even if you are outside. An open garage is an advertisement to thieves of what you have inside that they might want to take. They could drive by during the day and see your fancy car, expensive toys, and high-tech equipment and then decide that it is worth a return visit when you’re not home to protect your belongings.

3.     Keep it Well-lit

Perfect Solutions Garage Door encourages all of our customers to purchase spotlighting and an interior lighting system. Intruders prefer to work in the dark, and security lighting will make it difficult for them to do their dirty work.

4.     Upgrade Your Garage Door Opener

Today’s modern garage door openers have incredible new security features that thieves haven’t figured out how to crack, like rolling code entry systems. It may be worth it to get an upgrade if your system is more than five years old.

5.     Don’t Leave the Remote in Your Car

Most modern garage door openers will come with a remote control access feature that can be hooked onto your keychain. This is much safer than the older version that hung from your car’s visor. You should protect your garage door remote the same way you protect your house key.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door can help with the installation of a new garage door opener or any other garage door security features that will help make you and your family feel more protected.

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Why Do Homeowners Choose Us?

There are many companies offering garage door and garage door repair services but only a select few actually stand out.  Our garage door solutions are built on quality, excellence, and affordability. Here are the top 3 reasons why homeowners choose us.

Qualified Technicians

Here at Perfect Solutions, our technicians are highly-experienced, trained, and certified to ensure that we provide only the best garage door services for you. When you contact us, you know you are dealing with a professional company that completely understands the science involved in garage doors and garage door troubles. From diagnosis to repair and maintenance, our expert technicians have the competencies to carry out repair projects, of any scope and size.

Excellent Workmanship

Whatever project we undertake, we ensure excellent workmanship at all times. Whether it’s a simple or complex installation project or springs replacement, we carry out our jobs with complete diligence and attention to detail. We also offer emergency services to address garage door troubles from broken springs and damaged panels to sensors adjustment.  You can call on us in the middle of the night or even at the most inconvenient time – our emergency solutions are available 24/7. This is precisely why most of our clients are repeat customers. The trust and reliability that we have built over the years make these clients our customers for life.

Competitive Prices

Finally, we take pride in our high-quality, reasonably-priced services. Our competitive rates are among the best in the industry. While quality and excellence always come with a price, we also know that it is possible to provide top-notch solutions at reasonable prices.

Here at Perfect Solutions, we offer not only garage door services but outstanding, detailed, and lasting solutions.  Contact us for your free estimate today.

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