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Child Proofing your Garage Door

garage_door_safetyChildren play with doors all day but if there is one door you want them away from, it’s the garage door. This door can cause horrific injuries or even death if it is not child proofed. Although there is no perfect method to keep things from hurting the little ones, we have compiled a few things, which when adhered to, can reduce the chances of a garage door accident involving kids.

Ensure that the reverse mechanism works properly     

The reverse mechanism is a technology that opens the door when it comes in contact with anything solid before it locks into place. The mechanism is a must-have for all garage doors according to the law. Now, if the photoelectric sensor that controls the reversing is not working, a garage door can come down on your child with tragic consequences. To avoid this, regularly check whether the door is reversing if it comes in contact with a small wood plank, for example.

Some people remember to check the reverse movement and forget to adjust the force at which the door reverses. Ideally, the slightest opposition before full closure should trigger the reverse mechanism. This way, if the door ever came in contact with a toddler, it would not press down rather it would reverse. Check to ensure that you door reverses when it encounters a relatively low resistance.

Place the door controls out of reach of kids

Placing the door controls high prevents kids from reaching the switch and playing with the door. When kids are closing and opening the door for fun, they are likely to cause damage to the motors, which run the door. As a result, the door may jam and come down on them since there is no motor to control the reversing.

Regularly inspect the electrical wiring to the door

The electrical cables to the garage door switch should always be inspected because any exposure can lead to untold damage. The equipment kept in the garage may accidentally expose the wiring and a child may touch a live wire. To prevent this, it is recommended that you regularly check for any exposed cables, especially near the switch.

In the event of a storm, keep the garage door locked at all times

If you live in an area that gets hit by storms regularly, the best thing to do after a storm is keep the garage completely out of bounds for kids. This is because storms cause a lot of damage and the door may have taken a beating, making it unstable and therefore unsafe for children. The garage should only be used after it has been inspected and everything found to be in good working condition.

Additionally, if your children store their playthings in the garage, make sure that they understand that the garage door is not to be played with. In some families, kids are only allowed to access the garage through a door from inside the house and never by the main garage door. These and other small precautions can be the difference between a healthy kid and a funeral home.

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How To Find a Good Company for Your Garage Door Needs

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Garage door installation in Granite Bay CA 95746

Finding a good garage door company is essential not only to the aesthetics of the garage, and the house by extension, but more importantly the functionality and longevity too. Many people erroneously think that all it takes is a quick internet search and a few calls or emails to find out the costs to get a good company. People who do this are likely to have their installation done haphazardly and over time end up spending a lot of money on repairs. Now, how does one go about looking for a good garage door company?

Ask around

When you visit friends and family and see that they have sturdy and very handsome garage doors, do not shy away from asking who does their installation and maintenance. Ultimately, the mark of good workmanship is manifested in satisfied customers. At perfectsolutionsgaragedoor, for example, we receive get many clients from referrals by our past and current customers. Asking around also helps you to avoid the not-so-good companies.

Consult a real estate professional

People in real estate, especially developers, have a list of the top professionals they work with. A real estate person is therefore in a position to recommend a top garage door company. The company who sold you your house should easily be able to find you a good garage door company for repairs.

The Home Depot store

People at your local home depot store know the technical people who buy regularly from them. They know who buys the proper high end equipment and supplies and who buys the regular things. If you approach them with a question, they will give you an honest opinion of the garage door repair people in your area without much ado since they have no direct interest in your garage door.

The construction company

Construction contractors keep a list of firms who they consult when building houses. They know who to go when they need specific types of garage doors. The benefit that consulting a construction company has over the others is that people who work in construction understand the different styles of garage doors and how they relate to décor styles and climatic conditions. A person in construction is for example better equipped to tell the difference between a regular repair company and a company specialized in say fiberglass garage door installation and repair.

The yellow pages

In this age of internet searches, the yellow pages have been relegated to the periphery. The simply got forgotten. What most people fail to realize is that companies that have listed with the yellow pages are likely to have been in business for a very long time. As a result, they have built up years upon years of experience and are therefore very adept at what they do. While this is not always the case, a garage door company that is listed in the yellow pages is likely to offer you exemplary service.

After making the above recommended consultations, the final decision rests with you because you will have to factor in things like personal preference and budgetary constraints.

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Things That Guide the Choice of Garage Door Material

Wood garage door

Wood garage door

Garage doors were traditionally made from wood since it was widely available and easy to work with. But that is not the case today,with people having discovered other material with from which these doors can be made. While it may look like choosing a garage door is primarily dependent on the aesthetics and price, other important factors like location, the driveway, personal taste and insulation for noise among others should be considered. With these factors in mind, you not only get to buy a good door but also get real functionality for a long time.

Location

People who live in coastal areas should avoid buying wooden and steel doors since they will get corroded by the salty humid air. While many technicians will advise painting steel and wooden doors to keep the harsh weather out, it’s important to note that the cost of repeated painting can be higher than the cost of getting a door made from alternative material like fiberglass which is resistant to sea water corrosion. That is precisely why technicians from perfectsolutionsgaragedoor.com will insist that you get a door that fits the weather and climate of your location.

Insulation

If you need your garage door to be able to keep the outside noise out, you will want to get a wooden or wood composite door. This is particularly important for the men whose garage doubles up as their ‘man cave’. Steel and aluminum doors are poor at keeping sounds out.

The driveway

People with young kids are likely to use their driveway for games, for example like a basketball half-court. If you have kids playing in the driveway, you will want to have a door made out of sturdy material like wood. Doors made from steel tend to dent when they get hit by bats and balls as the kids play. Over time, the door becomes too dented you need to call a repairman to straighten it out. One can only straighten dents for so long before they have to replace the door.

Personal taste

At the end of the day, it is your garage door that we are considering here. It’s only right that you pick a door made out of materials that appeal to you. People who like the traditional masculine style will tend to prefer wooden doors over other materials. On the other hand, people with a more modern taste will go for high-grade fiberglass for their doors. When choosing the material, it is a good idea to call your construction supervisor to know how the material will affect the overall structural integrity of the garage. Some materials like heavy wood might compromise the integrity of the structure.

The above tips should hopefully guide you when you are choosing material for your garage door. Remember, at perfectsolutionsgaragedoor.com are always ready to help you with any questions that you might have about the choice of garage door materials. When faced by uncertainty, don’t hesitate to ask us.

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How To Keep the Garage Door Working for Longer

Steel carriage garage door installation by Perfect Solutions Garage door

Steel carriage garage door

Keeping your garage door working well for a long time is desirable since it not only saves money that is needed for multiple repairs, but also because it ensures that you can get in and out without much ado. The garage in many homes has a door that leads inside the house, making it an easy point of entry for intruders. It is therefore very important that the door is in good shape; otherwise, the consequences can be really bad.

So how do you keep a garage door working well for longer?

Lubricate the hinges

Many people will remember to oil their car, the lawn mower, and other equipment but not the garage door hinges. When lubricating the garage door, ensure that you use thick oil or grease. This allows the door to open and close easily. Lubricating the garage door also reduces the noise made when opening and closing it. You also avoid replacing the hinges every few months by having the hinges oiled.

Inspect for weaknesses regularly

Testing the garage door for points of weakness allows you anticipate repairs before they are needed. Remember the door is an access point to your home that should be able to keep out intruders. The door also protects your cars from elements of the weather and burglars. When inspecting for weakness, focus on the locking mechanism. Locking mechanisms fail and many people ignore repairing them.

Keep the door dry

Water promotes rust and ruins paint work. If you intend to keep the repair people away, ensure that the garage door isn’t in contact with water for long periods. This means that you have to shovel the snow away in winter, for example. Keeping the garage door dry also protects the cars and other equipment inside from too much moisture.

Don’t leave the door open when it should be closed

Leaving the garage door open when it should be closed tends to exert too much pressure on hinges. This in turn weakens the m and forces you to keep repairing them. If your garage door rolls down from the roof, resist the temptation to keep it hanging in midair. Keeping the garage door closed also keep out dirt.

Keep the frame sturdy

The garage door is hinged on a frame that needs to be sturdy. This is especially important if the frame is wooden or metallic since metal is likely to weaken with rust while wood can rot away. By regularly checking the frame for rust and rot, you avoid having the door weaken.

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The paintwork on a door is good for the aesthetics but more important it keep the door protected. Wooden doors should especially have an oil paint coating to prevent them from soaking up water and rotting away. Metallic doors should also have a paint coat since any small exposure leads to rusting.

These are but a few simple things that can save you from having to spend on big repairs or an entirely new garage door installation.

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The Answers You Need Before Calling a Garage Door Technician

fiberglass garage doorIf your automatic garage door is not working properly, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for the questions they may ask before you call a garage door technician. Having the answers to basic questions will make it easier for the technician to diagnosis the problem and estimate the cost of the repairs. It will also ensure that the garage door company does not try to take advantage of you, by dragging out the diagnostic process.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door will always ask these questions over the phone, so they can serve you more efficiently once they have arrived at your house. Be suspicious of any garage door company that doesn’t ask the following five questions during the initial phone consultation.

These are five answers you will need to know before calling a garage door technician:

1.  Reason for the Call

The more information you can provide about the reason you are calling, the easier it will be for the garage door technician to diagnosis the problem. Unethical garage door companies will take advantage of homeowners by exaggerating the cause, if the homeowner is not able to pinpoint the reason for the repairs.

2.  Doors Symptoms & History

Most garage door companies will ask when the garage door opener was installed and how long the problem has been going on. Make sure you can describe the reason you are calling, when the issue started, and any steps you have already taken to try to fix it.

3.  Opener’s Make & Model

Professional garage door technicians will ask the make and model of the garage door opener in advance, so they can bring the appropriate tools and spare parts to repair that particular model. The technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors will also conduct any necessary research to see if there are common issues with your particular make or model.

4.  Type of Opening Mechanism

If there is an issue with the motor, it will be easier for the garage door technician to diagnosis the root cause if they know what type of drive mechanism it uses. Your automatic garage door will either have a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive system. Your owner’s manual should specify the type of drive mechanism if you are not sure.

5.  Condition of the Door

Most automatic garage door problems are caused by malfunctioning openers, although it could be due to the condition of the door or tracks. If the door is unbalanced or if the metal tracking has wear-and-tear, it could hinder the opener’s ability to open the massive door. Make sure to inspect the door thoroughly and advise the technician of any other damage that could be contributing to the problem.

Before you call the garage door technician, write down the reason for your call, symptoms, and history, as well as the make, model, drive mechanism, and condition of the door. Most garage door repairs are easy and inexpensive, if you call the right garage door technician. The experienced professionals at Perfect Solutions Garage Door are available to help get you the answers you need.

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What You Need to Know to Buy an Automatic Garage Door Opener

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Most people would assume that buying an automatic garage door opener is a pretty simple and straightforward purchase, but there are actually a lot of factors that you will need to consider. Modern garage door openers come with a wide-selection of options and special features, depending on what you need.

Here are six things you will need to know to buy an automatic garage door opener:

1.       Size

You will need to know exactly what size of garage door you own before you start to research your options. The size of the door will determine many of the other critical factors in choosing the right automatic garage door opener. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can help you determine the size you have, if you are not sure how to accurately measure the space.

2.      Horsepower

Automatic garage doors come with a ¼, ½, and 1 horsepower motor. A lightweight single-door garage will only need an opener with a ¼ horsepower motor. Two-car garages typical require a ½ horsepower motor, unless it is a heavy carriage-style door. It is always better to make sure you have more power than you need. Keep in mind that there is normally not a significant price difference to choose an automatic opener with a more powerful motor.

3.      Drive

There are essentially three types of drive-chains for automatic garage door openers; belt-drive, chain-drive, and screw-drive. A belt-drive is the quietest type of drive mechanism and a chain-drive is the least expensive. A screw drive is the easiest to install and falls somewhere in the middle in regards to price and noise.

4.      Security

Rolling code technology is highly-recommended for automatic garage door openers, since it prevents intruders from cracking your code and breaking into your garage. There are also automatic garage door openers that use fingerprint technology to grant access into the home.

5.      Warranties

Make sure to compare warranties when you are evaluating different garage door opener models. Most automatic openers will come with a ten year warranty, but every model is different and some companies will even offer lifetime warranties.

6.      Extras

Automatic garage door openers can come with some beneficial extra features, such as battery back-up power, interior garage door lights, and additional safety features. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors will explain in detail what each automatic opener has to offer, so you can make an informed decision.

It is important to know what size, horsepower, chain, and security features you need before you buy an automatic garage door. Make sure to also look into the warranty and any extra features that make it more valuable to you. If you have any questions on buying an automatic garage door, please feel free to ask any of the experts at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors.

Seven Steps to Keeping Your Garage Safe

dog_garageGarage safety is not something most people consider until it is too late. It usually takes something drastic like a garage door crashing down on your vehicle or an intruder breaking into your home with your automatic opener before your realize that you have not been keeping your garage safe. There are so many simple steps you can take to ensure your garage door is secure and that your house cannot be accessed using the automatic garage door.

Here are the top seven steps to keeping your garage safe

1. Inspect & Clean The Tracking

The tracking along your garage door can bend or bulge overtime, especially if debris or gunk gets trapped inside it. Spend ten to fifteen minutes once a month, wiping and inspecting your garage door tracking. Make sure to also tighten or replace any screws that are loose. This will ensure that your garage door stays suspended to your ceiling and smoothly glides along the tracks.

2.       Invest in a New Opener

Modern automatic garage door openers come with some pretty impressive safety and security features. Buying an opener with rolling code technology or fingerprint recognition software will keep your garage safe and secure. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors has a wide selection of different automatic garage door openers that all offer unique safety features.

3.       Buy a Durable Garage Door

Some garage door materials, like aluminum, are easier to damage. If you don’t feel your garage door is strong enough to withstand a hard kick, it is definitely time to upgrade to a more durable material like steel, thick wood, or fiberglass with a PVC overlay.

4.       Look the Interior Door

So many people leave the door between the garage and their home unlocked. It might be more convenient to you and your family if it is left unlocked, but it is also easier for an intruder to get into the house. Hopefully you have a solid garage door and a state-of-the-art opener, so there is no risk of someone getting into the garage. I would still play it safe and keep the interior door locked.

5.       Install Sensor Lights

You can keep your garage safe by installing strategically placed sensor lights around your garage doors. You should also have a light inside your garage that automatically turns on when the garage door is opened. This will scare off intruders and make it safer for you and your family to enter the garage at night.

6.       Teach Kids Garage Safety

Children should never play around with the automatic garage door opener. Hopefully your garage door has an auto-reverse sensor, which was made mandatory in 1993 to prevent children and small pets from getting seriously hurt by garage doors, but even if it does, it could still malfunction if they are abusing the controls.

7.       Perform Annual Maintenance

Garage doors require yearly maintenance and lubrication to keep them working properly. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors has previous blogs that will walk you through basic garage door maintenance. If you are not comfortable performing the maintenance yourself, please call us for a free quote. It is always beneficial to have your door inspected by a trained technician, especially if it is an older garage door. That is the best way to keep your garage door safe.

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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

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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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